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US ambassador to Kosovo hired by construction firm he lobbied for

  • The Guardian, Monday 14 April 2014 11.53 EDT
Christopher Dell with Kosovo PM
Christopher Dell with Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci in 2009. Dell took joined Bechtel when he finished his career at the State Department. Photo: Office of the Kosovo PM

A US ambassador to Kosovo, who lobbied for the construction of a $1bn road through the war-torn country, has taken up a post with the American construction giant that secured the lucrative contract.

Christopher Dell, a career diplomat nominated by Barack Obama to represent the US in Pristina, was employed by the Bechtel Corporation, which he helped win a contract to build a highway to neighbouring Albania.

Dell took on a role as an African country manager with Bechtel late last year, months after ending a three-decade career at the State Department.

His employment at Bechtel, America’s largest engineering and construction firm, has ignited a debate over the controversial road-building project, named the “Patriotic Highway”.

Pieter Feith, the senior EU diplomat in Kosovo when the contract was secured, criticised the way the US ambassador pushed through the deal, and has called for an inquiry. Feith accused Dell of withholding information about the Bechtel contract, and lobbying Kosovo to agree to what he describes as an ill-advised deal with a US company, which placed enormous pressure on the fledgling country’s budget.

It is routine for western ambassadors to push the business interests of companies from the countries they come from. But it is unusual for a former diplomat to land a job with a major corporation after using their sway to secure lucrative government contracts.

After he was appointed ambassador in 2009, Dell had huge influence in Kosovo, where the US is widely viewed as a supervising power and is feted for its role in securing independence for the tiny Balkan state. A statue of President Clinton adorns the capital, Pristina, and boulevards are named after George W Bush and other US officials.

As the International Civilian Representative in Kosovo between 2008 and 2012, Feith was the other major figure in the country, entrusted with wide-ranging powers by the US and EU, including the ability to overrule Kosovan officials. For several years, Feith and Dell served side by side, the two most senior foreign officials supervising Kosovo’s campaign for recognition as a sovereign state following the 1999 war.

At the time Dell was encouraging Kosovo’s government to sign the highway contract, Feith said he had grave concerns about awarding the enormous contract to a consortium consisting of Bechtel and its partner, Turkish firm Enka. Feith believed the deal risked undermining Pristina’s finances.

Feith said he clashed with Dell over the logic of an impoverished, nascent country undertaking such a huge infrastructure project, and instead argued that the money should be spent on tackling Kosovo’s unemployment rate, which stood at 40%.

Feith also said he asked to see details of the contract, which he believed was part of his mandate, but was denied access by the US embassy. “Information was withheld, and all of a sudden we were presented with a fait accompli of this contract being concluded and being a liability on the budget,” he told the Guardian.

The Bechtel-Enka deal was signed in April 2010, despite concerns from the IMF, the World Bank, EU diplomats, Feith, and the Kosovan government’s own legal adviser. Dell and the State Department declined requests for comment. Bechtel defended its employment of the former ambassador and said any suggestion that his appointment was improper was “unfair and offensive”.

But Andrea Capussela, who served as head of Feith’s economic department in Kosovo and was a vocal critic of the road-building scheme, said: “Ambassador Dell’s employment at Bechtel raises a rather serious question mark over the whole project.”

“This contract was irrational for Kosovo, and caused considerable damage to it,” he added. “The State Department would do well to investigate this.”

Feith declined to comment on Dell’s employment at Bechtel. However, he did say a wider inquiry into the probity of the highway deal was warranted, although he did not specify which organisation would conduct such an investigation.

“We have been involved in the fight against corruption in Kosovo, and anything that can help, ex-post, to clarify, elucidate or provide transparency about what has happened is beneficial for the future of the young state,” he said. “If there is an investigation, I would welcome it.”

The government in Pristina argues that the Patriotic Highway has connected northern Albania and Kosovo, replacing crumbling mountain roads with a four-lane highway, and will provide an economic injection into the region. However, critics point out that its costs have more than doubled from the original estimate.

The initial offer was to complete the Kosovo section of the highway for $555m (€400m). The price subsequently rose to $916m (€660m), to pay for 102km of road. In the end, the project cost $1.13bn (€820m) for what turned out be only a 77km stretch of highway. By comparison, Kosovo’s total government budget in 2012 was €1.5bn.

 

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Bechtel Delivers Second Stretch of the Kosovo Motorway Ahead of Schedule and Within Budget

Completion Marked With Launch of Motorway Safety Campaign

By Marketwired .  July 13, 2012 02:48 PM EDT

LONDON — (Marketwire) — 07/13/12 — Bechtel and its joint venture partner, Enka, have completed an additional 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) of the Kosovo motorway bringing the total distance completed to 26.4 miles (42.5 km). The new section, which opened today, connects to the stretch of motorway delivered in November 2011 which goes from Morinë at the border with Albania to Suhareka. The motorway now extends to the Dule interchange in Northern Kosovo. The latest stretch of motorway was built in less than a year, ahead of schedule and within budget.

“Each day we are getting closer to our dream of achieving the Kosovo motorway, thanks to Bechtel-Enka. The motorway is already making a huge difference to the lives of Kosovans with reduced journey times but people should drive safely too,” said Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi.

To mark the opening of the new motorway section, Bechtel and Enka, together with the Kosovo government, launched a new safety campaign along the Kosovo motorway with the slogan: “Yes to Safety, No to Speed.” The week-long campaign aims to encourage responsible driving on Kosovo’s first motorway and includes postcards and promotional cars along the route displaying the safety message.

“Safety is one of our core values. We hope our motorway safety awareness campaign will make drivers think twice about driving safely and not speeding on the new motorway,” said Mike Adams, president of Bechtel’s civil infrastructure unit.

When complete, the full 63.4-mile (102-km) motorway will extend from Morinë to the north of Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, and will serve as the centerpiece of Kosovo’s national transport system, helping to promote trade and economic development in Kosovo and throughout the region. The motorway is scheduled for completion in 2013.

 

 

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Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
30.08.2012 10:46:02 4.3 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 10:25:41 4.9 South America Chile Bío-Bío Arauco VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 09:35:39 2.4 North America United States California Weott VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 09:36:08 2.5 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
30.08.2012 09:25:32 2.4 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 09:36:32 4.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Mas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 09:55:29 4.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Mas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 09:20:28 5.2 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Mas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 09:56:02 5.3 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Mas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 08:55:24 2.0 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 08:15:26 2.0 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 08:50:28 3.6 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 07:35:36 2.2 North America United States California Ponderosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 07:50:26 2.5 Asia Turkey Mu?la Datca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 09:36:56 2.8 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 07:20:34 2.3 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
30.08.2012 07:15:57 2.3 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 07:10:53 2.5 North America United States Alaska Tyonek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 06:50:26 2.2 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 06:45:19 2.5 Europe France Rhône-Alpes Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
30.08.2012 08:55:49 2.3 Europe Albania Dibër Duricaj VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 07:50:48 2.5 Europe Greece North Aegean Agios Dimitrios VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 07:52:00 3.4 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 07:05:35 3.4 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 05:25:47 4.9 South America Peru Ucayali Campoverde VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 05:45:20 5.0 South-America Peru Ucayali Campoverde VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 05:45:43 3.3 Europe Greece Peloponnese Koroni VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 04:46:13 2.0 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 04:35:46 2.3 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 07:11:17 3.7 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 05:15:28 3.8 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 07:51:07 2.5 Asia Turkey Antalya Kalkan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 03:50:31 2.1 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 04:25:43 3.8 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 03:35:29 2.5 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 03:05:32 2.0 North America United States California Westmorland There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 03:45:21 3.1 South-America Chile Atacama Vallenar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 03:45:43 3.9 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 04:45:20 4.4 Middle-America Nicaragua Chinandega Jiquilillo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 04:30:26 4.4 Middle America Nicaragua Chinandega Jiquilillo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 02:40:21 2.1 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 04:45:46 4.3 Middle-America El Salvador Usulután Puerto El Triunfo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 04:46:37 4.3 Middle America El Salvador Usulután Puerto El Triunfo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 08:56:11 3.3 Europe Greece South Aegean Karpathos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 02:40:47 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
30.08.2012 01:35:25 3.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Sarigerme VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.08.2012 01:05:31 2.0 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 01:00:29 2.5 North America United States California King City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.08.2012 00:50:37 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
30.08.2012 00:35:40 4.2 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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Yorba Linda earthquake a likely aftershock from earlier cluster

The 4.1 earthquake that jolted Yorba Linda on Wednesday afternoon appears to be an aftershock of the cluster of quakes that hit the region earlier this month, seismologists said.

The jolted area included southeastern Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Inland Empire. The quake occurred in about the same location of an earthquake doublet, two 4.5 quakes that occurred on Aug. 7 at 11:23 p.m. and Aug. 8 at 9:33 a.m. The area was also hit by a 4.0 quake on June 14.

Wednesday’s quake, which hit at 1:31 p.m., was located near the center point of the magnitude-5.5 Chino Hills earthquake that reverberated through the Los Angeles Basin in the summer of 2008, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones told The Times.

Wednesday’s quake appeared to be located in the “Yorba Linda trend,” a seismic area identified by Caltech geophysicist Egill Hauksson in 1990, that might be a buried fault.

Many who felt the quake said it was relatively mild.

At Vinjon’s Kennel in Yorba Linda, the quake hit just as Carisa Feeney, 22, was giving a bath to a year-and-a-half-old boxer mix. When the quake delivered its single strong jolt, the dog leaped up in the tub –- and both quickly ran outside.

“I’m pretty much covered in water,” Feeney said.

Nancy Ferguson, who owns SGO Designer Glass in Old Town Yorba Linda, said, “We had a big jolt, just for a few seconds, then everything just kind of swayed.”

Ferguson, who has hundreds of pieces of glass on display in her store, said she holds her breath every time there’s an earthquake. “But nothing fell over today, so we’re feeling pretty lucky,” she said.

It is unlikely that the earthquake swarm that has hit Imperial County with hundreds of quakes since the weekend is related to Wednesday’s quake in Yorba Linda, Jones said.

Southern California town declares emergency over quake swarm

LOS ANGELES

Aug 29 (Reuters) – The southern California town of Brawley has taken the unusual step of declaring a state of emergency after a swarm of earthquakes rattled nearly 20 mobile homes off their blocks and forced a slaughterhouse to close, the mayor said on Wednesday.

It is uncommon for quake-hardy California cities to declare emergencies due to tremors, but Brawley mayor George Nava said the earthquake swarm is a unique case because it has lasted for days and caused millions of dollars in damage.

The cluster of relatively small quakes, which are caused by water and other fluids moving around in the Earth’s crust, began on Saturday evening and climaxed the next day with a 5.5 temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The tremors were continuing on Wednesday and geologists say there have been hundreds in total.

Nava said leaders in Brawley, a city of 25,000 residents south of the state’s inland Salton Sea and 170 miles (275 km) southeast of Los Angeles, declared a local emergency late on Tuesday. Officials with surrounding Imperial County made a similar declaration on Wednesday.

Nineteen mobile homes were knocked off their blocks and their residents forced out, Nava said. The auditorium at Brawley Union High School has been damaged and closed off, and the National Beef slaughter plant in Brawley has been temporarily shut down due to damage, he said.

Local businesses have suffered millions of dollars in losses from closures and from customers staying away, Nava said. But he could not give an exact account of quake-related losses.

The Red Cross and local government agencies will offer services to residents on Friday and Saturday at a local center. The emergency declaration allows Brawley to receive more assistance from Imperial County, Nava said.

At one point, about 10,000 residents in the city were without power, and the quakes have also caused water line disruptions, Nava said.

“When you don’t have an AC or running water, it’s just not a good thing in this weather,” he said.

Jeanne Hardebeck, research seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, said earlier this week that the cluster of quakes is not a sign that a larger temblor is imminent. (Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Tim Gaynor and Sandra Maler)

30.08.2012 Earthquake USA State of California, [Imperial County] Damage level Details

Earthquake in USA on Monday, 27 August, 2012 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 03:10 UTC
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An unusual swarm of hundreds of mostly small earthquakes has struck Southern California over the last three days and shaken the nerves of quake-hardy residents, but scientists say the cluster is not a sign a larger temblor is imminent. The earthquakes, the largest of which measured magnitude 5.5, began on Saturday evening and have been centered near the town of Brawley close to the state’s inland Salton Sea, said Jeanne Hardebeck, research seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists were monitoring the earthquake cluster, which continued on Tuesday, to see if it approaches the Imperial Fault, about three miles away. A destructive and deadly earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck on that fault in 1940, she said. “We don’t have any reason to believe that the (earthquake) storm is going to trigger on the Imperial Fault, but there’s a minute possibility that it could,” Hardebeck said, adding that the swarm of quakes was not moving closer to that fault.The Brawley quake cluster, which is caused by hot fluid moving around in the Earth’s crust, is different than a typical earthquake, in which two blocks of earth slip past each other along a tectonic fault line. After that kind of an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 or above, there is a 5 percent chance a larger quake will follow, Hardebeck said. But she added the same kinds of probability estimates were not possible with earthquake clusters caused by the movement of hot fluid. “We understand them even less than we understand normal earthquakes,” Hardebeck said, adding that scientists do not know why a cluster of earthquakes will occur at one time rather than another. The swarm led to jangled nerves in Brawley, a town of about 25,000 residents 170 miles southeast of Los Angeles near the border with Mexico. “It’s pretty bad. We had to evacuate the hotel just for safety,” Rowena Rapoza, office manager of a local Best Western Hotel, said on Sunday. There were two earthquakes on Sunday afternoon, one with a 5.5 magnitude and one measuring 5.3, Hardebeck said. Those were the largest quakes in the cluster amid hundreds of others, she said.

In the past, earthquake clusters have gone on for as long as two weeks, Hardebeck said. Before this recent cluster in Brawley, the last swarm of this size to hit the area was in 1981, she said. Earlier this month, a pair of moderate-sized earthquakes both registering a magnitude 4.5 struck the California town of Yorba Linda within 10 hours of each other, but no damage was reported. Yorba Linda, the birthplace of the late President Richard Nixon, is 145 miles northwest of Brawley.

Earthquake in USA on Monday, 27 August, 2012 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 19:21 UTC
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Earthquake swarms continued Wednesday in Imperial County as the city of Brawley declared an emergency to deal with the damage. The swarm that began Sunday morning showed signs of slowing down Wednesday, with fewer quakes reported by the U.S. Geological Survey than on recent days. The magnitude of the quakes is also declining. There was scattered damage around Brawley, but officials have not yet compiled a full estimate of the costs. The Brawley City Council on Tuesday declared a local emergency, according to the Imperial Valley Press. More than 400 earthquakes greater than magnitude 1.0 have been recorded in Imperial County since Saturday evening, said U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Elizabeth Cochran. The largest were a 5.3 and a 5.5 about midday Sunday. Scientists say the reason is not fully understood, but there is a clue: Earthquake faults work much differently south of the Salton Sea than they do closer to Los Angeles. Take, for instance, the San Andreas fault as it runs through Los Angeles County. It’s a fault where, generally speaking, two plates of the Earth’s crust are grinding past each other. The Pacific plate is moving to the northwest, while the North American plate is pushing to the southeast.South of the Salton Sea, the fault dynamic changes. The Pacific and North American plates start to pull away from each other, Cochran told The Times from her Pasadena office. (That movement is what created the Gulf of California, which separates Baja California from the rest of Mexico.) So Imperial County is caught between these two types of faults in what is called the “Brawley Seismic Zone,” which can lead to an earthquake swarm, Cochran said. The last major swarm was in 2005, Cochran said, when the largest magnitude was a 5.1. The largest swarm before last weekend’s occurred in 1981, when the biggest quake topped out at 5.8. Before that, there were swarms in the 1960s and 1970s. Brawley school officials told the Imperial Valley Press that Palmer Auditorium, a performance facility it manages with a local arts group, has been shut down after an inspection. “We were told by engineers it needs to be shut down because there were huge structural damages,” school Supt. Hasmik Danielian told the paper. Crews would have a better idea of the total damage caused by the quakes in the coming days, said Maria Peinado, a spokeswoman for the Imperial County Public Health Department, but so far the list of affected structures includes about 20 mobile homes shifted from their foundations. The earthquakes also caused “cosmetic” damage to at least three buildings dating to the 1930s in downtown Brawley, said Capt. Jesse Zendejas of the Brawley Fire Department. A few displaced residents spent Sunday night at an American Red Cross shelter at the Imperial Valley College gymnasium, Peinado said.

Earthquake in USA on Monday, 27 August, 2012 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 02:56 UTC
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The southern California town of Brawley has taken the unusual step of declaring a state of emergency after a swarm of earthquakes rattled nearly 20 mobile homes off their blocks and forced a slaughterhouse to close, the mayor said on Wednesday. It is uncommon for quake-hardy California cities to declare emergencies due to tremors, but Brawley mayor George Nava said the earthquake swarm is a unique case because it has lasted for days and caused millions of dollars in damage. The cluster of relatively small quakes, which are caused by water and other fluids moving around in the Earth’s crust, began on Saturday evening and climaxed the next day with a 5.5 temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The tremors were continuing on Wednesday and geologists say there have been hundreds in total.Nava said leaders in Brawley, a city of 25,000 residents south of the state’s inland Salton Sea and 170 miles (275 km) southeast of Los Angeles, declared a local emergency late on Tuesday. Officials with surrounding Imperial County made a similar declaration on Wednesday. Nineteen mobile homes were knocked off their blocks and their residents forced out, Nava said. The auditorium at Brawley Union High School has been damaged and closed off, and the National Beef slaughter plant in Brawley has been temporarily shut down due to damage, he said. Local businesses have suffered millions of dollars in losses from closures and from customers staying away, Nava said. But he could not give an exact account of quake-related losses. The Red Cross and local government agencies will offer services to residents on Friday and Saturday at a local center. The emergency declaration allows Brawley to receive more assistance from Imperial County, Nava said. At one point, about 10,000 residents in the city were without power, and the quakes have also caused water line disruptions, Nava said. “When you don’t have an AC or running water, it’s just not a good thing in this weather,” he said. Jeanne Hardebeck, research seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, said earlier this week that the cluster of quakes is not a sign that a larger temblor is imminent.
29.08.2012 Earthquake British Virgin Islands Atlantic Ocean, [Between 94 to 108 kilometers of the Road Town] Damage level Details

Earthquake in British Virgin Islands on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 07:42 (07:42 AM) UTC.

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A total of 104 earthquakes were observed in the last four days, British Virgin Islands area. The smallest was M2.0 and the strongest quake was M4.8 on the Richter scale. The center of the earthquake at a distance of 94 to 108 kilometers and the depth were between 5 and 90 kilometers.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Today Heat Wave USA State of South Dakota, [SD-wide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in USA on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC.

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South Dakota students are used to extreme cold and having classes called off because of winter blizzards, but the weather that caused their school day to be cut short Wednesday was intense for a different reason: the triple-digit temperatures. More than two dozen school districts across the state shut down early Wednesday as temperatures rose above 100 degrees, turning classrooms into saunas. “The major factor in the decision is the safety and welfare of students and staff members. It’s tough to learn in an environment when a room is 100 degrees,” said Eureka Superintendent Bo Beck, whose north-central South Dakota district joined others in dismissing students a few hours early because their classrooms lack air conditioning. Eureka and other districts have called off classes due to late-summer heat in past years, but school closures are more common in winter months when snow, frigid temperatures and howling winds make travel unsafe, Beck said. Scott Doering, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, said high temperatures Wednesday were expected to range from the low 90s in northeastern South Dakota to as high as 107 in the center of the state as a ridge of high pressure made the northern and central Plains area the nation’s hotspot.Some places in central South Dakota could break or come close to breaking records before temperatures start to drop to the 80s and lower 90s Thursday, Doering said. He said temperatures topping 100 sometimes persist in South Dakota, even into September. “It’s unusual, but not highly unusual,” he added, referring to Wednesday’s heat. Don Hotalling, superintendent for the Stanley County School District, said all students in Fort Pierre were being sent home at 1 p.m. because some classrooms are not air-conditioned. That problem will be solved after a new building is completed next year, he said. “With 106 degrees forecast for today, we knew it really was going to be miserable for some of the students,” Hotalling said. “With the humidity and the heat, it’s very uncomfortable. Not much learning is going to be going on later in the afternoon, when it gets hotter.” Stanley County eighth-grader Madison Bogue was happy her Fort Pierre school ended the day early. “It’s really awesome. It’s better than sitting in there all day,” the 13-year-old said. The district used fans to try to cool buildings Tuesday, when a lot of parents picked up their kids and took them home to beat the heat, Hotalling said. Staff encouraged students to drink plenty of water, but some students complained Tuesday of headaches, he said. Deputy state Education Secretary Mary Stadick Smith said she didn’t know how many schools were closing because of the heat, but at least two dozen schools from northeastern South Dakota to Rapid City in the west let radio and television stations know of early closures.

“Typically in South Dakota, schools are closed because of cold weather and blizzards that kind of thing, so it is a little unusual,” Stadick Smith said. Schools will not have to make up the missed time as long as they meet annual requirements for hours spent in classrooms, she said. The Rapid City Journal reported that schools in that city also were closing early because 15 of the 25 public schools do not have air conditioning. “When we start reaching temperatures above 90 degrees in classrooms, we have concerns as to trying to do something to relieve that stress on the teachers and the students that have been trying to work in those rooms,” Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent Tim Mitchell told the newspaper. Principal Robin Gillespie said teachers at Rapid City’s Wilson Elementary have been beating the heat with fans, low lights, water breaks and Popsicles. Many South Dakota residents seemed to take the heat in stride.

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Sparked by lightning in July, the Mustang Complex fire had burned 149,828 acres (60,633 hectares) of rugged terrain near Salmon, Idaho, by August 29, 2012. The fire burned in steep, inaccessible terrain.

This natural-color satellite image shows thick smoke from the fires streaming northeast toward Montana. It was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on August 28, 2012. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.

By August 23, more than 1,106,545 acres (447,803 hectares) had burned in Idaho—more than any other state except for Oregon. By August 29, more than 7,277,838 acres (2,945,236 hectares) had burned throughout the United States in what has proven to be one of the most severe wildfire seasons in the last decade.

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  2. Inciweb. (2012, August 29). Mustang Complex Fire. Accessed August 29, 2012.
  3. National Interagency Fire Center. (2012, August 29). Year-to-Date Statistics. Accessed August 29, 2012.
  4. National Interagency Fire Center. (2012, August 29). National Year-to-Date Statistics on Fires and Acres Burned by State. Accessed August 29, 2012.
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  2. Idaho Press-Tribune. (2012, August 29). Black Bear Cub Treated for Burn Injuries. Accessed August 29, 2012.

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Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Montana, [Near to Butte and Roscoe] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC.

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Crews dug in Wednesday against another round of Montana wildfires as evacuations were ordered ahead of blazes near Butte and Roscoe that authorities said threatened at least 130 houses. Searing heat set in across much of the drought-parched state, and gusting winds pushed flames through tinder-dry stands of timber and grasslands. The dangerous conditions prompted Gov. Brian Schweitzer to declare a statewide fire emergency. Eight large fires were burning on more than 73 square miles Wednesday, and more than 1,300 square miles already have burned in Montana this summer. Most of that destruction has been in the rain-starved eastern half of the state. Compounding residents’ woes are plumes of smoke pouring into mountain valleys from local fires and blazes in neighboring Idaho. The air quality has deteriorated most significantly in Hamilton, where it was listed as unhealthy by state officials. In Butte, Helena, Great Falls and Bozeman, officials downgraded the air quality to unhealthy for sensitive groups. About 10 miles south of Butte, the 19 Mile fire torched at least two homes and two outbuildings after growing to several square miles. Officials said the exact size was hard to determine because of all the smoke. Residents of the Whiskey Gulch and Friends Road area were told to evacuate Wednesday, after people living on Upper and Lower Radar Creek and Toll Mountain roads were advised to leave Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the fire, Mariah Leuschen with the U.S. Forest Service, said the evacuations covered roughly 150 people living in about 80 homes. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency put the figure higher – 275 people living in 103 homes, with another 100 to 110 houses put on pre-evacuation notice. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear. State officials sought and received federal help to pay for the effort against the fire. That authorizes FEMA to pay 75 percent of the state’s firefighting costs on the blaze, but does not provide assistance to individual homes or business owners.
29.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Oregon, [Malheur National Forest] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 09:41 (09:41 AM) UTC.

