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Mass die-offs from human impact and planetary response to the assault could occur by early 2016

Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 7 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 7, 2013

Dhaka building collapse death toll reaches 706

Death toll from the collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory building near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has climbed to 706, officials said.

  • The authorities said they didn’t  know exactly how many people were still missing because the building owners didn’t tell them.
  • About 2,500 others were injured.

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River plagued by invasive species in Guangxi Zhuang, south China

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S China river completely covered in invasive species. (Source: chinanews.com).  More images

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Tanker Exploded on Highway Near Mexico City

A tanker exploded on a highway in a suburb of Mexico City, killing at least 20 people and injuring 36 others, officials said.

  • The explosion damaged at least three dozen homes and as many vehicles, and forced the authorities to close the highway between Mexico City and Pachuca.

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Iowa Counties Declared Agricultural Disaster Areas

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a major disaster declaration for four NW Iowa counties—Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, and Osceola—due to losses and damages caused by severe winter storms on April 9, 10, and 11.

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Philippines: Phreatic Explosion at Mayon Volcano

A phreatic explosion occurred at Mayon Volcano in the Philippines Albay province, killing 5 mountaineers, and injuring 6 others.

  • The explosion lasted 2 minutes 26 seconds during which a 500-meter column of ash was ejected above the crater summit.
  • It “precipitated traces of ash in the areas west-northwest of the volcano, affecting Barangays Muladbucad, Guinobatan and Nabonton, Nasisi, Basag and Tambo, Ligao City, Albay, and areas upslope of these barangays. In the past 8-hr period, only one minor rockfall event was detected by the Mayon seismic network. Seismic parameters remain within background levels and indicate no increase in overall volcanic activity.” Philvocs reported.
  • Mt. Mayon did not explode and no magmatic eruption was imminent at the volcano, Philvocs said.
  • Area around Mt. Mayon has been declared a no-fly zone; however, the alert level around the volcano remained at normal.
  • The public have been “strongly” advised not to enter the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano’s crater.

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 7, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,040 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,040 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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