Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  4.2 2012/09/04 23:43:58   19.550   -64.070 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/04 23:10:48   34.544  -118.955 19.2  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/04 21:19:31  -10.746   114.030 11.4  SOUTH OF BALI, INDONESIA
MAP  5.1   2012/09/04 20:00:19   22.217   121.119 18.2  TAIWAN REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 18:28:27   67.764  -150.845 4.3  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/04 16:53:30   -2.843   129.605 43.9  SERAM, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 16:32:52  -23.218   -68.959 103.8  ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 16:31:43  -21.566  -178.941 502.6  FIJI REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/04 16:17:43  -35.776   -71.253 99.7  MAULE, CHILE
MAP  5.5   2012/09/04 15:11:14   10.612   126.712 38.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 15:08:56   10.976   127.349 35.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 14:56:25   38.929   140.155 35.0  EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.3   2012/09/04 14:43:17   10.511   126.907 16.5  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/04 14:04:49   35.199   27.915 70.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 13:39:06   -0.530   119.971 47.5  MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP  5.2   2012/09/04 13:31:03  -10.681   113.906 9.5  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 13:27:25   -2.666   119.143 42.7  SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/04 13:23:27   19.636   -64.326 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 12:49:07  -10.939   113.806 18.1  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 12:13:02   17.208   -85.680 27.7  NORTH OF HONDURAS
MAP  5.1   2012/09/04 12:07:29  -10.793   113.792 29.5  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 11:38:18  -10.880   113.832 30.7  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.0 2012/09/04 11:37:12   19.748   -64.158 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/04 10:56:07   36.666  -121.265 5.3  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 10:53:11   36.666  -121.264 5.4  CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP  5.3   2012/09/04 09:58:11   10.483   126.825 35.3  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/09/04 09:40:00   10.530   126.961 35.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 09:27:29   61.370  -147.247 18.7  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 07:47:11   36.931   78.772 37.9  SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
MAP  5.5   2012/09/04 06:58:03   10.555   126.716 35.4  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.1   2012/09/04 06:55:00   10.678   126.946 34.7  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/04 06:45:20   62.580  -149.764 70.1  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  5.3   2012/09/04 06:43:02   10.662   126.809 35.3  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/04 06:21:50   52.259  -163.657 87.2  SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/04 05:41:29   62.110  -148.787 29.7  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/04 05:30:18  -32.678   -69.851 113.8  MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
MAP  5.0   2012/09/04 04:27:13  -10.854   113.999 11.0  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/04 03:08:39   -5.641   128.767 295.7  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/04 02:26:42   17.994   -67.160 18.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP  4.8   2012/09/04 02:12:54  -22.095   179.919 589.3  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  2.5 2012/09/04 01:14:12   42.228  -124.674 0.0  OFFSHORE OREGON
MAP  5.4   2012/09/04 00:50:53   10.396   126.844 35.3  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/04 00:11:31   58.425  -153.586 59.0  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/04 00:08:25  -10.848   113.963 9.9  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/04 00:05:18   62.561  -151.238 92.2  CENTRAL ALASKA

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Hundreds of homes damaged in Philippines quake

by Staff Writers
Cagayan De Oro, Philippines (AFP

More than 800 homes and businesses were damaged when a 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines early Tuesday, officials said.

Cracks snaked across walls and roofs collapsed when the quake struck the southern island of Mindanao before dawn, said Patrick Callanta, operations chief of the civil defence office in Cagayan de Oro city.

One person was injured by falling debris.

“Houses and commercial buildings suffered cracks on their walls or floors. Some roofs collapsed,” Callanta told AFP by telephone. “The quake struck while people slept.”

Disaster officials in the region said 544 houses, shops and other commercial buildings sustained damage in Valencia city, populated by 163,000 people.

The lone casualty was hit by falling debris in the adjacent town of Maramag, where 316 buildings were damaged, Callanta said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake struck at 3:44am (1944 GMT Monday) and the epicentre was plotted near Maramag, a town of about 90,000 people.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific Rim of Fire — a belt around the Pacific Ocean dotted by active volcanoes and unstable ocean trenches.

A 7.6-magnitude quake hit the country’s east coast late Friday, triggering a tsunami alert that forced more than 130,000 to flee their homes and causing a landslide that killed one person in Cagayan de Oro.

A 5.9 quake also struck at sea off Mindanao on Monday, but caused no damage or casualties.

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Quakes hit hydropower plant area in Quang Nam

Tuoi Tre

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The area of Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant in Quang Nam Province, where a series of tremors occurred yesterday evening
Photo: Dan Tri

A series of tremors along with underground explosions that were heard from above and caused walls to crack occurred yesterday in the area of the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant in Quang Nam Province’s Bac Tra My District.

Experts at the plant are analyzing data collected from earthquake observation stations in the area but have yet to announce how powerful the quake was on the Richter scale, said Tran Van Hai, head of the Management Board of Hydropower Project 3.

The incident happened from 7 to 9 pm Monday at the Bac Tra My Town and several communes nearby, causing thousands of locals to rush out of their houses in panic after they heard loud blasts and found the ground shaken, houses’ walls cracked and things inside the houses falling.

Ho Van Loi, chairman of the Tra Doc commune People’s Committee said his house’s floor was shaken five times during last night, with the most powerful seismic intensity occurring at 9 pm.

Such quakes have taken place continuously in the past five days in Bac Tra My, but the one last night has been the strongest since the hydropower plant began storing water in its reservoir, Dang Phong, chairman of the District People’s Committee, said.

“Residents are very worried about their safety. We will report the situation at the meeting scheduled on September 4 between district authorities and the Ministry of Construction to discuss measures to prevent leakage at the plant’s dam,” Phong said.

As previously reported, residents in the downstream area of the hydropower plant have been living in fear after cracks and water leakage were found in the dam of the plant whose reservoir could contain 730 million cubic meters of water and is among the largest in central Vietnam.

Earthquake swarm detected north of Virgin Islands

Daily News Staff)

The V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency said that V.I. Alert subscribers who have noticed a recent increase in earthquake notifications from the service should not be alarmed.

Between 3 a.m. Monday and continuing throughout the day Wednesday, more than 50 very minor to moderate earthquakes were recorded near Latitude 19 degrees north, north of the Virgin Islands, according to a statement VITEMA issued Wednesday. Those tremors included a 5.2-, 4.6- and 4.7-magnitude earthquake between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Victor Huerfano, director of the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, confirmed that the increase in earthquake activity is a swarm of tremors, a phenomenon that occurs four or five times a year in different parts of the Caribbean region, according to VITEMA. A swarm is defined as three or more earthquakes occurring within an hour, and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network has been recording these instances since Saturday.

“It is normal but we cannot say what it means,” Huerfano said. “It is more important that we make sure we are calm and prepared, and that emergency systems are in place in case a major earthquake happens.”

The Virgin Islands is located in a seismically active region, which has a potential for a major earthquakes to occur at any time, according to VITEMA’s statement.

VITEMA suggests these steps to take in case of an earthquake:

– If the ground begins to shake, the safest thing to do is drop, take cover under something sturdy and hold on until the shaking stops.

– If there is not something sturdy nearby, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.

– It is best to remain inside until the shaking stops, and then go outside if it is safe.

– If you are outdoors and near a building, streetlights or utility wires, move away as quickly as possible. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.

For more information about what to do during and after an earthquake, go to http://www.vitema.gov; http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake; or http://www.ready.gov/earthquake.

4 and 5 mags now in the Virgin Islands- 397 Earthquake Swarm on the map now.

The quakes are going strong down in the Virgin Islands. There have been a few 4’s and 5’s today.

Here is the Puerto Rico seismic network
They have all types of information on it, including the seismic history of the area on this page.  
Last year about this time the Virgin Islands had a swarm of quakes and it got up to 81 in one week.  The amount now, is obviously way above 81, at 397 so far in one week.

Here is a site that someone had posted in a comment on my other article, about the whales that beached themselves in Florida. 

I have known about the threat of a huge tsunami due to knowing the history of the area.  I lived almost half my life down in the Virgin Islands.  That is part of my being very aware of what is happening down there, needless to say.

