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                                                                                       Portuguese Man o’ War from below (Photo credit: nashworld)


07.01.2013 Biological Hazard USA State of Hawaii, [Ala Moana and Waikiki beaches] Damage level

Biological Hazard in USA on Monday, 07 January, 2013 at 03:42 (03:42 AM) UTC.

The first box jellyfish invasion of the new year has turned out to be a big one. Warning signs were posted Sunday at Ala Moana and Waikiki beaches, where according to emergency services personnel, 897 jellyfish were counted as of 3 p.m. Sunday. There were also 85 stings reported, mostly in the Waikiki area. Box jellyfish usually show up at Oahu beaches nine or ten days after the full moon. They can usually be found at Ala Moana and Waikiki, but sometimes show up at Leeward Oahu beaches and Hanauma Bay. Jellyfish are expected again Monday but should decrease by Tuesday. Swimmers should look for warning signs and check with lifeguards before going in.
Biohazard name: Jellyfish invasion (box)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.


Earth Watch Report



Study: Hawaiian island slowly dissolving

by Staff Writers
Provo, Utah (UPI)

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Sometime in the distant future the mountainous tropical island will be reduced to a flat, low-lying island similar to Midway, scientists at Brigham Young University reported Friday.

While external erosion is the primary force that wears down mountains, that’s not the case on Oahu, they said.

“We tried to figure out how fast the island is going away and what the influence of climate is on that rate,” BYU geologist Steve Nelson said. “More material is dissolving from those islands than what is being carried off through erosion.”

That was the result from comparing groundwater against stream water to see which removed more of the total quantity of mineral material mass that disappeared from the island each year, the researchers said.

“All of the Hawaiian Islands are made of just one kind of rock,” Nelson said, referring to the volcanic composition of the islands. “The weathering rates are variable, too, because rainfall is so variable, so it’s a great natural laboratory.”

While Oahu is at present still growing, after about 1.5 million years the force of groundwater will eventually triumph and the island will begin its descent to a low-lying topography, the researchers said.



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Colored locator map for the island of Kauai

Colored locator map for the island of Kauai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


05.12.2012 Extreme Weather USA State of Hawaii, [Kauai region] Damage level


Extreme Weather in USA on Wednesday, 05 December, 2012 at 19:35 (07:35 PM) UTC.

Hawaiian Airlines canceled multiple flights into and out of Lihue Airport Tuesday night due to severe weather that had Kauai in a Flood Advisory until 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. The cancellation of three roundtrip flights caused about 200 passengers to be stranded on Kauai. The three flights, two from Honolulu and one from Maui, took off but were prevented from landing in Lihue because of the thunderstorm. All three flights were rerouted back to Oahu and Hawaiian Airlines provided hotels to those who did not live on the island. There are no further flight delays as a result of the weather. Almost three inches of rain has been recorded in Lihue within the last 24 hours.






11.11.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Hawaii, [Ala Moana Regional Park, Makaha, and Waikiki] Damage level
Ala Moana and Makiki

Ala Moana and Makiki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Biological Hazard in USA on Friday, 09 November, 2012 at 19:46 (07:46 PM) UTC.

Warning signs have been posted on several Oahu beaches after more than 100 swimmers were stung by box jellyfish. At least 145 people were stung Thursday at Ala Moana Regional Park, Makaha, and Waikiki. Nearly 120 jellyfish were spotted on the beach and in the water at Waikiki alone. Jellyfish tend to move towards the shore on the ninth day after a full moon. Thursday was the tenth day after the full moon. The number of jellyfish should drop over the weekend.
Biohazard name: Jellyfish invasion
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.



Biological Hazard in USA on Friday, 09 November, 2012 at 19:46 (07:46 PM) UTC.


