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After more than a century, the smoothtooth blacktip shark has been rediscovered

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A smoothtooth blacktip shark discovered at a fish market in Kuwait. Image: Dr. Alec Moore

After his 1902 trip to Yemen, scholar and naturalist Wilhelm Hein returned with a variety of plants and animals, which he donated to the Vienna Museum. One of these specimens, a shark, sat unnoticed for more than 80 years. In 1985 it was identified as the first (and only known) specimen of Carcharhinus leiodon, the smoothtooth blacktip shark. Because no others had ever been found by scientists, Alec Moore, regional vice chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group’s Indian Ocean group, says that “some suspected it might be extinct or not a valid species.”

In 2008, during a Shark Conservation Society research expedition to Kuwait’s sharq fish market (the name is a coincidence, it means east in Arabic), Moore says that “amongst the many species of whaler shark was one which looked very similar, but different, to a couple of other species.” Later analysis revealed that although this specimen was more than 3,000 kilometers from where Hein caught his, this was a smoothtooth blacktip, the first new individual seen by scientists in over a century.

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These sharks are currently considered “Vulnerable” to extinction by on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, an assessment that was made before their rediscovery by Dr. Moore and his team. More recent studies in fish markets throughout the region have located 47 additional smoothtooth blacktip sharks, greatly increasing what scientists know about this species with and reported in a 2013 paper in Marine & Freshwater Research. The new study included some of the first data on how large smoothtooth blacktips can grow, how many pups they can bear and their habitat usage as well as other information needed for an effective conservation and management plan in the future.

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US government identifies men on Guantánamo ‘indefinite detainee’ list

A group of detainees kneels during prayers at Guantanamo Bay

The Obama administration has until now refused to divulge the men’s identities, leaving them in a form of prolonged legal limbo. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The US government has finally released the names of 46 men being held in Guantánamo under the classification of “indefinite detainees” – terror suspects deemed too dangerous to release or move yet impossible to try in a civilian or even military court for reasons of inadequate or tainted evidence.

The list of the 46 detainees was released to the Miami Herald and New York Times following a freedom of information requests from the papers as part of the list of the 166 current captives in Guantánamo that has been released for the first time. The Obama administration had indicated the existence of the men in January 2010 but has until now refused to divulge their identities, leaving the detainees in a form of prolonged and secret legal limbo.

The list contains, according to the Miami Herald, 26 Yemenis, 12 Afghans, three Saudis, two Kuwaitis and Libyans, a Kenyan, Morrocan and a Somali. There were two “indefinite detainees”, both Afghans, who have died in the camp, one by suicide, one of a heart attack.

 

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CIA Seizes Bin Laden’s Son-In-Law In Jordan And Takes Him To America

Agence France Presse and Michael Kelley | Mar. 7, 2013, 11:23 AM

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Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was seized by CIA agents and taken to the United States, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) confirmed to the Associated Press today.

Abu Ghaith, the former spokesman of the Al-Qaeda network, was seized last month at a luxury hotel in Ankara after a tip-off from CIA and was held there by the police despite a US request for his extradition.

 

Turkish authorities deported Abu Ghaith to Jordan on March 1 to be sent back to Kuwait but he was seized by CIA agents in Jordan and taken to the United States, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

 

King called it a “very significant victory” in the war on terror.

 

“Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al-Qaeda,” King said. “I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it’s steady and it’s unrelenting and it’s very successful.”

 

 

 

There are types of stories called “conspiracy theories” and the people who teach them are considered by “society” as crazy fanatics who often need medical treatment. What if I tell you that “society” should take some of that medical treatment, cause sometimes such incredible stories, nobody believed in, turn out to be 100% true.

What if I tell you that the doctors did not treat us, just wait until we die to cut our bodies?

1. Tuskegee syphilis experiment

In the years 1932-1972, there were a series of experiments on about 400 syphilis-infected black citizens of the United States. The study selected the poor, simple and uneducated – most of them did not even know about their illness. U.S. Public Health Service had promised free treatment to patients. In fact, they were given aspirin. The purpose of this “experiment” was to observe a progressive disease in representatives of the black race, and the scientific autopsy of deceased participants in these studies. As a result, 28 people died directly of syphilis, 100 died as a result of complications directly related to the disease, 40 women were infected by unconscious patients, and 19 children were born with congenital disease. male_blood_test The sad truth about the Tuskegee Experiment was confirmed in 1997 by President Bill Clinton, who officially and publicly apologized to the eight surviving participants in these studies.

What if I tell you that the U.S. government itself commits “acts of terror” on its land, just to have an excuse to invade another country?

2. Operation Northwoods

In 1997, as a result of the murder of J.F. Kennedy, fifteen hundred pages of documents entitled “Operation Northwoods” were declassified. In the 60s, the United States was preparing for war with Cuba. To fire up the war machine public support was needed. In turn the defense secretary presented a paper called “Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba” so they had a whole range of interesting provocations, such as terrorist attacks involving the blowing up military bases, starting fires, aircraft hijacking, “landing” of Cuban troops , bombings, and even the sinking of a boat full of armed Cubans.
 see the full document for yourself: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/northwoods.pdf

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These false flag terrorist attacks were to be carried out by the CIA on a massive scale so that the citizens of the United States would feel threatened by Fidel Castro and the government had an excuse to start a war. The plan was never implemented however, as president Kennedy met with the General Lyman Lemnitzer and rejected the plan of operation. This time it did not work …

What if I tell you that it is just about oil?

3. Nayirah Testimony

In August 1990 there was conflict between Iraq and Kuwait, mostly over oil fields as Saddam Hussein accused Kuwaitis of theft of these resources. On October 10th the whole world turned its eyes toward a fifteen-year old girl named Nayirah, who wept profusely as she talked about inhumane crimes committed by Iraqi soldiers. The young Kuwaiti was to witness the killing of more than 300 babies in a hospital. The dramatic speech touched the hearts of viewers and managed to drum up overwhelming support for the involvement of the United States in this conflict and the outbreak of the Gulf War.
liar1When the battle dust settled, someone took a closer look at Nayirah. Quickly it became apparent that the sobbing girl in front of millions of viewers was the daughter of Sheikh Saud Nasser Al-Saud Al-Sabah – Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States and a member of the royal family. The child was handed to PR whizzes – Hill & Knowlton company, where she passed a course in comprehensive acting training. It had to work out – the company bosses signed an $11.9 million contract with the Kuwaiti royal family. The task was simple — to persuade the U.S. to military to take action against Iraq. Nayirah lied. This time it worked …

What if I tell you that the leading Nazi scientists got a job in USA after the war?

4. Operation Paperclip.

World War II was coming to an end and nothing more could change the situation of the Third Reich. American special forces had acknowledged that it would be a pity if some people lost their lives, especially those whose knowledge and experience could potentially serve the interests of the United States. As part of Operation Paperclip, they smuggled into the U.S. a group of gifted scientists from the Nazi rocket industry, medicine and chemical weapons divisions.
operation-paperclip-picIn the safe arms of Uncle Sam there were, among others, Wernher Von Braun (SS-man, the creator of the famous missile V-2), Kurt Blome (a doctor specializing in biological weapons, which tested their inventions on prisoners in Auschwitz) and Hubertus Strughold (“father of space medicine” who examined the effect of extremely low temperatures on the human body in camp Dachau). In total, 700 German “men of science”, found their new home on American soil.

What if I tell you that the government controls your mind?

5. MK-Ultra

In many conspiracy theories there are fragments of “Big Brother”, which uses a variety of different methods to brainwash the public. It turns out that playing with people’s minds was actually done by the CIA a good half a century ago! In the 60s, thanks to the NY Times reporters, details of the MK-Ultra project came to light, which was aimed to investigate the human ability to be controlled by the use of certain chemicals, subliminal messages, electrical impulses and psychoactive substances. The project itself consisted of a number of sub-projects. For example, MK-Search was designed to create the perfect truth serum that could be used on captured Russian spies.
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They also looked into research on the practical use of LSD. Experiments were conducted on prostitutes, prisoners and people with mental illness. Often times without their knowledge or consent. One such experiment was to give the drug to seven volunteers continuously for 77 days … Among the substances, with which the CIA dealt was also amphetamines, psilocybin and mescaline. They also experimented with hypnotic seances. When information about MK-Ultra was released to the public, a number of committees of inquiry were established and this research was formally and publicly condemned.

It is often said that the infamous project was one of the factors which resulted in the generation of the hippie movement. Ken Kesey – author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, as a volunteer, was participating in one of the experiments, prepared by the CIA. The effect of LSD on the human mind intrigued the writer so much, that he became one of the first proponents of the use of psychedelic drugs in the context of recreation. Another member of psychedelic experimentation was Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead …

We know that these theories turned out to be true. And how many more are waiting to be revealed? There are some people who do a lot to hide the truth.

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Are you  under the illusion that your governments serve your interests and safety?Think again…

By Desert Rose

This began as the response to a comment left on one of my posts  about swine flu in China. However,in  researching the response to be able to provide adequate materials for the individual to be able to research their own not simply take my word for it. It  grew into this.

I decided that  I should post it on it’s own so that others may become acquainted with the history of the US government as well as other governments.  I think  people need to wake up to the reality and stop the adulation that is blinding them to the truth of the crimes being perpetrated against humanity in the name of War , research and the continuity of the power structure in place within them..

If you thought animal experimentation was the only kind of experimentation that has been done then you  need to wake up and smell the coffee.  Your governments are not the entities you believe them to be and they are not looking out for your best interest.  Quite  the contrary, we  are inconsequential in the  scheme of things and it is high time people started opening their eyes and facing these truths.

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I saw this movie last night called “Contagion” where there was a pandemic, of some unknown virus that had an incubation period of less and a few days, if I am correct, I fell asleep so many times during the movie. After reading your post, I can relate to why things are , and why one would say that the government is under a cloak of invisibility or at the very least try to be. Can I say art imitating life …..however, it does make you wonder if half the movies we see aren’t made on the basis of some real-life event. If there were the slightest possibility of a World-wide out-break ,that had the tiniest chance of survival as 1 in 4, would we be prepared for such a disaster? I shiver at my own morbid thought.

Yes , I have seen the movie.  Actually Hollywood movies have always been ahead  of the curve when it  comes to things like that as well as  politics and government.  Of course, being Hollywood there is always  the sensationalistic bent that is given to draw in viewer.  Which is logical,they make movies to make money.  Too many  movies however have come eerily close to situations that have taken place in  real life.  At  least  for me.

There  are  those who believe these movies are based on truths that are spun into the  fantastical. Just as  there  are those who say that it is purely coincidence and anyone who claims otherwise is a conspiracy nut. All I have to say about that  is the fact that  there  have  been many conspiracy theories that have been proven to have merit. Now is that to say that  all conspiracy theories are real?  Of course not.  However, based on the facts that some have indeed been proven to have merit how can one say with certainty which arising theory is fact or lunacy?

Now for those who say that  claiming that  the government would  be willing and able to execute any  number of these scenarios. May I remind you of the Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment,  the Guatemala human experiments, the  radiation experiments that  were  carried out in low income minority neighborhoods and VA Hospitals.  Below I will place  several links to corroborate  what I am writing here in this response.  Do your research, read for yourself, don’t  take my word for it.

So you see your concerns are not unfounded and we must always remember to be critical and vigilant of governments.  For their intentions are never to safeguard  the lives of individual human beings but  rather their war games and ensuring the continuity of their perverse greedy and power hungry governments.

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Whistle Blowers

Counselor: Manning’s History Showed Self-Harm Risk

By By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press
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An Army private charged with sending U.S secrets to the website WikiLeaks had a history of suicidal thoughts and aloof behavior that outweighed a psychiatrist’s opinion that he was no risk to intentionally hurt himself, two former counselors testified Sunday.

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Jordan and Marine Master Sgt. Craig Blenis testified on the sixth day of a pretrial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The hearing is to determine whether Manning’s nine months in pretrial confinement at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., were so punishing that the judge should dismiss all charges. The 24-year-old intelligence analyst is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the secret-spilling website in 2009 and 2010.

The counselors, both of whom worked in the brig, sat on a board that recommended to the brig commander that Manning remain in maximum custody and on either injury-prevention or suicide-risk status — conditions that kept him confined to his cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing.

Jordan said under cross-examination by defense attorney David Coombs that besides the mental-health report, he considered evidence that Manning had contemplated suicide after his arrest in Iraq in May 2010. The evidence included a noose Manning had fashioned from a bedsheet while confined in Kuwait, and a written statement he made upon arrival at Quantico in July 2010 that he was “always planning and never acting” on suicidal impulses.

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Jordan acknowledged Manning had been a polite, courteous and nearly trouble-free detainee at Quantico.

“Wouldn’t his past six months of performance be an indicator of his potential for future behavior?” Coombs asked. But Jordan maintained that Manning’s unwillingness to converse with him and other brig staff was a warning sign he was at risk of self-harm.

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Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning admits making noose

This artist rendering of  Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, right, being shown a bedsheet at Fort Meade, Maryland, 30 November 2012

A US Army court has seen a noose made from a bed sheet by alleged Wikileaks source Private Bradley Manning as he considered suicide.

Pte Manning, 24, told the hearing he had made it while being held in Kuwait, shortly after his arrest in May 2010.

But the former intelligence analyst said he was no longer suicidal after he was taken to a US military prison.

He says charges he faces for allegedly giving secret files to Wikileaks should be dropped because of his jail ordeal.

The military argues that stringent measures, such as keeping him in isolation, were necessary to prevent Pte Manning from harming himself.

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His lawyers argue that the procedures lasted well past the time when he was having suicidal thoughts and therefore amounted to illegal punishment.

I certainly made a noose”

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Pte Manning faced prosecutors’ questions on the second day of his testimony at Fort Meade, Maryland.

He said his incarceration in Kuwait was the worst period of his entire confinement.

“I certainly made a noose,” Pte Manning said. “The sheet noose in particular.”

But he said he no longer posed a serious risk of taking his own life after he was transferred in July 2010 to a military prison in Quantico, Virginia.

 

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WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning gives evidence for first time

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    Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into the courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

    After 917 days in military captivity, the world finally heard on Thursday from Bradley Manning, the army soldier accused of being the source of the largest leak of government secrets in US history.

    In a dramatic opening half-hour of testimony on the third day of the pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade military base in Maryland, Manning spoke at length for the first time about the period after his arrest in May 2010.

    Manning detailed the trauma he experienced at the hands of the US military while he was incarcerated for having allegedly handed hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

    His defence lawyer, David Coombs, drew a life-sized representation on the courtroom floor of the 6ft by 8ft cell in which Manning was held at the Quantico base in Virginia after he was brought to the US.

    Manning seemed initially nervous but relaxed into his subject. He described a breakdown he had in Kuwait in the days after his arrest. “I was in a pretty stressed situation,” Manning said. “I had no idea what was going on with anything. I was getting very little information.

    “I began to really deteriorate. I was anxious all the time about not knowing anything, days blend into night, night into days. Everything became more insular.”

    Manning described how his guards stopped taking him out of his cell, preventing any interaction with other detainees. “I didn’t have a good understanding of the reasons. Someone tried to explain to me but I was a mess. I was starting to fall apart.”

    He claimed that two or three times a day his guards would give him a “shakedown”. This involved taking him out the cell, then tearing apart everything he had in the cell.

    Coombs asked Manning whether he had any recollection of an incident on 30 June 2010, when he had lost control of himself to the extent that doctors had to intervene. “He was screaming, babbling, banging his head against the cell,” said Coombs.

    Manning replied: “I knew I had just fallen apart, everything is foggy and hazy at that point.”

    The soldier said he thought he would die in Kuwait. “I remember thinking I’m going to die. I thought I was going to die in a cage,” he told the hearing.

     

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    05.11.2012 Epidemic Hazard Kuwait Governorate of Al Asimah, Kuwait City Damage level
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    Epidemic Hazard in Kuwait on Monday, 05 November, 2012 at 07:06 (07:06 AM) UTC.

    Description
    The Infectious Diseases Hospital allegedly received more than 30 hepatitis A patients within a short period, reports Annahar daily quoting sources. Sources revealed the Preventive Medicine Department has been trying to find reasons behind the spread of the disease for three weeks but until now no result has been announced. Meanwhile, health experts have advised the public to refrain from eating fastfood meals to prevent further spread of the disease. They believe the epidemic is local as it might have started amongst some patients who probably consumed contaminated food. The experts said hepatitis A symptoms include feeling cold at the beginning, followed by sudden rise in temperature and liver enzyme levels, in addition to yellowish eyes.
    Biohazard name: Hepatitis A outbreak
    Biohazard level: 1/4 Low
    Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses including Bacillus subtilis, canine hepatitis, Escherichia coli, varicella (chicken pox), as well as some cell cultures and non-infectious bacteria. At this level precautions against the biohazardous materials in question are minimal, most likely involving gloves and some sort of facial protection. Usually, contaminated materials are left in open (but separately indicated) waste receptacles. Decontamination procedures for this level are similar in most respects to modern precautions against everyday viruses (i.e.: washing one’s hands with anti-bacterial soap, washing all exposed surfaces of the lab with disinfectants, etc). In a lab environment, all materials used for cell and/or bacteria cultures are decontaminated via autoclave.
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    Status: confirmed

     

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    04.08.2012 Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level Details

    Heat Wave in Japan on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC.

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    The number of people taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke in the week through Sunday more than doubled from the preceding week to 5,467, preliminary data showed Tuesday. The figure, up from 2,622 in the week to July 15, hit the highest for a single week this summer, according to the data released by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Deaths caused by heatstroke increased to 13 from five in the preceding week. Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture had the most victims, with ambulances called for 388 people each. They were followed by 382 in Aichi Prefecture and 372 in Osaka Prefecture. People aged 65 or older accounted for 45.9 percent of the total. Since the agency started this year’s survey on May 28, 11,116 people were taken to hospitals as of Sunday. Twenty-three people have died. The rise in heatstroke cases reflects the smothering heat wave, with temperatures of 35 degrees or higher observed in many places for the four days from July 16, agency officials said. In Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, the mercury shot up to 37.6 on July 16 and to 39.2 the following day, according to the Meteorological Agency.
    04.08.2012 Extreme Weather India State of Uttarakhand , [Uttarakhand-wide] Damage level Details

    Extreme Weather in India on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 12:16 (12:16 PM) UTC.