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A wildfire that broke out Tuesday afternoon in the Malheur National Forest spread to at least 2,500 acres before sundown, officials said. The fire ignited at about 2:30 p.m. near Parish Cabin Campground, about 10 miles east of Seneca. No injuries have been reported — as of late evening, the fire remained in the center of the forest and mainly was a threat to campgrounds and historic buildings in the immediate area, said Mike Stearly, information officer for Malheur National Forest. “It’s in some prime timber growth areas…the conditions are right,” Stearly said. He said the fire grew to between 2,500 acres and 3,000 acres through the afternoon and evening. Crews will be working through the night to fight the blaze, and spike camps have been set up. A Type 2 incident management team is coming in Wednesday morning, Stearly said. The goal is to hold the fire south of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Firefighters and the Grant’s County Sheriff’s Department evacuated Parish Cabin Campground. Evacuees included a number of bow hunters in the area for archery season, Stearly said. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Tembin (15W) Pacific Ocean 19.08.2012 29.08.2012 Tropical Depression 15 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 6.71 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Tembin (15W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 42.000, E 124° 36.000
Start up: 19th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,166.36 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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19th Aug 2012 05:28:29 N 17° 42.000, E 124° 36.000 9 56 74 Tropical Depression 190 11 JTWC
19th Aug 2012 10:11:34 N 17° 30.000, E 124° 48.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 135 9 JTWC
20th Aug 2012 05:16:05 N 18° 0.000, E 124° 48.000 6 139 167 Typhoon I. 360 9 JTWC
20th Aug 2012 10:35:24 N 18° 24.000, E 124° 54.000 7 176 213 Typhoon II. 15 9 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 04:48:23 N 20° 12.000, E 125° 18.000 13 213 259 Typhoon IV. 360 15 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 10:41:18 N 21° 0.000, E 125° 24.000 15 204 250 Typhoon III. 5 16 JTWC
22nd Aug 2012 10:16:00 N 22° 30.000, E 124° 12.000 9 167 204 Typhoon II. 310 15 JTWC
23rd Aug 2012 04:49:56 N 22° 30.000, E 123° 36.000 4 204 232 Typhoon III. 270 9 JTWC
23rd Aug 2012 10:42:38 N 22° 42.000, E 123° 6.000 9 194 241 Typhoon III. 295 15 JTWC
24th Aug 2012 05:23:44 N 22° 6.000, E 120° 30.000 19 185 232 Typhoon III. 245 19 JTWC
24th Aug 2012 10:05:02 N 22° 18.000, E 119° 48.000 13 111 139 Tropical Storm 285 17 JTWC
25th Aug 2012 05:19:01 N 22° 24.000, E 118° 6.000 13 139 167 Typhoon I. 260 17 JTWC
26th Aug 2012 05:24:20 N 21° 0.000, E 116° 54.000 7 157 194 Typhoon II. 155 14 JTWC
27th Aug 2012 04:54:48 N 20° 18.000, E 117° 36.000 11 157 194 Typhoon II. 125 19 JTWC
27th Aug 2012 10:50:55 N 20° 30.000, E 118° 6.000 9 148 185 Typhoon I. 90 15 JTWC
28th Aug 2012 04:53:36 N 23° 0.000, E 121° 54.000 28 102 130 Tropical Storm 35 19 JTWC
28th Aug 2012 10:29:05 N 24° 6.000, E 122° 42.000 26 102 130 Tropical Storm 30 19 JTWC
29th Aug 2012 04:47:41 N 27° 48.000, E 124° 0.000 22 83 102 Tropical Storm 10 19 JTWC
29th Aug 2012 10:39:33 N 29° 6.000, E 124° 6.000 24 93 120 Tropical Storm 5 21 JTWC
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30th Aug 2012 10:50:31 N 34° 30.000, E 126° 30.000 43 65 83 Tropical Depression 25 ° 0 JTWC
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31st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 41° 42.000, E 131° 24.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC
Isaac (AL09) Atlantic Ocean 21.08.2012 30.08.2012 Tropical Depression 325 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 0.00 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Isaac (AL09)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 15° 12.000, W 51° 12.000
Start up: 21st August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 2,761.47 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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21st Aug 2012 10:45:53 N 15° 12.000, W 51° 12.000 31 56 74 Tropical Depression 270 12 1007 MB NOAA NHC
22nd Aug 2012 04:54:04 N 15° 36.000, W 55° 36.000 30 65 83 Tropical Storm 275 16 1006 MB NOAA NHC
23rd Aug 2012 05:06:43 N 15° 48.000, W 63° 0.000 31 74 93 Tropical Storm 270 22 1003 MB NOAA NHC
24th Aug 2012 05:17:31 N 16° 42.000, W 68° 42.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 290 19 1001 MB NOAA NHC
25th Aug 2012 05:21:33 N 17° 42.000, W 72° 30.000 22 111 139 Tropical Storm 310 15 990 MB NOAA NHC
26th Aug 2012 06:01:20 N 22° 6.000, W 77° 12.000 28 93 111 Tropical Storm 305 19 997 MB NOAA NHC
27th Aug 2012 04:49:08 N 24° 12.000, W 82° 54.000 22 102 120 Tropical Storm 285 19 993 MB NOAA NHC
28th Aug 2012 05:00:18 N 27° 6.000, W 87° 0.000 17 111 139 Tropical Storm 310 19 310 MB NOAA NHC
29th Aug 2012 04:56:03 N 29° 0.000, W 89° 42.000 13 130 157 Hurricane I. 310 17 968 MB NOAA NHC
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30th Aug 2012 10:48:30 N 30° 54.000, W 91° 36.000 13 74 93 Tropical Depression 325 ° 0 983 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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31st Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 34° 54.000, W 93° 36.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 32° 48.000, W 92° 54.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 37° 18.000, W 93° 24.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 39° 30.000, W 91° 18.000 Tropical Depression 28 37 NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 40° 0.000, W 87° 0.000 Tropical Depression 28 37 NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 40° 30.000, W 83° 0.000 Tropical Depression 28 37 NOAA NHC
Ileana (EP09) Pacific Ocean – East 28.08.2012 30.08.2012 Hurricane I 325 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 4.27 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Ileana (EP09)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 15° 30.000, W 107° 42.000
Start up: 28th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 434.23 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
28th Aug 2012 04:45:33 N 15° 30.000, W 107° 42.000 19 74 93 Tropical Storm 290 15 1000 MB NOAA NHC
29th Aug 2012 04:37:35 N 17° 0.000, W 111° 6.000 17 93 111 Tropical Storm 305 11 997 MB NOAA NHC
29th Aug 2012 10:41:45 N 17° 36.000, W 111° 48.000 15 102 120 Tropical Storm 315 18 995 MB NOAA NHC
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30th Aug 2012 10:47:41 N 19° 42.000, W 113° 30.000 13 120 148 Hurricane I 325 ° 14 987 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
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km/h
Source
31st Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 30.000, W 115° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 48.000, W 114° 42.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 30.000, W 116° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 30.000, W 119° 0.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 30.000, W 122° 0.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 25° 0.000, W 125° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
Kirk (AL02) Atlantic Ocean 29.08.2012 30.08.2012 Hurricane I 310 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 5.79 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Kirk (AL02)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 23° 54.000, W 45° 0.000
Start up: 29th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 248.65 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
29th Aug 2012 04:44:17 N 23° 54.000, W 45° 0.000 19 74 93 Tropical Storm 280 15 1007 MB NOAA NHC
29th Aug 2012 10:42:14 N 24° 18.000, W 45° 18.000 15 74 93 Tropical Storm 290 16 1007 MB NOAA NHC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
30th Aug 2012 10:48:04 N 26° 30.000, W 49° 0.000 17 102 120 Hurricane I 310 ° 19 997 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
31st Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 30° 36.000, W 50° 48.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 36.000, W 50° 30.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 18.000, W 49° 42.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 39° 24.000, W 43° 42.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 47° 6.000, W 34° 54.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
30.08.2012 Tropical Storm USA State of Louisiana, [Southern Region] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in USA on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 07:29 (07:29 AM) UTC.

Description
Nearly 100,000 homes and businesses lost power after Hurricane Isaac landed in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Louisiana later Tuesday, local media reported. And among the homes and businesses being left without power, near half are in Orleans Parish, the reports said. Utility companies in the southwestern U.S. state on Tuesday morning started bringing in extra crews to help restore power in case strong winds bring down power lines. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu warned residents about the dangers of approaching downed power lines. “These are serious threats, as I have said many times, which can cause fatalities,” Landrieu said. State authorities have mobilized more than 4,100 troops, with 680 of them in Orleans Parish. A further 35,000 troops and almost 100 aircraft are available for mobilization, according to reports on the website of NOLA.com. The troops are assisting with the setting up of evacuation shelters, including a “mega-shelter” with about 2,500 cots in the inland city of Alexandria. Some 300 soldiers will work as bus drivers in Metairie, supporting the state departments of transportation and education. At a press conference on Tuesday, Luisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said the State National Guard posted 23 liaison teams with local governments, adding that 13 communications teams will deployed in the region, along with 921 security vehicles, 531 high-water vehicles, 40 aircraft and 74 boats.
29.08.2012 Tropical Storm USA State of Louisiana, New Orleans Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in USA on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 19:36 (07:36 PM) UTC.

Description
In New Orleans, streets were flooding and up to 85% of residents were without power, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “One of the great challenges with this storm … is that it’s going so slowly … which means that it’s going to hover over us,” he told the Weather Channel on Wednesday morning. “The longer the rain and the greater the wind … (that) continues to concern us. That wind is really, really heavy, which is why it’s important you stay inside.” “We’re asking people to be patient,” he said. New Orleans, devastated by Katrina seven years ago to the day, was reporting 60-mph winds and drenching rains. Landrieu said about 1,000 National Guard troops are positioned in the city, working with police, firefighters and standing by for rescue operations. The historic French Quarter that forms the heart of New Orleans’ tourism industry appeared to have dodged the worst of Isaac. Downed tree limbs, minor flooding at intersections and a brief electrical outage overnight were the main problems confronting the residents who stayed , and stayed mostly indoors. “Honestly, man, it’s just been rain,” said Huggington “Huggy” Behr, manager of Flanagan’s Pub on St. Phillips, which stayed open through the night and served “about a dozen” patrons. “To us, we’ve seen the worst, so it’s business as usual.”
29.08.2012 Tropical Storm USA State of Mississippi, [Southern region] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in USA on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 19:35 (07:35 PM) UTC.

Description
Southern Mississippi was still feeling the effects of the storm but emergency management officials along the coast said they got through the night relatively unharmed. No injuries or deaths were reported overnight in the coastal counties of Hancock or Harrison, which were two of the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. The biggest worry overnight from Hurricane Isaac? “We’re in the process of picking two people up who got stranded by the water and they’re scared,” Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said Wednesday morning. With sustained winds throughout the region topping out at about 40 mph, the main concern remains flooding from a constantly driving storm surge and what is expected to be prolonged rainfall for several days. In Harrison County, the rising waters knocked a boat off its moorings. County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said the boat slammed into Popps Ferry Bridge, forcing officials to shut it down until crews can inspect the integrity of the bridge. The bridge is one of two connecting Biloxi from the mainland, but Lacy said it could be a long time before an inspection can be done. “We cautioned our public safety employees … that you don’t need to be out there if the winds are too high,” Lacy said.

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Twelve dead. 10 missing as typhoon pounds S. Korea

SHAKE AND BLOW

by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP)

 

Twelve people were killed and 10 were missing after a strong typhoon pounded South Korea Tuesday, uprooting trees, sinking ships and cutting power to almost 200,000 homes.

By early evening Typhoon Bolaven — the strongest to hit the South for almost a decade — had moved to North Korea, which is still struggling to recover from deadly floods earlier this summer.

Hundreds of flights in the South were grounded, ferry services were suspended and schools in Seoul and several other areas were closed.

Bolaven left a trail of death and damage in southwestern and south-central regions of the country, although it was little felt in central parts of Seoul.

Off the southern island of Jeju, the storm drove two Chinese fishing ships aground early Tuesday, sparking a dramatic rescue operation.

Coastguards wearing wetsuits struggled through high waves and then used a line-launcher to fire ropes to one ship, a coastguard spokesman said. The other boat broke apart.

Rescuers saved 12 people while six swam ashore, but 10 crew members are still missing, the spokesman said. Five bodies were recovered.

In the southern county of Wanju, a 48-year-old man was killed by a shipping container flipped over by gale-force winds, the public administration ministry said.

An elderly woman was crushed to death when a church spire collapsed onto her house in the southwestern city of Gwangju, while another elderly woman was blown off the roof of her home in the western county of Seocheon.

A workman fell from the roof of a hospital in the southwestern port of Mokpo. At Imsil county in North Jeolla province, a 51-year-old man died while clearing toppled trees.

In Yeongkwang county west of Gwangju, a 72-year-old man suffered fatal head injuries when his house wall collapsed. At Buyeo city in South Chungcheong province, a woman aged 75 died after falling due to strong winds.

A 77,000-tonne bulk carrier broke in two off the southeastern port of Sacheon but no casualties were reported, the public administration ministry said.

The transport ministry said all 87 sea ferry services had been halted. A total of 247 flights — 183 domestic and 64 international — have been cancelled since Monday.

The typhoon — packing winds of 144 kilometres (90 miles) per hour at one time — brought heavy rain and strong winds to southern and western areas. It toppled street lights and signs, shattered windows, uprooted trees and tore off shop signs.

The National Emergency Management Agency said 197,751 homes in Jeju and the southwest and south-central regions lost power.

A total of 83 people, mostly in the southwest, were evacuated from their homes and taken to shelters. Some 21 homes were damaged.

The US and South Korean armed forces called a temporary halt to a large-scale joint military exercise that began last week.

After sweeping up the Yellow Sea to the west of South Korea, Bolaven made landfall in North Korea in the early evening.

The impoverished nation is already struggling to recover from a devastating summer drought, followed by floods which killed 169 people, left about 400 missing and made 212,000 people homeless, according to official figures.

Weather officials said Typhoon Tembin was also threatening the Korean peninsula, and was forecast to be some 200 kilometres west of Jeju early Friday.

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Hurricane Isaac pounds Louisiana, water pours over levee

By Rick Jervis, USA TODAY

NEW ORLEANS – Hurricane Isaac pounded Louisiana with heavy rains and damaging winds Wednesday as forecasters said the storm surge and serious flooding will likely continue through the night.

  • Hurricane Issac landed at 3:15 a.m. EST just west of Port Fourchon, about 60 miles south-southwest of New Orleans.USA TODAYHurricane Issac landed at 3:15 a.m. EST just west of Port Fourchon, about 60 miles south-southwest of New Orleans.

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Hurricane Issac landed at 3:15 a.m. EST just west of Port Fourchon, about 60 miles south-southwest of New Orleans.

Isaac was still maintaining Category 1 hurricane strength, but just barely, with sustained winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported. It was located directly over Houma, La., which is about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans.

The storm was crawling to the northwest at just 6 mph. It is expected to weaken to a tropical storm later Wednesday.

Widespread flooding was reported in New Orleans and other coastal cities.

One of the worst hit areas was Plaquemines Parish, about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans, where water spilled over a levee. Isaac passed directly over the region of marshland, fishing towns and marinas, peeling off roofs and flooding some areas.

The northern part of the parish is ringed in by the area’s hurricane protection system of fortified levees and floodwalls. But stretches of it on the east bank of the Mississippi River and further south lie outside the protection system, making it vulnerable to storm surge and flooding, Parish Councilman Kirk Lepine said.

Isaac came up the western edge of the parish, lashing at the area with powerful winds and storm surge, Lepine said.

“It came in at the worse scenario we can imagine,” he said. “There’s nowhere for that water to go than here.”

Rescue efforts were focused Wednesday in the small enclave of Braithwaite, on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. Sheriff Deputies there were conducting rescue missions of residents trapped in homes, as flooding from Isaac overtook the area, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a Louisiana State Police spokeswoman.

Braithwaite was under a mandatory evacuation order prior to Isaac but some residents chose to stay, she said.

Early Wednesday, state police troopers were escorting National Guard troops with high-water vehicles down to that area to help in rescue efforts, state police spokesman Capt. Doug Cain said. Many of the roads in the area had become impassable.

Flanked by marshes and water, low-lying Plaquemines Parish has been repeatedly hit by disasters – from Katrina to Gustav to the 2010 BP oil spill, Cain said. Isaac late Tuesday passed directly over the area, pummeling the parish with powerful winds and a strong storm surge.

“The geography of it makes it vulnerable,” Cain said. “But talk about a resilient people. They’ve been through this before, and they’re going to make it through this one.”

Isaac also forced the closures of major roadways throughout the area, including US 90 at the Jefferson Parish/St. Charles Parish line, the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain and LA-73 south of Plaquemines, he said.

Besides dealing with downed trees across roadways from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, state police also encountered residents who may have underestimated the storm, he said. Troopers kept busy throughout the night with highway accidents, broken down cars and several DWI arrests.

“People aren’t adhering to the warnings,” Cain said. “Today, we’re really encouraging people to shelter in place.”

The Federal Amergency Management Agency has staged supplies throughout the south in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas and South Carolina. At Mississippi’s Camp Shelby, FEMA has 54 generators and 256,000 ready-to-eat meals. At Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, FEMA has 1.2 million meals, 2,134 cots and 3,800 tarps.

Volunteer organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army can provide 65,000 hot meals a day in Louisiana, FEMA said in its daily briefing report.

So far the 350 miles of levees and floodwalls surrounding and meandering through New Orleans were holding back storm surge water as designed early Wednesday, city spokesman Hayne Rainey said. The city had not received any reports of levee breaches or calls for rescues, he said.

Early reports from Isaac’s effects were far different from the events that unfolded around Hurricane Katrina— which slammed the region seven years to the day and led to levee breaches and mass flooding of the city. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rebuilt the levee and floodwall system in the New Orleans area to be much stronger at a cost of $14.45 billion.

“All reports are indicating the federal levees protecting the city of New Orleans are holding,” he said.

The storm landed at 3:15 a.m. ET just west of Port Fourchon, about 60 miles south-southwest of New Orleans, said the National Hurricane Center.

Isaac, upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane midday Tuesday, first touched land in Plaquemines Parish, about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans on Tuesday evening before heading back over the Gulf of Mexico.

Because it is moving so slowly, the storm system could dump up to 20 inches of rain in some areas. The hurricane center said Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana could see peak surges of 12 feet.

In New Orleans, streets were flooding and up to 75% of residents were without power, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

“One of the great challenges with this storm … is that it’s going so slowly … which means that it’s going to hover over us,” he told the Weather Channel on Wednesday morning. “The longer the rain and the greater the wind … (that) continues to concern us. That wind is really, really heavy, which is why it’s important you stay inside.”

“We’re asking people to be patient,” he said.

New Orleans, devastated by Katrina seven years ago to the day, was reporting 60-mph winds and drenching rains. Landrieu said about 1,000 National Guard troops are positioned in the city, working with police, firefighters and standing by for rescue operations.

More than 470,000 homes and businesses have lost power, including 156,000 in New Orleans and 162,000 in the New Orleans suburbs, Entergy reported.

The company, which serves most of southern Louisiana, said its crews would begin restoring power as soon as sustained wind speeds fall below 30 mph.

“We expect outages to last several days,” the company said on its storm center website. “Severe weather conditions are expected across Louisiana and Mississippi through early Thursday morning.”

Officials in coastal Alabama were heading out Wednesday morning to assess damage from the storm.

“Right now, we are compiling our assessment teams,” said Paula Tillman, spokeswoman for the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency. “As soon as it gets good and daylight, we’ll be sending them out.”

Some roads along the coast were closed because of flooding. “Those are down in those lower areas near Fort Morgan, right in the beach area,” Tillman said. “Those roads are pretty typical for flooding.”

At 6:30 a.m. central time, there had been no reports of injuries or deaths from the storm in Alabama. In Baldwin County, which includes the resort communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, 243 people were in two county evacuation shelters.

In Mobile, there was virtually no evidence of storm impact.

Officials were warning residents that flooding from storm surges and heavy rainfall expected with the storm could still pose a threat.

Southern Mississippi still has a long way to go before Hurricane Isaac moves past, but emergency management officials along the coast say they got through the night relatively unharmed.

No injuries or deaths were reported overnight in the coastal counties of Hancock or Harrison, which were two of the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

The biggest worry overnight from Hurricane Isaac?

“We’re in the process of picking two people up who got stranded by the water and they’re scared,” Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said Wednesday morning.

With sustained winds throughout the region topping out at about 40 mph, the main concern remains flooding from a constantly-driving storm surge and what is expected to be prolonged rainfall for several days.

In Harrison County, the rising waters knocked a boat off its moorings. County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said the boat slammed into Popps Ferry Bridge, forcing officials to shut it down until crews can inspect the integrity of the bridge. The bridge is one of two connecting Biloxi from the mainland, but Lacy said it could be a long time before an inspection can be done.

“We cautioned our public safety employees…that you don’t need to be out there if the winds are too high,” Lacy said.

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Although Hurricane Isaac‘s path has shifted a small degree, officials state Monday morning that all advisories released by the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Service remain, to expect the eye wall of Isaac to pass “right over” the parish, home of Louisiana’s giant sinkhole. Hard rains are causing concerning flooding of low-lying areas and power outages.

“Please note that as predicted, this update still shows 75 mph winds in Assumption parish at 1:00 p.m. today,” officials reported at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.

“The track has shifted a bit; however, all advisories released by the Assumption Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness remain.”

Tuesday evening, Assumption Parish officials state that the latest update put the track of Hurricane Isaac‘s eye wall “right over Assumption Parish.”

A hurricane’s eye wall is located just outside of the eye. The eye wall is where the most damaging winds and intense rainfall is found.

The eye is typically the most calm location. It passes a vulnerable area in the hurricane path before the worst damage hits, thus the cliche, “The calm before the storm.”

“By 6:00 a.m., we should be experiencing tropical storm force winds,” officials advised.

“At noon, the forecast shows we will experience the strongest winds as the forecast predicts the eye wall to be right over us at that time,” the parish alert stated.

Up to 20 inches of rain could pound the already vulnerable giant sinkhole in Louisiana.

Rains were anticipated to make “flooding of low lying areas a concern,” WAFB reports Wednesday.

Isaac’s core is expected to pass over the sinkhole area west of New Orleans with winds close to 80 mph.

Winds could gust up to 100 mph at times.

“The hurricane is expected to gradually weaken, but only after dumping 7 to 14 inches of rain across the state, with some places receiving up to 20 inches,” reports Associated Press Wednesday morning.

Jeff Morrow with the WAFB Storm Team says that high winds will also cause widespread power outages, and “if that happens find the battery operated radio and tune to Tiger Country 100.7 FM as we will be simulcasting our advisories there.”

Katrina haunts thousands of residents

In New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said evacuations would not be ordered and told residents to prepare carefully and ride it out. Nevertheless, Monday and Tuesday, traffic was bumper to bumper heading out of New Orleans.

In those vehicles were people too hurt and fearful to risk unpredictability of high waters and no power at home, with only hours away from the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

By midafternoon Tuesday, 400 residents of Plaquemines Parish, where Isaac made landfall southeast of New Orleans, were calling a hurricane shelter in Belle Chasse home.

Arriving on the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s seventh anniversary, Isaac is the first hurricane to hit Louisiana since Ike in 2008.

Everything reminds you of Katrina. When the wind howls, I think of Katrina. I don’t think of Isaac,” explained CNN iReporter Eileen Romero, a student in New Orleans who survived Katrina in 2005 but lost everything during it.

Romero still lives in New Orleans, in a different neighborhood and in a house built in 1908.

After going out Tuesday to take photographs, she said, “I am not seeing people real concerned to be honest. I think there is a false sense of security.

“Everybody talks about how we party all the time. When hurricanes are coming, people have hurricane parties.”

Many residents of public housing apartments never returned after 2005.

“Where are the people who lived here prior to Katrina?” she asked. “I don’t think they have a place to come back to.”

Assumption Parish officials ordered a mandatory evacuation. Monday morning, officials there ask that people who remained in the area to “please abide by the curfew and remain sheltered in place.”

Sources: CNN, Assumption Parish Police Jury, Associated Press, ABC News

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29.08.2012 Storm Surge USA State of Missouri, [Hancock and Harrison counties] Damage level Details

Storm Surge in USA on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 14:25 (02:25 PM) UTC.

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Isaac inundated low-lying areas along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday as hurricane-driven water rose several feet in some spots while thousands waited out the storm in shelters. Officials in Hancock and Harrison counties extended curfews until 9 a.m. to keep off roads until after the high tide passes at around 8 a.m. Harrison County emergency management director Rupert Lacy said the storm surge coupled with the high tide could lead to more extensive flooding. Lacy said coastal rivers also were beginning to rise from the rainfall. More than 15,000 people remained without power in coastal areas.
29.08.2012 Flash Flood United Kingdom Scotland, Edinburgh Damage level Details

Flash Flood in United Kingdom on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 19:42 (07:42 PM) UTC.

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A flood warning has been issued for the Capital after torrential rain battered the city this afternoon. Thunder and lightning storms were accompanied by the heavy rains at around 2.30pm. Environmental Agency SEPA issued a flood alert and warned that standing water was likely to pose a hazard to drivers and urged travellers to check the Traffic Scotland website before setting out. A spokesman for SEPA said: “ Due to the showery nature of the rainfall, it is difficult to predict which areas are most at risk, however, the overall risk is expected to decline during the early hours of Thursday morning.”
Today Flash Flood USA State of Mississippi, Pearlington Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

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Mississippi wildlife officers and National Guard soldiers rescued at least 75 people from Isaac’s flooding Wednesday in Hancock County, including an 88-year-old man who had a stroke as the storm dumped heavy rains on his isolated neighborhood in Pearlington, near the Louisiana state line. The stroke victim was the last person brought out of the neighborhood, about 7:30 p.m. CDT, and Mississippi National Guard 1st Sgt. William Maddox said the man’s house is about six miles off the main thoroughfare, U.S. Highway 90. Rescuers spent hours trying to reach him, attempting with several vehicles. A paramedic waded through chest-deep water to get to the house, and then guided a large military truck to the man. Maddox said the man appeared to be in stable condition and was taken care of by paramedics at the scene. It was not immediately clear whether the man would be taken to a hospital. With a steady rain falling, wildlife officers used small motorboats to rescue at least two dozen people in Pearlington, including several members of an extended family. More than a dozen National Guard soldiers also helped with the rescues, as did ambulance crews and other emergency responders.One of those plucked from a rural neighborhood that had become a lake was 63-year-old Dianne Burton. She told The Associated Press that she and members of her extended family didn’t leave before Isaac because they didn’t expect so much water. She has lived there 46 years and said the only other time the area flooded was during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “Everything is under water. We picked up the furniture and stuff, as much as we could. I can’t believe it. The road and everything was dry yesterday,” Burton said after officers deposited her, her 82-year-old mother, her 46-year-old disabled daughter and two grandchildren, ages 10 and 12, safely on dry land. Those rescued were put onto school buses and were taken to shelters on higher ground. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday afternoon that officers from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks had rescued at least 58 people in Hancock County, which borders Louisiana. The rescue of Burton, her relatives and at least 20 other people was happening at the same time Bryant was doing a press briefing in Gulfport, and his initial figures didn’t include them.
Today Flash Flood United Kingdom England, Egremont [Cumbria] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in United Kingdom on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 07:19 (07:19 AM) UTC.

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Parts of Cumbria have been hit by flash flooding after a night of heavy rain. The west of the county appears to have been worst affected, with police and fire crews reporting cars partially submerged in the Egremont area. About 20 elderly residents were moved to an emergency shelter at Egremont Market Hall, after a power cut. Cumbria Fire Service said it received more than 100 calls for help, mainly involving requests for sandbags. Forecasters say the rain is now easing. Northern Rail services between Whitehaven and Barrow have been cancelled after a landslip near St Bees and some roads are only passable with care because of debris left by floodwaters. A spokesman for Cumbria Police said drains were unable to cope with the amount of water after the River Ehen and several becks in the Egremont area burst their banks. The Environment Agency said one flood alert remained in force for the River Ehen in Copeland. The police spokesman said: “We started getting calls from about 1am, mainly from people concerned that water was coming into their homes and asking for sandbags.”We also had calls from the fire and ambulance services asking for our assistance in reaching some areas and had to close some roads for a time. “The Egremont and Middletown areas appear to have had the worst of it.” Emma Jane Taylor said floodwater began entering her St Bees home shortly before midnight. She said: “We’ve had heavy rain here before, but it’s never been this bad before. “I alerted some neighbours, but within 30 minutes it was through my front door and coming up through my floorboards. “It’s lifted the block paving from my grandmother’s house nearby and was also coming through her French windows. “We just hope the rain doesn’t come back because the drains are full to the top and wouldn’t be able to take any more.” Wasdale Mountain Rescue volunteers also assisted the fire service to pump out several properties in the Egremont area. Earlier this week the rear of a four-storey house house in Egremont collapsed into the River Ehen after heavy rain.
Today Tornado USA State of Mississippi, Ocean Springs Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 03:32 (03:32 AM) UTC.

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A tornado touched down in an Ocean Springs neighborhood about 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency said. While EMA officials said that initial reports indicated that the tornado knocked down trees and power lines, at least one witness told the Mississippi Press that at least one house was reported damaged. Two houses on East Simmons Bayou in Gulf Park Estates have sustained damage, according to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd who is en route to the scene. Byrd said there were no injuries reported. “There’s extensive damage at two houses,” Byrd said. “There’s a roof off one house and a shed was taken away from another one. We have deputies on the scene assessing the situation. In addition to the tornado, Jackson County emergency officials announced waterspouts have been spotted at Miss. 57 and I-10, headed northeast.

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Radiation

 

 

 

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A non-government group is urging Bayou Corne sinkhole area residents to use a new record log as a veteran radiation expert says Louisiana environmental officials are “in denial” over hazards posed by elevated radium levels that are actually fifteen times higher than the state limit, a “worst nightmare coming true,” according to an environmental attorney.

Stanley Waligora, a New Mexico-based radiation protection consultant and leading authority on health risks of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) has confirmed that radium levels at Bayou Corne’s sinkhole are not within safe limits, but instead, roughly 15 times higher than the state’s acceptable level, according to one of the nation’s leading environmental attorney’s Stuart Smith.

 

State officials are saying NORM is is below hazardous levels, but the independent findings indicate other actions need to be taken, including residents using Louisiana Environmental Action Network’s report logs to record signs and symptoms of ill health.

 

 

The information about radium is buried in a state news release, poorly written, “and goes out of its way to downplay the results,” Smith said Wednesday.

 

This week, after state officials released the results of samples taken 80 feet under the surface of the growing, slurry-filled pit, Marco Kaltofen, a civil engineer and president of Boston Chemical Data Corp., noted those results posted by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, show elevated rates of NORM in the sinkhole.

 

NORM is a frequent byproduct of the oil and gas drilling process, creating wastes that industry has often then dumped improperly, according to Smith who specializes in this area of environmental law.

 

Kaltofen’s analysis of the situation in Bayou Corne includes:

 

“Radium in the body is absorbed because it is chemically similar to calcium. The normal maximum guideline level for radium in surface water is 5 picoCuries per liter, (pCi/L). The state’s testing found 82 pCi/L in the water of the growing sinkhole. Radium gives off alpha’ radiation. This form of radiation is extremely dangerous if inhaled or ingested, and less dangerous if exposed by skin contact.”

 

When radium decays, it produces the dangerous radioactive gas, radon. EPA warns that radon gas causes lung cancer, and exposure can be as hazardous to your lungs as a serious cigarette habit.

 

“Waligora said officials with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality need to launch immediate additional testing to ensure that the hazardous radium is not leaking into nearby groundwater and posing a threat to human health as well as livestock,” Smith has stated Friday.