Updated: Sunday, 11 November, 2012 at 05:41 UTC
The city of Honolulu has posted box jellyfish warning signs at all Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches. City officials report: As of 11:45 PM, lifeguards counted 10 box jellyfish and 12 stings have been reported (all in the Waikiki area). EMS did respond to treat one sting, mid-20s female about 11:30am, at the tower near the police station in Waikiki. The patient was transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

Food Safety


Publisher’s Platform: Salmonella Import Problem

Are there 5,860 sickened? What are Salmonella complications?

by Bill Marler | Apr 29, 2012

Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health agencies indicate that a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product imported from India, known as Nakaochi Scrape, from Moon Marine USA Corporation is the likely source of this Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga outbreak.

plateofsushi-406.jpgAccording to the CDC, 190 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 21 states and the District of Columbia. The number of ill persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Connecticut (8), District of Columbia (2), Florida (1), Georgia (9), Illinois (15), Louisiana (3), Maryland (20), Massachusetts (24), Mississippi (2), Missouri (4), New Jersey (18), New York (33), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (7), Rhode Island (6), South Carolina (3), Texas (4), Virginia (9), Vermont (1), and Wisconsin (15).  10 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Nchanga have been reported from 5 states. The number of ill persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Nchanga identified in each state is as follows: Georgia (2), New Jersey (1), New York (5), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (1).  28 ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Past tuna Salmonella outbreaks in United States

Twenty-three were sickened in 2010 with Salmonella Paratyphi B

linked to the consumption of imported, raw, ahi tuna at various locations on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The product was said to have originated from Asia, and was previously frozen. Concurrent cases of Salmonella Paratyphi B were reported in five other U.S. states, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York. It was not stated whether these cases were also linked to the consumption of raw ahi tuna.

Four were sickened in 2008 linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Barranquilla among people who had eaten raw tuna or bass fish at a restaurant in Massachusetts.

Forty-four were sickened in 2007 with Salmonella Paratyphi B after the consumption of previously frozen, raw, ahi tuna on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Additional cases were identified in Colorado and California. The tuna had been sent from Indonesia to a U.S. mainland importer.


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USDA Releases More Details About “Mad Cow”

April 28, 2012 By

Cows in the FieldThe USDA has released more details about the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as “mad cow” disease, that was found in a dairy cow in California. The government said the cow was “humanely euthanized” after it demonstrated “downer” behavior; that is, it stopped walking.

This case was an “atypical case of BSE”, according to the government. That means it was a spontaneous mutation, not the result of the animal contracting the disease through contaminated feed.

BSE is caused by mutated proteins, called prions, which change the structure of the brain. This results in neurological damage. Prions are “a new frontier”, according to veterinarian Dr. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, Guide to Veterinary Medicine at About.com.

Prions, technically known as “proteinaceous infectious particles”, are not alive, so they cannot be destroyed by heat, no matter how high the temperature. Chemical disinfectants do not kill the protein, and irradiation is also ineffective. BSE is a “zoonotic disease”, which means it is shared by human beings and animals. And the prions do not prompt a response in the immune system, so the diseases they cause are fatal.

The disease was discovered because the infected cow was being sent to a rendering plant, and was randomly chosen to be part of a testing program. Dr. Tobaissen Crosby told Food Poisoning Bulletin, “They do ‘random’ testing, so how can they say that it is 100% safe?” The brain sample was tested at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa on April 20 after initial results at the University of California-Davis were inconclusive. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service announced the test results on April 24, 2012.


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ok , just a  side  note here  because  I  am tired  of reading these reports  and  no one  seems  capable  of  calling  them on their  deception.  Part of the  spinal  cord  is  most  definitely put out  for consumption on the market.  The  tail is   definitely  part of  the spinal cord  and many  people   eat  oxtail in many  different  ways.    Who can  say that the  prions  stop at the  spinal  cord and  do  not   infect  in  some  small  way the  tissue  directly  adjacent  to it.    Considering the  fact  that this  disease  is fatal, because there is  no  way  to  kill the  prions, any  risk  is  too  great.   IMHO.

Be  safe  and  ALWAYS do  your   research.





FDA’s New Priorities for Food and Veterinary Medicine

April 28, 2012 By

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its Final Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016 to make sure the food supply in this country is protected based on scientific standards. Overall, the government wants to make sure that food for animals and humans is “safe and secure”, that animal drugs are safe and effective, and that food labels are reliable, with useful information.

The plan lays out seven main goals to achieve these results. They are:

  • Establish science-based preventive control standards across the farm-to-table continuum. This should protect food and feed supplies from contamination, and implement and improve preventive control standards.
  • Achieve high rates of compliance with preventive controls standards in the US and internationally. The supply chain should be inspected so standards are met, and collaboration among various agencies should be improved.




