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Battle lines drawn as legislative fight over labeling looms

Combatants in a national food fight over labeling genetically modified products are gearing up for a showdown in the U.S. Senate, campaign leaders said on Tuesday.

The tactics range from old-fashioned lobbying to modern social media campaigns, and both sides say it is too early to tell who will prevail.

“I feel like we’re in the final battle now,” said David Bronner, a California business owner and leading backer of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically engineered crops, also known as GMOs.

Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, said in a phone interview he has purchased $250,000 in advertising space in several national publications to identify what GMO critics see as concerns about GMO crops, and to challenge what he called a “smokescreen” promoted by corporations and others who say GMOs and the pesticides used on them are safe.

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Genetically engineered crops banned in Jackson County, Oregon in landslide victory against GMOs

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

(NaturalNews) A ban on the growing of all genetically engineered plants appears to be a landslide victory in Jackson County, Oregon. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting and a huge voter turnout of over 50 percent, nearly 66% of voters elected to ban all genetically engineered crops from being grown in the county.

The vote ran 39,489 to 20,432 in favor of the ban, and it sends a clear signal that the People of Jackson County, Oregon — a largely agricultural area of the country — absolutely do not want genetically engineered crops to be growing anywhere near them. (Click here to see county election results.)

This is on top of the recent victory in Vermont where lawmakers passed a mandatory GMO labeling law that requires foods to be honestly labeled with their GMO content. (The evil biotech industry and its Grocery Manufacturers of America front group plant to sue Vermont to keep consumers in the dark.)

“Destroy all genetically engineered plants”

This ordinance in Oregon requires everyone to “destroy” all genetically engineered plants except those grown under indoor laboratory conditions (i.e. those which are safely isolated from the wild). This will allow scientists to continue to study GMOs without risking the lives of everyone else in the process.

Click here to read the full text of the ordinance (PDF).


Oregon counties ban cultivation of GMO crops

Published time: May 21, 2014 16:37
Edited time: May 22, 2014 11:18

Reuters/Ints Kalnins

Reuters/Ints Kalnins

Despite the flood of corporate money poured into two small Oregon counties, local residents voted on Tuesday to ban genetically engineered crops from being planted within their borders.

Although Jackson County itself is home to less than 120,000 registered voters, the measure to ban genetically modified crops (GMOs) made headlines around the nation when it was revealed that large biotech companies like Monsanto were pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the area in order to affect the vote’s outcome.

As RT reported previously, Monsanto and five other corporations spent at least $455,000 in an attempt to defeat the initiative, and opponents of the GMO ban had gained an eight-to-one spending advantage as of April. According to the Associated Press, nearly $1 million of the $1.3 million spent during the campaign was used by opponents.

When the results were tallied, however, 66 percent of Jackson County residents voted in favor of the ban.

“We fought the most powerful and influential chemical companies in the world and we won,” local farmer and anti-GMO advocate Elise Higley told the Oregonian.

“It’s a great day for the people of Oregon who care about sustainability and healthy ecosystems,” added the group GMO Free Oregon on its Facebook page.

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An outdoor hemp plantation in the UK. This particular varietal of Cannabis sativa is “industrial hemp” which contains ultra-low levels of Delta-THC and other cannabinoids, which makes it useless for recreational/medicinal purposes.

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By | January 28, 2014

A hive of honey bees is on display at the Vermont Beekeeping Supply booth at the 82nd annual Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Jct., Vt., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

A hive of honey bees is on display at the Vermont Beekeeping Supply booth at the 82nd annual Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Jct., Vt., on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt.— Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat emerged: zombie bees.

Beekeeper Anthony Cantrell of Burlington discovered zombie bees in his hive in October, the first time they’d been found in the eastern United States.

John Hafernik, a professor from San Francisco State University, discovered the first zombie bees in 2008. A fly called Apocephalus borealis attaches itself to the bee and injects its eggs, which grow inside the bee, Hafernik said. Scientists believe it causes neurological damage resulting in erratic, jerky movement and night activity, “like a zombie,” Hafernik said by phone Tuesday.

These aren’t undead bees doomed to roam for eternity. They often die only a few hours after showing symptoms, Hafernik said.

Hafernik and his team of colleagues and students have been tracking the zombie bee spread across the United States. California, Washington, Oregon and South Dakota all have confirmed zombie bees while this is the first time the bee has been found this far east, said Hafernik. The fly previously attached to bumblebees as hosts, not honeybees, according to Hafernik.

“Right now, we don’t know if it’s an isolated thing,” Stephen Parise, Vermont agricultural production specialist, said Tuesday at the state’s annual farm show.

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Published on Aug 27, 2013

A Breaking News Podcast:
Vermont Yankee Closing! Also some other stuff going on at Fukushima that is currently going on (all bad) closer to the end of the podcast.
Entergy just announced that they are shutting down Vermont Yankee Nuclear Generating Station in Vernon, Vermont. We’ve been saying that Yankee would probably be shut down in 2014 to avoid the expensive modifications that they would have had to comply with as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdowns in 2011, as the Yankee reactors were of the same unsafe design. There are 22 other reactors in the US identical to Fukushima, all of which face these costly modifications. We recorded a special podcast today with Arnie and Nat to respond to the news. Listen In

Vermont Public Radio: “Citing Economics, Entergy To Close Vermont Yankee By End of 2014” http://tinyurl.com/oo87fsu

Citing Economics, Entergy To Close Vermont Yankee By End of 2014

Credit AP Photo/Matthew Cavanaugh
Entergy Wholesale Commodities president Bill Mohl speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Brattleboro, Vt., to announce the closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station by end of 2014.

Vermont Yankee will close by the end of next year, ending years of litigation over the plant’s future.

But Yankee says financial pressure not lawsuits or legislative mandates are forcing the shutdown.

Gov. Peter Shumlin said he got the call from Entergy Tuesday morning, shortly before the news release went out announcing the company’s decision to shutter Vermont’s only nuclear plant.

Shumlin, an ardent opponent of Entergy and Vermont Yankee, said he now wants to forge a new relationship with the Louisiana based corporation. The governor said his thoughts now are with the plant’s 650 workers.

“Those employees have done an extraordinary job running the plant. They’re dedicated, they’re smart, they’re capable, and we’re going to work with them to find a great jobs future,” he said.

In Vernon, William Mohl, Entergy’s president of nuclear operations, said the news brought tears from some long-time employees. Mohl blamed the closure on the energy market, not the ongoing legal battle with the state.

“This decision was based on the economics of the plant.  Not operational performance.  Not litigation risk, nor political pressure,” he said. “Simply put, the plant costs exceed the plant revenue and this asset is not financially viable.”

The Yankee plant went on line in 1972. It’s is the same General Electric boiling water design as the reactors in Fukushima, Japan that were disabled and damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. In the wake of Fukushima, Entergy was facing expensive modifications required to improve safety.

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Seven Days: “Nuclear Expert Says It’ll Take At Least 20 Years — and More Money — to Clean Up Vermont Yankee” http://tinyurl.com/plnz23c

BREAKING: Nuclear Expert Says It’ll Take At Least 20 Years — and More Money — to Clean Up Vermont Yankee

GundersenIn the end, it wasn’t the attorney general’s federal lawsuit, the Vermont Legislature, the Public Service Board or any of those pesky enviros nitpicking about underground tritium leaks and collapsed cooling towers that shut down Vermont Yankee.

It was the invisible hand of the marketplace.

On Tuesday, New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation announced plans to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon by the end of 2014. Praising Vermont Yankee’s talented, committed and dedicated workforce, Entergy chairman and CEO Leo Denault called it “an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us.”

Denault touched on some of the economic forces that compelled Entergy’s decision, including a “transformational shift” in the natural gas market that has driven down electricity-generation costs, high maintainence costs on the 41-year-old trouble-prone plant and “wholesale market design flaws” that have kept energy prices “artificially low” throughout New England.

So what happens next? Presumably, the plant spends the next decade or more decommissioning the plant and cleaning up the radiation. According to Entergy’s press release, the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust has a balance of $582 million, in excess of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s minimum financial assurance of $566 million for terminating the plant’s license.

But one nuclear-engineer-turned-industry-watchdog isn’t comforted by that figure. Burlington-based Arnie Gundersen was the first to raise a hue and cry in 2007 about projected shortfalls in the VY decommissioning fund.

Gundersen, who provided expert testimony recommending the closure of five of the six nuclear plants nationwide that were eventually deep-sixed this year, says he was right that Vermont Yankee was neither economically viable nor safe enough to remain open for another 20 years, as Entergy argued when its operating license was extended last year.

