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Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
07.07.2012 04:05:34 2.5 North America United States Hawaii Captain Cook There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 03:40:25 2.1 North America United States California Rancho Palos Verdes VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 04:20:31 4.8 Europe Russia Sakhalin Vostok VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 04:06:39 4.7 Asia Russia Sakhalin Vostok VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 04:20:56 2.5 Europe Greece West Greece Temeni VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 03:15:22 5.1 Europe Russia Kuril’sk VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 03:20:31 5.2 Asia Russia Kuril’sk VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 04:10:37 5.7 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Turangi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
07.07.2012 03:17:42 5.0 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Turangi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 03:15:47 5.3 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Turangi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 03:16:08 4.0 South-America Chile Antofagasta San Pedro de Atacama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 03:16:33 3.8 South-America Chile Antofagasta Tocopilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 04:21:38 2.5 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 02:15:28 3.5 Asia Turkey I?d?r Karakoyunlu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 02:15:46 3.9 Middle-East Iran Razavi Khorasan Taybad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 03:16:52 2.5 Middle-East Iraq N?nawá Sinjar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 02:16:04 3.0 Asia Turkey Mu?la Bodrum There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 01:05:38 4.5 Europe Romania Nereju VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 01:10:28 4.5 Europe Romania Nereju VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 01:10:47 2.2 Europe Italy Apulia San Nicola VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 03:17:12 3.2 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 00:45:32 2.1 North America United States California Ferndale VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 02:16:28 2.6 Asia Turkey Mu?la Marmaris There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 01:11:06 2.9 Europe Greece North Aegean Myrina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 01:11:26 2.7 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Limni Keriou VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 00:05:24 2.2 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 00:26:16 2.3 Middle America Mexico Baja California Alberto Oviedo Mota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 00:20:39 2.0 Middle America Mexico Baja California Alberto Oviedo Mota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
07.07.2012 02:16:49 2.2 Asia Turkey Ankara Sazagasi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 02:17:08 2.7 Asia Turkey Antalya Buyukbelkis VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 22:46:09 2.1 North America United States Alaska Nanwalek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 23:05:22 3.1 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
07.07.2012 02:17:27 2.3 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 21:50:41 2.1 North America United States California King City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 21:51:02 2.7 North America United States California King City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 21:51:24 2.8 Middle America Mexico Baja California Alberto Oviedo Mota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 22:00:29 2.4 Europe Italy Sicily Acitrezza There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 22:00:51 2.7 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 20:50:43 2.6 North America United States California King City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 20:55:26 2.6 Asia Turkey Konya Catalhoeyuek VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 20:55:45 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 20:00:37 4.4 North America United States Oregon Bandon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 20:56:05 4.5 North-America United States Oregon Bandon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 20:15:43 4.4 North America United States Oregon Bandon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 22:01:13 4.8 Pacific Ocean – Middle Solomon Islands Kirakira VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 21:41:00 4.9 Solomon Islands Kirakira VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 20:56:26 2.6 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 19:50:27 2.0 Europe Italy Sicily San Pietro There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 23:05:40 2.7 Asia Turkey Gümü?hane Yaglidere VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 18:55:41 2.2 North America United States California Aspen Springs There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

Strong Earthquake Strikes Near Vanuatu in Pacific

SYDNEY July 6, 2012 (AP)

A strong earthquake has rattled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami alert has been issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.3 quake struck Friday, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of the island of Santo, at a depth of 179 kilometers (111 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert.

Vanuatu is part of the Pacific “ring of fire.” That’s an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through Vanuatu to Tonga in the South Pacific.

3.5 earthquake ‘rumbled’ Big Bear during busy holiday week

Location of the epicenter.

A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake rumbled underneath Big Bear City on Thursday morning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The temblor, which occurred at 11:18 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 2.5 miles, was reported three miles from Big Bear City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter was six miles from the town of Big Bear Lake, 11 miles from Lucerne Valley, 28 miles from San Bernardino and 82 miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center, the USGS reported.

“We just felt a rumble. It kind of shook your balance,” said Elizabeth Marsh, manger of the Big Bear Lakefront Lodge. “It was definitely a noticeable earthquake, but nothing too scary.”

Marsh said it was one of the busiest times of the year for her resort because of the Fourth of July holiday, and although some travelers said they were dizzy and got knocked off their feet by the quake, no injuries were reported.

A woman who answered the phone at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s station in Big Bear said there had been no immediate reports of injuries or damage following the quake, which she described as a “jolt.”

According to the USGS’ “Did you feel it?” reporting system, the quake was felt as far away as Escondido.

In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

“Being in California, you know, there are earthquakes all the time,” Marsh said. “But it was noticeable.”

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Drought

Heat wave expands, as do signs of the times: buckled roads

NBC’s John Yang reports on the extreme weather in the Midwest and East Coast.

By msnbc.com staff and news services

The heat suffocating the Midwest is expanding east, forecasters said Thursday, as signs of the hot, muggy weather — buckled roads — have literally started to pop up.

“Record breaking heat across the Midwest is expected to spread into the eastern U.S. by the weekend,” the National Weather Service warned — bad news for the 600,000 homes and businesses still without power from Ohio to Virginia after last weekend’s storms.

On top of that, storms overnight caused power outages to 250,000 homes and businesses in Michigan.

In Chicago, temps reached 103 degrees on Thursday before a sudden storm cooled the city with a downpour.

Atlanta reached 100 — the third time so far this year.

More normal temperatures should return next week when the extreme heat is forecast to move west, bringing triple-digit temperatures to parts of Idaho, Utah, Washington and Oregon.

The storms were sandwiched between intense heat over the last two weeks. From Fargo, N.D., to Chicago and Cary, N.C., roads have heated up, drawing moisture underneath to the surface and then creating what’s called a “heave.”

In Wisconsin, the driver of an SUV didn’t see a heave on Highway 29 near Eau Claire and went airborne, WISN-TV reported Tuesday. After getting several feet of air, the car sped out of control into oncoming traffic, and then plowed into a field.

Video camera captures a car leaping over a heat-buckled road near Eau Claire, Wisconsin. NO AUDIO

The driver and passenger were not seriously hurt.

Areas where roads buckled on July 4th included Chicago, where Columbus Drive was shut down, and Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, where crews deployed in the heat after a heave forced the closure of Route 222.

“I’d rather be at home, drinking my beer, eating a burger,” state transportation worker Kevin Palumbo told NBC affiliate WGAL-TV. “We just try to get it done and get it over with.”

But he was also aware of the danger of buckled roads. “It’s a hazard,” he said. “You don’t want to hit that on your motorcycle at 80 miles an hour.”

Travis Long / The News & Observer via AP

Workers wait for asphalt to arrive after removing a section of westbound I-440 that buckled in triple-digit temperatures on June 29 near Cary, N.C.

Buckled roads were just some of the frustrations still facing millions on Thursday.

In Chicago, soaring temperatures forced 17 public schools without air conditioning to cancel summer classes on Thursday, NBCChicago.com reported. Additional closures are possible in the days to come.

The Mid-Atlantic region was also struggling to get back to normal after the deadly storms.

Utility and municipal crews worked through the July 4th holiday to restore power and remove downed tree limbs. Officials blamed the storms for 26 deaths.

More than 2 million customers at one point lost power from the storms that converged on Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Indiana, Ohio and New Jersey on Friday. They packed winds topping 80 mph in some places, uprooting trees and damaging homes.

Much of the damage to the power grid was blamed on last weekend’s rare “derecho,” a big, powerful and long-lasting wind storm that blew from the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Pepco said it had restored power to 90 percent of those affected by last week’s storms in D.C. and two Maryland suburbs, beating its own estimate for getting the air conditioning back on. BGE said about 78,000 customers in central Maryland remained without power.

More than 146,000 Virginia homes and businesses remained without power, down from a peak of about 1.2 million after the storms.

In New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric said nearly 30,000 homes and businesses were still without service. That’s down from about 206,000.

Workers in Anchorage, Alaska, are still working to clear snow from last winter’s record snowfall. KTUU’s Ted Land reports.

While the number without power was diminishing Thursday utilities were not moving quickly enough for many of those still in the sweltering dark.

Many expressed frustration with handwritten messages hung from utility poles resembling “Wanted” posters, The Washington Post reported.

Along Route 29 in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Wednesday, a woman hammered a series of signs into non-functioning utility pole reading: “5 Days No Lite.”

“Pepco: very warm humans feeling forgotten,” read another sign, according to the paper.

Maryland issued a heat advisory for the entire state for Thursday, after issuing one for parts of the state for Wednesday.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Excessive Heat Warning

GRAND RAPIDS MI
INDIANAPOLIS IN
BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
NORTHERN INDIANA
WILMINGTON OH
NEW YORK NY
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
WAKEFIELD VA
DES MOINES IA
LA CROSSE WI
QUAD CITIES IA IL
CHICAGO IL
MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
CLEVELAND OH

WICHITA KS

CHARLESTON WV 
PITTSBURGH PA
STATE COLLEGE PA
LOUISVILLE KY
ST LOUIS MO
LINCOLN IL
PADUCAH KY
MOUNT HOLLY NJ

Excessive Heat Watch

NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
RALEIGH NC
WAKEFIELD VA

Heat Advisory

TOPEKA KS
ST LOUIS MO
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
HUNTSVILLE AL
WICHITA KS
JACKSON KY
OMAHA/VALLEY NE
STATE COLLEGE PA
CHARLESTON WV
RALEIGH NC
GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
MOUNT HOLLY NJ
PITTSBURGH PA
WILMINGTON NC
BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
NEW YORK NY
MORRISTOWN TN
BLACKSBURG VA
BINGHAMTON NY
SPRINGFIELD MO
CLEVELAND OH
NASHVILLE TN
MEMPHIS TN

Torrid weather sears Canada, Eastern U.S. with record temperatures

COREY WILLIAMS

The Associated Press

A series of thunderstorms that raged across parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula temporarily dampened record-setting high temperatures that have gripped the state for more than a week.

Across Canada, temperatures on Friday are expected to challenge records with highs predicted to reach 36 degrees in Southern Ontario, and the low 30s in Montreal and parts of Northern Ontario.

Canadian temperatures are expected to cool slightly on Saturday, peaking at 33 in both Southern Ontario and the B.C. Interior and 29 in Montreal.

In Michigan, about 325,000 DTE Energy Co. residential and business customers lost electricity after storms on Tuesday, and 195,000 remained without power Thursday after a new round of rough weather toppled trees and overhead power lines.

St. Louis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago and several other Midwest cities already have set record highs this week or are on the verge of doing so. And with even low temperatures setting heat records, residents are left searching for any relief.

At the height of the Michigan storms, about 97,000 Consumers Energy customers lost power. That number was down to 80,000 early Thursday afternoon, Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop said.

Many communities were removing tree limbs and wires from across streets, roadways and sidewalks. Rainwater flooded low-lying portions of highways, including Interstate 475 in the Flint area.

As the latest batch of cooling rains ended early Thursday afternoon, the heat began to rise. At 2 p.m. the temperature in Grand Rapids was at 37 and Friday’s high in that city was expected to approach 40 degrees.

A high of 39 was forecast for Lansing. A concert scheduled for Friday in East Lansing was cancelled after the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning. Detroit also was expected to top 37.

Ashley Jackson lives just north of Detroit in Southfield and believes she’ll be able to endure the weather as long as her recently repaired air conditioning holds up. Ms. Jackson’s unit stopped working last weekend, leaving it inoperable for three days. “Inside the house it was 91 degrees [Fahrenheit],” the 23-year-old short-order cook said. “I left – me and my roommate – and went to the mall to get some air. We didn’t go anywhere that didn’t have air.”

At night, it was nearly unbearable. “Nobody was talking to anybody,” Ms. Jackson said. “We mostly slept, but it was hard to sleep because of the heat. I probably got about four hours of sleep each night.”

Despite the muggy conditions, heat-related illnesses and emergencies appeared to be at a minimum. Detroit Receiving Hospital treated only a few heat-related patients in its emergency room, spokesman Alton Gunn said. About a dozen cases went through Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals in Grand Rapids.

Most people complained of being light-headed and fatigued, Spectrum Health spokeswoman Susan Krieger said. Some suffered from dehydration. “We hydrated them. It’s all about the water,” Ms. Krieger said. “It’s the same message. Take the normal precautions and stay out of the heat.”

Communities across the state opened up city buildings and libraries as cooling centers. On Thursday, the Coleman A. Young Center’s lounge area was empty, but that was the exception. “It has been full, but not overpopulated,” said Morae Cochran, the centre’s supervisor.

With a report from Carys Mills

06.07.2012 Extreme Weather Kuwait Multiple areas, [Shuwaikh and Shuaiba ports] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Kuwait on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 02:47 (02:47 AM) UTC.

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Ship movements ground to a complete halt both at Shuwaikh and Shuaiba ports following severe sandstorms that swept the country yesterday. According to information available, three ships at berth and three ships at the loading zone at Shuwaikh Port were waiting for improvement in visibility to sail off. Similarly, four ships anchored off Shuaiba Port and four ships moored inside Shuaiba Port are also waiting for improvement in weather conditions. An official at the operations department at Shuwaikh Port, Sulaiman Al- Yahya, said that visibility was limited to one kilometer in the port area while wind speed was 40 miles, forcing the port authorities to halt ship movements until the weather improves. Al-Yahya informed that Shuwaikh Port currently has three ships at the berth while another three ships were in the waiting area. Acting Operations Director at Shuaiba Port Captain Tawfeeq Shihab told KUNA that wind-speed reached 35 knots at port area yesterday causing high waves and disrupting navigation at the port. The visibility was less than 500 m in the area, he said. As a result of the bad weather, four ships had to wait at the anchorage area and will be allowed to enter Shuaiba Port only after the weather improves, Shihab said. At the same time, the other four ships inside the port will be allowed to sail once the weather improves.Head of the weather forecast department at Civil Aviation Osama Al-Muthan expected considerable improvement in the weather condition and visibility overnight in spite of the continuation of northwestern winds at a speed of 20-45 km per hour. Al-Muthan told KUNA that by sunrise today with the increase in earth’s temperature during the day, sandy weather condition will come back and visibility will drop on Friday and Saturday due to the Northwestern winds. The temperature is expected to drop to 44 – 45 degrees Celsius due to sandstorm that will block direct sunrays. Al-Muthan expects the high pressure to fall by Sunday and the Indian seasonal low pressure to drop. The weather will start to improve and wind speed will subside to around 40 kilometers per hour. As a result, the temperature will rise to 47 degree Celsius at Kuwait International Airport. Kuwait is currently under the impact of Indiaís seasonal low pressure from the East and high pressure from North West. These activities will be accompanied by Northwestern wind carrying sand along with it. Wind-speed is expected to exceed 70 kilometer per hour at Kuwait International Airport and visibility will be limited to only 500 meter. During the weekend, sea will be rough and waves will reach.

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06.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Near to Redding ] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 10:21 (10:21 AM) UTC.

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Authorities say a wildfire raging near Redding in northern California is threatening dozens of homes and has forced many evacuations. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said early Friday that firefighters were working through the night to control the 1,200-acre blaze. CalFire says evacuations are in effect for some neighborhoods in southwest Redding and the Happy Valley area. Some roads are also closed. The Redding Record Searchlight reports that the blaze had forced hundreds to evacuate. The paper also says 150 homes were threatened. CalFire didn’t provide precise figures. CalFire spokesman Mike Witesman told the paper late Thursday night that five homes were damaged, but he didn’t have further details. He says he doesn’t expect the blaze to grow much larger and says some evacuees might soon be allowed back home. The fire was first spotted about 2 p.m. Thursday and quickly grew.

Source of deadly Colorado wildfire located, cause unknown

Keith Coffman
Reuters

© REUTERS/NASA/Handout.
A smoke plume is shown rising from the Fontenelle fire in Wyoming in this July 1, 2012 NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters July 5, 2012.

Denver (Reuters) – Investigators probing the cause of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history have located the point of ignition but have not concluded how the blaze started, officials said on Thursday.

At its height, the 12-day-old blaze forced the evacuation of some 35,000 people in and around Colorado Springs, the state’s second most populous city, and threatened the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy before fire crews gained an upper hand late last week. It destroyed more than 300 homes and killed two people.

Since it was first reported on June 23, the blaze has burned more than 14,000 acres of drought-parched timber and brush, mostly in the Pike National Forest about 50 miles south of the Denver metropolitan area. But as of Thursday, ground crews had managed to carve containment lines around 90 percent of the fire’s perimeter, said incident commander Rich Harvey.

Harvey said he anticipates full containment by late in the week as crews work to extinguish flames in a few stubborn areas. “When there’s been no smoke visible and no heat detected for 24 hours, we’ll be comfortable there will be no further growth and we’ll call it 100 percent contained,” Harvey said.

© REUTERS/NASA/Handout.
The burn scar from the Waldo Canyon Fire is pictured in this handout photo from an Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra satellite by NASA, in Colorado Springs,Denver taken July 4, 2012

Investigators, led by U.S. Forest Service experts, have identified the spot where the so-called Waldo Canyon fire began. But Lieutenant Jeff Kramer, spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, said he was “not at liberty” to reveal the location because the investigation was continuing. “The cause has not yet been determined,” he added.

A task force consisting of wildfire specialists from several agencies is taking part in the investigation, including local police and fire departments, the FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, police in Colorado Springs said in a statement issued on Thursday. The Colorado Springs fire follows a recent string of suspected arson fires in a neighboring county, but officials have said they had no indication that the Waldo Canyon blaze was deliberately set.

“We’re still investigating whether this is suspicious,” Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller said. The blaze initially gained media attention as it erupted near some of Colorado’s best known landmarks, including the famed Pikes Peak mountaintop whose panoramic summit vistas inspired the song “America the Beautiful.”

© REUTERS/Adrees Latif
A man, who’s house escaped fire damage, walks through his backyard after returning to his Mountain Shadows neighborhood which was devastated by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 4, 2012.

Stoked by strong, erratic winds and record triple-digit air temperatures, the fire turned deadly last Tuesday as it suddenly roared through containment lines into a residential subdivision that rests in the bluffs of the city’s western fringe. The wall of flames reduced 346 houses to ash, marking the biggest single loss of property ever from a Colorado wildfire, and President Barack Obama paid a visit to the Waldo Canyon fire zone last Friday.

The bodies of an elderly couple, William Everett, 74, and his wife, Barbara, 73, were found in the ruins of one home, raising to six the overall death toll from a state fire season authorities are calling the worst on record. Most of the residents displaced by the fire have since been allowed to return to their homes.

Meanwhile, Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey said an anonymous donor has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone who looted the homes of evacuees, following dozens of looting reports.

Smoke from Western Wildfires Reaches Atlantic Ocean

AccuWeather

© NASA.
In a June 28 satellite image, smoke from wildfires hangs over North America.

Dozens of wildfires are raging around the western United States, and the large-scale burns are sending smoke as far east as Greenland, according to some atmospheric models.

In all, about 60 wildfires are burning around the nation, from Alaska to Utah to Florida, and satellite images show hazy curtains of smoke hanging over huge portions of the eastern two-thirds of the country.

Smoke travels well, said Georg Grell, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, Colo.

The hotter the fire, the higher its smoke can go – and the higher the smoke goes into the atmosphere, the farther it typically travels, Grell told OurAmazingPlanet.

“The winds are much stronger up there, so it gets transported much quicker,” he said. In addition, once smoke gets to certain altitudes, it’s less likely to be washed out of the air by rainstorms, Grell said.

Smoke from extremely hot wildfires can rise 4 to 5 miles (7 to 8 kilometers) into the atmosphere, and can even trigger massive thunderstorms, but it’s likely that the smoke from the recent spate of fires is hanging out about 1 mile (1.5 km) above the ground.

Smoky trails

An animation produced by the weather-forecasting branch of NOAA shows plumes of smoke drifting up over the Great Lakes states and reaching areas of the East Coast by June 29. [Watch the smoke animation]

Drought hits 56 percent of continental US: significant toll on crops

Miguel Llanos
MSNBC

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The prolonged heat across the Midwest has not only set temperature records, it is also expanding and intensifying drought conditions — and relief isn’t on the horizon for most areas, the National Weather Service reported Thursday.

Drought conditions are present in 56 percent of the continental U.S., according to the weekly Drought Monitor.

That’s the most in the 12 years that the data have been compiled, topping the previous record of 55 percent set on Aug. 26, 2003. It’s also up five percentage points from the previous week.

The drought hasn’t been long enough to rank up there with the 1930s Dust Bowl or a bad stretch in the 1950s, David Miskus, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Climate Prediction Center, told msnbc.com.

“We don’t have that here yet,” he said. “This has really only started this year.”

But for a single year it’s still pretty significant, not far behind an extremely dry 1988.

While 1988 saw much drier conditions and an earlier start to the drought than this year, said Brad Rippey, a meteorologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2012 has its own interesting qualities.

“This year the high temperatures have certainly played into this drought,” he told msnbc.com. “There’s a lot more evaporation … and crop demands for water.”

The Drought Monitor noted that the drought is starting to “take a significant toll” on food supplies. “In the primary growing states for corn and soybeans, 22 percent of the crop is in poor or very poor condition, as are 43 percent of the nation’s pastures and rangelands and 24 percent of the sorghum crop.”

“July 4 – 8, 2012, doesn’t look promising in terms of relief,” it added. “Modest improvement is forecast for most areas that have endured the recent heat wave, but most locations from the Plains eastward are still expected to be warmer than normal.”

Rain and cooler temps are forecast for many areas in mid-July but over the summer “drought is likely to develop, persist or intensify” across much of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, the Corn Belt region, the Mississippi Valley and much of the Great Plains, the weather service said Thursday in its latest Seasonal Drought Outlook.

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In Tennessee, the severity of the drought has been reported by county farm agents sending comments to the National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Nashville, the Associated Press reported.

“Crops have really begun to suffer and go backwards this week. Rain is needed yesterday,” wrote agent Richard Buntin in Crockett County.

Crops and pastureland are “burnt to a crispy crunch,” wrote Kim Frady of Bradley County.

Need rain,” in Loudon County, added John Goddard. “Saw a farmer digging a waterline about 4-5′ deep. Nothing but powder!”

The weather service on Thursday did say there’s a better chance that the El Nino weather system would return by winter.

If it’s a typical El Nino, that would mean better than average rainfall for the southern tier of the U.S., Miskus noted.

Maybe there’s some hope,” said Rippey, “but that’s way on out in the future. That’s not a short term relief.”

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Storms, Flooding

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Daniel (04E) Pacific Ocean – East 04.07.2012 06.07.2012 Tropical Storm 285 ° 111 km/h 139 km/h 3.05 m NHC Details

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Storm name: Daniel (04E)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 12° 18.000, W 105° 30.000
Start up: 04th July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 794.04 km
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Report by: NHC
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05th Jul 2012 04:07:06 N 13° 36.000, W 108° 54.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 290 15 1005 MB NHC
06th Jul 2012 04:07:49 N 14° 24.000, W 113° 6.000 20 102 120 Tropical Storm 280 16 995 MB NHC
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07th Jul 2012 05:07:56 N 14° 30.000, W 117° 6.000 19 120 148 Hurricane I. 270 ° 10 988 MB NHC
Forecast track
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08th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 15° 36.000, W 123° 6.000 Tropical Storm 111 139 NHC
08th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 24.000, W 120° 42.000 Hurricane I. 120 148 NHC
09th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 16° 18.000, W 128° 24.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 NHC
10th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 16° 30.000, W 134° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NHC
11th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 16° 30.000, W 141° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NHC

Flash Flood Watch

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06.07.2012 Flash Flood United Kingdom Scotland, [Isle of Mull] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in United Kingdom on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 15:15 (03:15 PM) UTC.

Description
Fourteen people, including a 14-month-old baby, have been rescued after being left stranded due to flash flooding. The group were rescued on the Isle of Mull at about 8pm last night after severe flooding and a landslide blocked a road and washed away two bridges. Police officers and two local boat owners took the 13 adults and baby by boats to the local Benmore estate. The rescued men and women are all visitors to the island who come from England, Germany, Switzerland, New York and Hong Kong. No-one was injured in the incident. The B8035, where the group were stranded in their vehicles, is now closed in both directions with a long diversion in place. The road will be open for an hour tonight to allow the rescued motorists to retrieve their six vehicles and then the road will be closed again. It is expected that the road will remain closed for some time.
06.07.2012 Flash Flood United Kingdom England, [Derbyshire ] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in United Kingdom on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 12:28 (12:28 PM) UTC.

Description
Parts of Derbyshire have been hit by flash flooding after heavy rainfall overnight. Breadsall, Beeley and Glutton Bridge are all affected as well as Ockbrook where a primary school was evacuated. The Environment Agency has issued a warning for people to be prepared as more heavy rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours. Markeaton Lane in Derby is blocked after being flooded and there are problems on the A38 near Little Eaton. Jackie Evans, chair of Beeley Parish Council, said: “I’ve never seen the speed of it – that was the frightening thing. “The road was just a complete river. “The house opposite has some pots in front and they were just floating down the drive.” Markeaton Lane in Derby is blocked in both directions between the Kedleston Road junction and the A52 Ashbourne Road junction. Moor Lane in Breadsall is also flooded near its junction with Church Lane and there are reports of considerable surface water at the A515 near Sudbury and the A52 near Brailsford. Derby’s Gay Pride event, planned for Saturday, and a T20 cricket match between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, due to take place later, have been postponed. The average monthly rainfall for the Midlands in July is about 60mm and between 20 and 60mm is predicted to fall within a few hours.

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More flooding as torrential rain hits UK again

BBC

Torrential rain is causing disruption, with up to a month’s rain expected to fall in parts of the UK within a day.

The number of flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, is steadily rising in England, and more than 120 flood alerts are in place in the UK.

A caravan park in North Yorkshire is being evacuated amid flooding, and sporting fixtures are being affected.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles has visited flood-hit Hebden Bridge, in West Yorkshire, which is seeing more rain.

The Environment Agency has issued 124 flood alerts, which warn people to be prepared for possible flooding.

The town of Darwen in Lancashire, which was evacuated last month when rivers burst their banks – is among 35 places in the North East, the North West, the Midlands and the Anglian region of England, that are subject to a flood warning.

At Cayton Bay caravan park in North Yorkshire, Filey lifeboat crew rescued four disabled people and two carers from their caravan.

In other developments:

Meanwhile, traffic outside Silverstone was gridlocked as the first practice session for the British Grand Prix took place.

Some visitors were stranded in their cars on the A43 because they could not get into car parks which had been converted into campsites because of flooding.

And festival-goers heading for T in the Park festival, in Balado, Kinross-shire, meanwhile, were warned to come prepared for heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of severe weather urging people to “be prepared”, while the Environment Agency warns flooding could be the worst of the year so far with transport links and homes likely to be “severely affected”.

The BBC Weather Centre said the North West was among parts of northern England, as well as northern and central Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia, to have the most rainfall.

Between 20mm and 40mm of rain is expected to fall in central and northern areas of England, while the worst-hit places could see 60mm of rain, the average monthly fall for July.

‘Think ahead’

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued six flood alerts.

There is no flood warning system in Northern Ireland although the Met Office has issued a yellow warning – urging people to be aware – for its south-eastern tip.

The Environment Agency’s Pete Fox told the BBC that five million homes in the UK are deemed to be at risk of flooding.

He said that, as the rain lands, the agency is using its monitoring stations and river gauging stations to predict more specifically where the weather would be worst.

“We don’t want people to worry right now but we want people to take a look at our website to work out if they are at risk of flooding,” he added.

The Environment Agency has opened incident rooms and has teams out checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages to reduce risks as much as possible.

The latest flood warnings follow the UK’s wettest June since records began in 1910, according to provisional Met Office figures.

