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Earthquakes

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Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
13.08.2012 10:45:32 2.9 North America United States Alaska Tyonek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 10:50:28 4.1 Middle East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 11:21:02 4.2 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 10:00:34 4.4 Europe Italy Sicily Sclafani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 10:15:25 3.8 Europe Italy Sicily Sclafani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 09:25:28 2.1 North America United States Nevada Mina There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 09:00:34 2.1 North America United States Alaska Adak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 09:15:24 2.6 Europe Greece West Greece Selianitika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 08:10:34 3.7 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 08:45:32 4.9 South America Peru San Martín Jepelacio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 08:10:58 5.0 South-America Peru Loreto Barranca VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 08:11:20 4.1 Asia Kyrgyzstan Ysyk-Köl Kadzhi-Say VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 10:05:33 3.7 Caribbean Dominican Republic La Altagracia Otra Banda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 06:25:32 2.1 North America United States California Pearsonville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 07:05:20 3.8 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 05:55:27 2.1 North America United States Alaska Glacier View VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 05:50:37 3.8 North America United States Alaska Karluk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 09:15:43 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago East Timor Gunung Dilarini There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 06:00:30 3.5 Europe Italy Sicily Panarea There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 05:20:29 2.1 Caribbean Puerto Rico Adjuntas Adjuntas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 06:00:55 2.7 Middle-East Iran ?z??rb?yj?n-e Gharb? Salmas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 04:56:36 4.4 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 06:01:19 4.6 Middle East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 03:55:21 2.0 North America United States Alaska Cantwell VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 02:45:48 2.5 North America United States Alaska Ouzinkie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 02:55:21 2.4 Asia Turkey Bal?kesir Marmara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 02:15:27 2.5 North America United States California Brooktrails There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 02:10:28 2.6 North America United States Alaska Y VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 01:56:37 4.4 Asia Russia Sakhalin Vostok VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 01:55:20 4.3 Europe Russia Sakhalin Vostok VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 01:20:33 4.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Ternate There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 01:55:46 4.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Ternate There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 01:56:08 3.6 South-America Peru Tacna Sobraya There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 07:05:48 2.1 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 00:50:20 3.8 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 01:15:27 2.8 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 00:50:39 4.3 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Aceh Sinabang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 00:05:51 4.3 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Aceh Sinabang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
13.08.2012 00:51:02 2.2 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
12.08.2012 23:45:28 2.6 Europe Greece Thessaly Glossa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 02:20:33 2.3 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
12.08.2012 23:20:27 2.6 North America United States Alaska Kokhanok VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
12.08.2012 22:40:26 3.1 Europe Greece West Greece Temeni VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
12.08.2012 22:30:36 2.4 North America United States California Darwin There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
12.08.2012 22:20:32 2.2 North America United States California Yorba Linda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
12.08.2012 22:25:35 4.7 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Central Sulawesi Beteleme VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
12.08.2012 22:40:48 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Central Sulawesi Beteleme VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
12.08.2012 21:45:46 2.3 North America United States Alaska Valdez VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
12.08.2012 22:41:10 2.0 Asia Turkey Tunceli Pulumer VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
12.08.2012 20:35:24 2.3 Asia Turkey Malatya Arguvan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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13.08.2012 Earthquake Iran Province of East Azarbaijan, [About 21 miles west of Ahar] Damage level Details

 

Earthquake in Iran on Saturday, 11 August, 2012 at 15:59 (03:59 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 02:58 UTC
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The death toll from twin earthquakes rose to 300, officials said Sunday, as rescue efforts in northwest Iran continued and more bodies were expected to be found. But some witnesses complained that the government was not aiding the efforts of residents and private agencies to rescue possible victims of Saturday’s tremors. “From the first minutes in the aftermath … the survivors rushed to unearth the dead and alive and injured and that rescue goes on,” said a witness in one of the affected towns. “But official rescues halted or seem to have stopped, as there is no hope of any alive to be unearthed and the number of Red Crescent rescue team is not big enough and few of them are trained enough.” Air-rescue operations were suspended hours after the earthquakes, one of them measuring a magnitude 6.2, struck as night fell and helicopters were unable to fly in the dark in the mountainous region. Much of the efforts now are said to be about providing food and shelter for the survivors. The quakes hit in a sparsely populated region, but entire villages were sent crumbling to the ground. Many others were partially damaged, and more than 2,000 people have been injured. Even with the relatively low population of the region, Naser Zargar, who heads the coroner’s office in the epicenter town of Ahar, told Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA, on Saturday that the death count could be over 1,000.The mayor of Varzaghan, one of the hardest-hit towns, said 12 villages in the region had been destroyed. Each of those villages had up to 1,000 residents and as many as a third may have been killed, he told IRNA. Many of the dead are women and children killed under the rubble of falling homes as the earthquake struck in late afternoon, a time when men were still outdoors working in this agricultural region. “Due to the traditional architecture of the villages, using clay bricks mixed with straw, rural areas have sustained most of the damage,” said Reza Sedighi, Ahar’s governor and head of the disaster relief center. He estimated that 25% of the public places, administrative buildings and people’s houses were damaged. The food and canned products that have been delivered to Ahar so far have been insufficient and the area is in desperate need of water, dried food and canned goods, he said. “People need tents and blankets as the weather is cold at night and they have to sleep under they sky, anticipating more tremors,” said Majan Laghaie, a reporter for the independent Shargh newspaper. “We visited many villages, five of them entirely heaps of rubble and debris. … People are shocked and still anticipating more tremors.” Ayatollah Shabestari, the provincial representative of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for two days of mourning. There was early criticism of the government’s response to the disaster, even as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Cabinet members sent their official condolences to people of East Azerbaijan province. On Saturday, as the nascent stages of rescue efforts were still underway, Turkish separatists in the region called in to an opposition TV station and complained of the slow response. They appealed to the governments of neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan to send aid.

Iran has a deadly history of earthquakes. In 2003, more than 25,000 people were killed when a magnitude 6.6 quake struck the southeast part of the country. “Nowhere in the world does a 6 Richter scale earthquake kill so many people,” Iran’s leading seismologist, Bahram Akasheh, told a local news agency on Sunday. “The maximum number of the casualties should have been 10 injured. Due to the inappropriate constructions, our cities and villages are heavily damaged. It shows our crisis management has failed to strengthen the foundation of buildings. “We have predicted an over-7 Richter earthquake in the central or eastern … mountain ranges,” Akasheh said. “We should for sure anticipate for it in the future.” A former member of parliament, Gholamali Masoudi Rayhan, told the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency, or ILNA, that there were also problems in how state media were covering the disaster.

Earthquake in Iran on Saturday, 11 August, 2012 at 15:59 (03:59 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 08:10 UTC
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Overcrowded hospitals in northwest Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people. Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes for fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters. “I saw some people whose entire home was destroyed, and all their livestock killed,” Tahir Sadati, a local photographer, said by telephone. “People need help, they need warm clothes, more tents, blankets and bread.” The worst damage and most casualties appeared to have been in rural villages around the towns of Ahar, Varzaghan and Harees, near the major city of Tabriz, Iranian media reported. Tabriz resident Ahmad, 41, told Reuters his cousin living in a village near Ahar was killed and his body found. “Nobody knows what happened to his wife and two daughters,” aged 4 and 7, Ahmad said. “We fear that if rescuers don’t get to them soon, they will lose their lives too if they’re still alive.” But Iranian officials said rescue operations had ended by Sunday afternoon and that all those trapped beneath the rubble had been freed, Iran’s English-language Press TV reported.Many villages are hard to reach by road, hindering rescue efforts. Hospitals in Tabriz, Ardabil and other cities nearby took in many of the injured, residents and Iranian media said, and there were long queues of survivors waiting to be treated. “I wanted to go there last night to help but heard there was bad traffic and that it wasn’t safe enough,” Ahmad said. “People in those villages need help.” Abbas Falahi, member of parliament for Ahar and Harees, said people in some villages were still “in dire need of food and drinking water”, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. “Despite the promises of officials, little first aide has been distributed in the region and most people are left without tents. If the situation continues, the toll will rise,” he said. Aidin, a Tabriz resident, said he went to give blood at a local hospital on Saturday and saw staff struggling to cope with the influx of patients. Most patients had been taken there by their families, he said, indicating a shortage of ambulances. Ahar’s 120-bed hospital was full, said Arash, a college student in the town. There were traffic jams on the narrow road to Tabriz as victims tried to reach hospitals, he said by telephone.

“People are scared and won’t go back into their houses because they fear the buildings aren’t safe.” The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday’s first quake at 6.4 magnitude and said it struck 60 km (37 miles) northeast of the city of Tabriz, a trading hub far from Iran’s oil-producing areas and known nuclear facilities. The second, measuring 6.3, struck 11 minutes later near Varzaghan, 49 km (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz. More than 1,000 villages in the area were affected by the earthquakes, Ahmad Reza Shaji’i, a Red Crescent official, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA). Some 130 villages suffered more than 70 percent damage, and 20 villages were completely destroyed, he said. “We saw some villages that were truly destroyed,” said Sadati, the photographer who was documenting the quake aftermath. “One good thing was that the earthquake happened during the day, so many people were not in their homes. If it had happened at night the casualties would have been far worse.” Close to 300 people were believed to be dead, said Reza Sadighi, Ahar’s local governor, Fars news agency said. National emergency head Gholam Reza Masoumi said 5,000 people are believed to be injured, according to ISNA.

Nearly 100 ambulances and 1,100 Red Crescent workers were deployed, Shaji’i said, along with 44,000 food packages and 5,600 tents for shelter. The relief agency had enough supplies and most residents in the area had access to clean water but Shaji’i asked residents to donate cash to the relief effort. Tehran officials sent condolences to the victims and declared two days of mourning in the province, ISNA reported. About 36,000 people in the quake-hit area have been given emergency shelter, Masoumi was quoted as saying by ISNA. Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan-Nejad warned that if relief efforts did not speed up, the death toll would swiftly rise. “Relief groups have still not reached many villages, because in normal conditions some of these villages are several hours away,” he told ISNA. “Currently the roads are closed and the only way to reach these villages is by air.”

Photographs posted on Iranian news websites showed numerous bodies, including children, lying on the floor of a white-tiled morgue in Ahar and medical staff treating the injured in the open air as dusk fell on Saturday. Other images showed rescue workers digging people out of rubble – some alive, many dead. Twenty-eight year old Narges in Tehran said she saw dozens of people in a hospital waiting to donate blood for the victims. Iran is crisscrossed by major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 that reduced the historic southeastern city of Bam to dust and killed about 31,000 people. Saturday’s quakes struck in East Azerbaijan province, a mountainous region that neighbors Azerbaijan and Armenia to the north. Buildings in Tabriz, the provincial capital, are substantially built and ISNA reported nobody in the city had been killed or hurt. Homes and business premises in Iranian villages, however, are often made of concrete blocks or mud brick that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake. Water, electricity, and phone lines in the area of Varzaghan are all down, further hindering rescue efforts, Iran’s English-language Press TV reported. Tabriz residents left their homes and crowded the streets following the two quakes, those in the city said. “Everyone was scared last night,” a resident said by telephone. “They set up tents and were sleeping in the streets and in parks.”

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Rescuers stop searches after Iran quakes kill 250

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Residents of the zone in northwestern Iran hit by powerful twin earthquakes described moments of terror and panic with birds crowing loudly in warning seconds before the ground shook. As the death toll rose Sunday to more than 250 with entire villages leveled, rescuers called off searches for survivors and turned their attention to caring for the 16,000 people left homeless.

  • Iranians search the ruins of buildings after Saturday's earthquake.By Arash Khamoushi, APIranians search the ruins of buildings after Saturday’s earthquake.

At least 20 villages were totally destroyed in the quakes on Saturday that were followed by some 36 aftershocks, state television reported. Ahmad Reza Shajiei, a senior government official in charge of rescue operations, said more than 5,000 tents have been set up to shelter the thousands of displaced who spent the night outdoors.

“The moment the earthquake hit, it was like a snake biting from underground. It was the worst experience of my life,” said resident Morteza Javid, 47, from Ahar.

“The walls were shaking and moving from side to side. It took about a minute before I could run out of the house,” he said. “Seconds before the earthquake, crows were making a lot of noise, but I didn’t understand why. It was only after the quake that I learned the crows were warning us.” Javid said he drove more than a dozen injured people to hospitals during the night.

State television said at least 250 died. The semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted a local official who put the toll at 277. State TV said 44,000 food packages and thousands of blankets have been distributed in the stricken area.

In Washington, the White House press secretary sent a message of sympathy for the victims.

“Our thoughts are with the families of those who were lost, and we wish the wounded a speedy recovery,” it said.” We stand ready to offer assistance in this difficult time.”

The U.S. and Iran are locked in a bitter fight over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, which the West suspect is aimed at producing weapons. Iran denies the allegation.

The U.N. also issued a message of sympathy and offered aid.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that Saturday’s first quake was magnitude 6.4 and struck 35 miles northeast of the city of Tabriz at a depth of 6.2 miles. State TV quoted local Crisis Committee chief Khalil Saei as saying the epicenter was a region between the towns of Ahar and Haris, about 350 miles northwest of the capital Tehran.

The second quake was a magnitude 6.3 and struck 11 minutes later, the USGS reported. Its epicenter was 30 miles northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 6.1 miles.

The quakes hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province, state television reported. In addition to 20 villages destroyed, more than 130 others sustained heavy damage, state TV said.

The aftershocks were felt in a wide region near the Caspian Sea, causing panic among the people.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one earthquake every day on average, although most are so small they go unnoticed. In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.

Television showed images of people being evacuated on stretchers, while others were treated for broken limbs and concussions. Dozens of families were sleeping on blankets laid out on the ground in parks. Some were crying, and others shivered from the cold in the mountainous region hit by the quake, near the border with Azerbaijan.

More than 1,100 rescuers worked through the night to pull out those trapped under rubble and to reach some of the more remote villages affected. Some 15 dogs were brought in to search for survivors.

By afternoon, state television reported that search operations had ceased. The government’s attention shifted to providing shelter to the homeless and removing debris from the buildings destroyed.

Officials said the search was ended relatively quickly because the remote area is sparsely populated.

Naimeh Alapour said she ran out of her house without the mandatory Islamic headscarf when she felt the earthquake. Alapour, 35, lives in Tabriz, the provincial capital, about 30 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.

“I simply took my kid and ran down the steps. The elevator was out of service. I don’t know how I walked nine floors down. It felt like this was the end of the world,” she said.

Officials have announced two days of mourning in East Azerbaijan province.

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the government will allocate funds to rebuild the houses destroyed in the quake, aiming to complete the construction before the arrival of cold winter temperatures.

Najjar said the plans aim to construct buildings resistant to earthquake. Most of houses in rural areas are built of mud, and they can crumble when even a moderate quake hits.

According to Najjar, several foreign countries have offered assistance, but he said Iran doesn’t need outside help and can manage the situation. He did not name the countries.

Strong quake jolts western China

(AFP)

BEIJING — A shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook a remote area of China’s western region of Xinjiang, near the border with Tibet, on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

It was not immediately clear if there was any damage or casualties and rescue teams had been rushed to the mountainous quake zone to assess the situation, a local official told AFP.

The quake’s epicentre, at a depth of nine kilometres (5.6 miles), was about 280 kilometres east of Hotan town, USGS said. It struck at 6:45 pm (1045 GMT).

The China Earthquake Networks Centre measured it at 6.2-magnitude and put it at a deeper 30 kilometres, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

“A rescue team and other officials are now on the way to the earthquake zone, which is in a mountainous area,” an official with the emergency office of Yutian county — also known as Keriya — told AFP.

“As of now, we haven’t received any news.”

The county is on the southern edge of China’s vast Taklimakan desert.

On Saturday, a quake measuring 5.3 hit Xinjiang, about 188 km from the town of Shache, according to the USGS.

Xinjiang is a vast region with a population of around 20 million, of whom some nine million are Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, mainly Muslim ethnic minority.

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Volcanic Activity

13.08.2012 Volcano Eruption New Zealand Kermadec Island Region, [Monowai Volcano (underwater volcano)] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in New Zealand on Saturday, 11 August, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 06:03 UTC
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A swarm of more than 150 earthquakes over two days last month caused a previously dormant volcano to erupt beneath the Pacific Ocean, a scientist said Monday. The eruption of the Havre Volcano, about halfway between New Zealand and Tonga, is believed to have caused a floating island of pumice larger than 4,000 square miles that was encountered by a New Zealand navy ship last week. Cornel de Ronde, principal scientist of New Zealand’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, told Radio New Zealand the source of the pumice had been identified in cooperation with French researchers in Tahiti who monitor earthquakes in the southwest Pacific. “When they looked at their physical records they saw that on July 17th and 18th, there were some 157 earthquakes of magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.8,” he said. De Ronde said they occurred near the time of the first sighting of the pumice “raft.” When the institute looked at its database, it found the Havre volcano, which it had previously surveyed. It was a caldera volcano, like White Island off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, which erupted last week, but the Havre was not thought to have erupted before, he said. De Ronde said the pumice island was so light that it had floated several hundred kilometers from the volcano when it was encountered by the HMNZS Canterbury, which took samples last week. Scientists were also analyzing samples of rock ejected from Mount Tongariro, on New Zealand’s North Island, to try to find out why it erupted a week ago for the first time in 115 years.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Sinkholes

Excessive Heat Warning

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LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
PHOENIX AZ

Heat Advisory

TUCSON AZ

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

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POCATELLO ID
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Fire Weather Watch

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GLASGOW MT
MISSOULA MT

Extreme Fire Danger

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Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Lake County] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 06:08 (06:08 AM) UTC.

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Two major grass fires are burning in Lake County this weekend, according to state fire officials. The Walker fire, at Walker Ridge and state Highway 20 near the Colusa County border, has consumed around 400 acres, some of them in Colusa County, Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson said. The fire, reported at 3;49 p.m., is in a fairly remote rural area dominated by oak woodland, Hutchinson said. The second fire, however, is much larger and is threatening inhabited areas. The Wye fire, reported just after 4 p.m., is burning on around 5,000 acres in the area of state Highways 20 and 53. The fire is threatening Spring Valley, an unincorporated community with a reported population of more than 800 people, and reidents in the area have been ordered to evacuate, Hutchinson said. One structure has been lost, but Hutchinson could not confirm whether it was a home. Both fires remain uncontained, and the causes remain under investigation. Around 100 fire personnel are on the scene of the Walker fire, and another 200 to 300 at the Wye fire. Hutchinson said there have not been reports of strong winds, but high temperatures have left the vegetation in the area very dry. “We’ve had a week or more of really high temperatures accompanied by a winter with very little rainfall, so the vegetation has all been very dry, very drought stressed,” Hutchinson said.
13.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Canary-Islands (Esp.) Island of La Gomera, [Garajonay National Park] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Canary-Islands (Esp.) on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 12:27 (12:27 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 02:48 UTC
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The Canary Islands are battling forest fires that have caused around 4,700 people to evacuate their homes. Spanish firefighters are struggling to contain the blazes as high temperatures and strong winds spur on the flames. A statement issued to reporters said that officials were “finding it difficult to limit the spread of fire”. “We are living through hell, we have asked the central government for more resources with which to fight the fire,” said Casimimo Curbelo, local government leader of La Gomera. The fires are the worst the Islands, which are located off the coast of Morocco, have experienced in at least a decade, and follow the driest winter in 70 years.

 

Enormous 400ft deep Louisiana sinkhole swallows 100ft tall trees and raises concerns of explosions and radiation leaks

  • Fears that low levels of radiation are being emitted from the sinkhole and residents are being asked to leave
  • Gas bubbles have been bubbling in the Louisiana bayou for weeks and residents have felt small tremors for years
  • Officials said on Friday it will be at least 40 days before they get definitive answers about an enormous sinkhole that opened up in Assumption Parish
  • Some residents have refused to leave their homes

By Daily Mail Reporter

 

A massive 400-foot deep sinkhole that has opened up in a Louisiana bayou has swallowed all of the 100-foot trees in the surrounding area and led to mandatory evacuations.

About 150 people have been ordered to leave their residences after the 400-sqaure-foot gaping hole opened in Assumption Parish amid fears of potential radiation leaks and natural gas explosions.

But despite the authorities enacting the mandatory evacuation, most people have decided to stay following allegations of a cover-up and industrial mis-management from the owners of a nearby salt cavern.

Diesel sheen is seen on the water in an aerial view of the sinkhole. State officials said on that small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons were found in swamp water where an acre of swampland liquefied over the last weekDiesel sheen is seen on the water in an aerial view of the sinkhole. State officials said on that small amounts of diesel hydrocarbons were found in swamp water where an acre of swampland liquefied over the last week

As state scientists monitored the toxicity of naturally occurring radiation at a slurry hole in Assumption Parish, residents said Thursday they were furious with their public state officials because they think they have been withholding information.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said the slurry hole near Bayou Corne is near areas that have been used for oil and gas exploration. Low levels of radioactivity may be remaining from the work, though not at harmful levels, officials say.

 

‘Out of abundance of caution and because of the ongoing incident, I have decided to further enhance our monitoring efforts,’ DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch said in a statement.

Officials said the first set of 15 samples from the area show that there are no detectable levels of naturally occurring radioactive material on the surface of the sinkhole and Hatch says they’re confident residents aren’t at risk for exposure.

Bubbles come to the surface where pipelines come across Bayou Corne and a pipeline sign is seen on the right Bubbles come to the surface where pipelines come across Bayou Corne and a pipeline sign is seen on the right

Department spokesman Rodney Mallett said such material tends to accumulate in low levels on equipment used to drill for oil and gas.

Gas bubbles have been erupting in the area for weeks. Residents have been especially alarmed at the possibility of a natural gas explosion after 28 residents in Grand Bayou had to evacuate their homes on Christmas 2003 because natural gas was seeping from a salt dome storage cavern and bubbling up into water wells.

Residents have also been reporting earthquakes but despite a battery of tests conducted by federal, parish and local officials, no one has been able to figure out the source of the tremors.

Randy Rousseau, who lives in Grand Bayou and owns a body shop in Belle Rose, said he’s noticed tremors for years. He eventually moved out of his house because he didn’t feel safe and has been unable to sell it because the property value plummeted after several small sinkholes opened up in his yard.

The massive sinkhole has caused the governor to order the evacuation of 150 residents from the parishThe massive sinkhole has caused the governor to order the evacuation of 150 residents from the parish

Scientists said at a community meeting Tuesday the sinkhole might be related to a brine cavern owned by Houston-based Texas Brine Co. contained within an underground salt dome.

It has been reported that local officials at Texas Brine have known since at least January 2011 that there have been problems with the structural integrity of a brine cavern that was plugged in June 2010. Officials did not mention those issues at the meeting.

‘It’s what I’ve been saying all along, that they’ve been hiding things,’ Rousseau said. ‘I think our local officials are trying to do the best they can, but I think they’re being hindered by the higher-ups hiding things.’

Rousseau said he was especially worried after a parish official had him fill out a form asking him to list his next of kin Thursday morning.

‘That’s a little disturbing to me. They said it’s in case they can’t reach us to evacuate. But I mean, come on. They can reach everyone,’ he said.

Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, said he wants more transparency and answers from the Office of Conservation. He said he had no idea about structural issues within the brine cavern until he read about them in the paper.

Residents were told it will be at least 40 days before they get definitive answers about an enormous sinkhole that opened up in Assumption ParishResidents were told it will be at least 40 days before they get definitive answers about an enormous sinkhole that opened up in Assumption Parish

‘There is a serious lack of competence now in the state, and we knew nothing. Nothing. Why did they close the mine? We didn’t get any answers. It’s a real lack of competence now,’ Harrison said.

Sonny Cranch, spokesman for Texas Brine, said they’re continuing to monitor the area for any changes.

‘We’ve installed booms around the perimeter of the sinkhole to contain any floating contaminants, the diesel, anything else,’ Cranch said.

Dr. Madhurendu Kumar, director of the state Department of Natural Resources’ oil and gas division, said the sinkhole could have been caused by structural problems within the salt dome that sits underneath it.

The wall of salt between the brine cavern and the salt dome might be thinner than experts were led to believe, he said.

He said this sinkhole was unusual because it sits on the edge of the dome, when sinkholes normally sit right on top.

Some residents in the area said that they had been experiencing tremors for years before the enormous sinkhole opened upSome residents in the area said that they had been experiencing tremors for years before the enormous sinkhole opened up

Officials said the sinkhole, which has swallowed up and liquefied a 372-foot wide circle of swampland, has not grown in size since Saturday.

The owners of four natural gas pipelines nearby were asked to depressurize and vent off their pipelines as a precaution after the slurry area bent a 400-foot-long section of pipeline.

Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Friday in Assumption Parish and ordered an immediate evacuation of 150 homes and several businesses. The evacuation remains in effect.

Officials said on Friday it will be at least 40 days before they get definitive answers about an enormous sinkhole that opened up in Assumption Parish.

Mark Cartwright, president of United Brine Services, a subsidiary of Texas Brine Co., said the company spent the last week ‘intensely focused’ on an emergency response as they try to figure out the cause behind a sinkhole near Bayou Corne.

Low levels of radioactivity may be emanating, though not at harmful levels, officials saidLow levels of radioactivity may be emanating, though not at harmful levels, officials said

Cartwright said they’ll be drilling a relief well to investigate a brine cavern they own, which is housed within the Napoleonville salt dome. It will take at least 40 days to drill the well, and scientists have speculated that the 372-foot-wide and 422-foot-deep sinkhole might be related to structural problems within the cavern, he said.

‘Our efforts are going to be more focused on diagnostics, and looking into what caused this event,’ Cartwright said at a press conference in Gonzales.

Commissioner of Conservation Jim Welsh ordered the company Thursday to drill a well and investigate the salt cavern and ‘further evaluate potential causes of the subsidence near its well site,’ as well as obtain samples of cavern content.

Cartwright said the company was just as shocked as anyone else when the sinkhole erupted last Friday, swallowing up an acre of bald cypress trees and leaving diesel fumes and slurry water in its wake.

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Storms / Tornadoes / Flooding

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Hector (EP08) Pacific Ocean – East 11.08.2012 13.08.2012 Tropical Depression 270 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Hector (EP08)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 17° 30.000, W 106° 0.000
Start up: 11th August 2012
Status: 12th August 2012
Track long: 311.90 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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12th Aug 2012 05:40:34 N 18° 30.000, W 108° 6.000 20 65 83 Tropical Storm 290 11 999 MB NOAA NHC
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13th Aug 2012 10:38:02 N 18° 6.000, W 111° 24.000 11 65 83 Tropical Depression 270 ° 16 994 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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14th Aug 2012 18:00:00 N 18° 18.000, W 114° 36.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
14th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 18° 6.000, W 113° 30.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
15th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 18° 36.000, W 115° 24.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
16th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 19° 24.000, W 117° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
17th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 20° 0.000, W 118° 30.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
18th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 20° 30.000, W 120° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
Kai-tak (14W) Pacific Ocean 12.08.2012 13.08.2012 Tropical Depression 275 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 5.18 m JTWC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Kai-tak (14W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 36.000, E 128° 30.000
Start up: 12th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 46.86 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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13th Aug 2012 10:04:19 N 16° 36.000, E 126° 36.000 24 65 83 Tropical Depression 275 ° 17 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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14th Aug 2012 18:00:00 N 19° 6.000, E 122° 54.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
14th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 18° 0.000, E 124° 12.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
15th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 20° 12.000, E 121° 12.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
16th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 22° 0.000, E 117° 42.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
17th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 23° 24.000, E 114° 36.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
18th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 25° 12.000, E 111° 54.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC

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Today Tornado USA State of California, [Near to Nuevo, Ramona Expressway] Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 08:24 (08:24 AM) UTC.