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    Ten people were killed and 38 others went missing as incessant rains battered Uttarakhand today triggering landslides, cloud bursts and flash floods which flattened homes and stranded hundreds of pilgrims with the Chardham Yatra coming to a grinding halt. The Garhwal region bore the brunt of the natural calamity. The state government has sounded a high alert after the MET department’s warned of very heavy rains and sought the help of the army to mitigate the sufferings of the people. Nineteen labourers of the state-run UJVN Ltd’s Assi Ganga hydel project went missing following a cloud burst in the upper hills of Uttarkashi district. Similarly, 19 other people also went missing from Gangori, Dunda, Uttarkashi town and Barkot areas in the district. “We have launched a manhunt to trace the missing people,” said R Rajesh Kumar District Magistrate Uttarkashi. Elsewhere in the state, 10 people were killed in different incidents following heavy rains during the past 24 hours, said sources in the Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre (DMMC) here.

    In the disaster-prone Uttarkashi district, flash floods hit several low-lying areas creating havoc there. At least three jawans of the fire brigade department and two others were killed at Gangori area even as Chardham yatra to Gangotri and Yamunotri remained suspended for the second day today. In Gangori area of Uttarkashi, Bhagirathi is flowing above the danger level with people being evacuated to safer areas. Nearly 30 homes were washed away in the floods with the Gangori bridge also collapsing. “We have now reports that three jawans of the fire brigade and two others were killed in Gangori,” said state disaster management minister Yashpal Arya. Two more people were killed in Dunda area of Uttarkashi district. While two children were killed in a house collapse at Kararnprayag area of Chamoli district early today, another child was washed away in flash floods at Pokhri area of the district where landslides continue to hit blocking highways leading to Badrinath.

    Hundreds of Badrinath pilgrims were stranded at various places at Patalganga, Lambagar and Birahi due to fresh landslips. The yatra for Kedarnath shrine was also suspended, the sources said. The government has launched relief and rescue operations but heavy rains were hampering them, top officials said. Food packets are being sent to the affected people. Nearly 250 families have already been taken to safer areas in different areas of Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was monitoring the situation and has asked the concerned authorities to launch rescue and relief operation in the disaster-hit areas. He also asked concerned officers to reopen roads leading to pilgrim shrines so that the stranded pilgrims can go home. Bahuguna also asked the special Chardham cell set up at the secretariat to send him a daily report regarding the situation in the Garhwal region. The CM said his government would provide food and other essential items to the stranded pilgrims. Landslides are common in fragile hills of Garhwal region.

    04.08.2012 Extreme Weather Kuwait [Statewide] Damage level Details

    Extreme Weather in Kuwait on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 11:30 (11:30 AM) UTC.

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    Serious sandstorm hit the entire country Friday with the wind speed measuring about 90km/hr and visibility falling below 500m. According to Director of Weather Forecast Mohammed Karam, the weather is the outcome of winds blowing from the East and high altitude concentration on the North Arabian Peninsula that closes the atmospheric pressure lines. Karam anticipates the weather will be stable by Saturday. He also said the northwesterly wind will continue in moderate speed measuring 40 km/hr and later transform to moderate light northeasterly winds measuring 25-40km/hr until the end of the week, and then the weather will become stable. He urged elderly people and those suffering from allergies and breathing difficulty to be extra cautious and wear masks while reducing their outings to avoid complications. Meanwhile, the Director of Operations at Kuwait International Airport Essam Al-Zamen disclosed that aviation events are continuing as expected, indicating the bad weather has no effect on activities there. He reiterated that landing and departure of planes take place as scheduled, even though the visibility is about 400m.

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    04.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Russia [Asia] Siberia, [Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region] Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in Russia [Asia] on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 12:07 (12:07 PM) UTC.

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    Firefighters in Russia’s Siberia had extinguished 45 forest fires covering 522 hectares of forest in the past 24 hours, but 131 wildfires were still burning on the area of almost 15,000 hectares, the regional forestry department said Friday. A total of 29 wildfires covering an area of more than 5,000 hectares were localized, and 14,948 hectares of forest continued to burn in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region. Some 3,000 people, 412 units of fire-fighting equipment and 24 aircrafts have been mobilized to fight the blazes, which are believed to be caused by hot and dry weather in the region where the temperature reaches 35 degrees. Reports said the wildfires posed no threat to populated areas or industry.
    04.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Oklahoma, [East of Norman] Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 03:59 (03:59 AM) UTC.

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    A wildfire whipped by gusty, southerly winds swept through rural woodlands north and south of Oklahoma City on Friday, burning several homes as firefighters struggled to contain it in 113-degree heat. Oklahoma’s emergency management officials said 25 structures had burned east of Noble, including a handful of homes, and several homes near Luther, north of Oklahoma City, were threatened. Hundreds of residents were told to leave their homes as flames spread through treetops. The state Highway Patrol closed part of the main highway between Oklahoma City and Tulsa because of the Luther-area fire, which may have been deliberately set. Local deputies were looking into reports about passengers in a pickup truck who were seen throwing out newspapers that had been set on fire. “I loaded the kids up, grabbed my dogs, and it didn’t even look like I had time to load the livestock, so I just got out of there,” said Bo Ireland, who lives a few miles from where the Noble-area fire started. “It looked to me that, if the wind shifted even a little bit, I would be in the path of that fire. It was just too close.” There were no immediate reports of injuries or livestock losses. Dayle Bishop stood in a convenience store parking lot about 2 miles away from his house, saying he was pessimistic about his home’s chances. “I know it’s gone,” said Bishop, who works nights as a nurse. “Didn’t even have time to get anything out.” But he noted “it’s just stuff,” and said he may not have made it out of his home had a woman not knocked on his door and woken him up.

    Charles Wright was with his daughter, Christina, along with their cat, at a makeshift evacuation center doubling as a staging area for fire engines, ambulances and other emergency equipment. He said law enforcement ordered them to leave their home in Norman. “Praying for miracles. Praying for the best, that’s all we can do,” said Wright, who managed to pack some clothes, jewelry and legal papers before fleeing. Ruth Hood splashed water onto two Chihuahua puppies that she grabbed along with several other animals and her children, and left as flames burned in her neighbor’s yard. She said she couldn’t be sure her home would survive. “No guarantee,” Hood said. With the ongoing drought, high temperatures and gusty winds, it took little for fires to begin and spread — and there was little crews could do to fight them. “It’s difficult for the firefighters to get into the area because it’s heavily wooded on either side of the smaller roads. When the winds are blowing 25 mph it just blows the embers and fireballs across the roads as if they weren’t even there,” said Jerry Lojka with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. At mid-afternoon Friday, the temperature at nearby Norman was 113. Winds were from the south and southwest at 14 mph, gusting to 24 mph. “I can tell you the temperatures and the wind are not helping the situation at all. Some homes have been lost in the fire unfortunately, but we don’t know how many,” said Meghan McCormick, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s office.

    Russell Moore, 53, who lives in the Noble area, said he was outside in his yard when a sheriff’s deputy drove down the road and told people to leave. He and his son went to a shelter set up at Noble City Hall, but planned to go to his daughter’s home in Norman. “About all we saw was smoke and a little bit of ash raining down from the sky,” Moore said. “Everybody was piling into their vehicles and leaving as we were.” Lojka said an Oklahoma National Guard helicopter has been dispatched to a fast-moving blaze in Luther, northeast of Oklahoma City. He also said helicopters were helping ground crews with a fire near Mannford and Drumright in Creek County. Helicopters from the National Guard and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were fighting a fire in Creek County. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating reports that someone in a black pickup truck near Luther was tossing out newspapers that had been set on fire. The blaze and smoke led the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to shut down part of the Turner Turnpike, which carries Interstate 44 between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Traffic was rerouted onto old U.S. Route 66, the famed two-lane highway that crisscrosses Oklahoma. The state was monitoring 11 fires in all Friday afternoon. Gov. Mary Fallin announced a statewide burn ban as the fire danger heightened. She previously had announced a state of emergency for all 77 counties due to the extreme drought.

    04.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Montana, Lame Deer Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 03:46 (03:46 AM) UTC.

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    As a wildfire’s flames raced to the edge of Lame Deer’s town limits, police drove the streets with loudspeakers blaring orders for residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation community to grab their most important belongings and get out. Buses were waiting to carry people from danger area, which on Thursday night suddenly meant the entire town of 2,000. Desi Small-Rodriguez, a volunteer with the tribe’s disaster and emergency services department, recalled the chaotic scene as the Chalky Fire threatened to burn down the seat of the southeastern Montana reservation. “A lot of people were walking with their belongings, getting on buses, trying to find rides, getting out as told,” Small-Rodriguez said Friday. About 250 people stayed at a Red Cross shelter 25 miles away at the St. Labre Mission. Others took shelter with friends and relatives on other parts of the reservation. Those with no place to go camped out on lawns in nearby communities, or they just refused to leave. The fire had already burned two homes earlier in the day, then wind from a cold front whipped up the flames and drove the fire straight toward town. Things looked grim to Carol Raymond, Rosebud County’s head of disaster and emergency services, who had driven from Forsyth to see firsthand what was happening. “I figured the whole town of Lame Deer would go up in flames,” Raymond said. Firefighters worked overnight trying to keep the flames back. At one point early Friday, the fire jumped Highway 212, but firefighters contained it with a back burn of the surrounding area, and the wildfire skirted around town without destroying any buildings or causing any injuries, Small-Rodriguez said. On Friday, the smoke was choking the town, but rain was assisting firefighters. A red-flag warning was to be in effect until evening, and firefighters prepared for gusty winds and possible thunderstorms. The mandatory evacuation remained in effect.
    04.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Washington, [Near Pateros and Brewster] Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 03:45 (03:45 AM) UTC.

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    The state is sending firefighters and managers to help battle a 1,000-acre wildfire in the southeast corner of Washington. Other firefighters also are trying to contain a 10,000-acre wildfire in central Washington. The new fire broke out Thursday afternoon five miles south of Asotin and is burning grass, brush and wheat. The state Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray has been activated to coordinate state assistance. Overnight winds forced firefighters to retreat at the central Washington fire as it grew to 10,000 acres – more than 15 square miles. Spokesman Dan Garner at the incident management center at Brewster High School says no structures are threatened. The fire broke out Wednesday near Pateros and Brewster. It’s burning grass, brush, scattered timber and some wheat land.

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    Wildfires blaze across drought-plagued Oklahoma

     Steve Olafson | Reuters
    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Wildfires burned out of control on Friday in Oklahoma, destroying homes and shutting down highways in a state that has suffered 18 straight days of 100-plus degree temperatures and persistent drought.Emergency officials counted 11 different wildfires around the state, with at least 65 homes destroyed in parched areas north and south of Oklahoma City and south of Tulsa.

    Oklahoma joins several states that have been plagued by wildfires this summer, including Colorado, Arkansas and Nebraska. Fires are being fed by a widespread drought.

    Nearly two-thirds of the contiguous United States was under some level of drought as of July 31, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly report compiled by U.S. climate experts.

    Interstate 44, historic Route 66 and state highways were closed, but no deaths were reported in the Oklahoma fires.

    Low humidity, strong southerly winds and drought conditions enabled the wildfires to spread quickly across treetops, said Michelann Ooten, deputy director of the state’s Office of Emergency Management.

    “It’s just a very difficult situation we’re facing that’s all weather related,” Ooten said.

    Governor Mary Fallin, who earlier in the day invoked a statewide ban on outdoor burning after declaring a state of emergency for the state’s 77 counties, told Reuters fire conditions may be worse on Saturday.

    “The fire danger might be even higher,” she said.

    Oklahoma has contacted neighboring states for help, but they are contending with their own wildfire threats and no out-of-state help is on its way, she said.

    “There’s fires in Arkansas. There’s fires in Kansas and Texas. Everybody else is on high heat alert,” she said.

    The heat in Oklahoma City, the state capital, has reached historic levels.

    On Friday, Oklahoma City tied its all-time record for the highest temperature ever recorded when the thermometer reached 113 Fahrenheit (45 Celsius), a mark last recorded in the Dust Bowl days in 1936, according to the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Volunteer fire departments have made a public plea for Gatorade donations to keep their crews hydrated in the scalding conditions.

    (Reporting by Steve Olafson; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Lisa Shumaker)

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    Ernesto (AL05) Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 04.08.2012 Tropical Depression 285 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 6.10 m NOAA NHC Details

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    Storm name: Ernesto (AL05)
    Area: Atlantic Ocean
    Start up location: N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000
    Start up: 02nd August 2012
    Status: 01st January 1970
    Track long: 1,493.43 km
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    02nd Aug 2012 04:08:45 N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000 30 56 74 Tropical Depression 285 16 1008 MB NHC
    03rd Aug 2012 04:49:11 N 13° 24.000, W 58° 18.000 35 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 20 1005 MB NHC
    04th Aug 2012 05:16:42 N 13° 54.000, W 65° 36.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 16 1003 MB NHC
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    05th Aug 2012 05:35:24 N 15° 24.000, W 72° 42.000 35 93 111 Tropical Depression 285 ° 16 1007 MB NHC
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    06th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 16° 18.000, W 81° 0.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NHC
    06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 6.000, W 78° 42.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NHC
    07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 82° 54.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NHC
    08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 30.000, W 86° 30.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NHC
    09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 30.000, W 89° 30.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NHC
    10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 0.000, W 92° 30.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NHC
    Haikui (12W) Pacific Ocean 03.08.2012 04.08.2012 Tropical Depression 295 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

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    Storm name: Haikui (12W)
    Area: Pacific Ocean
    Start up location: N 24° 24.000, E 139° 48.000
    Start up: 03rd August 2012
    Status: 01st January 1970
    Track long: 680.69 km
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    04th Aug 2012 05:17:37 N 24° 54.000, E 134° 12.000 35 65 83 Tropical Storm 275 20 JTWC
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    05th Aug 2012 05:42:49 N 26° 48.000, E 129° 12.000 17 83 102 Tropical Depression 290 ° 16 JTWC
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    06th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 27° 48.000, E 124° 42.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
    06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 36.000, E 125° 48.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
    07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 0.000, E 123° 42.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
    08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 24.000, E 122° 0.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
    09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 29° 6.000, E 120° 30.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
    10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 0.000, E 119° 24.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
    Florence (AL06) Atlantic Ocean 04.08.2012 04.08.2012 Tropical Depression 295 ° 74 km/h 93 km/h 5.79 m NOAA NHC Details

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    Storm name: Florence (AL06)
    Area: Atlantic Ocean
    Start up location: N 13° 48.000, W 27° 48.000
    Start up: 04th August 2012
    Status: Active
    Track long: 381.63 km
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    04th Aug 2012 05:23:26 N 13° 48.000, W 27° 48.000 26 56 74 Tropical Depression 290 20 1009 MB NOAA NHC
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    05th Aug 2012 05:34:42 N 16° 6.000, W 33° 0.000 24 93 111 Tropical Depression 295 ° 20 1000 MB NOAA NHC
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    06th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 39° 42.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
    06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 0.000, W 37° 12.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
    07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 6.000, W 42° 36.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
    08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 18.000, W 49° 0.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
    09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 54.000, W 55° 6.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
    10th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 30.000, W 60° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC

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    Tropical Storm Florence joins Ernesto in Atlantic

    Jamaica on alert as forecast calls for Ernesto becoming hurricane

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    After a lull in the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Florence formed on Saturday, joining Ernesto as both moved west on paths that could eventually take them to the U.S. coast.

    Florence has sustained winds up to 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.

    It was still in the deep Atlantic, but on a path towards the Caribbean.

    Ernesto was packing sustained winds of 50 mph and should pass south of Jamaica on Sunday, the center stated. “Ernesto is forecast to become a hurricane … in a day or two,” it added.

    After Jamaica, which issued a tropical storm warning, Ernesto will likely head toward Grand Cayman, arriving Monday, and then Cancun/Cozumel in Mexico on Wednesday, weather.com reported.

    Weather.com added it was “unclear whether Ernesto poses a threat to the U.S. late next week.”

    On Friday, the storm swept over the tiny island of St. Lucia.

    Businesses and government offices were ordered closed until noon on St. Lucia as Ernesto passed over the island, churning up 12-foot waves a few miles off its north shore.

    It moved so quickly that St. Lucia got less than an inch of rain and there were no reports of damage or injuries.

    August and September are usually the most active months of the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

    Prior to Ernesto forming on Thursday, the last Atlantic tropical storm was Debby more than a month ago. It drenched Florida and eight deaths were tied to the storm.

    U.S. government forecasters in May predicted a “normal” 2012 season, saying 9-15 named storms could be expected. Between 4-8 of those were predicted to become hurricanes.

    Reuters contributed to this report.

    Reuters contributed to this report.

    Heavy rains, landslide kill 10 in Uttarakhand; Pilgrimage halted

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    Continuous heavy rainfall, cloud burst, and landslides have killed 10 in various parts of Sub-Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. At least 53 persons have been reported missing so far in flash floods and swallon rivers.

    The pilgrims of the Chardham were stranded in the midway at various places and government has implemented temporary closure on the annual Char Dham pilgrimage until the situation becomes under control, official said on Saturday.

    Due to heavy rains, the rivers have swollen and land sliding have increasing causing havoc among the localities and pilgrims. The pilgrims were stranded on way to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath – the four points of pilgrimage.

    According to official report, three fire fighters were killed in Gangotri due to heavy rains. A bridge was also washed away here and over 40 houses submerged in the overflowing Bhagirathi river.

    Garhwal was the worst hit area, report said.

    Two deaths were reported from Chamoli after two children died in a roof collpase. A child was swept away in Pokhri.

    Uttarkashi has also been hit by flash floods.

    Officials said following warnings of “more and severe rains” in the next two days, the Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre is on high alert and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was monitoring the situation.

    Water level of Bhagirathi and Ganga rivers is also on the rise. The Uttarakhand government has issued red alert in areas along the river Ganga.

    –With Agencies Inputs–

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    04.08.2012 Flash Flood India State of Jammu and Kashmir, [Ujh and Tawi rivers region] Damage level Details

    Flash Flood in India on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 09:08 (09:08 AM) UTC.