BBC Weather’s Chris Fawkes said that, for the past three months, the UK had found itself underneath an accelerating part of the 6-mile high Jet Stream – a fast wind blowing around the planet.

An accelerating Jet Stream causes air to rise upwards through the atmosphere and creates low pressure centres and a greater likelihood of rain, he said.

Over the weekend, further heavy rain is forecast for parts of northern England and central and southern Scotland which will again introduce the risk of localised flooding.

And BBC weatherman Darren Bett said there was “no sign of warm dry weather for a month”.

06.07.2012 Flash Flood USA State of New Mexico, Albuquerque Damage level Details

Flash Flood in USA on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 15:13 (03:13 PM) UTC.

Description
The National Weather service in has issued a flash flood warning for northern Bernalillo and southern Sandoval counties until 7:30 p.m. Heavy rain is falling at rates just under 2 inches an hour from a slow-moving storm moving drifting northward through metro Albuquerque. Urban flooding and sudden, dangerous flows through arroyos and flood-control channels are expect. The rain came fast and furious in parts of Albuquerque Thursday, turning parking lots and streets into ponds right in the middle of rush hour. In one hour nearly two inches fell in the metro area which can cause problems for a city that slopes down into a river. The North Valley got the worst of the storm and Glenda Gray’s home was in the middle of it. She says she had to put rags at the door to keep water from coming in. She quickly called county firefighters who put up bags and drained the water. “We never would have been able to stop everything if it hadn’t been for the fire department,” Gray said. Other parts of town were hit hard too. People at Isotopes Park waited out the storm in cars. As the clouds rolled by, cars splashed by soaking one of our news cameras. A parking lot on Coors and Montano could have easily been mistaken for a pond. The city’s drainage system got a massive workout in the pounding storm. A spokeswoman for the City of Albuquerque says crews responded to three calls of homes being flooded. The County says they received one call of a flooded home, and that was Gray’s.

Asom flood death toll touches 100

GUWAHATI The death toll in the Asom floods on Thursday rose to 100 even as the waters started to recede in most of the 27 affected districts except Dhemaji.

However, the rising water level of the Jiadhal river submerged several villages in the morning. The surging waters have also affected parts of National Highway 52 in the district.

“The waters of Brahmaputra river that flooded the district along with other parts of the state since June 22 have started to recede and people have begun returning to their homes from relief camps,” Dhemaji Deputy Commissioner MS Manivannan said.

“However, the water of Jiadhal has inundated some villages of the district on Thursday. People there have been shifted to higher places,” he said, adding that the administration was extending all possible help to the flood victims.

Meanwhile, 16 people died in a landslide while another 16 are reported missing from various districts across the state.

With 31 deaths, Barpeta district recorded the highest number of human casualties due to floods till Thursday. The State Disaster Management Authority said conditions were improving in almost all the 27 districts except Dhemaji.

06.07.2012 Flood India State of Assam , [Assam-wide] Damage level Details

Flood in India on Friday, 29 June, 2012 at 09:54 (09:54 AM) UTC.

Description
Gauhati Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, killing at least 27 people and leaving hundreds of thousands more marooned Friday. The Indian air force was delivering food packages to people huddled on patches of dry land along with cattle and wild elephants. Rescuers were being dropped by helicopter into affected areas to help the stranded. About one million people have been forced to evacuate as the floods from the swollen Brahmaputra River – one of Asia’s largest – swamped 2,084 villages across most of Assam state, officials said. Officials have counted 27 people dead so far, but the toll is expected to be much higher as unconfirmed casualty reports mount. Telephone lines were knocked out and some train services were cancelled after their tracks were swamped by mud. As the floods soaked the Kaziranga game reserve east of Assam’s capital of Gauhati, motorists reported seeing a one-horned rhino fleeing along a busy highway. “We never thought the situation would turn this grim when the monsoon-fed rivers swelled a week ago,” said Nilomoni Sen Deka, an Assam government minister. Residents of Majuli – an 800-square-kilometre island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River – watched helplessly as the swirling, grey waters swallowed 50 villages and swept away their homes. “We are left with only the clothes we are wearing,” said 60-year-old Puniram Hazarika, one of about 75,000 island residents now camping in makeshift shelters of bamboo sticks and plastic tarps on top of a mud embankment. A herd of 70 endangered Asiatic elephants, which usually avoid humans, were grouped together nearby, Majuli island wildlife official Atul Das said. “The jumbos have not caused any harm, but we are keeping a close watch,” he said.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases / Hazmat

06.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Cambodia [Statewide] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Cambodia on Tuesday, 03 July, 2012 at 16:41 (04:41 PM) UTC.

Description
An unidentified disease has killed 60 young children in Cambodia in three months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it raced to identify the cause. “The number of deaths reported to WHO is 60 cases and they have all been in young children,” said Dr Nima Asgari, a public health specialist for the UN body in Cambodia, adding that the first casualties were reported in April. The WHO is currently working with the Cambodian Ministry of Health “to identify the cause and the route of spread of this disease”, he said. With the investigation still at an early stage, Asgari said it was difficult to specify the symptoms, which “include high fever and severe chest disease symptoms, plus in some children there were signs of neurological involvement”. There have been 61 reported cases so far, Asgari said, with just one patient surviving. The victims, all aged seven and under, were admitted to hospitals in the capital Phnom Penh and the northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap. In separate comments the WHO said there were no signs yet of contagion. “To date, there is no report of any staff or any neighbouring patients to the cases at the hospitals becoming sick with similar symptoms,” it said. Asgari confirmed there was “no cluster of the cases yet” but said the high mortality rate in such a short space of time was worrisome. “WHO is always concerned about a disease which causes death in such high numbers of children,” he said. Cambodian health ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.
Biohazard name: Unidentified fatal disease
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms: The symptoms include high fever and severe chest disease symptoms, plus in some children there were signs of neurological involvement.
Status: suspected
06.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard India State of Gujarat, Dhanera Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in India on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 03:01 (03:01 AM) UTC.

Description
A day after Dhanera was declared “cholera-hit”, 25 more persons were hospitalised with diarrheal symptoms in this town of Banaskantha district on Thursday. Health authorities sent back, with medicines and advice, 69 others who suspected they were suffering from the illness. Officials from the epidemiology division of the state’s Health Department said a notification about the disease’s outbreak on Wednesday may have triggered mild panic, leading to the large turnout. The district administration had declared an outbreak in the town and nine surrounding villages after five persons died and 222 persons were hospitalised for diarrheal symptoms in the preceding week. Authorities believe the outbreak may have been caused by an unauthorised connection that diverted water from the main pipeline connecting the Sipu dam, the town’s main water source. Four such connections, or leakages, were detected soon after the outbreak and one of them – a plastic pipe that ran through a gutter – is believed to be the source. Authorities had earlier tested water from the dam and from bores within the water-scarce town but found no contamination there.
Biohazard name: Cholera
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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06.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Indonesia Province of Jakarta, Jakarta Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Indonesia on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 02:51 (02:51 AM) UTC.

Description
Indonesia’s health ministry today announced the death of an 8-year-old girl from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, according to a report from the Jakarta Globe. The girl, from West Java province, got sick on Jun 18 during a trip to Singapore. Six days later her symptoms worsened and she was admitted to a Jakarta hospital with signs of pneumonia. She was transferred two more times and required treatment with a ventilator. A health ministry official told the Globe that she tested positive for the virus on Jun 29 and died on Jul 3. The official said she had often walked past a live-bird market on her way to school, and 6 days before she got sick she had helped carry freshly killed birds home from the market with her father. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the girl’s H5N1 illness and death, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 190th case-patient and its 158th fatality from the disease.
Biohazard name: A/H5N1
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
06.07.2012 HAZMAT China Province of Zhejiang Sheng, Hangzhou Damage level Details

HAZMAT in China on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 10:03 (10:03 AM) UTC.

Description
Chinese state media say a toxic gas leak caused by chemicals used nine years ago to combat the SARS epidemic has forced more than 800 workers to evacuate from a downtown office building in east China’s Hangzhou city. The gas came from a stockpile of chlorine dioxide powder. It was used as a disinfectant in 2003 during the SARS scare but was never disposed of. White smog filled the 19th floor of the building on Friday morning, causing panic. The fire department as saying no one was injured. It did not say what caused the chemicals to leak.

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Climate Change

Cold Comfort – Ice Age Cometh?

Allan Caruba
Facts Not Fantasy Blog
Liberty In Ice

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Unless you live in Seattle, you likely did not know that the National Weather Service just announced that the city endured its third coolest June on record. As much of America swelters through a heat wave, it’s not surprising that the usual suspects are telling everyone that it’s because of “global warming.”

I have a longtime friend, Ron Marr who has a Jack Russell Terrier and in a recent commentary for Missouri Life magazine, he wrote that, “Jack doesn’t believe in global warming in the least; he does not believe the recent atmospheric hellfire results from ozone holes or aerosol cans or giant leprechauns with a big magnifying glass. We share the same views on the topic and have discussed them often. Our considered opinion is that this streak of blazing nonsense stems from the fact that – to put it in scientific terms – it’s summer and the sun is hot.”

On July 3rd Seth Borenstein, a reporter for the Associated Press, a newswire service that has been reporting global warming lies for decades, wrote that “If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.”

It’s summertime, Seth! It gets hot in the summer!

It did not take long for the high priests of global warming to proclaim the current WEATHER to be CLIMATE. There’s a very big difference. Weather is what is occurring now while climate is measured in terms of centuries. It’s about trends and cycles.

It surely has been a hot summer thus far. Reuters reported that “more than 2,000 temperature records have been matched or broken in the past week as a brutal heat wave baked much of the United States.” The announcement was made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on July 2nd.

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi took another reporter to task for coupling the heat wave with global warming, pointing out that “The US is less than 10% of the globe” while ignoring that “Scandinavia had coldest June on record and that Australia is having a bad winter.”

What we should all know by now is that the Warmists all use trickery to advance their hoax.

The simple fact is that heat waves are nothing new. In 1936 a North American heat wave was the most severe in the modern history of the continent. It occurred in the middle of the Great Depression, killing more than 5,000 Americans and desiccating vast amounts of crops. To put it in perspective, there were no home air conditioning appliances at the time. People depended on fans to circulate the air.

The sun surely is hot, but its heat – solar radiation – has not been sufficient to avoid cyclical ice ages and short term periods of intense cold because the sun itself goes through cycles of increasing and diminishing solar radiation.

There was a “Little Ice Age” that lasted between 1550 and 1850. Temperatures dropped to the point that the Thames River in England froze over and “frost fairs” were held on its surface. It was felt through Europe and parts of North America.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Matt Ridley noted that “Over the past million years, it has been as warm as this or warmer for less than 10% of the time, during 11 brief episodes known as interglacial periods,” adding that “this warm spell is already 11,600 years old, and it must surely, in the normal course of things, come to an end.”

The average length of interglacial periods is 11,500 years.

In the 1970s, prior to the global warming hoax, many scientists were convinced that a new ice age had begun. In January 2012, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Habibullo Abdusamatov, predicted that the next ice age will begin in 2014 and will last at least two centuries. Regarding the timing, he could be right. He could be wrong. One thing is sure. The Earth is overdue another ice age.

My friend, Robert W. Felix, the author of Not by Fire, But by Ice, is an expert on ice ages and magnetic reversals. It is the latter that accompanied mass extinctions such as the dinosaur’s fate and many other species at the end of the Cretaceous period. In ice ages, the Earth’s water doesn’t disappear, it turns to ice. The current growth of the planet’s glaciers is an indicator of what is actually occurring.

Not By Fire, But By Ice

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Another indicator, of course, is the sun. On January 29, 2012, writing in the Daily Mail, a British newspaper, David Rose noted that “The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.”

“After emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters, and a shortening of the season available for growing food. Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.”

“We are now at what should be the peak of what scientists call ‘Cycle 24’…but sunspot numbers are running at less than half those seen during cycle peaks in the 20th century.” Oddly, despite the obvious and documented effect of the sun on the planet’s average temperature, there remain scientists who are unconvinced of its essential role. Only a relative few even understand the role of magnetic reversals on the planet’s history.

Actually, the diminishing number of sunspots has been known for a while. In June 2010, Stuart Clark, writing in The New Scientist, observed that “For the past two years, the sunspots have mostly been missing. Their absence, the most prolonged for nearly a hundred years, has taken even seasoned sun watchers by surprise.”

The obvious often catches people by surprise. The last Ice Age came on very swiftly and the next is likely to do so as well. In the meantime, the current heat wave will capture everyone’s attention.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News July 6, 2012: Data Error [I HOPE]

Published on Jul 6, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
Weather Underground: http://www.inquisitr.com/269151/stormy-skies-the-weather-channel-buys-weather…
Iran Oil: http://news.yahoo.com/sanctions-cut-irans-july-oil-exports-nearly-half-115852…
Drought: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-drought-record-breaking-expanse.html
Drought 2: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
276392 (2002 XH4) 07th July 2012 0 day(s) 0.1851 72.0 370 m – 840 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
(2003 MK4) 08th July 2012 1 day(s) 0.1673 65.1 180 m – 410 m 14.35 km/s 51660 km/h
(1999 NW2) 08th July 2012 1 day(s) 0.0853 33.2 62 m – 140 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
189P/NEAT 09th July 2012 2 day(s) 0.1720 66.9 n/a 12.47 km/s 44892 km/h
(2000 JB6) 10th July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1780 69.3 490 m – 1.1 km 6.42 km/s 23112 km/h
(2010 MJ1) 10th July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1533 59.7 52 m – 120 m 10.35 km/s 37260 km/h
(2008 NP3) 12th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1572 61.2 57 m – 130 m 6.08 km/s 21888 km/h
(2006 BV39) 12th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1132 44.1 4.2 m – 9.5 m 11.11 km/s 39996 km/h
(2005 NE21) 15th July 2012 8 day(s) 0.1555 60.5 140 m – 320 m 10.77 km/s 38772 km/h
(2003 KU2) 15th July 2012 8 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 770 m – 1.7 km 17.12 km/s 61632 km/h
(2007 TN74) 16th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1718 66.9 20 m – 45 m 7.36 km/s 26496 km/h
(2007 DD) 16th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1101 42.8 19 m – 42 m 6.47 km/s 23292 km/h
(2006 BC8) 16th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1584 61.6 25 m – 56 m 17.71 km/s 63756 km/h
144411 (2004 EW9) 16th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1202 46.8 1.3 km – 2.9 km 10.90 km/s 39240 km/h
(2012 BV26) 18th July 2012 11 day(s) 0.1759 68.4 94 m – 210 m 10.88 km/s 39168 km/h
(2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
(2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 13 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
(2010 GK65) 21st July 2012 14 day(s) 0.1696 66.0 34 m – 75 m 17.80 km/s 64080 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 21st July 2012 14 day(s) 0.1367 53.2 18 m – 39 m 3.79 km/s 13644 km/h
153958 (2002 AM31) 22nd July 2012 15 day(s) 0.0351 13.7 630 m – 1.4 km 9.55 km/s 34380 km/h
(2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 16 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
(2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 17 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
(2009 PC) 28th July 2012 21 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 24 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 26 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 27 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 28 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 28 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

Baffling Discovery Never Seen Before:
Cosmic Dust Vanishes Mysteriously
  MessageToEagle.com – Astronomers report a baffling discovery never seen before: An extraordinary amount of dust around a nearby star has mysteriously disappeared.

“It’s like the classic magician’s trick — now you see it, now you don’t,” said Carl Melis, a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego and lead author of the research.

“Only in this case, we’re talking about enough dust to fill an inner solar system, and it really is gone!”

“It’s as if the rings around Saturn had disappeared,” said co-author Benjamin Zuckerman, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy.

“This is even more shocking because the dusty disc of rocky debris was bigger and much more massive than Saturn’s rings.

The disc around this star, if it were in our solar system, would have extended from the sun halfway out to Earth, near the orbit of Mercury.”

The research on this cosmic vanishing act, which occurred around a star some 450 light years from Earth, in the direction of the constellation Centaurus, appears July 5 in the journal Nature.“A perplexing thing about this discovery is that we don’t have a satisfactory explanation to address what happened around this star,” said Melis, a former UCLA astronomy graduate student. “The disappearing act appears to be independent of the star itself, as there is no evidence to suggest that the star zapped the dust with some sort of mega-flare or any other violent event.”

Dust today, gone tomorrow. An artist’s conceptualization of the dusty TYC 8241 2652 system as it may have appeared several years ago, when it was emitting large amounts of excess infrared radiation. (Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA artwork by Lynette Cook))Melis describes the star, designated TYC 8241 2652, as a “young analog of our sun” that only a few years ago displayed all of the characteristics of “hosting a solar system in the making,” before transforming completely. Now, very little of the warm, dusty material thought to originate from collisions of rocky planets is apparent.

“Nothing like this has ever been seen in the many hundreds of stars that astronomers have studied for dust rings,” Zuckerman said. “This disappearance is remarkably fast, even on a human time scale, much less an astronomical scale. The dust disappearance at TYC 8241 2652 was so bizarre and so quick, initially I figured that our observations must simply be wrong in some strange way.”

Norm Murray, director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, who was not part of the research group, said, “The history of astronomy has shown that events that are not predicted and hard to explain can be game-changers.”

The dust had been present around the star since at least 1983 (no one had observed the star in the infrared before then), and it continued to glow brightly in the infrared for 25 years. In 2009, it started to dim. By 2010, the dust emission was gone; the astronomers observed the star twice that year from the Gemini Observatory in Chile, six months apart. An infrared image obtained by the Gemini telescope as recently as May 1 of this year confirmed that the warm dust has now been gone for two-and-a-half years.

Like Earth, warm dust absorbs the energy of sunlight and re-radiates that heat energy as infrared radiation.

Because so much dust had been orbiting around the star, planets very likely are forming there, said Zuckerman, whose research is funded by NASA.

The lack of an existing model for what is going on around this star is forcing astronomers to rethink what happens within young solar systems in the making. The dust likely resulted from a violent collision — but that would not explain where it went. Was it somehow swallowed by the star?

“Although we’ve identified a couple of mechanisms that are potentially viable, none are really compelling,” Melis said. “In one case, gas produced in the impact that released the dust helps to quickly drag the dust particles into the star and thus to their doom. In another possibility, collisions of large rocks left over from an original major impact provide a fresh infusion of dust particles into the disc, which then instigate a runaway process where small grains chip into oblivion both themselves and also larger grains.”

Major dusty regions are known to exist in our own solar system and include the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and another located beyond the orbit of Neptune. Nearly 30 years ago, NASA’s Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) first discovered many similar regions orbiting other stars — but no disappearing act like the one at TYC 8241 2652 has ever been seen during these three decades.

The research is based on multiple sets of observations of TYC 8241 2652 obtained with the Thermal-Region Camera Spectrograph on the Gemini South telescope in Chile, the IRAS, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite, NASA’s Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the Herschel Space Telescope of the European Space Agency (ESA), and AKARI (a Japanese/ESA infrared satellite).

“We were lucky to catch this disappearing act,” Zuckerman said. “Such events could be relatively common, without our knowing it.”
MessageToEagle.com via University of California – Los Angeles

See also:
Unusual Pulsar Or Alien Signals?

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Sinkholes

Giant 30m Chinese sinkhole opens up on road and swallows car

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Police had to launch a desperate late-night rescue operation in China after a section of highway collapsed into a giant sinkhole, trapping a car and killing at least one passenger.

The cavernous hole appeared along a busy stretch of Xiangjiang Road in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, central China, early this morning. The 30m-square pit swallowed a passing car, and at least one person died at the scene before emergency services could haul anyone to safety.

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Cavernous: Police and emergency services have sealed off the section of road in Hunan Province, China, which swallowed a car this morning after collapsing in the early hours.

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Rescue: A passer-by assesses the giant sinkhole after police had attempted to pull out the car and its passengers early this morning.

Chinese authorities did not describe the car which fell into the hole, or identify the victims, but said the vehicle was likely a BMW carrying three people, according to CNN.

The cave-in site was close to the Xiangjiang River, a major tributary of the Yangtze, China’s longest waterway

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Mystery: Investigators are still trying to establish the cause of the road collapsing in on itself on Thursday morning.

One rescuer with the local fire brigade described the sinkhole as being so deep, ‘we cannot see the bottom of the pit with the naked eye’. Local police closed the road off as crowds gathered, with investigators trying to establish what caused the road to collapse.

A sinkhole is a natural depression in the Earth’s surface which can be formed gradually or suddenly and occur worldwide.

They can vary in size, from 1 to 600 meters both in depth and diameter and form when the foundation below the surface layer dissolves. This commonly occurs when the rock below is dissolved by ground water. Limestone, carbonate rock, and salt beds are particular vulnerable to erosion. Meanwhile, the top layer of Earth usually stays intact.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania are the states most affected by sinkholes.

While they often occur from natural causes, sinkholes can be man-made and caused by human activity. Groundwater pumping and construction are the most likely culprits.

Last month, residents in Florida, U.S, looked on in horror as a 40ft wide hole opened up in their street. It completely swallowed up the rear of this house in Hudson, Pasco County. The house collapsed into the ground like a toy house with its contents spilling everywhere.

The owner of the home was an elderly woman whose husband died a few years ago. She lived at the property on her own but was fortunately not at the house when the incident happened.

11 families flee 50-foot sinkhole in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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After a massive sink hole opened up on 92nd St. in Bay Ridge, crews set to work repaving the collapsed pavement.

Eleven families were evacuated from a Bay Ridge apartment building after a sinkhole opened up on the sidewalk in front of a 92nd St. building on Thursday, according to authorities.

The residents were evacuated as a precaution, authorities said. The sinkhole developed in the afternoon on the west side of the sidewalk on 92nd Street near Third Avenue.

“It’s deep. It goes down about 50 feet,” said Capt. Richard DiBlasio, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct.

Adding to the concern was the fact that the sinkhole was located next to a sewer underground, according to DiBlasio.

“It’s hitting a sewer,” he said.

The block of 92nd Street between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard was closed to vehicular traffic as emergency crews from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection inspected the sinkhole. The area around the sinkhole was roped off with yellow tape to prevent pedestrians from getting too close.

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Emergency crews inspected the area around the sink hole while locals watched.

Officials from the city’s Office of Emergency Management were also at the scene.

DEP crews filled the sinkhole with dirt to prevent any further erosion from taking place, News 12 Brooklyn reported.

DiBlasio assigned cops to the corner of 92nd Street and Third Avenue to redirect traffic.

Residents said the sinkhole literally swallowed a tree that stood on the sidewalk and sucked it below ground.

“It was unbelievable. One minute there was a tree there and the next minute there wasn’t,” one resident said as he watched the emergency crew at the scene.

As emergency crews and cops worked, two local eateries had a front row seat to all of the activity. The sinkhole was located a few yards from a Starbucks coffee shop at 9202 Third Ave. On the opposite corner is Paneantico, a café at 9124 Third Ave., which has tables on the sidewalk on both the Third Avenue and the 92nd Street sides of the eatery. Several customers sat at tables on the sidewalk and sipped cappuccinos while they watched the city crews at work.

The residents who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their apartments within a few hours, authorities said.

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

03.07.2012 Biological Hazard Mexico State of Jalisco, [Jalisco-wide] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Mexico on Saturday, 30 June, 2012 at 15:04 (03:04 PM) UTC.

Description
Around one million birds have died or were culled at 111 poultry farms and 15 farms in Jalisco, Mexico, where the National Health and Quality Agribusiness Service (Senasica) detected in ten such facilities the AH7N3 strain of avian flu. The Senasica said it issued license to import a vaccine from Asia to be distributed at the disease-hit states where the birds are being buried with due prophylaxis (quarantine, cull and vaccination) to contain the spread and get rid of the virus. FAO also issued a call to check the outbreak since the bird flu virus is very aggressive, adding that its presence now enters Mexico in the WHO watch list though Mexican authorities claim the strain is not a threat to human poultry consumption.
Biohazard name: AH7N3
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

Bird flu: One million chickens dead

(UKPA) – 1 day ago

An outbreak of the H7N3 bird flu virus in western Mexico has infected about 2.5 million chickens and led authorities to destroy or dispose of almost a million birds.

The country’s Agriculture Department said 129 farms in the western state of Jalisco have been inspected.

Flu was confirmed in birds at 24 of the sites and tests continued on most of the rest.

The farms in question have been placed under quarantine, the department said in a statement.

The outbreak has caused increases in the price of chicken and egg products in Mexico.

06.07.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Deleware, Rehoboth Beach [Silver Lake] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 14:23 (02:23 PM) UTC.

Description
Thousands of dead, rotting fish are fouling Silver Lake along Rehoboth Beach’s southern border, the victims of high temperatures and algae that consumed too much of the lake’s oxygen. The Fish and Wildlife Division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said 1,500 gizzard shad, 2 to 4 inches long, were found floating Wednesday, along with 800 white perch. Overnight, thousands more fish died, with as many as 6,000 gizzard shad and 600 adult white perch succumbing by Thursday, along with blue gills and largemouth bass in smaller numbers. “Increased temperatures lead to warmer water, which holds less dissolved oxygen,” John Clark, DNREC Fisheries administrator, said in a news release. “So seeing more fish kills this summer as the heat continues would come as no surprise.” The dead fish, and the sharp, dank odor that could be sniffed from blocks away, was an unwelcome development in the wealthy neighborhood around the lake, where plenty of vacationers were in town. “Yesterday, it was the little fish. Today, it’s the big fish,” said Mary Iannicelli, walking on a side street near the lake. “We’re just wondering if they’re gonna clean it up.” Sherry Chappelle, who’s lived here for 15 years, said it was the first fish kill she’d seen, although she had heard of others. Silver Lake last had a major fish kill in 2008.“The fact that it’s so hot can’t have helped,” she said, resting in a tree’s shade as the afternoon temperatures climbed to a recorded 99 degrees. “[The kill] is definitely not surprising, just because the conditions were really good for a fish kill in that lake,” said Chris Bason, executive director at the Delaware Center for Inland Bays. “The lake is surrounded by a lot of developments and there is a lot of storm water runoff that runs into it.” Bason said the runoff offers nutrients that provide food for phytoplankton, microscopic floating algae that produce oxygen during the day, but use oxygen at night.Bacteria in the lake are using oxygen too, and in shallow water bodies, oxygen fluctuates a lot between day and night, he said. Combined with the recent heat driving oxygen levels down, it’s a deadly cocktail. “I’m sure in a portion of that lake there is no oxygen,” Bason said Wednesday. “It confused the fish and killed them.” Clark said water testing by DNREC biologists confirmed fatally low levels of dissolved oxygen in the lake’s surface water. Most of the dead fish accumulated in the lake’s northwest corner. “From what I have seen, it’s not nearly as big as the one that happened three or four years ago,” said Mark Brown, owner of Silver Lake Guest House. “It isn’t driving people away from the lake, yet. It’s mostly small fish from what I’ve seen. I don’t know if it’s going to get worse or not.” Rehoboth Beach City Manager Gregory Ferrese said sea gulls are eating some of the dead fish. Many of the carcasses are in the middle of the lake, about 20 feet from the shoreline. Mayor Sam Cooper said it appeared the job of cleaning up the dead fish would fall to the city. “DNREC’s denying any responsibility,” he said, “so the city’s going to do it, I guess, the best we can, starting tomorrow morning.”
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (fishes)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:
03.07.2012 Biological Hazard China Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, [The area was not defined.] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 14:18 (02:18 PM) UTC.