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP 5.2 2012/09/05 00:24:48   19.704 -64.257 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.2 2012/09/04 23:43:57   19.550 -64.070 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/04 13:23:26   19.636 -64.326 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.0 2012/09/04 11:37:11   19.748 -64.158 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/09/04 02:26:41   17.994 -67.160 18.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP 4.3 2012/09/03 17:41:27   19.647 -64.346 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/03 11:06:20   19.021 -65.531 14.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/03 10:34:59   19.571 -64.366 6.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/03 10:18:28   18.979 -65.509 13.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/03 10:10:14   19.599 -64.291 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/03 10:03:26   18.896 -65.517 56.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/03 08:24:37   18.927 -64.804 0.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/03 04:04:30   18.803 -64.484 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/03 01:50:14   18.773 -65.037 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 19:07:54   18.001 -67.158 14.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.9 2012/09/02 16:15:04   18.604 -66.595 23.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/02 13:36:47   19.142 -64.882 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/09/02 12:57:51   19.636 -64.187 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/09/02 12:48:37   19.759 -64.187 44.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 11:35:32   19.724 -63.917 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 11:32:56   19.697 -64.032 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/02 11:31:04   19.721 -64.204 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/02 10:34:14   19.703 -64.103 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/02 09:54:09   19.517 -64.167 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/02 08:20:12   19.524 -64.150 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/09/02 08:07:57   19.526 -64.222 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/02 07:35:28   19.537 -64.166 82.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/02 06:45:13   19.461 -64.180 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/02 06:40:16   19.504 -65.234 83.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/09/02 06:17:48   19.467 -63.836 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/02 04:26:23   19.572 -64.344 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 04:18:41   19.726 -64.200 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/09/02 02:41:06   19.550 -64.233 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 01:18:41   19.436 -64.118 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/02 00:58:46   19.441 -64.186 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:48:06   19.356 -64.160 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:32:56   19.504 -64.255 82.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:29:32   18.988 -65.365 11.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/02 00:23:02   19.691 -64.270 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/02 00:18:24   19.706 -64.183 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/02 00:00:06   19.267 -64.064 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 23:06:13   19.633 -64.334 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 22:55:35   19.541 -64.399 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 22:45:08   19.687 -64.218 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 21:59:50   19.647 -64.260 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/01 21:38:40   19.541 -64.409 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.0 2012/09/01 21:30:26   19.643 -64.384 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 21:24:17   19.567 -64.228 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/09/01 20:45:17   19.557 -64.434 36.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 20:42:12   19.370 -65.213 97.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/01 20:34:34   18.235 -65.318 103.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 20:15:48   19.272 -64.058 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/09/01 19:37:22   19.639 -64.227 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/01 17:21:22   19.547 -64.306 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 17:02:44   19.523 -64.131 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 16:46:46   19.540 -64.217 89.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 13:50:03   19.662 -64.267 53.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 12:28:16   19.755 -64.035 52.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 11:15:00   19.733 -63.924 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 10:52:08   19.620 -64.377 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/01 10:49:45   19.357 -64.209 88.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 10:43:15   19.605 -64.327 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 10:19:32   19.678 -64.329 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.9 2012/09/01 10:00:35   19.691 -64.262 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 09:44:38   19.622 -64.286 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 08:35:31   19.694 -64.219 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 08:18:43   19.573 -64.281 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/09/01 08:10:47   19.446 -64.352 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/09/01 08:03:11   19.611 -64.252 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 07:53:36   19.348 -64.261 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/09/01 07:29:09   19.794 -64.359 10.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 06:10:29   19.695 -64.123 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 05:48:21   19.655 -64.427 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 05:44:10   19.820 -64.014 56.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 05:07:47   19.578 -64.339 32.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/09/01 04:56:27   19.849 -64.222 7.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 04:44:35   19.590 -64.203 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/09/01 03:35:47   19.636 -64.082 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 03:24:36   19.549 -64.325 49.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 03:18:56   18.951 -64.951 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/09/01 02:28:04   19.629 -64.124 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/09/01 01:55:10   19.830 -64.041 35.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/09/01 01:22:33   19.594 -64.352 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/09/01 00:17:47   18.572 -65.607 5.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/09/01 00:14:45   19.514 -64.368 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 23:52:28   19.573 -64.329 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 23:23:45   19.505 -64.004 84.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 23:22:42   19.799 -64.103 38.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 23:01:05   19.504 -64.147 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 22:45:13   19.544 -64.234 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 22:39:30   19.540 -64.135 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 22:35:09   19.572 -64.391 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 22:21:45   19.604 -64.253 63.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 22:11:26   19.116 -64.730 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 22:05:08   19.393 -64.294 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 21:28:41   19.796 -64.135 29.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 21:20:07   19.590 -64.196 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 21:17:30   19.726 -64.299 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 20:24:22   19.597 -64.297 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 20:14:27   19.534 -64.137 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 20:12:01   19.527 -64.211 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 19:38:16   19.589 -64.310 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/31 19:34:44   19.575 -64.315 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 18:53:33   18.585 -64.385 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 18:28:20   19.633 -64.353 35.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 17:11:39   19.474 -64.004 78.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 16:31:56   19.670 -64.230 36.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 16:27:09   19.648 -64.325 36.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/31 15:53:14   19.697 -64.187 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 15:12:48   19.626 -64.153 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 15:12:05   19.423 -64.395 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/31 14:59:44   19.541 -63.958 78.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 14:49:46   19.642 -64.476 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 14:48:07   19.186 -63.903 88.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 14:45:54   19.722 -64.111 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 14:41:44   19.627 -64.322 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 14:37:46   19.555 -64.397 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 13:41:32   19.688 -64.249 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.5 2012/08/31 12:34:35   19.624 -64.168 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 12:25:27   19.664 -64.325 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 11:45:20   19.566 -64.345 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 11:41:19   19.662 -64.366 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 11:01:51   19.669 -64.073 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 10:44:58   19.648 -64.333 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.9 2012/08/31 10:33:17   19.598 -64.400 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 10:25:10   19.365 -64.179 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 10:20:03   19.741 -64.201 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 10:12:41   19.645 -64.405 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 09:39:55   19.620 -64.359 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 09:02:41   19.466 -64.058 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 08:56:19   19.488 -64.274 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 08:51:32   19.634 -64.409 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 08:49:11   19.690 -64.189 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 08:47:34   19.698 -64.242 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/31 08:43:17   19.652 -64.273 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 08:22:03   19.247 -64.337 46.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 07:54:34   19.576 -64.233 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 07:40:31   19.642 -64.030 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.5 2012/08/31 07:30:22   19.635 -64.253 29.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/31 06:55:15   19.561 -64.198 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 06:24:21   19.675 -64.046 5.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 06:05:11   19.408 -63.968 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 05:19:07   18.362 -67.731 92.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 05:13:00   17.951 -65.344 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 05:08:48   19.401 -65.177 55.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 04:23:07   19.678 -64.271 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/31 04:05:19   19.673 -64.161 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/31 03:58:39   19.657 -64.029 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/31 03:16:55   19.672 -64.236 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 02:36:51   19.745 -64.111 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/31 01:40:23   19.651 -64.251 46.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/31 01:38:20   19.648 -64.189 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 01:27:44   19.761 -64.253 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/08/31 00:39:57   19.377 -64.183 85.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/31 00:19:05   19.741 -64.185 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/31 00:09:03   19.717 -64.109 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 23:24:30   19.646 -64.281 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 23:09:04   19.692 -63.933 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 23:03:56   19.657 -64.299 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 23:02:22   19.663 -64.213 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 22:54:26   19.669 -64.157 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 22:53:08   19.491 -64.096 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 22:21:25   18.506 -65.070 34.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 22:19:50   19.612 -64.220 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 22:00:14   19.685 -64.343 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 21:58:58   19.761 -63.975 25.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 21:51:32   19.688 -64.048 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 21:48:38   19.628 -64.023 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 21:40:41   19.436 -64.394 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 20:46:14   19.604 -64.341 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 20:44:59   19.632 -64.347 45.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 20:34:23   19.632 -64.311 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 20:30:56   19.655 -64.299 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 20:29:38   19.468 -64.200 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 20:00:56   19.002 -63.894 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 19:40:25   19.695 -64.269 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 19:02:13   19.332 -64.007 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 18:24:34   19.653 -64.293 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 17:56:21   19.756 -64.113 29.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 17:35:19   19.583 -64.184 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 17:32:05   19.652 -64.365 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 17:21:59   19.501 -64.179 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 17:20:12   19.428 -63.981 94.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 17:16:36   19.537 -64.198 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 17:14:30   19.596 -64.356 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 16:18:58   19.749 -64.183 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 16:02:06   19.700 -64.425 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 15:53:52   19.648 -64.286 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 15:34:35   19.738 -64.129 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 15:07:06   19.623 -64.299 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 14:11:40   19.540 -64.243 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 14:08:09   19.711 -64.028 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 13:49:45   19.661 -64.228 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 13:42:19   19.593 -64.118 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 13:25:13   19.509 -64.295 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 13:16:08   19.714 -64.283 21.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 13:13:08   19.680 -64.452 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 13:07:00   19.760 -64.097 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 13:03:22   19.769 -64.150 42.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 12:39:25   19.805 -64.083 10.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 12:29:19   19.618 -64.377 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 12:00:03   18.950 -63.971 99.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 11:13:33   19.072 -64.546 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 11:10:12   19.639 -64.289 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 11:01:52   19.532 -64.243 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:48:46   19.428 -64.390 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 10:36:13   19.697 -64.073 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:29:28   19.626 -64.320 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 10:25:45   18.488 -66.631 78.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 10:21:48   19.735 -64.102 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 10:14:01   19.665 -64.483 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 09:37:14   19.710 -64.342 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 09:25:24   19.632 -64.302 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 09:03:00   19.661 -64.178 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 09:01:46   19.364 -64.144 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 08:51:42   19.680 -64.221 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 08:42:18   19.649 -64.365 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 08:39:30   19.616 -64.326 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 08:36:09   19.607 -64.163 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 08:16:15   19.479 -64.320 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 08:13:51   19.677 -64.225 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 08:11:04   18.899 -65.784 15.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 08:08:15   19.165 -63.758 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 08:06:46   19.655 -64.243 40.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 07:59:55   19.445 -64.200 69.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:57:25   19.635 -64.266 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 07:55:41   19.699 -64.055 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 07:44:57   19.542 -64.183 75.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 07:27:02   19.639 -64.271 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 07:25:03   19.494 -64.153 82.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:21:53   19.266 -63.990 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 07:18:47   19.668 -64.227 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:08:30   19.731 -64.232 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 07:05:12   19.741 -64.148 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 07:02:42   19.649 -64.109 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 06:57:05   19.625 -64.266 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 06:47:49   19.643 -64.066 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 06:46:07   19.618 -64.194 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 06:43:19   19.631 -64.275 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 06:39:27   19.512 -64.207 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 06:34:10   19.668 -64.364 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 06:25:11   19.719 -64.362 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 06:24:14   19.839 -64.142 62.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 06:21:29   19.301 -64.171 68.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 06:15:35   19.622 -64.139 77.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 06:14:11   19.634 -63.975 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.5 2012/08/30 06:08:17   19.498 -64.172 80.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 06:08:17   19.694 -64.264 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 06:02:05   19.590 -64.237 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 05:58:45   19.652 -64.242 22.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 05:41:55   19.509 -63.927 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 05:39:33   19.560 -64.193 85.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/08/30 05:34:47   19.707 -64.154 48.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 05:32:16   19.425 -63.963 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 05:30:48   19.654 -64.348 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 05:27:06   19.733 -64.037 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 05:24:55   19.750 -64.304 11.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 05:20:50   19.693 -64.213 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 05:16:46   19.711 -64.292 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 05:16:45   19.678 -64.223 50.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 05:01:35   19.757 -64.094 43.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 04:54:44   19.429 -64.231 81.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 04:38:59   19.500 -64.077 84.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 04:37:15   19.634 -64.000 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 04:28:10   19.784 -63.925 15.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 04:24:15   19.668 -64.132 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 04:22:39   19.695 -64.240 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 04:18:42   19.440 -64.261 23.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 04:16:26   19.685 -64.055 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 04:12:05   19.663 -64.246 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 04:09:43   19.672 -64.110 44.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/30 04:07:52   19.697 -64.085 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 03:59:37   19.611 -64.340 29.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 03:52:06   19.528 -64.119 79.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 03:49:57   19.493 -64.399 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 03:47:43   19.603 -64.310 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/30 03:43:43   19.795 -64.436 44.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.5 2012/08/30 03:41:06   19.535 -64.352 73.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 03:36:12   19.416 -64.239 73.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 03:30:03   19.721 -64.135 31.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 03:09:40   19.698 -64.076 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 03:07:25   19.700 -64.507 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 02:41:33   19.520 -64.053 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/30 02:20:08   19.703 -64.220 28.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 02:14:46   19.650 -64.296 47.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 02:02:16   19.745 -64.664 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 01:50:42   19.257 -64.195 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 01:49:39   19.632 -64.143 61.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 01:48:24   19.698 -64.022 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 01:46:19   19.775 -64.246 19.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:39:29   19.642 -64.237 49.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/08/30 01:33:35   19.696 -64.187 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:32:37   19.723 -64.229 23.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 01:26:38   19.558 -64.490 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:24:10   19.545 -64.220 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 01:21:22   19.072 -63.583 109.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:20:06   19.206 -64.035 97.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 01:17:39   19.622 -64.250 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 01:15:19   19.506 -64.099 90.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 01:09:57   19.686 -64.301 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 01:06:46   19.519 -64.192 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 01:04:24   19.610 -64.135 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 00:49:31   19.554 -64.236 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 00:43:48   19.655 -64.314 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 00:41:14   19.545 -64.235 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/30 00:38:19   19.698 -64.284 18.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/30 00:35:57   19.352 -64.125 85.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/30 00:32:02   19.686 -64.251 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 00:25:07   19.639 -64.300 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 00:23:44   19.776 -64.193 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.4 2012/08/30 00:21:55   19.745 -64.073 19.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/30 00:19:25   19.319 -64.242 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 00:16:49   19.705 -64.077 33.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/30 00:15:18   19.470 -63.846 75.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/30 00:13:51   19.889 -63.683 10.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.9 2012/08/30 00:05:01   19.657 -64.279 6.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 23:55:22   19.911 -63.982 15.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 23:42:33   19.307 -64.124 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 23:30:07   19.463 -64.328 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 23:25:18   19.652 -64.471 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 23:23:34   19.627 -64.158 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 23:20:37   19.560 -64.355 9.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 23:14:08   19.544 -64.338 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/08/29 23:13:05   19.655 -64.333 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 23:05:09   19.599 -64.376 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 23:02:03   19.698 -64.124 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 22:57:54   19.609 -64.126 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.6 2012/08/29 22:54:28   19.643 -64.154 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 22:44:02   19.623 -64.272 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:42:49   19.915 -64.151 15.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 22:41:37   19.567 -64.487 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:39:34   19.627 -64.280 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 22:36:33   19.640 -64.311 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.3 2012/08/29 22:26:28   19.774 -64.238 29.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:23:27   19.609 -64.242 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:19:13   19.451 -64.304 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:16:59   19.593 -64.401 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:15:44   19.658 -64.211 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 22:09:02   19.645 -64.266 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 22:05:53   19.445 -64.201 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 22:04:04   19.256 -64.192 86.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 22:01:23   19.532 -64.106 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 22:00:10   18.832 -64.019 109.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 21:53:11   19.482 -64.406 52.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.8 2012/08/29 21:47:39   19.662 -64.278 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 21:40:59   19.720 -64.401 15.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 21:40:04   19.501 -64.122 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 21:34:59   19.549 -64.235 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 21:29:04   19.600 -64.359 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/29 21:26:52   19.712 -64.231 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 21:14:38   19.480 -64.260 92.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 21:12:24   19.251 -64.332 79.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.2 2012/08/29 21:07:19   19.803 -64.255 17.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 20:59:47   19.344 -64.311 78.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 20:57:34   19.683 -64.197 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 20:54:09   18.976 -64.924 23.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 20:46:30   19.684 -64.320 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/29 20:31:00   19.582 -64.353 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.0 2012/08/29 20:25:13   19.649 -64.195 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 20:23:32   19.701 -64.162 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 20:21:44   19.447 -64.307 75.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 20:00:45   19.316 -64.146 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 19:57:37   19.534 -64.288 64.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 19:53:56   19.406 -64.224 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 19:50:24   19.431 -64.226 96.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.3 2012/08/29 19:44:12   19.618 -64.326 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.7 2012/08/29 19:35:54   19.652 -64.324 31.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 18:28:22   19.718 -64.296 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 18:20:54   19.711 -64.327 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 17:32:28   19.484 -64.463 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.4 2012/08/29 16:02:33   19.372 -67.411 67.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.7 2012/08/29 15:32:21   17.949 -67.093 6.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 14:50:55   19.689 -64.307 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 14:49:45   19.628 -64.329 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 14:30:08   19.685 -64.363 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 09:48:18   19.339 -67.219 29.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 09:47:58   19.663 -64.285 14.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 09:25:37   19.613 -64.247 45.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 09:14:14   19.629 -64.433 39.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 08:33:58   19.697 -64.260 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 07:49:05   19.600 -64.327 20.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 07:46:45   19.728 -64.198 20.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2012/08/29 07:24:21   19.688 -64.372 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 07:16:53   19.832 -64.414 49.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP 2.6 2012/08/29 07:02:44   19.570 -64.093 76.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 06:47:05   19.338 -64.204 86.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.9 2012/08/29 06:41:47   19.434 -64.195 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.7 2012/08/29 06:37:19   19.630 -64.398 16.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.1 2012/08/29 06:13:22   19.549 -64.166 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 06:07:05   19.644 -64.288 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.2 2012/08/29 05:55:46   19.051 -64.833 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
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MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 04:35:51   19.631 -64.327 38.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2012/08/29 04:19:26   18.846 -63.606 53.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.0 2012/08/29 02:13:57   19.305 -64.885 13.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 3.3 2012/08/29 01:54:42   19.627 -64.191 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

