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Extreme Rain Events Batter E. China Province

Posted by feww on August 22, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
RISING TEMPERATURES
SEVERE DROUGHT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 555, 444, 111, 101, 070, 066, 023, 03, 02
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Mass Evacuations in E. China as Floods Affect Half Million People

At least half a million people have been affected by extreme rain events and severe flooding across four cities in east China’s Zhejiang Province since August 8, with about 65,000 people displaced, according to China’s official news agency, Xinhua.

“Statistics from the provincial hydrological bureau showed that the province’s average precipitation has reached 204 millimeters over the past fortnight, the highest since 1951 excluding the influence of typhoons.”

Up to a thousand houses have collapsed, and 26,100 hectares of croplands have been damaged, of which 1,400 hectares were completely destroyed, said the report.

“The torrential rains also forced 255 factories and mines to stop their production, destroyed 193 roads, 21 power supply lines, 33 sluices, 72 small reservoirs, 444 irrigation facilities and 13 hydropower stations.”

Drought causes severe water shortages in NE China

Meantime, a severe drought in NE China has left about a third of a million people without drinking water.

Drought in northeast China’s Liaoning Province has left about 330,000 people and 82,000 head of livestock without water, said authorities, Xinhua reported.

“The worst drought since 1951 has also affected 28 million mu (1.8 million hectares) of crops, 56 reservoirs and 427 rivers, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.”

Liaoning has received less than 40 percent of its average rainfall between  July 1 and August 17, and the dry, hot weather is forecast to continue, said the report.

“Artificial rain has failed to relieve the situation.”

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Severe Drought Destroys Crops in Washington State

Posted by feww on August 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES

SEVERE DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900, 555, 444, 111, 101, 03, 02
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Crop Disaster Declared for 9 Counties in Washington

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of nine counties in Washington state as crop disaster areas due to severe drought.

The crop disaster designations are for Yakima, Benton, King, Klickitat, Pierce, Grant, Kittitas, Lewis and Skamania counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,222 separate crop disasters across 33 states. Most of those designations are due to the drought.

Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on August 20, 2014.

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Major Disaster Declared for North Dakota

Posted by feww on August 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 101, 066, 023, 02
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N.D. Declared a Federal Disaster Area after  Severe Storms, Flooding (DR-4190)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of North Dakota in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 25 to July 1, 2014.

Areas worst affected by severe storms and flooding include counties of Benson, Bottineau, Divide, Eddy, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, and Ward and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 20, 2014

Posted by feww on August 20, 2014

MAJOR DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
SCENARIOS 888, 817, 699, 505, 444, 111, 101, 100, 070, 023, 09, 08, 07, 05
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Thousands of tremors recorded near Bárðarbunga volcano

Seismic activity continues around the Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern part of Vatnajökull glacier, with about 5,000 tremors recorded since Saturday. The largest quake so far measured 3.0Mw, officials said.

The seismicity is said to be the most intense ever recorded in the area. Most of the quakes are occurring at depths of 5 – 10km, said the Iceland Met Office.

Fearing a major eruption, authorities have evacuated an area north of the volcano, where severe flooding could occur as a result of the ice cap of the Vatnajökull glacier melting.

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Dozens killed in Hiroshima landslides

An extreme rain event, said to be the equivalent of a month’s worth of rain, unleashed severe flooding and landslides killing at least 40 people in the outskirts of the Hiroshima in western Japan. About a dozen others are reported missing, and the death toll is expected to rise, police said.

A record 217mm of rain fell in just 3 hours in the northern part of the city, more than the average for the entire month of August, the local media reported.

The city’s fire department have reportedly admitted to their own incompetence for the large number of casualties: “Something went wrong in our analysis (of the emergency) … We failed to issue an evacuation advisory ahead of the disaster. Looking back, … this is something we need to amend.”

“In 1999, Hiroshima City and nearby Kure City were hit by similar landslides which killed more than 30 people,” said a report.

Meantime, flooding and mudslides have destroyed or damaged more than 2,100 homes and other buildings in Fukuchiyama City in Kyoto Prefecture, and Tanba City in neighboring Hyogo Prefecture in the Kansai region west of Honshu island.

Major Wildfires Burning across Western U.S.

About two dozen wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington state amid rising temperatures and worsening drought. Authorities say this is one of the worst wildfire seasons on record.

Thousands of gallons of oil spills from Duke Energy coal plant into Ohio River

At least 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into Ohio River from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy near Cincinnati, said the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Ohio River stretches more than 1,500km from Pennsylvania to Illinois and provides drinking water for at least 3 million people, said the Ohio River Foundation (ORF).

It is also a major artery for shipping agricultural produce by barge from the eastern United States to export terminals on the Gulf Coast.

The Ohio River is now the worst toxic water dump in the U.S., said ORF.