Description
China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has reported an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Monday. The disease has killed 1,600 chickens raised by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a unique economic and semi-military government organization of about 2.5 million people. A total of 5,500 XPCC-farmed chickens showed symptoms of suspected avian flu on June 20, according to the MOA. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory Monday confirmed the epidemic was H5N1 bird flu after testing samples collected at the farm, the MOA said. Local authorities have sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where a total of 156,439 chickens have been culled and safely disposed of to prevent the disease from spreading, according to the MOA. Bird flu, or avian influenza, is a contagious disease of animal origin caused by viruses that normally infect only birds and, less commonly, pigs. It can be fatal to humans.
Biohazard name: H5N1 – Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Articles of Interest

Surprise Find:
Rare Map Reveals The New World As “America” For The First Time
  MessageToEagle.com – On this newly discovered unique, ancient map. the New World is mentioned for the first time under the name “America.The map is rare and it is truly remarkable that it survived the Second World War unscathed.

The American continent was “christened” by the cartographer Martin Waldseemüller.

Now, a previously unknown variant of the famous world map from the mapmaker’s workshop has unexpectedly turned up in the collections in the University Library in Munich.

When Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel officially handed over the famous map of the world printed by Martin Waldseemüller (ca. 1470 — 1522) to the Library of Congress In Washington in 2007, she referred to it as “a wonderful token of the particularly close ties of friendship between Germany and America.”

And indeed, the gesture had great symbolic weight, for the chart — then exactly 500 years old — can be seen as America’s birth certificate.

On this map, the New World appears for the first time under the name “America,” chosen to honor the explorer Amerigo Vespucci (1451 — 1512), whom Waldseemüller erroneously regarded as the discoverer of the continent.

The chart, which is registered in “Memory of the World,” UNESCO’s inventory of the world’s documentary heritage, is now on show in the Library of Congress in Washington.The map was formerly held in a private German collection, and was included as Object No. 01301 on the list of specially protected German Cultural Treasures, which prohibits their sale and export.Before the Library could purchase the map from the previous owner and obtain an export license, the object had first to be delisted.

The application to delist was granted at the direction of the Chancellor’s Office in 2001.

The 1507 world map is a wall map, with an area of three square meters. But the much smaller maps, the so-called globe segments, that Waldseemüller also produced were at least as important for the dissemination of geographical knowledge in his own time.

These depict the world in twelve individual segments, or rather surface wedges, which taper to a point at each end and are printed on a single sheet, like cut-outs on construction paper. When correctly arranged, they form a small globe of about 11 cm in diameter. And in the three rightmost wedges, one sees a huge, boomerang-shaped landmass in the middle of an immense ocean.

The globe places America in the remotest West, seen from Europe and Africa, on the far side of a wide, wide sea.

The surprise find in the stacks at Munich University Library: The segmented world map made by Martin Waldseemüller (ca. 1507). (Credit: Source: Munich University Library)A “packaged tour” of a new world

The wall map was only a part of a carefully designed package put together by the cartographer Waldseemüller and his colleague Matthias Ringmann in their workshop in the monastery of Saint-Dié-des-Vosges — a combination with which they no doubt hoped to revolutionize how the world was perceived. In addition to the large map, the package included an introduction to the principles of geography or “cosmography” (the Cosmographiae Introductio) — and the segmental maps.

Only a handful of the perhaps 100 sets printed from the original woodblocks are known to have survived. The copy now in Washington, which belonged to the princely House of Waldburg-Wolfegg and Waldsee in Germany, is the sole copy of the large world map that has come down to us. A copy of the Cosmographiae Introductio is among the treasures kept in the Munich University Library (MUL).

Four copies of the segmental maps were previously known to researchers. Three of them are now in Minneapolis, Offenburg and in the Bavarian State Library in Munich, respectively. The fourth was sold at auction for the handsome sum of 1 million dollars by Christie’s in 2005. Members of the staff of the University Library have — quite by accident — now discovered a fifth.

“The newly discovered sheet differs in a number of details from the copies that were already known, and can therefore be regarded as unique,” says Sven Kuttner, Curator of the Library’s Department of Early Printed Books. For one thing, the outlines of the upper halves of the lanceolate sections are much less distinctively incised. The position of Calicut on the Malabar Coast, where Vasco da Gama (1469 — 1523) had made landfall in May 1498, is shown on the fourth, not the fifth, segment of the global map. The style of hatching and the forms of certain letters also differ from their counterparts in other copies. Furthermore, according to Kuttner, the watermark impressed in the paper suggests that “this version may have been printed at some time after the first edition of 1507, somewhere in Alsace.”

The time traveler

The “new” Munich copy of the segmented map itself has obviously followed a tortuous course to reach its present haven. And the story of this voyage is at least as fascinating as that of the discovery and exploration of the New World. Its latest chapter began only a few days ago in the Munich University Library. While working on an ongoing revision of the catalogs, a bibliographer came across something quite sensational in an otherwise unremarkable volume that had been rebound in the 19th century. Tucked in between two printed works on geometry from the early 16th century was the unsought map — a double-page spread in roughly A4 format. The three prints obviously date from the same period, but is there a direct connection between the not entirely disparate subjects? The 19th-century librarians, at any rate, had failed to recognize the significance of Waldseemüller’s map, Kuttner remarks. The first copy of the segmental maps to be discovered only turned up in 1871, in the Hauslab-Liechtenstein Library in Vienna. “And the Munich copy was returned to the obscurity of the stacks.”

But it survived the Second World War unscathed, although the University Library itself was devastated by air raids. In November 1942, large portions of the holdings of older books, including the unassuming volume containing the two geometry treatises, had been transferred to a safer rural location. Stefan Kuttner has ascertained that the book was among the contents of deposit box No. 340, which was first stowed away in Burghausen, and later transported to Niederviehbach near Landshut. The box was returned to Munich in 1955, and provisionally stored in the Northeastern Repository at LMU.

Credit: Source: Munich University LibraryRegrettably, according to Kuttner, the origins of this copy of the segmented world map remain mysterious. One of the works on geometry with which it was bound belonged to the Monastery Library in Oberalteich. The contents of that collection, some 1,400 volumes in all, came into the possession of the University Library, then located in Landshut, during the secularization phase after the break-up of the Holy Roman Empire in 1803.

On the other hand, the map could also be directly related to the copy of the Cosmographiae Introductio in the University Library’s own collection. This is a unique early edition with a two-page colored map of the world, sketched in a rather cursory fashion with pen and ink. It was originally part of the collection assembled by the Swiss humanist and polymath Heinrich Loriti Glareanus (1488 — 1563).

The contents of Glarean’s library were acquired by Johann Egolph von Knöringen (1537 — 1575), a later Bishop of Augsburg, when he was still a student at Freiburg University. In 1573, he stipulated in his will that his books, more than ,6000 volumes in all, were to be donated as an endowment to the University Library of Ingolstadt, the forerunner of the Munich University Library.

“Even in our digital age, the originals have lost none of their significance and unique fascination. Treasures like the newly discovered map can only be brought to light by people who work directly with originals,” says Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, the Director of the University Library, and adds: “We intend to make the map accessible to the public in digital form in time for the Fourth of July — Independence Day in the USA.”
MessageToEagle.com. via Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (LMU)

See also:
Mysterious Ancient Signs In The City Of David Remain Unexplained

Thousands Unknown Ancient Structures Seen From Space:
Puzzling Aerial Archeology In The Middle East
  MessageToEagle.com – Thousands of huge ancient structures made of stone are clearly visible from the air.

Their age is estimated to thousands of years and their purpose remains unknown.

These puzzling wheel-shapes, and straight lines, stretch all the way from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

Some call this area the Middle East’s own version of the Nazca Lines.

It is only recently, with help of satellite images that archaeologists have been able to explore this region in more detail.

Since the launch of Google Earth in 2005, archeologists have begun to use the satellite imagery publicly, particularly since its gradual incorporation, beginning in 2007, of high-resolution images. As a result, over some Arab countries-Jordan, Syria and Lebanon particularly-the resolution of available images is now generally high enough to conduct reliable, general archeological surveys.

The Shuway-mas site south of Hayil, Saudi Arabia, which is not even mentioned in the 1998 edition of the Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art is the home of one of the four best collections of ancient rock art in the world. Here we find, numerous ancient stone kites, mounds, and tails.

Arabian Peninsula: The dark lines are the remains of stone walls barely visible on the ground.In the Harrat Khaybar region of Saudi Arabia, however, “kites” take on entirely different shapes-most notably the “square pocket” and “barbed arrow”-and the low walls of many of them show ruler-straight lines, raising new questions for archeologists.Some of these low walls of stone-many long known to archeologists inside Saudi Arabia-are newly visible from any computer in the world. The high-resolution image swaths reveal stunningly well-preserved evidence of widespread human activity in the distant past.

Arabian Peninsula: The dark lines are the remains of stone walls barely visible on the ground.

In the Al-Hayit region, keyhole and pendant shapes vary in size from a few meters to dozens of meters, and they are often found arranged along “avenues” that are invisible to builders of modern highways.Who created these structures and for what purpose?In the 1920’s when British Royal Air Force pilots flew over the northern Harrat Harrah, they were struck by the numbers and variety of archeological remains visible in that rugged, thinly populated landscape.In Jordan, there are similar structures visible for the air. The Bedouin say the structures and walls are “the works of the Old Men”.

In the barren desert landscape, hundreds of kilometres from anywhere, there are thousands upon thousands of elaborate stone wheels, measuring up to 70 metres wide and visible only from the sky.

Flt Lt Percy Maitland documented the presence of the mysterious structures in a 1927 article for the archaeological journal Antiquity.They remained largely a secret until the 1970s when Dr David Kennedy, now a professor of classics and ancient history at the University of Western Australia, saw them in great numbers while studying old survey photographs from Jordan.Beginning in the mid-1990s, Dr Kennedy led an aerial photography project aimed at documenting Jordanian archaeological sites.

“These structures are largely unknown,” he said. “Frequently, you can’t see any of these structures from the ground.

Or you can just see a jumble of boulders that don’t make any sense. But you go up a small distance and they are extraordinary.”

Giant stone structures form wheel shapes with spokes often radiating inside. Here a cluster of wheels in the Azraq Oasis. CREDIT: David D. Boyer APAAME_20080925_DDB-0237 A close-up of one of the mysterious circles. Credit: David D. Boyer APAAME_20080925_DDB-0257 This drawing reveal the various shapes these structures can take. Credit: Stafford Smith The stone circles’ age is unknown. They are at least 2,000 years old, but could have been built up to 9,000 years ago.

Compared to the Peruvian desert’s Nazca drawings – which date as far back as the year 400, number in the hundreds and have a maximum breadth of about 270 metres – the Middle East patterns are more numerous, bigger and much older.

“These volcanic lava fields are the last place you’d expect to find these kinds of structures,” Dr Kennedy said. “The landscape is not hospitable. It looks bleak and barren. They’re so unusual.”

At least 3,000 structures have been found in Jordan and Dr Kennedy’s recent research has documented nearly 2,000 in Saudi Arabia.

As seen, there are a huge number, variety and forms of figures in different regions. Unfortunately, there are still many unanswered questions. We do not know why they were built. Neither do we know when they were constructed or by whom….
@ MessageToEagle.com.

See also:
Mysterious Ancient Signs In The City Of David Remain Unexplained

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Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
06.07.2012 04:50:41 2.7 Europe Albania Vlorë Orikum VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 04:45:47 6.3 Pacific Ocean – West Vanuatu Sanma Port-Olry There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 04:51:04 5.9 Pacific Ocean – West Vanuatu Sanma Port-Olry There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 04:20:29 2.1 North America United States California Potter Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 04:51:27 2.7 Asia Turkey Isparta Egirdir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 04:10:34 2.5 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 04:51:50 3.4 Europe Greece North Aegean Kontaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 03:55:23 2.4 North America United States Alaska Skwentna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 04:52:17 2.0 Asia Turkey Eski?ehir Mihalgazi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 03:50:30 5.0 North-America United States Alaska Anderson VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 03:30:29 4.4 North America United States Alaska Skwentna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 03:25:27 2.5 North America United States Washington Morton There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 03:05:29 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Wallis and Futuna Vele VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 03:50:50 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Wallis and Futuna Vele VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 03:45:32 3.3 Caribbean Dominican Republic La Altagracia Otra Banda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 02:50:24 3.4 South-America Chile Atacama Vallenar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 02:50:43 4.0 South-America Chile Antofagasta San Pedro de Atacama VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 02:51:02 2.5 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 02:51:21 2.6 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 01:45:28 2.8 Europe Greece Central Greece Itea VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 01:45:49 3.1 Europe Portugal Faro Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 01:30:36 4.7 Asia Japan Kagoshima Naze There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.07.2012 01:46:11 4.8 Asia Japan Kagoshima Naze There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 01:46:32 3.3 South-America Peru Tacna Sobraya There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 01:46:52 2.5 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 01:47:12 2.8 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 00:40:29 3.0 Asia Turkey Tokat Yesilyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 04:52:52 2.4 Asia Turkey Tokat Yesilyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 01:31:35 3.6 Pacific Ocean New Zealand West Coast Westport VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
06.07.2012 00:40:50 2.6 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 00:41:14 3.0 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 00:00:38 2.2 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.07.2012 23:35:25 2.4 Europe France Brittany Saint-Cast-le-Guildo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 23:35:42 2.6 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.07.2012 00:41:34 4.0 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Aksu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 23:36:00 2.2 Europe Portugal Faro Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 22:30:27 2.0 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 22:30:47 2.1 Asia Turkey Kütahya Saphane There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 22:31:06 2.3 Asia Turkey Edirne Enez VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 22:31:25 2.2 Asia Turkey Kütahya Simav There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 22:25:35 2.6 Caribbean Puerto Rico Aguadilla San Antonio VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.07.2012 20:56:00 2.1 North America United States California La Canada Flintridge VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.07.2012 20:56:25 2.2 North America United States California La Canada Flintridge VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.07.2012 20:50:42 2.6 North America United States California Big Bear City There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.07.2012 20:27:29 3.5 North America United States California Big Bear City There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.07.2012 21:25:26 2.6 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 21:25:46 2.4 Asia Turkey Elaz?? Agin VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 21:26:11 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Marmaris VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 20:25:21 2.0 Europe Italy Tuscany Marciano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.07.2012 21:26:34 2.5 Asia Turkey Erzurum Horasan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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Volcanic Activity

Image Caption: A 2011 eruption of Eritrea’s Nabro volcano caused the largest stratospheric aerosol load ever recorded by OSIRIS on Sweden’s Odin satellite in its more than 10 years of flight. Credit: Image: Swedish Space Corporation

A University of Saskatchewan-led international research team has discovered that aerosols from relatively small volcanic eruptions can be boosted into the high atmosphere by weather systems such as monsoons, where they can affect global temperatures. The research appears in the July 6 issue of the journal Science.

Adam Bourassa, from the U of S Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, led the research. He explains that until now it was thought that a massively energetic eruption was needed to inject aerosols past the troposphere, the turbulent atmospheric layer closest to the earth, into the stable layers of the stratosphere higher up.

“If an aerosol is in the lower atmosphere, it’s affected by the weather and it precipitates back down right away,” Bourassa says. “Once it reaches the stratosphere, it can persist for years, and with that kind of a sustained lifetime, it can really have a lasting effect.” That effect is the scattering of incoming sunlight and the potential to cool the Earth’s surface.

For example, the massive eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 temporarily dropped temperatures by half a degree Celsius world-wide.

The research team includes scientists from the U of S, Rutgers University in New Jersey, the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, and the University of Wyoming. They looked at the June 2011 eruption of the Nabro volcano in Eritrea in northeast Africa. Wind carried the volcanic gas and aerosol – minute droplets of sulfuric acid – into the path of the annual Asian summer monsoon.

The stratosphere’s calm layers are high – from 10 km up at the poles to 17 km altitude at the equator – and it was thought storms could not pierce it. For example, the distinctive flattened “anvil” shape at the top of large thunderstorms is created as the storm pushes against the stratosphere.

Dust from the Nabro volcano, being slightly heavier, settled out, but the monsoon lofted volcanic gas and the lighter liquid droplets into the stratosphere where they were detected by the Canadian Space Agency’s OSIRIS instrument aboard the Swedish satellite Odin. The Nabro volcano caused the largest stratospheric aerosol load ever recorded by OSIRIS in its more than 10 years of flight.

OSIRIS, designed in part at the U of S, is used to study the upper atmosphere, particularly the ozone layer and atmospheric aerosols. Originally intended for a two-year mission, the instrument has been functioning flawlessly since its launch in 2001. It circles the earth from pole to pole once every hour and a half, downloading fresh data to the analysis centre at the U of S campus.

“There are only a few instruments that can measure stratospheric aerosols, and OSIRIS is one of them,” Bourassa says. “It’s become extremely important for climate studies, because we’ve captured more than a full decade of data. The longer it’s up, the more valuable it becomes.”

The hope is these latest findings will provide another piece of the puzzle to allow more accurate models of climate behavior and change.

Source: redOrbit (http://s.tt/1gZMA)

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Today Extreme Weather Kuwait Multiple areas, [Shuwaikh and Shuaiba ports] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Kuwait on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 02:47 (02:47 AM) UTC.

Description
Ship movements ground to a complete halt both at Shuwaikh and Shuaiba ports following severe sandstorms that swept the country yesterday. According to information available, three ships at berth and three ships at the loading zone at Shuwaikh Port were waiting for improvement in visibility to sail off. Similarly, four ships anchored off Shuaiba Port and four ships moored inside Shuaiba Port are also waiting for improvement in weather conditions. An official at the operations department at Shuwaikh Port, Sulaiman Al- Yahya, said that visibility was limited to one kilometer in the port area while wind speed was 40 miles, forcing the port authorities to halt ship movements until the weather improves. Al-Yahya informed that Shuwaikh Port currently has three ships at the berth while another three ships were in the waiting area. Acting Operations Director at Shuaiba Port Captain Tawfeeq Shihab told KUNA that wind-speed reached 35 knots at port area yesterday causing high waves and disrupting navigation at the port. The visibility was less than 500 m in the area, he said. As a result of the bad weather, four ships had to wait at the anchorage area and will be allowed to enter Shuaiba Port only after the weather improves, Shihab said. At the same time, the other four ships inside the port will be allowed to sail once the weather improves.Head of the weather forecast department at Civil Aviation Osama Al-Muthan expected considerable improvement in the weather condition and visibility overnight in spite of the continuation of northwestern winds at a speed of 20-45 km per hour. Al-Muthan told KUNA that by sunrise today with the increase in earth’s temperature during the day, sandy weather condition will come back and visibility will drop on Friday and Saturday due to the Northwestern winds. The temperature is expected to drop to 44 – 45 degrees Celsius due to sandstorm that will block direct sunrays. Al-Muthan expects the high pressure to fall by Sunday and the Indian seasonal low pressure to drop. The weather will start to improve and wind speed will subside to around 40 kilometers per hour. As a result, the temperature will rise to 47 degree Celsius at Kuwait International Airport. Kuwait is currently under the impact of Indiaís seasonal low pressure from the East and high pressure from North West. These activities will be accompanied by Northwestern wind carrying sand along with it. Wind-speed is expected to exceed 70 kilometer per hour at Kuwait International Airport and visibility will be limited to only 500 meter. During the weekend, sea will be rough and waves will reach.
03.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Colorado, [Waldo Canyon] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 24 June, 2012 at 05:03 (05:03 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 02:50 UTC
Description
Although the Waldo Canyon Fire is now 90 percent contained as of Thursday, officials are warning of a new possible disaster for the region: flash flooding. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that thunderstorms over the foothills could cause flash flooding in areas now exposed due to the wildfire having consumed the natural vegetation. “Once the rain hits the areas that burned hotly, those soils will not be enough to absorb any of the moisture,” meteorologist Kathy Torgerson with the National Weather Service in Pueblo told the Gazette. “It will mix with the ash and cause these mud and ash flows. And they can be quite dramatic.” This could mean another round of evacuations for the fire-ravaged region which, at the peak of the Waldo Canyon Fire burn, faced evacuations of more than 32,000 residents on June 27. Rain and thunder may be headed to the Front Range as early as Thursday, according to 7News. The hottest June on record could be followed by a very wet July, a much-needed relief from the heat and dryness to be sure, but one that could have dire consequences for wildfire affected regions. The National Weather Service says that flash flooding is a concern for the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar, “Any heavy rainfall on the burn scar will produce rapid runoff along with dangerous debris flows.”Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office told 9News that emergency crews have set up a flash flood task force to be ready to help residents if a heavy downpour does arrive. On Thursday, officials also announced that they have determined the ignition point of the Waldo Canyon Fire. According to The Denver Post, the spot was not revealed and officials did not say whether or not the fire was human caused. The Waldo Canyon Fire, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history destroyed 346 homes, left two people dead and burned 18,247 acres to date. Firefighters have had a series of successful days containing the fire despite temperatures remaining above 90 degrees since mid-June. The Gazette reports that utility crews are working to restore natural gas to more than 3,000 homes in the region and hope to have that done by mid-week. But crews must go house to house making sure there are no leaks first before the gas gets turned back on. Crews have begun working on replacing damaged or destroyed power lines in the region as well. Evacuation orders have been lifted for Eileen Court, Centauri Road, Boardwalk Drive and Corporate Plaza Drive as of Monday, according to 9News, and gas has been restored to homes in those areas as well. However, residents returning home remain on pre-evacuation notice as potential for fire growth remains high.

On Sunday, some residents were allowed to temporarily return to their homes for the first time since being evacuated. Many remarked at the chaos that their neighborhoods have been reduced to. “It’s crazy,” Bill Simmons said to The Associated Press regarding the conditions of his home which remains intact and his neighbors’ homes which were reduced to ashes. “The house across the street is burned to the foundation and the other side of the street is untouched.” The Associated Press also reports that a “bear invasion” has been challenging authorities in the region. Evacuees rushed away from their homes and didn’t have time to properly secure garbage — some bears, pushed out of their forest habitat from the fire, have picked up the scent and have come in search of a meal. The devastation from the fire and possible flooding isn’t the only thing residents need worry about — thieves are taking advantage of the evacuated areas and looting homes. At least 32 homes were burglarized and dozens of evacuees’ cars were broken into in the evacuation zones since the fire erupted about a week ago, according to Bloomberg. There have been three arrests so far. The string of burglaries has some wondering if Colorado Springs’ anti-tax movement is partially to blame for a lack of resources to protect the area effectively. Bloomberg reports that the city has 50 fewer police and 39 fewer firefighters than five years ago.

In 2010, Colorado Springs had a nearly $28 million budget shortfall so the city government sold police helicopters on the Internet, cut firefighter and police jobs — including burglary investigators, according to The Denver Post — asked residents to volunteer to mow public green spaces, and turned off more than thirty percent of the city’s streetlights. Karin White, a 54-year-old resident who returned home to a looted and vandalized home, thinks that the smaller force may have “impacted the response,” she said to Bloomberg. Mayor Steve Bach, an anti-tax advocate advocate, says that the lack of tax revenue has not affected the handling of the wildfire, but he offered a dire warning after a press briefing about the fire: “Forget the fire, at our current cost curve, we’ll be insolvent in eight years.” Rebuilding in the wake of the Waldo Canyon Fire will be expensive and unfortunately one of the region’s main sources of income — tourism to the Garden of the Gods, historic Manitou Springs, Pikes Peak Cog Railway — is deeply affected by the disaster. 7News reports that areas like Manitou are usually packed with tourists this time of year, but the streets remain only peppered with visitors. The railway which usually has around 2,000 visitors around the 4th of July holiday is hoping to just get close to 1,000 this year. The cause of the Waldo Canyon Fire is still under investigation and has cost $14.5 million to date.

05.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Oklahoma, Del City Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 17:43 (05:43 PM) UTC.

Description
Several families in Del City were evacuated overnight after a grassfire approached their homes. Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports that firefighters extinguished the flames and no homes were damaged. A fence and two sheds burned in the blaze, which also knocked out electricity to the area. The fire started shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday when a resident reported that an outbuilding was on fire. Authorities say the flames quickly spread and burned at least four backyards. Firefighters evacuated an entire block of homes as a precaution as they battled the fire. Authorities say they don’t know what caused the fire but neighbors reported hearing fireworks shortly before seeing flames.
Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Colorado, De Beque Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 07:57 (07:57 AM) UTC.

Description
On Wednesday afternoon, local and federal firefighters responded to a new wildfire reported about 20 miles north of De Beque on Roan Creek, County Road 204, Tanny McGinnis, spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, said. As of 5 p.m. the fire had reportedly burned about 15 acres and was threatening some structures. But firefighters were also reporting that the fire was “laying down,” which means that it was advancing slowly and staying close to the ground. McGinnis said fire crews with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit responded and called in assistance from two air tankers, a helicopter and eight fire engines. She said the fire was sending a plume of smoke eastward into the Colorado River valley at least as far as New Castle.
05.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Idaho, [Lone Pine Gulch, Washington County] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 03:28 (03:28 AM) UTC.

Description
The Lone Pine Fire has burned about 1,200 acres on BLM and state of Idaho lands in Lone Pine Gulch, an area where the Payette National Forest has fire responsibilities. The fire started Tuesday, and quickly grew because of dry grasses in the area. Officials don’t know how it started. No homes are at risk, but the fire is threatening ranch buildings and rangeland. Hand crews, engine crews and helicopters assigned to the fire are making good progress toward containment. There are some forest road and trail closures in the area.
05.07.2012 Drought USA State of Arkansas , [Arkansas-wide] Damage level Details

Drought in USA on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 17:30 (05:30 PM) UTC.

Description
The latest drought report says more than a third of Arkansas is in extreme drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor report, updated Thursday, says all of Arkansas is undergoing drought conditions. A handful of counties are experiencing moderate drought conditions, but most of Arkansas is either in severe or extreme drought. Northern counties from Carroll to Clay and extending south to Jackson are in extreme drought, as is southwest Arkansas. A pocket of north central Arkansas counties from Franklin to Conway and Van Buren counties is also classified as extreme. The National Weather Service says rain is possible this weekend and early next week, but it will likely have little impact on the drought conditions.
05.07.2012 Drought USA State of Alabama, [Alabama-wide] Damage level Details

Drought in USA on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 17:27 (05:27 PM) UTC.

Description
The abnormally dry conditions gripping Alabama now cover more than 90 percent of the state. An analysis released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows southwest Alabama is the only section of the state that’s not experiencing a large rainfall deficit. The situation is worst in eastern Alabama, where all but a few counties are in a severe or extreme drought. Arid conditions are classified as exceptionally bad in parts of Barbour and Henry counties in the state’s southeastern corner. In all, about 91 percent of the state is either abnormally dry or in a full-blown drought. Forestry officials say there’s an increased threat of wildfires because of the dry conditions, and farmers are having on irrigation to sustain crops in many areas.

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Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Daniel (04E) Pacific Ocean – East 04.07.2012 06.07.2012 Tropical Storm 280 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 4.88 m NHC Details

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Storm name: Daniel (04E)
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 12° 18.000, W 105° 30.000
Start up: 04th July 2012
Status: 01st January 1970
Track long: 530.93 km
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Report by: NHC
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05th Jul 2012 04:07:06 N 13° 36.000, W 108° 54.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 290 15 1005 MB NHC
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06th Jul 2012 04:07:49 N 14° 24.000, W 113° 6.000 20 102 120 Tropical Storm 280 ° 16 995 MB NHC
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07th Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 15° 6.000, W 119° 0.000 Hurricane I. 148 185 NHC
07th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 54.000, W 116° 48.000 Hurricane I. 139 167 NHC
08th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 24.000, W 121° 12.000 Hurricane I. 139 167 NHC
09th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 0.000, W 126° 0.000 Tropical Storm 102 120 NHC
10th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 30.000, W 132° 0.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 NHC
11th Jul 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 138° 0.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NHC

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05.07.2012 Flash Flood Turkey Samsun Province, Samsun Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Turkey on Wednesday, 04 July, 2012 at 09:31 (09:31 AM) UTC.