Description
A menacing thunderstorm spawned a tornado that touched down near Nuevo this afternoon. The tornado downed up to twelve power-lines prompting authorities to shut down both directions of the Ramona Expressway while So Cal Edison removed and repaired the damage. “There are no reported injuries and one vehicle is stranded with the driver trapped while So Cal Edison takes care of the live lines in the roadway,” Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melodie Hendrickson said. A total of six occupants in the single vehicle that was temporarily stranded were assisted to a safe location at approximately 5:20 p.m., according to a Riverside County Fire Department report.

Flash Flood Watch

SAN DIEGO CA

Flood Warning

TALLAHASSEE FL
AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL

Flood Advisory

MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
Today Flash Flood New Zealand Southland, Christchurch Damage level Details

Flash Flood in New Zealand on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 02:40 (02:40 AM) UTC.

Description
Residents had to evacuate about 10 homes after torrential rain caused flooding in the Christchurch area on Sunday night. Christchurch City Council’s civil defence manager Murray Sinclair said Dallington was particularly bad, as was St Albans, where Dudley Creek had burst its banks. He said contractors had been putting sandbags on roads in Lyttelton to divert water away from properties and people had evacuated around 10 properties in Lyttelton, Sumner and Akaroa after they flooded. Earthquake-damaged roads in the eastern suburbs were vulnerable to surface flooding because the drains were not taking the water away as effectively as they used to, he said. Dozens of homes were threatened by flash flooding in Lyttelton, after a retaining wall burst. Residents said the wall at the top of Canterbury Street was washed out after a build up of shingle and rocks blocked storm water drains, causing a flash flood on Sunday night. Rowena Laing described seeing a “river of water” washing down a nearby street, Fairfax reports. Firefighters managed to divert the water away from homes. The New Zealand Transport Agency is urging drivers to take care on State Highway 83 from Pukeuri to Duntroon and SH79 from Geraldine to Fairlie due to flooding. And in the North Island, SH29 about 17km west of Auckland near Ruahihi Rd has been reduced to one lane due to a slip on Sunday. Motorists are advised to avoid using this road. More heavy rain is expected to hit Canterbury and eastern Otago on Monday and Tuesday as a front moves slowly across the area. More than 100mm may fall in some places on top of what is already “a very sodden situation”, the Metservice website said. “Members of the public are advised that streams and rivers may rise rapidly and there may be areas of flooding and slips.” Rain or showers are expected across most of the country on Monday.

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Radiation / Nuclear

Today Nuclear Event USA State of Michigan, South Haven [Palisades Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 02:32 (02:32 AM) UTC.

Description
The Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan has been removed from service to repair what officials said is a “very small, very minor” cooling water leak. No radioactive materials were released, spokesman Mark Savage said Sunday. The leak was being repaired inside a containment building at the plant in Covert Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. “Palisades is taking this conservative measure at this time because of our unrelenting commitment and focus on nuclear safety,” Savage said in Sunday morning in a release. “Palisades will be returned to service when repairs are completed.” Officials had been monitoring the leak for a month. Cooling water is used to cool off components of a nuclear reactor by picking up and carrying heat from the reactor. The plant’s reactor was shut down June 12 to repair a leak in a refueling water storage tank and was back online by July 11. “Shortly after that we noticed slowly increasing levels of this (cooling water) leakage,” Savage told The Associated Press on Sunday afternoon. Shutting down the plant drops radiation levels in the containment building and allows workers to safely repair the leak, he added. Palisades has been designated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as one of the nation’s four worst-performing nuclear plants, and it’s come under increasing public and federal scrutiny recently. New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. owns the plant and says it’s working to improve the plant’s safety culture. Last month, Michigan health officials reminded people who live, work or visit within 10 miles of Palisades to have potassium iodide pills on hand. The pills may prevent illnesses associated with radioactive iodine should an accident occur. The Michigan Department of Community Health makes the pills available for free to people near the plant and the state’s other nuclear power plants.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Epidemic Hazard in China on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 06:46 (06:46 AM) UTC.

Description
Two cases of cutaneous anthrax have been confirmed in Lianyungang of east China’s Jiangsu Province, reported a spokesman for the Ministry of Health on Monday. Skin irritations were found among seven villagers in Lianyungang, said Deng Haihua, the spokesman said at a press conference here. The symptoms of the other five villagers were not typical, but they have also been placed under medical observation, he said. All seven villagers are in stable, non-serious conditions, he added. The infected villagers were believed to have taken part in killing a sick cow. Cutaneous, or skin, anthrax is the least serious form of the disease. It is usually contracted when a person with a cut or sore on their skin comes into direct, unprotected contact with anthrax spores on a sick or dead animal. The provincial health department responded shortly after the events were reported. Medical teams were sent to treat the villagers and sanitise the farm and their residences, Deng said. Health departments will raise the monitoring level on anthrax and help educate local people about the disease, he said. Agricultural departments were also informed of the events, he said. “We will closely follow the development of these cases and make sure the disease is under control,” he said.
Biohazard name: Anthrax (cutaneous)
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
13.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Nepal Capital City, Kathmandu Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Nepal on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 04:51 (04:51 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 02:33 UTC
Description
Fifteen cholera cases have been confirmed in Kathmandu district since the onset of monsoon. Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital has confirmed 14 cases, while one case is reported in Kanti Children’s Hospital. Contaminated water is the main cause of cholera and diarrhoea in Kathmandu, doctors said. The cholera patients, between three and 88 years of age, were from Teku, Tahachal, Kalimati, Swayambhu, Baneshwor, Rabibhawan, Dallu, Bhimsengola, Kalanki and Pinglasthan in Kathmandu, the hospitals involved in the patients’ treatment reported. According to Dr Indra Prasad Prajapati, the hospital director, cholera cases have gone up this year compared to corresponding periods in the preceding years. “Only eight cases were reported last year during this time,” the director said and feared of focal outbreak if the number kept on rising. However, the epidemic could be limited to small focal area with people drinking the same contaminated water, Dr Prajapati said. He further said that three of the total cholera cases were based in Swayambhu. Dr Prajapati said leakage of drainage pipes and water pipelines is mainly responsible for the contamination of water. The contaminated water causes waterborne diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid, cholera, worm infection and jaundice. The doctor suggested to boil, double filter and to treat water with chlorine before drinking it. He also urged the government to disseminate awareness messages and repair the drainage and water supply system at the soonest. A total of 2,167 patients were diagnosed with gastrointestinal infections, including diarrhoea and dysentery in 2010/11 and 1,712 in 2011/12, according to hospitals. A miking campaign to make people aware of waterborne diseases is under way at high risk places, director of Kathmandu District Public Health Office (DPHO), Mahendra Prasad Shrestha, informed. “We are also holding a multi-sectoral meeting with Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL), Department of Water Supply and Sewerage, the Local Development Minister and others,” DPHO director Shrestha said. He further said that they have further asked the KUKL to increase the amount of chlorine in drinking water for water purification.

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Disease alert as Philippines flood toll jumps to 85

  by Jason Gutierrez

Emergency relief officials and doctors deployed to flood devastated communities in the Philippines Sunday to prevent outbreaks of disease as the death toll jumped to 85.

The flooding that submerged 80 percent of Manila early in the week has largely subsided but more than 150 towns and cities around the capital remain under water, affecting more than three million people. Amid the ongoing relief operation, the weather bureau warned of a low pressure area developing some 850 kilometers (528 miles) to the east in the Pacific Ocean that could turn into a storm and bring more rain. Many provinces around Manila remained inundated as overflowing dams continued to release water, the national disaster coordinating agency said. Relief workers were dealing with “clogged pipelines and trash everywhere. Sanitation has emerged as a key problem,” Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang told AFP. “We have deployed health officers in evacuation centres and in flood-hit communities with the likelihood of diseases erupting.” The health department said water purification tablets were being distributed, while mass immunizations were being carried out to prevent an outbreak of diseases such as flu. Of particular concern is a possible outbreak of leptospirosis, caused by exposure to water contaminated by rat urine, which infected 3,300 people and claimed some 250 lives in the aftermath of similar flooding in 2009. “Many may have escaped the floods, but many could still die from leptospirosis or other diseases,” Ramos said. The Red Cross put up huge rubber bladder tanks for clean water, while local officials sent portable latrines to packed evacuation centers. Food packs were also rushed to some 770,000 people displaced by flooding. Civil defense chief Benito Ramos said more than half of them were living in dire conditions in 948 evacuation centers — mostly schools and churches converted into temporary shelter areas. But in a town north of Manila, at least one family had set up camp on top of elevated tombs at a cemetery as they waited for aid, illustrating the extent of the crisis. In all, more than three million people in 167 towns and 16 cities were affected by the heavy rains and floods, the disaster agency said. “Many have returned to their homes as the waters subsided, but it is far from a normal situation,” Ramos said. “We are trying to help them return to their normal lives with a massive clean-up operation. There is muck everywhere, and it would take some time.” Ramos said the death toll rose to 85 on Sunday from 66 the previous day, with most of the casualties due to drowning. The floods were caused by seasonal southwest monsoon that brought an unusual amount of rainfall over Manila and nearby areas, causing dams and river systems to overflow. If the new low pressure disturbance develops into a major storm, it would bring more misery, Ramos warned.

12.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Kenya Coast Province, Mombasa Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Kenya on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 17:20 (05:20 PM) UTC.

Description
A truck driver was yesterday quarantined at Mombasa’s Aga Khan Hospital on suspicion he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The man only identified as Moses, 61, is said to have been in Kampala as from August 3, and arrived yesterday in Mombasa with symptoms resembling those of Ebola. According to Coast provincial director of Public Health and Sanitation Anisa Omar, the man had symptoms of fatigue, sore throat and fever, prompting doctors to seclude him from the rest of the patients at the hospital. “It’s true the man was in Kampala from August 3 and when he arrived, he developed the symptoms. He decided to seek medical attention at the hospital where he was isolated from the other patients after being examined by the doctors,’ Omar said. Anisa said the patient’s blood samples have been taken to the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi. She however allayed fears of the virus spreading to other parts of the region saying the situation is under control. This comes a week after Public Health Minister Beth Mugo assured the country that the government was doing all it can to shield Kenyans from the deadly virus. Ebola kiled 14 people in Western Uganda two weeks ago.
Biohazard name: Ebola (susp.)
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
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Solar Activity

2MIN News August 12, 2012: Quakes, M Flare, Weather

Published on Aug 12, 2012 by

Earthquake/Solar Flare Watch: http://youtu.be/zd7Z6dmABf8 [August 12-18, 2012]
[EXPLANATION Video For Earthquake Watches] Last Quake Watch: http://youtu.be/SMiHsOYwdCs
*****Astrotometry™ Response Video: http://youtu.be/DlJAw6x1STc

TODAY’S LINKS
4 Iran Quakes? http://news.am/eng/news/116869.html
Video: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-08-11/iran-earthquake/56969296/1
250 Dead: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444318104577584474193941882.html
Heat Tracking: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/heat-wave-tracker-20120627
China Flood: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/news-video/raw-video-floods-devastate-chi…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earthquake/Solar Flare Predictions: August 12-18, 2012

Published on Aug 9, 2012 by

SOLAR FLARE PREDICTION:

DCSYMBOLS:
dcsymbols Flare Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR0mg03vz6k
BigBytes [dcsymbols] Websites: http://dcsymbols.com/ & http://dcsymbols.com/future/quepaso.htm & http://dcsymbols.com/future/future.htm

PATRICK GERYL:
Patrick Geryl: Flare Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KngICgxdpws&feature=youtu.be
Patrick Geryl Website: http://www.howtosurvive2012.com/htm_night/home.htm

EARTHQUAKE PREDICTION:

Suspicious0bservers LAST Quake Watch & Explanation: http://youtu.be/SMiHsOYwdCs
[We had 4 Significant Magnitude Earthquakes During the Last Watch, Luckily None Caused Damage]

Other Earthquake Forecasters: Concurrence & Background

dcsymbols:
http://youtu.be/HE2FIE7D4xY

Astrotometry™:
http://youtu.be/Y5iZ8owQSVI
http://youtu.be/uqDPQdwAm9s

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1804 70.2 200 m – 450 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2012 OP4) 18th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1039 40.4 300 m – 670 m 22.54 km/s 81144 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 670 m – 1.5 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
(2012 FM52) 25th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.0599 23.3 510 m – 1.1 km 17.17 km/s 61812 km/h
66146 (1998 TU3) 25th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1265 49.2 3.0 km – 6.8 km 16.03 km/s 57708 km/h
(2009 AV) 26th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1615 62.8 670 m – 1.5 km 22.51 km/s 81036 km/h
331769 (2003 BQ35) 28th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.1585 61.7 240 m – 530 m 4.64 km/s 16704 km/h
(2010 SC) 28th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.1679 65.3 16 m – 36 m 9.56 km/s 34416 km/h
4769 Castalia 28th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.1135 44.2 1.4 km 12.06 km/s 43416 km/h
(2012 LU7) 02nd September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1200 46.7 440 m – 990 m 8.16 km/s 29376 km/h
(2012 FS35) 02nd September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 2.3 m – 5.2 m 2.87 km/s 10332 km/h
(2012 HG31) 03rd September 2012 21 day(s) 0.0716 27.9 440 m – 990 m 10.33 km/s 37188 km/h
(2012 PX) 04th September 2012 22 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 26 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 28 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 29 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

Today Biological Hazard USA State of Washington, [Puget Sound Region] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 06:07 (06:07 AM) UTC.

Description
Shellfish collected from a large area of central and south Puget Sound contain enough Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) biotoxin to make people sick. So, the Washington State Department of Health has closed recreational shellfish harvest in Jefferson, Island, Snohomish, Kitsap, King and Pierce Counties. Commercially harvested shellfish have been thoroughly tested and should be safe to eat. Warning signs are posted at beaches used by recreational shellfish harvesters to warn people not to collect shellfish from the closed areas. The closures include clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, geoduck, and other species of molluscan shellfish. Crab is not included in the closure, but “crab butter” should not be eaten. The PSP toxin is produced by algae that are often more common during the warmest months of the year. People can get very sick from eating shellfish contaminated with the toxin. Marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing. Symptoms of PSP can appear within minutes or hours and usually begin with tingling lips and tongue, moving to the hands and feet. This is followed by difficulty breathing, and potentially death. Anyone who has eaten shellfish and begins having these symptoms should get medical help immediately. A person can’t tell if PSP is present by looking at the water or shellfish. For this reason, the term “red tide,” which is often used for PSP, is misleading and inaccurate. PSP can only be detected by laboratory testing.
Biohazard name: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
Today Biological Hazard USA State of Texas, Jamaica Beach Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 02:50 (02:50 AM) UTC.

Description
Thousands of dead fish are washing ashore along the Texas coast from the Colorado River to Galveston Island and Parks and Wildlife biologists suspect low oxygen levels off shore may be to blame. What tides are bringing in on Jamaica Beach is making people pause. “I hope it’s nothing major,” said Mark Gannon, who took his family to the beach Sunday. “I hope the water is safe.” Thousands of dead shad litter the sand. “Any idea what it is?” asked Gannon’s wife Alexia. Her children tried to explain the problem. “At night time, the waves pull up really far so the fish can’t handle that, so they get up on the shore,” said Abby Gannon. Authorities said the answer is not so simple. Biologists with the Parks and Wildlife Department began testing ph, saline and oxygen levels in water samples taken along the coast. “When something’s affecting one [fish] then usually a lot of them are being affected at the same time because it’s such a big group [swimming in schools] together,” said Steven Mitchell of Texas Parks and Wildlife. He suspects low oxygen in the water is a problem. However, he won’t know for sure until biologists are able to test water up to 10 miles off shore. That could take several days. Meanwhile, there is no threat to people on the beach, authorities said. Still, people like the Gannons said their plan to spend the children’s final week of summer vacation on the beach could change a bit. “I imagine as it gets warmer the smell [of the dead shad] will get stronger and we will likely want to go home,” Alexia Gannon said.
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (fishes)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
13.08.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Colorado, Pueblo Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 03:32 (03:32 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 02:58 UTC
Description
After more than three decades without a case of anthrax in Colorado, the lethal bacterial disease has come back to an unusual extent on at least one Logan County ranch. After initial reports of one cow death last week, Veterinary Practice News reported Friday, the death of nearly 60 cattle from the anthrax bacillus. The one cow fatality from early last week has been laboratory-confirmed to have died from anthrax by the Colorado State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. According to the report, officials said they are certain “beyond a reasonable doubt,” based on the clinical signs, that the other cattle died from anthrax as well. The Colorado Department of Agriculture quarantined the affected ranch last week and because no cattle left the Logan County ranch in the months before detection of the clinical signs of anthrax, infected cattle likely did not enter the food chain. Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr says drought conditions may have created a favorable environment for bacterial growth; however, he is confident that the outbreak has been contained. The moderator for the International Society for Infectious Diseases website, ProMED mail says, “With this very high number of affected animals on the one Logan County ranch, neighboring ranches up to 5 miles out are at immediate risk from biting flies with contaminated mouthparts. In fact, ranches up to three counties out should be on full alert.”Anthrax is a pathogen in livestock and wild animals. Some of the more common herbivores are cattle, sheep, goats, horses, camels and deers. It infects humans primarily through occupational or incidental exposure with infected animals of their skins. Anthrax is caused by the bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. This spore forming bacteria can survive in the environment for years because of its ability to resist heat, cold, drying, etc. this is usually the infectious stage of anthrax. When conditions become favorable, the spores germinate into colonies of bacteria. An example would be a grazing cow ingests spores that in the cow, germinate, grow spread and eventually kill the animal. The bacteria will form spores in the carcass and then return to the soil to infect other animals. The vegetative form is rarely implicated in transmission. There are no reports of person-to-person transmission of anthrax. People get anthrax by handling contaminated animal or animal products, consuming undercooked meat of infected animals and more recently, intentional release of spores. There are three types of human anthrax with differing degrees of seriousness: cutaneous, gastrointestinal and inhalation.

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Articles of Interest

China reservoir collapse kills at least 10: state media

by Staff Writers
Shanghai (AFP)

 

At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured after the earthen wall of a reservoir collapsed in eastern China, flooding a rural area, state media said Sunday.

The 29-metre (96-foot) wall, part of a reservoir in Zhejiang province, collapsed early Friday, following heavy rainfall after Typhoon Haikui passed through the area, the China Daily newspaper said.

The paper put the death toll at 10 while the official Xinhua news agency said Saturday that 11 people died and 27 were injured.

Local officials in Shenjiakeng village, where the accident took place, could not be immediately reached for comment.

The collapse flooded a “large area” of the village with water and silt, affecting 80 families and damaging at least a third of homes, China Daily said.

Haikui, now a tropical storm, had previously killed at least six people and continues to bring heavy rain to parts of eastern China, Xinhua has reported, quoting government statistics.

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More than 10,000 earthworms found dead in a parking lot of 250m2 North Japan

Posted by Mochizuki

More than 10,000 earthworms found dead in a parking lot of 250m2 North Japan

In Komatsu city Ishikawa, more than 10,000 earthworms found dead in a parking lot. Ishikawa prefecture is facing Japan / Korea sea.

Mr. Kobayashi is living near the parking lot. He comments he found earthworms dead in the evening of 8/5/2012. It kept increasing and now it’s scattered around in the 250 m2 of the area.
There are about 500 dead worms in the space for one car. Because 16 cars can park there, more than 10,000 worms are dead in the whole area including the passageway.

Former director of insects museum visited the place to comment it is rare to see this many worms dead at once. It’s an ordinary type of earthworm. He assumes they came from the near greenery to the parking lot for water because of the intense heat and died there.

Citizens nearby the area talks, “I haven’t seen such a thing. Is this because of the intense heat ?” or “It may increase more.”

Today Power Outage USA State of California, Sacramento Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 06:06 (06:06 AM) UTC.

Description
Nearly 14,000 households in northeast Sacramento were rolling in darkness Sunday evening for 2 1/2 hours as SMUD struggled to restore power to the affected customers. SMUD spokesman Clint Swett said an equipment problem at a Citrus Heights area substation caused the outage that affected people from Carmichael to Citrus Heights. The outage was first reported at 5:30 p.m., and power was restored by 8 p.m. Swett said it was premature to speculate whether the power failure was caused by the heat. Sacramento topped out at 104 degrees Sunday afternoon. “When we have a power outage, we do our best to restore power first and then investigate what happened,” Swett said.

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
07.08.2012 07:26:17 2.9 North America United States Montana West Yellowstone There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 07:25:20 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Mimaropa Maliig There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 07:26:38 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Mimaropa Maliig There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 07:25:51 4.6 Asia Japan Fukushima Namie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
07.08.2012 06:35:25 4.6 Asia Japan Fukushima Namie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 06:25:30 2.6 Europe Poland Silesian Voivodeship Bazanowice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 06:25:55 3.0 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 06:26:22 2.2 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 05:20:20 2.2 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 05:21:05 3.1 Europe Greece Epirus Kranea VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 05:21:30 3.3 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 06:26:45 2.5 Asia Turkey ??rnak Birlikkoy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 04:21:44 4.8 South America Peru Huanuco Tingo Maria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 04:20:19 4.7 South-America Peru Huanuco Tingo Maria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 06:27:31 2.7 Caribbean Puerto Rico Vieques Esperanza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 06:27:07 2.1 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 04:20:45 3.0 South-America Chile Valparaíso San Antonio VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 03:30:31 2.3 North America United States California Greenfield VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 05:21:57 2.5 Asia Turkey Eski?ehir Alpu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 06:27:54 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Aguadilla San Antonio VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 03:05:21 5.2 South America Chile Atacama Vallenar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 03:20:19 5.2 South-America Chile Atacama Vallenar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 02:40:26 4.9 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Along VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 03:20:45 5.0 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Along VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 02:20:21 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Tobelo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 01:40:24 4.7 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Tobelo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 00:40:29 2.3 North America United States Alaska Beluga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 04:21:05 2.0 Europe Greece North Aegean Agia Paraskevi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 00:15:25 2.3 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 00:15:48 2.3 Europe Greece North Aegean Kedron VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 23:35:28 2.1 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 23:35:50 2.4 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 23:45:28 2.0 North America United States Arizona Cibola There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 23:10:29 3.0 North America United States Alaska Ugashik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 00:16:10 2.1 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 23:00:27 2.2 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 22:35:28 2.6 North America United States Alaska Port Alsworth There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 22:05:24 3.3 South-America Chile Valparaíso San Antonio VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 22:05:46 2.5 Europe Poland Lower Silesian Voivodeship Peclaw VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 22:06:05 3.3 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 21:10:52 5.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Tobelo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 22:06:25 5.5 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Tobelo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 21:15:27 3.9 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 21:00:27 2.8 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 21:11:11 3.8 Caribbean Dominican Republic La Altagracia San Rafael del Yuma VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 21:00:49 3.0 Asia Turkey Antalya Beykonak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 19:35:33 2.2 North America United States California La Jolla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 18:55:33 2.1 North America United States Alaska Silver Springs There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.08.2012 19:00:26 2.7 Asia Turkey ??rnak Bisbin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.08.2012 17:55:34 2.6 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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4.4-Magnitude Quake Rattles Scandinavian Sea

COPENHAGEN, Denmark August 6, 2012 (AP)

Danish geologists say a 4.4-magnitude quake has rattled the seabed between Denmark and Sweden, causing no damage or casualties.

Trine Dahl-Jensen of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) said Monday’s quake was “pretty strong” by Danish standards.

Dahl-Jensen says such quakes happen once or twice a decade.

The epicenter was 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) southeast of the Danish island of Anholt in the Kattegat Sea.

Media in Denmark and Sweden reported that residents in the two Scandinavian countries woke up when they felt the earth shake at 0257 GMT (10:57 p.m. EDT Sunday).

Quake felt in rural Central Calif. community

The Associated Press

COALINGA, Calif. — A magnitude-4.5 earthquake has shaken a rural area of Central California.

A U.S. Geological Survey computer-generated report says Monday’s 12:36 a.m. quake was centered 16 miles south-southwest of Coalinga in the San Joaquin Valley and 123 miles southeast of San Jose.

A Coalinga police officer says several people have reported feeling the quake but there are no reports of damage.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/06/4697133/quake-felt-in-rural-central-calif.html#storylink=cpy

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Volcanic Activity

Visitors warned off erupting volcano

PALOMA MIGONE

White Island

STEAMING: GNS confirms that ‘volcanic eruption is underway’, although there is little or no ash being emitted.

White Island volcano has erupted, prompting GNS Science to advise visitors to take extra care.

The island, located about 50 kilometres off the coast of Whakatane, is an active volcano and a popular tourist spot.

Its web camera captured the small eruption from Crater Lake, GNS Science volcanologist Michael Ronsenberg said.

“These phenomena are not unknown for While Island, but this is the first substantial confirmation that small scale eruptions are now occurring on the island and confirms the risk to visitors has increased,” he said.

“Eruptions can occur at any time with little or no warning. We advise extra caution should be taken, if visiting the island.”

GNS has changed the volcano’s code from “experiencing signs of elevated unrest above known background levels” to “volcanic eruption is underway with no or minor ash emissions”.

The alert level has also changed from one to two due to “minor eruptive activity”.

It follows a code change last week when scientists discovered water levels in Crater Lake rose by about 3m to 5m overnight and the number of tremors had increased.

There was a particularly stronger seismic episode recorded Sunday morning, ending in a volcanic earthquake at 4.54am that day.

Rosenberg said: “[The earthquake] had a sound signal, which meant something happened on the surface. So we went back and looked at the camera images.”

“Obviously being at night time, there was no visual observations and initially we weren’t able to determine what that small event was.

“But we’ve narrowed it down and recognise that there has been full hydrothermal eruption.”

Rosenberg said there had not been any further eruptions, and the number of tremors had decreased.

“It’s now at similar levels to before the weekend.”

GNS Science was “paying close attention” to the volcano as the last “gentle eruption” had been in early 2001.

White Island also experienced a “moderate-sized explosion” in July 2000, when fresh lava was pushed out.

“In the past this kind of activity has increased to small eruptions that produce ash, and that ash could drift as far as the mainland,” Rosenberg said.

“We can’t predict what the volcano is going to do and we are not making any forecasts, but yes, it’s certainly possible that the activity could ramp up again.”

Underwater Volcano Found off West Iceland?

A mountain which the Icelandic Marine Research Institute (Hafró) discovered on the ocean floor west off the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland during an expedition earlier this summer may turn out to be a previously unknown volcano.

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A fishing ship with Snæfellsjökull, the glacier-covered volcano on the tip of Snæfellsnes in the background. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

“Multi-laser measurements […] revealed a large underwater mountain deep off the foot of the continental shelf approximately 120 nautical miles west of Snæfellsnes,” a statement from Hafró reads, according to Fréttablaðið.

The mountain, which is at a depth of 950 to 1,400 meters is around 450 meters high, similar to Ingólfsfjall in south Iceland. However, it extends over 300 square kilometers, which is ten times the square measure of Ingólfsfjall.

The shape of the mountain is very similar to that of table mountains and it appears to be geologically young.

“The analysis of a rock sample from the mountain will determine whether this is the case or whether it is a volcano connected with an old drift belt, which might mean that it is 20 million years old,” the statement continues.

During the expedition multi-laser measurements were made between West Iceland and Greenland to map the shape of the ocean floor in these commonly-used fishing grounds and explore the environment of powerful ocean currents.

A total of 9,000 square kilometers were covered during the 11-day expedition.

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Mt Tongariro eruption: Code red

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An aerial from a Mountain Air flight over the Tongariro National Park. Photo / Greg Bowker

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An aerial from a Mountain Air flight over the Tongariro National Park. Photo / Greg Bowker

A thick ash cloud is covering much of the central North Island after Mt Tongariro erupted for the first time in more than a century late last night.

The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2, while the aviation colour code has been raised to red.

Roads are closed, flights are likely to be disrupted and nearby residents are advised to stay indoors as ash and rock spews from the mountain.