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    As many as 22 people were on Friday trapped in flash floods in Jammu region, prompting the authorities to sound an alert in the region. “A flash flood alert has been sounded in Jammu. Due to heavy overnight rains, various rivers in Jammu region are flooded…22 people and large number of cattle are trapped in the flash floods in Ujh and Tawi rivers,” an official said. Of the 22 people, 15 are trapped in Ujh river at Khadwal area in Kathua district and two each in Mayachak, Nagri, Sujanal (Satwari) and Muthi areas, he said. A rescue operation has been launched for those trapped in the flash floods, triggered by intermittent overnight rains in Jammu, Kathua and Udhampur districts, the official said. The water level in Chenab, Tawi, Ujh and Basantar rivers are nearing the danger mark, officials said, adding that people living in low-lying areas have been alerted and warned of flash floods. They have also been asked to keep away from banks of the flooded rivers.
    04.08.2012 Flash Flood USA State of New Mexico, Santa Fe Damage level Details

    Flash Flood in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 06:36 (06:36 AM) UTC.

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    Public Service Company of New Mexico said nearly 3,000 customers on Santa Fe’s south side were without electric power for more than two hours Friday evening after lightning struck the local power grid. Spokesman Frederick Bermudez said he couldn’t pinpoint where the lightning hit but said it knocked out power from 5:35 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to 2,916 homes, businesses and institutions in an area bounded by St. Michael’s Drive on the north, Old Galisteo Road on the south, Old Pecos Trail on the east and Entrada de Santiago on the west. Much of Santa Fe was pounded by heavy rain with lightning and sudden high winds late Friday afternoon, suddenly swelling the Santa Fe River and other areas with swift flows of storm water. A driver on St. Michael’s Drive reported seeing thin funnel cloud on the horizon at about 5:45 p.m. “It was probably a dust devil, but we’ve been seeing that a lot this year,” said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’ve had some strong winds in Santa Fe today.” Guyer said the peak wind speed recorded at Santa Fe on Friday was 41 mph. Between two-tenths and four-tenths of an inch of rain fell — not a lot by most standards but what Guyer said was the heaviest rain the city has seen so far this summer. “You had a ton of lightning, some around the Plaza and a lot of lighting strikes up in the foothills,” he said. “It’s still dry, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we might see some fires by tomorrow.”
    04.08.2012 Flash Flood India State of Himachal Pradesh, Kullu Damage level Details

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

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

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    N Korea floods kill 169, 400 missing

    • From: AAP

    FLOODS which hit parts of North Korea in the past few weeks have killed 169 people and left 400 missing, the state news agency announced on Saturday, sharply updating earlier casualty figures.

    The floods and torrential rain between late June and the end of July also made 212,200 people homeless and washed away or inundated 65,280 hectares of cropland, the agency said.

    United Nations agencies have visited the worst-hit areas to assess aid needs and the World Food Program (WFP) is sending an initial shipment of emergency food aid.

    North Korea suffered a famine in the 1990s that killed hundreds of thousands and still struggles to feed its people even in normal times.

    It had been estimated by UN agencies, even before the current deluge, that three million people would need food aid this year.

    More than 8600 houses were destroyed and another 43,770 swamped, and more than 1400 schools, hospitals and factories collapsed, the news agency said.

    Official media had previously reported 119 deaths, with 84,000 people made homeless and 45,370ha of farmland damaged.

    The WFP said its initial assistance would provide victims with an initial ration of 400 grams of maize a day for 14 days, after the UN assessment mission found considerable damage to maize, soybean and rice fields.

    The mission has said immediate food aid is needed for residents of the worst-hit counties such as Anju and Songchon in South Pyongan province and Chonnae in Kangwon province.

    It also stressed that tens of thousands of families urgently need clean drinking water to prevent disease.

    Wells had been contaminated by overflowing latrines, creating a high risk of a diarrhoea outbreak, while floods had damaged water sources and pumping stations.

    Citing North Korean government figures, the UN mission said about 50,000 families would need purification tablets or other help to secure clean water.

    The UN children’s fund UNICEF has ordered 10 million tablets along with other materials. Drugs and IV fluids were also badly needed.

    The assessment mission said on Thursday a hospital in Chonnae county had already seen a fourfold rise in diarrhoea cases.

    “In general, unless … needs are addressed, rapid increase in diarrhoea, skin infection and respiratory infections could occur,” it said in a report.

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

    Mountainous North Korea is also short of arable land. Widespread deforestation, partly to clear land for crops, has made the impoverished nation increasingly prone to serious flooding which ends up washing away the harvest.

    In February, the US reached a deal to offer North Korea 240,000 tonnes of food in return for a freeze on nuclear and missile tests.

    But the plan was scrapped after Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch in April, seen by the US and its allies as an attempted ballistic missile test.

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    Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

    04.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Nepal Capital City, Kathmandu Damage level Details

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

    Description
    At least 10 people admitted to the Sukraraj Tropical and Disease Control Hospital in Nepali capital Kathmandu have tested positive for cholera. The hospital laboratory said Vibrio Cholera belonging to 01 Ogawa stereotype was detected in all the patients. Doctors at hospital attributed the spread of cholera and diarrhea infection in Kathmandu to contaminated water, according to Saturday’s Republica daily. “Most of the patients who came to the hospital said that they had drunk water supplied by Kathmandu Upatyaka Kahanepani Limited without boiling or treatment,” Tulsha Adhikari, a nursing staff said. She said whole families had been infected and some were brought to the hospital by their neighbors as all family members were sick.
    Biohazard name: Cholera
    Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
    Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
    Symptoms:
    Status: confirmed
    04.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Pakistan Federally Administered Tribal Areas, [South Waziristan] Damage level Details

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

    Description
    Five children in South Waziristan have died from measles during the past week, an official said. “Non-availability of measles vaccines has become a big problem and if the desired vaccines were not made available, the situation could slip out of hand,” Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan, agency surgeon, told Central Asia Online August 3. Measles has affected about 400 children, of whom about 100 were hospitalised, he said. He warned of an outbreak throughout the agency if medics failed to immunise children immediately. Letters regarding the unavailability of measles vaccine have gone to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) directorate of health, he said, expressing hope the vaccine would become available in a few days. The Taliban have refused to allow polio vaccination in areas of South Waziristan they control, endangering more than 157,000 children below age 5, he said. The directorate has received the agency surgeon’s letter and is sending vaccines to South Waziristan, FATA Health Director Dr. Fawad Khan said. “We have also started vaccination in Mohmand, Bajaur and Khyber agencies, where measles had killed several children besides sending hundreds to hospitals,” he said.
    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 August 4, 2012: Weather, Plasma Filaments

    Published on Aug 4, 2012 by

    TODAY’S LINKS
    Valence Issue: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-exposing-valence-bond-inadequacies.html
    2012 Heat: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/03aug_summer2012/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Space

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

    Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
    (2006 EC) 06th August 2012 1 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
    (2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
    (2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
    (2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
    277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
    (2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
    (2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
    37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
    (2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
    4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 11 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
    (2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
    (2006 CV) 20th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
    (2012 EC) 20th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
    162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
    (2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
    (2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 19 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
    1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

    Two Veteran Voyager Spacecraft Will Cross Into Interstellar Space –
    “It’s Just A Question Of When”
      

    MessageToEagle.com – Two of three key signs of changes expected to occur at the boundary of interstellar space have changed faster than at any other time in the last seven years, according to new data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft.

    For the last seven years, Voyager 1 has been exploring the outer layer of the bubble of charged particles the sun blows around itself.

    In one day, on July 28, data from Voyager 1’s cosmic ray instrument showed the level of high-energy cosmic rays originating from outside our solar system jumped by five percent.

    During the last half of that same day, the level of lower-energy particles originating from inside our solar system dropped by half.

    However, in three days, the levels had recovered to near their previous levels.

    A third key sign is the direction of the magnetic field, and scientists are eagerly analyzing the data to see whether that has, indeed, changed direction.

    Scientists expect that all three of these signs will have changed when Voyager 1 has crossed into interstellar space.
    A preliminary analysis of the latest magnetic field data is expected to be available in the next month.

    “These are thrilling times for the Voyager team as we try to understand the quickening pace of changes as Voyager 1 approaches the edge of interstellar space,” said Edward Stone, the Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

    “We are certainly in a new region at the edge of the solar system where things are changing rapidly. But we are not yet able to say that Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space.”


    Click on image to enlargeVoyagers in the HeliosheathThis artist’s concept shows NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun. After more than 33 years of travel, the two Voyager spacecraft will soon reach interstellar space, which is the space between stars.
    Our sun gives off a stream of charged particles that form a bubble around our solar system known as the heliosphere. The solar wind travels at supersonic speeds until it crosses a shockwave called the termination shock. That part of our solar system is shown in dark blue. Voyager 1 crossed the termination shock in December 2004 and Voyager 2 did so in August 2007.
    Beyond the termination shock is the heliosheath, shown in gray, where the solar wind dramatically slows down and heats up. Outside those two areas is territory dominated by the interstellar wind, which is blowing from the left in this image. As the interstellar wind approaches the heliosphere, a bow shock forms, indicated by the bright arc.
    The Voyagers were built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., which continues to operate both spacecraft. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The Voyager missions are a part of the NASA Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


    Click on image to enlargeBubbles and Cosmic Rays at the Edge of the Solar SystemThe latest data from the Voyager spacecraft indicate the edge of our solar system is much different from what was previously imagined. This resulted in a new computer model that shows the edge of our solar system is not smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles.
    The heliospheric boundaries are very important in shielding the inner solar system from the galactic cosmic ray flux. The heliopause, the last region that separates us from the rest of the galaxy, acts more like a membrane that is permeable to galactic cosmic rays than a shield that deflects those energetic particles.
    The galactic cosmic rays slowly wander into the heliosphere and can get trapped in the sea of magnetic bubbles. Eventually they access the solar magnetic field lines that connect back to the sun, and can move quickly towards the sun and Earth. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

    The levels of high-energy cosmic ray particles have been increasing for years, but more slowly than they are now.
    The last jump — of five percent — took one week in May. The levels of lower-energy particles from inside our solar system have been slowly decreasing for the last two years. Scientists expect that the lower-energy particles will drop close to zero when Voyager 1 finally crosses into interstellar space.

    “The increase and the decrease are sharper than we’ve seen before, but that’s also what we said about the May data,” Stone said.

    “The data are changing in ways that we didn’t expect, but Voyager has always surprised us with new discoveries.”

    Voyager 1, which launched on Sept. 5, 1977, is 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun.

    Voyager 2, which launched on Aug. 20, 1977, is close behind, at 9.3 billion miles (15 billion kilometers) from the sun.

    “Our two veteran Voyager spacecraft are hale and healthy as they near the 35th anniversary of their launch,” said Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager based at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena.

    “We know they will cross into interstellar space. It’s just a question of when.”
    MessageToEagle.com

    See also:
    Historical Moment: Voyager 1 Is Approaching The Solar System’s Frontier

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    Biological Hazards / Wildlife

    04.08.2012 Biological Hazard Nigeria State of Katsina, Katsina [Government Girls College] Damage level Details

    Biological Hazard in Nigeria on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 17:43 (05:43 PM) UTC.

    Description
    TEN secondary school teachers at the weekend died of food poisoning, and several others hospitalised in Katsina. Investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) showed that the incident occurred at a workshop organised by the state Ministry of Education for some 650 teachers at Government Day Secondary School (GDSS), Kofar Yan’daka, Katsina. It was gathered that soon after taking their lunch, supplied by a popular corporate caterer on the fateful day, some of the teachers were vomiting and afflicted by diarrhoea, as a result of which they were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina and the Police Clinic for medication. Ten of the affected teachers were said to have died as a result of the infection. When contacted, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Alhaji Khalil Musa, said: “I cannot comment on the issue now, because it is yet to be reported to the state government. I don’t want to pre-empt the government on the issue.” The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Abubakar Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident, said that only one teacher died, while 19 others were hospitalised. He said that 12 of the affected teachers had already been discharged from the hospitals, while seven others were still on admission at the Federal Medical Centre and Katsina Police Clinic. He said the police had already collected sample of the food supplied by the caterer for clinical analysis. All the victims are receiving treatment at various medical centres, while officials declined to comment on the number of casualties that were brought to the centres.
    Biohazard name: Mass. Food Poisoning
    Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
    Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
    Symptoms:
    Status: confirmed
    04.08.2012 Biological Hazard Kenya Rift Valley Province, [Turkana Region] Damage level Details

    Biological Hazard in Kenya on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 15:23 (03:23 PM) UTC.

    Description
    Agro-pastoralists farmers in Loima District in Turkana County have suffered huge losses on their farms from massive locust invasion in the region. The farmers at Kang’ilita Irrigation Schemes in Loima district have decried the invasion as a major setback to their economic sustainability despite their recent devoted engagements into farming. They said raised fear of low crop yields in the coming harvesting season as a result of the unprecedented invasion. Ms Pauline Nakali, a farmer, said that her farm has been extensively damaged by the locust pest and could hardly think of ways to regain the loss. “We are experiencing big loss of crops to locust invasion and that we expect low yield this season since our farms have been destroyed by the pest,” Ms Nakali said. She appealed to the government and donor partners to intervene and salvage the situation before it goes out of hand. But the Rift Valley Director of Agriculture Leonard Nyambuya told farmers that the Ministry of Agriculture and the development partner Food Agriculture Organizations (FAO) would send experts to tackle the pest. Mr Nyambuya said the ministry and the donor partner will provide insecticide to fight the pest. He said experts from the directorate of crop and pest in the ministry will supply appropriate chemicals and insecticides to get rid of the pests. “We are immediately sending the experts to assess the damage caused by the pest before we swing to action to eradicate it,” Nyambuya said. The director who addressed farmers’ field schools in Kangilita irrigation scheme directed the Field extension officers to assess the damage caused by the pest. The FAO officials Dr Paul Omanga said his organisation would assist the farmers to fight the prevailing pest problems in the area so that farmers achieve good yields.
    Biohazard name: Locust Invasion
    Biohazard level: 0/4 —
    Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
    Symptoms:
    Status:
    04.08.2012 Biological Hazard Japan Multiple areas, [Ise Bay (Ise-wan)] Damage level Details

    Biological Hazard in Japan on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 04:02 (04:02 AM) UTC.

    Description
    Large numbers of jellyfish have been swarming near nine thermal power plants on Ise Bay. Chubu Electric Power Co. estimates that there are close to 24,000 tons of the sea creatures swimming around the area, twice the usual level and the second-most recorded in the past decade. Measures are being taken to ensure the jellyfish don’t clog the power plants’ water intakes and disrupt their operations. Chubu Electric launched a research project in 1999 to predict the number of jellyfish in Ise Bay. They discovered that most jellyfish larvae transform into polyps in three major areas: near the port of Nagoya; along the coast of the Chita Peninsula from Tokoname to Morozaki, Minamichita, in Aichi Prefecture; and along the coast of the Shima Peninsula from Matsusaka to Toba in Mie Prefecture. Every winter, the research group collects samples of polyps and compares them with past results to predict how many larvae will develop into adult jellyfish in the following year. Last winter’s findings indicated the number this year would be 1.5 to 1.8 times higher than usual. “We don’t know the reason why the number is so high this year, but we need to monitor the situation closely,” said Minoru Hamada, 46, an assistant project manager in Chubu Electric’s technology development department.

    If jellyfish block the water intake, a power plant can’t draw enough water from the sea to cool the steam used to turn the turbine, and the plant has to reduce its electricity output. Each plant has adopted various measures, including putting up nets, to stop the jellyfish from swimming too close, but this is only effective when dealing with small numbers. It is not enough to prevent large amounts of jellyfish from swimming in all at once. The number of jellyfish near the thermal power plants usually peaks in July, August and September. However, this year they started gathering around the plants in May, resulting in reduced electricity output at three of the plants for a total of nine days. They were the Hekinan plant in Hekinan, Aichi Prefecture, the Shin-Nagoya plant in Nagoya and the Kawagoe plant in Kawagoe, Mie Prefecture. It’s a pressing problem for Chubu Electric because it has become increasingly dependent on thermal energy since its Hamaoka nuclear plant has been shut down over quake and tsunami fears. “The effect of the jellyfish isn’t fully known yet, but it can have a serious impact on electricity output if they keep increasing, especially during this season when there is high electricity demand,” a Chubu Electric official said. “We need to monitor the jellyfish further and take actions swiftly if necessary.”

    Biohazard name: Jellyfish invasion
    Biohazard level: 0/4 —
    Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
    Symptoms:
    Status: confirmed

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    Earthquakes

    RSOE EDIS

    Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
    04.08.2012 09:35:26 4.3 Caribbean Sea Dominican Republic Monseńor Nouel Piedra Blanca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 09:10:35 4.3 Caribbean Dominican Republic Monseñor Nouel Piedra Blanca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 08:51:00 4.5 Caribbean Dominican Republic Monseñor Nouel Bonao VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 08:20:30 2.2 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 08:35:19 2.4 Asia Turkey Kütahya Pazarlar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 07:35:56 2.1 North America United States Alaska Chenega VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 07:35:24 3.0 Europe Greece West Greece Kamarai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:35:18 2.3 Asia Turkey Kütahya Simav There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:35:41 2.1 Asia Turkey Ad?yaman Gerger VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:36:03 2.7 Asia Turkey Tokat Yesilyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:36:23 2.5 Asia Turkey Mu?la Ula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:36:48 2.3 Asia Turkey Kütahya Simav There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:37:06 2.8 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:37:26 3.1 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 05:37:45 3.6 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 04:45:28 4.1 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 04:35:19 4.2 Asia Turkey Manisa Golmarmara There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 04:35:41 2.5 Europe Greece North Aegean Myrina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 04:15:25 2.3 North America United States Alaska Akhiok VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 04:15:48 2.2 North America United States Alaska McKinley Park There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 04:36:01 5.2 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Jambi Sungaipenuh VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 04:25:28 5.1 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Jambi Sungaipenuh VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 04:05:26 2.6 North America United States California Coronado VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 04:36:30 3.2 Europe Croatia Splitsko-Dalmatinska Sinj VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 03:30:21 2.3 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 03:30:46 2.7 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 03:31:07 4.5 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Amahai VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 03:25:28 4.5 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Amahai VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 03:31:27 2.0 Europe Italy Abruzzo Fagnano Alto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 03:20:48 3.0 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Canterbury Tai Tapu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
    04.08.2012 02:25:20 4.6 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia West Java Paseh There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 02:00:29 4.6 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia West Java Paseh There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 02:25:42 4.7 Pacific Ocean – Middle Solomon Islands Lata VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 01:55:32 4.7 Solomon Islands Lata VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 03:21:10 4.0 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Canterbury Tai Tapu VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
    04.08.2012 01:25:23 4.1 Asia Taiwan Taitung City VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 01:25:44 2.7 Europe Spain Canary Islands La Restinga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 01:26:03 3.7 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Glamoc VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 01:26:25 4.3 Europe Russia Sakhalin Severo-Kuril’sk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 00:35:52 4.3 Asia Russia Sakhalin Severo-Kuril’sk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 01:26:46 4.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Soccsksargen Bantogon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 00:40:31 4.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Soccsksargen Bantogon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 00:00:32 2.1 North America United States Alaska Lake Minchumina VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 00:25:20 2.4 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    04.08.2012 00:00:53 5.0 Atlantic Ocean South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    04.08.2012 00:25:51 5.0 Atlantic Ocean – North South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    03.08.2012 23:30:26 3.1 North America United States Alaska Pedro Bay There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    03.08.2012 23:25:24 3.0 Europe Greece Ionian Islands Mavrata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    03.08.2012 23:25:50 2.2 Europe France Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Fontan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    03.08.2012 23:26:12 4.6 South-America Chile Atacama Diego de Almagro VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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    4.2 ‘earthquake’ wakes Kuwait Salmiya rocks

    KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: An earthquake of 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale that struck Kuwait 40 km NW of Salmiya at around 7.30 am Thursday was felt by residents in Salmiya.