Description
Flash flooding caused by torrential rains has killed eight people, including at least four children in northern Turkey, authorities said Wednesday. The downpours caused a river to burst its banks late Tuesday, inundating homes and shops and stranding cars in the Black Sea port city of Samsun, the state-run Anadolu agency reported Wednesday. Two brothers, aged 1 and 5, as well as a father and his two sons, aged 9 and 16, were drowned when the flood hit their homes, it said. The country’s emergency management authority said at least eight people were killed and two others were missing in Samsun. It said 21 people were injured.
04.07.2012 Flood India State of Assam , [Assam-wide] Damage level Details

Flood in India on Friday, 29 June, 2012 at 09:54 (09:54 AM) UTC.

Updated: Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 02:45 UTC
Description
Altogether 538 animals, including 13 rhinos, of the Kaziranga National Park, have been killed in the devastating Assam floods and the death toll is mounting with the KNP authorities of this World Heritage Site recovering more floating carcasses everyday. The floods have also damaged roads and other infrastructure in the park, which is famous for the one-horned rhino. Even amidst the floods, two rhinos were killed by poachers. The floods have claimed 100 human lives, while 16 others died due to landslip in the State. Of these, 56 are children. Of the 31 lives lost in Barpeta district, 21 were children. KNP Director Sanjib Kumar Bora told The Hindu that till Thursday afternoon carcasses of 463 hog deer, 13 rhinos, 16 Sambar, 10 swamp deer, 28 wild boars, 5 porcupines, one wild buffalo and two hog badgers had been recovered.He said the death toll was likely to increase as more carcasses were recovered with the water level receding. About 20 of these hog deer were fatally hit by vehicles as the animals crossed National Highway 37, which passes through the park, to reach higher ground on the southern part. So far, 126 hog deer have been rescued and 94 of these released in the wild after treatment at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), located in the park. Two rhino calves and two elephant caves rescued from floodwaters are being treated at the centre. CWRC volunteers rescued four barking deer, three of which have been released in the wild after treatment. The park director said locals and NGOs also helped in the rescuing the marooned animals and taking them to the CWRC. Mr. Bora said floodwaters disrupted motorable communication, what with damage to roads, bridges and approaches to bridges. “The tourism season this time might be delayed as huge funds and time would be required to reconstruct and repair the infrastructure.” Frontline staff manning 16 of the total 152 anti-poaching camps had to be shifted due to flooding, while four old camps had been fully damaged. “The actual damage is still being assessed,” he said. The flood waters entered the park area on June 26 and by midnight on June 28, the flow peaked submerging 80 per cent of its area, and only the natural and artificial highlands inside were spared. The migration of herds of hog deer and elephants and some rhinos had been noticed by the park authorities since June 22.

Consequently, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC were promulgated along NH 37 and time cards introduced restricting speed limit to 40 km/hour to protect the migrating animals. Now “the water level has receded in most parts but some areas are still submerged,” said Mr. Bora.

05.07.2012 Landslide India State of Uttarakhand, [Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district] Damage level Details

Landslide in India on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 07:39 (07:39 AM) UTC.

Description
A woman was buried alive and 15 others were injured when landslides triggered by incessant rains hit Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district early Thursday. The landslides have also flattened a tourist resort and a camp of Directorate General of Border Roads (DGBR), police said. Police said a search operation has been launched to find out if any person might be trapped under the debris of the landslides. The area has been receiving rains since Wednesday and the search operation is also being hampered by the continuous rains. The injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital.

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Epidemic Hazards /Diseases

Cuba confirms deadly cholera outbreak

Map of Cuba

Three people have died and 53 more are infected in a rare outbreak of cholera in south-east Cuba, officials have confirmed.

Communist Party newspaper Granma said a number of wells suspected to be the source of the outbreak had been closed.

The health ministry has dismissed reports of a lack of medicine.

Health officials said they had “all the necessary resources to provide adequate attention to patients” and that the situation was “under control”.

They said they had taken a series of measures, including taking samples of water and adding chlorine to purify it, to combat the outbreak.

About 1,000 people have received medical attention so far. Most of them were from the coastal town of Manzanillo in the south-east of Cuba.

Analysis

Although cholera was all but eliminated in Cuba shortly after the Cuban revolution in 1959, doctors here are highly experienced in treating the disease.

Hundreds have worked, and continue to work, with cholera patients in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people were infected in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

Several hundred medical professionals from eastern Granma province, including 400 nurses, are among those who have been deployed to Haiti.

Officials said they believed those infected had drunk water contaminated after a period of heavy rains and high temperatures in the area.

They said the number of reported cases was now falling.

The health ministry has said this is the first reported cholera outbreak since soon after the 1959 revolution. The last cholera epidemic in Cuba ended in 1882.

The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford in Havana says locals have told her health officials had been visiting homes and checking food and water supplies to try and establish the source of the outbreak.

Our correspondent spoke to a guest-house owner who said local radio had been broadcasting information about the importance of personal hygiene and extra care in food preparation, but that the official announcements had only spoken of a diarrhoea outbreak, without mentioning cholera.

1st US case of mother-to-child Chagas disease reported

By MyHealthNewsDaily Staff

A boy born in Virginia two years ago became the known first person in the United States to have acquired Chagas disease from his mother, according to a new report that describes the case.

The case highlights the need for increased awareness of the disease  among health care providers in the United States, the researchers said. The disease occurs mainly in Latin America, but cases in the U.S. and elsewhere have been increasing, mostly due to migration, according to the World Health Organization.

Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is typically transmitted to people by bites from insects commonly called kissing bugs. Although less common, the disease can also be transmitted congenitally, meaning from mother to child during pregnancy, as was the case with the Virginia boy.

While the boy’s case was the first to be formally documented, it has been estimated that between 65 and 638 cases of congenital Chagas disease occur in the United States each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report said. That estimate is based on the typical birth rates of women from regions where Chagas disease is endemic, and the fact that in about 1 to 5 percent of pregnancies of infected mothers, the disease is transmitted to the child.

In August 2010, the mother, who had recently immigrated to the United States from Bolivia, gave birth by cesarean section when her child was 29 weeks old. The boy had signs of jaundice as well as excess fluid around his heart, abdomen and lungs. The child’s doctors, who did not know the boy had Chagas disease, administered antibiotics for what they believed to be a widespread bacterial infection called sepsis.

Two weeks after the birth, the mother revealed she had been told in Bolivia during a previous pregnancy that she had Chagas disease. After testing her baby boy, the doctors found he too had the parasite in his blood. The boy received a 60-day treatment of benznidazole, a drug for Chagas disease, and was cured.

The case “illustrates that congenital Chagas disease, even when severe, might not be recognized, or diagnosis might be delayed because of the lack of defining clinical features, or because the diagnosis is not considered,” today’s CDC report said.

Chagas disease is estimated to affect about 300,000 people in the United States, most of whom immigrated here.

Doctors in the United States should be aware of the condition so that pregnant women from at-risk areas for Chagas disease can undergo screening and be identified, the report says. Mothers diagnosed with Chagas disease should be treated for the condition, but not until after they finish breast-feeding, the report said.

Mystery disease kills 61 kids in Cambodia

By msnbc.com news services

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Health officials in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a mystery disease that has killed more than 60 children over the past three months, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The “undiagnosed syndrome” has killed 61 children since April, but there’s no indication that is it spreading from person to person, said WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi.

She said health workers are trying to determine whether the cases were all the same disease or a collection of various illnesses.

The children were all under 10 years old and first fell ill with a high fever, followed by neurological symptoms and severe respiratory problems that quickly progressed. The cases have been reported in hospitals in 14 provinces, with most occurring in southern Cambodia.

The majority of the victims were aged younger than three, Reuters reported.

Health Minister Man Bung Heng was quoted as saying identification of the cause may take some time. Neighboring countries have also been alerted.

The United Nations agency said in a June 30 report that the clinical signs of those afflicted with the disease “appear unusual,” with patients suffering from fever and a rapid deterioration of respiratory functions, although platelet counts, liver and renal functions were found normal.

No other hospital patients or staff in Phnom Penh had fallen ill with similar symptoms, WHO said.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

04.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Cambodia [Statewide] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Cambodia on Tuesday, 03 July, 2012 at 16:41 (04:41 PM) UTC.

Description
An unidentified disease has killed 60 young children in Cambodia in three months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it raced to identify the cause. “The number of deaths reported to WHO is 60 cases and they have all been in young children,” said Dr Nima Asgari, a public health specialist for the UN body in Cambodia, adding that the first casualties were reported in April. The WHO is currently working with the Cambodian Ministry of Health “to identify the cause and the route of spread of this disease”, he said. With the investigation still at an early stage, Asgari said it was difficult to specify the symptoms, which “include high fever and severe chest disease symptoms, plus in some children there were signs of neurological involvement”. There have been 61 reported cases so far, Asgari said, with just one patient surviving. The victims, all aged seven and under, were admitted to hospitals in the capital Phnom Penh and the northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap. In separate comments the WHO said there were no signs yet of contagion. “To date, there is no report of any staff or any neighbouring patients to the cases at the hospitals becoming sick with similar symptoms,” it said. Asgari confirmed there was “no cluster of the cases yet” but said the high mortality rate in such a short space of time was worrisome. “WHO is always concerned about a disease which causes death in such high numbers of children,” he said. Cambodian health ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.
Biohazard name: Unidentified fatal disease
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms: The symptoms include high fever and severe chest disease symptoms, plus in some children there were signs of neurological involvement.
Status: suspected
Today Epidemic Hazard Indonesia Province of Jakarta, Jakarta Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Indonesia on Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 02:51 (02:51 AM) UTC.

Description
Indonesia’s health ministry today announced the death of an 8-year-old girl from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, according to a report from the Jakarta Globe. The girl, from West Java province, got sick on Jun 18 during a trip to Singapore. Six days later her symptoms worsened and she was admitted to a Jakarta hospital with signs of pneumonia. She was transferred two more times and required treatment with a ventilator. A health ministry official told the Globe that she tested positive for the virus on Jun 29 and died on Jul 3. The official said she had often walked past a live-bird market on her way to school, and 6 days before she got sick she had helped carry freshly killed birds home from the market with her father. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the girl’s H5N1 illness and death, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 190th case-patient and its 158th fatality from the disease.
Biohazard name: A/H5N1
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
05.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Ghana Brong Ahafo Region, Atebubu Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Ghana on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 16:52 (04:52 PM) UTC.

Description
At least nine people are confirmed dead in a cholera outbreak at Atebubu in Brong Ahafo Region in just a week with several others infected. According to the District Chief Executive, Sanja Nanja the first case was recorded in May but the situation became worse about a week ago. He told Joy News a District Security Council meeting was held with the various stakeholders to work out ways of curbing the outbreak to avert further deaths. Mr Nanja said about a 100 people had so far contracted the disease. He said task-force has been created to do cholera sensitisation to educate the people on how to avoid contracting the disease. He said some of the measures include suspension of funerals where people usually eat and drink contaminated foods and water.
Biohazard name: Cholera
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
05.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard Mali Gao Region, [Wabaria and City of Gao] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Mali on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 12:40 (12:40 PM) UTC.

Description
Two people have died and 26 others have been infected by an outbreak of cholera in the city of Gao, northern Mali, a region occupied by hardline Islamist groups, officials reprted on Wednesday. “Yesterday we counted 27 cases of cholera, including two deaths. This morning we had one case,” said Ibrahima Maiga, a health official from Gao hospital. The disease has broken out in Wabaria, a southwestern suburb of Gao on the Niger river. “We have sent someone to Wabaria today to see the cholera cases” and determine what help is needed, said Almahdi Cisse, the president of a local NGO which is helping to bring humanitarian aid to Malians in the area. According to one young Gao resident, the local ruling Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) has told people not to drink the river water or bathe in it in a bid to contain the outbreak. Fear of the disease spreading only adds to the problems currently facing Mali’s desert north, which has been controlled for the last three months by Islamist groups allied to Al-Qaeda after a March coup that toppled the country’s elected president. Chaos and unrest have ensued in the fabled city of Timbuktu where the Ansar Dine group has in recent days run rampage, smashing seven tombs of ancient Muslim saints. The destruction prompted widespread condemnation abroad and led UN cultural body UNESCO to class the city as an endangered world heritage site. Meanwhile in Gao, Ansar Dine’s Al-Qaeda allies have planted landmines around the city to prevent a counter-offensive by the Tuareg fighters they violently expelled last week.
Biohazard name: Cholera
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Climate Change

Sea levels ‘will continue rising’ regardless of greenhouse gas treaties, warn scientists

  • Heat mixed into deeper layers of ocean will cause continued rises
  • Measures to limit rise will not work until after 2100
  • Sea levels may continue to rise for ‘hundreds of years’

By Rob Waugh

The Daily Mail

Rising sea levels may not stop for several hundred years, even if global average temperatures drop, scientists have warned.

Rising sea levels threaten about a tenth of the world’s population who live in low-lying areas and islands which are at risk of flooding, including the Caribbean, Maldives and Asia-Pacific island groups.

Measures to limit sea rises have focused on lowering temperatures – but this may not be enough.

Even if global average temperatures fall and the surface layer of the sea cools, heat would still be mixed down into the deeper layers of the ocean, causing continued rises in sea levels.

Rising sea levels threaten about a tenth of the world's population who live in low-lying areas and islands which are at risk of flooding, including the Caribbean, Maldives and Asia-Pacific island groupsRising sea levels threaten about a tenth of the world’s population who live in low-lying areas and islands which are at risk of flooding, including the Caribbean, Maldives and Asia-Pacific island groups

This is because as warmer temperatures penetrate deep into the sea, the water warms and expands as the heat mixes through different ocean regions.

If global average temperatures continue to rise, the melting of ice sheets and glaciers would only add to the problem.

Global average surface temperatures have risen about 0.17 degrees Celsius a decade from 1980-2010.

Sea level rise of about 2.3mm a year from 2005-2010 as ice caps and glaciers melt.

How much of this has been caused by ‘greenhouse gases’ is still being debated by scientists.

‘Even with aggressive measures that limit global warming to less than 2 degrees above pre-industrial values by 2100, sea level continues to rise after 2100,’say the scientists

More than 180 countries are negotiating a new global climate pact which will come into force by 2020 and force all nations to cut emissions to limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius this century – a level scientists say is the minimum required to avert catastrophic effects.

But even if the most ambitious emissions cuts are made, it might not be enough to stop sea levels rising due to the thermal expansion of sea water, said scientists at the United States’ National Centre for Atmospheric Research, U.S. research organisation Climate Central and Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research in Melbourne.

‘Even with aggressive mitigation measures that limit global warming to less than 2 degrees above pre-industrial values by 2100, and with decreases of global temperature in the 22nd and 23rd centuries … sea level continues to rise after 2100,’ they said in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The scientists calculated that if the deepest emissions cuts were made and global temperatures cooled to 0.83 degrees in 2100 – forecast based on the 1986-2005 average – and 0.55 degrees by 2300, the sea level rise due to thermal expansion would continue to increase – from 14.2cm in 2100 to 24.2cm in 2300.

If the weakest emissions cuts were made, temperatures could rise to 3.91 degrees Celsius in 2100 and the sea level rise could increase to 32.3cm, increasing to 139.4cm by 2300.

‘Though sea-level rise cannot be stopped for at least the next several hundred years, with aggressive mitigation it can be slowed down, and this would buy time for adaptation measures to be adopted,’ the scientists added.

The study is available at http://www.nature.com/nclimate

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Solar Activity

2MIN News July 4, 2012: A beast approaches

Published on Jul 4, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2MIN News July 5, 2012: Here Comes the Sun & Caribbean Quake

Published on Jul 5, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

THE SUN TODAY: 5 July 2012 — SPECTACULAR!

Published on Jul 5, 2012 by

WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE SUN TODAY? (BEST SEEN, FULL SCREEN!)

THE SUN TODAY: 5 July 2012 — SPECTACULAR!

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2005 QQ30) 06th July 2012 0 day(s) 0.1765 68.7 280 m – 620 m 13.13 km/s 47268 km/h
(2011 YJ28) 06th July 2012 0 day(s) 0.1383 53.8 150 m – 330 m 14.19 km/s 51084 km/h
276392 (2002 XH4) 07th July 2012 1 day(s) 0.1851 72.0 370 m – 840 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
(2003 MK4) 08th July 2012 2 day(s) 0.1673 65.1 180 m – 410 m 14.35 km/s 51660 km/h
(1999 NW2) 08th July 2012 2 day(s) 0.0853 33.2 62 m – 140 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
189P/NEAT 09th July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1720 66.9 n/a 12.47 km/s 44892 km/h
(2000 JB6) 10th July 2012 4 day(s) 0.1780 69.3 490 m – 1.1 km 6.42 km/s 23112 km/h
(2010 MJ1) 10th July 2012 4 day(s) 0.1533 59.7 52 m – 120 m 10.35 km/s 37260 km/h
(2008 NP3) 12th July 2012 6 day(s) 0.1572 61.2 57 m – 130 m 6.08 km/s 21888 km/h
(2006 BV39) 12th July 2012 6 day(s) 0.1132 44.1 4.2 m – 9.5 m 11.11 km/s 39996 km/h
(2005 NE21) 15th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1555 60.5 140 m – 320 m 10.77 km/s 38772 km/h
(2003 KU2) 15th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 770 m – 1.7 km 17.12 km/s 61632 km/h
(2007 TN74) 16th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.1718 66.9 20 m – 45 m 7.36 km/s 26496 km/h
(2007 DD) 16th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.1101 42.8 19 m – 42 m 6.47 km/s 23292 km/h
(2006 BC8) 16th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.1584 61.6 25 m – 56 m 17.71 km/s 63756 km/h
144411 (2004 EW9) 16th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.1202 46.8 1.3 km – 2.9 km 10.90 km/s 39240 km/h
(2012 BV26) 18th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1759 68.4 94 m – 210 m 10.88 km/s 39168 km/h
(2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 13 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
(2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 14 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
(2010 GK65) 21st July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1696 66.0 34 m – 75 m 17.80 km/s 64080 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 21st July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1367 53.2 18 m – 39 m 3.79 km/s 13644 km/h
153958 (2002 AM31) 22nd July 2012 16 day(s) 0.0351 13.7 630 m – 1.4 km 9.55 km/s 34380 km/h
(2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 17 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
(2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
(2009 PC) 28th July 2012 22 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 25 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 27 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 28 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 29 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 29 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

Very Unusual Comet 96P/Machholz Visible
On SOHO’s LASCO C3 Between July 12 – 17, 2012
 

MessageToEagle.com – Between July 12-17, 2012, comet 96P/Machholz will be visible in the SOHO LASCO/C3 field of view and will brighten to about magnitude +2.

It’s a great possibility for scientific study because the comet will not make another close approach to the Earth until 2028, when it will pass at a distance of 0.319 AU (47,700,000km; 29,700,000 miles).

96P/Machholz (or 96P/Machholz 1) is a short-period comet with an estimated radius of around 3.2km, and a high inclination with respect to the plane of the solar system.

It should be visible from both STEREO A and B between July 13-15 and it comes to perihelion on July 14, 2012.It was discovered by amateur astronomer Donald Machholz on Loma Pieta peak, in central California using 130 millimetres (5.1 in) binoculars, on May 12, 1986.

On June 6, 1986, comet 96P/Machholz passed 0.40373 AU (60,397,000 km; 37,529,000 miles) from our planet.

It entered the field of view of the orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) in 1996, 2002, and 2007, where it was seen by the corona-observing LASCO instrument in its C2 and C3 coronagraphs.

Comet Machholz is not as like other comets.

It must have had a very unusual origin and might even have formed in another solar system probably very different from our own.

GALEX Sees Comet Machholz

The figure shows a GALEX NUV grism observation of comet Machholz, recorded on March 1, 2005. The different colors in the image represent different intensities, with black being the lowest, purple a little higher, and yellow the highest. The large, round, “purple haze” is emission from the hydroxyl molecule (chemical symbol, “OH”), and is centered on the large yellowish dot towards the upper left. The smaller yellow dot, just below and to the right of that, is emission from the molecule “CS.” Emission between the two dots is from other material. The stars in the field appear as streaks because their light is spread out by the grism as well. The long, curved dust tail is completely invisible because the comet’s UV emissions totally outshine it. Emission from atomic carbon was also detected in the GALEX FUV grism data. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/U. Washington/J. Morgenthaler
During the comet’s last perihelion passage in 2007, it appeared in SOHO’s LASCO C3?s field of view from April 2 to April 6, peaking in brightness on April 4, 2007, around magnitude +2. In these observations, its coma was substantially smaller than the Sun in volume, but the forward scattering of light made the comet appear significantly brighter.

During the 2002 passage the comet brightened to magnitude -2,and was very impressive as seen by SOHO.
According to David Schleicher of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, researching the physical properties, chemical composition, and behavior of comets, the comet’s level of the chemical cyanogen (CN) is less than 1.5% of the normal level, which is very unusual comparing with 150 other comets having similar levels of CN.

The exact cause of this chemical anomaly remains unknown.


Click on image to enlargeFinding chart (Seiichi Yoshida/StellaNavigator Ver.8 (AstroArts)


Click on image to enlargeFinding chart (Seiichi Yoshida/StellaNavigator Ver.8 (AstroArts)

It’s highly eccentric 5.2 year orbit has the smallest perihelion distance known among numbered/regular short-period comets, bringing it considerably closer to the Sun than the orbit of Mercury.

Comet 96P/Machholz/Apr. 20, 2012. Photo Credits: M. Masek, J. Cerny, J. Ebr, M. Prouza, P. Kubanek, M. Jelinek

It is also the only known short-period comet with both high orbital inclination and high eccentricity. In 2007, Machholz 1 was found to be both carbon-depleted and cyanogen-depleted, a chemical composition nearly unique among comets with known compositions. The chemical composition implies a different and possible extrasolar origin.

There are currently three hypotheses to explain the chemical composition of Machholz 1. One hypothesis for the difference is that Machholz 1 was an interstellar comet from outside the Solar System and was captured by the Sun. Other possibilities are that it formed in an extremely cold region of the solar system (such that most carbon gets trapped in other molecules) – Oort cloud.

The high inclination of Machholz 1’s orbit, 59°, suggests that it could came from the Oort Cloud rather than the Kuiper Belt, which is the source of most short-period comets.
Exclusive Views of Comet 96P/Machholz

Transits of Objects through the LASCO/C3 field of view (FOV) in 2012

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

03.07.2012 Biological Hazard China Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, [The area was not defined.] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in China on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 14:18 (02:18 PM) UTC.

Description
China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has reported an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Monday. The disease has killed 1,600 chickens raised by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a unique economic and semi-military government organization of about 2.5 million people. A total of 5,500 XPCC-farmed chickens showed symptoms of suspected avian flu on June 20, according to the MOA. The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory Monday confirmed the epidemic was H5N1 bird flu after testing samples collected at the farm, the MOA said. Local authorities have sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where a total of 156,439 chickens have been culled and safely disposed of to prevent the disease from spreading, according to the MOA. Bird flu, or avian influenza, is a contagious disease of animal origin caused by viruses that normally infect only birds and, less commonly, pigs. It can be fatal to humans.
Biohazard name: H5N1 – Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
05.07.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Virginia, Radford [Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Constitution Road] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 09:40 (09:40 AM) UTC.

Description
A key production line remains shut down at the Radford Army Ammunition plant after a chemical leak. The Army and plant operator BAE Systems had said after Sunday’s incident that they expected operations to return to normal Tuesday, but it didn’t happen. Army spokeswoman Joy Case told the Roanoke Times that officials are still reviewing the incident, and it could take several days. BAE spokesman Neil Franz said that by “normal,” officials had meant that the plant would be fully ready to meet customers’ needs on Tuesday, and that was achieved. The Army previously said it has an inventory it can draw from in times of need. One employee was taken to a hospital for observation after exposure to fumes. Officials say he was released Monday morning.
05.07.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Arizona, Tucson Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Thursday, 05 July, 2012 at 03:27 (03:27 AM) UTC.

Description
Four Tucson firefighters have been taken to the hospital as a precaution this afternoon, after complaining of nausea after responding to a fire alarm. At around 10:30 a.m., Tucson Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a building downtown, at 32 N Stone. Upon arrival, fire personnel were able to confirm smoke in the basement of the building, according to a TFD spokesperson. After further investigation, the firefighters began to exhibit some symptoms related to possible hazardous material exposure. The building was then evacuated, and Hazarous Materials was called. Right now Tucson Fire is trying to determine the cause of the problem.

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Articles of Interest

In US, half a million still in the dark

Press TV

Trees lie in the middle of Lake Ave. in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday July 2, 2012.

Trees lie in the middle of Lake Ave. in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday July 2, 2012.
Thu Jul 5, 2012 11:16PM GMT
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Amid rising temperatures, more than half a million people still remain without power in the United States following last week’s strong storms.

US utility companies were trying to return lights and air conditions to more than 500,000 customers, including nearly 230,000 in West Virginia, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Residents frustrated by the sweltering heat criticized the companies for acting slowly in fixing power lines.

Violent storms, which began on Friday, have hit the eastern United States with high winds, toppling trees onto power lines and knocking out transmission towers and electrical substations.

The storms have claimed 24 lives in seven states and the District of Columbia.

The power outages forced many Fourth of July celebrations across the region to be canceled as local governments deal with damage from the strong winds and with the heat wave and drought conditions that make firework shows hazardous.

KA/MN/HN

Fire in the sky: Burning meteorite trail lights up Australian sky for 20 minutes after rock plunges into the sea

By Rob Waugh

The Daily Mail

A burning trail lit up the sky over Western Australia for 20 minutes after an object suspected to be a meteorite plunged into the sea, leaving a burning orange trail that mesmerised local residents.

Beachgoers in Perth debated what could have caused the strange burning line in the sky, which persisted for 20 minutes. Most meteorite trails are only seen briefly – and seeing an object plunge into the sea is rare.

The burning trail persisted in the sky for 20 minutes afterwards, say Perth residents, who assume that a meteorite left the flaming streak across the sky The burning trail persisted in the sky for 20 minutes afterwards, say Perth residents, who assume that a meteorite left the flaming streak across the sky

A burning trail lit up the sky over Australia for 20 minutes after an object suspected to be a meteorite plunged into the sea, leaving a burning orange trail that mesmerised local residents

Local resident Gavin Trought captured a picture of the ‘burning streak’, saying, ‘The weird streak in the sky seen from Cottesloe last night. I noticed it just before sunset.’

Meteorites are fragments of rock that land on Earth’s surface. Those that burn up – ‘ablate’ – in Earth’s atmosphere are referred to as meteors.

The meteorite was reported by Perth Now.

Seeing such clear, fiery trails is rare.

Perth journalist Pip Moir posted a photo she took at Cottesloe Beach to Twitter shortly after 6pm as puzzled onlookers debated what caused the colourful phenomena.

Daniel Jongue, manager at Perth’s The Naked Fig Cafe, said he saw ‘something on the horizon” just before sunset.

Jonque said that the fiery trail lasted for around 20 minutes.

‘It looked like vapour. It was red, orange and yellow and quite beautiful,’ he said.

Meteorites are fragments of rock and sometimes metal that survive the fall to Earth from space. Most are fragments left over from the collision of two asteroids.

Captured by Earth’s gravitational force, they are accelerated to speeds of over 11.2 kilometres per second.

They can vary in size from a fraction of a millimetre to larger than a football pitch. It is believed a meteorite six miles across wiped out the dinosaurs 65million years ago.

Hundreds of meteorites fall to Earth each year but only a handful are recovered.

Sudden Red Rain Shower Causes Panic In Kannur  MessageToEagle.com – We have previously seen that many strange things have fallen from sky over the years.

There have been many bizarre instances recorded when things have fallen from the skies that simply do not belong there.

Among them is the rare phenomenon of red rain which has been reported in some parts of the world.

On July 5, at around 6:50 a brief red rain shower create some panic and curiosity among the residents in Kannur, a city in the Indian state of Kerala.

