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Crop Disasters Declared in Six States

Posted by feww on April 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
EXCESSIVE RAIN
FREEZE & FROST

CROP DISASTERS
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Drought, Excessive Rain, Freeze and Frost  Cause Crop Disasters across Dozens of Counties in 6 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 52 Counties across six states—Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and Georgia—as crop disaster areas in four separate designations due to various disasters.

Drought Disaster in Arizona and California

USDA has designated five counties in Arizona and three counties in California as Crop Disaster Areas due to ongoing Drought. Those areas are

  • Arizona. La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai and Yuma counties.
  • California. Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Drought Disaster in Oklahoma

USDA has designated seven counties in Oklahoma as Crop Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by the drought.  Those areas are Blaine, Dewey, Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Kingfisher and Major counties.

Crop Disasters from Excessive Rain in Florida

USDA has designated nine counties in Florida as Crop Disaster Areas due to excessive rain that occurred from Jan. 1- March 14, 2014.

Those counties are Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Putnam, St. Johns  and Volusia.

Crop Disasters Caused by Freeze and Frost

USDA has designated 24 counties in Florida as crop disaster areas due to freeze and frost that occurred from Jan. 7-31, 2014 (and presumably continues. The wording is ambiguous).

Those counties are Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Broward, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Gilchrist, Glades, Hendry, Holmes, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Walton, Martin, Putnam, Okeechobee, Santa Rosa, Union and Washington.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama and Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

  • Alabama. Covington, Escambia and Geneva counties.
  • Georgia. Charlton County.

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,062 counties across 21 states as crop disaster areas. Most of those designations are due to drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.

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. A number of 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 April 2, 2014.

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1.1 Tons of Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima

Posted by feww on April 16, 2014

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SNAFU IN JAPAN
CRIMINAL INCOMPETENCE AT FUKUSHIMA
“COSMIC-LEVEL” RADIATION LEAKS
ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST

CRIMES AGAINST NATURE
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Massive leak occurs in a treatment system at Fukushima nuclear plant: TEPCO

The criminally negligent operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has admitted that yet another major setback has plagued a key system used to decontaminate highly-radioactive water.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says about 1,100 liters of radioactive water overflowed into a barrier inside the ALPS building.

The water was used to wash contaminated equipment and overflowed from  a storage facility on Wednesday.

Comedy of Deadly Errors

The workers discovered the leak while cleaning a tank used for filtering radioactive substances from water. The tank is on one of the 3 separate stages  of the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, local media reported TEPCO as saying.

The operator says the water contains more than 3.8 million becquerels of beta ray emitting materials including strontium and 6,700 becquerels of cesium 137.

On Tuesday, TEPCO reported that 203 tons of highly contaminated radioactive water had been pumped into a basement area at the Fukushima between April 10-13.

The building is neither a storage area nor a processing facility. The pumps  had diverted the contaminated water to the wrong building, the  company said.

TEPCO says it found four pumps operating at the location that were not even meant to be used.

[The deadly water may have been pumped intentionally by operators, sources suggest. Editor]

The water contained radioactive cesium decaying at a rate of 37 million becquerels per liter.

Highly contaminated water leaked from a storage tank in FUKUSHIMA
Highly contaminated water leaked from yet another  storage tank at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan.  Handout photo released by TEPCO on February 20.

On October 18, 2013 FIRE-EARTH said [but was censored by Google, WordPress and others]:

  • Fukushima Potentially More Disastrous Than Hiroshima

On November 7, 2013 FIRE-EARTH said [but was censored by Google, WordPress and others]:

  • Scale of potential catastrophe at Fukushima could dwarf a limited nuclear war.

On January 13, 2014 FIRE-EARTH said [but was censored by Google, WordPress and others]:

THE TEPCO REPORT, QUOTED BY JAPAN’S ASAHI SHIMBUN, MAY BE SERIOUSLY FLAWED.

ACCORDING TO http://new.atmc.jp/ THE RADIATION LEVEL AT OR NEAR FUKUSHIMA PLANT IS ≥ 40 MICROSIEVERT PER HOUR (OR ~ 350 mSv/yr)

NOTES:

1. Radiation dose of about 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) cause serious illness.

2. Average background radiation in the US is about 3 mS/yr. [Ironically, the average background radiation in many parts of Japan is about 1mS/yr, or a third of that in the U.S.]

3. The average annual radiation dose per person in the U.S. is currently 620 millirem (6.2 mSv), according to EPA. “Half of our average dose comes from natural background sources: cosmic radiation from space, naturally occurring radioactive minerals in the ground and in your body, and from the radioactive gases radon and thoron, which are created when other naturally occurring elements undergo radioactive decay. Another 48 percent of our dose comes from medical diagnostics and treatments.”

