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Severe Drought Destroys Crops in Washington State

Posted by feww on August 21, 2014

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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

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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
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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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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)
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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.

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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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Deadly Monsoon Floods Leave Thousands Homeless in N India

Posted by feww on August 17, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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
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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.”

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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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RISING TEMPERATURES, EXTREME DROUGHT, EARTHQUAKE, LANDSLIDE, HAIL, FLOODING, TYPHOON
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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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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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Ebola Outbreak Declared Global Health Emergency

Posted by feww on August 8, 2014

EMERGING & RE-EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
VIRAL HEMORRHAGIC FEVERS
DEADLY EBOLA HF EPIDEMIC
EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA
GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 444, 080, 011
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The largest ever Ebola outbreak continues spreading

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern,’ under the International Health Regulations.

Earlier this week, the organization released the following statistics concerning the deadly outbreak:

  • No of reported infection: 1,779 cases (including confirmed and probable cases)
  • No of mortalities: At least 960
  • Cases reported in Nigeria, the most recent country to be affected

The WHO director-general called the outbreak the “most complex outbreak in the four decades of this disease.”

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF)

EHF is a highly contagious virus that spreads via close personal contact and kills up to 90% of the victims.

Five subspecies of Ebolavirus have so far been found. Four of those have caused disease in humans: Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus); Sudan virus (Sudan ebolavirus); Taï Forest virus (Taï Forest ebolavirus, formerly Côte d’Ivoire ebolavirus); and Bundibugyo virus (Bundibugyo ebolavirus). The fifth, Reston virus (Reston ebolavirus), has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans, according to CDC.

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and damage to central nervous system.
  • There are  no known cure or vaccine for the Ebola virus.
  • Incubation period is from two to 21 days.

In Africa, confirmed cases of Ebola HF have previously been reported in the following countries:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
  • Gabon
  • South Sudan
  • Ivory Coast
  • Uganda
  • Republic of the Congo (ROC)
  • South Africa (imported)

The current outbreak  is the first known occurrence of Ebola HF in Guinea.

“The natural reservoir host of ebolaviruses, and the manner in which transmission of the virus to humans occurs, remain unknown. This makes risk assessment in endemic areas difficult. With the exception of several laboratory contamination cases (one in England and two in Russia), all cases of human illness or death have occurred in Africa; no case has been reported in the United States,” said CDC.

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Ebola virions (image 2 colorized 1), diagnostic specimen from the first passage in Vero cells of a specimen from a human patient — this image is from the first isolation and visualization of Ebola virus, 1976. In this case, some of the filamentous virions are fused together, end-to-end, giving the appearance of a “bowl of spaghetti.” Negatively stained virions. Magnification: approximately x40,000.  Micrograph from F. A. Murphy, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

Affected Countries [August 4, 2014]

Guinea

Liberia

Nigeria

Sierra Leone

12 deadly pathogens could spread into new regions aided by climate change

A report by Wildlife Conservation Society released on October 7, 2008 lists 12 deadly pathogens that could spread globally as a result of climate change. “All have potential impacts to both human and wildlife health as well as global economies.” Report said.

Titled ‘The Deadly Dozen: Wildlife Diseases in the Age of Climate Change,’ the report illustrates examples of diseases that could spread due to temperatures changes and variations in regional precipitation levels.

The “Deadly Dozen” list [ABC order]

  1. Avian influenza
  2. Babesia
  3. Cholera
  4. Ebola
  5. Intestinal and external parasites
  6. Lyme disease
  7. Plague
  8. Red tides
  9. Rift Valley fever
  10. Sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis)
  11. Tuberculosis
  12. Yellow fever

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Ferocious Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuation in Oregon

Posted by feww on August 8, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Hundreds of Oregon homes evacuated, hundreds more on standby; shuts highway 

A fast moving wildfire, dubbed Rowena Fire, has exploded to more than 2,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge in northern Oregon, forcing hundreds of homes to evacuate, while more than 600 additional residences are put on standby for possible evacuation.

