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Significant Quakes Strike Kansas, Oklahoma, Iceland

Posted by feww on September 30, 2014

 

Kansas Shaken by Magnitude 4.1 Quake

Centered at 37.239°N, 97.967°W the event occurred at a signature depth of 5.6km (3.5mi).

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 4.1Mw
Event Time: 2014-09-30 @ 14:55:04 UTC
Location: 37.239°N 97.967°W depth=5.6km (3.5mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 7km (4mi) SE of Harper, Kansas
  • 65km (40mi) WSW of Haysville, Kansas
  • 70km (43mi) WSW of Derby, Kansas
  • 75km (47mi) SW of Wichita, Kansas
  • 200km (124mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

M4.1 quake strikes near Perry, Oklahoma

The largest of 4 earthquakes to strike Oklahoma so far today measured 4.1Mw, occurring at depth of 5.0km (3.1mi) about 24km (15mi) WSW of Perry, Oklahoma, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 419 quakes measuring 3.0 or greater have struck Oklahoma over the last 365 days.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 4.1Mw
Event Time: 2014-09-30 @ 03:01:26 UTC
Location: 36.232°N 97.556°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 24km (15mi) WSW of Perry, Oklahoma
  • 34km (21mi) ESE of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 40km (25mi) NNW of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 46km (29mi) WNW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 84km (52mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 M5.5 shock rattles Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

Centered at 64.612°N, 17.361°W the quake struck at a depth of 5.6 km about 8.5km  ESE of Bárðarbunga volcano, said Iceland Meteorological Office (IMO).

The quake was the largest to strike Iceland in recent days.

 


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Half of Global Wildlife Lost in 40 Years: WWF

Posted by feww on September 30, 2014

PLANETARY-SCALE  DISASTERS
SPECIES EXTINCTION
COLLAPSE OF BIODIVERSITY
SCENARIOS 998, 900, 444, 222, 114, 04, 02, 01
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Populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish drop 52% since 1970

Global populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have plunged 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

“There is a lot of data in this report and it can seem very overwhelming and complex,” said  the chief scientist at WWF. “What’s not complicated are the clear trends we’re seeing—39 percent of terrestrial wildlife gone, 39 percent of marine wildlife gone, 76 percent of freshwater wildlife gone—all in the past 40 years.”

The Gross ‘Misunderstatement’

Then comes the understatement of the Anthropocene, or even Era Vulgaris:

“We’re gradually destroying our planet’s ability to support our way of life,” said president and CEO of WWF.

Gradually, indeed!

After all, the oldest traces of life on earth dates back about 3.7 billion years, and in a mere 40-year period, the wildlife populations have been annihilated.

The Worst Decline

The WWF’s “Living Planet Index” is based on trends among 10,380 populations of 3,038 wildlife species.

The worst decline has occurred among populations of freshwater species, which plunged by 76 percent during the report period (1976 – 2010).

Both the terrestrial and marine (species in decline include sea turtles, many sharks, and large migratory seabirds like albatross) numbers have declined by 39 percent.

The average 52 percent decline was nearly TWICE larger than the previous figure reported by WWF two  years ago, which put the loss at 28 percent for the period  1970 – 2008.

Ocean Greenery Under Stress

According to a study on phytoplankton decline, which was published in 2010, the average global phytoplankton concentration in the upper ocean was declining by about 1% per year. Between 1950 and 2000, “algal biomass decreased by around 40%, probably in response to ocean warming—and the decline has gathered pace in recent years.”

[Isn't it interesting to see how everyone is re-adjusting their "extinction clocks?" —Editor]

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Deadly Earthquake Destroys Village in Peru

Posted by feww on September 29, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07
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State of Emergency Declared in Peru after deadly quake leaves dozens dead, injured or missing

At least a dozen people, including several children, were killed when a moderate earthquake struck. About a dozen others were injured, several missing, and hundreds displaced.

The earthquake, which measured 5.1 on the Richter scale, occurred at a depth of about 8km near the Andean village of Misca Saturday night, rattling southern Peru.