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Letter From The Editor: Just Mad

by Dan Flynn | Apr 29, 2012
These should be heady days at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


The nation’s $1+ trillion deficit is not much of a speed bump for the $288 billion potpourri we call the 2012 Farm Bill, replenishing the supply of goodies USDA gives out to those who qualify in the 400 pages of legislation.
But crisis management is giving USDA the fits.  First, USDA did not quickly enough explain and defend its decision-making regarding finely textured lean beef, now known the world over as “pink slime.”   By the time USDA got into the arena, it looked too much like a marketing mission.
Since on or about April 18, another crisis management challenge has confronted USDA and they’ve hit a couple bumps on this one, too. That of course was the time when a “downer” dairy cow in Tulare County, CA was put out of its misery and the rendering truck was called.
When the carcass got to the transfer station in Hanford, CA, the rendering company took a brain sample, which was sent off first the University of California, Davis and then to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa.
UC Davis was not sure on April 19, but the NVSL found the sample positive for atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on or after April 20.
The public announcement would not come until mid-afternoon on Tuesday, April 24 and from that moment on mad cow disease — as BSE is nicknamed — was back in the news for the first time in six years.
Now let me step in here.  Not only did this timing get our attention, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulated derivatives, wants to know more about when this came down, too.
It’s probably going to come down to when did NVSL know the 10-year, 7 month old dairy cow was positive for BSE, and when did the lab tell John Clifford, USDA’s chief veterinarian?  Then it’s a matter of whether USDA kept the secret while moving quickly to make it publicly known to all.
Before the announcement, cattle markets moved south on mad cow rumors that could have come out of California, the Iowa lab, USDA’s mammoth bureaucracy, or parts unknown.
In this incident, the media keeps finding California sources to fill in details USDA is leaving out. Clifford kept more of a lid on the 2006 BSE case in Texas. That strategy is clearly not working this time.
But putting aside the whole issue of how “material information” that might roil a market was handled, USDA fell down in some other ways too. Ever its public relations team brought Johnson & Johnson through the Tylenol recall almost with a scratch, crisis communications has become its own discipline with some very specific rules.
One of the best lines I’ve heard on the subject come from a crisis communications coach for top CEOs, who said: “You don’t want to be a bystander in your own crisis.”  Much of this advice amounts to making decision-makers understand that in a crisis moving fast with credible spokesmen in all the right venues is critical.  If it’s not done, other messages moves into the vacuum.
That said, we outsiders do not know who is calling the communications shots at USDA.  Is the best advice of the agency communications professional followed by top executives or do the “suits” do what they want.  Not knowing that does not erase the mistakes.
For example:….

Colorado Cantaloupe Growing Season Begins

April 29, 2012 By

It’s the start of a new cantaloupe growing season in Colorado where producers will plant about 2 million acres of the melon with the hope that consumer confidence has rebounded after a Listeria outbreak last year sickened 146 people and killed 35.

Last fall, growers from the region met with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar to discuss how to recover from the outbreak fallout.

The Rocky Ford region of Colorado is the birthplace of the U.S. cantaloupe industry. Farmers have been growing Rocky Ford cantaloupes – known for their especially sweet taste, for 120 years. Together with Pueblo county, Rocky Ford produces the bulk of the state’s cantaloupe which, in 2010, generated about $8 million in sales, according to the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service.


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Magnitude-4.9 earthquake jolts islands
No tsunami generated from Saturday morning


Many people from the Big Island to Oahu felt a magnitude 4.9 earthquake Saturday morning.

The quake struck a little after 10:45 a.m., centered just west of Honomu in East Hawaii, at a depth of 27 miles.

There are no reports of major damage or injuries.

Scientists say the earthquake was too small to generate a tsunami and the weight of the Big Island settling is the likely cause.

Geologists at the Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory say there have been no aftershocks so far, and there’s been no change in the ongoing eruption at Kilauea Volcano.


Earthquake felt in Gozo


A magnitude 3.2 earthquake was registered in Libyan waters at 10.28am yesterday, and felt in Gozo.