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Earthquake Hazards Map Study Finds Deadly Flaws, MU Researcher Suggests Improvements

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Columbia MO (SPX)


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Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps didn’t predict massive quakes. A University of Missouri scientist and his colleagues recently studied the reasons for the maps’ failure to forecast these quakes. They also explored ways to improve the maps. Developing better hazard maps and alerting people to their limitations could potentially save lives and money in areas such as the New Madrid, Missouri fault zone.

“Forecasting earthquakes involves many uncertainties, so we should inform the public of these uncertainties,” said Mian Liu, of MU’s department of geological sciences.

“The public is accustomed to the uncertainties of weather forecasting, but foreseeing where and when earthquakes may strike is far more difficult. Too much reliance on earthquake hazard maps can have serious consequences. Two suggestions may improve this situation.

“First, we recommend a better communication of the uncertainties, which would allow citizens to make more informed decisions about how to best use their resources. Second, seismic hazard maps must be empirically tested to find out how reliable they are and thus improve them.”

Liu and his colleagues suggest testing maps against what is called a null hypothesis, the possibility that the likelihood of an earthquake in a given area – like Japan – is uniform. Testing would show which mapping approaches were better at forecasting earthquakes and subsequently improve the maps.

Liu and his colleagues at Northwestern University and the University of Tokyo detailed how hazard maps had failed in three major quakes that struck within a decade of each other. The researchers interpreted the shortcomings of hazard maps as the result of bad assumptions, bad data, bad physics and bad luck.

Wenchuan, China – In 2008, a quake struck China’s Sichuan Province and cost more than 69,000 lives. Locals blamed the government and contractors for not making buildings in the area earthquake-proof, according to Liu, who says that hazard maps bear some of the blame as well since the maps, based on bad assumptions, had designated the zone as an area of relatively low earthquake hazard.

Leogane, Haiti – The 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and killed an estimated 316,000 people occurred along a fault that had not caused a major quake in hundreds of years. Using only the short history of earthquakes since seismometers were invented approximately one hundred years ago yielded hazard maps that were didn’t indicate the danger there.

Tohoku, Japan – Scientists previously thought the faults off the northeast coast of Japan weren’t capable of causing massive quakes and thus giant tsunamis like the one that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear reactor.

This bad understanding of particular faults’ capabilities led to a lack of adequate preparation. The area had been prepared for smaller quakes and the resulting tsunamis, but the Tohoku quake overwhelmed the defenses.

“If we limit our attention to the earthquake records in the past, we will be unprepared for the future,” Liu said.