    Though no casualties were reported, some residents complained the quake mildly upset some of their household arrangements. There were a few broken cutlery. Some residents living near the Salmiya garden said they felt the tremor in two short spells in a span of a few seconds.

    Most of the residents were asleep and came to know about it from neighbors who experienced the tremor. Melissa, a resident, said she first noticed tea rippling in the cup in her hand before she realized that the whole house was shaking a bit. “It was a little scary.”

    Mujib said it was his first experience of a tremor and initially thought that he was feeling woozy. “It occurred as I was getting up after bending down to pick something up from the floor. I thought I was losing balance as it happens sometimes when you suddenly change positions.”

    Thambi felt the quake on the street when he was returning after a short walk. “This is my second experience of earthquake, both were in Kuwait. This one was very mild. Last time, I felt the quake like a strong vibration lasting more than 30 seconds.”

    Thambi faltered in his step when the quake occurred, but that was just for a second or two. “Soon after that, I saw a dog running wildly to and fro, barking intensely.”

    Khalil Rasul was woken up by a book that fell on his head. But he went back to sleep only to learn about the quake from blogs later.

    An online journal had earlier quoted earthquake expert and Assist. Manager of Kuwait University for Scientific Affairs Dr. Ferial Bu Rabee as saying that Kuwait may be vulnerable to a powerful earthquake that can reach up to 8 degrees on Richter scale.

    The expert said that such an earthquake can strike southern part of Iran and thus impact bordering GCC countries. She further added that an 8.1 tremor on Richter scale hit the same area of southern Iran back in 1945 and caused huge tsunami waves that reached Karachi and Bombay which are approx. 1,100 kms away from Iran.

    She warned that Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran may be vulnerable if an earthquake strikes, such seen recently in Japan. She advised GCC countries to give up their ambitions concerning the construction of nuclear power stations, arguing that “they are time bombs that will destroy the region when the anticipated earthquake strikes.”


    By: Valiya S. Sajjad

    Are Earthquakes “Communicating” Across Large Distances
    Triggering Each Other?
     

    MessageToEagle.com – A while back scientists expressed that something unknown has triggered a “terrible and global domino”.

    Some researchers suggest that there may be a link between large earthquakes world-wide. Other point out that there is no connection and the earthquakes do not trigger each other. The cluster could just as well be the result of random chance, scientist say.

    The past decade has been plagued with what seems to be a cluster of large earthquakes, with massive quakes striking Sumatra, Chile, Haiti and Japan since 2004.

    Each of the devastating quakes in the 2000s drew huge media coverage and required extensive rebuilding and economic restoration.

    The intense interest in the earthquakes has led some to wonder if we are living in the middle of an “age of great quakes,” similar to a global cluster of quakes in the 1960s.It’s important to know whether these clusters occur because big earthquakes trigger others across the world, Parsons and Geist of the US Geological Survey say, in order to predict whether more severely destructive quakes might be on the way. To determine if the quake clusters in the 1960s and 2000s could be attributed to random chance, the researchers looked at the timing between the world’s largest earthquakes–magnitude 8.3 and above–at one-year intervals during the past 100 years.

    They compared simulated lists of large quakes and the list of real quakes during this time with the between-quake intervals expected from a random process.

    The intervals between the real-life large quakes are similar to what would be expected from a random process, they found. In other words, the global hazard of large earthquakes is constant in time. Except in the case of local aftershocks, the probability of a new large quake occurring isn’t related to past global quakes.

    Aerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of Los Angeles Image credit: Leohotens

    This could be disappointing news for researchers who thought global communication between quakes might offer a way to predict the most severe seismic activity. But there also may be some good news after a decade of destruction.

    If global great earthquakes are occurring at random, the authors say, then a specific number of quakes that cluster together within a short time is unlikely to be repeated in a similar way over a 100-year span.

    In addition, if quakes were communicating at global distances, after a big quake, the entire planet would essentially be an aftershock zone. MessageToEagle.com based on information provided by Seismological Society of America

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    Volcanic Activity

    Are Earthquakes “Communicating” Across Large Distances
    Triggering Each Other? 

    A dog lies on the ground in Pompeii, the famous city next to Naples which was destroyed in AD 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius July 17, 2008. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

    By Antonio Denti

    POZZUOLI, Italy | Fri Aug 3, 2012 12:39pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Across the bay of Naples from Pompeii, where thousands were incinerated by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, lies a hidden “super volcano” that could kill millions in a catastrophe many times worse, scientists say.

    The boiling mud and sulphurous steam holes of the area west of Naples known as the Campi Flegrei or Phlegraean Fields, from the Greek word for burning, are a major tourist attraction.

    But the zone of intense seismic activity, which the ancients thought was the entrance to hell, also could pose a danger of global proportions with millions of people literally living on top of a potential future volcanic eruption.

    “These areas can give rise to the only eruptions that can have global catastrophic effects comparable to major meteorite impacts,” said Giuseppe De Natale, head of a project to drill deep under the earth to monitor the molten “caldera”.

    One such meteorite impact is thought to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago when debris thrown into the atmosphere from the huge explosion plunged the earth into darkness.

    Scientists plan to drill 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface to monitor the huge chamber of molten rock near Pompeii and give early warning of any eruption from a 13-km-wide collapsed volcanic caldera.

    The Campi Flegrei are similar to the Yellowstone caldera in the U.S. state of Wyoming but of more concern because they are in an area populated by around 3 million people in the Naples hinterland.

    “Fortunately, it is extremely rare for these areas to erupt at their full capacity, as it is extremely rare for large meteorites to hit the earth,” De Natale told Reuters.

    “But some of these areas, in particular the Campi Flegrei, are densely populated and therefore even small eruptions, which are the most probable, fortunately, can pose risks for the population,” said De Natale, from the Vesuvius observatory at Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology.

    “That is why the Campi Flegrei absolutely must be studied and monitored. I wouldn’t say like others, but much more than the others exactly because of the danger given that millions of people live in the volcano.”

    However, the project, funded by the multi-national International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme, has run into major opposition from some local scientists who say the drilling itself could cause a dangerous eruption or earthquake.

    EXPLOSION?

    Benedetto De Vivo, a geochemist at Naples University, has said the drilling could cause an explosion.

    The Naples city council blocked the project in 2010 but it resumed on the site of an abandoned steel mill at Bagnoli, west of Naples, late last month after the recently elected new mayor, Luigi De Magistris, gave the go-ahead.

    De Natale scoffed at the objections, saying that the drilling was perfectly safe and that similar probes had been sent down by mining projects looking for sources of thermal energy in the 1980s and earlier.

    “There were dozens of drillings in the past, with much less secure instruments for industrial motives and nobody said anything,” he said.

    He added that those raising objections were not experts on drilling and that their suggestions of potential earthquakes or escapes of magma or liquid molten rock, had been exaggerated by the local press.

    “Some of the things they suggested are laughable,” he said, adding that the project’s priority will be scientific knowledge and safety of the local population rather than industrial exploitation as in the past.

    “We believe the security of millions of people deserves the most powerful methods of inquiry without thinking too much about the economic aspect,” he said.

    He added that drilling is the only way to discover the geological history of the area because successive eruptions buried previous evidence. The probe has already found volcanic rock from a major eruption 15,000 years ago.

    De Natale’s team has begun drilling a pilot hole at the Bagnoli site, where a long jetty built to load steel is used by joggers and courting couples enjoying the spectacular Neapolitan sunsets.

    The pilot hole is aimed not only at studying the stratification of the area but to establish a deep geological observatory with new instruments which De Natale says are many times more sensitive than those in the past.

    “This will increase by a thousand or 10,000 times our ability to detect small episodes that are precursors of future eruptions,” he said.

    MOVEMENT OF EARTH’S SURFACE

    The project also aims to study the cause of a phenomenon known as bradyseism which is a gradual raising and lowering of the earth’s surface because of deep volcanic activity. This is episodic but in the latest phase the ground has risen by 3.5 m (yards) in 15 years, the most since medieval times.

    This movement forced the evacuation of 30,000 people temporarily from Pozzuoli in the 1980s and a fishing harbor in the old part of the town was completely abandoned.

    Once work is complete on the pilot hole, scientists plan to drill much deeper, to around 3.5 km where temperatures are at around 500 degrees C (930 F). But De Natale said this could take another 18 months and the area for the second phase has not yet been decided.

    His team has developed new fiber optic sensors able to withstand the extreme heat that would have destroyed earlier electronic equipment.

    “We will be able to identify the smallest signs of a future eruption…this is an enormous mitigation of the volcanic risk,” he said.

    De Natale says there will be no risk of an escape of magma because the molten chamber is at 7-km depth or lower and sensors will give ample warning of temperatures that reach 1,000 degrees C at the molten core.

    “We will stop everything if we detect temperatures at 500 degrees…we can close the top of the drilling hole hermetically in a fraction of a second,” he said.

    Local people are divided on whether the drilling could be dangerous.

    “There is a risk that the drilling can lead to a shift of the earth’s surface and if that happened, rather than helping to predict future problems, they will be creating them,” Pozzuoli student Marco Laporta said.

    Many are more sanguine. “Back in the 1980s they said we would all be blown up and we weren’t,” pensioner Luigi Bruni said.

    (Writing by Barry Moody; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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    Extreme Temperatures/ Weather / Drought

    04.08.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Russia [Asia] Siberia, [Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region] Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in Russia [Asia] on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 at 12:07 (12:07 PM) UTC.

    Description
    Firefighters in Russia’s Siberia had extinguished 45 forest fires covering 522 hectares of forest in the past 24 hours, but 131 wildfires were still burning on the area of almost 15,000 hectares, the regional forestry department said Friday. A total of 29 wildfires covering an area of more than 5,000 hectares were localized, and 14,948 hectares of forest continued to burn in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tomsk Region, Tuva, Khakassia and Irkutsk Region. Some 3,000 people, 412 units of fire-fighting equipment and 24 aircrafts have been mobilized to fight the blazes, which are believed to be caused by hot and dry weather in the region where the temperature reaches 35 degrees. Reports said the wildfires posed no threat to populated areas or industry.
    Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Oklahoma, [East of Norman] Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 03:59 (03:59 AM) UTC.

    Description
    A wildfire whipped by gusty, southerly winds swept through rural woodlands north and south of Oklahoma City on Friday, burning several homes as firefighters struggled to contain it in 113-degree heat. Oklahoma’s emergency management officials said 25 structures had burned east of Noble, including a handful of homes, and several homes near Luther, north of Oklahoma City, were threatened. Hundreds of residents were told to leave their homes as flames spread through treetops. The state Highway Patrol closed part of the main highway between Oklahoma City and Tulsa because of the Luther-area fire, which may have been deliberately set. Local deputies were looking into reports about passengers in a pickup truck who were seen throwing out newspapers that had been set on fire. “I loaded the kids up, grabbed my dogs, and it didn’t even look like I had time to load the livestock, so I just got out of there,” said Bo Ireland, who lives a few miles from where the Noble-area fire started. “It looked to me that, if the wind shifted even a little bit, I would be in the path of that fire. It was just too close.” There were no immediate reports of injuries or livestock losses. Dayle Bishop stood in a convenience store parking lot about 2 miles away from his house, saying he was pessimistic about his home’s chances. “I know it’s gone,” said Bishop, who works nights as a nurse. “Didn’t even have time to get anything out.” But he noted “it’s just stuff,” and said he may not have made it out of his home had a woman not knocked on his door and woken him up.Charles Wright was with his daughter, Christina, along with their cat, at a makeshift evacuation center doubling as a staging area for fire engines, ambulances and other emergency equipment. He said law enforcement ordered them to leave their home in Norman. “Praying for miracles. Praying for the best, that’s all we can do,” said Wright, who managed to pack some clothes, jewelry and legal papers before fleeing. Ruth Hood splashed water onto two Chihuahua puppies that she grabbed along with several other animals and her children, and left as flames burned in her neighbor’s yard. She said she couldn’t be sure her home would survive. “No guarantee,” Hood said. With the ongoing drought, high temperatures and gusty winds, it took little for fires to begin and spread — and there was little crews could do to fight them. “It’s difficult for the firefighters to get into the area because it’s heavily wooded on either side of the smaller roads. When the winds are blowing 25 mph it just blows the embers and fireballs across the roads as if they weren’t even there,” said Jerry Lojka with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. At mid-afternoon Friday, the temperature at nearby Norman was 113. Winds were from the south and southwest at 14 mph, gusting to 24 mph. “I can tell you the temperatures and the wind are not helping the situation at all. Some homes have been lost in the fire unfortunately, but we don’t know how many,” said Meghan McCormick, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s office.Russell Moore, 53, who lives in the Noble area, said he was outside in his yard when a sheriff’s deputy drove down the road and told people to leave. He and his son went to a shelter set up at Noble City Hall, but planned to go to his daughter’s home in Norman. “About all we saw was smoke and a little bit of ash raining down from the sky,” Moore said. “Everybody was piling into their vehicles and leaving as we were.” Lojka said an Oklahoma National Guard helicopter has been dispatched to a fast-moving blaze in Luther, northeast of Oklahoma City. He also said helicopters were helping ground crews with a fire near Mannford and Drumright in Creek County. Helicopters from the National Guard and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were fighting a fire in Creek County. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating reports that someone in a black pickup truck near Luther was tossing out newspapers that had been set on fire. The blaze and smoke led the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to shut down part of the Turner Turnpike, which carries Interstate 44 between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Traffic was rerouted onto old U.S. Route 66, the famed two-lane highway that crisscrosses Oklahoma. The state was monitoring 11 fires in all Friday afternoon. Gov. Mary Fallin announced a statewide burn ban as the fire danger heightened. She previously had announced a state of emergency for all 77 counties due to the extreme drought.
    Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Montana, Lame Deer Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 03:46 (03:46 AM) UTC.

    Description
    As a wildfire’s flames raced to the edge of Lame Deer’s town limits, police drove the streets with loudspeakers blaring orders for residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation community to grab their most important belongings and get out. Buses were waiting to carry people from danger area, which on Thursday night suddenly meant the entire town of 2,000. Desi Small-Rodriguez, a volunteer with the tribe’s disaster and emergency services department, recalled the chaotic scene as the Chalky Fire threatened to burn down the seat of the southeastern Montana reservation. “A lot of people were walking with their belongings, getting on buses, trying to find rides, getting out as told,” Small-Rodriguez said Friday. About 250 people stayed at a Red Cross shelter 25 miles away at the St. Labre Mission. Others took shelter with friends and relatives on other parts of the reservation. Those with no place to go camped out on lawns in nearby communities, or they just refused to leave. The fire had already burned two homes earlier in the day, then wind from a cold front whipped up the flames and drove the fire straight toward town. Things looked grim to Carol Raymond, Rosebud County’s head of disaster and emergency services, who had driven from Forsyth to see firsthand what was happening. “I figured the whole town of Lame Deer would go up in flames,” Raymond said. Firefighters worked overnight trying to keep the flames back. At one point early Friday, the fire jumped Highway 212, but firefighters contained it with a back burn of the surrounding area, and the wildfire skirted around town without destroying any buildings or causing any injuries, Small-Rodriguez said. On Friday, the smoke was choking the town, but rain was assisting firefighters. A red-flag warning was to be in effect until evening, and firefighters prepared for gusty winds and possible thunderstorms. The mandatory evacuation remained in effect.
    Today Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Washington, [Near Pateros and Brewster] Damage level Details

    Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 03:45 (03:45 AM) UTC.

    Description
    The state is sending firefighters and managers to help battle a 1,000-acre wildfire in the southeast corner of Washington. Other firefighters also are trying to contain a 10,000-acre wildfire in central Washington. The new fire broke out Thursday afternoon five miles south of Asotin and is burning grass, brush and wheat. The state Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray has been activated to coordinate state assistance. Overnight winds forced firefighters to retreat at the central Washington fire as it grew to 10,000 acres – more than 15 square miles. Spokesman Dan Garner at the incident management center at Brewster High School says no structures are threatened. The fire broke out Wednesday near Pateros and Brewster. It’s burning grass, brush, scattered timber and some wheat land.

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    USDA Designates More Drought Disaster Areas, Announces New Assistance Efforts

    Two measures announced today by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack are meant to bring relief to farmers and ranchers nationwide as drought conditions have now caused more than half of all counties to be declared disaster areas.

    After adding  218 counties in 12 states to the list of designated disaster areas, Vilsack announced two new ways that farmers and ranchers could seek relief. The first is a 3.8 million-acre expansion of emergency haying and grazing areas on conservation land. The second is a 30-day grace period that crop insurance companies have agreed to to extend to farmers on their premiums.