Turoa Ski Area manager Chris Thrupp told Firstline the ski field remains open and has not been advised to close. He said the ash has not drifted to Ruapehu, south of Tongariro.

“The ash is the concern – if the wind changes, which we don’t believe it will.”

GNS science is reporting that about 11.50pm on Monday night ash fall began to be reported in the volcano’s vicinity – it has since been reported as far east as SH5 near Te Haroto and in Napier.


Mt Tongariro eruption: Where will the ash go?

It is the first time the mountain has erupted since 1897.

GNS duty volcanologist Michael Rosenberg told Radio New Zealand that some people are reported to have left their houses on the southern shores of Lake Rotoaira, though no formal notices of evacuation have been issued so far by Civil Defence.

He said residents in the area have told GNS of hearing several loud explosions, lightning and plumes of smoke and police have been told by an onlooker that “a new hole in the side of the mountain” had formed.

They have also reported bright red rocks flying out of the mountain.

The eruption reportedly happened at the Te Mari Craters, which are close to the Ketetahi Hot Springs on the northern side of the mountain.

There have been no further eruptions since midnight, according to GNS seismic records.

Mr Rosenberg said while volcanologists have been monitoring small earthquakes under the mountain in the past few weeks, the eruption was “quite unexpected”.

Activity at the mountain is expected continue for some time, bit it was “anyone’s guess” whether there would be larger eruptions.

AREAS AFFECTED

Civil defence spokesman Vince Cholewa told Newstalk ZB ash could reach those living in Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu-Wanganui, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.

“The advice to people is to stay indoors, because volcanic ash can obviously be a health hazard, if they’re indoors please close windows and doors to try and limit the entry of ash.”

Mr Cholewa says at this stage not all areas alerted are affected by ash, but that situation could change.

“We’re working actively with GNS Science who operate the monitoring equipment on the mountains, and with police so all the information from the ground is being gathered, and decisions will be based on that information.

“Evacuations have not been ordered, please listen to the radio for advice from local authorities and police, any evacuations would be issued at that level, and based on the evidence from GNS Science.”

Police are sending search and rescue teams up Mt Tongariro at first light to check no one is stranded in huts. However, they say there have been no reports of injuries or damage.

ROADS

The police have closed State Highway 1 between Rangipo and Waiouru (Desert Road) and SH46 west of Rangipo. SH47 and 4 remain open at this stage as does SH5.

Motorists are being advised to avoid travel in the area and these closures will be re-assessed once daylight reveals the extent of the ash cloud.

Truck driver Bryn Rodda told Radio New Zealand thick dust meant there was poor visibility on the Desert Road when he passed through last night.

“I could see this big cloud – it looked like a fist, basically, at an angle across the sky – and about the wrist section of the fist there was an orange ball of flash that I saw.”
Clayton Bolt, a passing motorist told RadioLive that he saw a massive white cloud coming from the side of Mt Tongariro.

“I put my foot down. I said, I’m going.”

AVIATION

Civil Aviation Authority manager of meteorology Peter Lechner said the plume is leading off to the east and south east. affecting a zone of airspace stretching as far as from Tongariro to north of Gisborne then south to Hawkes Bay and possibly northern Wairarapa.

The CAA alerted all aircraft using a volcanic ash advisory system, working with MetService.

Mr Lechner said that ash can build up in the turbines of aeroplanes and helicopters, causing engines to stall.

“It can result in significant flight risk.”

WEATHER

WeatherWatch chief analyst Philip Duncan said westerlies will continue to blow the ash east to south east of the mountain.

“The winds don’t look especially strong over the next few days as the centre of a low crosses the North Island – the lighter the winds are the more ash will fall locally around the mountain and less likely to cause widespread disruptions further afield.”

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is currently assessing information with the assistance of GNS scientific advisors.

It has not yet activated the National Crisis Management Centre which is called upon in times of emergency like the Christchurch earthquake.

WHITE ISLAND

New Zealand’s other high profile active volcano, White Island, also had its alert level raised from 1 to 2 on Monday after a small eruption was recorded in its crater lake.

– Herald Online

07.08.2012 Volcano Activity New Zealand Northland, [Tongariro Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Activity in New Zealand on Monday, 06 August, 2012 at 17:51 (05:51 PM) UTC.

Description
The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2 after the central North Island volcano erupted for the first time in more than a century late last night. GNS science is reporting that at approximately 11:50pm on Monday night ash fall began to be reported in the volcano’s vicinity – it has since been reported as far east as SH5 near Te Haroto and in Napier. GNS duty volcanologist Michael Rosenberg told Radio New Zealand that some people are reported to have left their houses on the southern shores of Lake Rotoaira, though no formal notices of evacuation have been issued so far by Civil Defense. He said residents in the area have told GNS of hearing several loud explosions, lightning and plumes of smoke and police have been told by an onlooker that “a new hole in the side of the mountain” had formed. They have also reported bright red rocks flying out of the mountain. The eruption reportedly happened at the Te Mari Craters, which are close to the Ketetahi Hot Springs on the northern side of the mountain. Civil defence spokesman Vince Cholewa told NewstalkZb ash could reach those living in Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu-Wanganui, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. “The advice to people is to stay indoors, because volcanic ash can obviously be a health hazard, if they’re indoors please close windows and doors to try and limit the entry of ash.” Mr Cholewa says at this stage not all areas alerted are affected by ash, but that situation could change. “We’re working actively with GNS Science who operate the monitoring equipment on the mountains, and with police so all the information from the ground is being gathered, and decisions will be based on that information. “Evacuations have not been ordered, please listen to the radio for advice from local authorities and police, any evacuations would be issued at that level, and based on the evidence from GNS Science.”

Due to possible danger to the public the police have closed SH1 between Rangipo and Waiouru (Desert Road) and SH46 west of Rangipo. SH47 and 4 remain open at this stage as does SH5. Motorists are being advised to avoid travel in the area and these closures will be re-assessed once daylight reveals the extent of the ash cloud. A truck driver has told Radio New Zealand that the ash cloud has caused thick dust and reduced visibility on the Desert Road. Bryn Rodda said he saw a large cloud rising from the mountain with orange flashes. Civil Aviation Authority manager of meteorology Peter Lechner told NewstalkZb the plume is leading off to the east and south east. “Flight operations to the west of the plume should remain unaffected, however operations to the eastern half of the North Island will have some difficulty at this stage.” Mr Lechner says a frontal system is on its way which should disperse the cloud, but that depends on whether there are further eruptions. Police are sending search and rescue teams up Mt Tongariro at first light to check no one is stranded in huts. However, they say there have been no reports of injuries or damage. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is currently assessing information with the assistance of GNS scientific advisors. It has not yet activated the National Crisis Management Centre which is called upon in times of emergency like the Christchurch earthquake. New Zealand’s other high profile active volcano, White Island, also had its alert level raised from 1 to 2 on Monday after a small eruption was recorded in its crater lake.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

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Today Heat Wave Bulgaria [Statewide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in Bulgaria on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 05:29 (05:29 AM) UTC.

Description
Historically high temperatures were recorded in 28 locations throughout Bulgaria on Monday, the country’s National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) said. At 3 p.m. local time (0200 GMT), the temperature in Ruse by the Danube River was 41 degrees Celsius. Pleven in northern Bulgaria recorded 40 degrees Celsius, followed by Sandanski in the southwest of the country at 39.6 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, temperatures in the capital Sofia also hit 34.6 degrees Celsius. Temperatures were unusually high even in the mountains, NIMH said. At Botev peak, temperatures reached 17.5 degrees Celsius, 25.2 degrees Celsius at Murgash peak, and 26.5 degrees Celsius at Rozhen peak. Record-high temperatures were reported also on the Black Sea coast in the towns of Ahtopol and Varna at 35 degree Celsius, and cape of Kaliakra at 32.8 degree Celsius. Temperatures will remain high on Tuesday, after which they should return to what is considered normal for the season, NIMH said.
06.08.2012 Extreme Weather USA State of Pennsylvania, Tunkhannock Township [Pocono Raceway] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Monday, 06 August, 2012 at 14:51 (02:51 PM) UTC.

Description
NASCAR fans at Pocono Raceway were advised over public address systems and through social media to take cover when lightning and heavy rain hit the track near the end of the race. The warnings weren’t enough to avoid tragedy at the track on Sunday. Lightning strikes at Pocono after a rain-shortened NASCAR race killed one fan and injured nine others, one critically, racetrack officials said. Multiple lightning strikes occurred behind the racetrack’s grandstands and outside one of the gates as fans were leaving, Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban said. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the fans were actually struck by the lightning itself or were injured by related jolts. “Unfortunately, a member of our raceway family here, a fan, has passed away,” Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky said in announcing the death. He provided no details about the victim but expressed condolences to his family. Igdalsky later posted on Twitter, “My family and I are praying for all those that were involved in the lightning strikes. … Difficult evening for all.” The victim was in or near his car in a parking lot after the race had ended when lightning struck the car, Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen said. Bystanders performed CPR on the man, who had gone into cardiac arrest, until paramedics arrived, Allen said. They took him to the track’s medical facility, where efforts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Pennsylvania 400 was called because of storms, with 98 of the 160 scheduled laps completed. As the storm approached, the track posted messages on its Twitter page to more than 22,000 followers near the end of the race encouraging fans to “seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area.” The attendance was estimated by the track at 85,000. Public address announcements were made before the storm and the end of the race for fans to take shelter and evacuate the grandstands, Pleban said. Racetrack officials were reviewing the logs of when the announcements were made, he said. There was no order to evacuate the track premises. Jeff Gordon, who won the race, said at a post-race news conference that he could hear a huge crack as he walked down the pit road during the storm. “You could tell it was very close,” he said. “I mean, that’s the thing that’s going to take away from the victory, is the fact that somebody was affected by that.” Kyle Manger, a spectator from New Jersey, told The Sporting News that he saw people hit by lightning near the Turn 3 grandstands. He said when the severe weather began, he and some friends ran to their truck. “The visibility was very poor and all of a sudden (I) saw a bolt of lightning right in front of our windshield,” he said. “When it became a little more visible, we saw two bodies next to a destroyed tent with people scrambling.” One person remained hospitalized in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Pleban said. Three people were taken to hospitals with minor to moderate injuries, and five others were treated on the scene, he said. “We are deeply saddened that a fan has died and others were injured by lightning strikes following today’s race at Pocono,” NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said. “Our thoughts are with them as well as those affected by this unfortunate accident.” Gordon’s team, Hendrick Motorsports, also offered sympathies on Twitter, writing, “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the lightning” at Pocono Raceway.

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06.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Italy Sicily, [Zingaro National Park] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Italy on Monday, 06 August, 2012 at 20:15 (08:15 PM) UTC.

Description
Around 900 holidaymakers from Italy and abroad were moved from hotels and camping areas as the fire hit the Zingaro National Park on the island’s northwest tip overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. “The Zingaro reserve went up in flames,” said Matteo Rizzo, Mayor of San Vito Lo Capo, just north of the park. Firefighters, forest patrols and volunteers worked for 12 hours to bring the fire under control and a school was opened in San Vito Lo Capo to house evacuees while others slept outdoors in the stifling heat. Mr Rizzo said the damage from the Zingaro blaze could have been reduced if firefighters had received air support. “I realise that there were a number of fires in Sicily and the situation was rather serious, but it is inconceivable that one of the most beautiful and oldest reserves in Sicily went up in smoke because no one lifted a finger.” Park officials said on Monday the reserve would remain closed to the public while they assessed the full extent of the park’s vegetation and wildlife which includes 40 different birds, rabbits, snakes and weasels. The reserve covers 4,000 acres and beneath its dramatic cliffs there are coves and grottoes stretching for four miles of the coast. One hotel owner said electricity and water supplies had been cut off and telephone lines were down while emergency workers continued to secure the area as temperatures soared close to 95F (35C).
06.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Washington, [Near to Chelan ] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 06 August, 2012 at 13:52 (01:52 PM) UTC.

Description
A wildfire that has burned about 1,000 acres of grass and brush near Chelan also threatens 14 homes or outbuildings. Chelan County sheriff’s Cpl. Jason Reinfeld told The Wenatchee World the owners were advised of the danger. The fire broke out about noon Sunday off Highway 97. State, federal and Chelan County crews are attacking the fire from the ground and air using two air tankers and three helicopters, which are dipping from the Columbia River.

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Storms, Flooding

Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Ernesto (AL05) Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 07.08.2012 Hurricane I 300 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 5.49 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Ernesto (AL05)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000
Start up: 02nd August 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 2,163.67 km
Top category.:
Report by: NHC
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02nd Aug 2012 04:08:45 N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000 30 56 74 Tropical Depression 285 16 1008 MB NHC
03rd Aug 2012 04:49:11 N 13° 24.000, W 58° 18.000 35 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 20 1005 MB NHC
04th Aug 2012 05:16:42 N 13° 54.000, W 65° 36.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 16 1003 MB NHC
05th Aug 2012 05:35:24 N 15° 24.000, W 72° 42.000 35 93 111 Tropical Storm 285 16 1007 MB NHC
06th Aug 2012 05:25:12 N 15° 0.000, W 79° 42.000 24 83 102 Tropical Storm 270 15 1003 MB NHC
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07th Aug 2012 05:16:51 N 17° 0.000, W 82° 42.000 20 102 120 Hurricane I 300 ° 18 994 MB NHC
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08th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 18° 54.000, W 89° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NHC
08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 18.000, W 86° 48.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NHC
09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 18.000, W 91° 6.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NHC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, W 94° 48.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NHC
11th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 24.000, W 97° 24.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NHC
12th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 12.000, W 99° 24.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NHC
Haikui (12W) Pacific Ocean 03.08.2012 07.08.2012 Typhoon I 280 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Haikui (12W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 24° 24.000, E 139° 48.000
Start up: 03rd August 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 1,009.14 km
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Report by: JTWC
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03rd Aug 2012 09:08:44 N 24° 24.000, E 139° 48.000 24 56 74 Tropical Depression 295 20 JTWC
04th Aug 2012 05:17:37 N 24° 54.000, E 134° 12.000 35 65 83 Tropical Storm 275 20 JTWC
04th Aug 2012 10:54:52 N 25° 30.000, E 132° 48.000 30 65 83 Tropical Storm 295 16 JTWC
05th Aug 2012 05:42:49 N 26° 48.000, E 129° 12.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 290 16 JTWC
06th Aug 2012 05:33:59 N 27° 12.000, E 126° 0.000 7 102 130 Tropical Storm 270 12 JTWC
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07th Aug 2012 05:22:17 N 27° 24.000, E 123° 54.000 9 120 148 Typhoon I 280 ° 15 JTWC
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08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 48.000, E 121° 42.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
08th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 29° 30.000, E 120° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 12.000, E 119° 42.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 6.000, E 120° 36.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
13W Pacific Ocean 05.08.2012 07.08.2012 Tropical Depression 330 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: 13W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 23° 6.000, E 161° 36.000
Start up: 05th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 408.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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05th Aug 2012 05:44:20 N 23° 6.000, E 161° 36.000 13 46 65 Tropical Depression 195 10 JTWC
06th Aug 2012 05:31:12 N 25° 48.000, E 162° 12.000 9 65 83 Tropical Storm 240 10 JTWC
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07th Aug 2012 05:20:10 N 29° 0.000, E 161° 54.000 13 83 102 Tropical Depression 330 ° 15 JTWC
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08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 36.000, E 159° 18.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
08th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 32° 54.000, E 157° 42.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 48.000, E 155° 36.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 39° 42.000, E 151° 36.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC

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Above 45 Killed by Typhoon in the Philippines

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Manila, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) More than 45 people died and six others missing due to Typhoon Saola in the northern region of Philippines, reported on Monday the National Center for Disaster Prevention.

The rains and flooding caused further serious damage to 74 roads, 7, 000 homes and the evacuation of about 200, 000 people still housed in improvised centers, according to the press.

Landslides and overflowing dam flooded much of Manila, the capital, especially in the areas near the sea, other media reported as Rappler website.

Between May and November, during rainy season in the Philippines, the archipelago is hit by an average of 15 to 20 typhoons that affect the entire region of Southeast Asia.

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07.08.2012 Flash Flood India MultiStates, [States of Uttarakhand, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in India on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 04:06 (04:06 AM) UTC.

Description
Hundreds of people residing near Beas river have been evacuated to safe places after flash flood caused by torrential rain over Dhundi peaks at south portal of Rohtang tunnel flooded the Seri rivulet, a tributary to Beas river, on Friday at 8pm. People living close to river between Palchan and Kullu are being evacuated and traffic on national highway has been stopped. Till last report received from Palchan (near Dhundi) at 10.30pm, level of the river was rising continuously and police were evacuating the people from Bahang village, 6km from Manali. According to police, there is no report of any casualty. Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Bahang village, said people are trying to save the household accessories amid chaotic atmosphere and conditions have become even worse after power failure. “Everything was normal till late evening but the situation changed suddenly after 8pm when river water, mixed with sludge, started engulfing its banks. People are risking their lives to remove the household stuffs,” he said. An engineer working with a hydel project near Palchan said over phone that roaring sound of river is shaking the foundation of the houses. “Nobody is going to sleep tonight. Villagers have gathered at many places and are guarding the river banks with floodlights,” he said. According to villagers it is a cloudburst which might have caused devastation at its source on mountains. Kullu deputy commissioner Amitabh Awasthi said , police are patrolling the river banks and have directed people to move to safe places. “We have closed the traffic on national highway. We shall keep an eye on the situation throughout the night,” he said.
Today Flash Flood Philippines National Capital Region, Quezon City Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Philippines on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 05:30 (05:30 AM) UTC.

Description
Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. Incessant downpours set off by the seasonal monsoon overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and nine surrounding provinces and put authorities on alert. The death toll from last week’s Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the northern Philippines for several days, has climbed steadily to 51. The head of the government’s rescue agency, Benito Ramos, said there were no immediate reports of new casualties early Tuesday after the rains pounded already saturated Manila for more than 24 hours. Vehicles and even heavy trucks struggled to navigate water-clogged roads, where hundreds of thousands of commuters were stranded overnight. Many cars were stuck in the muddy waters. The La Mesa dam, which supplies water to the capital of 12 million people, spilled excess water for a second time early Tuesday into the rivers flowing into Quezon city, a middle-class Manila suburb, as well as the neighborhoods of Malabon, Valenzuela and Caloocan, where several villages were submerged. Along the swollen Marikina River, police were deployed to move more than 5,000 residents away from the riverbanks in what Vice Mayor Jose Cadiz said was an enforced evacuation. The operation started after the City Hall sounded the alarm bell. The Philippine Stock Exchange in the financial district of Makati, which was also flooded, was closed Tuesday. Also closed was the U.S. Embassy along Manila Bay in the historic old city, which was drenched out last week when a storm surge pushed the water over the seawall. “The embassy is closed today due to excessive flooding in the streets and concern for the safety of our employees and consular applicants,” Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said in an announcement.
06.08.2012 Flash Flood USA State of Tennessee, Johnson City Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Monday, 06 August, 2012 at 12:18 (12:18 PM) UTC.

Description
Heavy rains pounded northeast Tennessee Sunday, including downtown Johnson City, where emergency crews in inflatable boats rescued people trapped in their homes and in their cars on flooded streets. Johnson City Schools announced their start on Monday is postponed because of the storm damage. The city’s garage complex flooded and several were buses under water, leading the city to cancel transit service for Monday. WTFM radio reported shelters were still open at schools in Unicoi and Jonesborough early Monday. Streams throughout the region overflowed across roads and into homes. Houses and apartments in several areas are surrounded by water at the Mall at Johnson City’s parking lot was covered by high water, stranding numerous vehicles. Sections of Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties also were flooded. The National Weather Service said three to four inches of rain fell within an hour’s time across upper northeast Tennessee during the height of the storm. And more rain was expected through the night. At least 10 people were rescued from their homes in Washington County, and in Unicoi County, officers and volunteer firefighters were evacuating other areas as well. In down downtown Johnson City, a portion of one street washed away into a creek, officials said. “Occasionally, we’ve been up to our gun belt in water, but it’s starting to subside,” said city police Lt. Gerald Harrell. “We are actively answering every call for service that we have. It may be taking us just a tad bit longer, but we’re getting to each and every one and we will get to each and every one,” Harrell said.Police urged people to stay home and avoid any local travel if possible and emergency shelters were open. Elizabethton also was hit hard, officials there said. “We’ve got flooding all over,” Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said. Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said when he first was called at 7 p.m. or so, it was just drizzling. “When I came in, it was just unreal. The water was coming up and I saw we were going to have serious, serious problems,” he said. About 4,000 customers, most in Johnson City, had no power but officials expected it to be restored quickly.

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

05.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Tanzania Kagera Region, [Nyakahanga area] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Tanzania on Sunday, 05 August, 2012 at 17:33 (05:33 PM) UTC.

Description
A team of medical experts from Dar es Salaam was yesterday dispatched to Kagera region to further examine the two patients believed to be suffering from the Ebola hemorrhagic fever. But as the team of medical experts was sent to Kagera region, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare subsequently confirmed the outbreak of the deadly fever in the western part of the country. Confirming the reports, the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Seleman Rashid, also said that a team of medical experts was still diagnosing a patient in efforts to establish the symptoms. In the meantime, reports from Nyakahanga designated hospital in Karagwe district, Kagera region indicate that there were two patients including a child, suspected to be suffering from the deadly fever that has rocked neighbouring Uganda. According to one of the doctors who diagnosed the patient at Karagwe’s Nyakahanga hospital, preliminary findings show that the victim might have contacted the Ebola virus. However, the doctor who requested anonymity told the Guardian on Sunday that ‘further medical examination’ would be conducted to gather more evidence about the possible outbreak of Ebola, adding that the patient had since been quarantined pending final results. According to the doctor, the ‘Ebola patient’ was brought to the hospital on Friday morning and, upon diagnosis, it was established that the patient had suffered from Ebola. The patient who is a six-year-old child was brought to the Mulongo hospital by his mother from a village close to the Uganda-Tanzania boarder after the child developed severe symptoms.

“We are doing further medical examination on a patient … we will tell the general public once it is confirmed that we are dealing with Ebola virus infections,” the doctor said, adding that currently the patient alleged to have been infected was admitted in a separate room and now lives in isolation from other patients at the hospital. He said preliminary check-ups found out that the diagnosis had all signs showed clear symptoms of Ebola – after which he ordered the patient to be admitted for closer monitoring locally, and further medical examination by medical experts from the ministry headquarters. He added that the patient had since been placed in a special intensive care room which is out of bounds for all other people — apart from his mother who is taking care of the patient. However, he said, this was a medical rule aimed at avoiding quick spread of the deadly disease Another patient also believed to have crossed the boarder from Uganda was admitted at the hospital as well, but medical investigations of his deteriorating health conditions were still not completed by Saturday evening. As a precaution, the doctor said his hospital team and the district health workers had since started warning people in surrounding villages to take immediate measures whenever they come across such patients. He has also warned the people living closer to the border with Uganda to be careful not to come into contact with any person whom they see vomiting or bleeding – clear signs of someone suffering from Ebola.

On Wednesday this week, Dr. Mwinyi told visibly alarmed legislators in Dodoma that a team of medical experts had been dispatched to the border with Uganda, fully equipped with protective gear and medical supplies. The minister advised the general public especially those living in the northern regions of Kagera, Mara, Mwanza and Kigoma — some of which share the border crossings with Uganda — to take precautions because the disease was highly contagious. Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) had alerted Tanzania on the Ebola threat, prompting the ministry to issue a press statement elaborating that Ebola (Ebola HF) was a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) that has appeared sporadically since its initial recognition in 1976. The disease is caused by infection with Ebola virus, named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), where it was first recognized. The virus is one of two members of a family of RNA viruses called the Filoviridae; there are five identified subtypes of the Ebola virus — four of which have been known to cause disease in humans: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola-Ivory Coast and Ebola-Bundibugyo. The fifth, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.

Biohazard name: Ebola (susp.)
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
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Status: suspected

05.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Nepal Capital City, Kathmandu Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Nepal on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 04:51 (04:51 AM) UTC.

Description
At least 10 people admitted to the Sukraraj Tropical and Disease Control Hospital in Nepali capital Kathmandu have tested positive for cholera. The hospital laboratory said Vibrio Cholera belonging to 01 Ogawa stereotype was detected in all the patients. Doctors at hospital attributed the spread of cholera and diarrhea infection in Kathmandu to contaminated water, according to Saturday’s Republica daily. “Most of the patients who came to the hospital said that they had drunk water supplied by Kathmandu Upatyaka Kahanepani Limited without boiling or treatment,” Tulsha Adhikari, a nursing staff said. She said whole families had been infected and some were brought to the hospital by their neighbors as all family members were sick.
Biohazard name: Cholera
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed

 

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2MIN News August 6, 2012

Published on Aug 6, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Climate: http://www.weather.com/news/new-climate-change-study-20120805
Active region Map: http://solen.info/solar/images/charmap.jpg
China Images: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-08/06/c_131763467_5.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 17 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife /  Hazmat

Today HAZMAT USA State of Kentucky, [Blue Grass Army Depot] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 03:40 (03:40 AM) UTC.

Description
Low levels of a deadly nerve agent have been detected in a chemical weapons igloo containing M55 GB, or sarin, rockets at Blue Grass Army Depot in central Kentucky. The Army Chemical Materials Agency says there’s no danger to people in Madison or surrounding counties and that state and local emergency officials have been notified of the leak. Toxic chemical workers have connected a 1,000 cubic feet-per-minute filter to the igloo’s rear vent. The agency says the leak was discovered during weekly monitoring.

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Articles of Interest

06.08.2012 Power Outage South Korea [Statewide] Damage level Details

Power Outage in South Korea on Monday, 06 August, 2012 at 13:50 (01:50 PM) UTC.

Description
South Korea’s state power company issued a shortage warning on Monday, meaning that reserves are dangerously low, as electricity consumption rose sharply due to an unusual heatwave. The warning from the Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO) was aimed at averting power cuts, the knowledge economy ministry said, urging households, factories and other users to cut consumption voluntarily. Temperatures have stayed above 35 degrees Celsius (95 F) for 10 consecutive days across the country, driving up air-conditioning use. It was the first such warning since last September, when more than 2.1 million households and other premises were hit with rolling power cuts lasting up to one hour. The ministry also resumed operations of the country’s oldest nuclear power plant at Gori. It had been closed for months due to scrutiny over its safety and protests by civic groups. “We are relieved to resume operations of the Gori reactor at a time when power consumption is expected to reach its peak,” Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-Woo said in a statement. In February the Gori plant, built in 1978 near the southern city of Busan, briefly lost mains power and the emergency generator failed to kick in. The incident did not result in any radioactive leaks but it sparked an extensive probe amid concerns over nuclear safety following last year’s atomic crisis in Japan. South Korea operates 23 nuclear power plants which meet more than 35 percent of its electricity needs. Analysts say successive governments have failed to authorise major increases in the relatively low cost of electricity, encouraging wasteful consumption. KEPCO last Friday decided to raise rates by 4.9 percent, yielding to government pressure to limit the increase to less than five percent.

