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KREM

Wettest day in Portland history causes landslides, floods

PORTLAND, Ore. — Monday was the wettest calendar day in recorded history in Portland, and the rain is expected to stick around for days.

KGW meteorologist Matt Zaffino said nearly 2.7 inches of rain on Monday tied a record for one day, from 12:01 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. The previous record was set on Nov. 19, 1996. More rain is forecast for Monday night, and Zaffino said the record is sure to break.

The storm that caused floods, landslides, road closures and even a sinkhole is expected to bring its next wave of heavy rain on Tuesday, possibly during the evening commute.

People should expect delays in every mode of transportation in the metro area for the next several days, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Authorities were offering sand bags to any area residents who need them.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dylan Rivera called the weather an “extraordinary event that had extraordinary impacts.”

Rivera said 5.61 inches of rain have fallen so far this month, with three inches falling within a 12-hour period.

The December average for rainfall in the metro area is 5.49 inches.

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill said said the worst of the storm has not even hit yet.  That will likely happen on Tuesday night and continue into Thursday.

 

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Portland, Oregon flushes water reservoir after man urinates in it

PORTLAND, Oregon Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:04pm EDT

 

(Reuters) – Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said.

Three teens were observed at the reservoir in a Portland park at about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, Portland Water Bureau spokesman David Shaff said, and one of them was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the water.

The other two tried to climb the fence and one got into the secure area around the reservoir, but Shaff said it is not clear what he did then.

The 50-million-gallon (189-million-liter) reservoir was taken off line and was tested for possible contamination and the results will be known Thursday. But in the meantime, the city has decided to “discard” 38 million gallons of water and clean the reservoir, Shaff said.

“That water goes directly into people’s homes,” David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator said. “There is no way to re-treat it.”

 

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Oregon woman, dog rescued from sinkhole

This image provided by the Portland Oregon Fire & Rescue shows the sinkhole where a woman was rescued unharmed after falling into the 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in her backyard Tuesday night Feb. 18.

The Portland woman and her dog were both unhurt after falling into a 20-foot-deep sinkhole on Tuesday night.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland fire official says a woman and her dog have been rescued unharmed after falling into a 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in her backyard.

Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Rich Chatman says the woman in her 30s was trying to find her small poodle mix Tuesday night in her dark Portland backyard when she fell into a sinkhole about 3½ feet in diameter. A neighbor who heard her calls for help called 911.

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By Michael Conathan, Guest Blogger on November 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

A tanker offloads oil into the Portland-Montreal Pipeline alongside South Portland, Maine’s Bug Light Park.

A tanker offloads oil into the Portland-Montreal Pipeline alongside South Portland, Maine’s Bug Light Park.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE — On Tuesday, approximately 25,000 residents of South Portland will decide the future of what could soon become America’s next tar sands pipeline. Not Keystone XL; the Portland-Montreal Pipeline.

In 1941, as Germany choked off Canada’s fuel supply during the early stages of World War II, the U.S. opened a pipeline to allow imported crude to flow from Maine to Montreal. Today, that same pipeline has made Portland the second biggest oil port on the eastern seaboard. Tankers steam into Casco Bay almost daily, navigating among lobster buoys and kayakers, and dwarfing the fishing boats that once lined the waterfront of Maine’s largest city.

But as natural gas has begun to replace heating oil in the northeast, and as Canada has moved aggressively to tap the Alberta tar sands, demand for imported oil is declining. And the pipeline’s owners and operators smell a new source of business: reversing the pipeline’s flow to send tar sands to Maine for export.

In June, nearly 4,000 South Portland residents responded to the threat that their hometown could serve as the next spigot for some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet by signing a petition to get a measure known as the Waterfront Protection Ordinance included on this year’s ballot, which would amend the city code to prevent the construction of a tar sands export facility at the end of the pipeline.

Larry Wilson, the pipeline company’s CEO, has repeatedly insisted that there are no current plans to use his infrastructure to move tar sands, but such a move is clearly at least on the drawing board. Wilson has repeatedly asserted that his organization is “aggressively looking for every opportunity — and that could involve a reversal” to ship tar sands south.

Towns along the pipeline’s route from Quebec, through Vermont and New Hampshire, and down into Maine have already made official statements of opposition to the proposal. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry in June, asking him to block any move to ship tar sands through the pipeline.

Maine’s neighbors fear becoming the next Mayflower, Arkansas or Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both of those towns are still dealing with the aftermath of tar sands spills from pipelines that are wreaking havoc on public health and proving all but impossible to clean up. In the case of Kalamazoo, the process has lasted more than three years and cost over a billion dollars, and the bottom of the Kalamazoo River remains choked with tar sands as thick as molasses.

However, resolutions by the pipeline’s pass-through communities are non-binding on the company. As the terminus and the municipality where oil would be stored, treated, and loaded on tankers, South Portland is uniquely positioned to influence the company’s ability to move tar sands.

portland-pipelineLocal efforts have the pipeline company circling the wagons. Opponents of the Waterfront Protection Ordinance, united as the Working Waterfront Coalition, have outspent supporters six to one over the course of the campaign, spending $600,000 in cash and in-kind donations which have come exclusively from corporate entities and their affiliates, including the American Petroleum Institute.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Updated yesterday at 9:14 AM

A Portland police officer’s pursuit of a speeding driver came to an abrupt halt when the officer stopped for a family of ducks crossing the road, and the whole thing was recorded on the officer’s dash cam.

The video was posted Wednesday, although the date of the incident wasn’t given. It shows a driver going 52 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Officer Mark James begins the pursuit. To add excitement, the video was sped up and high-energy music was added.

Seconds later, James comes upon a family of ducks crossing the four-lane road. The music changes to something more serene as James gets out of his car and escorts the ducks to a ditch and safety.

The speeding driver got away.

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One  Wonders  if government  agencies  ever  learn  anything  from  history  and  the  failed , alleged  War  on Drugs????

~Desert Rose~

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Reuters / Sergio Perez

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RT

Trying to quit smoking? You might want to move to Oregon. A new bill would classify cigarettes as a Schedule III controlled substance, making them illegal to purchase without a doctor’s prescription.

Portland Rep. Mitch Greenlick introduced the bill in the Oregon State Legislature in an attempt to reduce the number of addicted people, but has received criticism from smokers and non-smokers alike who believe the initiative is not feasible.

Under Greenlick’s proposal, smokers would be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to one year’s imprisonment and a $6,250 fine for being caught with a cigarette or any of the other Schedule III controlled substances, including ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.

The bill also prohibits the State Board of Pharmacy from adopting rules that exempt any nicotine products from the legislation, which would include chewing tobacco, nicotine patches and gums, among others. Law enforcement agencies would have the right to inspect all products that they believe might contain nicotine.

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Politics, Legislation and Economy News

Financial – Fiscal irresponsibility – Jobs – Alternative Energy – Green Energy –  Sustainability

Solyndra redux? SoloPower about to qualify for federal loan guarantees

SoloPower, a San Jose, Calif.-based solar power company, is set this week to open a $340 million manufacturing facility in Portland, Ore. When it does, it takes a key step toward qualifying for a per-approved $197 million federal loan guarantee.

If this sounds familiar it’s because SoloPower is drawing comparisons to Solyndra, the Fremont, Calif., solar power company that managed to snag $535 million in federal loan guarantees before the whole thing collapsed last year, raising a howl from critics of the Obama administration’s use of federal fund to jump start what are supposed to be promising, job-creating green-tech companies.

According to a report from Reuters, SoloPower uses some of the same technology as Solyndra to make lightweight, flexible solar panels. Given the political hay Obama’s critics made last year from Solyndra’s failure, comparisons were inevitable.

SoloPower will, of course, do its best to fend off comparisons, claiming its products are more versatile, it has a better business plan and it has stricter cost controls than its ill-fated predecessor. That could well be. It’s certainly starting production on a smaller scale than Solyndra. Its plant in Portland will initially employ only about 90 people. Solyndra had about 1,100 on its payroll when it pulled the plug.

But SoloPower is also painfully aware that collecting any federal funding these days comes brings intense scrutiny. The loan guarantee, conditionally approved in 2011, comes from the same Energy Policy Act pool of money that backed Solyndra. At the same time, solar power market conditions remain tough in the face of shrinking government subsidies and stiff competition from China.

All this piles enormous pressure on SoloPower. Meanwhile, opponents of government investment in any industry are watching their every move like buzzards, or hawks, depending on your viewpoint.

-Jim Jelter

 

Food Safety

Mystery E. coli O145 Outbreak Ends, No Source Found

EcoliPetriBrownMain.jpgBefore closing their investigation into a multistate outbreak of E. coli O145, health officials identified 3 more victims – bringing the case count up from 15 to 18 – but were unable to find the source of the bacteria.

The outbreak, largely concentrated in the southeastern United States, started in mid-April. The last reported illness began June 12. Out of the 18 victims in 9 states, 4 were hospitalized. A 21-month-old girl from Louisiana died from her infection.
Victims ranged in age from 1 to 79, with a median age of 33. Infections predominantly affected women, who constituted 73 percent of the victims, according to the final outbreak report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published Friday.

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FDA Warns Consumers Against Eating Shellfish from Oyster Bay Harbor

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not eat raw or partially cooked oysters and clams with tags listing Oyster Bay Harbor in Nassau County, New York as the harvest area. Eight people in several states have been sickened with Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning after consuming those foods.

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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) closed Oyster Bay Harbor to shellfish harvesting on July 13, 2012. The FDA told shellfish harvesters, shippers, re-shippers, processors, restaurants, and retail food establishments to dispose of any shellfish that have identity tags showing Oyster Bay Harbor was the harvest area and harvest date on or after June 1, 2012. The map of the emergency shellfish closure is available at the New York web site. The area will remain closed until samples taken by the DEC indicate that shellfish are no longer a threat to consumers.

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Neff’s Lawn Care Ohio Picnic E. coli 0157 Outbreak Update

The Dayton & Montgomery County Health Department has updated their investigation into the Neff’s Lawn Care picnic E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak. As of July 23, 2012, 75 people have been sickened, 14 have been hospitalized, and three people are still hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Those three with HUS include a 4-year-old girl, a 14-year-old male, and a 73-year-old male

As many as 300 people attended the picnic which was held on July 3, 2012. Because of cross-contamination after the original outbreak, two secondary cases of E. coli 0157:H7 have been reported. Public health officials are stressing the need for good hygiene practices, including washing hands thoroughly after visiting the bathroom, and before preparing food.

In fact, anyone who is ill with a diarrheal illness should not prepare food or serve food to others. Anyone who has been sickened in this outbreak should have a negative test before they cook or handle food.

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Portland Area Boil-Water Advisory Ends

The boil-water advisory has been lifted for people who live and work west of the Willamette River and have Portland city water. On Saturday, July 21, 2012,  Portland’s water bureau issued a ‘Boil Water Notice’  after a second test was positive for bacterial contamination in Reservoir 3 inWashington Park. An investigation into the source of the contamination is ongoing.

In addition to those living west of the Willamette River, customers in the Burlington Water District, Valley View Water District, Palatine Hills Water District, Lake Grove Water District, West Slope Water District and the City of Tigard were also affected. Customers in those areas were under the boil-water advisory for about 24 hours. In 2009, fecal contamination from a bird source caused a similar situation.

