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EuroParliament Prez: Christians ‘Not Safe In Our Continent’

In a high-level meeting on religious persecution in Brussels, the President of the European Parliament (EP) said that Europe cannot afford to continue ignoring the fate of Christians, who are “clearly the most persecuted group” in the world.

In Wednesday’s meeting, EP President Martin Schulz said that the persecution of Christians is “undervalued” and does not receive enough attention, which has also meant that it “hasn’t been properly addressed.”

Schulz’s concerns were echoed by EP Vice President Antonio Tajani, who warned that Europe sometimes “falls into the temptation of thinking we can ignore this task,” referring to the protection Christians throughout the world who suffer persecution.

Speakers cited the work of Open Doors, a human rights organization that monitors the persecution of Christians, noting that 150 million Christians worldwide suffer torture, rape and arbitrary imprisonment. Christians in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, North Korea and Nigeria are among those hardest hit.

The Open Doors report for 2015 found that “Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” of Christians in the world today and that “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”

 

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5.6 magnitude earthquake near Aden; UAE not impacted news

5.6 quake near Aden; UAE not impacted

Struck at 8.03am on Tuesday

A 5.6-magintude earthquake struck the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday morning, with authorities confirming the UAE was not impacted by any seismic activity.

The incident occurred at 8.03am UAE time, with the head of the country’s seismology centre telling ‘Emirates24|7’, the epicentre of the tremblor was 10 kilometres deep in the Gulf of Aden, the body of water between Yemen and Somalia.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) posted the epicentre was near Qalansiyah, Socotra Island, Yemen.

“The 5.6-magnitude tremblor is what we call a moderate earthquake, which are regular occurrences in the Gulf of Aden,” said Khamis Al Shamsi from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

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Another U.S. citizen a potential drone target

By Tom Cohen and Tom Watkins, CNN
updated 6:21 PM EST, Tue February 11, 2014

(CNN) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are closely watching an al Qaeda fighter in Pakistan who could become the next American to be targeted for killing by a drone strike, CNN has learned.

The person has been the subject of debate among military commanders and intelligence officials for several weeks as they decide what to recommend. President Barack Obama would make a final decision.

CNN has also learned key members of Congress have been aware of the internal debate.

The officials spoke to CNN’s Barbara Starr on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

U.S. citizen may be target of drone

The current discussions involve both military commanders in the special forces community and intelligence officials.

A key point being discussed is whether it is better to maintain surveillance to see what added intelligence can be gained about any threats to the United States, and whether additional monitoring might lead to other operatives or al Qaeda elements to target.

Under the Obama administration’s policy for targeting Americans, a person would have to pose an imminent threat to the United States and there would be no reasonable prospect of capture.

A U.S. official said drone targeting inside Pakistan is very sensitive because of the fragile state of the Pakistani government, which is under pressure to ban such strikes.

As a potential strike is weighed, some officials contend that good relations with the Islamabad government is a priority so the United States can maintain some type of long-term surveillance operation of potential al Qaeda targets there.

If all U.S. troops leave neighboring Afghanistan at the end of 2014, the concern is it may be harder to maintain high priority efforts such as conducting further drone operations over Pakistan and to also monitor Pakistan’s nuclear programs.

As the United States considers a strike in Pakistan, there are also recent indications that al Qaeda in Pakistan and its affiliate in Somalia, Al-Shabaab, have stepped up their links, a second official told CNN.

Jehad Serwan Mostafa, an American citizen, is currently with Al-Shabaab. He is the highest-ranking American in the group, believed to be in a remote part of southern Somalia.

The Justice Department currently has a $5 million reward on his head.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank said there are indications Mostafa has contacts with senior al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan.

The United States failed to kill Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in a drone strike in southern Somalia just a few weeks ago.

And last October, Navy SEALs failed to capture a third key leader, a man named Ikrimah. They assaulted a compound he was said to be at in southern Somalia but withdrew under heavy fire.

Although Ikrimah and Godane were said to be involved in the deadly attack last year on a shopping mall in Kenya, U.S. officials have told CNN that one reason Ikrimah was targeted was there was critical intelligence he had been communicating with operatives of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

That Yemen based al Qaeda group is considered the most dangerous of its affiliates to U.S. security.

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Somali Militant Killed in Drone Attack     :    VOA

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U.S. missile strike targets suspected militant leader in Somalia

The U.S. military carried out a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday, targeting a suspected militant leader with links to the al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab terror groups, U.S. military officials told NBC News.

U.S. military and intelligence officials are reviewing bomb damage assessment to determine if the terror leader was killed or wounded in the strike.

The officials would not yet identify the target of the strike.

The al-Shabaab group — which the State Department designates as a terrorist organization — is a loosely affiliated band of militia insurgents in southern Somalia that has close ties to the al-Qaeda terror network.

At least two senior al-Shabaab rebels, including the group’s leading explosives expert, were killed in a military strike last October.

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Somali Militant Killed in Missile Attack

A member of Somali rebel group al-Shabab was killed Sunday by a missile fired by a suspected drone, a rebel commander said, blaming the U.S. for the strike.

Abu Mohamed told The Associated Press that Sahal Iskudhuq, a militant commander who was believed to be close to al-Shabab’s top leader, was killed when his car was hit by a missile in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. The attack took place in a village called Hawai, he said.

A Somali intelligence official confirmed the attack, describing the victim as a “dangerous” militant. His driver was also killed in the attack, the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to reveal the information.

Mohamed blamed the attack on the U.S., which flies drones over Somalia that occasionally fire at one of al-Shabab’s top leaders.

Two U.S. military officials confirm that there was a missile strike against a senior al-Shabab leader in Somalia today. The officials wouldn’t identify the target of the strike, and one of the officials said U.S. intelligence is still “assessing the effectiveness of the strike.”

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Exclusive: Secret war on enemy within

 The Independent

Thursday 28 February 2013

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The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks.

An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for The Independent has established that since 2010, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has revoked the passports of 16 individuals, many of whom are alleged to have had links to militant or terrorist groups.

Critics of the programme warn that it allows ministers to “wash their hands” of British nationals suspected of terrorism who could be subject to torture and illegal detention abroad.

They add that it also allows those stripped of their citizenship to be killed or “rendered” without any onus on the British Government to intervene.

At least five of those deprived of their UK nationality by the Coalition were born in Britain, and one man had lived in the country for almost 50 years. Those affected have their passports cancelled, and lose their right to enter the UK – making it very difficult to appeal against the Home Secretary’s decision. Last night the Liberal Democrats’ deputy leader Simon Hughes said he was writing to Ms May to call for an urgent review into how the law was being implemented.

The leading human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce said the present situation “smacked of mediaeval exile, just as cruel and just as arbitrary”.

Ian Macdonald QC, the president of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, described the citizenship orders as “sinister”.

“They’re using executive powers and I think they’re using them quite wrongly,” he said.  “It’s not open government; it’s closed, and it needs to be exposed.”

Laws were passed in 2002 enabling the Home Secretary to remove the citizenship of any dual nationals who had done something “seriously prejudicial” to the UK, but the power had rarely been used before the current government took office.