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Earthquakes

 

RSOE EDIS

 

 

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
02.08.2012 10:50:36 2.0 North America United States California Oceanside VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 10:10:27 2.4 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 11:15:51 2.5 Europe Greece Peloponnese Areopolis VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 10:10:47 2.0 Europe Italy The Marches Gualdo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 10:11:09 5.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Tual VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 09:55:33 5.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Tual VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 10:30:32 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Vieques Esperanza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 10:11:28 2.0 Asia Turkey ?zmir Cumaovasi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 10:11:49 3.8 Middle-East Iran F?rs Nurabad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 09:10:21 3.1 Europe Greece Peloponnese Marathopolis VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 09:10:50 4.0 Europe Poland Lower Silesian Voivodeship Michalow VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 09:11:11 2.5 Europe Greece Peloponnese Vytina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 09:11:33 2.0 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 09:11:55 2.2 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 08:20:27 3.1 North America United States Alaska Nikiski VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 08:15:58 2.9 North America United States California Wofford Heights There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 08:35:46 3.4 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 08:36:06 4.8 North America United States Alaska Atka VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 09:12:16 4.9 North-America United States Alaska Atka VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 08:05:21 2.7 Europe Czech Republic Chotebuz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 08:16:20 4.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 09:12:38 4.5 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 08:10:40 5.2 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
02.08.2012 08:05:45 4.8 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 07:40:34 4.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 08:06:03 4.5 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 07:35:33 4.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 08:06:23 4.2 Middle-East Kuwait Al ‘??imah Kuwait VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 09:13:00 4.9 Middle-East Yemen ?a?ramawt Kilmia VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 06:05:21 5.5 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea Bougainville Panguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 05:35:30 5.5 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea Bougainville Panguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 07:00:31 3.0 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 06:05:41 2.4 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 05:01:01 3.0 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Glamoc VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSCitaly Details
02.08.2012 03:10:28 2.1 North America United States California Yucca Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 02:55:20 2.3 Europe Italy Sicily Saponara Villafranca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 02:55:42 3.2 Asia Turkey Manisa Akhisar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 02:56:05 2.2 Europe Italy Calabria Bovalino Superiore VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 02:56:26 4.7 South-America Argentina Salta San Antonio de los Cobres There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 02:56:46 2.3 Europe France Centre Le Louroux VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
02.08.2012 01:55:19 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Datca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 01:55:45 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 01:56:04 2.0 Europe Italy Sicily Panarea There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 01:56:23 2.5 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 01:56:41 3.2 South-America Chile Región Metropolitana Melipilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 00:30:27 2.0 North America United States California Anza VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 00:20:50 4.7 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Khonsa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.08.2012 00:50:25 4.8 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Khonsa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 00:50:47 2.3 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.08.2012 00:51:04 2.4 Asia Turkey ?zmir Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

 

 

 

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6 quakes in last week off southern Oregon coast

By KCBY News  
6 quakes in last week off southern Oregon coast

GOLD BEACH, Ore. – Six earthquakes between magnitude 1.6 and 2.1 rumbled under the ocean less than 20 miles off the Oregon Coast in the last week, according to U.S. Geologic Survey records.

The most recent – and most powerful – hit early Tuesday morning.

And two quakes over 4.0 shook last week about 240 miles off Bandon.

Small quakes hit Oregon on a regular basis, both on and off coast.

Last Thursday, for example, a magnitude 1.4 shook 8 miles northeast of Springfield, and a 1.5 magnitude earthquake rumbled 11 miles east of Woodburn just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

But for residents of the Oregon Coast, earthquakes – and the tsunamis they can trigger – have taken on renewed importance since March 2011.

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan last year caused damage on the Oregon Coast and continue to deliver debris to Northwest beaches.

The USGS told KCBY News that the recent swarm of quakes pose little tsunami risk. The plates involved move sideways instead of up and down, and earthquakes under magnitude 6 are not likely to generate tsunamis.

 

 

 

 

Alpine faults show new evidence for regular magnitude 8 earthquakes

by Staff Writers
Reno NV (SPX)


University of Nevada – Reno seismologist Glenn Biasi spent eight days in the dense forests on the western side of the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand to study the Alpine Fault, among the world’s longest, straightest and fastest moving plate boundary faults. Photo courtesy University of Nevada, Reno. Credit: Photo courtesy University of Nevada, Reno.

A new study published in the prestigious journal Science, co-authored by University of Nevada, Reno’s Glenn Biasi and colleagues at GNS Science in New Zealand, finds that very large earthquakes have been occurring relatively regularly on the Alpine Fault along the southwest coastline of New Zealand for at least 8,000 years.

The Alpine Fault is the most hazardous fault on the South Island of New Zealand, and about 80 miles northwest of the South Island’s main city of Christchurch.

The team developed evidence for 22 earthquakes at the Hokuri Creek site, which, with two additional from nearby, led to the longest continuous earthquake record in the world for a major plate boundary fault.

The team established that the Alpine Fault causes, on average, earthquakes of around a magnitude 8 every 330 years. Previous data put the intervals at about 485 years.

Relative motion of Australian and Pacific plates across the Alpine Fault averages almost an inch per year. This motion builds up, and then is released suddenly in large earthquakes.

The 530-mile-long fault is among the longest, straightest and fastest moving plate boundary faults in the world. More than 23 feet of potential slip has accumulated in the 295 years since the most recent event in A.D. 1717.

Biasi, working with the GNS Science team led by Kelvin Berryman, used paleoseismology to extend the known seismic record from 1000 years ago to 8,000 years ago. They estimated earthquake dates by combining radiocarbon dating leaves, small twigs and marsh plants with geologic and other field techniques.

“Our study sheds new light on the frequency and size of earthquakes on the Alpine Fault. Earthquakes have been relatively periodic, suggesting that this may be a more general property of simple plate boundary faults worldwide,” Biasi, of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory said.

“By comparison, large earthquakes on California’s San Andreas Fault have been less regular in size and timing.”

“Knowing the average rate of earthquakes is useful, but is only part of the seismic hazard equation,” he said.

“If they are random in time, then the hazard does not depend on how long it has been since the most recent event.

“Alpine Fault earthquakes are more regular in their timing, allowing us to use the time since the last earthquake to adjust the hazard estimate. We estimate the 50-year probability of a large Alpine fault earthquake to be about 27 percent.”

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake centered near Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, caused extensive damage to buildings on Sept. 2, 2010, and no deaths.

On Feb. 22, 2011, a triggered aftershock measuring magnitude 6.3, with one of the strongest ground motions ever recorded worldwide in an urban area, struck the city killing 185 people.

Among other seismic work, Biasi has conducted research on earthquake recurrence on the San Andreas Fault and is a contributor to the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast-3 project, which is developing earthquake probabilities for the California Earthquake Authority. He is a research associate professor in the College of Science’s Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.

Related Links
University of Nevada, Reno
Tectonic Science and News

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Volcanic Activity

By Kerri S. Mabee,

The Santa Rosa Plateau ‘Volcano’ fire (Daniel Lane)

Updated @ 4 p.m.: The fire has grown to 400 acres and is reported to be 20 percent contained, according to a Riverside County Fire Department report.

Updated @ 3:02 p.m.: According to a Riverside County Fire Department report, the fire has progressed to 225 acres.

No evacuations have been reported, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Geoff Green.

Sgt. Green, who said Sheriff’s Department officials were at the scene in the event that evacuations were ordered, said, “Cal Fire has done a great job of knocking this down as much as possible.”

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Updated @ 2:41 p.m.: Reports on scene are that some homes in the area are threatened and that evacuations are underway.

Updated @ 1:36 p.m.: Riverside County Fire Department officials report that the fire has spread to 200 acres and is less than 5 percent contained.

Check out more video here: Dramatic video shows Volcano fire devastation

Updated @ 1:19 p.m.: Tenaja residents Janet and Warren Franks report that they are experiencing black smoke and can see flames in the distance.

According to the Franks, no evacuation orders have yet been imposed but roads in the area have been blocked off.

The residents do not believe their home is in jeopardy at this time.

Video of Volcano fire in Santa Rosa Plateau courtesy of Daniel Lane:

Updated @ 12:56p.m.: Riverside County Fire Department officials have reported that the fire has scorched 100 acres in the city of La Cresta and is now being managed along with United States Forest Service (Cleveland).

Original: Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department first responders are on the scene of a vegetation fire burning at Tenaja Road and Via Volcano in De Luz, it was reported today.

The Santa Rosa Plateau ‘Volcano’ fire (Daniel Lane)

As of noon, the blaze had consumed 15 acres at a moderate rate of spread, according to a Riverside County Fire Department report.

No injuries or evacuations have been reported at this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back with SWRNN for more details as they come available.

*Stephanie D. Schulte contributed to this report.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

 

Excessive Heat Warning

 

TULSA OK
WICHITA KS

Heat Advisory

 

TULSA OK

AMARILLO TX
LITTLE ROCK AR
NORMAN OK
SHREVEPORT LA
SAN ANGELO TX
HUNTSVILLE AL
SPRINGFIELD MO
MEMPHIS TN
FORT WORTH TX
LUBBOCK TX

 

 

31.07.2012 Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level
Details

 

 

Heat Wave in Japan on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 31 July, 2012 at 08:36 UTC
Description
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 16 people died and 8,670 were taken to hospital due to heatstroke in the week of July 23-29. Temperatures have remained high across the nation for 10 days in a row as a high pressure system lingers over Japan. The mercury has topped 35 degrees in more than 110 locations across Japan each day, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Of the number of people taken to hospital, 3,717 were aged 65 or older, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. By prefecture, Aichi had the most number of heatstroke victims at 668. The Meteorological Agency said the heatwave is expected to continue at least until next Saturday.

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01.08.2012 Heat Wave South Korea Capital City, Seoul Damage level
Details

 

 

Heat Wave in South Korea on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 13:47 (01:47 PM) UTC.

Description
The first heat wave warning was issued in Seoul Wednesday since the heat wave alarm system was adopted in 2008, according to the state’s weather agency. A heat wave advisory had been in effect in Seoul since last month but weather officials said it was replaced with the heat wave warning because the temperature had soared. The warning is issued if the temperature is expected to remain above 35 degrees Celsius for two or more consecutive days. From July 22 through 30, temperatures remained above 30 degrees Celsius across the nation. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) also issued a warning in some other cities in Gyeonggi, Chungcheong, and Jeolla provinces. The western part of the country is hotter because the wind that flows into the region gets heated while crossing Taebaek Mountains, according to the agency. Meanwhile, the number of people who have died from heat stroke or heat exhaustion has increased over the past few days. Police said six people between the ages of 50 to 70 died in July – five of them between July 24 and 30 when the country was sizzling in the heat wave. All died while working or staying outside. The number of people who have been hospitalized due to heat-related illnesses came to 366 as of Monday. During the past week patients increased exponentially as 211 out of the total 366 visited hospitals between Wednesday and Monday, according to the weather agency.

 

 

 

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Record Tulsa temperatures may continue

Map courtesy of Oklhoma Forestry Services

Map courtesy of Oklhoma Forestry Services

By Staff Reports

Tulsa’s temperatures are rising and are showing no signs of letting up yet.

The National Weather Service forecasts highs near 113 degrees this afternoon; 109 on Thursday; 107 on Friday; and 102 on Saturday for Tulsa.

Highs are expected to finally sink to the 90s again by Sunday, when a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Tulsa.

Tulsa reached its hottest temperature of the calendar year on Tuesday, 112 degrees. Tulsa finished the month of July with 1.38 inches of rain, almost 2 inches below normal for the month.

Excessive heat warning

The weather service extended its heat warning for northeast Oklahoma until 7 p.m. Friday.

Counties under the warning are: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskgee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

According to the weather service, these areas are expected to have high temperatures in the 105- to 115-degree range each afternoon, with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 70s. More urbanized areas in Tulsa County are expected to have overnight lows in the mid- to upper 80s.

Burn bans still in effect

County commissioners extended Tulsa County’s burn ban through next week.

For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/burnban.

 

 

 

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

 

POCATELLO ID
GLASGOW MT
GREAT FALLS MT
RIVERTON WY
BILLINGS MT
CHEYENNE WY
MISSOULA MT

 

Extreme Fire Danger

 

RAPID CITY SD

By Samantha Kramer, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer

From a historically low number of tornadoes to exceptional drought and heat across much of the nation, July was a month of extremes.

(Photo courtesy of Photos.com)

The Tornado Drought

In the United States, July 2012 saw one of the lowest numbers of tornadoes on record since 1951.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 12 “preliminary” tornadoes in the month of July, a number which usually drops after the administration investigates the actual counts. Last July, however, a total of 103 tornadoes were counted, which is even lower than the three-year average between 2009-2011 of 122 tornadoes.

RELATED: Record Low July Tornadoes, but Not Winds

The jet stream responsible for tornado-producing wind shear moved farther north into Canada. The result was a burst in tornado activity in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, which borders Montana and North Dakota.

Canada’s official weather office Environment Canada reported between 26 and 31 tornadoes in Saskatchewan, more than double the province is used to seeing in July. On July 24, five tornadoes hit Saskatchewan in one day.

The Haboob Hubbub

A haboob is defined as a dust storm with strong winds created by a thunderstorm downburst.

Phoenix, Ariz., has been hit by seven of these dirt storms in the 2012 summer, with five of them occurring in July. According to NOAA, the city experiences an average of three haboobs per year from June to September.

The most recent haboob occurring just yesterday in Sun Lakes, Ariz., these storms can reduce visibility to near-zero.

Because this summer is transiting into an El Nino, AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said the United States should experience a particularly “robust” monsoon season.

More thunderstorm activity from an active monsoon season could be the fuel behind the fire of Phoenix’s haboobs.

The Heat

This July, 171 all-time high-temperature records were broken or tied throughout the country, according to NOAA.

Additionally, a total of 4,313 daily highs and 299 monthly highs were matched or broken in July. Adding to June’s total of 4,100 records (daily, monthly and all-time combined) this summer is in the running to be the hottest ever recorded.

RELATED: July is Over: Horrid Heat Numbers are In

Along with the heat, much of the Great Plains struggled with drought conditions. In the “High Plains,” which the U.S. Drought Monitor denotes as Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas, 76 percent of the region was experiencing severe drought.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 56 percent of the contiguous United States are experiencing drought conditions, the most widely spread drought in the Monitor’s 12-year history.

The Northwest was an exception: Alaska actually broke 43 daily-high precipitation records in July. Nome, Alaska, received almost triple the amount of normal rainfall for July and was 0.73 inches away from getting a month’s worth of rain in just one day. The state of Washington also broke or matched 73 daily-high precipitation records and 2 all-time high records.

 

 

 

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Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the ‘new normal’

by Staff Writers
Corvallis OR (SPX)


Pinyon pine forests near Los Alamos, N.M., had already begun to turn brown from drought stress in the image at left, in 2002, and another photo taken in 2004 from the same vantage point, at right, show them largely grey and dead. (Photo by Craig Allen, U.S. Geological Survey)

The chronic drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake and was the strongest in 800 years, scientists have concluded, but they say those conditions will become the “new normal” for most of the coming century. Such climatic extremes have increased as a result of global warming, a group of 10 researchers reported in Nature Geoscience. And as bad as conditions were during the 2000-04 drought, they may eventually be seen as the good old days.

Climate models and precipitation projections indicate this period will actually be closer to the “wet end” of a drier hydroclimate during the last half of the 21st century, scientists said.

Aside from its impact on forests, crops, rivers and water tables, the drought also cut carbon sequestration by an average of 51 percent in a massive region of the western United States, Canada and Mexico, although some areas were hit much harder than others. As vegetation withered, this released more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, with the effect of amplifying global warming.

“Climatic extremes such as this will cause more large-scale droughts and forest mortality, and the ability of vegetation to sequester carbon is going to decline,” said Beverly Law, a co-author of the study, professor of global change biology and terrestrial systems science at Oregon State University, and former science director of AmeriFlux, an ecosystem observation network.

“During this drought, carbon sequestration from this region was reduced by half,” Law said. “That’s a huge drop. And if global carbon emissions don’t come down, the future will be even worse.”

This research was supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, and other agencies. The lead author was Christopher Schwalm at Northern Arizona University. Other collaborators were from the University of Colorado, University of California at Berkeley, University of British Columbia, San Diego State University, and other institutions.

It’s not clear whether or not the current drought in the Midwest, now being called one of the worst since the Dust Bowl, is related to these same forces, Law said. This study did not address that, and there are some climate mechanisms in western North America that affect that region more than other parts of the country.

But in the West, this multi-year drought was unlike anything seen in many centuries, based on tree ring data. The last two periods with drought events of similar severity were in the Middle Ages, from 977-981 and 1146-1151. The 2000-04 drought affected precipitation, soil moisture, river levels, crops, forests and grasslands.

Ordinarily, Law said, the land sink in North America is able to sequester the equivalent of about 30 percent of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere by the use of fossil fuels in the same region. However, based on projected changes in precipitation and drought severity, scientists said that this carbon sink, at least in western North America, could disappear by the end of the century.

“Areas that are already dry in the West are expected to get drier,” Law said. “We expect more extremes. And it’s these extreme periods that can really cause ecosystem damage, lead to climate-induced mortality of forests, and may cause some areas to convert from forest into shrublands or grassland.”

During the 2000-04 drought, runoff in the upper Colorado River basin was cut in half. Crop productivity in much of the West fell 5 percent. The productivity of forests and grasslands declined, along with snowpacks. Evapotranspiration decreased the most in evergreen needleleaf forests, about 33 percent.

The effects are driven by human-caused increases in temperature, with associated lower soil moisture and decreased runoff in all major water basins of the western U.S., researchers said in the study.

Although regional precipitations patterns are difficult to forecast, researchers in this report said that climate models are underestimating the extent and severity of drought, compared to actual observations. They say the situation will continue to worsen, and that 80 of the 95 years from 2006 to 2100 will have precipitation levels as low as, or lower than, this “turn of the century” drought from 2000-04.

“Towards the latter half of the 21st century the precipitation regime associated with the turn of the century drought will represent an outlier of extreme wetness,” the scientists wrote in this study.

These long-term trends are consistent with a 21st century “megadrought,” they said.

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Storms, Flooding

 

 

Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Saola (10W) Pacific Ocean 28.07.2012 02.08.2012 Typhoon I. 0 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 4.88 m JTWC Details

 

 

 

 

 

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Storm name: Saola (10W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000
Start up: 28th July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 1,374.13 km
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Report by: JTWC
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28th Jul 2012 05:07:30 N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000 17 46 65 Tropical Depression 325 14 JTWC
29th Jul 2012 05:07:02 N 17° 48.000, E 125° 48.000 15 74 93 Tropical Storm 340 16 JTWC
29th Jul 2012 10:07:25 N 18° 24.000, E 125° 48.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 340 8 JTWC
30th Jul 2012 04:07:32 N 20° 0.000, E 124° 48.000 13 102 130 Tropical Storm 345 14 JTWC
30th Jul 2012 10:07:58 N 20° 0.000, E 125° 0.000 2 120 148 Typhoon I. 45 9 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 05:07:36 N 20° 54.000, E 124° 6.000 4 102 130 Tropical Storm 300 8 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 11:07:41 N 21° 6.000, E 124° 24.000 9 120 148 Typhoon I. 10 10 JTWC
01st Aug 2012 05:08:57 N 22° 48.000, E 123° 36.000 7 157 194 Typhoon II. 345 17 JTWC
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02nd Aug 2012 10:32:34 N 33° 48.000, E 122° 12.000 39 139 167 Typhoon I. 300 ° 16 JTWC
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03rd Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 28° 0.000, E 117° 0.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 JTWC
03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 42.000, E 119° 0.000 Tropical Storm 102 130 JTWC
04th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 54.000, E 114° 42.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC

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Damrey (11W) Pacific Ocean 29.07.2012 02.08.2012 Typhoon I. 295 ° 120 km/h 167 km/h 5.49 m JTWC Details

 

 

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Storm name: Damrey (11W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000
Start up: 29th July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 1,338.21 km
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29th Jul 2012 05:07:50 N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000 6 56 74 Tropical Depression 270 6 JTWC
29th Jul 2012 10:07:12 N 26° 0.000, E 145° 24.000 13 56 74 Tropical Depression 260 14 JTWC
30th Jul 2012 04:07:12 N 25° 30.000, E 145° 6.000 7 74 93 Tropical Storm 255 8 JTWC
30th Jul 2012 10:07:26 N 25° 54.000, E 144° 42.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 300 8 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 05:07:01 N 28° 6.000, E 140° 36.000 37 65 83 Tropical Storm 280 18 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 11:07:12 N 28° 42.000, E 138° 48.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 16 JTWC
01st Aug 2012 05:08:54 N 30° 6.000, E 132° 42.000 37 111 139 Tropical Storm 285 20 JTWC
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02nd Aug 2012 05:08:41 N 32° 42.000, E 124° 24.000 39 120 167 Typhoon I. 295 ° 18 JTWC
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03rd Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 34° 12.000, E 115° 12.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 12.000, E 118° 6.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 JTWC

 

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AL05 Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 02.08.2012 Tropical Depression 285 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 4.88 m NHC Details

 

 

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Storm name: AL05
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000
Start up: 02nd August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
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Report by: NHC
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02nd Aug 2012 12:00:28 N 12° 48.000, W 52° 36.000 33 56 74 Tropical Depression 280 ° 20 1008 MB NHC
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03rd Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 14° 12.000, W 59° 18.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 NHC
03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 13° 36.000, W 56° 6.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 NHC
04th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 42.000, W 62° 30.000 Tropical Storm 93 111 NHC
05th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 48.000, W 68° 30.000 Tropical Storm 102 120 NHC
06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 48.000, W 74° 18.000 Tropical Storm 111 139 NHC
07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 48.000, W 78° 42.000 Hurricane I. 120 148 NHC

 

 

 

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Today Tropical Storm Taiwan Multiple Regions, [Northern areas] Damage level
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Tropical Storm in Taiwan on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 05:14 (05:14 AM) UTC.

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A slow-moving typhoon spawning torrential rains slammed into eastern Taiwan early Thursday, flooding farmlands, disrupting transportation and turning the normally bustling capital of Taipei into a ghost town. The storm made landfall near the eastern coastal city of Hualien just before daybreak, before veering northward and hugging the coast. It was expected to pass near the northern port city of Keelung and skirt the Taipei suburbs by midday. Packing sustained winds of 118 km/h and gusts of 155 km/h, Saola’s slow speed — only 12 km/h — made it a virtual certainty that the heavy rains inundating northern Taiwan for the past 48 hours would continue through the weekend. That raised the prospect of potentially devastating flooding in areas that have already absorbed more than 1,000 millimeters of rain since Tuesday. Authorities ordered offices and businesses closed throughout northern Taiwan, including in Taipei. Normally busy streets in the capital were deserted during the morning rush hour, as cleanup crews laboured to clear them of hundreds of trees and branches felled during the night by Saola’s ferocious approach. Television footage showed hectare upon hectare of flooded farmland in low-lying coastal areas, punctuated by scenes of raging rivers and roads blocked by mudslides in the island’s mountainous centre. The Defence Ministry mobilized 48,000 soldiers to help mitigate the storm’s impact, dispatching many to help hard-pressed farmers try to save threatened fruit and vegetable harvests. Dozens of flights were cancelled at Taipei’s main international airport, and rail transport throughout the island was disrupted.

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01.08.2012 Storm Surge Philippines Province of Agusan del Norte, [Butuan Bay ] Damage level
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Storm Surge in Philippines on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 12:58 (12:58 PM) UTC.

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At least 63 fishermen either survived or were rescued from a smashing big wave at dawn on Wednesday in Butuan Bay in Agusan del Norte, many of them who were alerted tying themselves at their boats as lifelines. Rescue workers said, however, that the number could still rise as survivors told them of other fishermen floating at the distance. They also said they could not identify who the other fishermen were and where they came from. Ryan Osores, 33, said all six fishermen from his group of six small fishing boats reached ashore Barangay 10 of Buenavista town, at 8 a.m., four hours after a rogue big wave smashed through the fishing boats that scattered off Butuan Bay. He said they spread their nets shortly after the moon disappeared from the horizon at 4 a.m. Moments later, all were surprised by a big wave that rammed through their boats. Though pitched dark, he was able to spot another fisherman, Julius Montebon, from Purok 3, also of Barangay 10, already standing atop a capsized boat and waving for help. “I told him not to mind his net anymore and save himself,” he said. All of them steered through the waves to reach shore. Marife N. Rosales, training officer at the Butuan City Search and Rescue Team (Busart), said many sustained only minor bruises and three complained of elevated blood pressure, with one of them, Norman Tirona, 35, rushed to the Buenavista clinic nearby.

The Busart rescuers said 29 fishermen came from Barangay 10, seven from Barangay Tinago and 26 from Manapa. Other fishermen from these villages rushed to the mid sea to rescue them, many of whom did not leave the scene until they have secured their fishing nets. Osores and five others were the first ashore at 8 a.m. but the others were able to come back at 10 a.m. The seven others who were earlier declared missing were located alive by midafternoon of the same day. A Swedish national, who resided at the coast of Barangay 10, said he pitied the fishermen in the place for going to sea without life vests. “It’s disheartening to see them leave for the deep sea with vests, when it could definitely save them,” he said, but requesting not to be named. He said he was a fisherman also but used big fishing boats that would sometimes take them to the waters off Norway.  “I’ve seen friends and known fishermen who were lost to sea. With a vest, they could survive at least another hour in the frigid waters, but here, locals could survive for days with a life vest,” he said. “It’s crazy, but there must [be] a law that should require fishermen to put on a life vest,” he said.

 

 

 

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Today Tornado Vietnam Bac Lieu Province, [The area was not defined.] Damage level
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Tornado in Vietnam on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:29 (03:29 AM) UTC.

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Freak tornadoes swept through three southern provinces early yesterday killing two people, injuring about 75 others and destroying nearly 700 homes. Thousands of people are reported to have been left homeless by the high-speed storms, which lasted for less than half an hour each. In Bac Lieu Province, a tornado took one life and injured another 12. Bac Lieu province have sent rescue forces to help the victims. Head of the Bac Lieu flood and storm control steering committee Lai Thanh An said that in two districts, Phuoc Long and Hong Dan, more than 200 houses were severely damaged by the wind. Earlier reports said that 50 homes in the province had also been totally destroyed. He said that in Phu Dong commune, 60 houses were damaged. The exact damage to farming in the province is still being assessed.

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Today Tornado Vietnam Soc Trang Province, [The area was not defined.] Damage level
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Tornado in Vietnam on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:27 (03:27 AM) UTC.

Description
Freak tornadoes swept through three southern provinces early yesterday killing two people, injuring about 75 others and destroying nearly 700 homes. Thousands of people are reported to have been left homeless by the high-speed storms, which lasted for less than half an hour each. In Soc Trang Province, residents reported that two tornadoes struck in one hour, killing one resident and injuring about 59 others. According to preliminary reports, Soc Trang suffered the worst damage. A total of 110 houses were completely destroyed and another 226 damaged, said a spokesman for the Soc Trang People’s Committee. One family in Soc Trang who lost a family member will receive VND4.5 million (US$210) from the Government, while those injured will receive VND3 million ($140).

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01.08.2012 Tornado USA State of Virginia, [Accomack County] Damage level
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Tornado in USA on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 18:31 (06:31 PM) UTC.

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While several residents in the Accomack County area reported a tornado formed Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service has yet to declare a tornado actually formed. A tornado warning is issued if a tornado has been spotted or conditions are favorable for one to form. The NWS issued a tornado warning for Accomack County after residents captured a funnel cloud on camera. A marine warning was also issued for the Eastern Shore area, after a strong line of thunderstorms continued to move through. Those storms produced winds of 34 knots. “Thunderstorms can produce sudden waterspouts,” the NWS said. “Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create locally hazardous seas. Seek safe harbor immediately.” In the event of a tornado warning, residents are urged to take cover immediately and stay away from windows. Get into the lowest point of your home. Those in mobile homes and vehicles should seek other shelter.

 

 

 

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Tornado in Colorado mountains is 2nd highest on record

Courtesy Josh Deere

The tornado that touched down on Colorado’s Mount Evans last weekend is the second-highest ever recorded by the National Weather Service.

By Vignesh Ramachandran

A twister that touched down in Colorado’s high-country on Saturday is estimated to be the second-highest tornado ever recorded in the U.S. by the National Weather Service.

There were four different reported sightings of the high-altitude hit the northeast side of Mount Evans — a prominent mountain located about 60 miles west of Denver. The National Weather Service estimates the tornado’s touched down at about  11,900 feet in elevation.