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60 Hospitalized in Denver After Eating Charity Dinner

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At least 60 people have been hospitalized after eating at a Denver homeless shelter Sunday night.

Less than an hour after eating a turkey dinner served at the Denver Rescue Mission at 7 p.m., dozens of meal recipients began to vomit and became dehydrated from fluid loss.

Emergency responders were called to both Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Shelter – where the meal was served – and to the Samaritan House across the street, where some people who had eaten the meal were staying. A total of 54 people from the Lawrence Street Shelter and 6 from the Samaritan House were taken to the hospital, according to Alexxa Gagner, a representative from Denver Rescue Mission.
No deaths have been associated with the event thus far.

More Victims in Ohio E. coli Outbreak Linked to Picnic

74 ill; 14 hospitalized

PicnicBasketandBreadMain.jpgAn outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 thought to have originated at a picnic in Germantown, Ohio has expanded from 68 victims to 75, according to the local health department. The number of people hospitalized remained steady at 14 since the last report.

Three of those hospitalized, including a 4-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a 73-year-old-man, remain in the hospital with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infection that leads to kidney failure and can be fatal.
“We’re hopeful that all three may still make it,” said Bill Wharton, a spokesperson for Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, according to Dayton Daily News.
Stool samples from 18 of the victims have confirmed them to be part of the outbreak.
The picnic was a customer appreciation event at Neff’s Lawn Care in Georgetown, and was attended by approximately 300 people. Some food was provided by the company; other dishes were brought by guests.

Cargill Beef Tied to 33 Person, 7 State Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to Cargill ground beef is affecting 33 people in 7 Northeastern states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday, a day after the company recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of product.

According to CDC, 11 of those connected to the outbreak have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. An investigation by state, local and federal public health agencies has zeroed in on ground beef processed by Cargill Meat Solutions at a single facility in Pennsylvania as the likely source of the outbreak. Authorities were able to conclusively link illnesses in five case patients to ground beef products produced at the Cargill meat establishment (EST. 9400) after state labs found the outbreak strain in two separate leftover ground beef samples from patient homes.

CDC said that the different agencies would continue coordinating with one another and using PulseNet to identify ill people connected to the outbreak. So far, the illness count for each state is: Maine (1), Massachusetts (3), New Hampshire (2), New York (14), Rhode Island (1), Virginia (2) and Vermont (10). Illness onset dates range from June 6 to June 26 and those sickened range from 12 years to 101 years old. More than half are female.

Though it’s likely most of the recalled meat has been consumed, health officials are urging consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers for any meat that might remain — consumers should return the product for a refund. Since some of the ground beef was repackaged into consumer-sized packages sold at retail, CDC urged consumers to visit the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website to view the list of stores that carried the beef, which may not bear the EST. 9400 mark.

Cargill Beef’s president John Keating said late Sunday he was “sorry or anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced.”

“Ensuring our beef products are safe is our highest priority and an investigation is underway to determine the source of Salmonella in the animals we purchased for harvest and any actions necessary to prevent this from recurring,” said Keating.

In a FAQ posted online about the outbreak, Cargill noted that they do not test for Salmonella Enteritidis: “This particular strain of Salmonella Enteritidis in beef has not been linked to a public health problem before, and no validated test for it in fresh beef is commercially available.”

Leading food safety expert David Theno, who helped Jack in the Box reform their practices after the historic 1993 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, told Food Safety News that a regular Salmonella screen would have detected the strain. (Also, it appears that several companies, including DuPont, Roka Bioscience, Cell Biolabs, and BioControl offer relatively rapid testing technology for Salmonella Enteritidis in beef).

E. coli Infection from Ohio Picnic Kills 73-Year-Old Man

A 73-year-old man has died from complications of an E. coli infection he contracted at the Neff’s Lawn Care customer appreciation picnic. Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jim Gross said, “our hearts go out to his familiy and loved ones. This is a very difficult time for everyone. You may rest assured that Public Health will continue to examine all aspects of this foodborne tragedy.”

At least 75 people have been sickened by the outbreak linked to the picnic. Fourteen people have been hospitalized, and three, including the man who just died, developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. That complication of shiga-toxin producing bacterial infections, such as E. coli 0157:H7, can lead to kidney failure and other serious health issues.

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CDC Asks States to Regulate Raw Milk

Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, sent a letter to state public health departments, asking them place more restrictions on the sales of raw milk. The letter also asked those agencies to stress the dangers of consuming raw milk. In fact, public health experts say that pasteurization is one of science’s most effective food safety interventions.

Dr. Tauxe stresses the fact that raw milk and raw cheese caused 82% of all dairy-related outbreaks between the years 1973 and 2009. The CDC investigated 93 outbreaks linked to raw milk and raw milk products between 1998 and 2009. Those outbreaks caused 1,837 illnesses, 195 hospitalizations and 2 deaths. The CDC data shows the rate of raw milk outbreaks is higher in states where the sale of raw milk is legal than in states where the sale of raw milk is illegal.

The letter states, “to protect the health of the public, state regulators should continue to support pasteurization and consider further restricting or prohibiting the sale and distribution of raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products in their states.” It continues, “adherence to good hygienic practices during milking can reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of milk contamination. pasteurization is the only way to ensure that fluid milk products do not contain harmful bacteria.”

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New Produce Regulations Won’t Be Final Until OMB Says So

PROVIDENCE–With implementing regulations held up at the White House’s Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB), officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are finding themselves able to talk only in generalities about the nation’s new food safety law.
That’s disappointing to some attending the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) meeting this week at the Rhode Island State Convention Center.

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The new U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed by President Obama in January 2011, but implementation details have not been widely shared outside the federal government.
FDA’s James Gorny Tuesday spoke to IAFP on “preventive controls to local produce” under FSMA, but he had to start out by acknowledging that everything remains in a “deliberative phase.”
For the time being, Gorny said, there is “no implementing regulation for produce.”  He said OMB’s job is to coordinate federal regulations across the federal government and he suggested in this case the issue might be lining up FDA’s newly proposed regulations with USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative.
The produce safety rule should have taken effect last January, one year after Obama signed FSMA into law. It’s been in limbo at OMB ever since along with other implementing regulations.
Gorny says the draft is intended to be the “rules of the road” for the produce industry with three overall goals: reducing the public health burden of produce-related foodborne illness, eliminating disruptions for farmers and shippers and increasing consumer confidence.
“We understand that one size is not going to fit all,” Gorny said.
The so-called Tester-Hagen amendment language included in the new food safety law exempts small producers selling directly to the public through farmer’s markets, roadside stands and the like so long as those transactions are in the same state or within a 275 miles radius.
Small is defined as an operation with gross sales under $500,000 a year.
“We have no leeway,” Gorny said of the exemption. “It is what it is and it is nothing other than that.”

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Recalls

Fresh Cheese Recalled for Improper Pasteurization

WhiteCheeseBlockMain.jpgA New York company is voluntarily recalling a Columbian-style cheese product because it was made with milk that was not properly pasteurized.

Glendale, NY-based Productos Tita Corp issued the recall after a milk inspector from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets visited its cheese plant on June 17 and found that proper pasteurization procedures were not being followed.
Pasteurization is a heating process designed to kill harmful pathogens, such as Salmonella and Listeria, which are shed in animal feces and can contaminate milk during the milking process.

Undeclared Milk Brings Cookie Recall in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and TWI Foods Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Crispy Just Baked Punjabi Cookies.
The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.

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All codes of the Crispy Just Baked Punjabi Cookies, sold in 800 g plastic clamshell packages bearing UPC 6 27265 00152 0, where milk is not declared in the list of ingredients, are affected by this alert.
This product has been distributed throughout Canada.

Wellements LLC Recalls Baby Prune Concentrate for Possible Salmonella

Wellements LLC is recalling Baby Move™ Prune Concentrate liquid dietary supplement, because one of the ingredients used to make the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The ingredient supplier told the company about the problem.

Wellements Baby Move™ Prune Concentrate, in 4 ounce size, is sold in a glass bottle and packaged in an individual product carton. The UPC number is 729609019878. All product lots up to and including number 12179 are part of the recall. The product was distributed from January 2012 to July 2012 nationwide through retail stores and online retailers.

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Cargill Recalls Fresh Beef After 7-State Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 33

Hannaford Stores in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont named as one retail outlet – Cargill and Hannaford linked to past Salmonella outbreaks.

Cargill Beef late Sunday recalled almost 30,000 pounds of 85 percent lean, fresh, ground beef, produced by the company at Wyalusing, PA on May 25, 2012.  The meat may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) associated with an ongoing multiple state outbreak of SE.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said it became aware of the the problem “during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis involving 33 case-patients from 7 states (MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, and VT.)”  Hannaford Stores in those states have been named as a retail outlet for that meat by the FSIS.
The FSIS statement continued:
“Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vermont Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, FSIS was able to link illnesses in five case-patients to the ground beef products produced at this establishment based on epidemiologic and traceback investigations, as well as in-store reviews.

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“Illness onset dates among these five case-patients ranged from June 6, 2012 to June 13, 2012. Two of the five case-patients were hospitalized. Leftover product with no packaging information collected during the course of this investigation by the Vermont Department of Health tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis with the outbreak strain. This outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis is drug sensitive, meaning antibiotics can be effective in treating patients who need them. FSIS is continuing to work with CDC and public health partners on the investigation.”

Cass-Clay Creamery Recalls Ice Cream for Undeclared Allergens

Cass-Clay Creamery of North Dakota is recalling some varieties of ice cream because they may contain undeclared Brazil nuts, peanut oil, and soy lecithin. Tree nuts such as Brazil nuts are one of the major food allergens. Peanuts are another allergen, and so is soy.

The flavors recalled for Brazil nuts are Cass-Clay Maple Nut ice Cream in one gallon containers (3.78 liters) with UPC number 70422-03404; Cass-Clay Premium Light Maple Nut Ice cream in one gallon containers with UPC number 70422-23404; and Hornbacher’s Maple Nut Ice Cream in half-gallon containers (1.89 liters) with UPC number 41130-21666. Cass-Clay Premium Light Double Chocolate Fudge Ice cream, in half-gallon containers, UPC number 70422-24061 is being recalled for undeclared peanut oil and soy lecithin

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Articles of Interest

Some Duluth Beaches Still Contaminated with Fecal Bacteria

As we told you on July 3, 2012, some Lake Superior beaches in the Duluth area were closed because of high levels of E. coli bacteria. A few of those beaches are now safe to use, but some remain closed. Flooding in the Duluth area in late June most likely washed bacteria from sewage systems into water around the area.

According to the Lake Superior Beach Monitoring Program, the Minnesota Point 15th Street Harbor Side Beach has high bacteria levels, along with Hearding Island Canal Beach/Park Point 20th Street, and the Park Point Sky Harbor Parking Lot Beach. The 42nd Avenue East Beach, and Brighton Beach in East Duluth now have acceptable water.

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Another Salmonella Hatchery Outbreak: 37 Ill in 11 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that 37 people in 11 states have reportedly been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Hadar.

chickadies_iphone.jpgThe number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (2), California (1), Colorado (3), Idaho (5), Illinois (2), Oregon (5), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Utah (5), Washington (9), and Wyoming (2).

Of those known to be sick, eight have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Health authorities said 37 percent of those sickened are children 10 years of age or younger.

“Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with live poultry from Hatchery B in Idaho,” said CDC in a release Monday. “Mail-order hatcheries, agricultural feed stores, and others that sell or display chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry should provide health-related information to owners and potential purchasers of these birds prior to the point of purchase. This should include information about the risk of acquiring a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.”

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Might Food Become a Vehicle for Tropical Disease?

PROVIDENCE–It’s highly unlikely, but if high in an African mango tree a bat dropped its guano on fruit and it was harvested and went unwashed on a 747 to America, you could end up with a deadly tropical foodborne illness characterized by bleeding through the eye socket.
These are the possibilities that are considered at the International Association for Food Protection, which is meeting this week at the Rhode Island State Convention Center. It’s where food professionals come to learn about the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Foodborne Infections Network, or PulseNet International, which keeps track of threats most of us don’t even want to think about.

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It’s where you come to learn about “unusual Salmonella serotypes” emerging out of Southeast Asia or new foodborne pathogens like E. coli O104:H4. These are the sessions attended by the people from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta who will show up in bug suits if anything really goes badly in America.
Thankfully, it all ends with Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor of tropical medicine at Tulane University, telling us there is not really that much to worry about.   Hopefully. His talk is called  “Foodborne Viruses–What Else is Out There?”
Bausch provided more assurance than alarm regarding the likelihood that any of us will be stuck by an exotic and scary foodborne illness. Yet he also welcomed us to his world.
He’s seen what these diseases can do. Bausch was on the SARS team sent to Vietnam ten years ago. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a virus from small mammals originating in China. The SARS virus can then spread like the common cold. It cases a pneumonia so severe that it can lead to death.
There are a number of exotic pathogens out there that in the right circumstances may be spread by food or water, Bausch said. Among these are Lassa fever, Rotavirus, Ebola, Hepatitis E and Nipah virus.
The following is a brief description of each of them:

EU Might Block Parts of Food Safety Modernization Act

PROVIDENCE– In implementing its new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the United States wants to boldly go where no government has gone before in protecting food imports, but the European Union (EU) doesn’t like it.
Carlos Alvarez Antolinez, an EU food safety official stationed in Washington D.C., told the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Monday that the 27 member EU countries he represents has some significant issues with FSMA.

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Third party auditing, inspections, and foreign supply verification procedures top the list of the EU’s concerns with the new U.S. law.  With governmental authority for a continent of 500 million people speaking 28 languages, the EU is also in a position to stop what it does not like.
“We have been very grateful to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” Antolinez said. He said the EU has remained in constant dialogue with FDA since President Obama signed the new food safety law in January 2011, and seemed to suggest somewhat humorously that the U.S. and the EU might be more at impasse if the American government were further along in implementing the new law.
FDA has drafted the implementing regulations, but the White House’s Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have held those up for months.
The EU is concerned that with the FSMA, the U.S. will be reaching out to individual companies in its member countries rather than maintaining a “government-to-government” approach for ensuring food safety, Antolinez says.
“Our concern is about duplication of controls,” he says.
He suggested that U.S. plans for third party auditing are going to run up against some immediate limitations involving both the physical and institutional environment.  He said the EU’s system is based on national authorities and official controls.
“We honestly feel this is how it should be,” Antolinez added.

NFL Linebacker Joins Antibiotics Briefing on Capitol Hill

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), a constant advocate for reining in the use of antibiotics in agriculture, hosted another congressional briefing on the issue Tuesday — this time featuring an NFL linebacker.

Will Witherspoon, who plays for the Tennessee Titans and owns Shire Gate Farm, joined Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch cooperative and veterinarian and medical expert Dr. Michael Blackwell on panel to brief staff on raising livestock without using antibiotics.

According to Rep. Slaughter’s office, Witherspoon’s Shire Gate Farm applies high-welfare, sustainable farming techniques that almost entirely rule out the need for antibiotics. “By following these techniques, Witherspoon doesn’t need to rely on routine antibiotic use to keep animals healthy or prevent disease.”

At the briefing, Slaughter emphasized her platform: that the U.S. needs to reduce its antibiotic use in food animals and address the growing public health threat of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

European E. coli Outbreak Sheds New Light on Treatment Strategies

It is an accepted fact among medical experts that an E. coli infection should not be treated with antibiotics, as these drugs may worsen illness. But a new review of strategies used to treat victims of last year’s European E. coli outbreak shows that a combination of two or more antibiotics may have helped patients recover from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) – a potentially fatal complication of E. coli infection.

The 2011 outbreak, centered in Northern Germany, was characterized by an unusually high number of HUS cases. Out of more than 4,000 people sickened by the E. coli O104:H4 bacteria, 22 percent developed this life-threatening condition. By contrast, E. coli O157:H7, the most common Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in the United States progresses into HUS in 5 to 10 percent of patients.
HUS occurs when the Shiga toxins released by E. coli bacteria damage blood vessels, preventing adequate blood flow as red blood cells get clogged in the vessels. Deprived of blood, the kidney cannot perform its function of expelling toxins through urine.
Antibiotics are thought to increase a patient’s chance of developing HUS by increasing bacterial death and triggering the release of more Shiga toxins. But a study published this week in BMJ suggests that some antibiotics may actually help treat the kidney disease.
Scientists reviewed 298 cases of HUS treated at 23 hospitals in Northern Germany during the 2011 outbreak, finding that patients treated with at least two antibiotics were less likely to experience seizures, did not require intestinal surgery and exhibited no signs of toxic shock. The death rate among these individuals was lower than among other patients.
“As antibiotics seem to improve, but definitely do not worsen, the course of the infection we believe that they are beneficial in the later stages of the disease when the prodromal phase with diarrhoea has nearly subsided,” conclude the authors – a team of 62 medical and microbiological experts.
The two antibiotics used most commonly were meropenem and ciprofloxacin. Rifaximin was given to patients in the intensive care unit. All of these drugs were administered at only one hospital included in the study. Other treatment centers did not use antibiotics.
Researchers also found that stool samples from these patients tested negative for the bacteria an average of 8 days before those of other patients.
These findings are similar to those of a previous study which found that the antibiotic azithromycin also shortened the time that individuals shed E. coli O104:H4 after infection.

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Research on the effect of antibiotics on individuals with E. coli O157:H7 infections, on the other hand, has overwhelmingly suggested that these drugs are harmful, not beneficial, to HUS patients. A study from the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis published in March found that children who were administered antibiotics while infected with E. coli O157:H7 were more likely to develop HUS.

UK Bans Dangerous Sports Supplements

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK warned the public of potentially dangerous sports supplements available for sale. The agency said that “illegal sports supplements might contain dangerous ingredients that could cause kidney failure, seizures, and heart problems.”

Eighty-four illegal products that are marketed as energy and muscle gain enhancers are part of the warning. They contain high risk chemicals such as Ephedrine, Synephrine, and Yohimibine that can cause serious health side effects. The products may also contain steroids, stimulants, and hormones. Retailers have been told to remove those products from store shelves.

