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The iconic image of 3-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a beach on the Turkish coast went ‘viral’ recently and brought the two-year-long European ‘refugee crisis’ to widespread public attention. EU nations are now facing an influx of potentially hundreds of thousands of migrants feeling their NATO-war-torn countries in search of safety and stability. Whether or not they’ll find it is still an open question.

This ‘refugee’ problem is, of course, not new, and Aylan was not the first tragic death directly related to the problem. Consider the hundreds of thousands of deaths in Syria alone that have resulted from the U.S. government-manipulated ‘revolution’ in that country 4 years ago. Or think of the unprovoked attacks on and invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan or the NATO bombardment of Libya and subsequent installation of a fundamentalist ‘Jihadi’ regime there. Then consider that 2,600 people, or more, have already died attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. The ‘refugee crisis’ has been brew for over two years, but it took Aylan’s body to make many people sit up and taking notice.

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Syrian refugees jump off a dinghy as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos September 3, 2015

Migrants, Refugees, Clandestines and… Jihadis

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The plight of the refugees could become the perfect excuse to precipitate a new R2P (responsibility to protect) war; Libya remixed, with fighting ISIL barely disguising the real agenda: regime change in Damascus.

So Europe has suddenly, miraculously “discovered” that the civil war/proxy war raging in Syria since early 2011 has hemorrhaged into an extremely serious refugee crisis.

European Sturm und Drang on what to do about the refugee drama is unprecedented in modern times. Bitterness permeates the fault lines separating fear and intolerance from generosity and solidarity.

Among quite a few progressive circles, there are widespread fears that the current Western media campaign centered on the plight of refugees may be a catalyst to prepare European-wide public opinion for an all-out war in Syria before the end of 2015.

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German Lawmaker: At the Root of Refugee Crisis are U.S. Wars in Middle East

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Study: Dogs Understand How We’re Feeling

By George Putic – Researchers in Hungary have confirmed something many dog owners have long suspected: that canines understand our feelings.

Using a Magnetic Resonance Scanner, or MRI, scientists found that when it comes to emotions, dogs’ brains are similar to those of humans.Dogs are usually not relaxed in a lab environment, but with a little petting and lots of treats they can be trained to sit still even in an MRI scanner. That’s how researchers in Hungary’s ELTE University were able to get images of their brains at work.

Research fellow Attila Andics says it helped them better understand the dogs’ relationship with humans.

“We have known for a long time that dogs and humans share similar social environment, but now our results show that dogs and humans also have similar brain mechanisms to process social information,” said Andics.

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10 Signs The Global Elite Are Losing Control

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Karma is coming for the elite in a big way. As the Powers That Be head toward a devastating defeat in their war plans for Syria, signs are emerging that their rule over humanity is rapidly diminishing.

Over the last decade the global elite have been on a mad dash to consolidate power over the world. It’s always been their plan like some evil villain in a comic book, but after 9/11 the plan went into overdrive and then turbo charged during the financial crisis of 2008.

Yet it’s doomed to fail because humans are meant to be guided by their own free will, not controlled like livestock. The more the elite try to control humanity, the more entropy occurs. Entropy, for those who don’t know, is the lack of order or predictability; a gradual decline into disorder.

Although the elite still enjoy a huge wealth advantage over the masses, they are now resigned to behaving like tyrants to maintain control. This, in turn, exposes their dark side which has been cleverly concealed for ages. Not anymore.

People are waking up in droves, at least as fast as the elite can build their full-spectrum prison matrix.  Let them try.  To paraphrase Victor Hugo, “No army can stop an idea whose time has come.”

Here are ten signs that the elite are losing control over the people:

1. Official lies no longer effective: The lies they tell simply don’t work anymore. There was a time when official lies, especially about war and peace, were believed. Because, after all, how evil would it be to lie about such things? Generally people want to believe they are being told the truth when life and death is at stake. The boy who cried wolf has cried one too many times. Even if they told the truth at this point, very few would believe them.

2. No confidence in politics: US politicians have a paltry approval rating. The trust in government is at all-time lows here and around the world. Mainstream polls show only 10% of the public has confidence in Congress. In other words, 90% don’t believe in them to be competent to govern.

Watch this Town Hall exchange below where a man threatens US Senator John McCain with arrest for treason to his face. This would have never happened just a year or two ago:

John McCain DESTROYED By True American Patriot

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3. No confidence in media: The most recent polls show that 77% of the population no longer trusts corporate TV news. Is it any wonder why the establishment media failed to sell the lies about the alleged Syria chemical event?  With all their monopoly might over the airwaves, they can no longer claim that black is white simply because officialdom says so.

4. Bankers rejected: Hungary recently became the first country to follow Iceland’s lead by shedding international bankers (IMF) and is considering pursuing prosecution of past prime ministers who enslaved the people with debt.

Cutting Loose: Hungary pays off IMF debt, may eye EU exit

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Hungary is about to pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund and then wants the creditor gone. The country was saved by Washington-based group with $25 bln loan five years ago but isn’t renewing the aid in order to avoid closer scrutiny of its policies. Alexey Yaroshevsky looks at how Budapest is cutting loose.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Biological Hazards

In this March 27, 2012 file photo which shows Baby Andrei, eight-month-old, the son of Roma under-age parents, in an intensive care unit of the Marie Curie children's hospital Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)

In this March 27, 2012 file photo which shows Baby Andrei, eight-month-old, the son of Roma under-age parents, in an intensive care unit of the Marie Curie children’s hospital Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)

13.08.2013 Biological Hazard Hungary County of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen, Miskolc [County Hospital of BAZ] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Hungary on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013 at 03:39 (03:39 AM) UTC.

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Eight infants died within a few days of County Hospital of BAZ (Miskolc), the cause is unknown. The infant became ill and died within a few hours, according to preliminary investigations infection is suspected. The Hungarian CDC’s investigation began immediately.
Biohazard name: Unidentified Illness (fatal)
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

Biological Hazard in Hungary on Tuesday, 13 August, 2013 at 03:39 (03:39 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 13 August, 2013 at 16:33 UTC
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Prime Minister Viktor Orban has ordered an extraordinary investigation concerning the recent death of eight premature babies in the county hospital of Miskolc in northern Hungary. State secretary for health Miklos Szocska told public Kossuth Radio on Tuesday that the investigation sought to establish a connection between the deaths, which occured at the hospital’s premature ward between August 5 and 10. He said that the hospital management had alarmed health authorities after the third death and took measures but could not prevent further deaths which occured in rapid succession. Late on Monday, Szocska visited the hospital and said that closing down the ward was not necessary. Hospital director Gabor Csiba has been suspended from his position for the time of the investigation.

Hungary investigates premature baby deaths at hospital

August 13, 2013 01:13 PM

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In this March 27, 2012 file photo which shows Baby Andrei, eight-month-old, the son of Roma under-age parents, in an intensive care unit of the Marie Curie children's hospital Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)

In this March 27, 2012 file photo which shows Baby Andrei, eight-month-old, the son of Roma under-age parents, in an intensive care unit of the Marie Curie children’s hospital Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)

BUDAPEST: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has ordered an inquiry into the deaths of eight premature babies in five days at a hospital in the northeastern city of Miskolc.

Health state secretary Miklos Szocska said alongside the announcement of the inquiry late on Monday that the National Surgeon General’s office was doing all it could to find out why the eight premature babies died. He told Kossuth radio on Tuesday that the babies died between Aug. 5 and Aug 10.

“There are investigations under way to reveal any potential infection,” Szocska said in a video posted on the government’s official website, adding he would not yet close the specialised department at the Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen hospital which treats hundreds of permaturely born babies each year.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Temperatures

Warsaw zoo attendant Piotr Trochim sprays a rhinoceros with water to help it fight rare, extreme heat reaching 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, the year’s hottest day in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)/AP

09.08.2013 Heat Wave Hungary [Statewide] Damage level
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Heat Wave in Hungary on Wednesday, 07 August, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.

 

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Highest level heatwave alert has been issued in Hungary, when the temperature is higher than 27 degrees Celsius (80 F) will be the next few days. The expected maximum temperature is 40-41 degrees Celsius (104-105 F). Due to the high temperature water shortages have emerged in smaller settlements.

Heat Wave in Hungary on Wednesday, 07 August, 2013 at 07:12 (07:12 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Friday, 09 August, 2013 at 13:32 UTC
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Thousands of Roma have been queueing in a Hungarian town for water during a record heatwave after their mayor shut down many of the public pumps on which the impoverished community depends. With temperatures peaking at 40C (104 Fahrenheit) for several days, the Hungarian government intervened on Wednesday, ordering Mayor Pal Furjes to restore full water supplies to slums in the northeastern town of Ozd where the Roma live.

 

Hungarian Roma queue for water in heatwave after pumps shut down

 

 

Roma man cools himself at the impoverished outskirts of Ozd

Roma man cools himself at the impoverished outskirts of Ozd (Laszlo Balogh Reuters, / August 7, 2013)

 

 

OZD, Hungary (Reuters) – Thousands of Roma have been queueing in a Hungarian town for water during a record heatwave after their mayor shut down many of the public pumps on which the impoverished community depends.