“Hazard maps tend to underestimate the likelihood of quakes in areas where they haven’t occurred previously. In most places, including the central and eastern U.S., seismologists don’t have a long enough record of earthquake history to make predictions based on historical patterns.

“Although bad luck can mean that quakes occur in places with a genuinely low probability, what we see are too many ‘black swans,’ or too many exceptions to the presumed patterns.”

“We’re playing a complicated game against nature,” said the study’s first author, Seth Stein of Northwestern University.

“It’s a very high stakes game. We don’t really understand all the rules very well. As a result, our ability to assess earthquake hazards often isn’t very good, and the policies that we make to mitigate earthquake hazards sometimes aren’t well thought out. For example, the billions of dollars the Japanese spent on tsunami defenses were largely wasted.

“We need to very carefully try to formulate the best strategies we can, given the limits of our knowledge,” Stein said. “Understanding the uncertainties in earthquake hazard maps, testing them, and improving them is important if we want to do better than we’ve done so far.”

The study, “Why earthquake hazard maps often fail and what to do about it,” was published by the journal Tectonophysics. First author of the study was Seth Stein of Northwestern University. Robert Geller of the University of Tokyo was co-author. Mian Liu is William H. Byler Distinguished Chair in Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri.

Click here to watch a five 5-minute video summary presented at the 2012 UNAVCO science workshop “Bad assumptions or bad luck: Tohoku’s embarrassing lessons for earthquake hazard mapping”.

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Volcanic Activity

04.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia Sunda Strait, [Anak Krakatoa Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 18:44 (06:44 PM) UTC.

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The activities of volcanoes in western part of Indonesia territory are escalating, with one of them, Mt. Anak Krakatau, located in Sunda strait spewing volcanic ash affecting area of downtown Bandar Lampung, local media reported on Tuesday. Bandar Lampung, the capital of Lampung province, is 75 km away from the volcano, further than the one in previous times that affected Cilegon in West Java and Kalianda in Lampung province, according to the media report. The whole area of Bandar Lampung was covered in volcanic ash. Despite a thin layer, the ash was evenly distributed across the city. The volcanic ash also reached parts of Pesawaran and Pringsewu regencies. The head of the Information and Observation division at Lampung Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), Nurhuda, said the volcanic ash was carried by winds from the southeast.

“High wind velocity has likely carried the ash from the southeast to reach as far as Bandar Lampung. We urge residents in the area to wear masks when they go outdoors, especially when they are riding motorcycles,” Nurhuda said on Monday. The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency ( PVMBG) has yet to upgrade Mt. Anak Krakatau’s alert status to a higher level despite the increase in seismic and molten lava levels in the Sunda Strait, as of Sunday. Agency head Surono said that Mt. Anak Krakatau had been emitting molten lava and strombolian eruptions as of midday on Sunday. The lava spewed at a height of between 200 and 300 meters from its peak at midday on Monday. Head of the Anak Krakatau Observation Post in Rajabasa, South Lampung, Andi Suardi, said that Anak Krakatau’s magmatic activities were unpredictable. According to Andi, Mt. Anak Krakatau emits 10 toxic gases during its eruption process, such as carbon doixide, which is fatal for humans. “Anyone who inhales the gas may experience breathing difficulties and lose consciousness. It may even lead to death,” he was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Besides the Anaka Krakatau volcano, an apparent volcanic activity also occurs in Tangkuban Parahu volcano located in West Java. It made the authority close down the Mount Tangkuban Parahu nature tourism park. “We’re not allowing vendors and visitors to go up to the crater at present,” said West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency head Sigit Udjwalaprana in Bandung on Monday. Earlier, the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the status of Mt. Tangkuban Parahu from normal- active, or level 1, to alert, or level 2, on Aug. 23.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Drought

Wildfire in hills near Los Angeles could ‘take several days’ to contain

A fire burning in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains proved tough to contain as holiday campers were forced to evacuate the area over the Labor Day weekend. KNBC’s Robert Kovacik reports.

By NBC News staff and wire reports

A brush fire in the San Gabriel Mountains that prompted the evacuation of campers and picnickers in the hills above Glendora, Calif., continued to rage Tuesday and it could be several days before crews gain the upper hand.

“We have some challenges we face out there,” Tony Imbrenda, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told NBCLosAngeles.com. “We expect that this is going to take several days to get some containment.”

Crews continued the aerial attack on the fire burning east of Los Angeles and about 10 miles south of Highway 2. The terrain was described as “very steep.”

 Four people, including at least two firefighters, had been injured, suffering from heat-related ailments, Angeles National Forest Officer Angie Lavell told the Los Angeles Times, though none of the four required hospitalization.

The fire, which started Sunday and has burned 3,600 acres, was moving toward Rattlesnake Canyon Ridge. Fire officials said the goal was to stop the fire there.

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Some 1,000 people, many of them enjoying the three-day holiday, were evacuated from several communities and from three campgrounds as the fire spread in the largely recreational area.

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The Williams Fire spreads as night falls in the Angeles National Forest on Monday north of Glendora, Calif.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies searched hillside trails for any hikers who were still walking in the hills. The evacuations started after 3 p.m. Sunday in the area off of San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa. Officials closed roads leading into the hills.

Highway 39 was closed early Monday.

The fire is named after Camp Williams, which, according its the website, is a “quiet haven tucked away in the spectacular San Gabriel Mountains.” It offers camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, and panning for gold. The camp, located at the San Gabriel River East Fork has full-hook-up RV sites under giant oak trees.

The fire was burning uphill into heavy timber and steep, rugged terrain, fire officials said.

A gray plume of smoke could be seen by commuters for miles.

Nearly 800 firefighters, backed by 10 helicopters and four air tankers, were battling the blaze. Containment was at just 15 percent Tuesday morning.

Maritza Martinez got out of the area when she noticed smoke.

“When we came up, we noticed a whole bunch of smoke and we started to notice something is burning and little by little the smoke started to grow,” she said. “My little sister was like, ‘Let’s go! Let’s go!'”

The experience was a first for Catharine Vega, one of nearly 12,000 visitors who had expected to use the park during the holiday weekend.

“I’ve never seen a real fire except on TV,” she said. “We stopped to see, and we saw actual flames and it was scary because we didn’t know what to do.”

NBCLosAngeles.com contributed to this report.

05.09.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Angeles National Forest] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

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A fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora has spread to 700 acres since it began about 2:15 p.m. along East Fork Road, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. The blaze was moving north toward the Sheep Mountain Wilderness Area, said John Wagner, an assistant public affairs officer with the forest service. An evacuation was underway at a mobile home park in the vicinity of the fire, Wagner said. He did not know how many residents had been evacuated. There were no reports of casualties or property damage. Wagner said seven air tankers from various agencies were battling the blaze. Fifteen engine companies from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were also fighting the fire, a spokesman said.

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

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A wildfire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Glendora since Sunday afternoon forced the evacuation of more than 12,000 people and has grown to more than 4,000 acres, authorities said Monday. Most of those evacuated were visitors or campers in the area for the the Labor Day weekend. The fire no longer has an active flame front, meaning it is not advancing as rapdily as it was Sunday afternoon, said Nathan Judy, fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service Monday morning. “It is still picking up fuel in hot spots but it is not like it was yesterday,” he said. However, fire authorities are concerned about hot weather and more difficult conditions returning later on Monday. “We are expecting winds this afternoon. That is our concern,” Judy said. Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest remained closed Monday, along with Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road, forcing thousands to alter their Labor Day holiday plans. A total of 400 firefighters will make a new push Monday morning to get a better handle on the out-of-control blaze, which is about 5 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. No stuctures are threatened.

Fire personnel are working in steep, rugged terrain to contain the blaze. Forces working the fire include six air tankers, eight water-dropping helicopters, 30 engines and 25 hand crews, the Forest Service reported Monday morning. On Sunday evening, fire officials said a shift in the fire’s direction lessened danger to homes and residents in the San Gabriel Valley foothills. With the shift from its original northeast direction to the north, officials said they had no immediate fears that the fire would threaten any foothill communities such as Azusa, San Dimas and Glendora. On Sunday, smoke could be seen for miles in the San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire and High Desert, where people reported falling ash. Two firefighters suffered minor injures. There were no reports of damaged structures, officials said. The fire comes 11 years and a day after the Sept.1, 2001, Curve Fire, which burned in the same area, officials said. It burned more than 25,000 acres and more than 140 structures. Three weeks later, another wildfire broke out in the same area and scorched more than 35,000 acres before it merged with the still burning Curve Fire. Sunday’s blaze, which sheriff’s officials said possibly began as a car fire, began sending smoke into the sky shortly after 2:15 p.m. from East Fork Road in Azusa Canyon. However, authorities say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Camp Williams Resort and River Community rehabilitation center were evacuated as a precaution, said Kirk Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with thousands of people who were spending their Sunday in the forest. An evacuation center was set up at Glendora High School, 1600 E. Foothill Blvd. On a holiday, an average of between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors flock to the Angeles National Forest to spend the day, Angeles National Forest recreation officer L’Tanga Watson said.

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 03 September, 2012 at 02:54 (02:54 AM) UTC.

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A wildfire in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest that curt short weekend holiday plans for hikers and campers grew to 4,000 acres on Monday. The fire, which broke out near a campground Sunday afternoon, was about 5 percent contained by Sunday morning, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The Williams fire promoted the evacuation of about 12,000 visitors who had flocked to campgrounds for the holiday weekend, The Associated Press reported. It sent a towering plume of smoke that could be seen from many parts of the Los Angeles basin. The forest is heavily used by Southern California residents because it is close to populated areas. Fire officials said that while the campgrounds were not in the line of the fire, they had to be emptied so that the only road in and out of the San Gabriel Canyon could be open just for fire trucks and emergency vehicles. Officials Monday morning had set up an evacuation center at nearby Glendora High School, the Los Angeles Times reported. About 500 personnel, aided by 6 air tankers and eight helicopters, were fighting the blaze, which was burning in steep terrain in the east fork of the San Gabriel Canyon. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, forest officials said.

