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Food Poisoning Bulletin

Helados La Tapatia, Inc. is recalling ice cream, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, adn bolis because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days after exposure to make someone sick.

The products include Fruit Bars, Milk Bars, Bolis, Ice Cream Containers, Ice Cream Cups, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Frutero. The recalled products were sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Guam, and Canada in retail stores. The products are sold under the brand names of Helados La Tapatia and Icesations.

 

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Earthquakes

USGS

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.1 2012/09/29 23:13:31   32.148  -115.176 20.1  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 21:51:20   39.539   144.402 10.0  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.6 2012/09/29 19:31:17   19.585   -64.320 59.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 18:41:42   19.502   -64.241 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.4   2012/09/29 17:48:57  -17.480   -69.660 126.0  SOUTHERN PERU
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 17:42:11   64.731  -145.878 0.4  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 17:37:41   35.013   140.026 57.2  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.8   2012/09/29 16:25:42   -7.055   124.158 587.3  BANDA SEA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 16:21:00   59.676  -153.345 143.2  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 16:13:30  -56.192   -26.913 82.3  SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.0   2012/09/29 14:12:05   13.869   120.730 186.1  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 13:14:32   32.157  -115.174 32.2  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 12:56:14   18.175   -67.394 20.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 12:40:08   19.578   -64.267 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 12:17:18   19.634   -64.264 51.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/29 12:14:16   19.145   -64.953 7.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 11:54:00   16.390   -98.223 9.9  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  5.3   2012/09/29 11:24:33   6.115   92.810 28.5  NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 11:24:12   19.573   -64.354 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 11:00:18   51.051   179.145 35.2  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/29 10:52:16   19.719   -64.371 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 10:30:44   19.401   -64.190 91.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 10:11:15   39.716   144.172 22.6  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 10:00:45   17.947   -65.368 12.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 09:52:50   26.924   143.795 10.1  BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 09:47:26   19.506   -64.158 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/29 07:34:43   35.546   141.191 34.6  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  5.5   2012/09/29 07:11:13   16.355   -98.388 10.2  OAXACA, MEXICO
MAP  3.3 2012/09/29 07:05:21   19.592   -64.226 70.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 06:46:23   19.084   -64.878 41.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 06:17:08   44.157  -127.750 9.9  OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
MAP  2.7 2012/09/29 05:57:46   53.559  -169.398 28.6  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 05:26:12   7.129   -71.923 38.7  APURE, VENEZUELA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/29 05:25:42   35.230   27.816 10.0  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  2.8 2012/09/29 05:02:58   19.712   -64.311 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/29 04:51:58   19.533   -64.335 66.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/29 04:43:45   18.710   -65.050 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/29 03:34:26   57.874  -154.160 47.6  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:28:50   18.358   -67.402 101.0  MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP  3.0 2012/09/29 03:06:08   19.700   -64.291 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/29 02:39:32   35.129   27.842 5.4  DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 01:26:13  -23.938   -66.754 191.4  JUJUY, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/29 01:14:20   18.174   -68.546 15.0  MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAP  3.5 2012/09/29 00:59:48   34.672  -106.776 6.4  NEW MEXICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/29 00:39:45   38.532   14.810 246.5  SICILY, ITALY

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  5.2   2012/09/28 23:22:31   -8.976   157.426 10.0  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 22:38:15   19.622   -64.407 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 22:14:45   29.284   67.930 10.0  PAKISTAN
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 21:55:05   19.609   -64.247 43.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 21:21:01   32.175  -115.220 44.3  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 20:33:19   19.408   -64.313 71.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 20:05:14   19.640   -64.218 57.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:37:06   19.681   -64.393 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 19:29:19   19.534   -64.293 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 19:11:56   19.591   -64.342 54.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.4 2012/09/28 18:50:27   20.076   -64.346 24.3  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.8 2012/09/28 16:27:31   32.281  -115.266 10.0  BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 16:25:56   37.852  -122.249 6.9  SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.5 2012/09/28 16:17:13   19.492   -66.260 83.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/28 16:07:58   19.672   -64.307 24.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 15:55:14   19.416   -64.493 62.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 15:36:27   19.629   -64.428 10.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 15:24:54   24.636  -110.354 27.7  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 14:54:35   37.163  -112.108 7.3  UTAH
MAP  4.8   2012/09/28 14:25:47   13.752   120.770 141.0  MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 13:46:01   46.232  -122.112 9.4  MOUNT ST. HELENS AREA, WASHINGTON
MAP  3.7 2012/09/28 13:37:19   19.366   -64.184 90.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/28 12:11:48   13.485   144.475 110.3  GUAM REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/28 11:36:59   36.852   143.669 22.1  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.3 2012/09/28 10:53:44   48.008  -103.478 0.7  NORTH DAKOTA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/28 10:20:51   38.824  -122.794 2.2  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.2 2012/09/28 10:18:35  -24.136   -66.799 184.1  SALTA, ARGENTINA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 10:06:00   55.549  -161.638 164.9  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 09:17:36   19.554   -64.278 56.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 05:21:01   19.650   -64.419 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/28 04:39:01  -11.854   -76.325 103.0  CENTRAL PERU
MAP  2.7 2012/09/28 04:28:25   19.191  -155.603 8.2  ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
MAP  2.8 2012/09/28 04:12:45   19.588   -64.334 12.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/28 03:11:51  -31.510   -67.919 111.7  SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/28 01:35:47   18.019   -65.392 24.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  2.9 2012/09/28 01:04:58   19.041   -67.824 17.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:41:53   19.561   -64.347 55.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/28 00:31:58   19.640   -64.370 8.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

 

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 30, 2012 08:48:51 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

10 people killed/Hundreds Evacuated as Extreme Weather/ Floods sweep through Spain

Flash floods hit southern Spain

Flooding caused by torrential rain after months of drought leaves several dead and British woman missing

    Spanish floods

    Cars wrecked by flash floods in Villanueva del Rosario near Málaga, southern Spain. Photograph: Sergio Torres/AP

    Ten people have been killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes after extreme weather and flash floods hit southern Spain on Friday.

    The flooding, caused by torrential rain after months of drought, hit areas around Murcia and Almería in the south-east and Málaga in the south.

    A 52-year-old British woman is believed to be missing in Almería, according to a government official. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was looking into the reports as “a matter of urgency”.

    The weather brought down a motorway bridge and cars were swept away. Officials in the region said at least 600 people had been evacuated from their homes.

    Spanish radio said a young boy and girl who were found drowned in a car in the town of Puerto Lumbreras were among the dead. A middle-aged woman was also killed in Lorca, which was badly damaged in an earthquake last year.

    Jackie Broad, 58, said her home in Mojacar, Almería, was too high up to be flooded but she had seen cars get washed away by raging torrents of water. “The river at the bottom of our road has burst its banks. There was a lot of water, in some places up to the roofs of shops and houses.

    “The water has run away now but it’s left about a foot of mud everywhere. A lot of the roads are closed so we’re having trouble getting around,” she said.

    Five people have so far died in Murcia, three in Almería and two in Málaga. Five people originally declared missing have been found alive.

    A tornado that also swept through the town of Gandia on Friday knocked down a ferris wheel, injuring 35 fair workers. The town hall website said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt. Local media reported that the fair had been closed to the public at the time.

    The flooding disrupted transport links, with at least two motorways closed and one flight diverted to Seville from Malaga.

    Spain’s weather agency said up to 245 litres of water had fallen per square metre in the area on Friday.

    In 2011, a British couple died in a flash flood in Finestrat, on the Costa Blanca, after torrential rain caused a river to burst its banks.

    The heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday before moving towards the Balearic Islands.

    Flood sweeps man to death as UK storms continue

    Man in 60s caught by flooded stream in Shropshire as torrential rain shuts main train lines between England and Scotland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland

      A child stands at the edge of a flooded road in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

      A man has died after being swept away by floodwater as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to batter much of England, Scotland and Ireland.

      West Mercia police said the man was overcome by the water in a stream at Bitterley, near Ludlow in Shropshire, shortly after 10.30am on Thursday.

      The accident was reported by witnesses and the man’s body was found after an extensive search involving police, fire crews and the Severn Area Rescue Association.

      Residents named him as maths teacher Mike Ellis, who lived in the village with his wife.

      The West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire all suffered heavy flooding during the day.

      Later the storm spread north, closing both main rail lines between England and Scotland, with the west coast mainline closed at Tebay in Cumbria and a landslip blocking the east coast line near to Berwick.

      At one point the Tyne road tunnel was closed in both directions, and police warned motorists stuck in traffic to stay with their cars until emergency services reached them. Residents in several locations across Tyneside had to be evacuated.

      The Environment Agency urged people to be on alert for more flash flooding across the Midlands, northern England and Scotland as the Met Office forecast outbreaks of torrential rain across central and northern parts of the country. There was a continued risk of surface flooding if drainage systems were overwhelmed by rainfall.

      The heavy rain could also cause rivers to rise rapidly, the EA warned, and it advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater. It also urged people to check its website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings.

      There were seven flood warnings in place for the Midlands, two for the north-east, one for the north-west and one for Scotland.

      Flooding has also hit Ireland, where more than 50 homes and many businesses were flooded and several thousand left without power after 50mm of rain fell in a seven-hour period across Cork.

      There were fears in Northern Ireland that overnight flooding which swamped Belfast could happen again. Further downpours were forecast as thousands struggled to clean up damage caused by flooding across the city and parts of Co Antrim.

      Emergency services reported receiving more than 700 callouts linked to flooding in Belfast, while the region’s water authority said it handled nearly 3,000 flood calls, and 1,000 homes were hit by power cuts.

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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
      Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 30.09.2012 Hurricane II 340 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 5.79 m NOAA NHC Details

       

       

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
      Start up: 11th September 2012
      Status: 28th September 2012
      Track long: 1,376.35 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane II 340 ° 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
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      02nd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 37° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
      03rd Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 36° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      04th Oct 2012 06:00:00 N 37° 30.000, W 33° 30.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC

       

       

      Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 30.09.2012 Typhoon I 35 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

       

       

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      Storm name: Jelewat (18W)
      Area: Pacific Ocean
      Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
      Start up: 20th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 1,242.90 km
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      Report by: JTWC
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      30th Sep 2012 06:49:54 N 31° 36.000, E 134° 18.000 46 120 148 Typhoon I 35 ° 20 JTWC
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      Norman (EP14) Pacific Ocean – East 28.09.2012 30.09.2012 Tropical Depression 25 ° 46 km/h 65 km/h 3.66 m JTWC Details

       

       

       

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      Storm name: Norman (EP14)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 22° 48.000, W 108° 36.000
      Start up: 28th September 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 254.98 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      30th Sep 2012 06:50:49 N 25° 54.000, W 110° 48.000 11 46 65 Tropical Depression 25 ° 12 NOAA NHC
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      台風17号沖縄を直撃 Typhoon Jelawat Slams Okinawa

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      台風17号が強風を伴って沖縄那覇市内を直撃 2012年9月29日 / Breaking news footage of typhoon Jelawat slamming Okinawa, Japan on 29th September 2012. Footage not to be used without my permission. For licensing please email James (at) EarthUncut (dot) tv

      NHK – Jelawat moves across Japan (intense tyhoon)

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      NHK World News —- Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai

      Description — Southern Japan is being battered by a powerful typhoon.

      The Meteorological Agency says typhoon Jelawat was 210 kilometers southwest of Tanegashima Island as of 4 AM on Sunday. The typhoon is moving northeast at 40 kilometers per hour.

      The agency says the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm is 945 hectopascals with winds of up to 162 kilometers an hour.

      The typhoon is expected to continue northward and approach western Japan with rainfall of 50 millimeters per hour.

      At least 85 people have been treated for injuries so far. More than 4,400 households have received evacuation advisories in Kagoshima Prefecture, which will affect about 9,300 residents.

      The typhoon has knocked out electrical power at about 260,000 households in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.
      Sep. 29, 2012 – Updated 19:35 UTC (04:35 JST)

      Hundreds killed in Pakistan flooding

      By the CNN Wire Staff
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.
      People flee flooded areas in Shahdadkot, Sindh province, Pakistan, on September 28.

      STORY HIGHLIGHTS
      • Flooding in Pakistan has left more than 420 people dead and nearly 3,000 injured, official says
      • The floods, which have also displaced some 350,000 people, follow monsoon rains
      • Pakistan was also hit by devastating floods last year and in 2010

      Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Floods resulting from monsoon rains have killed 422 people and left nearly 3,000 injured across Pakistan, a disaster agency spokesman said Saturday.

      Some 350,000 people have been forced from their homes and another 4.7 million people affected by the flooding since August 22, Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority said.

      More than 15,000 villages have been affected and many houses destroyed or damaged in the past five weeks, he said.

      Pakistan has suffered a series of devastating inundations, affecting millions of people, in recent years.

      Pakistan, India hit by deadly flooding

      Flooding last year killed 470 people and impacted 9.1 million others, Kamal said.

      In the worst-affected area of Sindh province, in southeastern Pakistan, the waters submerged more than 4.5 million acres of farming land, damaging an estimated 80% of cash crops.

      Many in the country were at that point barely recovering from massive and deadly flooding in August 2010, which left a fifth of the country submerged by water, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

      Those floods lasted for weeks, affecting more than 20 million people and leaving 1,985 people dead, Kamal said.

      Much of the land inundated in 2010 was in Punjab province, Pakistan’s breadbasket, where many people live off the soil and their livestock. Great hardship followed for millions in the wake of the flooding.

      Pakistan floods kill 371, affect 4.47 million

      by Staff Writers
      Islamabad (AFP)


      Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 371 people and affected nearly 4.5 million, the government’s disaster relief agency said on Friday.

      Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010, when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

      As in 2010 and 2011, most of those hit by the latest floods are in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 2.8 million were affected, with nearly 890,000 in Punjab and 700,000 in Baluchistan.

      Nearly 290,000 people around the country have been forced to seek shelter in relief camps, NDMA said in figures published on its website.

      The floods began in early September, with nearly 80 killed in flash floods, mostly in the northwest and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

      An NDMA spokesman said the government was not yet appealing for foreign assistance.

      “The government’s point of view is that the situation will be handled from own resources,” Ahmad Kamal told AFP.

      More than a million acres (400,000 hectares) of crops have been destroyed by the floods across the country, NDMA said, and nearly 8,000 cattle have been killed.

      UN children’s agency UNICEF, quoting a separate flood assessment, said at least 2.8 million people had been affected, including 1.4 million children, of whom more than 390,000 are under five.

      UNICEF said it was providing 183,000 people a day with drinking water but warned it urgently needed more funds.

      “Children from very poor families are among the worst affected by the severe flooding and they need our immediate help,” said UNICEF Pakistan Deputy Representative Karen Allen.

      “UNICEF urgently needs $15.4 million to scale up its water, sanitation and hygiene response to reach around 400,000 people over the next three to six months.”

      UNICEF said that according to its assessment, more than half of those affected by the floods were concentrated in just five districts, two each in Sindh and Baluchistan and one in Punjab.

      It said 360,000 people had been left without shelter and three quarters of children in the five worst-affected districts were unable to go to school, either because the buildings have been destroyed or because they are being used as temporary shelters.

      The UN agency voiced particular concern about children forced from their homes, saying loss of access to safe water supplies left them vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia.

      More than 20,000 families in Sindh have been provided with hygiene kits including water purification tablets, UNICEF said, as part of efforts to prevent deadly water-borne diseases.

      Morocco flooding kills 3


      Rabat (AFP) Sept 29, 2012 – Two women and a teenaged boy have died in flooding that has plagued Morocco over the past two days, authorities said on Saturday.

      A 50-year-old woman, her daughter-in-law and the 14-year-old boy were swept away by flash flooding on Friday in the western region of Safi.

      The younger woman was rescued, but later died in hospital in the Atlantic coastal city of Safi, southwest of Rabat.

      The North African kingdom has been inundated by unseasonal rains and hit by heavy winds since Thursday.

      In Agadir, south of Safi, authorities said more than 50 millimetres (about two inches) of rain have fallen since then, a fifth of normal annual precipitation.

      And the highway linking Safi with Essaouira, further south, was closed to traffic because of the storms.

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      Breaking News: Spain Tornado Hits Fair As ‘Floods’ Kill 10

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

      Ten people have been killed in flash floods in southern Spain and a British woman is missing, while dozens were hurt as a tornado ripped through a fairground.

      A 52-year-old British woman is among those missing after torrential rain hit the Andalusia and Murcia regions, and hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.

      The hardest hit provinces are Malaga in the south and Almeria in the southeast.

      Among the dead are seven men, two women and a 10-year-old girl who was found drowned in a car.

      Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was investigating reports that the unnamed British woman has gone missing in Almeria.

      In the region of Valencia, 35 people were reportedly injured after a tornado hit a fairground and flattened a Ferris wheel.
      Spain Flooding has hit southern parts of Spain

      Local media said all the injured were fairground workers and 15 were seriously hurt.

      The twister damaged several other rides and cut electricity in the temporary fairground set up in the town of Gandia.

      The funfair was closed to the public at the time because of a thunderstorm, reports said.

      On the beach at El Saler, near Valenica, two cargo ships have run ashore and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday.

      The flooding has also disrupted high-speed train services between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while some bridges and roads have been made impassible.

      Around 500 people have been moved from their homes, although some evacuees have begun to return home to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.

      Forecasters say the heavy rain, which started on Friday morning, is moving east and will eventually head northwards toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

      The deluge comes after months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.

       

       

      30.09.2012 Flash Flood Spain Andalusia, Alora Damage level
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      Flash Flood in Spain on Friday, 28 September, 2012 at 16:44 (04:44 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Torrential downpours in southern Spain have caused flash floods that have killed one person, swamped homes and swept cars down roads transformed into raging rivers. An official in the town of Alora says homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. She did not have more details and spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with town policy. Images in Spanish media showed wrecked cars carried away by flash floods, rivers overflowing their banks and people sweeping muddy water out of their homes. The heavy rains started early Friday morning. The hardest hit area included Alora and other nearby towns inland from the Mediterranean city of Malaga.