100 tons of highly radioactive water leaking here, 200 tons leaking there, and soon we’ll be talking big contamination!!! 

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For earlier links search:

  • Radiation Levels at Fukushima Hugely Underestimated: TEPCO February 8, 2014
  • Look for the Cracks!  January 21, 2014
  • “Radioactive River” Flowing at Fukushima No. 3 Reactor January 20, 2014
  • Fukushima Radiation Level 8 Times* Govt Standard: TEPCO January 13, 2014
  • Record Radiation Detected at Fukushima [AGAIN] December 22, 2013
  • Japan Renews Nuke Ambitions Despite Fukushima, Common Sense December 14, 2013
  • Record Outdoor Radiation Level Detected at Nuked Fukushima Plant December 9, 2013
  • TEPCO Continues to Contaminate the World October 3, 2013
  • 80 Percent Chance of Major Catastrophe at Fukushima NPP November 7, 2013
  • Crimes Against Nature: Water Overflows from 12 Fukushima Barriers October 21, 2013
  • Fukushima Potentially More Disastrous Than Hiroshima October 18, 2013
  • Fukushima Fatal Farce Turns Deadlier September 1, 2013

 

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California Snowpack Water Content Drops to 24%

Posted by feww on April 16, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
WORSENING DROUGHT
V. LOW SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Third of California water comes from snowpack

Snowpack provides about a third of the water used by California’s cities and farms. As of April 15, 2014, the California statewide water content of snowpack stood at only 24% of normal, according to the Department of Water Resource.

Drought causes water famine leading to crop disasters. It degrades water quality, and leads to surface and groundwater level declines, land subsidence, soil erosion, intense wildfires, humongous dust storms, and spread of disease.

Snow Water Equivalents

Statewide Summary
Provided by the California Cooperative Snow Surveys

Average snow water equivalent:  6.4″
Percent of April 1 average: 23%
Percent of normal for this date: 24%

 Drought Information

Water years 2012 and 2013 were dry statewide, especially in parts of the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. Water year 2014 continues this trend.

California’s Water Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014) has been one of the driest in decades and follows two consecutive dry years throughout the state. In most years, California receives about half of its precipitation in the months of December, January and February, with much of that precipitation falling as snow in the Sierras. Only a handful of large winter storms can make the difference between a wet year and a dry one.

In normal years, the snowpack stores water during the winter months and releases it through melting in the spring and summer to replenish rivers and reservoirs. However, relatively dry weather conditions this year have reduced the amount of snowpack in California’s mountains. Each of this season’s first four snow surveys – conducted in early January, late January, late February and early April – found a statewide snowpack water equivalent (WEQ) far below average for the dates of the surveys.  —Calif. DoWR

State of Emergency

Governor Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency on January 27  amid the worsening statewide drought.  He called the “really serious,” adding that 2014 could be California’s third consecutive dry year. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought.”

California State Resources

FIRE-EARTH 2009 Forecast: Desertification of California in the Near Future Is Almost a Certainty

[NOTE: The above forecast and most of the links posted below have previously been filtered/censored by Google, WordPress and others. Editor]

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Ukraine Launches ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Operation Against Separatists

Posted by feww on April 15, 2014

Ukrainian Military Kills at least 4 Protesters in Attack on Airfield

Ukrainian forces have seized an airfield in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, killing at least 4 people and injuring two others, according to reports quoting separatists, as well as a confirmation by the coup-imposed acting President Aleksandr Turchinov.

“There are about 60 units of armored vehicles. They have been preparing for several days, and now they started to storm [the airfield]. The protesters blocked their way, they started shooting, there are wounded. Our people retreated. There are about 15 tanks, the other units are armored personnel vehicles,” one of the separatists told RIA Novosti.

Ukrainian troops have also attacked the city of Slavyansk, according to separatists quoted by Russian media.

“Currently there is a major attack on Slavyansk, armored personnel vehicles are entering the city… there are many troops. The men are getting ready to defend [the city],” said a separatist.

SLAVIANSK (Donetsk Region), April 15 (RIA Novosti) – At least four protesters were killed and two other wounded on Tuesday as the Ukrainian troops stormed an airfield in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kramatorsk, a spokesman for local People’s Militia told RIA Novosti.

“There are four dead and two wounded at the airfield. They are all militia,” the source said, adding that no casualties among the government troops had been reported.