 

Waligora’s recommendations come two days after Smith’s blog first reported that analysis of DEQ test results from Bayou Corne, posted by the LEANouisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), revealed elevated radium levels and airborne chemicals associated with highly volatile butane stored by Crosstex in a cavern near the sinkhole.

 

They also come two days after Homeland Security Louisiana announced that officials are stepping up around-the-clock emergency operations near Bayou Corne’s sinkhole, including extra Hazardous Materials & Explosive Units.

 

LEAN, after reporting lethal contaminants found in the sinkhole area, is urging residents to use the new report log it has for recording signs and symptoms of poisoning, as reported by the Examiner on Wednesday.

 

The Advocate reports Friday, “In two statements released Tuesday, LEAN noted air monitoring by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality since Aug. 4 over the sinkhole and in the neighborhoods near the sinkhole had picked up, depending on the location, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, other volatile organic compounds and components of natural gas.”

 

‘Worst nightmare coming true,’ says attorney

 

If the butane in the sinkhole vicinity exploded, it would meet, according to the National Terror Alert, the definition of a dirty bomb.

 

“I sought an analysis of the recent DEQ test results from Waligora, who since a stint as a nuclear weapons officer in the U.S. military has been teaching, consulting and testifying as an expert witness in radiation litigation for more than 45 years,” asserted Smith Friday.

 

He expressed concern that the state reported its findings of radium-226 and radium-228 as “below acceptable levels,” when in fact, the results were 15 times higher than the state’s own standard for soil contamination.

 

“Well, once again the Louisiana DEQ is in denial because they don’t know what to do about the radioactive contamination in the Bayou Corne subsidence,” Waligora wrote, adding the following findings:

 

There are immediate radiation dose concerns, not only cumulative toxin concerns.

 

“The release could reach the usable aquifer and contaminate drinking water along with livestock and irrigated crops,” Waligora says. “The DEQ must sample ground water to assess any transport. Airborne particulate might become entrained and cause contamination to be inhaled by the public. DEQ must collect air samples to assess the airborne radioactive particulate. Radon gas emanating from the radium could be inhaled by members of the public. DEQ needs to monitor airborne radon.

 

“A long range plan must be developed for remedial action. Funding should be provided by the oil companies that used the cavern for disposal,” asserted Waligora.

 

Waligora reports being concerned about DEQ understating of the Bayou Corne risks because of what he has witnessed in other cases handled by the troubled agency:

 

“This is reminiscent of the illegal waste disposal that was discovered several years ago at St. Gabriel. The community complained about illegal disposal of radioactive waste. DEQ sent a team to investigate who determined that there was no problem. Complaints continued and a second DEQ team investigated and again said that there was no problem. Finally, a legal action attracted the EPA who found widespread contamination. The responsible party had no worth so the site was cleaned up with Superfund support. The cleanup took over one year and cost over $1million. Quite a bit for ‘no problem.’”

 

Earlier this year, Smith joined the Louisiana Bucket Brigade in calling for the EPA to intervene and assume responsibility from DEQ because the agency was “overwhelmed and “in the back pocket of the businesses it’s supposed to be regulating.”

 

 

“Although company officials informed the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources in early 2011 of significant problems at the cavern, local residents and authorities were not told of the risk even after they began complaining this summer of shaking homes and noxious orders,” Smith says.

 

National Terror Alert (NTA) recently reported that due to recent terrorist events, people have expressed concern about a possible terrorist attack involving radioactive materials, possibly through the use of a “dirty bomb,” and the harmful effects of radiation from such an event.

 

The NTA developed a dirty bomb fact sheet including:

 

“A dirty bomb, or radiological dispersion device, is a bomb that combines conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive materials inthe form of powder or pellets. The idea behind a dirty bomb is to blast radioactive material into the area around the explosion. This could possibly cause buildings and people to be exposed to radioactive material. The main purpose of a dirty bomb is to frighten people and make buildings or land unusable for a long period of time.

 

“In Bayou Corne, we are witnessing our worst nightmares coming true,” Smith asserted Friday. “It’s time for the EPA and other outside authorities to step in and make sure that proper testing is done and that emergency measures are carried out.”

 

The sinkhole, now the size of three football fields, shaped like an upside-down Superdome Stadium, and filled with liquid slurry is blamed on Texas Brine Co.’s failed salt cavern near Bayou Corne.

 

“There’s no excuse for allowing this new Louisiana catastrophe to get any worse,” Smith says.

 

 

Sources: The Advocate, Stuart Smith, Louisiana Environmental Action Network

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

A thief in Uganda has contracted Ebola after stealing the mobile phone of a hospital patient suffering from the potentially fatal infection.

Security and medical officials in Kibaale District, mid-west Uganda, told the Daily Monitor website that the man went into the isolation ward at Kagadi Hospital and stole a cellular phone from one of the Ebola patients.

The patient, who later died from the hemorrhagic fever, reported the theft.

Police began tracking the thief when he started using the phone, the Daily Monitor reported.

But by the time they found him he had gone to hospital with symptoms similar to those of Ebola.

He reportedly confessed to stealing the phone.

Kibaale District Health Officer Dr Dan Kyamanywa, told the Daily Monitor: “The suspect is admitted at Kagadi Hospital with clinical signs of Ebola.” “He is receiving medication. We have obtained samples from him,” Mr Kyamanywa added.

The Uganda Virus Research Institute is yet to release the results of the tests.

West Nile Cases Still Rising, 66 Dead: CDC

Texas bears the brunt of the outbreak, which has yet to peak, experts say

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) — One of the worst outbreaks of West Nile virus to ever hit the United States continues to expand, with 66 deaths and 1,590 illnesses reported as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cases have jumped 40 percent nationwide since just last week, the agency added.

Cases have now reached their highest level since the mosquito-borne virus was first found in the United States in 1999, agency officials said in a Wednesday press briefing.

While almost all states have reported at least one case of West Nile illness, over 70 percent of cases have come from six states — Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan.

The outbreak has hit hardest in Texas, where nearly half (45 percent) of the total U.S. cases have been reported.

“The number of people reported with West Nile virus continues to rise,” said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. “We have seen this trend in previous West Nile epidemics, so the increase is not unexpected,” he added. “In fact, we think the reported numbers will get higher through October.”

According to Peterson, of the cases reported so far, 56 percent are what is called neuroinvasive disease, when the virus enters the nervous system causing conditions such as meningitis or encephalitis. The remaining reported cases (44 percent) are non-neuroinvasive.

“These numbers represent a 40 percent increase of last week’s report of 1,118 total cases and 41 deaths,” Petersen said.

These numbers can be somewhat misleading since most cases of West Nile are non-neuroinvasive and are mostly unreported, the CDC said. That means that the number of unreported cases probably far exceeds reported ones.

Neuroinvasive disease is the most serious for of West Nile infection and these patients usually are hospitalized, Petersen said. The size of the outbreak is based on these cases since they are the ones easily identifiable, he added.

The only states that have not reported cases are Alaska and Hawaii, he said.

“Based on current reports, we think the number of cases may come close to, or even exceed, the total number reported in the epidemic years of 2002 and 2003, when more than 3,000 cases of neuroinvasive disease and more than 260 deaths were reported each year,” Petersen said.

The reasons for a major outbreak this year aren’t clear, Petersen said. The drought in Texas may have played a role, but there were probably other factors as well, he added.

The best way to avoid the virus is to wear insect repellant and support local programs to eradicate misquotes, Petersen said.

There is currently no treatment for West Nile virus and no vaccine to prevent it, he added.

Speaking at the press conference, Dr. David L. Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services said that, “As I look at the data, I am not convinced that we have peaked.”

Since last week, there have been 197 new cases and 10 more deaths in Texas, Lakey said. “Those numbers will continue to go up,” he added.

Generally speaking, 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus develop no or few symptoms, while 20 percent develop mild symptoms such as headache, joint pain, fever, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

Less than 1 percent will develop neurological illnesses, such as encephalitis or meningitis, and develop paralysis or cognitive difficulties that can last for years, if not for life.

People older than 50 and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness, according to the CDC.

There are no specific treatments for West Nile virus; the greatest risk for infection with West Nile virus typically occurs from June through September, with cases peaking in mid-August.

And because reporting lags behind actual infections, “we expect many more cases to occur and the risk of West Nile infection will probably continue through the end of September,” said Petersen.

Although most people with mild cases of West Nile virus will recover on their own, the CDC recommends that anyone who develops symptoms should see their doctor right away. The best way to protect yourself from West Nile virus is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, which can pick up the disease from infected birds.

30.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Colorado, [Cimarrona Campground, Archuleta County] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 15:48 (03:48 PM) UTC.

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In the first confirmed case of bubonic plague in Colorado since 2006, an Archuleta County resident has tested positive for the disease. The last human case in Archuleta County, which borders on New Mexico, was in 1998. It is believed that the person contracted the plague during a family outing in the Cimarrona Campground northwest of Pagosa Springs, but the investigation is ongoing, according to a news release from the San Juan Basin Health Department. The gender and age of the victim were not released, the paper reported. In 2006, Colorado had four cases of plague, all in La Plata County, Joe Fowler, a disease-control nurse with the San Juan Basin Health Department said. Most human cases of plague tend to occur in rural areas in two regions — northern Arizona and New Mexico and southern Colorado or in California, southern Oregon and western Nevada. One human case has been reported in New Mexico so far this year – in a 78-year-old Torrance County man who contracted the disease in May, in what state health officials called the nation’s first human plague case of the yea
Biohazard name: Plague
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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A camper near Pagosa Springs has contracted bubonic plague. The Durango Herald reports that the person contracted the plague during a family outing in the Cimarrona Campground. The San Juan Basin Health Department did not give the victim’s age or gender. Warning signs are being posted in the campground, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an average of seven cases of plague each year across the country. Most human cases tend to occur in rural areas in the Southwest. Symptoms of plague begin two to six days after a person is bitten by an infected flea, rodent or cat. The plague can be successfully treated if diagnosed promptly.
Today Epidemic Hazard Haiti [Statewide] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Haiti on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 07:23 (07:23 AM) UTC.

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Ouest Haiti Department reported new cases of cholera as aftermath of the tropical storm Isaac, but Public Health Ministry General Director Guirlene Raymond sustains that so far the numbers do not match outbreak ratings.
Dr. Donald Francis, Ministry official on the matter, said the percentage of cases remain stable. Early July official statistics from the initial 2010 outbreak says the death rate climbed to 7,418, while the WHO talks of more than 42,000 new cases this year, blaming low budget and the rain season which undermines anti-epidemic efforts. The specialists think that enforcement and continuity of health promotional programs, access to drinkable water, sanitation and hygiene will stall propagation. US investigators suggested in June as source of the outbreak two distinctive cholera breads, not just one as they originally announced. Earlier studies indicated as source a microorganism -already reported in Asia- introduced by Nepalese soldiers working for the Minustah (UN Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti). However, a group of geneticists from Maryland University have found a new breed, seemingly of local origin and thought unable to stimulate epidemics. V. cholerae 01/0139 is part of the common populace in streams and lakes in the Western Hemisphere. It may cause diarrheas but only in very few cases. Just two percent of Haiti 10 million population has access to clean water and the majority defecates outdoors and in water sources like rivers and next to their homes.
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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29.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Pakistan North Waziristan, [Danada Derpakhel area] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Pakistan on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 14:24 (02:24 PM) UTC.

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The epidemic of measles in North Waziristan Agency claimed the lives of two minor girls in Danada Derpakhel area on Wednesday while dozens of infected children are being brought to the Miranshah Headquarters Hospital for treatment. Talking to INP, Agency Surgeon Dr Mohammad Sadiq said that dozens of measles infected children have been admitted to the Miranshah Headquarters Hospital for treatment, adding that measles vaccine is not available in the tribal region to control the infection. “Around 40 children are infected by measles in three weeks that are brought to the hospital for treatment and two minor girls fell prey to the infection in Danda Derpakhel area of the tribal region,” Dr Mohammad Sadiq said. He said that health department should initiate measures on war footing in the area to control the spread of measles in the tribal region where vaccines of measles are short.
The agency surgeon said that not only from North Waziristan but children infected by measles are being brought from across the border to Miranshah for treatment, adding that scarcity of vaccines was creating problem in controlling the spread of epidemic.
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.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Solar Activity

2MIN News August 29. 2012: NASA Sees Another NLC-Space Connection

Published on Aug 29, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Jupiter’s Energy Toroid: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/now_broadcasting_radio_jupiter-93369 Similar older story: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/new_radiation_belt_discovered_around_s…
Shuttle Exhaust Makes Clouds: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-bright-arctic-clouds-exhaust-space.html
Financial Issues: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/28/us-spain-economy-idUSBRE87R08D20120828
Tropic Watch: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/tropics-watch-hurricane-season…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

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
(2012 LU7) 02nd September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1200 46.7 440 m – 990 m 8.16 km/s 29376 km/h
(2012 FS35) 02nd September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 2.3 m – 5.2 m 2.87 km/s 10332 km/h
(2012 HG31) 03rd September 2012 4 day(s) 0.0716 27.9 440 m – 990 m 10.33 km/s 37188 km/h
(2012 PX) 04th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 12 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 16 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 17 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 17 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 18 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 19 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
(1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 26 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 27 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 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 West Virginia, [Calhoun County] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 04:52 (04:52 AM) UTC.

Description
State wildlife officials believe hemorrhagic disease killed several deer in Calhoun County and the cases are being treated as an outbreak. There also have been reports of the disease in Roane County, said Jeff McCrady, a wildlife biologist with the Division of Natural Resources. “I think it is probably positive, based on the outward appearance of the deer,” McCradysaid. “…We are proceeding as if it is.” Samples of lung and spleen tissue from the Calhoun County deer were sent to the University of Georgia for testing. The testing requires fresh samples. “Seeing a deer two days ago in this heat is too late. … It is not easy to confirm,” McCrady said. The disease, which is transmitted by gnats, causes deer to hemorrhage internally and dehydrate. Infected deer head to water and more than one carcass found near water indicates the disease’s presence. “Usually multiple deer is an automatic trigger in our minds that it is hemorrhagic disease,” McCrady said. Hemorrhagic disease cannot be transmitted to humans but “it can kill a fair number of deer,” he said. “We probably have it every year somewhere in the state, it’s not like it is a real rare thing,” There is no treatment for hemorrhagic disease. Most cases appear in late summer or early fall, several months after deer are bitten. The disease’s spread stops when freezing temperatures arrive.
Biohazard name: Undefined Hemorrhagic disease (deer)
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 Biological Hazard USA State of Missouri, [St. Joseph region] Damage level

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 03:22 (03:22 AM) UTC.

Description
A new virus, dubbed “Heartland virus,” is being spread to people by ticks common in the Southeast, the CDC reports. The only known cases are two northwestern Missouri men who fell ill in 2009. Ticks had bitten both men, but they did not get better after treatment with antibiotics. Tests later showed that the men did not have any tick-borne bacterial diseases. But CDC researcher Laura K. McMullan, PhD, and colleagues did find something else: a previously unknown virus in the patients’ blood. “This virus could be a more common cause of human illness than is currently recognized,” they said. The two men, one age 57 and the other age 67, lived on different farms. The first had only a single tick bite. The second said that over a two-week period he’d received some 20 tick bites a day. Both men had fever, fatigue, diarrhea, and low levels of blood platelets and white blood cells. The symptoms are similar to those of ehrlichiosis, a relatively common tick-borne disease that is caused by bacteria. The first patient spent 10 days in the hospital. Two years later, he’s still feeling tired and often has headaches. At first he had memory problems and loss of appetite, both of which slowly got better. The second patient was in the hospital for 12 days. Over the next four to six weeks he had memory problems, fatigue, and loss of appetite. All of these symptoms went away and did not come back over the next two years.The new virus is related to a tick-borne virus recently discovered in central and northeastern China. That virus, called SFTSV, causes fever and loss of blood platelets. The most common ticks in northwestern Missouri, where the two men were infected with Heartland virus, are lone star ticks. These ticks are found throughout the Southeast and up the Atlantic coast to Maine. No ticks carrying Heartland virus have been found. It’s not clear whether a person infected with the new virus can spread it to another person, or whether a tick bite is necessary. “Although these two patients had severe disease, the incidence of infection with the novel virus and range of disease severity are currently unknown,” McMullan and colleagues write. They warn health professionals to be on the lookout for people who fall ill after getting tick bites and who do not get better after antibiotic treatment.
Biohazard name: Heartland Virus (new strain)
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 Biological Hazard USA State of Texas, San Antonio [Bexar County Jail] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 at 03:18 (03:18 AM) UTC.

Description
Bexar County sources are calling it an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning at the Bexar County Jail. But jail administrators will only refer to these cases as “severe food poisoning”. The outbreak happened inside the main jail facility downtown. The number of inmates affected is between 70 and 100. Four men were sent to a local hospital for treatment. And as of today, three out of those four inmates had been treated and released. At this point, the jail is working with Aramark to figure out how happened. But our sources tell us they are closely looking at meat the inmates were served late last week. Since last Friday, all of the inmates at the main jail have been given Gatorade to help speed up the recovery process. Metro health has confirmed they are investigating a foodborne illness situation and the problem has been contained to the jail. Jail administrators have not received a complaint in the last day. So, they do believe the problem has been fixed.
Biohazard name: Mass. Food Poisoning
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
29.08.2012 Biological Hazard India State of West Bengal, [Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in India on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 19:22 (07:22 PM) UTC.

Description
A team of Animal Resource and Husbandry Department (ARD) on Wednesday visited Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas to collect blood samples of dead chickens as reports of widespread deaths of poultry were reported from the area, triggering fear of an outbreak of bird flu. In the last 22 days, around 50,000 chickens have reportedly died in the four blocks of Swarupnagar — Baduria, Kakrasuti, Lakshmikantapur and Nayabandh. “I am closely monitoring the situation and the blood samples have been sent to Belgachia government laboratory for test,” said Chief Medical Officer (Health) of North 24-Parganas Susanta Kumar Sil. ARD Minister Noor -E- Alam Chowdhury urged people not to panic and said the government is prepared to tackle any outbreak of bird flu. “Yes, birds have died, but there can be a number of reasons behind it. We are prepared to tackle any such outbreak,” he said. Senior officials said if the blood samples of the dead birds are found positive of Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) then it would be sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune for confirmation. Positive result from Pune lab would lead to beginning of culling operation within three days. Rapid response teams will be formed to carry out surveillance of bird deaths, said an official. Lime and bleaching powder are being sprayed in the area as a preventive measure. Leaflets containing dos and don’ts are being distributed. “We have started an awareness campaign in the area and asked villagers to dispose of the carcasses of the birds in a pit,” said an official. Villagers are being told to wear gloves while feeding their poultry or wild birds.
Biohazard name: Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1)
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

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Articles of Interest

AP News

Remote Alaska to stockpile food, just in case

By Becky Bohrer

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is known for pioneering, self-reliant residents who are accustomed to remote locations and harsh weather. Despite that, Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state’s 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case.

For some in the lower 48, it may seem like an extreme step. But Parnell says this is just Alaska.

In many ways, the state is no different than the rest of America. Most people buy their groceries at stores, and rely on a central grid for power and heat. But, unlike the rest of the lower 48, help isn’t a few miles away. When a fall storm cut off Nome from its final fuel supply last winter, a Russian tanker spent weeks breaking through thick ice to reach the remote town.

Weather isn’t the only thing that can wreak havoc in Alaska, where small planes are a preferred mode of transportation and the drive from Seattle to Juneau requires a ferry ride and 38 hours in a car. The state’s worst natural disaster was in 1964, when a magnitude-9.2 earthquake and resulting tsunami killed 131 people and disrupted electrical systems, water mains and communication lines in Anchorage and other cities.

“We have a different motivation to do this, because help is a long ways away,” said John Madden, Alaska’s emergency management director.

The state plans two food stockpiles in or near Fairbanks and Anchorage, two cities that also have military bases. Construction on the two storage facilities will begin this fall, and the first food deliveries are targeted for December. The goal is to have enough food to feed 40,000 people for up to a week, including three days of ready-to-eat meals and four days of bulk food that can be prepared and cooked for large groups. To put that number into perspective, Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, has about 295,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Juneau, its third largest, about 31,000.

It’s not unusual for states that routinely experience hurricanes or other large-scale disasters to have supplies like water, ready-to-eat meals, cots and blankets. But Alaska is interested in stocking food with at least a five-year shelf life that meets the nutrition, health and cultural requirements of the state’s unique demographics. That means, as part of the effort, trying to incorporate cultural foods like salmon for Alaska Natives as well as foods that would be more common in urban areas, state emergency management spokesman Jeremy Zidek said.

An estimated 90 percent of commodities entering Alaska are delivered through the Port of Anchorage. Air service is also a critical link to the outside world and generally the only way to reach many rural communities. A volcanic blast emitting a large amount of smoke and ash could disrupt supply lines by air and water for an extended period, Madden said, and an earthquake could knock out airport runways or ports. Those are just some of the disasters that might require emergency supplies.

Parnell has made disaster readiness a priority of his administration. His spokeswoman said he has experienced firsthand the devastation of natural disasters, including heavy flooding that knocked some buildings off foundations in Eagle in 2009, when he was lieutenant governor, and the Joplin, Mo., tornado last year. Parnell and his wife visited Joplin with members of the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Madden said Alaska’s readiness is better than it once was and it continues to improve.

State officials have been working to encourage individual responsibility, with talks at schools and public gatherings. Emergency management officials plan to have a booth at the Alaska State Fair. A statewide disaster drill is planned for October.

Over the past year, the state has acquired or purchased water purification units and generators designed to work in cold climates, including units that could power facilities like hospitals, Madden said. Officials also are determining what the state needs in terms of emergency medical supplies and shelter, he said.

Delivery of the food stockpiles would be staggered over three years. It would be replaced after it’s used or expired, and it’s entirely possible that much of the food will never be needed. It is not clear what the state will do with the expired, unused food.

The project has a budget of around $4 million and hasn’t generated any real controversy.

Allen Geiger, enjoying hot dogs from a street vendor Tuesday in Anchorage’s Town Square Park, said he had no objections to the plan.

“It seems like an OK idea,” Geiger said. “The scale of it is not too huge.”

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Associated Press writer Dan Joling in Anchorage contributed to this report.

29.08.2012 Power Outage USA State of Louisiana, [Southern Regions] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 at 19:33 (07:33 PM) UTC.

Description
More than half a million Louisiana homes and businesses lost power during Isaac and most will stay that way for at least several days, Entergy spokesman Chanel Lagarde said. As of noon Wednesday, 552,000 customers were without electricity, including 85% of New Orleans, Lagarde said. Entergy, which serves most of Louisiana, initially planned to dispatch 4,000 workers to repair the power lines once the storm passed. But with outages so widespread, the company said it will need 10,000 workers. Crews from power companies in 24 states, through mutual aid agreements, will pitch in, he said. “The one thing that’s really hampering us is that the winds are still here. The storm is just hanging around,” Lagarde said. “Looks like it won’t be until tomorrow (Thursday) that we can get out there.” Workers cannot go up in bucket trucks to do repairs until the winds drop below 30 mph. Entergy expects it will take “several days” before the company can restore power to most of its customers. The company will not have a more accurate estimate until the storm subsides and workers can assess the damage, Lagarde said. Lagarde also said the number of outages will continue to rise as the storm travels north through the state.

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Earthquakes

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

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Indonesian quake death toll rises to six

by Staff Writers
Jakarta (AFP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Earthquake Swarm in Southwest Iceland

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

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Krýsuvík. Photo by ESA.

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

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

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

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

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

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Volcanic Activity

Mountain of God: Ol Doinyo Lengai

If volcanoes could speak…
tanzania volcano

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

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

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

Credit: Gari Mayberry/USGS

Cleveland Sees 20th Explosion Since Christmas

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

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

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

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

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

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

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

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

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Mercury hits record high in Czech Republic

by Staff Writers
Prague (AFP)

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer Wildfires Sweep Europe Again

by Staff Writers
Rome (AFP)


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

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

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

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

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

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Storms/ Flooding/Mudflow

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

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

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

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

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Typhoon Tembin might make landfall Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tropical Storm Bolaven Forms, May Move Toward Taiwan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Typhoon kills 17 in Vietnam

by Staff Writers
Hanoi (AFP)


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

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

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

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

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

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

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bacteria spread in mist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solar Activity

2MIN News August 20. 2012

Published on Aug 20, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Canary Quakes; http://www.01.ign.es/ign/layoutIn/volcaListadoTerremotos.do?zona=2&cantid…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2009/oct/01/china-cloud-seeding-pa… [old article]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on Aug 21, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

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

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

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

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

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Earthquakes

 

 

RSOE EDIS

 

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
20.08.2012 19:25:26 3.5 Europe Greece Peloponnese Methoni VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 19:25:49 5.2 Asia Japan Fukushima Iwaki VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
20.08.2012 19:10:36 5.1 Asia Japan Fukushima Iwaki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 19:26:08 4.0 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea East New Britain Rabaul There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 19:15:35 4.0 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea East New Britain Rabaul There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 18:25:26 2.1 Europe Portugal Setúbal Sines VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 18:25:53 2.5 Europe Portugal Azores Madalena There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 18:26:15 4.4 Middle-America Guatemala Escuintla Puerto San Jose VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 18:01:31 4.4 Middle America Guatemala Escuintla Puerto San Jose VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 17:25:26 2.3 Europe Italy Sicily Calatafimi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 16:10:53 2.2 North America United States California Marina del Rey VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 16:25:23 3.0 Europe Portugal Azores Ribeira Grande There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 15:35:28 2.3 Middle America Mexico Baja California Delta There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 17:25:50 4.1 South-America Colombia Santander Jordan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 16:30:36 4.1 South America Colombia Santander Jordan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 15:35:55 3.1 Caribbean Dominican Republic La Altagracia Boca de Yuma VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 15:25:27 3.4 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 14:27:19 2.6 North America United States Alaska Tyonek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 14:51:38 2.3 Caribbean U.S. Virgin Islands Saint Thomas Island Charlotte Amalie VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 14:25:18 2.4 Asia Turkey I?d?r Karakoyunlu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
20.08.2012 14:25:42 2.7 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 14:05:45 5.0 Asia Japan Chiba Sawara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 14:26:07 5.3 Asia Japan Ibaraki Fujishiro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
20.08.2012 14:26:27 2.0 Europe Italy Calabria Siderno Superiore VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 14:10:34 4.9 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Aceh Meulaboh VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 14:26:48 5.0 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Aceh Meulaboh VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 13:20:26 2.5 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 13:20:50 3.5 South-America Chile Bío-Bío Arauco VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 11:15:20 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
20.08.2012 11:15:51 4.2 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Central Java Bulakamba There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 11:16:15 3.3 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 11:16:37 2.7 Asia Turkey Erzurum Askale VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 10:05:28 2.3 North America United States California Coalinga VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 11:16:59 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Tual VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 11:30:41 4.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Tual VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 12:20:57 2.2 Europe Albania Lezhë Kurbnesh VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 10:10:25 3.1 Europe Greece Thessaly Patitirion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 09:25:38 2.1 North America United States California Milford There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 10:11:18 2.6 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna Predappio Alta VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 09:10:22 2.0 Asia Turkey ?anl?urfa Oranli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 09:11:35 2.3 Asia Turkey Mu?la Datca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 09:11:57 3.8 South-America Chile Antofagasta Taltal VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 09:12:19 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna Predappio Alta VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 10:05:49 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 10:11:41 4.2 Europe Russia Sakhalin Severo-Kuril’sk VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 08:10:23 3.1 South-America Chile Bío-Bío Canete VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 07:35:25 3.0 North America United States Alaska Akhiok VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 10:30:32 3.0 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
20.08.2012 08:10:47 2.6 Europe Albania Fier Lushnje VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
20.08.2012 07:25:24 2.1 North America United States California Pittsburg VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

 

 

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Today Earthquake Indonesia Central Sulawesi, Palu Damage level
Details

Earthquake in Indonesia on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 04:16 (04:16 AM) UTC.