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WPTZ Channel 5 News: “Nuclear Engineer Talks Yankee Options” http://tinyurl.com/ozc4spp

BURLINGTON, Vt. —The news of the closure came as a shock to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer who has been lobbying against the plant for 10 years. He said the place won’t immediately turn into a ghost town and that he has some concerns.

“It doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods from a safety standpoint,” said Gundersen.

Even after Yankee is shuttered in about 15 months, Gundersen said there will still be plenty of activity for at least a few more years.

“The first step is wait five years and get the nuclear fuel out of the fuel pool which is high, down into dry caste storage in the ground,” said Gundersen.

Entergy officials have stated they expect to finish decommissioning the plant through a process called SAFSTOR. They said the facility would be drained, secured, then let be for decades.

Gundersen isn’t a fan of that plan. “What happens in those 60 years is that the plant’s physical structure deteriorates and lets in things like rodents,” he said. In his opinion, the better and quicker option is to knock the whole facility down, but that’s expensive.

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Entergy’s Press Release http://tinyurl.com/ka322pa
& FAQs http://tinyurl.com/q9dom73

Press Release: Entergy’s official announcement of their plans to shut down Vermont Yankee Nuclear Generating Station
Entergy Corporation announced that it will permanently shut-down and decommission the single unit boiling water reactor at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station at the end of its current fuel cycle.

Let’s not forget your newest bonus link for today boys and girls:
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Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to shut down by end of 2014

Toby Talbot/AP

Toby Talbot/AP

The nuclear plant sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. –

Toby Talbot/AP

The nuclear plant sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt.

– See more at: http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2013/08/27/vermont-yankee-nuclear-plant-shut-down/VthM9oe73f8zeaHdWJJOVN/story.html#sthash.4a2AoSjQ.dpuf

By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will be shut down, the company that owns it announced today, bringing to a close a long-running, divisive battle over the plant.

“This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us,” said Leo Denault, chairman and chief executive of Entergy.

While activists have criticized the plant for years, the company said its decision was based, in the end, on economics. The company blamed a variety of factors, including the boom in natural gas that has driven down natural gas and wholesale energy prices, the high cost of operating the plant, and what it called wholesale market “design flaws.”

The company said it would operate the Vernon, Vt., plant through the fourth quarter of 2014 to “duly and properly plan for a safe and orderly shutdown” and prepare filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on shutdown and decommissioning.

“We are committed to the safe and reliable operation of Vermont Yankee until shutdown, followed by a safe, orderly and environmentally responsible decommissioning process,” Denault said in a statement.

The company says on its website that 630 people are employed at the plant.

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Forget the Farm Bill: New York Legislators Push for GMO Labeling

In case you missed it: Twin bills are currently moving through the New York Senate and Assembly requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. After Proposition 37 was shot down in California last year, New York’s might seem like a fruitless effort against a monolithic biotech lobby, but it’s part of a renewed effort to address the issue nationwide–New York is now one of 27 states that have introduced legislation to regulate GMOs.

A week ago, the Senate voted down a GMO labeling requirement in the federal Farm Bill, then introduced another amendment that GMO activists say would cut out states’ ability to require labeling. But amid the squabbling at the federal level, the Connecticut state Senate passed a GMO labeling requirement that’s moving through the House, Maine’s GMO labeling bill sailed through the state’s Agriculture Committee, and Vermont’s legislation passed in the state House.

New York’s bills were introduced in a bipartisan effort between Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D) and state Senator Ken Lavalle (R). The Assembly’s version currently has 41 co-sponsors, and Rosenthal feels that while similar legislation has failed in the past, renewed interest in GMO labeling is at an all-time high.

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By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 09:06 EST, 2 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:44 EST, 2 March 2013

Vermont state police have charged two men with Connecticut ties in an alleged child sexual assault case spanning several years that involved a victim who says he was wrapped in cellophane and subjected to other bondage.

State police charged 39-year-old Frank Meyer of West Haven, Conn., and 42-year-old Brett Bartolotta of Cavendish, Vt., with aggravated sexual assault and slave trafficking Wednesday.

The New Haven Register reports Meyer is a West Haven Fire Department captain and Bartolotta is a former West Haven firefighter.


AccusedAccused: Frank Meyer, 39, of West Haven, Conn., and Brett Bartolotta, 42, of Cavendish, Vt., are charged with aggravated sexual assault and slave trafficking


Authorities say a 25-year-old man came forward with the allegations last month, saying the assaults began when he was 12 and the sexual relations continued to last year.

The assaults allegedly occurred in Ludlow and Cavendish.


Both men pleaded not guilty and are detained on $50,000 bail.

The men allegedly bribed the boy to get him to perform hundreds of sexual favors.

Among the gifts was a dirt bike and a hunting bow.

worked Shared history: Both men have worked as volunteer firefighters for this West Haven fire department

The boy met Bartolotta when he went to a friend’s house to ride their dirt bikes, NBC Connecticut reported.


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Special Note :  Although  this article quotes  a  source for the  verification that   The  last  State ( Vermont)  to  complete  the   50 states filing   a petition  for   secession.  I  have   checked the  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions  site  and  it   has  not  appeared  there   as  of  yet.  Until  it  appears  on the  site  it  cannot  be  verified  that Vermont has indeed filed a  petition  for  secession.  I  will  continue  to  monitor  asn  as  soon as   it  appears  I  will post  it  to  let  everyone  know that the  50  states claim  has  been  completed.

~Desert Rose~


Why Texas would flourish as an independent Republic based on liberty, not debt

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com


(NaturalNews) Citizens from all 50 U.S. states have now filed petitions with the White House asking for “peaceful secession” from the union. According to Daily Caller, more than 675,000 petition signatures have now been collected.

The Texas petition now has over 100,000 signatures, and more signatures are appearing by the hour.

It raises the practical question: Could Texas survive as a nation state if it secedes from the union?

The short answer is YES.

No state is better positioned than Texas to fend for itself

As you’ll see here, Texas is unquestionably the state best positioned to function as its own nation. Here’s why:

• Texas is a fiercely independent culture. It has already been its own nation, the Republic of Texas, from 1836 to 1846.

• Texas is the only state with its own independent power grid.

• Texas can grow more than enough food to feed itself (and trade with neighboring states).

• Texas is the energy empire of America, with massive resources of natural gas, petroleum, solar and wind. It contains the largest untapped oil reserves in North America, save for Alaska.

• Texas has physical possession of America’s oil refineries. (Key strategic resource!)

Texas has abundant technology and telecommunications. It is the “silicon valley” of the South.

• Texas has the basic infrastructure of a space program. The Apollo program, after all, was based out of Houston.

• Texas has a ready labor force.

• Texas has abundant natural resources, including water, soil, sunlight and seeds. There are 15 major rivers that run through Texas.

• Texas has manufacturing know-how and a “can-do” culture of practical people who know how to solve problems.

• Texas has multiple shipping ports and international airports, allowing high-volume international trade with other nations.

• Texas has the capability of defending itself against threat of invasion or military force. Tens of millions of firearms are already owned by well-skilled farmers, ranchers and military veterans. Any attempt to occupy Texas with a military force would be far worse than trying to occupy Afghanistan.

• Texas has a world-class university education system.

• Texas has a history of independence from tyranny. It’s part of the Texas DNA.

• Texas has diverse ecology, with 10 climatic regions, 14 soil regions, and 11 distinct ecological regions.

• Texas is a state with tremendous citizen pride. More than in any other state, Texans identify their state as a source of strength and independence.

• Texas citizens have a sense of ethics and morality that’s simply missing from many other areas (most notably the Northeastern USA). In Texas, people generally know the difference between right and wrong, and they typically seek to do the “right” thing.

• Texas has Ron Paul! (Need we say more?)

What would Texas look like if it became its own nation?

• For starters, Texas could abandon the failing U.S. currency and create its own honest money system. This effort should, of course, be led by none other than Ron Paul, the man who should also be considered for the role of President of Texas.

• The abandonment of the U.S. currency also means Texas could walk away from the U.S. federal debt. This frees Texas from an almost insufferable financial burden, allowing it to start over with a clean slate and an honest currency. The Central Bank of Texas would be owned by the People of Texas, not by a private corporation (such as with the Federal Reserve).

• Across the state of Texas, all federal wage taxes would be eliminated, meaning that employee take-home pay would rise and the cost of hiring employees would sharply drop. This would cause a surge of business investment across the state of Texas as employers flock to the state to lower their costs of conducting business in North America.