“The fighting for the airfield is over as the militia has retreated and the Ukrainian side took control of the airfield,” he said.

Eastern Ukraine has been swept by pro-federalization rallies since March.

Federalization supporters in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slaviansk and Kramatorsk refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the current Ukrainian government and are urging interim authorities to hold referendums similar to the one that has been held in Crimea in March and led to its reunification with Russia.

In an effort to suppress the protesters Ukraine’s parliamentary speaker and acting President Olexander Turchynov ordered Monday a special anti-terrorist operation in the country’s east, involving the use of armed forces.

Meanwhile, the head of Ukrainian Security Service said: “[Protesters] must be warned that if they do not lay down their arms, they will be destroyed.”

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China Air Pollution Affects Global Weather

Posted by feww on April 15, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
TOXIC ATMOSPHERE
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
INTENSE STORMS
GLOBAL IMPACT
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Asian air pollution intensifies Pacific storms: Study

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is affecting weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, as well as other parts of the globe, especially during winter, according to a study.

The particulate matter in the air are carried towards the north Pacific where they interact with water droplets in the air, causing the formation of denser clouds that result in more intense storms above the ocean, say researchers.

“Since the Pacific storm track is an important component in the global general circulation, the impacts of Asian pollution on the storm track tend to affect the weather patterns of other parts of the world during the wintertime, especially a downstream region [of the storm track] like North America,” said Dr Yuan Wang, the lead author.

“The impacts of Asian pollution on the storm track tend to affect the weather patterns of other parts of the world [...] the effects are quite dramatic. The pollution results in thicker and taller clouds and heavier precipitation,” said Wang.

The impact of pollution on the weather pattern intensifies in the winter.

The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Wang et al PNAS
Convection depth in MMF and CAM for PD and PI over the northwest Pacific. Wang et al. PNAS

Abstract

Assessing the effects of anthropogenic aerosols on Pacific storm track using a multiscale global climate model

Atmospheric aerosols affect weather and global general circulation by modifying cloud and precipitation processes, but the magnitude of cloud adjustment by aerosols remains poorly quantified and represents the largest uncertainty in estimated forcing of climate change. Here we assess the effects of anthropogenic aerosols on the Pacific storm track, using a multiscale global aerosol–climate model (GCM). Simulations of two aerosol scenarios corresponding to the present day and preindustrial conditions reveal long-range transport of anthropogenic aerosols across the north Pacific and large resulting changes in the aerosol optical depth, cloud droplet number concentration, and cloud and ice water paths. Shortwave and longwave cloud radiative forcing at the top of atmosphere are changed by −2.5 and +1.3 W m−2, respectively, by emission changes from preindustrial to present day, and an increased cloud top height indicates invigorated midlatitude cyclones. The overall increased precipitation and poleward heat transport reflect intensification of the Pacific storm track by anthropogenic aerosols. Hence, this work provides, for the first time to the authors’ knowledge, a global perspective of the effects of Asian pollution outflows from GCMs. Furthermore, our results suggest that the multiscale modeling framework is essential in producing the aerosol invigoration effect of deep convective clouds on a global scale.

What about the US and EU Shares of Air Pollution, Dr Wang?

Interestingly, the report doesn’t say much about the air pollution created by the U.S. and EU.

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Besotted by Beijing

Posted by feww on April 14, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE
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Another major air poisoning episode underway in Beijing

China Cognitive Dissonance: Pollution is deadly; pollution is necessary to promote a “better” lifestyle!

aqi beijing 14apr14
Beijing AQI. Near real-time Air Quality Index. Source: aqicn.org

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ITA Caused at least $1B in Damage

Posted by feww on April 14, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENT
SUPER CYCLONIC FORCE
MASS EVACUATIONS
MAJOR DISASTER
CATASTROPHE ZONE DECLARED
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Cyclone ITA affected 1,000km of QLD Coastline

Damage from Super Cyclone ITA has been estimated at $1bn, after the massive cyclone hit the Queensland coast near Cooktown in Queensland on Friday.

The cyclone severely affected the  coastline areas with high winds, and torrential rain, causing widespread flooding and destroying thousands of hectares of crops including bananas, beans, corn, capsicums, cucumbers, melons, sugarcane and tomatoes.

Much of the sugarcane crops in Ingham region were devastated and the town cut off by flooding.

