Tag Archive: Canary Islands


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El Hierro island
El Hierro island
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Two years after a new underwater volcano appeared offshore of El Hierro in the Canary Islands, earthquake swarms and a sudden change in height suggest a new eruption is brewing near the island’s villages, officials announced today (Dec. 27).

After the announcement, one of the largest temblors ever recorded at the volcanic island, a magnitude-5.1 earthquake, struck offshore of El Hierro at 12:46 p.m. ET (5:46 p.m. local time) today, the National Geographic Institute reported. Residents on the island reported strong shaking, and the quake was felt throughout the Canary Islands, according to news reports. The earthquake’s epicenter was 9 miles (15 kilometers) deep.

Before the earthquake struck early this afternoon, the island’s volcano monitoring agency, Pelvolca, had raised the volcanic eruption risk for El Hierro to “yellow.” This warning means that activity is increasing at the volcano, but no eruption is imminent. A similar burst of activity prompted a yellow warning in June 2012, but the volcano soon quieted down.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Biological Hazards

 

Beware the British black widow

08.10.2013 Biological Hazard United Kingdom [Statewide] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in United Kingdom on Tuesday, 08 October, 2013 at 12:06 (12:06 PM) UTC.

Description
There has been a terrifying surge in the number of sightings of Britain’s most poisonous spider – the false widow – in London and Essex in the past month. More than 50 people have reported seeing the venomous arachnid, the cousin of the infamous black widow, in the past few weeks alone. Amanda Armitage, 31, told of how her five-year-old daughter had one in her HAND. She said that her husband saw the distinctive “white skull image” on the spider’s back and took swift action. Mrs Armitage, from Essex, said: “He had seen the story about the false widow going around Facebook and when he saw what Emily was holding, there was a look of terror on his face and he whacked it out of Emily’s hand.” The venomous creatures, which arrived from the Canary Islands 140 years ago, used to only appear in warmer parts of the country like Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. But a succession of mild winters have enabled the exotic arachnid to move across the country.In 2009 Grandmother Lyn Mitchell, 52, almost died when she was bitten by a false widow as she slept in her home in Egremont, Cumbria. She fell into a coma and was on life support in hospital for 26 hours. The purple and black spiders have an abdomen the size of a 1p piece and generally live in walls, fences and the barks of trees. They eat insects, other invertebrates and even other spiders. But as temperatures drop, many are heading into houses to keep warm. Environmentalist Matt Shardlow, of conservation charity Buglife, said both global warming and natural evolution could be to blame for the spiders’ alarming rate of migration. He said: “The false widow has long been prevalent across much of the south-west because of the milder temperatures. “They come from warm countries and are usually killed off by our cold weather. “But climate change may have helped and the species would have also adapted and evolved to cope with the colder weather.” The false widow is one of 12 spider species known to bite humans in the UK. Their bite usually causes an initial sharp pain which develops into a burning sensation.One Kent man, Alex Michael, 36, saw his hand “swell like a balloon” after being bitten by the false widow. He initially had blood tests and x-rays at both Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, as experts desperately tried to find out what was wrong. Doctors gave him a course of flucloxacillin and within days, the swelling reduced and the pain disappeared. He said: “If they bite a young kid of an elderly person who hasn’t got a great metabolism it could be quite dangerous.” John Tweddle, an insect specialist at the Natural History Museum, said: “False widow spiders tend to bite when accidentally trapped between skin and clothes. “People should be careful when putting on gloves or boots that have been left unused for a while as these spiders may seek refuge and hide in those.” One young mum in London said she was terrified to go into her garden after finding a false widow lurking in her rose bush. Carley Willams, 34, thought she’d spotted a black and yellow beetle but soon realised it was a “terrible” looking spider. She added: “I first saw it about three days ago but I’ve seen its web there for several weeks. “It’s horrible. I can’t put my baby son George down on the floor.” Although a bite from the most deadly of the British species, the noble false widow (Steatoda nobilis), could kill, nobody has ever died from a spider bite in the UK.
Biohazard name: The False Widow spider Invasion
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

Man bitten by false widow spider in his home… and he only realised weeks later when he posted a picture of the bug on FACEBOOK

  • Alex Michael bitten by UK’s most venomous spider
  • Doctors at three hospitals could not identify bite at first
  • Steatoda nobilis spider numbers have increased in UK in recent years
  • Summer and autumn months are prime time for false widows

By Ellie Buchdahl

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A man whose hand swelled and turned black and yellow after a spider bit him discovered he had been the victim of the UK’s most venomous spider – but only when he posted a picture of it on Facebook five weeks later.

Alex Michael said his had was still ‘swollen like a balloon’ after what turned out to be a false widow spider – the British cousin of the lethal black widow – bit him while he was asleep at his home in Blackfen, Kent.

He had blood tests and x-rays at both Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, but doctors could not figure out what was wrong with his hand.

Alex Michael
Spider

Venomous: Alex Michael’s hand swelled up after he was bitten by the false black widow spider

It was only when Mr Michael put a photo online of a spider online that friends recognised the dangerous animal.

Mr Michael made the connection between the spider and his swollen hand and captured the culprit in a pot to take with him to Darent Valley Hospital in Kent.

‘I said I’m going to let this spider go in your office and if it bites you I’m going to follow you to where you get it sorted,’ he said.

‘Eventually they took it pretty seriously.’

Doctors gave him a course of the antibiotic flucloxacillin and within days, the swelling reduced and the pain disappeared.

The 2in-long spider, known by experts as Steatoda noblis or ‘noble false widow’, unleashes a powerful venom when provoked which can kill those who are allergic to it.

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By | Financially Fit – Thu, Feb 21, 2013 2:04 PM EST

Fellmer with Alma Lucia, left, and Nieves Palmer. Photo courtesy of Raphael Fellmer.A Berlin family of three has been living on practically nothing but love and the goodwill of others for more than two years and counting—not as a victims of the rough economy, but as activists who are on a money strike to protest what they call our “excess-consumption society.”

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“As consumers, we support the system, and we are all responsible for making a wasteful society,” Raphael Fellmer, 29, told Yahoo! Shine. “This strike is to inspire other people to reflect about our other possibilities.”

Fellmer, who said he’d held jobs since he was 12 years old, began his protest after years of working in hotels, bars, restaurants and various offices. In 2010, after graduating from college in the Hague as a European Studies major, he and two friends embarked upon a 15-month “journey of humanity” to raise awareness of environmental destruction and of society’s many wastes, including estimates that about one-third of all food produced worldwide (valued at about $1 trillion a year) gets wasted.

More on Yahoo!: German Bin Divers Get Connected to Wage War on Food Waste

That trip involved hitchhiking from Europe to Mexico without cash, simply depending on the goodwill and excess resources of others. It carried them over more than 19,000 miles on more than 500 vehicles—including a sailboat that took the trio from the Canary Islands to Brazil in exchange for crew duties—and soon led Fellmer to meet his wife, Nieves Palmer, who became pregnant along the way.

Now the couple, along with their 18-month-old daughter Alma Lucia, are continuing to live nearly money-free in Berlin, where they do odd jobs and organizing work in exchange for living space, with roommates, in the Peace House Martin Niemöller, which contains various non-profits. (Though Fellmer uses no money, he said Palmer does use a little, mainly in the form of child support she receives from the government, which is granted to all children.)

 

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Earth Watch Report

Dangerous changes on earth: New huge land cracks. This time in Spain,

Above Top Secret

Remember the 2011 Lorca(Murcia) earthquake from 11 may 2011.
With a magnitude of 5.1 at only a depht of 1 km.
Lots of buildings and historical monuments were damaged, 10 deaths and over 400 people were injured.

Now in that same region the earth is cracking up.

The crack extends along the industrial park in the direction of the sport city “Valverde Reina”; It has a length of more than 300 meters and a depth of more than two metres in some places.

According to europapress.es at the beginning of November, cracks appeared on top of a cliff at Cotillo, located at the northern end of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.


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If those are the same cracks that are showing on the mainland I would imagine more cracks will appear on that line. The distance between the island and the place where the cracks are reported in Murcia is over 2000km.

What the cause may be it still a mystery, as there hasn’t been any recent earthquakes in the region.
Unless it’s been caused by the 2011 earthquake and the volcano activity on the Canary Islands.
Could these be linked?

The Department of Emergency situations urgently requested the Geological Survey of Murcia to assess the cause of the “huge cracks in ground”, which appeared after the recent heavy rains in the industrial park area “El Saladar”, Totana, situated in the south-east of the Iberian Peninsula.

 

Fractures in the ground often occur during earthquakes. They appear frequently and their origin is not a mystery.
However, fractures not associated with known earthquake movements, are relatively rare and usually remain – unexplained

1 month ago cracks were showing up after the floods of September which caused the life of 3 people. This crack is extending up to 1.5 km and at some places a depht of 5meters. There are no conclusions made of what the cause may be.

The month of October, in El Esparragal, a crack of 1.5 kilometres appeared, that came to light after disappearing water from the floods of September.
The crack affects both houses as farms. Technical Civil Protection and the Geological Survey of Spain moved a few days ago to the place to make a first assessment, but there are no conclusions. A “comprehensive study” is required to analyze the situation, according to the abc.es.

 

Today the cracks are still growing in some areas and are now up to 50 cm wide. They are closing of the area to avoid any accident by other geological hazards in that region.
Living in Spain, I will follow this and will add updates to this thread if conclusions are made or more cracks appear.
All information and opinions are welcome.

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Dangerous Changes On Earth –
New Huge Land Cracks This Time In Spain

 

MessageToEagle.com – New dangerous cracks in ground appeared on our planet.

This time, they have been reported in Spain.

The Department of Emergency situations urgently requested the Geological Survey of Murcia to assess the cause of the “huge cracks in ground”, which appeared after the recent heavy rains in the industrial park area “El Saladar”, Totana, situated in the south-east of the Iberian Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

The crack extends along the industrial park in the direction of the sport city “Valverde Reina”; It has a length of more than 300 meters and a depth of more than two metres in some places.

Crack appeared two days ago and opens gradually reaching a width of 40 to 50 cm.

 


According to europapress.es at the beginning of November, cracks appeared on top of a cliff at Cotillo, located at the northern end of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
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LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 22:14:22   63.564  -147.354 4.7  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/22 20:58:38   19.698   -64.076 45.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/22 20:42:48   25.508   96.672 36.5  MYANMAR
MAP  4.7   2012/09/22 20:25:37   -6.999   127.764 305.6  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 20:15:32   43.361  -124.371 28.8  OFFSHORE OREGON
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 19:51:36   19.350  -155.090 9.3  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  4.3 2012/09/22 19:41:34   -9.778   124.639 53.9  TIMOR REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 19:15:43   36.008  -118.394 1.3  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.8 2012/09/22 18:47:07   62.225  -145.639 19.8  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/22 18:19:50   63.318  -151.539 1.9  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/22 18:07:56   4.934   94.488 54.5  OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/22 17:36:32   45.474   -75.326 10.0  ONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA
MAP  3.9 2012/09/22 16:10:41   48.450   -83.230 18.0  ONTARIO, CANADA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/22 15:59:41   60.865  -152.569 125.6  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 15:26:16   19.330   -65.672 97.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/22 14:38:07  -32.345   -14.239 10.0  SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
MAP  2.6 2012/09/22 14:37:49   19.639   -64.376 31.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.1   2012/09/22 13:31:04   -6.289   151.101 59.0  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  5.4   2012/09/22 12:30:02   16.540   -98.058 35.7  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  4.0 2012/09/22 12:05:28   15.354   -98.064 10.0  OFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  4.7   2012/09/22 11:45:37   10.410   126.937 31.1  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/22 09:57:52   11.172   -85.784 84.5  NICARAGUA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/22 09:37:01   46.051   141.990 325.1  SAKHALIN, RUSSIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/22 09:30:47   18.968   -65.340 40.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/22 08:46:33   36.503   70.266 219.1  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 08:29:57   19.508   -64.228 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 08:23:01   38.825  -122.757 0.8  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/22 07:14:18   61.574  -149.818 43.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/22 07:03:52   19.613   -64.352 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.6   2012/09/22 06:58:26  -20.810  -174.149 10.5  TONGA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/22 06:44:35   19.635   -64.255 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/22 06:16:00   40.199   20.889 9.8  GREECE
MAP  3.4 2012/09/22 06:09:42   19.344   -64.211 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 06:01:46   57.825  -153.989 41.5  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.9 2012/09/22 05:32:00   19.553   -64.464 5.8  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/22 04:18:13  -22.022   -68.550 113.8  ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP  5.1   2012/09/22 03:52:26   38.300   22.812 10.0  GREECE
MAP  4.3 2012/09/22 03:51:08   35.225   26.972 10.1  CRETE, GREECE
MAP  2.5 2012/09/22 03:13:09   40.469  -124.446 24.5  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.5 2012/09/22 02:55:25   40.465  -124.431 23.7  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 02:48:14   63.327  -145.349 0.1  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/22 02:31:22   32.533  -115.698 8.2  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.1 2012/09/22 02:18:34   19.023   -64.288 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/22 01:39:49   -9.541  -108.664 10.0  CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE
MAP  2.8 2012/09/22 01:21:21   18.956   -64.281 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 23, 2012 08:18:51 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Terremotos de los últimos 2 días en las Islas Canarias de magnitud igual o superior a 1.5 o sentidos:Earthquakes for the last  2  days on the  Canary Islands magnitude equal or greater  than 1.5 registered

La información de terremotos de magnitud inferior se puede obtener en Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.

The  information earthwuakesoflesser  magnitude  can be found on Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.

Esta información está sujeta a modificaciones como consecuencia de la continua revisión del análisis sísmico.

This  information is suuject  to modification as a  consequence of the continued revision of  seismic  analysis.

 

Translation by Desert Rose

Event    Date    Time           Lat.        Long.        Depth                        Type                   Location

Evento Fecha Hora(GMT)* Latitud Longitud Prof.
(km)
Int. Máx. Mag. Tipo Mag. (**) Localización Info
1167028 22/09/2012 12:36:07 27.6840 -18.0264 21 1.6 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1167001 22/09/2012 09:07:40 27.7105 -18.0364 22 2.1 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166992 22/09/2012 05:57:04 27.7657 -18.0877 10 1.9 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166988 22/09/2012 05:35:09 27.7124 -18.0153 20 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166966 22/09/2012 03:55:06 27.7216 -18.0414 26 1.5 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166916 21/09/2012 14:55:54 27.6908 -18.0341 22 2.1 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166878 21/09/2012 11:09:02 27.7808 -18.0907 10 1.8 mbLg NW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166833 21/09/2012 06:37:16 27.7745 -18.0854 10 1.5 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166810 21/09/2012 06:25:51 27.7506 -18.0758 3 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166790 21/09/2012 03:49:33 27.7636 -18.0925 9 2.0 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166789 21/09/2012 03:33:31 27.7674 -18.0830 10 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]

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Volcanic Activity

By The Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A volcano in northern Indonesia has spewed hot smoke and ash thousands of feet into the air in two new eruptions.

Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island had been dormant before rumbling back to life last year.

Government volcanologist Hendrasto says it unleashed two strong eruptions Friday.

Residents have been put on alert, but no evacuations are planned since the nearest villages are beyond the danger area about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the crater.

Mount Lokon’s last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands to flee. The volcano is one of five on high alert in Indonesia. The archipelago straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has more active volcanoes than any other nation.

 

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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
Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 23.09.2012 Typhoon II 270 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 3.35 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Jelewat (18W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
Start up: 20th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 263.99 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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22nd Sep 2012 06:41:44 N 11° 42.000, E 129° 54.000 6 93 120 Tropical Storm 200 9 JTWC
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23rd Sep 2012 06:04:26 N 11° 48.000, E 128° 54.000 7 139 167 Typhoon II 270 ° 11 JTWC
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24th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 13° 24.000, E 128° 30.000 Typhoon IV 185 232 JTWC
24th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 14° 30.000, E 128° 30.000 Typhoon IV 194 241 JTWC
25th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 42.000, E 128° 18.000 Typhoon IV 204 250 JTWC
26th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 6.000, E 127° 30.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
27th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 24.000, E 126° 6.000 SuperTyphoon 213 259 JTWC
28th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 42.000, E 124° 42.000 Typhoon IV 204 250 JTWC
Miriam (EP 13) Pacific Ocean – East 22.09.2012 23.09.2012 Tropical Depression 300 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Miriam (EP 13)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, W 107° 30.000
Start up: 22nd September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 106.55 km
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22nd Sep 2012 06:35:22 N 13° 42.000, W 107° 30.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 275 10 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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23rd Sep 2012 06:07:18 N 14° 54.000, W 108° 30.000 13 74 93 Tropical Depression 300 ° 15 1002 MB NOAA NHC
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24th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 42.000, W 113° 6.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
25th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 116° 0.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
26th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 30.000, W 118° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, W 120° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC

Niger floods kill at least 92 people

Niamey, Niger – At least 92 people have died in floods that have swept Niger following torrential rains, according to the latest data released by the Prime minister’s office on Friday. The data indicate that 72,396 families are affected with 511,484 people being victims, as at Thursday. All the country’s eight regions are affected by floods with Tillabéry, Dosso and Niamey being the worst affected. Huge damage is reported on basic socio-economic infrastructure and other items crucial to the people.

Rice crops, schools, health centres, roads, bridges, dams have all been affected while a huge quantities of food and many cattle have been swept away by flood waters.

The chairperson of the technical committee in charge of managing the floods, Mrs Saadatou Malam Barmou, said that thanks to national solidarity and international cooperation, food needs are covered for 45 days out.

Water containers have been distributed to victims to fetch potable water to reduce water-related diseases. The ministry of Health has also set up health centres at the sites and mobile teams to solve health problems.

The government has made available 3,400 tonnes of cereals for the victims and raised 700 million CFAF to support re-housing and buy additional food.

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Flooding, landslides plague parts of Alaska

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Flooding continues to cause problems throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says in a release that there have been reports of flooding, landslides and road closures throughout the area.

But there has been no report of major injuries.

Residents in East Talkeetna are being told to evacuate because of flooding.

The Red Cross has established three shelters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and helped with another in Seward.

Weather problems are not confined to Southcentral Alaska.

Zidek says a landslide has blocked access from the village of Chenega to its airport, and state transportation officials are working to restore access. And an assessment team is in Tanacross to evaluate damage from Sunday’s wind storm.

22.09.2012 Flood Cameroon Multiple areas, [Far North, Nort Regions] Damage level Details

Flood in Cameroon on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 13:44 (01:44 PM) UTC.

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Cameroon authorities have found six more bodies in flood waters, bringing the number killed to as high as 40 in the wake of tropical downpours and the breaching of a dam in the west African country. The inundation in the Far North Region has affected more than 26,000, officials said Thursday, and in neighboring Nigeria at least 15 deaths are blamed on waters rushing into the country from Cameroon’s compromised Lagdo Dam on the Benoue River. Cameroon’s Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary has described the flooding as “a calamity” and called for urgent action to save lives and property. Local officials are calling it the worst flood disaster in over 60 years. Water has submerged swaths of the North Region downstream, wiping out homes, farms and livestock, and Cameroon’s government has dispatched a military contingency to assist and evacuate victims.
22.09.2012 Flood USA State of Alaska, [Southcentral Alaska] Damage level Details

Flood in USA on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 03:14 (03:14 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 04:46 UTC
Description
Residents of Talkeetna are being asked to evacuate the town after its dike system against heavy flooding failed Friday, according to local firefighters. The evacuation is now voluntary, although an initial order was mandatory. Talkeetna Fire Department Battalion Chief Johnny Murdoch, the incident commander for flooding in the area, says the Susitna River started backing up to the Talkeetna River, causing the dike to fail. According to local officials the decision to evacuate Talkeetna was made by Alaska State Troopers, with authorities expecting water to continue rising Friday afternoon. The Associated Press reports that overnight rains in Talkeetna ranged from half an inch to 1 1/2 inches over a 6- to 8-hour period. The Talkeetna River was within a foot of its record stage of 17.4 feet, with officials telling the AP about 35 percent of Talkeetna has some form of water coverage. Students from Talkeetna’s elementary school were being bused to the local high school Friday. Traffic was blocked from entering Talkeetna until the evacuation was no longer mandatory, a change made shortly before 2 p.m. In a flood warning effective through 10 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service says a levee protecting the town was breached as of 1 p.m. The Talkeetna River is 4 feet above flood stage, and expected to crest Friday evening. “All persons in the vicinity of Talkeetna should take precautions now to protect life and property,” meteorologists wrote. The NWS advises people to avoid crossing flowing streams — even small ones – on foot, or driving across flooded roadways in cars, under the slogan “Turn around, don’t drown.”

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Radiation / Nuclear

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

This shows Fukushima after a tsunami in March 2011. Credit: IAEA

The tsunami in Japan in March 2011 unleashed a series of negligence related with the resulting nuclear disaster. A scientific study headed by Spanish researchers has for the first time identified those atomic power plants that are more prone to suffering the effects of a tsunami. In total, 23 plants are in dangerous areas, including Fukushima I, with 74 reactors located in the east and southeast of Asia.

Tsunamis are synonymous with the destruction of cities and homes and since the Japanese coast was devastated in March 2011 we now know that they cause nuclear disaster, endanger the safety of the population and pollute the environment. As such phenomena are still difficult to predict, a team of scientists have assessed “potentially dangerous” areas that are home to completed nuclear plants or those under construction. In the study published in the ‘Natural Hazards’ journal, the researchers drew a map of the world’s geographic zones that are more at risk of large tsunamis. Based on this data, 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors have been identified in high risk areas. One of them includes Fukushima I. Out of them, 13 plants with 29 reactors are active; another four, that now have 20 reactors, are being expanded to house nine more; and there are seven new plants under construction with 16 reactors. “We are dealing with the first vision of the global distribution of civil nuclear power plants situated on the coast and exposed to tsunamis,” as explained to SINC by José Manuel Rodríguez-Llanes, coauthor of the study and researcher at the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. The authors used historical, archaeological, geological and instrumental records as a base for determining tsunami risk. Despite the fact that the risk of these natural disasters threatens practically the entire western coast of the American continent, the Spanish/Portuguese Atlantic Coast and the coast of North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and areas of Oceania, especially in South and Southeast Asia are at greater risk due to the presence of atomic power stations.

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas Credit: SINC For Debarati Guha-Sapir, another coauthor of the study and CRED researcher, “the impact of natural disaster is getting worse due to the growing interaction with technological installations.” China: a nuclear power in the making Some 27 out of 64 nuclear reactors that are currently under construction in the world are found in China. This is an example of the massive nuclear investment of the Asian giant. “The most important fact is that 19 (two of which are in Taiwan) out of the 27 reactors are being built in areas identified as dangerous,” state the authors of the study. In the case of Japan, which in March 2011 suffered the consequences of the worse tsunami in its history, there are seven plants with 19 reactors at risk, one of which is currently under construction. South Korea is now expanding two plants at risk with five reactors. India (two reactors) and Pakistan (one reactor) could also feel the consequences of a tsunami in the plants. The ghost of Fukushima “The location of nuclear installations does not only have implications for their host countries but also for the areas which could be affected by radioactive leaks,” as outlined to SINC by Joaquín Rodríguez-Vidal, lead author of the study and researcher at the Geodynamics and Paleontology Department of the University of Huelva. According to the study, we should learn our lessons from the Fukushima accident. For the authors, prevention and previous scientific studies are the best tools for avoiding such disasters. “But since the tsunami in 2004 the Indian Ocean region is still to take effective political measures,” warn the researchers. The Fukushima crisis took place in a highly developed country with one of the highest standards in scientific knowledge and technological infrastructure. “If it had occurred in a country less equipped for dealing with the consequences of catastrophe, the impact would have been a lot more serious for the world at large,” claim the experts. Therefore, Professor Rodríguez-Vidal recommends the drafting of more local analyses that consider the seismic amplification of each nuclear power plant and determine the adaptation of installation identified in the study. More information: Rodríguez-Vidal, Joaquin ; Rodríguez-Llanes, Jose M. ; Guha-Sapir, Debarati. “Civil nuclear power at risk of tsunamis “

Natural Hazards 63 (2) : 1273-1278 DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0162-0 , septiembre de 2012.

Japan Backpedals on “No Nukes” Policy

Published on Sep 19, 2012 by

Last week, Japan surprised the world by announcing that it plans to abandon atomic energy completely by the 2030s. But now in an abrupt turnaround, the Japanese Cabinet appears to be backpedaling on that decision, dropping any mention of the 2030s deadline in its approval of Japan’s new energy policy.

Arnie Gundersen @Congressional Briefing Cannon House Office Building — Room 121


 

7m and 470kg of steel frame dropped into the SFP of reactor3, “566 fuel assemblies are in the pool”

Posted by Mochizuki on September 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

About 11:05 of 9/22/2012, Tepco dropped a steel frame of 7m long and 470kg into the SFP of reactor3. 514 assemblies of spent fuel and 52 fuel assemblies are kept in the pool.