       

       

       

       

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Genetic Sleuthing Uncovers Deadly New Virus in Africa

      ScienceDaily   — An isolated outbreak of a deadly disease known as acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ill in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer of 2009, was probably caused by a novel virus scientists have never seen before.

      Collecting samples in the Jungles of Boma in 2009 after the outbreak. (Credit: Courtesy of Metabiota)

      Described this week in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, the new microbe has been named Bas-Congo virus (BASV) after the province in the southwest corner of the Congo where the three people lived.

      It was discovered by an international research consortium that included the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of California, Davis (UCD), Global Viral, the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon, the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Metabiota and others.

      “Known viruses, such as Ebola, HIV and influenza, represent just the tip of the microbial iceberg,” said Joseph Fair, PhD, a co-author and vice president of Metabiota. “Identifying deadly unknown viruses, such as Bas-Congo virus, gives us a leg up in controlling future outbreaks.”

      “These are the only three cases known to have occurred, although there could be additional outbreaks from this virus in the future,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, who spearheaded the UCSF effort to identify the virus. Chiu and his team continue to work on new diagnostics to detect the virus so that health officials in Congo and elsewhere can quickly identify it should it emerge again.

      One odd characteristic of the Bas-Congo virus, Chiu said, is that while a number of other viruses in Africa also cause deadly outbreaks of acute hemorrhagic fever — Ebola virus, Lassa virus and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus to name a few — the new virus is unlike any of them.

      Genetically it is more closely related to the types of viruses that cause rabies, which are known to infect people with a very different sort of disease — a neurological illness that is uniformly fatal if untreated but may take months to develop.

      An antibody test developed in this study was applied to the one patient who survived and to others who had come into contact with him. It suggested that the disease may be spread from person to person but likely originated from some other source, such as an insect or rodent.

      The identity of this animal “reservoir” and the precise mode of transmission for the virus remain unclear and are currently being investigated by Metabiota and the central African members of the consortium through the PREDICT Project of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. (http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ohi/predict/index.cfm)

      How the New Virus Emerged

      In the summer of 2009, a 15-year old boy in a small rural community called Mangala village suddenly fell ill and developed a bleeding nose, bleeding gums and bloody vomit. He rapidly worsened, dying within three days of the first signs of illness.

      A week later, a 13-year old girl who attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood as the boy came down with a similar, serious illness. She declined just as rapidly and also died within three days. One week after that, the male nurse who cared for this girl began showing the same symptoms, and he was transferred to a hospital in Boma, a nearby port city that sits along the Congo River upstream from Africa’s Atlantic coast.

      Members of the consortium, who had initiated a project to diagnose unusual cases of severe hemorrhagic fever, obtained blood samples collected from the nurse by the Congolese doctors and sent them to the laboratory of Eric Leroy, PhD, doctor of veterinary medicine at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon. There the samples were tested for traces of any known virus, but nothing was found. The Metabiota scientists then solicited the expertise of Chiu at UCSF and Eric Delwart at the Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) in San Francisco to aid in the diagnosis.

      The researchers ultimately identified a completely new virus as the cause of the mysterious illness through a powerful strategy for identifying novel pathogens known as “deep sequencing,” in which millions of DNA sequences are generated from a clinical sample and then pieced together using computer algorithms combined with human analysis.

      Distinct Attributes of Bas-Congo

      The Bas-Congo virus belongs to a family of viruses known as the rhabdoviruses, a large family of viruses that infect plants, insects and mammals, including humans. The most famous member of this family is the virus that causes rabies. But even among the rhabdoviruses, Bas-Congo is something of an outlier, being very genetically distinct from other members of the family.

      What’s most unusual about this virus, though, said Chiu, is what it does to people.

      No other rhabdoviruses are known to cause the acute, rapid and deadly hemorrhagic fever seen in the three cases in the Congo. Rabies, for instance, can be a deadly disease if untreated, but the course of rabies in humans is nothing like the rapid and deadly onset seen with the Bas-Congo virus. There is some precedent, however, for hemorrhagic disease from rhabdoviruses in the animal kingdom: fish rhabdoviruses are known to cause hemorrhagic septicemia — acute bleeding and death — in affected fish.

      The third patient had enormous amounts of BASV in his bloodstream just two days after he fell ill — more than a million copies in every milliliter of blood.

      The BASV sequence was also used to design an antibody test for the virus, an effort led by Graham Simmons at the BSRI, another member of the consortium. Antibodies are blood immune proteins produced in response to an infection. The antibody test allowed the researchers to screen both the third patient with acute hemorrhagic fever and other people who had come into contact with the third patient, including the nurse who cared for him in the Boma hospital. High levels of BASV-specific antibodies were found in the third patient, establishing that he indeed had been infected with Bas-Congo virus. The same antibodies were also found in the second nurse, even though he never actually became sick.

      “What this suggests is that the disease may be transmissible from person to person — though it’s most likely to have originated from some other source,” said Nathan Wolfe, PhD, founder and chairman of Global Viral, and a co-author on the paper. “The fact that it belongs to a family of viruses known to infect a wide variety of mammals, insects and other animals means that it may perpetually exist in insect or other ‘host’ species and was accidentally passed to humans through insect bites or some other means.”

      The research consortium includes San Francisco-based Global Viral, Metabiota, UCSF, BSRI, as well as researchers with the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon; the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, France; the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University; and the Howard Hughes Medical Center.

      This work was funded by support from Google.org, the Skoll Foundation, the government of Gabon, Total-Fina-Elf Gabon, and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes de la France, the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections, Surveillance Operations (AFHSC GEIS) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA-CBEP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, PREDICT project. Additional funding was provided by the National Institutes of Health provided via grant numbers R01-HL083254, R01-HL105770, R56-AI089532, and R01-HL105704 and by an Abbott Viral Discovery Award.

      * Global Viral was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Initiative.

      **Metabiota was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Inc.

      29.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Indiana, Riley Damage level Details

      Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 29 September, 2012 at 17:34 (05:34 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Riley Hospital for Children is back in operation after a mysterious illness resulted in a lockdown on Thursday. Seven adults got sick and four others were hospitalized Thursday due to an unknown substance they were exposed to inside the emergency room at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. All of those hospitalized have since been relased according to Riley spokeswoman, Abigail Gras. It all started with an odd smell, which Riley staff members confirmed, prompting a call to the Indianapolis Fire Department. At approximately 11:50 a.m., an IFD hazardous materials team responded, along with members of the Department of Homeland Security, to investigate a possible chemical spill inside the hospital’s emergency room. IFD spokesman Lt. Derrick Sayles later said there wasn’t a chemical spill. Crews were still trying to identify the mystery subtance that caused seven adults to fall ill at Riley, even though investigators admit they may never know what made them sick. “At this time, everything we found is inconclusive,” said Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons at a news conference Friday afternoon.Marion County Health Department Director, Dr. Virginia Caine, confirmed the inconclusive findings, “We’ve used the most sophisticated tests that we have already,” she said. “Usually when you get to this stage, it’s very rare that you identify something later.” Riley says its hospital did everything right to respond: a major lockdown and extensive testing by Hazmat, the Health Department, even experts at the National Guard. They ruled out benzene and any gases associated with bio-terrorism. “Our monitors would pick up on any kind of chemical like that,” Coons told reporters. Thankfully, all 7 adults who were sickened reported no additional symptoms hours after exposure to the mystery substance, nor has any one else reported getting sick since it all began. Unfortunately, them may never know what made them sick. As of today, health officials report that we may likely never know what noxious substance triggered the hospital lockdown and caused people to get sick.
      Biohazard name: Unidentified illness
      Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
      Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
      Symptoms:
      Status: suspected

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      Climate Change

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

       by Kim Martineau

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study

      High-Arctic heat tops 1,800-year high, says study Enlarge Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea
      Glaciers on Svalbard are retreating rapidly. Credit: William D’Andrea (Phys.org)—Summers on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard are now warmer than at any other time in the last 1,800 years, including during medieval times when parts of the northern hemisphere were as hot as, or hotter, than today, according to a new study in the journal Geology.
      “The Medieval Warm Period was not as uniformly warm as we once thought—we can start calling it the Medieval Period again,” said the study’s lead author, William D’Andrea, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Our record indicates that recent summer temperatures on Svalbard are greater than even the warmest periods at that time.” The naturally driven Medieval Warm Period, from about 950 to 1250, has been a favorite time for people who deny evidence that humans are heating the planet with industrial greenhouse gases. But the climate reconstruction from Svalbard casts new doubt on that era’s reach, and undercuts skeptics who argue that current warming is also natural. Since 1987, summers on Svalbard have been 2 degrees to 2.5 degrees C (3.6 to 4.5 degrees F) hotter than they were there during warmest parts of the Medieval Warm Period, the study found. Researchers produced the 1,800 year climate record by analyzing levels of unsaturated fats in algae buried in the sediments of Kongressvatnet lake, in western Svalbard. In colder water, algae make more unsaturated fats, or alkenones; in warmer water, they produce more saturated fats. Like pages in a book, the unsaturation level of fats can provide a record of past climate. So far, most Arctic climate records have come from ice cores that preserve only annual layers of cold-season snowfall, and thus cold-season temperatures. But lake sediments, with their record of summertime temperatures, can tell scientists how climate varied the rest of the year and in places where ice sheets are absent. “We need both ice core and lake sediment records,” said Elisabeth Isaksson, a glaciologist at the Norwegian Polar Institute who was not involved in the study. “Here, Billy has found something that tells a different, more detailed story.” In looking at how summers on Svalbard varied, researchers also discovered that the region was not particularly cold during another recent anomalous period—the “Little Ice Age” of the 18th and 19th centuries, when glaciers on Svalbard surged to their greatest extent in the last 10,000 years and glaciers in many parts of Western Europe also grew.They suggest that more snow, rather than colder temperatures, may have fed the growth of Svalbard glaciers.
      Evidence from tree rings and ice cores shows that southern Greenland and parts of North America were warmer from 950 to 1250 than today, with the Vikings taking advantage of ice-free waters to settle Greenland. Some regions also saw prolonged drought, including California, Nevada and the Mississippi Valley, leading some scientists to coin the term Medieval Climate Anomaly to emphasize the extreme shift in precipitation rather than temperature. A natural increase in solar radiation during this time was responsible for warming parts of the northern hemisphere, with a rise in volcanic activity from 1100 to 1260 causing milder winters, University of Massachusetts scientist Ray Bradley explained in a 2003 Perspective piece in Science. Bradley is a co-author of the Svalbard lake sediment study. Western Svalbard began to gradually warm in 1600, the researchers found, when the northern arm of the Gulf Stream, known as the West Spitsbergen Current, may have brought more tropical water to the region. In 1890, the warming began to accelerate, with researchers attributing most of the warming since about 1960 to rising industrial greenhouse gas levels. Ice cores from Svalbard, by contrast, show a slight cooling over the last 1,800 years. The conflicting evidence suggests that temperatures may have fluctuated more sharply between winter and summer, said Anne Hormes, a quaternary geologist at the University Centre in Svalbard who was not involved in the study. D’Andrea and his colleagues dated their lake cores by analyzing grains of glass spewed by volcanoes hundreds of miles away in Iceland. Those past eruptions— Snæfellsjökullin 170, Hekla in 1104 and Öræfajökull in 1362—all left unique chemical time markers on Svalbard’s lake sediments. “We know fairly precisely when these eruptions occurred, which is rare in the geologic record,” said study co-author Nicholas Balascio, a scientist at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Recent temperature measurements show that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with sea ice this summer shrinking to its smallest extent on record. Natural feedbacks are amplifying the warming as loss of reflective sea ice causes the ocean to absorb more of the sun’s energy, melting more sea ice, which causes more energy absorption, and so on. Climate models suggest that by 2100 Svalbard will warm more than any other landmass on earth, due to a combination of sea-ice loss and changes in atmospheric and oceanic circulation, according to the International Panel on Climate Change 2007 report. In a study published last year in the journal Advances in Meteorology, Norwegian researchers estimate that average winter temperature in Svalbard could rise by as much as 10 degrees C, or 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

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      Solar Activity

      2MIN News Sept 29. 2012

      Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

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

      TODAY’S LINKS
      More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science
      Sinkhole: http://www.bayoubuzz.com/component/k2/item/104287-the-smell-of-the-bayou-corn…
      Arctic Temps: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-high-arctic-tops-year-high.html
      More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Space

       

       

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

      Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
      (2012 RH10) 03rd October 2012 2 day(s) 0.1260 49.0 98 m – 220 m 12.90 km/s 46440 km/h
      (2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 8 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
      (1994 EK) 14th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
      (2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
      (2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 17 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

       

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      Sinkhole

      sinkholeIs the growing sinkhole crises at Bayou Corne Louisiana  worsening?  Is the state of Louisiana, the feds and Texas Brine Company doing enough to protect the area, the residents and the region?

      On Tuesday, a 30 x 50 section caved in pulling down more trees and part of an access road.

      According to the Advocate, “Other developments regarding the sinkhole emergency have emerged in recent days, state and parish officials said:

      • Sonar testing results of a damaged Texas Brine salt cavern and samples of material found in the cavern are being analyzed to better understand what happened to the cavern suspected as the cause of the sinkhole.
      • Testing of hydrocarbon liquids from a Texas Brine investigatory well into the cavern may provide a definite link between the cavern and the sinkhole.
      • Another location where natural gas bubbles to the surface of area waterways emerged and samples of its gas emissions have been captured for testing.

      In announcing their cavern sustained damage, Texas Brine officials said Monday that a tool used to measure the depth of the underground cavern found its floor is 1,300 feet shallower than when it was plugged and abandoned in mid 2011. That new, shallower point is 4,000 feet underground.

      The company said the findings indicated “some type of dense material has fallen to the bottom of the cavern.”

      Parish and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources officials are trying to get a better idea about the nature and amount of material found Monday inside the 20-million-barrel salt cavern, said Patrick Courreges, DNR spokesman.

      The sinkhole has been in existence now  since August 3 of this year, prior to Hurricane Isaac.

      According to environmental attorney Stuart Smith, something smells.  Smith, who has been critical of the state and Texas Brine and others, stated today in a emailer sent to the public:

      But the stench from the latest whopper from Texas Brine is more foul than any odor from the growing slurry pit:

      The Louisiana Office of Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine Co. of Houston Tuesday to turn over all studies and data supporting its claim that tremors caused the failure of the company’s salt cavern in Assumption Parish, the agency said.

      The order, which threatens fines or penalties for noncompliance, follows Texas Brine’s statement late Monday night that regional seismic activity damaged an abandoned company salt cavern that has been suspected as the cause of a 4-acre sinkhole erupting near the Bayou Corne community.

      You read that correctly. Remember, this is the site were Texas Brine warned state officials more than a year and a half ago that there might be problems with the cavern’s integrity, and then neither the company nor the state lifted a finger this summer when the ground began to shake and gases began bubbling up from underground. And yet now Texas Brine is trying to pull a fast one by claiming the earth tremors caused the cavern to sink — not the other way around.

      A federal official called out the company’s claim as preposterous:

      But, in Tuesday’s statement from the Office of Conservation, researchers also studying the quakes disputed that claim.

      William Leith, U.S. Geological Survey senior adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards, said that the USGS consensus is that the seismic activity detected in the area is a consequence of the cavern collapse, not the cause of the collapse and sinkhole/slurry area, the office’s statement says.

      The bottom line just keeps growing bigger in Bayou Corne, and the ultimate bottom line is this: Somebody is going to have to pay for both the environmental carnage and the psychological stresses have been dumped on this small bayou community. Now Texas Brine has the audacity to portray this as an act of God, when clearly this crisis was created by humans acting recklessly. Even if the sinkhole swallows the entire town, it can’t swallow the truth.

       

       

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      Earthquakes

      RSOE EDIS

      Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
      12.08.2012 07:30:29 3.7 Caribbean Dominican Republic San Juan Punta Cana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 07:05:18 4.3 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 06:51:15 4.0 Middle East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 07:05:41 2.1 Europe Greece North Aegean Iraion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 06:45:48 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Orocovis Orocovis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 06:05:22 3.1 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 06:05:43 2.1 Europe Italy Latium Terracino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 06:00:25 3.3 Caribbean Puerto Rico Loiza Suarez VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 06:06:01 2.0 Asia Turkey Adana Kadirli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 05:02:04 2.6 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Mavrata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 05:02:46 3.7 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 05:03:21 2.8 Europe Italy Sicily Giardini Naxos There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 04:45:51 4.0 Middle America Mexico Baja California Sur Cabo San Lucas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 05:04:10 4.0 Middle-America Mexico Baja California Sur Cabo San Lucas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 04:00:20 3.8 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 07:06:17 2.0 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 04:00:39 2.5 Europe Greece West Greece Selianitika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 04:00:59 4.1 Europe Italy Apulia Santo Spirito VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 03:45:33 4.1 Europe Italy Apulia Santo Spirito VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 07:06:37 2.0 Asia Turkey ?zmir Dikili VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 03:40:26 2.4 North America United States Arkansas Ravenden Springs VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 03:25:29 2.4 North America United States Arkansas Ravenden Springs VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 03:10:33 2.2 North America United States California Mountain Center VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 02:55:22 3.7 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 02:55:43 3.4 Asia Turkey Antalya Tekirova VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 02:56:05 3.5 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 02:56:26 2.9 Europe Czech Republic Petrovice u Karvine VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 02:00:25 2.5 North America United States California Barstow There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 02:00:44 4.7 Asia Russia Kuril’sk VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 02:56:46 4.8 Europe Russia Kuril’sk VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 01:55:21 2.5 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Kalamakion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 01:55:42 3.0 Europe Greece West Greece Andritsaina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 01:15:35 2.7 North America United States California Oak Glen There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 01:56:06 4.2 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 01:30:30 4.2 Middle East Iran East Azarbaijan `Ajab Shir There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 01:56:27 2.3 Europe Greece South Aegean Archangelos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 00:45:34 5.1 Middle East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 00:50:25 5.0 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 01:45:27 3.4 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 05:25:32 2.6 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 00:50:49 3.0 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 00:51:11 2.6 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Kalamakion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 01:56:45 2.7 Asia Turkey Ankara Gudul VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 01:57:04 3.7 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 00:51:33 3.2 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 00:15:36 2.5 North America United States Alaska Nikolski VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 00:51:54 3.7 Middle-East Iran East Azarbaijan Ahar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 00:52:15 4.5 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Limni Keriou VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      12.08.2012 00:15:59 4.4 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Limni Keriou VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      12.08.2012 00:10:27 3.0 North America United States Alaska Atka VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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      12.08.2012 Earthquake Iran Province of East Azarbaijan, [About 21 miles west of Ahar] Damage level Details

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

      Description
      Two strong earthquakes have struck north-western Iran, leaving at least 50 people dead and hundreds more injured, officials say. The quakes struck near the city of Tabriz and the town of Ahar, but most of the casualties are thought to be in outlying villages. Reports say phone lines to many villages have been cut off, making rescue efforts harder. The US Geological Service measured the quakes at magnitude 6.4 and 6.3. “The quake has created huge panic among the people,” one resident of Tabriz told the BBC. “Everyone has rushed to the streets and the sirens of ambulances are everywhere.”

