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Nuclear Decommissioning Authority proposes use of Essex site to store intermediate level waste until 2040

The nuclear power station in Bradwell-on-Sea closed in 2002 and is being decommissioned. Photograph: Steve Morgan/Alamy

When it comes to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the only way is Essex. Bradwell-on-Sea has been identified as a possible site to dump radioactive waste.

“Everybody was aghast when a local representative from the NDA stated that the possibility was being looked into,” Brian Beale, a district councillor for Maldon, told the Essex Chronicle. “To say this could happen when it had always been understood that Bradwell was not intended to be a site for waste, created uproar.”

Nuclear materials are already being stored at Bradwell, a former nuclear power station that closed in 2002 and is being decommissioned. The operating company, Magnox Electric, was fined £250,000 in 2009 for presiding over a radioactive leak that had gone undetected for 14 years.

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09.01.2013 Nuclear Event Romania Constanta County, Cernavoda [Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in Romania on Wednesday, 09 January, 2013 at 15:38 (03:38 PM) UTC.

Description
One of Romania’s two reactors at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant near the Danube-Black Sea canal was unexpectedly shut down, said Dumitru Dina, head of Nuclearelectrica SA, the national nuclear- power operator. The cause of the Unit 2 shutdown hasn’t been determined yet.

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Gavin Allwright Talks About Fukushima @ Bridgewater Anti-Nuclear Rally Say No To Hinkley C.
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A fuel rod removed for the first time from Fukushima nuclear power plant since the accident
NewsWatch 9 Jul. 18 2012 on Air
Last December, the government said the accident at Fukushima nuclear plant had been contained, but the local residents still face a long road to rebuild their lives. The government also said the work to remove radioactive substances from areas with relatively low contamination would end by March 2014. But Iitate village Mayor Norio Kanno told reporters yesterday the work was making no progress. The government is also unable to provide a timetable for the return of residents to no entry zones. Another important task is decommissioning of reactors. Experts say it will take 40 years to shut down the reactors for good. On July 18, 2012, workers removed removed an unused fuel rod — a test for removing all the rods. It is the first step of the decommissioning process.


 

 

 

Today Non-categorized event Sweden Varberg Municipality, [Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level
Details

RSOE  EDIS

Non-categorized event in Sweden on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 at 07:35 (07:35 AM) UTC.

Description

Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall AB said late Wednesday that it has found suspected explosives in a truck that was trying to enter its Ringhals nuclear power facility in south west Sweden. In a statement, the company said staff found the suspect material when carrying out normal security checks, with a sniffer dog confirming the vehicle was carrying explosives. Police are present at the scene and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority have raised the level of protection at the site as a precaution, though the company stressed that the discovered object could not have caused any serious harm. Swedish police bomb technicians also said there is no risk of an explosion as there was no ignition device present. “The assessment is that the situation is under control,” said police spokesman Lars Grimbeck. Other nuclear stations in the country have raised their security level. No injuries have been reported and police patrols have been stepped up at the site. Ringhals nuclear power plant is the largest power plant in Scandinavia and its four reactors produce about 20% of all electricity in Sweden.

 

 

Non-categorized event in Sweden on Thursday, 21 June, 2012 at 07:35 (07:35 AM) UTC.

Base data
EDIS Number: UEV-20120621-35509-SWE
Event type: Non-categorized event
Date/Time: Thursday, 21 June, 2012 at 07:35 (07:35 AM) UTC
Last update:
Cause of event:
Damage level: Unknown Damage level
Geographic information
Continent: Europe
Country: Sweden
County / State: Varberg Municipality
Area: Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant
City:
Coordinate: N 57° 15.423, E 12° 6.941
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Foreign people: Affected is unknown.
Dead person(s):
Injured person(s):
Missing person(s):
Evacuated person(s):
Affected person(s):

Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
06.06.2012 22:05:24 2.6 Europe Greece Kalomoiraiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 22:05:49 2.8 Asia Turkey Karaca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 22:05:50 2.9 Asia Turkey Karaca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 22:06:11 2.6 Europe Greece Douvia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 21:10:41 2.0 North America United States Alaska Birches VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 22:06:33 2.6 Europe Italy Palata Pepoli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 21:02:30 2.5 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 21:00:33 2.4 Asia Turkey Gulpinar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 21:00:57 4.9 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Hinako VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 21:01:15 2.4 Asia Turkey Sagur VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 20:25:48 2.4 North America United States Alaska Port William There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 21:01:33 3.0 Asia Turkey Cerdin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 20:00:29 2.6 Asia Turkey Taslik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 20:00:49 2.6 Asia Turkey Cukurgol Yaylasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 20:01:10 2.2 Asia Turkey Alakilise There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 21:01:54 4.4 Europe Portugal Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 20:01:36 4.8 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Pasirputih VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 20:03:39 5.0 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Pasirputih VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 20:01:57 2.0 Europe Greece Monoxilitai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 20:02:19 2.4 Europe Greece Ampelos VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 19:15:32 2.8 Caribbean British Virgin Islands The Settlement VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 20:02:40 4.8 Europe Russia Karaus VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 19:35:32 4.7 Asia Russia Respublika Tyva Kagzhirba VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 19:55:47 2.8 Caribbean Puerto Rico Arenas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 22:06:55 5.1 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Haatua VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 19:00:32 3.2 Asia Turkey Bahcelikisla There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 21:15:59 2.3 North America United States Alaska Atka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 18:05:40 2.4 North America United States California Paicines VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 18:00:48 2.6 North America United States Alaska Ugashik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 19:00:53 4.8 Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo Alombi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 18:55:33 4.8 Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo Alombi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 19:01:13 2.5 Europe Greece Ayios Evstratios VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 17:15:37 2.3 North America United States Alaska Iniskin There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 17:30:35 2.7 Asia Turkey Camarasi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 16:30:32 2.3 Asia Turkey Ciftlikkoy There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 16:31:47 5.2 Asia Russia Respublika Tyva Karaus VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 16:30:53 5.2 Europe Russia Karaus VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 16:31:12 3.4 Europe Romania Plostina VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 15:25:45 2.0 North America United States Alaska Chulitna VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 15:30:34 2.0 Asia Turkey Cinarli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 14:27:23 2.4 North America United States Alaska Toklat VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 19:50:51 2.7 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Jesus Gonzalez Ortega There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 14:10:35 2.0 North America United States California Pinnacles VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 14:25:28 2.4 Asia Turkey Kayakoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 14:25:54 3.2 Asia Georgia Zhdanovi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 14:35:43 4.5 Pacific Ocean Fiji Vatoa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 15:30:56 4.5 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Vatoa VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 14:26:16 2.4 Europe Italy La Collevata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 14:26:36 2.2 Asia Turkey Inlice VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 14:26:55 2.5 Europe Greece Varyiani VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 13:50:52 2.7 Caribbean Puerto Rico Aceitunas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 13:25:33 2.0 Europe Italy Resega VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 13:25:53 3.1 Europe Greece Monoxilitai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:23:58 2.7 North America United States Alaska Chickaloon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 12:20:37 2.6 Asia Turkey Rindali VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:20:55 2.1 Europe Italy Riva Verde VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:21:14 2.4 Europe Italy Bosellina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:21:36 2.0 Asia Turkey Karaca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:21:55 2.7 Asia Turkey Bayir VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:22:18 2.5 Europe Greece Velotoula VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:36:12 4.4 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Provincia de Santiago del Estero El Negrito VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 13:26:17 4.4 South-America Argentina El Negrito VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 11:20:33 2.2 Europe Portugal Sagres VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 12:22:39 2.5 Asia Turkey Naldoken VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 13:26:35 2.7 Europe Cyprus Ayia Marina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 10:45:44 2.6 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Canon de Guadalupe There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 10:40:46 4.3 Middle America Mexico Guerrero Ujerita VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 11:20:55 4.3 Middle-America Mexico Ujerita VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 10:10:45 2.2 North America United States California Caldwell Pines There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 10:15:34 2.5 Europe Greece Dhimaina There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 13:26:57 4.0 Europe Ireland Aghleam VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 15:55:31 4.0 Europe Ireland County Mayo Aghleam VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 10:15:55 4.6 Pacific Ocean – East Northern Mariana Islands Marasu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 10:17:54 4.6 Pacific Ocean Northern Mariana Islands Marasu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 10:16:17 2.5 Europe Greece Ampelos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 10:16:36 4.5 Asia Kazakhstan Keytyn VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 10:16:57 2.3 Asia Turkey Kavustuk There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 10:17:16 3.4 Europe Greece Kontaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 09:00:46 2.3 North America United States Alaska Beluga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 09:15:30 2.2 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 21:11:09 2.2 North America United States Alaska Amchitka VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 09:15:48 2.7 Asia Turkey Kargalik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 08:20:40 2.2 North America United States California Templeton VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 07:50:36 2.5 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Tule Check There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 08:15:34 2.5 Europe Italy La Campa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 08:15:55 2.2 Europe Italy Casa Nuova VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 08:16:17 2.5 Europe Greece Agridhion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 11:21:16 4.7 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Garunggarung There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 07:15:28 4.9 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Garunggarung VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 06:15:24 4.3 Europe Italy Ca Vecchia VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 06:25:35 2.9 Caribean Puerto Rico Aguacate VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 06:15:45 2.8 Asia Turkey Taskoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 06:16:04 2.1 Europe Italy Casa Alta VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 05:10:48 2.3 Europe Italy Vallacquosa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 05:11:09 2.4 Europe Italy Vigarano Mainarda VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 04:45:31 5.0 Solomon Islands Western Province Apaora VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 05:11:33 5.1 Pacific Ocean – Middle Solomon Islands Apaora VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 05:11:54 2.2 Europe Italy Alberica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 04:10:28 3.4 Europe France Loubert VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
06.06.2012 03:35:31 3.0 North America United States California Sperry VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 06:16:29 2.3 Asia Turkey Karaca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 06:16:55 2.2 Asia Turkey Ovacik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 04:10:52 5.7 Asia Taiwan Shan-fu-ts’un There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 03:25:59 5.7 Asia Taiwan T’ai-wan Sheng Shan-fu-ts’un There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 03:10:33 2.9 Europe Italy Castello del Lago There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 06:35:28 2.3 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:10:30 2.1 Europe Switzerland Visse VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
06.06.2012 03:10:54 2.0 Europe Italy La Collevata VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 03:11:15 2.4 Asia Turkey Bektasli VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 02:13:24 2.7 North America United States California Lonoak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:00:30 2.2 North America United States California Glenbrook There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:00:51 3.1 North America United States Alaska Jakolof Bay VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:10:51 2.2 Europe Italy San Biagio VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 02:11:11 3.5 Europe Greece Ydroussa VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:45:27 5.0 Pacific Ocean – West Vanuatu Tafea Province Navolou There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:11:32 5.0 Pacific Ocean – West Vanuatu Navolou There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:36:13 4.7 Atlantic Ocean South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:11:53 4.7 Atlantic Ocean – North South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Grytviken There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 02:12:16 2.5 Europe Italy La Pettenella VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:30:56 4.5 Asia Russia Sakhalinskaya Oblast’ Sarychevo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:12:36 4.5 Europe Russia Sarychevo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:10:37 2.2 North America United States Nevada Sloan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 02:12:57 3.2 Europe Greece Agioi Theodori VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:00:32 2.4 North America United States California Toomey There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 01:05:31 2.6 Europe Italy Casa Castellana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:55:29 2.0 North America United States Alaska Usibelli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
06.06.2012 01:05:51 2.4 Asia Turkey Kucukkagdaric VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:06:13 2.2 Europe Italy Il Motto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:06:34 2.8 Asia Turkey Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:05:24 2.7 Europe Italy Casa Castellana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:05:45 2.5 Europe Italy Ravarino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:06:12 2.6 Europe Greece Ano Kotsanopoulon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:06:32 3.6 Middle-East Iran Tang-e Kur VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:06:50 2.4 Europe Italy Melara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 01:06:53 2.6 Europe Greece Ampelos VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:07:09 2.1 Europe Italy Il Motto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:07:30 3.9 Europe Greece Kato Kotsanopoulon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:07:50 2.3 Europe Greece Vrysai VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:08:16 2.8 Europe Greece Sourides VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:08:37 2.7 Europe Greece Kontaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.06.2012 22:51:00 2.3 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.06.2012 22:51:22 2.7 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.06.2012 22:45:40 2.4 North America United States Hawaii Volcano There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.06.2012 23:05:23 2.7 Europe Greece Neon Karlovasion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
05.06.2012 22:46:00 2.5 North America United States California Hacketsville VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.06.2012 22:35:40 2.0 North America United States Alaska Skwentna There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.06.2012 23:11:01 2.9 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California Canon de Guadalupe There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
05.06.2012 23:05:49 2.0 Asia Turkey Rahimler VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
06.06.2012 00:30:43 2.6 North America United States California Capetown VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details

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Earthquake sways tall buildings in Indonesia’s capital but causes no damage or tsunami

  • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong earthquake swayed tall buildings in Indonesia’s capital Monday afternoon but caused no tsunami or apparent damage.

Office workers said the swaying was felt for about 10 seconds in high-rise buildings around the city of 9 million people. Even two-story homes shook strongly.