Tepco was removing debris by the remote controlling crane and dropped it into the pool mistakenly.

The steel frame was 30cm×20cm×7m, 470kg. It was dropped from South-East side.

Tepco states the radiation level did not change, the dosimeter set 2m above the pool did not measure any change in radiation level either. Water level and the temperature did not change.

It hasn’t happened that such a large material dropped into the pool. Tepco is planning to investigate if the fuel assemblies are not damaged by underwater camera.

9/22 午前11:05頃、東電が長さ7m、重さ470kgの鉄骨を3号機使用済み核燃料プールに落としました。
このプールには514体の使用済み核燃料集合体と、52体の新燃料が入っています。

遠隔操作が可能な無人クレーンで瓦礫を撤去していたところ、鉄骨を落としてしまったということです。
落ちた鉄骨は、縦30センチ、横20センチ、長さ7メートルで、重さは470キロあり、プールの南東側から落ちたということです。

東電はこれまでのところ、プールに設置している線量計やプールの水に含まれる放射性物質の濃度、それに水位に変化はなく、冷却も問題なくできている と説明していますが、これほど大きなものがプールに落ちたことはないことから、核燃料集合体が損傷していないか今後水中カメラを使って調べるとしていま す。

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Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6

Posted by Mochizuki
On 9/21/2012, Tepco released the nuclear analysis result of radioactive materials in the sea water.

The samples were taken on 4/16 and 5/14, so their release is 5 ~ 4 months behind.

The result shows 3.8 ~ 6.0 Bq/L of tritium leakage from around reactor 5 and 6 (North of Unit 5-6 Discharge Channel).

Tepco evaluates it is from the Fukushima accident.  From April to May, the tritium amount increased.

Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6

Tritium leakage from reactor 5 and 6 2

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Related article..180,000 Bq/m3 of tritium from groundwater of Fukushima plant area

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

West Nile virus kills 5 in Balkans, dozens in hospital

PRISTINA,   (bdnews24.com/Reuters) – At least five people in the Balkans have died from West Nile virus and several dozen others have been hospitalized in the past four weeks, according to health authorities in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Croatia.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease usually found in temperate and tropical regions. While many cases are mild and have no symptoms, severe disease symptoms can include headaches, high fever, neck stiffness, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Kosovo confirmed its first fatality on Wednesday, saying the victim was a woman from central Kosovo who died on Sept 14. Macedonia’s health officials said on Thursday one woman had died and two other people were infected with the virus.

A spokesman for the Kosovo Health Ministry told Reuters on Thursday two other people who died recently were also suspected of having the same virus, but the cases had not been confirmed with laboratory blood tests.

The United States is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of West Nile virus since 2003.

In Serbia, three people have died and 35 were hospitalized since mid-August.

“This is the first time the West Nile virus has been officially registered in Serbia,” the country’s Department for Public Health said in a statement.

All the infected people were over 50 and had other chronic diseases, it said. Serbia’s western neighbor Croatia has registered five probable cases of the virus but no deaths.

bdnews24.com/lq/1715h.

Health: Measles epidemic kills 22 in Congo

Measles epidemic Congo – An outbreak of measles, which has been raging in Likouala, North-eastern Congo since April, has already killed 22 people, the state-run radio said Friday.

The epidemic, which initially hit Liranga and Bétou, have now reached Impfondo and Epena.

Following the outbreak, the Ministry of Health Thursday launched a 5-day vaccination campaign against measles in the district.

Vaccination teams will travel throughout the localities of Likouala, which since 2009 has sheltered over 100,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who are fleeing inter-ethnic violence in the Equateur province.

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22.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of New York, [Ulster County] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 17:13 (05:13 PM) UTC.

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– In light of confirmation of a measles case in a school-aged child in Ulster County, State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., advises all New Yorkers to be vaccinated against measles. “Many people think measles is a childhood disease of the past, but it remains a highly-contagious viral disease that can cause serious health problems and even death,” Shah said. “The good news is that measles is preventable, and people who are vaccinated can protect themselves against the disease.” The current Ulster County measles case involves a child who attends a school where nearly half of the students are not vaccinated against measles. Although vaccination against measles is one of the required immunizations for school children in New York, exemptions from the requirement may be granted by a school. The Ulster County Health Department is working with the school district to protect other school children from measles. Unvaccinated children who attend the same Ulster County school as the child with measles and unvaccinated school staff are being excluded from the school for 21 days to help prevent them from contracting or spreading the disease. Individuals are not at risk of contracting measles if they are immune. A person is considered immune if they were born before January 1, 1957, have a history of physician-diagnosed measles, a blood test confirming immunity, or have received two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus and is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Due to widespread immunization in the United States, the measles virus does not circulate in this country, but is present in some foreign countries, including some in Europe and Asia. It is strongly recommended that anyone traveling to a country where measles is circulating be immunized before their trip; those who are not immunized could potentially contract the disease while abroad and infect other non-immunized individuals upon their return back to the U.S.
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed
22.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard Sudan South Sudan, [In some refugees camp] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Sudan on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 13:38 (01:38 PM) UTC.

Description
The international humanitarian agency Oxfam is warning that living conditions of refugees in a camp in Upper Nile state are becoming increasingly desperate, and more people will probably die if help does not arrive soon. More than 100,000 refugees have fled fighting between Sudanese armed forces and rebels in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states. At least 16 refugees have died in the past two weeks from an outbreak of Hepatitis E, according to the U.N. Pauline Ballaman, Oxfam’s South Sudan director, said the best way to curb the spread of the water-borne disease is to relocate thousands of Sudanese refugees to a safer place. “The government of South Sudan and UNHCR, who are the lead agencies, would encourage them to look at all other possibilities because this is not going to be a sustainable job or solution,” Ballaman said. South Sudan and the UN refugee agency considered relocating the refugees to areas along the Nile River, according to Ballaman, but she said no decision has been made so far. Ballaman said more people are showing symptoms of Hepatitis E. She added, “there are a lot more people affected and, of course, it is far more serious for the nursing and pregnant mothers and young children, and malnutrition kicks in as well,” According to Ballaman, no season is favorable to housing more than 100,000 refugees. Widespread flooding during South Sudan’s rainy season is the problem right now, but when the dry season arrives the problem will be not enough water.
Biohazard name: Hepatitis E. 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.
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Status: confirmed
23.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of New York, New Paltz [Mountain Laurel Waldorf School] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 05:13 (05:13 AM) UTC.

Description
A case of measles has been confirmed in a student who attends the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, according to the Dutchess County Department of Health. The measles case was reported by Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell in a press release emailed to local media outlets late Friday. It was not immediately clear why the release came from a Dutchess County official rather than one in Ulster County, where the private school is located, and the name and hometown of the infected person were not provided. Caldwell said his office has “been in close communication” with the Ulster County Department of Health and the state Department of Health. Caldwell said anyone who has visited the school since Sept. 10 or has had contact with anyone from the school since that date should make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date. Those who lack proper vaccinations should consult with a doctor. Caldwell said his department has learned that a number of students at the New Paltz school have not been vaccinated for measles, meaning they could become ill and put others at risk. Caldwell said all medical practices and laboratories in the area should be on high alert that there may be a number of children and family members who have been exposed and could spread the disease further. Incidents of measles, which is highly contagious, have increased in the United States recently due to a growing number of unvaccinated individuals who travel to countries where measles is prevalent, Caldwell said.
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed

 

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Solar Activity

3MIN News Sept 22. 2012

Published on Sep 22, 2012 by

2012 Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

TODAY’S LINKS
Tsunami Debris: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-bin-hawaii-japan-tsunami-debris.html
Pakistan Flooding: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=79236
New Clouds: http://www.weather.com/news/new-cloud-variety-on-horizon-20120920
More EU vs Monsanto: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-eu-honey.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/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

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

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

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

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

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!]

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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Space

22.09.2012 Event into space Ireland Multiple areas, [Over the Ireland airspace] Damage level Details

Event into space in Ireland on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 13:27 (01:27 PM) UTC.

Description
A massive fireball was seen right across Ireland last night which may be “one of the best ever seen” in Europe and was a “huge event”, according to Astronomy Ireland. The trail of fragments passed across the sky at about 10.55pm with sightings reported from Dublin, Donegal, Cork, Sligo, Carlow, Longford, Antrim and across Britain and as far away as as The Netherlands. It was “very unusual to see it in multiple countries,” David Moore of Astronomy Ireland said. “I’ve never seen one fragmented like that and streaked across the sky,” he said. The fireball later exploded into fragments. Mr Moore said the cause of the fireball was not yet clear. “It is a piece of space debris, but whether it is man made or natural is not known,” he said. He said it was too slow for natural debris and was going the wrong direction for man-made debris. “It is probably a space rock that has skidded across the atmosphere.” Meteorites will have been dropped “but whether they landed in Ireland or at sea we will have to figure out”, he said. Witnesses described a trail of seven to 12 fireballs in a straight line across the sky. No sound was to be heard either by witnesses in the city or the countryside. Kielder Observatory in Britain last night reported a sighting of a “huge fireball” .Mr Moore asked for witnesses to submit a fireball report to the Astronomy Ireland website “This will help us to triangulate the path,” he said. Twitter and Facebook filled with reports of the strange sightings last night, with meteor trending on Twitter in Ireland. “Spotted what looked like about eight fireballs travelling east to west over the M1 at Santry, Dublin at 10.56pm. Amazing,” wrote one tweeter last night. The Irish Coast Guard had reports from the north coast right down the east coast.
22.09.2012 Event into space United Kingdom Scotland and England, [Between Airdrie and Arbroath, Greater Manchester] Damage level Details

Event into space in United Kingdom on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 04:54 (04:54 AM) UTC.

Description
A suspected meteorite shower over Scotland has prompted a flurry of 999 calls from worried members of the public. Concerned callers from Airdrie to Arbroath likened the lights they saw in the sky to flares, fireworks and even a plane crash. Coastguard and police forces up and down the country were inundated with reports from around 11pm on Friday night. A spokesman for Forth Coastguard said: “From talking to other stations and to the RAF it’s almost certainly meteorite activity. “Calls came in from all over the place, thick and fast. We’ve had people report possible plane crashes, and others the weirdest fireworks they’ve ever seen. “Folk just haven’t known how to describe what they’ve seen. It’s quite extraordinary.” The spokesman said reports had come from Crail, Johnshaven and Arbroath. Clyde Coastguard said it had received a “flurry” of calls reporting flares seen in Drummore, Airdrie and Brodick on Arran. A spokeswoman said: “When we get it all over and at the same time then we attribute them to meteorites. There was meteorite activity forecast from September 15 to 21.” Shetland Coastguard said a report of a flare at 11.10pm at Duncansby Head near John O’Groats was thought to be part of the meteorite shower.

 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 SH2) 24th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 11 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
(2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 12 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
(2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 12 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
(2006 TD) 06th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
(2009 TK) 06th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2004 UB) 08th October 2012 15 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
277830 (2006 HR29) 11th October 2012 18 day(s) 0.1917 74.6 190 m – 440 m 7.88 km/s 28368 km/h
(2008 BW2) 11th October 2012 18 day(s) 0.1678 65.3 3.1 m – 6.8 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2005 GQ21) 12th October 2012 19 day(s) 0.1980 77.0 620 m – 1.4 km 23.86 km/s 85896 km/h
(2012 GV17) 12th October 2012 19 day(s) 0.1500 58.4 160 m – 370 m 16.11 km/s 57996 km/h
256004 (2006 UP) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1374 53.5 65 m – 140 m 3.06 km/s 11016 km/h
(2005 ST1) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1319 51.3 230 m – 510 m 12.88 km/s 46368 km/h
(2011 OB57) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1553 60.4 17 m – 37 m 4.95 km/s 17820 km/h
(2012 KB4) 14th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1271 49.4 22 m – 49 m 4.98 km/s 17928 km/h
(2004 RX10) 15th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.0819 31.9 150 m – 340 m 11.86 km/s 42696 km/h
(2006 WV1) 15th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.0910 35.4 17 m – 39 m 6.15 km/s 22140 km/h
(2012 LA) 16th October 2012 23 day(s) 0.0449 17.5 8.3 m – 19 m 1.86 km/s 6696 km/h
329275 (1999 VP6) 17th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1766 68.7 300 m – 670 m 7.15 km/s 25740 km/h
136993 (1998 ST49) 18th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.0737 28.7 790 m – 1.8 km 16.63 km/s 59868 km/h
(2002 TR190) 19th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.1712 66.6 430 m – 960 m 13.58 km/s 48888 km/h
(1998 XX2) 20th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 290 m – 650 m 10.62 km/s 38232 km/h
(2003 UC5) 21st October 2012 28 day(s) 0.1750 68.1 260 m – 580 m 35.80 km/s 128880 km/h
(2008 CT1) 22nd October 2012 29 day(s) 0.0674 26.2 8.2 m – 18 m 15.82 km/s 56952 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

 

 

Beautiful and Mysterious Superbubble In The Large Magellanic Cloud
Observed By Chandra
 

MessageToEagle.com – Beautiful and mysterious structures known as superbubbles result from the stellar winds and supernovae of OB [spectral types O or early-type B] associations.

Astronomers believe they play play a fundamental role in the structure and energetics of the ISM [interstellar medium] in star-forming galaxies.

Their influence may also dominate the relationship between the different interstellar gas phases.

How do superbubbles form and evolve?
How do they affect the local and global ISM?

The Magellanic Clouds provide a superior opportunity to study this shell-forming activity, since both stellar content and gaseous structure can be examined in detail.

A superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) was observed by astronomers using Chandra X-ray Observatory.

LMC is a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

Many new stars, some of them very massive, are forming in the star cluster NGC 1929, which is embedded in the nebula N44.

The massive stars produce intense radiation, expel matter at high speeds, and race through their evolution to explode as supernovas.

The winds and supernova shock waves carve out huge cavities called superbubbles in the surrounding gas. X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) show hot regions created by these winds and shocks, while infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (red) outline where the dust and cooler gas are found.

The optical light from the 2.2m Max-Planck-ESO telescope (yellow) in Chile shows where ultraviolet radiation from hot, young stars is causing gas in the nebula to glow.

A long-running problem in high-energy astrophysics has been that some superbubbles in the LMC, including N44, give off a lot more X-rays than expected from models of their structure.


A Chandra study published in 2011 showed that there are two extra sources of the bright X-ray emission: supernova shock waves striking the walls of the cavities, and hot material evaporating from the cavity walls.

The observations show no evidence for an enhancement of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium in the cavities, thus ruling out this possibility as an explanation for the bright X-ray emission.

Click on image to enlarge

NGC 1929 is a star cluster embedded in the N44 nebula, which is found in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Massive stars in the cluster produce intense radiation, expel matter at high speeds, and explode relatively quickly as supernovas.
Winds from the massive stars and shocks from the supernovas carve out “superbubbles” in the gas seen in X-rays by Chandra (blue). Infrared data show dust (red) and cooler gas and optical light (yellow) reveals where ultraviolet radiation is causing the gas to glow. Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Mich./S.Oey, IR: NASA/JPL, Optical: ESO/WFI/2.2-m

This is the first time that the data have been good enough to distinguish between different sources of the X-rays produced by superbubbles.

The Chandra study of N44 and another superbubble in the LMC was led by Anne Jaskot from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The co-authors were Dave Strickland from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, Sally Oey from University of Michigan, You-Hua Chu from University of Illinois and Guillermo Garcia-Segura from Instituto de Astronomia-UNAM in Ensenada, Mexico.

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
10 Spectacular Hubble Space Telescope Images Never Released Before

 

 

 

 

New Photos Of Saturn And Its Moon Titan –
See A Striking Change Of Colors!
 

MessageToEagle.com – Cassini spacecraft has taken great photos of Saturn and its largest moon, Titan.

The colors are spectacular and on one of the images you can even see the changing hues of Saturn’s northern and southern hemispheres as they pass from one season to the next.

Upon Cassini’s arrival at Saturn eight years ago, Saturn’s northern winter hemisphere was an azure blue.

Now that winter is encroaching on the planet’s southern hemisphere and summer on the north, the color scheme is reversing: blue is tinting the southern atmosphere and is fading from the north.

Some of these views, such as those of the polar vortex, are only possible because Cassini’s newly inclined — or tilted — orbits allow more direct viewing of the polar regions of Saturn and its moons.


Click on image to enlargeColorful Colossi and Changing Hues

A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, measures 3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers, across and is larger than the planet Mercury. Cassini scientists have been watching the moon’s south pole since a vortex appeared in its atmosphere in 2012.

As the seasons have changed in the Saturnian system, and spring has come to the north and autumn to the south, the azure blue in the northern Saturnian hemisphere that greeted Cassini upon its arrival in 2004 is now fading. The southern hemisphere, in its approach to winter, is taking on a bluish hue. This change is likely due to the reduced intensity of ultraviolet light and the haze it produces in the hemisphere approaching winter, and the increasing intensity of ultraviolet light and haze production in the hemisphere approaching summer. Image credit: NASA

Scientists are looking forward to seeing more of the same — new phenomena like Titan’s south polar vortex and changes wrought by the passage of time and seasons — during the remainder of Cassini’s mission.

“Cassini has been in orbit now for the last eight years, and despite the fact that we can’t know exactly what the next five years will show us, we can be certain that whatever it is will be wondrous,” said Carolyn Porco, imaging team lead based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.“It is so fantastic to experience, through the instruments of Cassini, seasonal changes in the Saturn system,” said Amanda Hendrix, deputy project scientist, based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

“Some of the changes we see in the data are completely unexpected, while some occur like clockwork on a seasonal timescale.

It’s an exciting time to be at Saturn.”


Click on image to enlargeObscured by Rings

Saturn’s rings obscure part of Titan’s colorful visage in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The south polar vortex that first appeared in Titan’s atmosphere in 2012 is visible at the bottom of this view. Image credit: NASA


Click on image to enlargeA Ring of Color

Titan’s north polar hood can be seen at the top of this view, and a hint of the south polar vortex can be detected at the bottom. Image credit: NASA


Click on image to enlargePolar Vortex in Color

The recently formed south polar vortex stands out in the color-swaddled atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, in this natural color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The south polar vortex can be seen approximately centered over the south pole in the lower left of the image. Image credit: NASA

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See also:
10 Spectacular Hubble Space Telescope Images Never Released Before

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.7 2012/09/19 23:51:51   18.740   -67.386 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 21:30:11   3.345   128.302 121.3  NORTH OF HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/19 21:18:34   4.621   126.632 97.9  KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/19 20:16:56   52.499  -168.047 26.3  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/19 18:34:48   61.998  -151.125 89.5  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/19 17:07:25   59.659  -152.972 96.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/19 15:02:47   65.653  -144.998 10.9  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/19 10:45:40   -9.810   124.570 35.3  TIMOR REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/19 10:00:00   60.568  -153.189 137.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.9   2012/09/19 09:17:48   37.235   37.098 10.0  CENTRAL TURKEY
MAP  2.7 2012/09/19 08:33:41   60.306  -143.104 0.4  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 07:57:24   66.247   -18.785 10.3  ICELAND REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/19 07:39:25   18.792   -64.222 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 07:31:47  -10.864   113.891 37.8  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/19 06:44:24  -29.381  -177.017 59.5  KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
MAP  2.8 2012/09/19 06:26:58   19.029   -67.299 9.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.6 2012/09/19 05:44:25   19.561   -63.512 37.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/19 04:57:03   35.398  -117.823 7.3  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/19 04:35:56   19.319  -155.213 8.8  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.2 2012/09/19 04:34:35   19.599   -64.419 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/19 04:27:02   13.008   -88.660 70.7  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  3.5 2012/09/19 02:07:14   59.447  -151.916 58.0  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/19 01:57:33   -5.657   146.707 36.1  EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/19 00:32:09   1.501   127.329 116.5  HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/19 00:15:11  -20.180   168.912 48.5  LOYALTY ISLANDS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 21:15:17   18.975   -66.837 11.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 21:09:40   33.694  -116.737 20.3  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 19:57:10   43.085  -126.533 10.5  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.5 2012/09/18 19:34:28   32.642  -115.703 8.4  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 19:22:25   59.271  -153.328 93.1  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/18 19:10:38   9.792   -85.561 44.2  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/18 18:54:00   57.200  -154.806 40.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 17:52:24   18.990   -64.516 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 17:40:38   19.659   -64.236 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/18 16:35:03   -7.280   105.886 44.6  JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 16:06:02   54.094  -163.611 147.0  UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/18 15:59:37   3.776   92.650 10.4  OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/18 15:31:50   67.326  -166.875 23.6  BERING STRAIT
MAP  2.9 2012/09/18 14:59:17   19.091   -66.582 54.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/18 14:46:50   51.898  -179.987 159.1  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/18 14:34:25   18.976   -65.149 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 14:32:54   18.993   -65.221 17.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 12:32:38   56.992  -154.127 9.1  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/18 11:51:52   67.268  -166.824 24.4  BERING STRAIT
MAP  2.9 2012/09/18 10:48:51   19.008  -155.421 44.4  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  3.2 2012/09/18 10:25:36   19.095   -66.900 55.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/18 10:15:36  -20.740   167.405 35.0  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  2.7 2012/09/18 09:42:21   17.899   -65.740 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/18 09:10:24   9.801   -85.635 17.2  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/18 09:03:29   9.726   -85.622 14.4  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/18 08:20:40   12.268   -89.250 35.4  OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR
MAP  5.1   2012/09/18 08:05:38   4.481   126.380 28.1  KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/18 07:08:25   42.234  -124.719 35.9  OFFSHORE OREGON
MAP  4.8   2012/09/18 06:42:30  -10.771   114.033 39.3  SOUTH OF BALI, INDONESIA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 06:33:40   19.076   -66.146 50.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/18 05:20:02   18.358   -68.089 109.0  MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  3.0 2012/09/18 04:30:33   19.783   -64.234 38.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 04:14:26   56.955  -154.135 30.1  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/18 03:53:32  -31.896   -69.203 64.6  SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/18 03:51:36  -29.215  -176.820 58.1  KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/18 03:26:01   56.966  -154.118 27.4  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/18 03:23:42   -6.173   103.788 10.0  SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/18 01:52:37   56.953  -154.101 38.5  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/18 01:46:42   1.405   126.003 22.3  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/18 01:44:50   56.937  -154.142 38.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/18 00:52:24   49.062   154.770 80.1  KURIL ISLANDS
MAP  2.5 2012/09/18 00:20:51   18.078   -67.223 33.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO

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List Of Earthquakes  on the Canary Islands

Listado Terremotos

¿Ha sentido algún terremoto?
Earthquakes of the  last  2  days on the  Canary Islands Mgnitude 1.5 or greater
Terremotos de los últimos 2 días en las Islas Canarias de magnitud igual o superior a 1.5 o sentidos:
The earthquake  information for lesser magnitudes  can be found at this link   Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.
La información de terremotos de magnitud inferior se puede obtener en Catálogo y boletines sísmicos.This data  is  subject  to change as a  consequence of continuous  revisions of seismic  analysis

Esta información está sujeta a modificaciones como consecuencia de la continua revisión del análisis sísmico.