About 90% of the region’s income depends on sugarcane, authorities said.

ita NOAA
Super Cyclone ITA approaching QLD coast. Credit NOAA

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Deadly Fire Destroys Thousands of Houses in Chile

Posted by feww on April 14, 2014

‘APOCALYPTIC’ FIRE
CATASTROPHE ZONE
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Chile declares a State of Emergency as deadly fire destroys thousands of homes

A massive fire described as “Apocalyptic” devastated large tracts of forest and residential neighborhoods in the Chilean city of Valparaiso, destroying at least 2,000 houses and killing  about two dozen people.

Up to 50,000 people were evacuated, as the fire raged over the weekend.

The Chilean President declared a state of emergency and sent the military to maintain order in the disaster area.

Scores of residents were treated for smoke inhalations and other injuries.

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Mass Evacuations in Chile as Fire Destroys Scores of Homes

Posted by feww on April 13, 2014

‘APOCALYPTIC’ FOREST FIRE
MAJOR  DISASTER

MASS EVACUATIONS
CATASTROPHE ZONE DECLARED
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Chile declares Valparaiso a catastrophe zone

UPDATED at 16:00UTC

“Apocalyptic” forest fire raging uncontrollably in Valparaiso

Chilean President has declared the city of Valparaiso, 105km west of the capital Santiago, a catastrophe zone and put the army in charge of the mass evacuations, after a raging forest fire spread into the city, killing at least two dozen people and destroying more than 500 homes.

“Valparaiso is without electricity at the moment and this means the flame column is creating a Dante-esque panorama and is advancing in an apparently uncontrollable manner,” said the city mayor, adding that shelters had been set up for the thousands of residents that have been forced to flee the blaze.

Valparaiso mega fire - local media
Valparaiso mega blaze continues to grow. Fanned by strong winds from the Pacific ocean, the massive blaze is  moving deeper into the heart of  the city consuming hundreds of buildings, and forcing the government to order mass evacuations, as the the city is declared a catastrophe zone. Photo: Original source unknown,  believed to be from the local media and may be subject to copyright.

 

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Federal Disaster Declared for Tennessee (DR-4171)

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENT
SEVERE WINTER STORM
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
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White House Declares Major Disaster in Tennessee 

The 3-0 has declared a major disaster in the State of Tennessee in the areas affected by a severe winter storm during the period of March 2-4, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the  severe winter storm were the counties of Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Haywood, Houston, Madison, Shelby, and Tipton.

Latest Major Disaster Declarations

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Major Disaster Declared for Maryland (DR-4170)

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENT
MAJOR SNOWSTORM
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
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White House Declares Federal Disaster in Maryland

The 3-0 has declared a major disaster in the State of Maryland in the areas affected by a snowstorm during the period of February 12-13, 2014. 

Areas worst affected by the snowstorm were the counties of Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard.

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.

Latest Major Disaster Declarations

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Ohio Finally Links Fracking to Earthquakes

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
FRACKING-RELATED SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
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Earthquakes Continue to Rattle Oklahomans

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has finally conceded that the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking), which involves injecting sand, water and chemicals at high pressure deep underground to help release oil and gas, may have produced earthquakes in Poland Township in March.

“Regarding the seismic events in Poland Township, ODNR geologists believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” said ODNR in a statement release on Friday.

At least 161 earthquakes measuring magnitude 2.5 or greater, occurring  in and near the state, have rattled Oklahomans in the past 30 days.

OK quakes to April 12
Updated: 2014-04-12 07:59:47 UTC. 30 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ (161 earthquakes in map area). Source; USGS/EHP.

Magnitude 4.2+ Since March 30

At least 7 quakes measuring 4.0 or greater have struck Oklahoma in the past three weeks including 4 shocks measuring 4.2 or greater occurring since Mach 30.

  • M4.2 about 6km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-04-07 at 16:03:03 UTC at a  depth of 5.2 km
  • M4.2 about 6km SSW of Langston, Oklahoma 2014-04-06 at 14:58:54 UTC at a  depth of5.1 km
  • M4.3 about 20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma 2014-03-30 at 08:42:36 UTC at a  depth of 5.0 km
  • M4.3 about 21km N of Crescent, Oklahoma 2014-03-30 at 06:51:56 UTC at a  depth of 5.0 km

In Another Shallow Quake Strikes Oklahoma posted on April 6, 2014 the blog said: FIRE-EARTH Models show Oklahoma seismicity WILL continue intensifying

That post and all other FIRE-EARTH blog entries concerning disasters or ‘impending’ disasters in the U.S. continue to be heavily censored, blocked or buried by Google, WordPress and others.

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast

For the next FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast see April 12 Bulletin, which would be released later today – members only.