    “The assistance announced today will help U.S. livestock producers dealing with climbing feed prices, critical shortages of hay and deteriorating pasturelands. Responding to my request, crop insurance companies indicated that producers can forgo interest penalties to help our nation’s farm families struggling with cash flow challenges. The Obama Administration intends to continue helping those who farm or ranch and live and work in rural America through this period of hardship,” Vilsack said in a statement.

    About 66 percent of the nation’s hay acreage and 73 percent of the nation’s cattle acreage is experiencing drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The 3.8 million acres of conservation land made available for emergency haying and grazing must be used in accordance with rules that will minimize any impact to these areas, the USDA said. The agency said it will conduct follow-up monitoring and evaluation.

    The counties designated today are in the following states: Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming.

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    Storms, Flooding

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    Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
    Ernesto (AL05) Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 04.08.2012 Tropical Depression 275 ° 83 km/h 102 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

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    Storm name: Ernesto (AL05)
    Area: Atlantic Ocean
    Start up location: N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000
    Start up: 02nd August 2012
    Status: 01st January 1970
    Track long: 1,012.54 km
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    02nd Aug 2012 04:08:45 N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000 30 56 74 Tropical Depression 285 16 1008 MB NHC
    03rd Aug 2012 04:49:11 N 13° 24.000, W 58° 18.000 35 83 102 Tropical Storm 275 20 1005 MB NHC
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    04th Aug 2012 05:16:42 N 13° 54.000, W 65° 36.000 30 83 102 Tropical Depression 275 ° 16 1003 MB NHC
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    05th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 15° 24.000, W 74° 48.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NHC
    05th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 42.000, W 71° 18.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NHC
    06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 6.000, W 77° 54.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NHC
    07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 82° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NHC
    08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, W 85° 30.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NHC
    09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 22° 0.000, W 88° 54.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NHC
    Haikui (12W) Pacific Ocean 03.08.2012 04.08.2012 Tropical Depression 275 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

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    Storm name: Haikui (12W)
    Area: Pacific Ocean
    Start up location: N 24° 24.000, E 139° 48.000
    Start up: 03rd August 2012
    Status: 01st January 1970
    Track long: 353.28 km
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    03rd Aug 2012 09:08:44 N 24° 24.000, E 139° 48.000 24 56 74 Tropical Depression 295 20 JTWC
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    04th Aug 2012 05:17:37 N 24° 54.000, E 134° 12.000 35 65 83 Tropical Depression 275 ° 20 JTWC
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    05th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 27° 0.000, E 126° 48.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
    05th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 36.000, E 128° 24.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC
    06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 18.000, E 125° 36.000 Typhoon I 102 130 JTWC
    07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 27° 42.000, E 124° 18.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
    08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 0.000, E 123° 6.000 Typhoon III 148 185 JTWC
    09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 36.000, E 121° 36.000 Typhoon III 157 194 JTWC
    AL06 Atlantic Ocean 04.08.2012 04.08.2012 Tropical Depression 290 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 6.10 m NOAA NHC Details

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    Storm name: AL06
    Area: Atlantic Ocean
    Start up location: N 13° 48.000, W 27° 48.000
    Start up: 04th August 2012
    Status: Active
    Track long: 0.00 km
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    04th Aug 2012 05:23:26 N 13° 48.000, W 27° 48.000 26 56 74 Tropical Depression 290 ° 20 1009 MB NOAA NHC
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    05th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 6.000, W 31° 48.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
    05th Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 15° 24.000, W 34° 0.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
    06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 36.000, W 36° 0.000 Tropical Depression 65 83 NOAA NHC
    07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 12.000, W 41° 6.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NOAA NHC
    08th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 30.000, W 47° 0.000 Tropical Depression 46 65 NOAA NHC
    09th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 30.000, W 53° 0.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 NOAA NHC

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    Today Flash Flood USA State of New Mexico, Santa Fe Damage level Details

    Flash Flood in USA on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 06:36 (06:36 AM) UTC.

    Description
    Public Service Company of New Mexico said nearly 3,000 customers on Santa Fe’s south side were without electric power for more than two hours Friday evening after lightning struck the local power grid. Spokesman Frederick Bermudez said he couldn’t pinpoint where the lightning hit but said it knocked out power from 5:35 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to 2,916 homes, businesses and institutions in an area bounded by St. Michael’s Drive on the north, Old Galisteo Road on the south, Old Pecos Trail on the east and Entrada de Santiago on the west. Much of Santa Fe was pounded by heavy rain with lightning and sudden high winds late Friday afternoon, suddenly swelling the Santa Fe River and other areas with swift flows of storm water. A driver on St. Michael’s Drive reported seeing thin funnel cloud on the horizon at about 5:45 p.m. “It was probably a dust devil, but we’ve been seeing that a lot this year,” said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’ve had some strong winds in Santa Fe today.” Guyer said the peak wind speed recorded at Santa Fe on Friday was 41 mph. Between two-tenths and four-tenths of an inch of rain fell — not a lot by most standards but what Guyer said was the heaviest rain the city has seen so far this summer. “You had a ton of lightning, some around the Plaza and a lot of lighting strikes up in the foothills,” he said. “It’s still dry, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we might see some fires by tomorrow.”
    Today Flash Flood India State of Himachal Pradesh, Kullu Damage level Details

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

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

     

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    Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

    03.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kibaale District, Mbarara and the Capital City (Kampala)] Damage level Details

    Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 15:57 (03:57 PM) UTC.

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    Updated: Friday, 03 August, 2012 at 17:19 UTC
    Description
    Doctors were slow to respond to an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda because symptoms weren’t always typical, but a World Health Organization official said Friday that authorities are halting the spread of the deadly disease. Joaquim Saweka, the WHO representative in Uganda, told reporters in the capital Kampala that everyone known to have had contact with Ebola victims has been isolated. Ugandan health officials have created an “Ebola contact list” with names of people who had even the slightest contact with those who contracted Ebola. The list now bears 176 names. “The structure put in place is more than adequate,” Saweka said. “We are isolating the suspected or confirmed cases.” Ebola was confirmed in Uganda on July 28, several days after villagers were dying in a remote corner of western Uganda. Ugandan officials were slow to investigate possible Ebola because the victims did not show the usual symptoms, such as coughing blood. At least 16 Ugandans have died of the disease. Delays in confirming Ebola allowed the disease to spread to more villages deep in the western district of Kibaale, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said.”The doctors in Kibaale say the symptoms were a bit atypical of Ebola,” Museveni said in a national address Monday. “They were not clearly like Ebola symptoms. Because of that delay, the sickness spread to another village.” Saweka said that organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are helping Ugandan officials to control the spread of Ebola. This is the fourth outbreak of Ebola in Uganda since 2000, when the disease killed 224 people and left hundreds more traumatized in northern Uganda. Ebola is highly infectious and kills quickly. The disease was first reported in 1976 in Congo and is named for the river where it was recognized, according to the CDC. The aid group Doctors Without Borders said in a statement on Wednesday that the first victim of the Ebola outbreak was a 3-month-old girl and that of the 65 people who attended her funeral, 15 later contracted the deadly disease. Funerals in Uganda are typically elaborate affairs that draw huge crowds. Health officials have now taken on the task of safely burying the bodies of Ebola victims, Saweka said.

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    Suspected Ebola cases growing in Uganda

    KAMPALA, Uganda — Six more patients suspected to have Ebola have been admitted to the hospital days after investigators confirmed an outbreak of the highly infectious disease in a remote corner of western Uganda, a health official said on Monday.

    Stephen Byaruhanga, health secretary of the affected Kibaale district, said possible cases of Ebola, at first concentrated in a single village, are now being reported in more villages.

    “It’s no longer just one village. There are many villages affected,” Byaruhanga said.

    In a national address, Uganda’s president advised against unnecessary contact among people, saying suspected cases of Ebola should be reported immediately to health officials.

    Officials from Uganda’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization announced on Saturday that the deadly Ebola virus killed 14 Ugandans this month, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange illness that had some people fleeing their homes in the absence of reliable answers.

    If the six new cases are confirmed as Ebola, it would bring to 26 the number of Ugandans infected with Ebola.

    This is the fourth occurrence of Ebola in Uganda since 2000, when the disease killed 224 people and left hundreds more traumatized in northern Uganda. At least 42 people were killed in another outbreak in 2007, and there was a lone Ebola case in 2011.

    Investigators took nearly a month to confirm Ebola’s presence in Uganda this year. In Kibaale, a district with 600,000 residents, some villagers started abandoning their homes to escape what they thought was an illness caused by bad luck. One family lost nine members, and a clinical officer and her 4-month-old baby died from Ebola, Byaruhanga said.

    The confirmation of Ebola’s presence in the area has spread anxiety among sick villagers, who are refusing to go to the hospital for fear they don’t have Ebola and will contract it there. All suspected Ebola patients have been isolated at one hospital where patients admitted with other illnesses fled after Ebola was announced. Only the hospital’s maternity ward still has patients, officials said, highlighting the deadly reputation of Ebola.

    Today Epidemic Hazard Nepal Capital City, Kathmandu Damage level Details

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

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

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

    Description
    Five children in South Waziristan have died from measles during the past week, an official said. “Non-availability of measles vaccines has become a big problem and if the desired vaccines were not made available, the situation could slip out of hand,” Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan, agency surgeon, told Central Asia Online August 3. Measles has affected about 400 children, of whom about 100 were hospitalised, he said. He warned of an outbreak throughout the agency if medics failed to immunise children immediately. Letters regarding the unavailability of measles vaccine have gone to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) directorate of health, he said, expressing hope the vaccine would become available in a few days. The Taliban have refused to allow polio vaccination in areas of South Waziristan they control, endangering more than 157,000 children below age 5, he said. The directorate has received the agency surgeon’s letter and is sending vaccines to South Waziristan, FATA Health Director Dr. Fawad Khan said. “We have also started vaccination in Mohmand, Bajaur and Khyber agencies, where measles had killed several children besides sending hundreds to hospitals,” he said.
    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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    New Swine Flu Outbreak Worries CDC

    12 Infected by Pigs in Last Week; No Ongoing Human Spread So Far
    By
    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    Aug. 3, 2012 — With 16 new human cases in the last three weeks — 12 in the last week alone — an outbreak of a variant strain of swine flu is giving CDC officials the jitters.

    What worries officials is that the new flu, officially called variant type A H3N2 or H3N2v, carries the M gene from the human H1N1 pandemic flu bug. This gene makes it easier for flu bugs to infect humans and spread among them.

    The first human case was detected in July 2011. Since then there have been 29 reported cases, although more cases likely have gone unreported.

    “Since the fall of 2011 there has been a big increase in these types of infections,” Joseph Bresee, MD, of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said at a news conference held to announce the new cases. “All 29 cases have had H3N2v with the M gene of pandemic H1N1. This may confer increased transmissibility to and among humans.”

    Last year, three people caught the bug from another person. As far as the CDC can tell, that hasn’t happened this year. And there’s been no sustained spread of the new swine flu bug among people.

    All the cases so far had contact with pigs. Most cases have been children who came into contact with infected pigs at state fairs. Ten of this week’s new cases were in Ohio. One was in Indiana and another was in Hawaii.

    According to Lisa Ferguson of the USDA, the virus has been detected in pigs in 11 states.

    Flu is common among pigs, and every year a few people catch a swine flu bug. But this new swine flu looks different.

    “We have detected cases of this virus with increasing frequency,” Bresee said. “We expect further cases of human infection, either with contact with swine or from limited human-to-human spread. We expect some of the cases will be severe.”

    H3N2v Swine Flu Symptoms

    Fortunately, the new flu hasn’t been more serious than seasonal flu. The symptoms are the same: fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, and headaches. Everyone infected so far this year got better without having to be hospitalized. Last year there were three hospitalizations, all in people with underlying conditions known to increase risk of severe flu. There have been no deaths.

    Current flu drugs should be just as effective against the new swine flu as against seasonal flu. However, current flu vaccines do not protect against the new swine flu. A vaccine has been produced, and Bresee says it soon will be tested in clinical trials.

    Is this the beginning of a new flu pandemic? Maybe. Maybe not. Flu is among the most unpredictable of viruses. H3N2v could become a pandemic virus this year, in 20 years, or never.

    Flu spreads through disability centers

    A fatal influenza outbreak at two Hunter disability centers is continuing to spread, with more people contracting the illness.

    Already three deaths have been reported at Newcastle’s Stockton Center and the Kanangra Center at Morisset over the past week.

    Another five people were diagnosed with a respiratory illness yesterday and tests are expected to confirm they have succumbed to H3N2 strain which would make a total of 56 cases at the two centers.

    Both centers remain in lockdown with strict infection controls now in place for the 450 residents.

    Hunter New England Health is urging people with flu like symptoms not to visit hospitals or aged care facilities.

    The Health network says a daily assessment is being made of the residents.

     

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    Solar Activity

    2MIN News August 3, 2012: Quakes, Weather, Sun, Planets

    Published on Aug 3, 2012 by

    TODAY’S LINKS
    Aerosols: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78742
    Syria: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/03/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8610SH20120803

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Space

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

    Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
    (2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
    (2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
    (2006 EC) 06th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
    (2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 3 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
    (2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
    (2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
    277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
    (2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
    (2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
    37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
    (2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
    4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
    (2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
    (2006 CV) 20th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
    (2012 EC) 20th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
    162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 17 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
    (2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 17 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
    (2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 20 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
    1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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    Astronomers detect cries of a dying star

    By Stuart Gary for Science Online

    For the first time astronomers have detected the last gasps of a star being torn apart by a previously dormant giant black hole.

    The signals, which came from a galaxy 3.9 billion light years away, were x-rays generated by matter heated to millions of degrees and torn apart as material from the star crosses the black hole’s event horizon.

    Known as quasi-periodic oscillations, they are a characteristic feature of stellar black holes, which have about 10 times the mass of the Sun.

    Dr Rubens Reis from the University of Michigan is the lead author of the paper published today in the journal Science.

    Dr Reis says the findings confirm the constancy of black hole physics.

    “This is telling us that the same physical phenomenon we observe in stellar mass black holes is also happening in black holes a million times the mass of the Sun, and in black holes that were previously asleep,” he said.

    Dr Reis and colleagues first detected the event with NASA’s Swift Gamma Ray Burst Telescope last year, but did not pick up the oscillations at that time.

    The blips in the signals were detected in follow-up observations using the joint Japanese-NASA Suzaku and the European Space Agency ZMM-Newton orbiting X-ray observatories.

    “You can think of it as hearing the star scream as it gets devoured,” said University of Michigan astronomy professor Jon Miller, who co-authored the paper.

    The oscillating signal repeats at a characteristic frequency, which would sound like an ultra-low D sharp.

    On the edge

    The oscillations were occurring once every 200 seconds, meaning the stellar material was orbiting less than 9.3 million kilometres from the centre of the black hole.

    “Our discovery opens the possibility of studying orbits close to black holes that are very distant,” Professor Miller said.

    Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorne from the University of Sydney says it is the closest we have ever seen material to the event horizon of a distant super-massive black hole.

    “If this material was any closer, it would pass beyond the event horizon and you presumably wouldn’t see it,” Professor Bland-Hawthorne said.

    “This is where the effects of general relativity become extreme.”

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    Earth

    Scientists probe link between magnetic polarity reversal and mantle processes

    by Staff Writers
    Liverpool UK (SPX)


    File image.

    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that variations in the long-term reversal rate of the Earth’s magnetic field may be caused by changes in heat flow from the Earth’s core into the base of the overlying mantle.

    The Earth is made up of a solid inner core, surrounded by a liquid outer core, in turn covered by a thicker or more viscous mantle, and ultimately by the solid crust beneath our feet.

    The magnetic field is generated by the motions of the liquid iron alloy in the outer core, approximately 3,000 km beneath the Earth’s crust. These motions occur because the core is losing heat to the overlying solid mantle that extends up to the crust on which we live.

    The mantle itself is also in motion but at much slower speeds of millimetres per year as opposed to millimetres per second in the core. This mantle motion is responsible for the drifting of the continents at the surface as well as earthquakes, volcanoes, and changes in the climate over millions of years.

    At intervals of hundreds of thousands of years, the North and South magnetic poles reverse and scientists can tell from rock formations precisely at what periods in the past this took place. The most recent reversal happened 780,000 years ago.

    Magnetic field variations happen on timescales of months to millions of years. Much of the magnetic field’s variation is thought to be sporadic but new research, led by Liverpool scientists, has found that over long timescales, this variability may be related to the changing pattern of heat loss across the core-mantle boundary occurring over millions of years.

    The team performed a detailed synthesis based on latest findings from a number of different areas including the ancient geomagnetic field and its record in rocks, motions in the mantle caused by motions of the continents and the process responsible for generating the magnetic field in the core.

    Dr Andrew Biggin, from the University’s School of Environmental Sciences, said: “The magnetic field has undergone big changes in its behaviour that might be due to the mantle’s controlling influence on the core.

    In particular, we focused on the time interval between around 200 and 80 million years ago – when dinosaurs were still around – when the magnetic field initially started reversing its polarity very frequently. During this period the polarity was reversing up to 10 times every million years; however 50 million years later, it stopped reversing altogether for nearly 40 million years.

    “When these changes in the magnetic field were taking place, the whole of the Earth’s crust and mantle, including all of the continents, were undergoing a big rotation with respect to the geographic and time-averaged geomagnetic poles – the points defining the Earth’s axis of rotation.

    “We suspect that this process, called True Polar Wander and caused by the changing density distribution in the mantle, will have changed the pattern of heat flowing out of the core in such a manner as to cause the magnetic field to first become less stable, with lots of reversals, and then become much more stable – and stop reversing.”

    The team believes this may not be the only explanation and conjecture that this big drop in the frequency of reversals may also be related to a similar decrease in the number of ‘large igneous provinces’ (LIPs) or concentrated outpourings of magma from the Earth’s core, 50 million years later.

    The last LIP happened around 16 million years ago and produced the Columbia Plateau in the North West US. LIPs are thought to be produced by hot plumes of material rising from thermal instabilities near the bottom boundary of the mantle.

    The team believes the 50 million year time lag between the magnetic field changing and the occurrence of the LIPs could represent the time it takes for the plumes to travel 2,890 km through the mantle.

    If this link were correct it would mean that the rather unstable magnetic field observed in the last 50 million years predicts that a considerable number of LIPs will erupt over the next 50 million years. This in turn could have major implications for the surface conditions – for climate and for life itself.