Bob Glancy, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder, Colo., told NBC News that this tornado above the treeline is “not unheard of,” but “just unusual.” Most tornadoes in high terrain are weak, he said.

For the last two decades, Colorado has averaged 50 tornadoes a year. But Glancy said the “vast majority” occur on the plains east of Interstate 25.

Colorado Springs resident Josh Deere told The Denver Post he saw the funnel as he was driving with his family to the top of Mount Evans.

“As we drove past it, we were able to look back and had some spectacular views of it as it spun and then eventually broke up as it entered the mountain cove,” Deere told the Post.

The highest recorded tornado occurred in 2004, according to Glancy, over Rockwell Pass in California’s Sequoia National Park. That twister was estimated to be at 12,000 to 12,500 feet.

« A dust storm rolls into an Arizona town on July 21.
(marksontak)

Once considered to be once-in-100-year events, giant dust storms are pounding the U.S. state of Arizona. In a summer of excessive heat and extreme drought, this is not good news.

Since June, five dust storms have plagued Arizona’s famous valley area. On July 29, Phoenix looked more like Saharan Africa than the well-manicured American Southwest. A massive dust cloud, referred to as a haboob—an Arabic word meaning strong wind—blanketed the metropolitan area. The cloud was 2,000 feet tall and nearly 60 miles wide.

Although not the largest dust storm to hit the area, tree limbs and power poles were snapped, causing 9,000 homes to lose power. The Sky Harbor Airport was shut down for 20 minutes.

These huge dust storms form during the monsoon season that runs from June until the end of September. They are so destructive because of the fine dust particles that manage to permeate everywhere during the storm.

According to experts, these storms are becoming more frequent. It is not just the big storms that pose problems. Phoenix experienced three dust storms in a row the last week of July—which is considered very rare. USA Today stated: “This means more deadly accidents, more harmful pollution and more health problems for people breathing in the irritating dust particles.”

The potential health threats from the storms are far more serious than just breathing in irritating dust particles. The fine dust can carry a poisonous mix of fungi, heavy metals from pollution, fertilizers, stockyard fecal matter, chemicals and bacteria, which can cause cardiovascular disease, eye diseases and other illnesses such as valley fever.

Valley fever, caused by the Coccidioides fungus present in desert soil, can be fatal. Valley fever is contracted when desert soil is thrown into the air and breathed in. Arizona has 70 percent of the valley fever cases reported nationally. The cases of valley fever in Arizona were up by 36 percent in Arizona between 2010 and 2011.

It was in July 2011 that the largest dust storm ever observed hit the Phoenix area. Medical experts believe that the advance of the huge dust storms in 2011 could be one of the causes for the increase in cases of valley fever.

Other dangers associated with these dust storms are the traffic accidents that result from the blinding conditions of the blowing dust. Between the period of 2001 through 2005, dust storms caused 44 deaths in 2,323 traffic accidents in New Mexico and 15 deaths in 614 accidents in Arizona.

Experts say that because of excessive heat and dry conditions, residents in Arizona’s valley area can expect more dust storms.

For more information on other problems Americans are facing because of the drought of 2012, be sure to read columnist Brad Macdonald’s article “The Global Consequences of America’s Drought.” •

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Today Hailstorm USA State of Indiana, Oakland City Damage level
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Hailstorm in USA on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.

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Residents of a southwestern Indiana county began cleaning up Wednesday following a severe storm that brought much-needed rain but also damaged homes, caused power outages and pummeled one community with hail during a parade. Gibson County Sheriff George Ballard said four people were slightly injured Tuesday in Oakland City when large hail swept through, sending attendees running for cover during the parade kicking off the community’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. Ballard said three of those were minor injuries treated on the scene while the fourth person, a woman, was taken to a hospital with a foot injury. Ballard told the Evansville Courier & Press the first storm warning came at 5:50 p.m., 10 minutes before the parade was scheduled to begin. He said the storm hit the town about 25 miles northeast of Evansville at around 6:20 p.m. with high winds and hail that National Weather Service observers reported in some cases were as large as baseballs. However, Oakland City Fire Chief Jim Deffendall said in a telephone interview that no storm warnings were in effect when the decision was made to let the parade start. Weather experts told parade organizers the storm would pass east of the community, but then it changed direction and hit the parade route, he said. The parade was halted less than halfway through the route, with participants running to nearby homes, Deffendall said. “By the time the sirens went off, it was on us,” Deffendall said. “We stopped it and made everyone get off the floats.” Deffendall said he and Oakland City Police Chief Alec Hinsley had the authority to cancel the parade.

 

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Today Flash Flood USA State of Connecticut, Naugatuck Damage level
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Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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A state of emergency was declared in Naugatuck Wednesday after flash flooding caused damage, street closures and evacuations. The flooding, which occurred after several inches of rain fell in a short period of time, prompted officials to open Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center at 4 p.m., according to Lt. Robert Harrison, Police Department spokesman. Hartford was notified, he said. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy toured flood damage Wednesday night, along with Naugatuck Mayor Robert Mezzo and other officials. Malloy offered Naugatuck some assistance in the form of state Department of Transportation vehicles and dump trucks to help with cleanup, Harrison said. Two apartment buildings, one on Prospect Street and the other on Trowbridge Place, were evacuated. He said flood waters “compromised the buildings,” in particular after water seeped into electrical systems. He said residents were not immediately allowed back into their apartments. A shelter was initially set up at the Naugatuck Senior Center with only one resident taking advantage of the shelter. That person was later relocated by the Red Cross to a local hotel, Harrison said. Other residents were able to find places to spend the night, he added. He didn’t have a count of how many people were displaced. Flood waters caused several roads to buckle as well as the collapse of a retaining wall on Rubber Avenue, he said. Mezzo, in his blog, said that as of 8 p.m. Wednesday several roads were “compromised.” He said Scott Street at Andrew Avenue was closed, as was Arch Street by the former Risdon property. Brook Street was partially closed, he said. Barricades were set up along Nettleton and Moore avenues and also along Wooster Street near Fairview Lane, restricting access to certain portions of the roads. “All other roads are open for travel,” Mezzo said. Exits 26, 27 and 28 off Route 8 were closed temporarily, but by 8 p.m. had been reopened, Harrison said. No injuries were reported.

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Today Flash Flood USA State of Arizona, [Phoenix – north] Damage level
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Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:21 (03:21 AM) UTC.

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Flood waters in the Phoenix area were receding Wednesday, a day after firefighters rescued a baby and several other people who were trapped in their vehicles. A dust and monsoon storm late Tuesday carried pea-sized hail and forced the closure of a well-traveled highway, flooded homes, knocked out power to area residents and collapsed a backyard fence. Firefighters rescued nine people from four vehicles on a highway west of Interstate 17 near Phoenix. Drivers on that part of State Route 74 were rerouted Wednesday during morning rush-hour traffic onto an alternate east-west route that is used for trips to and from Las Vegas. The five-mile stretch of highway reopened Wednesday afternoon when storm runoff subsided. Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott McDonald said it took an hour to rescue the people from their vehicles Tuesday amid the fast-moving water that rose to 4 feet at one point, the Arizona Republic reported. Nearby, homes in Anthem quickly filled with water. Residents were cleaning up Wednesday from the storm that turned their streets into a muddy river, destroyed one home and felled trees. Vides’ neighbor was standing by a fence when it collapsed and the water knocked her over, sending her swimming. A slight chance of thunderstorms is forecast for the Phoenix area Friday and through the weekend. The National Weather Service says any storms that develop could produce lightning, gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

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01.08.2012 Flash Flood USA State of New York, New York City [Queens ] Damage level
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Flash Flood in USA on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 19:07 (07:07 PM) UTC.

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Torrential downpours flooded basements and stranded several vehicles in parts of Queens on Wednesday. The National Weather Service said more than 2 inches of rain had fallen between about 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A flash flood warning for Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island expired at 2 p.m.

 

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Krymsk: The Flood (RT documentary)

Published on Jul 28, 2012 by

It happened suddenly at night. There was no electricity; no help was coming. Streets became rivers and houses were drowned by meters of water. A deluge of mud and water swept through the city. People tried to survive by any means. Some sought refuge on their roofs; others scrambled up trees. Rescue services and volunteers flocked in the next day, but it was too late – 171 lives had been claimed by the onslaught. All the people of the city of Krymsk hope for now that such a disastrous flood will never happen again.

Watch more on RT’s documentary channel http://rtd.rt.com

RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

 

 

 

01.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kibaale District, Mbarara and the Capital City (Kampala)] Damage level
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Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 15:57 (03:57 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 18:29 UTC
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The number of Ebola cases in Uganda has increased during the past few days, a spokesman from the World Health Organization tells SHOTS. But the outbreak is still limited to a small region. “Accumulatively to date, there are 36 suspected or confirmed cases,” WHO’s Gregory Hartl says. “All cases are in the Kibaale district,” a rural region west of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Laboratory tests, conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have confirmed Ebola infection in 5 people. The specific strain of the virus is Ebola Sudan, which has caused 5 outbreaks in Africa since 1976, including one in Uganda that killed 224 people in 2000. Ebola Sudan typically kills about 50 percent of people infected.

A team, led by the CDC, WHO and Uganda’s Ministry of Health, are now at the scene to determine the scope of the outbreak and then control it. This involves a strategy known as contact tracing. “You take every patient who is infected or suspected of infection and ask who they’ve been in contact with,” Hartl explains. “Then you go find those people and do the same.” All people in contact with the virus must be isolated and watched for 21 days, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner says. “Only once you’ve [i.e. all suspects] gone through 2 21-day periods can you be sure that the outbreak is over.” This is a massive undertaking, but it’s one of the only options for stopping a deadly virus that has no cure or vaccine. The current Ebola outbreak 1st appeared at Ugandan clinics in early July 2012, but it was initially confused with cholera. Doctors didn’t suspect Ebola until tests for cholera came back negative and a clinician got sick. “In Ebola outbreaks, health care workers often get infected because you touch somebody and can get the virus,” Hartl says. Despite this ease of transmission, he says, Ebola rarely spreads outside a small geographic region. One infected person traveled to a hospital in Kampala, triggering reports that the Ebola outbreak had spread to the capital city. But Hartl says there are no signs that people in Kampala have been infected.

 

 

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News August 1, 2012

Published on Aug 1, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
India Power: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120801/as-india-power-outage/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incredible Solar Anomalies 2012 HD

Published on Jul 18, 2012 by

Some incredible unexplained objects seen in greater detail using various filtering techniques. I will be creating another video analysing some of these strange objects in greater detail shortly, including some I did not include in this video. The stills and raw footage i have, contain much more detail, mainly because as with any conversion to video some slight distortion and loss of definition is unavoidable.

Apart from running these clips through various filtering programs I have developed, and some editing, no other manipulation has been done, so believe, or don’t believe what your seeing, I don’t care either way.

Thanks to Mike (Blackwards1) for helping me find the missing frames to the heat signature object, thanks also to Anon (you know who you are) for sending me the full unedited UFO/Fibre clip, your help was much appreciated.

As with all my videos, no re-uploads, copying in full or in part etc is allowed without permission, anyone violating my copyright in any way without asking, will suffer the penalty.

Sun Ejects Mystery Object 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQn22yISBnI

UFO Creates Massive Sun Flash 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYGa8p-rwz8

UFO: The Sun, Tether and Baltic Connection 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aUNh6FQWRA

Planet-Sized Tornado Whirls On Sun’s Surface 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE8FIduAu6k

ADG Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alien-Disclosure-Group/189249627773146

Follow ADG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ADG_UK

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Space

SuperWave Theory 2012 Earth Changes 1 of 3

Uploaded by on Nov 20, 2007

You can listen to the whole interview here..radiorbit dot com/archives.htm
Dr. LaViolette can be found here…
http://www.etheric dot com/LaViolette/LaViolette.html

Dr. LaViolette is credited with the discovery of the planetary-stellar mass-luminosity relation which demonstrates that the Sun, planets, stars, and supernova explosions are powered by spontaneous energy creation through photon blueshifting. With this relation, he successfully predicted the mass-luminosity ratio of the first brown dwarf to be discovered. In addition, Paul LaViolette has developed a new theory of gravity that replaces the deeply flawed theory of general relativity. Predicted from subquantum kinetics, it accounts for the electrogravitic coupling phenomenon discovered by Townsend Brown and may explain the advanced aerospace propulsion technology utilized in the B-2 bomber. He is the first to discover that certain ancient creation myths and esoteric lores metaphorically encode an advanced science of cosmogenesis. His contributions to the field of Egyptology and mythology may be compared to the breaking of the Rosetta Stone hieroglyphic code.

SuperWave Theory 2012 Earth Changes 2 of 3

SuperWave Theory 2012 Earth Changes 3 of 3

 

 

 

 

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
(2006 EC) 06th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 19 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 19 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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The Ocean

Boffins nail oceanic carbon capture process

It’s official: the Southern Ocean sucks

By Richard Chirgwin

The world’s oceans are known to be carbon sinks, but the process that draws CO2 from the air down into the deep ocean hasn’t been documented.

Until now.

A team of British and Australian scientists have identified huge plunging currents – as much as 1,000 kilometers wide – that appear to be key to the process of storing CO2 in the deep ocean. Those currents, the researchers say, are the result of local eddies (resulting from a combination of wind, currents, and massive whirlpools) that create localized pathways down from the surface.

Published in Nature Geoscience, the research used Argo robotic floats to help explore ocean dynamics up to 2 Km down, along with analysis of temperature, salinity, and pressure data.

The Argo floats – 80 in total – were deployed in 2002 and collected data for ten years as the basis of this research. CTD (conductivity, density and temperature) profilers were also used to collect data at depths of up to 7 Km, the researchers say.

The Southern Ocean is an important carbon sink (at least for those who believe that anthropogenic carbon emissions are driving climate change – a list which now includes formerly skeptical scientist Richard Muller). It’s calculated to take up as much as 40 percent of the CO2 absorbed by oceans (which in turn soak up a quarter of total annual emissions).

The British Antarctic Survey’s Dr Jean-Baptiste Sallée says the study means scientists are “better placed to understand the effects of changing climate and future carbon absorption by the ocean.”

Collaborator Dr Richard Matear of Australia’s CSIRO noted that while observations had measured the CO2 found in the deep ocean, it’s important to identify the pathways used to get there – particularly since significant climate change could change the behavior of those processes.

Southern Ocean currents are also affected by other atmospheric changes like ozone depletion, which could also change its effectiveness as a carbon sink.

He told The Conversation that the processes the team is researching “sets how much carbon the ocean can take up”.

As well as mapping the processes for incorporation in future modeling, the scientists believe the research could also help assess the effectiveness of methods proposed to increase the ocean’s carbon capture. ®

 

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Articles of Interest

Most power restored after India hit by second, even larger outage

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

New Delhi (CNN) — India suffered its second massive power failure in two consecutive days Tuesday, depriving as many as 600 million people — half the country’s population — of electricity and disrupting transportation networks for hours.

The first power grid collapse, on Monday, was the country’s worst blackout in a decade. It affected seven states in northern India that are home to more than 350 million people.

Tuesday’s failure was even larger, hitting eastern and northeastern areas as well. Both blackouts cut power in the capital, New Delhi, where residents sweltered.

Several hours later, by 9:30 p.m., power had been largely restored, the Power Grid Corporation of India reported on its website

Power in New Delhi and in the northeastern region was fully restored; electricity was 86% restored to the northern region, and 79% restored in the eastern region, it said.

The two days of disruption in the third-largest Asian economy has raised questions about its investment in infrastructure.

With about 1.2 billion people, India has the world’s second-largest population, behind China.

At least 300 trains were held up in the affected regions, said Anil Kumar Saxena, a spokesman for Indian Railways.

New Delhi’s metro system also suffered delays before power was restored, causing chaos for many travelers. Traffic signals also were out, resulting in major jams.

Train fire in India kills 32; death toll may rise

During the blackout, one traveler in New Delhi told CNN-IBN that her journey home had taken almost three hours, rather than the usual 40 minutes. “Long night ahead, with no lights — I’ve got my trusty solar lamp ready for the night,” she said.

An elderly woman said she would rely on candles and flashlights to get through the outage, which she blamed on poor governance.

Other travelers told CNN-IBN of ruined plans to visit relatives and long waits at stifling stations.

Miners in the Burdwan District of West Bengal state were hit by the blackout too.

The district’s top administrator, O.S. Meena, told CNN that 150 coal miners were working underground when the outage struck, stopping lifts.

Authorities switched to emergency supplies to run the elevators, he said. “All are safe,” Meena said about the miners.

Monday’s grid failure struck early Tuesday. By dawn, many backup power systems had run out of fuel; power was partially restored after about six hours, authorities said.

Airports and hospitals, running on backup power, remained operational, but many businesses closed, said Jyoti Kamal, senior editor for CNN-IBN.

The cause of the problem was the failure to generate sufficient power to keep pace with surging demand, he said.

Power is considered a luxury in much of India, where a third of households don’t have enough to power even one light bulb, according to last year’s census.

They tend to be more common during the summer, when demand rises.

Some of this summer’s increased demand has been caused by farmers using more energy for irrigation and other tasks, in part because rains during this year’s monsoon season, which began June 1, are down by more than a fifth. People are also using air conditioning units more to cope with high humidity.

The monsoon rains,which last through September but would normally be at their heaviest in July and early August, not only provide rain for agriculture and hydroelectric power, but serve as a natural coolant, said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

Humidity exceeding 80% makes the mid-90s Fahrenheit temperatures feel like more than 100 Fahrenheit. This makes it harder for buildings to cool at night, and harder for people to cool themselves through evaporation of perspiration, all of which lead to higher energy demands, Miller said.

Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who has ordered an investigation into Monday’s outage, said it had been a decade since an entire grid last failed in north India.

He said that the cause of this week’s blackouts is not known but that some states, particularly agricultural areas, may have been using more than their share of energy.

Prakash Javadekar, a member of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, criticized the government for what he said was “a huge failure of management in the power sector.”

India — the world’s fourth-largest consumer of electricity — relies on coal for much of its energy but also uses hydroelectric power, which has been affected by the diminished monsoon rains.

Observers say the crisis has exposed the need for India to update its infrastructure to meet its growing power needs.

“Economic growth is constrained by inadequate infrastructure,” among other factors, the U.S. State Department’s country report on India says.

“Foreign investment is particularly sought after in power generation,” it adds, as well as areas including telecommunications, roads and mining.

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Australia’s Melbourne Airport goes black

CNN’s Jethro Mullen, Mallika Kapur and Jennifer Delgado contributed to this report.

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Earthquakes

 

 

RSOE EDIS

 

 

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
30.07.2012 07:55:26 2.1 North America United States California Soledad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 07:50:28 2.1 North America United States California Pearsonville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 07:45:25 4.8 South America Ecuador Santa Elena Santa Elena VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 08:00:21 4.8 South-America Ecuador Santa Elena Santa Elena VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 07:15:32 2.0 North America United States Alaska Nelchina VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 07:00:28 2.7 Europe Greece North Aegean Agios Dimitrios VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 06:35:27 2.4 North America United States Alaska Cantwell VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 06:25:36 2.4 North America United States California Cantua Creek VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 06:25:58 2.4 North America United States Alaska Cantwell VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 06:00:23 4.9 Europe Spain Galicia Mugia VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 07:00:52 2.1 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 07:01:15 2.2 Europe Greece North Aegean Agios Dimitrios VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 04:57:50 3.2 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 06:00:46 2.5 South-America Chile Antofagasta Tocopilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 06:01:07 2.3 Asia Turkey Tekirda? Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 04:56:07 2.9 South-America Peru Tacna Sobraya VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 06:01:34 2.7 Europe Greece North Aegean Agios Ilias VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 04:00:49 3.5 North America United States Hawaii Kapaau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 04:01:11 2.7 North America United States Hawaii Hawaiian Beaches There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 04:01:33 4.4 South America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 04:56:52 4.4 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 07:01:39 4.5 Europe Russia Sakhalin Severo-Kuril’sk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 06:01:56 2.4 Asia Turkey Karabük Gozyeri VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 03:55:20 3.1 Europe Poland Silesian Voivodeship Bazanowice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 02:55:42 2.3 North America United States Hawaii Pahala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 02:50:31 2.8 North America United States Hawaii Pahala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 05:15:45 2.8 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 06:02:18 3.2 Europe Greece South Aegean Lakkion There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 06:03:03 3.6 Caribbean Dominican Republic El Seíbo Santa Cruz de El Seibo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 02:55:20 2.0 Europe Italy Apulia San Nicola VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 06:02:40 2.5 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 01:55:25 4.4 Middle-America Mexico Oaxaca Santiago Jamiltepec VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 01:56:22 4.4 Middle America Mexico Oaxaca Santiago Jamiltepec VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 00:55:22 2.0 Europe Italy Apulia Celle San Vito VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 00:55:46 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 00:25:52 5.4 Asia Japan Iwate Kamaishi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 00:56:07 5.4 Asia Japan Iwate Kamaishi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.07.2012 00:56:29 2.4 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 23:45:49 2.6 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 23:40:31 2.1 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 01:15:29 2.3 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.07.2012 00:56:47 2.2 Asia Turkey Erzurum Horasan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 22:10:32 2.1 North America United States California Rancho Palos Verdes VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 22:05:27 4.8 Pacific Ocean Northern Mariana Islands Northern Islands Municipality Agrihan Village VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 22:45:26 4.8 Pacific Ocean – East Northern Mariana Islands Northern Islands Municipality Agrihan Village VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 22:45:51 2.4 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 21:45:19 2.6 Europe France Franche-Comté Orbagna VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 20:45:26 2.7 Asia Turkey ?zmir Menemen VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 20:45:50 3.4 Asia Turkey Adana Bahce There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 21:30:36 2.5 North America United States South Carolina Wallace VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details

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Powerful earthquake off Mexico, Guatemala

(AFP) – 15 hours ago

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Mexico’s Pacific coast close to the Guatemalan border on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake occurred at 6:22 am (1222 GMT) at a depth of 35 kilometers (21 miles), and was located 28 kilometers (17 miles) south-southwest of Suchiate, Mexico, the US Geological Survey said.

“The quake was felt across most of the Soconusco region,” civil protection official Luis Manuel Garcia told AFP. “We have no reports of damage for the moment.”

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a report on the quake.

A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked southwest Mexico on March 20, killing two people, injuring 13 others and damaging thousands of homes.

That earthquake — with its epicenter south of the Pacific resort of Acapulco — was the most powerful to hit the country since one in 1985, which destroyed entire neighborhoods of the capital and killed thousands of people.

 

 

 

An earthquake in a maze

SHAKE AND BLOW

by Kimm Fesenmaier
Pasadena CA (SPX)


The earthquake ruptured along multiple faults. Dotted lines indicate interpreted fault planes. Colored arrows indicate the direction of rupture. Credit: Caltech/Meng et al.

The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquake of its type could ever be.

Now, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) report on their findings from the first high-resolution observations of the underwater temblor, they point out that the earthquake was also unusually complex-rupturing along multiple faults that lie at nearly right angles to one another, as though racing through a maze.

The new details provide fresh insights into the possibility of ruptures involving multiple faults occurring elsewhere-something that could be important for earthquake-hazard assessment along California’s San Andreas fault, which itself is made up of many different segments and is intersected by a number of other faults at right angles.

“Our results indicate that the earthquake rupture followed an exceptionally tortuous path, breaking multiple segments of a previously unrecognized network of perpendicular faults,” says Jean-Paul Ampuero, an assistant professor of seismology at Caltech and one of the authors of the report, which appears online today in Science Express.

“This earthquake provided a rare opportunity to investigate the physics of such extreme events and to probe the mechanical properties of Earth’s materials deep beneath the oceans.”

Most mega-earthquakes occur at the boundaries between tectonic plates, as one plate sinks beneath another. The 2012 Sumatra earthquake is the largest earthquake ever documented that occurred away from such a boundary-a so-called intraplate quake. It is also the largest that has taken place on a strike-slip fault-the type of fault where the land on either side is pushing horizontally past the other.

The earthquake happened far offshore, beneath the Indian Ocean, where there are no geophysical monitoring sensors in place. Therefore, the researchers used ground-motion recordings gathered by networks of sensors in Europe and Japan, and an advanced source-imaging technique developed in Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory as well as the Tectonics Observatory to piece together a picture of the earthquake’s rupture process.

Lingsen Meng, the paper’s lead author and a graduate student in Ampuero’s group, explains that technique by comparing it with how, when standing in a room with your eyes closed, you can often still sense when someone speaking is walking across the room. “That’s because your ears measure the delays between arriving sounds,” Meng says.

“Our technique uses a similar idea. We measure the delays between different seismic sensors that are recording the seismic movements at set locations.” Researchers can then use that information to determine the location of a rupture at different times during an earthquake. Recent developments of the method are akin to tracking multiple moving speakers in a cocktail party.

Using this technique, the researchers determined that the three-minute-long Sumatra earthquake involved at least three different fault planes, with a rupture propagating in both directions, jumping to a perpendicular fault plane, and then branching to another.

“Based on our previous understanding, you wouldn’t predict that the rupture would take these bends, which were almost right angles,” says Victor Tsai, an assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and a coauthor on the new paper.

The team also determined that the rupture reached unusual depths for this type of earthquake-diving as deep as 60 kilometers in places and delving beneath the Earth’s crust into the upper mantle.

This is surprising given that, at such depths, pressure and temperature increase, making the rock more ductile and less apt to fail. It has therefore been thought that if a stress were applied to such rocks, they would not react as abruptly as more brittle materials in the crust would. However, given the maze-like rupture pattern of the earthquake, the researchers believe another mechanism might be in play.

“One possible explanation for the complicated rupture is there might have been reduced friction as a result of interactions between water and the deep oceanic rocks,” says Tsai. “And,” he says, “if there wasn’t much friction on these faults, then it’s possible that they would slip this way under certain stress conditions.”

Adding to the list of the quake’s surprising qualities, the researchers pinpointed the rupture to a region of the seafloor where seismologists had previously considered such large earthquakes unlikely based on the geometry of identified faults.

When they compared the location they had determined using source-imaging with high-resolution sonar data of the topography of the seafloor, the team found that the earthquake did not involve what they call “the usual suspect faults.”

“This part of the oceanic plate has fracture zones and other structures inherited from when the seafloor formed here, over 50 million years ago,” says Joann Stock, professor of geology at Caltech and another coauthor on the paper. “However, surprisingly, this earthquake just ruptured across these features, as if the older structure didn’t matter at all.”

Meng emphasizes that it is important to learn such details from previous earthquakes in order to improve earthquake-hazard assessment. After all, he says, “If other earthquake ruptures are able to go this deep or to connect as many fault segments as this earthquake did, they might also be very large and cause significant damage.”

Along with Meng, Ampuero, Tsai, and Stock, additional Caltech coauthors on the paper, “An earthquake in a maze: compressional rupture branching during the April 11 2012 M8.6 Sumatra earthquake,” are postdoctoral scholar Zacharie Duputel and graduate student Yingdi Luo. The work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Southern California Earthquake Center, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and the United States Geological Survey.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

 

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29.07.2012 Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in Japan on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC.

Description
The number of people taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke in the week through Sunday more than doubled from the preceding week to 5,467, preliminary data showed Tuesday. The figure, up from 2,622 in the week to July 15, hit the highest for a single week this summer, according to the data released by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Deaths caused by heatstroke increased to 13 from five in the preceding week. Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture had the most victims, with ambulances called for 388 people each. They were followed by 382 in Aichi Prefecture and 372 in Osaka Prefecture. People aged 65 or older accounted for 45.9 percent of the total. Since the agency started this year’s survey on May 28, 11,116 people were taken to hospitals as of Sunday. Twenty-three people have died. The rise in heatstroke cases reflects the smothering heat wave, with temperatures of 35 degrees or higher observed in many places for the four days from July 16, agency officials said. In Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, the mercury shot up to 37.6 on July 16 and to 39.2 the following day, according to the Meteorological Agency.
29.07.2012 Extreme Weather Austria Lower Austria, Poechlarn Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Austria on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 at 16:39 (04:39 PM) UTC.