The quake razed the village, home to about 200 Quechua inhabitants.

“The population has lost everything,” said Peruvian President after visiting the village.

The quake also affected communities of Cajay, Canopato, Cusibamba Bajo, Mollejcato, Muyoc and Toray in the province of Paruro in Cuzco region, said reports.

In 2007, more than 500 people were killed in Ica ( a coastal province of  Peru) when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck.

 

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Significant Quakes Strike Iceland

Posted by feww on September 28, 2014

VOLCANIC HAZARDS
SEISMIC HAZARDS
MAIN SCENARIOS 707, 017, 08, 07, 02
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Significant earthquakes strike near Bardarbunga volcano

At least 8 more earthquake measuring 4.0Mw or greater have occurred near Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland since Friday.

4 of the quakes measured 5.0Mw or greater, including three  shocks that registered 5.2Mw, according to the data provided by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).

Meantime, IMO has issued the following warnings

  • Warning: Fissure eruption continues in Holuhraun lava field, north of Vatnajökull (Vatna Glacier).
  • Warning: Today (Sunday) volcanic gas emissions are expected to drift east and later to the northeast of the eruption site. Tomorrow (Monday) the pollution will affect areas to the north and northwest.

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Major Disaster Declared for Michigan

Posted by feww on September 28, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 027, 023, 02
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Michigan Declared a Federal Disaster Area after  Severe Storms, Flooding (DR-4195)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of August 11-13, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters include Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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ANGRY Mt. Ontake Erupts in Central Japan

Posted by feww on September 27, 2014

VOLCANIC ERUPTION
ATMOSPHERIC ASH
MAIN SCENARIOS 707, 017, 08, 07
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Volcanic eruptions can be far more devastating than atom bombs!

For now, deadly Ontake eruption traps more than 270 hikers, injuring dozens and burying 3 others under volcanic ash.

Ontake volcano (283040), the second highest volcano in Japan, which straddles the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures, erupted late Saturday morning, spewing a thick plume of ash, smoke and volcanic matter up to a height of 3.5km.

Pyroclasts including small rocks ejected from the angry volcano have seriously injured at least 32 people, knocking more than a dozen of them unconscious, said local reports quoting officials at Kiso fire department in Nagano Prefecture.

Three climbers are missing believed to be buried under volcanic ash. “A 4th person who was buried under ash was later rescued but remains unconscious,” said the local TV news.

Deadly Eruption

[Updated at 14:40UTC] At least one person, a 38 year-old female, has been killed as a result of the eruption, said local reports.

More than 40 of the 271 hikers initially stranded, taking shelter at a cottage near the volcano summit, still remain on the mountain, including the injured who are waiting to be rescued.

The 3,067-meter tall volcano, located about 200km west of Tokyo, last erupted 7 years ago. A previous eruption in 1979 caused significant damage to crops in the nearby farms.

“It’s all white outside, looks like it has snowed. There is very bad visibility and we can’t see the top of the mountain,” a worker at a mountain hut for trekkers told Reuters.

“There are 15cm of ash on the ground,” she said.

“All we can do now is shut up the hut and then we are planning on coming down… This is a busy season because of the changing autumn leaves. It’s one of our busiest seasons.”

Authorities have warned that the eruption could eject pyroclasts as far as 4km from the caldera.

A thick plume of ash was still hanging over the volcano at dusk, TV footage showed.

“We expect a lot of injured people so we are now getting ready for their arrival,” said an official at Kiso Prefectural Hospital located near the mountain.

Meantime, the local meteorological agency upgraded its 5-stage volcanic alert for Ontake to “Orange”  or Level 3—Do not approach the volcano.

Sakurajima also Erupted Today

Meantime, Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory issue an eruption alert for SAKURAJIMA-WAKAMIKO (AIRA-CALDERA) 282080, earlier today.
The volcano erupted at 10:16UTC (2014/09/27) with the ash cloud climbing to FL070 and extending southwesterly.