The blaze has spread from the community of Rowena to outskirts of the city of The Dalles, threating to shut down additional sections of  U.S. Highway 30.

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act at 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6 in response to the fire, which was threatening 70 homes in the Gorge.

The fire started Tuesday evening six miles west of The Dalles and has since grown 10 folds.

“Today I’m outside of Ashland seeing firsthand the devastation caused by fires in the Beaver Complex. This new blaze in the Columbia River Gorge is equally concerning, and already it threatens Oregonians’ homes and puts lives at risk,” said Kitzhaber.

More than a dozen wildfires are burning across at least 100,000 acres in Oregon, forcing public lands to close. A major power transmission line to Idaho lies in the path of the fires, officials said.

Dozens of wildfires are also plaguing the US West Coast, including the drought-stricken state of California, and Washington.

Washington Wildfires

Meanwhile, a wildfire burning close to a city in central Washington state expanded rapidly over the past day, threatening more homes and structures.

The Snag Canyon Fire, burning outside the city of Ellensburg [population: ~ 20,000,] had grown to about 8,500 acres on Thursday, up from 3,500 on Tuesday, destroying at least 16 structures and forcing mandatory evacuation orders for  250 homes.

  • Washington Hansel Fire (FM-5072)- Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 6, 2014
  • Washington Snag Canyon Fire (FM-5071)- Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 3, 2014

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Major Disaster Declared for Iowa

Posted by feww on August 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 023
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Iowa Declared Federal Disaster Area

Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4187)

The Iowa  governor’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration in response to significant damage caused by severe weather that produced damaging winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, flooding, hail, and thunderstorms beginning June 26 through July 7 has been approved. This is Iowa’s third  federal disaster declaration in 2014.

The 22 counties included in the declaration are: Audubon, Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Des Moines, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Mahaska, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Tama, and Washington, according to a statement posted on the Gov. Branstad’s website.

This Presidential Disaster Declaration is the 21st Major Presidential Disaster Declaration Iowa has received since March 2007, said the statement.

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Japan Commemorates Day of ‘Collective Punishment’

Posted by feww on August 6, 2014

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Today is the 69th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

World’s first Atomic Bomb, dubbed the “Little Boy,” was dropped on Hiroshima by the pilot of an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, on August 6, 1945, at 8:15 AM. Anyone in the open was either vaporized or turned into carbon instantly. Some 80,000 people were killed.

The death toll from the radiation and injuries climbed to 140,000 before the year’s end. The bomb destroyed more than two-thirds of the city and severely damaged about a third of what remained.

Events Leading to the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

“The Japanese military machine was motivated by an uncontrollable desire for aggression, expansion and imperialism.”

The Japanese invasion of China immediately before and during World War II lasted from the early 1930’s to 1945. During this dark period in modern Asian history, the Japanese military machine was motivated by an uncontrollable desire for aggression, expansion and imperialism. The brutalities and atrocities committed by the Japanese military in China and elsewhere in Asia finally ended with destruction on Japanese soil — the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945. The victims of the Japanese militarists’ aggression included the innocent and peace-loving peoples of China, Korea, the Philippines, other south east Asian countries, United States, and Japan herself.

In the past forty-five years, China and other countries have allowed the Japanese war crimes to be forgotten. In fact, the only constant reminders of the victims of World War II in Asia were the events commemorating the Japanese who were killed by the atomic bomb dropped by the United States. The young generations, Chinese and Japanese alike, are not kept informed about the consequences of imperialist militarism.

During this time, the Japanese Ministry of Education distorted the facts of World War II in their history textbooks, the government glorified convicted Class A war criminals as national heroes, and high ranking Japanese officials publicly denied the occurrence of the Nanking Massacre, one of the most infamous atrocities committed by the Japanese armies in China. [Source]

THE NANKING [NANJING] MASSACRE

Between mid-December 1937  and late January 1938, “the Japanese committed the infamous Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, during which an estimated 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed, and 20,000 women were raped.”