With temperatures peaking at 40C (104 Fahrenheit) for several days, the Hungarian government intervened on Wednesday, ordering Mayor Pal Furjes to restore full water supplies to slums in the northeastern town of Ozd where the Roma live.

Local Roma expressed sarcastic disgust about the mayor’s decision, which they said had been made without any warning. “I can fill this bucket up with my own spit before this trickle does,” said Gyorgy Kiss as he stood at a pump that remained open but had little water pressure.

“We thank the mayor very much. Next time he should shut down our air supply, too,” said Kiss, a father of five sons.

Roma suffer discrimination and persecution across much of Europe. On Tuesday, a Hungarian court jailed four neo-Nazis for killing Roma families in a spree of racist violence in 2008 and 2009 that shocked the country and led to accusations that police had failed to protect the minority.

Roma often live in miserable conditions without power or mains water. This forces them to trek to public pumps with buckets to collect water for washing and cooking.

However, Ozd’s municipal government closed more than half the town’s pumps and restricted pressure to others, accusing local people of abusing the free supply by spraying water around. This had left the town with a 12 million forint ($53,400) annual bill it cannot afford, it said.

 

 

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Temperature records broken in Austria and Hungary

 

Posted Thursday, Aug. 08, 2013

 

 

Temperatures have hit all-time highs in Austria and neighboring Hungary as a stubborn heat wave nears the end of its second week.

Thursday’s 40.5 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday eclipsed the previous record of 39.9 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) set just five days before.

In Hungary, temperatures were fractionally lower at 40 C Thursday. Officials there have issued a heat warning, while some government ministries have relaxed dress codes. For men, that means ties and jackets can be left at home. For women, pantyhose is optional.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Epidemic  Hazards

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11.05.2013 Epidemic Hazard Hungary Pest County, Pilisszentlaszlo Damage level Details

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Epidemic Hazard in Hungary on Saturday, 11 May, 2013 at 09:48 (09:48 AM) UTC.

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Serious infectious disease (whooping cough) has been observed children and adults with a Pilisszentlaszlo school in Pest County, Hungary. The Director acknowledged the epidemic of the parents and confirmed by the National Public Health and Medical Officer Service. Homor Zsuzsanna the chief medical officer of Budapest and Pest County said: “Two Waldorf Elementary School’s teacher of two laboratory-confirmed whooping cough infection in Pilisszentlaszlo. Two other women and a pupil teacher affected the disease, investigation to confirm are in progress.
Biohazard name: Whooping cough
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
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Status: confirmed

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Since the fall of Communism, Hungary has been doing everything the Western institutions have asked, privatizing and selling off state assets, which resulted in heavy debts and low living standards. Now, the new government is hitting back by raising taxes on foreign companies and trying to protect its domestic market. However, it has been criticized by the EU, IMF and the Western media. Hungarians have also taken to the streets of Budapest and the Western media is championing the views of the protesters and damning the government. On this week’s INFocus we will tell the real story of why the new Hungarian government is becoming a new bogeyman of the West and how fake protests can be started under foreign influence.

Csatáry Case Tarnishes Hungarian Justice System

By Jan Puhl

Suspected war criminal Lásló Csatáry leaves a courthouse in Budapest on July 18.Zoom

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Suspected war criminal Lásló Csatáry leaves a courthouse in Budapest on July 18.

Officials in Budapest sat on information that suspected war criminal Lásló Csatáry was living there for more than a year without acting. It was only after a British tabloid reported the incident that action was finally taken. The case underscores Hungary’s troubled dealings with its own history.

Lásló Csatáry has holed up in the two rooms of his apartment on Jagello Street, and the window blinds are shut. Here, in Budapest’s 12th district, he has been placed under house arrest and can only leave with the public prosecutor’s permission.

On Wednesday morning, a police car stopped at the front door of the 97-year-old suspected war criminal’s apartment building and took him in for questioning. Almost exactly 68 years have passed since the time when Csatáry is believed to have used a whip to drive Jews to the trains that would deport them. Csatáry has maintained his “innocence,” saying he was merely carrying out “his duty.” After four hours, the elderly man was allowed to return home, but police told him he would have to be available for additional questioning.

Only a week earlier, Csatáry’s life was a different story. The pensioner had been out and about in his neighborhood, wearing a sporty summer outfit — a flat cap, bright pants and checkered jacket. At Tom’s Store around the corner, he picked up the usual milk, bread and bottled water, as well as the right-wing conservative newspaper Magyar nemzet. Neighbors described him as a sprightly retiree, taciturn but friendly.

To the Jerusalem-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, though, he is considered the most-sought after Nazi war criminal in many years. In 1938, Hungarian regent Miklos Horthy, who collaborated with Hitler, managed to succeed in annexing the Hungarian minority region of Slovakia into Hungary. And, in 1944, Hungarian gendarmes helped carry out the Holocaust there. One of them was Lásló Csatáry. In Košice, it is believed that he helped to deport more than 15,000 Jews to Auschwitz. It is also believed that he was a sadist who enjoyed beating women with a whip.

A Comfortable Pensioner’s Life in Budapest

After the war, Csatáry went to Canada, where he earned his money as an art dealer. But his past caught up with him. In 1997, he fled and returned to Budapest. The authorities there didn’t pay any attention to him and he was able to lead a comfortable pensioner’s life.

In the end, the Nazi hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Center tracked the elderly man down in Jagello Street. Nearly a year ago, in September 2011, they alerted the Hungarian authorities, but they didn’t react. This inaction prompted Efraim Zuroff, the head of the Wiesenthal Center, to pass his information on to a British tabloid, which then caught Csatáry at his front door and snapped a picture of him in his underwear and a t-shirt.

Once again, the Hungarian justice system had a major embarrassment on its hands. In recent years, the country has steadily drifted to the right. In 2010, conservative leader Victor Orbán secured an absolute majority in elections, and the anti-Semitic Jobbik party became the third-largest force in parliament. Orbán then allowed a new constitution to go into effect that triggered protests among the country’s EU partners because it violated the standards of Western democracy. The fact that the public prosecutor on Wednesday moved to dispatch police to place Csatáry under house arrest is also no doubt due to international pressure. In addition, the visit made by Hungarian President Janos Ader to Jerusalem last week may also have been a contributing factor. At the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, he participated in a ceremony in honor of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, a man many Budapest Jews can thank for their very survival. It would have been unfitting for the aging war criminal had been able to continue enjoying his twilight years undisturbed.

‘The Crimes of the Communists are Much More Present’

Still, no one in Budapest believes that the 97-year-old will be brought to justice anytime soon. Even liberal historian Krysztián Ungváry concedes that the evidence in the case “is very weak.” Although one can assume with “relative certainty” that Csatáry knew that he was sending the Jews to death, he said, it is anything but certain that the public prosecutor can prove that without a doubt. Barring that evidence, a court might acquit him, as happened two years ago with suspected war criminal Sándor Képiró.

Képiró is suspected of having acted as a henchman of the SS and of participating in the shooting of Jews at Novi Sad, a Serbian city in the former Yugoslavia that had been annexed by Hungary. Képiró was tried but acquitted on related charges in a Budapest court. He died in 2011 before a new case could be brought against him. Képiró had also lived undisturbed in Budapest.

The fact that the suspected war criminal was able to feel as secure as he did in Hungary, also fits in with the Hungarians’ view of history, Ungváry believes. In any case, there has so far been no public outrage in the capital that Csatáry could live so long in Budapest without fear of prosecution.

“The crimes of the Communists are still much more present in people’s memory,” Ungváry says, by way of explanation. And very few of the people who used bloody force to quell the Hungarian Uprising against Stalinism in 1956 have been brought to justice, either.

The country’s interior minister at the time, Béla Biszku, who was responsible for the executions of dissidents, leads the same kind of quiet pensioner’s life in Budapest that Csatáry was able to enjoy until last week.

Hungary as Victim

But the Orbán government also propagates a view of the past that largely places Hungary in the role of the victim during World War II. According to that line, Hungary was first occupied by Nazi Germany and then subjugated by the Soviet Union. In the country’s new constitution, Orbán even explicitly said that Hungary was innocent of the crimes committed during World War II.

The truth, however, is that some Hungarians gave solid support and participated in the Holocaust. “Perpetrators like Csatáry and Képiró remind us in a very uncomfortable way of this responsibility, which many here would prefer to suppress,” Ungváry says.

Even during the times under Nazi sympathizer Horthy, who governed in an authoritarian manner, the Hungarian parliament passed anti-Semitic laws according to the Nazi model and thus almost entirely excluded Jews from public and business life in Hungary.

After the Wehrmacht occupied the country in March 1944, the Hungarians began to implement deportations of Jews to concentration camps. Hungarian anti-Semites proved to be reliable and willing helpers for the Germans. In just two months time, more than 430,000 Jews were deported to the Nazi extermination camps. “In that way the Hungarians committed the fastest and most brutal mass deportation of the Holocaust,” says Ungváry.

It even impressed Adolf Eichmann.