According to the University of Malta Seismic Monitoring and Research Unit, its epicentre was 177km southwest of Malta. Other seismic activity was recorded in Crete, on Thursday.

The Italian website Meteoweb.eu, also reported the tremor, although the information it gave was different to that officially issued. It said the earthquake’s epicentre was in Gozo and that it had a magnitude of 2.9 on the Richter Scale.

According to the same website, the tremor was felt in Gozo. No damage was caused.

The last significant seismic activity in Malta, was recorded over the weekend of 23 and 24 April, last year.

A series of five earth tremors, with the first occurring at around midnight, were felt in various localities in Malta and people reported objects moving on the shelves.

The tremors had a magnitude of between 2.5 and 4.0.

The location of yesterday’s earthquake may be viewed on the website http://www.phys.um.edu.mt/seismic, where residents may also fill in the online questionnaire if they felt any shaking.



Tornadoes cause one death, damage in half dozen states


CHICAGO (Reuters) – Tornadoes touched down in a half-dozen states on Friday, killing one woman whose mobile home was flipped by a twister and causing damage to homes and businesses, authorities said.

The 60-year-old woman died in Jefferson County, Illinois, when a suspected tornado flipped her mobile home and blew it across a road into a farm field, said county coroner Eddie Joe Marks.
There was at least one other person injured in the county, located in the southern tip of Illinois.

“A young boy had just stepped into his home when the storm hit. He got away with minor scrapes and bruises but went to the hospital,” Marks said.

The tornadoes appeared to be smaller and touched down only briefly as compared to a deadly tornado outbreak in the region early this month, authorities said.

A few homes sustained damage from a suspected tornado in Fern Creek, Kentucky, a town southeast of Louisville, emergency management official Monica French said.

In Alabama, a suspected tornado damaged three homes and some chicken houses in the town of Troy, emergency management spokeswoman Yasamie August said.

Georgia, Indiana, and Missouri also had tornadoes touch down, with no reports of injuries.

“There have been a lot of tornado reports but they’ve all been brief touchdowns or rope-like tornadoes, not large tornadoes,” said Steve Weiss of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Tornadoes have caused 55 U.S. deaths so far this year, most of them on February 29 and March 2 when swarms of tornadoes wreaked havoc across the Midwest and the South.

Tornadoes were blamed for 550 deaths in the United States last year, the deadliest year in nearly a century, according to the Weather Service.

The storm front bringing rain and severe weather to the nation’s midsection broke a spell of record-breaking, summer-like temperatures.

Among the southern Illinois towns in the severe weather zone that was pelted by hail on Friday was Harrisburg, where seven people were killed when a powerful tornado February 29 flattened part of the town.

(Reporting By Andrew Stern; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Greg McCune)



Moderate 5.1 earthquake rumbles along the outskirts of Santiago, Chile

by The Extinction Protocol

March 23, 2012 – CHILE – A moderate earthquake of 5.3 magnitude (5.1 USGS) on the Richter scale near Santiago on Saturday morning in the central area of the country, according to the Seismological Service of the University of Chile. The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 4:28 am was located 43 kilometers northeast of the town of Casablanca, on the border regions of Valparaiso and Santiago, at a depth of 68.9 kilometers. It was in the capital and the fifth region where the earthquake was felt more strongly. According to reports received by the National Bureau of Emegencia (Onemi), the quake reached an intensity of V degrees on the Mercalli scale in Santiago, the Andes, Talagante, Tiltil, Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Quintero, San Antonio, San Felipe, and German Village. V grades also recorded in Los Vilos, in the Coquimbo Region. In the Region of O’Higgins, meanwhile, the earthquake was felt with a force of IV degrees in Rancagua and III degrees on Christmas, Pichilemu, San Fernando and Santa Cruz. In the El Maule reached II degrees in Curicó and Order. It reached in the Fourth Region II degrees in La Serena. The Onemi received no reports of damage or injured as a result of the earthquake. –El Mostrador (translated)




Storms, Flooding, Landslides


Early storms fuel awareness as spring begins


The Associated Press

PADUCAH, Ky. — Recent destructive storms in Kentucky may help the public be more aware of the potential threat of severe weather as spring begins.