“During the Nanking Massacre, the Japanese committed a litany of atrocities against innocent civilians, including mass execution, raping, looting, and burning. It is impossible to keep a detailed account of all of these crimes. However, from the scale and the nature of these crimes as documented by survivors and the diaries of the Japanese militarists, the chilling evidence of this historical tragedy is indisputable.”

In Japan there was NO outrage!

THE TRAGEDY AT YANGTZE RIVER

On December 13th, a large number of refugees tried to escape from the Japanese by trying to cross the Yangtze River. They were trapped on the east bank because no transportation was available; many of them tried to swim across the river. Meanwhile, the Japanese arrived and fired at the people on the shore and in the river. A Japanese soldier reported that the next day he saw an uncountable number of dead bodies of adults and children covering the whole river. He estimated that more than 50,000 people were killed at this tragic incident of the Nanking massacre.

ANNIHILATION IN THE CITY

When the Japanese troops first entered the city on the 13th, the streets were crowded with more than 100,000 refugees or injured Chinese soldiers. The Japanese relentlessly fired at these people. The next morning, tanks and artilleries entered the city and killing of people continued. Dead bodies covered the two major streets of the city. The streets became “streets of blood” as a result of the two-day annihilation.

 MASS EXECUTION OF CAPTIVES

A large number of Chinese soldiers had already been captured in the suburban areas before the Japanese entered the city. The rest of the Chinese soldiers scattered inside the city and changed into civilian clothes. After the “City-Entering Ceremony” on the 17th, the Japanese arrested anybody who was suspected to be a Chinese soldier. A large number of young men who were arrested, together with those who had been captured earlier, were sent outside of the city to be massacred, from several thousand to tens of thousand at a time. In most cases, the captives were shot by machine guns, and those who were still alive were bayoneted individually. In some cases, the Japanese poured gasoline onto the captives and burned them alive. In some cases, poison gas was used.

 SCATTERED ATROCITIES WITH EXTREME CRUELTY

Numerous atrocities occurred within and around the city, and the victims were largely civilians. Japanese soldiers invented and exercised inhumane and barbaric methods of killing. The brutalities included shooting, stabbing, cutting open the abdomen, excavating the heart, decapitation (beheading), drowning, burning, punching the body and the eyes with an awl, and even castration or punching through the vagina.

RAPING

An estimated 20,000 women were raped by the Japanese soldiers during the six weeks of the Nanking Massacre, most were brutally killed afterwards. The Japanese soldiers even raped girls less than ten years old, women over seventy years old, pregnant women, and nuns. Rampant raping took place in the streets or at religious worshiping places during the day. Many women were gang raped. Some Japanese even forced fathers to rape their daughters, sons to rape their mothers, etc. Those who resisted were killed immediately.

ATROCITIES IN THE SAFETY ZONE

When the Japanese were approaching Nanking in mid-November, a group of concerned foreigners formed an international rescue committee to establish a safety zone in an attempt to protect the refugees. The safety zone was located inside the city and consisted of more than twenty refugee camps, each of which accommodated from 200 to 12,000 people. During the six weeks of the Nanking Massacre, the Japanese frequently entered the safety zone to arrest young men. Every time, several hundred young men were arrested and executed on the site.

LOOTING

The Japanese looted all the storehouses and seized virtually everything from the civilians. The loot included jewelry, coins, domesticated animals, food, clothes, antiques, and even inexpensive items such as cigarettes, eggs, fountain pens, and buttons.

 BURNING AND VANDALISM

The Japanese organized burning of buildings in the city. After they had set fire to buildings using either gasoline or some other inflammable chemicals, they hid, waited for and killed people who came to extinguish the fire. Numerous people were killed by fire. Nanking, once a beautiful historical city, was burned to ashes by the Japanese.  [Source]

No lessons were learned!

Nearly 7 decades after receiving the “Collective Punishment,” Japan is re-militarizing again!

Once again the acquiescent, soulless, zombie-like  masses in Japan have voted in a psychopathic prime minster, whose prime ambition is the “glorification” of the land of “Rising Fear,” at any cost.