  • Polluters dumped 31 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Ohio River in 2007, making it the most toxic river in the U.S.
  • Violations of the Clean Water Act are going unprosecuted.
  • About half of lakes and reservoirs are contaminated above EPA “safe levels,” said ORF.

“Amazingly, in some cases this is permitted pollution; however, the number of permit violations appears to be growing.”

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Major Wildfires Threaten Hundreds of California Homes

Posted by feww on August 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Mass evacuations continue due to California wildfires

Major wildfires burn across California assisted by high temperatures and exceptional drought conditions.

The following information mirror postings by InciWeb, CalFire, and other sources.

Junction Fire Incident Information

Date/Time Started: August 18, 2014 1:50 pm  [Updated: August 19, 2014 6:15 am]
County: Madera County
Location: off Road 425A, near the Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 junction in Oakhurst
Acres Burned – Containment: 1,200 acres;  zero percent containment
Structures Threatened: 500
Structures Destroyed: 8
Evacuations are in effect for the following areas: Mandatory
Road 620 between Highway 41 and Lone Oak Lane
Jean Road East, Jean Road West, Scott Road and Taylor Mountain
All residence and business between Highway 41 North from Road 426 to Road 620

Advisory: Sky Ranch Road, and the community of Cedar Valley

Evacuation Shelters:

  • Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick, Coarsegold CA
  • Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold CA

Injuries: 2
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Fire Personnel: 469
Total Fire Engines: 51
Total Fire crews: 14
Long/Lat: -119.6581/37.3433
Conditions: Extreme fire conditions related to the current drought situation have hampered containment.

California Junction Fire (FM-5074)  – Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 19, 2014

Way Fire

Way Fire reported at approximately 3:00 pm, Monday, August 18th.
The fire is 3,000 acres, as of posting.

The Way fire is located in Wofford Heights on the North side of Hwy 155 on lands administered by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Kern County Fire Department.

Road closures are in effect on Hwy 155 at Sierra Vista, Adams, Mountain View and Rock Haven.

  • Evacuations are in effect in Wofford Heights on Bristle Cone, Sycamore, Sireea Vista, Needhem, Llama Lane, Sgt Lane.
  • Evacuations in Kernville Burlando Road, Frontier Lane, Plater Road.
  • Evacuation center located at Kern Valley High School.

Structures are believed to have been destroyed, no known number at this time.

More structures are threatened.

California Way Fire (FM-5075) – Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 19, 2014

Tecolote

Current as of 8/19/2014, 11:32:11 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin: Sunday August 17th, 2014 approx. 02:30 PM
Total Personnel :200
Size: 274  acres
Angeles National Forest
Significant Events: San Gabriel Canyon along Highway 39 has been evacuated.

Eiler Fire Incident Information:

The Eiler Fire exploded from just a few hundred acres to thousands between Friday and Saturday. Evacuations are ongoing for the area. Around the rest of state, red flag warnings were in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern. Tens of thousands of lightning strikes across Northern California have caused numerous fires.

Date/Time Started: July 31, 2014 6:04 pm [Updated on August 19, 2014 6:15 am]
Location: 12 miles southeast of Burney near Old Station, Shasta County
Acres Burned – Containment: 32,416 acres – 97% contained
Estimated – Containment: 8/20/2014
Structures Destroyed: 7 Residences, 2 Commercial and 12 Outbuildings
Evacuations:  Fire Restrictions in effect

  • Mountain View Road, 0.5 mile east of Burney High School to Hwy. 89, is now restricted to residents only.
  • Campgrounds Closed – Honn
  • Pacific Crest Trail Closed at Highway 299 to Highway 44
  • 1000 Lakes Wilderness
  • Forest closures on fire affected areas
  • For all other Forest closures refer to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/notices/?cid=STELPRD3811897

Injuries: 11

July Complex Fire

A storm moved across Siskiyou County on July 29, 2014 with little moisture and a significant amount of lightning—with over 955 down strikes recorded. As of August 1st, the lightning had resulted in at least 26 lightning caused fires on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll, Salmon/Scott Ranger District, and Goosenest Ranger District.

These fires are now being managed as the July Complex; the Whites fire, Log fire, Leef fire, and Ray’s fire.

The July Complex now includes the Man Fire in the Marble Mountain Wilderness near Man Eaten Lake, about 14 miles northwest of Etna. This fire was caused by lightning on August 12 and is estimated at 180 acres.

The following Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office evacuation order and advisories are in effect: Evacuation Orders Residents should leave immediately. · Evacuation orders are in place for the community of Sawyers Bar and the Eddy Gulch, Little North Fork, Idlewild, Mule Bridge, Robinson Flat and Whites Gulch areas. Once a person leaves, they may not be able to re-enter the evacuation area until the fire danger has passed. Exit via Sawyers Bar Road to Forks of the Salmon and then take Salmon River Road to Highway 96.