National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Wielgos told The Paducah Sun ( http://bit.ly/FQpaa9) that bad storms make people more aware of risks posed by the weather.

She said she doesn’t believe frequent alerts about possible severe storms desensitize people.

“People are more aware of risks because of some bad storms happening here and in their backyards,” Wielgos said. “The storms’ intensity and frequency are increasing, and people know it.”

McCracken County emergency management director Paul Carter said he thought awareness of storm danger had increased in western Kentucky since a tornado hit in 2011 in nearby Joplin, Mo., and killed 160 people.

“There were lessons learned,” Carter said. “We try to stay off the sirens to avoid complacency. We want to make sure there is an acute threat before we start setting off the sirens around the county. So far, that has been very successful.”

Carter said bad weather is always a possibility – twisters were spotted last week in western McCracken County and there was widespread damage in 2007 when high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through the area.

He said when bad weather strikes, people should “use common sense. If there is a possibility of a bad storm, pay attention to all media and rely on warnings.”

Wielgos recommended that residents get weather radios and that will give them warnings for counties to the west. Storms most often move from west to east in the area, she said.

Brad Jackson, a Radio Shack manager at Kentucky Oaks Mall, says weather radios are selling better this year than they before spring last year.

“Any time there’s bad weather, weather radios become the No. 1 purchase,” Jackson said. “Maybe we’re selling more this year compared to last because last spring wasn’t as turbulent. We’re definitely selling more weather-related supplies like batteries, flashlights, car chargers for phones. People want to be safe, and after the ice storm two years ago, maybe more people are taking precautions.”



Storms in US kill 31, death toll could rise


HENRYVILLE, Indiana: A string of violent storms from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes scratched away small towns and cut off rural communities as an early season tornado outbreak killed more than 30 people, and the death toll rose as daylight broke on Saturday’s search for survivors.

Massive thunderstorms, predicted by forecasters for days, threw off dozens of tornadoes, hitting the states of Kentucky and Indiana particularly hard. Twisters that crushed entire blocks of homes knocked out cellphones and landlines alike, ripped power lines from broken poles and tossed cars, school buses and tractor-trailers onto roadways made impassable by debris.

Weather that put millions of people at risk Friday killed 31, but both the scale of the devastation and the breadth of the storms made an immediate assessment of the havoc’s full extent all but impossible.

In Kentucky, the National Guard and state police headed out to search wreckage for an unknown number of missing. In Indiana, authorities searched dark county roads connecting rural communities that officials said “are completely gone.”

Susie Renner, 54, said she saw two tornadoes barreling down on the town of Henryville, Kentucky, within minutes of each other. The first was brown from being filled with debris; the second was black.

“I’m a storm chaser,” Renner said, “and I have never been this frightened before.”

Friday’s outbreak came two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South, and forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center had said the day would be one of a handful this year that warranted its highest risk level.

By 10 p.m., the weather service had issued 269 tornado warnings. Only 189 warnings were issued in all of February.

A total of 14 people were reported killed in Indiana. Tony Williams, owner of the Chelsea General Store in the town of Chelsea said a child and mother were huddled in a basement when the storm hit and sucked the 4-year-old out her hands. The mother survived, but her 70-year-old grandparents were upstairs; both died.

Two people also died further north in the town of Holton, where it appeared a tornado cut a diagonal swath down the town’s tiny main drag, demolishing a cinderblock gas station in one spot and leaving a tiny white church intact down the road. Officials also confirmed seven other deaths.

The death toll rose to at least 14 in Kentucky. In West Liberty, Stephen Burton heard the twister coming and pulled his 23-year-old daughter to safety, just before the tornado destroyed the second story of the family’s home.

“I just held onto her and I felt like I was getting sand-blasted on my back,” Burton said.

Kentucky State Police in Morehead said three people were dead in West Liberty and at least 75 were injured.

“All of the downtown area was just devastated,” he said. Samu said West Liberty’s hospital was damaged in the storm and some patients were being transferred to area hospitals.

Officials were having difficulty getting into the area to confirm the damage.

“We can’t even get into some of these counties,” said Kentucky Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers. “The power is out, phones are out, roads are blocked and now it’s dark, which complicates things.”