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03.06.2012 06:50:26 2.1 Europe Italy Galeazza Pepoli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 06:30:44 2.6 North America United States California Cholame VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
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03.06.2012 06:31:05 4.6 Asia Japan Iwate-ken Minato VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 05:52:15 2.3 North America United States Hawaii ‘Ainapö There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 06:51:07 2.0 Europe Italy Bondeno VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 05:50:31 2.8 Europe Italy Corte Romana VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 05:50:52 2.3 Asia Turkey Rahimler There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 05:51:12 2.4 Europe Italy Novi di Modena VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 05:51:30 2.3 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 05:51:50 2.1 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 04:51:33 2.2 North America United States Alaska Port William There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 04:50:25 2.3 Europe Italy Lido di Classe VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 04:50:47 2.5 Europe Portugal Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 04:51:07 2.1 Europe Italy Casa Madonnina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 03:45:30 4.7 Pacific Ocean Tonga Niutoua There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
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03.06.2012 03:50:45 3.1 Europe Greece Akrotirion There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 03:51:05 2.8 Asia Turkey Kayislar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 02:50:37 2.0 North America United States California Black Oaks There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 02:40:33 4.0 Caribbean Netherlands Antilles Simson Bay Village There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 02:55:54 4.1 Caribbean Netherlands Antilles Simson Bay Village There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 03:51:26 4.1 Caribbean Sea Netherlands Antilles Simson Bay Village There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 02:45:26 2.0 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 02:45:47 3.8 Asia Taiwan Li-tao VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 02:46:10 2.5 Europe Italy Ghisellina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 01:40:35 2.0 Europe Italy Pioppa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 01:40:54 2.6 Europe Greece Yimnon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 01:10:35 2.3 North America United States Alaska Kantishna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 01:41:15 2.8 Asia Turkey Karakose VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 00:40:42 2.1 Europe Italy Falerone VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 01:30:34 3.2 Caribbean Puerto Rico Sandin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
03.06.2012 00:41:02 2.3 Asia Turkey Daricik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 00:41:23 2.1 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 23:30:36 2.1 North America United States California Dos Cabezas VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 23:35:39 2.2 North America United States Washington Roche Harbor VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 23:40:26 2.3 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
03.06.2012 00:10:35 2.8 Caribean Puerto Rico Hato Viejo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 23:40:52 2.0 Europe Italy Le Cremosine VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 23:41:12 2.0 Europe Italy Santa Bianca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 23:41:31 2.4 Europe Czech Republic Zd’arsky Potok VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 22:36:20 2.2 North America United States Alaska Karluk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 22:05:35 2.2 North America United States California Brown There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 22:35:42 2.1 Europe Italy Concordia sulla Secchia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 22:50:29 2.7 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Belle Vue VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 21:35:28 2.1 Europe Italy Villa San Giovanni There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 21:35:48 2.4 Asia Turkey Davutoglan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 20:55:40 2.3 North America United States California Mountain Center VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 21:36:13 2.2 Europe Italy Case Reggiani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 21:36:33 2.0 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 21:36:54 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea Saisukurime VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 20:40:46 4.8 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea Ripnai VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 20:20:32 2.1 North America United States Alaska Happy Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 20:15:50 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
02.06.2012 19:50:40 2.0 North America United States Hawaii Punaluu Kahawai There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 20:45:46 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Tosquero (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 20:35:29 3.7 Europe Greece Tzamarellata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 20:35:55 2.1 Europe Italy Concordia sulla Secchia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 19:30:34 3.2 Asia Turkey Derecetinoren VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 18:15:35 2.0 North America United States California Pizona There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 18:30:57 2.5 Europe Italy Resega VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 18:00:32 3.1 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
02.06.2012 18:31:19 3.4 Europe Albania Matranxh VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 18:31:38 2.1 Europe Italy Crespellano VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 18:32:00 2.5 Asia Turkey Hacirahmanli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 21:37:15 2.8 Europe Romania Poenitele VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 18:32:23 2.9 Asia Turkey Caliskan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 19:30:54 2.6 Europe Greece Veneton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 21:37:35 3.0 Europe Romania Nehoiasu VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 17:15:38 2.3 North America United States Washington Roche Harbor VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 17:25:34 2.0 Europe Italy Madonna della Comuna VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 17:25:55 2.3 Europe Italy Quarantoli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 16:25:40 2.8 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
02.06.2012 16:20:34 2.5 Europe Italy Il Motto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 17:26:17 2.8 Asia Turkey Akdam VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 16:20:55 2.2 Europe Italy La Barchessa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 16:21:15 4.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Nanasi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 15:55:34 2.5 North America United States California Pinto Wye There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 16:21:36 2.1 Europe Italy San Giacomo Roncole VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 15:25:31 2.1 North America United States Alaska Chelatna Lodge VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 16:21:57 3.0 Asia Turkey Avgan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 15:20:35 2.5 Asia Turkey Bademli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 15:20:56 2.2 Europe Italy La Marchesa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 15:21:17 2.3 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 15:21:38 2.2 Europe Italy Sorbara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 14:20:34 2.5 Europe France Saint-Martin-du-Clocher VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
02.06.2012 14:20:55 2.6 Europe Greece Arkhanion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 14:40:43 3.3 Caribbean U.S. Virgin Islands Bordeaux (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 14:21:16 2.4 Europe Italy Ponte Trevisani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 14:21:38 2.5 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 13:20:35 2.4 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 13:20:56 2.7 Europe Greece Ydroussa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 13:21:16 2.3 Europe Italy La Balantina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 13:21:37 2.0 Europe Italy Bisarina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 17:26:39 2.3 Asia Turkey Sofrali VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 12:51:41 3.1 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County New Brighton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
02.06.2012 13:21:56 2.9 Europe Greece Avlon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 13:22:18 3.2 Europe Italy Corte Romana VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 13:22:56 2.6 Asia Turkey Ucem VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 12:15:33 3.3 Asia Turkey Akalin VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 17:27:00 2.2 Asia Turkey Kofundere There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 12:05:43 4.3 Asia Japan Tokyo-to Oki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 12:15:51 4.3 Asia Japan Oki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 10:35:44 2.4 North America United States California Castle Rock Springs There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 11:10:35 2.7 Europe Greece Pirgos There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 10:15:40 5.8 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Provincia de Salta El Pajeal VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 10:10:31 5.8 South-America Argentina Playa Ancha VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 10:55:29 4.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Simatorkis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 11:10:53 4.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Simatorkis VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 11:11:13 2.7 Asia Turkey Rahimler There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 11:11:34 3.8 Africa Djibouti Medeho There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 11:11:56 2.6 Asia Turkey Tuncbilek VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 10:10:52 4.7 South-America Argentina Angostura VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 10:00:34 4.4 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Provincia de Salta Angostura VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 11:12:19 3.9 Asia Tajikistan Kurghon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 08:55:35 2.2 North America United States Alaska Sunshine VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 09:05:34 2.2 Europe Italy Cortile VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 09:07:30 3.0 North America United States Alaska Chiniak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 09:05:55 2.2 Europe Albania Ndershene VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 11:12:40 2.2 Asia Turkey Cirpi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 08:46:06 4.5 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Provincia de Catamarca Luna Aguada VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 09:06:21 4.5 South-America Argentina Luna Aguada VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 10:11:12 3.2 Asia Turkey Guvencli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 09:06:42 2.6 Europe Italy Reggiolo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 10:11:34 2.6 Asia Turkey Akkocali VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 16:22:38 2.3 Europe Greece Kaleryiana VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
02.06.2012 09:35:55 2.2 Caribbean Puerto Rico Esperanza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 23:42:10 2.4 North America United States Alaska Hospital Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
02.06.2012 19:55:42 2.7 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 – Salta, Argentina

US Geological Survey

Argentina Quake_020612

© USGS
Earthquake Location

Date-Time
Saturday, June 02, 2012 at 07:52:53 UTC

Saturday, June 02, 2012 at 04:52:53 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location
22.109°S, 63.625°W

Depth
519.6 km (322.9 miles)

Region
SALTA, ARGENTINA

Distances
8 km (4 miles) SE of Yacuiba, Bolivia

54 km (33 miles) NNE of Tartagal, Salta, Argentina

131 km (81 miles) ESE of Tarija, Bolivia

1469 km (912 miles) NNW of BUENOS AIRES, D.F., Argentina

Location Uncertainty
horizontal +/- 13.7 km (8.5 miles); depth +/- 2.9 km (1.8 miles)

Parameters
NST=592, Nph=683, Dmin=618.9 km, Rmss=0.82 sec, Gp= 14°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=E

Source
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID
usb000a5a0

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake may hit Quetta

From Web Edition

QUETTA: Renowned Scientist and Assistant Professor at Geology Department of University of Balochistan, Deen Muhammad Kakar has said that Global Positioning System machine reports have suggested that an earthquake of 7.5 Magnitude intensity and powerful like that of 1935 might hit Quetta city and adjoining areas.

He was talking to media persons here on Thursday. He said that GPS machines installed in areas including Quetta, Chaman, Saranan, Surkhab, Pishin, Ziarat, Shahrag, Harnai, Loralai, Qila Saifullah, Muslim Bagh, Lakpass, Kalat and Sorab have indicated that mountainous areas including Koh Sulman, Koh Kirthar, Quetta and northern areas are in eight-millimeter annual movement to South and due to this movement a great stress is being accumulated under soil.

“Due to this great stress, chances of a 7.5 Magnitude earthquake at Richter Scale to hit Quetta have been emerged,” the Scientist warned.