Evacuation Advisories Residents should be prepared to evacuate if fire conditions worsen.

  • An advisory is in place for the communities of Quartz Valley, Mugginsville, Greenview and South Kidder Creek.
  • An advisory is in place for the Scott Valley communities of French Creek and Sugar Creek.
  • An advisory is in place for the residents of Black Bear Ranch, Godfrey Ranch and Blue Ridge Ranch.
  • A hard closure is in place on the Sawyers Bar Road from east of Sawyers Bar to a point between Etna Summit and Etna. Only firefighting traffic is allowed on the road. See details of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office evacuation orders and advisories at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4035.

National Forest Closure Orders: A new emergency closure order has been issued for the area of the Man and Log Fires. Closure Order No. 14-05-751 on the Salmon Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest is in effect from August 16, 2014, until the Log and Man Fires are declared out.

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 1,955
Size: 34,612 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained: 18%

Lodge Lightning Complex (also known as Lodge LCA Fire) Incident

Date/Time Started: July 30, 2014 6:27 am [Updated: August 18, 2014 5:15 pm]
Location: Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon, Mendocino County
Acres Burned – Containment: 12,535 acres – 85% contained
Injuries: 15

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Vomitoxin Levels Rising in U.S. Wheat

Posted by feww on August 18, 2014

CROP DISEASES
MAJOR DISASTERS
WHEAT & BARLEY BLIGHT
FUSARIUM HEAD BLIGHT (FHB)
SCENARIOS 808, 444, 277, 013, 02
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Vomitoxin levels rise in wheat samples  across nine U.S. states

Fusarium head blight of wheat (FHB), also known as ‘head scab,’ is caused mainly by the fungus Gibberella zeae (aka Fusarium graminearum). The disease has previously caused significant yield loss and reduced grain quality in the U.S. costing the industry about $3 billion from 1998 to 2000, and more than $4.5 billion in 2011. Gibberella zeae also produces mycotoxins—chemicals that are toxic to humans and livestock.

The fungus has plagued the  soft red winter (SRW) wheat, which develops when it rains during the crop’s key growing stages.

As little as two or three days of light to moderate rainfall can favor infection. Optimum temperatures for infection are between 75°F and 85°F, but during prolonged periods of high humidity and moisture, infection will occur at lower temperatures. The initial infection on the wheat head may produce additional spores that can infect other wheat heads. This secondary infection can be especially problematic in uneven wheat stands with late flowering tillers.

Infection will continue as long as weather conditions are favorable and wheat plants are at susceptible growth stages.

FHB
Bleached and shriveled tombstone kernels (left) compared to healthy wheat kernels. Seed infected with Fusarium graminearum can produce seedlings affected by seedling blight when planted. Infected seeds will have poor germination and the resulting seedlings may be slow to emerge. Infected seedlings will be reddish-brown to brown, will lack vigor, and will tiller poorly. Source: Purdue Extension [BP-33-W]

SRW is grown in a large eastern section of the United States, in the south from Louisiana and Arkansas across to the Carolinas and in the north from Missouri across the Midwest to Pennsylvania and Maryland, accounting for a fifth of the U.S. total wheat crop in the last five years, said a report.

A preliminary survey conducted by the U.S. Wheat Associates showed composite vomitoxin level from more than 500 samples across nine states were about twice the five-year average of 1.3 ppm, said the report.

“We’re seeing about 10 ppm and I don’t know that we have seen that before. The elevators are not sure what they’re going to do with that wheat,” said a grain merchant at a milling company based in Illinois.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits vomitoxin levels in finished products such as flour to 1 ppm.

“It is in a lot of the wheat, areas east of the Mississippi River would be the most suspect, all along the U.S. Gulf and through the Eastern Seaboard. There were even high levels coming out of Pennsylvania,” said a livestock nutritionist at a feed company based in Kentucky.

Risk of Mycotoxins

Gibberella zeae produces the mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin.

DON is an extremely stable mycotoxin and drying and storing grain will
not reduce DON levels in harvested grain.

The fungus may also produce another mycotoxin, zearalenone, however this mycotoxin is not as common in wheat as DON. Zearalenone has estrogenic properties, which means it can cause infertility, abortion, or other breeding problems. As little as 1 to 5 ppm zearalenone ina feed ration may produce an estrogenic effect in swine.

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Missouri Gov. Orders the National Guard to Ferguson

Posted by feww on August 18, 2014

“Extraordinary circumstances” surrounds black teenager’s death: Third autopsy ordered

Residents in the St. Louis suburb have been protesting police brutality after an unarmed black teen was fatally shot by a white police officer.

A preliminary private autopsy found Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, reported The New York Times.

Meantime, Nixon ordered the National Guard to the city, saying they would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson.