 

 

New Drought Problem: US Homes Are Cracking

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Carol DeVaughan, left, stands in her house as Corey Grotefendt, right, works to stabilize DeVaughan’s foundation in Manchester, Mo.

Companies that fix foundations struggle to meet demand

Carol DeVaughan assumed her suburban St. Louis home was simply settling when cracks appeared in the walls. When she noticed huge gaps between her fireplace and ceiling, and that her family room was starting to tilt, she knew she had bigger problems. Like thousands of other Americans getting stuck with huge repair bills, DeVaughan learned that the intense drought baking much of the country’s lawns, fields and forests this summer has also been sucking the moisture from underground, causing shifting that can lead to cracked basements and foundations, as well as damage aboveground.

Repairs often cost tens of thousands of dollars and can even top $100,000, and they are rarely covered by insurance, as shocked homeowners have been discovering. Home repair businesses, especially those specializing in repairs to basements and foundations, can barely keep up with demand. Drought-related home damage is reported in 40 of the 48 contiguous states, and experts say damage to homes could exceed $1 billion.

 

 

 

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Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Leslie (AL12) Atlantic Ocean 30.08.2012 05.09.2012 Hurricane I 360 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 2.74 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Leslie (AL12)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 6.000, W 43° 24.000
Start up: 30th August 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,487.18 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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30th Aug 2012 16:41:16 N 14° 6.000, W 43° 24.000 31 56 74 Tropical Depression 275 15 1007 MB NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 04:48:01 N 14° 42.000, W 46° 48.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 280 12 1002 MB NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 10:58:20 N 15° 12.000, W 47° 48.000 26 102 120 Tropical Storm 285 17 999 MB NOAA NHC
31st Aug 2012 16:45:44 N 16° 12.000, W 49° 6.000 28 102 120 Tropical Storm 295 15 999 MB NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 05:02:48 N 17° 24.000, W 52° 48.000 33 102 120 Tropical Storm 295 19 999 MB NOAA NHC
01st Sep 2012 17:52:41 N 18° 18.000, W 55° 42.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 290 16 996 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 05:34:37 N 20° 12.000, W 58° 24.000 30 102 120 Tropical Storm 305 11 998 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 10:50:12 N 20° 48.000, W 59° 30.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 310 13 994 MB NOAA NHC
02nd Sep 2012 17:32:34 N 21° 18.000, W 61° 6.000 24 102 120 Tropical Storm 305 16 997 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 04:53:21 N 23° 24.000, W 61° 42.000 17 93 111 Tropical Storm 325 19 998 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 10:59:40 N 23° 48.000, W 62° 6.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 335 14 998 MB NOAA NHC
03rd Sep 2012 17:41:24 N 24° 24.000, W 63° 6.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 330 17 998 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 05:13:40 N 24° 0.000, W 63° 6.000 0 102 120 Tropical Storm 0 12 998 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:49:52 N 24° 42.000, W 62° 30.000 7 102 120 Tropical Storm 360 9 994 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 16:35:28 N 25° 0.000, W 62° 30.000 6 102 120 Tropical Storm 360 9 994 MB NOAA NHC
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05th Sep 2012 16:50:37 N 25° 42.000, W 62° 48.000 4 111 139 Hurricane I 360 ° 9 990 MB NOAA NHC
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06th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 26° 36.000, W 63° 6.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
06th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 12.000, W 63° 6.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 26° 54.000, W 63° 18.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 28° 12.000, W 64° 12.000 Hurricane III 148 185 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 31° 30.000, W 65° 0.000 Hurricane III 157 194 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 64° 0.000 Hurricane III 167 204 NOAA NHC
Micahel (AL13) Atlantic Ocean 04.09.2012 05.09.2012 Tropical Depression 35 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Micahel (AL13)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000
Start up: 04th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 117.58 km
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Report by: NOAA NHC
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04th Sep 2012 05:09:18 N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000 7 56 74 Tropical Depression 305 8 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:28:47 N 25° 54.000, W 42° 48.000 7 56 74 Tropical Depression 305 9 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 10:51:48 N 26° 30.000, W 43° 18.000 9 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 10 1012 MB NOAA NHC
04th Sep 2012 16:45:59 N 27° 0.000, W 43° 30.000 7 65 83 Tropical Storm 340 9 1006 MB NOAA NHC
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05th Sep 2012 16:49:54 N 28° 18.000, W 43° 18.000 9 83 102 Tropical Depression 35 ° 10 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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06th Sep 2012 18:00:00 N 30° 0.000, W 42° 36.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
06th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 29° 24.000, W 43° 6.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
07th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 30° 42.000, W 42° 48.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
08th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 31° 48.000, W 43° 42.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
09th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 33° 0.000, W 45° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
10th Sep 2012 06:00:00 N 34° 0.000, W 46° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC

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N. Korea says typhoon killed 48 people

by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP)

A strong typhoon which hit North Korea last week killed 48 people and left more than 50 injured or missing, the country’s state news agency said on Monday.

Typhoon Bolaven pounded the Korean peninsula last Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and damage in the two Koreas.

In addition to the casualties, 21,180 people were left homeless by the storm, which destroyed or inundated 6,700 houses, toppled more than 16,730 trees and disabled 880 industrial and public buildings, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.

Bolaven also damaged at least 50,000 hectares of farmland, ravaging crops in 45,320 hectares of paddy and non-paddy fields, it said.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the death toll or damage estimates.

The impoverished North is still grappling with the after-effects of floods in June and July that killed 169 people and left 400 missing.

The country suffers chronic food shortages, with the situation exacerbated by floods, droughts and mismanagement. During a famine in the mid to late-1990s, hundreds of thousands died.

Outdated and inefficient agricultural practices, along with a shortage of fertiliser and diversion of food to the military, have contributed to the annual food shortages.

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Isaac’s remnants bring torrential rain to East Coast

By NBC News staff

The remnants of former Hurricane Isaac brought heavy rain and strong winds — and the risk of localized flash flooding — to the East Coast overnight and into Tuesday.

New York City can expect up to three inches of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, NBCNewYork.com reported. High humidity will make temperatures feel like the high 80s, it added.

Torrential downpours were forecast for the Northeast and South Atlantic states, while thunderstorms were possible across the Midwest.

The system follows a humid, damp and windy end to the Labor Day weekend in many parts, including Delaware, where strong thunderstorms and winds of up to 60 mph ripped through Kent County, Del., on Monday, damaging homes, according to NBCPhiladelphia.com.

View more videos at: http://nbcphiladelphia.com.

The Weather Channel said the turbulent weather was caused by the merger of the remnant low pressure of Isaac with a frontal boundary across the Midwest.

“That low and that front are still with us, and will be poking into the Northeast by Wednesday,” wrote the Weather Channel’s Nick Wiltgen. “They’ll interact with rich tropical moisture to bring the threat of tropical downpours up and down the eastern seaboard Tuesday and Wednesday.”

“These will be the kind of downpours that can put down an inch of rain in less than an hour and reduce visibility to a few hundred feet,” he added, “so drivers and air travelers can expect occasional delays. Localized flash flooding is possible.”

Around 20 homes in Camden, Del., were damaged during Monday’s storm there.

Those who saw it coming ran into their homes and ducked for cover.

“When we went in, I shut the sliding doors and something hit the house so hard and we just dropped to the floor,” Jean Hanacek told NBCPhiladelphia.com. “My whole garage is gone and my two cars are in there.”

In the Midwest, rain brought about by Hurricane Isaac has quenched fields parched by months of drought. Whether the rains have helped remains to be seen. NBC’s Diana Alvear reports.

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Radiation

05.09.2012 Nuclear Event Bulgaria Capital City, Sofia Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in Bulgaria on Tuesday, 04 September, 2012 at 10:29 (10:29 AM) UTC.

Description
A device containing a radioactive element has been stolen from a construction site in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, announced the press center of the Interior Ministry. Sofia District Police Directorate is searching for the perpetrators. The device – a gamma flaw detector – contains a radioactive element with activity of 10 Ci. The signal about the theft was received on Monday. The crime was committed at a construction site at about 3:00 p.m. local time on Monday. The device has an entirely metal cage, its color is silver, has lead protection and an in-built radioactive source, Г-shapes handle and sizes 25/10 cm; it weighs 5 kg. Experts warn that if it is opened, there is a risk of the people around being exposed to radiation.

 

 

 

 

Fukushima’s Nuclear Mafia

Richard Wilcox
Counterpunch
nuclear plant workers, Fukushima

A Deteriorating Situation

“End of the day, factory whistle cries, Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes” – Bruce Springsteen, Factory1

“Bring us the living dead. People no one will miss.” – Fukushima official’s request to Yakuza2

“TEPCO’s involvement with anti-social forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue … Nuclear energy shouldn’t be in the hands of the yakuza. They’re gamblers and an intelligent person doesn’t want them to have atomic dice to play with.” – Japanese Senator3

The technological issue of nuclear energy is intertwined with the exploitation of human labor in a hierarchy of interests, and how human labor is expended is an economic and moral issue. The Grand Scientific Project from the time of Francis Bacon up to the Manhattan Project of Oppenheimer and Fermi has been a dangerous gamble for humanity even though the advertised purpose is that progress is good.