The Bureau’s investigation has established the identities of all but four of the 21 British passport holders who have lost their citizenship, and their subsequent fates. Only two have successfully appealed – one of whom has since been extradited to the US.

In many cases those involved cannot be named because of ongoing legal action. The Bureau has also found evidence that government officials act when people are out of the country – on two occasions while on holiday – before cancelling passports and revoking citizenships.

Those targeted include Bilal al-Berjawi, a British-Lebanese citizen who came to the UK as a baby and grew up in London, but left for Somalia in 2009 with his close friend the British-born Mohamed Sakr, who also held Egyptian nationality.

Both had been the subject of extensive surveillance by British intelligence, with the security services concerned they were involved in terrorist activities.

Once in Somalia, the two reportedly became involved with al-Shabaab, the Islamist militant group with links to al-Qa’ida. Mr Berjawi was said to have risen to a senior position in the organisation, with Mr Sakr his “right-hand man”.

In 2010, Theresa May stripped both men of their British nationalities and they soon became targets in an ultimately lethal US manhunt.

In June 2011 Mr Berjawi was wounded in the first known US drone strike in Somalia and last year he was killed by a drone strike – within hours of calling his wife in London to congratulate her on the birth of their first son.

His family have claimed that US forces were able to pinpoint his location by monitoring the call he made to his wife in the UK. Mr Sakr, too, was killed in a US airstrike in February 2012, although his British origins have not been revealed until now.

Mr Sakr’s former UK solicitor said there appeared to be a link between the Home Secretary removing citizenships and subsequent US actions.

“It appears that the process of deprivation of citizenship made it easier for the US to then designate Mr Sakr as an enemy combatant, to whom the UK owes no responsibility whatsoever,” Saghir Hussain said.

Mr Macdonald added that depriving people of their citizenship “means that the British government can completely wash their hands if the security services give information to the Americans who use their drones to track someone and kill them.”

The campaign group CagePrisoners is in touch with many families of those affected. Its executive director Asim Qureshi said the Bureau’s findings were deeply troubling for Britons from an ethnic minority background.

“We all feel just as British as everybody else, and yet just because our parents came from another country, we can be subjected to an arbitrary process where we are no longer members of this country any more,” he said.

“I think that’s extremely dangerous because it will speak to people’s fears about how they’re viewed by their own government, especially when they come from certain areas of the world.”

The Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes said that, while he accepted there were often real security concerns, he was worried that those who were innocent of Home Office charges against them and were trying to appeal risked finding themselves in a “political and constitutional limbo”.

“There was clearly always a risk when the law was changed seven years ago that the executive could act to take citizenship away in circumstances that were more frequent or more extensive than those envisaged by ministers at the time,” he said.

“I’m concerned at the growing number of people who appear to have lost their right to citizenship. I plan to write to the Home Secretary and the Home Affairs Select Committee to ask for their assessment of the situation, and for a review of whether the act is working as intended.”

Ms Peirce, a leading immigration defence lawyer, said, “British citizens are being banished from their own country, being stripped of a core part of their identity yet without a single word of explanation of why they have been singled out and dubbed a risk,” she said.

Families are sometimes affected by the Home Secretary’s decisions. Parents may have to choose whether their British children remain in the UK, or join their father in exile abroad.

 

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Epidemic Hazard in Somalia on Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 at 11:10 (11:10 AM) UTC.

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A suspected outbreak of dengue fever has hit the Somali capital of Mogadishu, medical workers said on Wednesday. Abdi Ibrahim Jiya, a doctor in Mogadishu, said he believes the disease is dengue, but that doctors have been unable to confirm that because the lawless capital lacks the necessary laboratory equipment. A suspected outbreak of dengue fever has hit the Somali capital of Mogadishu, medical workers said on Wednesday. Abdi Ibrahim Jiya, a doctor in Mogadishu, said he believes the disease is dengue, but that doctors have been unable to confirm that because the lawless capital lacks the necessary laboratory equipment. He said the infection has been circulating in Mogadishu for three months. Dr Nageye Ahmed, a Canada-based pediatrician who is visiting relatives, also said he believes the disease is dengue, and that it appears widespread in Mogadishu. Symptoms include high fever, joint pain, headache and vomiting. Four people have died of the fever, according to their relatives and doctors. Dengue is rarely fatal when properly treated. Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that is found in tropical and subtropical regions around the world, predominantly in urban and semi-urban areas. A potentially lethal complication, dengue haemorrhagic fever, kills about 2,5% of those infected, but fatality rates can exceed 20% if victims do not receive proper treatment, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). There are four distinct, but closely related, viruses that cause dengue. Recovery from infection by one provides lifelong immunity against that variant, but provides only partial and transient protection against subsequent infection by the other three, according to the WHO.
Biohazard name: Dengue Fever
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
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Wars and Rumors of War

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Published on Sep 29, 2012 by

Kenyan forces surround al-Shabab militants’ final stronghold, Bahrainis stage massive marches on the “Friday of Rage,” Palestinians shrug off Abbas’s bid for UN statehood, and more.

Today’s headlines in full:

Kenyan forces surround al-Shabab militants’ final stronghold
BBC Arabic, UK

Bahrainis stage massive marches on the ‘Friday of Rage’
Al-Alam, Iran

Palestinians shrug off Abbas’s bid for UN statehood
Dubai TV, UAE

What will happen to Arab citizens if Israel is recognized as a Jewish state?
Al Jazeera, Qatar

Fierce clashes as Syrian rebels launch major offensive to take Aleppo
Future TV, Lebanon

UNHRC condemns widespread rights violations by Syrian government forces
IBA, Israel

Syria, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran top P5 talks
IBA, Israel

Israel slams South African ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ label for goods
IBA, Israel

Analysts question Netanyahu’s mental health after UN bomb speech
Press TV, Iran

Libya: Chaos in lawlessness after NATO brought democracy
Syria TV, Syria

Image: Members of al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabab listen to a Somalia government soldier as they are paraded at Maslah square after their surrender to the authorities in the north of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu September 24, 2012: REUTERS/Omar Faruk

Mosaic is a Peabody Award-winning daily compilation of television news reports from the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Iraq and Iran. Watch more Mosaic at http://www.linktv.org/mosaic