Police claimed that protesters had hurled Molotov cocktails at them. And at least two people were shot by “civilians.”

Nixon had declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew for the city.

“We must first have and maintain peace. This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching,” Nixon said. “We cannot allow the ill will of the few to undermine the good will of the many.”

“This is not to silence the people of Ferguson, of this region or others, but to contain those who are drowning out the voice of the people with their actions,” Nixon said. Brown was shot to death last Saturday afternoon.

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Hundreds Injured after Strong Earthquake in Iran

Posted by feww on August 18, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
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M6.2 Quake Strikes Western Iran

 Centered at 32.739°N, 47.670°E the quake occurred at a depth of about 10.0km (6.2mi), said USGS/EHP.

The mainshock was preceded by a M5.0 foreshock, and followed by at least 8 significant aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5.8Mw as of posting.

The quakes struck western Iran, near the border with Iraq. Induced seismicity cannot be ruled out.

The quake has injured hundreds of people and caused extensive damage to buildings in the nearby town of Mour-Mouri, said news agencies quoting local media.

Iran quake 18-8-2014
EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details
Magnitude: 6.2Mw
Event Time: 2014-08-18 02:32:05 UTC
Location: 32.659°N 47.715°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 36km (22mi) SE of Abdanan, Iran
  • 37km (23mi) E of Dehloran, Iran
  • 78km (48mi) WNW of Dezful, Iran
  • 81km (50mi) NW of Shush, Iran
  • 312km (194mi) ESE of Baghdad, Iraq

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Deadly Monsoon Floods Leave Thousands Homeless in N India

Posted by feww on August 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTER
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY MONSOON FLOODS
DEADLY LANDSLIDES
CROP DISASTERS

SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 070, 066, 023, 09, 03
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Deadly floods bury hundreds of villages in north India

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered severe flooding submerging 500 villages in northern India, killing scores of people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said.

The extreme rain events have also caused numerous landslides across the country. In  neighboring Nepal hundreds are dead or unaccounted for as a result of flooding.

“Nearly 500 villages in Bahraich, Shrawasti, and Lakhimpur Kheri are hit, mostly by a swollen Rapti, with Ghaghara, another perennial trans-boundary river originating on the Tibetan plateau near Lake Mansarovar, flowing above the danger mark in Barabanki, Siddharth Nagar and Faizabad,” said Times of India.

“In Bahraich, around 470 villages of Balha, Mihipurwa and Shivpu blocks are submerged under water following damage to the Saryu canal. District administration feared several hundred people might have got swept away in the flood…”

Forecasters say more rain could exacerbate the flooding in Uttar Pradesh,  India’s most populous state, and Uttarakhand in the Himalayas, Reuters reported chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh as saying.

“With the floods wreaking havoc in Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur and Gonda districts in Uttar Pradesh, a population of about four lakh [400,000 people] in the marooned villages has been cut off from the mainland. As the major rivers, Ghagra, Sharda, Rapti and their tributaries are in spate, more villages in these districts are likely to be affected,” said a local report.

Flood waters have caused enormous damage to crops, destroying thousands of kachcha houses and killing thousands of cattle across the region.

There are fears that flooding could also severely damage the country’s sugarcane crops. India is world’s second-largest sugar producer.

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Deadly Floods, Landslides Plague Third of Nepal

Posted by feww on August 16, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS, LANDSLIDES
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 070, 066, 023, 09
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Dozens killed, Many Missing in Nepal Floods and Landslides

At least 53 people have been killed and many more are reported missing in Nepal due to extreme monsoon rains that triggered flash floods and mudslides since Wednesday, officials said.

More than 25 percent of Nepal’s 75 administrative districts have been hit by floods or landslides.

“More than 200 houses are destroyed while hundreds of other homes are completely under water,” officials said, adding that thousands of people had been rescued.

“Early this month, a massive landslide near Kathmandu buried a village and killed 156 people. It blocked the Sunkoshi River forming a dangerous build up of water prompting authorities in Bihar in east India to evacuate thousands on flood fears,” said a report.


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Crop Disasters Declared in Three States

Posted by feww on August 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS, HIGH WINDS, HAIL
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900,  888, 444, 178, 111, 064 
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Excessive rain, high winds, and hail destroy crops in six counties across three states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of six counties in three states–Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska–as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme rain events, high winds and hail.

The crop disaster designations are for the following areas:

  • Kansas:  Cheyenne, Rawlins and Sherman counties
  • Colorado: Kit Carson and Yuma counties
  • Nebraska: Dundy County

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,213 separate crop disasters across 33 states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on August 13, 2014.

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Major Disaster Declaration Proclaimed for Tennessee

Posted by feww on August 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 064, 023
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Tennessee Declared Federal Disaster Area

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Tennessee in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of June 5-10, 2014.