• This, in turn, would cause a massive jobs boom as everybody in the state of Texas with any decent education would be able to find a job offering good pay.

• The lack of any further burden to fund the U.S. empire’s military presence in over 130 nations around the world would equal a financial windfall for Texas, which could use the new surge in business taxes and sales taxes to fund real infrastructure: Expanded universities, railroads, airports and more.

• Across the new nation of Texas, there would no longer be any need to file a federal income tax return on April 15th. This alone would vastly improve the “happiness quotient” of all Texans.

• If Texas simultaneously legalized health freedom as was suggested by Rep. Ron Paul in his “Health Freedom Protection Act,” the state would experience yet another economic boom in the realm of natural medicine practitioners and natural product manufacturers. To accomplish this level of freedom, however, the criminally-run Texas Medical Board would need to be gutted and replaced with people who understand and appreciate the role of complementary medicine in preventing chronic disease (nutrition, medicinal herbs, etc.).

• If Texas ended the absurd federal criminalization of growing industrial hemp, the state could experience a golden revolution in farming through the state-wide planting and harvesting of hemp. This would transform Texas into an agricultural Mecca and instantly make it a massive exporter of high-profit hemp to the other 49 states.

• As its own nation, Texas would shut down all federal offices within the new nation of Texas, expelling feds as people with no authority. This would immediately end the scourge of the DEA, ATF, FDA and USDA, among other “gang-style” agencies that routinely betray the American people. Instead, Texas would form its own local agencies to handle any necessary tasks, all with the benefit of local input and local planning.

• Any who did not wish to be part of Texas as a new independent nation would be free to leave the state and continue their lives in the collapsing economy of Obammunism, with all its police state tyranny, oppression and destruction of the Bill of Rights. This would include the entire City Council of Austin, a cabal of corrupt communists and Big Government apologists who would likely be marched to the border of Texas at gunpoint. As Obama’s nation collapses under debt and tyranny, Texas will be growing by leaps and bounds under a renewed philosophy of economic freedom for the People.

• Imagine 268,000 square miles of FREEDOM

30 States Pick Up Reins on GMO Labeling Initiative After Prop 37 Defeat

Alex Pietrowski, Contributor

Activist Post

With the defeat of California Prop 37, the fight to require labeling of genetically modified foods has passed on to other states, such as Washington and Vermont. Although California’s initiative failed on election day, the campaign brought national attention to the issue of labeling GM foods, with 30 other states now working to require GMO labels. Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now, stated, “More than 4 million Californians are on record saying they want to know what’s in their food. This is a dynamic moment for the food movement.” (MercuryNews.com)

In Washington State, where San Juan county just recently banned the growth of any GMOs, the effort for GM labeling is underway in order to put the issue on the November 2013 ballot. Initiative I-522, The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,with the goal to provide transparency about GMO foods to consumers, without increasing costs to either food producers or purchasers. Food companies already provide labels with information such as calorie and nutritional values, country of origin and trans fat content. The I-522 initiative asks that manufacturers now add if any of the ingredients in foods are produced through genetic engineering.

In Vermont, the VT Right to Know GMOs coalition has also started gathering signatures to present to elected officials about the need for GMO labeling on food products sold in retail stores. With this effort, Vermont joins the Coalition of States for Mandatory GMO Labeling comprising of the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Andrea Stander, Director of Rural Vermont, lauded The Coalition of States for Mandatory GMO Labeling saying, “This is about our fundamental right to know how our food is produced. The corporate-led campaign against labeling food that has been genetically engineered represents an enormous threat to the integrity and diversity of our food sources. This multi-state coalition will focus and coordinate the power of ordinary citizens to overcome corporate control of our food system.” (vtrighttoknow.org)

Advocates of GMO labeling plan to actively pursue legislation on the state level in 2013 although more pressure is also expected to be put on Federal authorities specifically President Barack Obama and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Over 50 countries around the world including the European Union, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand already require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.” (vtrighttoknow.org)

Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com, and an avid student of Yoga and life.


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25.07.2012 02:06:29 2.6 Asia Turkey Van Toyga There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 02:06:55 4.4 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 01:25:27 4.5 Asia Turkey Van Yuvacik There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
25.07.2012 00:55:28 2.8 North America United States California Ferndale VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
25.07.2012 00:55:58 2.1 North America United States California Cobb There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
25.07.2012 01:00:27 2.9 Europe Greece South Aegean Adamas There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 02:07:15 2.2 Asia Turkey Mu?la Datca There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 00:45:29 2.0 North America United States Alaska Lake Minchumina VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
25.07.2012 00:35:44 2.7 North America United States Alaska Valdez VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
25.07.2012 02:07:36 2.4 Asia Turkey Mu?la Sarigerme VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 01:00:47 3.9 South-America Chile Antofagasta San Pedro de Atacama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 02:07:58 3.5 South-America Chile Antofagasta San Pedro de Atacama There are volcano(s) nearby the epicenter. There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 00:00:26 2.3 Europe Poland Silesian Voivodeship Zbytkow VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 02:08:20 2.4 Asia Turkey Amasya Dedekoy VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
24.07.2012 23:35:27 2.0 North America United States Alaska Point MacKenzie VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
25.07.2012 00:00:46 4.7 Europe Russia Kamtsjatka Kamenskoye VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
25.07.2012 00:50:59 4.8 Asia Russia Kamtsjatka Tilichiki VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 VulkĂĄn 0 USGS-RSOE Details
25.07.2012 00:01:06 3.1 Europe Greece Central Greece Zarakes VulkĂĄn 0 There are airport(s) nearby the epicenter. VulkĂĄn 0 EMSC Details
Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
25.07.2012 00:34 AM Tsunami Information Bulletin Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra 6.6 0 km Details

Original Bulletin

Tsunami Information Bulletin in Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra, Indian Ocean

WEIO23 PHEB 250034

ISSUED AT 0034Z 25 JUL 2012






 ORIGIN TIME -  0028Z 25 JUL 2012
 MAGNITUDE   -  6.6






No damage, tsunami after 6.6 quake hits off Indonesia’s Sumatra


(Reuters) – A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck off northern Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but authorities said there was little chance of a tsunami.

The quake was felt by residents on the island of Simeulue off Sumatra’s northwest coast but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

“The quake has no tsunami potential,” said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. “Some people ran away from their houses. We don’t have any house damage.”

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a widespread, destructive tsunami after the quake, about 330 km (205 miles) southeast of Indonesia’s Banda Aceh. It said there was a “very small possibility” of a local tsunami. (Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu; Writing by Paul Tait; Editing by Michael Perry)


Volcanic Activity

Tongariro volcano (New Zealand): seismic swarm, a possible precursor to new activity


Tongariro volcano is showing signs of a possible awakening. On 13 July 2012, an increase in small (<M2.5) earthquakes was detected. The quakes were clustered at depths of 2-7 km under the area between Emerald crater and Te Mari crater. More than 20 earthquakes were recorded until 20 July, when the seismic activity peaked and prompted GeoNet to raise the alert level from 0 to 1. Compared to a background average of 2 quakes per year, the swarm is significant and could indicate magma movements. Seismic activity dropped on 21 July with only 1 quake since then, but preliminary measurements show an increase in volcanic gas emission. NZ Scientist started to increase their monitoring at the volcano.



New Mechanism Observes Activity of Caldera in Santorini

By The new seismic-detecting mechanism that observes the activity of the volcano in Santorini, Caldera, was finally placed at the bottom of the sea. The scientific community now says it will be ready to warn authorities in case there is any alarming activity. The new mechanism is the cutting edge of technology of its kind.

The procedure to place the mechanism at the bottom of the sea took ten days and the team of scientists of the project hailed from Greece, France and Spain. The mechanism is placed in the north part of Caldera, where the deepest spot is 389m. The mechanism was set up with the use of two special ships owned by the Greek Center of Sea Research. The mechanism is equipped with instruments that can assess the structure of the bottom of the sea and measure its temperature. That way scientists can have a better look at the volcano’s activity.

Dimitris Sakellariou, the head of the program, said that the first signs show that the volcano has very limited activity. He also pointed out that although the program should have started a long time ago, there is a high risk that due to the economic crisis its survival will be an issue.