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      Armenia felt the earthquake shocks of Iran

      Yerevan, August 11, ARMENPRESS: Shocks were registered in the territory of Armenia. As “Armenpress” reports according to the data of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Service a strong earthquake was registered in Iran 63 km to the east of the city Tavriz on 60 km depth.

      Shocks were felt in different administrative regions, also in Region Syunik. The Crisis Management Center of the Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations informed that shocks were registered in the whole republic territory. Details are being specified.

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      Rescuers dig for survivors after quakes kill 180 in Iran

      By Marc Burleigh (AFP)

      TEHRAN — Rescue teams in northwest Iran strived Sunday to dig survivors out of the rubble of villages levelled by twin earthquakes that killed at least 180 people and injured more than 1,300, according to officials.

      With telephone communications disrupted in the disaster zone, northeast of the city of Tabriz, emergency teams were relying on radios and travelling in person to hard-hit villages to rescue and assess the destruction.

      The quakes, which struck Saturday within 11 minutes of each other, measured 6.2 and 6.0, according to Tehran University’s Seismological Centre.

      The US Geological Survey, which monitors seismic activity worldwide, ranked them as more powerful, at 6.4 and 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale, respectively.

      “Unfortunately, the toll is mounting and we are now at 180 dead,” Khalil Saie, the head of the regional natural disasters centre, told state television. He put the number of injured at 1,350.

      “Up to now, there are no deaths reported in the cities and all the victims come from rural areas,” he said.

      Earlier he urged residents in the zone not to panic, reassuring them that “help is arriving and rescuers are already at the scene.”

      Iran’s Red Crescent took over a sports stadium to shelter the 16,000 people left homeless or too afraid to return indoors, the Fars news agency reported.

      It also provided 3,000 tents, blankets and tonnes of food — all a sign of years of preparedness in a nation prone to sometimes catastrophic seismic activity.

      President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s office posted a statement on its website expressing condolences to those in the disaster zone and calling on authorities to “mobilise all efforts to help the affected populations.”

      According to the official IRNA news agency, 66 rescue teams were at work, using 40 devices and seven dog squads to detect buried survivors. Some 185 ambulances were sent to the area.

      Those hurt were taken to hospitals in Tabriz and Ardebil, the two biggest nearby cities, both of which escaped relatively unscathed from the quakes.

      In contrast, villages outlying the towns of Ahar and Varzaqan, 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Tabriz, were decimated, being closest to the epicentres of the two quakes. Dwellings close to Heris, another town close by, were also badly shaken.

      Residents in the region were terrified as their homes shook around them when the quakes hit, and they fled into the streets for safety, according to reports.

      Tehran University’s Seismological Centre said the first earthquake occurred at 4:53 pm (1223 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres.

      The second — actually a big aftershock — rumbled through from nearly the same spot. A series of more than 17 smaller aftershocks rating 4.7 or less rapidly followed.

      The disaster zone was located around 90 kilometres from the borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan, and around 190 kilometres from the border with Turkey.

      Iran sits astride several major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes, some of which have been devastating.

      The deadliest was a 6.6-magnitude quake which struck the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing 31,000 people — about a quarter of the population — and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.

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      Volcanic Activity

      11.08.2012 11:31 AM Kermadec Island Region, New Zealand Monowai Volcano (underwater volcano) Volcano Eruption 0402-05- Submarine volcano No. 0 Details

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

      Description
      A floating mass of the volcanic rock, pumice, reportedly covering 25,000 square km, has been found floating in the South Pacific, indicating a third volcano is active near New Zealand. The New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) said Friday the floating pumice, measuring 250 nautical miles long and 30 nautical miles wide, was first spotted by a New Zealand air force Orion on a maritime patrol from Samoa to New Zealand. The Orion relayed the information to New Zealand navy vessel HMNZS Canterbury, which spotted the pumice late Thursday about 85 nautical miles west southwest of Raoul Island, one of the Kermadec Islands that lie 750 to 1,000 km northeast of New Zealand. Lieutenant Tim Oscar, a Royal Australian Navy officer on exchange with the Royal New Zealand Navy, described the pumice as “the weirdest thing I’ve seen in 18 years at sea.” “The lookout reported a shadow on the ocean ahead of us so I ordered the ship’s spotlight to be trained on the area,” Oscar said in the NZDF statement. “As far ahead as I could observe was a raft of pumice moving up and down with the swell,” he said. “The rock looked to be sitting 2 feet (60 cm) above the surface of the waves, and lit up a brilliant white color in the spotlight. It looked exactly like the edge of an ice shelf.”

      Oscar said he had been briefed by a volcanologist from New Zealand’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS Science) the previous day when the ship encountered another area of pumice from an undersea volcano. “I knew the pumice was lightweight and posed no danger to the ship. Nonetheless it was quite daunting to be moving toward it at 14 knots. It took about three to four minutes to travel through the raft of pumice and as predicted there was no damage,” he said. “As we moved through the raft of pumice we used the spotlights to try and find the edge – but it extended as far as we could see. ” HMNZS Canterbury was en route to Raoul Island with a party of GNS scientists aboard at the time. The Commanding Officer, Commander Sean Stewart, changed course to intercept the pumice and retrieve samples, which would be analyzed to determine which volcano they came from, said the statement. According to GNS Science, the underwater volcano, Monowai, had been active along the Kermadec Arc and the pumice could be a result of that activity, said the NZDF statement. The find comes after eruptions from Mount Tongariro, in New Zealand’s central North Island, late Monday and White Island, a marine volcano about 50 km off the east of the North Island, two days later. The GNS scientists aboard the Canterbury believed the volcanic activity of Tongariro, White Island and along the Kermadec arc was unrelated, said the NZDF statement.

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      Storms / Flooding / Landslides

       Active tropical storm system(s)
      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Gilma (07E) Pacific Ocean – East 07.08.2012 11.08.2012 Tropical Depression 335 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 2.44 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Gilma (07E)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 14° 18.000, W 111° 42.000
      Start up: 07th August 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 687.26 km
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      Report by: NOAA NHC
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      08th Aug 2012 05:00:37 N 15° 24.000, W 115° 0.000 20 93 111 Tropical Storm 285 11 994 MB NOAA NHC
      09th Aug 2012 05:28:38 N 16° 6.000, W 118° 24.000 15 120 148 Hurricane I. 280 14 987 MB NOAA NHC
      10th Aug 2012 05:07:09 N 17° 36.000, W 119° 0.000 7 111 139 Tropical Storm 340 8 992 MB NOAA NHC
      11th Aug 2012 05:39:36 N 19° 30.000, W 119° 36.000 7 93 111 Tropical Storm 340 8 998 MB NOAA NHC
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      11th Aug 2012 16:51:48 N 20° 12.000, W 120° 6.000 7 56 74 Tropical Depression 335 ° 8 1004 MB NOAA NHC
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      13th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 21° 30.000, W 122° 30.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
      Hector (EP08) Pacific Ocean – East 11.08.2012 12.08.2012 Tropical Depression 290 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 3.35 m NOAA NHC Details

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      Storm name: Hector (EP08)
      Area: Pacific Ocean – East
      Start up location: N 17° 30.000, W 106° 0.000
      Start up: 11th August 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 154.29 km
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      12th Aug 2012 05:40:34 N 18° 30.000, W 108° 6.000 20 65 83 Tropical Depression 290 ° 11 999 MB NOAA NHC
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      13th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 110° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      13th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 111° 30.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
      14th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 113° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      15th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 114° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC
      16th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 18° 30.000, W 115° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
      Today Tropical Storm China Province of Liaoning, [Liaoning-wide] Damage level Details

      Tropical Storm in China on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 04:45 (04:45 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Rain-triggered mudslide engulfed a village trapping over 100 people even as nine people were killed and four others found missing after Typhoon Damrey caused havoc in northeast China’s Liaoning Province. The typhoon temporarily disrupted rail services in the province on Saturday, affecting more than two million people. Nine people were killed and four others found missing after Typhoon Damrey caused heavy damage in China’s Liaoning Province over the weekend. Six people were killed in Xiuyan City, where the typhoon has cut off electricity, paralysed road traffic and damaged drinking water facilities. More than 110,000 people have been left homeless. In the city of Benxi, heavy flooding on the Sandaohe and Xihe rivers trapped more than 300 construction workers in a tunnel Monday. Fire fighters tried to connect a ropeway in an effort to pull the workers out of the tunnel.
      Today Tropical Storm Trinidad and Tobago [Statewide] Damage level Details

      Tropical Storm in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 04:10 (04:10 AM) UTC.

      Description
      A tropical wave killed two people in Trinidad as it lashed the eastern Caribbean with heavy rains and wind, authorities said Saturday. The victims died after heavy rainfall unleashed floods and mudslides in Trinidad’s western suburb of Diego Martin, relatives said. The dead were identified as 66-year-old Solomon Britto and 31-year-old Everold Bentham. Bentham’s sister, Liz Bentham, told reporters that floodwater surged through their community early Saturday and that her mother and sister were able to leave the house. She said Everold Bentham initially left with them but that he returned to retrieve something from the house and died. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is visiting the area and is expected to soon provide an update on the deaths and property damage. Meteorologists had warned of heavy rains this weekend associated with the tropical wave that’s expected to dissipate after passing through the eastern Caribbean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the tropical wave was located about 40 miles east of Barbados and moving west at 25 mph with winds of 35 mph. The hurricane center canceled a tropical storm watch for the eastern Caribbean late Saturday morning.

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      Manila Underwater as City Inundated with Floods (LinkAsia: 8/10/12)

      Published on Aug 10, 2012 by

      Although Typhoon Haikui just brushed past the Philippines, it was enough to push the already-waterlogged Manila past its breaking point. The city was hit with the worst floods it has seen in decades, forcing nearly a million people from their homes. Footage from Reuters.

      Watch more at http://linkasia.org.

      IMAGE: Residents wade through flood waters caused by monsoon rains using makeshifts rafts in Dampalit, Malabon: REUTERS/John Javellana

      Lightning strikes makeshift mosque in Bangladesh, kills 13

      From Farid Ahmed, for CNN
      STORY HIGHLIGHTS
      • A lightning strike occurred as people gathered for evening prayers, police said
      • Lightning struck a tin roof shed that was doubling as a mosque, police said
      • The strike occurred in Saraswati, some 200 kilometers from the capital of Dhaka.

      Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) — At least 13 people were killed and 20 wounded when lightning struck a makeshift mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh on Friday, police said.

      The lightning strike occurred as people gathered for a special evening prayer known as taraweeh that is conducted during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

      “Multiple lightning strikes occurred during a storm when nearly 35 people gathered at a house in the village of Saraswati where they turned a tin roof shed into a makeshift mosque for the month of Ramadan as a regular mosque was far away,” Dharmapasha police chief Bayes Alam told CNN.

      The village Saraswati is some 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the capital of Dhaka.

      Heavy rains in recent weeks have swollen the Saraswati River, making access to the village difficult.

      “As boats were the only mode of transport to go out of the village, it took several hours to take the critically wounded people to the hospital,” said Akm Mezanul Haque, the officer-in-charge of the Modhyanagar police station, who joined the rescue operation.

      Of the 13 killed by the lightning strike, Mohammad Shahabuddin, the imam, and two others died at the mosque, Alam said. Ten others were declared dead at a Dharmapasha area hospital, he said.

      Area residents and police took the wounded, many in critical condition, to the area hospital.

       

       

      52 killed as over-crowded bus plunges off cliff in India

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      India Bus Accident

      An overcrowded passenger bus lost control on a mountain road and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 32 people. Source: AP

      AT least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily overloaded bus plunged into a gorge in northern India.

      It was one of the worst road accidents in the country in recent years.

      The bus, which was carrying over 100 passengers – many of them on the roof – veered off the road in a sparsely populated and hilly area of the state of Himachal Pradesh.

      “Fifty-two people have been killed and 45 injured in the accident,”said Sunil Chaudhary, district deputy commissioner, adding the death toll could rise because at least a dozen of the injured were in a critical condition.

      There were anguished scenes as families came to claim the bodies of the victims. Many of the dead had boarded the 42-seater bus when their own bus broke down, locals said.

      Some of the bodies were taken away by their families for cremation while the state government brought in four truckloads of wood to cremate other victims at the accident site.

      The cause was not immediately known but some witnesses said that the driver lost control of the vehicle on a sharp bend.

      The accident occurred in the morning near Chamba town, about 190 kilometres from the state capital Shimla. The area where the accident happened is treacherous and known for zig-zag turns.

      Villagers were the first to reach the accident site and frantically struggled to pull the dead and injured from the twisted wreckage. Later, emergency crews arrived, covering the dead in white sheets.

      The bus had been on its way to Chamba from Dulera when it flew off the road. Thirty-nine people were killed instantly while the others died on the way to hospital, Mr Chaudhary said.

      It was the second major bus tragedy in a week, in a country where road accidents with dozens dead at a time are common.

      On Wednesday, 31 people were killed when their bus tumbled into a gorge in Meghalaya state, in India’s remote northeast.

      In 2008, some 63 bus passengers returning from a religious celebration were killed when a burst tyre ignited the vehicle’s fuel tank east of the Taj Mahal city of Agra.

      India has the highest annual road death toll in the world, according to a 2009 World Health Organisation report, with accidents caused by speeding, careless driving and treacherous roads.

      Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal offered his “heartfelt condolences to the families of the dead” and said the next of kin would get 100,000 rupees ($1700) from the government.

      “The state government has ordered an inquiry into the accident,” Mr Dhumal said.

      The Chamba district borders Indian Kashmir and has been lashed by heavy monsoon rains in the past few days.

      Today Flash Flood China Province of Hubei, [Gucheng Region] Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in China on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 04:46 (04:46 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Another report said hundreds of people were stranded by a rain-triggered flood in central China’s Hubei Province. Heavy rains hit Gucheng county in the city of Xiangyang early Monday morning, flooding the downtown area and surrounding villages, county fire fighters said.
      Today Landslide China Province of Yunnan, Tiejia Damage level Details

      Landslide in China on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 04:43 (04:43 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Over 100 people were trapped in village called Tiejia in southwest China’s Yunnan Province this morning, local authorities said. Although more than 200 people were initially trapped in the mudslide in the county of Eyuan, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, more than 80 people had been saved by noon.

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      Radiation / Nuclear

      Today Nuclear Event USA State of Tennessee, Spring City [Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

      Nuclear Event in USA on Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 04:12 (04:12 AM) UTC.

      Description
      TVA says an unusual event at the Watts Bar nuclear plant forced its evacuation this morning. Spokesman Mike Bradley says an ammonia-water leak developed in a secondary water system at the turbine building at the plant. That happened just before 9:00am. Between two and three hundred employees were evacuated as a result. The leak was fixed and the event was declared over just before 1:30pm this afternoon. Bradley says the leak did not disrupt the reactor. There were no injuries and there was no risk to the general public.

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Sri Lanka doctors battle dengue fever

      Published on Aug 10, 2012 by

      Cases of dengue fever have increased dramatically around the world in the last few decades.

      The virus that causes the disease is transmitted by mosquito bites and more than 2.5 billion people, over 40 per cent of the global population, are at risk from the disease.

      The World Health Organisation said that there are likely to be 50 to 100 million dengue infections every year.

      The countries that have the highest cases are in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific where many victims are children.

      Al Jazeera’s Minelle Fernandez reports now on what Sri Lanka is doing to combat the disease.

      Bird flu claims ninth victim this year in Indonesia

        An Indonesian man has died of bird flu, the health ministry said Saturday, in the country’s ninth fatal case this year. Ads by Google Colorectal Cancer – Learn about leading-edge treatments for Colorectal Cancer today. – cancercenter.com “The deceased was a self-employed 37-year-old male,” according to the report on the ministry’s website. The man was hospitalised on July 24 with a high fever and was placed on a ventilator five days later, according to the report. He died on July 30. Authorities do not know how the man contracted the virus, but said he lived near poultry farms. Indonesia has been hardest-hit by bird flu, with 159 fatalities reported since 2003 out of 359 worldwide, according to World Health Organization figures, which include the latest death. Bird flu, also known as the H5N1 virus, typically spreads from birds to humans through direct contact, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transmissible between humans.

      Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-08-bird-flu-ninth-victim-year.html#jCp

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      Solar Activity

      3MIN News August 11, 2012: Watches Begin

      Published on Aug 11, 2012 by

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

      TODAY’S LINKS
      Volcanic Rock Island: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57491093/huge-volcanic-rock-island-floats…
      Drought: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/10/us-drought-idUSBRE8781E320120810
      US Military Airship: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2012-08/11/c_131777840.htm
      Pole Shift: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2003/29dec_magneticfield/
      Real-Time Meteorite Data: http://fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov/cmor-radiants/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      M-CLASS SOLAR FLARE:

      Sunspot AR1540 erupted on August 11th, producing a long-duration M1-class solar flare that peaked around 1220 UT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

      The explosion hurled a faint cloud of plasma into space. Judging from the blast site’s off-center location on the solar disk, the cloud is probably not heading for Earth. This conclusion is uncertain, however. Stay tuned for additional analysis. Solar Flare alerts

       

       

       

      Huge Stripe On The Sun – Is Earth In Serious Danger? 

      MessageToEagle.com – The Sun’s odd behavior has been mentioned on many occasions recently. As we all await the Solar Cycle 24, scientists keep a close eye on the Sun.

      Now astronomers have discovered huge dark strip on the surface of the Sun. It is estimated this filament is about 800,000 km in length!

      Astrophysicists presume dark spots on the Sun are areas where the temperature is lower. However what we see here is not a normal sunspot and it is growing at an alarming rate.

      According to researchers the region has increased to almost one million kilometers in just three days.

      NASA forecasts that in September 2012, there will be outbreaks of unprecedented power. We can expect huge solar flares that can have serious effect world-wide.

      Commenting on the study of the dangers of “space weather”, astrophysicist Daniel Baker claimed that the effects will be comparable to a nuclear war or the fall of a giant asteroid.

      However, in terms of power grids and satellites, it’s not the flares that the experts have to worry about, but the CMEs.There is a risk that one day, they can wipe out all of our electronic civilization.

      Solar storms can disrupt communication, and navigational equipment, damage satellites, and even cause blackouts by damaging power plants and electrical grid components.

      They can also bring additional radiation around the north and south poles; and this, in turn forces airlines to reroute their flights.

      According to a report published by NERC, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, or NERC, which oversees North America’s power grid we can feel the effects for several years to come.

      “Historically large storms have a potential to cause power grid blackouts and transformer damage of unprecedented proportions, long-term blackouts and lengthy restoration times, and chronic shortages for multiple years are possible,” the report said.


      Click on image to enlargeTerrible stripe on the Sun

      This filament happened on Aug. 5th, 2012.
      11 images were put together to create this huge filamament on the Sun.
      Photo Credits: Leonard E. Mercer,
      amateur astronomer from Malta, who contributes with many astrophotos.
      Richard Andres, an energy and environmental security expert at the military’s National Defense University (NDU), is helping to coordinate an interagency group to deal with the problem. The failure of the national power grid could be disastrous, he said.

      In a worst-case scenario, commerce would almost instantly cease, he said, noting he was speaking for himself and not the U.S. government. Water and fuel, which depend on electric pumps, would stop flowing in most cities within hours, modern communications would end and mechanized transport would stall.

      Backup generators for hospitals, the military, and other critical facilities would be vulnerable if they depended on diesel or natural gas, which also rely on pipelines for resupply.

      The report said more than 130 million people in the United States could be affected. Andres said the death toll could run into the millions in the worst-case scenario.

      How many people will suffer world-wide? We can only make guesses about the number of deaths.

      Space weather experts already warn that the next solar storm can be much worse than previously expected.

      There are leaks in Earth’s magnetic field. Earth’s magnetic field which acts as our protective shield in space has a hole in it. That could be a problem because a weakened field could leave Earth vulnerable to solar storms.

      Unfortunately it is impossible to determine in advance in how serious danger Earth will be.

      Image credit: SPL“It’s a lot like asking how many trees would fall in the next hurricane,” a government expert said. “We don’t know that, but we do know that there will be a hurricane. When we have another space weather superstorm, there will be an effect on the grid. We’re trying to understand now what that effect is going to be.”

      We should hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst.

      © MessageToEagle.com

      See also:
      Solar Activity Causes Changes In Humans And Affects Our Health: Scientists Say

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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
      37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
      (2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1804 70.2 200 m – 450 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
      4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
      (2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
      (2012 OP4) 18th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1039 40.4 300 m – 670 m 22.54 km/s 81144 km/h
      (2012 EC) 20th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
      (2006 CV) 20th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
      162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 670 m – 1.5 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
      (2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
      (2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
      (2012 FM52) 25th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.0599 23.3 510 m – 1.1 km 17.17 km/s 61812 km/h
      66146 (1998 TU3) 25th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1265 49.2 3.0 km – 6.8 km 16.03 km/s 57708 km/h
      (2009 AV) 26th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1615 62.8 670 m – 1.5 km 22.51 km/s 81036 km/h
      331769 (2003 BQ35) 28th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1585 61.7 240 m – 530 m 4.64 km/s 16704 km/h
      (2010 SC) 28th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1679 65.3 16 m – 36 m 9.56 km/s 34416 km/h
      4769 Castalia 28th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1135 44.2 1.4 km 12.06 km/s 43416 km/h
      (2012 LU7) 02nd September 2012 21 day(s) 0.1200 46.7 440 m – 990 m 8.16 km/s 29376 km/h
      (2012 FS35) 02nd September 2012 21 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 2.3 m – 5.2 m 2.87 km/s 10332 km/h
      (2012 HG31) 03rd September 2012 22 day(s) 0.0716 27.9 440 m – 990 m 10.33 km/s 37188 km/h
      (2012 PX) 04th September 2012 23 day(s) 0.0452 17.6 61 m – 140 m 9.94 km/s 35784 km/h
      (2012 EH5) 05th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1613 62.8 38 m – 84 m 9.75 km/s 35100 km/h
      (2011 EO11) 05th September 2012 24 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 9.0 m – 20 m 8.81 km/s 31716 km/h
      (2007 PS25) 06th September 2012 25 day(s) 0.0497 19.3 23 m – 52 m 8.50 km/s 30600 km/h
      329520 (2002 SV) 08th September 2012 27 day(s) 0.1076 41.9 300 m – 670 m 9.17 km/s 33012 km/h
      (2011 ES4) 10th September 2012 29 day(s) 0.1792 69.8 20 m – 44 m 12.96 km/s 46656 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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      THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER IS UNDERWAY:

      Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Worldwide observers are now reporting more than 90 Perseids per hour. Forecasters recommend looking during the dark hours before dawn, especially Sunday morning, August 12th, when activity is expected to be highest.

        Realtime Perseid Photo Gallery

      Got clouds? Tune into SpaceWeather Radio for live echoes from Perseid meteors flying over the US Space Surveillance Radar in Texas.

      The multi-station Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar, sponsored by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, is also monitoring the Perseids. Live data are available here. Bright spots in this sample radar sky map show the radiants of currently active showers:

      Clearly, the Perseids are not the only meteors in the sky this weekend. The Northern and Southern Delta Aquarids (NDA and SDA) are also active. These showers, which are minor compared to the Perseids, spring from 96P/Machholz, a comet that some researchers suspect is a visitor from another star system.

      This is a great weekend for watching meteors–but that’s not all. Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon are lining up in the pre-dawn sky right in the middle of the Perseid display. The conjunction of planets guarantees that you will see something beautiful even in the unlikely event that the shower fizzles

       

       

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      Earthquakes

      RSOE EDIS

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

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      4.4-Magnitude Quake Rattles Scandinavian Sea

      COPENHAGEN, Denmark August 6, 2012 (AP)

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

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

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

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

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

      Quake felt in rural Central Calif. community

      The Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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      Volcanic Activity

      Visitors warned off erupting volcano

      PALOMA MIGONE

      White Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Underwater Volcano Found off West Iceland?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Mt Tongariro eruption: Code red

      Can you help? If you have tips, photos or video of the eruption, please email us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


      Mt Tongariro eruption: Where will the ash go?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      AREAS AFFECTED

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ROADS

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

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

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

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

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

      AVIATION

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

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

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

      “It can result in significant flight risk.”

      WEATHER

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

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

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

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

      WHITE ISLAND

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

      – Herald Online

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

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

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

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

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      Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

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      Today Heat Wave Bulgaria [Statewide] Damage level Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Storms, Flooding

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      Ernesto (AL05) Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 07.08.2012 Hurricane I 300 ° 102 km/h 120 km/h 5.49 m NOAA NHC Details

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

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

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

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      Above 45 Killed by Typhoon in the Philippines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

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

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

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

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

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

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

      05.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Nepal Capital City, Kathmandu Damage level Details

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

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

       

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      Solar Activity

       

       

      2MIN News August 6, 2012

      Published on Aug 6, 2012 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Space

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

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

       

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      Biological Hazards / Wildlife /  Hazmat

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

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

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

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      Articles of Interest

      06.08.2012 Power Outage South Korea [Statewide] Damage level Details

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

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

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      Earthquakes

      RSOE  EDIS

      Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
      03.07.2012 06:05:28 2.1 North America United States California Valle Vista VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 05:35:26 2.2 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
      03.07.2012 05:30:23 5.1 Asia Japan Chiba Kawaguchi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 05:30:41 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
      03.07.2012 05:30:59 2.9 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 05:31:17 3.8 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 05:31:35 2.1 Europe Portugal Faro Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 04:25:24 4.7 Pacific Ocean – West Guam Asan-Maina Municipality Asan-Maina Village VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 04:27:33 4.7 Pacific Ocean – West Guam Asan-Maina Municipality Asan-Maina Village VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 04:25:44 2.7 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Limni Keriou VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 04:26:07 2.7 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 03:10:29 2.2 North America United States California East Foothills VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 03:05:39 2.6 North America United States California Nubieber There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 04:26:26 2.2 Europe Greece South Aegean Emponas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 04:26:46 2.3 Europe Greece South Aegean Fanai There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 03:20:22 3.5 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 03:21:59 4.6 Asia Japan Fukushima Namie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 03:20:44 4.6 Asia Japan Fukushima Namie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 03:21:04 2.7 Europe Italy Sicily Saponara Villafranca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 03:30:35 4.3 North America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 04:27:06 4.3 North-America United States Alaska Adak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:20:22 4.6 South-America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 03:05:58 4.3 South America Bolivia Potosí Villa Alota There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 02:20:47 3.2 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:21:07 3.4 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:21:26 3.3 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:21:46 3.5 South-America Chile Antofagasta Calama VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:22:07 3.7 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Volimai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:55:39 5.7 South America Peru Ica Hacienda Ullujaya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 02:22:27 5.8 South-America Peru Ica Hacienda Ullujaya VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:22:47 3.2 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:23:07 3.4 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:30:37 2.4 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
      03.07.2012 02:23:26 2.2 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:15:23 4.4 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:15:40 3.8 North-America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:00:35 3.8 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 01:15:59 2.3 Europe Norway Nordland Hemnesberget VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:16:20 3.1 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:23:44 3.1 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 02:24:03 3.4 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:16:39 3.1 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:16:58 3.2 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:17:15 2.9 Asia Turkey Manisa Akhisar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:17:38 3.9 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:17:57 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
      03.07.2012 02:55:30 3.0 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      03.07.2012 01:18:18 3.2 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:18:36 3.5 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      03.07.2012 01:18:55 3.4 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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      Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Drought

      Excessive Heat Warning

      TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
      NORTHERN INDIANA
      LINCOLN IL
      WILMINGTON OH
      ST LOUIS MO
      PADUCAH KY

      Excessive Heat Watch

      DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
      MOUNT HOLLY NJ

      Heat Advisory

      WILMINGTON OH
      PITTSBURGH PA
      KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
      QUAD CITIES IA IL
      LA CROSSE WI
      GREEN BAY WI
      TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
      ABERDEEN SD
      DES MOINES IA
      MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
      SIOUX FALLS SD
      CHARLESTON WV
      ST LOUIS MO
      NORTH PLATTE NE
      RAPID CITY SD
      02.07.2012 Extreme Weather USA State of Alabama, [Alabama-wide] Damage level Details

      Extreme Weather in USA on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 14:47 (02:47 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Several storms caused major damage around the Tennessee Valley Sunday. The Claysville Snack Bar in Guntersville bar was completely blown away by the storm. In Limestone county, a huge tree landed on top of an RV in Coxey. It’s unknown if anyone was inside. Extreme heat from the Midwest to eastern parts of the U.S. helped fuel severe thunderstorms that knocked out power to millions over the weekend. Crews are still working to restore electricity to the millions who are without power as they try to cope with the heat. A grocery store chain helped in parts of Virginia and Maryland Sunday by giving away 10-pound bags of ice to those in need. “People have been clearing debris from roads together so we like the sense of community, but we would like our power back just because it is so hot and we’d like to get back to normal if we possibly can,” said one storm victim. So far, 16 people have died and four governors have declared a state of emergency.
      02.07.2012 Extreme Weather Germany MultiStates, [Bavaria, Hessen, Saxony and Baden-Wurttemberg] Damage level Details

      Extreme Weather in Germany on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 14:32 (02:32 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Weekend electrical storms killed four people, injured at least 100 others, caused power outages and disrupted train service across Germany, officials said. Officials said a woman was killed in Bavaria Saturday when a tree fell on her car while three women golfers were killed by a lightning strike Friday in Hessen. Many of the people who were wounded sustained their injuries while outdoors, reported on Sunday. At least 51 festival-goers were hurt, nine seriously, when lightning struck a mast at the “With Full Force” heavy metal outdoor festival in Saxony. A festival in Baden-Wurttemberg was cut short Sunday after wind tossed tents and debris, injuring at least 10 attendees. Eighteen others were injured at a Volksfest in Bavaria when wind-blown tree branches were hurled into the crowd, officials said. The German weather service said 8,135 lightning strikes were recorded in the Berlin area alone.

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      State Of Emergency Declared Across Mid-Atlantic After Deadly Storms, Heat Wave (Photos)

      Violent storms in the DC area have killed at least 13 people, uprooted thousands of trees and left over 1.3 million homes and businesses without power across the Mid-Atlantic during a powerful heat wave. Popular Internet services went down too.

      States of emergency were declared in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Ohio, and West Virginia on Saturday after storm winds hit almost 130 kilometers per hour and caused a series of fatalities, while reports from power companies have warned it may take up to a week to restore electricity. Officials are extremely concerned about the outage occurring in the middle of a record heat wave. The area affected by the storms was far ranging, including New Jersey and Indiana. However, the most extensive damage occurred in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.

      At least four people were killed by falling trees, reports the Washington Post, citing local police officials. Two of the fatalities occurred in the Springfield area of Virginia’s Fairfax County. A male driver was killed at Old Keene Mill Road and Bauer Drive when a tree struck his car. A 90-year-old woman was killed in her bed when a tree fell on her house.

      A falling tree has also killed a 71-year-old woman in her bed in Silver Spring in Maryland’s Montgomery County. And a 25-year-old Edgewater man died when a tree fell on his car as he drove on Harwood Road in Anne Arundel County.

      One person died in Washington, DC, after accidentally touching a live electrical wire. Following the incident the Pepco electric service provider issued a warning urging people to be cautious around the numerous downed power lines.

      Two more deaths have been reported in Albemarle county and two others in Bedford county, both in the state of Virginia. One person is reported missing after a boat capsized Friday night off Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County, Maryland. Four others have been rescued.

      Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell said Friday night’s storm had triggered the largest non-hurricane power outage in state history. It has also forced the closure of 250 roads because of fallen trees.

      “This is a very dangerous situation for Virginia,” McDonnell said. “Recovery will be difficult… It’s going to be days before power is fully restored in the commonwealth.”

      President Barack Obama has called McDonnell and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as well as the governors of Ohio and West Virginia, to offer the federal government’s help.

      Hurricane-like storms have also knocked out an Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia. A number of popular Internet services, including Netflix, Pinterest, Heroku and Instagram have been cut off for several hours, something that did not go unnoticed by their users worldwide.

      “Severe thunderstorms caused us to lose primary and backup generator power to an Availability Zone in our east region overnight,”

      an Amazon spokeswoman Tera Randall said on Saturday.

      “We have restored service to most of our impacted customers and continue to work to restore service for our remaining impacted customers.”

      Meanwhile, temperatures have been breaking the 100°F-mark (38°C) for two days in a row, and are not expected to be any lower on Sunday. Local authorities have open libraries, swimming pools and cooling centers to provide residents with respite from the heat.

      Malls around the region are jammed with people buying power outlets for their phones and computers. Long lines are also reported at gas stations where power is still available.

      More storms are expected later on Saturday, though they are unlikely to be as widespread or powerful as Friday’s.