Most of the damage caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding has occurred in the counties of Anderson, Bledsoe, Carroll, Decatur, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Lawrence, Lewis, Madison, Marion, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Perry, Roane, Sequatchie, and Tipton.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said FEMA.

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Federal Disaster Declared in Washington

Posted by feww on August 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 101, 023
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Major Disaster Declared for Washington State

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Washington and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires during the period of July 9 to August 5, 2014.

The worst affected  areas are the county of Okanogan and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.

Damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed said FEMA.

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Japan’s Wet Dreams of Re-Militarization Lead to GDP Collapse

Posted by feww on August 14, 2014

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GLOBAL CONFLICTS FOR NATURAL RESOURCES & ‘STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE’
ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
POVERTY
SCENARIOS 717, 444, 300, 222, 047, 031, 04, 02
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None has harmed Japan more than its outgoing ‘American’ PM, Shinzo Abe (with the exception of the dead emperor)

 To pay for re-militarization and a major armament campaign Japan’s ‘American’ PM, Shinzo Abe, raised the consumption tax from 5 to 8 percent in April.

Abe’s handlers have instructed him to buy even more arms next year, thus he plans an additional tax hike of 2 percent in October 2015.

“Gross domestic product plunged 6.8% on an annualized basis in the second quarter this year, the biggest fall since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami,” said a report.

The average consumer simply couldn’t afford to the additional 3% tax hike.

In reality, most food items have seen a price hike of 8% since April. The greedy Japanese supermarkets have added 8% to the price of their goods, instead of the actual tax rise of 3%,  pocketing the difference in the confusion. They don’t consider the average Japanese consumer smart enough to know the difference.

Japan GDP Collapse -WSJ

Wages dropped 1.8% while the sales tax rose 3% leading to a 5.2% QoQ collapse—the highest on record—in Consumer Spending during the second quarter, thanks to Abenomics.

Abe Makes a Mockery of The Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

The Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (日本国憲法第9条 Nihonkokukenpō dai 9-jō?) is a clause in the National Constitution of Japan that prohibits an act of war by the state. The Constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947, immediately following World War II. In its text, the state formally renounces war as a sovereign right and bans settlement of international disputes through the use of force. The article also states that, to accomplish these aims, armed forces with war potential will not be maintained, although Japan maintains de facto armed forces, referred to as the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

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10,000+ Lightning Strikes Spark Scores of New Wildfires in OR, WA

Posted by feww on August 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME DROUGHT
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Raindrops evaporate before hitting the ground due to extremely dry air in parts of Oregon

Some 60 of the new fires are located in Oregon and 14 others in the state of Washington. Currently, three fires are spreading, according to the authorities.

Two fire are spreading in Oregon.

  • The Rogue River Drive fire north of Medford, which has blackened  more than 600 acres and threatens more than 130 homes, as of Wednesday morning local time.
  • 15 Cent fire southeast of Burns, which has  consumed 15,000 acres.

The third fire is in Washington state:  Lost Ridge Fire west of Ellensburg has charred 200 acres.

In Oregon, raindrops evaporated before reaching the ground because of extremely low humidity on Tuesday night, allowing lightning and winds to start and fuel new fires, said a spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has issued a state conflagration emergency for the fire zone. He proclaimed a state of emergency, also due to the wildfires, on July 16.

Fire crews are currently tackling at last 26 large fires across the two states including

In Oregon:

  • The South Fork complex south of John Day has consumed more than 64,700 acres, and  is  30 percent contained.
  • The 5 Mile fire east of Joseph has charred 4,500 acres.
  • The Sommers Fire northeast of Enterprise has exploded to 27,000 acres, ttreateings ranches, historic structures, and is zero percent contained.
  • The Beaver Complex northwest of Medford has grown to 35,300 acres. The fires are about 90 percent contained.
  • The Staley complex southeast of Oakridge has burned more than 300 acres and is 15 percent contained.
  • The Bald Sisters Fire in Grant County east of Prairie City has consumed more than 1,200 acres. It is  zero percent contained.
  • The Rowena fire northwest of The Dalles has charred 3,680 acres, but is now 100 percent contained.
  • The Camp Creek complex in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, has blackened about 800 acres and is 45 percent contained.
  • The Nene Creek fire north of Warm Springs has consumed about 350 acres and is 90 percent contained.
  • The Incident 769 fire north of Condon has burned 3,000 acres. It is zero percent contained.
  • The Blaylock Canyon fire west of Arlington has consumed about 1,000 acres. The fire is also zero percent contained.