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Large Quake Swarm Plagues Mammoth Lakes, CA

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 010, 09, 08, 07, 02
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More than 600 Quakes Strike Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

A large cluster with 608 quakes of all magnitudes including 37 events measuring 2.5Mw or greater have struck California’s Mammoth Lakes area in the past 24 hours.

The largest quake in the swarm so far measured 3.8Mw, according to USGS/EHP website, which occurred 9km E of Mammoth Lakes.

EQ Details

  • Magnitude: 3.8Mw
  • Event Time: 2014-09-26 04:21:19 UTC
  • Location: 37.652°N 118.852°W depth=5.5km (3.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 9km (6mi) E of Mammoth Lakes, California
    • 128km (80mi) NE of Fresno, California
    • 185km (115mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada

Mammoth Lakes EQs --26sep14
1 Day, All Magnitudes Worldwide: 764 earthquakes.  608 Earthquakes in map area. Updated: 2014-09-26 14:36:50 UTC.  Source: USGS/EHP

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Evil Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

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Kamikaze nation slaughters over 2,000 dolphins each year

Each year, between September and May, the mutant kamikaze turdletts kill more than 2,000 dolphins, as part of their “cultural heritage.”

The butchered dolphins are used for food, despite the fact that the meat is tainted with high levels of mercury.

The massacre occurs in Taiji, a coastal town of 3,500 people in the backwater Japanese prefecture of Wakayama.

While Most of the dolphins are killed for their meat, many are sold live to aquariums around the globe. The most attractive specimens are sold for more than $100,000 each.

‘Barbaric’ Killing Ritual

The animals are massacred using a technique known as “drive hunting” which the Sea Shepherd’s campaign coordinator for the Taiji project, described as “barbaric.”

“Using metal banger poles to create a wall of sound to disorient and deafen the pod… forces them to swim away from the boats and into the shallows of the killing cove,” she said.

“Once netted into the cove, the dolphins are literally wrangled and tethered, often sustaining bloody wounds [… ] The dolphin hunters use large metal rods to penetrate the spinal cord. This is hammered into the dolphins and small whales. The dolphins do not die immediately, but are left to either bleed out from internal injuries or drown in their own blood.”


Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge.

The slaughter sparked renewed global criticism after Caroline Kennedy, the US ambassador to Japan, expressed her concern at the “inhumaneness” of the hunt.

“It’s eerie,” commented actress Shannen Doherty after visiting Taiji last week to witness the slaughter. “You wonder how they (the butchers) are able to go to bed at night [...] I think being here rocks even the most hardened human being, because it is just atrocious.”

The annual hunt, which officially began on September 1, moved into high gear today.

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Large Cluster of Earthquakes Striking Mammoth Lakes, CA

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 010, 09, 08, 07, 02
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More than 160 earthquakes strike Mammoth Lakes, Calif

At least 160 earthquakes of all magnitudes have occurred near Mammoth Lakes, Mono County (CA), in the past 24 hours [280 shocks in the past 7 days.]

The largest shock, so far, measured 3.2Mw, and occurred 10km E of Mammoth Lakes, California, said USGS/EHP.

  • Magnitude: 3.2Mw
  • Location: 37.645°N 118.848°W depth=6.6km (4.1mi)
  • Event Time: 2014-09-26 00:30:09 UTC
  • Distances: 10km E of Mammoth Lakes, California

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecasts for California

FIRE-EARTH Science Team has suspended its research on California seismicity to protest Internet censorship, Google’s manipulation of  information, theft of FIRE-EARTH intellectual property and other reasons, as stated earlier on the blog.

The Team has suspended its research also on Japan seismicity due to the resurgence of militarism in that country and other reasons that have also been  stated previously.

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M6.2 Quake Strikes Alaska

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 010, 09, 08, 07, 02
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Strong Quake Rattles Anchorage

Centered at 61.953°N, 151.785°W the event occurred at a depth of 102.8km (63.9mi), about 94kmWNW of Willow, Alaska, said USGS/EHP.