Description
An earthquake that struck rural Indonesia left at least four people dead, authorities said Sunday. At least seven others were injured, according to the National Disaster Management Agency. The 6.6-magnitude hit Saturday near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Three of the hardest-hit districts are still unreachable because landslides triggered by the quake are blocking the roads. Heavy equipment and bulldozers are helping clear the roads. Disaster, health and social welfare officials, including the Red Cross, are headed to the area to provide emergency assistance, trucks and ambulances.
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Globe with Earthquake Location

6.2 Mwp – NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.2 Mwp
Date-Time
  • 19 Aug 2012 22:41:50 UTC
  • 20 Aug 2012 08:41:50 near epicenter
  • 19 Aug 2012 16:41:50 standard time in your timezone
Location 4.849S 144.583E
Depth 77 km
Distances
  • 115 km (72 miles) NNE (19 degrees) of Mount Hagen, New Guinea, PNG
  • 145 km (90 miles) WNW (288 degrees) of Madang, New Guinea, PNG
  • 165 km (103 miles) NW (326 degrees) of Goroka, New Guinea, PNG
  • 341 km (212 miles) NW (308 degrees) of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
  • 589 km (366 miles) NNW (330 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.5 km; Vertical 5.8 km
Parameters Nph = 126; Dmin = 438.5 km; Rmss = 1.15 seconds; Gp = 25°
M-type = Mwp; Version = 9
Event ID us c000c350

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

 

 

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

 

 

Today Volcano Eruption Ecuador Cordillera Oriental, [Tungurahua Volcano] Damage level Photo available! Details

 

 

Volcano Eruption in Ecuador on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 14:12 (02:12 PM) UTC.

Description
Areas in Ecuador’s Quito region have been evacuated as the Tungurahua volcano continues to erupt. Authotiries have been forced onto making plans to evacuate residents of Ecuador’s Banos region as the Tungurahua volcano continues to erupt. Local cities and farms have been covered in volanic ash as the massive eruptions shoe no signs of abating.

 

 

 

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Manton, Shingletown and Viola] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 04:14 (04:14 AM) UTC.

Description
Thousands of people were told to leave their homes Sunday as a growing wildfire burning out of control in thick forest threatened rural communities in far Northern California. The fire that started Saturday has destroyed seven homes and consumed nearly 19 square miles near the towns of Manton, Shingletown and Viola, fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. About 3,000 homes spread out across a rural area along the border of Tehama and Shasta counties were threatened as the fire continued to expand, he said. “A good majority are immediately threatened, and a good number are in the path of the fire,” Berlant said Sunday. “We will be battling it hard today to protect as many of those homes as possible.”The fire’s cause had not been determined, but officials said it started after a series of lightning strikes in the area. Nearly 1,000 firefighters were battling the flames. No part of the blaze was contained Sunday evening, and fire activity had picked up, Berlant said. John Cluff, 42, told the Redding Record Searchlight that he was forced to flee his home before the evacuations were issued. He went back for his dog about 3:30 p.m. “The fire basically chased me out of the property,” he said. “All I could see was black smoke and flames.” The Shasta County Sheriff’s Department has declared a State of Emergency for the county, with evacuations expected to continue through Sunday. The agency also was closing some local roads. The Red Cross set up an evacuation center in Redding, about 35 miles to the west of the blaze. The fire, burning in a rugged area of thick forests about 170 miles north of Sacramento, is one of handful of new fires in Northern California.

 

 

 

Today Forest / Wild Fire Australia State of New South Wales, [Clarence Valley region] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in Australia on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 03:32 (03:32 AM) UTC.

Description
A Bushfire Emergency has been declared in the Clarence Valley, on the New South Wales north coast. The Rural Fire Service (RFS) says crews in the Clarence have battled about 20 fires per day over the weekend. It says the key problem was hazard reduction burns on private land running out of control. The Bushfire Emergency or Section 44 declaration means the area can now access fire fighting equipment and personnel from across the state, with the state government covering the cost. RFS spokesman Brian Daly says dangerous conditions are forecast to ease off this week. “The last two days have been horrendous, with winds up around 50 to 60 kilometres an hour, from the northwest or north nor west,” he said. “They were just terrible conditions for fires.” Mr Daly says there are bushfires along the north coast near Casino, Coffs, Kempsey and Taree but the worst problems are in the Clarence. “We’re getting upwards of 20 ignitions a day, some of them are growing significantly and are still burning in remote areas,” he said. “Others our crews are getting onto and extinguishing quite quickly. “At the moment we’ve got about 18 fires listed as either going or contained and that’s just Clarence Valley.”

 

 

 

 

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Storms / Waterspouts / Flooding /Landslides

 

 

 

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Gordon (AL08) Atlantic Ocean 16.08.2012 20.08.2012 Hurricane I 60 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 5.18 m NOAA NHC Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Gordon (AL08)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 29° 54.000, W 55° 6.000
Start up: 16th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,956.90 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
Useful links:

Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
16th Aug 2012 04:16:29 N 29° 54.000, W 55° 6.000 30 56 74 Tropical Depression 355 9 1013 MB NOAA NHC
16th Aug 2012 04:55:06 N 31° 18.000, W 55° 30.000 28 56 74 Tropical Depression 345 15 1012 MB NOAA NHC
16th Aug 2012 10:46:15 N 32° 12.000, W 54° 48.000 22 65 83 Tropical Storm 15 15 1011 MB NOAA NHC
16th Aug 2012 16:45:48 N 33° 18.000, W 53° 48.000 26 83 102 Tropical Storm 45 17 1005 MB NOAA NHC
17th Aug 2012 04:47:05 N 34° 36.000, W 50° 18.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 85 15 995 MB NOAA NHC
17th Aug 2012 10:55:39 N 34° 36.000, W 48° 6.000 30 102 120 Tropical Storm 90 14 998 MB NOAA NHC
17th Aug 2012 16:39:57 N 34° 30.000, W 46° 18.000 30 102 120 Tropical Storm 95 19 997 MB NOAA NHC
18th Aug 2012 05:56:05 N 34° 12.000, W 42° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 90 16 990 MB NOAA NHC
18th Aug 2012 16:23:59 N 34° 0.000, W 40° 42.000 30 120 148 Hurricane I. 90 22 988 MB NOAA NHC
19th Aug 2012 05:24:37 N 34° 30.000, W 33° 54.000 35 176 213 Hurricane II. 80 19 965 MB NOAA NHC
19th Aug 2012 16:53:31 N 35° 30.000, W 29° 42.000 335 157 194 Hurricane II. 75 18 973 MB NOAA NHC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
20th Aug 2012 16:57:06 N 38° 18.000, W 22° 18.000 26 102 120 Hurricane I 60 ° 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
21st Aug 2012 18:00:00 N 39° 12.000, W 18° 42.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
21st Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 38° 54.000, W 20° 6.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
22nd Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 39° 12.000, W 17° 18.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC

 

Tembin (15W) Pacific Ocean 19.08.2012 20.08.2012 Typhoon IV 20 ° 204 km/h 250 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

 

 

 

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Tembin (15W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 42.000, E 124° 36.000
Start up: 19th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 24.54 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
19th Aug 2012 05:28:29 N 17° 42.000, E 124° 36.000 9 56 74 Tropical Depression 190 11 JTWC
19th Aug 2012 10:11:34 N 17° 30.000, E 124° 48.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 135 9 JTWC
19th Aug 2012 15:55:17 N 17° 24.000, E 125° 0.000 4 83 102 Tropical Storm 120 9 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
20th Aug 2012 16:28:34 N 18° 54.000, E 125° 6.000 9 204 250 Typhoon IV 20 ° 15 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
21st Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 48.000, E 124° 54.000 Typhoon IV 204 250 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 30.000, E 125° 6.000 Typhoon IV 194 241 JTWC
22nd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 36.000, E 124° 12.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
23rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 30.000, E 121° 42.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
24th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 30.000, E 118° 24.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
25th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 18.000, E 114° 48.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC

 

 

 

 

Bolaven (16W) Pacific Ocean 20.08.2012 20.08.2012 Tropical Depression 325 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 3.05 m JTWC Details

 

 

 

 

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Bolaven (16W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 17° 18.000, E 141° 30.000
Start up: 20th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
Useful links:

Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
20th Aug 2012 15:57:41 N 18° 0.000, E 141° 24.000 9 65 83 Tropical Depression 325 ° 10 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
21st Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 30.000, E 138° 42.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
21st Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 18.000, E 140° 12.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
22nd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 42.000, E 137° 12.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
23rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 6.000, E 134° 0.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
24th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 36.000, E 132° 6.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
25th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 24.000, E 130° 18.000 Typhoon III 157 194 JTWC

 

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Today Tropical Storm Azori Islands (Port.) [Azores Islands-wide] Damage level
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Tropical Storm in Azori Islands (Port.) on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 14:09 (02:09 PM) UTC.

Description
Authorities say Hurricane Gordon has passed Portugal’s mid-Atlantic Azores Islands without causing major damage and is losing strength. The head of the Azores Civil Protection Service, Pedro Carvalho, says there were no reports of significant damage as Gordon passed by Santa Maria and Sao Miguel, two of the archipelago’s nine islands, Sunday night. He told public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa on Monday that emergency services responded to some calls about localized flooding amid torrential rain. Nobody was reported hurt. Authorities had warned locals to take precautions ahead of the arrival of the hurricane, which formed Saturday.

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Satellite imagery hints that Tropical Depression 7 may be reborn

Phys.org

Satellite imagery hints that Tropical Depression 7 may be reborn Enlarge On Aug. 17, 2012, NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite captured visible images of Tropical Depression 7’s remnants at 9:45 am EDT. Showers and thunderstorm activity has increased over the Bay of Campeche. Credit: Credit: NASA GOES Project Satellite imagery on August 17 is showing signs of re-organization in the remnants of Tropical Depression 7 (TD7). TD7 has moved into the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche where it is regaining strength and appears much more organized. Ads by Google Emergency Water Filter – Energy-Free Ceramic Water Purifier Use Raw Lake, River, and Rain Water – http://www.aquarain.com NASA’s GOES Project created a visible image of the remnants of Tropical Depression 7 from August 17 at 9:45 a.m. EDT (1345 UTC) from NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite. The image showed several areas of stronger thunderstorms. The stronger thunderstorms appear brighter white in the imagery and are located around the center and to the northeast of the center of circulation. NASA’s GOES Project is located at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The Bay of Campeche is located on the western side of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and is part of the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. The Bay is surrounded on three sides by the Mexican states of Campeche, Veracruz and Tabasco. Shower and thunderstorm activity picked up during the morning hours (Eastern Daylight Time) on August 17 in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and Bay of Campeche. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted “surface observations and radar data indicate that the circulation has also become a little better defined and environmental conditions appear conducive for development.” The remnants of TD7 are moving to the west-northwestward to northwestward at around 10 mph. The NHC stated that a tropical depression could re-form before the low pressure area makes another landfall in Mexico over the weekend. So the remnants have a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression again. A tropical storm watch or warning could be needed for part of the Gulf coast of Mexico. Provided by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center search and more info website

Nine waterspouts spotted on Lake Michigan; forecasters say more possible Sunday

hollandspouts72712.jpgCourtesy Photo | Derek DennisWaterspouts formed over Lake Michigan near Holland on July 27. Similar phenomena were spotted on Saturday morning off South Haven.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service is now reporting nine waterspouts from two separate storms were witnessed on Lake Michigan.

SOUTH HAVEN, MI — Waterspouts have been spotted over Lake Michigan today and forecasters say it’s possible more could spawn tonight and Sunday night.

The National Weather Service said three of the tornado-like vortices were reported to them shortly before noon on Saturday, by people who were out on a fishing boat in Lake Michigan this morning.

The spouts were spotted about 24 miles west of the South Haven lighthouse.

The storms that caused them were small, 15-minute “pop-ups,” said William Moreno, a meteorologist in the NWS office in Grand Rapids.

Conditions were right this morning for the waterspouts, Moreno said, with a land breeze converging over lake water warmed by the summer heat.

The water in that part of the lake, the widest part of Lake Michigan, is about 72 degrees, he said. Winds in spout areas often reach 40 to 60 mph. Boaters or swimmers are advised to seek shelter when they are spotted.

Waterspouts are relatively rare, but have been seen already this summer off Holland.

Related: ‘Ingredients were just right’ for Holland waterspouts, experts explain

Scattered storms have been moving over the central Lower Peninsula on Saturday. Clusters have moved east from Muskegon through Montcalm and Isabella counties, said Moreno.

The outflow boundary from the storm cluster has been darkening skies over southern Kent County and the Grand Rapids area, and that could produce a storm in the next few hours, he said.

Tonight and Sunday night, the air over Wisconsin and Michigan will cool again, said Moreno, and the situation that produced the spouts could be repeated,

National Weather Service offices in Milwaukee, Gaylord and Chicago are forecasting waterspouts on Sunday, he said.

“Tomorrow is better because we have a cold front coming south. The convection will be deeper and that will encourage more in the way of waterspouts.”

Related: Waterspout reaches land in Minnesota, becomes Duluth’s 1st tornado

Related: Weather Network: Eastern Great Lakes also on the lookout for waterspouts

 

Today Flash Flood USA State of Texas, Dallas Damage level
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Flash Flood in USA on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 03:23 (03:23 AM) UTC.

Description
Strong thunderstorms dumping as much as 4 inches of rain have flooded streets, trapped drivers and collapsed buildings in Dallas. The storms rolled over the city on Saturday night. National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore says some areas got as much as 4 inches of rain. Authorities have not confirmed any deaths related to the storms, but people told WFAA-TV they saw a man fall into a creek and get swept away about 7 p.m. The Dallas Morning News says two building collapses have been reported, including a partial cave-in at the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas. Dallas Fire-Rescue rescued one driver trapped in high water near the city’s downtown, and several were stranded in flooded streets near Baylor University Medical Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Today Landslide India State of Himachal Pradesh, [Kullu-Manali-Rohtang highway] Damage level
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Landslide in India on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 03:28 (03:28 AM) UTC.

Description
Several parts of Himachal Pradesh experienced heavy rainfall during the past 24 hours, triggering landslides at various places and disrupting vehicular traffic in the state. The Kullu-Manali-Rohtang highway was blocked for several hours due to landslides while hundreds of tourists remained stranded in the tribal Kaza area as landslides blocked the roads linking the valley from other parts of the state. However, all the roads in the tribal areas and also the national highways were opened later. “The traffic which was suspended since last night due to landslides was cleared this afternoon,” Rakesh Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kaza said. Meanwhile, traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway, which remained suspended for several hours due to a massive landslide near Mandi town, was resumed this evening after clearing the debris from the road. “The highway was closed due to massive landslides triggered by incessant rain in the region for the past two days,” a police official said. The local MeT office has warned of heavy to very heavy rains in many parts of Himachal during the next 48 hours resulting in a sharp rise in levels of major rivers and their tributaries. The tourist towns of Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Kalpa, Kasauli, Chamba, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali may receive rains in the next few days, the MeT office added. Mandi was the wettest in the region with 86 mm of rains while Sujanpur Tira had 80 mm of rains, followed by Malraun and Nehri 73 mm, Kahu 69 mm, Sihunta 59 mm, Sundernagar 52 mm, Shahpur 49 mm, Ramshar 34 mm, Gaggal Airport 33 mm, Thana Plaun Ghumarwin 28 mm and Dharamsala, Hamirpur and Berthin 22 mm each.

 

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News August 19. 2012

Published on Aug 19, 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

TODAY’S LINKS
Wildfire smoke: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78881
SS Terra Nova: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-legendary-ship-greenland.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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SIGNIFICANT SOLAR FLARE, NOT EARTH-DIRECTED:

A magnetic filament snaking over the sun’s northeastern limb erupted on August 18th (01:02 UT), producing a significant M5.5-class solar flare. Click to view a movie of the eruption recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

A coronal mass ejection (CME) flew away from the blast site, but the cloud is not heading for Earth. This eruption was not geoeffective.

The magnetic filament reformed, post-eruption, and appears to be connected to an active sunspot group on the farside of the sun. Although the sunspot is hidden behind the limb, the Solar Dynamics Observatory can see the sunspot’s towering magnetic canopy flashing and hurling plasma over the edge of the sun. Click on the image to set the scene in motion:

A great way to see the hidden sunspot is using NASA’s 3D Sun app, which shows our star as a 3-dimensional globe that you can spin and inspect from any angle. Data for the app come from a fleet of three spacecraft (SDO + STEREO) that surround the sun. Download the app and look around the globe for a hot spot labeled ‘farside AR.’ (AR=”active region”)

Soon, the sun’s rotation will turn the sunspot from the farside to the Earthside of the sun. A significant uptick in geoeffective solar activity is possible in the days ahead.

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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 EC) 20th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 670 m – 1.5 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
(2012 FM52) 25th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.0599 23.3 510 m – 1.1 km 17.17 km/s 61812 km/h
66146 (1998 TU3) 25th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1265 49.2 3.0 km – 6.8 km 16.03 km/s 57708 km/h
(2009 AV) 26th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1615 62.8 670 m – 1.5 km 22.51 km/s 81036 km/h
331769 (2003 BQ35) 28th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1585 61.7 240 m – 530 m 4.64 km/s 16704 km/h
(2010 SC) 28th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1679 65.3 16 m – 36 m 9.56 km/s 34416 km/h
4769 Castalia 28th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1135 44.2 1.4 km 12.06 km/s 43416 km/h
(2012 LU7) 02nd September 2012 13 day(s) 0.1200 46.7 440 m – 990 m 8.16 km/s 29376 km/h
(2012 FS35) 02nd September 2012 13 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 2.3 m – 5.2 m 2.87 km/s 10332 km/h
(2012 HG31) 03rd September 2012 14 day(s) 0.0716 27.9 440 m – 990 m 10.33 km/s 37188 km/h
(2012 PX) 04th September 2012 15 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 16 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 16 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 17 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 19 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 22 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 26 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 27 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 27 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 28 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 29 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

 

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RETURN OF THE ARCTIC AURORAS:

It has been a while since sky watchers around the Arctic Circle have enjoyed the Northern Lights. Auroras are hard to see through the glare of the midnight sun. As summer comes to an end, however, aurora season is beginning again. On August 16th, B.Art Braafhart spotted a splash of green over Salla in the Finnish Lapland:

“Finally, after three nights hunting for ‘the green lights,’ I made the first catch of the new season,” says Braafhart. “The nice temperature (+12C) was accompanied by zooming mosquitos around midnight. The apparition was brief, the colors thin and light, but after an absence of 4 months exciting again!”

Fair Daughter of the Dawn

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The Northern Lights above Lake Superior. Photographer unknown.

Recent X-class solar flares have ignited the polar lights.

An electrically active magnetotail (or plasma tail) extends for millions of kilometers from Earth. Charged particles from the Sun, otherwise known as the solar wind, together with ions generated by the Earth, gather in a plasma sheet inside the magnetotail. Earth’s magnetic field causes these particles to spiral around the poles as well as to bounce between them. Some ions circle the Earth in two bands at low latitudes. Electrons move in one direction and protons in the opposite direction.

Solar ions flowing down into the polar cusps excite atmospheric molecules. Red light is emitted from oxygen molecules at high altitudes, while green light shines from oxygen in the lower atmosphere. Auroral blue comes from nitrogen.

Electromagnetic disturbances accompany bright aurorae because electric charge flows parallel to the auroral formation. Since electricity must move in a circuit, the electric currents travel into the aurorae from space and then back out to space, magnetically guided along the auroral arcs.

As mentioned in a previous Picture of the day, a magnetometer launched in 1973 by the U.S. Navy onboard the Triad satellite found two electric current sheets above Earth’s ionosphere charged with more than a million amperes. One plasma sheet descended from the aurora’s morning side and the other ascended from the evening side.

Kristian Birkeland’s research at the beginning of the twentieth century predicted the connection between Earth and space, so the plasma sheets are known as “Birkeland currents.” Birkeland’s polar electric currents are linked with electric currents moving within the geomagnetic field into and away from the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

On March 7, 2012 the Sun unleashed the second largest solar flare recorded in this active cycle. The X5.4 flare released a gigantic coronal mass ejection that headed for Earth at hundreds of kilometers per second. A geomagnetic storm occurred on March 8, increasing the auroral brightness and extending its visibility as far south as the Great Lakes.

As mentioned in past articles, auroral brightness and frequency tend to increase when CMEs meet Earth’s magnetic field, so logic would assume that the solar discharges are a flow of ionic particles. Heliophysicists tend to refer to those ions as a “wind” that “rain downs” on Earth. However, the fact that they follow the polar magnetic field establishes their electrical nature.

Solar flares are sometimes observed to leave the Sun with rapid acceleration. One CME burst was clocked at a velocity greater than 70,000 kilometers per second. A confirmation of the Electric Universe theory in that measurement was that material continued to accelerate as it left the Sun. Shock waves and “acoustic wave guides” could not have been responsible, otherwise the blast would have decelerated as it rushed toward Earth. Since the opposite effect was seen, an electric field phenomenon must have been at work and not kinetic effects.

Stephen Smith

Editor’s note: Title taken from The Iliad of Homer by Alexander Pope (1688-1744).

 

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Biological / Wildlife

 

 

 

Today Biological Hazard India State of Kerala, Peerumade [Kottayam school] Damage level
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Biological Hazard in India on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 14:24 (02:24 PM) UTC.

Description
The Government Model Residential School, Peerumade, was closed on Monday after over 60 students were admitted to various hospitals since Sunday, due to alleged food poisoning. The condition of none of the students was serious, reports reaching here said. The authorities at the Peerumade taluk hospital said that students started to arrive at the hospital with complaints of vomiting, head ache and fever symptoms by evening on Sunday. When the number of casualties increased by Monday, the hospital authorities referred those having severe symptoms to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital. 14 students were admitted there, 29 at the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, Kottayam, 22 at the observation unit of the Taluk hospital, Kanjirappally and two at the Taluk hospital, Peerumade. Of them, 32 are male. The Tamil medium residential school accommodates students from standard V to Plus-I after it was upgraded this academic year. Students of Scheduled Caste and general category from Vandiperiyar, Kumily and Munnar are admitted at the school.

A team of physicians led by District Medical Officer P.J.Aloxious checked all the students at the school after opening a temporary medical unit at the school office. The preliminary inquiry shows that students showed symptoms of vomiting and giddiness after having evening food on Sunday at the hostel. An official of the medical team which visited the school said that stale food served could have been the cause and added that food samples had been collected and sent for analytical tests at the Regional Analytical Laboratory, Kakkanad. He said that water samples were also collected in addition to the samples of milk served to the students. District Collector T.Bhaskaran who visited the hostel and the hospitals told The Hindu that an inquiry has been ordered and if anyone was found guilty, action will be taken. He said that health officials have been directed to visit government residential schools in the district on a routine basis and ensure that quality food is served to the students in other hostels also. He said that a meeting of the peoples representatives, parents and teachers will be convened at the school on August 22 to address the problems being faced by it. The school has been closed till September 3. By noon, parents of the students started reaching the school to accompany their wards home. About 250 students are accommodated at various classes in the school which cater exclusively for Tamil medium students.

Biohazard name: Mass. Food Poisoning
Biohazard level: 1/4 Low
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses including Bacillus subtilis, canine hepatitis, Escherichia coli, varicella (chicken pox), as well as some cell cultures and non-infectious bacteria. At this level precautions against the biohazardous materials in question are minimal, most likely involving gloves and some sort of facial protection. Usually, contaminated materials are left in open (but separately indicated) waste receptacles. Decontamination procedures for this level are similar in most respects to modern precautions against everyday viruses (i.e.: washing one’s hands with anti-bacterial soap, washing all exposed surfaces of the lab with disinfectants, etc). In a lab environment, all materials used for cell and/or bacteria cultures are decontaminated via autoclave.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

 

 

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Today Technological Disaster South Africa State of Gauteng, Mamelodi Damage level
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Technological Disaster in South Africa on Monday, 20 August, 2012 at 08:32 (08:32 AM) UTC.

Description
More than 800 people were evacuated when a main water supply pipe burst on Monday in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, Tshwane emergency services said. Spokesman Johan Pieterse said the Phomolong informal settlement was flooded when the pipe burst at around 1am on Monday. “We are still busy on the scene with a search and rescue mission as some of the people were missing family members.” He said one person was taken to hospital in a critical condition while five others sustained minor injuries. “The Hans Strijdom drive have been closed from the Hinterland Avenue to the Pretoria Avenue. Traffic will be affected as the road will only be opened much later on Monday.” Motorists were advised to take alternative routes. Pieterse said they would soon know which suburbs have been affected with water supply.