In Washington:

  • The Devil’s Elbow complex northeast of Nespelem has burned about 21,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. The fire is threatening homes, with many residents under a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The Snag Canyon fire has grown to 12,000 acres. It is 50 percent contained.
  • The Hansel Creek fire south of Leavenworth has scorched more than 1,000 acres. It is 15 percent contained.
  • The Duncan fire north of Leavenworth has consumed more than 10,500 acres and is also 15 percent contained.
  • The Little Bridge Creek fire west of Winthrop has burned about 4,200 acres and is 14 percent contained.
  • The Upper Falls fire north of Winthrop has scorched more than 8,000 acres and is only 6 percent contained.
  • The South Cle Elum Ridge fire southwest of Cle Elum has grown to about 1,000 acres, and is 15 percent contained.
  • The Chiwaukum complex near Leavenworth has charred about 14,200 acres and is 40 percent contained.
  • The Carlton Complex south of Twisp has consumed about 256,200 acres and is now 95 percent contained.
  • The Haven Lake fire northwest of Olympia has scorched about 200 acres and is zero percent contained.
  • The Enterprise fire south and southeast of Colville, which had charred more than 150 acres is now 100 percent contained, according to Inciweb.

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Record Rainfall Causes Flash Floods in NY Suburbs

Posted by feww on August 14, 2014

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Up to 33cm of rain turns roads into rivers in New York Area

Record rainfall in parts of New York’s Long Island triggered severe flash floods turning roads into rivers during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.

Up to 33 cm of rain was recorded at MacArthur Airport in Islip over a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) breaking the previous record of 29 cm that was set in August 2011 in the Hudson Valley during Tropical Storm Irene.

During a particularly intense two-hour period the area received “more than two months of rainfall in two hours,” said NWS.

The record rainfall contributed to at least one fatality.

Flooding shut down parts of major commuter routes and forced the closure of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest commuter railroad in the U.S.

Floodwaters reportedly destroyed a number of homes and caused sewage backup, forcing dozens of people to evacuate in southern New Jersey.

The same weather system was responsible for extreme rain events in Washington and Baltimore on Tuesday,  said NWS.

Earlier this week, at least one person died in Detroit floods after record rainfall.

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Death Toll in Ukraine Conflict Reaches 2,086 – UN

Posted by feww on August 13, 2014

GLOBAL CONFLICTS FOR NATURAL RESOURCES & ‘STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE’
STATE TERRORISM
MASS MURDER
HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE
SCENARIOS 909, 444, 222, 219, 200, 069, 04, 02

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The number of people killed in eastern Ukraine has doubled since July 31 to 2,086, according to the UN estimates, said to be “very conservative.”

“This corresponds to a clear escalating trend,”  UN human rights spokeswoman told Reuters.

In addition to the 2,086 killed, about 5,000 others have been wounded.

The figures comprise civilians, self-defense forces and Ukrainian military. However, those are “very conservative estimates,” said the spokeswoman.

N early a million people have abandoned their homes, including 730,000 people that have fled across the border into Russia, and at least 110,000 others who have been internally displaced in the conflict, according to reports.

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Drought and Deluge Plague China

Posted by feww on August 13, 2014

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Worst Drought On Record Hits Parts of China

Worst drought in more than 6 decades is plaguing North China’s Liaoning Province, and it could get even worse, said a report.

The has affected most of the province, devastating 2 million hectares of crops. Officials said  more crop losses could occur due to below normal rainfall forecast for the remainder of August.

Severe drought has also affected other provinces in northern China including Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Henan and Hubei.

“Since July, the province has received the least precipitation since meteorological records began in 1951, the provincial meteorological bureau said in a statement,” said the report.

“Liaoning has raised its emergency response level to the third-highest in a bid to reduce the drought’s impact.”

drought in china
Original Caption: Combination photos show a farmer checking his drought-hit corn field in Zhizhushan Village of Fuxin Mongolian Autonomous County on Aug. 12, 2014 [top] and a sharp contrast between a normal corn and a drought-affected corn in Qingshan Village of Fuxin Mongolian Autonomous County on Aug. 13, 2014 [bottom,] both in northeast China’s Liaoning Province. Liaoning Province is suffering the harshest drought in 63 years with its precipitation since July hit a record low since meteorological records began in 1951. The drought may be caused by the weather anomaly known as El Nino, which usually triggers drought in northern China while bringing more rains to southern China. Liaoning has raised its emergency response level to the third-highest in a bid to reduce the drought’s impact. Local meteorologists said they are prepared to fire artificial rain-making rockets to force rainfall if conditions are suitable. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

Drought Inflicts Massive Financial Losses in Central China

Meanwhile, severe drought in central China’s Henan Province has inflicted  direct economic loss of $1.2 billion, said local authorities, Xinhua reported.

The drought has affected about 21  million people, leaving more than 1.1 million short of drinking water throughout  the province.

“Henan, a major grain producing region, has raised its emergency response to the third-highest level,” said the report.