Earthquake Details

Event Time: 2014-09-25 17:51:17 UTC
Location: 61.953°N 151.785°W depth=102.8km (63.9mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 94km (58mi) WNW of Willow, Alaska
  • 125km (78mi) WNW of Knik-Fairview, Alaska
  • 129km (80mi) NW of Anchorage, Alaska

Other Significant Seismicity

M 6.0 – 160km SSW of Gizo, Solomon Islands
Location: 9.480°S 156.391°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Event Time: 2014-09-25 09:13:50 UTC


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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in 10 States

Posted by feww on September 25, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
CROP DISASTERS
DROUGHT
FROST, FREEZE
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
HAIL, FLASH FLOODING, FLOODING, STANDING WATER
LIGHTNING
TORNADOES, HIGH WINDS
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 888, 800, 797, 311, 555, 444, 187, 178, 177, 157, 111, 097, 088, 066, 064, 027, 023, 03, 02
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Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Destroy Crops in 147 Counties across 10  States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared multiple crop disasters for an additional  147 counties in 10 states due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events that have occurred during the 2014 crop year, so far.

Losses caused by freeze that occurred from Feb. 1, 2014, through April 30, 2014

  • New York. Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware and Tioga counties.
  • Pennsylvania. Susquehanna and Wayne counties.

Damages and losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, high winds and hail that occurred from April 1, 2014, through July 8, 2014

  • New York. Albany, Allegany, Bronx, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming and Yates counties.
  • Connecticut. Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
  • Massachusetts. Berkshire County.
  • New Jersey. Bergen County.
  • Pennsylvania. Bradford, Potter and Tioga counties.

Damages and losses caused by the combined effects of frost and drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2014, through Aug. 12, 2014

  • Tennessee. Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox and Sevier counties.

Damages and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain that occurred from June 29, 2014, through July 9, 2014

  • Tennessee. Chester, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Madison, McNairy,  Shelby and Tipton counties.
  • Mississippi. Alcorn, Benton, Marshall and Tippah counties.

Damages and losses caused by tornadoes, high winds, hail and lightning that occurred from July 27, 2014, through July 28, 2014

  • Tennessee. Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties.
  • Virginia. Bristol, Scott and Washington counties.

Losses due to the combined effects of heavy rainfall, flooding, ground saturation, standing water and colder than normal temperatures that occurred from May 1, 2014, through July 1, 2014

  • Minnesota. Aitkin, Anoka, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Nicollet, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Rice, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Wilkin and Wright counties.
  • Wisconsin. Burnett, Douglas and Polk counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,507 separate crop disasters across 38 states. Most of those designations are due to the drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and 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 counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include 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 September 24, 2014.

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Ebola: 1.4 Million Cases by January 20, 2015?

Posted by feww on September 24, 2014

GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
EMERGING & RE-EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
VIRAL HEMORRHAGIC FEVERS
DEADLY EBOLA HF EPIDEMIC
EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA
SCENARIOS 797, 444, 333, 080, 011
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Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia Could Reach 1.4 Million by January —CDC

Up to 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC says it has has developed a dynamic modeling tool called Ebola Response that allows for estimations of projected cases over time in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The agency’s estimate ranges between 550,000 and 1.4 million. The top range assumes that the number of cases, which currently stands at nearly 6,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is underreported by a factor of 2.5 and should be adjusted to 15,000.

Projecting Ebola Case Estimates

CDC has used the Ebola Response modeling tool to calculate Ebola cases through mid-January in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The model estimates a range of between 550,000 and 1.4 million cases by January 20, 2015. The top range of the case estimate, 1.4 million, is explained by the model’s assumption that cases are significantly underreported by a factor of 2.5.

The World Health Organization has projected that Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people by early November, failing rigorous infection control measures, and become an endemic disease in the region.

The death toll is at least 2,811 out of 5,864 reported cases, according to the U.N. agency.

CDC analysis, published in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), projects the cases in Liberia doubling every 15 to 20 days, and those in Sierra Leone doubling every 30 to 40 days.

Global Health Emergency

WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa  a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern,’ under the International Health Regulations on August 8, 2014.