Translation  by Desert Rose

95 Tremors in the Canary Islands Region between 9/17/2012 and 9/18/2012

Event     Date              Time            Lat.        Long.      Depth               Mag.   Type                  Location

Evento Fecha Hora(GMT)* Latitud Longitud Prof.
(km)
Int. Máx. Mag. Tipo Mag. (**) Localización Info
1166716 20/09/2012 17:36:11 27.7012 -18.0111 21 1.9 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166709 20/09/2012 15:24:23 27.6983 -17.9930 28 2.4 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166640 20/09/2012 08:51:54 27.7227 -18.0269 21 2.2 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166601 20/09/2012 05:38:00 27.7024 -18.0260 21 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166569 19/09/2012 21:29:26 27.7239 -18.0672 21 1.8 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166486 19/09/2012 05:08:31 27.7030 -18.0327 21 1.8 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166475 19/09/2012 00:50:00 27.7188 -18.0141 22 1.8 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166474 18/09/2012 22:32:54 27.6298 -18.0865 14 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166466 18/09/2012 21:05:06 27.7194 -18.0215 23 2.0 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166428 18/09/2012 15:13:36 27.6615 -17.9935 19 1.6 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166429 18/09/2012 14:21:31 27.7023 -18.0231 20 1.9 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166422 18/09/2012 13:44:05 27.7263 -18.0070 21 2.4 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166423 18/09/2012 13:43:13 27.7074 -18.1414 19 2.0 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166348 18/09/2012 06:03:03 27.7480 -18.0772 11 2.1 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166347 18/09/2012 05:43:33 27.7016 -17.9932 26 2.4 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166350 18/09/2012 05:30:50 27.7069 -18.0159 21 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166335 18/09/2012 02:00:06 27.7172 -18.0061 22 1.9 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166334 18/09/2012 01:44:59 27.7116 -18.0057 23 1.8 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166333 18/09/2012 01:20:05 27.7154 -18.0037 21 1.8 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166313 17/09/2012 23:58:02 27.6961 -18.0187 22 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166312 17/09/2012 23:26:31 27.7065 -17.9957 22 2.0 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166311 17/09/2012 21:42:46 27.7030 -18.0078 24 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166308 17/09/2012 21:10:53 27.6954 -18.0087 22 1.8 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166306 17/09/2012 21:01:03 27.7032 -18.0052 20 2.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166301 17/09/2012 20:55:02 27.7141 -18.0022 20 2.3 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166283 17/09/2012 20:50:45 27.7009 -18.0074 22 2.1 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166282 17/09/2012 20:20:41 27.7107 -18.0105 22 2.5 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166280 17/09/2012 20:14:15 27.7036 -17.9998 21 2.0 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166279 17/09/2012 19:53:08 27.7042 -17.9886 20 1.9 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166278 17/09/2012 19:47:08 27.7155 -18.0153 23 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166273 17/09/2012 18:29:37 27.7204 -18.0029 19 1.6 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166266 17/09/2012 17:49:38 27.6889 -17.9883 22 2.2 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166265 17/09/2012 17:34:22 27.6855 -18.0191 22 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166260 17/09/2012 16:54:36 27.6945 -18.0669 27 2.1 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166247 17/09/2012 16:11:02 27.7200 -17.9911 22 2.5 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166243 17/09/2012 16:06:47 27.7324 -17.9921 21 2.1 mbLg S FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166240 17/09/2012 16:04:37 27.7184 -17.9992 20 2.8 mbLg NW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166245 17/09/2012 15:52:56 27.7575 -18.0872 10 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166231 17/09/2012 15:39:07 27.7118 -18.0222 22 1.6 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166226 17/09/2012 15:34:51 27.7601 -18.0891 10 1.8 mbLg W FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166221 17/09/2012 15:32:59 27.7876 -18.1054 11 1.7 mbLg NW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166224 17/09/2012 15:32:23 27.7054 -18.0069 25 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166225 17/09/2012 15:26:48 27.7398 -18.0069 19 1.5 mbLg SW FRONTERA.IHI [+]
1166220 17/09/2012 15:15:08 27.7021 -18.0191 22 1.7 mbLg W EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166204 17/09/2012 14:04:42 27.6965 -18.0061 21 2.0 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166205 17/09/2012 14:02:27 27.6968 -18.0169 20 1.8 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
1166217 17/09/2012 13:49:28 27.6801 -18.0791 16 1.7 mbLg SW EL PINAR.IHI [+]
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More quakes raise panic near Vietnamese dam

A man in Quang Nam Province swings his arms to describe earthquakes that rattled his house early on Monday. The tremors have left his wife and son in a panic, he said.

The central province of Quang Nam, which has been disturbed by tremors caused by the Song Tranh 2 dam, was hit by more earthquakes Monday and Tuesday.

Two earthquakes, the bigger of which registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, occurred early Monday, and three others early on Tuesday.

Nguyen Quoc Viet, who lives near the dam, said he was sleeping when a tremor woke him Monday. 

“The bed shook. I knew it was another earthquake, and I just ran out of the house.”

Ho Van Tien, who felt a quake while exercising at 5 p.m., said the tremors lasted around seven seconds. He said it was the biggest of the recent quakes he’d experienced.

Many local residents agreed the late quake Monday was the worst, while scientists later said it occurred as close as five kilometers from the earth’s surface.

The quakes added to a series of at least 17 since September 3, including one of a magnitude 4.2, which have panicked local residents.

Scientists said the quakes were “normal” reservoir-induced ones, caused by the increased pressure of the dam’s water on the earth’s surface as water from the reservoir is absorbed into fault lines in the area, triggering seismic activity.

Geologists sent to the province said the quakes were not dangerous, but local authorities did not believe them.

Many local residents have packed their clothes and blankets and are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Others have built wooden houses, leaving their cracked concrete houses abandoned.

Many parents have also pulled their children out of schools downstream from the dam. 

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Local officials have demanded that the dam’s investor, the state-owned monopoly Electricity of Vietnam, not to store any more water at the dam, and compensate affected families, at least with rice.

The Song Tranh 2 hydropower dam, the biggest in the central region, was built at a cost of more than VND4.15 trillion (US$197.53 million). It caused first quakes in November 2010 soon after it was completed, and more in April this year after it developed cracks. The cracks were fixed by the end of August.

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Volcanic Activity

Mount Soputan Volcano Erupts In Central Indonesia, Spewing Ash

JAKARTA, Indonesia — One of Indonesia’s most active volcanos has erupted, shooting ash and smoke nearly 1 1/2 kilometers (one mile) into the sky.

State volcanology official Kristianto says Mount Soputan on central Indonesia’s Sulawesi island erupted Tuesday afternoon.

Kristianto, who uses one name, says there is no plan for an immediate evacuation since the nearest villages are outside the danger area of about 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) from the crater.

Mount Soputan is about 1,350 miles (2,160 kilometers) northeast of Jakarta. It last erupted in July last year, causing no casualties.

Indonesia straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines around the Pacific Basin. It has more active volcanoes than any other nation. Another mountain, Gamalama, erupted last week on the Molucca Islands.

Volcanic Activity Up in Several Locations

Steam and ash billow out of Mount Gamalama on Ternate Island on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Steam and ash billow out of Mount Gamalama on Ternate Island on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Solo, Central Java. As two volcanos in the eastern part of Indonesia continued to erupt on Monday, Mount Merapi in Central Java has been displaying increasing activity, with rumblings in the past week.

“In the evenings, there are rumblings that are accompanied by the ground shaking,” Sapto, from Samiran village in the district of Boyolali on the slope of Merapi, said on Monday.

He said that the 2,968-meter volcano was also active during the day, as evidenced by the thick column of ash billowing out from its crater.

Sapto said that as of Monday, local authorities had not issued any information to the public regarding the volcano.

Subiso, head of Selo subdistrict in Boyolali, confirmed that no official advisories or warnings had been issued yet about the increased activity on Merapi.

However, he said that the rumbling sounds from the volcano were almost routine in the area, and added that the situation there “is still safe.”

Ngatini, another resident said that the rumblings did not disturb local residents too much.

“If an eruption is imminent, the rumbling will be heard continuously and there will be some ash rain,” she said.

Merapi last erupted in October 2010, spewing enormous amounts of ash. Pyroclastic flows, fast-moving currents of superheated gas and rock, killed more than 300 people along the heavily populated slopes and forced 350,000 to evacuate.

Meanwhile, with a small eruption still taking place on Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, authorities there are maintaining the alert status for the volcano and have banned all human activities within a 2.5-kilometer radius of the crater.

Farid Sukendar, head of the Lokon volcano observation post, said that  the mountain erupted after dusk on Saturday, spewing superheated volcanic material up to 600 meters and ash up to 1,500 meters into the atmosphere.

“This volcano is active and therefore we should remain vigilant because it could erupt any time,” he said.

Arnold Poli, secretary of the town of Tomohon, located at the base of the mountain, said that the authorities were continuously monitoring the volcano. He said that the series of eruptions had not affected the activities of the local population but added the authorities were calling on everyone to remain alert.

He also said that despite the volcanic activity, the government had yet to evacuate anyone from the villages of Kinilow and Kakaskasen III, the two villages closest to the smoldering crater.

“No one has yet been ordered to evacuate,” he said.

Mount Soputan, in North Sulawesi’s South Minahasa district, and Mount Karangetang in the Sitaro Islands district across from the northernmost tip of Sulawesi remained on a government-ordered standby alert status, or just one rung below the most severe alert.

“There are now three volcanoes in North Sulawesi under the standby alert status,” said Hooke Makarawung, head of the North Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

“People should remain vigilant.”

He said that about 110 people had been evacuated from the slopes of Karangetang and that the North Sulawesi administration had sent relief supplies to them.

Djauhari Kansil, the deputy governor of North Sulawesi, said that those evacuated were from East Siau subdistrict, but he added that in the daytime, the people were allowed to return to their village to work their fields.

They have been asked to return to the shelters in the evening.

The volcanology office also announced on Monday that it had raised the alert level for Mount Gamalama, on Ternate Island in North Maluku province, to standby.

The office, on its website, said that the alert status was raised on Sunday.

The site offered no further details.

The 1,715-meter Gamalama, a conical volcano that dominates Ternate Island, last erupted in December, destroying more than 100 houses and leaving farmers devastated after a thick layer of ash smothered fruit trees and crops.

Four villagers were confirmed dead in that eruption.

Metro TV reported on Monday that the mountain spewed a white column of ash about 500 meters into the atmosphere.

There was also some volcanic debris thrown up by the mountain but on a smaller scale.

It also said the local volcanology authorities had declared a 2.5-kilometer exclusion radius around the crater of the erupting volcano.

On Sunday evening, the smoke and volcanic debris thrown up by Gamalama reached about 1,000 meters into the atmosphere, according to the report.

Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra also showed some signs of activity earlier this month. The volcano is the remnant of Krakatau, the site of an earth-shattering eruption in 1883.

SP, JG

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Cumbal volcano (Colombia) activity update: seismic swarms

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Seismic unrest has been increasing. 2 earthquake swarms occurred on 23 and 26 August, with 115 and 94 quakes, respectively. White gas emissions from the El Verde fumarole could be observed on 24 August. INGEOMINAS mintains yellow alert for the volcano.

18.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia Sulawesi, [Soputan Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 15:40 (03:40 PM) UTC.

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One of Indonesia’s most active volcanos has erupted, shooting ash and smoke nearly 1 1/2 kilometers (one mile) into the sky. State volcanology official Kristianto says Mount Soputan on central Indonesia’s Sulawesi island erupted Tuesday afternoon. Kristianto, who uses one name, says there is no plan for an immediate evacuation since the nearest villages are outside the danger area of about 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) from the crater. Mount Soputan is about 1,350 miles (2,160 kilometers) northeast of Jakarta. It last erupted in July last year, causing no casualties. Indonesia straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and fault lines around the Pacific Basin. It has more active volcanoes than any other nation. Another mountain, Gamalama, erupted last week on the Molucca Islands.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

2nd Major Wind Storm Hits Anchorage

Rachel D’Oro

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — A second major wind storm in less than two weeks swept through Alaska’s largest city on Sunday, but unlike the earlier storm, its greatest intensity was mostly on higher elevations where gusts as high as 120 mph were reported, weather forecasters said.

Chugach Electric said as many as 6,000 customers between Anchorage and the northern Kenai Peninsula were without power at the height of the storm. Fewer than two dozen customers remained in the dark, utility spokesman Phil Steyer said.

The outages are known or suspected to be caused by fallen trees, although not as many as the stronger storm earlier this month that downed hundreds of trees across the city. That storm blew a lot of leaves off branches, making “less surface area now for the wind to catch on,” Steyer said.

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The storm two weeks ago brought down trees and caused thousands of power outages. Only 6,000 outages were reported Sunday.

Era Aviation commuter planes were grounded Saturday evening, though only partially because of the weather. Spokesman Steve Smith said the statewide airline also learned recently that electronic components for cockpit voice recorders on its 12-plane fleet must be replaced to conform to federal regulatory specifications.

Smith said the equipment could be replaced within a few hours and a few days, depending on the aircraft. In the meantime, some passengers have been rerouted to other carriers, he said. With moderate rains in the area, the National Weather service issued a flood warning for Anchorage’s Chester Creek.

The storm turned out to be less dramatic than expected in the lower elevation Anchorage bowl, with the fiercest winds concentrated in higher elevations, such as the Hillside area and Turnagain Arm south of town.

“It looks like we’re dodging a bullet in the bowl,” weather service meteorologist John Papineau said.

For Anchorage police, the storm brought far fewer calls than the last one, with just a few reports of downed trees and of two flooded intersections, dispatcher Eric Anderson said.

(MORE: Anchorage Recovers from First Storm)

“It’s pretty uneventful so far,” he said. “We’re pretty happy about that.”

The weather service said wind gusts of 35-40 mph were hitting parts of anchorage Sunday night.

With weather service instruments in some of the windiest spots knocked out by the earlier storm, the agency was relying on wind measurements taken by weather enthusiasts, meteorologist Emily Niebuhr said.

The storm, whose long front has stretched over much of south-central Alaska, was expected to shift to the east and diminish later Sunday, Papineau said.

More rain was expected early in the week, he said.

Record loss of Arctic ice may trigger extreme weather

Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Europe, according to climate scientists.

Last month, researchers announced that Arctic sea ice had dwindled to the smallest size ever observed by man, covering almost half the area it did 30 years ago, when satellites and submarines first began measuring it. While the loss of summer sea ice is likely to open up new shipping lanes and may connect the West Coast of the United States to the Far East via a trans-polar route, researchers say it will also affect weather patterns and Arctic wildlife. “It’s probably going to be a very interesting winter,” climate scientist Jennifer Francis said Wednesday in a teleconference with reporters. Francis, a researcher at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, has argued that shrinking Arctic ice can be tied to such recent weather events as prolonged cold spells in Europe, heavy snows in the Northeastern U.S. and Alaska, and heat waves in Russia. Decades ago, Arctic ice covered about 6 million square miles of sea in the winter, and would shrink to about 3 million square miles in the summer. The rate of summer melt increased enormously around 2005, however, and today scientists say Arctic ice covers about 1 million square miles. “This is a very small amount of ice indeed,” said Peter Wadhams, an ocean physics professor at the University of Cambridge. Wadhams said that while Arctic ice used to build up over many years, new ice formations are now breaking up and melting each summer. “I think that what we can expect in the next few years is further collapse leading to an ice-free Arctic in summer,” Wadhams said. “It really is a dramatic change.” Previously, scientists had predicted that it would take 30 or 40 more years before the Arctic was ice-free in the summer.

The loss of Arctic ice has several effects. Ice reflects heat and solar energy back into space. With less ice cover, that heat energy is instead absorbed by the ocean, which warms and melts more ice. Currently, the Arctic region is the fastest-warming region on the planet, and the change in temperature will probably influence weather patterns here and in Europe, according to Francis. The heating and cooling of Arctic seawater has been affecting the jet stream – the river of air that flows from west to east high above the Earth’s surface – and has slowed it down, Francis said. The jet stream controls the formation and movement of storm systems, so when its movement slows, weather conditions persist for longer periods of time over the same area. They get “stuck.” “If you’re in a nice dry pattern with sunny skies, it’s great if it lasts for a few days. But If it lasts for a few weeks, well then you’re starting to talk about a drought,” Francis said. “If you have a rainy pattern and it hangs around for a long time, then that becomes a situation that could lead to flooding.” Arctic warming will influence weather to the south during the late fall and winter. While Francis said it would probably result in severe weather this winter, it was impossible to predict when and where those events would occur. Record ice melts this year and in 2007 have alarmed many scientists, mostly because they thought it would take many more years to reach this state. James Overland, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said forecasts failed to account for the physics of lost solar energy reflection and warming ocean water. “These are really surprises to most scientists,” Overland said. “In looking at climate models that are used to look forward, they’ve tended to say the Arctic may be ice-free by 2040 or 2050. It looks like things are happening a lot faster, and it’s because not all of the physics that we’re seeing today were well-handled in these climate models.” Overland, who is also an associate professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, said these effects are known as “Arctic amplification” and would carry heavy consequences for wildlife like polar bears and walruses by reducing their habitat. Wednesday’s telephone news conference was hosted by Climate Nexus, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to publicize the effects of climate change. (c)2012 Los Angeles Times Distributed by MCT Information Services

During the first six months of 2012, sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem were the highest ever recorded, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). Above-average temperatures were found in all parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean bottom to the sea surface and across the region, and the above average temperatures extended beyond the shelf break front to the Gulf Stream.
The annual 2012 spring plankton bloom was intense, started earlier and lasted longer than average. This has implications for marine life from the smallest creatures to the largest marine mammals like whales. Atlantic cod continued to shift northeastward from its historic distribution center. The Northeast US Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) extends from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The NEFSC has monitored this ecosystem with comprehensive sampling programs from 1977 onward; prior to 1977, this ecosystem was also monitored by the NEFSC through a series of separate but coordinated programs dating back decades. “A pronounced warming event occurred on the Northeast Shelf this spring, and this will have a profound impact throughout the ecosystem,” said Kevin Friedland, a scientist in the NEFSC’s Ecosystem Assessment Program. “Changes in ocean temperatures and the timing of the spring plankton bloom could affect the biological clocks of many marine species, which spawn at specific times of the year based on environmental cues like water temperature.” Friedland said the average sea surface temperature (SST) exceeded 10.5 degrees C (51°F) during the first half of 2012, exceeding the previous record high in 1951. Average SST has typically been lower than 9 degrees C (48°F) over the past three decades. Sea surface temperature in the region is based on both contemporary satellite remote-sensing data and long-term ship-board measurements, with historical SST conditions based on ship-board measurements dating back to 1854. In some nearshore locations like Delaware and Chesapeake Bays in the Middle Atlantic Bight region, temperatures were more than 6 degrees C (11°F) above historical average at the surface and more than 5 degrees C (9°F) above average at the bottom. In deeper offshore waters to the north, bottom waters were 1 degree C (2°F) warmer in the eastern Gulf of Maine and greater than 2 degrees C (3.6°F) warmer in the western Gulf of Maine.
Ocean bottom temperature data cited in the advisory posted today came from a variety of sources, including eMOLT, a cooperative research program between the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and lobstermen who deploy temperature probes attached to lobster traps. While some of the temperature probes from the eMOLT program are still in the water and have not yet been returned, those that have been returned indicate that bottom water temperatures in 2012 were the warmest since the eMOLT program began in 2001. Atlantic cod distribution in the Gulf of Maine continues a northeasterly shift, with the spring 2012 data consistent with a response to ecosystem warming. Warming ocean temperatures and the resulting impact on the distribution of 36 fish stocks was reported by the Center in a 2009 study published in Marine Ecology Progress Series. That study analyzed annual NEFSC spring survey data from 1968 to 2007 and other information and found that about half of the 36 fish stocks studied in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, many of them commercially valuable species, have been shifting northward over the past four decades, with some disappearing from US waters as they move farther offshore. Friedland notes that although cod didn’t shift as much as other species like hake in the 2009 study, the effects of warming water on ocean currents and other ocean circulation patterns could change that. “Cod distribution continues to be dynamic, with northerly shifts detected in the spring 2012 data, consistent with a response to ecosystem warming,” Friedland said. “The big question is whether or not these changes will continue, or are they a short-term anomaly?” Mike Fogarty, who heads the Ecosystem Assessment Program, says the abundance of cod and other finfish is controlled by a complex set of factors, and that increasing temperatures in the ecosystem make it essential to monitor the distribution of many species, some of them migratory and others not. “A complex combination of factors influence ocean conditions, and it isn’t always easy to understand the big picture when you are looking at one specific part of it at one specific point in time, “Fogarty said, a comparison similar to not seeing the forest when looking at a single tree in it. “We now have information from a variety of sources collected over a long period of time on the ecosystem, and are continually adding more data to clarify specific details. The data clearly show a relationship between all of these factors.” The 2012 spring plankton bloom, one of the longest duration and most intense in recent history, started at the earliest date recorded since the ocean color remote sensing data series began in 1998. In some locations, the spring bloom began in February, and was fully developed by March in all areas except Georges Bank, which had an average although variable spring bloom. The 2012 spring bloom in the Gulf of Maine began in early March, the earliest recorded bloom in that area. “What this early start means for the Northeast Shelf ecosystem and its marine life is unknown,” Fogarty said. “What is known is that things are changing, and we need to continue monitoring and adapting to these changes.” Intensive surveys of environmental conditions on the Northeast Shelf from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to Nova Scotia were conducted from 1977 to 1987 as part of the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment & Prediction (MARMAP) program. The efforts continued at reduced levels through the 1990s and are ongoing today as part of the Center’s Ecosystems Monitoring (EcoMon) program. Plankton samples are collected six times a year in each of the four subareas of the Northeast Shelf: the Middle Atlantic Bight, Southern New England, Georges Bank, and the Gulf of Maine. EcoMon scientists also collect water samples and other oceanographic data about conditions during each season in each of the four areas to provide a long-term view of changing conditions on the Shelf. Ecosystem advisories have been issued twice a year by the NEFSC’s Ecosystems Assessment Program since 2006 as a way to routinely summarize overall conditions in the region. The reports show the effects of changing coastal and ocean temperatures on fisheries from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border. The advisories provide a snapshot of the ecosystem for the fishery management councils and also a broad range of stakeholders from fishermen to researchers. The Spring 2012 Ecosystem Advisory with supporting information is available online.

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Storms /  Flooding / Landslides

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 20.09.2012 Tropical Depression 120 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 5.79 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
Start up: 11th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,607.33 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
11th Sep 2012 16:46:42 N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000 17 56 74 Tropical Depression 275 12 1006 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 16:51:03 N 19° 6.000, W 47° 36.000 24 93 111 Tropical Storm 300 13 997 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 11:12:43 N 21° 30.000, W 51° 18.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 18:13:35 N 22° 36.000, W 52° 12.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 315 15 990 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 17:08:52 N 28° 0.000, W 53° 30.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 360 17 988 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 10:59:20 N 30° 42.000, W 51° 24.000 24 120 148 Hurricane I. 50 13 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 17:35:38 N 30° 54.000, W 49° 54.000 24 130 157 Hurricane I. 70 17 983 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane I. 95 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 18:00:15 N 30° 30.000, W 41° 42.000 37 130 157 Hurricane I. 90 20 983 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 05:22:55 N 31° 24.000, W 38° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 75 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 10:47:47 N 32° 0.000, W 36° 24.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 65 15 985 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 16:41:39 N 32° 54.000, W 35° 18.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 50 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 05:15:16 N 33° 54.000, W 34° 12.000 15 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 18 989 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 10:46:51 N 34° 18.000, W 33° 36.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 14 990 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 18:19:45 N 34° 24.000, W 32° 54.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 11 990 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 05:31:59 N 35° 48.000, W 32° 12.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 25 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 11:00:20 N 36° 24.000, W 32° 6.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 17:37:42 N 37° 12.000, W 31° 48.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 20 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
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20th Sep 2012 17:59:47 N 36° 12.000, W 29° 24.000 17 83 102 Tropical Depression 120 ° 19 981 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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21st Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 33° 30.000, W 26° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
21st Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 0.000, W 27° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
22nd Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 30.000, W 26° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
23rd Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 26° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
24th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 25° 54.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
25th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 0.000, W 26° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
18W Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 20.09.2012 Tropical Depression 265 ° 46 km/h 65 km/h 5.18 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: 18W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
Start up: 20th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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20th Sep 2012 15:58:27 N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000 26 46 65 Tropical Depression 265 ° 17 JTWC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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21st Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 36.000, E 130° 0.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
21st Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 13° 6.000, E 130° 48.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC
22nd Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 6.000, E 129° 18.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
22nd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 12° 18.000, E 129° 36.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
23rd Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 6.000, E 128° 48.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
24th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 30.000, E 128° 18.000 Typhoon III 148 185 JTWC
25th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 13° 18.000, E 127° 54.000 Typhoon IV 176 213 JTWC

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Five dead as storm rips across South America

by Staff Writers
Asuncion (AFP)

A fierce storm packing 140-kilometer (87-mile) an hour winds tore across the heart of South America on Wednesday, killing five people in Paraguay and wreaking havoc in Argentina and Uruguay.

The Roque Alonso suburb of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion was devastated by the storm and widespread looting was reported in its aftermath.

Four police cadets died and 15 were injured when the roof of their dormitory collapsed, and a 16-year-old boy died at a shopping center when a water tank collapsed on him outside a pharmacy.

“Roque Alonso has to be built all over again,” police commander Heriberto Marmol said.

Dozens of injured people flooded Asuncion hospitals and traffic was gridlocked in parts of the city.

A crowd of thousands braved torrential rain for a concert by the rock band Scorpions only to see the show cancelled.

Nationwide, at least 5,000 homes were destroyed and more than 80 people injured in storm-related incidents, Aldo Saldivar of the national emergency response center said.

The storm also blew the roof off homes and barns in Neembucu, south of the capital and knocked out power in the town of Encarnacion for many hours.

The wind was less severe further south in Argentina and Uruguay, around 100 kilometers (62 mph) per hour, but strong gusts still ripped of roofs and toppled trees and power lines, plunging some regions into darkness.

 

RUDRAPRAYAG, India (CNN) — The death toll in cloudburst that triggered a massive landslide and affected nearly five villages of northern India’s Uttarakhand state, rose to 50 and about 20 people are still reported to be missing.

The cloudburst preceded by incessant rains led to a massive landslide in the state’s Rudraprayag district caused heavy damage in the hilly region rendering almost 500 people homeless.

Search and the rescue operations are in full swing in the cloudburst-hit area, but the official says rains have disrupted the relief and rescue work.