Description
Austrian authorities say a man has died and several other people were injured after a tree limb crashed into tents at a festival during a storm. The security department in Lower Austria province said Sunday that a 50-year-old local resident died in a hospital after the accident in Poechlarn, west of Vienna. The incident happened late Saturday afternoon when a storm and heavy winds hit the town during a medieval-themed festival in a park. Authorities say the limb of an old tree crashed into tents that organizers had set up below it. Thirteen people were injured, including the man who later died. Firefighters had to use power saws to free people from the tents.
29.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Russia [Asia] Siberia, [Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Russia [Asia] on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 12:07 (12:07 PM) UTC.

Description
Firefighters in Russia’s Siberia had extinguished 45 forest fires covering 522 hectares of forest in the past 24 hours, but 131 wildfires were still burning on the area of almost 15,000 hectares, the regional forestry department said Friday. A total of 29 wildfires covering an area of more than 5,000 hectares were localized, and 14,948 hectares of forest continued to burn in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region. Some 3,000 people, 412 units of fire-fighting equipment and 24 aircrafts have been mobilized to fight the blazes, which are believed to be caused by hot and dry weather in the region where the temperature reaches 35 degrees. Reports said the wildfires posed no threat to populated areas or industry.
Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Oklahoma, [Pottawatomie County] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 30 July, 2012 at 04:58 (04:58 AM) UTC.

Description
Wildfires burned across the state Sunday, with one blaze threatening about100 homes in Pottawatomie County. The fire, which started Sunday afternoon about two miles northwest of Earlsboro, was encroaching upon structures, and a mandatory evacuation order was put into effect, state emergency management spokeswoman Keli Cain said. The Pottawatomie County sheriff’s office said about 30 homes were evacuated in the town about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City. By 9:30 p.m., people were allowed to return to their homes and some firefighters were being allowed to leave the scene, Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said. “The fire is contained, but not out,” Booth said. There were no reports of injuries or homes lost to the fire on Sunday. The fire had scorched across about 1,300 acres before being contained, Cain said. Firefighting resources were brought in from Cleveland County, and an Oklahoma National Guard helicopter made water drops, she said.

 

 

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Storms, Flooding

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Saola (10W) Pacific Ocean 28.07.2012 30.07.2012 Tropical Storm 345 ° 102 km/h 130 km/h 4.27 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Saola (10W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000
Start up: 28th July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 415.49 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
28th Jul 2012 05:07:30 N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000 17 46 65 Tropical Depression 325 14 JTWC
29th Jul 2012 05:07:02 N 17° 48.000, E 125° 48.000 15 74 93 Tropical Storm 340 16 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Pressure Source
30th Jul 2012 04:07:32 N 20° 0.000, E 124° 48.000 13 102 130 Tropical Storm 345 ° 14 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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31st Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 22° 24.000, E 124° 0.000 Typhoon I. 148 185 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 30.000, E 124° 18.000 Typhoon I. 130 157 JTWC
01st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 18.000, E 123° 42.000 Typhoon II. 167 204 JTWC
02nd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 30.000, E 122° 42.000 Typhoon III. 185 232 JTWC
03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 54.000, E 120° 36.000 Typhoon II. 157 194 JTWC
04th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 29° 36.000, E 117° 18.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 JTWC
Damrey (11W) Pacific Ocean 29.07.2012 30.07.2012 Tropical Storm 255 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 2.44 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Damrey (11W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000
Start up: 29th July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 36.71 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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29th Jul 2012 05:07:50 N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000 6 56 74 Tropical Depression 270 6 JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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30th Jul 2012 04:07:12 N 25° 30.000, E 145° 6.000 7 74 93 Tropical Storm 255 ° 8 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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31st Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 28° 0.000, E 137° 48.000 Tropical Storm 93 120 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 42.000, E 141° 12.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 JTWC
01st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 29° 6.000, E 134° 18.000 Tropical Storm 102 130 JTWC
02nd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 24.000, E 126° 12.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 JTWC
03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 54.000, E 117° 48.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
Today Tropical Storm Philippines Multiple Regions, [Northern and central provinces] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in Philippines on Monday, 30 July, 2012 at 04:57 (04:57 AM) UTC.

Description
One person has died in flooding caused by tropical storm Saola in the central Philippines. Torrential rain brought on by the storm and the south-west monsoon have caused more flooding and landslides in the central and northern Philippines. Landslides have been reported in the mountainous Cordillera region while flood waters have swamped communities in the capital Manila and several nearby provinces. Hundreds of families have been evacuated, with rain on Sunday night causing three major dams to spill over. In the country’s northern and central provinces, five ships have run aground with rescue operations ongoing to bring passengers ashore. Over the weekend, rain blanketed most of the Philippines, forcing the cancellation of at least 13 domestic flights. Tropical storm Saola is now moving northwest towards China.
Today Flood Costa Rica Multiple areas, [Central and eastern regions] Damage level Details

Flood in Costa Rica on Monday, 30 July, 2012 at 03:00 (03:00 AM) UTC.

Description
Heavy rains in central and eastern Costa Rica have triggered floods that have forced evacuations and may be responsible for at least one death, relief workers said Sunday. Four people are missing, down from eight earlier, according to Freddy Roman, a spokesman for the local Red Cross. The government has declared a “yellow alert” in various parts of Cartago, a central province where one person was reported dead, said Roman. The person was rescued after a landslide, but died on the way to the hospital from injuries and heart failure, he said. A yellow alert is also in effect for parts of Limon, an eastern province. More than 1,500 people have taken refuge at shelters and others are waiting to be rescued, according to the Red Cross. “We have reports of people trapped in their houses that have been flooded by overflow from the Chirripo River, also of several communities that are isolated in other parts of Limon,” said Guillermo Arroyo, director of operations of the Costa Rican Red Cross. Heavy rain is typical this time of year in Costa Rica, where the rainy season runs roughly from May-November.

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

 

 

30.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kibaale District] Damage level
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Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 15:57 (03:57 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 30 July, 2012 at 04:48 UTC
Description
Ugandan authorities did not initially detect an Ebola outbreak because patients weren’t showing typical symptoms of the lethal virus, the nation’s health minister reported on Sunday. Patients had fevers and were vomiting, but did not show other typical symptoms like hemorrhaging, Health Minister Dr. Christine Ondoa said. A team made up of personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ugandan health ministry and the World Health Organization early Monday were in Kibaale, a district in the midwestern part of the landlocked central African nation, WHO said in a statement. Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, also is involved in setting up an “isolation center” at Kibaale’s hospital. National health authorities say the outbreak has infected at least 20 people, of whom 14 have died. Nine of the deaths were from a single household in the village of Nyanswiga, according to WHO. A medic who was treating victims is among the dead, Ondoa said. Officials are trying to determine the extent of the outbreak, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said Sunday. The Atlanta-based organization was sending about five people to join a group of CDC staffers who are permanently based in Uganda, according to the spokesman.

“These outbreaks have a tendency to stamp themselves out, if you will, if we can get in and … stop the chain of transmission,” he said. Ondoa described the Ebola-Sudan strain detected as “mild” compared to other types of Ebola, noting that victims’ lives can be saved with intervention. The cases have emerged in Kibaale, where a national task force had been mobilized in an effort to combat the outbreak. As of early Monday in Uganda, two people with the virus remained hospitalized in stable condition, said WHO. One was a 38-year-old woman who’d attended to her sister, the medic who died, and another was a 30-year-old woman who participated in the burial of one of the other victims. The Ebola virus is considered a highly infectious disease spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, with symptoms that include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, measles-like rash, red eyes and at times bleeding from body openings. Health officials urged the public to report suspected cases and avoid contact with anyone who has contracted the virus and to disinfect the bedding and clothing of an infected person by using protective gloves and masks. Officials also advised against eating dead animals, especially monkeys, and to avoid public gatherings in the affected district. Given these precautions, WHO said in its statement that it would not recommend any travel restrictions to Uganda because of the Ebola outbreak.

 

Today Epidemic Hazard India State of Punjab, Dasuya Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in India on Monday, 30 July, 2012 at 02:56 (02:56 AM) UTC.

Description
The number of gastro entritis cases has gone up to 132 at Dasuya in Punjab where spread of cholera and gastro enteritis cases was reported in some districts. Out of these, 86 have been discharged after treatment, a senior medical officer said today. Yesterday, the number of gastro patients admitted to the civil hospital at Dasuya was 117. Meanwhile, three serious patients were referred to Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, Dr Naresh Kansra, senior medical officer (SMO) of the Dasuya Civil Hospital said today. An increase in the number of gastro patients has been witnessed at Dasuya in the past few days. Director family welfare Punjab Karnjit Singh and state surveillance officer Deepak Bhatia inspected the areas of Dasuya town affected by gastroenteritis and also went to the hospital to meet the patients. Over 4000 chlorine tablets were distributed among the people of the area.
Biohazard name: Cholera and gastroenteritis diseases
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
29.07.2012 Epidemic India State of Orissa, [Balikuda block] Damage level Details

Epidemic in India on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 at 16:37 (04:37 PM) UTC.

Description
At least three people were killed including a girl child and about 70 residents have been affected following cholera broke out in Dobhala village under Borekina Panchayat in Balikuda block past one week, reports said that most of the victims are undergoing treatment in headquarters hospital here and Borekina, Balikuda PHCs. Sources said that the deceased’s have been identified as Nari Sethy [70], Kailash Barik [45] and Ankita Barik a five year old girl child of Sudhansu Barik and affected victims shifted to headquarters hospital for treatment on Saturday night have been named as Betani Sethy, Anju Barik, Rangalata Barik, Nandei Sethy and Bebina Barik, meanwhile hospital sources said that their conditions are fast curing and would be discharged soon. Report said that this coastal village has population of about 700 numbers, and one week ago few people had complained suffering stomach ailments and dehydration and the illness turned to cholera when Nari Sethy a septuagenarian died in home on Wednesday night, soon after numbers of cholera affected people had grown inside village and till date about 5 to 7 people are going to be affected daily shifting to hospital for treatment. Ironically the nearby Borekina PHC suffers without any doctor past six years, one retired doctor has posted on contractual and a pharmacist are catering medical service at hospital as consequence victims have opted either moving Balikuda PHC or headquarters hospital for treatment after cholera broke out in village. The district headquarters hospital sources said after information reached a medical team comprising doctors, pharmacists and health staff have sent to village to study the situation and our medical team preliminary investigation indicates that due to using contaminated water the villagers have been affected, and we are taking all health related measures at village, informed Bijaya Sahoo, chief district medical officer.
Biohazard name: Cholera Outbreak
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
29.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Pakistan Province of Northwest Territories, Mohmand Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Pakistan on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 at 08:14 (08:14 AM) UTC.

Description
Locals claim an outbreak of measles in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency has killed six children. Officials confirmed the death of two of the children, but said they died because of an unconfirmed disease. Local Qari Ali Gul told The Express Tribune on Saturday that the disease has struck the areas of Gumbati, Shaji Kor, Soor Tangi, Bakhmal Shah, Musa Kor and Khairo Kor, and has affected a large number of tribesmen. Another local, Mushtaq Khan, said that affected children were taken to Khar Hospital in Bajaur Agency. They said that the residents informed the agency surgeon to send inoculation teams to control the spread of the disease. They also urged the government to send mobile vaccination teams and said the situation may become uncontrollable if prompt action was not taken. An Expanded Programme on Immunisation Mohmand Agency Officer, Dr Shabeer, denied the spread of the disease and the cause of the deaths. “Two deaths have been reported in Ambar and Utmanzai but by an unknown disease, we cannot confirm they were caused by measles,” he said. He added that the areas further away lack qualified doctors and people depend on unqualified doctors.

“The scarcity of proper health facilities worsens the situation in these circumstances,” he said. He claimed the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) child heath project had worked in three community health centres, one in Daravo, one in Had Kor and one in Shati Meena. Ambar is a tehsil of the agency bordering Bajaur Agency. The area lacks basic amenities regularly, and has only one high and middle school with most residents going to schools in Charsadda. In June, 211 children with symptoms of measles were brought to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar from different areas of K-P and Fata. Hospital data revealed that a total of 989 cases of measles were brought to the LRH over the past six months, of which 884 were discharged and 44 had died. Nine patients left the hospital against doctors’ advice. A study conducted by Dr Majid Khan and Dr Tariq Anwar at LRH from November 1, 2011, to May 22 this year, revealed that the measles outbreak in K-P and Fata was a result of poor vaccination campaigns, military conflict, migration and malnutrition in the area. Talking to The Express Tribune, Dr Khan explained that measles was an infectious viral disease that could easily spread through migrating people, especially if they have a weak immunity due to inadequate food intake. He said the hospital has received children as young as four months suffering from measles. Khan explained that children younger than nine months usually do not get measles as they have antibodies transmitted from their mothers during pregnancy. This shows that the mothers did not receive proper nutrition. Measles is highly contagious and spread by a virus that is easily prevented by proper immunisation but can be fatal. It caused nearly 140,000 deaths worldwide in 2010, according to the World Health Organisation – 95% in low income countries with poor health infrastructure.

Biohazard name: Measles (fatal)
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News July 29, 2012

Published on Jul 29, 2012 by

EARTHQUAKE WATCH: http://youtu.be/SMiHsOYwdCs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 1 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 3 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
(2006 EC) 06th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 17 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 19 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 21 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 21 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 25 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

Biological Hazard in Philippines on Monday, 30 July, 2012 at 04:51 (04:51 AM) UTC.

Description
Lunchtime Sunday at the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) turned bad after at least 100 students had to be rushed to area hospitals after suffering a nasty bout of food poisoning. According to an Ateneo de Davao University press statement Sunday: “A number of students, staff and administrators were rushed to the hospital a few hours after lunch after they complained of upset stomach with bouts of vomiting. Administrators and staff were dispatched to assist students in the hospitals. Some of the students were confined, majority were sent home after they were checked by doctors and administered the appropriate medications.” The Philippine news source, Interaksyon reports Sunday, the students were attending the student leaders gathering – called Sui Generis – with ADDU President Fr. Joel Tabora. The gathering of students ate lunch at the school around 12:30 pm. The menu included chicken adobo, pancit, fish , rice and buco salad. A couple of hours later, students starting getting sick, showing food poisoning symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Chair of the student council Samahan, Mureene Ann Villamor told Interaksyon reporters that the chicken adobo “smelled terrible.” On the Facebook page of the student paper, Atenews, there are several posts about the outbreak including a photo of the implicated food, chicken adobo (or adobong manok ) by photographer Caycee Coronel. Students were taken to Davao Doctors Hospital and San Pedro Hospital or treatment. The etiologic agent of the outbreak has yet to be determined.
Biohazard name: Mass. Food Poisoning
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Articles of Interest

Today Power Outage India Multiple areas, [Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir] Damage level Details

Power Outage in India on Monday, 30 July, 2012 at 03:26 (03:26 AM) UTC.

Description
Seven states in North India have been facing a long power cut since late Sunday night. Due to a massive breakdown in the northern grid, the main power source for the affected states, there has been a massive power outage. The affected states are Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. There is no power in Delhi and its neighbouring states since 2 am reports IBN-Live. According to the report, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that it’ll take another one and a half hour’s time to restore power. “My officers are on the spot. The fault is found near Agra. It will be corrected in one and a half hour time,” he said. Thousands of commuters in the Delhi Metro will face a harrowing time on Monday morning as services of all the lines of the Metro have been disrupted due to tripping of power supply. Train services on the 190-km Metro network connecting length and breath of the national capital were affected due to The Northern Grid failure also caused power cuts in large parts of Delhi. “Metro service will not be available today (Monday) till the supply is restored as it is a major Northern Grid power failure,” a Delhi Metro official said. The Delhi Metro normally operates over 2,700 trips a day, covering about 70,000 km and carrying around 1.8 million passengers on week days.

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Earthquakes / Tsunamis

 

 

RSOE EDIS

 

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
29.07.2012 08:45:30 4.6 Asia Japan Fukushima Namie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 08:10:21 2.2 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 08:10:55 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 08:20:39 3.0 Caribbean Puerto Rico Luquillo Luquillo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 06:27:38 2.5 North America United States Alaska Skwentna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 06:10:21 2.6 Europe Greece Central Greece Amarynthos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 05:51:05 4.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Davao Lapuan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 06:10:46 4.8 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Davao Lapuan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 05:26:14 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Caraga Santa Maria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 06:11:05 5.0 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Caraga Barcelona VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 07:20:36 2.4 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Canterbury Kaiapoi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
29.07.2012 05:06:01 3.5 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 05:06:45 3.0 Europe France Rhône-Alpes Saint-Marcellin-en-Forez VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
29.07.2012 05:07:29 5.0 Europe Russia Kamtsjatka Yelizovo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 05:08:02 5.7 Asia Myanmar Chin Falam VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 04:45:47 5.7 Asia Myanmar Chin Falam VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 04:25:27 2.6 North America United States Hawaii Puako There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 07:15:24 3.2 Caribean U.S. Virgin Islands Saint Thomas Island Charlotte Amalie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 04:05:24 2.4 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 07:35:27 3.0 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 03:00:25 2.1 Europe Italy Sicily Rodi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 02:40:27 2.0 North America United States Alaska Ferry There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 06:12:43 3.2 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 03:00:44 2.8 Europe Poland Silesian Voivodeship Bazanowice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 04:05:57 3.1 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 03:01:03 2.7 Europe Greece Thessaly Mileai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 07:10:55 3.0 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 04:06:21 3.0 Caribbean U.S. Virgin Islands Saint Thomas Island Charlotte Amalie VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 03:50:55 2.6 Caribean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 03:20:24 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 03:45:10 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 03:05:31 3.0 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 01:55:24 3.1 Europe Greece South Aegean Adamas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 02:45:26 2.9 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 02:30:27 2.4 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 01:55:48 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 01:56:11 4.3 Europe Cyprus Famagusta Protaras VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 01:57:24 4.5 Europe Cyprus Famagusta Protaras VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 02:20:25 3.2 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 02:10:26 3.1 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 01:50:32 2.9 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 01:57:49 2.6 Caribean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.07.2012 01:56:34 4.2 Asia Afghanistan Badakhshan Ashkasham VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.07.2012 01:35:27 4.2 Asia Afghanistan Badakhshan Ashkasham VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 23:56:18 2.1 North America United States California Potter Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 23:15:32 3.2 North America United States Alaska Port Lions VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 23:55:24 3.7 South-America Chile Libertador General Bernardo O?Higgins Santa Cruz VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 22:55:20 3.3 Europe France Rhône-Alpes Cellier-du-Luc VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
28.07.2012 22:55:47 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 22:56:06 5.0 Asia Japan Okinawa Haebaru VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

 
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Magnitude 6.6 quake hits off Papua New Guinea coast: USGS

(Reuters) – A magnitude 6.6 quake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea early on Sunday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The strong quake was centered 81 miles east-southeast of Rabaul, New Britain, at a depth of 43.5 miles, the USGS said.

The quake was not expected to generate a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

(Editing by Peter Cooney)

 

 

 

 

Pacific Ocean Region
Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
28.07.2012 20:11 PM Tsunami Information Bulletin New Ireland Region P.n.g. 6.6 71 km Details

 

 

 

 

Original Bulletin

Tsunami Information Bulletin in New Ireland Region P.n.g., Pacific Ocean

000
WEPA42 PHEB 282011
TIBPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2011Z 28 JUL 2012

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  2004Z 28 JUL 2012
 COORDINATES -   4.7 SOUTH  153.2 EAST
 DEPTH       -   71 KM
 LOCATION    -  NEW IRELAND REGION  P.N.G.
 MAGNITUDE   -  6.6

EVALUATION

 NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
 HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

 HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
 TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
 A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
 IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
 POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES
FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH
CHINA SEA REGION.  IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION... THE
MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

 

 

Geothermal activity seen in New Zealand

by Staff Writers
Rotorua, New Zealand (UPI)


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

A long forgotten geothermal spectacle on New Zealand’s North Island could be coming back to life after more than 40 years, scientists said.

In the first half of the 20th century the Waikite Geyser in the Whakarewarewa geothermal area near Rotorua was known for its spectacular hot water eruptions reaching up to 65 feet but had not produced a significant eruption since 1969, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said.

However, in the past year scientists have increasingly noticed geothermal waters coming into the throat of the geyser, a major tourist attraction, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Geothermal features like geysers can be naturally variable and stay dormant for years, GNS geothermal scientist Ed Mroczek said in a statement.

“This makes it difficult to distinguish what is part of a natural cycle and what is disruption caused by human activity,” he said.

Scientists say they believe a sharp increase in the number of bores drilled in Rotorua since the 1950s by homeowners and businesses seeking cheap energy caused underground pressures to drop.

But new research at Whakarewarewa suggests pressure has increased and water from deeper in the earth was being pushed toward the surface, scientists said.

“We have no way of knowing if Waikite will recover to its former magnificence, but the signs we are seeing are very encouraging,” Mroczek said.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Drought

 

 

Excessive Heat Warning

 

TULSA OK




Heat Advisory

 

SPRINGFIELD MO
FORT WORTH TX
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
TULSA OK
TOPEKA KS
ST LOUIS MO
LITTLE ROCK AR
WICHITA KS
NORMAN OK

 

28.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Russia [Asia] Siberia, [Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in Russia [Asia] on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 12:07 (12:07 PM) UTC.

Description
Firefighters in Russia’s Siberia had extinguished 45 forest fires covering 522 hectares of forest in the past 24 hours, but 131 wildfires were still burning on the area of almost 15,000 hectares, the regional forestry department said Friday. A total of 29 wildfires covering an area of more than 5,000 hectares were localized, and 14,948 hectares of forest continued to burn in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region. Some 3,000 people, 412 units of fire-fighting equipment and 24 aircrafts have been mobilized to fight the blazes, which are believed to be caused by hot and dry weather in the region where the temperature reaches 35 degrees. Reports said the wildfires posed no threat to populated areas or industry.

 

 

 

US ‘extreme drought’ zones triple in size July 27, 2012

by Andrew Gully
Almost two thirds of the continental US are now suffering drought conditions Enlarge A field of dead corn sits next to an ethanol plant July 25, in Palestine, Illinois. The drought in America’s breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world’s key producer are decimated. The drought in America’s breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world’s key producer are decimated. Ads by Google EHR Software Demo – Watch the EHR Demo Online Now Meaningful Use with Ease of Use! – AdvancedMD.com/Elec-Health-Record The US Drought Monitor reported a nearly threefold increase in areas of extreme drought over the past week in the nine Midwestern states where three quarters of the country’s corn and soybean crops are produced. “That expansion of D3 or extreme conditions intensified quite rapidly and we went from 11.9 percent to 28.9 percent in just one week,” Brian Fuchs, a climatologist and Drought Monitor author, told AFP. “For myself, studying drought, that’s rapid. We’ve seen a lot of things developing with this drought that were unprecedented, especially the speed.” Almost two thirds of the continental United States are now suffering drought conditions, the largest area recorded since the Drought Monitor project started in 1999. “If you are following the grain prices here in the US, they are reflecting the anticipated shortages with a price increase,” Fuchs said. In some rural areas, municipal water suppliers are talking about mandatory restrictions Enlarge A farmer moves an irrigation system into a cornfield near Whiteland, Indiana. The drought in America’s breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world’s key producer are decimated. “In turn, you’re going to see those price increases trickle into the other areas that use those grain crops: cattle feed, ethanol production and then food stuffs.” In some rural areas, municipal water suppliers are talking about mandatory restrictions because they have seen such a dramatic drop in the water table that they fear being unable to fulfill deliveries to customers, Fuchs said. “Things have really developed over the last two months and conditions have worsened just that quick and that is really unprecedented,” he added. “Definitely exports are going to suffer because there is going to be less available and the markets are already reflecting that. Ads by Google Dating Sites for Seniors – Over 50 and looking for a soulmate? Try here. Free membership! – MatureSinglesClick.com “It’s anticipated that this drought is going to persist through the next couple of months at least and conditions are not overly favorable to see any widespread improvement.” President Barack Obama’s administration has opened up protected US land to help farmers and ranchers hit by the drought and encouraged crop insurance companies to forgo charging interest for a month. Officials have said the drought will drive up food prices since 78 percent of US corn and 11 percent of soybean crops have been hit and the United States is the world’s biggest producer of those crops. The current drought has been compared to a 1988 crisis that cut production by 20 percent and cost the economy tens of billions of dollars. Officials have said the drought will drive up food prices Enlarge A farmer talks with an official from the US Department of Agriculture while veiwing drought damage to his farm, near Goreville, Illinois. The drought in America’s breadbasket is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, experts warned, driving concern food prices could soar if crops in the world’s key producer are decimated. The US Department of Agriculture issued retail price forecasts Wednesday for 2013 and they already showed an impact from the drought, with consumers expected to pay between three and four percent more for their groceries. “The 2013 numbers reflect higher-than-average inflation which is partly a function of the drought and the higher crop prices,” said Ephraim Leibtag of the USDA’s Economic Research Service. “The drought effects are starting now at the farm and agricultural level. “Those things take two to 12 months to work through the system. So you’ll see some effects as early as the fall (autumn) in terms of the grocery stores and restaurants, certainly later in the year and into 2013.” The full impact of the drought on food prices won’t be known for months. “It’s too early to tell as we don’t know how much of the crop is going to be lost and how much higher corn and soybean prices will go,” Leibtag said. “We are not forecasting major impacts on retail food at this point. If the drought gets worse or corn and soybean prices rise even more, that would start to have a bigger impact.” Even before the last week, farmers were telling AFP they may have to cut their losses — chopping down fields of half-mature, earless corn to feed the stalks to cattle. Weather forecasters predicted no respite. (c) 2012 AFP

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Storms / Flooding

 

 

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Saola (10W) Pacific Ocean 28.07.2012 29.07.2012 Tropical Storm 340 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 4.88 m JTWC Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Saola (10W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000
Start up: 28th July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 250.21 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
28th Jul 2012 05:07:30 N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000 17 46 65 Tropical Depression 325 14 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
29th Jul 2012 05:07:02 N 17° 48.000, E 125° 48.000 15 74 93 Tropical Storm 340 ° 16 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
30th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 20° 42.000, E 124° 6.000 Typhoon I. 120 148 JTWC
30th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 42.000, E 124° 42.000 Tropical Storm 93 120 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 30.000, E 123° 36.000 Typhoon I. 148 185 JTWC
01st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 54.000, E 122° 48.000 Typhoon II. 176 213 JTWC
02nd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 18.000, E 121° 36.000 Typhoon I. 148 185 JTWC
03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 48.000, E 119° 54.000 Tropical Storm 111 139 JTWC

 

Damrewy (11W) Pacific Ocean 29.07.2012 29.07.2012 Tropical Depression 270 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 1.83 m JTWC Details

 

 

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Damrewy (11W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000
Start up: 29th July 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
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Pressure Source
29th Jul 2012 05:07:50 N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000 6 56 74 Tropical Depression 270 ° 6 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
30th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 18.000, E 143° 18.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 JTWC
30th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 26° 42.000, E 141° 30.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 36.000, E 138° 48.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 JTWC
01st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 29° 30.000, E 132° 54.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 JTWC
02nd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 48.000, E 126° 6.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 JTWC
03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 42.000, E 119° 42.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 JTWC

 

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Today Tornado Philippines Province of Bohol, Jagna Damage level
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Tornado in Philippines on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 at 04:29 (04:29 AM) UTC.