 

 

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
15.08.2012 11:25:45 3.3 North America United States Alaska Ninilchik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 11:00:28 2.5 Europe Switzerland Valais Champery VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 10:45:25 2.9 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 11:02:05 2.9 Caribbean Dominican Republic La Altagracia Boca de Yuma VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 10:20:33 2.1 North America United States Hawaii Na’alehu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 11:01:08 2.4 Europe Italy Sicily Panarea There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 10:05:55 2.1 North America United States California Brawley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 11:01:31 4.8 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Vava`u Hihifo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 10:15:30 4.7 Pacific Ocean Tonga Vava`u Hihifo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 11:30:37 2.9 Caribbean Puerto Rico Rincon Stella VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 09:55:24 2.6 Europe Greece Central Greece Lidorikion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 09:55:46 2.2 Asia Turkey Diyarbak?r Hazro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 09:52:01 3.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Marlborough Seddon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
15.08.2012 09:56:05 3.5 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 09:56:27 2.5 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Republika Srpska Sipovo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 08:05:32 2.0 North America United States Hawaii Pahala There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 10:15:55 2.9 North America United States Alaska Adak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 06:54:44 2.2 North America United States Nevada Beatty There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 06:50:20 3.6 Asia Taiwan Taiwan Daxi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 06:50:43 2.1 Europe Portugal Faro Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 06:51:05 4.6 Asia Japan Aomori Kizukuri There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
15.08.2012 07:00:29 4.5 Asia Japan Aomori Kizukuri There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 06:51:27 3.5 Asia Taiwan Taitung City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 06:51:53 3.1 Europe Albania Elbasan Librazhd-Qender VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 04:45:20 2.1 Europe Italy Calabria Nicastro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 05:45:28 3.0 Asia Turkey Amasya Dedekoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 03:25:27 2.6 North America United States Nevada Schurz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 05:55:28 2.0 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 05:45:52 2.1 Europe Greece North Aegean Agios Dimitrios VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 02:40:29 2.4 North America United States Nevada Schurz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 02:30:29 2.4 North America United States California Soledad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 02:45:25 4.1 Asia Taiwan Taiwan Buli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 05:46:21 2.0 Europe Greece North Aegean Livadaki VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 08:50:26 4.2 Atlantic Ocean – North Greenland Kujalleq Prins Christians Sund VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 05:55:53 2.0 North America United States Alaska Chignik Lake There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 03:50:26 4.6 Asia Japan Miyagi Ishinomaki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 04:45:47 4.6 Asia Japan Miyagi Ishinomaki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
15.08.2012 01:30:26 2.1 North America United States Alaska Chenega VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 01:45:19 2.1 Europe Italy Abruzzo Fagnano Alto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 01:45:48 2.5 Asia Turkey Bal?kesir Marmara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 00:25:24 3.6 North America United States Nevada Sutcliffe VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 06:52:15 2.0 Asia Turkey Ayd?n Kuyucak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 00:40:26 2.9 Europe Greece South Aegean Apollonia There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 06:52:35 2.4 Europe Greece North Aegean Agios Ilias VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 23:40:54 2.4 North America United States Alaska Nanwalek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 06:52:56 2.8 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 23:55:24 2.3 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
15.08.2012 06:53:17 2.4 Asia Turkey Kütahya Pazarlar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
15.08.2012 03:45:20 3.2 Asia Kyrgyzstan Ysyk-Köl Balykchy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 23:40:26 4.4 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Hotan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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Nearly 1,000 earthquakes recorded in Arizona over 3 years

  Nearly 1,000 earthquakes recorded in Arizona over 3 years Enlarge Nearly 60 USArray stations were installed in Arizona from 2006 to 2009 as part of the EarthScope project. Station 118A, seen in this photo, recorded ground motion north of Wilcox in southeastern Arizona from April 6, 2007 to Jan. 21, 2009. Credit: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (funded by NSF EarthScope) Arizona State University researchers use EarthScope data to build the first comprehensive earthquake catalog for Arizona. Ads by Google Emergency Mgmt. Degree – Earn an emergency management degree online at AMU. Enroll now. – http://www.AMU.APUS.edu/EmergencyMgmt Earthquakes are among the most destructive and common of geologic phenomena. Several million earthquakes are estimated to occur worldwide each year (the vast majority are too small to feel, but their motions can be measured by arrays of seismometers). Historically, most of Arizona has experienced low levels of recorded seismicity, with infrequent moderate and large earthquakes in the state. Comprehensive analyses of seismicity within Arizona have not been previously possible due to a lack of seismic stations in most regions, contributing to the perception that widespread earthquakes in Arizona are rare. Debunking that myth, a new study published by Arizona State University researchers found nearly 1,000 earthquakes rattling the state over a three-year period. Jeffrey Lockridge, a graduate student in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and the project’s lead researcher, used new seismic data collected as part of the EarthScope project to develop methods to detect and locate small-magnitude earthquakes across the entire state of Arizona. EarthScope’s USArray Transportable Array was deployed within Arizona from April 2006 to March 2009 and provided the first opportunity to examine seismicity on a statewide scale. Its increased sensitivity allowed Lockridge to find almost 1,000 earthquakes during the three-year period, including many in regions of Arizona that were previously thought to be seismically inactive. “It is significant that we found events in areas where none had been detected before, but not necessarily surprising given the fact that many parts of the state had never been sampled by seismometers prior to the deployment of the EarthScope USArray,” says Lockridge. “I expected to find some earthquakes outside of north-central Arizona, where the most and largest events had previously been recorded, just not quite so many in other areas of the state.” Ads by Google ITT Tech – Official Site – Convenient Schedules, Over 130 Locations. Browse New Programs. – http://www.ITT-Tech.edu One-thousand earthquakes over three years may sound alarmingly high, but the large number of earthquakes detected in the study is a direct result of the improved volume and quality of seismic data provided by EarthScope. Ninety-one percent of the earthquakes Lockridge detected in Arizona were “microquakes” with a magnitude of 2.0 or smaller, which are not usually felt by humans. Detecting small-magnitude earthquakes is not only important because some regions experiencing small earthquakes may produce larger earthquakes, but also because geologists use small magnitude earthquakes to map otherwise hidden faults beneath the surface. Historically, the largest earthquakes and the majority of seismicity recorded within Arizona have been located in an area of north–central Arizona. More recently, a pair of magnitude 4.9 and 5.3 earthquakes occurred in the Cataract Creek area outside of Flagstaff. Earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or larger also have occurred in other areas of the state, including a magnitude 4.2 earthquake in December 2003 in eastern Arizona and a magnitude 4.9 earthquake near Chino Valley in 1976. “The wealth of data provided by the EarthScope project is an unprecedented opportunity to detect and locate small-magnitude earthquakes in regions where seismic monitoring (i.e. seismic stations) has historically been sparse,” explains Lockridge. “Our study is the first to use EarthScope data to build a regional catalog that detects all earthquakes magnitude 1.2 or larger.” His results appear in a paper titled, “Seismicity within Arizona during the Deployment of the EarthScope USArray Transportable Array,” published in the August 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. Ramon Arrowsmith and Matt Fouch, professors in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, are Lockridge’s dissertation advisors and coauthors on the paper. Fouch is also a geophysicist at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, DC. “The most surprising result was the degree to which the EarthScope data were able to improve upon existing catalogs generated by regional and national networks. From April 2007 through November 2008, other networks detected only 80 earthquakes within the state, yet over that same time we found 884 earthquakes, or 11 times as many, which is really quite staggering,” says Lockridge. “It’s one of countless examples of how powerful the EarthScope project is and how much it is improving our ability to study Earth.” Lockridge is also lead author on a study that focuses on a cluster of earthquakes located east of Phoenix, near Theodore Roosevelt Lake. The results from this study will be published in Seismological Research Letters later this year. In his current studies as doctoral student, Lockridge is using the same methods used for Arizona to develop a comprehensive earthquake catalog for the Great Basin region in Nevada and western Utah. Provided by Arizona State University search and more info website

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Volcanic Activity

Volcanic activity world-wide 13 Aug 2012: new activity at Tofua (Tonga Islands), Popocatépetl, Fuego, Santiaguito, Costa Rica, Nevado del Ruiz, Reventador, Tungurahua, Sakurajima, Tongariro, White Island

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Volcano Discovery

Possibly volcanic SO2 plumes over Costa Rica on 11 Aug (NOAA)

Possibly volcanic SO2 plumes over Costa Rica on 11 Aug (NOAA)

Activity has decreased at White Island. Ash emissions have been lower than in the previous days. Gas measurements showed that all volcanic gases were at levels lower than the previous measurement on August 1.

Tongariro volcano has stayed calm with and GNS scientists think that the most likely scenario is that the 6 Aug eruption was a single event and will not be followed by new eruptions in the near to medium future.

A “new” volcano just entered the watch list:
Out in the Pacific, a pilot observed an ash cloud rising from Tofua volcano to 3,000 ft (ca. 1 km) in the Tonga Islands at 04:42 GMT, VAAC Wellington reports.

El Hierro volcano: A total of 5 earthquakes (between M1.3-2.4) at 10-19 km depth has occurred today so far. This is the highest number in many days.

Activity remains weak at Popocatépetl in Mexico. About 1 weak eruption per hour has been observed during the past day by CENAPRED. SO2 emissions remain high (which is typical for Popo during phases of activity).

An elevated SO2 plume was visible above Costa Rica’s Central valley on NOAA’s SO2 monitoring images. It could have been caused by stronger degassing activity of the volcanoes Poas or Turrialba, both of which have been showing increased activity in 2011-12, but seem to have calmed down in the past months. Another SO2 signal is visible about 100 km east of Rincon de la Vieja and could have originated there. The Costa Rican volcano observatory doesn’t mention any unusual activity.

Santiaguito / Santa Maria (Guatemala): An explosion at 05:49 local tie ejected an 800 m high ash plume and caused ash fall at Finca la Florida and around San Marcos Palajunoj. Only few and weak rock avalanches were reported since yesterday.

For Fuego volcano, INSIVUMEH reports 8 weak explosions during the past day, generating ash columns of 200-500 m height.
The lava flow in direction of Taniluya canyon has further advances and is now 300 m long and generates constant rock avalanches. Avalanches, too, have been observed towards the “Ash” (Ceniza) canyon.

In Colombia, sporadic gas and ash emissions continue to occur at Galeras and tremor signals are sometimes visible on the seismograms.
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): Steam and ash emissions continue at Nevado del Ruiz at fluctuating intensity. This morning a fresh ash deposit was found at the volcano observatory.
The seimic recordings show tremor and a seismic swarm with 30 quakes since 22:27 local time last night, located NE of the Arenas crater between 3-5 km, in the same area as the previous swarm on 12 August.

Reventador volcano in Ecuador ejects a 1.5 km high steam plume, but IG mentions no explosions or ash.
Tungurahua volcano continues to emit a steam plume with small amounts of ash, and has occasional small to moderate explosions accompanied by gunshot sounds heard around the volcano.

Jumping to the far north, there is little new activity to be reported from volcanoes in Kamchatka, the Kuriles, Aleutians and in Alaska. It is rather surprising that this normally very area has stayed quite calm over the past week.

Satellite observations show again plumes at 7,000 ft (2.1 km) originating from Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia).

Sakurajima volcano has had 2 weak – moderate explosions during the past 30 hours.

 

 

 

NASA Satellites Pinpoint Volcanic Eruption In New Zealand

NASA Satellites Pinpoint Volcanic Eruption

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NASA Satellites Pinpoint Volcanic Eruption

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Midway on its 800-kilometer (500-mile) voyage from Auckland to Raoul Island, New Zealand, the HMNZS Canterbury received an intriguing report: a maritime patrol aircraft had spotted a vast area of open ocean covered with floating pumice. Soon after, the ship was sailing through a mass of buoyant volcanic rocks. Up to two feet thick, the pumice raft was about half a nautical mile (1 kilometer) wide, and “extended sideways as far as the eye could see,” wrote Rebecca Priestley, a science writer aboard the ship. Although the lightweight, gas-filled pumice posed no threat to the Canterbury, enough got stuck in the water filters to provide samples for analysis.

Though the pumice was spread over a vast area of the South Pacific, the origin was a mystery to the crew of the ship. An undersea volcano several hundred kilometers to the north of the pumice—Monowai—had erupted on August 3, but an airline pilot reported seeing pumice as early as August 1. Two data sources provided clues to pinpoint the volcano: earthquake records and satellite imagery. After reports of the pumice rafts surfaced, scientists from Tahiti and New Zealand’s GNS Science connected the eruption with a cluster of earthquakes in the Kermadec Islands on July 17 and 18.

Working independently of GNS, volcanologist Erik Klemetti and NASA visualizer Robert Simmon examined a month’s worth of satellite imagery from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). They discovered the first signs of the eruption—ash-stained water, gray pumice, and a volcanic plume—in imagery from 9:50 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. (local time) on July 19, 2012. (Although the Kermadec Islands are east of the International Date Line, they follow New Zealand time.)

Hidden by clouds in the morning image (above, top), the site of the eruption is clearly visible in the afternoon image (lower). Klemetti matched the satellite imagery with ocean floor bathymetry to identify Havre Seamount as the likely source. The eruption was strong enough to breach the ocean surface from a depth of 1,100 meters (3,600 feet).

Alain Bernard of the Laboratoire de Volcanologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles analyzed nighttime imagery from MODIS and found heat from the eruption at 10:50 p.m. on July 18, 2012, the earliest evidence of the Havre Seamount eruption reaching the ocean surface.

By July 21, the eruption appeared to have waned, leaving behind the dense rafts of pumice. Winds and currents spread the pumice into a series of twisted filaments, spread over an area about 450 by 250 kilometers (280 by 160 miles) as of August 13.

  1. References

  2. Bernard, Alain. (2012, August). Hot Spots from the July 18 Eruption in Kermadec volcanic arc. Accessed August 13, 2012.
  3. Klemetti, Erik. (2012, August 13). Havre Seamount: The Source of Kermadec Island Pumice Raft? Accessed August 13, 2012.
  4. New Zealand Defence Force (2012, August 10). Defence Force Locates 7500Sq Miles of Pumice From Underwater Volcano Accessed August 13, 2012.
  5. Priestley, Rebecca. (2012, August 8–11). Kermadecs voyage #2: The Mystery of the Floating Pumice. Accessed August 13, 2012.
  6. Radio New Zealand. (2012, August 13). Origin of Pumice Raft Found. Accessed August 13, 2012.
  7. Université Libre de Bruxelles. (2012, August). Hot Spots from the July 18 Eruption in Kermadec Volcanic Arc. Accessed August 13, 2012.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Robert Simmon. Detective work by Erik Klemetti.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Excessive Heat Watch

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PORTLAND OR

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Today Extreme Weather Canada Province of Alberta, Calgary Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Canada on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 05:58 (05:58 AM) UTC.

Description
A severe storm swept through Calgary and area this afternoon, bringing hail, torrential downpours and wind gusts reaching more than 100 kilometres per hour that left broken windows and fallen trees in its wake. The worst of the storm has passed Calgary, says CBC meteorologist Danielle Savoni. “At this point it’s starting to change over into just the rain and some embedded thunderstorms, but those embedded thunderstorms are nowhere near as severe as what we’ve seen.” Some window washers got caught on a platform on the 22nd floor on an office building on 5th Avenue S.W. Tara Sukut was in her office a floor below. “You could hear the window washers outside yelling, get us off here, get us out of here,” says Sukut. “And a couple minutes later we just heard glass smashing. And you could see it was banging on the window down on our floor. They broke the windows to get inside the building.” The Calgary Fire Department’s high-angle rescue unit was called in to help the three window washers. Sukut’s interview with the CBC’s Elizabeth Snaddon can be heard in the player below.

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

GOODLAND KS
CORPUS CHRISTI TX
NORTH PLATTE NE
CHEYENNE WY
DENVER CO
POCATELLO ID
RIVERTON WY
PORTLAND OR

Extreme Fire Danger

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RAPID CITY SD
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Wildfires blaze through Western states

By the CNN Wire Staff
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California flames scorch dry earth

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Washington blaze has grown to 28,000 acres
  • NEW: National Guard activated in Washington, will provide air support
  • An Idaho firefighter is killed battling a blaze; two others are hurt in Oregon and California
  • In all, 62 fires are burning

Are wildfires blazing near you? Send in your photos and videos to CNN iReport, but please stay safe.

(CNN) — Whipped by high winds, wildfires in central Washington state have scorched 28,000 acres and destroyed at least 60 buildings, officials said Tuesday.

Gov. Chris Gregoire declared Kittitas and Yakima counties to be in states of emergency, according to a written statement from her office. The Washington National Guard will provide air support to the Department of Natural Resources, which is in charge of statewide firefighting efforts.

The fire raging near Cle Elum is one of several Western fires burning this week.

Colorado paid the price earlier this summer. Now, new wildfires are burning through sagebrush, grass and beetle-killed lodgepole pines in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Idaho.

In all, 62 fires, including 16 new large fires, were burning as of Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service reported. They have destroyed dozens of homes and are threatening many more.

Tearful wildfire victim: ‘Nothing left’

Wildfires destroy homes in Oklahoma

Washington’s Taylor Bridge Fire began as a brush fire Monday afternoon. By Tuesday afternoon more than 20,000 acres, or 31 square miles, were burned.

Authorities have already evacuated between 900 people near the Taylor Bridge Fire, the governor’s office said. There was no report of any injuries.

“The fire behavior I would classify as extreme,” Rex Reed, the incident commander, earlier Tuesday. “Extreme fire conditions. We expect a very busy day. Very rapid rates of spread. There are multiple heads on this fire.”

He said authorities were working to activate National Guard troops to assist in the operation in Kittitas County.

In Idaho, a blaze has killed a 20-year-old firefighter. Two other firefighters have been injured in Oregon and California.

Anne Veseth died Sunday while fighting the Steep Canyon Fire near Orofino, said Phil Sammon of the Forest Service. He said the death was accidental but could not confirm how it happened.

However, CNN affiliate KTVB said Veseth was killed by a falling tree.

Residents of Veseth’s hometown, Moscow, remembered the young college student as someone who always gave back to community.

“This is a stark reminder of how dangerous the business is that we are in,” Sammon said. “We are extremely saddened by this loss.”

Residents evacuate as hundreds of firefighters battle California wildfires

On Tuesday, the fire danger spiked with searing temperatures and single-digit humidity across Western states. In some places, winds were gusting up to 40 miles per hour.

More than 750 firefighters and support personnel were working in Oregon and Nevada to corral the 418,235-acre Holloway Fire, the largest of the Western wildfires ignited by a lightning strike on August 5.

“We saw huge fire whorls all night,” said Fred Kaninski, fire behavior analyst for the Holloway Fire. “It was burning like daytime.”

On Monday, firefighters battled flames that measured 2 to 8 feet high. On occasion, they reported seeing 15-foot flames.

The northeast flank of the fire burned into Oregon Canyon, where a firefighter suffered burns to the leg and forearm and minor smoke inhalation, the Bureau of Land Management said.

The injured firefighter was rushed by helicopter to a hospital in Winnemucca, Nevada, and was released Sunday night. She is being sent to a burn center in Salt Lake City for further evaluation, the bureau said.

In California, a pair of fires north of San Francisco in Lake County burned 7,000 acres and were 30% contained Tuesday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Two buildings were destroyed and one was damaged, CNN affiliate KGO reported. An additional 480 homes are threatened, and a firefighter was injured while battling the flames, said Julie Hutchinson of the state’s forestry and fire department. She did not have information on the status of the injured firefighter.

Meteorologists predict the dry heat will last into next week — not good news for firefighters. Any thunderstorms that pop up could present more bad news than good, since lightning strikes could spark more flames.

However, rain doused the killer Waldo Canyon Fire that blazed out of control through parts of Colorado for many weeks this summer. On Tuesday, Colorado was not on the national map for large fires.

Neighbors vs. nature as wildfires rage in Oklahoma

CNN’s Moni Basu and John Fricke contributed to this report.

 

 

Western Wildfires

Western Wildfires

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Wildfires raged across Colorado earlier this summer. Now California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon are feeling the heat. On August 14, 2012, numerous fires blazed across the four western states, burning through everything from sagebrush to grass to beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the fires on Aug 11, 2012. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires.

Three large fires burned through coniferous forests in northern California: the Reading fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Chips fire in Plumas National Forest, and the Fort Complex fire in Klamath National Forest. The largest of the three (Chips) had consumed 57 square miles (148 square kilometers) and was 12 percent contained by August 14. The Reading fire had consumed 37 square miles and was 15 percent contained, whereas the Fort Complex Fire had burned 3 square miles and was 10 percent contained. All three were ignited by lightning. In Oregon, lightning also sparked the Barry Point fire, which had burned 68 square miles.

In northern Nevada, the Holloway, Hansen, and Willow fires burned through grass, brush, and sagebrush. The Holloway fire was the largest and had burned 676 square miles by August 14. The Willow and Hanson fires had burned 67 square miles and 20 square miles respectively. All three were ignited by lightning on August 5.

In Idaho, the Halstead fire burned through stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pines in Salmon-Challis National Forest. It had consumed 81 square miles. To the south, the Trinity Ridge fire had burned about 58 square miles. Lightning ignited the Halstead fire on July 27, whereas human activity started the Trinity Ridge fire.

According to statistics compiled by the National Interagency Fire Center, a total of 9,400 square miles had burned in the United States through August 14. That was above the ten-year average for that date, which was 7,750 square miles.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.

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Aqua – MODIS
Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, Aguanga [Riverside County (San Jacinto foothills)] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 07:24 (07:24 AM) UTC.

Description
A fast-moving wildfire stoked by triple-digit temperatures burned 3,000 acres Tuesday in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, creeping perilously close to tinder-dry areas of the San Bernardino National Forest, officials said. At least four structures, including one home, were destroyed by the blaze, which spread rapidly through dry brush and grasslands in a sparsely populated area south of Hemet and east of Temecula. The fire, just 5% contained as of Tuesday evening, was spreading rapidly through the rocky hills and desert scrub, and was within a mile of forest lands west of Anza, where drought has heightened fire danger all summer. “Of course we’re concerned,” said John Miller, spokesman for the San Bernardino National Forest. “This year our big concern is the fact that rainfall and that includes snow for our forest was somewhere between 50% to 70% of normal.” Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the sparsely populated area near Aguanga, and more than 30 homes have been evacuated, according to Jody Hagemann of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, according to radio dispatch reports. One man who lived in a trailer was seriously burned and taken by helicopter to a local hospital. Authorities said the man, whose home was in a remote area, apparently had not received a notice to evacuate.South of the Riverside County fire, fast-moving blazes, some started by lightning strikes from heat-born thunderstorms, have burned more than 2,300 acres in northeast San Diego County, leading to evacuations in the rural communities of Ranchita and the San Felipe area off California 78. The four San Diego County fires are being fought by more than 500 firefighters, along with air tankers and water-dropping helicopters. No structures have yet been reported damaged. “We have very dry vegetation, brush and grass and things like that. Now we have multiple days of very high temperatures,” said Chief Julie Hutchinson, spokeswoman for the state fire agency. “It’s like lighting your fireplace with a blowtorch.” The fire in Riverside County was reported just before 1 p.m. in the community of Aguanga. More than 210 firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze, and six water-carrying helicopters and six water-tender aircraft as well as a DC-10 were assisting, state fire officials said. Crews from the Sierra Nevada mountains areas are being dispatched to assist firefighters. “That’s one thing that’s unique about California. We have a state fire agency, and we’re able to move resources up and down the state,” said Hutchinson, adding that crews from the U.S. Forest Service, local departments and the California National Guard are playing a role in the statewide firefighting efforts. Although flames are more than 14 miles away from Idyllwild, residents and fire officials in the artsy mountain community have been nervously watching television news reports.
Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Arizona, [Tonto National Forest] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 03:34 (03:34 AM) UTC.

Description
Crews are monitoring a fire in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest that has charred an estimated 1,200 acres. The so-called Queen Fire was reported Monday night and forest officials say its cause is under investigation. The blaze is burning about 2 miles northeast of Superior in rocky, inaccessible terrain and crews are attacking the flames by air. Officials say the fire is burning grass and brush. There was immediate timetable Tuesday for containment of the blaze. Meanwhile, the forest is temporarily closing several areas because of the Mistake Peak fire 11 miles east of Basin. That fire began Aug. 8 and is 10% contained after burning about 3,400 acres by Tuesday. Tonto officials chose to temporarily close areas of the forest to protect the public and crews fighting the fire.

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Storms / Tornado / Flooding / Sinkholes

 

 

 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 15.08.2012 Tropical Depression 20 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 2.74 m NOAA NHC Details

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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: 606.97 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
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
13th Aug 2012 04:46:16 N 18° 6.000, W 110° 42.000 9 74 93 Tropical Storm 270 10 993 MB NOAA NHC
13th Aug 2012 10:38:02 N 18° 6.000, W 111° 24.000 11 65 83 Tropical Storm 270 16 994 MB NOAA NHC
14th Aug 2012 04:58:09 N 18° 0.000, W 113° 12.000 9 74 93 Tropical Storm 270 10 993 MB NOAA NHC
14th Aug 2012 10:50:22 N 17° 54.000, W 114° 0.000 9 74 93 Tropical Storm 265 10 997 MB NOAA NHC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Gust
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Pressure Source
15th Aug 2012 11:18:06 N 17° 12.000, W 115° 12.000 4 65 83 Tropical Depression 20 ° 9 1002 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
16th Aug 2012 18:00:00 N 19° 36.000, W 116° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
16th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 18° 42.000, W 116° 0.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
17th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 20° 36.000, W 117° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
18th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 22° 30.000, W 118° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
19th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 23° 0.000, W 120° 0.000 Tropical Depression 28 37 NOAA NHC
Kai-tak (14W) Pacific Ocean 12.08.2012 15.08.2012 Typhoon I 305 ° 102 km/h 130 km/h 5.18 m JTWC Details

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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: 440.90 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
km/h
Gust
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
13th Aug 2012 04:30:32 N 16° 30.000, E 127° 48.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 265 15 JTWC
13th Aug 2012 10:04:19 N 16° 36.000, E 126° 36.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 275 17 JTWC
14th Aug 2012 04:58:47 N 17° 30.000, E 125° 36.000 20 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 11 JTWC
14th Aug 2012 10:49:50 N 18° 0.000, E 124° 18.000 22 83 102 Tropical Storm 265 15 JTWC
Current position
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15th Aug 2012 11:18:34 N 18° 54.000, E 120° 42.000 28 102 130 Typhoon I 305 ° 17 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
16th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 42.000, E 116° 24.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
16th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 24.000, E 118° 36.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
17th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 54.000, E 114° 18.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
18th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 12.000, E 111° 18.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
19th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 30.000, E 108° 6.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC

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Today Tropical Storm Philippines Multiple areas, [Northern Philippines] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in Philippines on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC.

Description
A second tropical storm in as many weeks battered the northern Philippines after making landfall Wednesday, killing at least two people, as forecasters warned that the still-reeling capital could see more flooding. Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III scrambled to avert another crisis when hundreds of state weather agency employees protested over their pay and warned that forecasting services could deteriorate. Tropical Storm Kai-Tak slammed ashore in northeastern Isabela province with maximum winds of 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and higher gusts. It is expected to traverse northern farming provinces and exit along Luzon Island’s western seaboard possibly as a powerful typhoon heading toward southern China in the direction of Hong Kong. The head of the disaster-relief agency, Benito Ramos, reported two deaths, including a man who drowned while swimming in Ilocos Norte province. He said some roads were flooded knee-deep, and government forecasters warned of intense rains that may drench the sprawling capital, Manila, which is still reeling from last week’s monsoon deluge. On Tuesday, an alarmed Aquino rushed to assure the protesting weather agency employees that steps were being taken to resume payment of the cash benefits that had been suspended in March. “I just reminded that since the weather is bad and we have a weather disturbance, we should not add to the worries of those who were hit by the floods,” Aquino told reporters after a hasty meeting with the restive employees.Forecasters and other employees of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration wore black arm bands and hoisted streamers urging the government to resume hazard pay and other allowances. While the workers did not plan any work stoppage, protest leader Ramon Agustin said some hard-up employees had failed to report for work due to lack of money. “The only reason why we remain strong in performing our tasks is our pure love for the country, but this will eventually weaken,” Agustin said in a news conference at the weather agency, which buzzed with activity as forecasters tracked the second storm. The archipelago located in the tropical far western Pacific serves like a welcome mat for about 20 tropical storms and typhoons that develop in the open ocean and blow toward Asia every year. Heavy rain from those storms and the annual monsoon often cause flooding and landslides and leave a trail of death and destruction. Relentless rains for nearly two weeks culminated in last week’s two-day deluge that submerged Manila and outlying farming provinces, killing nearly 100 people and displacing more than 400,000. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said payment of the hazard pay and other cash benefits had been suspended to correct past irregularities, but added the workers would get back the benefits soon. Agustin said the employees have lost an average of 10,000 pesos ($238) monthly since the benefits were suspended by officials in March.

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The National Weather Service confirms what is said to be the first tornado to touchdown in Duluth, Minn. on record.

The NWS says a waterspout developed at approximately 11 a.m. CDT Thursday, two miles offshore from Duluth’s Sky Harbor Airport over Superior Bay.

The waterspout then turned into a tornado as it tracked briefly onshore at Minnesota Point across from Sky Harbor Airport.

The tornado then went back into the bay as a waterspout before briefly turning into a tornado for a second time as it came onshore at Barker’s Island, where it finally dissipated around 11:20 a.m. CDT.

The tornado was rated an EF-0 on the enhanced fujita scale, with winds from 65 to 85 mph. No damage was reported.

Nonetheless, the tornado is the first confirmed on record to touchdown in Duluth.

Thursday's waterspout in Duluth, Minnesota is the city's first tornado on record. (August 9, 2012)
Thursday’s waterspout in Duluth, Minnesota is the city’s first tornado on record. (August 9, 2012)
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According to Carol Christenson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS, there hasn’t been a tornado in our city limits in recorded history, Northland NewsCenter reports.

“There was one outside of city limits back in 1986,” Christenson said.

The NWS says it appears the waterspout turned tornado developed near an inflection point along the leading edge of a strong surge of northeast winds and or small scale frontal boundary, which were enhanced by the very warm Lake Superior water temperatures.

 

 

Flash Flood Warning

NEW ORLEANS LA
FORT WORTH TX

Flood Warning

FORT WORTH TX
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Flood Advisory

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Flood Watch

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Today Flood Canada Province of Saskatchewan, [James Smith First Nation] Damage level Details

Flood in Canada on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 07:22 (07:22 AM) UTC.

Description
A state of emergency has been declared by the James Smith Cree Nation following continued high rainfall and flooding. Local officials are calling for increased assistance from the federal and provincial governments. The drinking water of nine homes has been contaminated due to the high water levels and some roads have flooded over, says a news release issued Tuesday by James Smith. The continued rainfall is adding to the problems caused by last year’s flooding, said the release. “The high rains are destroying what’s left of our roads and water systems, and this is creating dangerous health conditions for our people, especially very young children and our elders,” said James Smith Chief Wally Burns. “We’ve been trying to get assistance since the 2011 flood, but have so far received minimal support.” Last month officials with the provincial disaster assistance program met with band leadership. The program provided $110,000 to repair damage from previous years of flooding, but the band estimates $3.2 million is needed. James Smith is located about 180 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

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  • Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation (ABC News)View GalleryMysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation (ABC News)

A nearly 400-foot deep sinkhole in Louisiana has swallowed all of the trees in its area and enacted a mandatory evacuation order for about 150 residences for fear of potential radiation and explosions.

The 400-square-foot gaping hole is in Assumption Parish, La., about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge.