No damage or casualties have been reported. Earthquakes occur frequently across the sprawling archipelago nation, but it is uncommon for tremors to be felt in Jakarta.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 5.9-magnitude quake hit in the Indian Ocean 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Sukabumi, a town in West Java province. It was about 171 kilometers (106 miles) from Jakarta and 67 kilometers (41 miles) beneath the ocean floor.

Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency had the magnitude at 6.1. Slight discrepancies are common in the initial measurements.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanos and seismic faults encircling the Pacific Basin.

A giant 9.1-magnitude quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh.

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Volcanic Activity

Manum Island’s volcano erupting

A new series of eruptions have begun on Manam Island off Madang in Papua New Guinea, with warnings to residents to take precautions.

Manum Island’s volcano erupting

The volcano is one of the most active in PNG claiming several lives over the last decade.

Vents on the volcano are glowing at nights and explosions in the craters can be heard more than 15 kilometres away.

Ima Itakarai, the assistant director of the Rabaul Volcanology Observatory says it’s possibility of a major explosion cannot be ruled out, but it’s not imminent.

Presenter: Brian Abbott

Speaker:Ima Itakarai, the assistant director of the Rabaul Volcanology Observatory in PNG

  Volcano Activity Report [Last 30 days]
Log date Location Name of Volcano Status Volcano Number Volcano type Last erupt. Upd. Details
05.06.2012 08:21 AM Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea Manam Volcano Volcano Activity 0501-04= Submarine volcano ? No. 0 Details

Volcano Activity in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, 05 June, 2012 at 08:21 (08:21 AM) UTC.

Base data
EDIS Number: VA-20120605-35330-PNG
Event type: Volcano Activity
Date/Time: Tuesday, 05 June, 2012 at 08:21 (08:21 AM) UTC
Last update:
Cause of event:
Damage level: Minor Damage level
Geographic information
Continent: Indonesian Archipelago
Country: Papua New Guinea
County / State: Bismarck Sea
Area: Manam Volcano
City:
Coordinate: S 4° 4.761, E 145° 2.305
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Foreign people: Affected is unknown.
Dead person(s):
Injured person(s):
Missing person(s):
Evacuated person(s):
Affected person(s):

Volcano Activity in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, 05 June, 2012 at 08:21 (08:21 AM) UTC.

Description
Residents living around Manam Island off Madang in Papua New Guinea have been warned to take precautions after volcanic eruptions on the island. Manam is one of PNG’s most active volcanos and recent explosions in the craters have been heard 15 kilometres away. Ima Itakarai from Rabaul’s Volcanology Observatory says he doesn’t believe a major eruption is imminent, but it cannot be ruled out. “There has been an ongoing mild eruptive activity happening at one of the craters on the side of Manam,” he said. “That activity has consisted of occasional plumes, coming up every now and then, with a bright glow at night.”

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Six people in intensive care after outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease

STV 

Six people are in hospital and a further four are receiving medical attention after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh.

NHS Lothian is investigating four confirmed and four suspected cases of the Legionella bacteria in the Gorgie, Dalry, and Saughton areas of the capital.

Six men are being treated in hospitals throughout Lothian. Five of the men are in intensive care units while the sixth is in a high dependency unit.

A further four cases, as yet unconfirmed, are also being probed.

All ten cases are linked geographically to the Dalry, Gorgie and Saughton areas of Edinburgh.

The source of the outbreak is being investigated by officials from Edinburgh Council’s Environmental Health Department and the Health and Safety Executive who are concentrating on the south-west Edinburgh area.

Steps are being taken to treat cooling towers in the area as a precaution until the source is located.

Dona Milne, acting director of Public Health and Health Policy for NHS Lothian, said: “We have four confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease which all seem to come from the same point source in the South West of Edinburgh.

“Anybody who develops symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease should contact NHS 24 immediately or go to their GP.

“The safety of the public is our number one priority and we would urge people to look out for the symptoms of this disease.”

Duncan McCormick, consultant in public health for NHS Lothian said: “Investigations into the possible source of this outbreak are on-going and we continue to urge anyone who develops symptoms of Legionnaires disease to contact NHS 24 or go to their GP.”

The cases currently under investigation arose between May 28 and Monday, June 4. All GP surgeries in Lothian are open on Monday but some will be closed on Tuesday for the Jubilee holiday.

Legionella bacteria is commonly found in sources of water, such as rivers and lakes but can also enter artificial supply systems such as air conditioning devices, hot and cold water facilities, and cooling towers. The bacteria have the potential to spread rapidly once they have entered a water system.

Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water. The condition is not contagious and cannot be spread directly from person to person.

Symptoms usually begin within three to six days of contraction. They often originate as mild headaches and muscular pain before escalating to more severe symptoms including high fever, intense muscle pain, and chills. Once the bacteria infect the lungs, the sufferer will experience a persistent cough – dry at first but later bringing up mucus and even blood – shortness of breath, and chest pains.

There is also a risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and loss of appetite, while around half of those who contract Legionnaires’ disease will also suffer changes to their mental state, such as confusion.

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Nuclear

Climate change expert: Australia will go nuclear by 2030

 

Climate change expert: Australia will go nuclear by 2030

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A nuclear power plant in Germany. Photo by iStock.

A University of Adelaide scientist believes it is inevitable that Australia will become a user of the world’s most advanced nuclear power technology, if the country is serious about cutting carbon emissions.

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Professor Barry Brook, Director of at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, says Australia will eventually turn to nuclear power to meet our sustainable needs – and when we do, we will choose to focus on next-generation nuclear technology that provides major safety, waste and cost benefits.

Speaking on the eve of World Environment Day (5 June), Professor Brook says: “Coal, oil, and natural gas are the main cause of recent global warming, and these fossil fuels must be completely replaced with clean in the coming decades if serious are to be avoided.

“One particularly attractive sustainable nuclear technology for Australia is the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR). Although the scientific community has known about the benefits of IFR-type designs for many years, there are currently none in commercial operation because the energy utilities are typically too risk averse to ‘bet on’ new technologies. This is a wasted opportunity for Australia and for the rest of the world.

“Integral Fast Reactors are much more efficient at extracting energy from uranium, can use existing nuclear waste for fuel, produce far smaller volumes of waste that does not require long-term geological isolation, and can be operated at low cost and high reliability. They are also inherently safer than past nuclear reactors due to passive systems based on the laws of physics,” Professor Brook says.

“In order to re-start the nuclear power debate in Australia, it is best to have a solution that overcomes as many public objections as possible: safety, constraints on uranium supplies, long-lived waste, cost, and proliferation. The IFR technology offers a vast improvement in all of these areas.”

Professor Brook’s forecast timeline for nuclear power in Australia:

2020 – Public and political debate heightens as need for reliable low-carbon electricity mounts
2025 – First reactor contracts issued, Small Modular Reactors (SMR) built in outback mining sites
2030 – 3 GWe (gigawatt electrical) of connects to national electricity grid
2040 – Up to 5 GWe of new capacity being installed per year
2050 – A total of 30-50 GWe installed, located at a dozen ‘energy park’ sites and various remote areas
2100 – >100 GWe installed for total energy displacement, including replacing oil and gas needs

Professor Brook, a professional ecologist and conservation biologist, has also built an international reputation as a commentator on and the potential benefit of nuclear fission in curbing climate change.

He was the first Australian appointed to the international selection committee of the Global Energy Prize. This month he will be a guest at the prize ceremony in Saint Petersburg, where Russian President Vladimir Putin will present the $1.2 million prize to the 2012 laureates.

Provided by University of Adelaide

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Climate Change

Geoengineering: A whiter sky

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX)


There are several larger environmental implications to the group’s findings, too. Because plants grow more efficiently under diffuse light conditions such as this, global photosynthetic activity could increase, pulling more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

One idea for fighting global warming is to increase the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere, scattering incoming solar energy away from the Earth’s surface. But scientists theorize that this solar geoengineering could have a side effect of whitening the sky during the day.

New research from Carnegie’s Ben Kravitz and Ken Caldeira indicates that blocking 2% of the sun’s light would make the sky three-to-five times brighter, as well as whiter. Their work is published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal, oil, and gas have been increasing over the past decades, causing the Earth to get hotter and hotter. Large volcanic eruptions cool the planet by creating lots of small particles in the stratosphere, but the particles fall out within a couple of years, and the planet heats back up.

The idea behind solar geoengineering is to constantly replenish a layer of small particles in the stratosphere, mimicking this volcanic aftermath and scattering sunlight back to space.

Using advanced models, Kravitz and Caldeira-along with Douglas MacMartin from the California Institute of Technology-examined changes to sky color and brightness from using sulfate-based aerosols in this way. They found that, depending on the size of the particles, the sky would whiten during the day and sunsets would have afterglows.

Their models predict that the sky would still be blue, but it would be a lighter shade than what most people are used to looking at now. The research team’s work shows that skies everywhere could look like those over urban areas in a world with this type of geoengineering taking place. In urban areas, the sky often looks hazy and white.

“These results give people one more thing to consider before deciding whether we really want to go down this road,” Kravitz said. “Although our study did not address the potential psychological impact of these changes to the sky, they are important to consider as well.”

There are several larger environmental implications to the group’s findings, too. Because plants grow more efficiently under diffuse light conditions such as this, global photosynthetic activity could increase, pulling more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

On the other hand, the effectiveness of solar power could be diminished, as less sunlight would reach solar-power generators.

“I hope that we never get to the point where people feel the need to spray aerosols in the sky to offset rampant global warming,” Caldeira said. “This is one study where I am not eager to have our predictions proven right by a global stratospheric aerosol layer in the real world.”

Related Links
Carnegie Institution
Climate Science News – Modeling, Mitigation Adaptation
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Solar Activity

2MIN News June5: NASA Sats, Disaster Update, Spaceweather

Published on Jun 5, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
Botswana Flooding: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78166
G7: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/g7-hold-emergency-eurozone-talks-172150504.html
NASA Satellites: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-gets-two-military-…
Sweden Cold: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-stockholm-braves-coldest-june-weather.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

Spooky glowing asteroid spotted in our solar system

Eddie Wrenn
The Daily Mail, UK

The asteroid – the co-ordinates of which are available below – was spotted by user planetkrejci in a video posted three days ago

A user has found a ‘huge asteroid’ while scanning the virtual heavens using Googly Sky.

Youtube user planetkrejci, who has investigated other anomalies on NASA pictures, claims the object – found using the Google website which transports the heavens to desktop computers and smartphones – is an asteroid which is heading towards Earth.

He says the asteroid – which, if real, has not been spotted by other scientists or astronomers – has only appeared recently on Google Sky, which receives updated images every few months.

Close-up: The object certainly looks like an asteroid – which seems to be spotted with green flecks

Announcing his find on YouTube, he says the black object, mottled with green spots, is so clear that it must be within the solar system.

The user had been exploring the region a few months earlier, and had ‘bookmarked’ a spot just to the left of the asteroid – so he is certain the object was not there previously.

There are other explanations – this could be a simple technical glitch, either on Google Sky’s end or within the original photograph.

The earthbound Google Maps regularly has glitches where pictures have been incorrectly sewn together.

In context: The apparent clarity of the ‘asteroid’ implies it is close, certainly within our solar system

One thing that planekrejci does not substantiate is his claim that the object is moving towards the Earth, as it is not apparent how this calculation could be obtained without more information than the image provides.

However, if planetkrejci has found a new object, it will be quite an achievement for an earth-bound Internet user to discover a new object in our solar system before NASA or other observatories.

The object is easy to find on Google Sky, by typing in the co-ordinates 5h 11m 33.74s -12 50′ 30.09″ – although conspiracy theorists might read something into the fact that the search function on Google Sky is currently down…

Team Setting Up Strategy For Hazardous NEOs

Lee Rannals
RedOrbit

NEOs

© ESA/Space Situational Awareness – Near Earth Objects, P. Carrill
To deal with potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that could strike the Earth, there is need to establish an effective international communications strategy. The Near Earth Object Media/Risk Communications Working Group Report has been issued by Secure World Foundation.

Scientists have gathered with other experts to create a strategy for potentially hazardous Near earth Objects (NEOs).Nearly 40 scientists, reporters, risk communications specialists, and Secure World Foundation staff participated in a meeting in November last year to come up with a strategy for dealing with hazardous NEOs.

The report created by the team will be presented at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and its Action Team-14 on NEOs during the 55th session of the UN COPUOS being held in Vienna, Austria.

During the meeting, the group explored in detail the views of risk communication experts and experienced science journalists on the development of a successful communications strategy.

“A lot of attention is focused on the catastrophic damage a large asteroid could do if it collided with Earth,” Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, said in a press release. “This report focuses on how to prevent the even greater damage we could cause ourselves by mis-communicating or failing to work together on a common response to the threat.”

He said the threat of an impact of a large asteroid could be what shows us that our future depends on working together.

“In technical organizations, communications with the public are often treated more as an afterthought than a critical mission element,” Dr. Ray Williamson, SWF Senior Advisor, said in a press release. “This report emphasizes how important clear, effective, and accurate assessments to the public of the danger posed by a threatening Near Earth Object are to the ultimate goal of protecting human life and property.”