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Earthquakes

RSOE EDIS

Date/Time (UTC) Magnitude Area Country State/Prov./Gov. Location Risk Source Details
28.06.2012 10:50:34 4.2 Asia Turkey Haneke There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:50:55 2.0 Europe Greece Kalopirgos VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:51:16 3.1 Europe Italy Giarre There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:51:34 2.4 Asia Turkey Alacak VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:05:36 4.6 Asia Japan Hokkaido Erimo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 10:51:54 4.7 Asia Japan Erimo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:50:28 2.5 Asia Turkey Yaras VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:50:48 2.4 Asia Turkey Mollakasim There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:45:38 4.4 Middle America Mexico Estado de Oaxaca Roalina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 09:51:09 4.4 Middle-America Mexico Roalina VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:52:18 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:52:38 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:52:59 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:51:30 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 08:45:27 2.6 Asia Turkey Bozlar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:51:51 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:52:13 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 08:45:47 2.6 Asia Turkey Eskiyol VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 08:05:33 3.7 North America United States Alaska Chickaloon VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 08:46:10 5.1 Asia Japan Oyauchi There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
28.06.2012 08:11:03 5.2 Asia Japan Fukushima-ken Kishiuchi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 09:52:35 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:52:56 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 09:53:18 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 07:26:07 4.5 Asia Japan Ibaraki-ken Isohara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 07:40:31 4.5 Asia Japan Isohara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
28.06.2012 08:46:31 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 08:46:50 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 07:40:50 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 06:35:31 2.2 North America United States Alaska Chistochina VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 07:41:09 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 06:15:44 2.0 North America United States Alaska Circle Hot Springs Station VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 08:20:33 2.8 Caribbean U.S. Virgin Islands Bordeaux (historical) VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 06:40:26 3.0 Middle-East Iran Hesar-e Qareh Tappeh VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 06:40:47 2.5 Asia Turkey Rahimler There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 06:41:07 2.9 Asia Turkey Kosepinari VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 08:47:10 2.8 Europe Cyprus Episkopi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 06:41:33 2.5 Asia Turkey Turgut VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 06:41:54 2.3 Europe France La Pechaudiere VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. EMSC Details
28.06.2012 05:20:36 2.0 North America United States California Kenton Mill There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 05:40:26 2.8 Europe Italy Fornazzo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 04:37:57 2.0 North America United States Alaska Iniskin There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 04:35:26 2.2 Europe Italy Camposanto VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 05:40:45 2.2 Asia Turkey Gunduzu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 10:20:50 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico Belvedere VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 04:15:40 4.8 Pacific Ocean – West New Caledonia Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies Kurin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 04:35:47 4.8 Pacific Ocean – West New Caledonia Kurin VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 04:57:12 3.4 Caribbean Dominican Republic Provincia de La Romana Boca Chica VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 04:36:08 2.8 South-America Chile Chanar VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 04:36:29 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 05:41:10 2.5 Asia Turkey Cimeli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 05:41:36 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 04:36:47 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 04:37:05 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 03:35:25 2.3 Asia Turkey Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 04:37:24 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 03:35:46 3.2 Asia Turkey Seklik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 02:30:42 3.1 South-America Chile Caren VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 02:31:03 2.5 Asia Turkey Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 02:31:22 2.1 Europe Italy San Giacomo Roncole VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 03:36:04 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 03:20:35 2.4 North America United States Alaska Akutan There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 01:45:26 3.0 North America United States California Howell Place VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 02:31:44 2.8 Asia Turkey Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 02:32:05 2.7 Asia Turkey Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 02:32:26 2.3 Asia Turkey Kotanli There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 02:55:28 2.8 Caribbean British Virgin Islands Wesley Will VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 02:32:47 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 02:33:08 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 01:25:40 3.1 Europe Italy Sant’Alfio There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 01:25:59 2.2 Europe Italy Sant’Alfio There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 01:25:59 2.9 Europe Italy Sant’Alfio There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 00:25:27 3.9 South-America Chile Quintero VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 01:45:52 2.8 Caribbean U.S. Virgin Islands Cowell Battery VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 01:26:23 3.2 Europe Italy Milo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 01:26:43 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 01:27:06 3.1 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 01:27:27 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 00:31:26 4.0 Pacific Ocean New Zealand Woodville County New Brighton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 GEONET Details
28.06.2012 00:35:30 2.2 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 00:35:50 2.1 North America Canada British Columbia Princeton VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 00:26:07 5.2 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Falehau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 00:28:42 5.2 Pacific Ocean Tonga Falehau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 00:11:14 4.9 Pacific Ocean Tonga Falehau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
28.06.2012 00:26:28 4.9 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Falehau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 00:26:49 2.9 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 23:10:41 5.3 Pacific Ocean Tonga Falehau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 23:20:36 5.3 Pacific Ocean – East Tonga Falehau There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 00:27:09 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:35:45 2.6 North America United States Alaska Amchitka There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 23:20:57 2.5 Europe Spain Playa del Hoyo VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 00:27:29 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
28.06.2012 00:27:48 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 21:50:34 2.2 North America United States Alaska Sunshine VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 22:15:29 2.4 Europe Italy Ponte di San Pellegrino VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:15:51 3.5 South-America Chile Penon There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:16:13 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:16:34 2.6 Asia Turkey Marmaraereglisi VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:16:55 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:17:16 3.1 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:17:35 2.0 Europe Italy Petracca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:17:55 2.7 Asia Turkey Kosepinari VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:18:18 2.5 Asia Turkey Mersinli VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:18:40 3.0 South-America Chile Cuesta del Pobre VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 21:10:35 4.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:18:41 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 22:19:01 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 21:10:56 2.8 Europe Greece Sandomerion VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 20:30:54 2.1 North America United States California Mesa Camp There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 19:45:42 2.3 North America United States Alaska Toklat There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 20:10:35 2.1 Europe Italy Petracca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 19:30:44 2.1 North America United States Hawaii ‘Ainapö There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 19:20:43 2.1 North America United States California Four Corners There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 20:10:56 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 20:11:16 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:40:40 2.0 North America United States California El Rancho Mobile Home Park VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 20:11:37 3.0 Asia Azerbaijan Zuxur VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 19:05:48 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 19:06:08 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:05:30 2.0 Europe Italy Petracca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 19:06:31 4.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Cacalan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 19:07:51 4.5 Pacific Ocean – West Philippines Province of Cagayan Cacalan VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 19:06:52 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:05:51 2.4 Europe Italy Petracca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:35:38 2.1 North America United States Washington Harmony Falls Landing There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 18:06:14 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:06:34 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:06:52 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:07:13 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:07:14 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:07:34 2.0 Europe Greece Khimerinon VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 18:07:55 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:00:37 3.2 South-America Argentina Los Erizos VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:00:59 3.0 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:01:22 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:25:39 4.5 Pacific Ocean Fiji Matokana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 18:08:18 4.5 Pacific Ocean – East Fiji Matokana VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:01:44 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 15:55:42 2.3 Europe Italy Basico There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:01:44 3.3 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:02:07 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 15:56:06 4.6 South-America Argentina Bermejo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 16:20:46 4.5 Atlantic Ocean Argentina Provincia de San Juan Bermejo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 15:56:30 3.6 South-America Chile Rio Loa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 17:02:30 2.5 Asia Turkey Uzunyurt VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 15:56:51 5.1 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Labuhanbajo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 15:20:47 5.2 Indonesian archipelago Indonesia Propinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur Labuhanbajo There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 15:57:12 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 15:25:34 2.5 Caribbean Puerto Rico La Plena VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 14:51:00 2.5 Asia Turkey Akgedik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 15:57:13 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 16:25:29 2.1 Europe Italy Villa Magri VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:51:44 4.5 South-America Ecuador America VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:54:43 4.5 South America Ecuador Provincia de Manabi America VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 15:57:32 4.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Bakulu There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:11:12 2.4 Middle America Mexico Estado de Baja California La Puerta There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 14:11:31 2.3 North America United States California Huntington Beach VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. There are nuclear facilities nearby the epicenter. USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 15:57:53 2.6 Europe Romania Pavalari VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:52:03 2.1 Europe Czech Republic Komorany VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:52:54 2.4 Europe Greece Menikhtaiika VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:53:17 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:53:36 5.1 Asia Japan Higashi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 13:55:49 5.1 Asia Japan Tokyo-to Higashi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 14:53:37 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 14:53:58 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 13:45:29 3.2 Asia Turkey Licik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 13:40:55 2.6 Caribbean Puerto Rico Soroco VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 13:45:50 3.2 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 13:46:11 3.0 Asia Turkey Egrikonak VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:40:37 2.2 Europe Italy Petracca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 13:46:33 3.0 South-America Chile Ramadas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:40:58 3.8 Asia Taiwan Tung-fu-ts’un There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:41:19 2.2 Europe Italy Petracca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:41:41 2.5 Asia Turkey Yikilgan VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:42:02 2.6 Asia Turkey Karacay VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:16:00 4.7 Europe Portugal Regiao Autonoma dos Acores Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 12:42:26 4.7 Europe Portugal Corvo VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:42:46 2.5 Asia Turkey Yeniliman VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:43:06 2.1 Asia Turkey Gulova There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:20:44 2.0 North America United States California San Benito VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
27.06.2012 12:43:26 3.2 South-America Chile Condoroma There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:43:47 2.5 Asia Turkey Akgedik VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:44:10 2.5 Asia Turkey Kahya VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:35:31 2.8 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:35:52 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:36:15 2.7 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 13:46:54 4.4 Indonesian Archipelago Indonesia Miangas VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:36:37 2.6 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 15:58:18 4.1 South-America Bolivia Chilena There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 12:44:32 4.6 Asia Japan Sueyoshi VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:37:00 2.5 Europe Spain Sabinosa There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:37:21 2.6 Asia Turkey Karaca VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:37:42 2.2 Asia Turkey Haciveliler VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:38:04 2.6 Asia Turkey Kasikara VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
27.06.2012 11:38:28 2.3 Europe Greece Sitaralona VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details

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Strong Quake rocks El Salvador and Guatemala ~ Recent Natural

Update
People of following area will have felt light to weak shaking.
Ahuachapan, Moyuta, Concepcion de Ataco, Tacuba, Conguaco, San Francisco Menendez, San Salvador, Villa Nueva, Guatemala City, Mixco and San Pedro Sula. Did you feel it?

M 5.7 strong earthquake rocks Guatemala and El Salvador today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was located just 4 km WNW of Tacuba. It was 100 miles deep.

It will have felt in vast area (common in case of deep earthquake).
The 1976 Guatemala earthquake which was located 160 km northeast of Guatemala City killed 23,000 people. It was a 7.5 Mw earthquake, centered in the Motagua Fault.

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There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
06:31 UTC (local time Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM @ epicenter )

Epicenter location

4 km (2 miles) WNW of Tacuba, El Salvador
13 km (8 miles) W of Ahuachapan, El Salvador
24 km (14 miles) S of Jalpatagua, Guatemala
32 km (19 miles) WSW of Chalchuapa, El Salvador

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Volcanic Activity

El Hierro Volcano : Green and Yellow alert – 50 earthquakes since midnight UTC

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Earthquake Report

Update 28/06 – 07:55 UTC
– At least the people of El Hierro must have had a good night sleep as the strength of the earthquakes decreased seriously the last 7 hours. But … only the strong earthquakes were more or less silent at night.
– So far today IGN has listed 39 earthquakes since midnight,  a little less than the preceding days, but still a high number.
Harmonic Tremor has restarted strongly since 05:35 this morning, showing us that the volcanic process is still continuing strongly. As we have experienced the last couple of days, the current HT may refer to a new migration of the epicenters
– The strongest earthquake since midnight was a M2.8 earthquake. NO earthquakes since midnight have been marked as felt by the people. At ER we think that Felt or no felt indications are far from reality as most people do not indicate slight tremors anymore after having experienced stronger ones. Aftershocks in general are less documented. Only nations like Japan, USA and New Zealand are drilled to report whatever they have felt.
– The depth did not show a lot of difference since midnight with values in between 17.6 and 22.9 km
– The epicenter of the earthquakes since midnight remains the El Julan – La Dehesa area of the island
– We certainly expect more earthquakes to come today as the process continues in full strength.
What can change the process fundamentally ? Our readers should watch the following elements in the current process with more focus than the rest : Depth of the earthquakes (changes towards a depth of 15 km or less can be triggers of new events, sudden change in the strength of the earthquakes,  the locations of the epicenters (these locations are important in relation to the conduits of the recent eruption)

Locations of the epicenters of the last 10 earthquakes – map courtesy Avcan

Earthquakes and HT so far today


Update 27/06 – 23:55 UTC
– Another very active day with a lot of earthquakes which have been felt by the people. The strongest so far this year was a M4 at 18:55 UTC.
– Earthquake epicenters have also gradually moved today from below the island towards the shallow waters of the Las Calmas sea. The movement has stopped in the late afternoon and continued at midnight in the same area  (see picture below).
– At midnight IGN had listed 191 earthquakes. 10 earthquakes had a Magnitude of 3 or more
– The depth of the earthquake remains at 18 to 21 km (no change compared to yesterday)

This image shows the location of the epicenter of the 10 latest earthquakes before 17:05 (left) and 23:05 (right) – Location is almost similar – image courtesy Avcan

CHIE seismogram showing a lot of activity today

Update 27/06 – 19:45 UTC
The earthquakes epicenters are currently located at the same area where it all started on September 27, 2011.  The depth at that time was approx. 15 to 17 km. The current depth is more in the 19 to 21 km range . The difference in between the 2 layers is a couple of kms. (All our readers can come to the same conclusion in comparing the location and the depth of the 10 days of earthquakes who started on September 27 and todays location of the quakes). All this is not conclusive in what will happen next.

Update 27/06 – 19:01 UTC
Joke has just SMS’t (texted) that she has felt a strong shock in El Pinar.
The earthquake Joke has just reported was a M4.0, the strongest earthquake since last year.
As you will be seeing on the map, the epicenter is located below the Las Calmas sea floor.
18:55:08    27.6883    -18.1006    Depth 20 km    Sentido     M 4.0    mbLg     W EL PINAR

M4.0 earthquake in the Las Calmas sea close to the El Julan shore

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather /Drought

Excessive Heat Warning

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Traffic flows through Atlanta as a layer of smog hangs over the city, Friday, Aug. 18, 2000. Atlanta soared to 101 degrees on Friday, during a 5-day heat wave. Skies may be hazy like this image as hot and stagnant air build into Atlanta through this upcoming weekend. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Millions of people will endure a brutal heat wave with temperatures soaring above the century mark, and poor air quality will add to their woes.

Portions of the Plains have been gripped by 100-degree heat for days with a large area of high pressure promoting sizzling sunshine. That same high has been promoting calm conditions and stagnant air, trapping dust, ozone and smoke.

The worst air quality conditions are in place around the Houston area, where the Air Quality Index (AQI) is considered unhealthy. The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for surrounding areas of Houston, warning: “ACTIVE CHILDREN AND ADULTS…THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY DISEASES SUCH AS ASTHMA…SHOULD AVOID PROLONGED OUTDOOR EXERTION.”

Smoke from the Colorado wildfires is also contributing to unhealthy conditions for sensitive groups, including the elderly and those with respiratory problems, in Colorado Springs, Boulder and Denver.

As the high shifts east over the next several days, heat will continue to surge into the Midwest, South and mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, air quality issues are also anticipated.

Areas south of the Ohio River are in for the worst conditions as far as heat and air quality go into the weekend.

Farther north, some scattered showers and thunderstorms that will help mix the air and diminish the air quality concerns will ignite from the Dakotas to the mid-Atlantic coast.