    The research, published in Nature Geoscience, is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, GFZ Potsdam, IPGP Paris, the University of Oslo and Utrecht University. Future research at Liverpool, is planned and already underway to develop a new tool for understanding the Earth’s system.

    Related Links
    University of Liverpool
    Tectonic Science and News

    Today Biological Hazard Japan Multiple areas, [Ise Bay (Ise-wan)] Damage level Details

    Biological Hazard in Japan on Saturday, 04 August, 2012 at 04:02 (04:02 AM) UTC.

    Description
    Large numbers of jellyfish have been swarming near nine thermal power plants on Ise Bay. Chubu Electric Power Co. estimates that there are close to 24,000 tons of the sea creatures swimming around the area, twice the usual level and the second-most recorded in the past decade. Measures are being taken to ensure the jellyfish don’t clog the power plants’ water intakes and disrupt their operations. Chubu Electric launched a research project in 1999 to predict the number of jellyfish in Ise Bay. They discovered that most jellyfish larvae transform into polyps in three major areas: near the port of Nagoya; along the coast of the Chita Peninsula from Tokoname to Morozaki, Minamichita, in Aichi Prefecture; and along the coast of the Shima Peninsula from Matsusaka to Toba in Mie Prefecture. Every winter, the research group collects samples of polyps and compares them with past results to predict how many larvae will develop into adult jellyfish in the following year. Last winter’s findings indicated the number this year would be 1.5 to 1.8 times higher than usual. “We don’t know the reason why the number is so high this year, but we need to monitor the situation closely,” said Minoru Hamada, 46, an assistant project manager in Chubu Electric’s technology development department.If jellyfish block the water intake, a power plant can’t draw enough water from the sea to cool the steam used to turn the turbine, and the plant has to reduce its electricity output. Each plant has adopted various measures, including putting up nets, to stop the jellyfish from swimming too close, but this is only effective when dealing with small numbers. It is not enough to prevent large amounts of jellyfish from swimming in all at once. The number of jellyfish near the thermal power plants usually peaks in July, August and September. However, this year they started gathering around the plants in May, resulting in reduced electricity output at three of the plants for a total of nine days. They were the Hekinan plant in Hekinan, Aichi Prefecture, the Shin-Nagoya plant in Nagoya and the Kawagoe plant in Kawagoe, Mie Prefecture. It’s a pressing problem for Chubu Electric because it has become increasingly dependent on thermal energy since its Hamaoka nuclear plant has been shut down over quake and tsunami fears. “The effect of the jellyfish isn’t fully known yet, but it can have a serious impact on electricity output if they keep increasing, especially during this season when there is high electricity demand,” a Chubu Electric official said. “We need to monitor the jellyfish further and take actions swiftly if necessary.”
    Biohazard name: Jellyfish invasion
    Biohazard level: 0/4 —
    Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
    Symptoms:
    Status: confirmed

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    Biological Hazards / Wildlife

    New bat virus related to deadly Hendra discovered

    Australian researchers have discovered a new bat virus they describe as a close relative to the hendra virus.

    Cells infected with Hendra virus. Cells infected with Cedar virus. © CSIRO

    They say the new virus could help shed light on how Hendra and related Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans. Hendra is able to infect horses and, in seven known cases, people have caught the infection from horses. Four of them died as a result.

    The new virus is named Cedar after the Queensland location where it was discovered.

    Initial studies by scientists with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have discovered one surprising key difference – the Cedar virus does not cause illness in several animal species normally susceptible to Hendra and Nipah.

    However, they say it is still too early to rule out the possibility that Cedar virus may cause illness and death in horses or other animals.

    The new discovery had significant potential implications for protecting animals and humans from the Hendra and Nipah viruses. This tantalising difference may help scientists understand how to better manage and control its deadly cousins.

    The findings have been announced today in the journal, PLoS Pathogens, published by the Public Library of Science.

    Gary Crameri, a research scientist with the bat virus team at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Victoria, said the new discovery had significant potential implications for protecting animals and humans from the Hendra and Nipah viruses.

    “The significance of discovering a new henipavirus that doesn’t cause disease is that it may help us narrow down what it is about the genetic makeup of viruses like Hendra and Nipah that does cause disease and death,” Crameri said.

     

    CSIRO’s Dr Glenn Marsh, research scientist on the Cedar virus discovery team, collecting samples from underneath a bat colony. © CSIRO

    “The more that we can learn about bat-borne viruses, the better chance we have of developing anti-virals and vaccines to help protect human health, Australia’s livestock industry and our export trade from the threat of current and emerging animal diseases.

    “Over 70 per cent of people and animals infected with Hendra and Nipah viruses die. This ranks henipaviruses amongst the deadliest viruses in existence, yet little is known about just how such viruses actually cause disease or death.”

    The discovery was a result of a close partnership with Biosecurity Queensland which played an important role by collecting and screening samples from bat colonies across Queensland.

    Dr Hume Field, of Biosecurity Queensland, said field work with bats was an essential part of research into identifying new viruses.

    “Bats are being implicated as the natural host of a growing number of viruses in Australia and overseas, yet they appear to tolerate infection themselves, making bat research increasingly important.”

    Bats have been identified as playing a role in the spread of viruses including Ebola, Marburg, SARS and Melaka, yet they are an essential part of a diverse ecosystem through their role as pollinators, seed dispersers and insect regulators.

    The discovery is part of ongoing research by CSIRO to target diseases that threaten animals, people and the environment and is part of CSIRO’s wider biosecurity effort. It follows CSIRO’s development towards a horse vaccine against Hendra virus.

    » More on Hendra virus

     

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    Earthquakes

     

    RSOE EDIS

     

     

    Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
    02.08.2012 10:50:36 2.0 North America United States California Oceanside VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 10:10:27 2.4 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 11:15:51 2.5 Europe Greece Peloponnese Areopolis VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 10:10:47 2.0 Europe Italy The Marches Gualdo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 10:11:09 5.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Maluku Tual VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 09:55:33 5.4 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Maluku Tual VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 10:30:32 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Vieques Esperanza VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 10:11:28 2.0 Asia Turkey ?zmir Cumaovasi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 10:11:49 3.8 Middle-East Iran F?rs Nurabad VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 09:10:21 3.1 Europe Greece Peloponnese Marathopolis VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 09:10:50 4.0 Europe Poland Lower Silesian Voivodeship Michalow VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 09:11:11 2.5 Europe Greece Peloponnese Vytina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 09:11:33 2.0 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 09:11:55 2.2 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 08:20:27 3.1 North America United States Alaska Nikiski VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 08:15:58 2.9 North America United States California Wofford Heights There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 08:35:46 3.4 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 08:36:06 4.8 North America United States Alaska Atka VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 09:12:16 4.9 North-America United States Alaska Atka VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 08:05:21 2.7 Europe Czech Republic Chotebuz VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 08:16:20 4.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 09:12:38 4.5 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 08:10:40 5.2 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
    02.08.2012 08:05:45 4.8 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 07:40:34 4.8 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 08:06:03 4.5 Australia & New-Zealand New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 07:35:33 4.5 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Gisborne Ruatoria VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 08:06:23 4.2 Middle-East Kuwait Al ‘??imah Kuwait VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 09:13:00 4.9 Middle-East Yemen ?a?ramawt Kilmia VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 06:05:21 5.5 Indonesian Archipelago Papua New Guinea Bougainville Panguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 05:35:30 5.5 Indonesian archipelago Papua New Guinea Bougainville Panguna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 07:00:31 3.0 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Road Town VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 06:05:41 2.4 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 05:01:01 3.0 Europe Bosnia and Herzegovina Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Glamoc VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSCitaly Details
    02.08.2012 03:10:28 2.1 North America United States California Yucca Valley There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 02:55:20 2.3 Europe Italy Sicily Saponara Villafranca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 02:55:42 3.2 Asia Turkey Manisa Akhisar There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 02:56:05 2.2 Europe Italy Calabria Bovalino Superiore VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 02:56:26 4.7 South-America Argentina Salta San Antonio de los Cobres There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 02:56:46 2.3 Europe France Centre Le Louroux VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 01:55:19 2.1 Asia Turkey Mu?la Datca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 01:55:45 2.0 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 01:56:04 2.0 Europe Italy Sicily Panarea There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 01:56:23 2.5 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 01:56:41 3.2 South-America Chile Región Metropolitana Melipilla VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 00:30:27 2.0 North America United States California Anza VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 00:20:50 4.7 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Khonsa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
    02.08.2012 00:50:25 4.8 Asia India Arun?chal Pradesh Khonsa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 00:50:47 2.3 Europe Italy Emilia-Romagna San Prospero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
    02.08.2012 00:51:04 2.4 Asia Turkey ?zmir Foca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

     

     

     

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    6 quakes in last week off southern Oregon coast

    By KCBY News  
    6 quakes in last week off southern Oregon coast

    GOLD BEACH, Ore. – Six earthquakes between magnitude 1.6 and 2.1 rumbled under the ocean less than 20 miles off the Oregon Coast in the last week, according to U.S. Geologic Survey records.

    The most recent – and most powerful – hit early Tuesday morning.

    And two quakes over 4.0 shook last week about 240 miles off Bandon.

    Small quakes hit Oregon on a regular basis, both on and off coast.

    Last Thursday, for example, a magnitude 1.4 shook 8 miles northeast of Springfield, and a 1.5 magnitude earthquake rumbled 11 miles east of Woodburn just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

    But for residents of the Oregon Coast, earthquakes – and the tsunamis they can trigger – have taken on renewed importance since March 2011.

    The earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan last year caused damage on the Oregon Coast and continue to deliver debris to Northwest beaches.

    The USGS told KCBY News that the recent swarm of quakes pose little tsunami risk. The plates involved move sideways instead of up and down, and earthquakes under magnitude 6 are not likely to generate tsunamis.

     

     

     

     

    Alpine faults show new evidence for regular magnitude 8 earthquakes

    by Staff Writers
    Reno NV (SPX)


    University of Nevada – Reno seismologist Glenn Biasi spent eight days in the dense forests on the western side of the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand to study the Alpine Fault, among the world’s longest, straightest and fastest moving plate boundary faults. Photo courtesy University of Nevada, Reno. Credit: Photo courtesy University of Nevada, Reno.

    A new study published in the prestigious journal Science, co-authored by University of Nevada, Reno’s Glenn Biasi and colleagues at GNS Science in New Zealand, finds that very large earthquakes have been occurring relatively regularly on the Alpine Fault along the southwest coastline of New Zealand for at least 8,000 years.

    The Alpine Fault is the most hazardous fault on the South Island of New Zealand, and about 80 miles northwest of the South Island’s main city of Christchurch.

    The team developed evidence for 22 earthquakes at the Hokuri Creek site, which, with two additional from nearby, led to the longest continuous earthquake record in the world for a major plate boundary fault.

    The team established that the Alpine Fault causes, on average, earthquakes of around a magnitude 8 every 330 years. Previous data put the intervals at about 485 years.

    Relative motion of Australian and Pacific plates across the Alpine Fault averages almost an inch per year. This motion builds up, and then is released suddenly in large earthquakes.

    The 530-mile-long fault is among the longest, straightest and fastest moving plate boundary faults in the world. More than 23 feet of potential slip has accumulated in the 295 years since the most recent event in A.D. 1717.

    Biasi, working with the GNS Science team led by Kelvin Berryman, used paleoseismology to extend the known seismic record from 1000 years ago to 8,000 years ago. They estimated earthquake dates by combining radiocarbon dating leaves, small twigs and marsh plants with geologic and other field techniques.

    “Our study sheds new light on the frequency and size of earthquakes on the Alpine Fault. Earthquakes have been relatively periodic, suggesting that this may be a more general property of simple plate boundary faults worldwide,” Biasi, of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory said.

    “By comparison, large earthquakes on California’s San Andreas Fault have been less regular in size and timing.”

    “Knowing the average rate of earthquakes is useful, but is only part of the seismic hazard equation,” he said.

    “If they are random in time, then the hazard does not depend on how long it has been since the most recent event.

    “Alpine Fault earthquakes are more regular in their timing, allowing us to use the time since the last earthquake to adjust the hazard estimate. We estimate the 50-year probability of a large Alpine fault earthquake to be about 27 percent.”

    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake centered near Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, caused extensive damage to buildings on Sept. 2, 2010, and no deaths.

    On Feb. 22, 2011, a triggered aftershock measuring magnitude 6.3, with one of the strongest ground motions ever recorded worldwide in an urban area, struck the city killing 185 people.

    Among other seismic work, Biasi has conducted research on earthquake recurrence on the San Andreas Fault and is a contributor to the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast-3 project, which is developing earthquake probabilities for the California Earthquake Authority. He is a research associate professor in the College of Science’s Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.

    Related Links
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    Volcanic Activity

    By Kerri S. Mabee,

    The Santa Rosa Plateau ‘Volcano’ fire (Daniel Lane)

    Updated @ 4 p.m.: The fire has grown to 400 acres and is reported to be 20 percent contained, according to a Riverside County Fire Department report.

    Updated @ 3:02 p.m.: According to a Riverside County Fire Department report, the fire has progressed to 225 acres.

    No evacuations have been reported, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Geoff Green.

    Sgt. Green, who said Sheriff’s Department officials were at the scene in the event that evacuations were ordered, said, “Cal Fire has done a great job of knocking this down as much as possible.”

    No injuries have been reported at this time.

    Updated @ 2:41 p.m.: Reports on scene are that some homes in the area are threatened and that evacuations are underway.

    Updated @ 1:36 p.m.: Riverside County Fire Department officials report that the fire has spread to 200 acres and is less than 5 percent contained.

    Check out more video here: Dramatic video shows Volcano fire devastation

    Updated @ 1:19 p.m.: Tenaja residents Janet and Warren Franks report that they are experiencing black smoke and can see flames in the distance.

    According to the Franks, no evacuation orders have yet been imposed but roads in the area have been blocked off.

    The residents do not believe their home is in jeopardy at this time.

    Video of Volcano fire in Santa Rosa Plateau courtesy of Daniel Lane:

    Updated @ 12:56p.m.: Riverside County Fire Department officials have reported that the fire has scorched 100 acres in the city of La Cresta and is now being managed along with United States Forest Service (Cleveland).

    Original: Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department first responders are on the scene of a vegetation fire burning at Tenaja Road and Via Volcano in De Luz, it was reported today.

    The Santa Rosa Plateau ‘Volcano’ fire (Daniel Lane)

    As of noon, the blaze had consumed 15 acres at a moderate rate of spread, according to a Riverside County Fire Department report.

    No injuries or evacuations have been reported at this time.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    This is a developing story. Check back with SWRNN for more details as they come available.

    *Stephanie D. Schulte contributed to this report.

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    31.07.2012 Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level
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    Heat Wave in Japan on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC.

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    Updated: Tuesday, 31 July, 2012 at 08:36 UTC
    Description
    The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 16 people died and 8,670 were taken to hospital due to heatstroke in the week of July 23-29. Temperatures have remained high across the nation for 10 days in a row as a high pressure system lingers over Japan. The mercury has topped 35 degrees in more than 110 locations across Japan each day, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Of the number of people taken to hospital, 3,717 were aged 65 or older, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. By prefecture, Aichi had the most number of heatstroke victims at 668. The Meteorological Agency said the heatwave is expected to continue at least until next Saturday.

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    01.08.2012 Heat Wave South Korea Capital City, Seoul Damage level
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    Heat Wave in South Korea on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 13:47 (01:47 PM) UTC.

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    The first heat wave warning was issued in Seoul Wednesday since the heat wave alarm system was adopted in 2008, according to the state’s weather agency. A heat wave advisory had been in effect in Seoul since last month but weather officials said it was replaced with the heat wave warning because the temperature had soared. The warning is issued if the temperature is expected to remain above 35 degrees Celsius for two or more consecutive days. From July 22 through 30, temperatures remained above 30 degrees Celsius across the nation. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) also issued a warning in some other cities in Gyeonggi, Chungcheong, and Jeolla provinces. The western part of the country is hotter because the wind that flows into the region gets heated while crossing Taebaek Mountains, according to the agency. Meanwhile, the number of people who have died from heat stroke or heat exhaustion has increased over the past few days. Police said six people between the ages of 50 to 70 died in July – five of them between July 24 and 30 when the country was sizzling in the heat wave. All died while working or staying outside. The number of people who have been hospitalized due to heat-related illnesses came to 366 as of Monday. During the past week patients increased exponentially as 211 out of the total 366 visited hospitals between Wednesday and Monday, according to the weather agency.

     

     

     

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    Record Tulsa temperatures may continue

    Map courtesy of Oklhoma Forestry Services

    Map courtesy of Oklhoma Forestry Services

    By Staff Reports

    Tulsa’s temperatures are rising and are showing no signs of letting up yet.

    The National Weather Service forecasts highs near 113 degrees this afternoon; 109 on Thursday; 107 on Friday; and 102 on Saturday for Tulsa.

    Highs are expected to finally sink to the 90s again by Sunday, when a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Tulsa.

    Tulsa reached its hottest temperature of the calendar year on Tuesday, 112 degrees. Tulsa finished the month of July with 1.38 inches of rain, almost 2 inches below normal for the month.

    Excessive heat warning

    The weather service extended its heat warning for northeast Oklahoma until 7 p.m. Friday.

    Counties under the warning are: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskgee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

    According to the weather service, these areas are expected to have high temperatures in the 105- to 115-degree range each afternoon, with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 70s. More urbanized areas in Tulsa County are expected to have overnight lows in the mid- to upper 80s.

    Burn bans still in effect

    County commissioners extended Tulsa County’s burn ban through next week.

    For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/burnban.

     

     

     

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    By Samantha Kramer, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer

    From a historically low number of tornadoes to exceptional drought and heat across much of the nation, July was a month of extremes.

    (Photo courtesy of Photos.com)

    The Tornado Drought

    In the United States, July 2012 saw one of the lowest numbers of tornadoes on record since 1951.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 12 “preliminary” tornadoes in the month of July, a number which usually drops after the administration investigates the actual counts. Last July, however, a total of 103 tornadoes were counted, which is even lower than the three-year average between 2009-2011 of 122 tornadoes.

    RELATED: Record Low July Tornadoes, but Not Winds

    The jet stream responsible for tornado-producing wind shear moved farther north into Canada. The result was a burst in tornado activity in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, which borders Montana and North Dakota.