More Storms Slam Louisville Friday Afternoon


A line of storms that moved through the Louisville area brought strong winds that caused damaged to homes and knocked out power to about 12,000 homes and businesses.

A line of storms that moved through the Louisville area brought strong winds that caused damaged to homes and knocked out power to about 12,000 homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down Friday afternoon south of Louisville
Louisville Gas & Electric reported power out in multiple areas around Jefferson County.

Multiple television stations in Louisville showed damage to homes, including parts of roofs torn away, but officials reported no injuries.

Jefferson County Public Schools spokeswoman said students were delayed being dismissed while tornado warnings were in effect.

Oldham County elementary school students were being held at their schools.

The Shelby County schools released students 15 minutes late. The district said parents could expect students to arrive home 30 to 40 minutes late.



Twenty Killed in Ecuador Floods


Heavy rains in Ecuador trigger floods that killed 20 people and forced thousands from homes. (Video: Reuters)




Solar Activity


Solar Flares Likely Knocked Military Satellites Offline
Solar storms earlier this month may have caused military satellites to reboot


By Jason Koebler

Despite being made to withstand radiation emitted from solar flares, a storm caused by the sun earlier this month may have temporarily knocked American military satellites offline, according to General William Shelton, head of the Air Force’s Space Command.

The energy particles associated with two solar storms March 9 and 10 may have caused what are called “single event upsets” on military satellites. “The timing is such that we say this was likely due to [solar radiation],” Shelton told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast Thursday. Although it’s impossible to tell exactly what caused the events—essentially a temporary reboot of satellite instrumentation software—solar storms are known to wreak havoc on satellites.

“We’re very concerned about solar activity,” he said. Military satellites are “hardened [to withstand radiation], but maybe in some cases, not every part is as hard as we would like it to be.”

That’s because building a satellite to withstand solar storms is costly, which is why NASA says commercial satellites are often most vulnerable. Yihua Zheng, head of NASA’s Space Weather Services at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., says each satellite is built to withstand a different level of radiation, and that there’s a “cost-benefit analysis” to radiation hardening during a satellite’s development. Most mission-critical military satellites are built to sustain short bursts of solar radiation. Satellites “can reset and come back online.” But if the solar storm is lengthy, the damage could be severe enough that the satellite’s software won’t be able to reboot.

“Most of the satellites are built for this,” she says. “They should be OK.”

In recent years, the military has become more reliant on satellites operated by the Air Force’s Space Command, Shelton said. “Space capability is integral to everything [the military does],” he said, “from GPS targeting and communications to incoming missile warnings for our troops overseas.”



2MIN News Mar23: US Tremors/Serious Weather, Solar Activity


400 Chernobyls: Solar Flares, Electromagnetic Pulses and Nuclear Armageddon


By Matthew Stein, Truthout | News Analysis

There are nearly 450 nuclear reactors in the world, with hundreds more being planned or under construction. There are 104 of these reactors in the United States and 195 in Europe. Imagine what havoc it would wreak on our civilization and the planet’s ecosystems if we were to suddenly witness not just one or two nuclear meltdowns, but 400 or more! How likely is it that our world might experience an event that could ultimately cause hundreds of reactors to fail and melt down at approximately the same time? I venture to say that, unless we take significant protective measures, this apocalyptic scenario is not only possible, but probable.

Consider the ongoing problems caused by three reactor core meltdowns, explosions and breached containment vessels at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility and the subsequent health and environmental issues. Consider the millions of innocent victims who have already died or continue to suffer from horrific radiation-related health problems (“Chernobyl AIDS,” epidemic cancers, chronic fatigue, etcetera) resulting from the Chernobyl reactor explosions, fires and fallout. If just two serious nuclear disasters, spaced 25 years apart, could cause such horrendous environmental catastrophes, it is hard to imagine how we could ever hope to recover from hundreds of similar nuclear incidents occurring simultaneously across the planet. Since more than one-third of all Americans live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant, this is a serious issue that should be given top priority.[1]……






Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, KURIL ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 07:15 AM

Depth 101 km GEO: Longitude 157.190 GEO: Latitude 50.620


Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Fiji region

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 08:17 AM

Depth 252.9 km GEO: Longitude -176.656 GEO: Latitude -21.282


Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, NORTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 09:37 AM