The people of China, Korea, Philippines…, have a moral obligation to themselves and to their war dead to resist Japan’s re-militarization.

It’s high time Japan’s renewed military ambitions  were throttled, its symbols of past imperial aggression obliterated and the evil spirits of the thugs, war criminals and terrorists exorcised from their shrines.

Notes

At the Tokyo War Crimes Trials just seven (7) people were sentenced to death including

General Hideki Tojo, (1884-1948). Chief, Manchurian secret police, 1935; councillor, Manchurian Affairs Bureau, 1936; chief of staff, Kwantung Army, 1937-38; vice minister of war, 1938; minister of war 1940-44; premier, 1941-44. Considered th arch-criminal of the Pacific War. Tojo assumed full responsibility for all the actions of his government and the military during the war. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 54.

General Iwane Matsui,  (1878-1948). Personal appointee of the emperor to the Geneva Disarmament Conference, 1932-37;  commander, China Expeditionary Force, 1937-38. Troops under his overall command were responsible for the Rape of Nanking in 1937 and other atrocities. Convicted on Count 55, and sentenced to death.

He was one of 14 Class A war criminals who were secretly enshrined as “matyrs” at the Yasukuni Shrine, which is dedicated to Japan’s war dead and is Japan’s most revered Shinto temple.

Sixteen (16) other war criminals were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Deadly Swedish Forest Fire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

Posted by feww on August 5, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 04, 02
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Massive forest fire sweeping central Sweden, spreading north

A deadly forest-fire, said to be largest forest fires in Sweden in modern times, has consumed more than 15,000 hectares and continues to spread  uncontrollably.

The fire has forced at least 1,000 Swedes out of their homes, and put the entire 4,500 population of the town Norberg on standby for evacuation, said a report.

The fire has claimed at least one life so far. The body of a 30-year-old man, who had died from burns, was found on a road north of Stabäck, Västmanland on Tuesday, said the report.

The fire is now spreading north, and the authorities say it could burn for weeks, even months.

“The fire risks heading north to the lower reaches of Norberg,” Fredrik Eriksson of the emergency services told reporters.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this. Evacuation? That’s what happens in wartime,” said a Norberg resident.

“Forest fires are a risk we tend to associate primarily with southern Europe, but we are seeing that no country is immune,” said Sweden’s EU Commissioner, as she thanked Italy and France for providing support.

Record Lightning Strikes

Some 47,901 lightning strikes were recorded in Sweden Sunday night beating a previous record of 45,000 strikes set earlier this year, said the report.

Record Heat

The mercury rose to at 34°C in the town of Härsnäs in Östergötland on Sunday, setting a new record for August. The town of Visby in Gotland set a new temperature record for the warmest August day at 32.9°C.

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States of Emergency Continue in California, Oregon, Washington

Posted by feww on August 5, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
RISING TEMPERATURES
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 123, 111, 101, 100, 033, 011, 08, 04, 03, 02
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Fierce Wildfire Destroys Homes in Washington

The so-called Snag Canyon Fire in Ellensburg has consumed at least 1,930 acres, destroying 16 structures, as of posting.

The Snag Canyon fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday, August 2. It is currently estimated at 1,930 acres, with about 10 percent contained, said Inciweb.

Evacuation orders were in effect for about 200 homes on Monday.

WA State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Status: 

Phase III: The State EOC activated to Phase III in support of multiple fire mobilizations throughout Washington State.

Federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state and local response efforts in the area affected by wildfires beginning on July 9, 2014, and continuing.

  • Washington Snag Canyon Fire (FM-5071)

California

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) in support of the Inland Regional Operations Center (REOC) and local regions due to fires currently burning throughout Northern California.

On Saturday, August, 2, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency in 11 California counties: Madera, Modoc, Butte, Siskiyou, Mendocino, Shasta, Amador, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, and Mariposa.

“Fires like the Day and Bald Fires can put a strain on resources, particularly at a time when dry conditions due to the drought, above normal temperatures and winds have increased the wildfire threat significantly,” said a state official.