He further said that Geology Department of University of Balochistan, Civil Engineering Department of NED University Karachi and Center of Excellence of Peshawar University were busy in compiling research reports with the help of GPS machines and other scientific equipments on emerging of possible and powerful earthquakes in future.

He said that presently population of Quetta has exceeded from 2.5 million while a large number of high-rise buildings and multistory shopping centers have been erected in the city adding these buildings were built while fully violating 1935 Building Code Laws. He said that present official and non-official buildings would collapsed and caved in if an earthquake of 6.5 Magnitude hit Quetta adding that then how these building would face 7.5 Magnitude earthquake in future.

He regretted that sub-standard material was used in construction of buildings in new populations around the old Quetta city, which would collapse in a powerful tremor.

He said that another important aspect is that in case of a high Magnitude earthquake, natural gas supply pipelines would burst causing eruption of a huge fire, which would engulf the city. He further said that powerful earthquake would cause razing of high-rise buildings and due to which the roads and streets of the city would be closed while people would be buried under their debris.

“How, you will remove rubble of these multistory shopping centers while they have been constructed in narrow streets in bazaars of Quetta city where crane machines could not enter he said.

He observed there were no proper arrangements at government level in Quetta to deal with a disaster caused by a powerful earthquake.”

He said that other areas of Balochistan including Chaman, Harnai, Shahrag, Loralai, Noshki, Khuzdar and coastal belt of Makran would also face powerful tremors in future.

He advised people to keep items at their homes to deal with the situation caused by earthquake including dry food like pulses, grams, dry milk and water, torch, battery radio, first aid kit, fire extinguishing equipment and diary containing emergency phone numbers.

He also advised citizens living in multistory buildings not to try run outside of their flats immediately when earthquake jolts their building as saying the building might collapse within seconds and people trying to run out might buried under its debris.

He underlined the need that citizens of Quetta should launch a movement like that the movement in Karachi against construction of high-rise and multistory buildings besides moving to courts against such construction. (APP)

Eastern Japan hit with M 5.2 earthquake

TOKYO,

(Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 hit eastern Japan on Friday, shaking buildings in Tokyo.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings were issued. (Reporting by Miki Kayaoka; Editing by Michael Watson)

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Volcanic Activity

Se activó volcán Santiaguito de Guatemala y lanzó ceniza sobre Quetzaltenango. (Foto: visitaxela.wordpress.com)

Guatemala’s Santiaguito and Fuego volcanoes rain down ash on nearby villages

June 2, 2012GUATEMALA – Santiaguito volcano, (also known as Santa Maria) which has been in constant activity in recent days, erupted on Friday, ejecting columns of ash that reached 200 thousand meters high and covering much of the city of Quetzaltenango, the country’s east. This was reported by the local media on Friday, which quoted the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology, stated that “Santiaguito volcano activity remains weak though with moderate explosions.” The institute’s report also said that in view of the wind shifts from south to north, favored the “fall of ash particles on the city of Quetzaltenango and its surroundings, causing some alarm. The ash fell on cars and roofs of houses and streets were light gray,” it said. Given the activity of the crater, the state National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conrad) recommended that people “take necessary precautions to consider” whether to continue the activity of Santiaguito. This crater is located 206 km west of the capital and two thousand 500 meters high. Another active volcano in Guatemala is Fuego, the Fire, three thousand 763 meters high, which last week released ash on several nearby villages. Last week, the Conrad issued a warning orange-red pre-and recommended to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to take precautions to air traffic. In turn, also asked to avoid flying near the fire, between the departments of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango. –Telsurtv  (translated)

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Biggest wildfire in New Mexico’s history burns with only 15% containment

By Michael Martinez, CNN
The U.S. Forest Service performs a
The U.S. Forest Service performs a “burnout” operation to combat the fire raging in the Gila Wilderness.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The growth potential for New Mexico’s biggest wildfire ever is “high”
  • Gila Wilderness fire burns 227,000 acres, more than 1.5 times the size of Chicago
  • The Baldy Fire begins May 9; the Whitewater Fire is spotted May 16
  • Crews rappel from helicopters to fight the Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex

(CNN) — The largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history continued to burn almost uncontrollably Saturday in the remote Gila Wilderness, belching enough smoke to prompt officials to caution that children, adults with heart disease and other sensitive groups should not go outdoors.

Since lightning ignited the Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex wildfire on May 9, flames have devoured 227,000 acres — more than 354 square miles — in the southwest portion of the state. Even though 1,257 personnel have been fighting the conflagration, only 15% of it was contained Saturday, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

For purposes of comparison, the burn area of 354 square miles is more than one and a half times bigger than the city of Chicago’s 227 square miles.

Two separate strikes of lightning caused the mountainous fire: the Baldy Fire started May 9 in an inaccessible area of the rugged wilderness, and the Whitewater Fire was reported on May 16 several miles west of the Baldy Fire, Forest Service officials said.

The two fires in the Gila National Forest combined May 23, enhanced by drought and sustained winds of 40 mph to 50 mph, authorities said.

It was the May 16 event that led crews to try to suppress the entirety of the fire but “the extreme fire activity, coupled with incredibly rugged terrain and large boulders falling down the steep canyons forced fire crews to pull out of the area after the first day of fighting the fire,” the Forest Service said.

The fire began 15 miles east of Glenwood, New Mexico, and has been fueled by conifers, ponderosa pines, pinons, junipers and grass, Forest Service officials said.

Continuing growth potential for the history-making wildfire was “high” Saturday, the Forest Service said.

CNN affiliate KRQE reported that 12 seasonal homes in the Willow Creek area were destroyed.

Because of the state’s current extreme drought, smoke in the region could persist until the monsoon season, which typically begins in early July, New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres said in a statement.

On Saturday, the Catron County Sheriff Department said it will allow evacuated residents back into the community of Mogollon, effective Monday, but an evacuation order for the summer cabins of Willow Creek remained in effect Saturday, according to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“Because of the complexity of this fire, fire managers have brought in specialized resources,” the Forest Service said in a statement. “One of those resources includes heli-rappellers. Heli-rappellers are one of the aerial resources brought in during early stages of a remote fire, especially where there is no good landing zone. The ‘rappellers’ will rappel from a helicopter into remote locations and extinguish fires or provide reconnaissance information.”

Ten helicopters were deployed Saturday, authorities said.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has been closed since Thursday, U.S. Forest Service Superintendent Steve Riley said earlier this week.

  02.06.2012 Heat Wave India State of Jharkhand, [Jharkhand-wide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in India on Friday, 01 June, 2012 at 02:57 (02:57 AM) UTC.

Description
Heat wave conditions continued to sweep Jharkhand with Garhwa recording the highest 46 degrees Celsius today, Met officials said. While Palamau and Bokaro sizzled at 44.9 and 44 degrees, Giridih recorded a maximum of 44 degrees. Lohardaga (43.2), Koderma (43), Latehar (43), Dumka (42.5), Hazaribagh (42), Gumla (41) and West Singhbhum (41.8) also reeled under intense heat wave conditions, the officials said. Temperatures in Ranchi (39.5 degrees) and Jamshedpur (39.9) dropped compared from yesterday’s 40.9 degrees and 43.2 degrees respectively.

Heat Wave in India on Friday, 01 June, 2012 at 02:55 (02:55 AM) UTC.

Description
The lower hills of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday bore the brunt of heat wave as mercury stayed six to seven deg C above normal. Una experienced the hottest day of the summer with mercury soaring to 45.2 deg C, six deg C above normal. The state capital Shimla also recorded a high of 32 deg C, seven deg C above normal, forcing people indoors. Sundernagar recorded a high of 41.7 deg C, followed by Bhuntar and Mandi 39.0 deg C, Nahan 38.9 deg C, Solan 37.2 deg C, Dharamsala 36.6 deg C and Kalpa 26.4 deg C, five to seven deg C above normal. The minimum temperatures also stayed four to seven deg C above normal with Nahan hottest during the night with minimum temperature at 28.6 deg C, six deg C above normal. Mandi and Dharamsala recorded a low of 25.3 and 25 deg C, five deg C above normal. The local MeT office has predicted dry weather during next 48 hours with minor fluctuations in mercury.

 

Gale Warning

 

GULF OF MAINE TO THE HAGUE LINE
ANCHORAGE ALASKA



Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

 

TALLAHASSEE FL

 

 

 

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Storms, Flooding.Landslides

 

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

 

TULSA OK
NORMAN OK



Severe Thunderstorm Watch

 

NORMAN OK





Flood Warning

 

GRAY, MAINE
GREAT FALLS MT
TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
LA CROSSE WI
DES MOINES IA

DULUTH MN
SIOUX FALLS SD

 

 

 

  02.06.2012 Tropical Storm Philippines [Luzon Island wide] Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in Philippines on Saturday, 02 June, 2012 at 16:48 (04:48 PM) UTC.