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M6.5 Quake Strikes PNG

Posted by feww on April 12, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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Powerful Earthquake Offshore North Solomons

Centered at 6.855°S, 155.017°E the 6.5Mw quake struck at a depth of 39.4km (24.5mi), about 78km (48mi) SW of Panguna, PNG.

The quake followed heightened seismicity in the area triggered by a M7.1 quake that struck 57km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea on April 11.

Tsunami Evaluation

NO tsunami was detected.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 6.5Mw
Location: 6.855°S, 155.017°E depth=39.4km (24.5mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 78km (48mi) SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  • 91km (57mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 411km (255mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 558km (347mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  • 613km (381mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

Earthquake Location Map

png quake

Latest Seismicity Around PRF

Chile-Peru Trench Continued Seismicity

M6.0 – 84km SW of Iquique, Chile 2014-04-11 00:01:44 UTC

At least two more significant aftershocks struck along the Peru- Chile Trench following the deadly M8.2 quake, which struck Chile on April 1 (UTC).

The other significant aftershock was a M5.0 which struck 88km WNW of Iquique, Chile at 17:49:10 UTC (20.035°S 70.963°W depth=11.8km)

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast

For the next FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast see April 12 Bulletin, which would be released later today – members only.

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Crop Disasters Declared for 11 U.S. States

Posted by feww on April 11, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
FREEZE, EXCESSIVE SNOW

CROP DISASTERS
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Drought and Freeze Cause Crop Disasters across Dozens of Counties in 11 States

Crop Disasters Caused by DROUGHT

The U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA has designated dozens of counties across 10 states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah—as crop disaster areas due to the drought.

Those areas are

  • California. Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties.
  • Arizona. La Paz and Yuma counties.
  • Colorado. Phillips, Baca, Kiowa, Prowers, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Sedgwick and Yuma (2 designations) counties.
  • Idaho. Cassia, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties.
  • Kansas. Cheyenne, Greeley, Morton, Scott, Decatur (2 designations), Hamilton Norton, Seward, Graham, Haskell, Phillips, Sheridan, Grant, Meade, Rawlins , Sherman, Wallace, Wichita,Clark Gove, Lane, Smith, Finney, Gray, Logan, Stanton, Ford,  Kearny, Rooks, Stevens, Thomas  and Trego counties.
  • Nebraska. Arthur, Chase (2 designations), Custer, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy (2 designations), Furnas (2 designations), Garden, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes (2 designations), Keith  (2 designations), Franklin, Frontier (2 designations), Hitchcock (3 designations), Lincoln (2 designations), Red Willow (3 designations),  Logan, McPherson and Perkins (2 designations) counties.
  • Nevada. Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Nye and White Pine counties.
  • Oklahoma. Beaver, Cimarron and Texas counties.
  • Texas. Crockett, Menard, Schleicher, Irion, Reagan, Sutton, Concho, Glasscock, Mason, Sterling, Upton, Crane, Kimble, Midland, Terrell, Val Verde, Edwards, McCulloch, Pecos and  Tom Green counties.
  • Utah.  Box Elder and Tooele counties.

Crop Disasters Caused by FREEZE

USDA has also designated 20 counties in New York as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by freeze and excessive snow that occurred Dec. 1, 2013, and continues.

Those counties are Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Wyoming, Allegany, Cortland, Madison, Tompkins, Cattaraugus, Erie, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, Genesee, Oswego, Yates, Chemung, Livingston and Steuben.

Drought Disasters 2014

Since January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,010 counties across 16 states as crop disaster areas.

  • Those states are: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.
  • Crop disasters have been declared in an additional 42 counties in the states of New York and Pennsylvania due to  Freeze.

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. A number of 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 April 2, 2014.

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Deadly Bat Disease Found in Michigan, Wisconsin

Posted by feww on April 11, 2014

DEADLY BAT DISEASE
UNPRECEDENTED BAT MORTALITY
WNS SPREADS IN THE U.S.
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White-nose syndrome (WNS) has now spread across 23 U.S. states

White-nose syndrome (WNS) had killed an estimated 6.7 million bats by January 2012.

“White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a devastating disease of hibernating bats that has caused the most precipitous decline of North American wildlife in recorded history. It is caused by the fungus Psuedogymnoascus destructans, and is rapidly spreading through cave bat populations across the country causing unprecedented mortality.”

WNS has affected at least 11 cave-hibernating bats, including four endangered species and subspecies of insect-eating bats in the eastern and southern U.S., causing population declines of up to 100 percent, wild life officials said.