Fire Management Assistance Declarations have been declared on August 2 – 3, 2014 for the following wildfires:

  • California Day Fire (FM-5070)
  • California Bald Fire (FM-5069)
  • California Oregon Gulch Fire (FM-5068)
  • California Eiler Fire  (FM-5067)

Oregon – Fire Management Assistance Declaration has been declared on August 1, 2014

  • Oregon Oregon Gulch Fire

 

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Thousands Dead or Injured in SW China Quake

Posted by feww on August 4, 2014

DEADLY EARTHQUAKE
MAJOR DISASTER
MASS CASUALTIES
SCENARIOS 444, 080, 070, 09, 08, 07
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Earthquake kills at least 398, injures 1,881 others in SW China

Death toll has risen to at least 398, with 1,881 others injured, from an earthquake that struck SW China’s Yunnan province on Sunday, August 3, reported Xinhua, the country’s official news agency.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake, said to be the strongest to strike the province in 100 years, has destroyed or damaged more than 42,000 buildings, said the report.

The quake has destroyed or damaged about 90 percent of “wood and earth” houses, which includes most of the structures in the disaster zone, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The deadly quake has affected at least 1.09 million people, forcing more than 230,000 people to relocate.

According to USGS/EHP, at least 4 aftershocks measuring between magnitudes 4.5Mw and 4.7Mw have struck the disaster zone, as of posting.

“As of 8 a.m. Monday, 411 aftershocks had been recorded in the quake-hit region, with four measured between 4.0 to 4.9 magnitude and five between 3.0 to 3.9 magnitude, according to the administration,” said Xinhua.

Meanwhile, China’s National Committee for Disaster Mitigation has upgraded its disaster relief response to the highest-level, said the report.

“[The National Committee for Disaster Mitigation] decided to lift the level of the disaster relief response from grade III to I at 11 a.m. Monday. Grade I is usually issued for ‘especially major natural disasters’ in which more than 200 people are killed or more than 1 million people are relocated.”

Thundershowers are forecast through Wednesday, making the relief work much more difficult in the mountainous disaster zone.

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Hundreds Dead or Missing in SW China Quake

Posted by feww on August 3, 2014

EARTHQUAKE
MAJOR DISASTER
MASS CASUALTIES
SCENARIOS 444, 080, 070, 09, 08, 07
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Deadly Earthquake Destroys Thousands of Homes in SW China’s Yunnan Province

At least 150 people have been killed, 180 others missing and more than 1,300 injured after a strong earthquake rocked southwest China’s Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon, reported Xinhua.

Centered at 27.1°N,  103.3°E, the strong shock occurred at a depth of 12 km in Longtoushan township, 23 km southwest of Ludian [population: ~ 266,000,] Zhaotong City, at about 16:30  (Beijing Time), said the report.

“As of 8:00 p.m., more than 120 residents were killed, over 180 were missing and 1,300 got injured in Ludian County, according to the local government.”

The quake destroyed more than 12,000 houses and damaged 30,000 more, cutting off transportation, electricity and telecommunications links throughout the county, officials have said.

The quake has killed at least 30 others in two neighboring counties, the report said.

“It’s so terrible. The aftermath is much much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago. I have never felt so strong tremors before. What I can see are all ruins,” said a resident.

“Too many buildings were damaged and we are collecting data on deaths and injuries,” said the head of the Longtoushan township, adding an rescue operation is under way.

“The road leading to the township was damaged in a landslide before the quake and the traffic has not been resumed.”

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Disaster Diary: August 2, 2014

Posted by feww on August 2, 2014

GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
SCENARIOS 911, 909, 888, 699, 606, 444, 201, 111, 070, , 09, 04, 02
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Israel murders 107 Palestinians overnight searching for missing soldier

Israeli military murdered at least 107 Palestinians in Gaza overnight, while searching for a missing soldier, who may have been killed by friendly fire, said reports.

The renewed violence came after a tentative 72-hour ceasefire agreement on Friday broke down.