      “>Local resident Betty Coll (L) shows friend Joe Straub (R) damages in front of her house after a powerful overnight storm in the Washington, DC region June 30, 2012 in Falls Church, Virginia (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
      Local resident Betty Coll (L) shows friend Joe Straub (R) damages in front of her house after a powerful overnight storm in the Washington, DC region June 30, 2012 in Falls Church, Virginia (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)“>Local resident Betty Coll (L) shows friend Joe Straub (R) damages in front of her house after a powerful overnight storm in the Washington, DC region June 30, 2012 in Falls Church, Virginia (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)
      Local resident Betty Coll (L) shows friend Joe Straub (R) damages in front of her house after a powerful overnight storm in the Washington, DC region June 30, 2012 in Falls Church, Virginia (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)“>Debris from the storm-damaged Park Tanglewood apartments, some of which were exposed when high winds tore open a hole in the roof and knocked out the electricity, sits atop cars and utility lines in the parking lot in Riverdale, Maryland, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
      Debris from the storm-damaged Park Tanglewood apartments, some of which were exposed when high winds tore open a hole in the roof and knocked out the electricity, sits atop cars and utility lines in the parking lot in Riverdale, Maryland, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)“>
      “>People react upon seeing storm damage in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
      People react upon seeing storm damage in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, June 30, 2012 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

      See Full Article And Photos Here

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

      Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Tuesday, 03 July, 2012 at 03:00 (03:00 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Crews battled a wildfire near Townsend. Officials said it charred about 450 acres as of Sunday evening. The blaze was reported at about 3:15. Broadwater County crews have enlisted the assistance of the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service, according to Sheriff Brenda Ludwig. The fire is off of Indian Creek Road and was actively burning in Bureau of Land Management and Montana National Guard lands. It has entered the Limestone Hills Range. No structures were threatened as of Sunday evening. Indian Creek Road and Old Woman’s Grave Road were closed to help fire crews. Even though the roadways have been reopened, Ludwig urged nonresidents to stay out of the area. Broadwater County Fire Chief Ed Shindoll said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. His department has about 25 firefighters, Forest Service has a crew of 17 on the blaze and the DNRC has nine personnel. A DNRC helicopter was being used Sunday afternoon but had to leave due to high winds, Shindoll said. A storm was making its way through the area at about 6 p.m. “It just started sprinkling here,” Ludwig said. Broadwater County, as well as Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties, were under a severe thunderstorm watch until late Sunday night. “We have to watch and see what the storm brings,” Shindoll said. “Winds have been pretty steady at probably 30 miles per an hour plus and they haven’t died down yet.” Ludwig said the fire area got a small amount of moisture.”Every little bit helps,” she added. Crews will be on the fire throughout the night.
      Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Arizona, [Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest] Damage level Details

      Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Tuesday, 03 July, 2012 at 02:55 (02:55 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Firefighters continue to battle the 8,000-acre Grapevine Fire in the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. The blaze is burning at low elevation in grass and bush, and crews continued to hold the fire south of Highway 266 from the west side Forest Boundary east to Gillespie Wash, fire officials told KPHO-TV on Sunday. The fire has led to the closure of Coronado National Forest lands south of State Route 266, known as Greasewood and Kane Spring Mountains. No structures have been destroyed. Firefighters said the fire, which was caused by lightning, is 10 percent contained.
      02.07.2012 Drought USA State of Nebraska, [Nebraska-wide] Damage level Details

      Drought in USA on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 19:26 (07:26 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Gov. Dave Heineman has declared a state emergency due to the current drought conditions throughout Nebraska. The declaration allows state workers to help with emergency situations that arise from the drought, and frees up resources for the effort. It also gives greater flexibility to the Nebraska National Guard and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency to use resources as needed. Heineman says the drought poses an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond. The governor has also directed the state Department of Roads to move up the scheduled start of roadside haying in 55 counties.

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      Storms, Flooding,  Landslides

      Severe Thunderstorm Warning

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      Hurricane force storms batter Washington DC

      Published on Jul 1, 2012 by

      Parts of the US mid-Atlantic region have been battered by hurricane force storms, following a day of record heat. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.

      Severe Storm Risk NYC, Boston, DC July Fourth Fireworks

      By , Expert Senior Meteorologist

      There is a risk of locally damaging thunderstorms on Independence Day, which could not only impact daytime picnics and festivals, but also evening fireworks in the Northeast.

      Just about every major city and small community has some sort of fireworks display on or around the Fourth of July. However, storms erupting in over a dozen states could impact activities and have some folks running for cover.

      Dry air nosed into the Northeast late in the weekend, reducing the risk of violent thunderstorms for a couple of days.

      Unfortunately, another surge of humid air ahead of an approaching cool front could have the atmospheric volatility index on the rise for July Fourth from the Ohio Valley states to the mid-Atlantic and New England.

      While not quite the same setup and crushing outcome as the Derecho of this past Friday and Saturday, thunderstorms that form in the afternoon and evening will have the potential to bring localized power outages from damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning strikes.

      Brief downpours from the storms can also cause disruptions to outdoor plans.

      The storms are likely to hit some areas that were missed (New England and the northern mid-Atlantic) by the Derecho and could overlap areas that were hit (Ohio Valley and the southern mid-Atlantic) by the system.

      Southeastward progress of the cool front will be critical for the bulk of the thunderstorm activity.

      Odds favor showers and thunderstorms to be in the vicinity of the Great Lakes during the morning and midday hours on Independence Day. Slightly cooler, more stable conditions are likely in the region by the evening.

      During the afternoon, building storms are likely to be passing through the northern Appalachians and part of the Ohio Valley. Much of this area will clear out in time for evening fireworks, but a few places may not. Cities on the bubble with the storms include Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and State College.

      During the evening, the risk of strong to severe storms is likely to extend from Boston to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., to the central and southern Appalachians.

      Spotty storms and showers can erupt ahead of the “main batch of thunderstorms and linger in their wake.” The details of which may not be known until July 4th itself.

      We will continue to update you on the situation. Be sure to check AccuWeather.com for the latest radar in your local area.

      Since the holiday is in the middle of the week, there may be no desirable options for rescheduling fireworks, if storms come calling at the wrong time. Fortunately, most storms in this pattern will be brief. Despite some delays, the storms should generally move on in less than an hour.

      In areas where rain falls and ceases just prior to fireworks, calm, moist conditions in its wake potentially could inhibit smoke from clearing, perhaps leading to poor viewing conditions.

      In other parts of the nation, it is drought and fire danger that is foiling fireworks plans.

      Just a Reminder

      Keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions on your holiday ventures.

      During a thunderstorms, severe or not, lightning poses the greatest risk to your life.

      If you can hear thunder, you are at risk for being struck by lightning.

      Seek shelter in a building or hard-top vehicle as storms approach. (Picnic pavilions, trees and golf carts are not safe places to be during thunderstorms.)

      ReutersBy Ian Simpson
      Yahoo News

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Relentless heat gripped much of the eastern United States for a fourth straight day on Monday, with about 2.1 million homes and businesses without power after violent storms and soaring temperatures killed at least 18 people.

      Power companies warned it could take several days to restore electricity completely in some areas as much of the United States sweltered in a heat wave. Two hundred and eighty-eight temperature records were set nationwide on Sunday.

      “Above-normal temperatures will continue to affect a large portion of the country from the northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic over the next few days,” the National Weather Service said.

      Many areas will see temperatures from 90 degrees Fahrenheit to more than 100 degrees (37.7 C), it said in a statement. Excessive heat warnings and advisories remained over much of the mid-Mississippi Valley and southern states.

      Severe thunderstorms were possible in Kentucky and Missouri and in the north-central states, the weather agency said.

      Emergencies were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington because of damage from a rare “super derecho” storm packing hurricane-force winds across a 700-mile (1,100 kilometer) stretch from the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean.

      About 2.1 million homes and businesses from Illinois to New Jersey were still without power, with the biggest concentration in the Washington area.

      With power lines down across the region, the U.S. government told federal workers in the Washington area they could take unscheduled leave or work from home on Monday and Tuesday.

      Baltimore Gas & Electric said about 213,000 customers remained affected. Almost 1,200 utility workers from 12 states and Canada are helping restore power or are on their way to central Maryland, the company said.
      By , Senior Meteorologist
      A dust storm known as a “haboob” rolls into downtown Phoenix on Tuesday night, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)

      Monsoon moisture will be on the increase across the Four Corners region this week, increasing the rain chances for the region and putting Phoenix at risk for another haboob.

      A haboob is a type of intense dust storm carried by strong winds that are usually the aftermath of a thunderstorm.

      Recent thunderstorms that have dotted the Four Corners region have produced more dry lightning strikes than substantial rainfall.

      That will change starting Tuesday when the door is opened for monsoon moisture to start streaming northward.

      The initial surge of moisture will help ignite a cluster of thunderstorms across southeastern Arizona and southern New Mexico Tuesday afternoon.

      The desert areas of southern Arizona, including Phoenix, may then become the target of a haboob Tuesday night as these thunderstorms track westward. Gusty winds racing away from the thunderstorms would trigger the massive dust storms.

      The added moisture in the air will also allow the thunderstorms to drop substantial rainfall Tuesday afternoon and night.

      The same can be said across more of the Four Corners region as the week progresses and the monsoon moisture spills northward.

      Significant rain-producing thunderstorms are definitely great news for a region where numerous wildfires are burning, but the welcome rain could come at a cost.

      Too much rainfall in a short amount of time threatens to trigger flash flooding. Streams, creeks and arroyos could quickly turn into raging waterways.

      Areas recently burned by wildfires are highly susceptible to not only flash flooding, but also mudslides with the severely charred soil not able to absorb the rain as quickly as normal.

      Where the rain pours down on the burn areas in the mountains, the flooding rain and mud could flow down to impact the neighboring lower elevations.

      Gusty winds racing away from the thunderstorms will not only be confined to the desert areas of Arizona but could also occur elsewhere across the Four Corners region. A shift or increase in wind where a wildfire is burning will create serious problems for firefighters.

      AccuWeather.com meteorologists will also be monitoring the potential for some of the thunderstorms to turn severe with damaging winds.

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      Amateur Videos: Huge waterspout filmed on Sochi shoreline

      Published on Jul 1, 2012 by

      Witnesses were able to film a huge waterspout moving along the shoreline near the Russian coastal city of Sochi. It closely passed vessels at sea before hitting the city with heavy rain and hail. There are no reports of damages.

      Flash Flood Warning

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      Flash Flood Watch

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      Flood Warning

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      Flood Advisory /  Flood Watch

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      02.07.2012 Flash Flood Malaysia Pulau Pinang, George Town Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in Malaysia on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 13:16 (01:16 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Heavy rain that persisted for more than two hours from noon on Monday resulted in several major roads in George Town being cut off due to a flash flood. A check by Bernama found that among the roads that were affected were Jalan P. Ramlee, part of Jalan Perak, Jalan Logan, Kampung Makam, Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Anson and Jalan Patani. The water level in certain areas rose to as high as 1.5 metres but no one was evacuated. However, the flood resulted in hundreds of vehicles being trapped for almost four hours due to traffic congestion. A senior officer of the Jalan Perak Fire Station, Shahrulnizam Che Hassan said the station had received a report from the public that a handicapped woman was trapped in her home. “During the incident at 1.44pm, the water level rose up to chest level and firemen had to break open the door of the 40-year-old woman’s house to take her out,” he said when contacted, here. He said the woman did not suffer any injury and had to stay with her neighbour until the flood subsided. A resident in Jalan P. Ramlee, Lee Eng Hong, 60, said his house was damaged by mud brought by the flash flood. He said he could not remove is car and motorcycle to higher ground as the flood occurred swiftly and the flood water entered his home. Meanwhile, Disaster and Operations Officer of the Department of Civil Defence, North-East District, Noor Mohd Saidi Noor Lajis said the department was monitoring the flood situation which was reported to be receding.
      02.07.2012 Complex Emergency Bangladesh Multiple Regions, [Between Chittagong and Coxs Bazar] Damage level Details

      Complex Emergency in Bangladesh on Wednesday, 27 June, 2012 at 07:57 (07:57 AM) UTC.

      Description
      More than 55 people have been killed in landslides in southeast Bangladesh after three days of rains that triggered flash floods and severed transport links, officials said Wednesday. The army has been deployed to help with search and rescue efforts in the affected hill region of Chittagong, said the region’s chief administrator, Sirajul Haq Khan, who warned that the toll could rise. According to Khan, at least 26 people died in a series of landslides and flash floods in and around Chittagong port and the district of Cox’s Bazar. In neighbouring Bandarban district, 30 bodies have been recovered from multiple landslide sites, local administrator Tariqul Islam said. “Rescue efforts had been hampered as communications have been largely snapped because of flash floods and heavy rain,” Islam said. “Ten of the victims were children and scores of others were injured,” he said. Bandarban police chief Saiful Ahmed said most of the victims were asleep when the huge chunks of mud buried them alive. “One family has lost 12 members,” Ahmed said. Chittagong port received 40 centimetres (16 inches) of rain in a single 12-hour period on Tuesday. Flights in and out of Chittagong’s Shah Amanat International Airport have been suspended since Tuesday afternoon. According to the state Disaster Management Information Centre, around 50,000 people were affected by the flash floods, and many of them forced to take shelter on higher ground. Train links between Chittagong and the rest of the country were also severed after a railway bridge collapsed due to a rain-triggered flash flood.

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      Today Epidemic Hazard Cuba Departmento de Granma, Manzanillo Damage level Details

      Epidemic Hazard in Cuba on Tuesday, 03 July, 2012 at 03:06 (03:06 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Two people died and more than 50 remain hospitalized in the eastern city of Manzanillo, where an outbreak of cholera required authorities to set up a quarantine at the Celia Sanchez Manduley Provincial Surgical Clinic,” reported the Miami-based Café Fuerte website, though there has been no confirmation or denial of the incidents in the official state-run media. “The hospital can’t cope, the aisles are full of stretchers with patients…now with more than 50 people, including children and adults who are hospitalized as a result of the disease,” was a statement attributed to Manzanillo resident Misleidi Calvente Figueredo. Calvente said several communities have been quarantined, while all Manzanillo health care workers have been mobilized. Police and State Security officers are reported to be guarding the medical center, according to testimonies received from residents. Fortunately, Cuba is not without experience in fighting cholera, as hundreds of Cuban doctors have worked in a campaign against the disease in the neighboring country of Haiti.
      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: suspected
      02.07.2012 Epidemic Hazard MultiCountries [Uganda and DRC] Damage level Details

      Epidemic Hazard in MultiCountries on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 06:49 (06:49 AM) UTC.

      Description
      A cholera out break has been reported at Karambo near Bunagana border post and Busanza border line at Uganda’s border with DR Congo, Kisoro District Health Officer Dr. Steven Nsabiyunva has said. The outbreak comes at the peak of the influx of refugees from DR Congo to Uganda. Speaking to the New Vision at his office on Friday, Dr Nsabiyunva said the district health team was considering making a quarantine to protect refugees already at Nayakabande refugee reception center and the district population at large. He urged health officials at Nyakabande to ensure proper use of mobile toilets and to emphasize hand washing. “We are considering isolating new comers as one way of controlling spread of the disease and protecting the district population. Cholera is spread through exposing food to excreta of an infected person. It is characterized by acute vomiting and diarrhea. If left untreated it can kill in 24 hours. Asked about cross border trade in food items, the doctor said his office was still trying to put in place control measures. In February this year, an outbreak of dysentery hit the camp and has reportedly lingered on due to poor disposal of excreta. “Saucepans are used for bathing and washing clothes while basins are used for serving food” said a source at the refugee center who preferred anonymity.
      Biohazard name: Cholera Outbreak
      Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
      Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
      Symptoms:
      Status: confirmed

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      Solar Activity

      1MIN News July 2, 2012 – No Electricity for S0 [As I upload, %4 Battery life]

      Published on Jul 2, 2012 by

      Youtuber: dontfear2012 — is that the flare pattern you saw too? lol

      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!]

      24 Hours of Solar Flare Onslought! – July 2, 2012

      Published on Jul 2, 2012 by

      Solar activity continued at moderate levels on Sunday with a pair of M-Class flares around Sunspot 1513. The largest of these events was an M2.8 flare at 19:18 UTC Sunday afternoon. Sunspot 1515 located in the southern hemisphere is largest region on the visible solar disk, but has so far only produced C-Class solar flares. Both 1513 and 1515 retain Beta-Gamma magnetic configurations and may produce additonal M-Class flares on Monday.

      The solar wind remains above 600 km/s and minor geomagnetic activity will be possible at very high latitudes. Visible aurora will be possible around the polar regions. – Solarham.com

      Earth Facing M5.6 Solar Flare + Coronal Mass Ejection – July 2, 2012

      Published on Jul 2, 2012 by

      Strong M5.6 Flare – Sunspot 1515 Around 10:52 UTC Time – July 2, 2012. There is an associated coronal mass ejection which may have an earth directed component. However, early data from Stereo Ahead shows that it will mostly head south and miss us entirely. The next variable will be whether or not the coronal mass ejection cloud expands enough to encompass the Earth as well.

      ALMOST X-FLARE:

      Big sunspot AR1515 erupted on July 2nd at 10:52 UT, producing an M5.6-class solar flare that almost crossed the threshold into X-territory. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

      A pulse of x-rays and UV radiation from the flare illuminated Earth’s upper atmosphere, producing waves of ionization over Europe. Such waves alter the propagation of low-frequency radio transmissions. In Lofoten, Norway, Rob Stammes recorded the ionospheric disturbance using a 60 kHz receiver: data.

      The eruption also hurled a CME into space, but not directly toward Earth. The south-traveling cloud could deliver a glancing blow to our planet’s magnetosphere on July 4th or 5th.