The rain lasted only 15 minutes.

People in the 1km area in and around Edachery in Puzhati panchayat panicked as their courtyards turned blood red after rain.

According to Times of India: “Kannur block panchayat president Shaija M, who collected the sample of the rainwater, said the water was as dark as black coffee and had the smell of raw beetroot.“I thought someone killed some animal and its blood got mixed with water on the courtyard,” she said. Akshay Sajeevan, another resident in the locality, said in his compound the colour of rainwater was a bit lighter.According to meteorological department, though red rain is a rare phenomenon, but it is no way harmful.

“I assume this is due to atmospheric pollution.

The pollutants in the air get dissolved in rainwater resulting in red rain,” said M Santhosh, director of meteorological department, Thiruvananthapuram.”

This is not the first time red rain has been seen in the state of Kerala.

Godfrey Louis and A. Santhosh Kumar wrote in their research paper that “a red rain phenomenon occurred in Kerala, India starting from 25th July 2001, in which the rainwater appeared coloured in various localized places that are spread over a few hundred kilometers in Kerala. Maximum cases were reported during the first 10 days and isolated cases were found to occur for about 2 months.

Red rain is a rare phenomenon.

In majority of the cases the colour of the rain was red. There were a few cases of yellow coloured rain and rare unconfirmed cases of other colours like black, green, gray etc. Coloured hailstones were also reported.”

The scientists discussed the possibility that the red rain phenomenon could be of extraterrestrial origin as it appeared shortly after a meteor sighting.

“The nature of the red particles rules out the possibility that these are dust particles from a distant desert source. These red particles do not have any similarity with the usual desert dust. This is clearly shown by microscopic study of the particles.

Particles of this type are not found in Kerala or nearby place. The origin of these particles is unknown.

It is convenient to assume that these particles are something, which got airlifted from a distant source on Earth by some wind system.

Several questions remain unanswered even under such an assumption.

An examination of the several characteristics of this red rain phenomenon shows that it is possible to explain this by assuming the meteoric origin of the red particles.

Is a meteor responsible for the red rain shower on July 5th?

The red rain phenomenon first started in Kerala after a meteor airburst event, which occurred on 25th July 2001 near Changanacherry in Kottayam district.

This meteor airburst is evidenced by the sonic boom experienced by several people during early morning of that day.

The first case of red rain occurred in this area few hours after the airburst event. This points to a possible link between the meteor and red rain,” Kumar and Louis wrote in their paper.

What caused the red rain fall in the city of Kunnar this Thursday? Was a meteor responsible for the red rain shower or is there another explanation?

Have you taken any interesting images or filmed something unusual? Remember you can always send the images to us so we can publish them.

@ MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Spectacular Unknown Object Seen In The Skies Over New Zealand

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
01.07.2012 06:36:25 2.5 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Alvarado There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:52:22 3.3 North America United States Nevada Warm Springs VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 07:01:38 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Metatna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:45:50 3.0 Asia Turkey Yukarigolalan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:46:47 5.5 Asia India Laruri VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:37:15 5.5 Asia India State of Nagaland Lephori VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:46:48 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:47:35 3.1 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 05:52:54 2.0 North America United States California Mons VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:01:17 3.6 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Campo Sonora There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:47:36 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:48:19 2.2 Asia Turkey Kizilagac VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:12:01 3.1 Caribbean British Virgin Islands The Settlement VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:03:26 4.6 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Patzcuaro There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:48:57 4.6 Middle-America Mexico Patzcuaro There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 05:36:28 4.9 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California El Mirador There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:20:45 4.8 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California El Morro There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 05:43:05 3.4 Europe Greece Loutra Killinis VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 05:47:11 4.7 Middle-East Iran Vastegan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 05:11:02 5.0 Middle East Iran Ostan-e Chahar Mahall va Bakhtiari Ma`dan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 05:56:26 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:49:32 3.5 Asia Azerbaijan Tuado VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 05:59:50 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:31:08 4.8 Pacific Ocean Northern Mariana Islands Teruson (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 04:35:55 4.9 Pacific Ocean – East Northern Mariana Islands Songsong VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:05:57 2.5 North America United States Alaska Cantwell VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 04:36:45 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:01:38 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:06:54 4.2 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Wulur There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 04:37:20 4.2 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Wulur There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:37:53 3.0 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Mlado Selo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:38:26 2.1 Europe Greece Agia Paraskevi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:38:59 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:36:21 2.2 North America United States Alaska Chelatna Lodge VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:02:29 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:02:54 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:25:46 2.0 North America United States California Parkfield Junction VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 04:39:32 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:40:00 2.1 Asia Turkey Komik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:41:13 2.0 North America United States Nevada Coppereid (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 04:41:06 3.2 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:30:56 2.5 Europe France Campsilvestre VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:41:57 2.6 Asia Turkey Tevekli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:06:24 4.7 South America Chile Region de Antofagasta Caspana There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 03:31:42 4.9 South-America Chile Isla Grande There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 04:42:37 2.2 Asia Turkey Yumrutepe There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:51:20 2.4 Asia Turkey Cerdin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:32:23 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:32:56 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 02:06:06 2.0 North America United States Alaska Meadow Lakes VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 03:33:31 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:34:17 2.3 Asia Turkey Kalkan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:35:01 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 03:36:11 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 02:30:58 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:03:56 2.7 Europe Romania Pavalari VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 02:31:44 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 01:25:27 2.3 Europe Italy Rolo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 01:25:49 4.5 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Uyuod VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 02:32:21 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 06:08:40 2.2 Europe Greece Kampos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 01:26:09 2.1 Asia Turkey Tevekli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 00:25:31 3.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 00:25:56 2.8 Asia Turkey Dibekduzu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 00:26:18 2.1 Asia Turkey Gunduzu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 00:26:39 2.5 Europe Greece Agnanderi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 00:27:00 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 00:27:22 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 00:27:43 4.7 Pacific Ocean – East Northern Mariana Islands San Roque VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 23:20:41 2.1 Europe Italy Votturino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 22:50:36 2.7 North America United States California San Benito VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 00:28:03 2.6 Asia Turkey Sahinkaya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 23:21:03 2.2 Asia Turkey Kalkan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 23:21:23 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 23:21:44 2.3 Europe Greece Vlychadia There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 22:05:30 4.7 Asia India State of Arunachal Pradesh Tralin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 22:15:26 4.8 Asia India Chengele VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 23:22:06 2.3 Asia Turkey Sogut There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 21:05:35 2.2 North America United States Alaska Shirleyville There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 20:55:38 2.3 North America United States Alaska Whittier VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 22:15:52 3.5 Europe Romania Varlaam VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 22:16:12 2.6 Europe Greece Vrysai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 20:56:04 3.8 North America United States Alaska Umnak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 21:10:36 3.8 North-America United States Umnak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 21:10:55 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 21:11:17 2.9 Europe Greece Neon Karlovasion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 20:00:42 2.4 North America United States California Parkfield VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 20:05:27 2.0 Asia Turkey Ibrahimbeyli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 19:50:40 2.1 North America United States California Coso Junction There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 21:11:38 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 20:05:48 2.0 Europe Greece Yerakas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 20:06:11 4.0 South-America Argentina Bermejo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 19:15:36 2.8 North America United States Alaska Amchitka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 18:50:34 2.2 North America United States Alaska Skwentna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 18:45:38 5.0 Pacific Ocean – West Vanuatu Tafea Province Oumetch There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 19:00:31 5.1 Pacific Ocean – West Vanuatu Oumetch There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 19:00:52 2.4 Asia Turkey Gavuragili VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 18:16:05 2.0 North America United States Alaska Ferry There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 19:01:13 3.1 Europe France Reyvroz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 18:05:36 2.3 North America United States Hawaii Saddle Road Junction There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 19:01:34 2.3 Europe Greece Limnokhorion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 19:01:55 2.0 Asia Turkey Dutluca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 19:02:18 2.2 Asia Turkey Imamlar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 01:26:31 2.2 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 17:55:23 4.8 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Horoera VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 17:58:03 4.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Horoera VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 17:55:50 2.3 Europe Italy Drauto There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
01.07.2012 01:26:52 2.3 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 17:30:44 2.9 North America United States Alaska Circle Hot Springs Station VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 17:56:10 2.4 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 17:56:32 2.5 Europe Greece Ampelos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 17:00:45 3.0 North America United States Hawaii Kawainui There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 17:56:53 3.7 Europe Greece Apolakkia There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 17:57:13 2.3 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 16:50:32 2.2 Europe Italy Mirabello VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 14:41:02 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 15:45:34 2.3 Europe Greece Lipsoi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 14:41:24 4.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Welora VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 14:31:27 4.3 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Lewa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 17:16:06 2.9 North America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 13:35:28 2.4 South-America Chile Laguna Verde VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:45:34 4.6 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Kunes Linchang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 13:35:48 4.6 Asia China Kunes Linchang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 13:36:10 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:35:29 2.3 Asia Turkey Tuncbilek VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 13:36:11 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:35:51 2.4 Europe France Les Ancizes-Comps There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:36:16 2.1 Asia Turkey Karaagac There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:36:37 3.8 South-America Argentina Catua There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 11:30:44 3.2 South-America Chile Lebu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:36:56 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 10:50:40 4.3 South America Chile Region de Antofagasta Rio Loa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 11:31:05 4.3 South-America Chile Rio Loa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 11:31:25 2.0 Asia Turkey Dedeler VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 10:27:56 2.4 North America United States California Pala VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 16:06:06 2.3 North America United States Arkansas Southside VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 10:31:22 2.3 North America United States Alaska Mentasta Lake There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 12:37:17 3.1 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 11:31:46 3.6 South-America Argentina Minacar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:37:39 3.2 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:38:00 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 10:10:59 2.5 North America United States Oregon Modoc Point There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 10:25:35 2.3 Asia Turkey Damlaca VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 12:38:24 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 11:32:05 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 10:26:07 4.7 Asia China Kunes Linchang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 10:11:23 4.6 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Kunes Linchang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 10:36:26 4.1 Middle America Mexico Estado de Chiapas Cachimbo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 11:32:28 4.1 Middle-America Mexico Cachimbo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 11:32:49 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 11:33:10 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 10:26:33 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 09:55:49 4.7 Asia Japan Miyagi-ken Niiyamahama VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 10:26:55 4.7 Asia Japan Niiyamahama VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
30.06.2012 09:15:46 2.1 North America United States California Black Oaks There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 10:27:19 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 09:20:45 2.5 Asia Turkey Delimahmutlu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 09:21:12 3.9 South-America Chile Campamento El Laco There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 09:21:34 3.0 Asia Turkey Yazgedigi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 09:21:56 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 08:20:44 2.9 Europe Greece Goulemion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 08:21:16 2.9 South-America Chile Conchi Viejo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 09:22:21 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:20:49 2.3 North America United States California Watermans Corner There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 08:21:38 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:15:40 2.2 Asia Turkey Cirpi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:16:02 2.2 Asia Turkey Sokte VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:16:28 2.8 South-America Chile Cautenicsa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:16:49 2.5 Asia Turkey Ulukoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 11:33:31 3.8 Europe Russia Simsir VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:17:09 2.1 Asia Turkey Nargize VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 08:00:45 2.5 North America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 09:22:43 3.9 Europe Sweden Vastbacken VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 08:21:59 2.3 Europe Greece Polion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:17:37 2.3 North America United States Texas Keene VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 01:20:31 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia North Sulawesi Uyuod VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 00:41:04 2.0 North America United States California Parkfield VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 00:05:42 2.0 North America United States California Paicines VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 00:06:05 2.1 North America United States California Piute (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 06:09:28 2.3 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 00:15:26 4.8 Pacific Ocean Northern Mariana Islands San Roque VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 01:00:30 2.4 North America United States South Carolina Tinsley VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
01.07.2012 05:37:46 2.0 North America United States Oregon Holiday Beach VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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Volcanic Activity

Today Volcano Eruption Colombia Departments of Caldas and Tolima, [Nevado del Ruiz Volcano] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Colombia on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:35 (04:35 AM) UTC.

Description
Colombia evacuated people from communities close to the Nevado del Ruiz volcano after an eruption on Saturday that spewed smoke and ash from its crater, bringing back memories of avalanches that in 1985 buried tens of thousands under rocks. President Juan Manuel Santos said on his Twitter account that the area around the Nevado del Ruiz, in the central spine of Colombia’s Andean mountain range, had been put on red alert and people should leave the area. Even as volcanic activity began to subside, emergency services urged 4,800 residents in Caldas and nearby Tolima province to get to safety, according to Carlos Ivan Marquez, who heads the security effort. The volcano is about 110 miles west of the capital Bogota.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather /Drought

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
From Reddit, this photo of a very hot dog in the heat wave. “No air conditioning in my car , this is my dogs reaction… Priceless.” Don’t worry, the photo poster reassured viewers that “[h]e’s fine we were in the car for 5 mins he’s running around right now like a psycho.”

High temperature records have been falling by the wayside so far this year, and the current heat wave now has more, including all-time records in jeopardy.

Never mind highs near 100 degrees. The current heat wave has temperatures pushing 102, 105 even 108 degrees in portions of the Plains, Midwest, South and East.


UPDATE:
All-Time Record Highs Set Saturday

–Columbus, GA set an all time record of 106, breaking the previous all-time record of 105 which was set on Friday. The daily record high was 100 set in 1959.

–Macon, GA tied the all-time record high of 108, which was last set in 1980. The record high for the day was 103 set in 1959.

–Knoxville, TN set an all-time record high of 105, breaking the previous all-time record high of 104 set on July 12th, 1930. The previous record high for the day was 100, set in 1952.

–Tri-cities, TN set an all-time record high of 103 degrees, breaking the previous all-time record of 102 set on June 29, 2012 and July 29, 1952. The previous daily record high was only 95, set in 1959.

–Chattanooga, TN set an all-time record high of 107 degrees, breaking the previous all-time record of 106 set on June 29, 2012 and July 28, 1952. The previous daily record was 103 degrees set in 1952.

–Charlotte, NC tied an all-time record high of 104 degrees, last set on August 10, 2007. The record high for the day was 102 set in 1959.

–Atlanta, GA set an all-time record of 106 degrees, breaking the previous all-time record of 105 set in 1980. The previous daily record was 98 degrees set in 1936, broken by a whopping 8 degrees!

–Columbia, SC tied the all-time record high of 109 which was set on Friday. The record for the day was 103, set in 1959.

–Raleigh, NC tied the all-time record high temperature of 105 which was last set on Friday and set before that on July 23, 1952. The record for the day was 102 set in 1959.


Meteorologist DJ Hoffman pointed out that as of Thursday, June 28, 2012, more than 20,900 record highs have been broken to date this year.

“We have had over 7,700 more record highs this year, compared to last year, despite 2011’s South Central states heat and drought,” Hoffman said.

The temperature pattern this year got a jump start from way back at the tail end of the winter. Multiple days of record highs were set from the central Plains and Rockies to the Great Lakes during March. Chicago had nine days in a row of record highs spanning March 14 to 22.

Indianapolis came within 3 degrees of tying their all-time record high of 107 degrees during Thursday with a high of 104 degrees.


A “sea of heat” covers much of the Central states and the South. This National Weather Service map shows high temperatures from Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Meanwhile, about 130 miles away in the Hoosier State, in Fort Wayne, the temperature tied their all-time record high set during the dust bowl era in 1936 and 1934, as well as during the blistering summer of 1988.

According to Climatologist Jim Rourke, “Other vicious extreme high temperatures Thursday included Russell, Kan., with 110 degrees; St. Louis, Mo., with 108 degrees; Little Rock, Ark., with 107 degrees; Kansas City, Mo., with 106 degrees; Nashville, Tenn., with 105 degrees and Dayton, Ohio, with 102 degrees.”

Earlier in the week, all-time records were reached in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.

“All of these locations and many others not only broke or tied daily record highs for the date, but also set June all-time record highs during the current heat wave,” Rourke said.

During the next couple of days, temperatures are forecast to reach 100 degrees or higher once again in the central and southern Plains to the Ohio Valley. However, even areas in the central and southern Appalachians and the coastal plain in the South and mid-Atlantic will do the same.

Columbia, S.C. has broken their all-time record high of 107 degrees set on multiple dates. During Friday afternoon, temperatures reached 109 degrees.

During Friday afternoon, Nashville broke its all-time record high of 107 degrees set in 1952 by reaching 109 degrees.

Atlanta is on pace to reach or exceed its all-time record high of 105 degrees set on July 17, 1980, before the weekend is over.

Charlotte, N.C., tied its all-time record high of 104 degrees set in 1954 and tied in 2007.

Washington, D.C., broke its June record of 102 set in 2011, when the temperature reached 104 degrees Friday afternoon. The all-time record high is 106 degrees set on July 20, 1930.

Temperatures Friday afternoon inched close to the all-time record of 108 degrees at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with a high of 106 degrees.

According to Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok, “Given the persistence of the large high pressure area producing the heat and dry conditions thus far, this will not be the last of widespread triple-digit readings this summer.”

“While the heat will tend to be intermittent from the northern Plains to the Northeast, indications are that more of this sort of thing can continue from the southern and central Plains to the interior South in the coming weeks,” Pastelok said.

When a temperature has reached or surpassed the highest temperature on “record” for a particular location, it is considered to be an “all-time record high.

In many cases, temperature records have been kept for 120 years or more in major cities, while some temperature records in smaller cities and towns may only be in the books for a few decades.

Current, official temperature readings are taken at height of about 6 feet off the ground with no direct exposure to the sun or reflection from the sun or warm surfaces.

Many temperature and weather observation sites are located at airfields.

Before the arrival of airfields during the early 1900s, most observations were taken in inner cities, and while they were accurate to where they were located, they would give higher readings than say in a countryside or suburban location, where most airfields exist, due to the heat island effect.

The heat wave is also playing interesting tricks with nighttime temperatures.

Near the outer edge of the heat wave, where a breeze stays up at night and the humidity is elevated, temperatures barely dipped below average daytime highs for the date.

According to Senior Meteorologists Rob Miller, “In Pittsburgh, the temperature never fell below 80 degrees last night. If it fails to do so before midnight, it will be the warmest night in the Steel City since July 21, 1930.

In Des Moines, Iowa, the low temperature on Thursday was a mere 81 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, it was only the second time in 75 years in which the low temperature was 81 degrees or higher. The last time this occurred was on July 12, 1966.

Meanwhile, in the middle of building drought areas of Arkansas, near the center of the high pressure area and a pocket of dry air, the atmosphere is behaving like a desert. At North Little Rock Airport, the temperature began Thursday at 63 degrees, then reached 107 degrees the same afternoon.

Today Extreme Weather USA State of Maryland, Baltimore Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:31 (04:31 AM) UTC.

Description
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has declared a state of emergency in Baltimore due the amount of people still without power following a round of severe storms. The mayor signed the declaration because there are still about 90,000 people without power in the city after strong storms swept through the area on Friday night, according to a news release. Declaring the emergency allows the city to put emergency plans in place, and is an important step in allowing the city to apply for reimbursement from the federal and state governments for some expenses associated with storm recovery.
01.07.2012 Extreme Weather China MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Zhejiang, Guangxi, Hunan, Fujian, Anhui, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou ] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in China on Tuesday, 26 June, 2012 at 02:59 (02:59 AM) UTC.

Description
Several parts of China have been hit by torrential rains over the last few days, resulting in the evacuation of millions of people and property damage. In east China’s Zhejiang province, heavy rains have forced 17,000 people to relocate and affected the lives of more than 350,000 others since June 22. A 12-year-old girl was killed when her house was buried in a landslide on Saturday in Zhejiang’s Songyang county. Rains have battered central China’s Hunan province since June 21, killing one person, leaving another missing and affecting the lives of 138,000 others. A landslide was triggered in Hunan’s city of Chenzhou, blocking roads and rivers and stranding 130 tourists, the report said. South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has been reeling under heavy downpours since June 21. In the hard-hit city of Hezhou, over 10,000 people have been evacuated and economic losses of 200 million yuan ($31.4 million) have been incurred, according to officials. One resident of Hezhou died in hospital after suffering serious injuries during a landslide, while another was crushed to death during a house collapse. More rain and storms are expected to hit Zhejiang, Fujian and Anhui provinces in south China, as well as Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces in the south-west over the next three days, the weather office said.
Today Extreme Weather USA State of West Virginia, [WA-wide] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:41 (04:41 AM) UTC.

Description
President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration for West Virginia on Saturday following violent storms that downed trees and power lines across the state, leaving more than 680,000 without electricity as temperatures in the 90s continued. The emergency declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide help and coordinate relief efforts. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency early Saturday morning after the storms swept across the state Friday night.
01.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Colorado, [Waldo Canyon] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 24 J

une, 2012 at 05:03 (05:03 AM) UTC.

Description
Firefighters battling the 2,000-acre Waldo Canyon fire that erupted west of Colorado Springs Saturday are preparing for the worst Sunday, a perfect storm of hot weather, rugged terrain, and aggressive flames. “Tomorrow could be very explosive,” said Mike Smith, the fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, said Saturday after the fire had exploded over 1,000 acres and appeared headed in all directions. Another forest service spokesman, Greg Heule, said he expected the dry winds and scorching Saturday temperatures would keep the Waldo Canyon blaze burning throughout the night. Heule wouldn’t predict flare-ups on Sunday, but suspected that hot, dry conditions would make Sunday another challenging day for firefighting. As the sun set on the billowing smoke Saturday evening, trees continued to torch, bursting into flames that could be seen across Colorado Springs. “We saw what the fire behavior was like. We see what it’s like now—we have trees that are torching off,” Heule said just before 9 p.m. Saturday. “What that indicates to me is that conditions are ripe for aggressive fire behavior. I’m not Mother Nature. I don’t make predictions,” he added.

Erratic winds, steep terrain, tinder-dry trees, and near-record high temperatures have made fighting the Waldo Canyon fire a challenge for the 350 firefighters from across the Pikes Peak region and beyond who raced to battle the blaze after it started just after noon with a towering column of black smoke. The 2,000-acre fire burned with multiple heads as it moved across the hillsides, stretching to the north and northwest, and as well as making an unusual run to the southwest — downhill and against the prevailing winds. The cause of the fire was unknown. Two single engine air tankers, two heavy air tankers, and one massive helicopter flew over the blaze Saturday, under the watchful-eye of one air attack plane, an airborne command center, said Heule. More than 1,000 homes and as many as 2,300 people were evacuated from Colorado Springs and portions of El Paso County, said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. An unknown number of people were also evacuated from the Ute Pass area, near Cascade, said El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark. All recreational areas on the hills west of Col.orado Springs were shut down Saturday afternoon, including the Garden of the Gods Park, the Pikes Peak Highway, Waldo Canyon trail, and the Cog Railway, said Sunny Smaldino, spokeswoman for the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Sections of Rampart Range Road, which was initially the only point of access for firefighters trying to reach fire, burned, said Sheriff Maketa.

A Type 1 incident command team, the highest classification for fire-disasters, was requested by local fire officials and was expected to take the lead Sunday morning to take charge on Monday, said Maketa. As the fire burned through dense trees and fallen logs — what firefighters call heavy fuels — it sent up thick columns of jet-black smoke Saturday. There are more of these fuels to burn in the hills, Smith said, and Sunday’s possibility for more near-record highs, between 95 and 100 degrees, could add to the conflagration. Within minutes after the fire was first spotted the white smoke it spewed turned black, bursting into a tall column that could be seen from across the region. Firefighters were quickly amassed from Colorado Springs, Green Mountain Falls, and Woodland Park. Two Forest Service Hotshot crews came down from Lake George, where they were fighting the 1,145-acre Springer fire. An incident command post was set up at a Safeway parking lot on West Colorado Avenue, where the city officials and some residents gathered to glean the latest news. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the 200 homes Cedar Heights neighborhood, an exclusive gated community west of the Garden of the Gods. An additional 850 homes were evacuated in the Garden of the Gods Park and parts of the nearby Mountain Shadows neighborhood. Colorado Springs police were sent to make door-to-door calls to drive those residents in the evacuation zones out of their homes.

The evacuation alerts confused several residents on the Westside Saturday afternoon. Some voluntary evacuations for the northern section of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood were issued and then rescinded. One Manitou Springs woman, who asked not to be named, said she received a reverse 911 call and knock on her door telling her to leave Saturday, although her neighborhood was not evacuated. Despite its fury, the Waldo canyon fire hadn’t damaged structures Saturday. By 9 p.m. Saturday, a command team, consisting of Forest Service officials, the Colorado Springs Fire Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, had not decidedwhether firefighetrs would do battle with the Waldo Canyon fire until dawn. Firefighters are also worried about more blazes igniting in the dry hills and plains. The fire department and sheriff’s office called in off-duty firefighters and deputies to bolster forces in the city and county. Thirty-two deputies were called in to monitor evacuation zones, and 12 off-duty firefighters were brought in to staff three engines in the city. The fire department also called on fire crews from the Cheyenne Mountain, Cimarron, and Stratmoor Hills fire department to help bolster Colorado Springs fire stations exmptied when firefighters deployed to Waldo Canyon. As for what the Waldo Canyon fire will cost the city of Colorado Springs, already under budget constraints, fire Chief Rich Brown said it is too early to tell.

Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Montana, [Ash Creek (Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation)] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 05:01 (05:01 AM) UTC.

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Authorities in eastern Montana ordered the evacuation of several communities Saturday as the Ash Creek Complex fires consumed another 72 square miles and pushed the number of structures destroyed past 30. The Powder River County Sheriff’s office ordered Wilbur, Whitetail, Beaver Creek and East Fork of Otter Creek residents out after the fire swelled to 244 square miles overnight. Fire spokesman Pat McKelvey said one home and five outbuildings were destroyed overnight but no injuries were reported due to the lightning-caused fire that started Monday. The fire had destroyed at least 26 structures previously. “We did have significant movement to the east,” he said, noting embers were causing spot fires a mile ahead of the main fire that’s burning in timber, juniper, pine, sage and grass. He said officials were looking at Saturday as a chance to possibly strengthen fire lines before Sunday when high winds and lower humidity are predicted. The fire is about 25 percent contained. “We are figuring today will be a lull day, if you can call 90 degree temperatures a lull,” he said. Nearly 450 firefighters are at the blaze with more being called in, McKelvey said, adding that two helicopters are working the fire and fixed-wing retardant bombers are also available.
Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [San Gabriel Mountains] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:59 (04:59 AM) UTC.

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Firefighters moved quickly to get a handle on a wildfire that has burned 96 acres of dry brush in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Fire dispatcher Andre Gougis says the fire north of Wrightwood near the San Bernardino County line is 80 percent contained Saturday night. Crews got help from water-dropping aircraft as they worked to keep the flames from moving east into the Pinyon Hills area. Gougis says there has been no damage or injuries. Route 138 near Route 18 was briefly closed in both directions. The fire was reported just before noon. The cause is under investigation.

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Sierra Nevada 200 year megadroughts confirmed

by Staff Writers
Reno NV (SPX)


University of Nevada, Reno, researchers were joined by a Scripps Institution of Oceanography research team, spending many days on Fallen Leaf Lake to gather sonar and side-scan radar data to study earthquake faults and paleoshorelines. The low-tech boat was adorned with high-tech hardware, such as gyroscopes used on rockets, to gather high-resolution images of the lake bottom. Using standing trees they found submerged under 130 feet of water, the team confirmed and reported in their paper, a culmination of a comprehensive high-tech assessment of Fallen Leaf Lake – a small moraine-bound lake at the south end of the Lake Tahoe Basin – that stands of pre-Medieval trees in the lake suggest the region experienced severe drought at least every 650 to 1,150 years during the mid- and late-Holocene period. Credit: Photo by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno.