Speaking to Asian News International in the state capital Dehradun, director of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Department (DMMD), Piyush Rautela said the rescue operations are in full swing in the region and also the basic necessities are being provided to the homeless people staying in relief camps.

“The incident happened on September 13 and 14 which affected four to five villages around Ukhimath. Again there were incidents of landslides in the morning of September 16. From this incident, so far 50 bodies have been recovered, and 20 people are still reported to be missing. The operation to search the missing people is going on.

The personnel from ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police Force), NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) are engaged in rescue operations. All our rescue teams are working. Two relief camps are there in Ukhimath for those who have been affected. About 500 people are staying there.

All the necessary items like food and other basic facilities are being provided to them,” he said

The cloudburst that occurred in the wee hours on last Friday, wreaked havoc in several villages of the area and killed most of the victims in their sleep.

Heavy monsoons have always resulted in calamities in different parts of India with each passing year.

The annual monsoon, vital for South Asia’ s agricultural dependent economy, often wreaks havoc as floods and landslides inundate vast swathes of low-lying lands.
Weather News at TerraDaily.com

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Radiation

 

 

 

Mutated sunflower in Kagawa prefecture

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary

Mutated sunflower in Kagawa prefecture

Mutated sunflower was found in Manno cho Kagawa prefecture. Kagawa is in Shikoku.
大きな地図で見る

For the question of the prefectural agriculture and distribution department, an expert commented it may be prolification flower, which is a sort of mutation. This is a rare phenomenon for sunflower.

General causes are

1. Excessive fertilizer

2. Unusual heat

However, it was growing naturally.

The central flower is about 20cm diameter, 14 other ones are 3cm diameter.

It withered 1 week later.

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34% of Fukushima city people want to evacuate, local gov “Measures need to be taken”

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary
For the questionnaire, 34% of the people answered they want to evacuate Fukushima city, and local government staff is commenting they need to take measures about this situation.

In May, Fukushima city government sent questionnaires to 5,000 people of over 20 years old living in Fukushima city and to 500 people who evacuated to out of Fukushima city. The valid response rate was 55%.

The result showed 34% of them answered “They want to evacuate even now.”. 31% of them answered “They used to want to evacuate.”.

Among people who evacuated to out of Fukushima city, 27% of them answered “They don’t want to come back.”. 19% of them answered “They don’t want to come back to Fukushima city if possible.”
However, 55% of them answered “They want to come back to Fukushima city.”

The city government staff comments, “The result is very severe. We need to take some measures. “.

 

Related article..Thyroid disease rate spiked to 43.7%, “About 1 in 2 children have nodule or cyst in Fukushima city”
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Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, “Safety limit food is safe enough to keep eating”

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary
Before 311, nuclear material to contain more than 100 Bq/Kg of Cs 134 or 137 was treated as nuclear waste. Now it is the safety limit of food in Japan.

Japanese government is still investing into making people consume radioactive food.

On 9/12/2012,  Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Consumer Affairs Agency, food safety commission of Japan and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published the leaflets.

The purpose is like this below,

食品中の放射性物質に関する国・自治体や生産現場における対策の状況や、食品
に含まれる放射性物質が極めてわずかであることなどを、直接消費者に情報提供す
ることで、正しい理解と不安の解消を図る。

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The purpose is to help people understand and resolve their anxiety about radiation properly by supplying consumers with information about how Japanese and local governments take measures about food contamination, and the fact that only little amount of radiation is contained in food.

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On the leaflet, they emphasized it’s safe to keep eating potentially contaminated food only if it’s under the safety limit.

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, "Safety limit food is safe enough to keep eating"

 

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If it’s under the safety limit, it’s safe to keep eating.

New safety limit has been introduced since April 2012. If it’s under this safety limit, the total dose for the entire life is less than 1mSv, which is safe adequately.

This safety limit is strictly determined by FAO and WHO and it doesn’t have to be more strict.
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The leaflet is to be distributed at supermarkets or chain stores.

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Pink grasshopper in Yamagata prefecture

Posted by Mochizuki
Fukushima Diary
Pink grasshopper in Yamagata prefecture 2

In Kahoku machi Yamagata prefecture, mutated grasshopper was found on 9/12/2012.

Kahoku machi Yamagata is about 130km from Fukushima plant.

Pink grasshopper in Yamagata prefecture

It’s usually green.
It’s about 3cm, found in Nishisato kindergarten.

Ms. Goto (4) commented, “I’m happy because I like pink.”

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

18.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Arizona, [Concho Valley] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 18:42 (06:42 PM) UTC.

Description
Residents in the Concho Valley area off of Highway 61 noticed hundreds of prairies dogs had died in a short span of time. Prairie dogs are considered sentinel animals to the fact that plague is in the area. Officials with Arizona Game and Fish were notified by an alert resident and further contact was made with health officials from Apache and Coconino counties, the state health department, as well as experts at Northern Arizona University. NAU is home to the Microbial Genetics and Genomics Center and has been a key player in testing for plague for the past 10 years. The lab sent a team to the area to trap fleas in the prairie dog holes that had recent die-offs. The team’s first visit was on August 27 and results from the lab testing showed positive for plague.
Biohazard name: Yersinia pestis (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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Status: confirmed

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Climate Change

Climate change to fuel northern spread of avian malaria

Climate change to fuel northern spread of avian malaria

Avian malaria was found in Alaska in the Common redpoll, pictured here. Credit: Jenny Carlson, SF StateRead more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-climate-fuel-northern-avian-malaria.html#jCp
Malaria has been found in birds in parts of Alaska, and global climate change will drive it even farther north, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
The spread could prove devastating to arctic bird species that have never encountered the disease and thus have no resistance to it, said San Francisco State University Associate Professor of Biology Ravinder Sehgal, one of the study’s co-authors. It may also help scientists understand the effects of climate change on the spread of human malaria, which is caused by a similar parasite. Researchers examined blood samples from birds collected at four sites of varying latitude, with Anchorage as a southern point, Denali and Fairbanks as middle points and Coldfoot as a northern point, roughly 600 miles north of Anchorage. They found infected birds in Anchorage and Fairbanks but not in Coldfoot. Using satellite imagery and other data, researchers were able to predict how environments will change due to global warming—and where malaria parasites will be able to survive in the future. They found that by 2080, the disease will have spread north to Coldfoot and beyond. “Right now, there’s no avian malaria above latitude 64 degrees, but in the future, with global warming, that will certainly change,” Sehgal said. The northerly spread is alarming, he added, because there are species in the North American arctic that have never been exposed to the disease and may be highly susceptible to it.

Climate change to fuel northern spread of avian malaria

Avian malaria was found in Alaska in the Savannah sparrow, pictured here. Credit: Jenny Carlson, SF State “For example, penguins in zoos die when they get malaria, because far southern birds have not been exposed to malaria and thus have not developed any resistance to it,” he said. “There are birds in the north, such as snowy owls or gyrfalcons, that could experience the same thing.” The study’s lead author is Claire Loiseau, a former postdoctoral fellow in Sehgal’s laboratory at SF State. Ryan Harrigan, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, provided data modeling for the project. The research was funded by grants from the AXA Foundation and National Geographic. Researchers are still unsure how the disease is being spread in Alaska and are currently collecting additional data to determine which mosquito species are transmitting the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. The data may also indicate if and how malaria in humans will spread northward. Modern medicine makes it difficult to track the natural spread of the disease, Sehgal said, but monitoring birds may provide clues as to how global climate change may effect the spread of human malaria. More information: “First evidence and predictions of Plasmodium transmission in Alaskan bird populations” was written by Claire Loiseau, Ryan J. Harrigan, Anthony K. Cornel, Sue L. Guers, Molly Dodge, Timothy Marzec, Jenny S. Carlson, Bruce Seppi and Ravinder N. M. Sehgal and published Sept. 19 in PLoS ONE. Journal reference: PLoS ONE search and more info website Provided by San Francisco State University search and more info website

Shrinking Snow Depth On Arctic Sea Ice Threatens Ringed Seal Habitat

A ringed seal peaks out from its snow cave. (Credit: Brendan Kelly, NSF)

As sea ice in the Arctic continues to shrink during this century, more than two thirds of the area with sufficient snow cover for ringed seals to reproduce also will disappear, challenging their survival, scientists report in a new study.

The ringed seal, currently under consideration for threatened species listing, builds caves to rear its young in snow drifts on sea ice. Snow depths must be on average at least 20 centimeters, or 8 inches, to enable drifts deep enough to support the caves.

“It’s an absolute condition they need,” said Cecilia Bitz, an associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. She’s a co-author of the study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

But without sea ice, the platform that allows the snow to pile up disappears, ultimately reducing the area where the seals can raise their pups.

Bitz typically focuses on studying the area and thickness of sea ice. “But when a seal biologist telephoned and asked what our climate models predict for snow depth on the ice, I said, ‘I have no idea,'” she said. “We had never looked.”

That biologist was co-author Brendan Kelly of the National Science Foundation and he was curious about the snow depth trend because he was contributing to a governmental report in response to the petition to list the seals as threatened.

The researchers, including lead author and UW atmospheric sciences graduate student Paul Hezel, found that snowfall patterns will change during this century but the most important factor in determining snow depth on the ice will be the disappearance of the sea ice.

“The snowfall rate increases slightly in the middle of winter by the end of the century,” Hezel said. However, at the same time sea ice is expected to start forming later in the year than it does now. The slightly heavier snowfall in the winter won’t compensate for the fact that in the fall — which is also when it snows the heaviest — snow will drop into the ocean instead of piling up on the ice.

The researchers anticipate that the area of the Arctic that accumulates at least 20 centimeters of snow will decrease by almost 70 percent this century. With insufficient snow depth, caves won’t hold up.

Other climate changes threaten those caves, too. For instance, the snow will melt earlier in the year than it does now, so it’s possible the caves won’t last until the young seals are old enough to venture out on their own. In addition, more precipitation will fall as rain, which soaks into the snow and can cause caves to collapse.

The research is important for more than just the ringed seals. “There are many other reasons to study snow cover,” Hezel said. “It has a huge thermodynamic impact on the thickness of the ice.”

Snow on sea ice in fall and winter acts like a blanket that slows the release of heat from the relatively warm ocean into the atmosphere. That means deeper snow tempers sea ice growth.

In the spring, snow has a different impact on the ice. Since snow is more reflective than ice, it creates a cooling effect on the surface. “So the presence of snow helps sustain the icepack into spring time,” Hezel said.

To produce the study, the scientists examined 10 different climate models, looking at historic and future changes of things like sea ice area, precipitation, snowfall and snow depth on sea ice. The resulting prediction for declining snow depth on sea ice this century agreed across all of the models.

The new research comes too late to be cited in the report about ringed seals that was written by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in response to the petition to list the ringed seal as threatened. However, it confirms results that were based on a single model that Bitz provided for the report two years ago. NOAA expects to issue its final decision soon.

The UW scientists on this study were funded by the Office of Naval Research.

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The above story is reprinted from materials provided by University of Washington. The original article was written by Nancy Gohring.

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Journal Reference:

P. J. Hezel, X. Zhang, C. M. Bitz, B. P. Kelly, F. Massonnet. Projected decline in spring snow depth on Arctic sea ice caused by progressively later autumn open ocean freeze-up this century. Geophysical Research Letters, 2012; 39 (17) DOI: 10.1029/2012GL052794

Antarctic Ice Area Sets Another Record – NSIDC Is Silent

Day 256 Antarctic ice is the highest ever for the date, and the eighth highest daily reading ever recorded. All seven higher readings occurred during the third week of September, 2007 – the week of the previous Arctic record minimum.

arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/timeseries.south.anom.1979-2008

NSIDC does not mention the record Antarctic cold or ice on their web site, choosing inside to feature an article about global warming threatening penguins.

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

NSIDC does have a completely nonsensical discussion page explaining why Antarctic ice does not affect the climate.

Scientists monitor both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, but Arctic sea ice is more significant to understanding global climate because much more Arctic ice remains through the summer months, reflecting sunlight and cooling the planet.

Nonsense. There is very little sunlight reaching the Arctic Ocean in September, and much more reaching Antarctic ice – because it is located at lower latitudes. Arctic ice took its big decline in mid-August, after the sun was already low in the sky.

Sea ice near the Antarctic Peninsula, south of the tip of South America, has recently experienced a significant decline. The rest of Antarctica has experienced a small increase in Antarctic sea ice.

Antarctic ice is nearing an all-time record high, and is above average everywhere.

Antarctica and the Arctic are reacting differently to climate change partly because of geographical differences. Antarctica is a continent surrounded by water, while the Arctic is an ocean surrounded by land. Wind and ocean currents around Antarctica isolate the continent from global weather patterns, keeping it cold. In contrast, the Arctic Ocean is intimately linked with the climate systems around it, making it more sensitive to changes in climate.

Antarctic and Arctic ice move opposite each other. NSIDC`s dissonance about this is astonishing.

Quick Facts on Sea Ice

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Sept 19. 2012

Published on Sep 19, 2012 by

2012 Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

TODAY’S LINKS
Canary Quakes: http://www.geo.ign.es/ign/layoutIn/volcaListadoTerremotos.do?zona=2&canti…
Antarctic Ice Record: http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/antarctic-ice-area-sets-another…
Sea Temp Record: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-sea-surface-temperatures-highs-northeast.html
India Landslide: http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/227182/288/Heavy-rains-lead-to-deadly-l…
Oil Sill EU/UK: https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/psa-investigates-hydrocarbon-leak-on-ula-…

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/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

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

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

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

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

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!]

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

3MIN News Sept 18. 2012

Published on Sep 18, 2012 by

2012 Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

TODAY’S LINKS
ANOTHER Alaska Windstorm: http://www.weather.com/news/major-wind-storm-hits-anchorage-20120917
Extreme Weather is Coming: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-loss-arctic-ice-trigger-extreme.html
Ringed Seals Threatened: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120917132345.htm
Tracking Tropics: http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/

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/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

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

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

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

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

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!]

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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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 SH2) 24th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
(2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 15 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
(2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 15 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
(2006 TD) 06th October 2012 16 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
(2009 TK) 06th October 2012 16 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2004 UB) 08th October 2012 18 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
277830 (2006 HR29) 11th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1917 74.6 190 m – 440 m 7.88 km/s 28368 km/h
(2008 BW2) 11th October 2012 21 day(s) 0.1678 65.3 3.1 m – 6.8 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2005 GQ21) 12th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1980 77.0 620 m – 1.4 km 23.86 km/s 85896 km/h
(2012 GV17) 12th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1500 58.4 160 m – 370 m 16.11 km/s 57996 km/h
256004 (2006 UP) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1374 53.5 65 m – 140 m 3.06 km/s 11016 km/h
(2005 ST1) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1319 51.3 230 m – 510 m 12.88 km/s 46368 km/h
(2011 OB57) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1553 60.4 17 m – 37 m 4.95 km/s 17820 km/h
(2012 KB4) 14th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.1271 49.4 22 m – 49 m 4.98 km/s 17928 km/h
(2004 RX10) 15th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.0819 31.9 150 m – 340 m 11.86 km/s 42696 km/h
(2006 WV1) 15th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.0910 35.4 17 m – 39 m 6.15 km/s 22140 km/h
(2012 LA) 16th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.0449 17.5 8.3 m – 19 m 1.86 km/s 6696 km/h
329275 (1999 VP6) 17th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1766 68.7 300 m – 670 m 7.15 km/s 25740 km/h
136993 (1998 ST49) 18th October 2012 28 day(s) 0.0737 28.7 790 m – 1.8 km 16.63 km/s 59868 km/h
(2002 TR190) 19th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1712 66.6 430 m – 960 m 13.58 km/s 48888 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

18.09.2012 Biological Hazard China Province of Guangdong, Zhanjiang Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 12:13 (12:13 PM) UTC.

Description
The H5N1 avian flu virus has been detected in the city of Zhanjiang in south China’s Guangdong province, experts confirmed on Tuesday. The virus has infected 14,050 ducks and killed 6,300 of them since Sept. 11, when symptoms were first reported, a Ministry of Agriculture official said. After the epidemic was confirmed, local authorities cordoned off an infected area in the city and killed all poultry in the area before starting to decontaminate it, the official said. China is particularly prone to bird flu epidemics, as it has the world’s largest poultry population and many rural farmers live in close proximity to their poultry.
Biohazard name: H5N1 – Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
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
18.09.2012 Biological Hazard Germany Multiple areas, [Regensburg and Berlin] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Germany on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 03:39 (03:39 AM) UTC.

Description
A fourth case of anthrax has been confirmed in a German heroin user since June, reports the Robert Koch Institut (RKI) in a news release Friday, September 14. According to the release (translated), the individual saw a doctor in mid-September presenting with a soft tissue infection in the area of injection site. The presumptive diagnosis of anthrax was confirmed by the RKI using real-time PCR laboratory on the wound material. Germany has now confirmed 4 cases in two states, two in Regensburg and two in Berlin since June 2012. The RKI says, the fact that the anthrax strains that were isolated from the first three anthrax cases in 2012 are similar or at least very closely related to the strains of the German and British cases of the years 2009/2010, suggests that the same source of infection might still be active. This case is the eleventh of anthrax among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Europe reported since June. In addition to the four cases in Germany, there have been four in the United Kingdom, two in Denmark and one in France. The RKI reminds the public, since anthrax is not passed on from person-to-person, there is no risk of transmission.
Biohazard name: Anthrax contained heroin
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:
19.09.2012 Biological Hazard Vietnam MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Haiphong, Ha Tinh, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Bac Kan, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Vietnam on Wednesday, 05 September, 2012 at 13:32 (01:32 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 at 13:14 UTC
Description
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to stop transport of live water-fowl from North and Central Vietnam to the South, in an effort to curb spread of the new highly toxic strain of avian flu virus. Pham Van Dong, deputy director of the Department of Animal Health, stated this at a meeting held yesterday in Hanoi by the National Steering Committee for Avian Flu Prevention and Control. The new strain, 2.3.2.1 C, which has been detected, is highly toxic and therefore extremely deadly. The virus strain has recently spread to Vietnam and is now present in affected areas in the northern and central provinces of Hai Phong, Ha Tinh, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Bac Kan, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai. Fearing the virus may spread to South Vietnam, the Department of Animal Health was asked to isolate the virus and ban transport of live water-fowl from infected areas. Dong said that slaughterhouses practicing good hygiene should be mentioned to localities from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue to Ho Chi Minh City. Because the new strain is different from the earlier A/H5N1 virus, the ministry has urged for experiments and tests to confirm whether the vaccine used to combat A/H5N1 is also effective against the new strain. If the existing vaccine is ineffective, studies on new vaccines should be conducted soon. The Central Veterinary Diagnosis Center has been asked to study the new strain to help find a specific medication to fight the virus.

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A substantial escape of hydrocarbons occurred on the Ula field in the Norwegian North Sea on 12 September. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has decide to investigate this incident.

No people were injured and no damage caused to the installation beyond the equipment directly involved. But the PSA considers the incident to have had a substantial potential.

The leak arose in the separator module on Ula’s production platform (PP). Nobody was in the module when the incident occurred.

While the facility was automatically shut down, all personnel on the installation were evacuated to the drilling platform (DP). Production on Ula has been suspended for the time being.

One reason why the PSA has resolved to conduct an investigation is the substantial potential involved in the incident.

Objectives include establishing the course of events and identifying the direct and underlying causes. The resulting report will be published on the PSA’s website.

The Ula oil field lies in Norway’s North Sea sector and has three conventional steel platforms for production, drilling and quarters. These are linked by bridges. BP is the operator.

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18.09.2012 HAZMAT Czech Republic Multiple region, [Prerov,Osek and Becvou] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in Czech Republic on Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 at 14:15 (02:15 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 18:52 UTC
Description
The Czech Republic has the 23rd victim of methyl alcohol, an autopsy has confirmed, Stepanka Zatloukalova, from the police presidium said. She said methanol was not confirmed as the cause of death of another two people. They, too, died of alcohol, but not of methyl alcohol, Zatloukalova said. Tens of other people are hospitalised. Some of the cured have gone blind. The first victim in the series of methanol-related poisonings was reported on September 6. The sale of drinks with more than 20 percent of alcohol have been banned in the country since Friday evening. Extensive police raids and checks have uncovered barrels with dangerous alcohol since the “prohibition” was introduced on Friday and some distributors of the bootleg alcohol have been arrested. Both producers and sellers complain about the ban because it inflicts huge damage on them.

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Articles of Interest

Tornado Of Fire Caught On Tape In Australia Fire Twister

Published on Sep 16, 2012 by

THERE’S something mean and magical about Australia’s Outback. An Alice Springs filmmaker captured both when a whirlwind of fire erupted before his eyes.
Chris Tangey of Alice Springs Film and Television was scouting locations near Curtin Springs station, about 80km from Ularu, last week when confronted by a fiery phenomenon.
He had just finished his tour of the station when workers encountered difficulties with a grader. So he went to help them.
A small fire was burning in nearby bushland, so Mr Tangey decided to start filming.
He caught the sight of his life.
A twister touched down on the spot fire, fanning it into a furious tower of flame.
“It sounded like a jet fighter going by, yet there wasn’t a breath of wind where we were,” he told the Northern Territory News.
“You would have paid $1000 a head if you knew it was about to happen.”
The column of fire danced about the landscape for about 40 minutes, he said, as he and the station workers stood transfixed.

There was talk of making a quick getaway, Mr Tangey said. But everyone was too hypnotised to feel scared – and he continued furiously filming.

“The bizarre thing was that it rarely moved,” he said.

“These things just stood there because there was no wind to move them … but it was flickering incredibly fast.”

Darwin weather forecaster David Matthews said small twisters were common in isolated areas. But the fiery vortex was highly unusual.

“The flames would have assisted by trying to suck in air and that could have helped generate those circular winds,” Mr Matthews said.

 

 

 

Mysteriously Boiling Water In Russian River Reported 


MessageToEagle.com – The problem with rivers around the world continues. A while back the Yangtze River in China turned red, and now there are reports of a river in Russia that has suddenly started to boil.

Hundreds of shocked residents that live in Yekaterinburg, Russia describe how a small river named Olkhovka that passes through the city unexpectedly turned into a stream of extremely hot water.

 

Olkhovka river in Russia begins to boil, causing yet another environmental disaster.

No one knew what caused the phenomenon, but the fact is that the river ecosystem was severely affected, causing the death of thousands of fish lying on the banks.

“The water is really hot. The shore of the river is littered with dead fish,” a Professor from a local university said.

The local urban traffic control service reported the problem.

According to them, the most likely cause to the disaster is that a great leakage of hot water that had flowed into the river Olkhovka of such intensity that could be water vapor on the surface.

“The problem is that when the river connects to the pond, the water flows through a tunnel, and no one knows exactly where there was a rush, “Russian urban traffic control dispatchers said.

Industries that might be involved, among which is the “heat supply company Sverdlovsk” deny any connection with thermal pollution of the watercourse. But local authorities are well aware that this is a problem caused by human action.

MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Strange Red Appearance Of Azov Sea – Locals Panic

Exploding Lakes – Horrifying Natural Phenomena

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Earthquakes

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
14.08.2012 10:15:30 2.7 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 09:25:34 3.1 North America United States Utah Kanosh There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 09:20:36 2.1 Middle America Mexico Baja California Progreso There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 10:15:52 4.6 Asia Japan Chiba Katsuura VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 09:35:31 4.6 Asia Japan Chiba Katsuura VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 10:16:16 3.6 South-America Chile Libertador General Bernardo O?Higgins Santa Cruz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 10:16:39 2.0 Europe Italy Calabria Bovalino Superiore VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 09:15:22 2.5 Asia Turkey Kütahya Pazarlar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 09:15:45 4.3 Africa Djibouti Ali Sabieh Holhol VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 08:10:31 3.7 Europe Spain Extremadura Riolobos VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
14.08.2012 08:10:51 2.2 Europe Italy Sicily Panarea There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 08:11:11 3.5 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 08:11:28 2.0 Asia Turkey Mu?la Yatagan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 06:55:53 2.7 North America United States California Ferndale VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 07:05:20 2.5 Europe Greece West Greece Temeni VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 06:07:53 2.2 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 06:08:41 2.2 North America United States Alaska Petersville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 07:05:43 2.2 Asia Turkey Çanakkale Behram VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 05:15:28 3.9 North America United States California San Martin VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 05:15:51 3.9 North America United States California Pacific Grove VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 05:16:15 4.3 North America United States California Las Flores There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 06:21:04 7.7 Asia Russia Sakhalin Poronaysk VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 06:05:45 2.2 Europe Italy Sicily Saponara Villafranca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 07:06:05 2.2 Asia Turkey Tokat Yesilyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 05:02:02 4.1 Asia Afghanistan Badakhshan Ashkasham VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 05:17:19 4.5 Asia Afghanistan Badakhshan Ashkasham VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 07:06:28 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 05:02:46 5.2 Atlantic Ocean – North South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 04:35:28 5.2 Atlantic Ocean South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 04:25:29 4.8 Asia Japan Okinawa Yonakuni There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 05:03:46 5.0 Asia Japan Okinawa Yonakuni There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 05:06:07 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 05:07:13 2.8 South-America Chile Antofagasta Tocopilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 08:11:47 2.0 Asia Turkey Mu?la Kargi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 03:25:22 2.2 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 08:12:07 2.3 Asia Turkey Adana Kadirli VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 08:12:28 2.0 Asia Turkey Antalya Kalkan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 03:05:30 2.2 North America United States California Aguanga VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 03:30:26 4.1 Asia Afghanistan Takh?r Art Khwajah VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 04:00:20 4.1 Asia Afghanistan Takh?r Art Khwajah VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 02:55:20 2.5 Europe Poland Lower Silesian Voivodeship Peclaw VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 07:07:11 2.3 Asia Turkey Diyarbak?r Hazro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 07:07:33 2.0 Asia Turkey Erzurum Tortum VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 01:25:28 2.5 North America United States Alaska Nanwalek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 06:06:04 2.3 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 00:55:19 3.0 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
14.08.2012 06:06:27 2.3 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 23:40:38 2.2 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
14.08.2012 05:07:57 2.4 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
13.08.2012 23:55:22 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Aceh Meulaboh VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
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7.7 Mwc – SEA OF OKHOTSK

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.7 Mwc
Date-Time
  • 14 Aug 2012 02:59:42 UTC
  • 14 Aug 2012 12:59:42 near epicenter
  • 13 Aug 2012 20:59:42 standard time in your timezone
Location 49.784N 145.126E
Depth 625 km
Distances
  • 160 km (100 miles) ENE (66 degrees) of Poronaysk, Russia
  • 361 km (224 miles) NNE (28 degrees) of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
  • 447 km (278 miles) SSE (160 degrees) of Okha, Russia
  • 1629 km (1012 miles) NNE (14 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.5 km; Vertical 6.9 km
Parameters Nph = 1132; Dmin = 1734.0 km; Rmss = 0.68 seconds; Gp = 16°
M-type = Mwc; Version = B
Event ID us c000bz29 ***This event has been revised.

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7.3 Mwp – SEA OF OKHOTSK

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.3 Mwp
Date-Time
  • 14 Aug 2012 02:59:42 UTC
  • 14 Aug 2012 12:59:42 near epicenter
  • 13 Aug 2012 20:59:42 standard time in your timezone
Location 49.796N 145.113E
Depth 625 km
Distances
  • 160 km (100 miles) ENE (66 degrees) of Poronaysk, Russia
  • 361 km (225 miles) NNE (28 degrees) of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
  • 445 km (277 miles) SSE (160 degrees) of Okha, Russia
  • 1630 km (1013 miles) NNE (14 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.6 km; Vertical 7.1 km
Parameters Nph = 1126; Dmin = 1735.1 km; Rmss = 0.68 seconds; Gp = 16°
M-type = Mwp; Version = A
Event ID us c000bz29

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 30+ moderate Earthquakes have Rattled Southern California since Tuesday (Aug 11, 2012)

Cluster of earthquakes rattles Southern California

More than 30 small to moderate earthquakes centered near Yorba Linda shake the region, with two 4.5 earthquakes bookending the sequence. No significant damage is reported.

 By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times

Some called it an “earthquake cluster,” others a “swarm.” Seismologists used the term “earthquake sequence.”

Whatever the name, a series of more than 30 small to moderate temblors jolted Southern California on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, rattling nerves but causing no significant damage.

The cluster of earthquakes that struck near Yorba Linda was centered near the Whittier fault, but preliminary data suggested that fault was not responsible for the temblor, said Doug Given, a geophysicist with theU.S. Geological Survey.

“There are lots and lots of little faults all over that area,” Given said of the northern Orange County region where the quakes were centered. “It’s a known active area.”

The shaking began with a magnitude 4.5 earthquake near Yorba Linda about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, bookended by another 4.5 quake about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, but with many smaller ones in between.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Kate Hutton of theU.S. Geological Surveysaid that of all the quakes, only three were probably felt by residents. The two 4.5 temblors were felt across a wide swath of Southern California, with people reporting shaking as far away as Thousand Oaks, the Santa Clarita Valley, the Westside and northern San Diego County, according to the USGS’s “Did You Feel It?” website.

“This is all part of the same earthquake sequence; they’re all in the same area,” Hutton told reporters.

“It shook us pretty good. We’ve felt earthquakes before, so it came as no surprise,” said Chris Nordyke, director of marketing at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda. “It shook open the door, but nothing fell off the shelves.”

Given said the excitement offers a lesson for the region. “We live in earthquake country. Earthquakes are normal here, and people should be prepared,” he said.

 

 

California earthquakes 2012 rattle residents; With second quake Wednesday, should they worry?

YORBA LINDA, CALIF. — The earthquakes keep coming for Southern California was shaken Wednesday by the second moderate but widely felt earthquake in less than 11 hours, but no harm was reported. Officials said the recent outbreak of California earthquakes in 2012 is not out of the ordinary.

Or at least, the recent flurry of California earthquakes is nothing for residents to get unusually rattled about.

“There is nothing in this sequence, at this point, that tells us we need to be particularly worried,” said Elizabeth Cochran, a geophycist at the U.S. Geological Survey, according to the Lake Forest Patch in California.

Cochran said more aftershocks should be expected.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-4.5 quake occurred at 9:33 a.m. and was centered two miles northeast of the Orange County city of Yorba Linda, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

A magnitude-4.5 quake centered in the same area struck late Tuesday night. Both temblors were followed by numerous aftershocks that were mostly too small to be felt.

Quakes of such magnitude are unlikely to cause damage in cities built to modern standards but can rattle nerves.

The Orange County Fire Authority did not receive any 911 calls about the latest quake, said Capt. Marc Stone.

“It was a decent sized shake and it’s a reminder for everyone to have a plan for the Big One,” said Stone. “How would you and your family survive for 72 hours with no water, no food and no amenities? Think about it. It’s a reminder to go home and say, ‘What if?’ and make that plan.”

Seismologist Kate Hutton of the California Institute of Technology characterized the quakes as a swarm.

The location is near the Whittier Fault, but the quakes could be occurring on an unmapped fault, she said.

“This is likely normal California earthquake activity,” Hutton said.

The staff of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda was still talking about Tuesday night’s quake when Wednesday’s struck, said Jonathan Movroydis, director of communications.

“It did shake us pretty well,” Movroydis said, but the jolt was so short no one ducked under their desks.

Meanwhile, newly acquired Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino tweeted: “Why is the hotel shaking????? … Welcome to LA!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

 

Two earthquakes in Iran kill 300 and injure 5,000

 

 

Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaghan in East Azarbaijan August 11, 2012. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives. Picture taken August 11, 2012. REUTERS-Farshid Tighehsaz-ISNA
Damaged houses are seen in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaghan in East Azarbaijan August 11, 2012. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives. Picture taken August 11, 2012. REUTERS-Farshid Tighehsaz-ISNA
Damaged houses are seen in this undated handout photo taken in an undisclosed location in northwest Iran. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives. REUTERS-Hamed Nazari-Mehr News Agency

By Yeganeh Torbati

DUBAI | Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:08am EDT

(Reuters) – Overcrowded hospitals in northwest Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday as rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people.

Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes for fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters.

“I saw some people whose entire home was destroyed, and all their livestock killed,” Tahir Sadati, a local photographer, said by telephone. “People need help, they need warm clothes, more tents, blankets and bread.”

The worst damage and most casualties appeared to have been in rural villages around the towns of Ahar, Varzaghan and Harees, near the major city of Tabriz, Iranian media reported.

Tabriz resident Ahmad, 41, told Reuters his cousin living in a village near Ahar was killed and his body found.

“Nobody knows what happened to his wife and two daughters,” aged 4 and 7, Ahmad said. “We fear that if rescuers don’t get to them soon, they will lose their lives too if they’re still alive.”

But Iranian officials said rescue operations had ended by Sunday afternoon and that all those trapped beneath the rubble had been freed, Iran’s English-language Press TV reported.

Many villages are hard to reach by road, hindering rescue efforts. Hospitals in Tabriz, Ardabil and other cities nearby took in many of the injured, residents and Iranian media said, and there were long queues of survivors waiting to be treated.

“I wanted to go there last night to help but heard there was bad traffic and that it wasn’t safe enough,” Ahmad said. “People in those villages need help.”

Abbas Falahi, member of parliament for Ahar and Harees, said people in some villages were still “in dire need of food and drinking water”, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

“Despite the promises of officials, little first aide has been distributed in the region and most people are left without tents. If the situation continues, the toll will rise,” he said.

Aidin, a Tabriz resident, said he went to give blood at a local hospital on Saturday and saw staff struggling to cope with the influx of patients. Most patients had been taken there by their families, he said, indicating a shortage of ambulances.

Ahar’s 120-bed hospital was full, said Arash, a college student in the town. There were traffic jams on the narrow road to Tabriz as victims tried to reach hospitals, he said by telephone.

VILLAGES DESTROYED

“People are scared and won’t go back into their houses because they fear the buildings aren’t safe.”

The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday’s first quake at 6.4 magnitude and said it struck 60 km (37 miles) northeast of the city of Tabriz, a trading hub far from Iran’s oil-producing areas and known nuclear facilities.

The second, measuring 6.3, struck 11 minutes later near Varzaghan, 49 km (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz.

More than 1,000 villages in the area were affected by the earthquakes, Ahmad Reza Shaji’i, a Red Crescent official, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA). Some 130 villages suffered more than 70 percent damage, and 20 villages were completely destroyed, he said.

“We saw some villages that were truly destroyed,” said Sadati, the photographer who was documenting the quake aftermath. “One good thing was that the earthquake happened during the day, so many people were not in their homes. If it had happened at night the casualties would have been far worse.”

Close to 300 people were believed to be dead, said Reza Sadighi, Ahar’s local governor, Fars news agency said. National emergency head Gholam Reza Masoumi said 5,000 people are believed to be injured, according to ISNA.

Nearly 100 ambulances and 1,100 Red Crescent workers were deployed, Shaji’i said, along with 44,000 food packages and 5,600 tents for shelter. The relief agency had enough supplies and most residents in the area had access to clean water but Shaji’i asked residents to donate cash to the relief effort.

Tehran officials sent condolences to the victims and declared two days of mourning in the province, ISNA reported.

About 36,000 people in the quake-hit area have been given emergency shelter, Masoumi was quoted as saying by ISNA.

Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan-Nejad warned that if relief efforts did not speed up, the death toll would swiftly rise.

“Relief groups have still not reached many villages, because in normal conditions some of these villages are several hours away,” he told ISNA. “Currently the roads are closed and the only way to reach these villages is by air.”

COLLAPSED BUILDINGS

Photographs posted on Iranian news websites showed numerous bodies, including children, lying on the floor of a white-tiled morgue in Ahar and medical staff treating the injured in the open air as dusk fell on Saturday. Other images showed rescue workers digging people out of rubble – some alive, many dead.

Twenty-eight year old Narges in Tehran said she saw dozens of people in a hospital waiting to donate blood for the victims.

Iran is crisscrossed by major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 that reduced the historic southeastern city of Bam to dust and killed about 31,000 people.

Saturday’s quakes struck in East Azerbaijan province, a mountainous region that neighbors Azerbaijan and Armenia to the north. Buildings in Tabriz, the provincial capital, are substantially built and ISNA reported nobody in the city had been killed or hurt.

Homes and business premises in Iranian villages, however, are often made of concrete blocks or mud brick that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake.

Water, electricity, and phone lines in the area of Varzaghan are all down, further hindering rescue efforts, Iran’s English-language Press TV reported.

Tabriz residents left their homes and crowded the streets following the two quakes, those in the city said. “Everyone was scared last night,” a resident said by telephone. “They set up tents and were sleeping in the streets and in parks.”

(Additional reporting by Marcus George and Zahra Hosseinian; Writing by Andrew Torchia and Marcus George; Editing by Jon Hemming)

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.08.2012 Earthquake Iran Province of East Azarbaijan, [About 21 miles west of Ahar] Damage level Details

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

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Updated: Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 11:21 UTC
Description
With thousands injured as the death toll from Iran’s dual earthquakes nears 300, hospitals are reeling from the increased traffic. There are long lines outside as doctors work feverishly to cope with the injuries. “From last night until this afternoon when I left Shohada-ye Tabriz hospital, doctors were constantly performing operations,” said one physician. “Ordinary people were working alongside rescuers. They were bringing food and water to the hospital.” Meanwhile, thousands of refugees are staying in camps and parks as they weather the some 60 aftershocks that have hit thus far, Reuters reports.

Some 20 villages were completely destroyed, and 130 saw more than 70% damage, according to the Red Crescent. Officials say search and rescue operations are over; now they’re “working to provide shelter and food to the survivors.” But stories conflict as to how effective efforts have been. The Red Crescent says it has enough supplies, and an emergency official says 36,000 people have received emergency shelter. But “despite the promises of officials, little first aid has been distributed in the region and most people are left without tents,” said an MP.

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

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Updated: Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 03:08 UTC
Description
Overcrowded hospitals in northwestern Iran struggled to cope with thousands of earthquake victims on Sunday and rescuers raced to reach remote villages after two powerful quakes killed nearly 300 people and injured 5,000. Thousands huddled in makeshift camps or slept in the street after Saturday’s quakes in fear of more aftershocks, 60 of which had already struck. A lack of tents and other supplies left them exposed to the night chill, one witness told Reuters. “I saw some people whose entire home was destroyed, and all their livestock killed,” Tahir Sadati, a local photographer, said by telephone. “People need help, they need warm clothes, more tents, blankets and bread.” The worst damage and most casualties appeared to have been in rural villages around the towns of Ahar, Varzaghan and Harees, near the major city of Tabriz, Iranian media reported. The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday’s first quake at 6.4 magnitude and said it struck 37 miles northeast of the city of Tabriz, a trading hub far from Iran’s oil-producing areas and known nuclear facilities.Tabriz resident Ahmad, 41, told Reuters his cousin living in a village near Ahar was killed and that his body had already been found.

“Nobody knows what happened to his wife and two daughters,” aged 4 and 7, Ahmad said. “We fear that if rescuers don’t get to them soon, they will lose their lives too if they’re still alive.” Iranian officials said rescue operations had ended by Sunday afternoon and that all those trapped beneath the rubble had been freed, Iran’s English-language Press TV reported. But the head of Iran’s Relief and Emergency Organization said that rescue operations were continuing, according to the New York Times.Many villages are hard to reach by road, hindering rescue efforts. Hospitals in Tabriz, Ardabil and other cities nearby took in many of the injured, residents and Iranian media said, and there were long queues of survivors waiting to be treated. “I wanted to go there last night to help but heard there was bad traffic and that it wasn’t safe enough,” Ahmad said. “People in those villages need help.” Aidin, a Tabriz resident, said he went to give blood at a local hospital on Saturday and saw staff struggling to cope with the influx of patients. Most patients had been taken there by their families, he said, indicating a shortage of ambulances. Ahar’s 120-bed hospital was full, said Arash, a college student and resident of the town. There were traffic jams on the narrow road between Ahar and Tabriz as victims tried to reach hospitals, he said by telephone.

“People are scared and won’t go back into their houses because they fear the buildings aren’t safe.” The second, measuring 6.3, struck 11 minutes later near Varzaghan, 30 miles northeast of Tabriz. More than 1,000 villages in the area were affected by the earthquakes, Ahmad Reza Shaji’i, a Red Crescent official, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA). About 130 villages suffered more than 70 percent damage, and 20 villages were completely destroyed, he said. “We saw some villages that were truly destroyed,” said Sadati, the photographer who was documenting the quake aftermath. “One good thing was that the earthquake happened during the day, so many people were not in their homes. If it had happened at night the casualties would have been far worse.” Close to 300 people were believed to be dead, said Reza Sadighi, Ahar’s local governor, Fars news agency said. National emergency head Gholam Reza Masoumi said 5,000 people are believed to be injured, according to ISNA.“Most of the dead are women and children, as the earthquake happened during the day, when many men were out working,” said Marjan Lagaei, an Iranian reporter who traveled to the area, told the New York Times.Nearly 100 ambulances and 1,100 Red Crescent workers were deployed, Shaji’i said, along with 44,000 food packages and 5,600 tents for shelter. The relief agency had enough supplies and most residents in the area had access to clean water but Shaji’i asked residents to donate cash to the relief effort. Officials in Tehran extended condolences to the victims and declared two days of mourning to be held in the province, ISNA reported. About 16,000 people in the quake-hit area have been given emergency shelter, Red Crescent official Mahmoud Mozafar told Mehr news agency. Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan-Nejad warned that if relief efforts did not speed up, the death toll would swiftly rise. “Relief groups have still not reached many villages, because in normal conditions some of these villages are several hours away,” he told ISNA. “Currently the roads are closed and the only way to reach these villages is by air.”

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

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Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
14.08.2012 03:09 AM 0 0 km Details

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Volcanic Activity

13.08.2012 Volcano Activity Iceland Myrdalsjokull Icecap, [Katla Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Activity in Iceland on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 12:28 (12:28 PM) UTC.

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An earthquake of the magnitude 2.7 hit just north of Goðabunga in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the volcano Katla in South Iceland, around 8:30 am yesterday morning. It was part of a swarm of minor earthquakes. The second-largest had a magnitude of 1.8. The Katla area has been rather quiet in the past weeks. There was more activity in the area in the spring when two small glacier outbursts flooded the river Leirá in Kötlukriki and Emstrur, to the west of Mýrdalsjökull, ruv.is reports. The seismic activity then subsided and GPS monitors showed decreasing tension in the lithosphere. Yesterday’s quakes were not connected with any volcanic activity and there has not been any increased flow in glacial rivers originating in Mýrdalsjökull. However, glacial water in the vicinity has smelled of sulfur, according to geophysicist Benedikt Ófeigsson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, such as in the river Jökulsá at Sólheimasandur and Leirá in Kötlukriki. Katla has been monitored closely by scientists since a major glacial outburst, possibly caused by a minor volcanic eruption underneath Mýrdalsjökull, tore a hole in the Ring Road in South Iceland in July 2011.

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Pacific quake swarm woke up underwater volcano

A screenshot of the Pumice island that the volcano is believed to have birthed.
Image by: RoyalW1979 / YouTube

A swarm of more than 150 earthquakes over two days last month caused a previously dormant volcano to erupt 1 100 metres beneath the Pacific Ocean, a scientist says.

The eruption of the Havre Volcano, about halfway between New Zealand and Tonga, is believed to have caused a 7 500 square kilometre floating island of pumice that was encountered by a New Zealand navy ship last week.

Cornel de Ronde, principal scientist of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, told Radio New Zealand the source of the pumice had been identified in cooperation with French researchers in Tahiti who monitor earthquakes in the south-west Pacific.

“When they looked at their physical records they saw that on July 17th and 18th, there were some 157 earthquakes of magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.8,” he said.

De Ronde said they occurred near the time of the first sighting of the pumice “raft” and when the institute looked at its database it found the Havre volcano which it had previously surveyed.

It was a caldera volcano, like White Island, 50 kilometres off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, which erupted last week, but the Havre was not thought to have erupted before, he said.

De Ronde said the pumice island was so light that it had floated several hundred kilometres from the volcano when it was encountered by the HMNZS Canterbury, which took samples last week.

Scientists were also analysing samples of rock ejected from Mount Tongariro, on New Zealand’s North Island, to try to find out why it erupted a week ago for the first time in 115 years.

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A mass of small volcanic rocks nearly the size of Belgium has been discovered floating off the coast.
The stretch of golf-ball-size pumice rocks was first spotted this week by a New Zealand air force plane about 1,000 kilometres northwest of Auckland.
The rocks stretch for about 26,000 square kilometres.
A navy ship took scientists to the rocks Thursday night. Naval Lt. Tim Oscar says the rocks appeared a brilliant white under a spotlight, like a giant ice shelf.
He says it’s the “weirdest thing” he’s seen in 18 years at sea.
“The rock looked to be sitting two feet above the surface of the waves, and lit up a brilliant white colour in the spotlight. It looked exactly like the edge of an ice shelf,” he said.
Lt. Oscar said he had been briefed by GNS Volcanologist Helen Bostock the previous day when the ship first encountered an area of pumice from an undersea volcano.
“I knew the pumice was lightweight and posed no danger to the ship. None the less it was quite daunting to be moving toward it at 14 knots. It took about 3 – 4 minutes to travel through the raft of pumice and as predicted there was no damage. As we moved through the raft of pumice we used the spotlights to try and find the edge – but it extended as far as we could see.”
Scientists say the rocks likely spewed up in an eruption by an underwater volcano. They don’t believe the eruption is connected to the onshore ash eruption this week of another volcano, Mount Tongariro.
Officials say the small rocks pose no danger to shipping.
The Defence Force says the mass of rocks stretches 250 nautical miles by 30 nautical miles.
SOURCE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10826068

No volcanic activity in Mt. Matutum: Phivolcs

TUPI, SOUTH COTABATO — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has allayed fears of volcanic activity in Mt. Matutum as claimed by residents.

Phivolcs chief Renato U. Solidum, Jr. said in a letter sent to Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo on Friday that the observations of smoke and fire coming out of the crater were non-volcanic in nature.

“Ocular inspections at the crater area and seismic records showed that there were no volcanic activities, specifically an imminent eruption, in Mt. Matutum,” Mr. Solidum said.

Rolly T. Visaya, Tupi information officer, told BusinessWorld that weeks prior to the Phivolcs letter, residents of Barangays Acmonan and Kablon in Tupi, and Maligo in Polomolok observed certain developments such as the descent of wild animals from the mountains as well as burnt vegetation.

The locals also claimed to have felt the ground shaking and heard unusual rumblings from the volcano, he added.

To confirm the observations, both Tupi and Polomolok towns sent their rescue teams to Mt. Matutum to get firsthand information through photographs and videos.

From the information acquired, Mr. Tamayo, who also chairs the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Tupi, then requested for Phivolcs’s investigation.

The absence of micro-earthquake activity in the seismic record of the agency’s volcano-seismic observatory at Mindanao State University in General Santos City meant that the phenomenon is not volcanic in origin, Mr. Solidum said.

On the reported sighting of wild animals descending to the lowlands, he said it could be due to scarcity of food or disturbances of their habitat, be it man-made, lighting and other phenomena.

Before Phivolcs’s response, there have been reports of several families from the adjoining town of Malungon in Sarangani province who have evacuated from their houses for safety, Mr. Visaya said.

Mt. Matutum stands 2,286 meters, the 14th highest peak in the Philippines, and has a base that covers the towns of Tupi and Polomolok in South Cotabato and Malungon in Sarangani. The popular trekking destination’s last recorded eruption was in 1911, Mr. Visaya said citing Phivolcs records.

Mr. Solidum explained that a new volcanic vent as dormant volcano reactivates will not dissipate overnight, but will become more vigorous over time.

He explained “that should the volcano end its dormancy and enter a period of magmatic activity, unmistakable signs of unrest will be manifested, such as small ash and gas explosions that can intensify through time, ground deformation, vegetation kill, unabated crater glow at the summit and increasingly perceptible earthquakes.”

Mr. Visaya said Phivolcs national office personnel are in town to further study the volcanic conditions. — Louie O. Pacardo

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Excessive Heat Warning

 

PHOENIX AZ
SAN DIEGO CA

 

 

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

 

RIVERTON WY
POCATELLO ID
BILLINGS MT
RAPID CITY SD
GREAT FALLS MT
MISSOULA MT



Fire Weather Watch

 

GLASGOW MT

 

 

Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Near to Spring Valley] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 04:33 (04:33 AM) UTC.

Description
A fast-moving brush fire in Northern California is threatening 500 homes and has prompted officials to evacuate an entire town. Fueled by broiling, dry conditions, the Wye fire off Highway 20 has burned 3,000 acres near the Lake County town of Spring Valley, which was evacuated. “It is burning on both sides of Highway 20 and it’s burning in an easterly direction toward the community of Spring Valley,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson told the Lake County News. According to Cal Fire, a second fire is also burning in Lake County. The Walker fire has burned 2,000 acres. Firefighters were traveling from across the state to help battle both fires.
Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Washington, [East of Cle Elum] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 04:31 (04:31 AM) UTC.

Description
A new wildfire burning east of Cle Elum in central Washington is growing quickly and reportedly threatening some homes. A Washington Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman says the Taylor Bridge fire had burned across more than a square mile – or about 800 acres- by mid-afternoon Monday. Fire crews from nearby communities are being called to the scene. The Daily Record of Ellensburg reports that the state Transportation Department is closing a two-mile section of U.S. Highway 97 because of the fire. The newspaper says a stable has moved all of its horses.
Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Oregon, [Warm Springs Reservation] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 04:30 (04:30 AM) UTC.