Depth 14 km GEO: Longitude 93.890 GEO: Latitude 38.160


Magnitude 5.7 earthquake, Alaska Peninsula

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 14:10 PM

Depth 32 km GEO: Longitude -157.545 GEO: Latitude 55.180


Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 15:40 PM

Depth 50 km GEO: Longitude 141.700 GEO: Latitude 37.190


Magnitude 5 earthquake, Southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 16:00 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 103.500 GEO: Latitude -6.260


Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Kuril Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 18:33 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 147.990 GEO: Latitude 43.320


Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Eastern Siberia, Russia

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 19:13 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 163.000 GEO: Latitude 61.040


Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 19:55 PM

Depth 55 km GEO: Longitude 169.910 GEO: Latitude -21.970


Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 21:41 PM

Depth 20 km GEO: Longitude 47.020 GEO: Latitude 32.500


Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 23:25 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.160 GEO: Latitude 39.710


Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, PAPUA, INDONESIA

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 02:23 AM

Depth 160 km GEO: Longitude 138.600 GEO: Latitude -4.370


Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, SOUTHEASTERN IRAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 05:00 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 59.080 GEO: Latitude 28.260


Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, SEA OF OKHOTSK

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 05:40 AM

Depth 428 km GEO: Longitude 146.960 GEO: Latitude 48.000


Caribbean plate stress: Cuba and Jamaica rattled by tremors

The Earthquake Unit at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies says tremors from a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred in Cuba this morning were felt in several parishes in Jamaica.

This is the second earthquake felt in Jamaica in consecutive days following the 3.4 magnitude quake recorded near Yallahs, St Thomas, yesterday.

A release from the unit says this morning’s earthquake occurred at 3:34 and was felt in Clarendon, St Catherine, St Mary and Kingston and St Andrew.

There are no reports of any damage or injuries.

The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Santiago de Cuba province.


5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Alaskan peninsula

March 10, 2012 – ALASKA – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake was reported just off the coastline of the Alaskan peninsula at 5:10 am. The earthquake registered at a depth of 17.7 km or 11.0 miles below the surface and struck the ocean floor. The epicenter of the earthquake was 819 km (508 miles) SW of Anchorage, Alaska and 1455 km (904 miles) W of JUNEAU, Alaska. Both seismicity and volcanic activity has been steadily increasing along the Alaskan region over the last several weeks. People in high-risk areas should stay alert for the potential occurrence of seismic episodes.



Global Weirding Hits Hawaii — with Hail Stones

Deadly, devastating tornadoes in the northeastern U.S. are again setting records this year, and arriving earlier than ever. Meanwhile, frigid conditions have killed hundreds across Europe, while spring-like conditions exist in vast areas of North America. Now folks in Hawaii are seeing something previously unheard of: golf ball sized hail stones on the North Shore of Oahu and in some other areas across the state.



Hawaii Pummeled By ‘Severe Weather’ As La Nina Turns To El Nino

Meteorologists are taking note of the extreme weather conditions that continue to cloud Hawaii’s normally sunny climatic disposition. “Feet of rain” has fallen in some areas. Hanalei, Hawaii, received 35.97 inches of rain in just over two days. Multiple landslides have blocked highways throughout the state. Violent thunderstorms produced hail with diameters up to 2 inches in Kailua and Kaneohe. Not only is it HIGHLY UNUSUAL for hail to fall over Hawaii, but some stones that measured as large as three inches are likely record-breaking. “What is going on in Hawaii is a symptom of the change from La Niña to El Niño coming on.”


A rare tornado touches down on Oahu

msnbc.com staff reports: A rare tornado blew roofs off homes and left other damage in its path through the Hawaiian communities of Lanikai and Enchanted Lake on Oahu, weather officials confirmed Friday.

A National Weather Service team surveying damage and talking to witnesses determined a waterspout came ashore and was reclassified as a tornado in Lanikai about 7:30 a.m. The 20-yard-wide tornado traveled about 1.5 miles in 15 minutes to Enchanted Lake with wind speeds reaching 60 to 70 mph before dissipating, officials said.