The erratic year-to-year swings in precipitation totals in the Reno-Tahoe area conjures up the word “drought” every couple of years, and this year is no exception. The Nevada State Climate Office at the University of Nevada, Reno, in conjunction with the Nevada Drought Response Committee, just announced a Stage 1 drought (moderate) for six counties and a Stage 2 drought (severe) for 11 counties.

Reno, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada are no strangers to drought, the most famous being the Medieval megadrought lasting from 800 to 1250 A.D. when annual precipitation was less than 60 percent of normal. The Reno-Tahoe region is now about 65 percent of annual normal precipitation for the year, which doesn’t seem like much, but imagine if this were the “norm” each and every year for the next 200 years.

Research by scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno and their partners at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego indicates that there are other instances of such long-lasting, severe droughts in the western United States throughout history.

Their recent paper, a culmination of a comprehensive high-tech assessment of Fallen Leaf Lake – a small moraine-bound lake at the south end of the Lake Tahoe Basin – reports that stands of pre-Medieval trees in the lake suggest the region experienced severe drought at least every 650 to 1,150 years during the mid- and late-Holocene period.

“Using an arsenal of cutting edge sonar tools, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and a manned submersible, we’ve obtained potentially the most accurate record thus far on the instances of 200-year-long droughts in the Sierra,” Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory said.

“The record from Fallen Leaf Lake confirms what was expected and is likely the most accurate record, in terms of precipitation, than obtained previously from a variety of methods throughout the Sierra.”

Kent is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Scripps research team that traced the megadroughts and dry spells of the region using tree-ring analysis, shoreline records and sediment deposition in Fallen Leaf Lake.

Using side-scan and multibeam sonar technology developed to map underwater earthquake fault lines such as the West Tahoe fault beneath Fallen Leaf Lake, the team also imaged standing trees up to 130 feet beneath the lake surface as well as submerged ancient shoreline structure and development.

The trees matured while the lake level was 130 to 200 feet below its modern elevation and were not deposited by a landslide as was suspected.

The team, led by John Kleppe, University of Nevada, Reno engineering professor emeritus, published a paper on this research and is presenting its findings in seminars and workshops.

“The lake is like a ‘canary in a coal mine’ for the Sierra, telling the story of precipitation very clearly,” Kent said.

“Fallen Leaf Lake elevations change rapidly due to its unique ratio between catchment basin and lake surface of about 8 to 1. With analysis of the standing trees submerged in the lake, sediment cores and our sonar scanning of ancient shorelines, we can more accurately and easily trace the precipitation history of the region.”

Water balance calculations and analysis of tree-ring samples undertaken by Kleppe, Kent and Scripps scientists Danny Brothers and Neal Driscoll, along with Professor Franco Biondi of the University’s College of Science, suggest annual precipitation was less than 60 percent of normal from the late 10th century to the early 13th century.

Their research was documented in a scientific paper, Duration and severity of Medieval drought in the Lake Tahoe Basin, published in the Quaternary Science Reviews in November 2011.

Tree-ring records and submerged paleoshoreline geomorphology suggest a Medieval low-lake level of Fallen Leaf Lake lasted more than 220 years. More than 80 trees were found lying on the lake floor at various elevations above the paleoshoreline.

“Although the ancient cycle of megadroughts seems to occur every 650 to 1150 years and the last one was 750 years ago, it is uncertain when the next megadrought will occur. With climate change upon us, it will be interesting to see how carbon dioxide loading in the atmosphere will affect this cycle,” Kent said.

Professor Paula Noble, in the University’s College of Science’s Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, is expanding this research to include the fine-scale study of climate change through out the Holocene (about 12,000 years) using recently collected 40-foot-long sediment cores in Fallen Leaf Lake.

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Storms, Flooding

By Samantha Kramer, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
Power lines are down across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic after winds sped up to 90 mph during Friday night’s storm. (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @Smoflake88)

For ice cream vendors selling frozen treats and cold water on the beaches near Atlantic City, N.J., it’s a great day for business.

Thousands flocked to the beach Saturday to escape the heat after a super derecho knocked out the power of more than three million people across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions.

James Diecidue, who sells ice cream along the beach in Margate City, N.J., said the beaches are extremely crowded. Many of his customers keep asking him if the city has regained power yet.

“A lot of people are buying water and ice cream here because a lot of people still don’t have power at home,” he said.

Read also: “Derecho” of Power Storms Slam 700 Miles of the U.S.

While those affected by the storm along the coast have the option to cool down with an ocean minutes away, other areas aren’t so lucky.

Authorities in non-coastal regions have had to think of other ways to keep their community cool in this weekend’s scorching temperatures.

Prince George’s County in Maryland opened cooling centers where local residents without power can refuge from the 100-degree weather that plagued their area today.

Scott Peterson, the county’s deputy manager of communications, said they’ve provided information about where to locate cooling centers through social media and online press releases that people can view with their smart phones if they don’t have power.

“We’ve been going through every means necessary to make sure they know we have places they can go to cool down,” Peterson said. “We’re highlighting what’s still open with power in the region like malls and hotels. Everyone’s working together.”

Emergency Management Coordinator Emily Ashley of Chesterfield County, Va., said the town’s local libraries will keep their doors open past normal hours, and though usually closed on Sundays, will also open tomorrow until 6 p.m.

Ashley said dealing with the significant power outages has been difficult because critical buildings that would normally act as a refuge are the ones that are without power.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also created a Tumblr blog that lists open cooling centers by county, damage reports and power restoration updates.

According to electric companies, it could be a week before power is restored in some areas, especially major cities like Washington, D.C.

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Violent Storms rip through Eastern US leaving 10 dead & 2 Million without power in mist of heat wave

Published on Jun 30, 2012 by

UPDATE/ 3 STATES DECLARE EMERGENCY-http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2012/06/30/mid-atlantic-storms-knock-ou­t-power-to-nearly-2-million/?test=latestnews

Torrential rain causes havoc across Ireland with parts of Cork worst hit

Wettest June on record comes to a fitting close

By

PATRICK COUNIHAN,
IrishCentral Staff Writer

 

Douglas village in Cork this morning.

Douglas village in Cork this morning.
Photo by Renate Murphy (@renatemurphy)

Ireland has been hit by torrential rain as the summer disappears again – with parts of Cork and Belfast flooded.

Emergency services are struggling to cope with the flash floods across the country as homes are left without electricity.

The towns of Douglas, Bandon and Clonakilty in Cork are badly flooded with some areas under three feet of water.

Residents were evacuated from the Ballyvolane area of Cork city while there is no access in or out of Clonakilty.

The Irish Independent reports that up to 15,000 homes in Cork are currently without electricity after the overnight storms which saw 70mm of rain fall in a few hours.

Flooding has also been reported in parts of Sligo and Tipperary and motorists have been warned to take extreme care.

Cork County Council has confirmed that it activated a flood response plan after the torrential rain.
Ireland’s weather service Met Eireann issued a flood alert to more than a dozen county councils with 70mm of rain forecast to fall in parts of Munster, Connacht, south Leinster and the midlands.

Despite warm temperatures, there could be torrential downpours due to heavy thunderstorms according to Met Eireann.

“The worst of the rain is over but it has been the wettest June on record,” said forecaster Evelyn Cusack.

Belfast has also been badly hit by the torrential rain. A police spokeswoman said: “Most of the main arterial routes in east and south Belfast are impassable due to flooding, abandoned cars and debris.”

Gov. issues emergency declaration after storm

By By Larry O’Dell
The Associated Press

RICHMOND

Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency Saturday after a powerful storm killed six people in the state and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands, leaving them without air-conditioning in the middle of a blistering heat wave.

“This is a very dangerous situation for Virginia,” McDonnell said at a news conference at the state’s Emergency Operations Center. He said the threat of more storms, continued extreme heat and the largest non-hurricane power outage in state history — and fifth largest ever — could mean a few more days of misery.

McDonnell urged Virginians to look out for their neighbors, especially elderly people who are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

“Be your neighbor’s keeper,” he said.

The governor’s emergency declaration activated 300 National Guard troops to help the state recover from straight-line winds of up to 80 miles an hour that felled trees and power lines and closed about 250 secondary roads.

Fairfax County police said trees blown down by heavy winds killed one person in a car and a 90-year-old woman sleeping in her bed. In Albemarle County, police said 64-year-old John Porter was killed by a falling tree outside his house and Catherine Ford was killed when she got out of her car, which was blocked by fallen trees, and was hit by another toppled tree.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said an elderly couple died in a fire that appears to have been caused by the storm.

About 769,500 customers of Appalachian Power and Dominion remained without service late Saturday afternoon. That was down from a peak of more than 1.2 million earlier in the day.

In South Hampton Roads, the storm knocked out power and brought down tree limbs, but no major damage was reported, according to police dispatchers in the five cities.

The Newport News Fire Department responded to about 27 calls for service overnight, according to a city news release. Crews responded to four separate calls for trees that fell onto structures and onto boats in distress, the release said.

Nearly 5,200 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Southeastern Virginia, which includes South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula, were out of power as of 7:15 p.m., according to the company’s website.

Wind gusts topped 74 mph at the Franklin Airport in Isle of Wight Co. late Friday night, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Va. In Portsmouth, wind gusts topped 61 mph at early Saturday morning, the service said.

Rodney Blevins of utility giant Dominion said it was unclear how long it will take to get power fully restored but added that Virginians should “anticipate long outages.”

Tracey Phalen of Richmond could relate to that advice. After enduring six days without electricity because of Hurricane Irene last summer, she was bracing for another uncomfortable stretch because of the latest storm-related outage.

“I think it’s going to get bad,” she said as she and her teenage son relaxed under the shade of a coffee-house umbrella. “But I always tend to think there are a lot of people who have it worse.”

She said her family would find someplace cool to get through the day.

“We’ll probably go to a movie theater at the top of the day,” she said.

Dozens of schools, fire stations and community centers were opened across the state as cooling centers, but many Virginians found other ways to avoid the heat.

Brett Shiflett of Richmond said she would be staying with various family members in the area after the storm sent a tree crashing into the apartment above hers, cutting off power and leaving her kitchen a soggy shambles.

“I’m going to be house-hopping for a while,” she said.

The huge tree wiped out the rear portion of the upstairs apartment. A bed with a broken headboard was covered with debris was a tangled mess of bricks and lumber from what used to be a deck.

Had the storm hit later, David Fetchko’s girlfriend might have been sleeping in that bed.

“She probably would have been killed,” said Fetchko, who relayed a message from his girlfriend that she was still too shaken to talk about the ordeal.

Shiflett was home when the tree fell.

“It sounded like an earthquake and like someone upstairs fell really hard,” she said. Then it started raining in her kitchen, which is directly below her neighbor’s demolished bedroom.

“It’s a little traumatizing,” she said.

Others in the city also were cleaning up after the storm and contemplating how they were going to cope with the relentless heat.

“I’m heading to the river to sit in the water with the dog,” Tricia Pearsall said as she swept up fallen tree branches in front of her 170-year-old home downtown. “We’re lucky to have air-conditioning, but I’d rather be in the river.”

Ramel Lloyd was waiting for a friend to come over with a nail gun to reattach four sections of privacy fencing that were flattened at the home he just bought three weeks ago. The storm also ripped off a small section of siding, and a power surge apparently caused a ceiling fan to catch fire.

“Luckily, everyone is safe,” he said. “It was an eventful 12 hours, to say the least.”

Around the corner from Lloyd’s house, a large tree crushed two cars, including Greg Hough’s compact wagon.

“It’s totaled,” Hough said. “The golf clubs are OK though.”

Pilot staffers Jennifer Jiggetts and Sarah Hutchins contributed to this report.

01.07.2012 Flood India State of Assam , [Assam-wide] Damage level Details

Flood in India on Friday, 29 June, 2012 at 09:54 (09:54 AM) UTC.

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Gauhati Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, killing at least 27 people and leaving hundreds of thousands more marooned Friday. The Indian air force was delivering food packages to people huddled on patches of dry land along with cattle and wild elephants. Rescuers were being dropped by helicopter into affected areas to help the stranded. About one million people have been forced to evacuate as the floods from the swollen Brahmaputra River – one of Asia’s largest – swamped 2,084 villages across most of Assam state, officials said. Officials have counted 27 people dead so far, but the toll is expected to be much higher as unconfirmed casualty reports mount. Telephone lines were knocked out and some train services were cancelled after their tracks were swamped by mud. As the floods soaked the Kaziranga game reserve east of Assam’s capital of Gauhati, motorists reported seeing a one-horned rhino fleeing along a busy highway. “We never thought the situation would turn this grim when the monsoon-fed rivers swelled a week ago,” said Nilomoni Sen Deka, an Assam government minister. Residents of Majuli – an 800-square-kilometre island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River – watched helplessly as the swirling, grey waters swallowed 50 villages and swept away their homes. “We are left with only the clothes we are wearing,” said 60-year-old Puniram Hazarika, one of about 75,000 island residents now camping in makeshift shelters of bamboo sticks and plastic tarps on top of a mud embankment. A herd of 70 endangered Asiatic elephants, which usually avoid humans, were grouped together nearby, Majuli island wildlife official Atul Das said. “The jumbos have not caused any harm, but we are keeping a close watch,” he said.

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Today Epidemic Hazard India State of Karnataka, Bangalore Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in India on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:32 (04:32 AM) UTC.

Description
Five people have lost their lives to dengue in Karntaka since January 2012, but none in Bangalore. The city has reported 45 positive cases of dengue as per the recent report given out by BBMP. In the last 14 days, there have been 13 positive cases reported in the city. There were ten cases reported in the month of May. On Tuesday, Bangalore Mayor D Venkatesh Murthy had a meeting with the health officers of the Palike and instructed them to submit a report everyday on the about the dengue cases reported across the city.
Biohazard name: Dengue Fever
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Climate Change

Yale study concludes public apathy over climate change unrelated to science literacy

by Staff Writers
New Haven CT (SPX)

“In effect,” Kahan said, “ordinary members of the public credit or dismiss scientific information on disputed issues based on whether the information strengthens or weakens their ties to others who share their values. At least among ordinary members of the public, individuals with higher science comprehension are even better at fitting the evidence to their group commitments.”

Are members of the public divided about climate change because they don’t understand the science behind it? If Americans knew more basic science and were more proficient in technical reasoning, would public consensus match scientific consensus? A study published online in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that the answer to both questions is no.

Indeed, as members of the public become more science literate and numerate, the study found, individuals belonging to opposing cultural groups become even more divided on the risks that climate change poses.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study was conducted by researchers associated with the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School and involved a nationally representative sample of 1500 U.S. adults.

“The aim of the study was to test two hypotheses,” said Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School and a member of the study team.

“The first attributes political controversy over climate change to the public’s limited ability to comprehend science, and the second, to opposing sets of cultural values. The findings supported the second hypothesis and not the first,” he said.

“Cultural cognition” is the term used to describe the process by which individuals’ group values shape their perceptions of societal risks. It refers to the unconscious tendency of people to fit evidence of risk to positions that predominate in groups to which they belong.

The results of the study were consistent with previous studies that show that individuals with more egalitarian values disagree sharply with individuals who have more individualistic ones on the risks associated with nuclear power, gun possession, and the HPV vaccine for school girls.

In this study, researchers measured “science literacy” with test items developed by the National Science Foundation. They also measured their subjects’ “numeracy”-that is, their ability and disposition to understand quantitative information.

“In effect,” Kahan said, “ordinary members of the public credit or dismiss scientific information on disputed issues based on whether the information strengthens or weakens their ties to others who share their values. At least among ordinary members of the public, individuals with higher science comprehension are even better at fitting the evidence to their group commitments.”

Kahan said that the study supports no inferences about the reasoning of scientific experts in climate change.

Researcher Ellen Peters of Ohio State University said that people who are higher in numeracy and science literacy usually make better decisions in complex technical situations, but the study clearly casts doubt on the notion that the more you understand science and math, the better decisions you’ll make in complex and technical situations.

“What this study shows is that people with high science and math comprehension can think their way to conclusions that are better for them as individuals but are not necessarily better for society.”

According to Kahan, the study suggests the need for science communication strategies that reflect a more sophisticated understanding of cultural values.

“More information can help solve the climate change conflict,” Kahan said, “but that information has to do more than communicate the scientific evidence. It also has to create a climate of deliberations in which no group perceives that accepting any piece of evidence is akin to betrayal of their cultural group.”

In addition to Dan Kahan and Ellen Peters, other study researchers were Maggie Wittlin of the Cultural Cognition Project, Paul Slovic of Decision Research, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette of the Cultural Cognition Project, Donald Braman of George Washington University, and Gregory Mandel of Temple University. The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks, Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1547.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News June 30, 2012: FML

Published on Jun 30, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solar Tornadoes as Big as the US Heat Sun’s Atmosphere

Jun 29, 2012; 8:07 AM ET

For years, scientists have struggled to determine why the sun’s atmosphere is more than 300 times hotter than its surface. But a new study has found a possible answer: giant super-tornadoes on the sun that may be injecting heat into the outer layers of our star.

Visualisation of a close-up region in our advanced 3D numerical simulations of a magnetic tornado in the solar atmosphere. The spiral lines represent the velocity field in the tornado vortex. The images contain the observed swirl signature (top, bluish) and the Sun’s surface (bottom, reddish). Image released June 27, 2012. CREDIT: Wedemeyer-Bohm et al./Image produced with VAPOR

While comparing images from the Swedish Solar Telescope with others taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, an international team of scientists noticed bright points on the sun’s surface and atmosphere that corresponded with swirls in the so-called chromospheres, a region that is sandwiched between the two layers. The finding indicates that  the solar tornadoes stretched through all three layers of the sun.

The scientists went on to identify 14 solar super-tornadoes occurring within an hour of each other. By using a three dimensional simulation, the team then found that the swirls could play a role in elevating the sun’s outer layer.

A sun ‘super-tornado’ is born

Unlike tornadoes on Earth, which are powered by differences in temperature and humidity, the twisters on the sun are a combination of hot flowing gas and tangled magnetic field lines, ultimately driven by nuclear reactions in the solar core. [How Sun Tornadoes  Work (Infographic)]

At the surface, or photosphere, cooled plasma sinks toward the interior like water running down the bathtub drain, creating vortexes that magnetic field lines are forced to follow. The lines stretch upward into the chromosphere, where they continue to spiral.

But while the hot gas at the surface drives the movement of the magnetic field, in the chromosphere it is the field lines that force the hot gas to spiral, creating the swirls that appear similar to tornadoes on Earth.

“The resulting funnel is narrow at the bottom and widens with height in the atmosphere,” lead scientist Sven Wedemeyer-Böhm, of the University of Oslo in Norway, told SPACE.com by email.

Spinning at thousands of miles per hour, the tornadoes vary in size, with diameters ranging from 930 to 3,500 miles (1,500 to 5,550 kilometers). Some of these giant solar twisters extend all the up in to the lower portion of the sun’s upper atmosphere (called the corona, the researchers said.

“Based on the detected events, we estimate that at least 11,000 swirls are present on the sun at all times,” Wedemeyer-Böhm said.

Towering solar twisters

Although the twisters are enormous by Earth’s scale, they are tiny on the surface of the sun. They were first detected in 2008 by Wedemeyer-Böhm and another researcher, but it wasn’t until images of super-tornadoes were compared with those from the corona and photosphere that scientists realized how high the writhing gas extended — or the influence they could have on the sun’s temperature.

The surface temperature of the sun is 9,980 Fahrenheit (5,526 degrees Celsius or about 5,800 Kelvin), while the corona peaks at 3.5 million Fahrenheit (2 million degrees Celsius or nearly 2 million Kelvin), a fact that seems counterintuitive.

Schematic view of the atmospheric layers of the Sun, the extent of simulated magnetic tornado, and the resulting net energy transport. Image released June 27, 2012. CREDIT: Wedemeyer-B�hm/Parts of the image produced with VAPOR

After observing the sun, the international team created computer models in an attempt to determine how much energy — and thus heat — could be effectively transported by the twisters. They concluded that solar tornadoes could help to explain how the outer layer stays so hot, although Wedemeyer-Böhm notes that it is likely only one of a number of different processes powering the temperature of the sun’s corona.

“The magnetic tornadoes offer a potential, alternative and widespread way to transport energy from the solar surface into the corona,” Wedemeyer-Böhm said.

The tornadoes differ from those spotted earlier this year. Those much larger events were formed by twisting solar prominences, and were likely connected to mass ejected from the sun. The smaller tornadoes are more abundant, and make a more significant contribution to the corona’s temperature.

The research was published in today’s (June 27) issue of the journal Nature.

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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
(2008 YQ2) 03rd July 2012 2 day(s) 0.1057 41.1 29 m – 65 m 15.60 km/s 56160 km/h
(2005 QQ30) 06th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1765 68.7 280 m – 620 m 13.13 km/s 47268 km/h
(2011 YJ28) 06th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1383 53.8 150 m – 330 m 14.19 km/s 51084 km/h
276392 (2002 XH4) 07th July 2012 6 day(s) 0.1851 72.0 370 m – 840 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
(2003 MK4) 08th July 2012 7 day(s) 0.1673 65.1 180 m – 410 m 14.35 km/s 51660 km/h
(1999 NW2) 08th July 2012 7 day(s) 0.0853 33.2 62 m – 140 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
189P/NEAT 09th July 2012 8 day(s) 0.1720 66.9 n/a 12.47 km/s 44892 km/h
(2000 JB6) 10th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1780 69.3 490 m – 1.1 km 6.42 km/s 23112 km/h
(2010 MJ1) 10th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1533 59.7 52 m – 120 m 10.35 km/s 37260 km/h
(2008 NP3) 12th July 2012 11 day(s) 0.1572 61.2 57 m – 130 m 6.08 km/s 21888 km/h
(2006 BV39) 12th July 2012 11 day(s) 0.1132 44.1 4.2 m – 9.5 m 11.11 km/s 39996 km/h
(2005 NE21) 15th July 2012 14 day(s) 0.1555 60.5 140 m – 320 m 10.77 km/s 38772 km/h
(2003 KU2) 15th July 2012 14 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 770 m – 1.7 km 17.12 km/s 61632 km/h
(2007 TN74) 16th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1718 66.9 20 m – 45 m 7.36 km/s 26496 km/h
(2007 DD) 16th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1101 42.8 19 m – 42 m 6.47 km/s 23292 km/h
(2006 BC8) 16th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1584 61.6 25 m – 56 m 17.71 km/s 63756 km/h
144411 (2004 EW9) 16th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1202 46.8 1.3 km – 2.9 km 10.90 km/s 39240 km/h
(2012 BV26) 18th July 2012 17 day(s) 0.1759 68.4 94 m – 210 m 10.88 km/s 39168 km/h
(2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
(2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 19 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
(2010 GK65) 21st July 2012 20 day(s) 0.1696 66.0 34 m – 75 m 17.80 km/s 64080 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 21st July 2012 20 day(s) 0.1367 53.2 18 m – 39 m 3.79 km/s 13644 km/h
153958 (2002 AM31) 22nd July 2012 21 day(s) 0.0351 13.7 630 m – 1.4 km 9.55 km/s 34380 km/h
(2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 22 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
(2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 23 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
(2009 PC) 28th July 2012 27 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

Philippines Central Visayas, [Tagbilaran Strait] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Philippines on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:52 (04:52 AM) UTC.

Description
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-Bohol) raised an alarm against gathering and eating shellfish from the tide flats of Tagbilaran City bay following a suspected case of red tide. BFAR-Bohol head Cresencio Pahamutang explained the alarm is based on an algal bloom, which is what caused the red coloration in the waters (red tide) that witnesses observed on the sea below Matig-a Lodge along Burgos Street, Tagbilaran City. Pahamutang said BFAR confirmed the reports based on the latest results from the 10 monitoring stations set up at specific points between Dauis Bridge in Junction Mansasa to Maribojoc Bay. According to Pahamutang, a worker at the Matig-a Lodge reported the unusual discoloration in the waters, prompting the BFAR to investigate by going to their monitoring stations. From their tests, Pahamutang shared that from the usual three cells per liter average yield in the collecting stations, they noticed around 1,475 to 1,365 cells per liter. A total ban and alarm against shellfish gathering and eating was issued when the mirco-organisms monitored reach 10,000 units per liter, he explained. With the noticed unusually high concentration of algal micro-organisms in the Tagbilaran Strait, the BFAR said they have coordinated with the Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council as well as Poblacion 1 Barangay Chairman Arlene Karaan to advise people to stop harvesting shellfish from the mentioned areas. Pahamutang said these algae, also called dinoflagellates have toxins that are usually absorbed by bottom feeding shellfish, making them unfit for human consumption. For fishes from the area, the BFAR chief said as long as the fish is properly prepared before cooking, it may not be affected as much.
Biohazard name: Red Tide
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms: Algal bloom happens when an unusually large concentration of aquatic micro-organisms amass in a coastal area, often causing discoloration. When the algae is present in high concentrations, water can be discolored from murky, to purple to pink or red, thus, its common name the red tide.
Status:
Today Biological Hazard Canada Province of Alberta, [Baptiste Lake, Athabasca County] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Canada on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:49 (04:49 AM) UTC.

Description
A blue-green algae that is toxic to people and animals has been discovered in an Alberta lake. Alberta Health Services issued an advisory Saturday, warning people not to drink the water in Baptiste Lake, 167 kilometres north of Edmonton in Athabasca County. AHS said people and pets should not swim or wade in the lake, and should not consume fish from the lake. Avoid contact with blue-green algae along the shoreline, as well, as animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with contaminated water may experience serious illness. Symptoms of contact with the algae include skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting or diarrhea, AHS said.
Biohazard name: Blue-Green (cyanobacteria) Algae bloom
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
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Today HAZMAT USA State of New Jersey, West Deptford [Green Fields Swim Club] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Sunday, 01 July, 2012 at 04:47 (04:47 AM) UTC.

Description
At least four people have been taken to area hospitals sickened by a chlorine release at a Gloucester County swimming pool. Officials say the incident was reported around 3:00pm at the Green Fields Swim Club at 989 Jessup Road in West Deptford, N.J. The injured were transported by ambulances to Underwood and Kennedy Hospitals. There is no word on conditions. he incident is under investigation. And in Philadelphia, five people, including two children hospitalized in a similar incident at a pool in Northeast Philadelphia. The incident was reported around 9:00am in the 8200 block of Bustleton Avenue. Two children and three adults were taken to Hahnemann Hospital. They are listed in stable condition. Officials say initial investigation revealed the incident occurred at a private pool where someone had mixed pool chemicals together causing hazardous material to be released. The investigation continues.

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Articles of Interest

Autopsy of a eruption: Linking crystal growth to volcano seismicity

by Staff Writers
Bristol, UK (SPX)

Terra Daily


File image: Mount St. Helens.

A forensic approach that links changes deep below a volcano to signals at the surface is described by scientists from the University of Bristol in a paper published in Science. The research could ultimately help to predict future volcanic eruptions with greater accuracy.

Using forensic-style chemical analysis, Dr Kate Saunders and colleagues directly linked seismic observations of the deadly 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption to crystal growth within the magma chamber, the large underground pool of liquid rock beneath the volcano.

Over 500 million people live close to volcanoes which may erupt with little or no clear warning, causing widespread devastation, disruption to aviation and even global effects on climate. Many of the world’s volcanoes are monitored for changes such as increases in seismicity or ground deformation.

However, an on-going problem for volcanologists is directly linking observations at the surface to processes occurring underground.

Dr Saunders and colleagues studied zoned crystals, which grow concentrically like tree rings within the magma body. Individual zones have subtly different chemical compositions, reflecting the changes in physical conditions within the magma chamber and thus giving an indication of volcanic processes and the timescales over which they occur.

Chemical analysis of the crystals revealed evidence of pulses of magma into a growing chamber within the volcano. Peaks in crystal growth were found to correlate with increased seismicity and gas emissions in the months prior to the eruption.