Floods Affect 50 Million Chinese

Some 50.27 million people across the China have been affected by floods so far this year, with 311 people dead and 88 missing,  said to China’s national flood prevention headquarters, Xinhua reported.

“As of Aug. 12, direct losses caused by floods amounted to 107.8 billion yuan (17.52 billion U.S. dollars), the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said.”

“But the headquarters noted the number impacted by floods was halved [probably due to the sever drought - Editor] and deaths were down by 60 percent compared with the average in the past 14 years.”

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Massive Red Tide Blooming in GOM Continues Growing

Posted by feww on August 12, 2014

World’s Largest ‘Sewage Pond’ hit by Biggest Red Tide in 10 Years

A massive red tide blooming off the coast of SW Florid, which is killing scores of fish, continues to grow.

The red tide stretches about 150km long and 100km wide in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said.  The bloom was 130km long and 80km wide just last week.

“Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a patchy bloom up to 60 miles wide and 90 miles long, at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties in northwest and southwest Florida.”

The bloom is the largest to plague the region since 2005, according to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

“Florida red tide,” which the bloom is also known as, occurs when a microscopic algae called Karenia brevis (K. brevis) begins to multiply out of control.

K. brevis produces a toxin that attacks the central nervous systems of fish, marine mammals and birds. The toxin has recently killed scores of fish, eel, sea snakes and octopus.

“This bloom has caused an ongoing fish kill. FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline has received reports of thousands of dead and moribund benthic reef fish including various snapper and grouper species, hogfish, grunts, crabs, flounder, bull sharks, lionfish, baitfish, eel, sea snakes, tomtates, lizardfish, filefish, octopus, and triggerfish.”

The toxin can trigger respiratory distress in people, especially those with asthma, emphysema, or other respiratory conditions.

“It could have large impacts if it were to move inshore,” said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “It has been killing a lot of marine species, especially fish, as it waits offshore.”

“I have seen analogies that equate red tide with a forest fire,” said manager of the ocean technology program at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. “There is an ecosystem reset.”

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)

Algal blooms occur in natural waters used for drinking and/or recreation when certain types of microscopic algae grow quickly in water, often in response to changes in levels of chemicals such as nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer, in the water. Algal blooms can deplete the oxygen and block the sunlight that other organisms need to live, and some can produce toxins that are harmful to the health of the environment, plants, animals, and people. [Source: CDC]

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Drought Could Decimate Australian Cotton Crops

Posted by feww on August 11, 2014

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Eastern Australia experiencing its worst drought in 112 years

Worsening drought is forecast to devastate cotton crops in Australia, world’s third largest exporter.

Australia produced about 4 million bales of cotton this year,  but the output could be halved in 2014-2015, if the drought persists, according to Cotton Australia.

Drought Spreading across Eastern Australia

Large swathes of eastern Australia are experiencing their driest year since the Federation Drought more than a century ago, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The average rainfall over the entire region for the past 12 months is the lowest since 1901–02.

Bushfires

The drought has also brought forward the fire season by about two months. “On Friday and Saturday last week, crews were attending to 90-100 fires each day–excluding the hazard-reduction burns underway,”  said a report.

“The dry conditions have brought forward the fire season in some regions, particularly north-eastern NSW. The Rural Fire Service has had to attend 444 bush or grass fires since August 1, with 40 burning on Thursday, said Matt Sun, an RFS spokesman.”

“It’s an unusual number for this time of year,” said a fire official.

Rainfall deficiencies increase in Queensland and northeastern New South Wales

“July rainfall was below average for the mainland eastern States and an area of Western Australia stretching from the Pilbara coast into the southern interior. This has seen an increase in severity and extent of rainfall deficiencies in Queensland and New South Wales at a range of timescales,” said the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

“Rainfall deficiencies for the 8 months from December 2013 to July 2014 have increased in extent over southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales [...]  Serious to severe deficiencies (lowest 10% to 5% of records) are present along the coast of southeastern Tasmania and in a large area of northeastern New South Wales and greater southeastern Queensland [...] “

“Much of northeastern New South Wales and greater southeastern Queensland also shows serious to severe deficiencies for the 12 months from August 2013 to July 2014.”

“Rainfall deficiencies for the 22-month (October 2012 to July 2014) period have increased in Western Australia in the region near Shark Bay, in inland western Victoria and across large areas of Queensland and parts of adjacent States.

“Serious to severe deficiencies (lowest 10% to 5% of records) remain in an area spanning much of Queensland away from the eastern coast and also in smaller areas in adjacent parts of the Northern Territory and South Australia, and in an area inland of the Great Dividing Range extending from southern Queensland into northern New South Wales. The area of deficiencies on the coast of Western Australia near Shark Bay has again increased in size compared to the previous Drought Statement, as has the area of inland western Victoria experiencing deficiencies.”