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MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  3.1 2012/09/21 23:07:02   19.037   -64.288 42.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.2 2012/09/21 22:59:26   36.262   70.287 113.1  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
MAP  3.2 2012/09/21 20:44:55   18.706   -68.224 27.0  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/21 19:36:51   36.785   142.333 24.7  OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  3.1 2012/09/21 17:24:05   19.457   -64.165 72.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.6   2012/09/21 17:19:04   36.526   71.273 90.2  HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
MAP  2.6 2012/09/21 15:56:48   56.983  -154.121 19.3  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/21 15:39:16   35.520   22.734 46.1  CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/21 12:22:29   19.739   -64.121 30.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.4   2012/09/21 12:17:26  -19.654   -69.149 98.8  TARAPACA, CHILE
MAP  4.9   2012/09/21 11:59:38   -8.979   157.978 35.1  SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  4.3 2012/09/21 11:12:05   12.167   -88.743 35.2  OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR
MAP  2.8 2012/09/21 10:39:00   17.974   -67.086 6.0  PUERTO RICO
MAP  4.5   2012/09/21 10:09:26   40.459   77.421 29.6  SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/21 09:22:26  -32.965   -69.678 100.9  MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
MAP  5.0   2012/09/21 08:47:40   35.300   22.679 15.1  CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/21 08:28:29   19.648   -64.203 60.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/21 08:11:28   19.499   -64.109 75.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.1 2012/09/21 06:37:01   10.225   -85.594 25.7  COSTA RICA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/21 05:08:30   57.197  -157.848 2.7  ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP  4.8   2012/09/21 05:01:57   9.939   126.099 35.3  MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  3.1 2012/09/21 04:53:33   54.716  -154.315 12.4  SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP  2.7 2012/09/21 04:36:16   63.037  -148.469 76.5  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/21 03:28:36   32.099   58.499 25.9  EASTERN IRAN
MAP  4.7   2012/09/21 03:25:50  -25.646   178.468 572.0  SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP  2.8 2012/09/21 03:16:45   61.735  -149.718 37.0  SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  3.2 2012/09/21 02:18:45   19.292   -66.159 73.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.5   2012/09/21 02:14:50  -10.836   113.985 8.8  SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
MAP  4.3 2012/09/21 00:30:44   -8.364   121.227 31.5  FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
MAP  4.3 2012/09/21 00:03:54   35.248   135.388 370.4  WESTERN HONSHU, JAPAN

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s
LAT
deg
LON
deg
DEPTH
km
 Region
MAP  2.6 2012/09/20 22:42:33   51.949  -177.631 9.8  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  2.8 2012/09/20 22:17:41   51.121   179.245 23.6  RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  5.4   2012/09/20 21:21:06   5.978   126.383 111.2  MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
MAP  5.7   2012/09/20 21:03:40  -20.753  -178.373 544.2  FIJI REGION
MAP  3.8 2012/09/20 20:47:36   62.692  -149.807 10.1  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/20 20:01:18   52.472  -170.057 127.2  FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
MAP  4.9   2012/09/20 17:44:51   -5.735   149.821 120.5  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  2.9 2012/09/20 17:21:58   19.006   -64.557 65.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.4 2012/09/20 17:15:06   19.633   -64.434 17.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/20 16:58:43   17.569   -94.854 114.1  VERACRUZ, MEXICO
MAP  4.9   2012/09/20 16:32:43   10.657   126.978 35.0  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  5.0   2012/09/20 15:52:34   2.178   126.830 83.3  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  4.7   2012/09/20 12:42:40   10.332   126.205 46.6  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.5 2012/09/20 12:13:12   33.452  -116.441 2.3  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/20 11:42:15   18.557   -64.535 1.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/20 10:07:06  -34.271   -72.226 17.5  OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O’HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP  4.1 2012/09/20 09:29:52   13.981   -91.017 71.3  GUATEMALA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/20 08:44:31   19.271   -64.047 94.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.6 2012/09/20 08:40:16   40.378  -125.146 0.0  OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  2.5 2012/09/20 07:57:51   56.912  -154.004 46.1  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/20 07:31:29   56.909  -154.095 43.4  KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP  3.4 2012/09/20 07:15:03   19.427   -64.198 87.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.8   2012/09/20 06:23:43   52.586   -32.043 9.8  REYKJANES RIDGE
MAP  4.9   2012/09/20 06:08:05  -13.927   -72.699 66.5  CENTRAL PERU
MAP  5.2   2012/09/20 05:40:20  -20.537  -176.155 209.6  FIJI REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/20 05:39:35   19.701   -64.203 25.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/20 05:37:39   17.854   -65.536 16.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/20 03:32:41  -20.259   167.190 31.9  LOYALTY ISLANDS
MAP  2.5 2012/09/20 01:52:20   35.301  -117.094 20.1  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.3 2012/09/20 01:51:15   13.296   -89.807 77.4  OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR
MAP  4.5   2012/09/20 00:20:33   0.069   92.070 10.2  OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA

LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: September 22, 2012 08:18:43 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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IU/SLBS, Sierra la Laguna Baja California Sur, Mexico

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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Volcanic Activity

China’s Changbaishan volcano showing signs of increased activity

Roughly 1,100 years ago, the Changbaishan volcano that lies along the border between northeastern China and North Korea erupted, sending pyroclastic flows dozens of kilometers and blasting a 5-kilometer (3-mile) wide chunk off of the tip of the stratovolcano.

The eruption, known as the Millennium eruption because of its proximity to the turn of the first millennium, was one of the largest volcanic events in the Common Era. In the subsequent period, there have been three smaller eruptions, the most recent of which took place in 1903. Starting in 1999, spurred by signs of resumed activity, scientists established the Changbaishan Volcano Observatory, a network to track changing gas compositions, seismic activity, and ground deformation. Reporting on the data collected over the past 12 years, Xu et al. find that these volcanic indices each leapt during a period of heightened activity from 2002 to 2006. The authors find that during this brief active period, earthquake occurrences increased dramatically. From 1999 to 2002, and from 2006 to 2011, they registered 7 earthquakes per month using 11 seismometers. From 2002 to 2006, this rate increased to 72 earthquakes per month, peaking in November 2003 with 243 events. Further, tracking the source of the earthquakes, the authors tie the bulk of the events to a region located 5 kilometers (3 miles) beneath the volcanic caldera, a source that slowly crept upward throughout the study period, suggestive of an ongoing magmatic intrusion. Gas composition measurements collected from hot springs near the volcano showed spikes in carbon dioxide, hydrogen, helium, and nitrogen gases, which the authors suggest could be related to magmatic outgassing. Ground deformation studies, too, show a brief period of rapid expansion. The authors suggest that though Changbaishan is likely not gearing up for an imminent eruption, one could be expected in the next couple of decades. More information: Recent unrest of Changbaishan volcano, northeast China: A precursor of a future eruption? Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2012GL052600 , 2012

21.09.2012 Volcano Eruption Indonesia Sulawesi, [Mount Lokon] Damage level Details

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 18:56 (06:56 PM) UTC.

Description
A volcano in northern Indonesia has spewed hot smoke and ash thousands of metres into the air in two new eruptions. Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island had been dormant before rumbling back to life last year. Government volcanologist Hendrasto says it unleashed two strong eruptions on Friday. Residents have been put on alert, but no evacuations are planned since the nearest villages are beyond the danger area about 2.5 kilometres from the crater. Mount Lokon’s last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands to flee. The volcano is one of five on high alert in Indonesia. The archipelago straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has more active volcanoes than any other nation.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

21.09.2012 Extreme Weather USA State of New York, [New York City region] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 18:51 (06:51 PM) UTC.

Description
Heavy rains and wind gusts knocked down trees and flooded roads in Long Island and Westchester County, leaving thousands without power. The band of storms on Tuesday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for southwestern Suffolk County. The warning was in effect until 10 p.m. A tornado watch expired at 11 p.m. for Suffolk and Nassau counties.