Dr Saunders said: “Such a correlation between crystal growth and volcanic seismicity has been long anticipated, but to see such clear evidence of this relationship is remarkable.”

This forensic approach can be applied to other active volcanoes to shed new light upon the nature and timescale of pre-eruptive activity. This will help scientists to evaluate monitoring signals at restless volcanoes and improve forecasting of future eruptions.

Related Links
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A world of storm and tempest

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Earthquakes

 

ROSE EDIS

 

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
30.06.2012 07:20:49 2.3 North America United States California Watermans Corner There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 07:15:40 2.2 Asia Turkey Cirpi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 06:55:41 2.2 North America United States California Bitterwater VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 07:16:02 2.2 Asia Turkey Sokte VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:16:28 2.8 South-America Chile Cautenicsa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:16:49 2.5 Asia Turkey Ulukoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 06:15:29 2.5 Asia Turkey Inlice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 06:15:56 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:17:09 2.1 Asia Turkey Nargize VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 05:25:37 2.8 North America United States California Ribbonwood VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 05:26:03 2.8 North America United States California Ribbonwood VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 06:16:22 3.7 Asia Turkey Alakilise There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 04:46:38 2.6 North America United States Alaska Ninilchik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 06:16:43 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 06:17:03 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 08:00:45 2.5 North America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 04:11:38 2.2 North America United States California Bryn Mawr VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 04:10:30 2.4  Europe Montenegro Zlostup VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 06:30:58 2.4 North America United States New York/Empire State Fineview VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 04:00:36 3.9 North America United States California Centerville (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 05:11:52 2.4 Asia Turkey Inlice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 04:12:33 3.0 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Cashmere Hills VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
30.06.2012 03:35:30 3.4 Caribbean Dominican Republic Provincia de La Altagracia Boca de Chavon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 03:09:19 4.5 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Kunes Linchang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 03:05:25 4.5 Asia China Quergou VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 04:10:50 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 04:11:10 2.3 Asia Turkey Arakin VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:05:51 2.9 Asia Turkey Bodrum There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:06:11 2.5 Asia Turkey Inlice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:06:32 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:07:11 4.9 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand East Cape VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:09:41 4.9 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County East Cape VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 03:07:30 5.2 Asia Japan Takinoura VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 02:30:40 5.2 Asia Japan Tokyo-to Takinoura VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 03:07:51 2.0 Asia Turkey Bekdemir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:08:17 3.2 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:08:35 2.6 Europe Greece Vathy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:08:55 2.2 Asia Turkey Taslik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 02:00:43 2.5 Asia Turkey Ovakislacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 02:01:04 2.4 Asia Turkey Citoren There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 02:01:24 3.6 Europe Serbia Rakinac VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 02:01:45 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 02:02:03 3.1 South-America Chile Zorras There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:55:34 4.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Horoera VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 01:00:29 4.9 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Horoera VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:30:36 4.7 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Okiwi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 01:00:51 4.8 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Okiwi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 01:01:11 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:10:32 2.2 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 01:01:31 2.7 Europe Greece Platanos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 02:02:25 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 01:01:36 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:00:49 3.7 Europe France Rompon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:01:11 2.8 South-America Chile Sipiza There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 01:01:56 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 23:55:34 3.2 Caribbean Puerto Rico El Morro VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 00:01:35 6.3 Asia China Kunes Linchang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 23:25:29 6.3 Asia China Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu Kunes Linchang VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 01:02:20 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 01:02:20 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:01:56 3.5 Asia Turkey Uzunyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 01:02:21 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:02:19 3.1 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:02:37 2.4 Asia Turkey Rustemgedik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:02:56 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:03:15 3.3 Asia Turkey Sabanli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 01:25:30 3.1 North America United States Oregon Pistol River VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 22:55:56 2.3 Asia Turkey Rustemgedik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 23:10:48 2.4 North America United States Washington Coal Creek There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 22:56:23 3.6 South-America Chile Puerto Flamenco VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 00:03:34 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 22:56:43 4.8 Pacific Ocean – Middle Solomon Islands Paeu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 22:57:35 4.8 Solomon Islands Western Province Paeu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 21:50:36 3.0 Europe Greece Dhiyeliotika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 21:50:58 2.5 Europe Greece Dhiyeliotika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 21:51:19 3.1 Europe Poland Pstraze VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 21:51:39 2.3 Europe Greece Neon Karlovasion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 22:57:04 2.4 Asia Turkey Bugdayli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 21:51:59 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 21:52:21 2.5 Europe Greece Rodhodhafni VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 21:52:41 2.5 Europe Greece Stavria VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 21:53:02 2.3 Europe Italy Le Cremosine VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 07:17:37 2.3 North America United States Texas Keene VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 20:45:31 4.5 North-America United States Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 20:10:41 4.3 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 20:30:37 4.5 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 20:45:51 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 19:25:44 2.8 North America United States Alaska Eska VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 19:21:00 2.0 North America United States Alaska Happy Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 20:56:22 2.0 North America United States Oregon Galloway (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 19:40:30 3.1 South-America Chile Aguas Buenas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 19:40:51 2.5 Asia Turkey Kasikci VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 19:41:10 2.3 Asia Turkey Hacilar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 19:41:31 2.5 Asia Turkey Hacidanisment VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 17:55:33 5.8 Atlantic Ocean Saint Helena Wild Cattle Pound VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 18:35:28 6.0 Atlantic Ocean – North Saint Helena Wild Cattle Pound VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 17:30:50 2.2 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 18:35:52 2.2 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 17:31:10 2.3 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 18:36:15 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:55:46 2.2 North America United States Alaska Lucky Shot Landing VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
30.06.2012 01:02:39 2.3 Asia Turkey Kapanalan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 18:36:36 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 01:02:59 2.4 Asia Turkey Dibekduzu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 17:31:32 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:30:47 2.2 Asia Turkey Karaseyh VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 17:31:53 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:31:10 2.7 Europe Greece Evpalion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:31:32 4.1 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Wasiri There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:31:53 2.8 Europe Greece Asminion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:32:14 2.2 Asia Turkey Kucukcukur VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:32:32 2.3 Europe Italy La Fruttarola VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:34:34 2.2 North America United States California San Juan Hot Springs VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 16:32:52 2.5 Asia Turkey Cayirozu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:33:13 2.1 Asia Turkey Hunguvet VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:33:34 4.8 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Matokana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:34:55 4.8 Pacific Ocean Fiji Matokana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 17:32:18 3.2 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:33:52 2.2 Asia Turkey Kotanli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 17:32:39 3.1 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:15:47 2.1 North America United States California Blocksburg VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 22:57:57 2.2 North America United States California Blocksburg VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 17:32:59 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:34:13 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:34:33 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:34:54 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:35:25 3.1 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:30:32 5.2 Middle-America Mexico Zacapulco VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:16:09 5.2 Middle America Mexico Estado de Chiapas Zacapulco VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 15:30:54 2.0 Asia Turkey Ulaslar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:35:52 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 16:15:26 3.0 Caribbean Dominican Republic Provincia de La Romana Boca Chica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 15:31:14 2.3 Asia Turkey Karabogurtlen VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:31:36 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 14:28:11 2.3 North America United States California Black Oaks There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 15:31:57 2.4 Asia Turkey Bekiran There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:32:18 3.4 South-America Chile Campamento El Laco There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:32:37 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 14:25:37 3.1 Asia Turkey Karabogurtlen VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:32:57 2.0 Asia Turkey Inlice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:33:17 2.0 Asia Turkey Isikkara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 14:25:59 2.4 Europe Greece Marathias VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 13:45:46 2.1 North America United States California Pinnacles VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 14:26:29 2.6 Asia Turkey Suberde VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
30.06.2012 03:10:49 2.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County New Brighton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
29.06.2012 13:15:49 2.8 North America United States Alaska Susitna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 14:26:50 2.6 Asia Turkey Aziz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 14:27:11 2.2 Asia Turkey Karandere VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 13:20:43 2.9 South-America Chile Polcura VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 13:21:05 2.0 Europe Italy Barchessone VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 13:21:26 3.4 Asia Turkey Baskonak VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:20:48 5.5 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Haatua There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:24:27 4.9 Pacific Ocean Tonga Haatua There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 14:27:31 2.3 Asia Turkey Sizma VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:21:06 2.3 Europe Italy Arli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:21:26 2.8 Europe Greece Foinikous VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:21:47 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:22:11 3.2 Europe France Aleu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:22:32 2.7 Europe Greece Ano Mazarakion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 11:45:37 4.9 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Faighunaa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 12:22:50 5.0 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Detna VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:23:11 2.1 Asia Turkey Buban VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 12:23:29 2.1 Asia Turkey Kocaalagolkoy There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:33:37 3.1 South-America Chile Bellavista VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 11:36:37 4.2 Asia Tajikistan (( Kurgan-Tyubinskaya Oblast' )) Ak-Mamad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 12:23:47 4.2 Asia Tajikistan Ak-Mamad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 10:10:41 2.2 North America United States Alaska Nelchina VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 11:20:46 2.5 Asia Turkey Eskisayaca VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 09:25:35 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Cikawung VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 10:15:27 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Cikawung VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 10:30:45 3.5 Caribbean British Virgin Islands The Settlement VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 10:15:48 2.5 Asia Turkey Sevketiye VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 15:25:56 2.0 North America United States Missouri Linda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
29.06.2012 09:10:47 2.2 Europe Greece Taratsa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
29.06.2012 09:11:09 2.7 Europe Czech Republic Albrechtice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

 

 

 

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Seattle Fault Bigger Quake Threat Than Thought

Crystal Gammon, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor

 

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Cartoon of main geological events recorded at Gorst, Wash., from pre-earthquake conditions (a), to a tsunami that deposited material (b), through landslide debris flow (c). The depiction appears in a study from the June 2012 issue of the journal Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
CREDIT: Maria E. Martin Arcos

A new word of caution for Seattleites: The big quake you’ve been waiting for could be even bigger than expected.

The Seattle Fault, a zone of east-west thrust faults under the Puget Sound and Seattle, last ruptured in a magnitude-7.0 to -7.5 earthquake about 1,100 years ago. It’s due for another one, but scientists don’t know when that might happen.

Whenever it does, the quake — and ensuing hazards like landslides or a tsunami — could be larger and affect a wider area than scientists had calculated, according to recent research from the University of Washington.

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“Before, it looked like the Seattle Fault had a very narrow zone that was deformed during the last major earthquake, but this evidence shows that the zone of deformation was actually several kilometers wider,” said Maria Martin Arcos, a geologist with the engineering firm AMEC, who completed the research while she was a doctoral student at the University of Washington.

“This also shows that when you think about an earthquake, you also have to think about and plan for these other things, like landslides and tsunamis, that can come along with it,” Arcos told OurAmazingPlanet.

Triple threat

Native American oral legends recount a major earthquake near Seattle around A.D. 900-930, but those are the only human records of the event. To learn more about the prehistoric quake — and what the Seattle Fault might have in store for future ruptures — researchers have had to dig into the geologic record.

Arcos looked for evidence in a coastal marsh near Gorst, Wash. Geophysical models of the fault predicted that the prehistoric quake didn’t deform this area, but Arcos discovered that parts of the marsh had been lifted about 10 feet (3 meters) during the quake.

She found a layer of big cedar trunks, forest peat and seeds and leaves from land plants directly on top of a layer full of clams, mussels and mud. Together, the two layers are evidence that the quake suddenly lifted land in an intertidal zone, turning it into a forested zone.

Also, a sandy layer deposited by a tsunami and a layer of forest turf torn up during a landslide showed that at least two violent events accompanied the major earthquake, Arcos said.

Bigger danger zone

A better understanding of the Seattle Fault’s structure will help researchers forecast which areas might experience intense ground shaking in future quakes, Arcos said.

Her research indicates that a zone 6 to 7 miles (10 to 12 kilometers) wide could be deformed in a future quake with a magnitude up to 7.5. Previous estimates showed the danger zone was only about 4 to 5 miles (7 to 8 km) wide. [Video: What Earthquake ‘Magnitude’ Means]

“We know where most of the big plate boundary faults are, and we have some ideas as to how they behave. But for these smaller faults, we don’t really know where all of them are or how all of them behave,” Arcos said. “This fault runs right under the city of Seattle, and we’re still finding new things almost every year.”

Arcos’ research is detailed in the June 2012 issue of the journal Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

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Strong quake hits remote western China: USGS

Strong quake hits remote western China: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.3 quake struck a remote region of western China, close to the Kazakhstan border, early on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.5, struck at 5:07 a.m. on Saturday (2107 GMT on Friday), and was centered 94 miles southwest of the town of Shihezi in Xinjiang province.

“It’s a very quiet, remote, mountainous area that is sparsely populated. A the moment we have no report of any casualty or damage but we are watching closely,” USGS Geophysicist Chen Shengzao told Reuters by telephone from Golden, Colorado.

The USGS said the quake was very shallow, only 6.1 miles below the Earth’s surface. Chen said that because of its magnitude and very shallow depth, the quake would have been widely felt.

A 6.3 quake is capable of causing severe damage.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Paul Simao and Todd Eastham)

 

 

Today Earthquake China Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, [98 km S Kuytun] Damage level
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Earthquake in China on Saturday, 30 June, 2012 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC.

Description
A strong earthquake jolted China’s far-western frontier early Saturday, shaking buildings and cutting off electricity in the remote mountainous area and injuring at least 17 people. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake, which hit China’s Xinjiang region, at magnitude-6.3, while China’s Earthquake Networks Center put it at 6.6. The Xinjiang regional government reported no deaths but said 17 people were injured. Most of the victims were tourists. Residents near the epicenter were shaken out of bed in pre-dawn darkness and some households lost electricity. The quake toppled several buildings 300 kilometers (186 miles) to the west in the regional capital, Urumqi, that rescuers had been dispatched to the sparsely populated area to search for casualties. An official from the Xinjiang Earthquake Bureau said the quake was “strongly felt” in Urumqi. The man, who gave only his surname, Jian, said Urumqi residents rushed into the streets when the quake hit but returned home after 6 a.m.

 

 

 

Preliminary Earthquake Report


EDIS Number: EQ-20120629-256663-SHN Common Alerting Protocol
Magnitude: 6.0
Mercalli scale: 6
Date-Time [UTC]: Friday, 29th June 2012 at 03:31 PM
Local Date/Time: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 15:31 in the afternoon at epicenter
Coordinate: 24° 45.000, 9° 37.800
Depth: 10 km (6.21 miles)
Hypocentrum: Shallow depth
Class: Strong
Region: Atlantic Ocean – North
Country: Saint Helena
Location: 952.4 km (591.79 miles) SW of Wild Cattle Pound, Saint Helena
Source: EMSC
Generated Tsunami: Not or no data
Damage: Not or no data

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Siple volcano (Marie Byrd Land, Western Antarctica): possible awakening – steaming detected on 20 June

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Mt Siple volcano in Antarctica might have become active and produced a steam plume recently detected on satellite imagery. The latest Smithsonian activity report mentions:
“Infrared imagery from the Metop satellite showed a possible rising steam plume from the area of Siple on 20 June. The imagery, as interpreted by Mark Drapes, indicated that the volcano was about -22 degrees Celsius, about 6 degrees warmer that the surrounding landscape, and the base of the plume was about -55 degrees Celsius.
Sources: Mark Drapes, personal communication, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)”

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The Weather Channel estimated that on Thursday nearly 93 million Americans were in areas under heat advisories and 21 million in areas with excessive heat warnings.

Source :  msnbc.com

The heat wave smothering the central U.S. on Friday spread east — and for Washington, D.C., that meant topping out at 104 degrees at Reagan National Airport around 5 p.m. ET.

The nation’s capital broke the June 29 record mark by 3 degrees and, with the humidity, it felt like 112, the National Weather Service reported.

The old record of 101 degrees stood for 138 years. Washington’s all-time record is 106.

Nashville, Tenn., saw 109 degrees on Friday — smashing its 60-year record by two degrees.

Triple-digit temperatures across the Mid-Atlantic were expected to break records elsewhere as well, the weather service reported earlier.

Record-breaking heat will continue into the weekend and possibly through the July 4th holiday, it added, “and overnight lows will struggle to drop below 70.”

Much of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast on Friday joined areas in the Plains and Midwest with excessive heat warnings and heat advisories. The Northeast was only slightly cooler.

High humidity could make it feel like 119 degrees in some Carolina coastal areas by Saturday afternoon, the weather service stated.

On Thursday, Norton, Kan., was the hottest spot in the nation, topping out at 118 degrees, according to the National Climatic Data Center. In all, 22 Kansas locations reached 110 or hotter on Thursday.

Over the previous five days, another Kansas town, Hill City, held that hottest spot, reaching 115 degrees on Wednesday.

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Two Suspected Deaths in Heat Wave

Ian Cummings
The Kansas City Star
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Kansas City’s current heat wave is suspected as the cause of two deaths, one of them a one-year-old boy.

The Kansas City Health Department announced Thursday that the county medical examiner is investigating the deaths of the child and a 60-year-old man as the first suspected heat-related deaths of the year.

No other [sic] details were available.

The metro area, along with eastern Kansas and all of Missouri, remains under an excessive heat warning expected to continue into next week.

Thursday’s high hit 106 at Charlie Wheeler Downtown Airport and 105 degrees at Kansas City International Airport. The heat index reached as high as 108, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to back off a little for the weekend, but not much. The lowest we can expect will be about 100 on Sunday.

After that, the forecast is more heat, and lots of it.

Bowman said temperatures will stop climbing for just a few days as the mass of hot, dry air that has settled on the central and southern plains region flattens and expands to the east. By Thursday of next week, he said, it should be built all the way back up past 100.

“It looks pretty brutal,” said Chris Bowman, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Pleasant Hill.

“For the next week, it doesn’t look like there’s any real relief.”

These are late summer weather patterns only seen in June once every five years or so, according to weather service.

The unseasonable heat is driving people all over the area to take precautions and seek shelter.

More than 275 people found relief Thursday at cooling stations opened by the Salvation Army and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

The Salvation Army’s eight community centers offer a place to cool off and a cold drink, and will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the excessive heat warning is lifted. The Independence Crossroads location also offers cots to those who need a place to spend the night, and Salvation Army spokeswoman Amanda Waters said she expected at least 12 people to stay there Thursday night because of the heat.

The YMCA cooling stations will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Kansas City Fire Department reported between seven and 10 heat-related medical emergencies by 4 pm. Thursday.

With the weekend forecast, North Kansas City’s centennial festival has changed its schedule and plans to bring in several cooling devices.

“We didn’t anticipate that the temperature would exceed the age of the city,” said Debbie Van Pelt-McEnroe, a spokeswoman for the festival committee.

The carnival will not open until 6 p.m. Friday, but will open at 1 p.m. Saturday. The city plans to provide two misting tents and a mobile, air-conditioned command post with paramedics. The fire station on Howell Street, the North Kansas City Library and the North Kansas City Community Center will be open for festival attendees who need to cool off.

Anyone braving the outdoors Friday or Saturday can expect a heat index between 105 and 110.

Bowman said temperatures will stop climbing for just a few days as the mass of hot, dry air that has settled on the central and southern plains region flattens and expands to the east. By Thursday of next week, he said, it should be built all the way back up.

An ozone alert issued for Kansas City Thursday will continue Friday. The alert, issued by the Mid-America Regional Council, warns of an unhealthy amount of ozone, or smog, in the air at ground level.

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By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
The Waldo Canyon fire destroyed a neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Co. Photo via Gold Coast Weather Facebook page. See more before and after photos at The Denver Post.

A lack of drenching rainfall could continue through much of the summer over Colorado and neighboring areas, adding to wildfire woes.

While there has been some thunderstorm activity of late in the region, not enough rain will fall over a broad enough area to significantly impact tinder-dry conditions.

In many cases the storms have brought and will continue to bring little or no rainfall in the weeks ahead.

The air over the region is much too dry to allow the rain falling at cloud level in the storm to reach the ground.

What happens is that the evaporating rain cools the air, which then races to the ground in the form of strong gusts. In turn, the gusty winds generated nearby from the storms fan the flames of existing fires, while lightning strikes from the storms threaten to start new fires.

 

According to Paul Pastelok, head of AccuWeather.com’s Long Range Experts, “It appears the zone of high pressure over the region now will last through much of July and could continue through much of August.”

Pastelok pointed out that some moisture will continue and may increase over the Southwest in general in the coming weeks, but it will tend to “go around” rather than through most of Colorado.

Pastelok is referring to the phenomenon known to locals as the monsoon, which brings more humid air up from Mexico, and produces thunderstorm activity.

“It is possible a non-monsoon feature with a more liberal amount of showers and thunderstorms may swing from Texas to New Mexico next week, but only the southern part of Colorado would be grazed,” Pastelok said.

Otherwise, the region will have to wait until the high pressure area breaks down or shifts position and shorter days with lower sun intensity assist with matters.

While temperatures will occasionally throttle back in coming weeks, the overall massive heat pump will remain in place over Colorado through the middle of summer.

Even in areas that manage to get a couple of rainfalls of 0.10 of an inch from one of the spotty thunderstorms the next week or so, long sun-filled days and evaporation rates of 0.25 to 0.50 of an inch per day will rapidly trump rainfall.

Nebraska National Guard crewmembers dump water from a Bambi bucket onto flames of the High Park fire, in Larimer County, Colo., on June 18, 2012.
The National Guard/Flickr

 

 

50 evacuations near De Beque as blaze grows

By Paul Shockley
Friday, June 29, 2012

The Daily Sentinel
An overflow crowd of at least 200 De Beque residents heard Thursday night they may be evacuated over the coming days to either Parachute or Palisade, all dependent on the mood of a growing wind-whipped wildfire which closed a smoky Interstate 70.

“I’ve never seen fire do some of things that we’ve seen this year,” Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey told the crowd. “It’s scary here.”

Growing more than tenfold from Wednesday, the 10,000-acre Pine Ridge Fire southwest of De Beque blew up Thursday as winds kicked up over the afternoon, spreading in all directions and coming within a stone’s throw of the westbound traffic lanes of I-70.

A 13-mile stretch of the highway from the Powderhorn exit to the De Beque exit was closed.

The Bureau of Land Management said it planned to map the blaze from the air overnight to get an accurate estimate of acreage burned.

While roughly 50 residents southeast of De Beque were evacuated Thursday afternoon and offered shelter at Palisade High School, Hilkey laid out an uncertain scenario for a possible mandatory evacuation of the entire town De Beque over the coming days. The sheriff said authorities were concerned today’s projected weather may push flames toward De Beque.

“If Interstate 70 is still closed, we’ll go down 45 1/2 Road to the De Beque Cutoff, to Highway 65 and to Grand Junction,” Hilkey said, adding evacuees would be directed to Palisade High School.

“If the fire jumps I-70 and reaches 45 1/2 Road, both of which would be closed, we’ll send people to Parachute,” Hilkey added, saying they’ve receive a commitment from Grand Valley High School to assist.

Hilkey said any evacuation notice will include phone calls from 911 dispatchers in Grand Junction, while some 206 such calls went out late Thursday afternoon to residences and business on the south side of De Beque, closer to I-70.

DeBeque, which registered a population of 504 in the 2010 census, also has other means of notifying residents.

“We have a siren and everyone in town can hear it clearly,” a woman yelled at Hilkey from the back of the De Beque Community Center Thursday night.

“We’ll build that into our contingency plan,” the sheriff replied.

Russell Long, division chief with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management team, said a staff of 100 firefighters and support staff were on the ground, and the number of resources was growing.

With the acceleration of the fire Thursday afternoon, the BLM formally issued a request for a Type 1 overhead management team, Catherine Robertson, Grand Junction BLM Field Office Director, told the crowd Thursday night. Type 1 teams consist of the most skilled federal firefighters.

“This is the same type of team they have on the Front Range right now,” Robertson said. “We’re trying to give you the best resources to work this fire, but we have to be patient.”

Long acknowledged the Pine Ridge blaze was in something of a “competition” for resources with the wildfires charring the Front Range.

Tanker planes were seen throughout Thursday making several passes around the blaze, while officials held out hope that a heavy-duty helicopter capable of dropping 1,500-gallon water bombs on the blaze might be available by Friday.

“We can do bucket drops in the (Colorado) river,” Robertson said. “Part of the reason we have to shut down I-70 is safety.”

Grand Valley Power officials announced late Thursday evening that they may de-energize power lines in the De Beque area should the fire advance toward those lines in order to keep firefighters safe, a move that would leave customers in the area without power for an extended period of time.

The power company said it is working with the incident commander on the fire to monitor it and has dispatched linemen to locations ahead of the fire so that they’re in position to de-energize the lines if it becomes necessary to do so.

In the event lines are de-energized, Grand Valley Power encourages customers to keep refrigerators and freezers closed to minimize the impacts an extended outage could have on food storage. Officials said they will keep customers informed about any action taken with the power lines.

City Editor Mike Wiggins contributed to this report.

 

 

Serious Heat and Serious Storms

 Today’s all-time record highs (that I could find, anyway):

Columbia, SC: 109 (nyah-nyah, Augusta … Columbia’s hottest ever is now one hotter than yours)

Nashville, TN: 109

Athens, GA: 109

Paducah, KY: 108 (tie)

Huntsville, AL: 106

Chattanooga, TN: 106 (tie)

Columbus, GA: 105

Greer, SC: 105 (tie)

Raleigh, NC: 105 (tie)

Charlotte, NC: 104 (tie)

Tri-Cities, TN: 102 (tie)

Crossville, TN: 102

Honorable mentions:

Smyrna, TN: 113 (I’ve always thought this thermometer runs a bit hot, but if it is accurate, it ties the Tennessee all-time state record high from Perryville on August 9, 1930)

Columbia, SC (Owens Field): 110 (short period of record, 1 short of the South Carolina state record high)

Bowling Green, KY: 110 (June record high)

Rumor has it that Mount Leconte, TN got to 81 today, the first time they have ever been in the 80s. It will be interesting to see how warm Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell were today. Grandfather Mountain’s warmest is 83 and I believe Mount Mitchell’s is 82.

Today certainly rivals what I used to consider the hottest day ever in the Southeast, August 21, 1983.

I’m looking forward to pouring over the local cooperative reports to see if any state record highs were tied or broken. I think there’s a chance in South Carolina and Tennessee. Someone in Georgia might have gotten close.

Most places in the Southeast will be within a degree or two of what we saw yesterday, some places hotter, others not as hot. So, we’ll take a run at some of these figures again Saturday.

 

 

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Storms, Flooding

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

 

BISMARCK ND

 

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
“So this is going on outside my window #chicago #storm,” tweeted user @twobitme this morning.

People dealing with scorching temperatures stretched across the Midwest may get a break from the heat wave, but only at the expense of severe thunderstorms.

The storms slammed Illinois with 60-mph winds and heavy rain during the midday Friday and were racing along at nearly 80 mph across Indiana and Ohio, aiming toward West Virginia and western Pennsylvania Friday evening.

High winds from the storms have had a history of numerous power outages, downed trees and property damage.

The heat combining with the severe weather in the atmosphere could also create large hailstones the size of golf balls and frequent lightning strikes.

The storms will approach quickly. Be sure to seek shelter as soon as you hear thunder.

 

Flood Warning

 

JACKSONVILLE FL
SPOKANE, WA
DULUTH MN
TALLAHASSEE FL
TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL

 

 

 

 

30.06.2012 Flood India State of Assam , [Assam-wide] Damage level
Details

 

Flood in India on Friday, 29 June, 2012 at 09:54 (09:54 AM) UTC.