By , Meteorologist
People enjoy the spray of a hydrant opened by the Department of Public Works, in Lawrence, Mass., Friday, July 22, 2011. The East was in the midst of a heat wave with 100-degree temperatures. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A heat wave breaking all-time records across the Plains will shift into the Midwest and East by late in the week and into the weekend, bringing 100-degree temperatures to more than a dozen states.

A large dome of high pressure has been promoting blistering sunshine across Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas with widespread highs reaching 100 plus. The area of high pressure will shift into the Midwest and East through the end of the week, allowing dangerous heat and humidity to surge.

People are urged to stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible, avoid strenuous activities outdoors and drink plenty of water.

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Temperatures rose well above 100 once again on Wednesday in parts of the central Plains, busting numerous records. Dodge City, Kan., reached 111, setting a new all-time record high.

Chicago’s high will challenge the record high of 101 degrees on Thursday. With humidity factored in, the AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperature will be closer to 110 degrees.

The last time that Chicago hit 100 degrees or higher was on July 24, 2005 when thermometers registered 102.

The Southeast will start feeling the heat on Thursday as highs climb into the mid-90s. Again, AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will feel like 100 degrees and higher.

The core of heat will continue to shift farther north and east on Friday with 90s in the mid-Atlantic. New York City to Washington, D.C., will once again hit the 90s. At the same time, portions of the Southeast will skyrocket to the 100-degree mark.

Saturday will be the peak of the heat for the East with communities from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., approaching and surpassing 100 degrees.

The temperature in Atlanta has not reached 100 degrees or higher since Aug. 22, 2007, but that should change on Saturday.

A cold front will erase the heat for portions of the Northeast, including Boston and New York City by Monday. Meanwhile, the southern mid-Atlantic and Southeast will continue to scorch into July Fourth.


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Colorado fires: Tens of thousands flee ‘monster’ blaze

A wildfire of “epic proportions” has forced 32,000 people from their homes in Colorado after suddenly doubling in size, overwhelming firemen and sweeping into the state’s second-largest city.

By , New York

 The Telegraph

Firemen had set up a perimeter in an attempt to contain the blaze, one of 10 currently burning across the central US state, after it took hold of 6,000 acres of the Pikes National Forest, just west of Colorado Springs.

But on Wednesday, fanned by a windy thunderstorm, it spread to cover more than 15,000 acres – 24 square miles – quickly overwhelming fire crews and tearing into neighbourhoods on the city’s west side.

More than 32,000 of the city’s 419,000 residents were ordered to leave their homes. Local politicians described the scene as akin to “the worst movie set you can imagine”. Fleeing residents covered their faces with T-shirts and bandannas to breathe through the smoke.

It marked the most dramatic development yet in America’s summer wildfire season, the worst in recent years, which has been fuelled by searing, record-setting heat and prolonged drought. Most, if not all, of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana are under red flag warnings, meaning extreme fire danger.

On Wednesday the air above Colorado Springs, which sits beneath the Rocky Mountains, was filled with plumes of heavy smoke and ash which could be seen nearly 100 miles away in Denver.

There were fears that the fire could grow even larger, with only five per cent of the blaze being described as “contained”. It has been suggested that it could continue to burn for more than a month fuelled by the dry conditions and temperatures that exceed 100F each day.

Rich Brown, the Colorado fire chief, said the blaze was a “monster” which was “not remotely close to being contained”, adding: “This is a fire of epic proportions… This is an active fire … please do not be deceived.”

He said it was still unclear how many homes in Colorado Springs had been destroyed. “There are some homes impacted, there is no question about it. We do not know the number,” he said. John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado, flew above the fire on his way to Colorado Springs. He said looking down on it from the air was like looking at a military invasion.

“It was almost like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine,” he said. “You could see exactly where the fire came down. All the bright spots, as you got closer, you saw they were people’s homes. They weren’t trees on fire. They were people’s homes, burned to the ground, block after block. It’s almost surreal. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

The notice for 32,000 people to evacuate the area was issued to residents in Colorado Springs to the west of Interstate 25, the road that dissects the state from north to south.

Brit Robinson, 44, and her nine-year-old triplet daughters were among those who fled, not knowing if their home was still standing. Miss Robinson, who lives in Rockrimmon, said: “My parents live above me on the mountain in Peregrine and as we left we could see the flames getting close. We think that houses in Peregrine and Rockrimmon are burning but we don’t know if our homes are on fire or not. We will be devastated if something does happen to the house but I am just happy we are safe. It could have been so much worse.”

Christine Williams and her daughter Serina saw flames just 30 yards from their apartment complex when they fled. “It’s like we’ve had our life swiped out from underneath us,” said Serina

In the north of the state, near Fort Collins, a fire in High Park is already the second worst in the history of Colorado. It started following a lightning strike on June 9 and is currently only 65 per cent contained. It has destroyed 257 homes and as of yesterday had spread across 87,284 acres. One person has been killed.

More than 2,400 residents in the city of Boulder were on Wednesday told to evacuate the area following another fire in the north of the state.

Colorado wildfire of ‘epic proportions’ displaces 32,000

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(CNN) — Firefighters again will battle inferno-like conditions on Wednesday as they try to tame an explosive wildfire that has already chased some 32,000 residents from their homes near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“This is a firestorm of epic proportions,” Richard Brown, the Colorado Springs Fire chief, said late Tuesday. Winds gusting to 65 mph through mountain canyons blew the wildfire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs on Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. John Hickenlooper surveyed the Waldo Canyon Fire, telling reporters it was a difficult sight to see.

“There were people’s home’s burned to the ground. It was surreal,” he said late Tuesday night. “There’s no question, it’s serious. It’s as serious as it gets.”

The 6,200-acre fire remained only 5% contained. Officials labeled it as exhibiting “extreme fire behavior.”

Becky Shormann has nervously listened to news reports since Saturday, the day the fire started prompting her to evacuate the area with her husband.

She hoped her home would be spared.

The family managed to take some sentimental items with them when they left, but still had to leave behind a boat, a pair of ATVs, a China cabinet and an antique doll collection.

“I keep telling myself: It’s going to be okay,” she said.

Schormann told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ that flames came to within 20 feet of their home but were beaten back.

“Our volunteer fire department is just awesome,” she said.

The Schormanns are staying in an RV at their daughter’s home. The family’s two dogs, a pony and a donkey also came along for the ride.

The flames from the same wildfire also are dangerously close to the U.S. Air Force Academy campus. An evacuation order has been issued for about 700 residents in its Pine Valley Housing and 1,400 in Douglass Valley Housing, said public affairs officer John Van Winkle.

The academy’s powered flight, glider and parachuting operations have been called off since Saturday so that the U.S. Forest Service could use runways for helicopters used to fight fires along Colorado’s Front Range, Van Winkle said.

The academy’s Class of 2016, all 1,045 cadets, will arrive Thursday.

“The fire conditions could not be worse,” said Anne Rys-Sikora, spokeswoman for a multi-agency fire response team. “It is like a convection oven out there.”

Colorado Springs set a record high of 101 on Tuesday as firefighters contended with brutal conditions, including ash falling on highways and neighborhoods. Officials rushed in crews and aerial equipment in a bid to slow the fire.

The forecast stays hot and dry for the foreseeable future, with daytime highs not falling out of the 90s until early next week, according to the National Weather service.

Dave Barjenbruch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Boulder, said the past week has been hellish across Colorado.

“Even in the foothills, where most of the fires are going on, most days have been in the single-digit humidity,” he said.

Thunderstorms such as the one that fed the Waldo Canyon Fire on Tuesday are heavy on fire-feeding gusty winds and low on much-needed rainfall, Barjenbruch said.

Meanwhile, a new fire in Boulder, northwest of Denver, prompted pre-evacuation notices to 2,300 phone numbers.

Six other wildfires were active in the state, according to the Colorado Division of Emergency Management.

The largest of the fires was the High Park Fire, which began June 9 and has now consumed 87,284 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said. It was 65% contained Tuesday. The total number of homes lost rose to 257. An estimated $33.1 million has been spent trying to contain the blaze.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized the use of federal funds to help fight the Waldo Canyon Fire after Colorado Springs and surrounding El Paso County declared an emergency, which allows them to receive state and federal aid.

A large section of Utah was under a red-flag warning, with at least three wildfires burning Tuesday.

Authorities said they found the body of one person after they entered the evacuated areas of the Wood Hollow Fire. The victim had not been identified, according to the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office

FEMA is providing funds to help fight the Wood Hollow Fire, which has grown to nearly 39,000 acres since starting Saturday afternoon. Containment was 15%.

West of Provo, Utah, the Dump Fire stood at 5,007 acres and was 100% contained, officials said.

Indiana drought a concern for farmers

by Staff Writers
West Lafayette, Ind. (UPI)


Indiana has had less rain than normal because of continued high pressure and lack of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, the state’s primary source of moisture.

Indiana farmers and livestock producers still can recover from one of the worst droughts in more than two decades, but time is growing short, researchers say.

While one of the earliest onslaughts of extremely dry conditions in more than 20 years is drying out crop fields and forages, it’s not yet time to hit the panic button, Purdue University researchers said Tuesday.

“Clearly, there are some truly severely stressed regions of the state,” Bob Nielsen, Purdue corn specialist, said. “But if you look at the state as a whole, the corn has hung in there amazingly well.”

Although dryness is not uncommon in Indiana in the summer, it is unusual for drought to hit in the spring, as it did this year soon after farmers planted corn and soybeans, researchers said.

“It is among the earliest onsets of severe, dry weather we’ve had in at least the last 25 years or so,” Nielsen said.

Indiana has had less rain than normal because of continued high pressure and lack of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, the state’s primary source of moisture, the Indiana State Climate Office based at Purdue said.

It still is possible for the corn crop to produce yields close to trend, Nielsen said, but it would need widespread and timely rains now and for the remainder of the season.

“It’s not a disaster yet. We still have opportunities to recover. There has been yield loss that we won’t recover, but I don’t think it has been dramatic yield loss,” he said.