The exploitation of labor at nuclear plants depends on the tools of social engineering, of government, mass media and schools. This is the hidden and shameful side of today’s materialist society and belies our complicity in a criminalized culture.

Inefficient and corrupt employment practices at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) are prolonging the disaster. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) outsources 90 percent of the work to subcontractors, mainly utilizing Japan’s criminal syndicates, “the Yakuza.” Japan is still a middle class society and most people will not volunteer for nuclear work. Japan risks running out of workers who have not exceeded their legal radiation limits.

Considered to be “Japan’s largest organized crime group” – who are on the radar of the US Treasury Dept. (another big crime group)4 – the Yakuza offer a service to society by sopping up its losers and giving them a dodgy occupation.

Journalist Jake Adelstein, an expert on the Yakuza, risked his life as a reporter on the crime beat in Japan. Not because of shoot outs or knife fights, but because he had to take up smoking cigarettes in order to fit in with police and yakuza! These short video interviews offer a useful introduction into how the Yakuza operate5,6. Tepco’s relationship with the Yakuza is a cesspool of corruption from the highest to the lowest levels in its organization. “A senior National Police Agency officer, speaking on grounds of anonymity said, ‘TEPCO has a history of doing business with the yakuza that is far deeper than just using their labor’ ” (Op. cit. “The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia”).

Adelstein notes that the Yakuza has 86,000 members in Japan, of the 22 major organizations the “Yamaguchi” has almost half of all members. The Yakuza are: “[c]riminal trade associations legally recognized by the Japanese government … They exist out in the open. The Japanese government regulates them and there are laws restricting their behavior but as criminal organizations themselves they are not banned. It is very difficult for the police to do an investigation that goes all the way up to the top. It’s problems within the Japanese law itself. There’s no plea bargaining, very limited wire tapping, no witness protection program … no undercover work allowed. The Japanese police are never able to destroy the Yakuza” (Op. cit. interviews).

“[T]he nuclear business-industrial-political and media complex in Japan known as the ‘nuclear mafia’ … [the nuclear industry] is a black hole of criminal malfeasance, incompetence, and corruption’ …. The government tacitly recognises their existence, and they are classified, designated and regulated. Yakuza make their money from extortion, blackmail, construction, real estate, collection services, financial market manipulation, protection rackets, fraud and a labyrinth of front companies including labour dispatch services and private detective agencies. They do the work that no one else will do or find the workers for jobs no one wants …. The Fukushima plant is located in the turf of the Sumiyoshi-kai, which is the second largest yakuza group in Japan with roughly 12,000 members” (Op. cit. “How the Yakuza went Nuclear”; “The Yakuza”).

Without the dregs of society to do the dirty work, modern society could not exist its present, most hypocritical form. Most people do not want to get dirt under their fingernails and prefer to apply nail polish or chat on their iPhones.

Working in nuclear power plants in Japan is not considered an honorable and elegant trade, like cabinet making or industrial design, but a brutal, labor intensive experience. While the Yakuza organization itself is an evil, the workers themselves can be considered heroes. The amount of excruciating heat, hard work, physical and mental stress and radiation they endure is inhuman. Even working at a normally functioning reactor is not easy or safe work but the FNPP is highly radioactive.

Fearless Reporter Tells All

Adelstein reviews an astounding new book, The Yakuza and the Nuclear Industry, by undercover Japanese reporter, Tomohiko Suzuki (Op. cit. “The Yakuza”). Suzuki truly risked his life, due to radiation exposure and possible threats, to bring us the details from the Nuclear Hell Zone. The book reveals scandalous information such as that mentally handicapped people are recruited to work in the nuke plants by the Yakuza. Suzuki compares the Yakuza with Tepco: “Yakuza may be a plague on society … but they don’t ruin the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and irradiate the planet out of sheer greed and incompetence.”

Having lived in Tokyo for many years, I concur. I am not a fan of Yakuza culture and can see in my daily experience that the Yakuza have a degrading effect on society. But as long as you don’t mess with them – they won’t mess with you. In this way, the streets of Tokyo remain fairly safe.

Suzuki points out that “Japan’s nuclear mafia … [is a] conglomeration of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, the shady nuclear industry, their lobbyists” with the Yakuza at the center. Is Suzuki implying that the Yakuza run the Nuclear Mafia? It is certainly true that Tepco could not fulfill a nuclear workforce without them. According to Adelstein:

“As the scale of the catastrophe at Fukushima became apparent, many workers fled the scene. To contain the nuclear meltdown, a handful of workers stayed behind, being exposed to large amounts of radiation: the so-called ‘Fukushima Fifty.’ Among this heroic group, according to Suzuki, were several members of the yakuza …. ‘Almost all nuclear power plants that are built in Japan are built taking the risk that the workers may well be exposed to large amounts of radiation …. That they will get sick, they will die early, or they will die on the job. And the people bringing the workers to the plants and also doing the construction are often yakuza’ (Op. cit. “How the Yakuza”).

The very workers who are attempting to shore up the situation at FNPP, many of whom are Yakuza, are being blamed by local people in Fukushima for the disaster. A recent survey reported that 30 percent of 1,495 workers at the site suffer from severe mental health issues. The survey does not even include the most exploited workers at the site7.

Nuclear Situation Deteriorating

Akio Matsumura is a renowned Japanese diplomat and “founder and Secretary General of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival.” He sounds like the right man for the job to tackle the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Unfortunately, his warnings are falling on deaf ears. In a recent column he reported that the “Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima, along with 700 members, want to help clean up” the FNPP. Most of the volunteers are in their older years so getting cancer is not as great of a threat, whereas younger workers could die prematurely. The group’s representative, Mr. Yamada, “doesn’t believe TEPCO has the technological capabilities to deal with the long term issues. TEPCO, he says, doesn’t believe this either. TEPCO’s plan, according to Yamada, is to contain the radiation in the next 40 years. He estimates they will need 50 years or perhaps much longer.”

Matsumura thinks more aggressive actions won’t be taken: “Regrettably I do not expect much of an outcome. After 17 months, the situation is worsening and unless Japan requests the independent assessment team and guarantees a huge budget to carry out the team’s technical advice, the US government will not step in” to help8.

US nuclear policy is equally dangerous, thus, a safe and speedy resolution to what appears to be an insurmountable problem is not on the horizon. Tony Boys worked as an interpreter for nuclear expert, Dr. Chris Busby, on his visit to Japan last year. Boys told me “They may be ‘rebuilding’ at the FNPP, but I don’t think that solves the fundamental problem. You know how the Japanese love to do something cosmetic to make things look good because they don’t know how to really do it properly, but have to do ‘something’ ? Well, I think that’s largely what is going on at the site.”

Radio host, Jeff Rense, whose website has studiously reported on the nuclear catastrophe and all of Japan’s botched policies, told me that “everything they do is horrendous.” For example, Japan’s decision to ship contaminated Fukushima soil all the way across the country is truly stupefying9.

Prime Minister Noda recently rejected protester’s requests to shut down the nuclear reactors. As the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes told Noda in a face to face meeting, “[w]e the people do not believe you” regarding his empty promises to phase out nukes in the future. The Nuclear Mafia are restarting reactors even though they are unnecessary for electricity production. An overwhelming majority of people want to abolish nuclear power10,11,12. Having contaminated the world with quadrillions of becquerels of radiation (petabecquerels), Tepco is under a pseudo nationalization process that funnels tax money into their pockets yet maintains their autonomy13.

Worker Shortage

A common practice among workers in nuclear plants is to hide their real exposure rate of radiation. Because there are legal limits of radiation exposure, workers will take off their dosimeters, or cover them with lead. In normal times in Japan workers could also migrate from one plant to the other without indicating previous work experience, and work “under the table.” How long it takes to get sick and or die from such a practice is anyone’s guess.

If the “living dead,” the people “no one will miss” and the dregs of society can’t be coerced into sacrificing themselves, how about top Tepco executives or pro nuclear professors from Tokyo University for a helping hand? Good idea! But first you will have to chase them down on the golf course. NHK reports that:”[M]any workers crucial to the effort are reaching the limit for radiation exposure …. University of Tokyo Professor Kazumitsu Nawata warns of the consequences of losing nuclear plant workers with necessary expertise. He says young workers must be trained due to the need for massive manpower to fully bring the Daiichi plant under control.”

Is Professor Nawata volunteering other’s children for this dirty job, or maybe his own children would prefer to work in the High Sievert Zone? Tokyo University bears a heavy responsibility for the current catastrophe for its role in legitimizing the Nuclear Mafia.

A notable percentage of workers are leaving once they have reached the legal radiation limits. Of the 3,000 daily workers, “[s]ome of the firms have adopted stricter exposure standards … so that they do not breach the limit and become unemployable”14.

A number of recent incidents have highlighted the scandal over worker safety, including:

  • Over 140 workers have been found to have used fake names when getting jobs doing reconstruction work and are presently unaccounted for (Op. cit., “The Yakuza”).
  • Workers have purposely left integral dosimeter off their person while at work. “Tepco is pushing the responsibility to their sub-contract companies but has no solution for the shortage of nuclear workers” which indicates “major staffing problems” at the plant15,16.
  • Some workers themselves think the only solution to shoring up the plant will be “human wave tactics” as were employed at Chernobyl (17). If that is the case, where will the necessary workforce come from? In order combat the dwindling labor force, Tepco and subcontractors are knowingly telling workers to fake their radiation data. The practice is “believed to be part of a widespread practice at the plant”.18,19,20

Former General Electric nuclear plant inspector, a whistle blower who previously exposed dangers at the Fukushima plant – that were ignored – Kei Sugaoka, admitted that he had heard of young workers in the Taiwan nuclear industry dying from cancer due to radiation. When he worked in Taiwan he says “[t]hey made us wear lead vests to falsify radiation exposure … All the lead did was cover our dosimeters”21.