Description
Gauhati Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, killing at least 27 people and leaving hundreds of thousands more marooned Friday. The Indian air force was delivering food packages to people huddled on patches of dry land along with cattle and wild elephants. Rescuers were being dropped by helicopter into affected areas to help the stranded. About one million people have been forced to evacuate as the floods from the swollen Brahmaputra River – one of Asia’s largest – swamped 2,084 villages across most of Assam state, officials said. Officials have counted 27 people dead so far, but the toll is expected to be much higher as unconfirmed casualty reports mount. Telephone lines were knocked out and some train services were cancelled after their tracks were swamped by mud. As the floods soaked the Kaziranga game reserve east of Assam’s capital of Gauhati, motorists reported seeing a one-horned rhino fleeing along a busy highway. “We never thought the situation would turn this grim when the monsoon-fed rivers swelled a week ago,” said Nilomoni Sen Deka, an Assam government minister. Residents of Majuli – an 800-square-kilometre island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River – watched helplessly as the swirling, grey waters swallowed 50 villages and swept away their homes. “We are left with only the clothes we are wearing,” said 60-year-old Puniram Hazarika, one of about 75,000 island residents now camping in makeshift shelters of bamboo sticks and plastic tarps on top of a mud embankment. A herd of 70 endangered Asiatic elephants, which usually avoid humans, were grouped together nearby, Majuli island wildlife official Atul Das said. “The jumbos have not caused any harm, but we are keeping a close watch,” he said.

 

 

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Radiation / Nuclear

 

Seismologists warn Japan against nuclear restart

TOKYO (Reuters) – Two prominent seismologists said on Tuesday that Japan is ignoring the safety lessons of last year’s Fukushima crisis and warned against restarting two reactors next month.

Japan has approved the restart of the two reactors at the Kansai Electric Power Ohi nuclear plant, northwest of Tokyo, despite mass public opposition.

They will be the first to come back on line after all reactors were shut following a massive earthquake and tsunami last March that caused the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl at Tokyo Electric Power’s Daiichi Fukushima plant.

Seismic modeling by Japan’s nuclear regulator did not properly take into account active fault lines near the Ohi plant, Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a seismologist at Kobe University, told reporters.

“The stress tests and new safety guidelines for restarting nuclear power plants both allow for accidents at plants to occur,” Ishibashi told reporters. “Instead of making standards more strict, they both represent a severe setback in safety standards.”

Experts advising Japan’s nuclear industry had underestimated the seismic threat, Mitsuhisa Watanabe, a tectonic geomorphology professor at Toyo University, said at the same news conference.

“The expertise and neutrality of experts advising Japan’s Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency are highly questionable,” Watanabe said.

After an earthquake in 2007 caused radiation leaks at reactors north of Tokyo, Ishibashi said Japan was at risk of a nuclear disaster following a large earthquake, a warning that proved prescient after Fukushima.

While it is impossible to predict when earthquakes will happen, Ishibashi said on Tuesday the magnitude 9 quake last year made it more likely “devastating” earthquakes would follow.

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Climate Change

 

 

Africa’s Savannas May Become Forests by 2100, Study Suggests

Science Daily

ScienceDaily (June 28, 2012) — A new study published today in Nature by authors from the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the Goethe University Frankfurt suggests that large parts of Africa’s savannas may well be forests by 2100. The study suggests that fertilization by atmospheric carbon dioxide is forcing increases in tree cover throughout Africa. A switch from savanna to forest occurs once a critical threshold of CO2 concentration is exceeded, yet each site has its own critical threshold. The implication is that each savanna will switch at different points in time, thereby reducing the risk that a synchronous shock to the earth system will emanate from savannas.

Tropical grasslands, savannas and forests, areas the authors call the savanna complex, are expected to respond sensitively to climate and atmospheric changes. This is because the main players, grasses and trees, differ fundamentally in their response to temperature, carbon dioxide supply and fire and are in an unrelenting struggle for the dominance of the savanna complex. The outcome of this struggle determines whether vast portions of the globe’s tropical and sub-tropical regions are covered with grasslands, savannas or forests.  In the past such shifts in dominance have played out in slow motion, but the current wave of atmospheric changes has accelerated the potential rate of change.

Experimental studies have generally shown that plants do not show a large response to CO2 fertilization.  “However, most of these studies were conducted in northern ecosystems or on commercially important species” explains Steven Higgins, lead author of the study from the Biodiodversity and Climate Reseach Centre and Goethe-University. “In fact, only one experimental study has investigated how savanna plants will respond to changing CO2 concentrations and this study showed that savanna trees were essentially CO2 starved under pre-industrial CO2 concentrations, and that their growth really starts taking off at the CO2 concentrations we are currently experiencing.“

The vegetation shifts that the Higgins and Scheiter study projects are an example of what some theorists call catastrophic regime shifts. Such catastrophic regime shifts can be triggered by small changes in the factors that regulate the system. These small changes set up a cascade of events that reinforce each other causing the system to change more and more rapidly. The study demonstrated that the savanna complex showed symptoms of catastrophic regime shifts.  “The potential for regime shifts in a vegetation formation that covers such vast areas is what is making earth system scientists turn their attention to savannas” comments Higgins.

Knowing when such regime shifts will occur is critical for anticipating change. This study discovered that locations where the temperature rise associated with climate change occurs rapidly, for example in the center of southern Africa, are projected to switch later to forest as the high rate of temperature increase allows the savanna grasses to remain competitive for longer in the face of rising atmospheric CO2 concentration. This means that even though a single location may experience its catastrophic regime shift, the vegetation change when averaged over a region will be smoother. Such gradual transitions in regional vegetation patterns will reduce the potential for shocks to the earth system. “While this may seem reassuring, we have to bear in mind that these changes are still rapid when viewed on geological time scales”, says Higgins.

The practical implications of the study are far reaching. For example, the study identified a belt that spans northern central Africa where fire suppression would encourage savannas to transition to forests. “So if you wanted to sequester carbon as part of a carbon mitigation action, this is where you should do it” explained Higgins “with the caveat that where this will work is shifting as atmospheric conditions change.” A worrying implication is that the grasslands and open savannas of Africa, areas with unique floras and faunas, are set to be replaced by closed savannas  or forests.  Hence it appears that atmospheric change represents a major threat to systems that are already threatened by over-grazing, plantation forestry and crop production.

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News June 29, 2012: Maya, M Flares, and the Canary Islands

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
African Rainforests: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120628130643.htm
2012: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-maya-archaeologists-unearth-monument.html
Debbie Rain Totals: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-trmm-satellite-debby-drenching-florida.html
Chinese Astronauts: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-chinese-astronauts-parachute-mission.html
Secret Space Mission: http://www.universetoday.com/96033/mighty-delta-4-heavy-rocket-and-clandestin…
Tital Ocean: http://www.universetoday.com/96027/titans-tides-suggest-a-subsurface-sea/
June Heat: http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/record-heat-all-time-monthly-201…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M2.4 Solar Flare & CME’s June 28-29, 2012

Published on Jun 29, 2012 by

Newly numbered Active Region 11513 unleashed an Impulsive M2.4 Solar Flare yesterday, this blast was followed up with several halo coronal mass ejection’s (CME’s) all of which are not earth directed. Solar activity is now picking up with impulsive C-Class flares while the Xray background increases strongly as this new active region shows sign of growth and magnetic complexity.

SolarWatcher website
http://solarwatcher.net
Earthquake Forecasting Channel
http://youtube.com/thebarcaroller
Earthquake Reporting Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/EQReporter
Soho Website
http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/
Solar Soft website
http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/latest_events/
Solar Terrestrial Activity Report
http://www.solen.info/solar/
WSA-Enlil Solar Wind Prediction
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/cme-based/
Helioviewer
http://www.helioviewer.org/
Quality Solar Website
http://www.solarham.com
Estimated Planetary K index information
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/kp_
GOES Xray Flux Data
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/rt_plots/xray_5mBL.html
Sunspot Information from Solar Monitor
http://www.solarmonitor.org/
Quality Weather Website
http://www.westernpacificweather.com
Space Weather Website
http://www.spaceweather.com/

Music Used is ‘illumination’ by West One Music

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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
(2004 CL) 30th June 2012 0 day(s) 0.1113 43.3 220 m – 480 m 20.75 km/s 74700 km/h
(2008 YQ2) 03rd July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1057 41.1 29 m – 65 m 15.60 km/s 56160 km/h
(2005 QQ30) 06th July 2012 6 day(s) 0.1765 68.7 280 m – 620 m 13.13 km/s 47268 km/h
(2011 YJ28) 06th July 2012 6 day(s) 0.1383 53.8 150 m – 330 m 14.19 km/s 51084 km/h
276392 (2002 XH4) 07th July 2012 7 day(s) 0.1851 72.0 370 m – 840 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
(2003 MK4) 08th July 2012 8 day(s) 0.1673 65.1 180 m – 410 m 14.35 km/s 51660 km/h
(1999 NW2) 08th July 2012 8 day(s) 0.0853 33.2 62 m – 140 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
189P/NEAT 09th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1720 66.9 n/a 12.47 km/s 44892 km/h
(2000 JB6) 10th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.1780 69.3 490 m – 1.1 km 6.42 km/s 23112 km/h
(2010 MJ1) 10th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.1533 59.7 52 m – 120 m 10.35 km/s 37260 km/h
(2008 NP3) 12th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1572 61.2 57 m – 130 m 6.08 km/s 21888 km/h
(2006 BV39) 12th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1132 44.1 4.2 m – 9.5 m 11.11 km/s 39996 km/h
(2005 NE21) 15th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1555 60.5 140 m – 320 m 10.77 km/s 38772 km/h
(2003 KU2) 15th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 770 m – 1.7 km 17.12 km/s 61632 km/h
(2007 TN74) 16th July 2012 16 day(s) 0.1718 66.9 20 m – 45 m 7.36 km/s 26496 km/h
(2007 DD) 16th July 2012 16 day(s) 0.1101 42.8 19 m – 42 m 6.47 km/s 23292 km/h
(2006 BC8) 16th July 2012 16 day(s) 0.1584 61.6 25 m – 56 m 17.71 km/s 63756 km/h
144411 (2004 EW9) 16th July 2012 16 day(s) 0.1202 46.8 1.3 km – 2.9 km 10.90 km/s 39240 km/h
(2012 BV26) 18th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1759 68.4 94 m – 210 m 10.88 km/s 39168 km/h
(2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 19 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
(2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 20 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
(2010 GK65) 21st July 2012 21 day(s) 0.1696 66.0 34 m – 75 m 17.80 km/s 64080 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 21st July 2012 21 day(s) 0.1367 53.2 18 m – 39 m 3.79 km/s 13644 km/h
153958 (2002 AM31) 22nd July 2012 22 day(s) 0.0351 13.7 630 m – 1.4 km 9.55 km/s 34380 km/h
(2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 23 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
(2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 24 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
(2009 PC) 28th July 2012 28 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

 

 

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Titan’s Tides Suggest a Subsurface Sea

by Jason Major

Universe Today

 

Saturn’s hazy Titan is now on the short list of moons that likely harbor a subsurface ocean of water, based on new findings from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

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As Titan travels around Saturn during its 16-day elliptical orbits, it gets rhythmically squeezed by the gravitational pull of the giant planet — an effect known as tidal flexing (see video below.) If the moon were mostly composed of rock, the flexing would be in the neighborhood of around 3 feet (1 meter.) But based on measurements taken by the Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, Titan exhibits much more intense flexing — ten times more, in fact, as much as 30 feet (10 meters) — indicating that it’s not entirely solid at all.

Instead, Cassini scientists estimate that there’s a moon-wide ocean of liquid water beneath the frozen crust of Titan, possibly sandwiched between layers of ice or rock.

“Short of being able to drill on Titan’s surface, the gravity measurements provide the best data we have of Titan’s internal structure.”

– Sami Asmar, Cassini team member at JPL

“Cassini’s detection of large tides on Titan leads to the almost inescapable conclusion that there is a hidden ocean at depth,” said Luciano Iess, the paper’s lead author and a Cassini team member at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. “The search for water is an important goal in solar system exploration, and now we’ve spotted another place where it is abundant.”

Although liquid water is a necessity for the development of life, the presence of it alone does not guarantee that alien organisms are swimming around in a Titanic underground ocean. It’s thought that water must be in contact with rock in order to create the necessary building blocks of life, and as yet it’s not known what situations may exist around Titan’s inner sea. But the presence of such an ocean — possibly containing trace amounts of ammonia – would help explain how methane gets replenished into the moon’s thick atmosphere.

“The presence of a liquid water layer in Titan is important because we want to understand how methane is stored in Titan’s interior and how it may outgas to the surface,” said Jonathan Lunine, a Cassini team member at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. “This is important because everything that is unique about Titan derives from the presence of abundant methane, yet the methane in the atmosphere is unstable and will be destroyed on geologically short timescales.”

China to invest in Earth monitoring system

by Staff Writers
Beijing (UPI)

Space Daily


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

China says it will invest $81 million to build a national network to monitor movement in the Earth’s crust and for other Earth sciences in the next four years.

The program will use more than 3,000 technicians to build a three-dimensional and dynamic “geodetic” network with high precision, the country’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation announced Tuesday.

The national geodetic network aims to build 360 Global Positioning System reference stations and a satellite-geodesy control network consisting of 4,500 control points, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

The network will ensure people can get timely geodetic information for any point in the country’s land area, surveying administration Deputy Directory Li Weisen said.

China lags behind developed countries in terms of surveying and mapping technologies.

While the United States’ “geoid” determination network can reach an accuracy of 1 inch, China can only determine geoid at an accuracy of 1 foot in its eastern part and 2 feet in its western region, Xinhua said.

Related Links
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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

 

 

Strange Sound Reported in San Diego

The sound was felt or heard in all corners of San Diego County

F/A-18 Aircrafts Cause Boom: Navy

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Residents from Chula Vista to Oceanside reported a large rumble around 12:45 p.m. Friday.

The mysterious sensation was described by some people as sounding like a door slamming while others said it was strong enough to rattle windows.

A check of the U.S. Geological Survey website showed no earthquake activity.

NBC 7 San Diego’s Dagmar Midcap was in Del Mar at the time and described it as a “Sonic ‘rumble'” She tweeted, “according to my contacts at USGS, not seismic but rather sonic.”

Two months ago, when San Diegans heard a similar sound, there was evidence of chaff on weather radar. Chaff is a material sometimes emitted during military exercises.

On Friday, however, Tina Stall with the National Weather Service said there was no visible chaff in the area at the time the noise was reported.

The mysterious sound had both residents and experts scratching their heads. Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist Kristoffer Walker said he felt it too, and looked into microphones recorded from MCAS Miramar.

Evidence from his research revealed an answer.

“There was indeed an atmospheric tremor, or ‘skyquake,'” Walker said. “The likely cause of these ‘skyquakes’ is routine military activity very far off the coast of San Diego (at least 50 miles away) in zones that are designated military training zones.”

Typically, we don’t hear these “skyquakes.” But when the wind reaches speeds of over 100 miles per hour, the sound can reach parts of San Diego, Walker said.

A spokesperson from Camp Pendleton said Marines are not training with anything unusual. They often train with various military equipment and will be training with tanks both Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday evening, the U.S. Naval Air Forces official Facebook page posted the following message regarding the mysterious boom heard around San Diego:

“San Diego, it looks like the boom that was heard and felt today was likely due to some aircraft associated with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) family day cruise. As part of a flight demonstration two F/A-18 aircraft went supersonic about 35 miles off the coast. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. — LT Aaron Kakiel, media officer.”

So, according to the Navy, it appears Friday’s San Diego boom mystery has finally been solved.

Source: Strange Sound Reported in San Diego | NBC San Diego

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

 

 

Bee disease outbreak

Alison Mann

AN OUTBREAK of American Foulbrood, a disease affecting colonies of honeybees, has been found in an apiary in Inverness-shire.

The disease was confirmed following laboratory diagnosis by Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture. Other outbreaks of AFB have previously been reported – and dealt with – in this area over the last three years.

The movement of bees and related equipment into or out of the affected apiary is prohibited. As there is no permitted treatment for the disease in the UK, the infected hive will be destroyed. There are no risks to public health from AFB and no implications for the quality and safety of honey.

Bee farmers and beekeepers are being urged to be vigilant for signs of the disease, to maintain good husbandry practices and to notify any suspicion of disease to BeesMailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. In order to assist Scottish Government Bee Inspectors to control this and other diseases, beekeepers are urged to register on BeeBase, the national bee database.

 

 

 

Today Biological Hazard USA State of California, Los Angeles [Huntington Park] Damage level
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Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 30 June, 2012 at 03:26 (03:26 AM) UTC.

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Three people have been sent to the hospital for bee stings after a swarm invaded a park in Huntington Park Friday. According to Sheriff’s officials, there were about 75 people at Miles Park when the bees descended around 3 p.m. Witnesses say the bees started flying out of the trees and attacking people. Three people were hospitalized with about 50 to 75 stings each. They are expected to survive. The park has been closed as bee experts and Sheriff’s officials are on scene to diffuse the swarm.
Biohazard name: Bees attack
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
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Today HAZMAT Canada Province of Manitoba, St. Vital [Victor Mager School] Damage level
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HAZMAT in Canada on Saturday, 30 June, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Twenty children and five adults were taken to hospital Friday afternoon after a chemical was released in a school’s ventilation system in St. Vital. Emergency officials were called to Victor Mager School just before noon. Some of the victims who suffered from the fumes remain in hospital and are being assessed for respiratory damage. Hospital officials said they believe some people may suffer from inhalation of an air conditioning coolant. Hassa Anbabar, who was admitted to the hospital, said she realized something was wrong when she smelled something different in the air “It was a little scary seeing all the people freaked,” said Anbabar. “But it was okay once we knew everyone was going to be okay.” The entire school was cleared, and about 20 students between the ages of 10 and 12 were taken to the hospital in a medical bus along with handful of staff members. Robyn McLeod, who’s daughter was one of the children hospitalized said she was “freaking out” and almost crying. McLeod’s daughter said the smell gave her a stomach ache. After the evacuation, everyone else in the school waited at a nearby high school. School officials are investigating what happened, they said they suspect the problem started on the roof. “It was probably an air conditioning unit on the school where a fuse burned out and caused an electrical short in the unit, and some smoke entered the building,” said Terry Borys, superintendent of Louis Riel School Division. Officials are concerned students and staff may have some respiratory damage, but at this point it does not appear that anyone was seriously injured. A number of those taken to hospital have been sent home, others will have to stay overnight for observation.

 

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Mysterious bubbles in Bayou Corne

By Kiran Chawla – bio |email
WAFB

ASSUMPTION PARISH, LA (WAFB) –

Mysterious bubbles are rising up out of an Assumption Parish bayou. Officials are trying to figure what’s causing them.

Take a ride down Bayou Corne, and there are bubbles of all sizes along the waterway.

“We have reported on May 30th a pipeline leak, which started us coming out and investigating a bubbling in Bayou Corne,” said Assumption Parish Homeland Security Director John Boudreaux.

Since then though, pipeline officials have not ruled that out just yet, but said it’s unlikely. So now, investigators are going through the process of elimination.

By coincidence, since the bubbling began, many in Assumption Parish are worried

“Our houses shifting and cracks in our sheet rock and our foundation,” said Jason Hugh.

“My home moved, and my home shook. My home moved, and I’m on cement,” said Debra Charlet.

Officials don’t know yet whether the two are related. Boudreaux has taken samples of the bubbles and sent them off for testing. Those samples are expected back in the next couple of weeks.

Officials are monitoring the bubbles twice a day. As for now, no evacuations have been issued and the waterways remain open.

 

 

Press Release #1

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

3:00  p.m.

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Gas Bubbles in the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Areas

 

Bubbling has been noticed in the water in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou areas. Parish officials have determined that this bubbling is caused by a release of natural gas and not “swamp gas”.

 

The origin of the gas is presently unknown. Potential causes could perhaps be a pipeline leak or a potential leak from an adjacent storage cavern. Presently, it has not been established that this gas is a residual gas leak from the Gulf South incident of 2003-2004.

Government officials including the LA Department of Natural Resources, LA State Police, LA Department of Environmental Quality, Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office are continuously working with local industry to determine the origin of the leak. The immediate task at hand is to isolate the problem so that repair and mitigation can commence to resolve the problem.

 

Daily readings are being taken and recorded from all known bubbling locations for ignition risk. At present time, no readings have suggested any ignition risk; therefore, all waterways remain open to boat traffic. If readings change, waterways may be closed for a period of time.

 

If anyone has information on bubbling locations or about a potential origin of the gas, please contact the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (985) 369-7386.

 

 

 

Mysterious African ‘Fairy Circles’ Stump Scientists

Stephanie Pappas
LiveScience
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© Mike and Ann Scott of the NamibRand Nature Reserve
Mysterious bare spots called “fairy circles” dotting the sandy desert grasslands of Namibia have long stumped scientists who have no idea how the strange patterns form.

In the sandy desert grasslands of Namibia in southern Africa, mysterious bare spots known as “fairy circles” will form and then disappear years later for no reason anyone can determine. A new look at these strange patterns doesn’t solve the wistful mystery but at least reveals that the largest of the circles can linger for a lifetime.

Small fairy circles stick around an average of 24 years, while larger ones can exist as long as 75 years, according to research detailed today (June 27) in the journal PLoS ONE. Still, the study sheds little light on why the circles form, persist and then vanish into the landscape after decades.

“The why question is very difficult,” said study researcher Walter Tschinkel, a biologist at Florida State University. “There are a number of hypotheses on the table, and the evidence for none of them is convincing.” [See Photos of Fairy Circles]

Circles of life (and death)

Tschinkel grew interested in fairy circles during a 2005 safari to NamibRand Nature Reserve in southwest Namibia, in the Namib Desert. It was his first experience with the round clearings, tens of thousands of which expose the red sandy soil in the area. A short time after the circles form, a tall ring of grass grows around the border, highlighting the bare area.

Few researchers have studied fairy circles, in part because of their remoteness, 111 miles (180 km) from the nearest village. It’s an arid landscape where springbok, ostriches, leopards and other large animals roam, Tschinkel told LIveScience.

“It’s like dying and going to heaven if you like remote, beautiful desert places,” he said.

At first glance, Tschinkel assumed the circles marked underground nests of harvester termites. But digs have shown no evidence of termite nests under fairy circles. Other explanations, such as differences in soil nutrients or the death of seedlings by toxic vapors from the ground, have likewise failed to hold up to study.

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© Mike and Ann Scott of the NamibRand Nature Reserve
The smallest are about 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter, while the largest can be almost 40 feet (12 m) across. Eventually, plants move back in, re-colonizing the circles and leaving only slightly indented “ghost circles” behind.
In fact, little was known even about the life cycle of the circles, Tschinkel said. With the help of the nature reserve’s staff, satellite images and aerial photos, he set out to change that. By comparing satellite images from 2004 and 2008, he found that circles are quite stable, popping up at nearly their full size, or growing quickly to full size once they get started. The smallest are about 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter, while the largest can be almost 40 feet (12 m) across. Winds scour the bare areas of soil, turning them into slight depressions. Eventually plants move back in, recolonizing the circles and leaving only slightly indented “ghost circles” behind.

Assuming that the overall number of fairy circles on the landscape is fairly steady, Tschinkel used the satellite photos to look at how quickly the circles go from birth to maturity to revegetation. That yielded rough estimates of the circles’ life spans. Most probably exist for 30 to 60 years, Tschinkel said.

Persisting mystery

Tschinkel was able to bolster these estimates thanks to a fundraising effort by the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, which sells sponsorships to fairy circles. The sponsored circles are marked with a ceramic plate, and their GPS coordinates are recorded. Over the 10 years of the sponsorship program, staff members have checked on the status of the sold circles. Their data yielded similar age ranges for fairy circles as the satellite images did, Tschinkel found.

He also determined that the circles form only on sandy soil with minimal stoniness, and that they don’t form on shifting dunes or alluvial fans, where sands are deposited by water.

Some of Tschinkel’s experiments are still ongoing, but so far, they’ve generated no leads on the circles’ origins. Tschinkel suspects the circles are the product of some form of natural self-organization by plants.

“There are some mathematical models that are based on the idea that plants can withdraw resources toward themselves, which has a positive feedback on plant growth where they’re located, but it has a negative effect on plants at a greater distance,” he said.

Computer models based on this math can generate landscapes that look a bit like the fairy circle fields of Namibia, he said. But even if that hypothesis is on the right track, it doesn’t explain how the plants are creating this pattern, not when hoarding soil nutrients and some other possible factors have already been ruled out.

With few people studying the circles – and no funding for chasing down the mysteries of the landscape of southern Africa – Tschinkel said the fairy circles will likely remain an enigma.

“I’m not too worried that this mystery is going to be solved anytime soon,” he said. And the persistence of the mystery makes it ever more intriguing.

“That’s science, isn’t it?” Tschinkel said. “If you knew the answer ahead of time, it wouldn’t be much fun.”

Today Power Outage USA State of Indiana, Fort Wayne Damage level
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Power Outage in USA on Saturday, 30 June, 2012 at 03:22 (03:22 AM) UTC.

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Around 80,000 customers of Indiana Michigan Power either suffered power outages or remained without electricity, hours after a powerful storm rolled through the Fort Wayne area. According to a news release from I&M, those without power might have to do without for an extended period, as well, with the release stating: “Due to the large area affected by the storm and the severity of damage, those affected by the storm should prepare for the possibility of a prolonged restoration process.” A severe thunderstorm watch continues through 7 p.m. for Allen, Huntington, Whitley, Noble, Wells and Adams counties. I&M would work to assess the damage before sending crews to fix power lines, I&M community relations director Sarah Bodner said, adding that many people should expect to be without power for at least a day. “People should prepare for a prolonged outage,” she said. “Power’s not coming back on tonight.” As vendors were setting up Friday afternoon for the weekly Historic Main Street Farmers Market, their eyes were on the furiously darkening sky. “That’s it,” said one woman setting up as she immediately started to pull down her tent.

Within moments, Main Street was covered in darkness as dirt flew in every direction and trees snapped. A black power line hung over West Main Street just east of the Carole Lombard Bridge. Fort Wayne Police officers were reporting down trees on streets including Clinton Street and Scott Road south of Illinois Road. Carroll east of Johnson and Carroll north of Johnson was also blocked by a down tree. Downtown, people scrambled indoors to get away from flying dust and debris, and powerful gusts tore large plates of sheet metal from the side of the Anthony Wayne Building, which is under renovation. “The wind was pretty much ripping and roaring through downtown,” said Michael Barranda, a lawyer who works in the 1st Source Banking Center at 200 E. Main St. “I looked out my blinds and saw pieces of sheet metal flying off the Anthony Wayne Building two at a time,” he said. “There were a bunch of us huddled together in the office hoping nobody got hurt.” Witnesses said the high winds tore down at least one billboard on Illinois Road and felled countless trees, blocking streets in many Fort Wayne neighborhoods. Traffic was at a near-standstill on Hillegas Road and Spy Run Avenue shortly after the storm ripped through town, other witnesses reported on Twitter.

Two left-hand lanes of Spy Run near Tennessee Avenue were blocked by downed trees earlier this afternoon. Every traffic signal on Hillegas from West Coliseum Boulevard south to West State Boulevard was knocked offline. Interstate 69 was closed at the 99 mile marker just north of the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly plant on the city’s southwest end but had reopened by about 4:30 p.m. The National Weather Service reported wind speeds of 63 mph with gusts up to 91 mph at 3:05 p.m. The weather-radio transmitter at Fort Wayne International Airport was knocked off the air at about the same time the storm came through. According to weather service precipitation maps, between a third of an inch and half an inch of rain fell during the brief but powerful storm. Temperature dropped from 91 degrees at 2 p.m. to 68 degrees at 4 p.m., according to the weather service. Wind was so powerful that some people said their cars were almost uncontrollable in the wind. In restaurants and stores around the city, people huddled indoors as the storm rolled through. Many of Fort Wayne’s radio stations were knocked off the air by the storm.

 

 

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