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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 0 day(s) 0.1057 41.1 29 m – 65 m 15.60 km/s 56160 km/h
      (2005 QQ30) 06th July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1765 68.7 280 m – 620 m 13.13 km/s 47268 km/h
      (2011 YJ28) 06th July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1383 53.8 150 m – 330 m 14.19 km/s 51084 km/h
      276392 (2002 XH4) 07th July 2012 4 day(s) 0.1851 72.0 370 m – 840 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
      (2003 MK4) 08th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1673 65.1 180 m – 410 m 14.35 km/s 51660 km/h
      (1999 NW2) 08th July 2012 5 day(s) 0.0853 33.2 62 m – 140 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
      189P/NEAT 09th July 2012 6 day(s) 0.1720 66.9 n/a 12.47 km/s 44892 km/h
      (2000 JB6) 10th July 2012 7 day(s) 0.1780 69.3 490 m – 1.1 km 6.42 km/s 23112 km/h
      (2010 MJ1) 10th July 2012 7 day(s) 0.1533 59.7 52 m – 120 m 10.35 km/s 37260 km/h
      (2008 NP3) 12th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1572 61.2 57 m – 130 m 6.08 km/s 21888 km/h
      (2006 BV39) 12th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1132 44.1 4.2 m – 9.5 m 11.11 km/s 39996 km/h
      (2005 NE21) 15th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1555 60.5 140 m – 320 m 10.77 km/s 38772 km/h
      (2003 KU2) 15th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 770 m – 1.7 km 17.12 km/s 61632 km/h
      (2007 TN74) 16th July 2012 13 day(s) 0.1718 66.9 20 m – 45 m 7.36 km/s 26496 km/h
      (2007 DD) 16th July 2012 13 day(s) 0.1101 42.8 19 m – 42 m 6.47 km/s 23292 km/h
      (2006 BC8) 16th July 2012 13 day(s) 0.1584 61.6 25 m – 56 m 17.71 km/s 63756 km/h
      144411 (2004 EW9) 16th July 2012 13 day(s) 0.1202 46.8 1.3 km – 2.9 km 10.90 km/s 39240 km/h
      (2012 BV26) 18th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1759 68.4 94 m – 210 m 10.88 km/s 39168 km/h
      (2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 16 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
      (2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 17 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
      (2010 GK65) 21st July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1696 66.0 34 m – 75 m 17.80 km/s 64080 km/h
      (2011 OJ45) 21st July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1367 53.2 18 m – 39 m 3.79 km/s 13644 km/h
      153958 (2002 AM31) 22nd July 2012 19 day(s) 0.0351 13.7 630 m – 1.4 km 9.55 km/s 34380 km/h
      (2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 20 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
      (2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 21 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
      (2009 PC) 28th July 2012 25 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
      217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 28 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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      Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

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      Biological Hazards / Wildlife / 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
      02.07.2012 Biological Hazard 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:
      02.07.2012 HAZMAT Israel Southern District, [Mekorot Water Company, Near to Ein Yahav] Damage level Details

      HAZMAT in Israel on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 19:24 (07:24 PM) UTC.

      Description
      One person was killed and ten were injured on Monday when a pipe of flowing hydrochloric acid exploded at a drilling installation operated by the Mekorot water company near Ein Yahav in the Arava region of the South. The injured were evacuated by helicopters and ambulances to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. One person was in critical condition, four in serious condition, and five others were lightly injured. The Environmental Protection Ministry said there is no danger to area residents as a result of the explosion. After exploring the area, a team of ministry workers determined that the risk range is only 200 meters, and that the closest residential population is five kilometers away from the site. The staff members provided instructions to police officers on site as to how to properly protect themselves and enter the facility, the ministry added. MK Dov Henin (Hadash), chairman of the Knesset’s Joint Committee on Environment and Health, warned of the dangers that such glitches in a pipe system can cause and called for firmer regulations in response to Monday’s event. “Time and time again we see that the status quo in the field of hazardous materials in Israel is forfeiting the lives and health of citizens, workers and bystanders,” Henin said. “Glitches in hazardous materials are not inevitable and we can prevent them but in order to do this, a true revolution in regulations of this field is required.” Such new regulations, Henin explained, should include high standards for hazardous material facilities as well as for all the transmission systems associated with the plants. “I intend to convene the committee to discuss the accident that occurred and the lessons that need to be learned from it from corner to corner,” Henin said. Police closed Highway 90 to traffic in both directions.
      02.07.2012 HAZMAT United Kingdom England, Colchester [Severalls Business Park] Damage level Details

      HAZMAT in United Kingdom on Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 12:32 (12:32 PM) UTC.

      Description
      A suspected chemical leak left 30 people needing medical treatment. A 400 metre exclusion zone was set up in Severalls Business Park in Colchester and hundreds were told to leave the area as noxious fumes filled the air.

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      Articles of Interest

      By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
      The above graphic is circulating on Twitter referring to the lockout of union workers from Consolidated Edison after reaching an impasse in contract negotiations. Tweeted by user J. Simone Posner.

      Customers are fearing a blackout across New York state, as temperatures continue to push into the 90s this week and Consolidated Edison is without more than 8,000 of its utility workers.

      Negotiations between Con Ed and the workers union collapsed on Sunday just hours after the existing contract expired, causing Con Ed to close its walk-in centers, suspend meter reading and limit work on major construction projects.

      Negotiations between Con Ed and the union lasted more than ten days and involved various issues, such as pensions, wages and health care.

      After Con Ed’s request for the union to sign a two-week contract extension fell through, Con Ed ordered that union workers not show up for work on Monday. The impasse was a result of Con Ed’s demand that the union not strike without giving seven days notice.

      Con Ed said it is has trained managers working on essential operations in the absence of its utility workers, but the union has responded publicly that Con Ed managers don’t have the technical knowledge to handle serious problems.

      This has many customers fearing the worst: a blackout amid a heat wave.

      “So, is there a betting pool running to see how long it takes for a black out because of the ConEd lockout?” twitter user Allison Sommer’s tweeted this morning.

      Garnering support for the union, a graphic is also circulating on Twitter, adorning the Utility Workers Union crest and the phrase “We didn’t strike, They locked us out.”

      There’s no word yet how long the lockout will last, but Con Ed has stated that they will call in management retirees if it becomes necessary.

      New York state may see severe, gusty storms across New York state Tuesday night through Wednesday, increasing the risk for power outages.

      “The main concern with these storms will be strong and potentially damaging wind gusts, and locally flooding downpours,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Erik Pindrock. “There will also be just enough wind shear for an isolated tornado; however, that will not be the rule.”

      It is not expected that the storms will be particularly damaging.

      “Anyone that experiences a severe thunderstorm could face a loss of power; however, I don’t believe this particular setup will be close to as bad as what we saw last Friday with millions of people losing power,” Pindrock said.

      But tensions remain high between Con Ed and many of its 3.2 million customers.

      “If theres a blackout and someone dies,” Brian Konash tweeted Monday, “only NYPD will stand between [Con Ed] and the pitchforks.”

      The Con Ed power outage map updated as of 1:45 p.m. EDT on Monday.

      For the most up-to-date map click here.

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      Earthquakes

      RSOE EDIS

      Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
      21.06.2012 11:15:42 3.7 North America United States Alaska Talkeetna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 10:41:01 2.3 North America United States California Black Oaks There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 10:25:29 2.8 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 10:25:47 2.9 Europe Greece Kalianaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 10:00:38 2.5 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 10:26:06 2.5 Asia Turkey Genefik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 10:26:28 2.1 Europe Italy Carpi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 10:26:49 2.5 Asia Turkey Senek VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 09:10:39 2.0 North America United States California West Compton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 09:05:24 2.8 North America United States Alaska Iniskin There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 09:21:14 2.5 North America United States Missouri Indian Mound VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 08:15:26 2.4 Asia Turkey Camlikoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 07:50:33 4.7 Pacific Ocean Fiji Matokana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 08:15:47 4.8 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Matokana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 07:55:34 4.2 South America Chile Region de Antofagasta Sara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 08:16:10 4.2 South-America Chile Sara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 07:10:29 2.5 Europe Portugal Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 07:00:33 2.3 North America United States Alaska Iniskin There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 09:20:30 2.8 Europe Cyprus Perivolia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 10:27:09 3.1 Europe Greece Polion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 07:10:50 2.6 Asia Turkey Doganbey VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 06:00:31 2.6 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Canon de Guadalupe There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 06:05:24 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Guam Toa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 06:06:58 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Guam Toa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 06:05:45 2.5 Asia Turkey Kosan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 06:00:52 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Guam Talona VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 06:06:06 4.9 Pacific Ocean – West Guam Talona VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 06:11:12 4.7 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Okere Falls There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
      21.06.2012 06:21:00 4.6 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Punaroma There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 07:11:09 4.6 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Punaroma There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 06:06:28 2.5 Europe Bulgaria Simitli VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 08:30:37 2.8 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Belle Vue VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 08:16:30 3.7 Europe Russia Chashechka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 04:25:28 4.6 Asia Pakistan Balochistan Nimani VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 05:02:51 4.6 Asia Pakistan Nimani VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 04:20:36 4.6 Asia Japan Iwate-ken Aneyoshi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 05:04:05 4.9 Asia Japan Aneyoshi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 05:08:56 2.5 Asia Turkey Yenihisar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 05:10:47 2.0 Asia Turkey Molladavut There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 04:00:30 2.7 Europe Greece Marathopolis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 04:02:30 3.3 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Otamarakau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
      21.06.2012 04:00:48 2.8 Europe Albania Tujan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 04:01:09 3.7 Middle-East Iran Tom Darreh VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 03:15:33 2.5 North America United States Alaska Kantishna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 02:45:33 2.0 North America United States Alaska Kantishna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 02:20:48 4.6 Asia Japan Fukushima-ken Ena VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 02:55:27 4.7 Asia Japan Shimo-takaku VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 04:01:30 2.4 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 01:45:34 5.2 Solomon Islands Western Province Hopongo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 01:50:34 5.2 Pacific Ocean – Middle Solomon Islands Hopongo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 02:55:48 2.3 Asia Turkey Keklikpinari VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 01:50:55 2.2 Europe Italy Rovereto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 01:51:16 2.0 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 00:20:30 2.5 North America United States Hawaii Hanaipoe There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 00:45:29 2.4 Europe France Melle VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 00:45:49 3.0 Asia Turkey Asar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 00:46:11 5.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Luoo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 00:20:48 5.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia North Sulawesi Lion VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      21.06.2012 00:46:31 2.5 Asia Turkey Dalyan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 00:46:52 2.6 Asia Turkey Dalyan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      21.06.2012 00:47:13 2.4 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 23:06:06 2.8 North America United States California Caldwell Pines There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 22:45:26 2.4 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 23:40:29 3.2 Europe Portugal Maia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 22:15:38 2.6 North America United States California Rovana There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 21:35:25 4.0 Asia Turkey Cerdin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 21:35:44 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Tarohan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 21:00:53 2.1 North America United States California Castle Rock Springs There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 20:30:29 3.3 Europe Italy Malfa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 23:25:32 2.6 Caribbean U.S. Virgin Islands Bordeaux (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 20:30:49 4.7 South-America Colombia Porvenir VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 20:31:09 2.4 Asia Turkey Rahimler VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 19:40:44 2.4 North America United States California Indian Oaks VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 20:22:12 3.3 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County Waiatoto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
      20.06.2012 19:25:28 4.3 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Sasu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 19:21:08 4.3 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Sasu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 18:20:29 2.7 Asia Turkey Rahimler There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 19:21:27 4.3 Asia Pakistan North-West Frontier Province Ghumla VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 19:25:48 4.3 Asia Pakistan Ghumla VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 17:20:29 2.7 Asia Turkey Uzunyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 17:20:49 2.5 Asia Turkey Gemlik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 19:21:46 4.5 Asia Russia Sakhalinskaya Oblast' (( Vasil’yevo )) There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 18:20:55 4.3 Europe Russia (( Vasil’yevo )) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 17:21:08 3.0 Europe Greece Platania VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 19:15:43 4.2 Asia Afghanistan Velayat-e Badakhshan Daravan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 19:26:11 4.2 Asia Afghanistan Daravan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 17:21:30 2.3 Europe Greece Sougia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 16:15:45 3.0 Europe France Les Grandes Dalles VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 16:16:07 2.8 Europe Greece Sevastaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 16:16:28 2.8 Europe Czech Republic Spluchov VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 15:12:34 2.2 North America United States Alaska Dry Creek VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 14:50:39 4.7 South America Colombia Departamento del Huila Tijeras There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 15:10:30 4.6 South-America Colombia Paletara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 15:10:54 2.4 Europe Italy Case Oratorio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 15:11:14 2.0 Asia Turkey Tutlar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 15:11:36 2.6 Europe Spain Almadraba VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 15:11:57 2.3 Asia Turkey Eymir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 13:35:39 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Faighunago VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 14:05:23 4.5 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Faighunago VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 14:05:49 2.3 Asia Turkey Acibadem VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 14:06:08 2.5 Asia Turkey Karakoy There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 13:00:33 2.1 Europe Czech Republic Zelena VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 13:00:53 2.4 Europe Italy Rolo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 13:01:14 5.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Bintuhan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 12:20:49 5.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Bintuhan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 11:55:38 3.2 Europe Greece Platanos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 13:01:35 2.5 Europe Greece Kokkinoyio VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 11:55:59 2.5 Asia Turkey Bahceyaka VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 11:56:21 2.5 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 11:56:42 3.1 Europe France Vezieres VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 11:57:03 3.8 Asia Taiwan Chia-min There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 11:57:22 3.0 Asia Turkey Kirim VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 11:57:42 2.2 Europe Greece Kerion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      20.06.2012 21:55:42 2.4 North America United States Idaho Edwardsburg VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 18:00:38 2.0 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
      20.06.2012 23:21:19 2.8 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California La Bomba There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      20.06.2012 20:20:59 2.3 North America United States Utah Soma There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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      CCTV footage: Moment earthquake hits Australia’s Victoria

      Published on Jun 20, 2012 by

      The moment a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck Australia’s Victoria has been caught on CCTV cameras in the state. Report by Adam Sich.

      5.0 magnitude earthquake jolts Gujarat

      Gujarat quake

      An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale jolted many parts of Gujarat in the early morning on Wednesday but there were no reports of damage to property or loss of life.

      A moderate earthquake was experienced today which had the epicentre at 26 km South South-East of Dholavira in Kutch district. Tremors were felt in Bhuj, Rapar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Ahmedabad cities too, according to officials of Seismological department.

      “Earlier a mild quake came. Then occurred the bigger jolt measuring 5 on Richter scale and it had the depth of 80 kms,” Institute of Seismological Research Director General B K Rastogi said.

      “There were 27 aftershocks registered, in the magnitude of 1 to 3 on the Richter scale, and majority of them were in Kutch and Saurashtra region. But there are no reports of damage to property or the life,” he said.

      Residents of Kutch region, which was devastated by a quake in 2001, rushed out of their homes in panic.

      “In Ahmedabad also some people felt minor tremors but we have not received any panic calls,” said Chief Fire Officer M F Dastur.

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      Volcanic Activity

      Long-grumbling Alaska volcano has explosive ash burst

      An aerial photograph shows the Cleveland Volcano during the time a small lava flow, or dome, was accumulating in the summit crater as the 660 foot wide summit crater emits a white, largely steam condensate cloud in this August 8, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Kym Yano, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Handout

      By Yereth Rosen

      ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:32pm EDT

      (Reuters) – A remote Aleutian volcano that has been restless for the past year rumbled to life, shooting a thin cloud of ash several miles into the sky, which could pose a slight hazard to aircraft, Alaska scientists said.

      Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot (1,730 meter) peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, had an explosive eruption at about 2:05 p.m. local time on Tuesday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.

      A pilot flying in the area estimated that the ash cloud rose to 35,000 feet above sea level, reported the observatory, which is a joint federal-state organization that monitors Alaska’s numerous active volcanoes.

      However, satellite imagery shows only a weak ash signal, suggesting a thin cloud that dissipated quickly, said Stephanie Prejean, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist at the observatory in Anchorage

      “It was just one explosion, which was very typical of the thing Cleveland has been doing in the last year,” Prejean said. It is possible that the cloud rose to less than 35,000 feet, as the height was just one pilot’s estimate, she said.

      Pilots have been advised of potential risks from Cleveland, which might explode again, Prejean said. “It could do that any time,” she said.

      Cleveland has been in an off-and-on eruptive phase since last summer. The volcano has at times oozed lava out of its summit crater, punctuated by occasional small explosions, none of which had created clouds reaching above 20,000 feet until Tuesday.

      Although Cleveland is one of the most active of Alaska’s scores of volcanoes, there is no on-site seismic monitoring equipment. The Alaska Volcano Observatory must rely on satellite imagery, records of lightning strikes, witness reports and other evidence to determine if an eruption has taken place, Prejean said.

      That is in contrast to volcanoes closer to Anchorage, where the observatory has set up seismic-monitoring networks that allow scientists to see signals before eruptions happen, she said.

      Before Tuesday, there had been an apparent slowdown in activity at Cleveland. The Alaska Volcano Observatory three weeks ago lowered the alert level for the volcano to a “yellow” advisory from the more urgent “orange” watch status.

      “Obviously, it has some oomph left in it,” said Tina Neal, an Alaska Volcano Observatory geologist.

      Meanwhile, two moderate earthquakes rattled the western Aleutians on Tuesday.

      The first, registered at magnitude 6.0, hit Tuesday morning about 90 miles northwest of Attu, the westernmost island in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. The second, at about noon, measured at magnitude 5.7 and was centered about 65 miles northwest of Attu, the center said.

      There were no reports of damage in the largely uninhabited region, and no tsunami warning was issued, said David Hale, a senior watch stander at the center.

      (Editing by Tim Gaynor)

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      Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

      Heat wave causing concrete to buckle on roads and sidewalks

      Posted: Jun 19, 2012 4:36 PM CDT Updated: Jun 19, 2012 4:36 PM CDT

      By Jake Iversen

      The Midwest heat wave is causing headaches for the Department of Transportation, as roads around the area are giving way.

      Not only does this heat have an effect on people but the streets and pavement can only take so much. A curb at 33rd Street and Dakota Avenue in Sioux Falls buckled from the heat Tuesday afternoon. The DOT says these buckle problems can strike any patch of concrete at anytime.

      For many Interstate-29 travelers, Monday’s trip had an unexpected bump that led to flat tires and delays. A section of the roadway buckled under the heat. An unpredictable occurrence, but not a rare one for our area.

      “It all depends on how hot it gets, quite often we see them in late July and August but yesterday and today temperatures are in the low 90’s, it’s not uncommon to see that.” Said Greg Aalberg.

      Aalberg is the engineering supervisor for the South Dakota Department of Transportation and says there’s not much you can do to prevent buckling.