Description
Thirty fishermen were missing and hundreds of travellers were stranded on Saturday after tropical storm Mawar dumped heavy rains across the Philippines, forcing flight and ship cancellations. The storm blanketed large parts of the main southern island of Luzon and central Visayas province with up to 25 millimetres (an inch) of rain an hour overnight, the state weather bureau said. At least two domestic flights were cancelled while more than 500 people were stranded in ports after the coast guard prevented passenger ferries from sailing, disaster relief agencies said. “Thirty fishermen have also gone missing from the eastern-most island of Catanduanes after apparently getting caught at sea by the storm,” Benito Ramos, head of Manila’s Office of Civil Defense, said over local radio. He said search and rescue operations were underway, though the coast guard could not carry out an air search due to bad visibility. About 20 storms slam into the Philippines from the Pacific every year, causing heavy casualties and damage. Mawar is the first for 2012.
02.06.2012 Tornado USA State of Virginia, Hapton Damage level Details

Tornado in USA on Saturday, 02 June, 2012 at 16:50 (04:50 PM) UTC.

Description
The city was cleaning up this morning after a tornado swept through downtown Hampton on Friday evening and knocked out power to more than 5,000, damaged tents for the weekend’s Blackbeard Pirate Festival and moved a yacht from the water at the Hampton Yacht Club into a parking lot. Shortly before 8 p.m., storms that produced waterspouts were spotted near the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. About 15 minutes later, one moved onto land in Hampton. The twister took Hampton residents by surprise. The city does not have warning sirens, according to Robin McCormick, the city’s communications director. Some historical re-enactors in town for the Blackbeard Pirate Festival spotted a cloud rise and fall and take the shape of a funnel Friday night. Cheryl Norris said pirates camping in Mill Point Park fled for cover in a nearby parking garage. The wind was so strong it lifted one woman slightly off the ground and almost prevented Norris from taking cover. “A friend just pushed me into the garage,” she said. Ellen McAllister, who lives near the Hampton Yacht Club, said pressure from the tornado made her ears ache and ring. She ran upstairs to get her 2-year-old son from his room before taking shelter in the basement. McAllister said the storm ripped away her upstairs porch, tossed a column from the front of her house into the yard, and sent bricks from the chimney flying down into her car window. A giant pecan tree bent and fell in the wind.

This morning, the city is still assessing damage to public buildings and private homes, McCormick said. The roof of Amory’s Seafood Market blew off in the storm. No major injuries have been reported from the storm, but many homes sustained significant damage, she said. Dominion is still working to restore power to about 2,000 people, McCormick said. The company hopes services will be restored by midnight. The city has not opened any public shelters and McCormick said at this point damage does not appear significant enough to involve FEMA. The tornado knocked over trees and power poles and darkened the downtown area, said Cpl. Jason Price, a Hampton police spokesman. A gas-main break was reported in the 500 block of Bridge St. near the Hampton Yacht Club. Damage was also reported to homes in Merrimac Shores, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield. Through it all, the weather service reported that 2 to 3 inches of rain had fallen in the region. Traffic was moving slowly on the interstate highways because of water that ponded. Virginia Department of Transportation crews were working to clear drains and block lanes with standing water. Some interstate exits were closed in Newport News because city streets were flooded. Until early this morning, Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore and northeastern North Carolina were under a tornado watch.

In addition to the 5,customers without power in Hampton, Dominion Virginia Power reported about 2,000 customers in other parts of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina had been left without electricity. Several tornado warnings were issued, and a funnel cloud was reportedly seen in Elizabeth City, N.C., about 5:30 p.m. Damage, however, was not consistent with a tornado touching down, City Manager Rich Olson said.As for today, skies should return to normal. Showers and storms should move out of the area by early this afternoon, according to the weather service. It should be mostly sunny with high temperatures near 80 degrees.

  02.06.2012 Flash Flood Canada Province of Ontario, Toronto Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Canada on Saturday, 02 June, 2012 at 06:58 (06:58 AM) UTC.

Description
Service has resumed on part of the Yonge Street subway line in Toronto after severe flooding forced the shut down of a section of the system. The subway line was closed around 1 p.m. from Osgoode station southbound to Union and from Union station north to Yonge/Bloor Station due to what appeared to be either a backed-up storm sewer or a burst sewer pipe near a construction site. The Toronto Transit Commission announced the service was restored at around 11 p.m., well past the evening rush-hour, after crews spent hours pumping out water that flooded the tracks at Union station, which is Canada’s busiest transit hub. Earlier in the day, water was seen cascading from street level down into the station and onto the concourse and platform. “We have a huge amount left to do,” TTC CEO Andy Byford told CBC News at the time. “We’ve got to get this place cleaned up. We’ve got to finish pumping out all the water and we’ve got to do all of the electrical testing.” Byford was on the scene shortly after water poured through the station. He reported a foul smell. He said the system runs on electric current and all systems, including signals, escalators and elevators must be tested for safety. “It was like a monsoon coming down the stairs,” one TTC worker told CBC News. About 40 people were trapped on one of the streetcars in the station’s flooded Harbourfront tunnel — but were eventually rescued by Toronto firefighters. The station itself was quickly evacuated. Byford said no passengers were injured during the flood. Mayor Rob Ford, who toured Union Station on Friday evening, praised the TTC’s cleanup efforts. “I have been on the phone with [Police Chief] Blair, offering any resources we can to help Mr. Byford deal with this terrible flood that we have had,” Ford said. “I can’t thank the employees and Mr. Byford [enough] for his great leadership in getting this under control.” Streetcar service has also resumed on the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcar lines. Both were turned away from Union station and rerouted to the tunnel servicing Queen’s Quay station in the aftermath of the flood. The road closure on Front Street at Bay Street has also cleared. Full service on the 72 Pape bus has resumed.
02.06.2012 Flash Flood Malaysia Pulau Pinang, George Town Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Malaysia on Saturday, 02 June, 2012 at 07:01 (07:01 AM) UTC.

Description
Torrential rain wreaked havoc in Penang, damaging homes, causing massive traffic jams and leaving more than 2,200 residents affected. A downpour, which started at about 4am yesterday, and high tides caused several low-lying areas on the island to be inundated with water. Among the worst-hit areas were Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Rawang and Sungai Pinang where the water level rose to knee-deep. Thousands driving to work in the morning were hopelessly gridlocked in certain parts of Penang. Heavy rain also brought mayhem to residents in Tanjung Bungah as three cars were crushed by a minor landslide. In Hong Seng Estate, retiree A. Uthrimary, 68, cheated death when the retaining wall of a neighbouring house collapsed and crashed into her bedroom wall. “I woke up after hearing a loud thud. I thought the zinc roof of my house had blown off as it was quite bright then. “I was shocked to see murky water and debris filling the room. I alerted my three sisters to run for their lives immediately,” she said. Uthrimary said her nephew A.J. David Anthony, 32, and their neighbour Ch’ng Wan Chooi, 77, had lodged a police report over the matter.

Resident Normah Hashim, 51, said her family had built a retaining wall to prevent water from entering the house but this time, the water level rose above the barricade. “Now, it’s like a swimming pool in our house, and almost all our furniture is damaged, even the washing machine is filled with mud,” said Normah. Frankie Goh, who was on his way to visit his sister at her shop along Jalan Patani, said he could not pass through the road as it was heavily flooded. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who described it as the worst deluge since 2008, visited flood victims with other state exco members. He said more than 300 families had been affected by the floods, adding that assistance would be provided by the state government. State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the downpour started in the early morning until about 9am. “The rainwater from Sungai Dondang and Sungai Air Itam flowed into Sungai Pinang, causing the river banks to burst. The flood has been classified under orange alert, but so far there are no casualties.” hesaid yesterday.

  02.06.2012 Landslide China Province of Guanxi, Nanning [Xixiangtang district ] Damage level Details

Landslide in China on Saturday, 02 June, 2012 at 16:52 (04:52 PM) UTC.

Description
More than 800 villagers have been evacuated after land sank in southern China’s Guangxi province, which is known for its karst topography. Saturday that the land subsidence occurred near a middle school in Nanning city’s Xixiangtang district after the school dug a well to ease a water shortage. The sink hole is 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep and 2.5 meters (8 feet) wide and has caused one building to collapse, six to tilt and another to crack. There were no reports of injuries, but 844 villagers were evacuated. Sinkholes and land cracks have been common in China in recent years, partly because of intense construction and mining activities coupled with insufficient geological regulation.

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Mid-Atlantic storms leave power outages, tossed boats

One tornado hit Hampton, Va., via Portsmouth; 3 teens saved from flooding

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

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By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
Image from Google Maps

A tornado was reported in far eastern Hungary, near the town of Nyiracsad, on Friday.

Reports indicate the tornado occurred at about 3:00 p.m., which correlates with data obtained by AccuWeather.com that reported a thunderstorm passed through the city of Debrecen within three hours of that time. Debrecen is located less than 50 miles to the west-southwest of Nyiracsad.

Reports from the area indicate that some 30 homes were damaged by the tornado as it moved through the region. There are no known reports of deaths or injuries from this tornado at this time.

The unsettled weather was caused by a cold front which was rapidly moving across the region. This front caused widespread showers and thunderstorms from Hungary, Slovakia and eastern Poland into Belarus, Ukraine and Romania. Some areas received more than an inch of rainfall along with gusty winds.

Dry weather behind the front will aid in cleanup efforts through Sunday morning; however, a fast-moving storm system will then bring the threat for showers from later Sunday through Monday followed by a chance for a soaking rainfall Monday night and Tuesday.

AccuWeather.com Twitter follower Jantje_ tweeted, “Tornado Hungary damaged 30 homes. Lots of pictures.