The sinkhole sits in the middle of a heavily wooded space where it has consumed all of the soaring cypress trees that had been there. Flyover photos show some of the treetops still visible through the mud.

Authorities enacted a mandatory evacuation for between 100 and150 homes in the area, but most people have chosen to stay, according to the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. If any of the dangers seem to become more imminent, the order will be escalated to a forced evacuation.

While officials are not certain what caused the massive sinkhole, they believe it may be have ben caused by a nearby salt cavern owned by the Texas Brine Company.

After being used for nearly 30 years, the cavern was plugged in 2011 and officials believe the integrity of the cavern may have somehow been compromised, leading to the sinkhole.

[Slideshow: Massive sinkholes wreak havoc around the world]

On Thursday, Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources required that Texas Brine drill a well to investigate the salt cavern as soon as possible, obtain samples from the cavern and provide daily reports on their findings. It could take up to 10 days to set up the drilling process, even with an expedited process.

“We have to arrange for the driller. We have to pick a location. We have to be very careful to not be in a point that’s too close to the sinkhole because of the weight of the rig,” Texas Brine Company spokesman Sonny Cranch told ABCNews.com today. “We don’t want to aggravate the situation.”

The sinkhole is on the outside edge of the salt dome where this particular brine well is located.

“There are some indications that it very well may have been connected, but there’s just indications,” Cranch said. “There’s nothing concrete that has connected the sinkhole to the cavern.”

There was bubbling in the water and the sinkhole is near areas where there has been exploration for oil and gas in the past, which would make the presence of low levels of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) possible.

The state’s Department of Environmental Quality said water samples from the sinkhole showed oil and diesel on its surface, but initial readings did not detect radiation.

In the days after the sinkhole opened up on Aug. 3, nearby Highway 70 was closed down because officials discovered that the sinkhole caused a 36-inch natural gas pipeline to bend and feared the possibility of an explosion, according to ABC News’ Baton Rouge affiliate WBRZ.

“That’s why the mandatory evacuation is going to stay on, because there is a risk for explosion,” John Boudreaux of from Assumption Parish Emergency Preparedness said at a meeting with residents on Tuesday, WBRZ reported.

“We are determined to do everything we can to find the answer,” president of Texas Brine Mark Cartwright told the residents.

Some community members were visibly frustrated with the situation and lack of answers.

“You can give us a straight answer because that’s all we want,” one woman said at the meeting. “We want to know when we can come home and be safe. Because you all go home after a days work. You’re safe, but we’re not.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a declaration of emergency allowing the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to assist in the efforts if necessary.

“This is extremely serious and it’s been going on for too long to still be at this point,” Kim Torres, spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Preparedness, told ABCNews.com today. “The people are very aware of how serious this is.”

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Radiation / Nuclear

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

Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 03:28 (03:28 AM) UTC.

Description
Prairie Island nuclear plant shut down Unit 1 after operators declared its two backup diesel generators inoperable Tuesday. Staff determined during routine testing that both generators had exhaust leaks, Xcel Energy media relations spokeswoman Mary Sandok confirmed. That deemed them inoperable, and the plant filed an incident report of the safe shutdown with the Nuclear Regulatory Plant. Prairie Island has other backup protection, including diesel generators and turbine-driven and portable pumps, the company said in the statement issued at 2:30 p.m. There was no radiation leak or danger to the public. Prairie Island Tribal Council President Johnny Johnson called the loss of both generators “not acceptable.” “A failure of the back-up diesel generators can affect all other safety features that rely on the electricity that they generate,” he said. The plant has had more than 30 reported incidents of failing equipment, security breaches, human performance problems and operating errors in recent years, he said. The emergency diesel generators did not fail, Sandok said. Plant workers test equipment regularly, and during this week’s test they determined both generators had defects. “When it comes to important equipment, the nuclear industry has no tolerance for any imperfections, so operators shut the unit down to repair the generators,” she said. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, one diesel was operable and the other one was repaired and awaiting testing. “Despite these assurances, today’s unplanned shutdown – and the unusual white steam clouds released throughout the day during the reactor shutdown – are ominous reminders of the fact that the 40-year-old Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant operating a half-mile from our homes relies on aging technology,” Johnson said. An unrelated outage also occurred Tuesday at the Monticello plant to repair a gasket on a pipe flange. The plant had been operating at 10 percent power since the weekend as workers investigated leakage to a collection point inside the plant’s containment structure.

 

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Solar Activity

3MIN News August 14, 2012: 7.7 Earthquake

Published on Aug 14, 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

TODAY’S LINKS
Pumice in Pacific: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78849
East Severe Weather: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-severe/severe-weather-tracker
MrMBB333 Cosmic Ray Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EemuRabDxGQ

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]

ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…

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
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2012 OP4) 18th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.1039 40.4 300 m – 670 m 22.54 km/s 81144 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 670 m – 1.5 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
(2012 FM52) 25th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.0599 23.3 510 m – 1.1 km 17.17 km/s 61812 km/h
66146 (1998 TU3) 25th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1265 49.2 3.0 km – 6.8 km 16.03 km/s 57708 km/h
(2009 AV) 26th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1615 62.8 670 m – 1.5 km 22.51 km/s 81036 km/h
331769 (2003 BQ35) 28th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1585 61.7 240 m – 530 m 4.64 km/s 16704 km/h
(2010 SC) 28th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1679 65.3 16 m – 36 m 9.56 km/s 34416 km/h
4769 Castalia 28th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1135 44.2 1.4 km 12.06 km/s 43416 km/h
(2012 LU7) 02nd September 2012 18 day(s) 0.1200 46.7 440 m – 990 m 8.16 km/s 29376 km/h
(2012 FS35) 02nd September 2012 18 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 2.3 m – 5.2 m 2.87 km/s 10332 km/h
(2012 HG31) 03rd September 2012 19 day(s) 0.0716 27.9 440 m – 990 m 10.33 km/s 37188 km/h
(2012 PX) 04th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 22 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 26 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 27 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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Gamma-Ray Photons Seen Emanating From The Center Of The Milky Way
Could Be Evidence of Dark Matter
 

MessageToEagle.com – Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy could be evidence of dark matter.

Dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to UC Irvine astrophysicists, who found more gamma-ray photons coming from the Milky Way galactic center than they had expected, based on previous scientific models.

Kevork Abazajian, assistant professor, and Manoj Kaplinghat, associate professor, of the Department of Physics & Astronomy analyzed data collected between August 2008 and June 2012 from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbiting Earth.

The gamma-rays Fermi detectsare billions of times more energetic, from 20 million to more than 300 billion electron volts.These gamma-ray photons are so energetic, they cannot be guided by the mirrors and lenses found in ordinary telescopes.

Instead Fermi uses a sensor that is more like a Geiger counter than a telescope.

If we could wear Fermi’s gamma ray “glasses,” we’d witness powerful bullets of energy – individual gamma rays – from cosmic phenomena such as supermassive black holes and hypernova explosions.

 

According to Abazajian, “this is the first time this new source has been observed with such high statistical significance, and the most striking part is how the shape, spectrum and rate of the observed gamma rays are very consistent with the leading theories for dark matter.”

In this illustration, one photon (purple) carries a million times the energy of another (yellow). Some theorists predict travel delays for higher-energy photons, which interact more strongly with the proposed frothy nature of space-time. Yet Fermi data on two photons from a gamma-ray burst fail to show this effect, eliminating some approaches to a new theory of gravity. The animation link below shows the delay scientists had expected to observe. Credit: NASA/Sonoma State University/Aurore Simonnet
“Future observations of regions with less astrophysical emission, such as dwarf galaxies, will be able to conclusively determine if this is actually from the dark matter.”

Nonluminous and not directly detectable, dark matter is thought to account for 85 percent of the universe’s mass. Its existence can only be inferred from its gravitational effects on other, visible matter. The UCI researchers’ findings could support its presumed presence at the center of galaxies.

The prevailing hypothesis is that dark matter is composed of weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs. When two WIMPs meet, they annihilate each other to produce more familiar particles – including gamma rays.

Although the data interpretation seems to be consistent with dark-matter theory, the gamma rays could be coming from a source other than WIMP destruction, Kaplinghat noted.

“The signal we see is also consistent with photons emitted by pulsars,” he said, “or from high-energy particles interacting with gas in the galactic center.”

UC Irvine astrophysicists submitted their research to the American Physical Society journal Physical Review D.

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Venus And Jupiter Show With Special Guests Aurora Borealis And The Moon

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

Today Biological Hazard Australia State of Victoria, Tooradin Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Australia on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 05:00 (05:00 AM) UTC.

Description
Casey Council will not install warning signs after a man reported being stung by a box jellyfish at Tooradin. Devon Meadows’ Tony Jenner said he was swimming when stung by a jellyfish with “six-foot long” tentacles. “It felt like I got bitten by two or three bees,” Mr Jenner said. “I came home and put vinegar on it and I didn’t feel too bad then but through the night I could feel my throat getting tight and it was hard to breathe.” In April, Cr Geoff Ablett called for an investigation into the “life-threatening situation” and whether warning signs should be posted to notify swimmers of the risks. However, in her report to councillors last week, community safety manager Caroline Bell said the incident was isolated and signs were not required. Joanna Browne, of Museums Victoria, said there was a species of box jellyfish in Victoria, but it was smaller and less harmful than those in the tropics.
Biohazard name: Jellyfish Invasion (Box)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

Today Biological Hazard USA State of Texas, [Dallas County] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 03:14 (03:14 AM) UTC.

Description
Nine people have died from a West Nile virus outbreak that infected 175 people in Dallas County, Texas, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency. The emergency was declared on Friday by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the county’s director of homeland security and emergency management. “This declaration will expand our avenues DisasterNew assistance in our ongoing battle with West Nile virus,” Jenkins said. “While we are busy doing everything we can to keep residents well informed and as protected as possible, we need your help.” Jenkins also said that planes would be spraying insecticide over areas most effected by the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. He assured citizens that the insecticide is safe and that the planes will be precise in their spraying. Tarrant County has also received 146 reported cases of West Nile in the last few weeks. The county has not declared a state of emergency, though. Houston officials are warning residents of an increased threat of the virus. “Houston can definitely expect an increase in West Nile disease,” said Kristy Murray, an infectious disease specialist at the Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine, DisasterNews reports. “From mid-August through September is the big season here.”
Biohazard name: West Nile virus 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: confirmed

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Articles of Interest

Today Explosion USA State of New York, Brentwood [Long Island] Damage level Details

Explosion in USA on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

Description
A baby was killed and 14 other people were injured when a Long Island house was reduced to rubble in an explosion Tuesday morning. Six people, including the 18-month-old boy, were inside the Brentwood home when it exploded shortly before noon, said John Meehan, deputy chief of the Suffolk County Police. The five surviving adults were transported to local hospitals, three with serious injuries, he said. Five police officers responding to the scene suffered respiratory problems, one firefighter suffered chest pains and another firefighter suffered a sprained ankle, Meehan said, while a neighbor and a pedestrian were also injured. Authorities have declined to identify any victims and are not saying how many were residents of the home. Investigators are trying to determine if gas caused the explosion, said Robert Kuehn, an inspector for the Brentwood Fire Department. The house was not heated by natural gas, but there were two, 200-pound propane tanks on the property, Meehan said. The explosion leveled the home on Prospect Avenue, leaving no walls standing and covering the small yard in debris. On Tuesday afternoon, firefighters were digging through piles of lumber and sheetrock where the house stood on the wooded suburban street. Clothing was strewn in nearby trees, and adjacent houses sustained broken windows and other damage, authorities said. Neighbors described hearing a loud noise and then walking outside to see only clouds of dust and piles of debris where the house stood moments earlier. “The mother of the baby that came out, she was bloody, crying,” said Anthony Acevedo, 16 year old, who lives across the street. “She kept screaming, ‘My baby’s in there, my baby’s in there.’ They finally got the baby out, but the baby wasn’t moving.”

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Saharan Dust Reaches the Americas

Saharan Dust Reaches the Americas

acquired July 15, 2012 download large image (400 KB, JPEG, 1440×960)

Saharan Dust Reaches the Americas

acquired July 7, 1994 download large image (688 KB, JPEG, 1000×1016)

Weather satellites frequently document dust palls blowing westward from Africa’s Sahara Desert across the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Astronauts see these Saharan dust masses as widespread atmospheric haze. The dust can be transported right across the Atlantic Ocean, taking about a week to reach North America (in northern hemisphere summer) or South America (in northern hemisphere winter). This puts the Caribbean Sea on the receiving end of many of these events.

In the top image, the margin of hazy air reaches the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) and the Turks and Caicos Islands, though the eastern tip of Cuba (foreground) remains clear. This image—taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) in July 2012—attracted the interest of scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center because the margin between dust haze and clear atmosphere lies in almost the same location as it appeared in another astronaut image in July 1994. When astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia captured the lower image (rotated from the 2012 view), few scientists had considered the possibility of trans-Atlantic dust transport.

The Columbia image also shows the brilliant blues of the shallow banks surrounding the Caicos Island in the Bahamas. The mountainous spine of Haiti lies further away, partly obscured by dust. Closer to the foreground—about 26 degrees north latitude—the skies are clear.

The dust in the images is almost 8,000 kilometers from its likely source in northern Mali, although data from sensors such as the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer and Ozone Monitoring Instrument have suggested that some dust traveling across the Atlantic may originate even further east in Chad or Sudan. Once airborne, Saharan dust has been known to travel west all the way into the Pacific Ocean, crossing Mexico at the narrow Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

We now know that African dust reaches the western hemisphere every month of the year, though not necessarily in as visible a form as in these images. Researchers have linked Saharan dust to coral disease, allergies in humans, and harmful algal blooms (“red tides”). There is also evidence that some of this African dust serves as a source of airborne nutrients for Amazon rainforest vegetation.

Astronaut photograph ISS032-E-8976 was acquired on July 15, 2012, with a Nikon D3S digital camera using a 28 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 32 crew. Astronaut photograph STS065-75-47 was acquired on July 7, 1994, with a Hasselblad Camera using a 100 mm lens and Kodak Lumiere film. Both images have been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory as part of the ISS National Lab to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by M. Justin Wilkinson, Jacobs/ESCG at NASA-JSC.

Instrument: 
ISS – Digital Camera

Sea Ice Retreats in the Northwest Passage

Sea Ice Retreats in the Northwest Passage

acquired July 17, 2012 download large image (5 MB, JPEG, 6000×4000)

Sea Ice Retreats in the Northwest Passage

acquired August 3, 2012 download large image (5 MB, JPEG, 6000×4000)

Ice retreated rapidly in the Parry Channel—part of the famous and elusive Northwest Passage—between mid-July and early August 2012.

These images, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, show significant changes over two weeks. The top image shows Parry Channel on July 17, 2012, when ice filled the channel. The bottom image shows the same region on August 3, when some ice was still clinging to the shores of Victoria and Melville Islands but open water otherwise dominated the region.

The Canadian Ice Service reported that ice cover in Parry Channel began to fall below the 1981–2010 median after July 16, 2012, and the loss accelerated over the following two weeks. On July 23, the percentage of ice cover in the channel was roughly 67 percent, compared to the median of 80 percent. On July 30, ice cover was roughly 33 percent, compared a median of 79 percent.

These photo-like images show widespread open water in early August, though patches of ice linger south of Melville Island. Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center cautioned, however, that while the Parry Channel appeared almost entirely free of ice, it was not necessarily open for navigational purposes. Sea ice can be thin enough to avoid detection by satellite sensors such as MODIS yet still thick enough to impede ships.

Whether or not ships can easily pass, recent studies have suggested that certain organisms have begun to take advantage of the open water. The Northwest Passage opened in 2007, a year when there was record-low sea ice in the Arctic. A 2007 study on Neodenticula seminae—a type of plankton historically found in the Pacific Ocean—concluded that the species had turned up in the North Atlantic. The research suggested that the plankton’s route included the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. A 2012 study on bowhead whales, which tracked individuals with satellite transmitters, indicated that Pacific and Atlantic populations had begun to overlap in the Northwest Passage in August 2010.

Attempts to identify a shortcut between Europe and Asia across the Arctic date back to the late fifteenth century, just several years after Columbus journeyed to the Americas. For centuries, attempts to find the route were stymied by unfamiliar geography and unforgiving ice. The Northwest Passage was first successfully navigated by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen between 1903 and 1906. He used the southern route through the Northwest Passage; Parry Channel is part of the northern or “preferred” route.

Wider views of the Northwest Passage, acquired on August 2, 2012, are available from the NASA Ocean Color Web and the Earth Observatory.

  1. References

  2. Canadian Ice Service. (2012, August 6) Animated map of the last 10 days and Weekly ice coverage for the season 2012: Northwest Passage, Parry Channel. Accessed August 6, 2012.
  3. Heide-Jørgensen, M.P., Laidre, K.L., Quakenbush, L.T., Citta, J.J. (2012) The Northwest Passage opens for bowhead whales. Biology Letters, 8(2), 270–273.
  4. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Ocean Color Web. Accessed August 7, 2012.
  5. Princeton University Library. Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage. Accessed August 6, 2012.
  6. Reid, P.C., Johns, D.G., Edwards, M., Starr, M., Poulin, M., Snoeijs, P. (2007) A biological consequence of reducing Arctic ice cover: arrival of the Pacific diatom Neodenticula seminae in the North Atlantic for the first time in 800 000 years. Global Change Biology, 13(9), 1910–1921.
  7. Roach, J. (2007, September 17) Arctic melt opens Northwest Passage. Accessed August 6, 2012.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Michon Scott, with information from Walt Meier, National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Instrument: 
Terra – MODIS

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
09.08.2012 11:45:40 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Yatagan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 11:46:04 3.4 South-America Chile Bío-Bío Lebu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 11:15:44 2.5 North America United States Alaska Ugashik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 11:46:24 4.9 South-America Brazil Estado de Pernambuco Fernando de Noronha (Distrito Estadual) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 11:20:30 4.9 South America Brazil Estado de Pernambuco Fernando de Noronha (Distrito Estadual) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 11:46:41 2.1 Asia Turkey Sivas Nasir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 10:50:30 2.2 North America United States Hawaii Honaunau-Napoopoo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 10:25:32 2.2 North America United States Alaska Willow VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 10:40:23 4.8 Europe Russia Kuril’sk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 11:00:39 4.6 Asia Russia Kuril’sk VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 11:01:40 3.7 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Canterbury Tai Tapu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
09.08.2012 11:02:11 4.9 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Southland Tuatapere VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
09.08.2012 09:25:33 2.7 North America United States Nevada Mina There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 09:35:25 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Bodrum There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 09:30:30 5.2 Atlantic Ocean Saint Helena Saint Helena Levelwood VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 09:35:44 5.2 Atlantic Ocean – North Saint Helena Saint Helena Levelwood VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 08:30:26 2.7 Europe Greece West Greece Rio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 08:10:31 4.8 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Along VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 08:30:49 5.0 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Along VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 07:40:34 2.3 North America United States California Pearsonville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 07:25:20 2.2 Asia Turkey Yalova Korukoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 06:46:08 2.6 North America United States Alaska Lowell Point VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 07:25:41 2.9 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 08:31:08 2.2 Europe Albania Dibër Shengjun VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 07:26:01 4.5 North-America United States Oregon Yachats There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 06:40:33 4.5 North America United States Oregon Yachats There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 07:26:45 2.2 Europe Greece North Aegean Skopelos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 06:20:21 2.7 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Republika Srpska Sipovo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 06:20:51 4.3 Pacific Ocean – Middle Solomon Islands Lata There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 05:40:26 4.3 Solomon Islands Lata There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 06:21:13 2.7 Europe Greece Thessaly Armatolikon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 05:15:32 2.3 Europe France Alsace Eschbach-au-Val VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
09.08.2012 07:50:21 2.6 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 05:01:58 5.6 Middle America Mexico Baja California Sur Cabo San Lucas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 05:15:55 5.1 Middle-America Mexico Baja California Sur Cabo San Lucas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 05:16:26 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia South Sumatra Pagaralam There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 04:35:31 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia South Sumatra Pagaralam There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 04:10:22 2.4 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 04:10:44 2.7 Asia Turkey Nev?ehir Kozakli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 03:05:25 3.0 Europe Greece West Macedonia Livadheron VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 02:35:26 2.1 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
09.08.2012 03:05:46 2.0 Asia Turkey Sakarya Hendek VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 08:15:32 3.3 Caribbean Puerto Rico San Juan San Juan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 07:27:05 4.1 Europe Russia Tyva Shagonar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 01:35:30 2.8 North America United States California Cloverdale There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
09.08.2012 07:27:24 3.0 Asia Azerbaijan Neftçala Sovetabad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 05:16:49 2.2 Europe Romania Paltin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 02:00:27 3.3 Europe Greece Central Greece Domokos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 02:00:53 5.3 Atlantic Ocean – North South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
09.08.2012 01:05:31 5.3 Atlantic Ocean South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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CORRECTED-Los Angeles rattled by two 4.5 quakes within 10 hours

(Corrects time of first quake to just after 11:20 p.m. in 3rd paragraph)

Aug 8 (Reuters) – A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck near the Southern California town of Yorba Linda for the second time in just over 10 hours on Wednesday, rattling the Los Angeles area, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The latest quake was recorded shortly after 9:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. EDT) 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Yorba Linda, an affluent Orange County community southeast of Los Angeles that was the birthplace of the late former President Richard Nixon and houses his presidential library and museum.

It was centered about 5.5 miles (9 km) beneath the surface. The earlier temblor occurred at about 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday in about the same area at about the same depth, and was followed by more than a dozen smaller aftershocks overnight, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The two 4.5-magnitude quakes were both felt as far away as downtown Los Angeles, about 35 miles (56 km) away, where rattling and rumbling was felt for several seconds at a time.

Earthquakes measured at 4.5, capable of causing light to moderate damage close by, are considered fairly modest seismic disturbances and are relatively common in Southern California. (Reporting and writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)

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Volcanic Activity

Are Volcanos the New Source of Geothermal Energy?

Scientists pursue volcanos for renewable energy, enormous potential for returns

 EGS to compete with fossil fuels and other renewables

Energy digital

Here’s a scary thought: scientists are testing the idea of pumping water into the sides of a dormant volcano in Oregon at pressures great enough to evoke small earthquakes. Why? Apparently, the boiling bowels beneath our feet hold tremendous promise for geothermal energy.

According to a report MIT submitted to the Department of Energy, two percent of the heat some six miles below the ground could provide 2,500 times as much energy as the country currently uses. By employing a technique called Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), several million gallons of water are blasted at high pressures through artificial wells over 10,000 feet deep. When the water reaches the hot rocks, it returns to the surface through a second well as scalding hot water, where its heat can then be harvested for power.

Backed by the DOE, Google and others, AltaRock Energy and Davenport Newberry Holdings have been exploring ways to tap geothermal energy from the Pacific Northwest volcano, and will put their knowledge to the test this summer at Oregon’s Newberry Volcano.

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“We know the heat is there,” Susan Petty, president of AltaRock, told the Huffington Post. “The big issue is can we circulate enough water through the system to make it economic.”

Over the last century, engineers have been tapping the heat in the earth’s crust for power by gathering hot water or steam bubbling near the surface to spin turbines that create electricity. Places with hot rocks lacking cracks or water to deliver the stream is the new frontier. That’s where EGS comes into play.

“Hydrofracking” versus “Hydroshearing”

By drilling deep into the rocks where water is then pumped in, steam can be drawn out, a process known as hydroshearing. Though it sounds similar to hydrofracking, scientists claim that the technique used in this scenario is entirely different, which will not pollute groundwater with toxic chemicals.

But what about triggering earthquakes? The effects of pumping the water deep into the ground will be measured using sensors that will provide microseismicity data to scientists to ensure that the water is getting the right exposure and not triggering seismic activity. Fracking, on the hand, pumps wastewater deep underground, which has likely led to recent earthquakes in Arkansas and Ohio.

The team working on the project will be closely monitoring earthquake activity around sites like Newberry. Furthermore, a new international protocol came out earlier this year urging EGS developers to keep projects out of urban areas, while being upfront with local residents so they know what is going on.

The prospect of a major quake at Newberry is very low, according to Ernie Majer, a seismologist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. No significant faults exist in the area and it is far enough from population centers to make damages highly unlikely. The layers of volcanic ash built up over the millennia hinder any shaking.

“That’s the $64,000 question,” Majer said to the Huffington Post. “What’s the biggest earthquake we can have from induced seismicity that the public can worry about.”

Still, EGS is attractive, because unlike wind and solar, geothermal power is not dependent on weather conditions and it could significantly expand the potential of clean energy in the US. Although natural geothermal resources only account for about 0.3 percent of total US electricity production, MIT predicts that EGS could bump that number up to 10 percent within the next 50 years at prices competitive with fossil-fuels.

From there, the potential is even greater. Throughout the West, where hot rocks are especially close to the surface, geothermal could provide half the country’s electricity, according to a 2008 USGS assessment.

“The important question we need to answer now,” said Colin Williams, the USGS geophysicist who compiled the assessment, “is how geothermal fits into the renewable energy picture, and how EGS fits. How much it is going to cost, and how much is available.”

09.08.2012 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.

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Updated: Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 06:24 UTC
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It has now been confirmed that the White Island volcano erupted; the first time since 2001. White Island tended to have volcanic episodes which lasted a few months to a few years, so this could just be the start of more to come, GNS vulcanologist Michael Rosenberg said. Scientists were scrambling to figure out yesterday whether the volcano, off the coast of Whakatane, had erupted earlier this week, but a visit to the island this morning confirmed it had. An ash cloud of about 200-300 metres suggested it was a weak eruption, GNS vulcanologist Brad Scott said. “This is the first ash emission from White Island since February 2001 and represents the start of a new phase of volcanic activity at White Island,” Scott said. “Visitors to White Island are now at the highest level of risk since the end of the 2001 eruptions. ‘‘Additional hazards to visitors to the island now include the health effects of volcanic ash and acid gas exposure, including respiratory issues, skin and eye sensitivity to acid gases.” Black ash was still charging out of a vent on the south-west corner of the crater, while new craters had been formed from material ejected from the explosion, Scott said. The island showed volcanic activity at 11.30pm on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Mt Tongariro erupted for the first time since 1897. Although the two volcanoes are on the same tectonic plate, the eruptions were not connected, Rosenberg said. While Mt Tongariro continued to emit steam and gas, White Island was now only emitting ash. Ashfall from White Island is isolated to the immediate area, which is 48km off the Bay of Plenty coast. The volcano is New Zealand’s most active and largest cone, but only a quarter of it is visible as the rest is under sea. It is privately-owned but is a hot tourist spot, with many sight-seeing tours by either boat or plane. The last big eruption, in 2000, saw a new vent develop, displaced the main crater lake and formed a new 150 metre-wide crater. It followed a series of eruption episodes, which first started in 1998 and ended in February, 2001, Rosenberg said.

New lakes formed by Mt Tongariro’s eruption

The Department of Conservation says three new lakes have been created by Mount Tongariro’s eruption on Monday night.

The weather improved enough on Wednesday morning for a helicopter carrying a team of scientists to fly over Te Maari craters for the first time since the eruption.

DoC’s Nic Peet says a stream that flows from the crater has been dammed by material from the volcano, forming three new lakes.

He says heavy rain may cause the lakes to overflow and for water to head down the mountain.

Steam billowing from the Te Maari area, as seen from the base of the Alpine Crossing.

Steam billowing from the Te Maari area, as seen from the base of the Alpine Crossing.

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But it is estimated there is only up to 10,000 cubic metres of water that is dammed, which is smaller than the crater lake atop Mount Ruapehu.

GNS Science says there was also a debris flow streaming 2 km from the crater that destroyed everything in its path.

No further volcanic activity has been noted on Mt Tongariro but steam is still billowing from the Te Maari craters that erupted on Monday night, and authorities remain on alert.

Reporting from the base of the mountain on Wednesday morning, a Radio New Zealand reporter said steam was pouring from vents around the craters about one and a half kilometres from Ketetahi Hut.

GNS Science says three new vents formed in the eruption. One is thought to be at the northern end of the mountain peak and two are close together at the southern end.