      Aalberg says all concrete has the potential to buckle, sometimes it’s streets others it’s sidewalks or medians. When the temperatures rise it forces the concrete to expand and in most cases the only place it can go is up.

      like the old adage, something’s gotta give, and when it does Aalberg’s team is ready to roll.

      “We get some asphalt in there for a temporary fix and then come back later and saw it all out and replace it with new concrete.” Said Aalberg.

      Unfortunately for Monday’s travelers, they’re responsible for covering the damage to their vehicles. So when you’re out driving this summer, whether it be on the interstate or just around the block, remember these buckling buggers can strike at anytime.

      “You can go through a day where it can get to 90 degrees and you may not have a blow up it’s just an unknown thing and we try and be as prepared as we can so that if it does happen we can respond.” Said Aalberg.

      One of the DOT’s repair trucks was hit by a car while they were trying to patch the I-29 buckle. So it’s just another reminder to slow down when crews are on the roads.

      Excessive Heat Warning

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      Storms, Flooding, Landslides

        Active tropical storm system(s)
      Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
      Chris (AL03) Atlantic Ocean 20.06.2012 21.06.2012 Tropical Storm 65 ° 93 km/h 111 km/h 4.57 m NHC Details

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      Storm name: Chris (AL03)
      Area: Atlantic Ocean
      Start up location: N 38° 48.000, W 56° 0.000
      Start up: 20th June 2012
      Status: Active
      Track long: 516.52 km
      Top category.:
      Report by: NHC
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      Date Time Position Speed
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      20th Jun 2012 04:06:36 N 38° 48.000, W 56° 0.000 20 74 93 Tropical Storm 110 10 1005 MB NHC
      20th Jun 2012 10:06:15 N 38° 12.000, W 53° 30.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 100 15 1005 MB NHC
      Current position
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      21st Jun 2012 10:06:19 N 39° 54.000, W 44° 48.000 31 93 111 Tropical Storm 65 ° 15 995 MB NHC
      Forecast track
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      22nd Jun 2012 12:00:00 N 44° 30.000, W 43° 12.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 NHC
      22nd Jun 2012 00:00:00 N 43° 0.000, W 42° 6.000 Tropical Storm 93 111 NHC
      23rd Jun 2012 00:00:00 N 43° 48.000, W 45° 24.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 NHC

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      Tropical storm Talim is forecast to strike China at about 09:00 GMT on 20 June.

      Wed, 20 Jun 2012 03:17 GMT

      Source: Content partner // Tropical Storm Risk

      Tropical storm Talim is forecast to strike China at about 09:00 GMT on 20 June.Data supplied by theUS Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Centersuggest that the point of landfallwill benear24.7 N,120.3 E.Talim is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around83 km/h (51 mph).Wind gusts in the area maybeconsiderably higher.

      The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Anyone in the region who is concerned for their personal safety or property should contact their official national weather agency or warning centre for advice.

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      Today Flash Flood USA State of Minnesota, Duluth Damage level Details

      Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 at 02:56 (02:56 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Residents evacuated their homes and animals escaped from their pens at a zoo as floods fed by a steady torrential downpour struck a city in northeastern Minnesota, officials said Wednesday. Police officers helped track down a polar bear that got out of its enclosure overnight at the low-lying Lake Superior Zoo where several animals drowned. Duluth Mayor Don Ness said he would declare a state of emergency after the deluge of up to 9 inches of rain that he said caused extensive damage to the port city of about 86,000. Ness said the order would start the process to obtain federal aid. Gov. Mark Dayton said he would travel to Duluth on Thursday to discuss how the state can help. Much of Duluth is spread along a steep rocky hillside overlooking Lake Superior so the water speeds downhill, carrying debris with it, Ness said. “There are certainly reports of streets being washed out, but the more significant problems are as the water comes over the ridge and starts rushing down the hill, overwhelming our storm systems, overwhelming our culvert system and creating that forward momentum of rushing water,” Ness said. “That’s where the most significant problems are being felt.”

      The zoo lies at the foot of the hill, making it particularly vulnerable. Several sheep, goats and a donkey in the barnyard exhibit were killed by the flooding, said Susan Wolniakowski, director of guest services. It also provided an opportunity for Berlin, a female polar bear, to escape. “Even though it’s a large white object, it’s pretty nerve-racking,” police spokesman Jim Hansen said of the chase for Berlin, the female polar bear. Zoo officials said she was darted by the zoo’s vet and placed in quarantine. Peter Pruett, the zoo’s director of Animal Management, said the “entire staff is devastated” at the loss of the animals. Wolniakowski said no animals left the zoo grounds and all have been secured. “I think it’s probably been the worst flooding we’ve ever had at the zoo,” Wolniakowski said. A train depot was completely underwater, she said. Ness said more rain was expected later Wednesday, and that it may take time for the damage to become fully apparent. He said the volume of rain in a short period puts a tremendous amount of stress on sewer and road systems.

      Several major highways leading into the city were closed because of the flooding and authorities encouraged residents to stay home because of the volume of standing and rushing floods, and the difficulty in spotting hazards under water, such as missing manhole covers. “It’s a mess. There are too many intersections to even list that are closed,” Hansen said. Authorities asked residents of the low-lying Fond du Lac neighborhood to leave their homes because of the rising level of the St. Louis River. Hansen said about a dozen homes were evacuated. The Red Cross opened two shelters for evacuees. The University of Minnesota Duluth campus closed Wednesday but planned to reopen Thursday.

      Flood Warning

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      Coastal Flood Advisory

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      Indonesian authorities search for boy after landslide kills 11

      News Date: 20th June 2012

      Authorities in eastern Indonesia were searching for a missing 13-year boy Wednesday still missing after a landslide in eastern Indonesia.

      “We have recovered 13 people, two of them were still alive and now recovering in hospital. Eleven people are confirmed dead,” the head of the regional disaster management body Broery Tjokro told dpa.

      The landslide hit a residential area early Tuesday, in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province. The boy was the only person still unaccounted for.

      Heavy rain and unstable terrain have hampered rescue efforts.

      Source: GNA

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      Nuclear

      20.06.2012 Nuclear Event USA State of Pennsylvania, Berwick [Nuclear Event in USA t] Damage level Details

      Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 at 11:17 (11:17 AM) UTC.

      Description
      PPL Corp. shut down the Unit 1 reactor at its Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick on Tuesday to investigate what it called a minor water leak inside the container structure surrounding the reactor. Unit 1 had been online only 11 days since a 69-day shutdown starting March 31, during which the company repaired cracks in Unit 1 turbine blades. The water leak does not affect the safety of plant or the public, Timothy S. Rauch, PPL’s chief nuclear officer said in a press release Tuesday. While the leaking water may have been contaminated by nuclear material, all of it was captured in drainage systems inside the containment structure and none of it leaked outside, Joe Copelliti, a PPL spokesman said. “We made the prudent decision to shut down the unit while the leak is small and will return it to service after we make the needed repairs,” Rauch said. Unit 2 is generating electricity at full power, the company said. Unit 2 also had been shut briefly to search for turbine cracks, but none were found.

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      Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

      20.06.2012 Epidemic Hazard Thailand Province of Nakhon Ratchasima, Songkhla Damage level Details

      Epidemic Hazard in Thailand on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 at 14:06 (02:06 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Forty-one persons have been confirmed being infected by the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) at Nakhon Ratchasima Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital, the Ministry of Public Health said, emphasising that the situation is under control. The patients are being closely monitored for two weeks to ensure that the epidemic will be contained. Public Health Ministry Inspector General Kamron Chaisiri said the infections were found in the Nakhon Ratchasima facility in the northeast in early June. Six female and 35 male patients have been admitted, including six who are hospital staff, he said. According to the initial investigation, one hospital worker was infected with the flu virus from his daughter who fell sick on June 8, with all members of the family subsequently infected with the disease. The hospital detected the first flu victim on June 12 in the ward for alcoholism patients. The ministry official said that such patients have weaker immune systems and are easily infected with disease. The patients were given the antiviral drug Tamilflu, and none have severe condition, he said, adding that the patients were separated for better treatment and care. Mr Kamron said the hospital has temporarily stopped admitting new patients until the situation is confirmed safe in two weeks but outpatient services are operating normally. Health officials have sampled the schools in the province and have discovered no other cases of bird flu infection.
      Biohazard name: A/H1N1
      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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      Baffling Illness Strikes Africa, Turns Children Into Mindless “Zombies”
      Jason Mick (Blog)

       

      World Health Organization is on high alert about new Ugandan outbreak, cause is not fully known

      Updated:
      Added commentary from Jason Oh, a Johns Hopkins Univ. public health studies student who is currently in Uganda studying the disease post-conflict transformation. Mr. Oh described some of the symptoms in more detail, and offered different perspective from the CNN reporters’ experience.

      CNN has also reworded their report to tone down the suggestion of violent behavior.

      It’s called the “nodding disease” and it’s a baffling illness that has struck thousands of children in northern Uganda.  The illness brings on seizures, violent behavior in some (debated), personality changes, and a host of other unusual symptoms.

      I. Mental Degradation: Child Victims Have no Cure, no Future

      Grace Lagat, a northern Uganda native, is mother of two children — Pauline Oto and Thomas — both of whom are victims of the disease.  For their safety, when she leaves the house, she now ties them up, using fabric like handcuffs.  She recalls, “When I am going to the garden, I tie them with cloth. If I don’t tie them I come back and find that they have disappeared.”

      Reportedly the children gnaw at their fabric restraints, like a rabid animals — or “zombies” of popular fiction — in an attempt  to escape.  (This is based on CNN‘s commentary.)

      (Jason Oh points out that the restraints are intended to protect the chidlren from harm, and from starting fires.)

      The effort to restrain the children is not unwarranted.  In one of the most bizarre symptoms of this tragic illness, children with the disease are reportedly setting fire to buildings in their communities.  Coupled with the aimless wandering this disease provokes in victims, this is a deadly combination.  More than 200 people have been killed in fires believed to be set by the zombified children.

      (According to Jason Oh, there have been few reports of violent behavior.  It is unclear where our primary source CNN received this information, though a reader suggested that a CDC report indicated that 10 to 15 percent of children were found to exhibit increased aggression.  We were unable to locate this report.)

      Nodding disease zombie child
      The disease leaves child victims in an often-violent “zombiefied” state. [Image Source: CNN]

      The disease is not new.  It popped up in the 1960s in Sudan.  From there it slowly spread to Libya and Tanzania.

      The Uganda infections, though, are a new outbreak — a troubling sign.  The jump into a new region could be pure coincidence, or it could indicate the disease has become more virulent or found a new transmissions vector.

      Africa map
      Uganda is located in central Africa [Image Source: U of Tex., Modifications: Jason Mick]

      Infected children typically have regular seizures, which are proceeded by a repetitive nodding of the head.  This characteristic symptom has given rise to the unofficial title for the malady.

      II. World Medical Organizations Racing for a Cure

      The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have been tracking the spread of this frightening ailment.  Dr. Joaquin Saweka says the scene in Uganda is horrific, stating, “It was quite desperate, I can tell you.  Imagine being surrounded by 26 children and 12 of them showing signs of this. The attitude was to quickly find a solution to the problem.”

      Yet the WHO and CDC are not fully sure what is causing the illness, which cripples children and turns them into mindless, violence-prone zombies.  The best clue they have is that most of the cases occur in regions inhabited by “Black flies”, which carry the parasitic worm Onchocerca Volvulus.  That worm is responsible for another dangerous disease dubbed “river blindness”, the world’s second leading cause of infectious blindness.

      (Jason Oh states that CNN misunderstood this reference.  While it’s true the cause of the disease is unknown and the literature papers on the topic indicate an overlap with part of the river blindness afflicted regions, but he feels this reference was only intended to “state the obvious”, not hypothesize causation.)

      Black Fly and worm
      The illness may have something to do with Black flies (left, center) and their parasitic worm (right). [Image Source: WHO (left), Wikimedia Commons (center), Human Healths (right)]

      However 7 percent of infected children live in regions not inhabited by the Black fly, so a link is speculative at best.

      Children with the disease also frequently exhibit vitamin B6 deficiency, leading medical experts to believe that the disease may be nutrition related.  However, infections by microbes, parasites, fungi, or even fungi/microbes carried by a parasitic host, can all lead to nutritional deficiencies.

      Dr. Scott Dowell, director of global disease detection and emergency response at CDC, says the race is on to determine the cause and a cure.  He states, “At first we cast the net wide. We ruled out three dozen potential causes and we are working on a handful of probabilities.  We know from past experience an unknown disease could end up having more global implications.”

      In the current cases children as old as 19 have been found to be stricken, with the majority of the worst symptoms being spread over the 3-11 age range.

      One mystery surrounding the disease is the seizures themselves.  While typically seizures are either randomly occurring or follow some singular cue/pattern, the nodding disease seems to have multiple triggers, including eating new foods, changing weather, and other changes.

      (Jason Oh says CNN reporters messed up and that it’s familiar foods trigger the seizures, not unfamiliar ones like bars of chocolate.)

      Seizure often leave the children soiled with urine and drooling.  Local nurses are afraid to touch the infected.  States local nurse Elupe Petua, “I feel, because I don’t know what causes it, I don’t even know how it transmits, when I touch them I feel that I can also get the infection because I don’t know what causes it.”

      III. Medication is Ineffective

      Anti-epileptic medication slows the onset of symptoms, but is unable to stop the progression of the disease.  The seizures eventually leave many children unable to walk, only able to drag their bodies along the ground as flies tried to attack them.

      Nodding disease
      The current treatment approach of anti-epileptics has done little to halt the illness.
      [Image Souce: CNN]

      (Jason Oh says that the diseases offers a tragic, slow mental degradation, taking years to develop.  Affected children, embarassed about the nodding and afraid of infecting classmates often drop out of school, while still mentally capable.  Eventually the seizures lead to the more severe symptoms mentioned in the intro — loss of speech, partial paralysis, personality changes, and — according to CNN — violence.)

      The government of Uganda has come under criticism for not being vocal enough in addressing the tragedy and demanding foreign aid/research expertise.  Local politicians have taken to transporting victims from affected villages by bus to city hospitals in order to force the issue into the eyes of the more affluent city-dwellers.

      (Jason Oh adds some perspective writing, “Uganda had asked the CDC to investigate in 2009.  Most of the backlash against the government is because the Ministry of Health has been slow to use emergency funds that the Parliament made available.  They’ve established many local centers for Nodding Syndrome, but they are under-staffed and under-equipped.  The kids are being referred to and transported to Mulago Hospital (famous for being in The Last King of Scotland) so the top doctors at Makerere University and in Kampala can monitor them.”)

      The issue is yet another woe for a nation in which the impoverished majority was terrorized for years by warlord Jospeph Kony’s militia, dubbed the “Lord’s Resistance Army.”

      Mr. Kony is currently wanted by the International Criminal Court on multiple counts of violent war crimes, including rape and murder.  These offenses are punishable by death (life in prison), if he is ever brought to trial. (Jason Oh clarified that under the new Rome Statute of 2002, the ICC is not allowed to seek the death penalty, even in murder cases.)

      IV. What if the “Nodding Disease” Found a Way to Reach the U.S.?

      Dr. Saweka says that for all the hand-waving by the government about using better anti-epileptics and offering more funding, he appreciates and shares in the villagers frustration.  He states, “People complain that it looks like the lives in developing countries have less value than the lives in the western countries. When you know the root cause, you address the cure. Now you are just relieving the symptoms. We don’t expect to cure anybody.”

      Ugandans
      Ugandans, grief stricken, feel somewhat abandoned by the government and the wealthy developed “First World”. [Image Source: CNN]

      While the “First World” may not be focused on — or even aware of — the zombification that is leaving children in these African nations violent (debated), crippled shells of their former selves — tied like dogs — it is an issue that must be addressed.  After all, viruses, bacteria, parasites thanks to the wonders of evolution can mutate and adapt to new environments and new transmission vectors.

      Thus this zombie virus  While reports of violence or strange behavior — like biting — are disputed, the disease is very serious.  It may seem like a foreign issue to regions like the U.S. and EU who are struggling with their own financial crisises.  But if the illness finds a way to broaden its spread, this outbreak could cripple children across the globe.

      (A word of clarification… CNN has reworded their report slightly to tone down the suggestion of violent behavior.  The reports of fire starting stand, but in the new context it’s possible these were just innocent accidents triggered by the childrens’ loss of coordination.

      Source: CNN

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      Solar Activity

       

       

      2MIN News June 20, 2012: NASA Investigating New Science???