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Second Round of Flood Disasters in a Month Hits India

Posted by feww on September 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 078, 070, 066, 023, 02
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Floods and landslides kill dozens in northeast India

Severe floods and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have killed dozens of people in India’s remote northeast, said reports.

At least 21 people have lost their lives and another 24 are missing and presumed dead in flood affected areas of Garo Hills region in Meghalaya, said state government officials, reported Times of India.

In Meghalaya, dozens of villages were inundated by flash floods, as forecasters warned of more rains through Thursday.

Floods have killed at least 14 others in Assam, where multiple districts inducing Gauhati, the state capital, were inundated.

At least 300,000 people have been affected by the latest round of disasters, including about 30,000 displaced.

Floods killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless in Indian-controlled Kashmir and Pakistan earlier this month.

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The 600th Sinkhole Opens Up in Seoul

Posted by feww on September 22, 2014

GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS
SCENARIOS 010, 09, 08, 02
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South Korean Capital Plagued by Hundreds of Sinkholes

Some 600 sinkholes have plagued the South Korean capital, Seoul, so far this year, private sources say.

In August, officials discovered 6 cavities under a highway in Seoul’s Songpa, the area with largest number of sinkholes, with the larger ones measuring up to 83-meters long.

Residents in Songpa neighborhoods surrounding the construction site of the 555 meter (1,821 feet) Lotte World Tower, world’s sixth tallest building, first reported on social media the appearance of sinkholes on at least two nearby roads, AP reported.

“With about 70 of its 123 floors completed, the Lotte World Tower is now undergoing a review by experts and has put on hold the opening of adjacent low-rise buildings that form part of its complex.”


A sinkhole in the middle of a road in Songpa, southern Seoul, is being filled by the City employees.  The sinkhole may have been caused by construction at the Second Lotte World Tower nearby. —Yonhap

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70,000 Syrian Kurds Flee to Turkey Fearing Genocide

Posted by feww on September 21, 2014

GENOCIDE
TERRORISM
FOREIGN-AIDED INSURGENCY
MASS MURDER
MASS DISPLACEMENT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 600, 444, 411, 202, 201, 070, 069, 04, 02
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Islamic State seizes more than 100 Kurdish villages in Syria

About 70,000 Syrian Kurds, fearing genocide by the advancing Islamic State terrorists, have fled into Turkey since Friday.

The Islamic State terrorists have seized more than 100 villages near the Turkish border and advanced on the frontier town of Kobani, said Reuters.

“A Kurdish politician from Turkey who visited Kobani on Saturday said locals had told him that Islamic State fighters were beheading people as they went from village to village.”

“Rather than a war this is a genocide operation … They are going into the villages and cutting the heads of people and showing them to the villagers,” a deputy for Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP told Reuters.

“Kobani is facing the fiercest and most barbaric attack in its history,” the head of Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union told AP.

At least eleven Kurdish civilians, including young boys, have been executed in the villages near Kobani, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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August Global Temperature Breaks Record

Posted by feww on September 20, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
RISING TEMPERATURES
MAIN SCENARIOS 797,  777, 555, 444, 300, 123, 111, 101, 066, 033, 011, 04, 03, 02
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Warmest Summer on Record: Global Temperatures Continue Rising

The combined average global temperature for land and ocean surfaces during August 2014 was a record high for the month, at 0.75°C (1.35°F) above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F), beating the previous record set in 1998, said NOAA in its monthly State of the Climate Report.

Other Global Highlights [Source: NOAA]

  • The August global sea surface temperature was 0.65°C (1.17°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.4°F). This record high departure from average not only beats the previous August record set in 2005 by 0.08°C (0.14°F), but beats the previous all-time record set just two months ago in June 2014 by 0.03°C (0.05°F).
  • The global land surface temperature for the month was 0.99°C (1.78°F) above the 20th century average of 13.8°C (56.9°F), the second highest on record for August, behind 1998.