Israelis have murdered at least 1,655 Palestinians and wounded 8,900 others, said the health ministry in Gaza since July 8. Most of the victims have been civilian, according to the U.N.

Deadly landslide buries dozens of homes in Nepal

A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal has buried dozens of homes leaving dozens dead or missing, injuring dozens many more and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

“The landslide has blocked the Sunkoshi river, east of the capital Kathmandu, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground,” said Bbc.

China Factory Explosion Kills Dozens

A powerful factory blast killed at least 68 people and injured about 200 others in Kunshan City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, earlier today, said Xinhua.

Some 44 people were killed during the blast, while 24 others later. At least 137 of the injured have been transferred to hospitals in nearby cities of Suzhou, Wuxi, Nantong and Shanghai, said the report.

Indian landslide: Hopes for Survivors Fading

Rescuers say hopes of finding survivors in India landslide that buried more than 100 people are fading, as the confirmed death toll topped 50.

Wednesday’s landslide buried almost an entire village in India’s western state of Maharashtra, destroying dozens of homes. More than 100 people remain missing.

Japanese war criminal’s confession of torture and rape released

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua)—The confession of Mitsuaki Kimura, a Japanese war criminal, detailing his involvement in the capture and torture of Chinese people during Japan’s war of aggression against China was published Saturday.

The confession is the latest in a series published on the website of China’s State Archives Administration (SAA).

According to his written confession, Kimura served as lieutenant captain of the Japanese Garrison Army in Handan, Hebei in January 1939 and as captain of Boli County Military Police Branch of the “Manchukuo” from 1944 to 1945.

In 1942, he led and instructed Gubeikou Military Police to arrest and interrogate about 30 soldiers of the Eighth Route Army in Shixia Township and arrested another 150 in April.

More than 150 soldiers were captured in 1943, with seven of them tortured to death during the interrogation.

Kimura said he accused a Chinese businessman in Jining County of being an agent of the Soviet Union, arrested his daughter aged about 20 for interrogation and forced her to become his servant in 1945.

“In July, when my wife was not at home I was sexually stimulated on seeing her. I raped her,” he said in the confession.

This is the 31st of 45 Japanese war criminal confessions the SAA plans to publish. It has been issuing one a day since July 3.

The move follows denials of war crimes by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese right-wing politicians.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 1, 2014

Posted by feww on August 1, 2014

MAJOR DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
SCENARIOS 888, 817, 699, 444, 111, 023
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Destructive emerald beetle found in Boston

Emerald beetle,  a small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia, which can quickly kill ash trees has been found at the Arnold Arboretum, said Boston state park and agriculture officials.

“Massachusetts has about 45 million ash trees, or about 3 percent of its total tree population. The ash borer was first seen in the United States in Michigan in 2002, and has since destroyed millions of ash trees across 23 states. The estimated cost of treating, removing, and replacing trees runs into the billions of dollars. The insect cannot be eradicated because of its prevalence,” said a report.

Death toll climbs to 27 in Taiwan gas explosions

Multiple gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed at least 27 people and injured about 300 others, officials said. The powerful blasts tore up an entire street.

“The local fire department received calls of gas leaks late Thursday and then there was a series of blasts around midnight affecting an area of [more than 4 sq km,]” said the National Fire Agency.

Millions of Jellyfish-Like Creatures Wash Up on Pacifica Beaches

Mounds of millions of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on beaches along the US west coast over the past month, giving the shoreline a purple gleam and an unpleasant odor, said the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Flash flooding shuts Serbian power plant

Extreme Rain Events unleashed severe flash flooding in Serbia forcing authorities to shut down a 181-megawatt unit at Kostolac power plant, the country’s second largest, said the state power utility EPS.

A 348.5 megawatt block in the 1,000-Megawatt Kostolac plant is offline for maintenance until December 1, Reuters reported.

“The Kolubara coal mine, supplying the country’s biggest thermal plant complex, Nikola Tesla, halved production after two of its open pits were flooded in May.”

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