The group determined that there is a need to establish an effective international communications strategy for potentially hazardous NEOs by using anything from the television to the Internet.

They said that general education should include information about NEOs and their place in our solar system, the nature of the potential threat, and specific information related to warnings of potentially hazardous NEO.

The experts determined that a support group should be created for hazardous NEOs, complete with analysts, planners, scientists, psychologists, emergency management experts and other functional experts.

Historic Venus Transit – Next Transit 2117

Space Weather

No one reading this will still be alive the next time Venus crosses the sun in 2117. That makes today special. On June 5th at 3:09 pm PDT, the second planet begins its historic 7-hour transit of the solar disk. Observers on parts of all seven continents (map) will witness something like this:

© David Finlay of Sydney, Australia (June 8, 2004)

The timing favors observers in the mid-Pacific where the sun is high overhead during the crossing. In the USA, the transit will be at its best around sunset. Creative photographers will have a field day imaging the swollen red sun “punctured” by the circular disk of Venus.

Stay tuned to Spaceweather.com’s realtime gallery for constantly updated images of the transit. Another photo-stream of interest comes from the International Space Station where Don Pettit will be the first man in history to photograph a Venus transit from space. There are also many live webcasts of the transit from locations around the world: #1, #2, #3, #4. (Submit more webcast links here.)

Observing Tip: Do not stare at the sun. Venus covers too little of the solar disk to block the blinding glare. Instead, use some type of projection technique or a solar filter. A #14 welder’s glass is a good choice. Many astronomy clubs will have solar telescopes set up to observe the event; contact your local club for details.

Transit of Venus Web Links:

BEFORE THE TRANSIT: As Venus approaches the sun, it turns its nightside toward Earth. This turning transforms Venus into a rarely-seen thin ring of light. Lorenzo Comolli photographed the phenomenon from Tradate, Italy, on June 4th:

© Lorenzo Comolli

The effect is caused by particles in upper layers of Venus’s atmosphere which scatter sunlight around the circumference of the planet. The ring is very difficult to observe, and often only black-belt astrophotographers are able to record the phenomenon.

“This picture was taken while Venus was a scant 2°17′ from the sun’s center, and it was very difficult to obtain due to the extreme proximity of the solar limb,” says Comolli. “Extreme care was due to avoid the sun light entering the telescope. The extension of the crescent to form a nearly complete ring was remarkable on June 4, while nearly invisible on June 2. Another interesting observation is the limb brightening in Venus’s southern hemisphere between 50° to 70° latitude. For confirmation, I obtained a second image using a W25 filter (red) that shows the presence of the brightening in the same way.”

More images: from Tobias Kampschulte of Gennadi, Rhodes, Greece; from Steve Miller of Lake Havasu City, Arizona: from Antonios Pantelidis of Florina, Greece; from Rob of Liverpool, UK; from Elias Chasiotis of Markopoulo, Greece; from Pavol Rapavy of Observatory Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia; from Ernie Mastroianni of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; from Joe Mcbride of Grand Rapids, Michigan

  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
(2009 LE) 06th June 2012 0 day(s) 0.1150 44.8 50 m – 110 m 13.61 km/s 48996 km/h
(2006 SG7) 06th June 2012 0 day(s) 0.0857 33.4 71 m – 160 m 16.47 km/s 59292 km/h
(2001 LB) 07th June 2012 1 day(s) 0.0729 28.4 200 m – 450 m 11.56 km/s 41616 km/h
(2012 JU11) 09th June 2012 3 day(s) 0.0736 28.6 27 m – 60 m 3.80 km/s 13680 km/h
(2012 GX11) 10th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.1556 60.5 170 m – 380 m 6.38 km/s 22968 km/h
(2012 KM11) 14th June 2012 8 day(s) 0.0942 36.7 30 m – 67 m 5.92 km/s 21312 km/h
(2012 HN40) 15th June 2012 9 day(s) 0.1182 46.0 230 m – 510 m 13.79 km/s 49644 km/h
(2002 AC) 16th June 2012 10 day(s) 0.1598 62.2 740 m – 1.7 km 26.71 km/s 96156 km/h
137120 (1999 BJ8) 16th June 2012 10 day(s) 0.1769 68.8 670 m – 1.5 km 14.88 km/s 53568 km/h
(2011 KR12) 19th June 2012 13 day(s) 0.1318 51.3 140 m – 310 m 10.10 km/s 36360 km/h
(2004 HB39) 20th June 2012 14 day(s) 0.1605 62.5 77 m – 170 m 8.88 km/s 31968 km/h
(2008 CE119) 21st June 2012 15 day(s) 0.1811 70.5 21 m – 46 m 3.22 km/s 11592 km/h
308242 (2005 GO21) 21st June 2012 15 day(s) 0.0440 17.1 1.4 km – 3.1 km 13.27 km/s 47772 km/h
(2011 AH5) 25th June 2012 19 day(s) 0.1670 65.0 17 m – 39 m 5.84 km/s 21024 km/h
(2012 FA14) 25th June 2012 19 day(s) 0.0322 12.5 75 m – 170 m 5.28 km/s 19008 km/h
(2004 YG1) 25th June 2012 19 day(s) 0.0890 34.7 140 m – 310 m 11.34 km/s 40824 km/h
(2010 AF3) 25th June 2012 19 day(s) 0.1190 46.3 16 m – 36 m 6.54 km/s 23544 km/h
(2008 YT30) 26th June 2012 20 day(s) 0.0715 27.8 370 m – 820 m 10.70 km/s 38520 km/h
(2010 NY65) 27th June 2012 21 day(s) 0.1023 39.8 120 m – 270 m 15.09 km/s 54324 km/h
(2008 WM64) 28th June 2012 22 day(s) 0.1449 56.4 200 m – 440 m 17.31 km/s 62316 km/h
(2010 CD55) 28th June 2012 22 day(s) 0.1975 76.8 64 m – 140 m 6.33 km/s 22788 km/h
(2004 CL) 30th June 2012 24 day(s) 0.1113 43.3 220 m – 480 m 20.75 km/s 74700 km/h
(2008 YQ2) 03rd July 2012 27 day(s) 0.1057 41.1 29 m – 65 m 15.60 km/s 56160 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife

Authorities move to spray area in India with insecticides to allay spider panic

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Professor Ratul Rajkhowa holds a dead spider that was the alleged species that killed two people in north-eastern India

  1. Professor Ratul Rajkhowa of the Department of Zoology of Cotton College, holds a dead spider that was the alleged species that killed two people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, in the department’s laboratory in Guwahati. Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists. (AFP Photo/)

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Articles of Interest

Stay or go? Some towns are eyeing retreat from sea

Associated Press
Alicia Chang

parking lot at Ocean Beach is shown in San Francisco

© AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
In this photo from Thursday, May 24, 2012, the parking lot at Ocean Beach is shown in San Francisco. In San Francisco, officials are mulling a significant retreat on its western flank, where the Great Highway is under assault from the Pacific Ocean. Right now, a beach parking lot that abuts the highway is crumbing into the sea just across the highway from the San Francisco Zoo.

Los Angeles, California – Years of ferocious storms have threatened to gnaw away the western tip of a popular beachfront park two hours drive north of Los Angeles. Instead of building a 500-foot-long wooden defense next to the pier to tame the tide, the latest thinking is to flee.

Work is under way to gauge the toll of ripping up parking lots on the highly eroded west end of Goleta Beach County Park and moving a scenic bike path and buried utility lines inland away from lapping waves.

Up and down the California coast, some communities are deciding it’s not worth trying to wall off the encroaching ocean. Until recently, the thought of bowing to nature was almost unheard of.

But after futile attempts to curb coastal erosion – a problem expected to grow worse with rising seas fueled by global warming – there is growing acknowledgment that the sea is relentless and any line drawn in the sand is likely to eventually wash over.

“I like to think of it as getting out of the way gracefully,” said David Revell, a senior coastal scientist at ESA PWA, a San Francisco-based environmental consulting firm involved in Goleta and other planned retreat projects.

The issue of whether to stay or flee is being confronted around the globe. Places experimenting with retreat have adopted various strategies. In Britain, for example, several sites along the Essex coast have deliberately breached seawalls to create salt marshes, which act as a natural barrier to flooding.

In the U.S., the starkest example can be found in Alaska, where entire villages have been forced to move to higher ground or are thinking about it in the face of melting sea ice. Hawaii’s famous beaches are slowly shrinking and some scientists think it’s a matter of time before the state has to explore whether to move back development.

Several states along the Atlantic coast have adopted policies meant to keep a distance from the ocean. They include no-build zones, setbacks or rolling easements that allow development but with a caveat. As the sea advances, homeowners promise not to build seawalls and must either shift inland or let go.

Over the past half-century, the weapon of choice against a shrinking shoreline has been building a seawall or other defense. Roughly 10 percent of California’s 1,100-mile coast is armored. In Southern California, where development is sometimes built steps from the ocean, a third of the shore is dotted with man-made barriers.

While such buffers may protect the base of cliffs, and the land and property behind them, they often exacerbate the problem by scouring beaches, making them narrower or even causing them to disappear.

This is one reason state coastal regulators in 2009 turned down a proposal by Santa Barbara County to fortify an eroding section of Goleta Beach park lashed by periodic storms. A rock wall was built as a temporary stopgap, but a long-term solution was needed. After the state rejected the construction of another hard structure, park officials, working with environmentalists, came up with a Plan B: Move gas, water and sewer lines out of the risk zone. Relocate a bike path to higher ground. Demolish 150 parking spaces and allow the acre of asphalt to be reclaimed by the beach.

Last month, the county Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for an environmental review. Work could begin next year if the $4 million plan passes other regulatory hurdles.

Around California, relocation of coastal infrastructure and development is being pushed by the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental groups. But the efforts also are being driven by increased awareness of climate change. Sea level has risen by 7 inches over the last century in California. By 2050, it’s projected to rise between 12 to 18 inches.

San Francisco is mulling a significant retreat on its western flank where the scenic Great Highway is under assault from the Pacific. Erosion has inched closer to the roadway each year, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues girding segments with broken-up rock, a costly temporary fix that has had limited success.

The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association favors mixing retreat with coastal armoring. City, state and federal agencies are considering the group’s plan, which calls for moving segments of the Great Highway inland and allowing sand dunes to reclaim some of the paved-over space. The group also wants a temporary seawall to protect a sewer tunnel that’s part of a multi-billion dollar sewage and storm water system expected to be affected by sea level rise while money is raised to relocate it in about 50 years.

South of San Francisco, the beach town of Pacifica has been an early adopter of planned retreat as it battles constant erosion. The city in 2002 purchased some homes that were at risk of falling into the sea and demolished them.

This summer, the city of Ventura is pressing ahead with its $4.5 million retreat. Last year, crews removed a disintegrating oceanfront bike path at Surfer’s Point, a popular surfing spot, and built a new one farther inland. The beach was widened and cobblestone was put down.

Mark Gold, associate director at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, commended local efforts but thinks a large-scale approach is needed.

“It’s definitely something that needs to be taken a lot more seriously,” Gold said.

So far, most of the scaling back in California has occurred on public land. It’s a harder sell for private property owners to take the same action unless beachfront homes are on the verge of being submerged. The state, however, has a built-in retreat: People who want to build new oceanside construction agree not to build a seawall if their homes become threatened in the future.

Charles Lester, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, said planned retreat is an attractive option in theory, but it’s hard to execute in densely populated coastlines where there may not be room to move back. Still, he said it’s a tool worth using where possible.

Just don’t call it surrender.

“I don’t think it’s giving up. It’s about making a smart, sustainable decision,” said Gary Griggs, who studies coastal erosion at University of California, Santa Cruz.

1 06.06.2012 Explosion Bulgaria Obshtina Sliven, Sliven [Unnamed ammunition depot] Damage level Details

Explosion in Bulgaria on Tuesday, 05 June, 2012 at 19:16 (07:16 PM) UTC.

Description
All residents of the Bulgarian village of Gorno Alexandrovo have been urged to leave their homes over the incident in which an ammunition depot exploded near the city of Sliven in Southeastern Bulgaria Tuesday afternoon. The blasts at the ammo site near the Petolachkata road junction close to Sliven occurred at 2:40 pm on Tuesday, injuring at least 7 people, two of them critically. The facility in question is the property of a Sofia-based firm, Bereta Trading, which uses it to dismantle munitions – including shells from the Chelopechene military depot near Sofia that exploded in July 2008. As the explosions at the Bereta Trading depot continued into the evening, the authorities moved to evacuate the 630 residents of Gorno Alexandrovo, while also considering the evacuation of another nearby village, Lozenets. Sliven Mayor Kolyo Milev, who is a former military officer, has announced that the Sliven Municipality has immediately activated its plan for reaction in disaster situations. He has promised the villagers’ homes are already guarded by local police to protect them from looters. “Danger could grow greater if there are larger-scale secondary explosions but for the time being this is unlikely,” the Sliven Mayor said, as cited by Focus. According to Prof. Nikolay Miloshev, Director of the Geophysics Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the blasts near Sliven caused an earthquake with a magnitude of 1.5 on the Richter Scale. His statement came early Tuesday night, after earlier the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences announced it had registered no earthquake that might have caused the blasts. Meanwhile, the blasts did cause panic among the local population, with the people mistaking the explosions for an earthquake in the wake of the 5.8-6.0-magnitude earthquake that jolted Sofia and Western Bulgaria on May 22, 2012.