LittleBrownBats - WNR
A cluster of little brown bats (Myotis lucifigus). Little brown bats often form clusters of up to hundreds of bats in order to maintain constant temperatures while hibernating. Source: Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources.

“In February 2006, some 40 miles west of Albany, New York, a caver photographed hibernating bats with an unusual white substance on their muzzles. He noticed several dead bats. The following winter, bats behaving erratically, bats with white noses and a few hundred dead bats in several caves came to the attention of New York biologists, who documented white-nose syndrome (WNS) in January 2007. Named after the distinctive white growth that appears on the nose and wings of affected bats, WNS reached Wisconsin in spring 2014.”

Human Health and Economy

Bats play a vital role in the ecosystems by eating insects and pests that can damage crops, forests and transfer diseases like West Nile Virus. Several of the upper Midwest’s largest bat hibernation sites, estimated to host about half a million bats, are found in Wisconsin.

“[WNS] has significant environmental, economic and public health implications. Insectivorous bats consume large numbers of agricultural pests, which cost farmers and foresters billions of dollars yearly. Bats play an important role in sustaining many unique and fragile cave ecosystems. For example, bats are the primary source of nutrients in many cave systems, and many cave-obligate species depend on such input for survival. Thus, the loss or significant reduction of bat populations from caves could have cascading affects that impact the status of many other cave species.”

WNS is mainly spread from bat to bat, but the spores can also be transported by humans from fungus contaminated sites to healthy bat colonies.


Little brown bats in a hibernation cave in New York show fungal growth on their muzzles. Bats have been dissappearing at alarming rates due to white-nose syndrome, which scientists now know is caused by a specific fungus. (Photo Credit: Nancy Heaslip, New York Department of Environmental Conservation)

WNS Spread Map

 

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Strong Quakes Strike Nicaragua, Coastal Chile

Posted by feww on April 11, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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M6.1 strikes near Valle San Francisco, Nicaragua; M6.0 rattles coastal northern Chile

M6.1 earthquake struck about 10km W of Valle San Francisco, Nicaragua at 23:27:46 UTC on April 10, 2014.

The quake was centered at 12.514°N, 86.379°W and struck at a depth of about 13.0km (8.1mi), said USGS/EHP.

The quake struck about 44km NNW of the capital Managua ( metro pop: ∼ 2,300,000), near Lake Managua, and about 30km NE of Momotombo Volcano.

Frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions at Momotombo forced the population of the nearby León Viejo to relocate about 45 km west to the current location of city of León about 400 years ago.

At least one significant aftershock measuring 5.1Mw followed the quake, as of posting.

Chile-Peru Trench Continued Seismicity

M6.0 – 84km SW of Iquique, Chile 2014-04-11 00:01:44 UTC

At least two more significant aftershocks struck along the Peru- Chile Trench following the deadly M8.2 quake, which struck Chile on April 1 (UTC).

The other significant aftershock was a M5.0 which struck 88km WNW of Iquique, Chile at 17:49:10 UTC (20.035°S 70.963°W depth=11.8km)

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To All of You We Didn’t Meet…

Posted by feww on April 9, 2014

COLLAPSE LOOMS
700 DAYS LEFT
MASS DIEOFFS BEGIN
GOOD-BYE & GOOD RIDDANCE

We’re always here, waiting for you to show up!

It’s now a near certainty that homo sapiens sapiens [homo ignarus vulgus exitiabilis] won’t get their act together in 700 days!

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 700 Days Left

FIRE-EARTH Climate Models show climate change forcings and feedbacks switching global weather patterns onto “primordial tracks.”

FIRE-EARTH Population Models show mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could begin as early as 2016.

Who’s killing life on Earth?

The psychopathic Homo Ignarus Vulgus Exitiabilis (HIVE). You are! Most of the humanoids are. The HIVE genus (the ignorant, destructive mobs comprising mainly of psychopathic men and women who, like Freud, “attack against nature and subjecting her to human will”) are killing life on Earth in a desperate attempt to protect their intravenous connections to the destructive energy-intensive system they feed on.

Critical Planetary Overload

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

Collapse in Progress

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Thousands Evacuated as Massive Storm Pounds Argentina

Posted by feww on April 8, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
‘WORST EVER’ STORM IN ARGENTINA
EXTREME RAIN EVENT
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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State of Emergency Declared in Argentina as Powerful Storm Batters the Country

Thousands of people have been evacuated to temporary shelters, as a major storm system dumps more than 210 mm of rain, or the equivalent of entire year’s rainfall, in six days.