 

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80 Million Chinese Affected by ‘Natural Disasters’ in July

Posted by feww on August 11, 2014

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Disasters in China cause direct economic losses of $16.34 billion in July

Natural disasters’ in July affected more than 80 million Chinese, about 6 percent of the population, forcing at least two million people to relocate and leaving 302 dead, with 64 still missing, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).

In July, China was hit by typhoons, floods and drought. “Hails, earthquakes, mountain collapses, landslides, fires in forests and prairie, and storm tides also occurred during the month,” reported Xinhua.

“Over 107,000 buildings collapsed due to natural disasters, and 8.653 million hectares crops were affected, including 943,100 hectares completely destroyed, with direct economic losses of 100.6 billion yuan (16.34 billion U.S. dollars), the MCA said.”

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‘Worst Drought in 30 Years’ Paralyzing Nicaragua

Posted by feww on August 10, 2014

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Nicaragua Facing Worst Drought in Decades

Nicaragua is experiencing its worst drought in 3 decades, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET).

The agency predicts that the drought will continue through October, with the losses estimated at 1.1 billion bushels of corn, 100,000 bushels of peanuts and more than one million tons of rice during the 2014 – 2015 crop year.

Nicaragua has received very little rain during the the current rainy season which began in May, according to a report.

central america hazard outlook
In July, both local rain gauges and satellite estimated rainfall anomalies show fairly large moisture deficits ranging between 5 to 50 percent of normal across central Guatemala, southern Honduras, El Salvador, and western Nicaragua. Much of this dryness is in addition to the drought conditions that developed over west-central Nicaragua, and has already resulted in failed and wilted crops over many local areas. Long-term vegetation indices also reflect poor moisture conditions over much Nicaragua, with recently declining vegetation conditions over the past several weeks in parts of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The continued suppression of late-season Primera rainfall will likely result in reduced seasonal crop yields over many local areas of Central America. —CPC/NOAA

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Strong Quake Strikes NE Honshu Coast, Japan

Posted by feww on August 10, 2014

HIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
JAPAN EARTHQUAKES
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07
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M6.1 Earthquake Strikes OFF the Coast of AOMORI, JAPAN

Centered at 41.163°N, 142.176°E the quake struck at a depth of 41.0km (25.5mi), according to USGS/EHP.

The quake rattled the entire northern half of Honshu, Japan’s main island, and nearly all of Hokkaido, the country’s second largest island, registering a high of 5- on the local seismicity scale of 1 to 7.

Tsunami Evaluation

There was no threat of a major tsunami associated with this event.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.0Mw  [M6.1 according to the local weather agency]
Event Time: 2014-08-10 @ 03:43:17 UTC
Location: 41.163°N 142.176°E depth=41.0km (25.5mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 81km (50mi) E of Mutsu, Japan
  • 86km (53mi) NE of Misawa, Japa
  • 126km (78mi) ENE of Aomori-shi, Japan
  • 645km (401mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

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Typhoon HALONG Hammers Japan

Posted by feww on August 10, 2014

Deadly Typhoon Dumps 100cm of Rain on Western Japan

HALONG made landfall on Shikoku, one of Japan’s 4 main islands, early Sunday, hitting the region with strong winds and buffeting rain, and moving NNE at 20 km/h.

HALONG had dumped more than 100cm (40 inch) of rain on parts of the island and surrounding regions, as of posting. Authorities have warned that the extreme rain event may cause  severe flooding and major mudslides .

At least one person had died and more than two dozen others injured, as of early Sunday, said a local news agency.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for about 1 million people (more than 240,000 households), with up to two million others placed on evacuation alerts.

The storm has also disrupted transportation services throughout western Japan, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations.

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The 837th Quake Strikes Oklahoma in 2014

Posted by feww on August 9, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07
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‘It feels like the earth is opening up and you are falling’

At least 837 earthquakes measuring magnitude  2.5 or greater have struck the state of Oklahoma, so far this year, according to the USGS archives.

At least 285 of the quakes measured 3.0Mw, or greater. This compares with only 277 quakes that occurred during the previous 14 years.

“The houses are bouncing. It is frightening,” said the information manager for the Oklahoma Corporations Commission, the state regulator for the oil and gas industry.

Fracking Oklahoma to Death

More than 90 percent of Oklahoma produces oil and gas, and the industry’s wastewater is injected into thousands of disposal wells, usually old gas wells, around the state, said a report. “Scientific studies have shown wastewater activity may cause quakes when occurring near geologic faults.”

However, regulators still claim ignorance concerning the link between the disposal wells, and the spike in the seismic activity.

“It feels like the earth is opening up and you are falling,” said a resident in Guthrie, a town of about 11,000 people, located 40km west of Oklahoma City, which has been hit by at least 11 quakes M3.0 or greater, so far this month. “It’s scary.”

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