Warmest Summer on Record

  • The combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for the June–August period was also record high for this period [record keeping began in 1880,] at 0.71°C (1.28°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.5°F), shattering the previous record set in 1998.
  • The first eight months of 2014 (January–August) were the third warmest such period on record across the world’s land and ocean surfaces, with an average temperature that was 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average of 57.3°F (14.0°C). If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest year on record.
  • The average global sea surface temperature tied with 2010 as the second highest for January–August in the 135-year period of record, behind 1998.

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Killer MARIO: States of Calamity Declared in Philippines

Posted by feww on September 20, 2014

STATES OF CALAMITY
MEGA DISASTERS
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
DEADLY STORMS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS (ERES)
SEVERE FLOODS
MASS DISPLACEMENT
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 888, 444, 111, 078, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023, 09, 02
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Deadly Storm Displaces More than 200,000 in the Philippines

The Mega Disaster has left 206,368 people (45,255 families) homeless, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong, known locally as TS “Mario,” has killed at least 5 people, leaving 7 others injured and 711,069 persons (154,204 families) affected in the Philippines, said NDRRMC.

The deadly storm has caused large-scale destruction in Ilocos, Central and Southern Luzon, Central Luzon, Cordillera, Bicol and Metro Manila.  Some 313 areas remain submerged under up to 2 meters of floodwater.

Fung-Wong was located 19.4ºN, 120.1ºE about 143km NNW Laoag City, as of 1:00 pm local time, said NDRRMC.

The storm has intensified packing maximum sustained winds of 105km/h,  moving NNE toward southern Taiwan.

States of Calamity

States of calamity have been declared for the following areas, as of posting.

  • Cebu City
  • Marikina City
  • The town of Cainta in Rizal
  • Ilocos Norte

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Toxic Algae Warning Expanded for Oregon River

Posted by feww on September 20, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
CONTAMINATED WATER
SCENARIO 817, 555, 05
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Microcystis exposure can kill pets within an hour

A health warning issued for a stretch of the Willamette River flowing through downtown Portland has been expanded by the Oregon Health Authority after preliminary test results showed blue-green algae covering the water is a toxic species.

Public health officials recommend that people avoid all contact with Willamette River water in a 10-mile stretch of the river, from Ross Island downriver to the south end of Sauvie Island. This includes avoiding swallowing or inhaling water droplets, and avoiding skin contact. Drinking water directly from this stretch of the Willamette is especially dangerous. Pets should be kept away from the water as well.

Official results of at least two tests on water samples conducted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality are expected back later today. A preliminary test by one of the laboratories, Aquatic Scientific Resource, confirmed the blue-green algae, which is visible as a swirling, bright-green slick, is a species known as Microcystis aeruginosa (microcystis). This type of algae produces toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. The advisory threshold for microcystis is 40,000 cells of the toxin per milliliter of water. Preliminary counts indicate microcystis is present in the Willamette River at 2.25 million cells per milliliter. Several samples were collected around Ross Island, but the specific sample used for this count was from the mouth of the Ross Island lagoon.

Accidental swallowing of water containing these toxins may produce such symptoms as numbness, tingling, dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting. Inhalation of water droplets can lead to breathing problems, sneezing, coughing or runny nose. Skin contact can cause skin irritation, including a rash. Symptoms usually occur in less than 24 hours.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs, in particular, can quickly experience symptoms of microcystis exposure and can die within an hour.

The toxins produced by microcystis cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters, health officials warn. People who draw in-home water directly from Willamette are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins.

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Tens of Thousands Evacuated as Floods Shut Down Manila

Posted by feww on September 19, 2014

MEGA DISASTERS
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
DEADLY STORMS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS (ERES)
SEVERE FLOODS
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 078, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023, 09, 02
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Extreme Rain Events shut down Philippine capital, affect 500,000 people

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in the Philippine capital Manila and neighboring provinces as extreme rains brought by tropical storm Fung-Wong triggers widespread flooding.

In less than 12 hours, Fong-Wong and the seasonal monsoon dumped more than 3/4 of the average monthly rainfall for September over Metro Manila on Friday, said PAGASA the state weather agency.