The storm, named LUCREZIA on Internet, and said to be the country’s worst cyclonic storms in decades, pounded multiple provinces, including Neuquén, Rio Negro, Santa Fe, Cordoba, Entre Rios, Catamarca, and Santiago del Estero, according to local reports.

The military are assisting in the search and evacuation of civilians in areas affected by the storm, especially in the worst hit province of Nequén, where hundreds of homes are flooded.

About 118mm of rain fell across the province in less than 24 hours, just short of half the annual total. More than 1,300 people were evacuated from the provincial capital, Neuquén City, and smaller towns throughout the usually arid Patagonian province, said Buenos Aires Herald.

The electricity is cut off and transport system has shut down; offices, shops and schools are closed.

argentina flooding
Original caption: Strong storms struck much of the country in recent days leading to thousands of evacuations since Saturday. Neuquén (pictured) was the worst-hit province, where some 1,000 people were evacuated. Other provinces badly hit by floods include Río Negro, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, Mendoza, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero. Credit BA Herald. Image may be subject to copyright. 

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Life-Threatening Drought Plagues NW Haiti

Posted by feww on April 7, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
WORSENING DROUGHT
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
FOOD INSECURITY
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Recurring drought worsening chronic food insecurity in Haiti

Drought has killed crops in Haiti’s poorest region, pushing the people even closer to the margins of survival.

At least 43 percent of households in Haiti’s northwest suffer from food insecurity, compared to a national average of about 30 percent, according to Government statistics.

More than 1.5 million people continue to face severe food insecurity in Haiti and about 82,000 children under five are malnourished, according to the UNOCHA.

The worsening disaster is caused by drought and the impact of hurricanes ISSAC and SANDY, which battered the country last year, said UNOCHA spokesperson.

SANDY struck Haiti in October leaving a trail of destruction and severely damaging the economy.

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Major Disaster Declared in Oregon (DR-4169)

Posted by feww on April 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
SEVERE WINTER STORM
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
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White House Declares Federal Disaster in  Oregon

The Oval Office Occupant (30) has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oregon in the ares affected by the severe winter storm during the period of February 6-10, 2014. 

Areas worst affected by the disaster are the counties of Benton, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn.

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

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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Another Shallow Quake Strikes Oklahoma

Posted by feww on April 6, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
FRACKING-RELATED SEISMIC HAZARD
CONTINUED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
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FIRE-EARTH Models show Oklahoma seismicity WILL continue intensifying

Magnitude 4.0Mw quake strikes 3km S of Langston, Oklahoma, followed by at least one other shock measuring 2.7Mw.

Earthquake details

Magnitude: 4.0Mw
Event Time: 2014-04-06 14:58:54 UTC
Location: 35.917°N 97.260°W depth=5.8km (3.6mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 3km (2mi) S of Langston, Oklahoma
  • 15km (9mi) ENE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 28km (17mi) SW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 35km (22mi) NE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 54km (34mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Earthquake Location Map

OK quake 6apr14
Source: USGS/EHP.

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Fracking Oklahoma

[Mirrored from sourcewatch ] Oil output has doubled in the state since the start of 2010, from 160,000 to 320,000 barrels per day, primarily due to fracking for tight oil (also sometimes referred to as shale oil).
Oklahoma is part of the Caney and Woodford Shales, which are sites of drilling and fracking. The state also has thousands of injection and disposal wells, which have been linked to a 5.7 earthquake in the state in 2011.

Oklahoma Earthquakes

Oklahoma has seen a sharp rise in the number of earthquakes in the last few years. In August 2011, the Oklahoma Geological Survey examined a cluster of earthquakes in Oklahoma and found “that shortly after hydraulic fracturing began small earthquakes started occurring, and more than 50 were identified, of which 43 were large enough to be located. Most of these earthquakes occurred within a 24 hour period after hydraulic fracturing operations had ceased.”

On April 18, 2012, University of Memphis scientist Stephen Horton released his findings that a 5.7 quake in November 2011 was “possibly triggered” by injection wells near the fault that ruptured. Horton found that 63 percent of earthquakes have occurred within 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) of a deep injection well, compared to a 31 percent chance of a random, natural earthquake happening within 10 kilometers of a deep injection well. He did note that the correlation between the location of the quake centers and the wells was complicated by the fact that some of the nearby injection wells had been in operation for 10 years, and the amount of fluid being injected has reportedly been on the decline for the last five years.

In July 2012 it was reported that Oklahoma officials ignored advice about injecting water into faults, to maintain production of oil and natural gas.