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Radiation

Life is tough for core group who refuse to leave Fukushima nuclear plant area

Kuchikomi

TOKYO —

“The ground is contaminated with radiation – I tell my little boy not to touch it. Once I dropped my cell phone and was afraid to pick it up.” That’s life in broad swaths of Fukushima Prefecture these days, 14 1/2 months after a megaquake and tsunami generated a triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Aki, 24, works in a snack bar in Minamisoma, 20-odd km from ground zero, and struggles against the odds for normality. So do several other young people Friday magazine (June 1) talks to. They come from various walks of life but have this in common: they live in Fukushima by choice. Why?

“Our first thought,” explains Aki, speaking of her family, “was to get as far away from the nuclear plant as possible. But the government misled us. We went where they said was safe and kept ending up in the worst hot spots. So finally we decided home was safest.”

That flies in the face of the collective wisdom of 160,000 people who still cannot or dare not return home, but when nobody really knows what to do, who’s to say she’s wrong?

Her son is five years old. Aki was 19 when she gave birth and 21 when she divorced. She raises the boy with the help of her mother and older sister. When the snack bar she’d worked at before the disaster reopened last August, she was as happy to go back as snack “mama” Kazumi Motoyama was to have her.

“The staff are all younger than me,” says Motoyama. “I worry about what the radiation will do to their chromosomes. It would have been irresponsible to ask them to come back. When Aki did come back, I cried for joy.”

Yoshie Komura, 28, stands out among those Friday speaks to as the only one with no Fukushima roots. She’s from Tokyo. She’d been an office worker at a moving company, getting more fed up with each passing day with city-style work and “cold, heartless” city-style life. She yearned for the country, nature. In January 2011, she hooked up with an NPO and arranged to be sent to Fukushima to do agricultural research. She was about to leave when the quake struck. She left anyway, taking the train as far north as it could go and then hitchhiking. Her destination was Nihonmatsu, right in the thick of the radiation crisis. “I knew nothing about radiation,” she says. “All I knew was I wanted to farm.”

Rumor has stamped all food produced in Fukushima as unsafe. The least she can do, she felt, was help tamp down rumors with solid data. Her one-year contract with the NPO now over, she and her husband remain, raising, tomatoes, rice and chickens – hoping for the best.

Youngest among Friday’s interviewees is 19-year-old Koki Horikawa. “I like the place I’m from best,” he says simply.

His family home in Minamisoma was half destroyed by the quake, and the next day came orders to evacuate on account of radiation. Horikawa had just graduated from high school and was due within days to start work at a bus company. The job evaporated in the crisis. He and his family lived in shelters for a time.

TV reports of how Fukushima was becoming synonymous with radioactivity and contamination got to him, he says. He’d lived in the vicinity of Fukushima No. 1 all his life without giving it a thought; now, suddenly, it was shaping his life. It seemed to pose a challenge, and he made up his mind, against his parents’ wishes, to stay. He got a job at a fish processing plant in Iwaki. “If young people like me leave,” he says, “Fukushima has no future.”

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

  02.06.2012 Epidemic Hazard Kenya Rift Valley Province, Olokurto [Narok North district] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Kenya on Saturday, 02 June, 2012 at 16:59 (04:59 PM) UTC.

Description
A measles outbreak has killed three children in Olokurto division of Narok North district. Area medical officer of health Dr David Kuria said the deaths were confirmed when a medical team visited the affected areas. Speaking to the press in his office yesterday, Kuria said that the worst affected primary schools are Ilmolelian, Entiani and Purko. He said they started emergency vaccination to fight the disease. “The department of health has initiated a mobile vaccination campaign jointly with health workers and the team has been dispatched to the affected areas,” he said. Kuria blamed the parents for failing to report the disease to relevant authorities so that they could contain the situation. “The measles virus is highly contagious and can be fatal, but can easily be prevented by proper immunisation,” he said. He appealed to the parents to take their children aged five years and below to the nearest health centre for vaccination. “The remote places which are inaccessible because of poor road network will now be reached through mobile vaccination,” he said. The medical officer urged the local residents to embrace modern medicine at health facilities instead of using traditional herbs that are ineffective.
Biohazard name: Measles (fatal)
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Solar Activity

2MIN News June2: Solar Watch is ON

Published on Jun 2, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
Plate Techtonics: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120601120606.htm
Solar Storm: http://www.universetoday.com/95582/a-rare-type-of-solar-storm-spotted-by-sate…
Pesticide: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-france-swiss-pesticide-bee-threat.html
Megadrought: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-scientists-sierra-nevada-year-megadroughts.html
Contrails: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78154

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 Site!]

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 HK31) 04th June 2012 1 day(s) 0.0336 13.1 22 m – 50 m 3.03 km/s 10908 km/h
(2012 KN18) 05th June 2012 2 day(s) 0.0425 16.6 31 m – 70 m 10.17 km/s 36612 km/h
(2008 MG1) 05th June 2012 2 day(s) 0.1268 49.3 290 m – 640 m 22.32 km/s 80352 km/h
(2009 LE) 06th June 2012 3 day(s) 0.1150 44.8 50 m – 110 m 13.61 km/s 48996 km/h
(2006 SG7) 06th June 2012 3 day(s) 0.0857 33.4 71 m – 160 m 16.47 km/s 59292 km/h
(2001 LB) 07th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.0729 28.4 200 m – 450 m 11.56 km/s 41616 km/h
(2012 JU11) 09th June 2012 6 day(s) 0.0736 28.6 27 m – 60 m 3.80 km/s 13680 km/h
(2012 GX11) 10th June 2012 7 day(s) 0.1556 60.5 170 m – 380 m 6.38 km/s 22968 km/h
(2012 KM11) 14th June 2012 11 day(s) 0.0942 36.7 30 m – 67 m 5.92 km/s 21312 km/h
(2012 HN40) 15th June 2012 12 day(s) 0.1182 46.0 230 m – 510 m 13.79 km/s 49644 km/h
(2002 AC) 16th June 2012 13 day(s) 0.1598 62.2 740 m – 1.7 km 26.71 km/s 96156 km/h
137120 (1999 BJ8) 16th June 2012 13 day(s) 0.1769 68.8 670 m – 1.5 km 14.88 km/s 53568 km/h
(2011 KR12) 19th June 2012 16 day(s) 0.1318 51.3 140 m – 310 m 10.10 km/s 36360 km/h
(2004 HB39) 20th June 2012 17 day(s) 0.1605 62.5 77 m – 170 m 8.88 km/s 31968 km/h
(2008 CE119) 21st June 2012 18 day(s) 0.1811 70.5 21 m – 46 m 3.22 km/s 11592 km/h
308242 (2005 GO21) 21st June 2012 18 day(s) 0.0440 17.1 1.4 km – 3.1 km 13.27 km/s 47772 km/h
(2011 AH5) 25th June 2012 22 day(s) 0.1670 65.0 17 m – 39 m 5.84 km/s 21024 km/h
(2012 FA14) 25th June 2012 22 day(s) 0.0322 12.5 75 m – 170 m 5.28 km/s 19008 km/h
(2004 YG1) 25th June 2012 22 day(s) 0.0890 34.7 140 m – 310 m 11.34 km/s 40824 km/h
(2010 AF3) 25th June 2012 22 day(s) 0.1190 46.3 16 m – 36 m 6.54 km/s 23544 km/h
(2008 YT30) 26th June 2012 23 day(s) 0.0715 27.8 370 m – 820 m 10.70 km/s 38520 km/h
(2010 NY65) 27th June 2012 24 day(s) 0.1023 39.8 120 m – 270 m 15.09 km/s 54324 km/h
(2008 WM64) 28th June 2012 25 day(s) 0.1449 56.4 200 m – 440 m 17.31 km/s 62316 km/h
(2010 CD55) 28th June 2012 25 day(s) 0.1975 76.8 64 m – 140 m 6.33 km/s 22788 km/h
(2004 CL) 30th June 2012 27 day(s) 0.1113 43.3 220 m – 480 m 20.75 km/s 74700 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Earthquakes

 

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 28 23:56 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 28 23:55 PM
3.2     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 28 23:43 PM
3.2     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 28 23:38 PM
2.8     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 28 23:24 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 28 23:24 PM
3.1     4.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of Alaska
Apr 28 22:53 PM
3.7     60.6     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 28 22:18 PM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 28 22:13 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 28 21:41 PM
2.6     31.4     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Apr 28 21:36 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 28 21:25 PM
4.1     0.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 28 21:25 PM
4.1     0.2     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 28 20:39 PM
2.6     91.9     MAP

EMSC     New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 28 19:45 PM
4.9     51.0     MAP

USGS     New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 28 19:45 PM
4.9     55.7     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 28 19:33 PM
2.8     12.0     MAP

USGS     New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 28 19:21 PM
5.7     48.3     MAP

EMSC     New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 28 19:21 PM
5.3     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 28 19:21 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 28 19:14 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 19:07 PM
3.0     7.0     MAP

USGS     Prince Edward Islands Region
Apr 28 19:06 PM
5.0     14.8     MAP

EMSC     Prince Edward Islands Region
Apr 28 19:06 PM
5.1     33.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 28 19:06 PM
2.8     3.6     MAP