Tape and traffic cones are blocking access to the Ketetahi carpark, as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is currently closed, as are four huts on the mountain.

Weather conditions improved enough on Wednesday morning to allow an observation flight to go up and give scientists their first proper look at the mountain since the eruption: low cloud had prevented earlier efforts.

GNS Science vulcanologist Craig Miller says they hope to gather data that can be compared to data in recorded before the eruption.

He says a vehicle on the road below the mountain will also be taking readings from the plume of steam coming off Tongariro to measure the concentration of gas and what type of gases they are.

The official threat warning was lifted on Tuesday afternoon, but the mountain is still steaming and scientists say it could erupt again at any time with little or no warning.

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Today Volcano Activity Colombia Departmento de Cauca, [Sotara volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Activity in Colombia on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 07:46 (07:46 AM) UTC.

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The recent increase in seismic activity under Sotarà volcano promted INGEOMINAS to raise the alert level from yellow (unrest) to orange (eruption warning) yesterday afternoon. The increase had been detected on June 24, 2012 and since that date, 6891 earthquakes have been recorded, i.e. an average of 150 quakes per day. Most of them (5177) are of very small magnitude, but the remaining 1714 quakes were of significant energy (local magnitudes 0.1-2.2) and concentrated in an area between 0.1 and 5 km northeast of the volcanic summit at depths between 2 and 6 km. None of these events were felt by inhabitants of the communities surrounding the volcano Sotará. The deformation network shows a possible inflation process towards the northeast sector of the volcano, which correlates with the epicentral zone of seismicity reported and suggest that magma is rising there, and might (or might not) lead to an eruption in a near to medium future. During the month of July geochemical surveys showed no significant changes in temperatures of hot springs in the area. INGEOMINAS stresses that this activity does not pose any immediate danger to the communities aroud the volcano. However, it should be said as well that this could change quickly.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Today Heat Wave USA State of California, [Southern regions] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in USA on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 06:00 (06:00 AM) UTC.

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Several record-high temperatures for the day were set Wednesday as Southern California continued to sizzle in a summer heat wave that could become even hotter in the coming days. Woodland Hills peaked at 107 degrees, breaking by 1 degree a record that was set in 1982, the National Weather Service said. Records were also set in Riverside County. Ramona hit 101 degrees. That broke a record of 99 set in 1998, forecasters said. Th desert community of Thermal hit 115 degrees, which beat a record of 114 recorded in 2004. Triple-digit temperatures were also recorded in places such as Palmdale, which topped out at 107 degrees, and Elsinore, where the high was 111 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Los Angeles at USC was 89 degrees. Forecasters said Thursday and Friday could be the hottest days. The heat could couple with monsoonal moisture, sparking thunderstorms in mountain and valley areas.
Today Heat Wave USA State of Nevada, [Las Vegas valley] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in USA on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 03:14 (03:14 AM) UTC.

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The Las Vegas valley is under an excessive heat warning until 9 p.m. Friday. Anyone out in the heat is advised to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and very cold drinks, the Centers for Disease Control advises. The elderly, very young children and people with mental illness or chronic diseases are the most vulnerable. “Because heat-related deaths are preventable, people need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death,” the CDC reported. The warning went into effect at noon for areas below 4,000 feet in elevation. Several additional cooling stations opened Wednesday to assist those looking to get out of the heat. Because of a state law, NV Energy customers who are behind on their power bills will not have their power shut off on them during the heat wave. The daytime temperatures are expected to remain above 110 degrees for the next five to seven days.
08.08.2012 Heat Wave USA State of Arizona, Phoenix Damage level Details

Heat Wave in USA on Wednesday, 08 August, 2012 at 11:25 (11:25 AM) UTC.

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Valley agencies scrambled to beat the heat Tuesday as scorching temperatures soared over 110 degrees – as they will continue to for the rest of the week. “We are just going to sit in the heat,” said spokesman Mark O’Malley of the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “Down here in the Valley, it’s going to get between 110 to 115 degrees every single day through the weekend.” The National Weather Service extended its excessive-heat warning through Sunday evening. A very strong high-pressure system that ripped through Texas and Oklahoma, setting record highs there, is to blame for the unusually high temperatures that also are lasting an unusually long time, O’Malley said. Relief is on the horizon toward the middle of next week. The Phoenix Fire Department saw a spike in heat-related calls for exhaustion and dehydration, said spokesman Capt. Scott McDonald. He advised people to limit their outdoor exposure and to stay hydrated. In one case Tuesday, a 25-year-old lost hiker suffering from dehydration was rescued by paramedics and flown off Camelback Mountain by helicopter, McDonald said. Those hoping to escape the heat for other climes might see their plans temporarily foiled:The Federal Aviation Administration said flight delays are possible with such extreme heat, though no flights had been delayed as of Tuesday evening. On the ground, with temperatures on asphalt or concrete rising 15 to 20 degrees above air temperatures, Arizona Department of Transportation crews were advised to drink enough fluids, take adequate rest breaks, wear protective sun gear and use a buddy system to watch for early signs of heat-related illness in their co-workers. As of late Tuesday, no ADOT employees reported heat-related illnesses this week, but there have been three reports of non-fatal heat-related illnesses this summer, said spokesman Dustin Krugel. For the Valley’s poor and homeless residents, there was added help, too. The Salvation Army has been providing chilled water at stations throughout the Valley and will continue to do so today. On Monday, the charity distributed more than 1,260 bottles, said Melissa Axman, community-relations director. Additionally, Central Arizona Shelter Services is working with the Lodestar Day Resource Center to provide extra beds this week for homeless people seeking heat relief, officials said. As for how to stay cool, just use common sense, McDonald said. “Stay hydrated, stay inside, limit your time in the heat.”

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Brutal July heat a new U.S. record

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — The July heat wave that wilted crops, shriveled rivers and fueled wildfires officially went into the books Wednesday as the hottest single month on record for the continental United States.

The average temperature across the Lower 48 was 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.3 degrees above the 20th-century average, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported. That edged out the previous high mark, set in 1936, by two-tenths of a degree, NOAA said.

In addition, the seven months of 2012 to date are the warmest of any year on record and were drier than average as well, NOAA said. U.S. forecasters started keeping records in 1895.

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And the past 12 months have been the warmest of any such period on record, topping a mark set between July 2011 and this past June. Every U.S. state except Washington experienced warmer-than-average temperatures, NOAA reported.

The high temperatures have contributed to a “rapid expansion” of drought across the central United States, NOAA found. Dozens of cities and towns already have seen the mercury hit record levels this summer, and three states — Nebraska, Kansas and Arkansas — saw record dry conditions between May and July.

That’s battered American farmers’ corn and soybean crops, driven farmers to sell or slaughter cattle they can’t feed and spurred the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate more than half of all U.S. counties as disaster zones.

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NASA scientist links climate change, extreme weather

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S. Korea heatwave kills more than 830,000 poultry

by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP)

South Korea’s extended heatwave has taken its toll on both humans and animals, with more than 830,000 chickens or other poultry reported dead as of Wednesday.

The agriculture ministry said 786,512 chickens, 40,780 ducks, 3,000 quail, 336 pigs and five cows have died since July 20, when the peak temperature began hovering above 33 Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) in most areas.

The stifling heat also killed seven people in June and July, the health ministry said, mostly elderly people working in fields or greenhouses.

Temperatures have stayed above 35 C for 12 days in much of the country, causing massive blooms of algae in rivers.

Sales of electric fans and air conditioners have soared. On Monday the state power company warned that reserves were dangerously low and urged people to switch off appliances, as usage reached a record.

The meteorological administration says relief is in sight starting Friday, with midday temperatures dropping to the customary August figure of 30C from the weekend.

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09.08.2012 Extreme Weather South Africa [Statewide] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in South Africa on Wednesday, 08 August, 2012 at 08:39 (08:39 AM) UTC.

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People slowly came outside despite the cold wind Tuesday across South Africa, pointed their mobile phone cameras to the sky and opened their mouths to taste a rare snowfall that fell on much of the country. The snow began Tuesday morning, part of an extreme cold snap now biting into a nation still in its winter months. By mid-afternoon, officials recorded snowfall across most of South Africa. However, forecasters acknowledged snow remains so unusual that they typically aren’t prepared to provide details about snowfall in the nation. The snow closed some roads and at least one high-altitude pass. The snowfall also closed several border posts in the country. As the snow fell, workers at offices in Johannesburg rushed outside. Some twirled and danced as the flakes fell. One man rushed to the top of a snow-covered hill and slid down, using a cardboard box as an improvised toboggan. Despite the cold and the snow, beggars who line traffic lights in the city continued to ask passing motorists for cash. The snow grew heavier in the afternoon in Johannesburg, covering rooftops and slicking roads. Snowflakes are a rare commodity in Johannesburg, even during winter. South African Weather Service records show it has snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years. The last snow fell there in June 2007. In Pretoria, the country’s capital, flurries filled the sky during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was the first snowfall there since 1968, the weather service said. The cold weather is expected to last a few days.

Rare Snowfall Stuns Johannesburg

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A man slides down a hill after a rare snowfall in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Temperatures dropped to below freezing Tuesday morning as snow flurries blew through South Africa’s commercial hub, dusting the city in white.

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People react to the rare snowfall in Johannesburg. The South African Weather Service says extreme cold will blanket much of the nation over the next few days.

JOHANNESBURG  — People have poured out of offices, pointed mobile phone cameras to the sky and opened their mouths to taste a rare snowfall now blanketing South Africa’s city of Johannesburg.

The snow started falling Tuesday morning, sending workers rushing outside. Some twirled and danced as the flakes fell. One man rushed to the top of a snow-covered hill and slid down, using a cardboard box as an improvised toboggan. The snow grew heavier in the afternoon, covering rooftops and slicking roads.

Snowflakes are a rare commodity in Johannesburg, even as South Africa endures its winter months. The South African Weather Service says it has only snowed in Johannesburg 22 other days in the last 103 years. The service says snow last fell here in June 2007.

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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 09.08.2012 Hurricane I 270 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 7.32 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: 2,886.87 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
02nd Aug 2012 12:00:28 N 12° 48.000, W 52° 36.000 33 56 74 Tropical Depression 280 20 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
03rd Aug 2012 11:05:25 N 13° 30.000, W 60° 42.000 39 74 93 Tropical Storm 275 18 1004 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
04th Aug 2012 10:53:37 N 14° 6.000, W 67° 12.000 30 93 111 Tropical Storm 275 16 1001 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
05th Aug 2012 11:52:35 N 15° 6.000, W 74° 48.000 35 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 22 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
06th Aug 2012 11:46:29 N 15° 6.000, W 80° 30.000 19 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 14 1003 MB NHC
07th Aug 2012 05:16:51 N 17° 0.000, W 82° 42.000 20 102 120 Tropical Storm 300 18 994 MB NHC
07th Aug 2012 11:07:07 N 17° 30.000, W 83° 54.000 20 102 120 Tropical Storm 295 15 993 MB NHC
08th Aug 2012 05:02:59 N 18° 42.000, W 87° 42.000 24 139 167 Hurricane I. 270 20 980 MB NHC
08th Aug 2012 11:22:26 N 18° 54.000, W 89° 0.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 275 16 987 MB NHC
08th Aug 2012 11:57:22 N 18° 54.000, W 89° 0.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 275 13 987 MB NHC
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09th Aug 2012 10:56:31 N 18° 42.000, W 93° 36.000 26 111 139 Hurricane I 270 ° 24 993 MB NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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10th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 17° 54.000, W 96° 42.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NHC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 18.000, W 95° 18.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NHC
11th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 36.000, W 98° 6.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NHC
Kirogi (13W) Pacific Ocean 05.08.2012 09.08.2012 Tropical Depression 325 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Kirogi (13W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 23° 6.000, E 161° 36.000
Start up: 05th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 999.62 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
05th Aug 2012 11:53:33 N 23° 24.000, E 162° 12.000 11 65 83 Tropical Storm 17 10 JTWC
06th Aug 2012 05:31:12 N 25° 48.000, E 162° 12.000 9 65 83 Tropical Storm 240 10 JTWC
06th Aug 2012 11:47:17 N 26° 36.000, E 163° 6.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 30 18 JTWC
07th Aug 2012 05:20:10 N 29° 0.000, E 161° 54.000 13 83 102 Tropical Storm 330 15 JTWC
08th Aug 2012 04:59:38 N 31° 36.000, E 159° 24.000 26 74 93 Tropical Storm 315 18 JTWC
08th Aug 2012 10:38:07 N 31° 54.000, E 158° 24.000 17 74 93 Tropical Storm 290 18 JTWC
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09th Aug 2012 10:46:03 N 36° 0.000, E 154° 0.000 28 65 83 Tropical Depression 325 ° 15 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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10th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 45° 24.000, E 147° 6.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 41° 24.000, E 149° 36.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 JTWC
Kirogi (13W) Pacific Ocean 05.08.2012 09.08.2012 Tropical Depression 325 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.57 m JTWC Details

  Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Kirogi (13W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 23° 6.000, E 161° 36.000
Start up: 05th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 999.62 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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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
05th Aug 2012 11:53:33 N 23° 24.000, E 162° 12.000 11 65 83 Tropical Storm 17 10 JTWC
06th Aug 2012 05:31:12 N 25° 48.000, E 162° 12.000 9 65 83 Tropical Storm 240 10 JTWC
06th Aug 2012 11:47:17 N 26° 36.000, E 163° 6.000 17 83 102 Tropical Storm 30 18 JTWC
07th Aug 2012 05:20:10 N 29° 0.000, E 161° 54.000 13 83 102 Tropical Storm 330 15 JTWC
08th Aug 2012 04:59:38 N 31° 36.000, E 159° 24.000 26 74 93 Tropical Storm 315 18 JTWC
08th Aug 2012 10:38:07 N 31° 54.000, E 158° 24.000 17 74 93 Tropical Storm 290 18 JTWC
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09th Aug 2012 10:46:03 N 36° 0.000, E 154° 0.000 28 65 83 Tropical Depression 325 ° 15 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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10th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 45° 24.000, E 147° 6.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 41° 24.000, E 149° 36.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 JTWC
Gilma (07E) Pacific Ocean – East 07.08.2012 09.08.2012 Hurricane II 285 ° 130 km/h 157 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Gilma (07E)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 14° 18.000, W 111° 42.000
Start up: 07th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 463.57 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
07th Aug 2012 11:04:55 N 14° 18.000, W 111° 42.000 17 56 74 Tropical Depression 295 12 1007 MB NOAA NHC
08th Aug 2012 05:00:37 N 15° 24.000, W 115° 0.000 20 93 111 Tropical Storm 285 11 994 MB NOAA NHC
08th Aug 2012 11:22:52 N 15° 36.000, W 116° 6.000 20 111 139 Tropical Storm 285 15 990 MB NOAA NHC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave
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09th Aug 2012 10:56:01 N 16° 12.000, W 118° 36.000 11 130 157 Hurricane II 285 ° 16 984 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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km/h
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10th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 18° 0.000, W 120° 48.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 24.000, W 120° 12.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
11th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 36.000, W 121° 24.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
12th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 36.000, W 122° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
13th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 30.000, W 122° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
14th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 30.000, W 123° 30.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC

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Ernesto Races Across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

By RICARDO LOPEZ Associated Press
CHETUMAL, Mexico   (AP)

Tropical Storm Ernesto spun across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday after forcing the evacuation of thousands of tourists and fishermen from beaches in Tulum and the Costa Maya.

There were no immediate reports of storm deaths or major damage, though Ernesto ripped down billboards, toppled trees and cut electricity service as it hit the cruise ship port of Mahahual shortly before midnight Tuesday as a hurricane with sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph).

“In many places the windows were shattered,” said Flori Cruz, a 27-year-old cook from the beach town.

Ernesto had weakened to a tropical storm while moving over land Wednesday, with winds near 50 mph (85 kph), but it was expected to regain hurricane strength after emerging over the southern Gulf of Mexico in a region dotted with offshore oil rigs on course for a collision with the coast near the city of Veracruz.

The storm was located over the southwest part of the peninsula and was moving west at 15 mph (24 kph).

State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos announced Tuesday it was closely monitoring the storm, but did not report any plans to evacuate oil rigs.

Chetumal, the capital of Quintana Roo state, was the closest sizable city and officials moved more than 1,300 tourists there from resorts in Mahahual, Bacalar and other spots that were expected to see heavier rain and wind.

In the city of Tulum to the north, some 6,000 tourists sheltered in hotels away from the beach.

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Luana Antonicelli, a 23-year-old tourist from Melbourne, Australia, said she and her 20-year-old brother left their beachfront cabana surrounded by tropical jungle and decided to spend the night at the Hotel Tulum, a 20-room, one-story building about two miles (three kilometers) inland.

“The people at our hotel told us to come into town because it’s too dangerous to stay there,” Antonicelli said.

She said most people at the Hotel Tulum were hunkering down inside their rooms even though it was only raining lightly Tuesday night.

“It’s a bit annoying because I want to be on the beach, but these things happen,” Antonicelli said, adding that she and her brother decided to stay outdoors as much as possible. “I see it as an adventure.”

Authorities also prepared two kindergartens in Tulum as shelters, and tourist guide Cruz Garcia came to one from Punta Allen, a low-lying coastal settlement.

“To be over there is a risk because the tide rises and there could be a disaster,” Garcia said, adding that he twice went through strong hurricanes while living in the neighboring state of Campeche.

Soldiers and police evacuated all residents of Punta Allen and other low-lying coastal settlements, said Luis Gamboa of Quintana Roo’s Civil Protection office.

Two cruise ships scheduled to dock on the Riviera Maya put off their arrival.

The storm struck south of the big resort areas of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but officials prepared shelters there as a precaution.

On its way to Yucatan, the storm swirled over open sea parallel to Honduras’ northern coast, but officials there said the storm hadn’t caused damage or injuries.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gilma neared hurricane strength in the Pacific Ocean about 645 miles (1,040 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California, with winds near 70 mph (110 kph). The storm was not expected to threaten land.

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Associated Press writers Antonio Villegas in Tabasco, Mexico; Alberto Arce in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Luis Galeano in Managua, Nicaragua, contributed to this report.

Typhoon sows destruction after landing in China

by Staff Writers
Shanghai (AFP)

A strong typhoon ploughed into China’s eastern coast on Wednesday, the country’s third in a week, knocking down buildings and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of people, state media said.

Typhoon Haikui made landfall early on Wednesday morning in Zhejiang province south of Shanghai, after authorities moved more than 1.5 million residents out of the path of the storm, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Zhejiang had yet to report deaths or injuries, it added.

The typhoon quickly weakened after landing south of Ningbo city, the China Meteorological Administration said, but warned that Haikui was still packing winds of up to 137 kilometres (85 miles) per hour.

The storm had cut off electricity to nearly 400,000 households in Zhejiang province, Xinhua said. In Ningbo city two houses collapsed including a workers’ dormitory but firefighters rescued all twelve trapped people, it said.

Haikui did not make a direct hit on Shanghai, but officials warned the biggest impact might be from rain and wind later on Wednesday as the typhoon moved northwest through Zhejiang into Anhui province.

Shanghai, mainland China’s financial hub, raised its most severe typhoon signal, red, shortly before midday on Wednesday and urged people to stay home.

The central government was forecasting up to 400 millimetres (16 inches) of rain for some regions affected by the typhoon.

The Shanghai stock market opened for trading as usual, but flights at the city’s two airports were halted and some long-distance train services in eastern China were suspended, reports said.

Construction sites and public parks were ordered to be shut.

“The biggest influence of Haikui should occur today with large gales and heavy downpours,” Xu Ming, a researcher with the city’s weather bureau, told the Shanghai Daily.

Shanghai officials have moved 374,000 people to emergency shelters, amid fears the storm could be the worst since 2005, when Typhoon Matsa killed seven people in the city.

Haikui is the third typhoon to hit China in a week, after two battered other parts of the country over the weekend, killing 23 people, Xinhua reported earlier this week.

Typhoon Saola left 14 dead in the central province of Hubei while nine people were killed in the northeastern province of Liaoning by Typhoon Damrey, it said.

China is hit by typhoons every summer, normally affecting its eastern and southern regions.

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Philippine capital battles deadly floods

by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP)

More than a million people in and around the Philippine capital battled deadly floods Wednesday as more rain fell, with neck-deep waters trapping both slum dwellers and the wealthy elite on rooftops.

Monsoon rains that have pounded Manila for more than a week eased slightly overnight, but the government said between 60 and 80 percent of the megacity remained under water, and the bad weather was likely to persist throughout the day.

“The roads in some areas are like rivers. People have to use boats to move around. All the roads and alleys are flooded,” civil defence chief Benito Ramos told AFP.

The death toll in Manila and nearby provinces rose to 20 on Wednesday, including nine members of one family who died in a landslide.

The worst hit parts of Manila were mostly the poorest districts, where millions of slum dwellers have built homes along riverbanks, the swampy surrounds of a huge lake, canals and other areas susceptible to flooding.

In Santo Domingo, a creekside shantytown, mother-of-three Anita Alterano recounted how her family escaped the floods that submerged their one-storey home by walking over the roofs of houses until they reached high ground.

“We initially just decided to climb up on the roof where we were safe but wet. We waited for rescuers but it took so long for anyone to notice us,” said Alterano, 43.

“So we got a rope, I tied myself to my husband and my children, we clambered from roof-to-roof… until we reached a school. But the problem is we have no water and food.”

Alterano spoke to AFP while wading through the waist-deep water trying to get back to her home to salvage some clothes and food.

Nearby, rescue workers from the local fire brigade tried to retrieve other residents still stranded on their roofs. But the fire brigade had only one, non-motorised aluminium dinghy.

Some of Manila’s richest districts were also affected, including the riverside community of Provident where water had inundated the ground floors of three-storey mansions.

Inside the gated village of about 2,000 homes, rescue workers on a motorised rubber boat drove past submerged luxury cars to retrieve children and the elderly from rooftops.

Across Manila and surrounding areas, 1.23 million people were affected by the floods, forcing 850,000 of them to seek help from rescue workers, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Nearly 250,000 of them were sheltering in schools, gymnasiums and other buildings that have been turned into evacuation centres, while others were staying with relatives and friends, the council said.

Despite the chaos which paralysed much of the city on Tuesday, the government ordered its employees and private sector workers back to their jobs, while the stock market resumed trading.

Twenty people were confirmed killed in the latest barrage of rain that began on Monday, the council said, after two other provinces reported their first flood-related deaths.

They brought the number of people killed by the monsoon rains across the Philippines since late July to 73, according to authorities.

The Philippines endures about 20 major storms or typhoons each rainy season, many of which are deadly.

But this week’s floods in Manila, a sprawling city of 15 million people, were the worst in the capital since 2009, when tropical storm Ketsana killed more than 460 people.

The typhoons and storms typically start in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, then roar west towards the Philippines and onwards to other parts of southeast Asia, or further north to Taiwan, mainland China and Japan.

In China, authorities moved more than 1.5 million people out of the path of Typhoon Haikui before it slammed into the east coast on Wednesday morning.

China’s financial centre Shanghai avoided a direct hit, but flights and some train services were suspended there and officials warned the biggest impact might be from rainfall later on Wednesday.

Haikui was the third typhoon to hit China in a week, with 23 people dying in the barrage of storms, according to Chinese state media.

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Hurricane Ernesto makes landfall in Mexico

by Staff Writers
Cancun, Mexico (AFP)

Hurricane Ernesto made landfall late Tuesday in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula after churning across the Caribbean Sea and drenching the coasts of Honduras and Belize, forecasters said.

Ernesto — a category one on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale — struck land near the town of Mahahual in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, the US National Hurricane Center said, citing radar data from Belize.

The storm — the second hurricane of the Atlantic season — was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers (85 miles) per hour and was moving west at a speed of 24 kph, the Miami-based center said in a bulletin.

The Yucatan peninsula is home to bustling holiday destinations such as the resort city of Cancun and the island of Cozumel, but authorities in Quintana Roo state noted that there were few tourists in the area where the storm hit.

Nevertheless, state tourism secretary Juan Carlos Gonzalez said more than 200 emergency shelters had been set up to accommodate more than 80,000 people if necessary.

Mexico’s defense ministry said it had mobilized about 1,000 soldiers to remain on alert in the area.

Hurricane warnings were in place along the entire coast of Belize and up the east coast of the Yucatan in Mexico as far as Cancun and Cozumel.

The storm, which began drenching Caribbean countries last week, was bringing high winds and heavy rain. In mountainous areas of Honduras, a total of up to eight inches (20 centimeters) of rainfall was possible, the NHC warned.

“These rains may produce life threatening flash floods and mudslides over higher terrain,” the NHC added.

This is the second hurricane, and the fifth named storm, in the Atlantic Ocean since the season began on June 1.

Chris, which strengthened to hurricane force on June 21, stayed far off land, and vanished without causing any damage.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecast a “less active season, compared to recent years.”

The agency predicts there could be between nine and 15 tropical storms before the season ends in November, of which around half could become hurricanes.

The forecasters predict just a handful will become more powerful — and dangerous — category three or higher storms.

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09.08.2012 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.

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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.

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Radiation / Nuclear

08.08.2012 Nuclear Event Belgium Province of East Flanders, [Doel Nuclear Power Station] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in Belgium on Wednesday, 08 August, 2012 at 18:29 (06:29 PM) UTC.

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Belgium has halted one of its seven nuclear reactors on suspicion that one of its components might be cracked, the country’s atomic power regulator said Wednesday. “We have found anomalies,” said Karina De Beule, spokesman for the ACFN, the federal agency for nuclear control. The agency is “evaluating these anomalies, if they can cause cracks,” De Beule said, adding that the 1,006-megawatt Doel 3 reactor will remain shut at least until the end of August. The incident–at the moment classified level 1 in a scale where Chernobyl-style explosions are level 7–risks triggering renewed controversy about the use of nuclear energy in Europe, where authorities are seeking to ensure safe operations at sometimes ageing reactors, while at the same guaranteeing a reliable electricity supply. Last year’s atomic scare in Japan has heightened public concerns about the dangers of using nuclear power, prompting several European nations to reconsider their energy provisions. Germany has said it will shut all its nuclear plants by 2022, and Belgium decided recently to stand by earlier plans to exit nuclear energy by 2025. De Beule said that several scenarios are possible, between two extremes: the anomalies might end up being nothing important, or more thorough analysis might find out that they threaten the integrity of the reactor. The news comes as the European Union’s executive body is working on the final version of a report about the safety of Europe’s nuclear plants. The Fukushima accident had such an effect on European public opinion that the EU decided to carry out safety checks, called stress tests, on all of its plants, and the results are due to be released by the end of the year. GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR), the French energy giant that operates Belgian nuclear plants through its unit Electrabel, confirmed that the reactor will remain closed. “The reactor has been halted since June for regular control. Halt for maintenance has been extended, to allow additional inspections,” a company spokesman said. The incident has no impact on the health of workers, nearby residents or the environment, the company said.

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Climate Change

Research Links Extreme Summer Heat Events to Global Warming

by Staff Writers
Greenbelt, MD (SPX)


Earth’s Northern Hemisphere over the past 30 years has seen more “hot” (orange), “very hot” (red) and “extremely hot” (brown) summers, compared to a base period defined in this study from 1951 to 1980. This visualization shows how the area experiencing “extremely hot” summers grows from nearly nonexistent during the base period to cover 12 percent of land in the Northern Hemisphere by 2011. Watch for the 2010 heat waves in Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico, or the 2011 heat waves the Middle East, Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Download hi-res visualization.

A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth’s land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. The research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The statistics show that the recent bouts of extremely warm summers, including the intense heat wave afflicting the U.S. Midwest this year, very likely are the consequence of global warming, according to lead author James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

“This summer people are seeing extreme heat and agricultural impacts,” Hansen says. “We’re asserting that this is causally connected to global warming, and in this paper we present the scientific evidence for that.”

Hansen and colleagues analyzed mean summer temperatures since 1951 and showed that the odds have increased in recent decades for what they define as “hot,” “very hot” and “extremely hot” summers.