 

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Storms /  Flooding

 Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 22.09.2012 Tropical Depression 165 ° 93 km/h 111 km/h 4.57 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
Start up: 11th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 1,489.96 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Category Course Wave Pressure Source
12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 11:12:43 N 21° 30.000, W 51° 18.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 10:59:20 N 30° 42.000, W 51° 24.000 24 120 148 Hurricane I. 50 13 985 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane I. 95 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 05:22:55 N 31° 24.000, W 38° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 75 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 10:47:47 N 32° 0.000, W 36° 24.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 65 15 985 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 05:15:16 N 33° 54.000, W 34° 12.000 15 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 18 989 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 10:46:51 N 34° 18.000, W 33° 36.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 14 990 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 05:31:59 N 35° 48.000, W 32° 12.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 25 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 11:00:20 N 36° 24.000, W 32° 6.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
20th Sep 2012 05:12:41 N 37° 6.000, W 31° 24.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 60 9 990 MB NOAA NHC
20th Sep 2012 11:02:24 N 36° 48.000, W 30° 36.000 15 83 102 Tropical Storm 120 18 983 MB NOAA NHC
21st Sep 2012 10:40:35 N 35° 6.000, W 27° 12.000 13 102 120 Tropical Storm 140 14 981 MB NOAA NHC
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22nd Sep 2012 06:38:52 N 31° 54.000, W 26° 36.000 20 93 111 Tropical Depression 165 ° 15 984 MB NOAA NHC
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23rd Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 30° 42.000, W 24° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
23rd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 30° 30.000, W 25° 12.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
24th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 31° 24.000, W 24° 30.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
25th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 32° 30.000, W 24° 30.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
26th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 32° 30.000, W 23° 0.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 33° 0.000, W 20° 0.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
Jelewat (18W) Pacific Ocean 20.09.2012 22.09.2012 Typhoon I 200 ° 93 km/h 120 km/h 2.74 m JTWC Details

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Storm name: Jelewat (18W)
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, E 132° 18.000
Start up: 20th September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 212.69 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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22nd Sep 2012 06:41:44 N 11° 42.000, E 129° 54.000 6 93 120 Typhoon I 200 ° 9 JTWC
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23rd Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 6.000, E 128° 48.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
24th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 12° 30.000, E 128° 18.000 Typhoon III 148 185 JTWC
25th Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 13° 18.000, E 127° 54.000 Typhoon IV 176 213 JTWC
EP 13 Pacific Ocean – East 22.09.2012 22.09.2012 Tropical Depression 275 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 3.05 m NOAA NHC Details

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Storm name: EP 13
Area: Pacific Ocean – East
Start up location: N 13° 42.000, W 107° 30.000
Start up: 22nd September 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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22nd Sep 2012 06:35:22 N 13° 42.000, W 107° 30.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 275 ° 10 1005 MB NOAA NHC
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Date Time Position Category Wind
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km/h
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23rd Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 14° 18.000, W 110° 24.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
23rd Sep 2012 12:00:00 N 14° 54.000, W 111° 48.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
24th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 15° 42.000, W 113° 6.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
25th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 17° 30.000, W 116° 0.000 Hurricane II 139 167 NOAA NHC
26th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 18° 30.000, W 118° 0.000 Hurricane II 130 157 NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 30.000, W 120° 0.000 Hurricane I 120 148 NOAA NHC

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Today Flash Flood India State of Assam, [13 districts] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in India on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 05:11 (05:11 AM) UTC.

Description
Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue teams were deployed in upper Assam’s Tinsukia and Dhemaji districts on Friday to rescue thousands of people marooned by flood waters as the overall flood situation turned critical in the State following incessant rain for past more than a week. A swollen Brahmaputra has submerged vast areas of Majuli following a breach in an embankment at Sonowal Kachari village of the island on Thursday. The administration cautioned the residents of the river-island to stay alert. Principal Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, V.K. Pipersenia, told The Hindu that six columns of the Army have been deployed for rescuing marooned people at Sadiya in Tinsukia district and in Jonai sub-division. Four NDRF teams were deployed for rescue operations. Army and NDRF boats tried to negotiate the strong current of flood waters in Sadiya. As strong current prevented them from reaching out to the marooned people in Sadiya from Tinsukia side, the rescue teams approached the flood-hit areas from Arunachal Pradesh side and rescued some people. Mr. Pipersenia said the services of Indian Air Force (IAF) were requisitioned but the IAF choppers could not carry out any operation during the day because of bad weather. Over five lakh people in 13 districts have been affected in the current and fourth wave of floods in the State. In addition to the breach in the embankment in Majuli, the Brahmaputra has breached an embankment at Dolopa in Sivasagar district and a ring bund at Chawalkhowa near Bogibeel in Dibrugarh district, while river Nona breached an embankment in Kamrup district. Flood situation was also critical in lower Assam’s Kamrup, Baksa and Barpeta districts.
22.09.2012 Flood USA State of Alaska, [Southcentral Alaska] Damage level Details

Flood in USA on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 03:14 (03:14 AM) UTC.

Description
Flooding continues to cause problems throughout Southcentral Alaska. Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says in a release that there have been reports of flooding, landslides and road closures throughout the area. But there has been no report of major injuries. Residents in East Talkeetna are being told to evacuate because of flooding. The Red Cross has established three shelters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and helped with another in Seward. Weather problems are not confined to Southcentral Alaska. Zidek says a landslide has blocked access from the village of Chenega to its airport, and state transportation officials are working to restore access. And an assessment team is in Tanacross to evaluate damage from Sunday’s wind storm.

Flood in USA on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 03:14 (03:14 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 04:46 UTC
Description
Residents of Talkeetna are being asked to evacuate the town after its dike system against heavy flooding failed Friday, according to local firefighters. The evacuation is now voluntary, although an initial order was mandatory. Talkeetna Fire Department Battalion Chief Johnny Murdoch, the incident commander for flooding in the area, says the Susitna River started backing up to the Talkeetna River, causing the dike to fail. According to local officials the decision to evacuate Talkeetna was made by Alaska State Troopers, with authorities expecting water to continue rising Friday afternoon. The Associated Press reports that overnight rains in Talkeetna ranged from half an inch to 1 1/2 inches over a 6- to 8-hour period. The Talkeetna River was within a foot of its record stage of 17.4 feet, with officials telling the AP about 35 percent of Talkeetna has some form of water coverage. Students from Talkeetna’s elementary school were being bused to the local high school Friday. Traffic was blocked from entering Talkeetna until the evacuation was no longer mandatory, a change made shortly before 2 p.m. In a flood warning effective through 10 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service says a levee protecting the town was breached as of 1 p.m. The Talkeetna River is 4 feet above flood stage, and expected to crest Friday evening. “All persons in the vicinity of Talkeetna should take precautions now to protect life and property,” meteorologists wrote. The NWS advises people to avoid crossing flowing streams — even small ones – on foot, or driving across flooded roadways in cars, under the slogan “Turn around, don’t drown.”

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of California, San Francisco [San Francisco State University] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 05:15 (05:15 AM) UTC.

Description
Students at San Francisco State University are being warned to look for symptoms of the chicken pox after a third person came down with the disease this week. School officials say it involves a student who lives on campus and uses the dining facilities. To prevent an outbreak, SFSU held a mass vaccination Friday. Chicken pox is highly contagious. Symptoms can pop up two to three weeks after contact and include fever and a rash that develops into blisters.
Biohazard name: Chickenpox
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of New York, New Paltz [Mountain Laurel Waldorf School] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 05:13 (05:13 AM) UTC.