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Earthquakes

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Four Earthquakes in One Day: The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica Trembles

CostaRica Star

As of 10:20 pm (04:20 Greenwich Mean Time) on Sunday, June 3rd, the Observatory of Volcanology and Seismology (OVSICORI in Spanish) of the National University in Costa Rica had reported the following seismic readings:

  • 02:52 – Magnitude 2.6 Richter at a depth of 12 kilometers, epicenter located 36 kilometers southwest of Estero Garita in Aguirre, province of Puntarenas.
  • 05:55 – Magnitude 3.6 Richter at a depth of 21 kilometers, epicenter located 173 kilometers south of Puerto La Playa in Golfito, province of Puntarenas.
  • 18:45 – Magnitude 5.3 Richter at a depth of 21 kilometers, epicenter located 21 kilometers southwest of Puerto La Playa in Golfito, province of Puntarenas.
  • 21:15 – Magnitude 6.0 Richter at a depth of 3 kilometers, epicenter located 428 kilometers south of Puerto La Playa in Golfito, province of Puntarenas.

All four earthquakes had epicenters off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and the seismometer at Puerto La Playa has been busy. The seismic events are originating on the ocean floor and have been increasing in magnitude, although no tsunami alerts have been posted.

As usual, the National Seismological Network (RSN) of the University of Costa Rica collected social media reports on the intensity of the earthquakes. No reports came in from the early morning earthquake, as most Ticos were peacefully cradled in the arms of Morpheus at that time.

The 6:45 pm earthquake, however, was felt by neighbors in Alajuela, Heredia, Aserri, Ciudad Quesada, Perez Zeledon, and other communities. Reports trickled in from Panama of greater intensity felt. Most of the reports surrounding the 6:45 pm tremor agreed that it lasted for quite some time, although the intensity was low.

The 6:45 pm tremor originated between the tectonic plates of Nazca and Coco, in the Panama Fracture Zone -an area of high seismic activity.

The 21:15 pm earthquake was registered by the United States Geological Survey at a 6.6 magnitude on the Richter scale, with an epicenter located 9 kilometers south of Panama. Scattered reports of intensity from that quake are trickling in.

The typically quiet Sunday night in David and Bugaba was disrupted by the quake, which some Ticos on the Paso Canoas side of the border also felt. No damages or injuries have been reported as of this time, although some people will probably not rest easy tonight.

New observations on the San Andreas Fault in Santa Cruz Mountains, Seattle Fault Zone

by Staff Writers
Los Angeles CA (SPX)


The 900-930 AD rupture is the only known large earthquake along the Seattle Fault, making geological records of prehistoric events the only clues to the earthquake potential of the fault.

Recent paleoseismic work has documented four surface-rupturing earthquakes that occurred across the Santa Cruz Mountains section of the San Andreas Fault (SAF) in the past 500 years.

The research, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, with assistance from the California Geological Survey, suggests an average recurrence rate of 125 years, indicating the seismic hazard for the area may be significantly higher than currently recognized. The observations help fill a gap in data on the seismic activity of the SAF in northern California, particularly south of San Francisco.

Geologists Thomas Fumal and Tim Dawson conducted paleoseismic studies at Mill Canyon, near Watsonville, California. They documented evidence for four earthquakes, the most recent being the 1906 M 7.8 San Francisco event.

They conclude that each of the three earthquakes prior to the 1906 quake was a large magnitude event that likely ruptured most, or all, of the Santa Cruz Mountains segment, producing similar physical deformation as the 1906 quake.

In addition to filling in a data gap about the SAF in this region, this research adds to the understanding of how the SAF behaves, in particular whether individual segments of the fault system can produce destructive earthquakes and how often.

This study joins to a growing body of work that suggests the SAF produces a wider array of magnitudes than previously appreciated in the current seismic hazard models.

Seattle Fault Zone – 900-930 AD earthquake larger than previously thought
A fresh look at sedimentary evidence suggests the 900-930 AD rupture of the Seattle fault possibly produced a larger earthquake than previously recognized. The Seattle fault zone, a series of active-east-west trending thrust faults, poses seismic threat to the Puget Sound region.

The 900-930 AD rupture is the only known large earthquake along the Seattle Fault, making geological records of prehistoric events the only clues to the earthquake potential of the fault.

While a graduate student at the University of Washington, Maria Arcos looked at tsunami and debris flow deposits – both evidence of a paleo-quake – in the coastal marsh at Gorst, Washington.

She also identified evidence of at least three meters of uplift that preceded a tsunami, which was followed by a sandy debris flow from Gorst Creek, and suggests that the 900-930 AD quake covered a greater geographic area than previous fault interpretations.

The revised height and width of deformation caused by the quake may influence current interpretations of the Seattle fault’s structure. This study found a minimum of three meters of uplift at Gorst, which is double the amount of previous fault models for the same location.

A broader zone of deformation, says Arcos, may indicate either a wider zone of slip along the dip of the fault, a shallower dip or splay faults farther to the south.

“Timing of Large Earthquakes during the past 500 years along the Santa Cruz Mountains Segment of the San Andreas Fault at Mill Canyon, near Watsonville, California,” published by BSSA, Vol. 102:3. Author: Thomas Fumal, U.S. Geological Survey.

“The A.D. 900 – 930 Seattle Fault Zone Earthquake with a Wider Coseismic Rupture Patch and Postseismic Submergence: Inferences from New Sedimentary Evidence,” published in BSSA Vol 102:3; DOI number 10.1785/0120110123.

Related Links
Seismological Society of America
Tectonic Science and News
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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Winter Hits Europe – Stockholm Has Coldest Day in 84 Years! Sweden Coldest Temperature In 20 Years!

By P Gosselin  

Parts of Europe are being gripped by unusual cold, even though the calendar says it’s meteorological summer. Now children in Sweden are finding out what snow is like – in June! Strangest warming I’ve ever seen.

Winter pounds Sweden – and it’s summer!

The English language The Local here writes that “Stockholm broke an 84-year-old cold record on Saturday, as the capital’s temperature only reached 6 degrees Celsius, the lowest June maximum daily temperature the city has seen since 1928.”

Indeed, you could be excused for thinking that the current chill is more like winter than summer. It was actually colder in the capital yesterday than on Christmas Eve. ‘The temperature was a degree lower than it was at Christmas in Stockholm, so it is colder. And it’s windier, too,’ said SMHI’s meteorologist Lisa Frost to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.”

Just two days ago The Local here reported that snow blanketed northern parts.

Residents in northern Sweden were forced to grab shovels rather than sun lotion on what was supposed to be the first day of summer, as much of the region was left covered in a thick blanket of snow on Friday. As much as 20 centimetres of thick, wet snow fell in parts of Västerbotten County, giving residents quite a shock when they woke up Friday morning.”

The mercury also dropped to minus 6 degrees Celsius in one town, making it the coldest June Sweden recording in 20 years. The Local adds:

The weathThree dead, six missing as typhoon passes Philippines
by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) June 4, 2012

 

Three children were killed and six fishermen were missing after typhoon Mawar brought heavy rains and rough waters to parts of the Philippines, the civil defence office said Monday.

Two siblings were carried off by an overflowing river in the western island of Palawan while a seven-year-old boy drowned in a river east of Manila, the office’s deputy director, Florentino Sison, said.

A search is continuing for six fishermen on three separate boats who went missing after setting off before the storm hit, he added.

Thirty-two fishermen were rescued in rough waters off the eastern island of Catanduanes on Saturday after their boat ran out of fuel during the storm.

Mawar became a typhoon early on Sunday with maximum winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour as it passed near the eastern side of the Philippines.

Although Mawar did not hit the country directly it brought heavy rains, particularly over eastern parts of the archipelago, raising fears of flashfloods and landslides.

As the typhoon moved away from the Philippines, the government weather station warned of “gale force winds” in the northern and central coasts of the country.

Mawar was 660 kilometres northeast of Manila just before dawn Monday, moving northeast at 15 kph.

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempester agency forecasts that the first weekend in June will feel more like the start of winter than the start of summer.”

 

 

 

  04.06.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of California, [Sequoia National Forest] Damage level
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Forest / Wild Fire in USA on Monday, 04 June, 2012 at 02:33 (02:33 AM) UTC.

Description
Afternoon winds are being blamed for helping a wildfire burning in a remote area of the Sequoia National Forest nearly double in size. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Alonzo says the winds Sunday afternoon pushed the fire over control lines, helping it expand to more than 1,000 acres. Earlier Sunday the fire had consumed about 522 acres. About 250 firefighters are battling the blaze, which was first reported around 4 p.m. Friday. No structures are threatened by the blaze. The wildfire has crossed Lloyd Meadow Road, a dead-end road that provides access to two trailheads into the Golden Trout Wilderness area, a remote area that spans both sides of the Sierra crest. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials have determined it was caused by a human, though it’s not known if the fire was sparked accidentally.

 

 

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Storms, Flooding, Tsunami

 

  Active tropical storm system(s)
 
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Mawar (04W) Pacific Ocean 02.06.2012 05.06.2012 Typhoon I. 50 ° 120 km/h 148 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Storm data

Storm name: Mawar (04W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 6.000, E 124° 42.000
Start up: 02nd June 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 736.43 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
Useful links:

Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
02nd Jun 2012 01:06:01 N 16° 6.000, E 124° 42.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 315 12 JTWC
02nd Jun 2012 10:06:17 N 17° 12.000, E 124° 0.000 11 120 148 Typhoon I. 340 12 JTWC
03rd Jun 2012 06:06:11 N 18° 48.000, E 125° 0.000 11 167 204 Typhoon II. 20 16 JTWC
03rd Jun 2012 09:06:00 N 19° 24.000, E 125° 30.000 15 176 213 Typhoon II. 40 16 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
05th Jun 2012 15:06:02 N 27° 30.000, E 132° 18.000 43 120 148 Typhoon I. 50 ° 20 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
06th Jun 2012 06:00:00 N 32° 54.000, E 142° 54.000 Tropical Storm 93 120 JTWC

 

 

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Three dead, six missing as typhoon passes Philippines

by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP)

 

Three children were killed and six fishermen were missing after typhoon Mawar brought heavy rains and rough waters to parts of the Philippines, the civil defence office said Monday.

Two siblings were carried off by an overflowing river in the western island of Palawan while a seven-year-old boy drowned in a river east of Manila, the office’s deputy director, Florentino Sison, said.

A search is continuing for six fishermen on three separate boats who went missing after setting off before the storm hit, he added.

Thirty-two fishermen were rescued in rough waters off the eastern island of Catanduanes on Saturday after their boat ran out of fuel during the storm.

Mawar became a typhoon early on Sunday with maximum winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour as it passed near the eastern side of the Philippines.

Although Mawar did not hit the country directly it brought heavy rains, particularly over eastern parts of the archipelago, raising fears of flashfloods and landslides.

As the typhoon moved away from the Philippines, the government weather station warned of “gale force winds” in the northern and central coasts of the country.

Mawar was 660 kilometres northeast of Manila just before dawn Monday, moving northeast at 15 kph.

Related Links
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A world of storm and tempest

China braces for floods

TwoCircles

China may face huge flooding this year due to increased rainfall, an official said.

Floods have already occurred in areas along the Yangtze river tributaries this year.

The water level on middle and lower reaches of Yangtze was one to three meters higher than the historical average, said Wu Daoxi, in charge of Yangtze flood control office.

The Yangtze river valley was last hit by massive floods in 1998 when some 4,000 people died. The chance for large-scale flooding is significantly higher now, Wu said.

Precipitation levels are likely to increase by 20 to 50 percent above normal in Huaihe and Yellow river valleys this summer, Xinhua reported.

Authorities have discharged water from some reservoirs, including Three Gorges reservoir, to prepare them for storing floodwaters.(IANS)

 

 

 

  Tsunami Information
 
Pacific Ocean Region
Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
04.06.2012 03:22 AM Tsunami Information Bulletin South Of Panama 6.6 10 km Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsunami Information Bulletin in South Of Panama, Pacific Ocean

GuID: pacific.TIBPAC.2012.06.04.0322
Date/Time: 2012-06-04 03:22:51
Source: PTWC
Area: Pacific Ocean
Location: South Of Panama
Magnitude: M 6.6
Depth: 10 km
Tsunami observed: Not observed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsunami Information Bulletin in South Of Panama, Pacific Ocean

 

000
WEPA42 PHEB 040322
TIBPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0322Z 04 JUN 2012

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  0315Z 04 JUN 2012
 COORDINATES -   5.4 NORTH   82.7 WEST
 DEPTH       -   10 KM
 LOCATION    -  SOUTH OF PANAMA
 MAGNITUDE   -  6.6

EVALUATION

 NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
 HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

 HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
 TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
 A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
 IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
 POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

 

 

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Nuclear

US, European nuclear and coal-fired electrical plants vulnerable to climate change: study

 

Warmer water and reduced river flows in the United States and Europe in recent years have led to reduced production, or temporary shutdown, of several thermoelectric power plants. For instance, the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama had to shut down more than once last summer because the Tennessee River’s water was too warm to use it for cooling.