Description
At least 85 houses were destroyed in the wake of a tornado that struck four barangays in Jagna, Bohol at 11 a.m. last Friday. The tornado struck barangays Can-upao, Bunga Mar, Cantagay and Ipil while a heavy downpour was taking place, according to the Jagna Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. “The residents said they felt their houses shake. In one house, the kitchen got pulled out and landed in the sala. The residents got out of their homes and ran away,” said council staffer Vicente Orias. Orias said some residents described seeing a black funnel of air in the sky which later spun towards the ground. Several houses made of nipa were uprooted, Orias said. The roofs of some houses, including those made of galvanized aluminum sheets, were blown away. “It looked like the roofs were cut open by the wind,” Orias said. Pag-asa Mactan weather specialist Boy Artiaga said the tornado occurred due to the presence of the southwest monsoon winds and the low pressure area in the eastern part of the Visayas. Barangay Can-upao was hardest hit with 43 destroyed or damaged houses, followed by Bunga Mar with 39 houses, two in Cantagay and one in Ipil. No one was reported injured, Orias said. The affected families transferred to houses of their relatives or neighbors. Bohol provincial police said property damage was estimated at P800,000. The tornado also damaged 13 pumpboats worth P300,000, a sari-sari store and fruit-bearing trees worth P200,000. Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice Gov. Concepcion Lim and social welfare personnel went to the affected areas to distribute rice, noodles, and canned goods.

 

 

Flash Flood Watch

 

ALBANY NY
TAUNTON MA



Flood Advisory

 

NORTH PLATTE NE

 

 

 

 

  • From: AFP

 

FLOODING across impoverished North Korea this month has killed 88 people, left tens of thousands homeless and devastated swathes of farmland.

A week of floods “caused by typhoon and downpour … claimed big human and material losses”, Pyongyang’s official news agency said. The new death toll was a dramatic increase from the figure of eight reported Wednesday.

A total of 134 people were injured and almost 63,000 people were left homeless by the floods, which started on July 18, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, with thousands of houses damaged or destroyed.

The biggest loss of human life was in two counties of South Pyongan province, which were hit by torrential rains on Monday and Tuesday, it said.

More than 30,000 hectares of land for growing crops was “washed away and buried” or “submerged”, KCNA said, a potential blow for a state that is beset by persistent severe food shortages.

With rugged terrain and outmoded agricultural practices, the country faces serious difficulties in feeding its 24 million people. Hundreds of thousands died during a famine in the mid to late-1990s.

UN agencies, after a visit to the North, estimated last November that three million people would need food aid in 2012.

Some 300 public buildings and 60 factories were damaged in the floods, as well as large stretches of road, KCNA said.

State media reported earlier this week that 60 flood victims were rescued thanks to a helicopter urgently sent by leader Kim Jong-Un.

The victims, including children and women, were trapped on Monday on a hillock in the northwest of the country after a river flooded due to heavy rain, the official news agency said.

“Isolated incommunicado, they did not find a way out, in panic at rising water. At that time a helicopter appeared,” it said.

“After receiving an urgent report, the dear respected Kim Jong-Un issued an emergency sortie order to a unit of the Air Force of the Korean People’s Army.”

After decades of deforestation, the impoverished North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding.

Dozens were killed or injured by a storm and torrential rain in the North in June and July last year. Thousands were also made homeless and large areas of farmland were flooded.

The United States reached a deal on February 29 this year to offer North Korea badly needed food aid in return for a freeze on nuclear and missile tests.

But it rescinded the plan after the North’s failed rocket launch in April, seen by the United States and its allies as an attempted ballistic missile test.

The North has been developing nuclear weapons for decades and staged two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

 

 

Ebola outbreak in Uganda kills 13: official

By Elias Biryabarema

KAMPALA

(Reuters) – An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has killed 13 people in Uganda and efforts are under way to contain the hemorrhagic fever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday.

There is no treatment and no vaccine against Ebola, which is transmitted by close personal contact and, depending on the strain, kills up to 90 percent of those who contract the virus.

Joaquim Saweka, WHO’s representative in Uganda, said that although suspected Ebola infections emerged in early July in Kibale district, about 170 km (100 miles) west of the capital Kampala, the outbreak was not confirmed until Friday.

“There are a total of 20 people suspected to have contracted Ebola and 13 of them have died,” Saweka said.

“A team of experts from the government, WHO and CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) are in the field and following up on all suspected cases and those who got into contact with patients.”

Saweka said the origin of the outbreak had not yet been confirmed, but 18 of the 20 cases are understood to be linked to one family.

Kibale is near the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the virus emerged in 1976, taking its name from the Ebola River.

The symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, impaired kidney and liver function and both internal and external bleeding.

Ebola was last reported in Uganda in May last year when it killed a 12-year-old girl. The country’s most devastating outbreak was in 2000 when 425 people were infected, more than half of whom died.

(Editing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Michael Roddy)

 

 

 

28.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kibaale District] Damage level
Details

 

 

 

Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 15:57 (03:57 PM) UTC.

Description
Sixteen people are reported dead in Uganda from a mystery illness. The Uganda publication UG Pulse reports that a strange illness, cause unknown, is spreading in the Kibaale district in western Uganda. The District Health Officer, Dr. Dan Kyamanwa, stated that 11 of the deaths were from the same family in the Nyamarunda Sub County. A twelfth death was a health officer. There are also reports of the illness appearing in the clinical officer who treated the family from Nyamarunda and a driver who transported the deceased. Kyamanwa says that symptoms of the illness include high fever, vomiting, diarrhea and systems failure. Death occurs within four to seven days.The Ugandan government is reportedly sending a team of experts to investigate the outbreak.
Biohazard name: Unidentified fatal disease
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: suspected

 

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News July 28, 2012

Published on Jul 28, 2012 by

EARTHQUAKE WATCH: http://youtu.be/SMiHsOYwdCs

TODAY’S LINKS
Red Tide: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-red-tides-chesapeake-bay.html
Drought: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-extreme-drought-zones-triple-size.html
Occupy China: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/28/us-china-environment-protest-idUSBR…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

 

 

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 2 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
(2006 EC) 06th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 9 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 20 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 22 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 23 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 23 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 26 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

 

 

 

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Planet-forming dust disc surrounding distant star disappears

Dust discAn artist’s conception of the now-vanished dust disc surrounding the star TYC 8241 2652 1. (Gemini Observatory/AURA artwork by Lynette Cook / July 5, 2012)
By Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles TimesJuly 5, 2012, 8:46 a.m.

A disc of planet-forming dust around a distant star has disappeared unexpectedly, leaving astronomers scratching their heads and questioning current theories of how planets are formed. “It’s like the classic magician’s trick: Now you see it, now you don’t,” said astronomer Carl Melis of UC San Diego, who led the team that discovered the phenomenon. “Only in this case, we’re talking about enough dust to fill an inner solar system and it is really gone.” The team has proposed several possible explanations for the disappearance, but “none are really compelling,” Melis said.

The star in question is a called TYC 8241 2652. It is a younger version of our own sun, only about 10 million years old (our own solar system is 4.5 billion years old), and lies 450 million light-years away in the constellation Centaurus. It was first seen in 1983 by NASA’s Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). The dust disc heats up from absorbed light from its star and re-emits the energy in the infrared, giving the system a characteristic appearance. IRAS has discovered hundreds of such stars.

The team reported Thursday in the journal Nature that they reexamined the star in 2008 using the Gemini South Observatory in Chile and found the same infrared signature observed in 1983. But when they looked at it again in 2009 with NASA’s orbiting Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, about two-thirds of the dust had disappeared. Observations with other telescopes the following year showed that virtually all of the dust was gone. “It’s as if you took a conventional picture of the planet Saturn today and then came back two years later and found that its rings had disappeared,” said co-author Ben Zuckerman of UCLA.

Researchers have offered at least three potential mechanisms for the disappearance. One might be runaway planetary accretion. It is generally believed that the condensation of such dust particle around a star into a planet occurs over long periods — hundreds of thousands of years. In this case, it could have been accelerated by some unknown force, occurring over just a few years. The star is too far away to observe any potential planet, however.

A second possibility is that, for some reason, the dust has all fallen into the star itself, perhaps as a result of the star’s gravity or some external force. The third explanation might be that the dust particles are so small that the constant stream of light from the star has ejected them all into space, where they have cooled off.

“Many astronomers feel uncomfortable with the suggested explanations for the disappearance of the dust because each of them has nontraditional implications,” said co-author Inseok Song of the University of Georgia. “But my hope is that this line of research can bring us closer to a true understanding of how planets form.”

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

 

Dogs Die After Playing In Tainted Reservoir

Toxic Algae Found In Salamonie Reservoir, Health Officials Say

 

 

 

ANDREWS, Ind. — Indiana health officials are warning residents that toxic algae found this summer in several lakes poses a health threat to people and animals.The warning comes after the death of two dogs playing in a northern Indiana reservoir tainted by the toxic algae.The Board of Animal Health said toxins released by blue-green algae are likely what caused two dogs belonging to Larry and Marge Young to die last week after the dogs played in Salamonie Reservoir.

The Wabash couple’s two other dogs were sickened and are being treated for liver failure.State officials have found high blue-green algae levels in seven Indiana lakes, including Salamonie, where record levels were discovered.The others are Raccoon Lake, Hardy Lake, Brookville Lake, Whitewater Lake, Sand Lake and Worster Lake.

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Articles of Interest

 

 

Japanese women fall behind Hong Kong in longevity

Elderly Japanese women whose homes were destroyed in last year's tsunami at a temporary housing site on 6 March, 2012 in Minamisanriku, Japan The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami contributed to pushing life expectancy figures down

Japanese women have fallen behind Hong Kong in global life expectancy rankings for the first time in 25 years.

This was partly due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March 2011, said an annual report by Japan’s health ministry.

The expected lifespan for Japanese women dropped from 86.30 years in 2010 to to 85.90 years in 2011.

The official life expectancy for women in Hong Kong last year was 86.70 years.

Japan has topped the women’s rankings for a quarter of a century, with longevity attributed in part to a healthy traditional diet.

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 dead or missing pushed the life expectancy down.

However the report noted that even without the disaster Japanese women would still have dropped behind Hong Kong in the statistics.

Other factors contributing to the dip included a rise in the number of suicides among Japanese women, disease and other natural death causes, the report said.

The life expectancy for men in Japan also declined from 79.55 in 2010 to 79.44 last year.

The men dropped from fourth place in 2010 to eighth last year in the global life expectancy ranking, said Japan’s Kyodo news agency.

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
28.07.2012 10:25:21 3.1 Europe Italy Apulia San Nicola VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 10:25:45 2.1 Europe Romania Paltin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 09:20:28 2.6 North America United States California Ferndale VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 09:15:31 2.0 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 09:25:19 2.8 South-America Chile Valparaíso San Antonio VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 08:25:26 2.2 Asia Turkey Malatya Doganyol VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 09:25:45 3.9 North-America United States Alaska Tyonek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 08:16:02 4.1 North America United States Alaska Tyonek VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 08:16:26 4.6 Asia India Uttarakhand Dharchula VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 08:25:48 4.6 Asia India Uttarakhand Dharchula VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 08:26:10 3.1 South-America Chile Antofagasta Tocopilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 07:35:25 2.7 North America United States Nevada Beatty VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 08:26:31 2.4 Asia Turkey Bursa Karacabey VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 08:26:52 4.5 Middle-East Yemen Mu??faz?at Shabwah Al Hamiyah VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 07:35:45 4.5 Middle East Yemen Mu??faz?at Shabwah Al Hamiyah VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 10:05:27 3.6 North America United States Nevada Crescent Valley VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 06:35:29 2.7 North America United States Alaska Akutan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 07:25:26 2.2 North America United States Texas Keene VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 05:16:11 3.1 Europe Greece Crete Platanos VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 06:25:39 2.9 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 04:17:00 2.3 North America United States California Westley VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 04:15:18 2.7 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 04:15:36 2.0 Asia Turkey ?zmir Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 04:16:00 3.3 Asia Turkey Antalya Tekirova VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 03:35:51 2.7 North America United States California Cabazon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 04:16:20 3.4 Asia Turkey Antalya Tekirova VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 03:50:33 2.6 Caribbean U.S. Virgin Islands Saint Thomas Island Charlotte Amalie VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 03:15:19 2.9 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 03:15:47 3.0 Asia Turkey Bal?kesir Sindirgi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 04:16:38 3.0 Europe Romania Gura Teghii VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 03:16:11 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 02:45:23 4.2 Middle America Guatemala Escuintla Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 03:16:33 4.2 Middle-America Guatemala Escuintla Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 02:10:21 4.2 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 01:50:54 3.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Canterbury Kaiapoi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
28.07.2012 02:10:42 4.7 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 01:30:28 4.6 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zenica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 02:11:01 2.8 Asia Turkey Isparta Anamas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 01:10:20 2.8 Europe Greece North Aegean Eresos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 00:05:20 2.2 Europe Italy Campania Montoro Superiore There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 00:05:42 4.1 Middle-East Iran M?zandar?n Tonekabon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 00:20:30 4.4 Middle East Iran M?zandar?n Chalus VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 00:06:09 4.6 Asia China Sichuan Leshan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.07.2012 00:07:40 4.6 Asia China Sichuan Leshan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 00:00:39 4.2 Middle East Iran M?zandar?n Chalus VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 00:06:31 4.2 Middle-East Iran M?zandar?n Chalus VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 23:20:29 2.1 North America United States California Mountain Gate There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.07.2012 00:06:52 3.1 Asia Turkey Bursa Karacabey VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 23:15:56 2.6 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 21:35:40 2.1 North America United States Alaska Nanwalek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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Volcanic Activity

Fuego volcano (Guatemala), activity update: strombolian activity and lava flows

BY: T

Weak but frequent explosions occur at Fuego volcano in Guatemala. On 25-26 July, they were producing gray ash columns reaching heights of 300 m to 600 m, and drifting up to 12 km west, northwest and southwest.
The explosions ejected incandescent material to heights of 100 to 150 m above the crater and generated weak avalanches on the upper crater flanks with rumbling and jetting sounds. Weak glow is seen at the crater at night.
The lava flow toward Taniluyá canyon reaches 400 meters in length. A new lava flow is active toward Ceniza (“ash”) Canyon and has reached 200 m length, and from both flows, glowing lava blocks roll down the flanks and reach the vegetation. A third lava flow was observed in the direction of the Lajas Canyon with a length of 600 m.
Weak avalanches from the summit area were directed toward Canyon Santa Teresa and reached about 300 m distance and lifted up light ash clouds.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Excessive Heat Warning

TULSA OK

Heat Advisory

SPRINGFIELD MO
TOPEKA KS
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
NORMAN OK
FORT WORTH TX
WICHITA KS
TULSA OK
27.07.2012 Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in Japan on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC.

Description
The number of people taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke in the week through Sunday more than doubled from the preceding week to 5,467, preliminary data showed Tuesday. The figure, up from 2,622 in the week to July 15, hit the highest for a single week this summer, according to the data released by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Deaths caused by heatstroke increased to 13 from five in the preceding week. Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture had the most victims, with ambulances called for 388 people each. They were followed by 382 in Aichi Prefecture and 372 in Osaka Prefecture. People aged 65 or older accounted for 45.9 percent of the total. Since the agency started this year’s survey on May 28, 11,116 people were taken to hospitals as of Sunday. Twenty-three people have died. The rise in heatstroke cases reflects the smothering heat wave, with temperatures of 35 degrees or higher observed in many places for the four days from July 16, agency officials said. In Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, the mercury shot up to 37.6 on July 16 and to 39.2 the following day, according to the Meteorological Agency.

Abnormal Heat, Strong Winds Feed Siberian Forest Fire

Published on Jul 27, 2012 by

Abnormal heat and strong winds have firefighters working overtime in Tomsk, Siberia this week where they are still battling blazes that have now spread over 15,000 hectares of Russian forests.

Thick smog from the fire has forced the local airport to close, delaying travelers with flight cancellations.

Firefighters are using helicopters to dump water on the fire because this summer broke 170 year old records for heat and dryness.

With temperatures over 90 degrees and without any precipitation in the forecast the job won’t be getting any easier for those firefighters.

Mandatory evacuations ordered on Skibstad fire

BILLINGS – Mandatory evacuations were ordered Thursday for residents of 20 to 30 houses in south-central Montana after a 5-square-mile wildfire surged toward a rural subdivision.

The order from Stillwater County commissioners covered the Hermit Creek subdivision and a five-mile stretch of Shane Creek Road south of Columbus.

Firefighters made some progress Thursday on the back end of the Skibstad, reporting that it was 35 percent contained by late afternoon. But on the fire’s leading edge, a steady breeze was pushing the blaze toward houses.

“That north and northeast portion up by the homes is a lot of concern,” said Paula Short with the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

A shelter for evacuees was set up at Columbus High School.

As flames approached within a couple miles of his property on Shane Creek Road, Shane Fouhy said he was packing some belongings, setting out sprinklers to water down his house and yard and heading into Columbus to stay with relatives.

“I’ve been out all morning watering and the wind is kind of whirling,” he said. “It’s burning in all directions.”

Some structures were confirmed burned; how many and whether any were houses remained unclear. No injuries have been reported.

Residents of dozens more houses were put on notice that they, too, might have to go. State officials say there are 124 homes in the area.

Barb Marshall, who lives on Shane Creek Road several miles outside the area under mandatory evacuation, was keeping a close eye on the smoke plumes billowing up to the south.

“I’ve got my rig loaded and I’m ready to go,” she said.

The fire started Wednesday evening in a secondary building on Skibstad Road and quickly spread across the surrounding landscape. Pushed south by the wind through timber, grass and sage brush, it reached into areas of Carbon County.

Prior to the mandatory order, county workers and firefighters went door to door asking people to leave voluntarily.

A heavy air tanker and several smaller aircraft were providing support to at least 60 firefighters with more personnel en route, Short said.

A federal incident management team was to take over the battle against the fire.

Elsewhere in Montana, the Wolf Creek fire north of Winnett grew to more than 9 square miles but was 70 percent contained Thursday afternoon, The Great Falls Tribune reported. The lightning-caused fire had threatened five houses and 10 outbuildings.

The nearby 15 Mile fire that began Wednesday had burned 1,350 acres, the paper reported. No structures were threatened.

In western Montana, the 5-square-mile Mission Road fire was reported to be 80 percent contained.

Near Lincoln, officials said a three-story lodge destroyed in a 43-acre fire that started Tuesday in the Roger’s Pass area was worth an estimated $3 million, according to the Helena Independent Record. The cause of that blaze, known as Joe’s Mountain fire, was under investigation.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer Thursday asked President Barack Obama to declare a disaster area for parts of southeast Montana with damage from the Ash Creek Fire.

If the request is granted it could make federal aid available to restore public infrastructure damaged by the fire, which burned 390 square miles in Powder River and Rosebud counties and on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Public damages in those areas is estimated at $1.6 million. Most of that was to Tongue River Electric Co-op infrastructure. Schweitzer says he also has requested the Small Business Administration complete a damage assessment.

More than 925 wildfires have burned a combined 732 square miles across Montana so far in 2012. That’s well above the 530-square-mile annual average over the past decade.

About two-thirds of this year’s fires have been human caused. However, fires caused by lightning account for the bulk of the acreage burned.

Extreme Fire Danger

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Storms / Flooding

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
10W Pacific Ocean 28.07.2012 28.07.2012 Tropical Depression 325 ° 46 km/h 65 km/h 4.27 m JTWC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: 10W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000
Start up: 28th July 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
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Report by: JTWC
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28th Jul 2012 05:07:30 N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000 17 46 65 Tropical Depression 325 ° 14 JTWC
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29th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 42.000, E 125° 36.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 JTWC
29th Jul 2012 120:00:00 N 17° 24.000, E 125° 12.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 JTWC
30th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 18.000, E 124° 54.000 Tropical Storm 93 120 JTWC
31st Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 48.000, E 124° 24.000 Typhoon I. 120 148 JTWC
01st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 30.000, E 123° 24.000 Typhoon I. 139 167 JTWC
02nd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 30.000, E 121° 54.000 Typhoon I. 148 185 JTWC

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Flights Canceled, Power Disrupted As Storms Wreak Havoc In US Northeast (PHOTOS)

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Flights Canceled, Power Disrupted As Storms Wreak Havoc In US Northeast (PHOTOS)

Storms hit the U.S. Northeast Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of residents.

About 900 flights have been canceled due to bad weather. New York’s LaGuardia Airport reported the maximum number of cancellations, with 162 flights grounded while many flights were delayed at airports in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Boston, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy downpour are expected to hit the Midwest, New York City and the Northeast Friday, forecasters have said.

The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm warnings in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas and several other points that lie in between.

In Pennsylvania, a woman died in her car, which was crushed under a tree, according to CNN.

“The risk for widespread damaging winds will increase from midday to mid-afternoon from Indiana and Ohio across Pennsylvania, southeast New York, into western Massachusetts and Connecticut,” the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said.

The weather service has warned of possible tornadoes ripping through Elmira, N.Y., and Brookville, Pa.

DAY28: America’s infrastructure takes another hit from 2nd apocalyptic ‘derecho’ superstorm

Published on Jul 27, 2012 by

The ‘Great Derecho’ Exposed Old Grids
By MoneyShow.com Jul 24, 2012 3:30 pm
The power is back up (for the most part) after the storm that swept down on the mid-Atlantic states in early July. Now utilities are going to have to calculate what it cost them.

The Great Derecho of 2012 knocked out power to 4.3 million people over 10 Midwest and Middle Atlantic states. The toll in human lives and property damage has yet to be fully counted.

Hurricanes typically take days to form at sea. That gives first responders, utilities and government agencies in threatened areas time to prepare for damage control. In contrast, the Great Derecho came with hurricane-force winds virtually without warning. Recovery plans had to be made on the fly, in some cases with emergency communications networks out of service.

The longer the outage, the greater the cost incurred by utilities. The storm’s intensity is a clear warning we’ve entered a period of greater extremes, with increased stresses on basic systems, particularly electricity.

http://tinyurl.com/cr93fuy

Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling
Travis Long/The News & Observer, via Associated Press

By MATTHEW L. WALD and JOHN SCHWARTZ
Published: July 25, 2012

Some utilities are re-examining long-held views on the economics of protecting against the weather. Pepco, the utility serving the area around Washington, has repeatedly studied the idea of burying more power lines, and the company and its regulators have always decided that the cost outweighed the benefit. But the company has had five storms in the last two and a half years for which recovery took at least five days, and after the derecho last month, the consensus has changed. Both the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Md., have held hearings to discuss the option — though in the District alone, the cost would be $1.1 billion to $5.8 billion, depending on how many of the power lines were put underground.

Even without storms, heat waves are changing the pattern of electricity use, raising peak demand higher than ever. That implies the need for new investment in generating stations, transmission lines and local distribution lines that will be used at full capacity for only a few hundred hours a year. “We build the system for the 10 percent of the time we need it,” said Mark Gabriel, a senior vice president of Black & Veatch, an engineering firm. And that 10 percent is “getting more extreme.”

Even as the effects of weather extremes become more evident, precisely how to react is still largely an open question, said David Behar, the climate program director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “We’re living in an era of assessment, not yet in an area of adaptation,” he said.

He says that violent storms and forest fires can be expected to affect water quality and water use: runoff from major storms and falling ash could temporarily shut down reservoirs. Deciding how to address such issues is the work of groups like the Water Utility Climate Alliance, of which he is a member. “In some ways, the science is still catching up with the need of water managers for high-quality projection,” he said.

Some needs are already known. San Francisco will spend as much as $40 million to modify discharge pipes for treated wastewater to prevent bay water from flowing back into the system.

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Flash Flood Watch

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TAUNTON MA
ALBANY NY

Flood Advisory

JUNEAU AK
Today Flood Greenland Municipality of Qeqqata, Kangerlussuaq [Watson River] Damage level Details

Flood in Greenland on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC.

Description
Melting ice in Greenland has swelled the island’s rivers with water. A NASA satellite snapped a photo of meltwater overflowing the banks of the Watson River near Kangerlussuaq, a key air transportation hub, on July 12. Two weeks later, however, river levels have receded somewhat, according to a release from the NASA Earth Observatory. “Water rises every year, but I’ve never before observed it at this level of discharge,” said Richard Forster, a University of Utah researcher who has done extensive fieldwork in Greenland, in a statement. “It was also about two weeks prior to the normal seasonal peak.” The town, known as Kanger, hosts one of the island’s busiest commercial airports and is a frequent departure point for scientific research flights. It lies about 74 miles (125 kilometers) from the sea. The water most likely came from melting of the ice sheet – rather than an ice-dammed lake bursting or glacial lake drainage – as the high discharge was maintained for so long, Forster said. The flooding follows reports that 97 percent of Greenland’s ice sheets thawed on the surface, according to satellite measurements. Only four days before, just 40 percent of the surface ice layer was thawing.This year’s ice melt is well above average: About half of Greenland’s surface ice tends to melt every summer, with the meltwater at higher elevations quickly refreezing in place and the coastal meltwater either pooling on top of the ice or draining into the sea. The massive melt may have been caused by a ridge or dome of warm air hovering over Greenland. Signs of ice melt were even found around Summit Station in central Greenland, which at 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) above sea level is near to the highest point on the ice sheet. The melting characteristics of such a huge ice sheet – spanning 656,000 square miles (1.7 million square kilometers) – is important for various reasons, particularly its potential effect on sea levels. If melted completely, the Greenland ice sheet could contribute 23 feet (7 meters) to global sea-level rise, according to a 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the international body charged with assessing climate change. Whether or not this recent massive melt will affect the overall ice loss this summer, and as such bump up sea level, is still an open question. In other Greenland-melting news, a massive iceberg that recently broke away from one of Greenland’s largest glaciers is making its way downstream and toward the open ocean, as shown by a new satellite photo. The drifting island of ice split from the Petermann Glacier’s ice shelf – the front end of a glacier, which hangs off the land and floats on the ocean. Thenewly birthed berg is estimated to be about 46 square miles (120 square kilometers), and finally broke away from the floating tongue of ice on Monday, July 16.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Florida, [Wild Africa Trek at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 03:37 (03:37 AM) UTC.

Description
Numerous people have reported contracting an unknown illness after visiting the Wild Africa Trek at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. According to the Orange County, FL Health Department, hundreds of people have been questioned in connection to flu-like symptoms which were first detected in June. People reported experiencing diarrhea, nausea, fatigue and abdominal pain after taking the site’s three-hour tour, which includes hikes, animal sightings and a foot bridge crossing. “The thing we’re trying to get everyone to understand is this is some kind of stomach bug,” said Health Department spokesman Dain Weister. No specific pathogen has been identified. One guest who became ill posted his experience on the DIS boards. He said he became ill within 24 hours and went to the emergency room. Inspectors were sent to Animal Kingdom to examine its food preparation areas. “Two of those inspections showed no problems, no health violations,” Weister said. “The inspection was satisfactory.” Disney officials stated that increased measures have been taken to promote hand-washing and hand sanitizer use. “We are working closely with the Orange County Health Department to review the situation,” said Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger. No other areas of Disney World have been affected.
Biohazard name: Unidentified illness
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms: flu-like symptoms
Status: confirmed
Today Epidemic Hazard Zimbabwe Multiple areas, [Harare (Capital City) and Chitungwiza] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Zimbabwe on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 03:34 (03:34 AM) UTC.