A 2013 study published in Geology linked Oklahoma’s 5.7 earthquake to underground injection of wastewater, saying a decades-long time lag between injection and tremors is possible. Geologists placed seismometers in the area after the initial quake and were able to track fault rupture areas, which showed close proximity to disposal wells. According to the researchers: “we interpret that a net fluid volume increase after 18 yr of injection lowered effective stress on reservoir-bounding faults. Significantly, this case indicates that decades-long lags between the commencement of fluid injection and the onset of induced earthquakes are possible.”

In October 2013 a drilling wastewater operator ceased injections at Oklahoma’s Love County Disposal Well after a series of earthquakes. Injection began Sept. 3 and the earthquakes started Sept. 17 in the area near the Texas border, about 100 miles north of Dallas. The strongest was magnitude 3.4.]

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More than 3,200 People Killed in Iraq in 2014

Posted by feww on April 6, 2014

IRAQ HOLOCAUST
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Average 36 people killed in Iraq each day this year

At least 1159 people have been killed in Iraq since March 1, 2014, bringing the massacre toll to more than 3,160 so far this year.

Thousands of other have been wounded in the bloody violence. Millions of others have been scared psychologically for the rest of their lives.

Some 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, according to the United Nation’s Assistance (!) Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Iraq Body Count puts the number of civilians killed in violent acts at 9,475 for 2013.

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Earthquake Damages Thousands of Homes in SW China

Posted by feww on April 6, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
WIDESPREAD DAMAGE
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Earthquake affects more than 68,000 people, leaves 21,000 homeless

A magnitude 5.3 quake struck Yongshan County at a depth of 13 km, at 6:40 a.m. Saturday local time damaging at least 2,731 homes (75 destroyed), affecting more than 68,000, and leaving 21,000 displaced. At least 25 people were injured, authorities said.

The quake also damaged numerous other buildings including 48 schools across six towns, reported Xinhua.

Xiluodu Hydropower Project

Yongshan is home to the Xiluodu hydropower project, China’s second largest hydropower station, only 15 km from the epicenter. Rumors have spread that the quake was caused by the power station,” said the report.

“The area has a history of quakes, [Zhang Jianguo of Yunnan Disaster Prevention Research Institute] said, and quakes caused by reservoirs usually have quite shallow epicenters, at a depth of around 4 km, while the epicenter of Saturday’s quake was 13 km deep.”

Yunnan EQ 5apr14
Original caption: A villager stands besides her damaged house in Yongshan County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, April 5, 2014. At least 25 people were injured and 21,000 relocated when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake stuck Yongshan early on Saturday. (Xinhua/Hu Chao). More images…

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Significant Quake Rattles Oklahoma

Posted by feww on April 5, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
FRACKING-RELATED SEISMIC HAZARD
CONTINUED SEISMICITY IN OKLAHOMA
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Magnitude 4.2 Quake Strikes 20km N of Crescent, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.139°N, 97.632°W the quake struck at a depth of 5.1km (3.2mi) Saturday, 12:42:17 UTC on April 5, 2014.

The quake was one of 7 shocks measuring ≥ 2.5Mw to occur in Oklahoma since 03:54UTC, Saturday.

OK Quake 5apr2014
Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

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Ebola Kills 100 in West Africa

Posted by feww on April 5, 2014

DEADLY VIRAL HEMORRHAGIC FEVERS
EBOLA KILLS 100 IN W. AFRICA
MALI SUSPECTS EBOLA HF
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Mali suspects EHF cases as death toll reaches 100 in W. Africa

Mali health authorities say they have identified possible cases of Ebola HF since the epidemic outbreak in neighboring Guinea.

The outbreak, which originated in Guinea in early March, has since spread to the neighbors Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Guinea has reported an increased total of 127 probable and suspect cases, including 86 deaths (case fatality ratio: 68%), as of April 4, 2014. Of the suspect cases, 35 have been laboratory confirmed positive cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), including 14 health care workers and 11 cases in Conakry, the capital, according to various sources.

Liberia has reported 14 suspect cases, which include 7 deaths and 2 laboratory-confirmed cases of EHF from persons with recent travel history to Guinea. Authorities are investigating reports of additional suspect cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak, Guinea and Liberia 2014

ehf outbreak in west africa
Source:  CDC/National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Possible Outbreak in Senegal and Gambia

News of a possible outbreak in Senegal may have been suppressed.

Gambia has placed at least two people with suspected EHF under quarantine.

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.

There are  no known cure or vaccine for the Ebola virus.

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.

Ebola_2_thumb_colorized
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.

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]

  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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