Some 268mm of rain was recorded at the PAGASA Science Garden in Quezon City between 8.00 p.m. Thursday and 8.00 a.m. Friday. The average monthly rainfall for September
is 351mm.

The extreme rain events forced the government to suspend classes and shut down public offices in Metro Manila and 15 other provinces, said a report.

Meantime, the Marikina River reached its critical level while the La Mesa Dam in Quezon City spilled water, forcing about 30,000 residents nearby to flee their homes.

Flooding has killed at least one person and affected about 500,000 people.

Fung-Wong, locally known as Tropical Storm MARIO, is the second tropical storm to strike northern Philippines this week.

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Calif Wildfire Threatens 12,000 Homes & 9,000 Other Structures

Posted by feww on September 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MEGA DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
HISTORIC DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Spot fires from King Fire observed 5km ahead of the blaze

Authorities have ordered additional residents in mountain communities NE of Sacramento to abandon their homes Thursday after a ferocious blaze nearly tripled in size overnight.

At least 3,000 people had been evacuated from the disaster area as the massive blaze threatened more than 12,000 homes and 9,000 other structures.

The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines in El Dorado National Forest. The fire nearly tripled in size making a run to the northeast yesterday of over 10 miles up the Rubicon Canyon towards Hell Hole Reservoir. Spot fires were observed up to 3 miles ahead of the fire front and have moved into Placer County, said Cal Fire.

State of Emergency

Gov. Brown declared yet another state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties in response to the destructive fires, late Wednesday local time.

“The wildfires in Northern California serve as a reminder that dry conditions can be the precursor to devastating loss,” said Mr Brown.

The Boles Fire wildfire in Siskiyou County has burned at least 150 homes and a Catholic Church, as it tore through the logging town of Weed.

The Courtney Fire wildfire in Madera County has destroyed at least three dozen structures.

About a dozen major fires and scores of smaller blazes fueled by the Golden State’s historic drought are burning across the state.

King Fire
Last Updated: September 19, 2014 6:40 am
Date/ Time Started: September 13, 2014 4:32 pm
Acres Burned – Containment: 76,376 acres – 10% contained
Homes/ Structures Threatened: 12,000 residences and 9,000 other structures
Evacuations: See Cal Fire’s latest list

Total Fire Personnel: 4,425
Total Fire Engines: 366
Total Fire crews: 121
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 64
Total Water Tenders: 74
Incident Management Team: 5

Fire danger remains extreme across California, said officials.

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FREEZE Destroys Crops in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
FREEZE
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 177, 111, 02
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Crop Disaster Declared for 24 Counties across Two States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disasters  in  24 counties across Ohio and Pennsylvania due to the losses and damage caused by a freeze that occurred from January 2, 2014, through April 17, 2014.

The crop disaster designations include the following areas:

Ohio. Ashtabula, Jackson, Lorain, Summit, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Ashland, Gallia, Mahoning, Ross, Cuyahoga, Huron, Medina, Scioto, Erie, Lawrence, Pike, Stark, Trumbull, Vinton and  Wayne counties.

Pennsylvania. Crawford and Erie counties.

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,360 separate crop disasters across 35 states. Most of those designations are due to the ongoing drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, 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 September 13, 2014.

Crop Disaster Links

 

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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in U.S. West

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES
HISTORIC DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 03, 02
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Crop Disaster Declared for 70 Counties in Four States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 70 counties across four states—California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona—as crop disaster areas due to losses and damage caused by the historic drought.

The crop disaster designations are as follows:

California. Alameda, Kern, Monterey, Sierra, Alpine, Kings, Orange, Siskiyou, Amador, Lassen, Plumas, Sonoma, Butte, Los Angeles, San Benito, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Madera, San Bernardino, Tehama, Colusa, Marin, San Joaquin, Trinity, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, El Dorado, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, Tuolumne, Fresno, Merced, Santa Clara, Ventura, Glenn, Modoc, Shasta, Yolo, Inyo, Mono, as well as, Del Norte, Placer, San Mateo, Humboldt, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, San Diego, Sutter, Nevada, San Francisco and Yuba counties.