Description
A case of measles has been confirmed in a student who attends the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, according to the Dutchess County Department of Health. The measles case was reported by Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell in a press release emailed to local media outlets late Friday. It was not immediately clear why the release came from a Dutchess County official rather than one in Ulster County, where the private school is located, and the name and hometown of the infected person were not provided. Caldwell said his office has “been in close communication” with the Ulster County Department of Health and the state Department of Health. Caldwell said anyone who has visited the school since Sept. 10 or has had contact with anyone from the school since that date should make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date. Those who lack proper vaccinations should consult with a doctor. Caldwell said his department has learned that a number of students at the New Paltz school have not been vaccinated for measles, meaning they could become ill and put others at risk. Caldwell said all medical practices and laboratories in the area should be on high alert that there may be a number of children and family members who have been exposed and could spread the disease further. Incidents of measles, which is highly contagious, have increased in the United States recently due to a growing number of unvaccinated individuals who travel to countries where measles is prevalent, Caldwell said.
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed
Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Montana, [Florence Carlton School Distric] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 04:48 (04:48 AM) UTC.

Description
Administrators at the Florence Carlton School District report that between 20 and 30 students are sick with an undiagnosed illness. Most of the reports come from younger students between kindergarten and 6th grades. They’re reporting symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s not unlike what the district dealt with in March. Back then, the schools closed for several days to deal with a strain of the stomach flu. Right now, Superintendent John McGee says the district is watching and waiting to see what develops. Ravalli County Health Officials are investigating the causes for the illness. Judy Griffin Ravalli County Health Director says if your child is showing any symptoms of any sickness please take them to your primary physician.
Biohazard name: Unidentified illness
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms: nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
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21.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard United Kingdom England, [Cumbria Region] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in United Kingdom on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 03:01 (03:01 AM) UTC.

Description
Around 6,000 children in Cumbria are at risk of getting measles because they have not had the MMR vaccination, health chiefs have said. NHS Cumbria said 95% of babies in the county had been immunised but that thousands aged between five and 16 had not had the jab. Teenagers moving to Cumbria are also being urged to get protected. In recent months 20 cases of measles – which can leave victims deaf – have been reported in the county. The MMR vaccine is given in two doses, the first after the age of one, the second before the child starts school. Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, the county’s deputy director of public health, said: “Measles is highly infectious and anyone who has not previously been vaccinated is at risk when it gets into a community, as it has done here.”
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
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Status: confirmed
20.09.2012 Epidemic Hazard Somalia State of Lower Juba, Hoosingo [District of Badade] Damage level Details

Epidemic Hazard in Somalia on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 18:35 (06:35 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 20 September, 2012 at 04:50 UTC
Description
A suspected cholera outbreak has killed at least 19 people since the beginning of September, with 12 still sick in the southern Somali village of Hoosingo in Lower Juba, the United Nations IRIN news service reported Tuesday (September 18th). “One of the biggest problems we have is that we do not know what this disease is,” said Hoosingo village commissioner Aden Ibrahim Dhaqane. Schools, religious centres and restaurants have been closed to prevent the outbreak from spreading, he said. “We call [on] the aid agencies to help us in the following areas: provision of a steady supply of medicine, [the] identification of the disease and the setting up of health centres,” he said, adding that the village does not have a health facility. An emergency weekly update on Somalia from the World Health Organisation reported 107 cases of the disease across the country September 5th-13th. “With the ongoing conflict and subsequent population displacement and disruption of the existing health service access points in the region, the risk of sporadic cholera outbreaks in the southern zone cannot be excluded,” the WHO report said.

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Climate Change

Antarctic Ice Area Sets Record High

Press Release: New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

 

ANTARCTIC ICE AREA SETS RECORD HIGH

“Day 258 of 2012 is the highest for this date since satellite scanning of Antarctic ice areas commenced 33 years ago” the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition announced today. “It is also the fifth highest daily value on record.”

Coalition chairman, Hon Barry Brill, says the most remarkable aspect is the extent to which the 2012 area exceeds normal Antarctica averages. “The sea ice cover yesterday was 311,000 square kilometres above the 1979-2012 average. The surplus ice is more than twice the area of New Zealand”.

“The Antarctic dimensions come partly at the expense of Arctic sea ice” said Mr Brill. “Over the 33-year period aggregate global sea ice volumes have remained steady, but there are fluctuations between the two polar areas from year to year. The fluctuations are the result of ocean currents and wind patterns, rather than temperatures”.

“Antarctic ice is much more important than that of the Arctic. The area of its sea ice is a million square kilometres larger than the highest value ever recorded in the Arctic. Then, of course, the Antarctic is an entire continent, with more than 90% of the earth’s glacial ice” said Mr Brill.

“It is appropriate that this record should occur in a week that The Listener carries a cover story featuring the winter low point of Arctic ice, along with multiple pictures of calving glaciers and forlorn polar bears,” said Mr Brill. “The magazine has little to say about the Antarctic apart from complaining that it is “poorly understood”. The author also avoids mentioning the glaring facts that no significant global warming has been recorded in the past 16 years, and that sea level rise is apparently decelerating.

“It is unfortunate that under-informed writers, albeit unwittingly, mislead their readers who should be helped to understand the difference between sea ice extent and ice cap ice, both thickness and extent as regards the latter. The ice cap in the Arctic is small compared to the Antarctic. The cap of the Antarctic is increasing in thickness in most places, except around the Antarctic Peninsula.
Sea ice extent is largely a consequence of sea surface temperature, ocean currents and wind,” said Mr Brill, who advised those interested in graphic confirmation of Antarctic sea ice readings to refer to:
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png
and:
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.antarctic.png

The Arctic’s Record Breaking Ice Melt

Published on Sep 17, 2012 by

The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean dropped below the previous all-time record set in 2007. This year also marks the first time that there has been less than 4 million square kilometers (1.54 million square miles) of sea ice since satellite observations began in 1979. This animation shows the 2012 time-series of ice extent using sea ice concentration data from the DMSP SSMI/S satellite sensor. The black area represents the daily average (median) sea ice extent over the 1979-2000 time period. Layered over top of that are the daily satellite measurements from January 1 — September 14, 2012. A rapid melt begins in July, whereby the 2012 ice extents fall far below the historical average. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (www.nsidc.org) will confirm the final minimum ice extent data and area once the melt stabilizes, usually in mid-September.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Sept 21. 2012

Published on Sep 21, 2012 by

2012 Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

TODAY’S LINKS
Planetary Emergency: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-planetary-emergency-due-arctic-experts.html
China Volcano: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-china-changbaishan-volcano.html
Coronal Caities: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-solar-fleet-peers-coronal-cavities.html
France vs Monsanto: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-france-gm-cancer-threat.html
UK vs Oil: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-uk-lawmakers-moratorium-arctic-drilling.html
Paraguay Storm: http://www.weather.com/news/south-american-storm-causes-death-damage-20120920
IRI Forecasts: http://portal.iri.columbia.edu/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=944&Pa…
NOAA forecasts: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/90day/
China Weather-Modification: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/49672 — Historical Ref: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2009/oct/01/china-cloud-seeding-pa…
Tropical TRacker: http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/
Drought Update: http://www.weather.com/news/drought-update-20120920

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]

NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

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

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

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

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

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]

RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

3MIN News Sept 20. 2012

Published on Sep 20, 2012 by

2012 Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

TODAY’S LINKS
Okeechobee Overflowing: http://www.weather.com/news/lake-okeechobee-drained-20120919
Quantum Physics Changes: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120919135312.htm
Climate Change Australia: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120919103616.htm
Dust Storm: http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/top-stories-169/watch-incredibl…
Warm Australia: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/early-season-heat-scorches-outback/22446

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]

NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

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

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

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

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

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]

RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

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Space

Today Event into space United Kingdom Scotland, [Between Airdrie and Arbroath] Damage level Details

Event into space in United Kingdom on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 04:54 (04:54 AM) UTC.