Source: (in.gr)


Extreme Temperatures/ Weather /Drought

Today Heat Wave Japan [Statewide] Damage level Details

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

The number of people taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke in the week through Sunday more than doubled from the preceding week to 5,467, preliminary data showed Tuesday. The figure, up from 2,622 in the week to July 15, hit the highest for a single week this summer, according to the data released by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Deaths caused by heatstroke increased to 13 from five in the preceding week. Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture had the most victims, with ambulances called for 388 people each. They were followed by 382 in Aichi Prefecture and 372 in Osaka Prefecture. People aged 65 or older accounted for 45.9 percent of the total. Since the agency started this year’s survey on May 28, 11,116 people were taken to hospitals as of Sunday. Twenty-three people have died. The rise in heatstroke cases reflects the smothering heat wave, with temperatures of 35 degrees or higher observed in many places for the four days from July 16, agency officials said. In Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, the mercury shot up to 37.6 on July 16 and to 39.2 the following day, according to the Meteorological Agency.
24.07.2012 Heat Wave South Korea [Statewide] Damage level Details

Heat Wave in South Korea on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 14:09 (02:09 PM) UTC.

Weather authorities issued heat wave advisories nationwide on Tuesday in response to a heat wave that has been gripping South Korea, with the capital city experiencing its second straight “tropical night” this week. The so-called tropical night phenomenon is defined by nighttime lows staying above 25 C, with nighttime being from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. It often happens when monsoon season ends, which falls in July in general for the country. Overnight lows across the nation soared well above the threshold on Monday, with the eastern coastal city of Gangneung recording the highest temperature at 28.7 C followed by the southern city of Pohang at 27.1 C. The temperature overnight in Seoul also reached 25.8 C to mark its second consecutive tropical night, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. The scorching heat led the weather authorities to issue the country’s first heat wave warnings in the southeastern city of Daegu and its surrounding areas in North Gyeongsang Province, set to take effect from 11 a.m. The daytime highs in the region are forecast to soar above 35 C, according to the KMA. The agency also extended the heat wave advisories from the southern regions to the central part of the country including Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi areas starting at 11 a.m., with the daytime high in Seoul being expected to climb to 32 C. Heat wave advisories are issued when the mercury goes over 33 C for at least two days, and heat wave warnings are issued when it soars up to 35 C for at least two consecutive days. The heat wave on the Korean Peninsula is forecast to be unabated until at least the end of July due to the influence of a hot and humid North Pacific high temperature system, the weather agency said.
24.07.2012 Extreme Weather USA State of Wisconsin, City of Beloit Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 18:57 (06:57 PM) UTC.

The City of Beloit endured trees blocking roads, fires and thousands of people without power after a series of storms rocked their city on Tuesday morning. “We had a lot of trees down, wires down. We had about 7,000 people without power,” Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett told Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Jon Byman. “We at one time had about 35 calls for response for wires down and trees on fire, trees across the roadway, patients that require oxygen who were without power.” Roads were closed, especially in residential neighborhoods on the west side. Chief Liggett explained that he was hoping for roads closed by fallen trees to be re-opened within 24 hours after crews saw the trunks up to remove them. “It’s a pretty severe storm. The last time I remember a storm like this was in August of 2003,” said Liggett. Alliant Energy said about 12,000 customers had lost power due to the storms in that area.
Today Forest / Wild Fire Canada Province of Ontario, [Muskoka Lakes region] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Canada on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:07 (03:07 AM) UTC.

About 50 residents have been evacuated due to a brush fire in central Ontario’s cottage country. Muskoka Lakes Mayor Alice Murphy says four township fire stations have responded to the blaze on Huckleberry Rock in Milford Bay. The Ministry of Natural Resources is assisting with a water bomber. Murphy says there’s no information yet on the cause of the brush fire, and motorists are being turned away from entering Milford Bay. Murphy says those with no need to travel Highway 118 west in the Milford Bay area should stay away. The response is being co-ordinated by the Muskoka Lakes fire department, the provincial police and the natural resources ministry.
24.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Canada Province of Manitoba, [Red Sucker Lake First Nation, Wasagamack First Nation, St. Theresa Point First Nation and Garden Hill First Nation] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Canada on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 17:09 (05:09 PM) UTC.

More than 800 people from four northern Manitoba First Nations have been flown to Winnipeg and Brandon due to forest fires near their home communities. Officials said people deemed the most vulnerable, such as those with asthma and other breathing conditions, were flown out first, while others may follow if the fire situation gets worse. “We didn’t have anybody who was acutely distressed from smoke inhalation but we did have folks with runny eyes, coughing, sore throats, which is a normal effect from being involved with the forest fires,” said Janice Lowe from the Brandon Regional Health Authority. The Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters is looking after the evacuations and asked both Brandon and Winnipeg to host the evacuees, due to the large number. “This is the largest evacuation that we’ve handled in recent times,” said Brian Kayes from the City of Brandon. On Monday, the province said 77 forest fires are burning in Manitoba. As of July 20, more than 360 firefighters were battling the blazes, with 12 water bombers and 31 helicopters being used. Fires are currently burning in northeastern and western, central and eastern parts of Manitoba, said officials. The largest numbers of fires are currently burning in the northeastern part of Manitoba. Officials from the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters said people had to leave Red Sucker Lake First Nation, Wasagamack First Nation, St. Theresa Point First Nation and Garden Hill First Nation. They said it’s tough to determine how long people could be out of their homes, due to the unpredictable nature of forest fires. They said, however, people should be prepared to be out of their homes for approximately three to seven days. Community members said homes are not currently at risk of burning. Some evacuees, however, said leaving was still difficult. “Some people don’t want to go because they don’t want to leave their homes,” said Eric Wood from Garden Hill Public Health.
25.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Croatia Primorsko-Goranska Region, [Near to Selce and Moscenicka Draga] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Croatia on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC.

A firefighter has died and 1,500 tourists have been evacuated after forest fires fanned by strong winds broke out on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. “The situation is very difficult … we are doing everything possible to protect people’s lives and property,” Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said, as the fires continued to blaze out of control on Monday in the increasingly popular tourist area. “Everything is ready for (further) evacuations,” said the minister, who visited the coastal resort of Selce, close to the northern port of Rijeka, where some 150 firefighters were battling the blaze. A firefighter died while battling another blaze that broke out near Moscenicka Draga on the Istria peninsula, fire service official Slavko Gaus said. That fire was brought under control later in the day. The inferno broke out in the morning in the hinterland of Rijeka, some 180km southwest of Zagreb, and spread towards Selce. Strong winds of more than 100km an hour made tackling the fires very difficult as water-bombing planes could not be used, the authorities said. In Selce some 1,500 tourists from two campsites, mostly Slovenians and Austrians, were evacuated while a number of other tourists left a nearby hotel, officials said. Part of the Adriatic coastal highway was closed, police said. The resort was cut off from electricity and phone lines were down, Nova television reported, showing footage of people in Selce covering their faces with scarves to protect themselves from the thick smoke and ashes. The roofs of several houses also caught fire.
25.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Portugal Atlantic Ocean – North, [Island of Madeira ] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Portugal on Thursday, 19 July, 2012 at 19:09 (07:09 PM) UTC.

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of dozens of villagers from their homes in Madeira on Thursday, with the Portuguese authorities sending teams from the mainland to help overwhelmed local firefighters. Portugal had suffered from a severe drought this year before being hit by temperatures of up to 40C this week, which has triggered forest blazes on the mainland too. More than 300 firefighters were struggling on Thursday to put out wildfires near Tavira, a popular holiday destination in the Algarve region near the Spanish border. Authorities in Madeira have used planes and helicopters to combat the flames, including an aircraft sent by Spain’s civil defence. Portugal sent a military transport plane with 83 firefighters to Madeira, where the flames briefly threatened the outskirts of Funchal, the archipelago’s capital, on Wednesday night. The Portuguese interior minister, Miguel Macedo, is also in Madeira to co-ordinate the efforts. While Funchal was mostly out of danger on Thursday, television footage from the archipelago’s smaller island of Porto Santo showed houses catching fire and firefighters telling residents of Camacha to abandon the area. “The changing wind is strongly compromising the effort to put out the flames, and we only have five firemen there and one truck,” the local fire brigade chief, Afonso Nobrega, told the Lusa news agency. SIC television showed a local man shouting for help to get three women out of a building whose door was on fire. Enveloped in heavy smoke, local residents sprayed water on the outside of their homes while others fled. There have been no reports of deaths of serious injuries. This year’s drought, coupled with scorching weather, poses a threat that fires will escalate during the hottest period in late July and August.
25.07.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Greece West Greece, [Patras city area] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Greece on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 at 11:06 (11:06 AM) UTC.