Despite the need to quickly resolve the situation, workers are given weekends off, but are also being recruited for decontamination in the 20 km zone. Speculation is that restart of other reactors in Japan will worsen the worker shortage. Japan seems to be going in too many directions at once.22,23,24

The Nuclear Workforce

French sociologist, Paul Jobin, “began research on Japanese and Taiwanese nuclear plant workers in 2002, mainly at Fukushima Daiichi,” and he did follow up interviews after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Jobin notes that:

  • Subcontracting labor at nuclear plants in Japan began shortly after their creation, in the mid-1970s. “In France, this trend would develop after 1988, reaching a rate of 80% by 1992.”
  • “According to NISA’s data, in 2009, Japan’s nuclear industry recruited more than 80,000 contract workers against 10,000 regular employees.”
  • Part time employment is carried out in order to limit labor costs “whether in France or Japan, the nuclear industry nurtures a heavy culture of secrecy concerning the number of irradiated workers.”
  • Before the Fukushima disaster, “only 9 former workers received compensation for an occupational cancer linked to their intervention in nuclear plants.” This number is probably far lower than the real number of those who suffered from working at NPPs.
  • “[S]tatistics from TEPCO (dated November 30, 2011) reported 3,745 workers on the site in March (about 1700 TEPCO employees and 2,000 subcontractors), and 14,000 for the time from April to October. The overwhelming majority … were subcontractors.” But even these figures may not include many low level but highly irradiated workers.
  • Radiation exposure depends on one’s status in the hierarchy. Tepco executives and high or mid level engineers are spared exposure, while “there is systematic camouflage of the collective radiation of the most exposed front line workers.”
  • Since March 11, 2011, Jobin estimates “that around 30,000 workers have been exposed to significant levels of radiation, some for a few days, many for more than one month”.25,26 How many of these workers are desperate or “mentally handicapped” to begin with? No wonder they are being used by the Nuclear Mafia as disposable work-bots. Hiroaki Koide, nuclear reactor specialist at Kyoto University says “[t]he truth of the matter is that the subcontract workers don’t really know the dangers of radiation and they don’t know how to protect themselves.” For example, wearing protective masks are so uncomfortable that many workers remove them during their work shift.27 How many health issues have been caused as a direct result of the work? In one case, the worker had been exposed in less than a year to levels far beyond what is considered normal lifetime background radiation. He suffered a heart attack.28

Worker Rights Advocates Fight For Social Justice

Hifumi Okunuki is an expert in labor law and spends much of her time fighting for the rights of Fukushima’s forgotten heroes. She notes that “the working conditions at Fukushima No. 1 are an emergency within an emergency” and that “special laws should be promulgated to guarantee the safety and fair treatment of the workers.”

“Japan’s Labor Standards Office has thus far recognized only 10 cases of radiation sickness caused by working conditions due to the inherent difficulty in proving causation in individual cases …. Management faces quite serious, possibly criminal, liability if while understanding the risk radiation exposure poses, they endanger those working on-site through a complicated web of outsourcing. Article 87 of the Labor Standards Law holds firms that outsource responsible for workplace safety and sanitation for workers employed by their subcontractor …. Illnesses caused by radiation exposure from nuclear power plants are covered by Japan’s Act on Compensation for Nuclear Damage.”

Unsurprisingly, the Japanese justice system which plays an integral role in siding with the Nuclear Mafia has “yet to see a major court case over radiation-related deaths”.29

A new report from the venerable non governmental organization, Citizens Nuclear Information Center (CNIC), in Tokyo, highlights the FNPP worker issue. One whistle blower reported that in years past:

“Worker accidents are usually covered up inside the nuclear plant. Even if workers suddenly fall ill, they are not allowed to call an ambulance. In my case, after having been left unattended for three hours, I was taken to hospital in a colleague’s car. I therefore suffered aftereffects later and became physically handicapped. Of all accidents occurring in the nuclear power station, 90% were concealed.”

However, thanks to growing international attention, some of the conditions at FNPP have slightly improved. “Currently, ambulances are allowed to come into the nuclear power station and there is a doctor onsite 24 hrs a day”.30

Tepco’s Blind Eye

According to CNIC (Ibid.), the system for employing nuclear workers relies on an economically pyramid shaped, “multi-layered structure” of contractors and subcontractors which makes profits for executives and employees. Investigations have revealed the “[p]resence of subcontractors affiliated with crime syndicates and their employees.” In the year 2000 it was known that “350 companies were involved” at the FNPP and that many of the Yakuza employees or subcontractors are presently involved in the clean up operations.* “Under the utility, there are plant makers, subsidiaries of TEPCO and the plant makers, large, medium- and small-sized construction and repair companies, independent master carpenters and plumbers.”

  • The Yakuza enforce a severe hierarchy “between the group leader and the members” which is akin to the military and effective for getting dangerous work accomplished.
  • “[I]n 2006, TEPCO reportedly attempted to drive the gangsters … out of the plant.” The Yakuza said: “Do it if you think you can.” Tepco blinked.
  • ‘[P]olice arrested leading members of a gangster group affiliated with the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate based in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture’ who were ‘charged with violation of the Temporary Staffing Services Law.’ A president of a local company who ‘was deeply involved in the staffing of the nuclear power station and was the president of the local chamber of commerce and industry, as well as a member of the Fukushima Prefecture Nuclear Power Plant Town Information Council’ was arrested on suspicion of ‘illegally possessing a gun.’
  • “Workers hired by the lowest-level subcontractors were paid only around 5,000 yen [$60] per day, and were not covered by social insurance or employment insurance …. the current average daily wage is said to be 8,000 yen, although TEPCO pays 60,000-70,000 yen per capita to the principal subcontractor.” Everyone in between ‘takes a cut from the worker’s wages.’

In other words, it’s an economic racket. Although an “effective” system, “[i]llegal acts, such as the forgery of health reports … and not allowing workers to subscribe to health insurance and employees’ pension plans, are rampant,” but are tolerated by Tepco. This draws into question how effective such workers can be given the intimidation of violence from Yakuza bosses and the poor working conditions. The “problem is still beyond TEPCO’s control because the subcontractor system is deeply multi-layered and complex, and because the yakuza are so deeply entrenched in the system.”

Destroying Democracy

The 1995 documentary film, Nuclear Ginza, is valuable for its historical perspective on nuclear workers in Japan.31 Corruption, payoffs and coverups were the norm, then and now. As one worker whose health was damaged said,

“The big companies treat workers like objects or tools to be thrown away when no longer needed. Japan is considered a rich advanced and democratic country but its just an illusion I think.”

A Buddhist monk, Mr. Nakajima, who had worked for years to help the plight of workers noted that “[u]nfortunately in Japan, the sad reality is that democracy has been destroyed in the areas where nuclear power exists.”

Streets of Fire

Adelstein and Suzuki (Op. cit.) supply additional information of a particularly lurid and grim nature:

  • Yakuza have a saying: “When a man has to survive doing something, it’s the nuclear industry; for a woman, it’s the sex industry.”
  • One mid-level executive in the organization even defends the role of his members in the Fukushima disaster. “The accident isn’t our fault,” he said. “It’s TEPCO’s fault. We’ve always been a necessary evil in the work process. In fact, if some of our men hadn’t stayed to fight the meltdown, the situation would have been much worse. TEPCO employees and the Nuclear Industry Safety Agency inspectors mostly fled; we stood our ground.”
  • “Organized crime groups from Kyushu are bringing workers as well. Many of the workers are homeless people, debtors to yakuza loan sharks, or former yakuza who have been expelled from their group.”
  • Tepco refuses “to name the companies they use for outsourcing labor, background security checks, and general security at the nuclear power plants.” Recall Tepco’s feigned ignorance about government investigator’s accusations against them for “collusion.” Such bland dismissals on the part of Tepco are curious in light of the voluminous evidence to the contrary. The Tepco president’s denials of any collusion is an obvious lie.32,33
  • “Suzuki discovered evidence of Tepco subcontractors paying yakuza front companies to obtain lucrative construction contracts; of money destined for construction work flying into yakuza accounts; and of politicians and media being paid to look the other way.”
  • “His fellow workers, found Suzuki, were a motley crew of homeless, chronically unemployed Japanese men, former yakuza, debtors who owed money to the yakuza, and the mentally handicapped.”
  • “Suzuki claims the regular employees at the plant were often given better radiation suits than the yakuza recruits. ‘Almost every day a worker would keel over with heat exhaustion and be carried out; they would invariably return to work the next day. Going to the bathroom was virtually impossible, so workers were simply told to ‘hold it.’ ‘ “
  • “According to Suzuki, the temperature monitors in the plant weren’t even working, and were ignored. Removing the mask during work was against the rules; no matter how thirsty workers became, they could not drink water.”
  • “The risk of radiation exposure was 100 per cent. The masks, if their filters were cleaned regularly, which they were not, could only remove 60 per cent of the radioactive particles in the air.”
  • “Suzuki found people who’d been threatened into working at Fukushima, but others who’d volunteered. Why? ‘Of course, if it was a matter of dying today or tomorrow they wouldn’t work there,’ he explains. ‘It’s because it could take 10 years or more for someone to possibly die of radiation excess. It’s like Russian roulette. If you owe enough money to the yakuza, working at a nuclear plant is a safer bet. Wouldn’t you rather take a chance at dying 10 years later than being stabbed to death now?’ “

Conclusion

Faced with an ongoing radioactive nightmare which is contaminating Japan’s food and water supply, what should be done? The Nuclear Mafia’s ethos is silken sewn into the socio-political Kabuki theater of a post modern Japanese society, which seems helpless to save itself. Maybe Ambassador Matsumura, with his international political connections of good will, and the Skilled Veterans for Fukushima would be good people to turn to for advice.