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Storms, Flooding, Landslides

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Debby (AL04) Gulf of Mexico 24.06.2012 28.06.2012 Tropical Storm 90 ° 65 km/h 83 km/h 3.35 m NHC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Debby (AL04)
Area: Gulf of Mexico
Start up location: N 26° 18.000, W 87° 30.000
Start up: 24th June 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 603.34 km
Top category.:
Report by: NHC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
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Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
24th Jun 2012 06:06:38 N 26° 18.000, W 87° 30.000 0 83 102 Tropical Storm 0 13 998 MB NHC
24th Jun 2012 10:06:59 N 27° 18.000, W 87° 18.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 12 998 MB NHC
25th Jun 2012 04:06:12 N 28° 18.000, W 85° 54.000 0 93 111 Tropical Storm 0 14 991 MB NHC
25th Jun 2012 11:06:31 N 28° 36.000, W 85° 48.000 0 83 102 Tropical Storm 0 14 993 MB NHC
26th Jun 2012 04:06:16 N 29° 12.000, W 85° 6.000 4 74 93 Tropical Storm 40 8 992 MB NHC
26th Jun 2012 07:06:22 N 29° 0.000, W 84° 36.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 90 11 992 MB NHC
26th Jun 2012 10:06:27 N 29° 0.000, W 84° 30.000 6 74 93 Tropical Storm 90 8 991 MB NHC
27th Jun 2012 05:06:55 N 29° 0.000, W 82° 48.000 11 56 74 Tropical Depression 125 16 1000 MB NHC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Gust
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Category Course Wave
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Pressure Source
28th Jun 2012 05:06:41 N 29° 30.000, W 78° 18.000 20 65 83 Tropical Storm 90 ° 11 1003 MB NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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29th Jun 2012 12:00:00 N 32° 18.000, W 69° 30.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NHC
29th Jun 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 18.000, W 71° 48.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NHC
30th Jun 2012 12:00:00 N 35° 30.000, W 65° 18.000 Tropical Depression 56 74 NHC
01st Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 40° 0.000, W 60° 0.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 NHC
02nd Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 46° 0.000, W 48° 0.000 Tropical Storm 65 83 NHC
Doksuri (07W) Pacific Ocean 26.06.2012 28.06.2012 Tropical Depression 335 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 6.10 m JTWC Details

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Doksuri (07W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 14° 36.000, E 130° 18.000
Start up: 26th June 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 487.59 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
27th Jun 2012 05:06:22 N 15° 18.000, E 127° 6.000 26 65 83 Tropical Storm 285 14 JTWC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave
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28th Jun 2012 05:06:19 N 19° 12.000, E 124° 42.000 26 56 74 Tropical Depression 335 ° 20 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
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Gust
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29th Jun 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 6.000, E 117° 30.000 Tropical Storm 102 130 JTWC
29th Jun 2012 00:00:00 N 20° 18.000, E 119° 54.000 Tropical Storm 93 120 JTWC
30th Jun 2012 12:00:00 N 22° 54.000, E 113° 24.000 Tropical Storm 74 93 JTWC
01st Jul 2012 12:00:00 N 24° 0.000, E 111° 12.000 Tropical Depression 37 56 JTWC
By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
The Emerald City has seen significant rainfall over the month of June. Photo courtesy of John Foxx of photos.com.

While parts of the U.S. are facing severe drought issues, the upper West Coast is having no such problem. Both Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., are seeing one of the wettest months of June on record.

Seattle has received 2.83 inches thus far in June, 199 percent of the city’s normal June rainfall total. This total ties June 1984 as the sixth wettest June on record. On average, June brings 1.57 inches of rain to the Emerald City.

Portland has been hit with even more than Seattle, with 3.77 inches thus far. This brings them to 242 percent of the normal 1.7 inches for June.

“A southward scoop of winds high in the atmosphere, known as a jet stream trough, has been directing frequent storms in from the Pacific Ocean,” said AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

“In turn, the storms keep the coastal areas rather cloudy and damp from the western slopes of the Cascades to the Olympic Peninsula. Areas east of the Cascades have been less wet and not as cool with the mountains screening out most of the moisture,” Sosnowski said.

Though June is winding down, with only 3 days left more rain is headed toward Seattle. The city can expect showers tomorrow, Friday and Saturday before kicking off the month of July with a set of storms on the first.

Portland will likely see more rain as well with a passing shower in the afternoon tomorrow and showers in the afternoon and evening Saturday.

Today Flash Flood India State of Manipur, [Imphal East district] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in India on Thursday, 28 June, 2012 at 08:13 (08:13 AM) UTC.

Description
A flash flood triggered by incessant rains for the past several days has affected thousands of people, inundated several villages and washed away 40 houses in Jiribam sub-division of Manipur’s Imphal East district. Official sources said today the water level of different rivers in the district have, however, started receding as rains stopped and the weather cleared. According to Jiribam police, four persons were still missing. Among them is a 27-year-old man who was swept away by the overflowing Jiri river in Jiribam, which borders Assam after saving his uncle from drowning in the flood waters yesterday. The body is yet to be recovered. The flash flood inundated the Jiribam market and several villages including Sanathong, Ningthembam, Patchao besides washing away 40 houses at Khusoithok nearby Jiribam town. The flood affected have been provided shelter in different relief camps, the sources said adding more than 1,300 people were kept at the Jiribam Junior High School. Reports from Jiribam said authorities have started surveying to assess the damage and affected persons to provide government assistance. Reports from other districts said major rivers including Jiri, Imphal (Imphal district), Iril (in Imphal) have started receding fast as rains stopped today and the weather brightened in the valley districts. Imphal river which was flowing near the danger level yesterday started receding fast and state Irrigation Minister Ngamthang Haokip ordered the opening of Ithai barrage to allow the water to flow into Loktak lake.

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Heavy rains and landslides in Bangladesh kill 90

BBC News

Large parts of the port city of Chittagong are badly affected by the floods

Heavy rains causing multiple landslides over the past three days have killed at least 90 people in south-east Bangladesh, officials say.

Officials are describing it as the worst monsoon rainfall in years in the Chittagong region. Chittagong is the second largest city of Bangladesh.

At least 150,000 people have also been stranded by the floods, officials say.

Rescue operations are continuing but rain is hampering efforts. Flights to Chittagong airport have been cancelled.

Most rail links have also been suspended after a railway bridge collapsed. Days of heavy rain have caused mud banks to collapse, burying houses and blocking roads.

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Those killed were drowned in flash floods, hit by landslides, struck by lightning or buried by wall collapses.

Many homeless people live at the foot of the hills or close to them despite warnings from the authorities about the danger of landslides.

Chittagong port received 40cm (15.75in) of rain in a single 12-hour period on Tuesday. The BBC’s Anbarasan Ethirajan in Dhaka says that dozens of people are still missing and the death toll is expected to increase.

Our correspondent says that the downpours have flooded vast areas of the city, displacing thousands of people.

Communications disrupted

“We are having the worst rainfall in many years,” said Jainul Bari, district commissioner for Cox’s Bazar, one of the affected areas.

Volunteers using loudspeakers warned people about the danger of heavy rainfall and landslides in Cox’s Bazar, officials say, but local people and rescuers were still left helpless when floodwater suddenly inundated dozens of villages and severely disrupted communications.

In neighbouring Bandarban district, bodies have been recovered from multiple landslide sites, local officials have said.

Bandarban police chief Saiful Ahmed told the AFP news agency that most of the victims were asleep when huge waves of mud and debris buried them alive.

“One family has lost 12 members,” Mr Ahmed said.

Other officials have said that they are expecting more heavy rain in the next few days.

Security forces have been deployed to help the search and rescue effort.

Chittagong has been hit repeatedly by monsoon rain and landslides in recent years. As a result, the government has tried to tighten rules on where development can take place but with little success.

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Landslides kill 53 in Bangladesh

28.06.2012 Complex Emergency Bangladesh Multiple Regions, [Between Chittagong and Coxs Bazar] Damage level Details

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

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

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Radiation / Nuclear

Never Ending Loads of Disinformation From the Liars at Tokyo Electric Power Company

Richard Wilcox
Activist Post

One thing that Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) can be relied upon for: a never ending stream of disinformation with cesium laden piles of putridity.

Firstly, there is the matter of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool, that many experts claim could collapse in a major earthquake leading to massive releases of radiation.

When I sent the story written by Japanese Diplomat, Akio Matsumura, to a Japanese professor I know whose focus is international relations, the tenure-track professor dismissed it as “tabloid journalism.” Talk about a nation with its focus on its own navel, they don’t even know what danger they are in despite the 3/11 catastrophe.

Can you imagine what respectable people who attend conferences and wear suits and ties would have said of someone like me if I went on a campaign to alert people of the disaster that awaited Japan pre-March 2011? I would have been completely ignored or laughed at as a Cassandra and conspiracy nut! So were many sincere anti-nuclear activists at the Citizens Nuclear Information Center in Tokyo.

Now we have to attend to the matter of Tepco’s arrogant stupidity, snideness and snottiness. On April 26, 2012, Tepco attempted to refute claims by Arnie Gunderson and other nuclear experts that the Unit 4 fuel pool building was tilting. Tepco stated that “[t]he No. 4 reactor building is not tilted and it, including the storage pool, will not be destroyed by a quake” (1).

Yet, very recently we learned from NHK and Tepco itself that the Unit 4 building is less stable than previously thought. NHK, the conservative government-run news station reports of “Tilted walls found at Fukushima No.4 reactor” which is different than the entire building being tilted, but does indicate serious problems (2).
Tepco itself has admitted that the Reactor 4 bulge is worse than previously announced. The Fukushima Diary website reports that “[t]he South-West corner of reactor 4 building turned out to be bulged” and leaning outward. This clearly contradicts Tepco’s earlier illogical stance quoted above and analyzed and debunked elsewhere (3; 4; 5).

There is more evidence of contradictions from Tepco (i.e., the Nuclear Village), who appear to run the Japanese government, based on statements made by Tepco in a recent news report, versus what the government has stated regarding the speed to which Tepco will remove the fuel rods from the badly damaged Unit 4 building. Perhaps international pressure along with vociferous anti-nuclear domestic protests are working to some extent, given the following report:

Workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will begin removing fuel rods from a damaged reactors a year ahead of schedule, a government minister said June 21, a move to address concerns about the risk of a new quake that could cause a further accident and scatter more radioactive debris. ‘We would like to start taking out undamaged fuel this year. Preparation is now under way,’ Japan’s nuclear crisis minister, Goshi Hosono, told Reuters in an interview (6).

However, in the recent news report aired on June 25, 2012, by ABC Australia (7), we learn from the Tepco spokesman that they have no plans to remove the fuel rods until 2013.

Perhaps the word did not get out, or there is a disconnect between what the government is trying to promote versus what Tepco is deciding to do. It’s another case of the Keystone Kops (Tepco) playing a game of tiddlywinks with the Larry, Curly and Moe Outfit (Japan Government).

It is worth noting that while the ABC Australia reporters did an excellent job of highlighting the dangers of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool issue, Australia itself is a major exporter of uranium to Japan and part of the global nuclear mafia which benefits from the incredibly expensive and fantastically dangerous nuclear energy scam (8).

In another matter of Tepco’s bad behavior we learn that just as in the case of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, when BP was actually put in charge of the disaster (i.e., the arsonist investigating the fire), so too has Tepco taken over jurisdiction of Japanese waters:

Many Japanese are wary of the government’s assurances about test results, and Tokyo Electric has made people more suspicious by refusing to let independent experts survey waters inside the roughly 12-mile exclusion zone around the plant. ‘I don’t think anyone now would lie about radiation levels, but in the end, it’s the consumer who will decide,’ said Yoshiaki Saito, a wholesaler who handles tuna, crab and other seafood at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. If nothing else, fish caught near Fukushima would probably fetch far lower prices (9).

Whether or not “Fukushima sea food [is] ‘safe’ for eating” or not, (10), this government survey of sea water near the TEPCO Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows very low levels of radiation detected. Apparently the charts convey a contradictory reading of “ND” meaning not detectable; while at the same time recording levels of 1.3 becquerals of cesium 134 per liter of sea water (11).