Authorities issued evacuation orders for villages in southwestern Greece on Wednesday where wildfires, aided by strong winds and soaring temperatures, have ravaged large areas. The blaze, burning mostly pine forest, sent smoke over the city of Patras, a port with some 220,000 inhabitants, where regional authorities have declared an emergency. Nine planes and one helicopter were involved in the firefighting effort at Argyra, some 15 kilometres (9 miles) east of Patras. Apostolos Katsifaras, regional governor for western Greece, said evacuation orders had been issued for villages in the rugged fire stricken area — likely to involve several hundred residents. “The conditions are very tough. We are using everything we have against the fire,” Katsifaras said. The state of emergency allows authorities to use additional resources, including Greece’s military.
25.07.2012 Drought USA State of Washington, [Counties of Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Jefferson, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Walla Walla and Yakim] Damage level Details

Drought in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 08:03 (08:03 AM) UTC.

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday proclaimed a state of emergency for 16 Washington counties hit by a series of recent storms. Most of the counties are in the eastern half of the state. One death in northeast Washington’s Ferry County is considered storm-related, the governor said. A series of storms that started July 13 have caused power outages, fuel shortages and road closures that threaten some at-risk populations, Gregoire said. High winds, severe thunderstorms and extreme rainfall have damaged homes, businesses and public buildings. The proclamation directs state agencies to “do everything reasonably possible” to help affected communities recover. After a fierce thunder and rain storm last Friday, Ferry County and the Colville Tribes asked for state assistance. The small community of Keller on the Colville Reservation was pummeled by the storm, with downed trees blocking roads, crushing power lines and damaging houses. KHQ-TV reports the Keller Community Center has been functioning as the town’s hub.

“Everyone comes here. This is the place to be,” said volunteer Corrie Johnson. The community center has been offering meals and shelter to those who need it. Winds in northeast Washington hit 66 mph during Friday’s storm, National Weather Service meteorologist John Livingston told the Spokesman-Review. Forest Service officials in the Republic Ranger District said the storm winds toppled numerous trees, blocking trails and roads. “It was horrendous, chaotic,” Christine Bonney, the Republic Police Department’s administrative assistant, told the newspaper. “There were fields of trees lying flat, like the wind ironed them down.” In the Okanogan County community of Omak in north-central Washington, crews were still cleaning up Monday after rain from Friday’s storm flooded about five blocks of downtown streets. At one point, water was knee-deep in the downtown area, the Wenatchee World reported. Several highways in the county were closed temporarily due to downed trees and rain-caused mudslides, Sheriff Frank Rogers said. Grant County also saw pounding hail and isolated flooding.

Counties included in the proclamation include: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Jefferson, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Walla Walla and Yakima.


Storms / Flooding

24.07.2012 Tropical Storm China Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions, Hong Kong Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in China on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 13:06 (01:06 PM) UTC.

Fifty people were injured and trees ripped from the ground as Typhoon Vicente lashed Hong Kong, packing winds in excess of 140 kilometres per hour. Authorities raised the typhoon warning to the most severe level of 10 for the first time since 1999 just after midnight, as Typhoon Vicente roared to within 100km of Hong Kong but it was eventually downgraded to eight. “In the past few hours, Vicente intensified rapidly into a severe typhoon and moved in a more northerly direction, edging closer to Hong Kong,” the Hong Kong Observatory said in a statement following the 10 warning. More than 200 trees fell and pieces of buildings were seen crashing into downtown streets as commuters made their way home from work on Monday evening. Ferry, bus and train services were suspended or ran at reduced capacity, the port was closed and 15 passenger flights to the regional aviation hub were cancelled. More than 210 flights were delayed. The Hong Kong stock exchange delayed the opening of trading on Tuesday until authorities gave the all-clear that it was safe to go to work.

School classes and hospital outpatient clinics were suspended until further notice. Flooding was reported in two areas. Fifteen people were hospitalised out of 50 who sought medical treatment, officials said. Almost 250 people sought refuge in storm shelters. Local media reported that more than 100 commuters stayed in the Tai Wai underground train station overnight, unable to get home after services were suspended. The 10 warning was downgraded to eight early on Tuesday morning as the storm passed to the west and weakened over the southern Chinese coast, but authorities warned residents to remain vigilant. “Although Vicente is moving gradually away from Hong Kong and started to weaken, gale force winds are still prevailing over parts of the territory with occasional storm force winds offshore and on high ground and frequent heavy squally showers,” the Observatory said. “Members of the public are advised not to relax their precautions.”

Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong

Tropical cyclone warning raised to its highest level, grounding flights and disrupting businesses across financial hub.

Storm surges and sea wave warnings have been heightened, with winds of up to 100 kph expected [AFP]
A severe typhoon has hit Hong Kong, disrupting business across the financial hub, with offices and the stock market to remain closed for at least part of the morning after the city raised its highest typhoon warning overnight.

Typhoon Vicente battered Hong Kong with gale-force winds and torrential rain, grounding flights and shutting port operations on Tuesday.

Authorities raised the No. 10 tropical cyclone signal for several hours overnight, making this one of the strongest
typhoons to hit the city in the past decade.

Al Jazeera’s Stephanie Scawen, reporting from Hong Kong, said “heavy rain is coming through” the financial hub, and is expected to last “probably for a few days”.

Highest warning level

Financial markets, schools, businesses and non-essential government services close when a No. 8 signal or above is
hoisted, posing a disruption to business in the capitalist hub and former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

By 8am local time (00:00 GMT), the typhoon was veering away from the city and weakening, although the No. 8 signal is expected to remain in force until at least 10am (02:00 GMT), the Hong Kong Observatory said, which would force a closure of the stock market for the morning.

Hong Kong Observatory raised the No. 10 signal early on Tuesday as typhoon Vicente swept closer to Hong Kong [Reuters]

The market will be closed for the day if the No. 8 signal remains in place until noon (04:00 GMT), after it dropped three per cent on Monday.

Separately, China’s National Meteorological Centre issued an orange alert for Typhoon Vicente, the second highest warning level in China’s four-tier typhoon warning system, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Strengthening gale-force winds overturned trees, churned up huge waves in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and sent debris
flying, injuring some 30 people as Vicente hit the city and the western reaches of China’s Guangdong province.

Fifteen flights were cancelled and more than 200 delayed late on Monday, aviation authorities said, although Hong Kong’s
main carrier Cathay Pacific said it planned to resume some flights.

The Hong Kong Observatory raised the No. 10 signal early on Tuesday as typhoon Vicente swept much closer to Hong Kong than initially thought, making this the first time the highest typhoon signal had been raised since 1999.

More than 30,000 Chinese fishing boats were alerted to return to harbour, with 10,560 fishermen taking shelter ashore
in Guangdong, Chinese state media reported. Storm surges and sea wave warnings were heightened, with winds of up to 100 kph expected.

Al Jazeera And Agencies


Photos: Dust Storm Envelops Phoenix Area

weather.com     Associated Press


The sky turned orange in Scottsdale, Ariz. during the Haboob. iWitness/Mikelp82

PHOENIX — A dust storm, or haboob, enveloped the greater Phoenix area in a cloud of yellow-gray blowing dust on Saturday night.

(MORE: Origin of the word “haboob”)

National Weather Service meteorologist Charlotte Dewey said the storm was moving northwest and was first spotted between Eloy and Tucson.

The haboob covered cities in the metropolitan Phoenix area such as Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Apache Junction, Santan Valley, Chandler, Casa Grande and downtown Phoenix.

There were no official estimates of its size, but Dewey says spotters estimated it was around 2,000 feet tall. She says there were also reports of 35 mph wind gusts in the area, and a report of a 50 mph gust at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Above are photos of the event from The Associated Press and our iWitness Weather contributors.


Radiation / Nuclear

24.07.2012 Nuclear Event India State of Rajasthan, Rawatbhata [Rajasthan Atomic Power Station, District of Chittorgarh] Damage level Details

Nuclear Event in India on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 10:49 (10:49 AM) UTC.

More than 40 workers at a nuclear power station in northern India have been exposed to tritium radiation in two separate leaks in the past five weeks. The first accident occurred on June 23 when 38 people were exposed during maintenance work on a coolant channel at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station in Rawatbhata, senior plant manager Vinod Kumar said. Two of them received radiation doses equivalent to the annual permissible limit, he said, but all those involved have returned to work. In a second incident last Thursday, another four maintenance workers at the plant were exposed to tritium radiation while they were repairing a faulty seal on a pipe. India is on a nuclear power drive, with a host of plants based on Russian, Japanese, American and French technology under consideration or construction.