Description
More than 100 people in the Zimbabwean capital Harare and Chitungwiza, a dormitory town 35km southeast of the city, have contracted typhoid this month, and the dilapidated water and sanitation systems are again being blamed for another round of water-borne diseases. According to health officials cited in the local media, 83 cases of typhoid have been confirmed in Chitungwiza and a further 28 in Harare, of which 25 were linked to a supermarket in the Avenues area of the city centre. Portia Manangazira, the chief disease control officer in the Health Ministry, told IRIN that in June 22 cases of suspected cholera, 10 of which were confirmed, were reported in Chiredzi – a town in Masvingo Province close to neighbouring South Africa – and one confirmed case of cholera was reported in Manicaland Province, which borders Mozambique. “We are monitoring the situation very closely to make sure the cholera does not spread. The health sector is on high alert,” she said. A year-long outbreak of cholera in 2008 killed more than 4,000 people and infected about 100,000 others and since then there have been regular outbreaks of waterborne diseases in both urban and rural areas. In January 2012 about 900 Harare residents were diagnosed with typhoid, but no fatalities were recorded.
Biohazard name: Cholera Outbreak
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: suspected

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Climate Change

Extreme weather: Get ready to see more of it, scientists say

By Moni Basu, CNN
Fatima Domingpe applies sunscreen to her face near the Mosaic Fountain in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, July 7. A record heat wave has been in the area for more than a week. Fatima Domingpe applies sunscreen to her face near the Mosaic Fountain in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, July 7. A record heat wave has been in the area for more than a week.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The United States experienced its warmest 12 months on record
  • A new report Tuesday says 2011 will be remembered as the year of extreme weather
  • One scientist says climate change increases the chances of more such weather
  • There’s debate over how climate change affects weather patterns

(CNN) — A map of significant climate events for the United States in June looks almost apocalyptic: hellish heat, ferocious fires and severe storms leaving people injured, homeless and even dead.

Why to expect more weather disasters

That followed a warm winter and early season droughts. News came Monday that the mainland United States experienced its warmest 12 months since the dawn of record-keeping in 1895.

And on Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report calling 2011 a year of extreme weather.

Wildfire victims face second tragedy

Remember Hurricane Irene? Or the floods in Thailand and southern China and the deadly drought in the Horn of Africa? Heavy rains in Brazil caused massive landslides and much of Europe suffered through a sweltering heatwave.

It’s tempting to simplify things and blame it all on global warming.

After all, nine of the top 10 warmest years globally have occurred since 2000, according to NOAA.

But weather can be complicated.

The real challenge is figuring out whether a particular storm or flood was due to climate change or natural variables, said Chris Field, founding director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology.

The NOAA report, for instance, noted some events that were exacerbated by other factors. However, climate change increases global risks, Field said.

“As we change the climate, we’re shifting the odds for extreme weather,” he said.

Photos: Extreme heat strikes U.S.

It’s sort of like upping your chances of a car accident if you’re speeding.

The four classes of extremes — high heat, heavy precipitation and floods, duration and intensity of droughts and extremes related to higher sea levels — have changed in the last 50 years, Field said.

“Increasingly, we are loading the dice towards these very damaging kinds of extremes,” he said.

But that’s not to say every weather event is related to warming temperatures.

Southern Greenland, northern Russia, and the eastern two-thirds of North America have felt the greatest warmth in 2012, but many places — Alaska, Mongolia and most of Australia — have been cool anomalies.

Russia declares day of mourning for flood victims

The men’s final at the Wimbledon tennis tournament Sunday was stopped briefly for rain. Rain, in Britain? Although it has a reputation for sogginess, it’s been cooler and wetter than normal for the last few months in the British isles.

America’s northwest has also escaped the heat. The state of Washington just marked its seventh coolest June ever.

“When you’ve got a planet that’s nearest warmest levels on record, that doesn’t mean every part of the world is going to be the warmest ever,” said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground.

“The U.S. has been unlucky enough to be in that sort of pattern,” he said.

Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the National Climatic Data Center, said weather patterns — including the jet stream or the ocean-atmosphere systems in the Pacific known as El Niño and La Niña — have a great effect on weather.

In 2011, two back-to-back La Niñas, each characterized by cooler-than-average water temperatures in the eastern Pacific, affected significant weather events — including droughts in the southern United States and northern Mexico and in east Africa.

There is debate over how climate change affects such weather patterns but the NOAA-led “state of the climate” report said La Niña-related heat waves are now 20 times more likely to occur than 50 years ago.

Scientists also analyzed the United Kingdom’s very warm November 2011 and a very cold December 2010. They said that cold Decembers are now half as likely to occur versus 50 years ago, whereas warm Novembers are now 62 times more likely.

The report pointed out that some weather events, like the Thailand flooding, are influenced by humans in other ways.

Photos: Finding beauty in violent storms

“Although the flooding was unprecedented, the amount of rain that fell in the river ‘catchment’ area was not very unusual,” the report said. “Other factors, such as changes in reservoir policies and increased construction on the flood plain, were found most relevant in setting the scale of the disaster.”

The 2012 hurricane season has gotten off to a robust start, though meteorologist Thomas Downs of Expert Weather Investigations attributed that to a cyclical warming of Atlantic waters.

“We’ve had a tremendous start to the system. We are in the middle of a warm phase,” he said.

Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was devastating, but it was also the first named storm of that year — in August.

By contrast, this year, the United States has already lived through four named storms — two in May and two in June. The last was Tropical Storm Debby, which flooded Florida.

The warmer waters can lead to warmer temperatures on land, Downs said. So can extended drought.

“The biggest thing of this year is the cumulative effect of the last two seasons. Some parts of the United States have been under drought conditions for the past two years,” he said, and did not have much rain in April and May. Less solar energy is absorbed by hot, parched land.

“The drought amplifies temperatures — 90 becomes 100. 100 becomes 105.”

“The reality is when you do have extreme weather, it is highlighted,” Downs said. “People want to attribute it to one factor or another.”

The other reality is that Americans and others will likely be paying a lot more for cereal, sweeteners and meat as the price of corn goes up because of failed crops.

“The crops are hurting,” said Chad Hart, a grain market specialist at Iowa State University.

The eastern part of the Corn Belt is especially hard-hit. In states like Iowa, farmers are in the critical stage of corn pollination.

“We need a good inch of moisture this week,” Hart said. “And there’s no rain in the forecast.

“That means we are looking for a much lower yield for crops we produce in the Midwest.”

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Solar Activity

3MIN News July 27, 2012

Published on Jul 27, 2012 by

EARTHQUAKE WATCH: http://youtu.be/SMiHsOYwdCs

TODAY’S LINKS
UV Southern Hemisphere: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-ozone-hole-uv-impacting-marine.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2009 PC) 28th July 2012 0 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
(2006 EC) 06th August 2012 9 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 17 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 19 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 21 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 23 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 23 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 24 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 24 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 27 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

Today Biological Hazard USA State of Colorado, Pueblo Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 03:32 (03:32 AM) UTC.

Description
Public Health officials announced Friday that a rabbit tested positive for an illness that “is similar to plague” in Pueblo. The rabbit was found in Pueblo West in the 1000 Block of West Saginaw Drive, and tested positive for Tularemia. Though the bacterial illness occurs naturally in the U.S., it’s a condition that can be fatal to humans. “Tularemia is similar to plague,” Heather Maio, director of the Environmental Health Division at the Pueblo City-County Health department, said. “It can be passed to humans or animals through the bite of infected insects – most commonly ticks and deer flies – and by handling infected, sick, or dead animals.” The disease can also be passed to people or animals if they eat meat or drink water infected by the bacteria. It cannot, however, be passed from person to person. Tularemia symptoms typically occur within 3-5 days after exposure and include sudden fever, headaches, diarrhea, muscle aches, dry cough and progressive weakness. The disease is fatal, Public Health officials said, if not treated with the right antibiotics. Ticks in the area may pose the biggest threat to humans, so Public Health officials are advising locals and their pets to steer clear of heavily wooded areas where ticks thrive.
Biohazard name: Tularemia (rabbit)
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
Today HAZMAT China Province of Zhejiang Sheng, Hangzhou Damage level Details

HAZMAT in China on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 04:49 (04:49 AM) UTC.

Description
Chinese state media say a toxic gas leak caused by chemicals used nine years ago to combat the SARS epidemic has forced more than 800 workers to evacuate from a downtown office building in east China’s Hangzhou city. The gas came from a stockpile of chlorine dioxide powder. It was used as a disinfectant in 2003 during the SARS scare but was never disposed of. White smog filled the 19th floor of the building on Friday morning, causing panic.

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Articles of Interest

Today Technological Disaster India State of Uttar Pradesh, Bijnor [Ramanand Public High School] Damage level Details

Technological Disaster in India on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.

Description
At least eight children were killed and 18 injured when the roof of a private school collapsed in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday afternoon. At least 30 children were in the classroom when the slab of the verandah on the first floor collapsed. District magistrate of Bijnor Sarika Mohan, however, said only six children have died in the accident and seven others sustained serious injuries .The injured have been admitted to the district hospital. Ramanand Public High School, a privately owned school, is located in the Zameerpur village, Chandpur town, Bijnor. The roof of the class room collapsed when about 30 students were in class. The children were all in Class V, aged between 10 and 13 years. “Prima facie it’s a case of negligence by the owner of the school. I have ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident and a FIR is being lodged against the owner of the school Rishipal Singh,” said Mohan. “Five children were declared brought dead by doctors and 18 kids have been admitted to various hospitals. Some of the injured are in serious condition. The rescue work is still in progress and we hope that there is no one left in the debris,” Mohan told media persons. The management and staff of the school fled after the incident and police teams have been deployed to search for them, she added. “I have also ordered an inquiry in to incident,” she added. Locals and villagers started the rescue operation, and by the time help reached, they had already rescued about a dozen kids. They were rushed to nearby nursing homes and primary health centres for treatment. The villagers also alleged that help reached them several hours after the incident took place and by that time they had rescued most of the children trapped inside. The parents and locals also shouted slogans and gheraoed senior officials of the district administration. They were pacified after the administration promised compensation and strict action against those found guilty of negligence. The district magistrate said a proposal for the compensation will be sent to the government.

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
27.07.2012 08:40:30 4.4 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Salta San Antonio de los Cobres There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 09:30:25 4.4 South-America Argentina Salta San Antonio de los Cobres There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 08:05:32 2.8 North America United States Alaska Kokhanok There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 09:25:35 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Rincon Rincon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 07:40:39 3.1 North America United States Alaska Valdez VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 07:00:32 2.6 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 07:30:21 3.7 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 06:25:32 2.8 Europe Greece Peloponnese Pragmateftis There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 06:10:45 2.6 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 06:20:27 4.7 Asia Russia Tyva Saryg-Sep VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 06:25:55 4.7 Europe Russia Tyva Saryg-Sep VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 06:26:17 2.0 Europe Italy Sicily Rodi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 06:00:39 5.4 Pacific Ocean Northern Mariana Islands Northern Islands Municipality Agrihan Village There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 06:26:38 5.4 Pacific Ocean – East Northern Mariana Islands Northern Islands Municipality Agrihan Village There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 05:29:34 2.3 North America United States Alaska Chase VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 05:25:02 3.4 Europe Italy Sicily Rodi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 05:26:35 4.4 Middle-America Mexico Oaxaca Santiago Pinotepa Nacional VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 04:45:25 4.4 Middle America Mexico Oaxaca Santiago Pinotepa Nacional VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 05:27:43 4.7 Middle-America Guatemala Guatemala Mixco There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 04:30:29 4.7 Middle America Guatemala Guatemala Mixco There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 04:20:29 2.0 Europe Italy Sicily Rodi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 04:20:53 2.3 Asia Turkey Tunceli Pulumer VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 03:40:37 2.0 North America United States California Saratoga VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 03:41:05 2.0 North America United States Alaska Yakutat VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 03:17:21 2.2 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 04:21:32 2.5 Europe Italy Sicily Rodi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 02:55:26 2.0 North America United States California Montara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 03:15:21 2.5 Europe Greece Central Greece Roviai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 03:00:32 2.4 Caribbean Puerto Rico Rincon Stella VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 02:40:31 3.3 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 03:15:45 2.1 Asia Turkey Tunceli Hozat VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 02:11:26 2.0 North America United States California Redlands VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 02:20:29 4.9 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea East New Britain Rabaul There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 03:16:07 4.9 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea East New Britain Rabaul There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 02:35:29 3.3 Caribbean Puerto Rico San Juan San Juan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 01:50:31 2.1 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 01:15:27 2.1 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 02:10:32 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 00:50:30 2.9 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 00:50:52 3.3 North America United States Alaska Nanwalek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 01:10:27 4.4 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Cagayan Valley Namuac VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 00:25:34 4.4 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Cagayan Valley Namuac VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.07.2012 01:10:55 3.5 South-America Chile Coquimbo Coquimbo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 00:10:26 4.0 South-America Chile Antofagasta Tocopilla There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 00:10:55 3.5 Europe Italy Sicily Panarea There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 03:16:34 2.0 Asia Turkey Siirt Uzyum There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.07.2012 00:11:18 4.5 Indonesian Archipelago East Timor Gunung Dilarini There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
26.07.2012 22:00:23 2.9 Asia Turkey ??rnak Birlikkoy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
26.07.2012 22:00:51 2.1 Asia Turkey Denizli Civril VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
26.07.2012 21:10:36 2.4 North America United States Hawaii Pahala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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Strong quake hits off Mauritius

SINGAPORE

(Reuters) – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake was centered 212 miles northeast of Rodrigues island and at a depth of 20.5 miles. The USGS initially put the magnitude at 6.7.

(Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Ron Popeski)

8.6 Quake Possible in Southern California? Caltech Suggests New ‘Mega-Earthquake’

LA Weekly

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*3.8 Magnitude Earthquake ‘Jolts’ Marina Del Rey, Causes No Damage Whatsoever.

In recent years, scientists, first responders and utilities have been preparing for “The Big One,” that inevitable quake that will rock Southern California to its core. It’s coming. For sure. They just don’t know when.

But the U.S. Geological Survey and Caltech have been on the ball, working from a likely scenario, a simulated “Shakeout” (see video after the jump) that would have a 7.8 quake hitting greater L.A. It would be deadly, destructive and put us in the dark for days, if not weeks.

Unfortunately, a 7.8 might now be too low of an estimate for The Big One:

Caltech researchers looked at Sumatra’s April 11 8.6 earthquake and concluded — maybe — that a similar temblor could happen along the same San Andreas fault that will produce our Big One.

Make that a possible Bigger One.

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Simulations for the magnitude 7.8 “ShakeOut” earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault, developed by the Southern California Earthquake Center ShakeOut Simulation workgroup. Simulation by Rob Graves, URS/SCEC. Visualization by Geoff Ely, USC/SCEC.

Scientists said the Indonesian rocker was larger than they ever thought such a quake “could be,” according to Caltech. It was a “intraplate strike-slip quake,” similar to what would happen at San Andreas, where much of California, from Baja to San Francisco, is moving north as the rest of America moves south.

In Sumatra, scientists found that this was not only the biggest strike-slip fault temblor ever, but that it set of a series of right-angle ruptures that amplified the shaking, like a block of ice cracking up in the heat.

And yes, it could happen here. The research, published last week in the journal Science Express, argues:

The new details provide fresh insights into the possibility of ruptures involving multiple faults occurring elsewhere–something that could be important for earthquake-hazard assessment along California’s San Andreas fault, which itself is made up of many different segments and is intersected by a number of other faults at right angles.

Lingsen Meng, lead author of the Caltech research:

If other earthquake ruptures are able to go this deep or to connect as many fault segments as this earthquake did, they might also be very large and cause significant damage.

The USGS, of course, is begging Southern Californians to prepare for our “mega-earthquake,” as academics called the Indonesian shaker. You know, flashlights, batteries, radios, water, nonperishable food. All that good stuff.

But 8.6? Be prepared to kiss your ass goodbye.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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Volcanic Activity

27.07.2012 Volcano Eruption Japan Prefecture of Kagoshima, [Volcano Sakura-jima] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Japan on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 02:59 (02:59 AM) UTC.

Description
A volcano in Sakurajima in southern Japan has erupted, spewing volcanic ash onto Kagoshima City. The eruption at one of Japan’s most active volcanoes caused ash to cover roads. Residents of Kagoshima donned face masks to protect themselves while sweeping away the ash. The volcano has erupted over 600 times this year and is expected to continue its intermittent eruptions. Currently, the volcano warning there is at level three out of a possible five levels. A level five would mean that the residents living near the crater would have to be evacuated, while level three warns people not to approach the volcano.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Excessive Heat Warning

ST LOUIS MO
MOUNT HOLLY NJ
NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
WAKEFIELD VA

Heat Advisory

ST LOUIS MO
TULSA OK
PEACHTREE CITY GA
MOUNT HOLLY NJ
CHARLESTON SC
GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
WILMINGTON NC
NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
JACKSONVILLE FL
WAKEFIELD VA
BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
RALEIGH NC
27.07.2012 Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in Japan on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC.

Description
The number of people taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke in the week through Sunday more than doubled from the preceding week to 5,467, preliminary data showed Tuesday. The figure, up from 2,622 in the week to July 15, hit the highest for a single week this summer, according to the data released by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Deaths caused by heatstroke increased to 13 from five in the preceding week. Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture had the most victims, with ambulances called for 388 people each. They were followed by 382 in Aichi Prefecture and 372 in Osaka Prefecture. People aged 65 or older accounted for 45.9 percent of the total. Since the agency started this year’s survey on May 28, 11,116 people were taken to hospitals as of Sunday. Twenty-three people have died. The rise in heatstroke cases reflects the smothering heat wave, with temperatures of 35 degrees or higher observed in many places for the four days from July 16, agency officials said. In Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, the mercury shot up to 37.6 on July 16 and to 39.2 the following day, according to the Meteorological Agency.

Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling

Travis Long/The News & Observer, via Associated Press

Emergency repairs on a highway that buckled in triple-digit temperatures last month near Cary, N.C.

By and

WASHINGTON — From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation’s infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms.

On a single day this month here, a US Airways regional jet became stuck in asphalt that had softened in 100-degree temperatures, and a subway train derailed after the heat stretched the track so far that it kinked — inserting a sharp angle into a stretch that was supposed to be straight. In East Texas, heat and drought have had a startling effect on the clay-rich soils under highways, which “just shrink like crazy,” leading to “horrendous cracking,” said Tom Scullion, senior research engineer with the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University. In Northeastern and Midwestern states, he said, unusually high heat is causing highway sections to expand beyond their design limits, press against each other and “pop up,” creating jarring and even hazardous speed bumps.

Excessive warmth and dryness are threatening other parts of the grid as well. In the Chicago area, a twin-unit nuclear plant had to get special permission to keep operating this month because the pond it uses for cooling water rose to 102 degrees; its license to operate allows it to go only to 100. According to the Midwest Independent System Operator, the grid operator for the region, a different power plant had had to shut because the body of water from which it draws its cooling water had dropped so low that the intake pipe became high and dry; another had to cut back generation because cooling water was too warm.

The frequency of extreme weather is up over the past few years, and people who deal with infrastructure expect that to continue. Leading climate models suggest that weather-sensitive parts of the infrastructure will be seeing many more extreme episodes, along with shifts in weather patterns and rising maximum (and minimum) temperatures.

“We’ve got the ‘storm of the century’ every year now,” said Bill Gausman, a senior vice president and a 38-year veteran at the Potomac Electric Power Company, which took eight days to recover from the June 29 “derecho” storm that raced from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard and knocked out power for 4.3 million people in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

In general, nobody in charge of anything made of steel and concrete can plan based on past trends, said Vicki Arroyo, who heads the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, a clearinghouse on climate-change adaptation strategies.

Highways, Mr. Scullion noted, are designed for the local climate, taking into account things like temperature and rainfall. “When you get outside of those things, man, all bets are off.” As weather patterns shift, he said, “we could have some very dramatic failures of highway systems.”

Adaptation efforts are taking place nationwide. Some are as huge as the multibillion-dollar effort to increase the height of levees and flood walls in New Orleans because of projections of rising sea levels and stronger storms to come; others as mundane as resizing drainage culverts in Vermont, where Hurricane Irene damaged about 2,000 culverts. “They just got blown out,” said Sue Minter, the Irene recovery officer for the state.

In Washington, the subway system, which opened in 1976, has revised its operating procedures. Authorities will now watch the rail temperature and order trains to slow down if it gets too hot. When railroads install tracks in cold weather, they heat the metal to a “neutral” temperature so it reaches a moderate length, and will withstand the shrinkage and growth typical for that climate. But if the heat historically seen in the South becomes normal farther north, the rails will be too long for that weather, and will have an increased tendency to kink. So railroad officials say they will begin to undertake much more frequent inspection.

Some utilities are re-examining long-held views on the economics of protecting against the weather. Pepco, the utility serving the area around Washington, has repeatedly studied the idea of burying more power lines, and the company and its regulators have always decided that the cost outweighed the benefit. But the company has had five storms in the last two and a half years for which recovery took at least five days, and after the derecho last month, the consensus has changed. Both the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, Md., have held hearings to discuss the option — though in the District alone, the cost would be $1.1 billion to $5.8 billion, depending on how many of the power lines were put underground.

Even without storms, heat waves are changing the pattern of electricity use, raising peak demand higher than ever. That implies the need for new investment in generating stations, transmission lines and local distribution lines that will be used at full capacity for only a few hundred hours a year. “We build the system for the 10 percent of the time we need it,” said Mark Gabriel, a senior vice president of Black & Veatch, an engineering firm. And that 10 percent is “getting more extreme.”

Even as the effects of weather extremes become more evident, precisely how to react is still largely an open question, said David Behar, the climate program director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “We’re living in an era of assessment, not yet in an area of adaptation,” he said.

He says that violent storms and forest fires can be expected to affect water quality and water use: runoff from major storms and falling ash could temporarily shut down reservoirs. Deciding how to address such issues is the work of groups like the Water Utility Climate Alliance, of which he is a member. “In some ways, the science is still catching up with the need of water managers for high-quality projection,” he said.

Some needs are already known. San Francisco will spend as much as $40 million to modify discharge pipes for treated wastewater to prevent bay water from flowing back into the system.

Even when state and local officials know what they want to do, they say they do not always get the cooperation they would like from the federal government. Many agencies have officially expressed a commitment to plan for climate change, but sometimes the results on the ground can be frustrating, said Ms. Minter of Vermont. For instance, she said, Vermont officials want to replace the old culverts with bigger ones. “We think it’s an opportunity to build back in a more robust way,” she said. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to reuse the old culverts that washed out, or replace them with similar ones, she said.

Ms. Arroyo of Georgetown said the federal government must do more. “They are not acknowledging that the future will look different from the past,” she said, “and so we keep putting people and infrastructure in harm’s way.”

Matthew L. Wald reported from Washington, and John Schwartz from New York.

Fire Weather Watch

BOISE ID
POCATELLO ID

Extreme Fire Danger

RAPID CITY SD
Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Montana, [Southeast of Columbus] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Friday, 27 July, 2012 at 04:46 (04:46 AM) UTC.

Description
Residents were asked to evacuate from a rural area in southern Montana Thursday as a 5-square-mile wildfire approached the edge of a spread-out subdivision. County workers and firefighters were going door to door asking people to leave along a five-mile stretch of Shane Creek Road south of Columbus, officials said. The voluntary evacuation covered roughly 10 houses in Stillwater County, according to a hotline set up by the county. Shane Creek resident Shane Fouhy said he was packing some belongings, setting out sprinklers to water down his house and yard and heading into Columbus to stay with relatives. “I’ve been out all morning watering and the wind is kind of whirling,” he said. “It’s burning in all directions.” Paula Short with the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said the Skibstad Fire was burning in grass and timber and had approached within two miles of houses along Shane Creek Road. Residents of more than 100 houses were put on notice that they, too, might have to go. Firefighters were trying to hold the fire along a nearby ridge top to keep it from reaching the houses, Short said. But they were braced for the blaze to spread amid hot, dry conditions and winds of 5 to 10 miles per hour. Columbus High School was set up as a shelter for evacuees. Some structures were confirmed burned; how many and whether any were houses remained unclear. The fire started Wednesday evening in a secondary building on Skibstad Road and quickly spread across the surrounding landscape. It was pushed to the south by the wind, eventually reaching into areas of Carbon County. A heavy air tanker and several smaller aircraft were providing support to at least 60 firefighters with more personnel en route, Short said.
27.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Nebraska, [Fairfield Creek] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 03:10 (03:10 AM) UTC.

Description
More federal firefighters were being deployed to bone-dry Nebraska, where a huge wildfire is threatening more structures and two smaller fires are still out of control. The handful of people living in Sparks, a gateway to canoeing and tubing on the Niobrara River, were on alert for possible evacuation. A 14-mile stretch of the valley already has been evacuated. While a cold front is expected to provide some relief, highs Wednesday will still be in the mid-90s. The front may also bring some rain, but major storms aren’t likely to develop near the fire. Plus, storms could also bring lightning and spark new fires. Hot, windy weather on Monday helped the main Fairfield Creek Fire expand to 58,000 acres, or nearly 92 square miles. Two other smaller fires about 20 miles east of the main fire had burned more than six square miles. And Tuesday’s high temperature again topped Officials estimate the fires, which have already destroyed at least 10 homes, are about 25 percent contained. Some 200 federal firefighters were being sent to join the more than 300 crews already on the front lines. Four helicopters are also fighting the fires, and three firefighters have been injured. Much of the fire-swept land near the river is rugged, forested and populated with cabins, so only 17 residences had been evacuated as of Tuesday morning.

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Storms / Flooding / Landslides

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

PEACHTREE CITY GA
26.07.2012 Complex Emergency China Capital City, Beijing Damage level Details

Complex Emergency in China on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 08:01 (08:01 AM) UTC.

Description
A much expected downpour bypassed Beijing Wednesday but battered the neighboring city of Tianjin, flooding many downtown streets and vehicles. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the maximum precipitation had exceeded 300 millimeters, Tianjin’s meteorological center said in a press release. It said the city proper received an average rainfall of 147 mm, while the outer Xiqing district, one of the worst-battered areas, received 309.8 mm. The local fire prevention bureau sent 190 fire engines and 1,140 rescuers to help rescue flood stranded vehicles and pedestrians. The rain had largely stopped by midday, but the center issued another orange alarm at 11:10 a.m., warning residents of a further rainstorm. The downpour has paralyzed traffic in downtown Tianjin, drowning many roads. Dozens of vehicles were stranded on Baidi road in Nankai district after their engines died in the flood. Many pedestrians complained they had to trek in knee-deep water. In some sections of Xianyang Street, flood water was waist deep. On the badly flooded Friendship Road in Hexi district, five workers kept watch next to sewage wells whose manholes had been removed for faster drainage.The rain disrupted air traffic at Tianjin’s airport, where 20 flights were canceled and 34 delayed.8 The first flight, an incoming flight from Shanghai, landed in Tianjin after the rain subsided at 11:32 a.m., and the first departing flight took off at 12:08 p.m., according to the airport’s official website. Railway transportation, however, was largely unaffected, including the express rail link to Beijing, the city’s railway authorities confirmed. Vegetable prices were up at the city’s major wholesale markets Thursday. “Each kilo is at least 0.4 yuan — about 30 percent — more expensive than yesterday,” said Cui Hongqing, a wholesaler at Hongqi Market. Cui predicted further price hikes Friday as the rain devastated crops and increased transportation costs. China’s capital Beijing was on guard against heavy rain Wednesday, fearing a repeat of Saturday’s mayhem. Saturday’s downpour, which the local weather bureau described as the “heaviest in 61 years,” killed at least 37 people — some were drowned in private cars. Many office workers were allowed to go home early Wednesday for safety considerations, and city authorities bombarded mobile phone subscribers with text message warnings of an imminent downpour. The much expected rain, however, did not fall in Beijing. The capital was still overcast Thursday, as the central weather bureau has forecast rain in seven northern China provinces and municipalities, including Beijing, over the coming three days.

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A thunderstorm, evening star, and crescent moon collide on a hilltop.

A thunderstorm rumbles through Kansas (file picture).

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic

John Roach

for National Geographic News

Summer storms may create new holes in our protective ozone layer as Earth heats up—bringing increased solar ultraviolet radiation to densely populated areas, a new study says.

What’s more, if more sunlight reaches Earth, skin cancer could become the new marquee risk of global warming.

As the planet w