Description
A suspected meteorite shower over Scotland has prompted a flurry of 999 calls from worried members of the public. Concerned callers from Airdrie to Arbroath likened the lights they saw in the sky to flares, fireworks and even a plane crash. Coastguard and police forces up and down the country were inundated with reports from around 11pm on Friday night. A spokesman for Forth Coastguard said: “From talking to other stations and to the RAF it’s almost certainly meteorite activity. “Calls came in from all over the place, thick and fast. We’ve had people report possible plane crashes, and others the weirdest fireworks they’ve ever seen. “Folk just haven’t known how to describe what they’ve seen. It’s quite extraordinary.” The spokesman said reports had come from Crail, Johnshaven and Arbroath. Clyde Coastguard said it had received a “flurry” of calls reporting flares seen in Drummore, Airdrie and Brodick on Arran. A spokeswoman said: “When we get it all over and at the same time then we attribute them to meteorites. There was meteorite activity forecast from September 15 to 21.” Shetland Coastguard said a report of a flare at 11.10pm at Duncansby Head near John O’Groats was thought to be part of the meteorite shower.

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

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2009 SH2) 24th September 2012 2 day(s) 0.1462 56.9 28 m – 62 m 7.52 km/s 27072 km/h
333578 (2006 KM103) 25th September 2012 3 day(s) 0.0626 24.4 250 m – 560 m 8.54 km/s 30744 km/h
(2002 EZ2) 26th September 2012 4 day(s) 0.1922 74.8 270 m – 610 m 6.76 km/s 24336 km/h
(2009 SB170) 29th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.1789 69.6 200 m – 440 m 32.39 km/s 116604 km/h
(2011 OJ45) 29th September 2012 7 day(s) 0.1339 52.1 18 m – 39 m 4.24 km/s 15264 km/h
(2012 JS11) 30th September 2012 8 day(s) 0.0712 27.7 270 m – 600 m 12.60 km/s 45360 km/h
137032 (1998 UO1) 04th October 2012 12 day(s) 0.1545 60.1 1.3 km – 2.9 km 32.90 km/s 118440 km/h
(2012 GV11) 05th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1830 71.2 100 m – 230 m 6.96 km/s 25056 km/h
(2009 XZ1) 05th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1382 53.8 120 m – 280 m 16.87 km/s 60732 km/h
(2006 TD) 06th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1746 68.0 88 m – 200 m 13.03 km/s 46908 km/h
(2009 TK) 06th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.0450 17.5 100 m – 230 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2004 UB) 08th October 2012 16 day(s) 0.1995 77.6 240 m – 530 m 14.65 km/s 52740 km/h
277830 (2006 HR29) 11th October 2012 19 day(s) 0.1917 74.6 190 m – 440 m 7.88 km/s 28368 km/h
(2008 BW2) 11th October 2012 19 day(s) 0.1678 65.3 3.1 m – 6.8 m 11.10 km/s 39960 km/h
(2005 GQ21) 12th October 2012 20 day(s) 0.1980 77.0 620 m – 1.4 km 23.86 km/s 85896 km/h
(2012 GV17) 12th October 2012 20 day(s) 0.1500 58.4 160 m – 370 m 16.11 km/s 57996 km/h
256004 (2006 UP) 14th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1374 53.5 65 m – 140 m 3.06 km/s 11016 km/h
(2005 ST1) 14th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1319 51.3 230 m – 510 m 12.88 km/s 46368 km/h
(2011 OB57) 14th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1553 60.4 17 m – 37 m 4.95 km/s 17820 km/h
(2012 KB4) 14th October 2012 22 day(s) 0.1271 49.4 22 m – 49 m 4.98 km/s 17928 km/h
(2004 RX10) 15th October 2012 23 day(s) 0.0819 31.9 150 m – 340 m 11.86 km/s 42696 km/h
(2006 WV1) 15th October 2012 23 day(s) 0.0910 35.4 17 m – 39 m 6.15 km/s 22140 km/h
(2012 LA) 16th October 2012 24 day(s) 0.0449 17.5 8.3 m – 19 m 1.86 km/s 6696 km/h
329275 (1999 VP6) 17th October 2012 25 day(s) 0.1766 68.7 300 m – 670 m 7.15 km/s 25740 km/h
136993 (1998 ST49) 18th October 2012 26 day(s) 0.0737 28.7 790 m – 1.8 km 16.63 km/s 59868 km/h
(2002 TR190) 19th October 2012 27 day(s) 0.1712 66.6 430 m – 960 m 13.58 km/s 48888 km/h
(1998 XX2) 20th October 2012 28 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 290 m – 650 m 10.62 km/s 38232 km/h
(2003 UC5) 21st October 2012 29 day(s) 0.1750 68.1 260 m – 580 m 35.80 km/s 128880 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO

 

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Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Environmental Pollution

Biological Hazard in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 05:21 (05:21 AM) UTC.

Description
A mysterious coral die-off on Kauai’s north shore is prompting a team of scientists to take a closer look at what may be killing large areas of coral reef. Marine biologist Terry Lilley has been monitoring and documenting Kauai’s marine environment for the last decade or more. This summer he was struck at how fast he was seeing something kill off what he estimates are millions of coral colonies. Lilley contacted scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey who’ve determined the diseased coral is different from what killed coral heads in Kaneohe Bay last year. The Kauai outbreak is believed to be due to a type of cyano bacteria and fungus which has compromised the health of the reef, according to researcher Thierry Work. Work said he took samples from the reef earlier this month and will be back to collect more coral and fish to conduct toxicology tests. Lilley has sounded the alarm which he hopes will trigger action to get the disease in check, and prevent its spread. “We have a billion dollar industry tourist industry in Hawaii with snorkels who want to see the reefs. If we let them die on the north shore of Kauai, that’s going to be a huge impact financially on the resources, and the money coming in,” said Lilley. The Kauai resident is also concerned about what he saw on a recent dive where he documented evidence of diseased turtles and fish.
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (corals)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
21.09.2012 Biological Hazard Pakistan State of Sindh, [Malir District] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Pakistan on Friday, 21 September, 2012 at 03:10 (03:10 AM) UTC.