The country’s growing economy is currently heavily dependent on coal, getting less than 3% of its energy from its existing atomic plants, and the government hopes to raise the figure to 25% by 2050. But environmental watchdogs have expressed concerns about safety in India, where small-scale industrial accidents due to negligence or poor maintenance are commonplace and regulatory bodies are often under-staffed and under-funded. The director of the Rajasthan power station, C.P. Jamb, confirmed the second accident to AFP but said the radiation was within permissible limits and posed no health threat. “The workers were exposed to radiation from 10 to 25 per cent of the annual limit,” Jamb said. “Such minor leakages keep on happening but they cause no harm.” C.D. Rajput, director of the unit where the leak happened, also said the radiation exposure “was well under the limits and all the workers are working normally”. No explanation was immediately available as to why the first incident at the plant took a month to emerge.


Epidemic  Hazards / Diseases

25.07.2012 Epidemic Democratic Republic of the Congo Province of North Kivu, [Province-wide] Damage level Details




Epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 02:57 (02:57 AM) UTC.

The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) province of North Kivu has been deteriorating for months because of armed conflict between various renegade soldier groups. The fighting has resulted in the displacement of approximately 250,000 people from the area fleeing the violence in search of safety. Health concerns have also risen in violence-ridden areas of the eastern DRC. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alert and Response (GAR) issued Monday, the DRC has reported a sharp increase in the number of cholera cases in the armed conflict area of North Kivu. For the three weeks spanning June 11 to July 1, 368 new cases of cholera were reported. Because of the lack of security in the area, there is a concern those stricken with cholera will have difficulty in accessing the health-care facilities and could increase the number of severe and fatal cases. The WHO also reports the fear of the cholera spilling over the borders into neighboring countries Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and its partners blame the outbreak on a lack of potable drinking water.

Patients are being treated with infusions and antibiotics as appropriate, at treatment centres. Interventions to control the epidemic that are being carried out include education and communication; management of cases; increased surveillance; hygiene and sanitation; and provision of safe drinking water.WHO is working to support national authorities in response to the cholera outbreak and the broader humanitarian emergency resulting from conflict and population displacement. Cholera is an acute bacterial intestinal disease characterized by sudden onset, profuse watery stools (given the appearance as rice water stools because of flecks of mucus in water) due to a very potent enterotoxin. The enterotoxin leads to an extreme loss of fluid and electrolytes in the production of diarrhea. It has been noted that an untreated patient can lose his bodyweight in fluids in hours resulting in shock and death. It is caused by the bacterium, Vibrio cholerae. Serogroups O1 and O139 are the types associated with the epidemiological characteristics of cholera (outbreaks). The bacteria are acquired through ingestion of contaminated water or food through a number of mechanisms. Water is usually contaminated by the feces of infected individuals.

Drinking water can be contaminated at the source, during transport or during storage at home.Food can be contaminated by soiled hands, during preparation or while eating. Beverages and ice prepared with contaminated water and fruits and vegetables washed with this water are other examples. Some outbreaks are linked to raw or undercooked seafood. The incubation for cholera can be from a few hours to 5 days. As long as the stools are positive, the person is infective. Some patients may become carriers of the organism which can last for months. Cholera is diagnosed by growing the bacteria in culture. Treatment consists of replacement of fluids lost, intravenous replacement in severe cases. Doxycycline or tetracycline antibiotic therapy can shorten the course of severe disease. According to Wikipedia, North Kivu is a province bordering Lake Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Its capital is Goma. North Kivu borders the provinces of Orientale to the north and northwest, Maniema to the southwest, and South Kivu to the south. To the east, it borders the countries of Uganda and Rwanda.

Biohazard name: Cholera Outbreak
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.
Status: confirmed





Solar Activity

2MIN News July 24, 2012: Spaceweather Ramp-Up

Published on Jul 24, 2012 by

EARTHQUAKE WATCH: http://youtu.be/SMiHsOYwdCs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 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 PC) 28th July 2012 3 day(s) 0.1772 68.9 61 m – 140 m 7.34 km/s 26424 km/h
217013 (2001 AA50) 31st July 2012 6 day(s) 0.1355 52.7 580 m – 1.3 km 22.15 km/s 79740 km/h
(2012 DS30) 02nd August 2012 8 day(s) 0.1224 47.6 18 m – 39 m 5.39 km/s 19404 km/h
(2000 RN77) 03rd August 2012 9 day(s) 0.1955 76.1 410 m – 920 m 9.87 km/s 35532 km/h
(2004 SB56) 04th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1393 54.2 380 m – 840 m 13.72 km/s 49392 km/h
(2000 SD8) 04th August 2012 10 day(s) 0.1675 65.2 180 m – 400 m 5.82 km/s 20952 km/h
(2006 EC) 06th August 2012 12 day(s) 0.0932 36.3 13 m – 28 m 6.13 km/s 22068 km/h
(2006 MV1) 07th August 2012 13 day(s) 0.0612 23.8 12 m – 28 m 4.79 km/s 17244 km/h
(2005 RK3) 08th August 2012 14 day(s) 0.1843 71.7 52 m – 120 m 8.27 km/s 29772 km/h
(2009 BW2) 09th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.0337 13.1 25 m – 56 m 5.27 km/s 18972 km/h
277475 (2005 WK4) 09th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.1283 49.9 260 m – 580 m 6.18 km/s 22248 km/h
(2004 SC56) 09th August 2012 15 day(s) 0.0811 31.6 74 m – 170 m 10.57 km/s 38052 km/h
(2008 AF4) 10th August 2012 16 day(s) 0.1936 75.3 310 m – 690 m 16.05 km/s 57780 km/h
37655 Illapa 12th August 2012 18 day(s) 0.0951 37.0 770 m – 1.7 km 28.73 km/s 103428 km/h
(2012 HS15) 14th August 2012 20 day(s) 0.1803 70.2 220 m – 490 m 11.54 km/s 41544 km/h
4581 Asclepius 16th August 2012 22 day(s) 0.1079 42.0 220 m – 490 m 13.48 km/s 48528 km/h
(2008 TC4) 18th August 2012 24 day(s) 0.1937 75.4 140 m – 300 m 17.34 km/s 62424 km/h
(2006 CV) 20th August 2012 26 day(s) 0.1744 67.9 290 m – 640 m 13.24 km/s 47664 km/h
(2012 EC) 20th August 2012 26 day(s) 0.0815 31.7 56 m – 130 m 5.57 km/s 20052 km/h
162421 (2000 ET70) 21st August 2012 27 day(s) 0.1503 58.5 640 m – 1.4 km 12.92 km/s 46512 km/h
(2007 WU3) 21st August 2012 27 day(s) 0.1954 76.0 56 m – 120 m 5.25 km/s 18900 km/h
1 AU = ~150 million kilometers,1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers Source: NASA-NEO































SAO Astronomers Focus Their Attention
On Accretion Around Young Star TW Hydrae

MessageToEagle.com – TW Hydrae is a star between 5-10 million years old, and only 176 light-years away, in the direction of the constellation of Hydrae (the Water Snake), is in the final stage of formation.

It’s surrounded by a disc of dust and gas that may condense to form a complete set of planets. TW Hydrae has passed out of its infancy but is not yet mature.

Astronomers are trying to understand the processes at work in stars at this stage in their lives because, for example, during this period planets might be developing from disks around the stars.


The nature of the star’s corona, the very hot (over a million degrees centigrade) extended gaseous outer atmosphere, is one such process. TW Hydrae provides a valuable example for two reasons:

It is relatively close by and therefore bright, and it is rotating with its pole pointed nearly directly towards Earth, enabling scientists to view the star’s polar region nearly face on.

Like other young stars of its size and age, TW Hydrae emits strong X-rays and lines of ionized hydrogen. These are thought to result from shocks generated as material flows onto the stellar surface, and from magnetically heated gas in the corona.

Like other young stars of its size and age, TW Hydrae emits strong X-rays and astronomers investigate why, and how might they effect the star’s proto-planetary disk?


TW Hydrae

The star system TW Hydrae, shown here in an artist’s conception, possesses a protoplanetary disk holding vast numbers of pebble-sized rocky chunks. Those pebbles eventually should grow to become full-sized planets. Credit: Bill Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)
Several mechanisms have been proposed, including coronal magnetic field activity similar to that on the sun, accretion onto the stellar surface that might also contribute to winds and flares, and shocks from jets that develop.

Each mechanism has associated with it hot gas with characteristic temperatures and densities.


A schematic diagram of the surface of TW Hydrae, illustrating where strong X-ray emission might arise. Accreting material can produce winds and shocks at the stellar photosphere; some parameters are specified. Credit: N. Brickhouse, et al, 2010
Recently, SAO astronomers Andrea Dupree, Nancy Brickhouse, Steve Cranmer, Juan Luna, and Evan Schneider, along with colleagues, also observed TW Hya with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, with complementary and simultaneous measurements from a suite of other telescopes.