    Canada’s official weather office Environment Canada reported between 26 and 31 tornadoes in Saskatchewan, more than double the province is used to seeing in July. On July 24, five tornadoes hit Saskatchewan in one day.

    The Haboob Hubbub

    A haboob is defined as a dust storm with strong winds created by a thunderstorm downburst.

    Phoenix, Ariz., has been hit by seven of these dirt storms in the 2012 summer, with five of them occurring in July. According to NOAA, the city experiences an average of three haboobs per year from June to September.

    The most recent haboob occurring just yesterday in Sun Lakes, Ariz., these storms can reduce visibility to near-zero.

    Because this summer is transiting into an El Nino, AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said the United States should experience a particularly “robust” monsoon season.

    More thunderstorm activity from an active monsoon season could be the fuel behind the fire of Phoenix’s haboobs.

    The Heat

    This July, 171 all-time high-temperature records were broken or tied throughout the country, according to NOAA.

    Additionally, a total of 4,313 daily highs and 299 monthly highs were matched or broken in July. Adding to June’s total of 4,100 records (daily, monthly and all-time combined) this summer is in the running to be the hottest ever recorded.

    RELATED: July is Over: Horrid Heat Numbers are In

    Along with the heat, much of the Great Plains struggled with drought conditions. In the “High Plains,” which the U.S. Drought Monitor denotes as Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas, 76 percent of the region was experiencing severe drought.

    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 56 percent of the contiguous United States are experiencing drought conditions, the most widely spread drought in the Monitor’s 12-year history.

    The Northwest was an exception: Alaska actually broke 43 daily-high precipitation records in July. Nome, Alaska, received almost triple the amount of normal rainfall for July and was 0.73 inches away from getting a month’s worth of rain in just one day. The state of Washington also broke or matched 73 daily-high precipitation records and 2 all-time high records.

     

     

     

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    Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the ‘new normal’

    by Staff Writers
    Corvallis OR (SPX)


    Pinyon pine forests near Los Alamos, N.M., had already begun to turn brown from drought stress in the image at left, in 2002, and another photo taken in 2004 from the same vantage point, at right, show them largely grey and dead. (Photo by Craig Allen, U.S. Geological Survey)

    The chronic drought that hit western North America from 2000 to 2004 left dying forests and depleted river basins in its wake and was the strongest in 800 years, scientists have concluded, but they say those conditions will become the “new normal” for most of the coming century. Such climatic extremes have increased as a result of global warming, a group of 10 researchers reported in Nature Geoscience. And as bad as conditions were during the 2000-04 drought, they may eventually be seen as the good old days.

    Climate models and precipitation projections indicate this period will actually be closer to the “wet end” of a drier hydroclimate during the last half of the 21st century, scientists said.

    Aside from its impact on forests, crops, rivers and water tables, the drought also cut carbon sequestration by an average of 51 percent in a massive region of the western United States, Canada and Mexico, although some areas were hit much harder than others. As vegetation withered, this released more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, with the effect of amplifying global warming.

    “Climatic extremes such as this will cause more large-scale droughts and forest mortality, and the ability of vegetation to sequester carbon is going to decline,” said Beverly Law, a co-author of the study, professor of global change biology and terrestrial systems science at Oregon State University, and former science director of AmeriFlux, an ecosystem observation network.

    “During this drought, carbon sequestration from this region was reduced by half,” Law said. “That’s a huge drop. And if global carbon emissions don’t come down, the future will be even worse.”

    This research was supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, and other agencies. The lead author was Christopher Schwalm at Northern Arizona University. Other collaborators were from the University of Colorado, University of California at Berkeley, University of British Columbia, San Diego State University, and other institutions.

    It’s not clear whether or not the current drought in the Midwest, now being called one of the worst since the Dust Bowl, is related to these same forces, Law said. This study did not address that, and there are some climate mechanisms in western North America that affect that region more than other parts of the country.

    But in the West, this multi-year drought was unlike anything seen in many centuries, based on tree ring data. The last two periods with drought events of similar severity were in the Middle Ages, from 977-981 and 1146-1151. The 2000-04 drought affected precipitation, soil moisture, river levels, crops, forests and grasslands.

    Ordinarily, Law said, the land sink in North America is able to sequester the equivalent of about 30 percent of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere by the use of fossil fuels in the same region. However, based on projected changes in precipitation and drought severity, scientists said that this carbon sink, at least in western North America, could disappear by the end of the century.

    “Areas that are already dry in the West are expected to get drier,” Law said. “We expect more extremes. And it’s these extreme periods that can really cause ecosystem damage, lead to climate-induced mortality of forests, and may cause some areas to convert from forest into shrublands or grassland.”

    During the 2000-04 drought, runoff in the upper Colorado River basin was cut in half. Crop productivity in much of the West fell 5 percent. The productivity of forests and grasslands declined, along with snowpacks. Evapotranspiration decreased the most in evergreen needleleaf forests, about 33 percent.

    The effects are driven by human-caused increases in temperature, with associated lower soil moisture and decreased runoff in all major water basins of the western U.S., researchers said in the study.

    Although regional precipitations patterns are difficult to forecast, researchers in this report said that climate models are underestimating the extent and severity of drought, compared to actual observations. They say the situation will continue to worsen, and that 80 of the 95 years from 2006 to 2100 will have precipitation levels as low as, or lower than, this “turn of the century” drought from 2000-04.

    “Towards the latter half of the 21st century the precipitation regime associated with the turn of the century drought will represent an outlier of extreme wetness,” the scientists wrote in this study.

    These long-term trends are consistent with a 21st century “megadrought,” they said.

    Related Links
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    Climate Science News – Modeling, Mitigation Adaptation

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    Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
    Saola (10W) Pacific Ocean 28.07.2012 02.08.2012 Typhoon I. 0 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 4.88 m JTWC Details

     

     

     

     

     

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    Storm name: Saola (10W)
    Area: Pacific Ocean
    Start up location: N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000
    Start up: 28th July 2012
    Status: 01st January 1970
    Track long: 1,374.13 km
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    28th Jul 2012 05:07:30 N 14° 24.000, E 127° 6.000 17 46 65 Tropical Depression 325 14 JTWC
    29th Jul 2012 05:07:02 N 17° 48.000, E 125° 48.000 15 74 93 Tropical Storm 340 16 JTWC
    29th Jul 2012 10:07:25 N 18° 24.000, E 125° 48.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 340 8 JTWC
    30th Jul 2012 04:07:32 N 20° 0.000, E 124° 48.000 13 102 130 Tropical Storm 345 14 JTWC
    30th Jul 2012 10:07:58 N 20° 0.000, E 125° 0.000 2 120 148 Typhoon I. 45 9 JTWC
    31st Jul 2012 05:07:36 N 20° 54.000, E 124° 6.000 4 102 130 Tropical Storm 300 8 JTWC
    31st Jul 2012 11:07:41 N 21° 6.000, E 124° 24.000 9 120 148 Typhoon I. 10 10 JTWC
    01st Aug 2012 05:08:57 N 22° 48.000, E 123° 36.000 7 157 194 Typhoon II. 345 17 JTWC
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    02nd Aug 2012 10:32:34 N 33° 48.000, E 122° 12.000 39 139 167 Typhoon I. 300 ° 16 JTWC
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    03rd Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 28° 0.000, E 117° 0.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 JTWC
    03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 42.000, E 119° 0.000 Tropical Storm 102 130 JTWC
    04th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 28° 54.000, E 114° 42.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC

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    Damrey (11W) Pacific Ocean 29.07.2012 02.08.2012 Typhoon I. 295 ° 120 km/h 167 km/h 5.49 m JTWC Details

     

     

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    Storm name: Damrey (11W)
    Area: Pacific Ocean
    Start up location: N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000
    Start up: 29th July 2012
    Status: 01st January 1970
    Track long: 1,338.21 km
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    Report by: JTWC
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    29th Jul 2012 05:07:50 N 26° 0.000, E 145° 18.000 6 56 74 Tropical Depression 270 6 JTWC
    29th Jul 2012 10:07:12 N 26° 0.000, E 145° 24.000 13 56 74 Tropical Depression 260 14 JTWC
    30th Jul 2012 04:07:12 N 25° 30.000, E 145° 6.000 7 74 93 Tropical Storm 255 8 JTWC
    30th Jul 2012 10:07:26 N 25° 54.000, E 144° 42.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 300 8 JTWC
    31st Jul 2012 05:07:01 N 28° 6.000, E 140° 36.000 37 65 83 Tropical Storm 280 18 JTWC
    31st Jul 2012 11:07:12 N 28° 42.000, E 138° 48.000 30 83 102 Tropical Storm 295 16 JTWC
    01st Aug 2012 05:08:54 N 30° 6.000, E 132° 42.000 37 111 139 Tropical Storm 285 20 JTWC
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    02nd Aug 2012 05:08:41 N 32° 42.000, E 124° 24.000 39 120 167 Typhoon I. 295 ° 18 JTWC
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    03rd Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 34° 12.000, E 115° 12.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
    03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 34° 12.000, E 118° 6.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 JTWC

     

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    AL05 Atlantic Ocean 02.08.2012 02.08.2012 Tropical Depression 285 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 4.88 m NHC Details

     

     

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    Storm name: AL05
    Area: Atlantic Ocean
    Start up location: N 12° 36.000, W 50° 36.000
    Start up: 02nd August 2012
    Status: Active
    Track long: 0.00 km
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    02nd Aug 2012 12:00:28 N 12° 48.000, W 52° 36.000 33 56 74 Tropical Depression 280 ° 20 1008 MB NHC
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    03rd Aug 2012 12:00:00 N 14° 12.000, W 59° 18.000 Tropical Storm 83 102 NHC
    03rd Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 13° 36.000, W 56° 6.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 NHC
    04th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 42.000, W 62° 30.000 Tropical Storm 93 111 NHC
    05th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 48.000, W 68° 30.000 Tropical Storm 102 120 NHC
    06th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 16° 48.000, W 74° 18.000 Tropical Storm 111 139 NHC
    07th Aug 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 48.000, W 78° 42.000 Hurricane I. 120 148 NHC

     

     

     

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    Today Tropical Storm Taiwan Multiple Regions, [Northern areas] Damage level
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    Tropical Storm in Taiwan on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 05:14 (05:14 AM) UTC.

    Description
    A slow-moving typhoon spawning torrential rains slammed into eastern Taiwan early Thursday, flooding farmlands, disrupting transportation and turning the normally bustling capital of Taipei into a ghost town. The storm made landfall near the eastern coastal city of Hualien just before daybreak, before veering northward and hugging the coast. It was expected to pass near the northern port city of Keelung and skirt the Taipei suburbs by midday. Packing sustained winds of 118 km/h and gusts of 155 km/h, Saola’s slow speed — only 12 km/h — made it a virtual certainty that the heavy rains inundating northern Taiwan for the past 48 hours would continue through the weekend. That raised the prospect of potentially devastating flooding in areas that have already absorbed more than 1,000 millimeters of rain since Tuesday. Authorities ordered offices and businesses closed throughout northern Taiwan, including in Taipei. Normally busy streets in the capital were deserted during the morning rush hour, as cleanup crews laboured to clear them of hundreds of trees and branches felled during the night by Saola’s ferocious approach. Television footage showed hectare upon hectare of flooded farmland in low-lying coastal areas, punctuated by scenes of raging rivers and roads blocked by mudslides in the island’s mountainous centre. The Defence Ministry mobilized 48,000 soldiers to help mitigate the storm’s impact, dispatching many to help hard-pressed farmers try to save threatened fruit and vegetable harvests. Dozens of flights were cancelled at Taipei’s main international airport, and rail transport throughout the island was disrupted.

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    01.08.2012 Storm Surge Philippines Province of Agusan del Norte, [Butuan Bay ] Damage level
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    Storm Surge in Philippines on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 12:58 (12:58 PM) UTC.

    Description
    At least 63 fishermen either survived or were rescued from a smashing big wave at dawn on Wednesday in Butuan Bay in Agusan del Norte, many of them who were alerted tying themselves at their boats as lifelines. Rescue workers said, however, that the number could still rise as survivors told them of other fishermen floating at the distance. They also said they could not identify who the other fishermen were and where they came from. Ryan Osores, 33, said all six fishermen from his group of six small fishing boats reached ashore Barangay 10 of Buenavista town, at 8 a.m., four hours after a rogue big wave smashed through the fishing boats that scattered off Butuan Bay. He said they spread their nets shortly after the moon disappeared from the horizon at 4 a.m. Moments later, all were surprised by a big wave that rammed through their boats. Though pitched dark, he was able to spot another fisherman, Julius Montebon, from Purok 3, also of Barangay 10, already standing atop a capsized boat and waving for help. “I told him not to mind his net anymore and save himself,” he said. All of them steered through the waves to reach shore. Marife N. Rosales, training officer at the Butuan City Search and Rescue Team (Busart), said many sustained only minor bruises and three complained of elevated blood pressure, with one of them, Norman Tirona, 35, rushed to the Buenavista clinic nearby.

    The Busart rescuers said 29 fishermen came from Barangay 10, seven from Barangay Tinago and 26 from Manapa. Other fishermen from these villages rushed to the mid sea to rescue them, many of whom did not leave the scene until they have secured their fishing nets. Osores and five others were the first ashore at 8 a.m. but the others were able to come back at 10 a.m. The seven others who were earlier declared missing were located alive by midafternoon of the same day. A Swedish national, who resided at the coast of Barangay 10, said he pitied the fishermen in the place for going to sea without life vests. “It’s disheartening to see them leave for the deep sea with vests, when it could definitely save them,” he said, but requesting not to be named. He said he was a fisherman also but used big fishing boats that would sometimes take them to the waters off Norway.  “I’ve seen friends and known fishermen who were lost to sea. With a vest, they could survive at least another hour in the frigid waters, but here, locals could survive for days with a life vest,” he said. “It’s crazy, but there must [be] a law that should require fishermen to put on a life vest,” he said.

     

     

     

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    Today Tornado Vietnam Bac Lieu Province, [The area was not defined.] Damage level
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    Tornado in Vietnam on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:29 (03:29 AM) UTC.

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    Freak tornadoes swept through three southern provinces early yesterday killing two people, injuring about 75 others and destroying nearly 700 homes. Thousands of people are reported to have been left homeless by the high-speed storms, which lasted for less than half an hour each. In Bac Lieu Province, a tornado took one life and injured another 12. Bac Lieu province have sent rescue forces to help the victims. Head of the Bac Lieu flood and storm control steering committee Lai Thanh An said that in two districts, Phuoc Long and Hong Dan, more than 200 houses were severely damaged by the wind. Earlier reports said that 50 homes in the province had also been totally destroyed. He said that in Phu Dong commune, 60 houses were damaged. The exact damage to farming in the province is still being assessed.

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    Today Tornado Vietnam Soc Trang Province, [The area was not defined.] Damage level
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    Tornado in Vietnam on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:27 (03:27 AM) UTC.

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    Freak tornadoes swept through three southern provinces early yesterday killing two people, injuring about 75 others and destroying nearly 700 homes. Thousands of people are reported to have been left homeless by the high-speed storms, which lasted for less than half an hour each. In Soc Trang Province, residents reported that two tornadoes struck in one hour, killing one resident and injuring about 59 others. According to preliminary reports, Soc Trang suffered the worst damage. A total of 110 houses were completely destroyed and another 226 damaged, said a spokesman for the Soc Trang People’s Committee. One family in Soc Trang who lost a family member will receive VND4.5 million (US$210) from the Government, while those injured will receive VND3 million ($140).

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    01.08.2012 Tornado USA State of Virginia, [Accomack County] Damage level
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    Tornado in USA on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 18:31 (06:31 PM) UTC.

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    While several residents in the Accomack County area reported a tornado formed Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service has yet to declare a tornado actually formed. A tornado warning is issued if a tornado has been spotted or conditions are favorable for one to form. The NWS issued a tornado warning for Accomack County after residents captured a funnel cloud on camera. A marine warning was also issued for the Eastern Shore area, after a strong line of thunderstorms continued to move through. Those storms produced winds of 34 knots. “Thunderstorms can produce sudden waterspouts,” the NWS said. “Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create locally hazardous seas. Seek safe harbor immediately.” In the event of a tornado warning, residents are urged to take cover immediately and stay away from windows. Get into the lowest point of your home. Those in mobile homes and vehicles should seek other shelter.

     

     

     

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    Tornado in Colorado mountains is 2nd highest on record

    Courtesy Josh Deere

    The tornado that touched down on Colorado’s Mount Evans last weekend is the second-highest ever recorded by the National Weather Service.

    By Vignesh Ramachandran

    A twister that touched down in Colorado’s high-country on Saturday is estimated to be the second-highest tornado ever recorded in the U.S. by the National Weather Service.

    There were four different reported sightings of the high-altitude hit the northeast side of Mount Evans — a prominent mountain located about 60 miles west of Denver. The National Weather Service estimates the tornado’s touched down at about  11,900 feet in elevation.

    Bob Glancy, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder, Colo., told NBC News that this tornado above the treeline is “not unheard of,” but “just unusual.” Most tornadoes in high terrain are weak, he said.

    For the last two decades, Colorado has averaged 50 tornadoes a year. But Glancy said the “vast majority” occur on the plains east of Interstate 25.

    Colorado Springs resident Josh Deere told The Denver Post he saw the funnel as he was driving with his family to the top of Mount Evans.

    “As we drove past it, we were able to look back and had some spectacular views of it as it spun and then eventually broke up as it entered the mountain cove,” Deere told the Post.

    The highest recorded tornado occurred in 2004, according to Glancy, over Rockwell Pass in California’s Sequoia National Park. That twister was estimated to be at 12,000 to 12,500 feet.

    « A dust storm rolls into an Arizona town on July 21.
    (marksontak)

    Once considered to be once-in-100-year events, giant dust storms are pounding the U.S. state of Arizona. In a summer of excessive heat and extreme drought, this is not good news.

    Since June, five dust storms have plagued Arizona’s famous valley area. On July 29, Phoenix looked more like Saharan Africa than the well-manicured American Southwest. A massive dust cloud, referred to as a haboob—an Arabic word meaning strong wind—blanketed the metropolitan area. The cloud was 2,000 feet tall and nearly 60 miles wide.