USGS     Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia
Apr 28 18:00 PM
5.3     31.0     MAP

EMSC     Kep. Mentawai Region, Indonesia
Apr 28 18:00 PM
5.4     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 28 18:00 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 28 17:39 PM
2.9     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 28 17:24 PM
2.6     89.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 28 17:14 PM
2.5     11.1     MAP

EMSC     Greenland Sea
Apr 28 17:11 PM
4.3     2.0     MAP

USGS     Greenland Sea
Apr 28 17:11 PM
4.3     9.9     MAP

GEOFON     Salta Province, Argentina
Apr 28 16:24 PM
4.8     189.0     MAP

USGS     Jujuy, Argentina
Apr 28 16:24 PM
4.4     187.6     MAP

EMSC     Salta, Argentina
Apr 28 16:24 PM
4.3     176.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 28 16:20 PM
2.9     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Spain
Apr 28 15:24 PM
3.1     2.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 28 15:11 PM
2.5     5.5     MAP

EMSC     Southern California
Apr 28 15:07 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 28 15:07 PM
3.8     13.5     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 28 14:54 PM
2.8     26.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 28 14:33 PM
3.0     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 14:32 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 28 14:27 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 28 13:41 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 28 13:26 PM
2.4     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 13:10 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 11:53 AM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 11:39 AM
3.3     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 28 10:36 AM
2.5     12.0     MAP

USGS     Utah
Apr 28 10:19 AM
3.5     18.2     MAP

GEONET     Ne Of New Zealand
Apr 28 10:11 AM
5.3     310.0     MAP

USGS     Tonga     
Apr 28 10:08 AM     
6.7     129.4     MAP     

EMSC     Tonga
Apr 28 10:08 AM
6.6     100.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Tonga Islands     
Apr 28 10:08 AM     
6.6     153.0     MAP     

USGS     Tonga     
Apr 28 10:08 AM     
6.7     117.8     MAP     

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 28 09:45 AM
3.0     30.4     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 28 09:13 AM
2.9     18.0     MAP

GEOFON     Timor Region
Apr 28 08:55 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Timor Region, Indonesia
Apr 28 08:55 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 28 07:06 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 28 06:28 AM
2.7     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 05:56 AM
3.1     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 28 05:53 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 28 05:48 AM
2.8     19.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 28 05:36 AM
2.5     17.9     MAP

USGS     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 28 05:08 AM
3.3     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 04:35 AM
3.2     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 28 04:14 AM
2.7     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 03:49 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 28 03:42 AM
4.5     15.5     MAP

EMSC     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 28 03:42 AM
4.5     16.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 28 03:17 AM
4.7     22.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 28 03:17 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Turkey
Apr 28 03:17 AM
4.7     5.1     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 03:11 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 28 03:09 AM
2.5     8.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 28 02:14 AM
2.8     4.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 01:45 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 28 01:26 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Italy
Apr 28 00:41 AM
2.4     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 28 00:34 AM
3.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 28 00:06 AM
2.4     1.0     MAP

Sources:       USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

 

 

Deep 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Tonga trench in the Pacific

Posted on April 28, 2012
April 28, 2012TONGA, S. PACIFIC – A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Tonga Trench at a depth of 129.4 km (80.4 miles). The earthquake was too deep to generate a tsunami. The epicenter of the undersea quake was 2266 km (1408 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand. The Tonga Trench is a convergent plate boundary in the South Pacific. The trench lies at the northern end of the Kermadec-Tonga Subduction Zone, an active subduction zone where the Pacific Plate is being subducted below the Tonga Plate and the Indo-Australian Plate. The Tonga Trench extends north-northeast from the Kermadec Islands north of the North Island of New Zealand. The trench turns west north of the Tonga Plate and becomes a transform fault zone. The Tonga Trench is one of the most seismically and volcanically-active regions of the sea-floor on Earth. The planet’s crust is being violently devoured at a rate of more than 24 centimeters per year- the fastest of any region on the planet. –The Extinction Protocol

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck about 200 kilometres west of Vancouver Island on Friday morning but there were no reports of it being felt by island residents.

The quake struck around 1:36 a.m. PT, according to the Natural Resources Canada.

Earthquakes of that size are common in the area and experts say they do not indicate a large earthquake is more likely.

The U.S. Geological Service reported three quakes of similar magnitude in the area over the past five days, and there have been several more reported in recent months.

4.1 earthquake jolts Southern California

April 28, 2012 |  9:02 am

Instrumental Intensity Image

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled Southern California on Saturday morning, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The temblor struck at 8:07 a.m. near Devore, about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The quake was felt across the region, in San Bernardino County, the San Gabriel Valley and the city of Los Angeles.

Residents around Devore reported a sharp jolt, though there were no reports of problems.

— Shelby Grad

Map: Shows location of 4.1 earthquake recorded Saturday morning east of Los Angeles. Source: U.S. Geological Survey

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Volcanic Activity

Current Emergencies

15 28.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level Photo available! Details

 

Popocatépetl, the nearly 18,000 foot volcano that hovers like a sentinel on the southeastern fringe of Mexico’s capital, awakened again Sunday, punctuating an especially shaky seismic season. Popo, as the mountain is widely called, spewed at least seven exhalations overnight Saturday and through the day Sunday, sending vapor, smoke and gas billowing into the clear sky. The most serious occurred just after 9 a.m. Sunday, sending a vapor cloud a mile into the air. Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center issued a precautionary warning to residents, advising them to stay alert for a worsening situation and to keep at least seven miles away from the volcano’s crater. The service predicted continuing “moderate exhalations, some with ash, sporadic low to moderate explosions with likely burning fragments emitted close to the crater, and flaming magma within the crater visible at night.” Popo’s latest fuming comes amid a series of earthquakes striking southern and central Mexico in the past three weeks. Several 6 magnitude quakes struck Wednesday, but no damage. A midday 7.4 quake on March 20 damaged hundreds of buildings in Oaxaca and Guerrero states and sent hundreds of thousands of residents scrambling into Mexico City’s streets.

The volcano, whose full name means Smoking Mountain in the Nahuatl tongue of the Aztecs, is a fairly active volcano, with such exhalations occurring regularly. Events like Sunday’s serve to prevent more dangerous pressure from building inside the volcano, scientists say. Popo experienced similar moderate activity several times in 2011 and again at the beginning of this year. Though more than 40 miles from downtown Mexico City , Popo and its adjoining snow-capped sister mountain, Iztaccihuatl dominate the Valley of Mexico and the surrounding highlands, home to some 25 million people. Mexico City’s teeming working class suburbs now lick at the mountains’ base. The city of Puebla, home to 1 million people, stands a few dozen miles from the volcano eastern slopes. Aztec legend held that Popocatepetl was a warrior deeply in love with Izta, whose silhouette can resemble a sleeping woman from the right angles. Sent by her father to battle to prove his worth, Popo was falsely reported killed. Iztaccihuatl died grief-stricken. When he returned from battle, Popo hunched next to her body, bowed his head and died of heartbreak.

 

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

 Short Time Event(s)

  Today Forest / Wild Fire Canada Province of Manitoba, [Anola Region] Damage level
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A grassfire raged out of control and burnt down a home in Anola Saturday. All three Springfield fire halls were on scene as the fire swept through a farm site, said Deputy Fire Commissioner Robert Pike. A home, barn and sheds all caught fire. Pike said the fire is now under control. Witnesses in the area said tankers were on scene at Highway 15 outside of Anola. The fire had been burning since about noon, according to a witness at the scene.

 Short Time Event(s)

  Today Extreme Weather USA State of Missouri, St. Louis Damage level
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High winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people gathered after a Cardinals game Saturday, killing one and seriously injuring at least five others, authorities said.The owner of the bar where the tent was set up said firefighters told him that the patron who died was struck by lightning, but Deputy Fire Chief John Altmann and Public Safety Director Eddie Roth said they didn’t know what killed the man.At least 17 people were hospitalized, including five who were initially in critical condition but are now said to be in serious condition. Up to 100 people were treated at the scene, mostly for minor injuries such as cuts and bruises.Officials said straight-line winds whipped through the large tent outside Kilroy’s Sports Bar, near Busch Stadium. The crowd was celebrating after the Cardinals beat Milwaukee 7-3 earlier in the afternoon.Roth said winds of about 50 mph shattered aluminum poles that held up the tent, which was located south of the stadium. The force of the wind blew the tent onto an adjacent railroad bridge.”It was crazy, scary,” said Annie Randall, whose family owns Kilroy’s. “We’re just so sorry this happened.”Kilroy’s owner Art Randall described a short burst of a storm — perhaps five seconds, he said — with a massive wind that lifted the huge tent, threw it perhaps 100 feet into the air and sent the aluminum poles and most everything in the tent airborne.When he heard the boom, he initially thought a train had derailed into the tent.As the wind blew, a bolt of lightning crashed into the bar, Randall said. He said firefighters told him it was a lightning strike — not flying debris — that killed the man.”At some point in that five seconds, we were getting lightning strikes, and apparently one of our customers got hit by lightning right in the middle of the dance floor,” Randall said.The bar owner said he screamed for help and three customers ran over to administer CPR, but they couldn’t save the man.Randall said he looked around “and saw 50 bodies scattered everywhere.”The man who died appeared to be in his 50s, Roth said. His name has not been released.Roth said the tent had passed inspection and it didn’t appear there would be any violation, although the investigation is ongoing.Randall described a scene in which barstools, pedestals and a 100-pound bass amplifier were flying through the air. The disc jockey working the party was struck by the amp and knocked unconscious, the bar owner said, and people were scurrying to help one another.”My wife had people in the beer cooler — we had the beer cooler loaded with injuries,” Randall said. “It was a triage deal.”Kilroy’s is among several bars near Busch Stadium, and many bars set up tents for the excess business after Cardinals games. Crowds were also large because the St. Louis Blues were playing against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night in the first game of the NHL’s Western Conference semifinals.The St. Louis area was under thunderstorm and tornado warnings several times Saturday. About two hours after the incident at Kilroy’s, tornado sirens blared throughout the city after a funnel cloud sighting. There were several reports of tree damage, power lines down and damage from hail that in some parts of the region reportedly was as big as tennis balls.