They continuously monitored the star over about seventeen days, during which time they observed both periodic and flaring events on the star.


Click on image to enlargeAn artist’s conception of an icy, planet-forming disk around the young star TW Hydrae. Astronomers have used the Herschel Space Observatory to detect copious amounts of water ice in this source. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Their results show that the star has both a hot solar-like corona and an accretion shock at relatively high densities and small volumes.

Interestingly, the shocked gas heats a larger volume of the stellar atmosphere up to 2 million degrees, much hotter than the 10,000 degree hot spots previously known from optical and ultraviolet spectra.

The new results are able to explain many of the earlier puzzles associated with X-ray emission, help to identify how winds can be produced in these stars, and suggest that the magnetic processes at work in this star are by no means unique but may be ubiquitous in other young stars of similar mass.

The scientists, in a astronomical first, were able to track an accretion flare spectroscopically, providing direct information on how the excitation of the gas evolves during these events.

The team successfully modeled the emission as arising in a sequence: A shock develops from accreting material and then flows down into a turbulent region, heating the star’s photosphere. This ultimately leads to coronal heating and the development of stellar winds.


See also:
Mysterious Planet Discovered Lurking At The Edge Of Our Solar System: Has Nemesis Been Found?





Biological Hazards / Wildlife / Hazmat

Today Biological Hazard USA State of California, Santa Barbara [Near to East Beach] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:38 (03:38 AM) UTC.

A Great White shark attacked an adult female sea lion near East Beach in Santa Barbara Tuesday morning. The Harbor Patrol and officials with the Marine Mammal Center responded to the scene and confirmed the shark attack. Peter Howorth, Director of the Marine Mammal Center, tells KEY News they are hoping the animal comes back to land so they can catch it and treat the injury. Howorth says he saw the tooth marks pattern and the diameter is from a Great White. The wound appears infected which means the attack did not occur today and may or may have not happened at East Beach. He says the wound is a few days old. The Parks Department’s policy is to post signs for 72 hours at eight locations along city beaches advising of the attack. Swimmers are told to enter the ocean at their own risk at this time. If more shark sightings occur the signs will be posted for a longer period of time.
Biohazard name: Great White Shark spotted
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.

Today Biological Hazard USA State of California, Indio Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 03:33 (03:33 AM) UTC.

Angry bees swarmed two people in Indio, Calif. this morning, sending them to the hospital with almost 200 stings in all. Dr. Wesley Burks, who chairs the University of North Carolina’s pediatrics department and has a 30-year career that involves working with skin allergies, said an attack like that is rare. If fact, he’s never seen one firsthand. “Generally, you see somebody stung once or maybe five to ten times, but not 80 or 100,” Burks said. “I’ve talked to people that have seen them…but it’s less than a handful.” A gardener in Indio, whose name was not released, was trimming a palm tree just before 7 a.m. local time, when he apparently irritated the bees and prompted them to swarm around him, said Matt Kotz, a Riverside County firefighter, in an interview with ABCNews.com. The homeowner, an elderly woman, came out to help, but the bees attacked her as well. When Kotz and the other firefighters arrived, the bees were still attacking the victims on the ground, Kotz said. He said he watched as another crew sprayed the bees with water to fight them off.

The bees stung the woman more than 100 times, and they stung the homeowner more than 80 times, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Burks said a large number of stings like this can often lead to anaphylactic shock – even if the patient is not allergic to bee stings. Each sting releases proteins into the victim’s body, causing swelling and eventually resulting in a histamine reaction – as if the body were reacting to an allergy. Sometimes, that swelling can even affect the victim’s ability to breath, Burks said. Burks said bee stings generally affect people the same way, regardless of age, but conditions like hypertension and diabetes can make it harder to respond and recover. No firefighters were injured because they wore gloves and bee hoods in addition to their helmets, Kotz said. Although firefighters are trained to kill bees with the same foam they use to put out fire, Kotz said the bees were left alone after the attack. “We didn’t want to kill the swarm,” Kotz said. “Obviously bees do good to the environment…and they weren’t actively stinging.” He said the bees were on private property and posed no risk once the attack ended. The fire department left it up to the homeowner to decide whether to remove them.

Biohazard name: Bees attack
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Today Biological Hazard USA State of Florida, [Coastal areas of Florida] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 at 02:59 (02:59 AM) UTC.

Beachgoers looking for a day of sun and sand were shocked when they found scores of dead fish scattered over a Florida shore. Two-miles of Ormond Beach were covered with thousands of whiting, spot and sea trout carcases, shrivelling up in the heat. Officials believe the fish were the result of by-catch, extraneous marine life caught unintentionally by commercial fishing boats which is usually discarded. The thousands of fish began to wash ashore around 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to News13. ‘It was packed and we were swimming and swimming,’ said resident Monique Marella. Then the fish came and you sure couldn’t be the water. Everyone just left.’ Determined visitors walked for miles in either direction to escape the dead creatures, but they filled the water and the beach on either end. A Volusia County Beach Patrol captain said that several shrimp boats had been spotted near the shore and they were the likely culprits of the casualties. Lt Tammy Maris said that the incident was not unusual and that no public services would be deployed to clean up the mess. Sunbathers struggled to understand the biblical scene. ‘There’s just so many of them,’ Kevin Soravilla, visiting from New Jersey, said to the News-Journal. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ Lt Maris said that the tide or the hunger of local seagulls would clear up the beach eventually. But not everyone was bothered by the seafood and the smell. ‘I’m here faithfully every day. This is my relaxation,’ Janet Menzel said. ‘They don’t bother me. I can share the beach.’
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (fishes)
Biohazard level: 1/4 Low
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses including Bacillus subtilis, canine hepatitis, Escherichia coli, varicella (chicken pox), as well as some cell cultures and non-infectious bacteria. At this level precautions against the biohazardous materials in question are minimal, most likely involving gloves and some sort of facial protection. Usually, contaminated materials are left in open (but separately indicated) waste receptacles. Decontamination procedures for this level are similar in most respects to modern precautions against everyday viruses (i.e.: washing one’s hands with anti-bacterial soap, washing all exposed surfaces of the lab with disinfectants, etc). In a lab environment, all materials used for cell and/or bacteria cultures are decontaminated via autoclave.
Status: confirmed
24.07.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of North Carolina, [Ocean Isle Beach] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 18:08 (06:08 PM) UTC.

EMS crews are at the scene of a possible shark bite in Ocean Isle Beach. Dispatch officials said a 911 call came in around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday for a shark attack in the 100 block of West First Street. Ocean Isle Beach Police Department officials said first responders are at the scene, but information is not available yet. Few details are known at this time.
Biohazard name: Shark attack (Non-Fatal)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
24.07.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Colorado, Denver [Denver Rescue Mission] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 11:29 (11:29 AM) UTC.

A food poisoning outbreak from turkey served at the Denver Rescue Mission has sent more than 50 people to the hospital for treatment. Officials said the sickness hit people who ate a turkey dinner consisting of meat that had been donated at the shelter. The Denver Rescue Mission said its taking the matter very seriously. Denver Fire Department spokesman Lt. Phil Champagne told CBS Denver that one of the main concerns is patients who have not sought help. “It certainly is a case-by-case approach with the patients, depending on their particular health, but it could really have dire consequences for patients who aren’t very healthy and who could succumb very quickly by something like this that dehydrates them very quickly,” he said. “We’re concerned that a lot of these people hide — they hide in plain sight, but they are out there in Denver,” said Champagne. “If anyone knows someone (who is sick) don’t hesitate to call 911 and we’ll call and we’ll go out there and take care of these patients.” Crews are searching downtown Denver looking for people who may have been sickened and treating some on the spot who refuse to be transported to the hospital or have less severe cases of food poisoning. Officals say up to 350 people were eating at the shelter.
Biohazard name: Mass. Food Poisoning
Biohazard level: 1/4 Low
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses including Bacillus subtilis, canine hepatitis, Escherichia coli, varicella (chicken pox), as well as some cell cultures and non-infectious bacteria. At this level precautions against the biohazardous materials in question are minimal, most likely involving gloves and some sort of facial protection. Usually, contaminated materials are left in open (but separately indicated) waste receptacles. Decontamination procedures for this level are similar in most respects to modern precautions against everyday viruses (i.e.: washing one’s hands with anti-bacterial soap, washing all exposed surfaces of the lab with disinfectants, etc). In a lab environment, all materials used for cell and/or bacteria cultures are decontaminated via autoclave.
Status: confirmed
24.07.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Vermont, [Lake Memphremagog] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 10:47 (10:47 AM) UTC.