Description
Hot, dry winds Monday afternoon prompted major growth in a week-old lightning-sparked forest fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, estimated to have burned 70 to 100 acres of valuable timber. The newly named Waterfall fire, burning about three miles northeast of the Mt. Jefferson summit, is “one we’ve been watching” since a lightning strike from Aug. 5 thunderstorms ignited it, said fire spokesman Clay Penhollow. “We had a crew on, fighting the west side of it today, but it took off on the east” side as winds picked up, Penhollow said, adding that no structures or roads were threatened. Instead, he said, it was burning some “valuable timber,” putting up a plume visible for many miles. An air tanker dropped retardant on the fire Monday morning until it was diverted to another fire in Washington state, Penhollow said. There were two helicopters dropping water on the flames later in the day, with one 20-person firefighting crew on the lines, another on its way and three more ordered up, he added. The fire was moving east down the headwaters of Shitike Creek, but was still more than 20 miles west of Warm Springs, Penhollow.
14.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Canary-Islands (Esp.) Island of La Gomera, [Garajonay National Park] Damage level Details

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

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Updated: Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 03:18 UTC
Description
More than 5,000 people have been evacuated from La Gomera, one of the smallest Canary Islands, as forest fires that began nine days ago continue to burn out of control. Nearly 2,000 acres of the Garajonay national park have been destroyed. The evacuees represent a quarter of the population and some 11% of the island’s landmass is in flames. A dry winter and high August temperatures have led to this being one of the worst in many years for forest fires in Spain. On the Spanish mainland, tens of thousands of acres of woodland have been lost in Valencia, Galicia and Catalunya. Two people died fighting fires in Alicante. Humberto Gutiérrez, head of emergency services in the Canaries, says there is no hope of dousing the flames in the short term. “Meteorological conditions are not on our side,” he said. Paulino Rivero, the Canary Islands’ president, said he hoped falling temperatures and rising humidity might slow the spread of the fires.

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Storms / Flooding / Landslides

  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 14.08.2012 Tropical Depression 270 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Hector (EP08)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 17° 30.000, W 106° 0.000
Start up: 11th August 2012
Status: 12th August 2012
Track long: 474.95 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
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
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Gust
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Category Course Wave
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Pressure Source
14th Aug 2012 10:50:22 N 17° 54.000, W 114° 0.000 9 74 93 Tropical Depression 265 ° 10 997 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
15th Aug 2012 18:00:00 N 18° 48.000, W 116° 0.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
15th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 18° 24.000, W 115° 18.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
16th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 19° 6.000, W 116° 36.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
17th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 20° 0.000, W 118° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
18th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 21° 0.000, W 119° 30.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC
19th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 21° 0.000, W 121° 30.000 Tropical Depression 28 37 NOAA NHC
Kai-tak (14W) Pacific Ocean 12.08.2012 14.08.2012 Tropical Depression 275 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 3.35 m JTWC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Kai-tak (14W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 36.000, E 128° 30.000
Start up: 12th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 201.36 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
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
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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Category Course Wave
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Pressure Source
14th Aug 2012 10:49:50 N 18° 0.000, E 124° 18.000 22 83 102 Tropical Depression 265 ° 15 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
15th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 20° 48.000, E 121° 0.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
15th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, E 122° 36.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
16th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 24.000, E 118° 36.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
17th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 42.000, E 115° 12.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
18th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 30.000, E 112° 6.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 JTWC
19th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 24° 54.000, E 109° 6.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC

 

 

Flood Warning

 

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

 

 

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Today Landslide USA State of Wyoming, Pahaska Tepee [Yellowstone National Park] Damage level Details

Landslide in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 03:22 (03:22 AM) UTC.

Description
A mudslide near Pahaska Tepee closed down the East Entrance to Yellowstone Park on Sunday morning. Early morning thunderstorms led to heavy rain and the slide covered both lanes of the North Fork Highway. Chris Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton, said about a half inch of rain fell in under 30 minutes. The same amount of rain in an urban area would cause street flooding, where water would rise above the sidewalks, Jones said. “A half inch in an urban area can cause problems,” he said. The slide caused the east gate to close 6:30-10 a.m. Sunday, Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. A truck ended up stuck in the slide. It was traveling in the rain and was on top of the slide, said Jim Berry, maintenance foreman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation in Cody. Berry said traffic began moving again at 9:30 a.m. and the two lanes were open by 12:30 p.m. Jones said the area around the east gate, which has steep sides and sometimes low vegetation, has been known to have slides in the past.

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Radiation / Nuclear

Today Nuclear Event USA State of Connecticut, Waterford [Millstone Nuclear Power Station] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.

Description
A reactor at the Millstone nuclear plant in Waterford, Conn., has shut down because of something that its 1960s designers never anticipated: the water in Long Island Sound was too warm to cool it. Under the reactor’s safety rules, the cooling water can be no higher than 75 degrees. On Sunday afternoon, the water’s temperature soared to 76.7 degrees, prompting the operator, Dominion Power, to order the shutdown of the 880-megawatt reactor. “Temperatures this summer are the warmest we’ve had since operations began here at Millstone,’’ said a spokesman for Dominion, Ken Holt. The plant’s first reactor, now retired, began operation in 1970. The plant’s third reactor was still running on Monday, but engineers were watching temperature trends carefully out of concern that it, too, might have to shut down. A spokeswoman for the regional grid control center, ISO-New England, said the shutdown had not impaired the functioning of the grid because generation has been more than sufficient. But in periods when industrial demand for electricity has been stronger, a reactor shutdown has sometimes forced grid operators to scramble.

The water from the sound is piped into the plant to absorb heat from pumps and other pieces of equipment. As the sound’s temperature inched upward this summer, Dominion Power received permission from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to measure it at three locations instead of one and to calculate the average in the hope that it would be lower. That did not help on Sunday. And higher water temperatures could lie ahead. The sound’s temperature usually does not peak until late August. Eventually, engineers could change the Millford reactor’s intake pipe so it draws water from further below the surface, where temperatures are lower, Mr. Holt said. They could also sharpen their pencils and try to determine whether the plant can operate safely with cooling water above 75 degrees, but neither is a short-term project. Cloud cover and the mixing of some cooler rainfall might also bring down temperatures, Mr. Holt suggested. While some reactors in inland locations have had to reduce their power output or shut down because of warm cooling water in the past, it is unusual for coastal plants, nuclear industry officials say. “We are evaluating our options for the future,’’ Mr. Holt said. “We don’t know, is this year an anomaly or is it the continuation of a longer trend?’ Power plants in the Midwest have also experienced problems as temperatures soared in recent weeks. In some cases, reactors shut down because the cooling water was too warm; in others, the ongoing drought had shrunken the body of water from which the cooling water is drawn, and the plant’s intake pipes were above the surface. Last month the twin-unit Braidwood nuclear plant in Illinois needed special permission to keep operating because its cooling water pond reached 102 degrees as a result of low rainfall and high air temperatures. When Braidwood opened 26 years ago, it was designed to run at temperatures up to 98 degrees.

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AP News

Potassium iodide tablets being distributed in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is once again providing free potassium iodide tablets to help residents of the commonwealth prepare for public health emergencies involving nuclear facilities.

People who live, work or attend school within a 10-mile radius of the state’s five nuclear power plants can get the tablets, which can help protect the thyroid gland against harmful radioactive iodine.

The tablets will be distributed Aug. 9 at 14 locations statewide, or can be obtained at state, county or municipal health agencies

Four 65-milligram tablets will be provided to each adult. Smaller doses will be given to children based on their age.

The department says people should only take potassium iodide tablets when directed to do so by health officials or the governor.

 

 

‘Severe abnormalities’ found in Fukushima butterflies

By Nick Crumpton BBC News

Mutated pale grass blue butterfly The study found that mutation rates were much higher among butterfly collected near Fukushima

Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests.

Scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident.

The link between the mutations and the radioactive material was shown by laboratory experiments, they report.

The work has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Two months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in March 2011, a team of Japanese researchers collected 144 adult pale grass blue (Zizeeria maha) butterflies from 10 locations in Japan, including the Fukushima area.

When the accident occurred, the adult butterflies would have been overwintering as larvae.

Unexpected results

By comparing mutations found on the butterflies collected from the different sites, the team found that areas with greater amounts of radiation in the environment were home to butterflies with much smaller wings and irregularly developed eyes.

“It has been believed that insects are very resistant to radiation,” said lead researcher Joji Otaki from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa.

“In that sense, our results were unexpected,” he told BBC News.

Pale grass blue butterfly The Japanese researchers have been studying the species for more than a decade

Prof Otaki’s team then bred these butterflies within labs 1,750km (1,090 miles) away from the accident, where artificial radiation could hardly be detected.

It was by breeding these butterflies that they began noticing a suite of abnormalities that hadn’t been seen in the previous generation – that collected from Fukushima – such as malformed antennae, which the insects use to explore their environment and seek out mates.

Six months later, they again collected adults from the 10 sites and found that butterflies from the Fukushima area showed a mutation rate more than double that of those found sooner after the accident.

The team concluded that this higher rate of mutation came from eating contaminated food, but also from mutations of the parents’ genetic material that was passed on to the next generation, even though these mutations were not evident in the previous generations’ adult butterflies.

The team of researchers have been studying that particular species butterfly for more than 10 years.

They were considering using the species as an “environmental indicator” before the Fukushima accident, as previous work had shown it is very sensitive to environmental changes.

“We had reported the real-time field evolution of colour patterns of this butterfly in response to global warming before, and [because] this butterfly is found in artificial environments – such as gardens and public parks – this butterfly can monitor human environments,” Prof Otaki said.

But the findings from their new research show that the radionuclides released from the accident were still affecting the development of the animals, even after the residual radiation in the environment had decayed.

“This study is important and overwhelming in its implications for both the human and biological communities living in Fukushima,” explained University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau, who studies the impacts of radiation on animals and plants in Chernobyl and Fukushima, but was not involved in this research.

“These observations of mutations and morphological abnormalities can only be explained as having resulted from exposure to radioactive contaminants,” Dr Mousseau told BBC News.

The findings from the Japanese team are consistent with previous studies that have indicated birds and butterflies are important tools to investigate the long-term impacts of radioactive contaminants in the environment.

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News August 13, 2012

Published on Aug 13, 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
[Alternative Explanation & Theory]*****Astrotometry™ Response Video: http://youtu.be/DlJAw6x1STc

TODAY’S LINKS
Iran Death Toll: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/13/us-iran-earthquake-idUSBRE87A08N201…

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
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1804 70.2 200 m – 450 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2012 OP4) 18th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1039 40.4 300 m – 670 m 22.54 km/s 81144 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 670 m – 1.5 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
(2012 FM52) 25th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.0599 23.3 510 m – 1.1 km 17.17 km/s 61812 km/h
66146 (1998 TU3) 25th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1265 49.2 3.0 km – 6.8 km 16.03 km/s 57708 km/h
(2009 AV) 26th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1615 62.8 670 m – 1.5 km 22.51 km/s 81036 km/h
331769 (2003 BQ35) 28th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1585 61.7 240 m – 530 m 4.64 km/s 16704 km/h
(2010 SC) 28th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1679 65.3 16 m – 36 m 9.56 km/s 34416 km/h
4769 Castalia 28th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1135 44.2 1.4 km 12.06 km/s 43416 km/h
(2012 LU7) 02nd September 2012 19 day(s) 0.1200 46.7 440 m – 990 m 8.16 km/s 29376 km/h
(2012 FS35) 02nd September 2012 19 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 2.3 m – 5.2 m 2.87 km/s 10332 km/h
(2012 HG31) 03rd September 2012 20 day(s) 0.0716 27.9 440 m – 990 m 10.33 km/s 37188 km/h
(2012 PX) 04th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 22 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 22 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 27 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 28 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

Today Biological Hazard China Province of Hainan, Sanya [Howard Johnson Hotel] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC.

Description
A suspected food poisoning case on a southern Chinese island led to the hospitalization of 120 tourists on Sunday, including six foreigners, local authorities reported on Monday. The vacationers were sent for medical treatment after their breakfast in the Howard Johnson Hotel in Sanya City in Hainan Province, said Zhou Baocang, deputy director of the Sanya Health Bureau. Twenty-eight people left hospital after treatment, while the other 92 remain in the People’s Hospital of Sanya and No.425 Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army. “No deaths have been reported. The patients are recovering well,” said Chen Weijie, deputy director of the Sanya City Food and Drug Administration. Four of the six foreigners are from Russia and two from Japan, and all of them are in stable condition, Zhou said. Initial investigation showed that the illnesses were caused by food harboring bacteria, and more evidence needs to be collected, Zhou said. Service at the hotel’s restaurant has been suspended. “The fried rice at breakfast might be to blame. The biggest discomfort was suffered by my friend, who had stomach ache and wanted to vomit. Another friend has been suffering from fever,” said a tourist named Li Ximing from south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Hainan provincial government officials have urged local authorities to guarantee the safety of the tourists. Experts have been sent by the provincial government to the scene. An emergency response team has been set up by the hotel and 80 employees have been dispatched to hospital to help take care of the patients, said Wang Li, a spokeswoman for the hotel. The hotel will compensate the patients based on investigation, Wang added.
Biohazard name: Mass. Food Poisoning
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
Today Biological Hazard USA State of New Jersey, [Barnegat Bay] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC.

Description
NBC-10 reports, tens of millions of Jellyfish have invaded Barnegat Bay. The jellyfish have been spotted in Barnegat Bay, Manahawkin in Stafford, Waretown, and the bay side of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island. According to Professor Paul Bologna, Montclair State’s Director of Aquatic and Coastal Sciences, the reason for the proliferation of jellyfish could be the use of plastic on the surfaces of docks. He explains sea nettle larvae settle on those surfaces and change into polyps, which bud off to create more of themselves. Another theory from a Rutgers University report: the bay’s ecological decline has spread southward since the 1990s. The declining ecological conditions have become a perfect place for jellyfish to prosper. Whatever the reason, unless they’re looking for a shock to their system, swimmers and surfers should be on the lookout for the jellyfish.
Biohazard name: Jellyfish invasion
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:
Today Biological Hazard USA State of Oregon, [Dexter Lake] Damage level Details

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

Description
It’s hot and getting hotter, and one more Lane County lake has sprouted a toxic algae bloom. State officials today said that based on scum they have observed, Dexter Lake has toxic blue-green algae, and they issued an advisory that people stay out of the water and avoid touching it or inhaling water droplets. Testing is taking place to determine whether the blue-green algae is of the type that produces cyanotoxins harmful to people and animals, the state said. Dexter Lake, about 20 miles southeast of Eugene on Highway 58, is the third Lane County body of water to merit a blue-green algae alert this summer, and only the fourth in the state. State officials on July 27 issued an alert for Walterville Pond off Highway 126 east of Springfield that is still in effect, followed by a July 31 alert on Dorena Lake southeast of Cottage Grove that is still in effect. Earlier in the summer, the state also issued an alert for a lake in Jackson County that lasted only five days. By comparison, at this time last year, the state had issued algae alerts at seven lakes. Last summer, alerts were issued for Cougar, Dorena, Dexter and Fall Creek lakes in Lane County. Health officials say exposure to the toxins can produce numbness, dizziness and breathing or heart problems, plus skin irritation, nausea and cramps. Dexter Lake is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon State Parks Department.
Biohazard name: Blue-Green (cyanobacteria) Algae bloom
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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Today Biological Hazard USA State of California, Long Beach Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 02:53 (02:53 AM) UTC.

Description
The city of Long Beach issued an alert to residents regarding an outbreak of flea-borne typhus, a disease transmitted to humans via fleas. Murine typhus, also known as flea-borne typhus, is spread from fleas living on rodents, possums, raccoons and cats. The disease is transmitted by bites from infected fleas. The disease is not spread from person to person. Symptoms include high fever, body aches, severe headaches and a rash. People may become sick enough to be hospitalized, but the disease is rarely fatal. Public health officials will continue to monitor and test for evidence of flea-borne typhus in areas throughout Long Beach. Area veterinarians will receive a letter requesting they educate pet owners on the importance of flea control in preventing flea-borne typhus. Long Beach has also issued letters to area health care providers providing guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.
Biohazard name: Typhus (flea-borne)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
13.08.2012 Biological Hazard Guam [Pago Bay] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Guam on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 11:11 (11:11 AM) UTC.

Description
Last week dead fish were found mysteriously washing up along the shores of Pago bay. Today PNC went to Pago Bay to investigate the possible cause of this unusual phenomenon. On Thursday of last week a student at the University of Guam’s marine lab noticed a lot of dead fish along the short in Pago bay. He took pictures of the fish and forwarded them to UOG marine lab professor Dr. Jason Biggs. “Well one of the things that set up a red flag for me is that this is the first time that it’s ever been noticed for Pago bay to have a fish kill like this,” said Dr. Biggs. Department of agriculture fisheries biologist Brent Tibbats also examined the photos. He says they appear to be shallow water fish that live in the reef flats and sea grass. Based on the photos, which show that many of the fish died with open mouths, Tibbats believes that natural causes are the most likely culprit. “We do get reports of fish kills almost every year at around this time of year, July and August, when there are very low tides during the hottest part of the day during the middle of the day what happens is fish get trapped in shallow water pools and they overheat and with a lack of oxygen they suffocate actually in the water and then when the next high tide comes in the fish get deposited on shore and people see this,” explained Tibbats.

However, as Dr. Biggs has pointed out this is the first time that they’ve seen this at Pago bay. “Over the past we’ve noticed areas where it happens commonly actually are Tumon bay is one and down along the southeast coast kind of from Ipan beach park down to first beach those areas something about them seems to be where fish kills repeatedly during these low tides during the middle of the day,” said Tibbats. Nevertheless Dr. Biggs is concerned that something else maybe the cause of this strange event. “Another thing that we’d like to point out is because it hasn’t happened at Pago bay before that maybe the sedimentation could have the same effect because if you have a big load of water bringing down a lot of dirt with it that dirt could mix with the salt water as well and particulate matter is known to clog the gills of the fish and make it so that water can’t pass and they can’t breathe,” explained Dr. Biggs. The marine lab professor says that choking from sedimentation would also result in dead fish with mouths open as seen in the photos. Pago bay has been known to have a lot of sedimentation after heavy rains. “You can see it every time it rains really hard there’s a plume that goes all the way out and then extends for miles out into the ocean,” said Dr. Biggs.

Tibbats says there is no way to tell for sure what killed these fish because he received the email over the weekend and by then the fish were gone. Tibbats says there are other potential causes for example fresh water can flood the reef flats killing saltwater fish. There is also the possibility that toxins from the land are washed into the water. Tibbats says that if anyone notices dead fish washing up on the shores anywhere on guam to try and collect some of the fish and then contact the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Aquatics and Wildlife Resources so they can study the dead fish and get a better determination of their actual cause of death. Senator Sam Mabini is concerned with the dead fish found at Pago bay and she has sent a letter to the Guam Environmental Protection Agency requesting their immediate attention to Pago bay’s current condition.

Biohazard name: Mass Die-off (Fishes)
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

13.08.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Pennsylvania, [Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Monday, 13 August, 2012 at 09:55 (09:55 AM) UTC.

Description
A local Boy Scout leader is recovering this week after wrestling with a rabid beaver in the Delaware River. Health officials describe the attack as rare, but say human encounters with wild animals are more common in the summer months. On Aug. 2, Normand Brousseau, 51, of Pine Plains, an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 32 out of Elizaville, Columbia County, was swimming in the Delaware River. Brousseau, another leader and four Scouts were on a field trip at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania. Brousseau, who was in the water hanging onto a noodle float, noticed a dark shape nearby. “It came through my legs and attached itself to my chest,” he said. “I thought it was a giant carp fish.” It wasn’t. He was being attacked by a rabid beaver. Once he was bitten, he grabbed the animal and threw it away from his body. “Then it came at me again,” he said. The beaver bit him in the leg and then again in his buttocks, arm, hand and waist. At that point, Brousseau said, “the adrenaline kicked in.” “I grabbed it in its mouth,” he said. “I had it around its bottom jaw as tightly as I could because I knew it was going to either bite me or bite the boys. I called the Scouts to come give me a hand.” One of the Scouts was 16-year-old Nick Hedges of Elizaville. “I grabbed him by the arm and started pulling him to the shore,” Hedges said.

The Scout was careful to keep an eye on the beaver, which, he said, was in Brousseau’s grasp about five feet away. Brousseau tossed the animal up onto the shore. The beaver was stunned for a second or two, Hedges said, but “then it started attacking the noodle.” With their counselor hurt and bleeding on shore, the teens took matters into their own hands. “We started throwing rocks at it,” he said. “We could see it was still dangerous.” The Scouts threw stones at the beaver until it was dead. A couple passing by in a canoe took Brousseau to the other side of the river and another passerby called 911. Dutchess County health officials said an attack from a rabid beaver is unusual, explaining that more often people in Dutchess report suspected cases of rabid cats, dogs and bats. “This is the time of year people will encounter more bats because they’re active now — they’re coming into contact with them more often,” said Stephen Capowski, director of environmental health services for the Dutchess County Health Department. Capowski cautioned people to steer clear of animals exhibiting unusual behavior: nocturnal animals such as bats, skunks and raccoons out during the daytime; dogs and cats indiscriminately attacking other dogs and cats, or people, and any animal behaving aggressively. Capowski said human cases of rabies are rare in Dutchess.

Park rangers brought Brousseau to the Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa., where he was treated for his injuries. He’s now on the mend and the parents of Scouts in his troop are feeling grateful. “It was very brave of him,” said Susan Treacy of Stanfordville, whose 15-year-old son, Zach Pruner, was also in the river during the attack. “Who’d be crazy enough to hang onto a rabid beaver?” The day after the attack, Brousseau received a call from a doctor confirming the beaver had been rabid. Since then, he’s received more than 20 rabies shots. “I’m pretty sore,” he said, still appearing bruised with small cuts along his hands and arms Friday. Brousseau brushed off the notion of acting heroically that day. “It’s my job to protect the boys,” he said. “Part of what I do is to make sure they’re always protected.” Brousseau said he has gained a new-found respect for nature. “When you go out into nature, you always need to veer on the side of caution,” he said. “Don’t assume a wild animal is not sick. You have to be on your toes at all times.”

Biohazard name: Rabies (beaver)
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
14.08.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Texas, Jamaica Beach Damage level Details

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

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

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GALVESTON (August 13, 2012)–Hundreds of thousands of dead fish have washed up on the beach in Galveston, where crews went to work Monday to remove the dead fish.

Peter Davis of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol said Sunday the small shad fish likely were killed by low oxygen levels in the Gulf of Mexico.

Davis estimated hundreds of thousands of fish have died.

Galveston County health officials said the water is fine for beachgoers.

Biologist Steven Mitchell with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said calm conditions and summer heat may have contributed to the fish kill.

He said there’s a possibility of a dead zone in the water off Galveston.

Testing is expected this week.

Today HAZMAT USA State of Colorado, Colorado Springs [Centennial Boulevard, Thin Metal Parts] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 at 04:34 (04:34 AM) UTC.

Description
Around 100 employees have been evacuated from a handful of businesses on Centennial Boulevard because of a reported chlorine gas leak. The Colorado Springs Fire Department reports the leak occurred inside the Thin Metal Parts building off of Centennial and List north of Garden of the Gods. One person was being evaluated by medical personnel at the scene. There are no other reports of injuries.

 

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
08.08.2012 02:10:30 3.1 North America United States Washington Entiat There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:05:25 3.9 Asia Turkey Manisa Ahmetli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 02:15:47 4.5 Asia Japan Fukushima Iwaki VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:10:51 4.5 Pacific Ocean Fiji Northern Lambasa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:05:48 4.4 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 01:40:31 4.0 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 02:06:11 2.7 Europe Greece Central Greece Domokos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 02:06:35 2.8 South-America Chile Valparaíso Vina del Mar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 01:50:29 2.6 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 01:05:18 2.0 Asia Turkey ?zmir Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 00:00:26 4.3 South-America Peru Tacna Calana There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 23:05:22 2.0 North America United States California Borrego Springs VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 22:56:41 2.2 North America United States Alaska Anchor Point There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
08.08.2012 00:00:44 2.4 Asia Turkey ??rnak Yenikoy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 00:01:04 4.6 South-America Argentina Salta Tartagal VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 00:01:27 4.6 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Salta Tartagal VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 22:55:26 2.3 Asia Turkey Gümü?hane Evren VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 22:55:49 3.1 Europe Romania Lopatari VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 22:56:08 2.8 Asia Turkey ?zmir Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
08.08.2012 01:05:46 2.0 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:50:27 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Utara Tobelo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 22:15:29 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Davao Bukid VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 21:50:47 3.9 Middle-East Iran Hormozg?n Qeshm VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 20:30:31 2.7 North America United States Alaska Happy Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 20:50:23 2.8 Europe Greece East Macedonia and Thrace Kamariotissa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:20:41 4.8 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Papua Nabire VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 21:51:06 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Papua Nabire VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:21:02 2.1 North America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 19:45:19 2.8 Europe Greece Central Greece Oxilithos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:45:24 2.5 Europe Greece Peloponnese Meligalas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:45:45 2.1 Europe Italy Friuli Venezia Giulia Socchieve VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:46:05 4.7 Asia Japan Iwate Kamaishi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 21:10:28 4.7 Asia Japan Iwate Kamaishi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 20:50:58 4.6 Middle-America Costa Rica Alajuela Laguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 20:15:32 4.6 Middle America Costa Rica Alajuela Laguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 18:46:25 2.7 Europe Greece Crete Makry Gialos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:46:45 2.7 Europe Greece Crete Koutsouras VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:47:07 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:00:58 2.2 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 17:40:26 2.2 Europe Italy Sicily Rodi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 19:40:36 2.0 North America United States Arkansas Damascus VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 17:40:50 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia East Java Blitar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 18:20:31 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia East Java Blitar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 18:47:44 2.4 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 17:41:09 3.1 South-America Chile Coquimbo Coquimbo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 16:35:25 2.1 Asia Turkey Ad?yaman Gerger VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 15:50:39 2.2 North America United States California Home Gardens VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 18:20:58 4.0 South America Chile Antofagasta Taltal VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.08.2012 16:35:55 4.4 South-America Chile Antofagasta Taltal There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.08.2012 16:36:19 2.5 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Kalamakion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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Volcanic Activity

New Zealand dormant volcano erupts after a century

“It looked like Hiroshima”, says one local resident of the ash cloud that spewed from Mount Tongarir

A New Zealand volcano dormant for more than a century has erupted, sending up ash clouds, disrupting flights and closing roads.