Richard Wilcox has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from a social science, holistic perspective. He teaches part time at a number of universities in the Tokyo, Japan area. His articles on environmental topics including the Fukushima nuclear disaster have been published at Counterpunch, Global Research, Dissident Voice and Rense.com. His interview with Jeff Rense is available at the website www.rense.com. Many of his articles are archived here: http://environmentalarmageddon.wordpress.com/?s=Richard+Wilcox

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References:
1. Doomsday scenarios spread about No. 4 reactor at Fukushima plant
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201205100051
2. Tilted walls found at Fukushima No.4 reactor
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120626_03.html
3. Reactor 4 is bulged worse than announced before
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/06/reactor4-is-bulged-worse-than-announced-before/
4. Humanity At The Height Of Folly
Nuclear Power And Earthquake Zones
http://www.rense.com/general95/humanity.html
5. Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Radioactive Lies; The Arsonist Investigating The Fire
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/06/tokyo-electric-power-companys.html
6. Japan nuclear minister speeds up Fukushima decommissioning
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201206210100
7. Japan Nuclear Expert: I’m so worried http://enenews.com/japan-nuclear-expert-im-worried-believe-4-spent-fuel-pool-will-withstand-next-big-quake-video
8. Australia’s Labor party backs uranium sales to India
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16021428
9. Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/world/asia/fears-accompany-fishermen-in-japanese-disaster-region.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print
10. Fukushima sea food “safe” for eating
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120623_27.html
11. Radioactivity concentration in the seawater near TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP (Sampling Jun 6, 2012)
http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/en/contents/5000/4674/view.html

Japan sorry for not using US radiation map

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP)

 

A Japanese minister apologised Tuesday for the nation’s failure to make use of a United States-made map showing how radiation was spreading from crippled reactors in the days after the Fukushima crisis.

Tokyo admitted that confusion among government departments meant the map was never used and evacuees were not directed away from areas where radiation from the leaking nuclear plant was spiking.

“It is extremely regrettable that (the information) was not used by the government,” Industry Minister Yukio Edano told reporters Tuesday.

“I apologise to the people who were affected,” he said, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

US military aircraft collected radiation data in areas around the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, sending three reactors into meltdown.

The survey was conducted from March 17 to 19 for the US Department of Energy. It showed that radioactive fallout was concentrated in areas northwest of the plant.

It was passed to the Japanese government, which did not have full knowledge of what was happening with the plant and had failed to inform people living in the area which direction they should head to avoid the fallout.

The map was shared with the Japanese foreign ministry, which forwarded it to the nuclear and industrial safety agency and the science ministry, local media said.

But it was never sent to the prime minister’s office, which did not advise people to avoid the high risk areas shown on the map.

Although no one is officially recorded as having died as a direct result of the radiation, it forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, with many still unable to return.

Scientists say contamination has made some areas around the plant unfit for farming and fishing for many decades to come.

Japan, which at the weekend decided to restart two idled nuclear reactors after the last of its 50 working reactors was shut down in early May, will spend the next four decades demolishing the wrecked Fukushima plant.

The major earthquake and tsunami left around 19,000 people dead or missing along Japan’s northern Pacific coast.

Related Links
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Solar Activity

2MIN News June 27, 2012: A Sign of Change

Published on Jun 27, 2012 by

TODAYS LINKS
June Texas Power Usage: http://www.weather.com/news/texas-june-power-record-20120626
GreenHouse Gas Regulation: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/26/us-usa-co2-ruling-idUSBRE85P1092012…
Noctilucent Clouds: http://phys.org/news/2012-06-mysterious-noctilucent-clouds-international-spac…
Galaxy Collision: http://www.universetoday.com/95982/gas-cloud-will-collide-with-our-galaxys-bl…
UFOs: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/chasing-ufos/five-good-reasons-…
Bangladesh Flooding: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/27/us-bangladesh-floods-idUSBRE85Q07A2…

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2008 WM64) 28th June 2012 0 day(s) 0.1449 56.4 200 m – 440 m 17.31 km/s 62316 km/h
(2010 CD55) 28th June 2012 0 day(s) 0.1975 76.8 64 m – 140 m 6.33 km/s 22788 km/h
(2004 CL) 30th June 2012 2 day(s) 0.1113 43.3 220 m – 480 m 20.75 km/s 74700 km/h
(2008 YQ2) 03rd July 2012 5 day(s) 0.1057 41.1 29 m – 65 m 15.60 km/s 56160 km/h
(2005 QQ30) 06th July 2012 8 day(s) 0.1765 68.7 280 m – 620 m 13.13 km/s 47268 km/h
(2011 YJ28) 06th July 2012 8 day(s) 0.1383 53.8 150 m – 330 m 14.19 km/s 51084 km/h
276392 (2002 XH4) 07th July 2012 9 day(s) 0.1851 72.0 370 m – 840 m 7.76 km/s 27936 km/h
(2003 MK4) 08th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.1673 65.1 180 m – 410 m 14.35 km/s 51660 km/h
(1999 NW2) 08th July 2012 10 day(s) 0.0853 33.2 62 m – 140 m 6.66 km/s 23976 km/h
189P/NEAT 09th July 2012 11 day(s) 0.1720 66.9 n/a 12.47 km/s 44892 km/h
(2000 JB6) 10th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1780 69.3 490 m – 1.1 km 6.42 km/s 23112 km/h
(2010 MJ1) 10th July 2012 12 day(s) 0.1533 59.7 52 m – 120 m 10.35 km/s 37260 km/h
(2008 NP3) 12th July 2012 14 day(s) 0.1572 61.2 57 m – 130 m 6.08 km/s 21888 km/h
(2006 BV39) 12th July 2012 14 day(s) 0.1132 44.1 4.2 m – 9.5 m 11.11 km/s 39996 km/h
(2005 NE21) 15th July 2012 17 day(s) 0.1555 60.5 140 m – 320 m 10.77 km/s 38772 km/h
(2003 KU2) 15th July 2012 17 day(s) 0.1034 40.2 770 m – 1.7 km 17.12 km/s 61632 km/h
(2007 TN74) 16th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1718 66.9 20 m – 45 m 7.36 km/s 26496 km/h
(2007 DD) 16th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1101 42.8 19 m – 42 m 6.47 km/s 23292 km/h
(2006 BC8) 16th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1584 61.6 25 m – 56 m 17.71 km/s 63756 km/h
144411 (2004 EW9) 16th July 2012 18 day(s) 0.1202 46.8 1.3 km – 2.9 km 10.90 km/s 39240 km/h
(2012 BV26) 18th July 2012 20 day(s) 0.1759 68.4 94 m – 210 m 10.88 km/s 39168 km/h
(2010 OB101) 19th July 2012 21 day(s) 0.1196 46.6 200 m – 450 m 13.34 km/s 48024 km/h
(2008 OX1) 20th July 2012 22 day(s) 0.1873 72.9 130 m – 300 m 15.35 km/s 55260 km/h
(2010 GK65) 21st July 2012 23 day(s) 0.1696 66.0 34 m – 75 m 17.80 km/s 64080 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 21st July 2012 23 day(s) 0.1367 53.2 18 m – 39 m 3.79 km/s 13644 km/h
153958 (2002 AM31) 22nd July 2012 24 day(s) 0.0351 13.7 630 m – 1.4 km 9.55 km/s 34380 km/h
(2011 CA7) 23rd July 2012 25 day(s) 0.1492 58.1 2.3 m – 5.1 m 5.43 km/s 19548 km/h
(2012 BB124) 24th July 2012 26 day(s) 0.1610 62.7 170 m – 380 m 8.78 km/s 31608 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

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Articles of Interest

Glory – A Rainbow-Like Optical Phenomenon  MessageToEagle.com – A layer of stratocumulus clouds over the Pacific Ocean served as the backdrop for this rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a glory.

Glories generally appear as concentric rings of color in front of mist or fog.

They form when water droplets within clouds scatter sunlight back toward a source of illumination (in this case the Sun). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired the image on June 20, 2012.

Although glories may look similar to rainbows, the way light is scattered to produce them is different.

Rainbows are formed by refraction and reflection; glories are formed by backward diffraction. The most vivid glories form when an observer looks down on thin clouds with droplets that are between 10 and 30 microns in diameter. The brightest and most colorful glories also form when droplets are roughly the same size.

From the ground or an airplane, glories appear as circular rings of color.The space shuttle Columbia observed a circular glory from space in 2003. In the image above, however, the glory does not appear circular.That’s because MODIS scans the Earth’s surface in swaths perpendicular to the path followed by the satellite. And since the swaths show horizontal cross sections through the rings of the glory, the glory here appears as two elongated bands of color that run parallel to the path of the satellite, rather than a full circle.

Glories always appear around the spot directly opposite the Sun, from the perspective of the viewer. This spot is called the anti-solar point.

Acquired June 20, 2012 Image credit: NASATo visualize this, imagine a line connecting the Sun, a viewer, and the spot where the glory appears. In this case, the anti-solar point falls about halfway between the two colored lines of the glory.

Glories are usually seen against a background of white clouds. Clouds are white because the sunlight is scattered many times by multiple droplets within the clouds.

The white light often obscures details of glories, but without them in the background, the glory would not be visible.

Another notable feature in this image are the swirling von karman vortices that are visible to the right of the glory.

The alternating double row of vortices form in the wake of an obstacle, in this instance the eastern Pacific island of Guadalupe.

MessagetoEagle.com via NASA

See also:
Beautiful Night Sky Timelapse Takes You On A Journey To Astronomer’s Paradise

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 05:31 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 141.860 GEO: Latitude 37.090

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GEOFON

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake, Vanuatu Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 07:09 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 169.580 GEO: Latitude -19.060

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GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Vanuatu

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 07:36 AM

Depth 35.4 km GEO: Longitude 169.256 GEO: Latitude -19.159

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USGS

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Vanuatu

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 08:21 AM

Depth 22.2 km GEO: Longitude 169.921 GEO: Latitude -19.247

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USGS

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Fiji Islands Region

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 10:25 AM

Depth 615 km GEO: Longitude -178.570 GEO: Latitude -17.950

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GEOFON

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 12:46 PM

Depth 224 km GEO: Longitude 145.380 GEO: Latitude 18.880

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EMSC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Eastern Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 17:25 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 140.130 GEO: Latitude 37.030

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GEOFON

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 18:19 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 142.160 GEO: Latitude 35.700

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GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA

UTC Date / Time Mar 09 21:27 PM

Depth 71 km GEO: Longitude 112.970 GEO: Latitude -9.060

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EMSC

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, TARAPACA, CHILE

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 02:26 AM

Depth 87 km GEO: Longitude -68.790 GEO: Latitude -19.660

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EMSC

Series of Earthquakes Rumble Across the Globe

A series of moderate to strong earthquakes has rattled several parts of the globe including Iran, China, the Philippines and parts of the South Pacific in the past 12-24 hours.

There have been no reports of serious damage or fatalities from these quakes thus far and no tsunami warnings were issued for areas that could be impacted.

A similar earthquake earlier this week did injure 10 people in the Philippines.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/series-of-earthquakes-rumble-a/62578

Quake Hits West China; No Injuries Reported

An earthquake has struck the far west of China but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Friday that the 5.8 quake struck about 7 a.m. (2300 GMT) in the southern part of Xinjiang region.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/quake-hits-west-china-injuries-reported-15882190#.T1qpz7QycdQ

Quake researchers warn of Tokyo’s ‘Big One’

A year on from one of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history, Japanese scientists are warning anew that Tokyo could soon be hit by a quake that will kill thousands and cause untold damage.

Greater Tokyo, home to 35 million tightly packed people, has seen a three-fold increase in tectonic activity since the magnitude 9.0 undersea quake that unleashed a killer tsunami last March.