Residents on Lake Memphremagog (Mem-fre-MAY-gog) are asked to be on the lookout for toxic blue-green algae. The algae was spotted on the Canadian side of the lake earlier this month. Algae blooms can irritate the skin and make people sick if ingested. They also can be lethal to pets. The Memphremagog Conservation Inc. says an algae bloom was spotted on the western edge of the lake. The organization says those who saw it said it was spread across a wide area on the lake and into depths of the water. The Caledonian Record ( ) reports that the bloom likely occurred because of hot weather and rain that pushed high levels of runoff containing phorsphorus into the lake’s tributaries.
Biohazard name: Blue-Green Algae bloom (cyanobacteria)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
24.07.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Kansas, [Chisholm Creek Park Lake North in Sedgwick County] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 05:40 (05:40 AM) UTC.

The KDHE has issued a toxic algae warning for Chisholm Creek Park Lake North in Sedgwick County. The lake is located off of N. Woodlawn near the K-96 bypass. It’s one of 13 warnings and advisories issued in Kansas. An advisory discourages contact, but a warning means the public should have no contact with the water. It is unsafe to touch. “It will bloom and go through a rapid period of growth. One of the byproducts of this algae- as it dies and goes through it’s life cycle, it releases toxins into the water,” says KDHE Director Tom Langer. Blue green algae can cause allergic-type reactions such as intestinal problems, respiratory problems, or skin irritations.
Biohazard name: Blue-Green Algae bloom (cyanobacteria)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
24.07.2012 HAZMAT USA State of New Hampshire, Laconia [ABC Fabricators] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 14:08 (02:08 PM) UTC.

Firefighters have evacuated some homes in Laconia, N.H., after responding to a situation at an electronics company involving hazardous materials. Firefighters were called to ABC Fabricators after 5 a.m. Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what the problem was. A man who identified himself as the manager said there was a minor chemical spill involving nitric acid, but that it was being treated and cleaned. He said it was under control.
The company makes circuit boards.


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24.07.2012 Power Outage USA State of Illinois, Chicago Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 at 15:23 (03:23 PM) UTC.

Storms rushed through the Chicago area Tuesday morning, leaving at least 183,000 Commonwealth Edison customers without power. Strong to severe thunderstorms moved from the northwest after 6 a.m., bringing heavy rain and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph across a good portion of the metro area. One woman who lives in Chinatown said her house shook in the forceful wind, and on the 2500 block of South Hillock on Chicago’s Southwest Side, a tree toppled onto a home. The Chicago Fire Department confirmed no injuries were reported from the fallen tree. Tree damage and flooding were reported across the area. The 4900 block of North Lawndale Avenue in Chicago was reportedly blocked by fallen trees and branches covered cars. A severe storm warning was in effect until 6:30 a.m. as storm moved through Lake, DuPage, DeKalb, Kane and Kendall counties. A severe thunderstorm watch expired in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana at 9 a.m. The National Weather Service reported it tracked a line of thunderstorms capable of winds in excess of 70 mph just before 6 a.m. extending from Kildeer to St. Charles. Cloudy skies will replace showers through the afternoon with high temperatures in the mid- to upper-80s. But this isn’t the last of the rain aimed at the area. NBC Chicago meteorologist Andy Avalos is tracking a slight risk for isolated, possible strong to severe thunderstorms for the rest of the day. Mild but muggy conditions return Tuesday night along with another chance of scattered, possibly severe storms Wednesday morning. After clouds break early, near-record heat moves back in as afternoon highs could range from 95 to 100 degrees with heat index readings jumping to 100-108. Yet another chance of storms threatens throughout Thursday, a welcomed sight for Illinois famers and gardeners alike. High temperatures become more comfortable in the mid-80s as a cold front begins to move through.



Amazing Alien Landscape On Earth: Stunning Images Of Arctic Circle Reveal
Bizarre White Tendrils Emerge From The Ground


MessageToEagle.com – There are a number of amazing alien landscapes on Earth and here is one of them!

These stunning images of the Arctic Circle reveal an entire landscape that is transformed into an otherworldly planet.

It looks like a scene taken straight from a science fiction movie.

What are these bizarre white tendrils emerging from the ground?


These images were taken by photographer and an environmental engineering student from Monza, Italy, Niccolo Bonfadini who spent nine days camping alone in the frozen world, which is around 77 square kilometres.The tendrils you see, are frost-covered trees which are located close to the Arctic Circle, where temperatures can drop as low as -40C.

In the dramatic sub-zero conditions, the snow and frost become so thick that everything is covered in a thick blanket.

“I was blown away by the otherworldly landscape, everything was white as far as the eye could see. Everything was frozen.


This is not an alien planet. This is the Arctic Circle! Image credit: Niccolo Bonfadini / Solent News

It was incredible to see how ice would form on top of every free surface. Even my snow shoes and fuel bottles would be covered in ice if I left them outside my tent during the night, said Mr Bonfadini.

Mr Bonfadini sustained himself on powdered freeze-dried food during his trek and slept in his tent.

Trees are covered under the snow. Image credit: Niccolo Bonfadini / Solent News

He said: “I loved what I was doing. I love to go deep into nature alone, to feel the majesty and beauty of Nature. It is absolutely what makes me happiest.

What made the trip harder than average was the fact that I was completely alone, I only met three people during my nine days.

But I prefer it like that, I don’t like crowds.”

Bizarre tendrils emerge from the ground… Image credit: Niccolo Bonfadini / Solent News

Many people who have seen these images have difficult to understand the shapes are actually trees covered with snow.

Mr Bonfadini said: “Some thought they were volcanic eruptions and clouds. To me they seemed to be alive like frozen people.

Every tree was different from the others, they had weird forms, some had snow covered branches that looked like arms.

With such a surreal landscape, it is easy to see how many tales and legends about trolls and other creatures could have been born.”

Snow and frost become so thick the entire landscape is transformed into an otherworldly planet. Image credit: Niccolo Bonfadini / Solent News

He added: “Both the landscape and the sky were white, there were no shades during the day. It was like being in a completely white room and it was even difficult for the eyes to focus.

Sometimes I couldn’t even notice when the path was starting to go downhill because everything looked flat.”

Despite his young age, Mr Bonfadini has photographed wildlife all over the world.

Here the temperatures can drop as low as -40C. Image credit: Niccolo Bonfadini / Solent News

He said: ‘My favourite subjects are the northern countries. I feel a sense of wonder while surrounded by desolate frozen landscapes.

I feel small and vulnerable among the power of Nature. During those moments I really feel alive. Photography motivates me to get out into Nature more often, experiencing conditions and places that I wouldn’t probably have witnessed otherwise.”

Planet Earth is truly amazing!

@ MessageToEagle.com




Unusual Flatworm With 60 Eyes – First Ever Discovered! 

MessageToEagle.com – Two eyes can be enough to sometimes give you the feeling you are being watched, but how would you feel if 60 eyes starred at you?

An entirely new kind of species has been discovered in grassland near Cambridge, UK.

The unique animal has 60 eyes, all crammed into a body just 12mm long. It is one of the most unusual animals ever discovered.

This little creature is a worm found by Brian Eversham, chief executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

New record for the UK. A flatworm with as many as 60 eyes. Photo credit Brian Eversham.


Brian Eversham said, “I was taking wildlife pictures one Sunday morning and turned over a log to reveal this rather cute flatworm.It is likely to be a close relative of a species found in Northern Ireland called Kontikia andersoni.

Britain is one of the best countries for documenting wildlife so it’s quite unusual to find a species here which has not been seen before.”

Leading biology expert Dr Hugh Jones believes the flatworm is of antipodean descent but may carry out DNA testing to determine its exact ancestry.

Dr Jones has only seen one specimen of the species in the Netherlands in April this year before Mr Eversham’s discovery. It is thought the flatworm could have originated from New Zealand or Australia.

Photo credit Brian Eversham.

Brian Eversham said “New Zealand seems to be the centre of diversity for land flatworms worldwide, and its climate is very similar to Britain.

Whereas there are millions of undescribed species in the tropics and other poorly-known parts of the world, Britain is the best-documented place on the planet.

It’s quite unusual to find a species here which has not been seen before.”

The animal kingdom is full of surprises!

@ MessageToEagle.com

See also:
Most Deadliest Marine Creatures You’d Better Stay Away From



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