Richard Wilcox is a writer living in Tokyo.

References

1. Factory
http://www.springsteenlyrics.com/lyrics/f/factory.php

2. How the Yakuza went nuclear http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-in/9084151/How-the-Yakuza-went-nuclear.html

3. The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2011/12/yakuza-and-nuclear-mafia-nationalization-looms-tepco/46803/

4. U.S. Treasury Dept. Penalizes Japan’s Largest Organized-Crime Group
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/world/asia/united-states-sanctions-japans-largest-organized-crime-group-yakuza.html

5. Jake Adelstein
http://wheelercentre.com/videos/video/jake-adelstein/

6. Jake Adelstein on Tokyo’s yakuza
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0uz0z_NH4U

7. No. 1 workers’ stress, stigma jeopardizing motivation
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120816a5.html

8. Fukushima Needs a Hero
http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/08/862.html

9. Kagoshima to be the final disposal site of nuclear waste
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/08/kagoshima-to-be-the-final-disposal-site-of-nuclear-waste/

10. Noda unswayed by talks with rally leaders
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120823a1.html

11. Power use falls; reactors unneeded
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120822a3.html

12. Antinuclear Japan: Nearly 90% of Public Comments on National Energy Policy Are “Zero Nuke”
http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/08/antinuclear-japan-nearly-90-of-public.html

13. Mismanaging Risk and the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Jeff-Kingston/3724

14. Fukushima nuclear workers reaching exposure limit
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120824_29.html

15. Worker left integral dosimeter in the bus on purpose
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/08/nuke-worker-shortage-worker-left-integral-dosimeter-in-the-bus-on-purpose/

16. WSJ: Experts say manipulated radiation readings http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/07/23/fukushima-watch-doctoring-dosimeters-how-far-did-it-go/

17. Fukushima worker “Human-wave tactics will be needed, problem is if they can collect human workers”
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/07/fukushima-worker-human-wave-tactics-will-be-needed-problem-is-if-they-can-collect-human-workers/

18. Tepco knew lead shields were made to cover dosimeters of Fukushima workers
http://enenews.com/tepco-knew-lead-shields-were-being-made-to-cover-dosimeters-of-fukushima-workers-boss-admits-to-making-them-use-covers-claims-he-was-frightened-of-radiation-alarms

19. TEPCO subcontractor used lead to fake dosimeter readings at Fukushima plant
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201207210069
20. ‘Growing concern’ over worker shortages at Fukushima Daiichi by gov’t http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443570904577542400362861824.html

21. Nuclear Worker: There’s been some people dying, young guys, of some weird cancers
http://enenews.com/nuclear-worker-young-people-dying

22. Worker confirms Tepco taking weekends off at Fukushima Daiichi
http://enenews.com/tepco-weekends-fukushima-daiichi-plant-worker

23. Recruit for decontamination worker in 20km area
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/07/recruit-for-decontamination-worker-in-20km-area/

24. Fukushima worker “Restart of nuclear plants will cause shortage of Fukushima workers”
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/07/fukushima-worker-restart-of-nuclear-plants-will-cause-shortage-of-fukushima-workers/

25. Dying for TEPCO? Fukushima’s Nuclear Contract Workers
http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=24543

26. Fukushima One Year On: Nuclear workers and citizens at risk
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Paul-Jobin/3729

27. Japan Nuclear Professor – Atomic Age Symposium II
http://enenews.com/japan-nuclear-professor-radiation-released-smoke-stacks-fukushima-plant-daily-basis-video

28. Fukushima Plant Worker Suffers Cardiac Arrest
http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2012082200902

29. Tepco liable for contract workers’ safety in Fukushima
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120821lp.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+japantimes+%2528The+Japan+Times%253A+All+Stories%2529

30. Clean-up operation at the nuclear accident site at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
http://www.cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit149/nit149articles/05_Clean-up.html

31. Nuclear Ginza – Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNq0qyQJ5xs
Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7okfjwy4Vw&feature=relmfu

32. Radioactive Rats, Nuclear Techno Geeks
And Life In The Damage Control Continuum
http://rense.com/general95/radioactive-rats.html

33. Japan’s Tepco baffled by criticism of its role in nuclear disaster
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/19/japan-nuclear-tepco-idUSL4E8IJ1S020120719

 

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Solar Activity

3MIN News Sept 4. 2012: Magnetic Instability & Birth of a Coronal Hole

Published on Sep 4, 2012 by

TODAY’S LINKS
Malta Rain: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120904/local/Lightning-wind-and-r…
US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
(2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 0 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
(2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 1 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 3 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
(2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 5 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
(2008 CO) 11th September 2012 6 day(s) 0.1847 71.9 74 m – 160 m 4.10 km/s 14760 km/h
(2007 PB8) 14th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1682 65.5 150 m – 340 m 14.51 km/s 52236 km/h
226514 (2003 UX34) 14th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1882 73.2 260 m – 590 m 25.74 km/s 92664 km/h
(1998 QC1) 14th September 2012 9 day(s) 0.1642 63.9 310 m – 700 m 17.11 km/s 61596 km/h
(2002 EM6) 15th September 2012 10 day(s) 0.1833 71.3 270 m – 590 m 18.56 km/s 66816 km/h
(2002 RP137) 16th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1624 63.2 67 m – 150 m 7.31 km/s 26316 km/h
(2009 RX4) 16th September 2012 11 day(s) 0.1701 66.2 15 m – 35 m 8.35 km/s 30060 km/h
(2005 UC) 17th September 2012 12 day(s) 0.1992 77.5 280 m – 640 m 7.55 km/s 27180 km/h
(2012 FC71) 18th September 2012 13 day(s) 0.1074 41.8 24 m – 53 m 3.51 km/s 12636 km/h
(1998 FF14) 19th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.0928 36.1 210 m – 480 m 21.40 km/s 77040 km/h
331990 (2005 FD) 19th September 2012 14 day(s) 0.1914 74.5 320 m – 710 m 15.92 km/s 57312 km/h
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 19 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 20 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 21 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards/ Wildlife

Thousands of dead nutria (rats)pile up on Mississippi beaches after Isaac

Michael Spooneybarger / Reuters

Nutria pile up along the shore on Aug. 31 after Hurricane Isaac went through Waveland, Miss.

By Miguel Llanos, NBC News

If there’s a silver lining for the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Isaac, it might just be this: the surge of water flushed out, and drowned, thousands of nutria — rodent-like aquatic mammals originally from South America that are eating away at marshlands acting as a barrier from storms.

Most of the dead nutria have washed up on beaches in Mississippi’s Hancock and Harrison counties.

“Estimates are there will be over 20,000 carcasses,” Robbie Wilbur, spokesman for the state’s department of environmental quality, told NBC News.

In the short term, that many rotting carcasses is a health hazard.

“It’s a terrible smell,” David Garcia, mayor of Waveland in Hancock county, told WLOX-TV. “As this heat continues, they’re just going to blow up and pop, making it even more of a health hazard.”

Crews over the weekend started removing the nutria, aka swamp rats, though it’s not an easy task.

“As they’re picking them up, they’re busting open,” Hancock County Supervisor David Yarborough told the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald.

A federal contractor with experience in hazardous waste has been brought in, but even a handful of its workers had quit Sunday morning, the Sun Herald reported.

“There’s people who can’t take the sight of something like this,” Yarborough said. “That’s the reason I wouldn’t even attempt this with county people. You really should be certified and trained in hazardous waste.”

County crews tried to deal with a similar situation after Hurricane Gustav in 2008 “and we had people getting sick; wound up buying everybody’s clothes,” he added.

Nutria were released in Louisiana and Mississippi back in the 1930s by fur trappers looking for new stock. Populations were kept in check as long as fur prices were good, but a collapse in the 1980s led to a collapse in trapping and a population now estimated at several million.

As a result, nutria are “one of the Gulf South’s most notorious invasive species, wreaking ecological havoc on native wetland vegetation and contributing to coastal erosion problems,” Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality said in its plan for dealing with invasives.

The erosion is done by nutria “digging into thin soils and eating roots of marsh vegetation,” the department states. “As the vegetation dies, the fine-grained, denuded soils become more vulnerable to erosion, eventually forming expanding holes in the marsh called ‘eat-outs’.”

The species is also a speedy breeder: nutria reach sexual maturity at just four months old, and females are able to breed within 48 hours of giving birth to a litter.

Back along the beaches, the thousands of nutria carcasses are being taken to a nearby landfill, while those in areas away from the public will be left there.

“We’re letting mother nature take care of those,” Chad Lafontaine, with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, told the Sun Herald.

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Articles of Interest

05.09.2012 Technological Disaster India State of Maharastra, Mumbai (Bombay) Damage level Details

Technological Disaster in India on Tuesday, 04 September, 2012 at 13:40 (01:40 PM) UTC.

Description
One person was killed and seven others were injured when a slab of a staircase of an under-construction Metro railway station collapsed here Tuesday, officials said. The incident took place on Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line in Andheri east late afternoon, officials said. The slab of a stairway being built for the Metro railway station came crashing down. “One person is dead, while seven others who are injured are stable,” Dr D. Bhuvan, AGM-operations and spokesperson for the Seven Hills hospital told IANS. The identity of the person who was killed in the accident is yet to be ascertained. “Fire brigade and police teams are undertaking rescue operations. We are awaiting more details,” an official from the city’s civic disaster control room told IANS. According to a witness, several people are feared to be trapped under the debris of the collapsed stairway.

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