Mount Tongariro, one of three volcanoes in the centre of the North Island, became active just before midnight local time, with reports of loud explosions, spewing rocks and steam.

The 1,978m (6,490 ft) peak is in a national park popular with hikers.

No casualties or damage have been reported after the eruption.

Witnesses described a dramatic scene as the volcano erupted.

”I saw this beautiful, big cloud and I thought: ‘Gee that looks like a volcanic plume’. Just as I thought that there was a great big orange flash,” truck driver Bryn Rodda told New Zealand National Radio.

“It was quite impressive.”

Mount Tongariro last erupted 115 years ago, and scientists said they did not yet know if this eruption was a single event or if it signalled the start of more activity.

A man holds a handful of volcanic ash that fell on a property in Rangipo near the base of Mt Tongariro, New Zealand after an eruption 7 August, 2012 The eruption sent ash clouds over the area, causing disruptions to flights

Experts said they were caught by surprise – they had recorded some seismic activity in recent weeks but were not expecting an eruption.

“This might just be a quiet period and we should expect it to start again at any time. So we are watching things very closely,” volcanologist Michael Rosenberg told TVNZ.

Eruption activity has currently subsided, New Zealand media said. Meteorologists said the ash was blowing east towards the Pacific Ocean.

A number of domestic flights on the North Island had been affected by the volcanic activity, Air New Zealand said.

Police said highways that had been closed because visibility was affected after the eruption are now open.

Some residents in the vicinity had temporarily left their homes. Officials have not ordered an evacuation, but advised those affected by the ash cloud to stay indoors and close their doors and windows.

Volcanic activity world-wide 7 Aug 2012: Tongariro, Etna, Stromboli, Popocatépetl, volcanoes in Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador

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Strombolian eruption from Etna's Bocca Nuova on 5 Aug

Strombolian eruption from Etna’s Bocca Nuova on 5 Aug

News have been dominated by Tongariro volcano’s first eruption in 115 years (New Zealand). At the moment, the volcano is quiet, but eruptions could resume any time.

Etna (Italy): Strombolian activity continues at varying levels. Following a phase of weak activity during 4-6 Aug, an increase of activity was observed at the Bocca Nuova during the night 6-7 Aug.
Also in Italy, the activity at Stromboli (Eolian Islands) has been at relatively high levels over the past days. The number and size of explosions from the summit vents has increased.

Popocatépetl in Mexico: About 1 explosion occurs per hour, and strong glow is visible at night. A relatively powerful eruption late on 6 Aug sent ash to up to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude.

The volcanoes in Guatemala have shown little changes in activity over the past days.
Fuego volcano has intermittent weak strombolian explosions throwing lava up to 100 m above the crater, and the lava flow on the south flank is still active.
Santiaguito / Santa Maria (Guatemala): Weak to moderate explosions occur regularly and produce ash plumes up to 900 meters high. Avalanches of lava blocks descend on the south flank of the dome.
Lots of seismic activity is visible on the seismograms, most of it related to rockfalls.
Some tremor and shallow volcanic quakes and weak degassing are the only signs of activity reported from Pacaya.

In Colombia, there are currently 1 volcanoes on orange alert (Ruiz)(eruption warning) and 4 on yellow (unrest):
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) shows tremor, associated with gas and minor ash emissions at low level. A shallow M1.2 earthquake occurred at 3:11 (local time) near the Arenas crater. INGEOMINAS keeps a close watch of the volcano.
Compared to the previous week, the seismicity at Galeras has increased and shows events related to fluid movements within the volcano. Few weak earthquakes with magnitudes less than 1.1 related to fracturing of rock occurred at shallow depths (less than 4 km) at various locations under the volcano.
Seismicity at Cerro Machin volcano remains at slightly elevated levels with some weak earthquakes SE under the lava dome at depths between 3.5 and 5 km.
At Cumbal volcano, seismicity is still above background levels, but has has decreased. Signals are interpreted as fluid movements under the volcano.
Nevado del Huila The volcano shows normal seismic activity and degassing at low levels with no significant changes to previous weeks. INGEOMINAS keeps the alert level at yellow.

Ecuador:
Tungurahua volcano: Activity remains generally at relatively low levels. Few small to moderate explosions (about 3-5 per day) and weak steam and ash venting continue at Tungurahua. The last reported ash cloud altitude was at 18,000 ft (4.5 km) from an explosion on 6 Aug.
This morning, a more intense phase with volcanic tremor is visible on the seismograms.
Reventador volcano: IG reports a strong steam plume rising 1500 m above the summit, but does no more mention any active lava flow.
Sangay volcano: No recent reports of eruptions from remote Sangay are available, but this might simply incidate that its typical strombolian eruptions are too small.

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

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

Description
The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2 after the central North Island volcano erupted for the first time in more than a century late last night. GNS science is reporting that at approximately 11:50pm on Monday night ash fall began to be reported in the volcano’s vicinity – it has since been reported as far east as SH5 near Te Haroto and in Napier. GNS duty volcanologist Michael Rosenberg told Radio New Zealand that some people are reported to have left their houses on the southern shores of Lake Rotoaira, though no formal notices of evacuation have been issued so far by Civil Defense. He said residents in the area have told GNS of hearing several loud explosions, lightning and plumes of smoke and police have been told by an onlooker that “a new hole in the side of the mountain” had formed. They have also reported bright red rocks flying out of the mountain. The eruption reportedly happened at the Te Mari Craters, which are close to the Ketetahi Hot Springs on the northern side of the mountain. Civil defence spokesman Vince Cholewa told NewstalkZb ash could reach those living in Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu-Wanganui, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. “The advice to people is to stay indoors, because volcanic ash can obviously be a health hazard, if they’re indoors please close windows and doors to try and limit the entry of ash.” Mr Cholewa says at this stage not all areas alerted are affected by ash, but that situation could change. “We’re working actively with GNS Science who operate the monitoring equipment on the mountains, and with police so all the information from the ground is being gathered, and decisions will be based on that information. “Evacuations have not been ordered, please listen to the radio for advice from local authorities and police, any evacuations would be issued at that level, and based on the evidence from GNS Science.”Due to possible danger to the public the police have closed SH1 between Rangipo and Waiouru (Desert Road) and SH46 west of Rangipo. SH47 and 4 remain open at this stage as does SH5. Motorists are being advised to avoid travel in the area and these closures will be re-assessed once daylight reveals the extent of the ash cloud. A truck driver has told Radio New Zealand that the ash cloud has caused thick dust and reduced visibility on the Desert Road. Bryn Rodda said he saw a large cloud rising from the mountain with orange flashes. Civil Aviation Authority manager of meteorology Peter Lechner told NewstalkZb the plume is leading off to the east and south east. “Flight operations to the west of the plume should remain unaffected, however operations to the eastern half of the North Island will have some difficulty at this stage.” Mr Lechner says a frontal system is on its way which should disperse the cloud, but that depends on whether there are further eruptions. Police are sending search and rescue teams up Mt Tongariro at first light to check no one is stranded in huts. However, they say there have been no reports of injuries or damage. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is currently assessing information with the assistance of GNS scientific advisors. It has not yet activated the National Crisis Management Centre which is called upon in times of emergency like the Christchurch earthquake. New Zealand’s other high profile active volcano, White Island, also had its alert level raised from 1 to 2 on Monday after a small eruption was recorded in its crater lake.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

07.08.2012 Heat Wave Bulgaria [Statewide] Damage level Details

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

Description
Historically high temperatures were recorded in 28 locations throughout Bulgaria on Monday, the country’s National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) said. At 3 p.m. local time (0200 GMT), the temperature in Ruse by the Danube River was 41 degrees Celsius. Pleven in northern Bulgaria recorded 40 degrees Celsius, followed by Sandanski in the southwest of the country at 39.6 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, temperatures in the capital Sofia also hit 34.6 degrees Celsius. Temperatures were unusually high even in the mountains, NIMH said. At Botev peak, temperatures reached 17.5 degrees Celsius, 25.2 degrees Celsius at Murgash peak, and 26.5 degrees Celsius at Rozhen peak. Record-high temperatures were reported also on the Black Sea coast in the towns of Ahtopol and Varna at 35 degree Celsius, and cape of Kaliakra at 32.8 degree Celsius. Temperatures will remain high on Tuesday, after which they should return to what is considered normal for the season, NIMH said.
07.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Klamath National Forest] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 19:02 (07:02 PM) UTC.

Description
Eleven small fires are confirmed to have been started by Sunday night’s lightning across the Klamath National Forest. Six of the fires are burning in the Scott River Ranger District and five are located in the Happy Camp Ranger District, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Another fire burning in the area, the Emily Fire, which is located just over the forest boundary within the Red Buttes Wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest area. All fires are being managed with a full suppression strategy. Nine of the 11 fires are one-half acre in size or smaller, with the smallest being a single burning tree near the Shackleford Creek Trailhead. The largest of the fires, the Bill Fire, is located near Billberry Creek in the Scott Bar Ponds area and is estimated to be between six and 10 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Fire crews and equipment standing by from the Dillon Fire, located approximately 15 miles southwest of Happy Camp, are available to help extinguish these new fires. The Dillon Fire, which ignited on Aug. 3, is now 90 percent contained.
07.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Canary-Islands (Esp.) Island of La Gomera, [Garajonay National Park] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Canary-Islands (Esp.) on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 16:20 (04:20 PM) UTC.

Description
A wildfire raged Monday on Spain’s Canary Island of La Gomera which burnt down several homes and raced through a national park housing a rare subtropical forest, officials said. Deep ravines made it difficult to fight the blaze, which erupted on Saturday and has affected 3,100 hectares of land, including 350 hectares, or 9 percent, of the Garajonay national park, a World Heritage Site. “The ravines act as genuine chimneys for the fire when the wind blows and this complicates the task of getting the fire under control,” the head of the islands’ government, Paulino Rivero, told reporters. By late Monday firefighters, aided by cooler temperatures and higher air humidity levels, had managed to stop the advance of the flames at Garajonay, the regional government said in a statement. The national park was added to UN cultural body UNESCO’s World Heritage list for its rare subtropical forests which covered the Mediterranean millions of years ago but have now largely disappeared. It is home to 450 plant species, including eight that are found only in the park.At Igualero, a village inside the park whose residents were evacuated over the weekend, several houses were completely burned down. The burned down homes were surrouned by charred fruit trees, vineyards and potato crops as well as the dead sheep, goats, chickens and other animals. Several homes near the town of Vallehermoso had been destroyed, mayor Jaime Luis Noda said. “We have still not done an evaluation of exactly how many, so we don’t know how many,” he said. Mobile telephone services on the island were disrupted as several relay stations had burnt down, power was out in some parts of the island and four roads where shut, the regional government said. But around 600 people who were evacuated over the weekend, including those at Igualero, were allowed to return to their homes Monday. Heavy fog on Monday morning prevented two firefighting aircraft sent from mainland Spain from flying but by afternoon the authorities were able to use water-dropping aircraft against the blaze, which has three active fronts. The authorites suspect arson as the cause of the blaze “because it started in three different places and it is practically impossible for an accident to trigger such a violent fire,” he added. A shepherd on the island of La Gomera, Sebastian Vera Herrera, said many of his sheep were killed by the flames after he ignored police orders to evacuate.

“I guided them to the farm in the hamlet of Magana. Many sheep burned. I managed to save many, about 300 because I stayed,” the 58-year-old said. “This is the first time that I have seen a fire likes this, of this size. There are 200-year-old houses that completely burned down.” Another fire on the neighbouring island of La Palma near the town of Mazo has been stabilised. That blaze had affected about 1,700 hectares. Spain has been battling fires in both the Canaries and on the mainland after a winter that saw almost no rainfall, leaving the Spanish landscape its driest in seven decades. On July 22, a wind-whipped wildfire in the northeast province of Catalonia near the border with France scorched 14,000 hectares, claiming four lives. Spain’s most destructive fires so far this year were in the Valencia region in early July, burning some 50,000 hectares of vegetation.

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Storms, Flooding

Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Ernesto (AL05) Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 07.08.2012 Hurricane II 300 ° 130 km/h 157 km/h 3.66 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: 2,354.87 km
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Report by: NHC
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07th Aug 2012 20:35:07 N 18° 30.000, W 85° 30.000 22 130 157 Hurricane II 300 ° 12 983 MB NHC
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09th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 24.000, W 93° 24.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NHC
09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 24.000, W 91° 18.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NHC
10th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 12.000, W 96° 36.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NHC
11th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 19° 0.000, W 100° 0.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NHC
Haikui (12W) Pacific Ocean 03.08.2012 07.08.2012 Typhoon I 310 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 4.88 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Haikui (12W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 24° 24.000, E 139° 48.000
Start up: 03rd August 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 1,083.16 km
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07th Aug 2012 18:13:05 N 28° 6.000, E 122° 48.000 15 111 139 Typhoon I 310 ° 16 JTWC
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09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 12.000, E 119° 42.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 6.000, E 120° 36.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
13W Pacific Ocean 05.08.2012 07.08.2012 Tropical Depression 305 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 5.49 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: 13W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 23° 6.000, E 161° 36.000
Start up: 05th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 408.00 km
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07th Aug 2012 18:12:29 N 30° 12.000, E 160° 30.000 17 65 83 Tropical Depression 305 ° 18 JTWC
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09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 48.000, E 155° 36.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 JTWC
10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 39° 42.000, E 151° 36.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 JTWC
Gilma (07E) Pacific Ocean – East 07.08.2012 07.08.2012 Tropical Depression 295 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 4.57 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: 0.00 km
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07th Aug 2012 18:10:58 N 14° 48.000, W 112° 36.000 19 65 83 Tropical Depression 295 ° 15 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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09th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 118° 30.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
10th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 120° 30.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
11th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 121° 30.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
12th Aug 2012 06:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 121° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC

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Two dead as storms hit Austria, northern Italy

by Staff Writers
Vienna (AFP)

Storms wreaked havoc in Austria and northern Italy over the weekend, causing landslides that killed two people, authorities said Sunday.

An 84-year-old woman was killed when a landslide hit a farm in Afens, on the Italian side of the border with Austria.

In nearby Tulfer, the body of another woman who had been declared missing after her house was struck by a mud flow, was uncovered on Sunday morning.

Major storms lashed much of Austria and German-speaking northern Italy late Saturday, causing flooding and power cuts, and disrupting rail and road connections.

About 1,000 homes were without electricity Sunday morning in the Virgental valley in southern Austria.

In South Tyrol, a northern province of Italy also known as Alto Adige, some 500 emergency workers, firefighters and civil protection officers were mobilised to deal with the damages.

The rail line between Austria and Italy over the Brenner Pass was buried by a landslide overnight and was expected to remain shut for two weeks.

Road and rail connections were also shut elsewhere in Austria, including in Tyrol, Styria and Salzburg provinces. Most were due to re-open on Sunday but others remained closed due to a further risk of landslides.

In Styria, several houses had to be evacuated after they were flooded, and cellars in northern Austria were also filled with water following heavy rain.

A few barns meanwhile went up in flames after they were hit by lightning, with over 250 animals perishing at one farm in northern Austria.

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China evacuates 450,000 after Philippines turned into ‘waterworld’ by Typhoon Haikui

Shanghai and the nearby coastal province Zhejiang have evacuated 456,000 people as China prepares for its third typhoon in less than a week.

The emergency measures were taken after Typhoon Haikui turned Manila, the Philippines capital into “waterworld”, killing 50 people.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in Zhejiang province, just south of Shanghai, late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the China Meteorological Administration said.

Shanghai officials fear the storm could be the worst since 2005, when Typhoon Matsa killed seven people in the city, state media said.

The city aimed to move 200,000 people to more than a hundred shelters by Tuesday evening, government officials were quoted as saying.

The Shanghai government ordered outdoor construction sites shut down and cancelled summer classes for children until the typhoon had eased.

Authorities in Zhejiang were also rushing to get people out the path of the storm, with 256,000 residents of the province evacuated so far, state media said.

More than 30,000 ships had rushed to shelter in ports.

The typhoon was packing winds of up to 151 kilometres per hour and could bring up to 400 millimetres (16 inches) of rain to some areas, it said. The eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Anhui would also be affected. China is still recovering from Typhoons Damrey and Saola, which hit over the weekend. Those storms brought heavy rains that killed 23 and left nine missing.

Xinhua said the heavy rains that came with the typhoons triggered mudslides and flooding, affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

Typhoon Haikui’s torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas on Tuesday, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said.

Steady rains for the past 10 days, killing more than 50 people, are set to continue until Wednesday, the Philippines weather bureau said.

A man pushes his bicycle through murky floodwaters in Quezon City in suburban Manila, Philippines JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images

“It’s like Waterworld,” said Benito Ramos, head of the Philippines national disaster agency, referring to a Hollywood movie about a flooded world.

Schools , financial markets, and public and private offices were ordered shut, including outsourcing firms whose corporate clients are mainly from the United States and Europe.

Disaster officials said over half of Manila was swamped by floods as high as three metres, worsened by a high tide and the release of water from dams in surrounding provinces.

President Benigno Aquino, in an emergency meeting briefly interrupted by a power failure at the main army base in Manila, ordered officials to exert maximum effort to aid residents in flooded areas. Officials have deployed army troops, police and emergency workers with rubber boats and amphibious trucks.

The monsoon rains, which dumped about 300 mm (12 inches) or three times the daily average of 80-100 mm from late Monday to Tuesday, were the heaviest in three years, the weather bureau said.

Most major roads in Manila were inundated by knee- to waist-deep floodwaters. Some flights were delayed or cancelled. Power, water and communications in flooded areas were disrupted.

Some of the affected residents were marooned on the roofs of their houses.

“There are about 5,000 people here,” said Ester Ronabio, a public school teacher and volunteer in one of the temporary shelter areas in low-lying Marikina City in the eastern part of Manila. “We can’t control the flow of people.”

In a sign of the difficult scramble to move people to safety, Aquino appealed to an anti-graft court to release dozens of rubber boats held as evidence in a case against senior police officials for use in evacuation efforts.

Residents of Manila expressed concern the rains were a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana which killed more than 700 people and destroyed $1 billion worth of private and public property.

“The floods are so deep where we live, we don’t want a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana a few years ago,” Melanio David, a father of four, told Reuters. “We got scared so we evacuated last night.”

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

Description
Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools. Incessant downpours set off by the seasonal monsoon overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and nine surrounding provinces and put authorities on alert. The death toll from last week’s Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the northern Philippines for several days, has climbed steadily to 51. The head of the government’s rescue agency, Benito Ramos, said there were no immediate reports of new casualties early Tuesday after the rains pounded already saturated Manila for more than 24 hours. Vehicles and even heavy trucks struggled to navigate water-clogged roads, where hundreds of thousands of commuters were stranded overnight. Many cars were stuck in the muddy waters. The La Mesa dam, which supplies water to the capital of 12 million people, spilled excess water for a second time early Tuesday into the rivers flowing into Quezon city, a middle-class Manila suburb, as well as the neighborhoods of Malabon, Valenzuela and Caloocan, where several villages were submerged. Along the swollen Marikina River, police were deployed to move more than 5,000 residents away from the riverbanks in what Vice Mayor Jose Cadiz said was an enforced evacuation. The operation started after the City Hall sounded the alarm bell. The Philippine Stock Exchange in the financial district of Makati, which was also flooded, was closed Tuesday. Also closed was the U.S. Embassy along Manila Bay in the historic old city, which was drenched out last week when a storm surge pushed the water over the seawall. “The embassy is closed today due to excessive flooding in the streets and concern for the safety of our employees and consular applicants,” Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said in an announcement.
07.08.2012 Flash Flood India MultiStates, [States of Uttarakhand, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir] Damage level Details

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

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Updated: Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 03:39 UTC
Description
Seven people, including five members of a family, were reportedly missing in landslides at various parts of Kannur and Kozhikode districts on Monday evening. The five-member family of Biju of Thundathil house was reportedly washed away at Aanakampoyil at Pulloorampara. There were unconfirmed reports that the body of Biju’s three-and-a-half-year-old son, Kuttan, had been recovered. Two people, identified as Gopalan and Varkey, were reported missing in the landslide at Kodencherry in the district. Rescue operations were going on till late in the night. Heavy rains accompanied by landslides wreaked havoc in Iritty and other high range regions of Kannur district on Monday. Landslides threw life out of gear in Vaniyambara in Ayyankunnu panchayat and in Pulloorampara near Thiruvambadi in Kozhikode. The landslides, besides causing heavy damage to several houses, crops and business establishments, also unleashed flash floods in Vaniyambara and Vallithode. A 10-year-old bridge at Odichikunnu was washed away. A car and a bike moving on the bridge at that time were also swept away. Two people who were inside the car swam to safety and five others were rescued by the local people and the fire force from Iritty. Panic prevailed in the place as people were told that the shutters of the Pazhassi Irrigation Project Division would be opened. The water level in the dam had been steadily rising. However, the officials were able to open only seven or eight shutters. The dam which had a capacity to store 27 metres of water was now already full up to 26 metres, officials said. The officials were trying to open the other shutters to divert the water through another irrigation canal in the area nearby. After inspecting the spot, ADM N.T. Mathew said that five families from Vaniyambara had been shifted to safe locations. “We will provide them free ration and other facilities”, he said. The officials were yet to make an assessment of the damage caused by heavy rains and landslides, he said. One house was totally destroyed in the heavy rains and four others were partially damaged. Crops, especially arecanut palms and plantains were damaged. Thalassery sub-collector Kesavendra Kumar also inspected the spot. Landslides at Pulloorampara and Thiruvambadi areas in Kozhikode district on Monday evening caused heavy damages.

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Solar Activity

3MIN News August 7, 2012: Meteors, Quakes, Storms, Spaceweather

Published on Aug 7, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Fish Deaths Ohio: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/08/06/Dead-fish-prompt-clo…

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
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
(2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

07.08.2012 Biological Hazard China Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong [Tolo Harbour] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 09:42 (09:42 AM) UTC.

Description
A red tide was sighted in Hong Kong waters 3 August 3, an inter-departmental red tide working group reported. Staff of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) sighted the red tide at Tolo Harbour, including the Yim Tin Tsai and Yim Tin Tsai (East) Fish Culture Zones. It still persists. No associated death of fish has been reported by mariculturists so far. “The red tide was formed by Scrippsiella trochoidea, which is common in Hong Kong waters and non-toxic,” a spokesman for the working group said. The AFCD urged mariculturists at Yim Tin Tsai, Yim Tin Tsai (East), Yung Shue Au and Lo Fu Wat to monitor the situation closely. Red tide is a natural phenomenon. The AFCD’s proactive phytoplankton monitoring programme will continue monitoring red tide occurrences to minimise the impact on the mariculture industry and the public.
Biohazard name: Red Tide
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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07.08.2012 HAZMAT Canada Province of Ontario, Limoges [Calypso Theme Waterpark ] Damage level

HAZMAT in Canada on Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 at 19:08 (07:08 PM) UTC.

Description
Thirteen children were taken to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario this afternoon, after an apparent chlorine leak at the Calypso Water Park, east of Ottawa. Ottawa paramedics spokesperson J.P. Trottier says 14 children, between the ages of 4 and 14, were complaining of irritated and burning eyes. Three had more serious symptoms, including nausea. Thirteen children were transported to CHEO. One was treated at the park by paramedics. The pool where the leak occurred has been closed, and an investigation is under way.
07.08.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Kentucky, [Blue Grass Army Depot] Damage level Details

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

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

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Experts: Calif refinery fire will boost gas prices

By TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Analysts say a fire at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries will contribute to higher prices at the pump on the West Coast.

The fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco, broke out Monday evening.

It sent plumes of black smoke over the San Francisco Bay area and sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems before it was out the following morning.

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service, says Chevron’s refinery is big and important to the market.

With inventories of gasoline in the region already low compared with the rest of the country, Kloza says pump prices in California and elsewhere on the West Coast will soon average more than $4 per gallon.

 

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
19.07.2012 10:20:48 2.3 North America United States California Rancho Tehama Reserve VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 10:05:46 3.6 North America United States California Three Rocks VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 10:00:37 3.5 Europe Greece North Aegean Atsiki VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 10:01:02 5.5 Asia Afghanistan Badakhshan Ashkasham VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 09:56:19 5.5 Asia Afghanistan Badakhshan Ashkasham VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 09:50:48 2.6 North America United States Alaska Valdez VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 09:36:01 2.8 North America United States Alaska McCarthy VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 10:01:28 2.5 Asia Turkey Mu?la Yatagan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:35:54 4.1 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 10:01:53 4.0 Caribbean Sea Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:50:29 4.0 Caribbean Puerto Rico Culebra Culebra VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 08:55:39 2.8 South-America Argentina San Juan Calingasta VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:36:18 4.9 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea West New Britain Kandrian There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 08:55:59 4.9 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea West New Britain Kandrian There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:56:30 2.3 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:57:10 2.2 Asia Turkey Bal?kesir Sindirgi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:57:30 2.9 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 07:25:37 2.0 North America United States California Shandon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 08:57:50 3.8 Europe Greece Crete Chora Sfakion VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:58:10 2.8 Europe Greece South Aegean Emporeio There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 07:40:33 5.4 Atlantic Ocean South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 07:55:24 5.6 Atlantic Ocean – North South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 07:55:45 2.0 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 07:56:03 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea East Sepik Ambunti VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 07:30:38 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea East Sepik Ambunti VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 08:58:31 2.2 Europe Greece West Macedonia Armenokhorion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 06:55:18 2.8 Asia Turkey Bal?kesir Sindirgi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 05:50:50 2.1 Asia Turkey Kütahya Simav There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 06:55:47 3.1 Europe Russia Chechnya Avtury VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 05:51:17 2.5 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 05:52:01 2.7 Middle-East Iraq Dah?k Zakhu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 08:16:00 3.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Cabo Rojo Puerto Real VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 05:52:25 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 05:06:56 2.4 North America United States California Mountain Center VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 05:52:48 3.1 Middle-East Iraq Dah?k Sinah VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 05:53:11 2.5 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 04:45:24 2.3 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 04:45:41 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
19.07.2012 05:53:33 4.4 South-America Chile Atacama Diego de Almagro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 03:45:20 2.6 Europe Greece Central Macedonia Ierissos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 03:20:55 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Guayama Guayama VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 02:55:29 2.6 North America United States Alaska Anchor Point There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 04:45:56 2.2 Asia Turkey Bitlis Sagirkaya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 04:46:16 2.2 Asia Turkey Hatay Gozene VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 02:35:25 2.7 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Limni Keriou VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 02:35:43 2.6 Europe Poland Lower Silesian Voivodeship Rakow VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 01:30:26 4.5 South-America Chile Atacama Diego de Almagro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 00:35:33 4.5 South America Chile Atacama Diego de Almagro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
19.07.2012 00:30:26 2.7 Europe Greece Attica Agia Pelagia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
19.07.2012 00:30:52 3.3 South-America Chile Antofagasta Taltal There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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Volcanic Activity

By Tico Times
Volcanic activity prompts officials to partially restrict access in the national park.

Rincón de la Vieja

Authorities declared a green (preventive) alert on Rincón de la Vieja volcano in May. Courtesy of National Seismological Network

Following an increase in its volcanic activity, visits to the crater of Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, are prohibited until further notice.

Volcanologist Raúl Mora, from the National Seismological Network, explained that the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, “while not the most active in the country, is a volcano in full activity, which prompted authorities to take preventive measures.”

Mora said restricted access to the crater does not affect public access to the national park of the same name, one of northwestern Costa Rica’s main attractions.

Rincón de la Vieja and Turrialba are the country’s only two volcanoes with restricted access for tourists.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Excessive Heat Warning

TULSA OK
MEMPHIS TN
WILMINGTON OH
PADUCAH KY
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO

Excessive Heat Watch

 
TULSA OK

Heat Advisory

ST LOUIS MO
BISMARCK ND
TULSA OK
NORTH PLATTE NE
SPRINGFIELD MO
LITTLE ROCK AR
TOPEKA KS
SIOUX FALLS SD
HASTINGS NE
WICHITA KS
MEMPHIS TN
LINCOLN IL
WILMINGTON OH
LOUISVILLE KY
INDIANAPOLIS IN
PADUCAH KY
RAPID CITY SD
ABERDEEN SD
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
18.07.2012 Heat Wave USA State of Iowa, Des Moines Damage level Details

Heat Wave in USA on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 14:17 (02:17 PM) UTC.

Description
Temperatures in Des Moines reached triple digits Tuesday for the fifth time this summer, extending a month-long heat wave that will likely continue for at least another week. Des Moines peaked at 100 degrees. While temperatures will fall slightly toward the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service, highs will remain in the 90s and lows won’t drop below the low 70s. Large parts of eastern and southern Iowa, including Polk County, are under a heat advisory. Wednesday’s high should reach 98 degrees and Thursday may top out at 96. Friday likely will be the coolest day this week with a high of 92, meteorologists said. There is a small chance of thunderstorms Wednesday night and rain could continue overnight, but no other precipitation is expected this week. “Tomorrow evening and overnight is the best shot at any rain,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Skow said. “And that’s less than a 30 percent chance.” The rest of the state may see some rain but, “as far as a good soaking, we’re not seeing it,” Skow said. The number of counties under a burn ban grew to 32 on Tuesday and firefighters, farmers and officials continued to voice concern about the dry conditions.

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
MEDFORD OR
BOISE ID

Fire Weather Watch

RENO NV

Extreme Fire Danger

RAPID CITY SD
HASTINGS NE

Town of 1,800 evacuated in Canaries wildfire

by Staff Writers
Vilaflor, Spain (AFP)


Canary Islands.

Spanish authorities evacuated a town of 1,800 residents on the Canary Islands on Tuesday, after three days of firefighting efforts failed to prevent a raging wildfire from reaching it.

Residents were evacuating from the town of Vilaflor, south of the Teide national park that spans the centre of the Spanish island of Tenerife, as flames reached parts of the town.

Emergency services “are evacuating residents from Vilaflor due to the advance of the fire from the east,” the regional government said in a statement Tuesday evening.

It said the 1,800 people of the village were leaving by road. Authorities provided buses for some 200 people who did not have their own vehicles.

Authorities had prepared a shelter for the evacuees in the nearby town of Granadilla, the statement added.

Authorities earlier said the fire had crept a few metres into the Teide park, a major tourist attraction on the archipelago off northwest Africa, as firefighters battled to keep the flames away from populated areas.

Some 800 firefighters were battling the blaze, which broke out Sunday and has spread with strong winds and high temperatures, regional authorities said.

More than 90 people were evacuated from other parts of the island on Monday, of whom 60 remained away from their homes before the latest evacuations.

The fire had affected an area of about 3,000 hectares, of which half had been burnt, a spokeswoman for the regional emergency services said.

Firefighters said they were using five helicopters and three water-bombing planes that arrived Tuesday from mainland Spain, but authorities later said the thick smoke at Vilaflor was hampering efforts.

Another four helicopters and 300 firefighters were working to put out a blaze on one of the neighbouring islands, La Palma, that has engulfed around 500 hectares and forced more than 150 evacuations.

The spokeswoman said this fire had been “stabilised” on Tuesday afternoon after 160 people were evacuated.

Spain has been hit particularly hard by forest fires this year after experiencing its driest winter in 70 years.

The worst fire ravaged 50,000 hectares in the eastern Spanish region of Valencia in July.

Related Links
Forest and Wild Fires – News, Science and Technology

19.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Greece West Greece, [Patras city area] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Greece on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 11:06 (11:06 AM) UTC.

Description
Authorities issued evacuation orders for villages in southwestern Greece on Wednesday where wildfires, aided by strong winds and soaring temperatures, have ravaged large areas. The blaze, burning mostly pine forest, sent smoke over the city of Patras, a port with some 220,000 inhabitants, where regional authorities have declared an emergency. Nine planes and one helicopter were involved in the firefighting effort at Argyra, some 15 kilometres (9 miles) east of Patras. Apostolos Katsifaras, regional governor for western Greece, said evacuation orders had been issued for villages in the rugged fire stricken area — likely to involve several hundred residents. “The conditions are very tough. We are using everything we have against the fire,” Katsifaras said. The state of emergency allows authorities to use additional resources, including Greece’s military.
Today Forest / Wild Fire Portugal Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira, [Povoa de Santa Iria] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Portugal on Thursday, 19 July, 2012 at 03:23 (03:23 AM) UTC.

Description
In Portugal, five major fires were reported. The three largest of them, which were raging in the north and in Povoa de Santa Iria near Lisbon, were largely under control, authorities said.

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 Flooding / Landslides

Flash Flood Watch

JACKSON KY
PENDLETON OR

Flood Warning

LAKE CHARLES LA
DULUTH MN
TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL
Today Flash Flood USA State of Alabama, [Northern area] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 19 July, 2012 at 03:17 (03:17 AM) UTC.

Description
Strong thunderstorms moved slowly across the Tennessee Valley and produced torrential rain and strong gusty winds. Rainfall totals exceeded three inches in some areas before 5 p.m. Flash Flood Warnings were issued for some counties in North Alabama. Some of the stronger storms produced significant lightning. In Athens, thousands of customers were without power and crews worked in the storms to restore it. Roads flooded in Limestone County and drivers were urged to stay off of them. Athens Bible School suffered roof damage during the storm, and firefighters were at a home on Pepper Road where the roof caught fire, possibly because of lightning.
Today Complex Emergency Japan MultiPrefectures, [Kyushu Island-wide] Damage level Details

Complex Emergency in Japan on Thursday, 19 July, 2012 at 07:34 (07:34 AM) UTC.

Description
About 3,000 people in a city of southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu were forced to evacuate their homes again on Thursday due to threats of landslide and flood caused by heavy rain. According to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, the residents in Aso City where landslides hit houses last week were ordered to evacuate their houses on Thursday morning as heavy rain continued to fall on the area covered with volcanic ash soil which is very fragile. In Aso City and its surrounding region of Kumamoto Prefecture, at least 23 people were found dead and two went missing after landslides hit houses last week in more than 60 places. Heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Khanun poured in several areas of northern Kyushu which saw hourly rainfall between 40 and 50 mm in the morning hours. The Japan Meteorological agency warned as the tropical storm moves north, heavy rainfall may trigger further floods and landslides in Kyushu till Friday.

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Radiation / Nuclear

18.07.2012 Nuclear Event USA State of Pennsylvania, [Limerick Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 19:44 (07:44 PM) UTC.

Description
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it is closely monitoring events at the Limerick Generating Station after a manual scram around 8:15 a.m. shut down the reactor at the nuclear power plant. According to NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan, an electrical fault was reported in a transformer in a turbine building that spurred the scram and that the transformer is not a main transformer. The event was listed as an “unusual event” around 8:39 a.m., the lowest of the event ratings, Sheehan said. No one was injured in the incident and no outside help was requested, Sheehan said. Sheehan said the transformers have been known to fail from time to time and that the reactor was safely shut down. Sheehan said there are no complications at the power plant at this time and there is no danger to the public from the incident.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

18.07.2012 Epidemic Uganda Western Uganda, [Bundibugyo District] Damage level Details

Epidemic in Uganda on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 12:34 (12:34 PM) UTC.

Description
An outbreak of the deadly cholera disease in Bundibugyo district has killed four people leaving over 150 others hospitalized. The epidemic spread to the district from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. The four persons died before being taken to hospitals for medication according to Isaac Bisunga – the district disease surveillance officer. Bisunga says the epidemic broke out last month but only to realize it was cholera last week. The most affected areas include Bundibugyo town council, Nyahuka town council, Kasithu sub-county, Bukukwanga sub-county, Kisuba sub-county and Bubandi sub-county. Isolation centers have been established at Bundibugyo hospital and Nyahuka health center IV according to the disease surveillance officer.
Biohazard name: Cholera
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

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Solar Activity

2MIN News July 18, 2012: Disaster Report, Quakes, Spaceweather

Published on Jul 18, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
Japan Flooding: http://www.weather.com/news/japan-flooding-20120717
Drought: http://www.weather.com/news/drought-disaster-photos-20120713?pageno=1
Melting Ice: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78556
Sprites: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/07/120713-sprite-international-s…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

18.07.2012 Event into space Finland Province of Ostrobothnia, [Ostrobothnia-wide] Damage level Details

Event into space in Finland on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 11:03 (11:03 AM) UTC.

Description
An exceptional bright light phenomenon was observed in many parts of Ostobothnia, western Finland, just after 5pm on Tuesday. According to the Ursa astronomical association, this was a meteorite which had passed through the Earth’s upper atmosphere before hitting the ground. According to Esko Lyytinen of Ursa, the object definitely made it to the ground. He speculated it could be as heavy as dozens of kilograms. The object’s final explosion occurred probably between the towns of Kalajoki and Ylivieska. Several observations of the object were made by Ursa at locations across Ostrobothnia. The subsonic blast was heard over a wide area. Amateur astronomers are now eager to find the heavenly body which lies somewhere in the area of Ylivieska and Kalajoki. Meteorites are a rare occurrence whereas meteors, objects that fail to reach the Earth’s surface, are more common. For example, during the course of the year, the Earth passes through dust clouds which give rise to a phenomenon known as a “meteor shower.” During such an event, streaks of light caused by small rocky particles are visible at regular intervals in the night sky.

 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
(2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 0 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
(2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 1 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
(2010 GK65) 21st July 2012 2 day(s) 0.1696 66.0 34 m – 75 m 17.80 km/s 64080 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 21st July 2012 2 day(s) 0.1367 53.2 18 m – 39 m 3.79 km/s 13644 km/h
153958 (2002 AM31) 22nd July 2012 3 day(s) 0.0351 13.7 630 m – 1.4 km 9.55 km/s 34380 km/h
(2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 4 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
(2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
(2009 PC) 28th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 15 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
(2006 EC) 06th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 19 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 20 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 21 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 21 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 21 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 24 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 26 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 28 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

18.07.2012 Biological Hazard Taiwan County of Taoyuan , Taoyuan Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Taiwan on Tuesday, 17 July, 2012 at 13:20 (01:20 PM) UTC.

Description
Dozens of pet birds smuggled from southern China into Taiwan tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus and were destroyed, Taiwanese authorities said Tuesday. The smuggler bought the 38 birds in the Chinese city of Guangzhou and was caught at the Taoyuan international airport in northern Taiwan when he returned via Macau earlier this month, said the Centers for Disease Control. The birds later tested positive for the H5N1 virus and were killed, it said, adding that nine people who had contact with the birds had not shown any flu symptoms during a ten-day screening. Taiwan has no recorded cases of the deadly H5N1 strain, although in 2005 health authorities said eight pet birds smuggled from China tested positive for the strain and destroyed. The island has reported several outbreaks of the H5N2 bird flu, a less virulent strain of the virus, in recent years. China is considered one of the nations most at risk of bird flu epidemics because it has the world’s biggest poultry population and many chickens in rural areas are kept close to humans.
Biohazard name: H5N1 – Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
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
Today Biological Hazard USA State of New Mexico, Las Cruces Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Thursday, 19 July, 2012 at 03:13 (03:13 AM) UTC.

Description
A large swarm of bees stung an employee of a tree removal business multiple times as he and three others began cutting down a large cottonwood near downtown Las Cruces. The 52-year-old man was stung possibly hundreds of times and was found, unconscious, by Las Cruces firefighters who arrived shortly before noon today at The Alameda House at 526 S. Alameda Boulevard. Firefighters used foam and water to scatter the bees that were covering the man who was found lying on a driveway. The man was treated at the scene and then rushed to Mountain View Regional Medical Center where he is in serious but stable condition. Two other employees of the tree-removal business were also stung by bees. One of the men, age 30, was transported to Memorial Medical Center but has since been released. A third victim was treated at the scene. Fire and police officials learned that employees with a tree removal business, Las Cruces Heights, were beginning to cut limbs off an old cottonwood on the southwest corner of The Alameda House property. The 52-year-old man was scaling the tree and was suspended by a belay line when the bees started swarming. His coworkers lowered the man to the ground and called for help. Entomologists from the city and county are assessing how best to eradicate the bee colony that is believed to be living inside the large cottonwood. Police and firefighters strongly suggest that residents avoid foot traffic in the area of Alameda Boulevard and Miranda Street, between Lohman Avenue and El Molino Boulevard. Residents of that area also are encouraged to bring pets indoors until at least sunset when the bees are expected to return to their hive.
Biohazard name: Bees attack
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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18.07.2012 Power Outage USA State of New Hampshire, [New Hampshire-wide] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 11:04 (11:04 AM) UTC.

Description
Strong thunderstorms barreled across New Hampshire on Tuesday evening, knocking out power to more than 24,000 homes and businesses, including nearly 1,000 in Manchester. Manchester fire crews responded to “a bunch of trees around the city” that came down, especially in the Hackett Hill area, said District Fire Chief James Michael. “Some hit wires; some didn’t.” Hooksett firefighters responded to 15 Fieldstone Drive for a reported lightning strike. “It hit a tree out in the back yard and traveled into the house,” Deputy Fire Chief deputy Mike Hoisington said. An electrical outlet got scorched, and the homeowners were checking to see if any appliances were damaged, he said. Not everyone got the heavy storms. Bedford police reported wind but no rain. Londonderry police also had no rain outside their station. In Rochester, a live power line fell on the Spaulding Turnpike, closing a section of turnpike. Northbound traffic went through the toll booth and then was U-turned back through the tolls in the opposite direction safely because a different section of the southbound turnpike was shuttered, according to Rochester fire Lt. Eric Lenzi.

The turnpike was closed for just over an hour. “We were just trying to empty the highway from a dangerous situation,” a state police dispatcher said. She doesn’t believe people were charged to go through the toll again. Otherwise, the dispatcher said, “they’d be calling here screaming at me.” James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said winds topped 60 mph in some places, including Alton. “We’re looking mostly for wind damage,” he said. “We’ve all kinds of trees down” Blame the storms on a clash of air masses. “We’ve got a very warm, humid air mass in place and a colder air mass coming down from Canada,” Brown said. “The two are clashing and creating these thunderstorms.” By late last night, utilities had cut the number of outages in half to more than 11,000. Farmington, Hopkinton and Rochester each had more than 1,000 customers without power. PSNH spokesman Matthew Chagnon said the outages were spread over a wide section of the state. “From what I understand, there’s a lot of wires down,” he said. “There’s some poles down in some cases and those can take longer because it requires different crews to come in and set the poles.”

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Earthquakes

 

 

RSOE EDIS

 

 

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
17.07.2012 04:25:21 2.1 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 04:25:48 3.4 Asia Taiwan Taiwan Buli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 04:26:12 2.4 Europe Italy Latium Terracino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 04:26:34 2.5 Asia Turkey Mu?la Kargi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 04:20:57 5.6 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Bay of Plenty Paengaroa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
17.07.2012 04:26:56 3.2 Europe Portugal Viseu Nelas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 04:27:17 2.5 South-America Chile Antofagasta Tocopilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 03:20:26 2.5 Europe Greece Central Greece Mavrommata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 02:15:26 2.4 Asia Turkey Tunceli Pulumer VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 02:15:47 2.9 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 01:40:54 4.5 Asia India N?g?land Tuensang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
17.07.2012 02:16:07 4.5 Asia India N?g?land Tuensang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 02:16:27 2.2 Asia Turkey Elaz?? Sivrice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 01:10:25 3.0 Europe Greece Thessaly Chrysavgi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 01:10:44 2.6 Asia Turkey Adana Kadirli VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 01:11:02 2.5 Europe Greece Thessaly Taxiarchai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 01:11:24 4.3 Middle-America Honduras Bay Islands Savannah Bight VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 01:12:56 4.3 Middle America Honduras Bay Islands Savannah Bight VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
17.07.2012 01:11:44 2.9 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 00:40:42 2.0 North America United States California Lake of the Woods VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
17.07.2012 00:00:34 2.4 North America United States Alaska Chase VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
17.07.2012 00:05:25 2.2 Europe Italy Calabria Salerni VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 23:45:36 2.4 North America United States California Interlaken VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
16.07.2012 23:30:38 2.0 North America United States Nevada Black Rock City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
17.07.2012 00:05:46 4.6 South-America Chile Antofagasta San Pedro de Atacama VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 00:07:40 4.6 South America Chile Antofagasta San Pedro de Atacama VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
17.07.2012 00:06:13 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Marmaris VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 23:15:47 2.7 North America United States Alaska Pope-Vannoy Landing There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
17.07.2012 00:06:38 4.6 Middle-America Guatemala Santa Rosa Pueblo Nuevo Vinas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 23:25:37 4.6 Middle America Guatemala Santa Rosa Pueblo Nuevo Vinas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
16.07.2012 23:05:23 2.7 Europe Macedonia Bazernik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 23:05:50 3.3 Europe Greece West Greece Kamarai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 23:06:16 2.3 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
17.07.2012 00:07:00 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Kargi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 23:06:36 2.6 Asia Turkey Isparta Egirdir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 23:06:54 3.7 Middle-East Iran F?rs Firuzabad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 22:00:27 2.4 Asia Turkey Manisa Saruhanli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 22:00:49 2.9 Europe Greece Attica Agia Pelagia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 22:01:09 2.7 Asia Turkey Adana Kadirli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 21:10:44 2.4 North America United States California Guadalupe VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
16.07.2012 22:01:28 2.5 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 20:51:01 2.3 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
16.07.2012 20:41:02 2.0 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
16.07.2012 20:55:26 2.6 South-America Chile Valparaíso La Ligua VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 20:55:46 2.0 Europe Italy Latium Terracino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 20:56:09 3.9 South-America Argentina Neuquén Las Ovejas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 20:56:33 3.1 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 20:56:55 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
16.07.2012 19:15:39 2.1 North America United States California Big Bend There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
16.07.2012 20:57:18 2.0 Asia Turkey Ankara Sazagasi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

 

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather /Drought

 

 

Excessive Heat Warning

 

MOUNT HOLLY NJ



Heat Advisory

 

CHARLESTON WV
GAYLORD MI
ST LOUIS MO
PITTSBURGH PA
INDIANAPOLIS IN
NORTHERN INDIANA
LA CROSSE WI
LINCOLN IL
MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
GREEN BAY WI
CHICAGO IL
NEW YORK NY
CLEVELAND OH
WILMINGTON OH
GRAND RAPIDS MI
QUAD CITIES IA IL
MOUNT HOLLY NJ
STATE COLLEGE PA



Excessive Heat Watch

 

DETROIT/PONTIAC MI

 

 

16.07.2012 Heat Wave Greece Capital City, Athene Damage level
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Heat Wave in Greece on Monday, 16 July, 2012 at 12:38 (12:38 PM) UTC.

Description
Monuments on the Acropolis Hill in Athens will close early due to a heat wave in Greece that saw temperatures reach 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The site will close to the public on Monday at 2:00 p.m. (1100GMT), and return to regular summer opening hours on Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (0500-1700GMT), the Culture Ministry’s association of employees at ancient sites said. Municipal authorities in Greek cities are on alert, providing air-conditioned halls for the public, while the government’s Civil Protection Agency advised elderly Greeks to remain indoors until evening hours.

 

By , Senior Meteorologist
Images like this will be common on area thermometers the next few days. Image courtesy of Photos.com.

While temperatures have recently been warm across the Midwest and Northeast, intense heat has been absent–that will change in the upcoming few days.

Another sizzling stretch of weather awaits the Midwest and Northeast this week as the heat baking the Plains expands eastward.

After engulfing the mid-Mississippi Valley, the heat will then continue to build to the Northeast Monday into Tuesday, replacing the ongoing drenching thunderstorms that are being jeered by those with outdoor plans but welcomed by farmers and gardeners.

Triple-digit heat will return to Chicago and St. Louis on Tuesday, challenging record highs. On the same day, highs in the middle to upper 90s will bake nearly every community along the Northeast’s I-95 corridor.

Temperatures will be just as hot, if not hotter, throughout the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday.

High humidity will worsen the situation by creating even hotter AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.

Forecast High Temperatures

City Mon. Tues. Wed.
Des Moines 97 103 90
Chicago 97 100 88
Detroit 92 97 89
Boston 90 95 87