Description
The Department of Livestock Sindh has said that evidence has been gathered that points to the dead Australian sheep’s being affected by the deadly Anthrax infection. The day-to-day developments in connection with the Australian sheep’s import to Pakistan continue to give a new twist to the story. Only yesterday, the discovery of thousands of these sheep from a private compound in Malir District had raised new questions. Out of these, six were found dead with bleeding mouths. This is not it. More dead sheep were also discovered buried under ground and these had mouths infested with parasites. Now a fresh disclosure hints at the dead sheep’s being infected by the deadly Anthrax virus. Originally, it was believed that the sheep suffered from scabby mouth disease. Due to the possible presence of Anthrax, the Department of Livestock has refused to get the post-mortem done on the dead sheep. The reason is clear. The deadly Anthrax virus can even kill the staff carrying out the post-mortem of the sheep. Director Department of Livestock, Nazir Kalhoro has said that after the evidence hinting at presence of Anthrax, arrangements are now geing made to burry these sheep with the help of machines. Only those dead sheep will be put through post-mortem which had not contracted Anthrax, he added. Meanwhile, as many as 1800 samples from the sheep have been sent for tests to the Livestock laboratories in Tando Jam, Karachi and Islamabad. According to sources, the company that had imported the sheep has been served a letter in which it has been directed to prove the Anthrax claims of the investigation team wrong or get ready for a legal action.
Biohazard name: Anthrax (sheep)
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Today Environment Pollution USA State of Hawaii, [Coastal of Waimanalo] Damage level Details

Environment Pollution in USA on Saturday, 22 September, 2012 at 05:03 (05:03 AM) UTC.

Description
A large plastic bin is the first confirmed piece of marine debris from last year’s Japan tsunamis to arrive in Hawaii, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. Japanese consular officials confirmed that the blue bin found earlier this week floating in the ocean is from Fukushima, said Ben Sherman, a NOAA spokesman in Washington, D.C. It’s the 12th confirmed piece to hit U.S. or Canada waters, he said. The bin was spotted off Waimanalo, on the southeast coast of Oahu, by Makai Ocean Engineering staff and was retrieved by the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. Used for transporting seafood, the 4-by-4-foot cube bears the name Y.K. Suisan Co. Ltd., the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said. Nikolai Maximenko, a University of Hawaii researcher and ocean currents expert who is studying the trajectory of the tsunami debris, said the bin’s arrival is consistent with his predictions for when the first pieces would get to Hawaii. “It came at the right time, according to our model,” he said. “But in some sense, it could just be a coincidence.” One million to 2 million tons of debris remain in the ocean, but only 1 to 5 percent of that could reach American and Canadian shorelines, Maximenko has said. Crabs and barnacles were found on the bin, the state said, along with five local seabirds. Two flew away and three were found dead inside the bin. There were no foreign plant or animal species in or on the bin, which state officials put in quarantine. Meanwhile, Hawaii fishermen spotted a large dock drifting toward Oahu that may also be tsunami debris. A Maui fisherman climbed on the dock and saw Japanese writing. The 30-feet by 50-feet dock was spotted Wednesday off Molokai, heading toward Oahu. The Coast Guard was notifying mariners of the debris.

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Articles of Interest

Swollen Lake Okeechobee Drained

EDT Associated Press1

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Water levels in the Lake Okeechobee top 15 feet and are still rising from rains dumped by Tropical Storm Isaac.

MIAMI — Federal engineers are draining storm-swollen Lake Okeechobee.

Water levels in the South Florida lake top 15 feet and are still rising from rains dumped by Tropical Storm Isaac. Draining the lake will ease pressure on its aging dike.

It also means sending polluted waters down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. Draining the lake in the past has triggered fish-killing algae blooms in both rivers.

Lt. Col. Thomas Greco of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the Miami Herald that, starting Wednesday, engineers will release small amounts of water to minimize environmental impacts.

According to the Corps plan, the lake’s water levels are supposed to stay between 12.5 feet and 15.5 feet.

Lake Okeechobee functions as a flood control basin, a regional water reservoir and a fishing destination.

Experiment Corrects Prediction in Quantum Theory

ScienceDaily

An international team of scientists is rewriting a page from the quantum physics rulebook using a University of Florida laboratory once dubbed the coldest spot in the universe.

Scientists are rewriting a page from the quantum physics rulebook using a laboratory once dubbed the coldest spot in the universe. (Credit: iStockphoto/Nick Schlax)

Much of what we know about quantum mechanics is theoretical and tested via computer modeling because quantum systems, like electrons whizzing around the nucleus of an atom, are difficult to pin down for observation. One can, however, slow particles down and catch them in the quantum act by subjecting them to extremely cold temperatures. New research, published in the Sept. 20 edition of the journal Nature, describes how this freeze-frame approach was recently used to overturn an accepted rule of thumb in quantum theory.

“We are in the age of quantum mechanics,” said Neil Sullivan, a UF physics professor and director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory High B/T Facility on the UF campus — home of the Microkelvin lab where experiments can be conducted in near-absolute zero temperatures. “If you’ve had an MRI, you have made use of a quantum technology.”

The magnet that powers an MRI scanner is a superconducting coil transformed into a quantum state by very cold liquid helium. Inside the coil, electric current flows friction free.

Quantum magnets and other strange, almost otherworldly occurrences in quantum mechanics could inspire the next big breakthroughs in computing, alternative energy and transportation technologies such as magnetic levitating trains, Sullivan said. But innovation cannot proceed without a proper set of guidelines to help engineers navigate the quantum road.

That’s where the Microkelvin lab comes in. It is one of the few facilities in the world equipped to deliver the extremely cold temperatures needed to slow what Sullivan calls the “higgledy-piggledy” world of quantum systems at normal temperatures to a manageable pace where it can be observed and manipulated.

“Room temperature is approximately 300 kelvin,” Sullivan said. “Liquid hydrogen pumped into a rocket at the Kennedy Space Center is at 20 kelvin.”

Physicists need to cool things down to 1 millikelvin, one thousandth of a kelvin above absolute zero, or -459.67 degrees Fahrenheit, to bring matter into a different realm where quantum properties can be explored.

One fundamental state of quantum mechanics that scientists are keen to understand more fully is a fragile, ephemeral phase of matter called a Bose-Einstein Condensate. In this state, individual particles that make up a material begin to act as a single coherent unit. It’s a tricky condition to induce in a laboratory setting, but one that researchers need to explore if technology is ever to fully exploit the properties of the quantum world.

Two theorists, Tommaso Roscilde at the University of Lyon, France, and Rong Yu from Rice University in Houston, developed the underlying ideas for the study and asked a colleague, Armando Paduan-Filho from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, to engineer the crystalline sample used in the experiment.

“Our measurements definitively tested an important prediction about a particular behavior in a Bose-Einstein Condensate,” said Vivien Zapf, a staff scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos and a driving force behind the international collaboration.

The experiment monitored the atomic spin of subatomic particles called bosons in the crystal to see when the transition to Bose-Einstein Condensate was achieved, and then further cooled the sample to document the exact point where the condensate properties decayed. They observed the anticipated phenomenon when they took the sample down to 1 millikelvin.

The crystal used in the experiment had been doped with impurities in an effort to create more of a real world scenario, Zapf said. “It’s nice to know what happens in pure samples, but the real world, is messy and we need to know what the quantum rules are in those situations.”