The researchers detailed how “extremely hot” summers are becoming far more routine. “Extremely hot” is defined as a mean summer temperature experienced by less than one percent of Earth’s land area between 1951 and 1980, the base period for this study. But since 2006, about 10 percent of land area across the Northern Hemisphere has experienced these temperatures each summer.

In 1988, Hansen first asserted that global warming would reach a point in the coming decades when the connection to extreme events would become more apparent. While some warming should coincide with a noticeable boost in extreme events, the natural variability in climate and weather can be so large as to disguise the trend.

To distinguish the trend from natural variability, Hansen and colleagues turned to statistics. In this study, the GISS team including Makiko Sato and Reto Ruedy did not focus on the causes of temperature change. Instead the researchers analyzed surface temperature data to establish the growing frequency of extreme heat events in the past 30 years, a period in which the temperature data show an overall warming trend.

NASA climatologists have long collected data on global temperature anomalies, which describe how much warming or cooling regions of the world have experienced when compared with the 1951 to 1980 base period. In this study, the researchers employ a bell curve to illustrate how those anomalies are changing.

A bell curve is a tool frequently used by statisticians and society. School teachers who grade “on the curve” use a bell curve to designate the mean score as a C, the top of the bell. The curve falls off equally to both sides, showing that fewer students receive B and D grades and even fewer receive A and F grades.

Hansen and colleagues found that a bell curve was a good fit to summertime temperature anomalies for the base period of relatively stable climate from 1951 to 1980. Mean temperature is centered at the top of the bell curve. Decreasing in frequency to the left of center are “cold,” “very cold” and “extremely cold” events. Decreasing in frequency to the right of center are “hot,” “very hot” and “extremely hot” events.

Plotting bell curves for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, the team noticed the entire curve shifted to the right, meaning that more hot events are the new normal. The curve also flattened and widened, indicating a wider range of variability.

Specifically, an average of 75 percent of land area across Earth experienced summers in the “hot” category during the past decade, compared to only 33 percent during the 1951 to 1980 base period. Widening of the curve also led to the designation of the new category of outlier events labeled “extremely hot,” which were almost nonexistent in the base period.

Hansen says this summer is shaping up to fall into the new extreme category. “Such anomalies were infrequent in the climate prior to the warming of the past 30 years, so statistics let us say with a high degree of confidence that we would not have had such an extreme anomaly this summer in the absence of global warming,” he says.

Other regions around the world also have felt the heat of global warming, according to the study. Global maps of temperature anomalies show that heat waves in Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico in 2011, and in the Middle East, Western Asia and Eastern Europe in 2010 fall into the new “extremely hot” category.

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Solar Activity

3MIN News August 8, 2012: Noctilucent Clouds

Published on Aug 8, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Meteor Smoke: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/07aug_meteorsmoke/
China Typhoon: http://www.weather.com/news/deadly-typhoon-china-20120806
Snow in South Africa: http://www.weather.com/news/rare-snow-johannesburg-20120807
Satellites: http://www.rt.com/news/proton-rocket-emergency-situation-024/

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
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 15 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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Meteor Smoke Makes Strange Clouds

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August 7, 2012:  Anyone who’s ever seen a noctilucent cloud or “NLC” would agree: They look alien.  The electric-blue ripples and pale tendrils of NLCs reaching across the night sky resemble something from another world.

Researchers say that’s not far off.  A key ingredient for the mysterious clouds comes from outer space.

“We’ve detected bits of ‘meteor smoke’ imbedded in noctilucent clouds,” reports James Russell of Hampton University, principal investigator of NASA’s AIM mission to study the phenomenon.  “This discovery supports the theory that meteor dust is the nucleating agent around which NLCs form.”

Meteor Smoke (splash)

A new ScienceCast video explains how “meteor smoke” seeds noctilucent clouds. Play it

Noctilucent clouds are a mystery dating back to the late 19th century.  Northern sky watchers first noticed them in 1885 about two years after the eruption of Krakatoa. Ash from the Indonesian volcano caused such splendid sunsets that evening sky watching became a worldwide past time. One observer in particular, a German named T.W. Backhouse who is often credited with the discovery of NLCs, noticed something odd. He stayed outside longer than most people, long enough for the twilight to fully darken, and on some nights he saw wispy filaments glowing electric blue against the black sky. Scientists of the day figured they were some manifestation of volcanic dust.

Eventually Krakatoa’s ash settled and the sunsets faded, but strangely the noctilucent clouds didn’t go away. They’re still present today, stronger than ever.  Researchers aren’t sure what role Krakatoa’s ash played in those early sightings.  One thing is clear, however:  The dust behind the clouds we see now is space dust.

Mark Hervig of the company GATS, Inc, led the team that found the extraterrestrial connection.

“Using AIM’s Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment (SOFIE), we found that about 3% of each ice crystal in a noctilucent cloud is meteoritic,” says Hervig.

The inner solar system is littered with meteoroids of all shapes and sizes–from asteroid-sized chunks of rock to microscopic specks of dust.  Every day Earth scoops up tons of the material, mostly the small stuff. When meteoroids hit our atmosphere and burn up, they leave behind a haze of tiny particles suspended 70 km to 100 km above Earth’s surface.

It’s no coincidence that NLCs form 83 km high, squarely inside the meteor smoke zone.

Meteor Smoke (iss, 558px)

Astronauts on board the ISS took this picture of noctilucent clouds near the top of Earth’s atmosphere on July 13, 2012. Larger image

Specks of meteor smoke act as gathering points where water molecules can assemble themselves into ice crystals.  The process is called “nucleation.”

Nucleation happens all the time in the lower atmosphere. In ordinary clouds, airborne specks of dust and even living microbes can serve as nucleation sites.  Tiny ice crystals, drops of water, and snowflakes grow around these particles, falling to Earth if and when they become heavy enough.

Nucleating agents are especially important in the ethereal realm of NLCs.  The clouds form at the edge of space where the air pressure is little more than vacuum.  The odds of two water molecules meeting is slim, and of sticking together slimmer still.

Meteor smoke helps beat the odds.  According AIM data, ice crystals can grow around meteoritic dust to sizes ranging from 20 to 70 nanometers.  For comparison, cirrus clouds in the lower atmosphere where water is abundant contain crystals 10 to 100 times larger.

The small size of the ice crystals explains the clouds’ blue color.  Small particles tend to scatter short wavelengths of light (blue) more strongly than long wavelengths (red).  So when a beam of sunlight hits an NLC, blue is the color that gets scattered down to Earth.

Meteor smoke explains much about NLCs, but a key mystery remains: Why are the clouds brightening and spreading?

In the 19th century, NLCs were confined to high latitudes—places like Canada and Scandinavia.  In recent times, however, they have been spotted as far south as Colorado, Utah and Nebraska. The reason, Russell believes, is climate change.  One of the greenhouse gases that has become more abundant in Earth’s atmosphere since the 19th century is methane.  It comes from landfills, natural gas and petroleum systems, agricultural activities, and coal mining.

It turns out that methane boosts NLCs.

Meteor Smoke (methane, 558px)

A graphic prepared by Prof. James Russell of Hampton University shows how methane, a greenhouse gas, boosts the abundance of water at the top of Earth’s atmosphere. This water freezes around “meteor smoke” to form icy noctilucent clouds.

Russell explains: “When methane makes its way into the upper atmosphere, it is oxidized by a complex series of reactions to form water vapor.  This extra water vapor is then available to grow ice crystals for NLCs.”

If this idea is correct, noctilucent clouds are a sort of “canary in a coal mine” for one of the most important greenhouse gases.

And that, says Russell, is a great reason to study them.  “Noctilucent clouds might look alien, but they’re telling us something very important about our own planet.”
Author: Dr. Tony Phillips| Production editor: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA

More Information

 AIM (Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere) — mission home page

Strange Clouds — Science@NASA

Realtime Noctilucent Cloud Photo Gallery — spaceweather.com

NLC Observing tips: Look west 30 to 60 minutes after sunset when the Sun has dipped 6o to 16o below the horizon. If you see luminous blue-white tendrils spreading across the sky, you’ve probably spotted a noctilucent cloud. Although noctilucent clouds appear most often at arctic latitudes, they have been sighted in recent years as far south as Colorado, Utah and Nebraska. NLCs are seasonal, appearing most often in late spring and summer. In the northern hemisphere, the best time to look would be between mid-May and the end of August.

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Earth

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Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite has captured its first image of Earth, and it’s a beauty! The Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on the Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) satellite was launched on July 5, 2012, and has since been in the commission stage. ESA says it will still be a couple of months before it is ready for operations.

SEVIRI provides enhanced weather coverage for Europe and Africa in order to improve very short range forecasts, in particular for rapidly developing thunder storms or fog. It scans Earth’s surface and atmosphere every 15 minutes in 12 different wavelengths, to track cloud development. SEVIRI can pick out features as small as a kilometer across in the visible bands, and three kilometers in the infrared.

MSG-3 is the third in a series of four satellites. In addition to its weather-watching mission and collection of climate records, MSG-3 has two secondary payloads.

The Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget sensor measures both the amount of solar energy that is reflected back into space and the infrared energy radiated by the Earth system, to better understand climate processes.

A Search & Rescue transponder will turn the satellite into a relay for distress signals from emergency beacons.

You can see a high resolution version of the image from ESA here.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/96673/a-brand-new-blue-marble-view-of-earth/#ixzz230NvNLjb

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat Environmental Pollution

Today Biological Hazard USA State of Colorado, [Logan County] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 03:21 (03:21 AM) UTC.

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A deadly disease that hasn’t been seen in Colorado for 31-years has been found in the northeast part of state. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is currently investigating an anthrax case in Logan County; one deceased cow is confirmed to have been infected with the disease, approximately 50 dead cattle are suspected to have been exposed. One location has tested positive and adjacent ranchers are being notified. No cattle left the location prior to the quarantine. No cattle entered the food chain. “The risk is minimal outside the affected ranch. We believe, at this point, that anthrax is confined to that specific premises,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Colorado has not had an anthrax case in 31 years but anthrax outbreaks are not uncommon in the Western United States. We are dedicated to providing the necessary response to ensure that the investigation works quickly to limit the spread of this disease.” The premises has been quarantined and people, cattle, and equipment that may have come into contact with anthrax are being monitored during this investigation. “Our focus is on the potential for human exposure,” said Dr. Tony Cappello, district public health administrator for the Northeast Colorado Health Department.”We are currently conducting our own public health investigation and contacting individuals that have been involved with the livestock. Anthrax is not spread from person to person and exposure is limited only to those who had contact with the affected cattle or the immediate area.” Anthrax can develop naturally in soil; the spores can become active in association with periods of marked climatic or ecologic change such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought which can then expose the anthrax spores to grazing livestock. Outbreaks of anthrax are commonly associated with neutral or alkaline soils. In these areas the spores apparently revert to the vegetative form and multiply to infectious levels so that cattle, horses, mules, sheep and goats may readily become infected when grazing such areas. Anthrax is a serious disease because it can cause the rapid loss of a large number of animals in a very short time. Often, animals are found dead with no illness detected. Appropriate carcass disposal is being used to prevent further soil contamination. Producers should consult their veterinarians and vaccinate their livestock, if deemed appropriate. Humans or animals can become infected by coming in contact with infected animals, soil or water. Anthrax infection can be treated with antibiotics, especially if caught in the early stages.
Biohazard name: Anthrax (cow)
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: confirmed
Today Biological Hazard China Province of Jiangsu, Lianyungang [Ganyu County] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.

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Two villagers are being treated at a local hospital for anthrax, an infectious disease, in Ganyu county, Lianyungang, East China’s Jiangsu Province. “There are indeed two villagers who have diagnosed of anthrax in the county, but we are not very clear on the details,” an unidentified staffer at the disease control and prevention center of Lianyungang, told the Global Times. The two villagers were sent to the Lianyungang No.4 People’s Hospital with swollen, festering and blackened skin. Laboratory tests confirmed they are suffering from the highly infectious disease. Five other villages with skin irritations have been quarantined. The seven villagers, along with three others, slaughtered a sick bull that had been transported from another province. The three villagers who have not shown any symptoms are taking preventive medication. The source of anthrax infection is herbivores including cattle, sheep and mules. It is listed as a Grade-B infectious disease by Chinese authorities. Anyone who comes in close contact with an animal stricken by anthrax will be infected. “Every year China has anthrax cases, which can be treated with antibiotics,” reported guokr.com, a Chinese science website.
Biohazard name: Anthrax
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: confirmed
Today Biological Hazard USA State of Georgia, Cornelia Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC.

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Cornelia officials are urging people who live within about one-half mile of Irvin and Hoyt streets to exercise extra caution as a possibly rabid cat is loose in that area. “At approximately 7:30 [Wednesday] morning, I received a call from dispatch alerting me of a person that had called in on Irvin Street … and reported that a cat had attacked her at the addresses around 356 and 367 Irvin Street,” said Cornelia Animal Control Officer Corey Palmer. “She advised dispatch that the cat just came out and attacked her. It had no provocation.” “That’s a tell-tale sign of rabies,” said Cornelia Chief Marshal Jeff Barron. Palmer and Animal Control Officer Richard Burton responded to Irvin Street. Upon pulling up near the old Fleming Foodservice building, Palmer said another vehicle stopped and told him she had been bitten as well, but had not had a chance to report it yet. “She got attacked,” Palmer said. “She said she came out to her car and the cat was underneath the car, and it just came out from underneath, no big deal. Then, all of a sudden, the cat was crawling up her leg and bit her.”The ACOs began looking for the cat, but had no luck locating it. A black cat that was located was shown to the victim, who said it was not the one that attacked her. Shortly thereafter, a person living on Hoyt Street reported that he had gotten scratched by the cat. That was the last time anyone had contact with the cat, until shortly after 1 p.m. At that time, the cat was reported to be in the area of the former Fleming Foodservice on Irvin Street. Animal control officers again responded, with no contact with the cat. Prior to the second sighting, the cat’s initial victim, who asked that her name not be used, described what happened when she was attacked. “I was walking down Irvin Street to Fieldale,” the victim said, adding the cat was coming down the road across from house number 367. “The cat was coming down that road and it starts running at me, and it just runs up the back of my leg and grabs a hold and bites me,” she said. She said the cat later got her hand when she tried to shield a woman and children that were walking by the animal. The cat remained at large late Wednesday afternoon. City officials ask those in the area to take extra precautions when walking, to keep their pets inside, and to closely monitor children playing outside until the animal has been caught.
Biohazard name: Rabies (cat)
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.
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Status: suspected
Today Biological Hazard USA State of Texas, Pflugerville Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 03:11 (03:11 AM) UTC.

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A swarm of Africanized bees attacked four people and shut down a business park in Pflugerville Wednesday morning. The intersection around Rowe Ln. and FM 685 was shut down for nearly four hours while emergency crews worked to round up the buzzing pests. The colony of bees, which reportedly numbered between 100 and 200 thousand, had built their hive in some old office furniture that was disposed of in front of a local business in the area. As an employee walked into his place of employment, located on Rowe Ln., the bees became agitated and started to attack. The man was taken to the hospital with more than 300 bee stings, according to Austin/Travis County EMS. A Pflugerville motorcycle patrol officer was stung upon first arriving on the scene, and two other men who were also working at the site were attacked. According to bee expert Keith Huddle, the situation could have been a lot worse. “They could have easily been the first deaths of the year. The death count is amazingly low considering the other years,” said Huddle. Huddle removed the colony and the queen from the hive. All four of the victims are expected to make a full recovery. EMS urged people to stay away from the area Wednesday morning into the afternoon due to the high bee activity in the area. The intersection around Rowe Ln. and FM 685 has been reopened.
Biohazard name: Bees attack (Africanized bees)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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Following Chevron fire, respiratory complaints, calls for transparent investigation

Richmond Confidential

Two burnt smokestakes were visible at the Chevron refinery Tuesday morning. Photo by Tyler Orsburn.

By: Tawanda Kanhema and Jennifer Baires | August 7, 2012 – 3:10 pm

Richmond residents this morning woke up to the lingering smell of burnt oil from Chevron’s Richmond Refinery, which caught fire last night following a leak. Firefighters and engineers at the plant put the main fire out early this morning, and Chevron reported that its engineers were monitoring a controlled burn as a safety measure to contain pressure.

Cyclists head towards Point Richmond, a suburb that overlooks the refinery.

Hundreds of Richmond residents have reported suffering from a variety of respiratory problems following the fire that gutted part of Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Monday night, according to a press release circulated by Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo.

The center, which activated its Incident Command Center shortly after the fire erupted in Chevron’s diesel refinery, admitted 181 residents overnight complaining of eye irritation and respiratory ailments after inhaling smoke from the fire. “Now that people are waking up, DMC is currently experiencing a second wave of individuals seeking services,” the center reported in a statement released Tuesday morning. “We expect, and are prepared for, a high demand at the hospital throughout the day.”

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which sent inspectors to take air samples Monday night, released an announcement Tuesday morning that results are expected later this afternoon. In the meantime, they stated, “Local air quality monitors show minimal impacts from the fire, with pollution levels well below the federal health standards. Weather conditions were favorable at the time of the incident – surface winds were light and heat pushed the smoke upwards where stronger winds aloft helped to disperse it.”

On the streets and in recreational areas around the 2,900-acre refinery, which borders a park on its western edge, residents woke up to the aftermath of the blaze, with a strong smell of burnt oil still saturating the air as a grey pall of smoke lingered over the hills.

“It does smell really bad this morning, much worse than last night,” said Randy Williams, a Richmond resident who went on his early morning bike ride along I-580. “We thought it would be better now that the fire seems to be out.”

Rick Gerrod, a Richmond resident, drove to the eastern edge of the Richmond Bridge early this morning, one of the worst affected areas downwind from the plant and photographed wildlife in the park area.

Rick Gerrod sits in his car outside Chevron’s premises on Richmond Parkway.

“It smells like oil. I could go and see a doctor if I wanted, and get a diagnosis saying I have a respiratory illness as well,” Gerrod said. “Chevron is in the business of making money, they aren’t doing themselves much good if they’re blowing themselves up and setting themselves on fire.”

This came as Richmond mayor Gayle McLaughlin called on Chevron to be fully accountable to local authorities on the effects of the fire on the community and the environment. McLaughlin said the city would demand full transparency in investigations to establish the full impact of the refinery fire on the health of Richmond residents and the environment.

“We live with this potential bomb, if you will, in the city of Richmond,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve had these explosions of one magnitude or another ever few years. In 2007 there was a fire as well and it wasn’t this big, but it brought forward a lot of concerns.”

McLaughlin said Chevron has not always been forthcoming with information on the environmental and health effects of its operations in Richmond, often using proprietary protection as a way of withholding information. “Chevron needs to be very forthright with what potential problems may occur again. Then we can weigh in on whether or not that it’s acceptable,” she said. “Our interest is for the protection of our residents. Big corporations like Chevron has its profits as its bottom line but for the city of Richmond and its residents our health is the bottom line.”

Chevron’s refinery sits on a 2,900-acre property that borders the park.

McLaughlin said the city would seek the assistance of independent investigators and  scientists in reviewing the data collected in environmental impact and air quality assessments following the fire. ”We want to know what type of toxins were in smoke that has been released. There’s been a filing with the state that indicates there were diesel-grade materials,” McLaughlin said.

The fire may also have an economic cost to the city, she said. Some businesses in Point Richmond were forced to close early and BART shut down two stations as people scurried indoors in compliance with the shelter-in-place called after the fire broke out. “Many people lost work time, people were unable to get the kind of transportation they needed. I think community impact data is very valuable,” McLaughlin said.

In a statement, Chevron said the main fire had been extinguished by 7:15 am Tuesday morning, and safety officials had allowed  a small controlled burn as a safety measure to reduce pressure.

Chevron’s Richmond Refinery was still smouldering this morning.

“This is helping to ensure more hydrocarbons don’t escape,” the statement read.  “This is similar in concept to how refineries utilize flares.”

The company is hosting a town hall meeting tonight at 6 pm at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium.

Chevron’s handling of the fire has met with mixed reactions from residents, with some saying the corporation handled the public fallout from the accident well, while others have reservations.

“Chevron is a good neighbor,” said the owner of a Point Richmond  coffee shop who did not wish to give her name.The shop receives a lot of business from the Chevron plant, which employs at least 1,200 people. “If it wasn’t for Chevron, we wouldn’t be getting any business here,” she said.

Concerns have been raised over Richmond’s phone alert system, with many residents saying they did not receive alerts after the outbreak of the fire. McLaughlin said the phone alert system issue would be on the agenda for the town hall meeting.

“I think that’s an ongoing issue of concern,” she said. “I got many calls and emails from residents that they weren’t called at all or called three hours later. … People said they saw the bellows of black smoke before any sirens went into effect. It should be tightened up so everything happens in a 1-2-3 way. As soon as accident occurs sirens should go off and robo-calls should go out immediately.”

The town hall is expected to allow residents to weigh in on what should be done to reduce the impact of Chevron’s operations on the health of the community and the environment, she said.

“The issue of Chevron in our community has been an issue as far as, probably as far back as 1902, but certainly in recent years,” she said. “We want to have them understand the concerns of the community. This is not a community that is just trying to raise issues for the sake of bashing Chevron. This is a community that has direct experience of going through these periodic explosions and fires that have caused problems, concerns and fears in their lives. It is up to residents to get voices further heard and I’ll work to give them every opportunity to be heard.”

Andres Soto, Richmond organizer for Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), the environmental justice organization that forced Chevron to review its project proposal for an upgrade of the plant after suing the oil giant over a shoddy environmental impact report, disputed Chevron’s version of the events that led to the fire at the Richmond refinery. ”People throughout the community heard a series of explosions and Chevron is saying that there were no explosions,” Soto said.

He also said that environmental watchdogs want to know more about the liquid that has been burning. “The unit that blew up is the unit where the crude oil first comes into the refinery and they start warming it up. That allows the oil to be diverted in to different parts of the refinery and turned in to gasoline and jet fuel and other pesticides,” said Soto. “Question becomes, what kind of crude is in there — is it dirty crude or lighter crude? Either way there is a whole slew of highly volatile chemicals that are produced and that’s what was spewed out in to the environment.”

Soto said the chemicals released into the air following yesterday’s blaze could include sulfur compounds, hydrocarbons and and trace metals, all of which pose health hazards. Representatives from CBE are expected to participate in the town hall meeting tonight and will hold a rally at 5:30 prior to the meeting in front of the Richmond Auditorium.

“We plan on having community members there to speak out about what they’re doing at the refinery that is so problematic, as well as the complete inadequacy of the warning system,” Soto said. “What we know is that stuff is going to eventually come down. If it comes down into El Sobrante, there is potential for it to get into the water supply. This is a regional issue.”

Update 4:15 pm: In a press release, Doctors Medical Center has updated the total number of patients seen with smoke-related complaints since the fire started to “over 300.” The main complaints continue to be eye irritation and respiratory problems, the medical group stated.

For people who are concerned they may be suffering from smoke-related illnesses, please follow Contra Costa County’s Public Health Department Guidelines at www. cchealth.org/emergencies and seek services when needed.

You can read our previous coverage, with photos submitted by readers, here. You can read our full archive of Chevron-related stories here.

Mexico destroys 8 mn chickens amid bird flu outbreak

by Staff Writers
Mexico City (AFP)

Eight million chickens have so far been slaughtered in Mexico and 66 million more were vaccinated in a bid to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, authorities said Tuesday.

The agriculture ministry said in a statement that during the vaccination process in the Los Altos region of Jalisco state, diseased chickens were identified, leading to the destruction of the flu-carrying fowl.

Food safety officials say the outbreak, which was first detected on June 20, is confined to Los Altos, which is an egg-producing area. Inspections in other parts of the country have not turned up any signs of the disease.

A national animal health emergency was declared at the beginning of July, and the prices of both eggs and chickens have skyrocketed.

Mexican authorities hope to vaccinate 80 million fowl in the first phase of its program, and then analyze the results before proceeding to phase two.

The virus responsible for the outbreak, H7N3, has occasionally caused human disease in various parts of the world, according to the United Nations, but has not shown itself to be easily transmittable between humans.

Some bird flu strains, such as H5N1, have caused serious infections in people. The World Health Organization has documented 607 human cases of bird flu since 2003, 358 of which were fatal, according to July data.

Authorities in Guatemala have stepped up safety checks on its border with Mexico to keep bird flu from spreading into the country.

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08.08.2012 Environment Pollution Ghana Brong-Ahafo Region, [Ahafo Mine (Newmont Gold Ghana Limited)] Damage level Details

Environment Pollution in Ghana on Wednesday, 08 August, 2012 at 11:19 (11:19 AM) UTC.

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The Centre for Environmental Impact Analysis (CEIA), an environmental integrity non-governmental organisation, said the 3,000 fishes that were discovered dead in a dam at Newmont Gold Ghana Limited (NGGL) Ahafo Mine on January 3, 2012 was as a result of cyanide spillage. A report published by CEIA said toxicological analysis of water in the dam where the dead fishes were discovered indicated the presence of large concentration of cyanide and other heavy metals – by-products of gold mining activities. Newmont had attributed the fish-kill to over-population of fish and depletion in oxygen supply, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has since January 3, 2012 to date not published the results of its investigations into the incident. CEIA presented the results to farmers living in hamlets and cottages surrounding the dam at Damso on Wednesday August 1, 2012. Mr Samuel Obiri, a Researcher at CEIA, who made the presentation, said quantities of chemicals used in the manufacture of pesticides and other agro-chemicals such as DDT found were negligible and, therefore, could not have caused the fish-kill. He said the cyanide in the dam water sample was 1,400 per cent above the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) level for safe water while that in the fish sample was 80 per cent above it.Mr Obiri said the presence of arsenic in the water was 5,830 per cent above WHO’s safety level while that in the fish was 383 per cent above it. He said cadmium was 190 per cent above WHO safety level in the water sample and that in the fish was 575 per cent above the safety level. Mr Obiri commended the farmers for not picking the dead fishes for sale in the markets at Ahafo Kenyasi; Sunyani, Kumasi or Accra. “You could have picked them, smoked them and sent them to Accra to go to sell them. More than 3,000 fishes could have been sold for more than GH¢200 and that of course is a huge amount at the rural economy level,” he said. During question time, Mr Morin Lebi, a farmer, wondered whether they could drink water from boreholes since it had become apparent that dangerous chemicals had been seeping from the tailings dam into the fresh water dam. Forty-eight farmers from the surrounding hamlets and cottages attended the meeting. Mr Kwame Agbeko Azumah, Communication Manager of the NGGL Ahafo Mine, told GNA that they have not yet received a copy of the report and would respond appropriately when it was made available to them. According to a committee set up by the government, Newmont in October 2009, misinformed the public about the extent of cyanide spillage at its Ahafo Mine, and added that NGGL was negligent and accused the Company of attempting to cover up the extent of the cyanide spillage. The committee imposed a fine of seven million Ghana Cedis on the company, which it paid.

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ALERT Crust Destabilization Happening NOW 8.08.2012

Published on Aug 8, 2012 by

61% of people believe an event will happen soon, only 15% are prepared for it.

Tracks are shifting, sinkholes, sand geysers, bride collapses, gas releases…we have had NUMEROUS reports of high radiation levels in many cities over the past week…remember prior to the Japan earthquake huge quantities of radon gas were released from fault zones.

MIT article here: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/424033/atmosphere-above-japan-heated-rap…

How close do you live to a nuke plant: http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/nuclear_power_plants_locations/

It appears our crust is destabilizing…please post any videos or links to sinkholes, train derailments, or other anomalies that I may have missed.

Google Map of events: https://maps.google.com/?authuser=0

Washington State: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180067/Roy-Rosalee-Ballinger-watch-h…

Sand Geyser/New Madrid Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69JefpPAlxo&feature=player_embedded

Missouri: http://articles.ky3.com/2012-08-06/sinkhole-swallows-part_33070373

Baltimore: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/water-main-break-flood…

Brooklyn: http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-bay-ridge-sinkhole-20120801,0,2386815.story

Philadelphia: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/07/23/south-philadelphi…

Monmouth Beach, New Jersey: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Jersey-Shore-Sinkholes-Monmouth-Beach-14…

Cherry Hill, New Jersey: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48466502/ns/local_news-philadelphia_pa/