A study by European and University of Washington scientists published today in Nature Climate Change projects that in the next 50 years warmer water and lower flows will lead to more such power disruptions. The authors predict that thermoelectric power generating capacity from 2031 to 2060 will decrease by between 4 and 16 percent in the U.S. and 6 to 19 percent in Europe due to lack of cooling water. The likelihood of extreme drops in power generation—complete or almost-total shutdowns—is projected to almost triple.

“This study suggests that our reliance on thermal cooling is something that we’re going to have to revisit,” said co-author Dennis Lettenmaier, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Thermoelectric plants, which use nuclear or fossil fuels to heat water into steam that turns a turbine, supply more than 90 percent of U.S. electricity and account for 40 percent of the nation’s freshwater usage. In Europe, these plants supply three-quarters of the electricity and account for about half of the freshwater use.

While much of this water is “recycled,” the power plants rely on consistent volumes of water, at a particular temperature, to prevent the turbines from overheating.

Reduced water availability and warmer water, caused by increasing air temperatures associated with climate change, mean higher electricity costs and less reliability.

While plants with cooling towers will be affected, results show older plants that rely on “once-through cooling” are the most vulnerable. These plants pump water directly from rivers or lakes to cool the turbines before returning the water to its source, and require high flow volumes.

The study projects the most significant U.S. effects at power plants situated inland on major rivers in the Southeast that use once-through cooling, such as the Browns Ferry plant in Alabama and the New Madrid coal-fired plant in southeastern Missouri.

“The worst-case scenarios in the Southeast come from heat waves where you need the power for air conditioning,” Lettenmaier said. “If you have really high power demand and the river temperature’s too high so you need to shut your power plant down, you have a problem.”
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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

 

 

2 04.06.2012 Epidemic Hazard China Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong Damage level
Details

 

 

Epidemic Hazard in China on Saturday, 02 June, 2012 at 07:00 (07:00 AM) UTC.

Description
HONG Kong hospitals are on alert after a two-year-old boy was confirmed to have contracted bird flu. The boy was admitted to hospital a week ago with convulsions after arriving from the southern Chinese city of Guangdong. The Centre for Health Protection said he had tested positive for the AH5 strain of bird flu. More tests were being conducted to determine whether it is the deadly H5N1 sub-strain of the virus, which has been responsible for 356 deaths since 2003, according to the World Health Organisation. The boy is being treated in isolation and is described as being in a stable condition.
Biohazard name: A/H5N1
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News June4: Earth Shakes, Major Spaceweather Afoot

Published on Jun 4, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
Venus Ring of Fire: http://youtu.be/ZsmnzFwHUzY
Nuclear Climate Change: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-european-energy-vulnerable-climate.html
EU Money: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/04/us-eurozone-union-idUSBRE85207J2012…
Arsenic/Pregnancy: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120531200820.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Space

 

 

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 KN18) 05th June 2012 0 day(s) 0.0425 16.6 31 m – 70 m 10.17 km/s 36612 km/h
(2008 MG1) 05th June 2012 0 day(s) 0.1268 49.3 290 m – 640 m 22.32 km/s 80352 km/h
(2009 LE) 06th June 2012 1 day(s) 0.1150 44.8 50 m – 110 m 13.61 km/s 48996 km/h
(2006 SG7) 06th June 2012 1 day(s) 0.0857 33.4 71 m – 160 m 16.47 km/s 59292 km/h
(2001 LB) 07th June 2012 2 day(s) 0.0729 28.4 200 m – 450 m 11.56 km/s 41616 km/h
(2012 JU11) 09th June 2012 4 day(s) 0.0736 28.6 27 m – 60 m 3.80 km/s 13680 km/h
(2012 GX11) 10th June 2012 5 day(s) 0.1556 60.5 170 m – 380 m 6.38 km/s 22968 km/h
(2012 KM11) 14th June 2012 9 day(s) 0.0942 36.7 30 m – 67 m 5.92 km/s 21312 km/h
(2012 HN40) 15th June 2012 10 day(s) 0.1182 46.0 230 m – 510 m 13.79 km/s 49644 km/h
(2002 AC) 16th June 2012 11 day(s) 0.1598 62.2 740 m – 1.7 km 26.71 km/s 96156 km/h
137120 (1999 BJ8) 16th June 2012 11 day(s) 0.1769 68.8 670 m – 1.5 km 14.88 km/s 53568 km/h
(2011 KR12) 19th June 2012 14 day(s) 0.1318 51.3 140 m – 310 m 10.10 km/s 36360 km/h
(2004 HB39) 20th June 2012 15 day(s) 0.1605 62.5 77 m – 170 m 8.88 km/s 31968 km/h
(2008 CE119) 21st June 2012 16 day(s) 0.1811 70.5 21 m – 46 m 3.22 km/s 11592 km/h
308242 (2005 GO21) 21st June 2012 16 day(s) 0.0440 17.1 1.4 km – 3.1 km 13.27 km/s 47772 km/h
(2011 AH5) 25th June 2012 20 day(s) 0.1670 65.0 17 m – 39 m 5.84 km/s 21024 km/h
(2012 FA14) 25th June 2012 20 day(s) 0.0322 12.5 75 m – 170 m 5.28 km/s 19008 km/h
(2004 YG1) 25th June 2012 20 day(s) 0.0890 34.7 140 m – 310 m 11.34 km/s 40824 km/h
(2010 AF3) 25th June 2012 20 day(s) 0.1190 46.3 16 m – 36 m 6.54 km/s 23544 km/h
(2008 YT30) 26th June 2012 21 day(s) 0.0715 27.8 370 m – 820 m 10.70 km/s 38520 km/h
(2010 NY65) 27th June 2012 22 day(s) 0.1023 39.8 120 m – 270 m 15.09 km/s 54324 km/h
(2008 WM64) 28th June 2012 23 day(s) 0.1449 56.4 200 m – 440 m 17.31 km/s 62316 km/h
(2010 CD55) 28th June 2012 23 day(s) 0.1975 76.8 64 m – 140 m 6.33 km/s 22788 km/h
(2004 CL) 30th June 2012 25 day(s) 0.1113 43.3 220 m – 480 m 20.75 km/s 74700 km/h
(2008 YQ2) 03rd July 2012 28 day(s) 0.1057 41.1 29 m – 65 m 15.60 km/s 56160 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Articles of Interest

 

1 05.06.2012 Environment Pollution Russia [Asia] Nenets Autonomous Okrug, [Trebs oil field, Timan-Pechora Basin] Damage level
Details

 

 

Environment Pollution in Russia [Asia] on Monday, 23 April, 2012 at 13:40 (01:40 PM) UTC.

Description
Russian authorities said they were able to control an oil spill from the Trebs oil field in the arctic two days after a leak was reported. “An accident occurred at the oilfield at 5:30 p.m. Moscow time on Friday, oil began rushing,” a spokesman for the regional Emergencies Ministry was quoted by Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti as saying. “Rescuers arrived on Saturday and the rush of oil was terminated on Sunday.” Trebs and the nearby Titov deposits are among the most lucrative in a region just south of the Pechora Sea. Moscow estimates the region contains as much as 1 billion barrels of oil. Russian energy company Lukoil has invested about $1 billion to develop the region. It signed an agreement last year with Russian oil company Bashneft to develop the fields. The Russian report didn’t provide a spill volume or indicate how the spill was controlled. There was no fire reported and nobody was injured.

 

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Safe’ Levels of Arsenic in Drinking Water Found to Compromise Pregnant/Lactating Mothers, Offspring

ScienceDaily (May 31, 2012) — Exposure to arsenic in drinking water at the level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently deems as safe in the United States (10 parts per billion) induces adverse health outcomes in pregnant and lactating mice and their offspring, concludes a study led by Joshua Hamilton of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Courtney Kozul-Horvath at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.


The team is part of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program on Toxic Metals.

Pregnant and/or breastfeeding mothers who consumed low levels (10 ppb) of arsenic in their drinking water, the scientists found, exhibited significant disruption in their lipid metabolism, leading to diminished nutrients in their blood and in their breast milk. As a result, their offspring showed significant growth and development deficits during the postnatal period before weaning. Birth outcomes such as litter size and length of gestation were unaffected.

“The pups were essentially malnourished; they were small and underdeveloped,” Hamilton says. Once the pups were switched to milk from a mother who had not consumed arsenic, their growth deficits reversed, although only the males fully caught up with the pups that had had no arsenic exposure.

The U.S. EPA recently lowered the Maximum Contaminant Level for arsenic to 10 ppb in public water supplies — a regulated level that is considered “safe” for a lifetime of exposure — yet concentrations of 100 ppb and higher are commonly found in private, unregulated well water in regions where arsenic is geologically abundant, including upper New England (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine), Florida, and large parts of the Upper Midwest, the Southwest, and the Rocky Mountains.

“This study raises a couple of issues. First, we have to think again about whether 10 ppb arsenic as a U.S. drinking water standard is safe and protective of human health,” says Hamilton, who is the MBL’s chief academic and scientific officer and a senior scientist in the MBL Bay Paul Center.

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Peru needs glacier loss monitoring: dire UN warning

by Staff Writers
Lima (AFP)

 

Peru needs a permanent monitoring system to gauge Andean mountain glacier shrinkage caused by global warming, and its effect on people who depend on the ice for water, UN experts warned.

“We have spoken with Peruvian government institutions, and there is no sufficient monitoring system to tell us the current trend in glacier shrinkage, and its consequences,” said Anil Mishra, a UNESCO specialist in hydrological systems.

Mishra took part this week in a conference called “Impact of Glacier Retreat in the Andes” with Thomas Shaaf, of Germany, who leads the UNESCO biodiversity science department. It aimed to deliver policy recommendations to regional governments.

“We are in Peru to work with scientists from the region, with their specialists, to identify and understand the process of glacier shrinkage,” Mishra added.

Experts say the monitoring system should include scientists, high-tech equipment and hydrologists to identify the degree of ice melting, the degree to which rivers fed by them are losing water supplies; and which down-mountain areas will be affected by the loss of water supplies and how much.

“In the Andes, runoff from glaciated basins is an important element of the regional water budget, and is essential to the integrity of mountain ecosystems,” UNESCO said in a statement on the gathering last week.

A 2009 World Bank report said that in the last 35 years, Peru’s glaciers have shrunk by 22 percent, leading to a 12 percent loss in the amount of fresh water reaching the coast, home to most of the desert country’s citizens who depend on the water supplies downstream.

And the local Glacier Science Office has reported that the glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru, the highest tropical mountain chain in the world, have shrunk by 30 percent in the past 40 years due to climate change.

“The scientific community and governments have got to understand what the consequences will be for river systems when the glaciers no longer exist,” Mishra warned.

Shaaf added that with the passing years there is less snow falling on the high mountains even as the ice is shrinking “and so less water is going into river systems, even if the population has not felt it yet.

Many scientists believe that with climate change, rain cycles will speed up and rains will be heavier in tropical and already wet areas but that dry and semiarid areas will see less and less precipitation.

Peru’s population is almost 30 million.

Related Links
Beyond the Ice Age

 

Unmanned NASA Storm Sentinels set for Hurricane Study

by Rob Gutro for Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX)


NASA’s Global Hawk soars aloft from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The NASA Global Hawk is well-suited for hurricane investigations because it can over-fly hurricanes at altitudes greater than 60,000 feet with flight durations of up to 28 hours – something piloted aircraft would find nearly impossible to do. Photo: ED-10-0233-22 Credit: NASA/Tony Landis.

Ah, June. It marks the end of school, the start of summer…and the official start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which got off to an early start in May with the formation of Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters are calling for a near-normal hurricane season this year.

But whether the season turns out to be wild or wimpy, understanding what makes these ferocious storms form and rapidly intensify is a continuing area of scientific research, and is the focus of the NASA-led Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission that kicks off this summer.

Beginning in late August through early October and continuing for the next several years during the Atlantic hurricane season, NASA will dispatch two unmanned aircraft equipped with specialized instruments high above tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean basin.

These “severe storm sentinels” will investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will join several other NASA centers and numerous federal and university partners in the HS3 mission.

The autonomously-flown NASA Global Hawk aircraft are well-suited for hurricane investigations. They can over-fly hurricanes at altitudes greater than 18,300 meters (60,000 feet), and fly up to 28 hours at a time – something piloted aircraft would find nearly impossible to do.

Global Hawks were used in the agency’s 2010 Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) hurricane mission and the Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) environmental science mission.

The Global Hawks will deploy from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and are based at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

“Hurricane intensity can be very hard to predict because of an insufficient understanding of how clouds and wind patterns within a storm interact with the storm’s environment,” said Scott Braun, HS3 mission principal investigator and research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

“HS3 seeks to improve our understanding of these processes by taking advantage of the surveillance capabilities of the Global Hawk along with measurements from a suite of advanced instruments.