Hawaii, known for its famous sunshine, has been hit with unusually harsh weather for about a week.

A 30-minute hail storm on Friday in Oahu was “unprecedented ,” Tom Birchard, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu, told the Associated Press. Some of the hail stones have been unusually large for the islands — the size of marbles and discs more than a half inch long, weather.com reported.




Great Lakes winter ice cover has decreased 71 percent since 1973

The average amount of ice covering the Great Lakes declined 71 percent over the past 40 winters, with Lake Superior ice down 79 percent. “There was a significant downward trend in ice coverage from 1973 to the present for all of the lakes.” Researchers used Coast Guard reports and satellite photographs taken from 1973 to 2010 to determine the ice coverage of all the lakes, with Lake Ontario ice dropping 88 percent while ice in Lake St. Clair (between Lake Huron and Lake Erie) diminished just 37 percent.
The findings don’t include the current winter, but 2011-12 will only speed up the decline. Only about 5 percent of the Great Lakes surface froze over this winter, the least since satellite photos first were taken from space. That compares to winters that saw as much as 94 percent ice coverage, such as in 1979. It’s also way down from the average winter of about 40 percent coverage. The results won’t be a surprise to Northlanders who have gazed out all winter over open water on the western tip of Lake Superior, where almost no ice has formed. Even in protected Chequamegon Bay, which usually freezes enough for trucks to drive on, strong ice never formed this winter, forcing the Madeline Island ferry to operate all season. That’s only the second time that’s ever happened. The results echo other studies that show much higher surface water temperatures on Lake Superior in recent years and far fewer days of ice cover.
Diminished ice can speed up wintertime evaporation, reducing water levels. It also may lead to increased and earlier algae blooms, which can damage water quality, and may accelerate erosion by exposing more shoreline to waves. The decline in ice cover probably is due to several factors, including cyclical climate patterns like El Niño and La Niña (unusually high temperatures and unusually low temperatures, respectively, in the Pacific), changes in the Arctic Oscillation and broader climate change.




At least 145 people are missing and “presumed dead” after an avalanche hit a village in Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan province last week. Afghan officials had earlier Saturday put the death toll from the March 4 series of avalanches in Badakhshan’s Shekay district at 56. The UN said an avalanche in the area claimed 50 lives and warned of severe flooding over coming weeks due to melting snow. Afghanistan’s harshest winter in 15 years has claimed scores of lives, with the avalanches taking the toll to more than 90 in Badakhsh alone. “Access to Dispay village is possible only by road from neighboring Tajikistan but has been severely hampered by snow-blocked roads. Helicopter access is not possible as there is a high risk of triggering further avalanches.”

Volcanic Activity

MEXICO – The drills continue in all the communities surrounding the volcano Popocatepetl, said the director of Civil Protection, Jesus Morales Rodriguez, who said that the drills will be permanent in the area. The state official said they have instituted the Special Plan Popocatepetl, where they indicated that the performance of the drills need to be performed at least once every 15 days, at random to participatants in all communities. These actions were recommended to keep the community aware of the dangers and the need of evacuations should threatening conditions arise. According to the website of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) the current alert status is in phase two, in yellow, so that the conditions of the volcano are normal. The agency also disclosed that in the last 24 hours, 11:00 hours, Popocatepetl has registered 12 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by water and gas emissions, without major changes. Because the probability remains moderate exhalations emission of ash and a slight glow seen at night, it is recommended the Civil Protection Directorate maintain a safety radius up to 12 km from the volcano, to keep traffic controlled between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortes. The public is also asked to continue to tune in for the latest status updates concerning the volcano’s activity. –Sexenio (translated)


Solar Activity




NASA to launch 5 rockets quickly to track winds

NORFOLK, Virginia: Skywatchers along the East Coast may be able to see a NASA experiment meant to learn more about the little-understood jet stream current at the edge of space.

NASA plans to launch five rockets in five minutes from coastal Virginia on a clear night between March 14 and April 4.

They will release a chemical trail to track winds that circle the planet at up to 300 miles per hour (482 kph) in the thermosphere about 65 miles (105 kilometers) up.

Officials say the long, milky-white clouds should be visible for about 20 minutes from South Carolina to New Hampshire.