    Although not the largest dust storm to hit the area, tree limbs and power poles were snapped, causing 9,000 homes to lose power. The Sky Harbor Airport was shut down for 20 minutes.

    These huge dust storms form during the monsoon season that runs from June until the end of September. They are so destructive because of the fine dust particles that manage to permeate everywhere during the storm.

    According to experts, these storms are becoming more frequent. It is not just the big storms that pose problems. Phoenix experienced three dust storms in a row the last week of July—which is considered very rare. USA Today stated: “This means more deadly accidents, more harmful pollution and more health problems for people breathing in the irritating dust particles.”

    The potential health threats from the storms are far more serious than just breathing in irritating dust particles. The fine dust can carry a poisonous mix of fungi, heavy metals from pollution, fertilizers, stockyard fecal matter, chemicals and bacteria, which can cause cardiovascular disease, eye diseases and other illnesses such as valley fever.

    Valley fever, caused by the Coccidioides fungus present in desert soil, can be fatal. Valley fever is contracted when desert soil is thrown into the air and breathed in. Arizona has 70 percent of the valley fever cases reported nationally. The cases of valley fever in Arizona were up by 36 percent in Arizona between 2010 and 2011.

    It was in July 2011 that the largest dust storm ever observed hit the Phoenix area. Medical experts believe that the advance of the huge dust storms in 2011 could be one of the causes for the increase in cases of valley fever.

    Other dangers associated with these dust storms are the traffic accidents that result from the blinding conditions of the blowing dust. Between the period of 2001 through 2005, dust storms caused 44 deaths in 2,323 traffic accidents in New Mexico and 15 deaths in 614 accidents in Arizona.

    Experts say that because of excessive heat and dry conditions, residents in Arizona’s valley area can expect more dust storms.

    For more information on other problems Americans are facing because of the drought of 2012, be sure to read columnist Brad Macdonald’s article “The Global Consequences of America’s Drought.” •

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    Today Hailstorm USA State of Indiana, Oakland City Damage level
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    Hailstorm in USA on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.

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    Residents of a southwestern Indiana county began cleaning up Wednesday following a severe storm that brought much-needed rain but also damaged homes, caused power outages and pummeled one community with hail during a parade. Gibson County Sheriff George Ballard said four people were slightly injured Tuesday in Oakland City when large hail swept through, sending attendees running for cover during the parade kicking off the community’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. Ballard said three of those were minor injuries treated on the scene while the fourth person, a woman, was taken to a hospital with a foot injury. Ballard told the Evansville Courier & Press the first storm warning came at 5:50 p.m., 10 minutes before the parade was scheduled to begin. He said the storm hit the town about 25 miles northeast of Evansville at around 6:20 p.m. with high winds and hail that National Weather Service observers reported in some cases were as large as baseballs. However, Oakland City Fire Chief Jim Deffendall said in a telephone interview that no storm warnings were in effect when the decision was made to let the parade start. Weather experts told parade organizers the storm would pass east of the community, but then it changed direction and hit the parade route, he said. The parade was halted less than halfway through the route, with participants running to nearby homes, Deffendall said. “By the time the sirens went off, it was on us,” Deffendall said. “We stopped it and made everyone get off the floats.” Deffendall said he and Oakland City Police Chief Alec Hinsley had the authority to cancel the parade.

     

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    Today Flash Flood USA State of Connecticut, Naugatuck Damage level
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    Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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    A state of emergency was declared in Naugatuck Wednesday after flash flooding caused damage, street closures and evacuations. The flooding, which occurred after several inches of rain fell in a short period of time, prompted officials to open Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center at 4 p.m., according to Lt. Robert Harrison, Police Department spokesman. Hartford was notified, he said. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy toured flood damage Wednesday night, along with Naugatuck Mayor Robert Mezzo and other officials. Malloy offered Naugatuck some assistance in the form of state Department of Transportation vehicles and dump trucks to help with cleanup, Harrison said. Two apartment buildings, one on Prospect Street and the other on Trowbridge Place, were evacuated. He said flood waters “compromised the buildings,” in particular after water seeped into electrical systems. He said residents were not immediately allowed back into their apartments. A shelter was initially set up at the Naugatuck Senior Center with only one resident taking advantage of the shelter. That person was later relocated by the Red Cross to a local hotel, Harrison said. Other residents were able to find places to spend the night, he added. He didn’t have a count of how many people were displaced. Flood waters caused several roads to buckle as well as the collapse of a retaining wall on Rubber Avenue, he said. Mezzo, in his blog, said that as of 8 p.m. Wednesday several roads were “compromised.” He said Scott Street at Andrew Avenue was closed, as was Arch Street by the former Risdon property. Brook Street was partially closed, he said. Barricades were set up along Nettleton and Moore avenues and also along Wooster Street near Fairview Lane, restricting access to certain portions of the roads. “All other roads are open for travel,” Mezzo said. Exits 26, 27 and 28 off Route 8 were closed temporarily, but by 8 p.m. had been reopened, Harrison said. No injuries were reported.

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    Today Flash Flood USA State of Arizona, [Phoenix – north] Damage level
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    Flash Flood in USA on Thursday, 02 August, 2012 at 03:21 (03:21 AM) UTC.

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    Flood waters in the Phoenix area were receding Wednesday, a day after firefighters rescued a baby and several other people who were trapped in their vehicles. A dust and monsoon storm late Tuesday carried pea-sized hail and forced the closure of a well-traveled highway, flooded homes, knocked out power to area residents and collapsed a backyard fence. Firefighters rescued nine people from four vehicles on a highway west of Interstate 17 near Phoenix. Drivers on that part of State Route 74 were rerouted Wednesday during morning rush-hour traffic onto an alternate east-west route that is used for trips to and from Las Vegas. The five-mile stretch of highway reopened Wednesday afternoon when storm runoff subsided. Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott McDonald said it took an hour to rescue the people from their vehicles Tuesday amid the fast-moving water that rose to 4 feet at one point, the Arizona Republic reported. Nearby, homes in Anthem quickly filled with water. Residents were cleaning up Wednesday from the storm that turned their streets into a muddy river, destroyed one home and felled trees. Vides’ neighbor was standing by a fence when it collapsed and the water knocked her over, sending her swimming. A slight chance of thunderstorms is forecast for the Phoenix area Friday and through the weekend. The National Weather Service says any storms that develop could produce lightning, gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

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    01.08.2012 Flash Flood USA State of New York, New York City [Queens ] Damage level
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    Flash Flood in USA on Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 19:07 (07:07 PM) UTC.

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    Torrential downpours flooded basements and stranded several vehicles in parts of Queens on Wednesday. The National Weather Service said more than 2 inches of rain had fallen between about 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A flash flood warning for Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island expired at 2 p.m.

     

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    Krymsk: The Flood (RT documentary)

    Published on Jul 28, 2012 by

    It happened suddenly at night. There was no electricity; no help was coming. Streets became rivers and houses were drowned by meters of water. A deluge of mud and water swept through the city. People tried to survive by any means. Some sought refuge on their roofs; others scrambled up trees. Rescue services and volunteers flocked in the next day, but it was too late – 171 lives had been claimed by the onslaught. All the people of the city of Krymsk hope for now that such a disastrous flood will never happen again.

    Watch more on RT’s documentary channel http://rtd.rt.com

    RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air

     

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    01.08.2012 Epidemic Hazard Uganda Western Uganda, [Kibaale District, Mbarara and the Capital City (Kampala)] Damage level
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    Epidemic Hazard in Uganda on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 at 15:57 (03:57 PM) UTC.

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    Updated: Wednesday, 01 August, 2012 at 18:29 UTC
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    The number of Ebola cases in Uganda has increased during the past few days, a spokesman from the World Health Organization tells SHOTS. But the outbreak is still limited to a small region. “Accumulatively to date, there are 36 suspected or confirmed cases,” WHO’s Gregory Hartl says. “All cases are in the Kibaale district,” a rural region west of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Laboratory tests, conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have confirmed Ebola infection in 5 people. The specific strain of the virus is Ebola Sudan, which has caused 5 outbreaks in Africa since 1976, including one in Uganda that killed 224 people in 2000. Ebola Sudan typically kills about 50 percent of people infected.

    A team, led by the CDC, WHO and Uganda’s Ministry of Health, are now at the scene to determine the scope of the outbreak and then control it. This involves a strategy known as contact tracing. “You take every patient who is infected or suspected of infection and ask who they’ve been in contact with,” Hartl explains. “Then you go find those people and do the same.” All people in contact with the virus must be isolated and watched for 21 days, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner says. “Only once you’ve [i.e. all suspects] gone through 2 21-day periods can you be sure that the outbreak is over.” This is a massive undertaking, but it’s one of the only options for stopping a deadly virus that has no cure or vaccine. The current Ebola outbreak 1st appeared at Ugandan clinics in early July 2012, but it was initially confused with cholera. Doctors didn’t suspect Ebola until tests for cholera came back negative and a clinician got sick. “In Ebola outbreaks, health care workers often get infected because you touch somebody and can get the virus,” Hartl says. Despite this ease of transmission, he says, Ebola rarely spreads outside a small geographic region. One infected person traveled to a hospital in Kampala, triggering reports that the Ebola outbreak had spread to the capital city. But Hartl says there are no signs that people in Kampala have been infected.

     

     

     

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    Solar Activity

    2MIN News August 1, 2012

    Published on Aug 1, 2012 by

    TODAY’S LINKS
    India Power: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120801/as-india-power-outage/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Incredible Solar Anomalies 2012 HD

    Published on Jul 18, 2012 by

    Some incredible unexplained objects seen in greater detail using various filtering techniques. I will be creating another video analysing some of these strange objects in greater detail shortly, including some I did not include in this video. The stills and raw footage i have, contain much more detail, mainly because as with any conversion to video some slight distortion and loss of definition is unavoidable.

    Apart from running these clips through various filtering programs I have developed, and some editing, no other manipulation has been done, so believe, or don’t believe what your seeing, I don’t care either way.

    Thanks to Mike (Blackwards1) for helping me find the missing frames to the heat signature object, thanks also to Anon (you know who you are) for sending me the full unedited UFO/Fibre clip, your help was much appreciated.

    As with all my videos, no re-uploads, copying in full or in part etc is allowed without permission, anyone violating my copyright in any way without asking, will suffer the penalty.

    Sun Ejects Mystery Object 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQn22yISBnI

    UFO Creates Massive Sun Flash 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYGa8p-rwz8

    UFO: The Sun, Tether and Baltic Connection 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aUNh6FQWRA

    Planet-Sized Tornado Whirls On Sun’s Surface 2012 HD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE8FIduAu6k

    ADG Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alien-Disclosure-Group/189249627773146

    Follow ADG on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ADG_UK

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    Space

    SuperWave Theory 2012 Earth Changes 1 of 3

    Uploaded by on Nov 20, 2007

    You can listen to the whole interview here..radiorbit dot com/archives.htm
    Dr. LaViolette can be found here…
    http://www.etheric dot com/LaViolette/LaViolette.html

    Dr. LaViolette is credited with the discovery of the planetary-stellar mass-luminosity relation which demonstrates that the Sun, planets, stars, and supernova explosions are powered by spontaneous energy creation through photon blueshifting. With this relation, he successfully predicted the mass-luminosity ratio of the first brown dwarf to be discovered. In addition, Paul LaViolette has developed a new theory of gravity that replaces the deeply flawed theory of general relativity. Predicted from subquantum kinetics, it accounts for the electrogravitic coupling phenomenon discovered by Townsend Brown and may explain the advanced aerospace propulsion technology utilized in the B-2 bomber. He is the first to discover that certain ancient creation myths and esoteric lores metaphorically encode an advanced science of cosmogenesis. His contributions to the field of Egyptology and mythology may be compared to the breaking of the Rosetta Stone hieroglyphic code.

    SuperWave Theory 2012 Earth Changes 2 of 3

    SuperWave Theory 2012 Earth Changes 3 of 3

     

     

     

     

      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 DS30) 02nd August 2012 0 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
    (2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 1 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
    (2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
    (2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 2 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
    (2006 EC) 06th August 2012 4 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
    (2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 5 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
    (2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 6 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
    (2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
    277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
    (2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 7 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
    (2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
    37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
    (2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
    4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
    (2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
    (2006 CV) 20th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
    (2012 EC) 20th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
    162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 19 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
    (2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 19 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
    (2012 BB14) 24th August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1234 48.0 27 m – 60 m 2.58 km/s 9288 km/h
    1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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    The Ocean

    Boffins nail oceanic carbon capture process

    It’s official: the Southern Ocean sucks

    By Richard Chirgwin

    The world’s oceans are known to be carbon sinks, but the process that draws CO2 from the air down into the deep ocean hasn’t been documented.

    Until now.

    A team of British and Australian scientists have identified huge plunging currents – as much as 1,000 kilometers wide – that appear to be key to the process of storing CO2 in the deep ocean. Those currents, the researchers say, are the result of local eddies (resulting from a combination of wind, currents, and massive whirlpools) that create localized pathways down from the surface.

    Published in Nature Geoscience, the research used Argo robotic floats to help explore ocean dynamics up to 2 Km down, along with analysis of temperature, salinity, and pressure data.

    The Argo floats – 80 in total – were deployed in 2002 and collected data for ten years as the basis of this research. CTD (conductivity, density and temperature) profilers were also used to collect data at depths of up to 7 Km, the researchers say.

    The Southern Ocean is an important carbon sink (at least for those who believe that anthropogenic carbon emissions are driving climate change – a list which now includes formerly skeptical scientist Richard Muller). It’s calculated to take up as much as 40 percent of the CO2 absorbed by oceans (which in turn soak up a quarter of total annual emissions).

    The British Antarctic Survey’s Dr Jean-Baptiste Sallée says the study means scientists are “better placed to understand the effects of changing climate and future carbon absorption by the ocean.”

    Collaborator Dr Richard Matear of Australia’s CSIRO noted that while observations had measured the CO2 found in the deep ocean, it’s important to identify the pathways used to get there – particularly since significant climate change could change the behavior of those processes.

    Southern Ocean currents are also affected by other atmospheric changes like ozone depletion, which could also change its effectiveness as a carbon sink.

    He told The Conversation that the processes the team is researching “sets how much carbon the ocean can take up”.

    As well as mapping the processes for incorporation in future modeling, the scientists believe the research could also help assess the effectiveness of methods proposed to increase the ocean’s carbon capture. ®

     

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    Articles of Interest

    Most power restored after India hit by second, even larger outage

    By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

    New Delhi (CNN) — India suffered its second massive power failure in two consecutive days Tuesday, depriving as many as 600 million people — half the country’s population — of electricity and disrupting transportation networks for hours.

    The first power grid collapse, on Monday, was the country’s worst blackout in a decade. It affected seven states in northern India that are home to more than 350 million people.

    Tuesday’s failure was even larger, hitting eastern and northeastern areas as well. Both blackouts cut power in the capital, New Delhi, where residents sweltered.

    Several hours later, by 9:30 p.m., power had been largely restored, the Power Grid Corporation of India reported on its website

    Power in New Delhi and in the northeastern region was fully restored; electricity was 86% restored to the northern region, and 79% restored in the eastern region, it said.

    The two days of disruption in the third-largest Asian economy has raised questions about its investment in infrastructure.

    With about 1.2 billion people, India has the world’s second-largest population, behind China.

    At least 300 trains were held up in the affected regions, said Anil Kumar Saxena, a spokesman for Indian Railways.

    New Delhi’s metro system also suffered delays before power was restored, causing chaos for many travelers. Traffic signals also were out, resulting in major jams.

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    During the blackout, one traveler in New Delhi told CNN-IBN that her journey home had taken almost three hours, rather than the usual 40 minutes. “Long night ahead, with no lights — I’ve got my trusty solar lamp ready for the night,” she said.

    An elderly woman said she would rely on candles and flashlights to get through the outage, which she blamed on poor governance.

    Other travelers told CNN-IBN of ruined plans to visit relatives and long waits at stifling stations.

    Miners in the Burdwan District of West Bengal state were hit by the blackout too.

    The district’s top administrator, O.S. Meena, told CNN that 150 coal miners were working underground when the outage struck, stopping lifts.

    Authorities switched to emergency supplies to run the elevators, he said. “All are safe,” Meena said about the miners.

    Monday’s grid failure struck early Tuesday. By dawn, many backup power systems had run out of fuel; power was partially restored after about six hours, authorities said.

    Airports and hospitals, running on backup power, remained operational, but many businesses closed, said Jyoti Kamal, senior editor for CNN-IBN.

    The cause of the problem was the failure to generate sufficient power to keep pace with surging demand, he said.

    Power is considered a luxury in much of India, where a third of households don’t have enough to power even one light bulb, according to last year’s census.

    They tend to be more common during the summer, when demand rises.

    Some of this summer’s increased demand has been caused by farmers using more energy for irrigation and other tasks, in part because rains during this year’s monsoon season, which began June 1, are down by more than a fifth. People are also using air conditioning units more to cope with high humidity.

    The monsoon rains,which last through September but would normally be at their heaviest in July and early August, not only provide rain for agriculture and hydroelectric power, but serve as a natural coolant, said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

    Humidity exceeding 80% makes the mid-90s Fahrenheit temperatures feel like more than 100 Fahrenheit. This makes it harder for buildings to cool at night, and harder for people to cool themselves through evaporation of perspiration, all of which lead to higher energy demands, Miller said.

    Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who has ordered an investigation into Monday’s outage, said it had been a decade since an entire grid last failed in north India.

    He said that the cause of this week’s blackouts is not known but that some states, particularly agricultural areas, may have been using more than their share of energy.

    Prakash Javadekar, a member of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, criticized the government for what he said was “a huge failure of management in the power sector.”

    India — the world’s fourth-largest consumer of electricity — relies on coal for much of its energy but also uses hydroelectric power, which has been affected by the diminished monsoon rains.

    Observers say the crisis has exposed the need for India to update its infrastructure to meet its growing power needs.

    “Economic growth is constrained by inadequate infrastructure,” among other factors, the U.S. State Department’s country report on India says.

    “Foreign investment is particularly sought after in power generation,” it adds, as well as areas including telecommunications, roads and mining.

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    CNN’s Jethro Mullen, Mallika Kapur and Jennifer Delgado contributed to this report.

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