“One aircraft will sample the environment of storms while the other will measure eyewall and rainband winds and precipitation,” Braun continued. HS3 will examine the large-scale environment that tropical storms form in and move through and how that environment affects the inner workings of the storms.

HS3 will address the controversial role of the hot, dry and dusty Saharan Air Layer in tropical storm formation and intensification. Past studies have suggested the layer can both favor and suppress intensification.

In addition, HS3 will examine the extent to which deep convection in the inner-core region of storms is a key driver of intensity change or just a response to storms finding favorable sources of energy.

JPL’s High-Altitude Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit Sounding Radiometer (HAMSR) microwave sounder instrument will be one of a set of instruments aboard the Global Hawk that will focus on the inner region of the storms.

Most of these instruments represent advanced technology developed by NASA that in some cases are precursors to sensors planned for future NASA satellite missions.

HAMSR, an advanced water vapor sensor, analyzes the heat radiation emitted by oxygen and water molecules in the atmosphere to determine their density and temperature.

The instrument operates at microwave frequencies that can penetrate clouds, enabling it to determine temperature, humidity and cloud structure under all weather conditions. This capability is critical for studying atmospheric processes associated with bad weather, like the conditions present during hurricanes.

 

Related Links
HS3 Mission
NASA’s hurricane research
NASA’s Airborne Science Program
Global Hawks at NASA
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

 

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Earthquakes

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 04 23:54 PM
2.4 6.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 23:44 PM
2.6 5.0 MAP

USGS British Columbia, Canada
Apr 04 23:31 PM
2.5 0.0 MAP

EMSC Pyrenees
Apr 04 23:06 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 04 22:58 PM
3.3 170.2 MAP

EMSC Fiji
Apr 04 22:41 PM
4.8 18.0 MAP

USGS Fiji
Apr 04 22:41 PM
4.8 17.7 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 04 22:35 PM
2.7 109.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 04 22:28 PM
3.9 87.4 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 04 22:10 PM
2.6 12.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 21:56 PM
3.2 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 21:45 PM
2.5 6.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 04 20:59 PM
3.0 8.9 MAP

GEONET Hawke’s Bay
Apr 04 20:49 PM
3.7 30.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 04 20:46 PM
3.4 28.0 MAP

GEOFON Luzon, Philippines
Apr 04 20:35 PM
4.6 185.0 MAP

EMSC Luzon, Philippines
Apr 04 20:35 PM
4.9 160.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 20:33 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 04 20:27 PM
5.3 15.0 MAP

USGS New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 04 20:27 PM
5.5 16.7 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 04 20:27 PM
5.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 19:36 PM
3.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 19:34 PM
2.8 7.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 04 18:53 PM
2.6 1.0 MAP

EMSC Czech Republic
Apr 04 17:39 PM
2.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 17:02 PM
2.6 5.0 MAP

USGS Nevada
Apr 04 16:21 PM
2.6 0.0 MAP

EMSC Papua, Indonesia
Apr 04 16:20 PM
4.8 130.0 MAP

GEOFON Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Apr 04 16:20 PM
4.8 134.0 MAP

USGS Papua, Indonesia
Apr 04 16:20 PM
4.8 124.8 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 15:36 PM
2.8 5.8 MAP

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Apr 04 14:21 PM
4.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 14:18 PM
4.3 35.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 14:18 PM
4.4 14.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 14:09 PM
2.5 5.3 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 14:08 PM
3.0 7.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 04 13:54 PM
2.6 25.8 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 04 13:34 PM
2.5 6.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 12:58 PM
2.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Central Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 04 12:10 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Central Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 04 12:10 PM
4.9 10.2 MAP

GEOFON Central Mid Atlantic Ridge
Apr 04 12:10 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 12:06 PM
2.7 3.5 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 04 11:11 AM
2.9 42.7 MAP

USGS Turkey-syria Border Region
Apr 04 11:05 AM
4.2 9.9 MAP

EMSC Turkey-syria Border Region
Apr 04 11:05 AM
4.3 20.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 04 10:21 AM
3.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 09:50 AM
3.2 13.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 09:41 AM
4.5 2.0 MAP

USGS Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 09:41 AM
4.5 2.6 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 08:57 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 04 08:03 AM
3.4 75.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 07:37 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC North Atlantic Ocean
Apr 04 07:08 AM
2.8 30.0 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 04 07:08 AM
3.2 26.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 04 06:57 AM
3.2 31.0 MAP

USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 04 06:48 AM
3.0 13.1 MAP

GEONET Hawke’s Bay
Apr 04 06:24 AM
3.3 30.0 MAP

USGS Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 06:11 AM
4.1 15.2 MAP

EMSC Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 06:11 AM
4.1 15.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 04 06:00 AM
2.6 193.4 MAP

USGS South Of Panama
Apr 04 05:41 AM
4.3 10.0 MAP

GEOFON South Of Panama
Apr 04 05:41 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC South Of Panama
Apr 04 05:41 AM
4.3 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 04 05:37 AM
2.8 129.8 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 05:32 AM
2.5 13.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 04 05:21 AM
4.6 40.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of The Kamchatka Peninsul

Apr 04 05:21 AM
4.6 39.1 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 04:37 AM
2.6 14.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 04:33 AM
3.8 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 04 04:29 AM
4.7 108.0 MAP

EMSC Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 04 04:29 AM
4.5 100.0 MAP

USGS Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 04 04:28 AM
4.4 83.1 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 03:45 AM
2.6 4.0 MAP

EMSC Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 02:28 AM
4.3 15.0 MAP

USGS Bay Of Campeche
Apr 04 02:28 AM
4.3 15.2 MAP

USGS Anguilla Region, Leeward Islands
Apr 04 01:46 AM
3.4 78.7 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 04 01:46 AM
3.6 126.8 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 04 01:45 AM
3.6 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 04 01:12 AM
3.5 2.4 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 00:44 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Turkey
Apr 04 00:33 AM
4.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 04 00:33 AM
4.3 7.0 MAP

USGS Western Turkey
Apr 04 00:33 AM
4.1 8.8 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 04 00:13 AM
4.7 40.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 04 00:13 AM
4.7 38.9 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 04 00:12 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 04 00:01 AM
2.8 7.0 MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Significant increase in the activity of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

BY: T

Nevado del Ruiz seems to be getting closer to a new eruption. INGEOMINAS reports that during the last week, there has been a significant increase in the activity of the volcano, which can be summarized as follows:
– From March 27, there have been phases of volcanic tremor pulses related probably to deep magma movements
– Since the last week, there were seismic signals interpreted with rock fracturing, i.e. dike intrusions, located west of the active crater. Similar seismic activity was observed prior to the eruptions in November 1985 and September 1989, although this time it is less energetic.
– On March 29 at 10:54 local time, for a period of 25 minutes, there were over 135 earthquakes located south of Arenas crater at a depth of about 4 km.
– From 04:00 am local time on 31 March, there has been a significant increase in seismicity of events associated with fluid movements and fracturing of rock located in the active crater.
– SO2 emissions continue at high levels.

According to the diagnosis made so far, INGEOMINAS expects an eruption in the coming weeks, but smaller in size than those in November 1985 and September 1989.

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China

City shakes and booms as quake, thunder strike

A 1.2-magnitude earthquake hit Shanghai Monday night just as a brief thunderstorm struck, causing no casualties but raising public concern online because of the coincidental timing.

It also happened to occur a day after the local seismological bureau had dismissed any possibility that Shanghai might suffer serious damages should another major tsunami be unleashed by a powerful earthquake off Japan.

A prediction by a Japanese government-commissioned panel of another big Japan earthquake had made headlines in local media, with locals fearing the predicted 34-meter-high tsunami waves, caused by a potential 9.0-magnitude earthquake near the Japanese coast, would inundate Shanghai.

Just as locals breathed a sigh of relief reading a no-worry clarification from the seismological authority, many were surprised Monday night to feel several seconds of strong building shaking from the local earthquake.

The city’s seismological bureau said the 1.2-magnitude quake took place at 11:27pm, with the epicenter in Minhang District at a depth of just 10 kilometers.

Given its shallow depth, the slight-magnitude quake was still obvious enough to be felt by many locals, seismological officials said.

“Did I just feel an earthquake? Who else felt the same?” read a post, and many like it, sweeping through Weibo.com, a twitter-like social-networking platform, minutes after the quake. Curious netizens discussed the scope of affected areas by reporting where they felt it.

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Extreme Temperatures

Hosepipe bans enforced in drought areas

Hosepipe bans affecting about 20 million customers have been introduced by seven water authorities in parts of southern and eastern England.

People who flout the bans, which follow one of the driest two-year periods on record, face fines of up to £1,000.

Suppliers Thames, Southern, South East, Anglian, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East have all introduced “temporary use bans”.

The government has urged householders to be “smarter about how we use water”.

Using a hosepipe to water a garden, water plants, fill a pond not containing fish, or clean outdoor surfaces are all banned as are filling and maintaining ornamental fountains.

But exemptions are in place for grass and surfaces used for national and international sports which means the Olympic and Paralympic games will be unaffected.

Disabled people with blue badges are exempt, while some businesses, including car washing firms, will also be allowed to continue using hosepipes in most areas.

And some drip irrigation systems featuring perforated hoses are allowed…..

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Storms,   Tornadoes

TORNADOES SMASH A SEMI DEPOT DALLAS FT WORTH TEXAS USA

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr4: NASA, Nuclear, Earthquakes, Planetary/Solar Update

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Articles of Interest

Extreme Weather is the New Normal

By Stephen Leahy

“Extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal. Canada and much of the United States experienced summer temperatures during winter this year, confirming the findings of a new report on extreme weather.”

Extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal. Canada and much of the United States experienced summer temperatures during winter this year, confirming the findings of a new report on extreme weather.

For two weeks this March most of North America baked under extraordinarily warm temperatures that melted all the snow and ice and broke 150-year-old temperature records by large margins.

Last year the U.S. endured 14 separate billion-dollar-plus weather disasters including flooding, hurricanes and tornados.

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Mar. 28, provides solid evidence that record-breaking weather events are increasing in number and becoming more extreme. And if current rates of greenhouse gas emissions are maintained, these events will reach dangerous new levels over the coming century.

Read Full Article Here

No Way To Stop The North Sea Gas Leak

Massive Gas Leak Could Be the North Sea’s Deepwater Horizon

—By Julia Whitty

A natural gas well in the North Sea 150 miles off Aberdeen, Scotland, sprung a massive methane leak on March 25. The 238 workers were all safely evacuated. But the situation is so explosive that an exclusion zone for ships and aircraft has been set up around the rig, reports the Mail Online. And nearby rigs have been evacuated, reports the New York Times:

Royal Dutch Shell said it closed its Shearwater field, about four miles away, withdrawing 52 of the 90 workers there; it also suspended work and evacuated 68 workers from a drilling rig working nearby, the Hans Deul.

But that’s not the worst of it. The platform lies less than 100 yards/meters from a flare that workers left burning as crew evacuated. The French super-major oil company owner of the rig, Total, dismissed the risk, while the British government claimed the flame needs to burn to prevent gas pressure from building up. But Reuters reports:

[O]ne energy industry consultant said Elgin could become “an explosion waiting to happen” if the oil major did not rapidly stop the leak which is above the water at the wellhead.

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Carbon Dioxide Linked to End of Last Ice Age

 

Wynne Parry
Live Science

 
The circumstances that ended the last ice age, somewhere between 19,000 and 10,000 years ago, have been unclear. In particular, scientists aren’t sure how carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, played into the giant melt.

New research indicates it did in fact help drive this prehistoric episode of global warming, even though it did not kick it off. A change in the Earth’s orbit likely started of the melt, setting off a chain of events, according to the researchers.

The ambiguity about the end of the ice age originates in the Antarctic. Ice cores from the continent reveal a problematic time lag: Temperatures appeared to begin warming before atmospheric carbon dioxide increased. This has led scientists to question how increasing carbon dioxide – a frequently cited cause for global warming now and in the distant past – factored into the end of the last ice age. Global warming skeptics have also cited this as evidence carbon dioxide produced by humans is not responsible for modern global warming.

But the data from Antarctica alone offer too narrow a perspective to represent what was happening on a global scale, according to lead study researcher Jeremy Shakun of Harvard University…..

 

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Politics and Legislation

 

Obama Impeachment Bill Now In Congress

CURATOR: BARRACUDA.

Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that should the president use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1880/374/NL/Obama_Impeachment_Bill_Now_In_Congress.html

 

Supreme Court Likely to Endorse Obama’s War on Whistle-Blowers

Chris Hedges, Truthdig Op-Ed:

“Obama, who serves the interests of the surveillance and security state with even more fervor than did George W. Bush, has used the Espionage Act to charge suspected leakers six times since he took office. The latest to be charged by the Obama administration under the act is John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information to journalists about the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, an al-Qaida suspect.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/supreme-court-likely-endorse-obama-s-war-whistle-blowers-1331646554

 

Though 69 Percent Of Americans Want Super PAC Ban, Super PACs Dominate GOP Race

Josh Israel, News Report:

“Independent expenditure-only “super PAC” committees have accounted for a stunning 91 percent of the television campaign advertising over the past month in Alabama and Mississippi — the two states holding their Republican primaries today. But while the more than $75 million already spent nationally by these groups has undoubtedly altered the dynamics of the presidential race, it has also annoyed the vast majority of Americans.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/though-69-percent-americans-want-super-pac-ban-super-pacs-dominate-gop-race-1331653397

 

The Hill: Justice blocks Texas voter ID law

By Justin Sink

The Justice Department on Monday blocked a new Texas law that requires government-issued photo identification at the polls, further inflaming an intense and racially charged election-year debate over voting requirements.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215617-justice-blocks-texas-voter-id-law

 

The Hill: Dems targeted over support for healthcare law’s ‘rationing board


By Julian Pecquet

The conservative seniors’ lobby 60 Plus launched a $3.5 million ad campaign on Monday targeting five vulnerable Senate Democrats over their support for the healthcare reform law’s cost-control board.

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/215557-vulnerable-democrats-targeted-over-support-for-healthcare-rationing-board

 

Economy

 

SEC charges five with insider trading from AA tip

(Reuters) – Securities regulators charged two Ameriprise Financial advisers and three others with insider-trading, saying they made $1.8 million in illicit profits based on confidential merger information one of the advisers learned through an Alcoholics Anonymous relationship.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Timothy McGee, one of the advisers, was tipped about a pending merger of insurer Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corp and Tokio Marine Holdings.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sec-charges-five-insider-trading-211538137.html;_ylt=Aq62i05wUbMSbhRRDjEpo_eiuYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0b2h1Zzc4BG1pdANGaW5hbmNlIEZQIFRvcCBTdG9yeSBSaWdodARwa2cDZjM5ZGQ0NjctNjcxOC0zY2E3LTgxYWMtZmMxYTA5ZDY4NWFmBHBvcwM2BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzdhNjY1YjIwLTZkNWQtMTFlMS1iNTlmLWY5NGIxOGVlOTc4MA–;_ylg=X3oDMTFvdnRqYzJoBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25zBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3.

 

The Audacity of Bonuses at MF Global

Nomi Prins, Op-Ed:

“Today, our regulatory bodies are incapable, or simply don’t want to be bothered with, tracing money and returning it to the public customers to whom it belongs. The inability to independently examine MF Global’s books, without its executive involved, reveals the sorry state of our financial system. In this post-Glass-Steagall-repeal world, the mixing of customer money and speculative betting – whether at a super-market bank or broker-dealer, whether involving subprime loans packages or European Sovereign debt, poses too dangerous a level of complexity.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/audacity-bonuses-mf-global-1331647564

 

Germany Fails To Meet Its Own Austerity Goals

As she travels from one European Union summit to the next, Angela Merkel’s constant mantra in recent months has been austerity, austerity, austerity. But apparently the German chancellor hasn’t been quite as strict when it comes to her own country’s budget.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,820828,00.html

 

Energy Secretary Chu disavows 2008 remark that he wants higher gas prices

By Andrew Restuccia

Energy Secretary Steven Chu disavowed Tuesday his 2008 comments about increasing gas prices to European levels, remarks that Republicans have pounced on in recent weeks.

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, adding that he wants to lower gas prices.

Chu said higher gas prices could slow the economic recovery.

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/215751-energy-secretary-chu-disavows-2008-gas-price-remarks

Oil prices fall as China data sparks fresh demand worries

London (AFP)

World oil prices dropped on Monday as investors fretted over the strength of worldwide energy demand following weak Chinese economic data. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate crude for delivery in April, shed $1.06 to $106.34 a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for April was down 65 cents at $125.33 in late afternoon deals. “Crude oil fell sharply…

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Oil_prices_fall_as_China_data_sparks_fresh_demand_worries_999.html

Oil price volatility in focus at world energy forum

Kuwait City (AFP)

The world’s largest energy forum began meetings on Monday over oil price fluctuations and safeguarding supplies amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme and a softening in global growth. Oil ministers and delegates from the 88-member International Energy Forum (IEF) are holding their biennial three-day gathering in the Gulf emirate of Kuwait to discuss the role of the forum…

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Oil_price_volatility_in_focus_at_world_energy_forum_999.html

Consumers line up to buy Chinese-Venezuelan cars

Caracas (AFP)

Just weeks after the opening of four Chery dealerships in Venezuela, dozens of people are lining up every day to buy the first Chinese cars being sold in the Latin American nation. Unlike competing Japanese and American cars, import preferences granted by the Venezuelan government mean the Chinese cars are cheaper, which has attracted a steady stream of interested customers. “I came to b …

http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Consumers_line_up_to_buy_Chinese-Venezuelan_cars_999.html

 

Haynesville Shale Continues to Favour Louisiana over East Texas

London, UK (SPX)

Gas production from the US Haynesville Shale continues to favour the state of Louisiana over East Texas, with the former set to become a major gas producing state while pipeline development in East Texas continues to slow, a new report by business intelligence expert GlobalData has found. The new report found that several major gas companies are funding extensive infrastructure development …

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Haynesville_Shale_Continues_to_Favour_Louisiana_over_East_Texas_999.html

Oil and Gas is One of the Fastest Growing Segments of the Energy Sector in China

Kolkata, India (SPX)

Netscribes has announced the launch of its report, Oil and Gas Market in China 2012. The Oil and Gas sector in China is expected to witness tremendous growth owing to the robust growth of the economy of China. The report begins with a detailed overview of the global oil and gas market that includes detailed coverage of global production, consumption and reserves for both oil and gas. This …

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Oil_and_Gas_is_One_of_the_Fastest_Growing_Segments_of_the_Energy_Sector_in_China_999.html

 

Warning of ‘real’ anger at banks

Press Association,

Sir Mervyn told The Times that Britain’s banks are in denial about public anger over their behaviour.

And he hit out at them for insisting everyone needed to live with “market disciplines” until the financial crisis hit when they asked for bail outs.

“Market discipline can’t apply to everyone except banks,” he told the newspaper, adding people’s anger was “very real and wholly understandable”.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/10139179

 

Greek debt swap could be short-lived reprieve

(Reuters) – Greece’s deep recession and unpredictable elections threaten to turn the biggest debt restructuring in history into yet another short-lived reprieve, although the existential threat posed to the euro zone is not what it was.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/03/11/uk-greece-idUKBRE8270FF20120311

 

Alert From European Investment Banker

Mach 12, 2012

Steve,

I am someone who has worked for one of the largest investment banks in the world RBS and I can tell you that the contagion of debt has run its course. We are already prepped for a Greek default this month especially since the recent downgrade by Fitch.

http://stevequayle.com/News.alert/12_Money/120312.Euro.banker.html

 

Collapse Coming–Not Recovery

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Revised)

The way the latest unemployment numbers were reported by the mainstream media (MSM), you would think the Great Recession was over and the United States was solidly on the road to recovery. The Associated Press reported the numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) with a story that said, “The United States added 227,000 jobs in February, the latest display of the breadth and strength of the economic recovery. The country has put together the most impressive three months of job growth since before the Great Recession. The unemployment rate stayed at 8.3 percent. It was the first time in six months it didn’t fall, and that was because a half-million Americans started looking for work.”….

http://usawatchdog.com/collapse-coming-not-recovery/

 

Handicapping the Collapse

Scattered diverse and almost uniformly unfavorable and dangerous events are unfolding, as the global economy and financial structure undergoes the equivalent of endless earthquakes and bombardment of solar emissions. Reporting is difficult, since information is distorted toward the sunny side. Events are moving fast, as quickly as the danger level is rising. As conditions worsen, the hype and spin has risen almost out of control. The political machine, tied at the hip to the banking apparatus, has ramped up the growth story even as the strain on the information spin has become more visible and subject to heavy criticism…..

http://news.goldseek.com/GoldenJackass/1331326800.php

 

 

Wars and Rumors of War

 

‘MKO conducts assassinations for Mossad for funding’

An American political commentator says that the primary source of income for the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) comes from assassinations it performs against Iranian nationals at the behest of Israel’s spy agency Mossad.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/231280.html

 

Yet another reason to leave: US soldier allegedly kills Afghan women and children

According to Afghan officials who visited the scene of the murders, some 16 people, nearly all of which were women and children, have been killed by a lone American soldier.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Yet_another_reason_to_leave%3A_US_soldier_allegedly_kills_Afghan_women_and_children/18427/0/38/38/Y/M.html

 

Secret SAS squadron sent to spy in Africa

A SECRET squadron of Australian SAS soldiers has been operating at large in Africa, performing work normally done by spies, in an unannounced and possibly dangerous expansion of Australia’s foreign military engagement. The deployment of the SAS’s 4 Squadron – the existence of which has never been publicly confirmed – has put the special forces unit at the outer reaches of Australian and international law. A SECRET squadron of Australian SAS soldiers has been operating at large in Africa, performing work normally done by spies, in an unannounced and possibly dangerous expansion of Australia’s foreign military engagement.

http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/4622

 

Scientists Warn EPA Over Monsanto’s GMO Crop Failures, Dangers

By Anthony Gucciardi
BlacklistedNews

A group of scientists is calling for major federal action in order to deal with the threat posed by Monsanto’s GMO crops, now petitioning the EPA to address the issue head on. The group of 22 academic corn experts are drawing attention to the immense failure of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, which is developing mutated and resistant insects as a result of its widespread usage.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Scientists_Warn_EPA_Over_Monsanto%E2%80%99s_GMO_Crop_Failures%2C_Dangers_/18421/0/0/0/Y/M.html

 

Aircraft Carrier Enterprise Sets Off On Final Journey – Direction Iran

Today at noon Eastern, the storied aircraft carrier Enterprise, aka CVN-65, left its home port of Naval Station Norfolk one final time for its final voyage with a heading: Arabian Sea, aka Iran. There in a week it will join CVN 72 Lincoln and CVN 70 Vinson, as well as LHD 8 Makin Island, all of which are supporting any potential escalation of “hostilities” in the Persian Gulf region. As a reminder, back in January we learned that the Enterprise’s final voyage will be in proximity to Iran, and in the meantime, the aircraft carrier held extended drills off the Florida coast to attack a “faux theocracy” consisting of fundamentalist “Shahida” states. Why the Arabian Sea in about 7-10 days will be home to not two but three aircraft carriers and a big deck amphibious warfare ship is very much an open question, although we may have some thoughts.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/aircraft-carrier-enterprise-sets-final-journey-direction-iran

 

With Iran, Threat Inflation Is the Threat

William Astore, Op-Ed:

“If a nuclear-armed Iran is indeed the greatest threat we as a nation face, that is indeed good news. Even better: Our latest intelligence estimate suggests that Iran still doesn’t have a nuclear weapon, nor is it clear whether its leaders have decided to build one. Iran also lacks a delivery system capable of striking the United States. Even if Iran decided to build a bomb and succeeded, any Iranian leader would be foolhardy in the extreme to threaten the United States, which still has thousands of nuclear warheads of its own — and plenty of delivery systems.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/iran-threat-inflation-threat-1331651695

 

Obama: US ‘heartbroken’ over Afghan civilians killed in attack

By Amie Parnes

President Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. is “heartbroken” over the Afghan civilians killed by a U.S. soldier and takes the deaths as “seriously” as if the victims were our own.

Obama spoke as violence in Afghanistan began to escalate two days after a U.S. soldier killed more than a dozen Afghan civilians in an apparent rogue attack.

“The United States takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens and our own children who were murdered,” Obama said during brief remarks in the Rose Garden. “We are heartbroken over the loss of innocent life.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/operations/215729-obama-us-heartbroken-over-afghan-civilians-killed-in-attack

 

The Hill: Report: Panetta says death penalty possible in Afghanistan shootings

By Jeremy Herb

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday that the death penalty is a possibility for the Army soldier who killed at least 16 Afghans Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/215635-report-panetta-says-death-penalty-possible-in-afghan-shootings

 

Environmental

 

Feds Let BP Off Probation Despite Pending Safety Violations

Abrahm Lustgarten, News Report:

“BP’s refining subsidiary was released today from criminal probation related to a 2005 explosion in Texas City that killed 15 workers. The company has addressed the most serious safety deficiencies exposed by the accident and satisfied the terms of a felony plea agreement to settle charges that it failed to protect workers from known risks, a U.S. Justice Department spokesman said.”

http://www.nationofchange.org/feds-let-bp-probation-despite-pending-safety-violations-1331650012

 

CyberSpace

 

Court Declares Newspaper Excerpt on Online Forum is a Non-Infringing Fair Use

Late Friday, the federal district court in Nevada issued a declaratory judgment that makes is harder for copyright holders to file lawsuits over excerpts of material and burden online forums and their users with nuisance lawsuits.