Arizona. La Paz and Mohave counties.

Nevada. Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Washoe counties.

Oregon. Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,336 separate crop disasters across 35 states. Most of those designations are due to the ongoing drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, 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 September 17, 2014.

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Massive Wildfire Threatens Thousands of California Homes

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MEGA DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
HISTORIC DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Ferocious Wildfire Prompts another State of Emergency Declaration in California

A major blaze burning in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is threatening more than 2,000 homes and 1,500 other structures.

Thousands of residents in areas threatened by the King Fire wildfire have been evacuated.

Gov. Brown declared yet another state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties in response to the destructive fires, late Wednesday local time.

“The wildfires in Northern California serve as a reminder that dry conditions can be the precursor to devastating loss,” said Mr Brown.

The Boles Fire wildfire in Siskiyou County has burned at least 150 homes and a Catholic Church, as it tore through the logging town of Weed.

The Courtney Fire wildfire in Madera County has destroyed at least three dozen structures.

About a dozen major fires fueled by the Golden State’s historic drought are burning across the state.

The following details are provided by Cal Fire:

Date/Time Started: September 13, 2014 4:32 pm
County: El Dorado County
Location: Near Pollock Pines
Acres Burned – Containment: ~ 71,000 acres [~ 28,700 hectares] – 5% contained
Structures Threatened: 2,007  residences and 1,505 other structures
Evacuations:

Evacuations: See Cal Fire website for a list of areas under Mandatory Evacuation Orders and  Voluntary Evacuation Advisories.

Total Fire Personnel: 3,695
Total Fire Engines: 299
Total Fire crews: 88
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 49
Total Water Tenders: 68
Conditions: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. This afternoon the fire made a significant run to the northwest necessitating the mandatory evacuation order for Quintette and Volcanoville.

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M6.7 Quake Strikes Guam

Posted by feww on September 17, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARDS
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 070, 09, 08, 07
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Strong Quake Occurs 45km NW of Piti Village, Guam

Centered at 13.756°N, 144.397°E the quake struck at a depth of 136.7km (84.9mi) on September 17 at 06:14 UTC, reported USGS/EHP.

NO destructive tsunami was associated with this event.


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Wildfires Destroy Hundreds of Homes in California

Posted by feww on September 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MEGA DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Wildfire forces entire California town’s residents to flee

The so-called Boles Fire wildfire near the small logging town of Weed in northern California has consumed about 400 acres, destroying an estimated 180 homes and forcing the entire town’s population of about 3,000 to flee.

Elsewhere across the drought-stricken [Golden] state, which is baking under record heat, more than a dozen ferocious blazes have destroyed dozens of other homes.

Courtney Fire in Madera County has destroyed 33 residences, 28 outbuildings, 13 vehicles and 4 recreational vehicles, leaving 4 other residences, 6 outbuildings and 2 vehicles  damaged, said Cal Fire.

More than 1,000 residents in Bass Lake Heights community had been evacuated.

The massive 12,000-acre King Fire in El Dorado National Forest, East of Sacramento, continues to threaten more than 500 homes. Large-scale evacuations have been ordered.

The 1,000-acre Orange County Silverado Fire, burning in Cleveland National Forest, has forced mandatory evacuations of hundreds of homes.

Meantime, across the state line in Oregon, at least half dozen major fires are burning thousands of acres. The “36 Pit Fire” has forced mandatory evacuation for dozens of homes near Portland.

SoCal Buckling Under Heat

Temperatures across Southern California remain in the triple digits territory, threatening to break more records and putting enormous pressure on the power grid.

The blistering heat has pushed demand for electricity to an all-time high, LA Times reported.

“On Monday, LADWP reported that [1.4 million] customers broke a record set in 2010, when they used 6,177 megawatts. On Monday, that figure hit 6,196 megawatts.”

The “five-day heat wave” has caused blackouts in numerous areas including Sun Valley, Burbank and Sherman Oaks, where temperatures topped 40.5C (105 degrees). Other affected areas Tuesday included Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, the Valley and West L.A., said the report.

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