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Storms, Flooding

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

 

NORMAN OK
WICHITA KS


Winter Storm Warning

 

GREAT FALLS MT
BILLINGS MT
RIVERTON WY
GLASGOW MT




Tornado Watch

 

 NORMAN OK

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Radiation/Biological Hazard

 

 Short Time Event(s)

  Today Biological Hazard Hungary County of Fejer, Nagylók Damage level
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Twenty-eight people were attacked by the bees yesterday (28.04.2012) in Nagylók, Hungary. The injured were among children and adults, they participated in an event. 19 people were transported to hospital, nine people were in serious condition. The bees attack, experts say it was natural.
Biohazard name: Bees attack
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.

 Short Time Event(s)

  28.04.2012 Biological Hazard Ghana West District, Bawku Damage level
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The chief of Googo in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region, Naaba Akpaam Abugri, is alarmed that some farmers in the community whose animals died of anthrax sold such infected dead animals to a chop bar operator in the area.Veterinary officers in the region, on Wednesday [25 Apr 2012], started the vaccination of cattle and other domestic animals except birdsb against anthrax, following the outbreak of the disease in that community which has claimed 2 human lives.Although veterinary officers say 9 cows have died of the disease, Naaba Akpaam, who briefed this reporter at Googo on Wednesday on thehavoc caused by the disease, said about 30 cows and several donkeys,goats, sheep, and dogs had also died. According to him, one of thefarmers, who lost 8 cows, revealed that he had sold 6 of them to achop bar operator.Naaba Akpaam, who could not readily name the chop bar operator, and neither the specific location of the chop bar, said he had started making inquiries to know the owner and location of the bar, so that the remaining meat could be retrieved and destroyed to prevent the further spread of the disease.

He said some of the people who were infected with the disease had refused to be taken to the hospital,because they claimed if they went to the hospital and giveninjections, they would lose their lives. The Upper East regional veterinary officer, Dr Thomas Anyorikeya, who is leading a team of veterinary personnel to carry out the vaccination exercise, disclosed that on Tuesday — day one of the exercise — 497 animals were vaccinated. They included 384 cattle, 86 sheep, 17 donkeys, 8 goats, and 5 dogs. On Thursday [26 Apr 2012], the 2nd day of the vaccination, 104 cattle were vaccinated by about 10:30 am. The number of the personnel on Thursday increased from 5 to 10, and they intended to vaccinate all the animals in the Googo community and adjoining ones such as Bazua and Sapelga. Dr Anyorikeya was worried that for about 10 years now, no animals’census had been conducted. The annual animal census, which was being conducted by the Veterinary Service, provided a database of animals in the regions, districts, and communities, and helped in the operations of the service, including vaccinations. Some of the personnel lamented that they did not have protective wear,such as gloves, wellington boots and overalls. This, they said,exposed them to risk in their line of operation.The vaccination is expected to avert the further spread of the disease. Meanwhile, a ban on the movement of cattle has been imposed on the area.

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

 

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Epidemics/Strange Illnesses

 Short Time Event(s)

  Today Epidemic India Rayagada, Salapash, Katraguda, Railighati [Kasipur] Damage level
Details

 

 

The BMC denied the woman was suffering from cholera. BMC executive health officer, Anil Bandivdekar said, Doctors from the private hospital may have felt she suffered from cholera, but her reports were negative. She was even taken away by her family within a few hours of admission to Kasturba. The test at Saifee was positive but the second (at Kasturba ) was negative. Now the sample has been sent for the ELISA test. But that is likely to come negative, because by the time her second sample was taken, she was already on treatment, said a doctor from Kasturba. Cholera has been never mentioned in BMC health files as officials say its mere occurrence could attract international travel sanctions. Cholera is highly infectious and can spread within the community in a few hours. In recent years it is more manageable, but the BMC refrained from naming it. New Delhi and Chennai record hundreds of cholera cases every year, but BMC records always show zero cases. Experts say water contaminated because of the old pipelines in Mumbaiespecially in the island citycan be blamed for cholera. The water pipes are structured in such a way that clean and waste water pipes run sideby-side. They are so old that if rusted, there may be mixing of water. Water is thus not contaminated from the source, said an official from the hydraulic department. The BMC is sending a team to Girgaum. We will check the water for contamination. If found unfit for consumption, then the source of contamination will be found and treated, said the official.
Biohazard name: Cholera
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: suspected

 

 

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Climate Change

Study finds warming speeding up rainfall cycle

by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) April 27, 2012

An Australian study of ocean salinity over the past 50 years has revealed a “fingerprint” showing that climate change has accelerated the rainfall cycle, a researcher said Friday.

The study published in the journal Science and conducted by Australian and US scientists looked at ocean data from 1950 to 2000 and found that salinity levels had changed in oceans around the world over that time.

Co-author Susan Wijffels said the figures were revealing because ocean salinity was indicative of changes in the water cycle of rainfall and evaporation.

“What the results are saying is we have an ocean fingerprint, a very clear fingerprint, that the earth’s water cycle has already spun up,” she told AFP.

“What we see in the observations of how the salinity field has changed already over the last 50 years, (is) our hydrological cycle has already intensified significantly.”

Wijffels said the pattern was amplifying over time and it could be inferred that the same dynamics were also happening over land.

“What it really means is that the atmosphere can actually shuttle more water from the areas that are drying out to the areas that have lots of rain faster,” she said.

“And essentially it means that the wet areas are going to get wetter and the dry areas are going to get drier.”

Wijffels said getting a clear picture of what had happened historically with rainfall was frustrating because there was little quality data, and most of this was collected on land, in particular in the northern hemisphere.

“Yet most of the earth’s surface is the ocean and actually most of the evaporation that drives our water cycle is happening over the ocean,” Wijffels said, making the oceans a worthy object of climate change study.

The researchers from Australian government science and research body CSIRO and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California used data taken from vessels in oceans around the world and climate models to produce their report.

They revealed a repeating pattern of change believed to be the result of climate change, Wijffels said.

“And we see it in the north Atlantic, the south Atlantic, the north Pacific, the south Pacific, the Indian; it’s repeated in every ocean basin independently,” she said.

“And the sense of the pattern is that areas that were already fresh have become fresher with lower salinity and areas that were already salty are becoming saltier.”

Related Links
The Air We Breathe at TerraDaily.com

 

 

‘Himalayan glaciers not shrinking alarmingly’


Staff reporter
GUWAHATI, April 28 – The Himalayan glaciers are not shrinking at an alarming rate under the influence of the global warming syndrome. This was the assertion made by Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Advisor and Head of the Climate Change Programme of the Government of India (GoI). He was delivering the keynote address at a consultation workshop organized by the Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) in collaboration with the Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA) here on Friday.

He maintained that there is a variation marked in the behavior of the region’s glaciers. Moreover, he said, though the rainfall regime in the North West Himalayan region has remained more or less the same, temperature is rising in this region under the influence of the global warming syndrome.

Preparations are on to set up a National Center for Himalayan Glaciology at Mussoorie. Even as a joint working group has been set up with Switzerland, efforts are also on for establishing bilateral cooperation with a few countries like Norway, United Kingdom etc, on capacity building in glaciology, Dr Gupta informed.

State level consultations have also been launched to develop human resources and also for capacity building program for the Himalayan region, he said.

Inaugurating the function, State’s Chief Conservator of Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change, A K Johari asserted that there is no need to panic so far as the affects of climate change are concerned. However, there is the need to act to fight the phenomenon.

He maintained that the NE region as a whole has so far lost an area of 549 square kilometers of forest cover. At its individual level, the State has lost forest cover over 16 square kilometers of its area. Though it is still very green, it has faced the developments like loss of wetlands and ground water crisis, among others. The State is yet to adopt its draft action plan on climate change, as, the financial aspects concerning the twelfth, Five Year Plan are yet to be incorporated into it, he said.

The function was also addressed by ASTEC Director HC Dutta, Scientist F of the Union Department of Science and Technology Nisha Mendiratta and Head of the ASTEC Environment Division Jaideep Baruah, among others.

Scholars from the educational institutions and environmental and social activists took part in the interaction that followed the presentations. Dr Gupta, Mendiratta, Rajesh Kumar and Dr Anand Kamavisdar of the Union Department of Science and Technology and State Government officials took part in the interaction.

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Solar Activity

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