The judgment – part of the nuisance lawsuit avalanche started by copyright troll Righthaven – found that Democratic Underground did not infringe the copyright in a Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper article when a user of the online political forum posted a five-sentence excerpt, with a link back to the newspaper’s website.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/03/court-declares-newspaper-excerpt-online-forum-non-infringing-fair-use

 

Green

 

US wind generation increases by 27 percent

Washington (IANS)

Wind generation in the US increased by 27 percent in 2011 as compared with 2010, continuing a trend of rapid growth, the government said Monday. Tax credits and grants for electricity from certain renewable sources have encouraged capacity additions and increased generation from wind and other renewable sources, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Monday. Wind energy is the largest source of non-hydroelectric renewable electricity in the US, contributing 61 percent of the nea …

http://www.winddaily.com/reports/US_wind_generation_increases_by_27_percent_999.html

 

China solar giant faces glare of US trade row

by Staff Writers
Wuxi, China (AFP)

In the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi, home to the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, labour is so cheap that workers carry out jobs by hand while machines designed to perform the same tasks sit idle.

The low cost of labour, coupled with the massive scale of production at its 14,000-person plant, have enabled China’s Suntech to become the global industry leader in just a decade.

http://www.solardaily.com/reports/China_solar_giant_faces_glare_of_US_trade_row_999.html

 

Nuclear

 

Activists tap court to block Japan reactor restart

by Staff Writers Tokyo (AFP)

A group of Japanese citizens filed a lawsuit Monday to prevent the restart of a nuclear power plant, a day after the first anniversary of the tsunami that sparked the Fukushima atomic disaster.

The group of 259 citizens filed the suit in Osaka District Court seeking an injunction that would block the reopening of utility Kansai Electric’s nuclear power plants Oi Unit 3 and 4 in central Fukui prefecture.

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Activists_tap_court_to_block_Japan_reactor_restart_999.html

 

Kolkata protest against PM comment on Kudankulam project

by Staff Writers Kolkata, India (IANS)

A group of Kolkata residents Monday held a 12-hour fast against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s comments on agitations centred around the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu and wrote to him demanding the scrapping of the project.

The prime minister, in an interview to Science magazine in February, reportedly blamed NGOs from the US and Scandinavia for fuelling protests against the nuclear plant.

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Kolkata_protest_against_PM_comment_on_Kudankulam_project_999.html

 

Fukushima prefecture aims for green power

by Staff Writers Tokyo (UPI)

As Japan marked the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the country’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, the governor of Fukushima prefecture called for terminating nuclear power and promoting renewable energy.

“We will call for all nuclear power stations in the prefecture to be shut down so that an accident like this never happens again,” Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato said Sunday of the worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.

http://www.solardaily.com/reports/Fukushima_prefecture_aims_for_green_power_999.html

 

Responding to the Radiation Threat

by Lynn Yarris for Berkeley News
Berkeley CA (SPX)

Mass contamination from major radiation exposure events, such as the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, require prompt treatment in the form of a pill, such as the treatment being developed at Berkeley Lab. File image courtesy AFP.

The New York Times recently reported that in the darkest moments of the triple meltdown last year of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese officials considered the evacuation of the nearly 36 million residents of the Tokyo metropolitan area.

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Responding_to_the_Radiation_Threat_999.html

 

Misc

 

NYPD officer thrown in psych ward by superiors after revealing systemic corruption

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer

Adrian Schoolcraft of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) 81st precinct in Brooklyn noticed some disturbing trends within the department and in response to his brave move to step forward, his superiors had him thrown in a psychiatric ward.

Schoolcraft realized that there was a pattern of the victims of crimes being caught up in bureaucratic hurdles which he thinks were deliberately put in place in order to make it harder to report serious crimes.

He then did his job and reported multiple incidents to investigators in 2009.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/NYPD_officer_thrown_in_psych_ward_by_superiors_after_revealing_systemic_corruption_/18420/0/0/0/Y/M.html

 

DOJ Asks Court To Keep Secret Any Partnership Between Google, NSA

The Justice Department is defending the government’s refusal to discuss—or even acknowledge the existence of—any cooperative research and development agreement between Google and the National Security Agency.

http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/03/doj-asks-court-to-keep-secret-any-partnership-between-google-nsa.html

 

DARPA’s Director Will Soon Be a Google Executive

You probably don’t know Regina Dugan’s name, but for the past three years, she’s been director of DARPA, the military’s R&D lab. In a few weeks, she’ll be moving into an executive position at Google, becoming one of the most senior military officials to cross over to the private sector.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/business/2012/03/darpas-director-will-soon-be-google-executive/49799/

 

Portable chargers, boosters to ease green car charging woes

Geneva (AFP)

Chevrolet Europe’s president Susan Doherty drives to work every day in an electric car, and thanks to a recharging station at work, she never worries about running out of power. For most other people, however, it remains a challenge to find electric charging stations to refuel. As a result sales of electric cars have lagged, with most consumers going for hybrid options that at least offe …

http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Portable_chargers_boosters_to_ease_green_car_charging_woes_999.html

The Intel Hub
By Tony Muga
February 27, 2012

According to several stunning editorials by authors Lucas W. Hixon and Joy Thompson on the website Enformable.com, evidence obtained through an FOIA request reveals a ‘cover-up’ by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in an effort to conceal the severity of the meltdowns in Fukushima, Japan.

The FOIA request was initiated by the Friends of the Earth (FOE), the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and the Nuclear Information and Resource Center (NIRS) in March of 2011. Physicians for Social Responsibility explains the purpose of the request on YubaNet.com:

“On March 16, 2011, NRC Commissioner Gregory B Jaczko told Congress that he was recommending the 50-mile evacuation radius.

The scope of the recommended evacuation is highly unusual and suggestive of extraordinarily high radiation levels in excess of those reported to the public in Japan and the U.S., …In the U.S., nuclear reactor licensees and local governments are only asked to provide for evacuation out to 10 miles. As concerns grow about food and water contamination in Japan, the three groups…are seeking to determine the answer to this key question: What made Jaczko exceed the limits of his own agency’s regulations by five times?”

Interestingly enough, and surely by coincidence, the Qur’an burnings in Afghanistan have taken place just as the analysis of these documents, and the documents themselves are being made public.

It should be no surprise that the corporate controlled mainstream media is ignoring this blockbuster revelation instead of exposing it and demanding an investigation.

In a January 18th and February 19th article analysis of NRC emails and transcripts of phone conversations, dated just days after the accident, reveals the nature of the cover-up:

1. Containment: “By Sunday March 13th, Elliot Brenner, sent out an e-mail to upper NRC counterparts clearly narrating the sequence of events. ‘While we know more than what these (press releases) say, we’re sticking to this story for now.’ writes Breener, during the weekend he labled [labeled] ‘very hectic’.”

In regards to not fully utilizing twitter: “The NRC was using their blog and the updates provided by the American Nuclear Society as the main modes of communication with the public.

2. Selective distribution of information: “David McIntyre also works in the NRC on public affairs, and spent much of his time creating carefully crafted e-mails that constantly downplayed the disaster, and any relationship that might be made to the safety status of US nuclear stations.

On March 14th, McIntyre received an email [from] Molly McCrea, a reporter for CBS inquired about the status of a law that Senator Markey had authored that would distribute KI (potassium iodide) to those living within a certain distance from a nuclear power plant, and whether or not it was being followed. She asked whether or not the pills had been distributed, and why the NRC had been reported to be discouraging the distribution.

McIntyre replied vaguely alluding to the fact that the NRC was not solely responsible, but that it was a ‘US Government decision, not just the NRC but HHS [Health and Human services] and others.’ It is true that the NRC has worked hard against the burden of purchasing, storing, and maintaining a fresh supply of KI for those populations closest to nuclear reactors.

In 2009, the NRC actually canceled it’s policy on KI distribution, stating that it was unnecessary, as it did not protect against all radionuclides that could be potentially released, would cause undue stress on the community, and would delay critical response time by adding more duties to local, state and federal staff.”

3. Deception: “It appears that McIntyre used his own personal discretion on which information to release to specific reporters or news services. On March 14th, he received an e-mail from Molly McCrea again, this time asking if the United States was possibly sending KI to Japan, or had sent KI to Japan to help out, if he could confirm, and if not who should she contact.

McIntyre replied ‘We have not been asked to provide KI’. He further explained, ‘We understand the Japanese authorities have included KI as part of their protective action guidelines, which would indicate they have some stockpiles.’

The reply email was sent on Tuesday March 15th, 2011 at 4:07:00 PM. At 4:10:00 PM, only 3 minutes later, McIntyre rushed a quick note to Matthew Wald, a long-time reporter for the New York Times who has written on nuclear energy for years, with the subject line-’KI Info’ stating, ‘Matt-I’m told we distributed approximately 11 million pills. Dave.’”

4. Hiding knowledge of a radioactive plume bound for the West Coast, USA: Referring to a series of e-mails from David Lew as ‘documents 3,4 and 5′ : Thompson writes:

“Yet another caution to limit information given to the public and a heads-up to ‘Expect the public/media focus to turn toward domestic in the next day or so.’ IOW, by the afternoon of March 12 the NRC was in full ass-covering mode for the U.S. nuclear industry.”

Excellent quotes from these e-mails are provided, quotes that show officials were aware of the radioactive plume headed for North America. Why was there no emergency broadcast warning?

Interaction with DHS and federal agencies, including plume plot, possible exposure models, and monitoring of west coast.”

This information can only lead to one conclusion, stated perfectly by Thompson: “FEMA standing down, don’t expect the plume to hit the west coast that weekend. NRC thinks unit 2 ‘shut down safely.’ [Heh. The direct cite above indicates clearly federal agencies – FEMA, DHS, DOE, EPA – were very much aware that contamination from Fukushima would travel as a plume and that there would be fallout when it reached the U.S. mainland…”

In ‘document 6‘, an ‘Internal email’ from one William Ostendorff, and in reference to a 3:30PM conference call, there is another admission of knowledge of the plume, “4. Keep interacting with DHS on potential plume plots and modeling capability, etc…”.

5. Cover -up: Evidence of an effort to prepare for the inevitable pesky public inquiry can also be found in the internal email of Mr. Ostendorff:“Further develop Q&A as the attention will start to turn to US plants and our level of preparedness/protection from seismic and floods.”

But as Hixon points out, the directives for information control were given the day of the accident indicated in a bulletin from the ‘Operations Center’ dated March 11th at 3:04 PM:

“This is the ‘NOT A DRILL’ notice pictured above the squiggle. It sets the tone for information control with instructions specific to dealing with the international press.

In the first paragraph it identifies where employees may direct the press in order to access the ‘official’ press releases from NRC, and urges any NRC employees who ARE contacted by the media to inform the NRC Office of Public Affairs immediately.”

6. At the highest levels: There is plenty of evidence the White House knew everything and played a ‘lead’ part. In the Osendorff email he clearly states that “NRC posture to hold White House lead for U.S. response, NRC to be support only so as not to focus media attention on NRC-”.

Again, in a March 12th, 12:52 PM email from David Lew, we see White House involvement: “NRC remains in the monitoring mode. Chairman attended a meeting with White House. Marty Virgilio participated by VTC.” (video teleconferencing)

Later that afternoon another email from Mr. Lew states that there is a “Deputies Meeting at the White House with significant focus on the nuclear event.”

There is little doubt now that the radioactive plume had an effect on American citizens but keep in mind that people were not falling over dead in the street in numbers and the ‘plume’ is an invisible one so unless one had warning, there was virtually no way of detecting its presence.

According to a GlobalResearch.ca article based on research printed in the Journal of Health Services , Internist and Toxicologist Janette Sherman, MD insists we have paid a heavy toll from the fallout: 

“Based on our continuing research, the actual death count here (USA) may be as high as 18,000, with influenza and pneumonia, which were up five-fold in the period in question as a cause of death. Deaths are seen across all ages, but we continue to find that infants are hardest hit because their tissues are rapidly multiplying, they have undeveloped immune systems, and the doses of radioisotopes are proportionally greater than for adults.”

It seems that the fundamental problem with what Americans are experiencing is not just radioactive fallout but Fascism, the merging of the corporate and the state.

In a fascist state, there is little or no responsible action from the corporations for there is little or no promotion of accountability from the state. The corporations, for all intents and purposes, control the state.

And when the time has come that corporate profits outweigh human safety, has not also the time come, as Americans, to ask ourselves: do we, as a society, even value human life as we once did and if we do what IS the worth of a life?

Perhaps for once, it should NOT be determined in terms of a dollar amount.

Additional Reading: There are over a 1,000 pages of FOIA documents that are being analyzed post haste in an effort to reveal the truth about the Fukushima accident and what authorities did or did not do following the meltdowns to protect U.S. citizens.

The 186 page NRC transcript of conference calls: Lot’s of redacting but on page 153 (lines 24 and 25) and page 154 (lines 1-8) of the document Chairman Jaczco is told by Jack Grob that:

“They asked for monitoring, both land-based and air-based monitoring. The DOE Radiological Assistance Program teams are on the ground in Japan, and they’ll be providing that monitoring. We have already established a relationship with the Department of Energy, and will get that information in real time, and that will be a huge benefit.”

Talking Points Memo: NRC talking points as of March 17th, 2011 0600 EDT. Shows radiation plume was headed for the US.

395 pages of NRC Emails and more reveal the inner workings of the cover-up. Includes the emails quoted above.

Report on ‘An Unexpected Mortality Increase In The United States Follows Arrival Of The Radioactive Plume From Fukushima: Is T

http://theintelhub.com/2012/02/27/blockbuster-foia-documents-reveal-nrc-cover-up-deception/