Having performed a series of simulations in advance, they knew that the experiment would require them to generate temperatures down to 1 millikelvin.

“You have to go to the Microkelvin Laboratory at UF for that,” she said. The lab is housed within the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory High B/T Facility at UF, funded by the National Science Foundation. Other laboratories can get to the extreme temperature required, but none of them can sustain it long enough to collect all of the data needed for the experiment.

“It took six months to get the readings,” said Liang Yin, an assistant scientist in the UF physics department who operated the equipment in the Microkelvin lab. “Because the magnetic field we used to control the wave intensity in the sample also heats it up. You have to adjust it very slowly.”

Their findings literally rewrote the rule for predicting the conditions under which the transition would occur between the two quantum states.

“All the world should be watching what happens as we uncover properties of systems at these extremely low temperatures,” Sullivan said. “A superconducting wire is superconducting because of this Bose-Einstein Condensation concept. If we are ever to capitalize on it for quantum computing or magnetic levitation for trains, we have to thoroughly understand it.”

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Politics, Legislation and Economy News

World News :  Wars and Rumors  of War /  Human Rights

Post image for Australian accused of funding Saracen and Sterling Corporate Mercenaries in Somalia

[…]

The Somalia Monitoring Group has identified a complex web of companies, called Saracen and Sterling Corporate Services, that were hired to train and equip the largest militia group in Somalia.

Matt Bryden, who heads the monitoring group, found the companies’ operations were shrouded in mystery.

“Most of the requests the monitoring group made for information about what supplies were being brought into the country, the nature of the program, Saracen either failed or refused to answer,” he said.

“There were a number of large shipments of military assistance for the force, and Saracen never sought to explain what these shipments were for to the monitoring group.”

The men behind Saracen and Sterling are mostly former South African mercenaries and prominent among them is Mr Lafras Luitingh.

He is a former member of special forces in the apartheid-era South African defence force and went on to join a notorious covert unit known as the Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB).

The CCB was responsible for a campaign of bombings and assassinations of political opponents of the apartheid regime.

During hearings of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Mr Luitingh was named as the handler for a CCB assassin.

The assassin was jailed for life, after shooting dead an anti-apartheid campaigner in Johannesburg.

After the collapse of apartheid, Mr Luituingh and some of his former colleagues went on to form the infamous guns-for-hire outfit known as Executive Outcomes.

“Executive Outcomes is a private military company that hires mercenaries,” Mr Vines said.

“It used people who had been very active in the apartheid system in South Africa to provide security services across Africa.”

Mr Vines says he has studied Executive Outcomes in depth.

“Mr Luitingh has been involved with Executive Outcomes right from the very beginning, as a key fighter and officer,” he said.

“He was active in Angola and Sierra Leone. In fact, he was the one who did the entry negotiations for Sandline into Sierra Leone.”

PNG involvement

A few years later, Mr Luitingh offered his company’s services to help secure one of the largest copper mines in the world, in Papua New Guinea.

The PNG government had been fighting a protracted conflict with rebels, which had shut down the giant Panguna copper project.

In 1997, they struck a secret deal to bring in foreign mercenaries. It became known as the Sandline affair, after one of the companies involved when the deal became public.

It brought down the PNG government and Mr Luitingh’s men were held under house arrest.

At the height of the saga, Mr Luitingh spoke with the ABC’s 7.30 program:

Kerry O’Brien: Lafras Luitingh, you’ve been in contact with your personnel in Wewak. Are you concerned about their safety?

Lafras Luitingh: Yeah, I am concerned about their safety, and obviously I don’t know precisely what’s going on, and seeing that they are my people, we are concerned about their safety.

We are not there to upset the politics, we are there to provide a service and we will give that service, a professional service, and if the people of PNG or whoever do not want us there, then we will leave immediately.

The mercenaries were eventually expelled from PNG, but Mr Luitingh made a lot of money.

“His name also appeared on a bank account in Hong Kong where the PNG government deposited $US13 million as part of the payment for that particular contract,” Mr Vines said.

“This is normal, standard kind of practice for these types of companies. Different accounts are opened and used for different transactions, it’s all about maximising the financial flow… These are definitely not transparent organisations.”

‘Financial hub’

Mr Luitingh is using a string of companies registered around the world, but according to UN investigators, Australia plays a central part in their operations.

The sanctions are about a country that already has far too many weapons, it’s about stopping them from reaching Somalia, and also denying military training.

Alex Vines

Australian records show Mr Luitingh registered the company – Australian African Global Investments – in 2006.

It has branches in South Africa, Uganda and other African countries and is involved in logistics, transport and chartering planes and ships.

The Australian company was registered by Taurus Financial Services in Sydney.

Mr Luitingh’s connection to Australia runs deeper. The ABC has learned that in June 2009 he was granted Australian citizenship.

“I would hope that the Australian authorities would be able to demonstrate on what criteria it was that Lafras got Australian citizenship,” Mr Vines said.

“Was there an investigation of his past, especially his time back in South Africa during the apartheid period?”

According to the UN report, Mr Luitingh is “using Australia as a financial hub for money transfers… in connection with his activities in Somalia”.

They state around $2 million has moved through his corporate and personal accounts in Australia since the project started.

Published on Jul 20, 2012 by

A few are trying to say someone made up this document.. LOL .. yeah right.. just do the search going back through May and June. Its there.

I’ll make it easy for the skeptics and even do the search FOR you!

here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=dhs+fbi+may+17+2012+&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-…

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UPDATE 7.21: the news made it out !! infowars (alex jones) http://www.infowars.com and several other news sites have picked up this news and are analyzing the ramifications of it.

thanks to all for sharing!

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UPDATE 7.21 : license plate of the shooter was 119 RDC

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A FBI / DHS warning for possible theater attacks was issued on May 17, 2012.

google cache of the document:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:zVGvdC5GMmcJ:info.public…

.pdf download via google cache:

http://info.publicintelligence.net/DHS-FBI-TheaterAttacks.pdf

here is the original link that was taken down off google [now has been restored :^) ]

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:zVGvdC5GMmcJ:info.publicintell…

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it appears this FBI story broke on Huffingtonpost today at 4pm-ish

thanks to liz pressman for doing the sleuthwork!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/james-holmes-aurora-shooting_n_16911…

quote from Huffintonpost :

“3:21 PM — 07/20/2012
DHS Warned About Threats In Movie Theaters

The Department of Homeland Security in a May 17, 2012 memo, warned that American movie theaters were increasingly likely targets for terrorist attacks, primarily because they packed many people into one tightly confined place. An early April 2012 suicide bombing of a theater in Somalia and a violent extremist communication advocating attacks on US theaters highlight terrorists’ continued interest in attacking such venues. Although we have no specific or credible information indicating that terrorists plan to attack theaters in the United States, terrorists may seek to emulate overseas attacks on theaters here in the United States because they have the potential to inflict mass casualties and cause local economic damage.

Colorado police have said that the Aurora killings do not appear to be linked to terrorist activity.

— Sam Stein”

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This may be another case of : foot + step + manure + deep = dutchsinse

many thanks to julio rausseo for getting this information out to the community!!

be sure to subscribe to his channel linked below .. he’s broke several stories in the past few months…. and hosts a radio show from time to time (rense radio) …

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