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Quake_researchers_warn_of_Tokyos_Big_One_999.html

Japan earthquakes over time

Figures compiled by the ABC reveal that since the massive earthquake in Japan a year ago the country has been rattled by more than five times as many tremors as usual. That includes 10 aftershocks of magnitude seven or greater. Using figures provided by Japan’s meteorological agency, the ABC found that there have been more than 9,000 significant tremors under and around Japan since last year’s March 11 earthquake. That compares with 1,300 for all of 2010. As well as 10 quakes of magnitude seven or greater in the past year, there were more than 100 that were more violent than magnitude six. Recent media reports suggest Tokyo has a 70 per cent chance of being hit with a major earthquake in the next four years.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-09/japan-earthquakes-over-time/3879910

Iliamna sees earthquake activity

Iliamna volcano experienced several episodes of increased earthquake activity over the last three months, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Alaska Volcano Observatory officials. One of the episodes is currently ongoing and is characterized by numerous small earthquakes.

The increase in activity may be related to movement of magma at depth and additional observations, including an airborne gas sampling and observation flight, are being planned to help constrain this interpretation, according to the release.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-03-07/iliamna-sees-earthquake-activity

Storm

Volcanic Activity

Bezymianny volcano erupts again

Friday saw a new eruption of the Bezymianny volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.

Earlier in the day, the volcano spewed ash up to 8 kilometers high, seismologists said, adding that the eruption does not pose a threat to population centers in the area.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_03_09/67945279/

Colombian volcano waking up

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, whose eruption 26 years ago killed around 25,000 people, is showing signs of activity after nearly 20 years laying dormant, said Colombian geological group Ingeominas Thursday.

Early Friday morning, geologists completed an observational fly-over with the assistance of the Colombian Air Force, during which they photographed the Nevado del Ruiz volcano and noted “ash on the glacier, near the crater rim and on the eastern flank,” as well as a 4,500 foot gas column at the mouth of the volcano. During the same day a seismic tremor was reported along with an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions.

http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/22726-colombian-volcano-waking-up.html

Explosion detected at Alaska’s Cleveland volcano 

Mount Cleveland, located about 45 miles from the community of Nikolski, is isolated on an uninhabited island and — despite the volcano’s regular eruption pattern — has no real-time monitoring equipment. Cloud cover prevented visual observation or satellite imagery of the eruption. Officials said this was similar to eruptions in December, when small ash clouds dissipated quickly and didn’t affect air traffic.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/explosion-detected-alaskas-cleveland-volcano

Tropical Storms


In the Indian Ocean –


-Tropical cyclone 14s (Irina) was located approximately 455 nm east-southeast of Maputo, Mozambique.


-Tropical cyclone 16s (Koji) was located approximately 1065 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia.

SEVERE RAIN STORMS, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES –


Australia


 NSW floods: Worse to come, warns minister. The damage bill from NSW’s flood crisis is heading “way north” of $500 million and April is set to heap even worse misery on the sodden state. Communities remain on tenterhooks as a fresh wave of rain threatens homes and property in NSW’s southwest, central west and suburban Sydney. “Sadly we’re in a La Nina and the weather forecasters are telling me that April will be the worst that we’ve faced yet.”
The State Emergency Service (SES) issued evacuation warnings for people in Richmond Lowlands, Pitt Town and Gronos Point at 6.30am (AEDT). Several caravan parks on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, between Windsor and Sackville, were also put on high alert. “We are asking those people to start preparing themselves now for possible evacuations throughout the day.” Communities in southwest Sydney were also on high alert.
More than 1000 people remain in evacuation centres at Griffith, in southwest NSW, with the Murrumbidgee River due to peak again today. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of major flooding in Narrandera, southeast of Griffith, and the neighbouring communities of Darlington Point, Carathool and Hay. Flooding was also expected in Forbes and Bega today, with hundreds of residents in both communities already evacuated.


Residents in parts of Sydney’s northwest

have been told to prepare for evacuation as the Hawkesbury River floods. Parts of Australia are seeing some of THE WORST FLOODING IN 160 YEARS. Dozens of residents in New South Wales had to be rescued when they became stranded in their cars. Shops are short of supplies as locals buy up food and other essentials.


No ordinary downpour

wild weather swamped Sydney and the south coast in THE WETTEST WEEK IN NEW SOUTH WALES’ HISTORY. “It is VERY RARE to have such persistent, RECORD-BREAKING RAINFALL over such large areas of NSW and Victoria.”


EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT 

Canada 

Wednesday’s high was a RECORD-BREAKING 11.7 C.

Portland, Maine, hits RECORD-BREAKING 60 degrees

The calendar still says winter, but Maine is experiencing spring-like weather. The temperature climbed to 60 degrees Thursday afternoon in Portland. The previous high for the date was 56, set two years ago.


The UNUSUAL Weather is Creating Angst Among Maine Maple Syrup Producers

The RECORD-BREAKING temperatures and the possibility of more warm weather over the next two weeks is not a welcome prospect.

From Texas to India to the Horn of Africa, Concern about Weather, Water and Crops

Hardly a week goes by without new reasons to be concerned about the impact of changing precipitation patterns and mounting water stress on food production.
This past week, officials in Texas cut off irrigation water to rice farmers downstream of reservoirs depleted by the worst one-year drought in Texas history. Even with recent rains, lakes Buchanan and Travis remain at 42 percent of capacity. Farmers, who pay the least for water, will be denied their liquid lifeline in order to prevent curtailments to urban and industrial water users. It was the FIRST TIME IN ITS 78-YEAR HISTORY that the Austin-based Lower Colorado River Authority had cut off water to farmers.
On February 29, United Nations officials announced that the crucial March through May rainy season in the Horn of Africa would likely fall short again this year. The warning comes on the heels of last year’s drought, the worst in sixty years, and the devastating famine it triggered. Scientists analyzed data on rainfall, temperature, ocean currents and the strength of the La Niña before making their forecas. “This is not good news for farmers in areas which have been affected by agricultural drought in recent years. We must plan for the probability that rainfall will be erratic and there will be long dry spells which will impact on crop production and food security.” The forecast comes just weeks after the United Nations downgraded Somalia’s food crisis from a famine to a “humanitarian emergency.” Across the Horn of Africa, some 9.5 million people still require emergency assistance.
And then from India comes perhaps the most worrisome news of the week. Researchers there have found that India’s monsoonal rainfall, upon which much of the nation’s agriculture depends, is becoming less frequent and more intense. Scientists found that global climate change can cause departures from the historic monsoonal norm, which, on balance would lead to lower yields of rice, maize, cotton, soybeans, and other kharif (monsoonal) crops. During the rabi (dry) season, higher temperatures could cut yields of wheat, potatoes, and vegetables. The agriculture commissioner for Maharashtra, an important crop-producing state, says that farmers in his state already are seeing yield impacts that he attributes to climatic change.
Still another report from the last week casts a pall over California’s upcoming harvest. State officials found that the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is only 30 percent of normal historic levels for this point in the season. Officials estimate they will deliver only 50 percent of the water requested from the State Water Project, a system of reservoirs and canals that distributes water to 25 million Californians and nearly one million acres of irrigated farmland. “Absolutely, we should be concerned.”
These reports are snapshots of weather and climate-related warnings and in no way present a picture of the world’s food situation. But they are the kinds of warnings that now seem to routinely overlay already troubling global water trends – from widespread groundwater depletion to dried up rivers and lakes. What’s emerging is an interconnected web of risks, with the threads of water stress, food insecurity and rising population and consumption now magnified by extreme weather and climatic change.
The portrayal of water security in the U.S. intelligence community’s 2012 worldwide threat assessment clearly warns that “over the next 10 years, water problems will contribute to instability in states important to US interests.” It also underscores groundwater depletion as a risk to both national and global food markets.
But it fails to spotlight the potential for social and political instability stemming from the interplay of extreme weather, water shortage and food prices – even though we got a sneak preview of this destabilization in 2007-08 and again in 2011. The food riots that erupted in Haiti, Senegal, Mauritania and a half dozen other countries as grain prices climbed in 2007-08 are a harbinger of what is to come. Extreme weather in 2010 – including the off-the-charts heat wave in Russia that slashed the country’s wheat harvest by 40 percent, the epic flood in Pakistan, widespread drought in China, and the massive flooding following the decade of drought in Australia – caused an even higher spike in food prices in early 2011. Some analysts have linked the skyrocketing food prices with the violent protests that unleashed the Arab Spring. Climatic change and its impacts on the global water cycle guarantee that we’ll increasingly find ourselves outside the bounds of normal. The implications for food security, social cohesion and political stability are of the utmost concern both to our national security and our humanitarian impulse. It’s time to connect the dots – and to prepare, as best we can, for the new scenarios unfolding before our eyes.

Solar Activity

Exploding Sun To Fuel 1000s Of Super-Tornadoes

CONTRIBUTOR: TERRENCE AYM. When the sun becomes angry super space storms scour Earth. For the next 14 months the sun will be the angriest it’s been since 1859. The massive storms electrify the geomagnetic field, affects the Arctic vortex, and…

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1864/381/NL/

The space weather storm that was forecast to be the strongest in five years has fizzled out

and ended up causing no impact to power grids or modern navigation systems.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/space-weather-storm-fizzles-on-arrival/story-e6frf7jx-1226294341602


Scientists say that the storm could still have adverse effects as it passes

“The magnetic field in the solar wind is not facing in the direction of danger. But it could change, into the early evening.” Although space weather scientists have seen no more significant activity since the solar flares that launched the current storm, scientists around the globe are still keeping an a close watch on the Sun. “The part of the Sun where this came from is still active. It’s a 27-day cycle and we’re right in the middle of it, so it is coming straight at us and will be for a few days yet. We could see more material. ” But regardless of its eventual extent, this episode of solar activity is a preview of what is to come in the broader, 11-year solar cycle.
“The event is the largest for several years, but it is not in the most severe class. We may expect more storms of this kind and perhaps much more severe ones in the next year or so as we approach solar maximum. Such events act as a wake-up call as to how our modern western lifestyles are utterly dependent on space technology and national power grid infrastructure.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337

Diseases

New strain of flu found in bats

‘And even though they don’t have all the answers yet, infectious disease experts say just knowing this strain exists is giving them a head start at creating a vaccine.’ 06 Mar 2012 The blockbuster movie “Contagion” showed just how easy it is for an emerging disease to spread across the world. Now, some say the cause of that fictional flu is at least one step closer to reality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking creating something new. It’s not the bird flu. Not swine flu. But rather, the bat flu. Researchers in Guatemala ‘found’ a new strain of influenza in bats and are now watching to see how and if it can transmit to humans. Bats are known to carry emerging diseases.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/health/doctor_jo/new-strain-of-flu-found-in-bats-03062012

Mystery Illness Kills Three in Maryland Family

‘We have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus.’ 06 Mar 2012 Three members of a Maryland family died after contracting severe respiratory illnesses and a third family member is hospitalized in critical condition, the Calvert County Health Department announced Tuesday. Officials are trying to identify the illness that killed an 81-year-old woman and two of her children, both in their 50s, who cared for her in her home in Lusby. Another of the woman’s children is seriously ill at Washington Medical Center. “The first thing that comes to mind is influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “But when they’re a cluster like this, we have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus. There’s been some concern about a swine flu variant.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/06/mystery-illness-kills-three-in-maryland-family/

Misc

As sea levels rise, Kiribati eyes 6,000 acres in Fiji as new home for 103,000 islanders

By The Associated Press

Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.

Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/09/10618829-as-sea-levels-rise-kiribati-eyes-6000-acres-in-fiji-as-new-home-for-103000-islanders