       

      Published on Jun 20, 2012 by

      TODAYS LINKS
      Tsunami Debris: http://www.weather.com/news/tsunami-debris-survey-20120619
      Bird on Radar: http://www.weather.com/news/radar-detects-bird-migration-20120619
      Alaska Volcano: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/20/us-alaska-volcano-idUSBRE85J02K2012…
      CMEs: http://www.universetoday.com/95882/this-video-will-make-you-grateful-for-the-…

      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]

      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

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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 CE119) 21st June 2012 0 day(s) 0.1811 70.5 21 m – 46 m 3.22 km/s 11592 km/h
      308242 (2005 GO21) 21st June 2012 0 day(s) 0.0440 17.1 1.4 km – 3.1 km 13.27 km/s 47772 km/h
      (2011 AH5) 25th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.1670 65.0 17 m – 39 m 5.84 km/s 21024 km/h
      (2012 FA14) 25th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.0322 12.5 75 m – 170 m 5.28 km/s 19008 km/h
      (2004 YG1) 25th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.0890 34.7 140 m – 310 m 11.34 km/s 40824 km/h
      (2010 AF3) 25th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.1190 46.3 16 m – 36 m 6.54 km/s 23544 km/h
      (2008 YT30) 26th June 2012 5 day(s) 0.0715 27.8 370 m – 820 m 10.70 km/s 38520 km/h
      (2010 NY65) 27th June 2012 6 day(s) 0.1023 39.8 120 m – 270 m 15.09 km/s 54324 km/h
      (2008 WM64) 28th June 2012 7 day(s) 0.1449 56.4 200 m – 440 m 17.31 km/s 62316 km/h
      (2010 CD55) 28th June 2012 7 day(s) 0.1975 76.8 64 m – 140 m 6.33 km/s 22788 km/h
      (2004 CL) 30th June 2012 9 day(s) 0.1113 43.3 220 m – 480 m 20.75 km/s 74700 km/h
      (2008 YQ2) 03rd July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1057 41.1 29 m – 65 m 15.60 km/s 56160 km/h
      (2005 QQ30) 06th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1765 68.7 280 m – 620 m 13.13 km/s 47268 km/h
      (2011 YJ28) 06th July 2012 15 day(s) 0.1383 53.8 150 m – 330 m 14.19 km/s 51084 km/h
      276392 (2002 XH4) 07th July 2012 16 day(s) 0.1851 72.0 370 m – 840 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
      (2003 MK4) 08th July 2012 17 day(s) 0.1673 65.1 180 m – 410 m 14.35 km/s 51660 km/h
      (1999 NW2) 08th July 2012 17 day(s) 0.0853 33.2 62 m – 140 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
      189P/NEAT 09th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1720 66.9 n/a 12.47 km/s 44892 km/h
      (2000 JB6) 10th July 2012 19 day(s) 0.1780 69.3 490 m – 1.1 km 6.42 km/s 23112 km/h
      (2010 MJ1) 10th July 2012 19 day(s) 0.1533 59.7 52 m – 120 m 10.35 km/s 37260 km/h
      (2008 NP3) 12th July 2012 21 day(s) 0.1572 61.2 57 m – 130 m 6.08 km/s 21888 km/h
      (2006 BV39) 12th July 2012 21 day(s) 0.1132 44.1 4.2 m – 9.5 m 11.11 km/s 39996 km/h
      (2005 NE21) 15th July 2012 24 day(s) 0.1555 60.5 140 m – 320 m 10.77 km/s 38772 km/h
      (2003 KU2) 15th July 2012 24 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 770 m – 1.7 km 17.12 km/s 61632 km/h
      (2007 TN74) 16th July 2012 25 day(s) 0.1718 66.9 20 m – 45 m 7.36 km/s 26496 km/h
      (2007 DD) 16th July 2012 25 day(s) 0.1101 42.8 19 m – 42 m 6.47 km/s 23292 km/h
      (2006 BC8) 16th July 2012 25 day(s) 0.1584 61.6 25 m – 56 m 17.71 km/s 63756 km/h
      144411 (2004 EW9) 16th July 2012 25 day(s) 0.1202 46.8 1.3 km – 2.9 km 10.90 km/s 39240 km/h
      (2012 BV26) 18th July 2012 27 day(s) 0.1759 68.4 94 m – 210 m 10.88 km/s 39168 km/h
      (2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 28 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
      (2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 29 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
      1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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      Articles of Interest

      Nearly 15 million people displaced by disasters in 2011

      Terra Daily
      by Staff Writers
      Rio De Janeiro (AFP)

      Floods, storms, earthquakes and a tsunami displaced 14.9 million people last year, 89 percent of them in Asia, according to an estimate by two Norwegian-backed agencies issued here Tuesday.

      “The 10 largest disasters in terms of the amount of people displaced all took place in Asia, including multiple events in China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Japan,” said Elisabeth Rasmusson of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

      “The worst were the prolonged flood disasters in China and Thailand, which together displaced over five million people.”

      The estimate, issued on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, applies to people who are internally displaced within a country.

      But an accurate total of how many of the 14.9 million remain displaced is unclear because data is so sketchy, its authors said.

      In northeastern Japan, 492,000 people fled their homes after the March 10, 2011 mega-quake and tsunami, according to the report, compiled with the Swiss-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

      One year on, 344,000 of them still live in temporary accommodation, it said.

      In terms of the proportion of national population, Sri Lanka was worst hit, for 685,000 people, or three percent of its populace, were uprooted from their homes by heavy seasonal rains and back-to-back floods.

      Related Links
      Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
      A world of storm and tempest
      When the Earth Quakes

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      Earthquakes

       

      RSOE EDIS

       

       

      Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
      18.06.2012 09:05:26 2.6 Asia Turkey Nizin There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 08:50:39 4.8 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea Amun There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 09:05:53 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea Amun There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 09:06:17 2.7 Asia Turkey Buyuk Aslihanlar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 09:06:38 2.5 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 09:06:59 2.9 Europe Italy Bastione There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 08:00:29 4.4 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 08:02:09 4.4 Asia Russia Kamchatskaya Oblast' Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 07:50:44 4.6 Asia Russia Yevreyskaya Avtonomnaya Oblast' Khingan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 08:00:53 4.6 Europe Russia Khingan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 07:35:26 4.5 Asia Russia Kamchatskaya Oblast' Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 08:01:14 4.8 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 07:05:44 2.1 North America United States California Lone Pine There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:35:39 3.0 North America United States Alaska Kasilof VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:55:30 2.3 Asia Turkey Mollakasim There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 06:40:25 4.5 Asia Russia Kamchatskaya Oblast' Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:55:53 4.5 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 06:56:16 2.9 Europe Greece Varia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 06:20:31 4.6 Asia Russia Kamchatskaya Oblast' Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:56:37 4.7 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 06:56:57 2.4 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 06:25:34 4.7 Africa Madagascar Faritanin' i Toliara Betanty VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:57:16 4.8 Indian Ocean Madagascar Betanty VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 07:45:35 2.1 Caribbean Puerto Rico Media Quijada VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:30:35 4.2 Middle America Mexico Estado de Chiapas El Encanto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:57:37 4.2 Middle-America Mexico El Encanto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:55:27 2.7 Asia Turkey Yuvacik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:40:52 2.7 North America United States Wyoming Canyon Village There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 05:55:47 4.7 North-America United States Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:41:13 4.6 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 05:56:09 2.7 Europe Italy Casa Castellana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:56:34 2.5 Asia Turkey Semerkoy There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:56:54 2.7 Asia Turkey Bayir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:57:15 4.6 Middle-America Mexico Santa Clara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:15:32 4.8 Middle America Mexico Estado de Chiapas El Encanto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 05:57:36 2.4 Asia Turkey Kopar VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 09:07:20 4.0 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 08:01:40 4.0 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 05:57:57 2.8 Asia Turkey Ismetpasa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 04:52:30 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Conde Avila VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 05:50:38 3.0 Caribbean Dominican Republic Provincia de La Altagracia Chavon al Medio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 03:00:29 2.1 North America United States California Niland VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 04:50:33 2.5 Asia Turkey Aydinlar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:50:24 2.5 Europe Greece Trizonia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:50:44 4.7 Europe Portugal Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:40:31 4.8 Europe Portugal Regiao Autonoma dos Acores Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 03:50:27 2.3 Asia Turkey Uzunyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 03:50:48 2.3 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:25:30 5.0 Atlantic Ocean South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 02:51:05 5.0 Atlantic Ocean – North South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 03:51:09 2.4 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 03:51:30 2.2 Asia Turkey Bozyayla VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:15:38 4.6 Europe Portugal Regiao Autonoma dos Acores Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 02:51:31 4.7 Europe Portugal Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:15:59 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Puerto de Jobos VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 02:51:52 2.6 Asia Turkey Fidenigulebeler VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:52:14 2.4 Asia Turkey Guneyli VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:52:35 2.3 Asia Turkey Kaynarca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 02:30:43 2.8 Caribbean British Virgin Islands The Settlement VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 01:45:34 2.0 Asia Turkey Esenli VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 00:30:33 2.1 North America United States California Desert Sands Mobile Home Park VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 01:46:35 2.6 Asia Turkey Basak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 04:50:59 2.4 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 04:51:19 3.8 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 00:45:33 2.1 Europe Italy Tramuschio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 06:57:58 2.3 Asia Turkey Karabogurtlen VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 04:51:40 2.5 Asia Turkey Kayadibi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 22:42:54 3.0 North America United States California Black Oaks There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 23:45:34 6.4 Asia Japan Kadonohama VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 22:50:37 6.4 Asia Japan Iwate-ken Shirahama VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 22:40:34 2.8 Asia Turkey Silopi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 23:45:55 2.8 Asia Turkey Silopi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 03:51:51 2.6 Asia Turkey Uzunyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 22:41:00 2.4 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 22:41:21 3.3 Asia Taiwan Chia-lu-lan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 22:41:40 2.0 Asia Turkey Hunguvet VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 21:35:32 4.2 Europe Greece Perdhikkas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 21:45:42 4.6 Europe Greece Nomos )) (( Piraios Olimbias VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 01:30:31 3.2 Caribbean Puerto Rico Arenas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:58:20 2.6 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 21:35:53 4.1 Asia Taiwan Chia-lu-lan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 21:36:16 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Peot There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 20:55:39 2.6 North America United States Washington Redondo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 06:58:39 2.4 Asia Turkey Kultak There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 21:36:37 2.6 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 21:55:40 2.5 North America United States Tennessee Edwards Point VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
      18.06.2012 07:20:34 2.9 North America United States Alaska Nikolski There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 20:35:31 2.6 Europe Italy Coronella VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 21:36:58 3.8 Europe Portugal Terreiros VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 20:35:51 3.1 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 20:36:12 3.8 Europe Portugal Terreiros VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 20:36:32 4.4 Europe Portugal Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 22:41:59 3.2 Europe Portugal Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 20:36:52 5.2 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga `Ahau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 19:45:33 5.3 Pacific Ocean Tonga Hatou VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 20:37:13 2.5 Asia Turkey Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 20:37:34 2.6 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 19:35:32 2.4 Europe Poland Dziegielow VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 18:35:27 4.1 Europe Greece Kokkinoyio VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 18:35:55 3.6 Asia Taiwan Tung-fu-ts’un There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 18:36:23 4.0 Asia Taiwan Tung-fu-ts’un There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 18:36:43 2.3 Asia Turkey Dumurcu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 18:37:04 3.5 Europe Poland Piersna VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 18:37:25 2.6 Asia Turkey Bahceyaka VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 17:30:36 2.2 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 17:30:56 2.4 Europe Italy Santa Maria a Potenza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 16:45:26 2.2 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 17:31:17 4.4 Europe Portugal Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 18:55:29 4.7 Europe Portugal Regiao Autonoma dos Acores Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 16:30:30 2.7 Asia Turkey Kavakcali VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 16:30:56 3.8 Europe Greece Kolimbia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 16:05:38 2.3 North America United States Alaska Lime Village VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 16:31:17 2.6 Asia Turkey Tasbuku VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 16:31:37 3.0 Asia Turkey Bayir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 16:11:02 3.3 North America United States Missouri Linda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 16:35:39 3.3 North America United States Missouri Linda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 15:27:30 3.6 North America United States Alaska Kantishna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 15:25:27 2.0 Europe Italy San Felice sul Panaro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 15:25:53 2.6 Asia Turkey Bayir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 15:26:16 4.6 North-America United States Biorka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 15:35:30 4.6 North America United States Alaska Biorka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 15:26:37 4.5 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Cipancong VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 15:05:39 4.6 Pacific Ocean Tonga Falehau VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 15:26:58 4.6 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Falehau VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 14:25:30 3.2 Europe Greece Platanos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 14:25:51 3.1 Europe France La Balme-de-Sillingy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 13:25:31 2.5 Europe Greece Elaia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 13:25:52 2.2 Europe Italy La Marchesa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 13:26:14 2.1 Europe Italy Ravarino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 13:26:33 2.4 Europe Italy Case Reggiani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 13:26:54 2.9 Europe Greece Trizonia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 13:50:45 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Costa Dorado VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 13:27:15 2.9 Europe Greece Trizonia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      18.06.2012 01:00:57 2.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Diamond Harbour VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
      17.06.2012 12:25:23 2.7 Europe Greece Ayia Anna VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 12:25:50 2.8 Asia Turkey Mahmudan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 12:26:15 3.9 Asia Taiwan Tung-fu-ts’un There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 11:25:29 4.4 Asia Taiwan Chia-lu-lan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 11:25:50 4.0 Asia Taiwan Chia-lu-lan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 12:26:37 2.5 Asia Turkey Karakuyu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 11:26:13 4.9 Asia Taiwan 芳寮 There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. Vulkán 0 Vulkán 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 11:28:08 5.0 Asia Taiwan T'ai-wan Sheng Hsin-she There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 11:26:34 3.8 Asia Taiwan Chia-lu-lan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 11:26:55 2.6 Europe Italy Quarantoli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 11:27:14 2.5 Europe Italy La Collevata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 10:20:33 2.4 Europe Italy L’Orlanda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 10:20:54 3.0 Asia Turkey Kinali VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 10:21:15 3.7 Asia Taiwan Liu-chieh-pi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 09:25:37 2.2 North America United States California Coso There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 10:21:37 4.8 Asia Japan Sekimoto-naka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 09:30:40 4.6 Asia Japan Ibaraki-ken Yoshinuma VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 11:27:35 4.0 Europe Russia (( Vasil’yevo )) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 09:20:29 3.2 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 09:20:54 2.1 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 17:32:13 2.2 North America United States Missouri Point Pleasant VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
      17.06.2012 09:21:15 4.9 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Wainggori VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 09:21:34 3.0 Europe Greece Megisti VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
      17.06.2012 10:21:59 4.0 Europe Russia Baza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

       

       

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      Quake of 6.4 magnitude strikes 72 miles off Japan

      TOKYO | Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:29pm EDT

      (Reuters) – A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

      USGS put the quake 115 km (72 miles) southeast of Morioka on Japan’s Pacific coast, and 31 km deep.

      The Japan Meteorological Agency put it at magnitude 6.1, and slightly deeper at 40 km (25 miles).

      The quake was rated only 4 on Japan’s seven-point seismic scale, suggesting that no significant damage was expected, and no tsunami warning was issued.

      (Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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      Volcanic Activity

      Bukittingi, W Sumatra, June 17 (ANTARA) – Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province spewed volcanic ash up to 500 meters into the sky on Sunday morning.

      “The volcano spewed volcanic ash for about 10 minutes starting at around 08.30 a.m.,” Mubarak, who lived on the slope of the volcano said on Sunday.

      “The volcanic ash fell on around the volcano`s slope,” he said.

      Before spewing volcanic ash, the 2,891-meter high volcano released white thick smoke as high as 50 meters from its crater, he said.

      Since its alert status was raised on August 3, 2011, the volcano had spewed white smoke and volcanic ash almost everyday, he said.

      The Bukittinggi Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) still maintains the volcano`s alert status at the second highest alert level.

      “PVMBG still recommends keeping the volcano at the second highest alert status and declaring it off-limits to anyone climbing within 3 km of its peak,” PVMBG officer Warseno said.

      The volcano has spewed thick smoke and volcanic ash almost every day since it began showing signs of increased activity on August 3, 2011.

      Mt Marapi is one of the active volcanoes in West Sumatra. It sent out sulfuric volcanic ash 1,000 meters into the sky on August 3 last year. The ash fell onto a number of areas, such as Agam, Tanahdatar, Padangpariaman, and Padangpanjang.

      The volcano last erupted in 2005.

      When inactive, the mountains adjacent to Mt Singgalang and Mt Tandikek have always been a destination for climbers from within and outside West Sumatra. Also, every New Years, it is always crowded with mountain climbers. (ANTARA)

       

       

      18.06.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico States of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level
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      Volcano Activity in Mexico on Saturday, 16 June, 2012 at 17:39 (05:39 PM) UTC.

      Description
      Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano is showing more signs of activity. Nighttime footage from a permanent camera set up near the volcano showed it was belching out incandescent rocks and smoke. The National Center for Disaster Prevention has registered 68 exhalations of gas vapor and ash of medium intensity coming from the volcano in the last 24 hours. The volcano can also bee seen spewing ash in daytime footage. The volcanic mountain sits roughly halfway between Mexico City and Puebla with some 25 million people living within a 60-mile radius. Popo, as it is commonly known, has erupted small amounts of ash almost daily since activity began in 1994. Officials have not ordered any evacuations.

       

      Volcano Activity in Mexico on Saturday, 16 June, 2012 at 17:39 (05:39 PM) UTC.

      Base data
      EDIS Number: VA-20120616-35460-MEX
      Event type: Volcano Activity
      Date/Time: Saturday, 16 June, 2012 at 17:39 (05:39 PM) UTC
      Last update:
      Cause of event:
      Damage level: Unknown Damage level
      Geographic information
      Continent: Central-America
      Country: Mexico
      County / State: States of Puebla
      Area: Popocatepetl Volcano
      City:
      Coordinate: N 19° 1.429, W 98° 37.497
      Number of affected people / Humanities loss
      Foreign people: Affected is unknown.
      Dead person(s):
      Injured person(s):
      Missing person(s):
      Evacuated person(s):
      Affected person(s):

       

       

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        Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of , [Near the Golden Acorn Casino] Damage level
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      Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 18 June, 2012 at 05:02 (05:02 AM) UTC.

      Description
      Authorities are evacuating about 150 homes in eastern San Diego County as firefighters battle a wind-driven wildfire that has destroyed one structure. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire began Sunday afternoon in a rural area northeast of Campo and near the Golden Acorn Casino. It has consumed 200 acres of brush. Capt. Daryll Pina said the fire has destroyed one structure, but he hasn’t been able to confirm what it was. Officials shut down the road to the casino and patrons are being urged to stay inside. Meanwhile, a 2,200-acre wildfire that erupted Saturday in a remote area of Riverside County is 70 percent contained. Authorities say they expect full containment of the blaze burning between Beaumont and San Jacinto Monday morning.

       

      Forest /