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Significant Quakes Strike Kansas, Oklahoma, Iceland

Posted by feww on September 30, 2014

 

Kansas Shaken by Magnitude 4.1 Quake

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

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

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

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

M4.1 quake strikes near Perry, Oklahoma

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

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

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

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

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

 M5.5 shock rattles Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

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

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

 


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Deadly Earthquake Destroys Village in Peru

Posted by feww on September 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Significant Quakes Strike Iceland

Posted by feww on September 28, 2014

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

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

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

Meantime, IMO has issued the following warnings

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

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Large Quake Swarm Plagues Mammoth Lakes, CA

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

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

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

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

EQ Details

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

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

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M6.2 Quake Strikes Alaska

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

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

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

Earthquake Details

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

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

Other Significant Seismicity

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


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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in 10 States

Posted by feww on September 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crop Disasters 2014

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

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

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

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

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

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on September 24, 2014.

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Second Round of Flood Disasters in a Month Hits India

Posted by feww on September 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 600th Sinkhole Opens Up in Seoul

Posted by feww on September 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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

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70,000 Syrian Kurds Flee to Turkey Fearing Genocide

Posted by feww on September 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August Global Temperature Breaks Record

Posted by feww on September 20, 2014

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

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

Other Global Highlights [Source: NOAA]

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

Warmest Summer on Record

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

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Killer MARIO: States of Calamity Declared in Philippines

Posted by feww on September 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

States of Calamity

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

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

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Toxic Algae Warning Expanded for Oregon River

Posted by feww on September 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tens of Thousands Evacuated as Floods Shut Down Manila

Posted by feww on September 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by feww on September 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

State of Emergency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire danger remains extreme across California, said officials.

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FREEZE Destroys Crops in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

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

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

The crop disaster designations include the following areas:

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

Pennsylvania. Crawford and Erie counties.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in U.S. West

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

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

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

The crop disaster designations are as follows:

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

Arizona. La Paz and Mohave counties.

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

Oregon. Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on September 17, 2014.

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Massive Wildfire Threatens Thousands of California Homes

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following details are provided by Cal Fire:

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

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

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

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M6.7 Quake Strikes Guam

Posted by feww on September 17, 2014

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

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

NO destructive tsunami was associated with this event.


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Wildfires Destroy Hundreds of Homes in California

Posted by feww on September 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SoCal Buckling Under Heat

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

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

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

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

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Mt Mayon Threatens to Erupt: Thousands Evacuated

Posted by feww on September 16, 2014

VOLCANIC HAZARD
MAYON VOLCANO
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 070, 09, 08, 07
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Mayon in high state of unrest, explosive eruption possible

Thousands of people have been evacuated from around the foot Mt Mayon, Philippines’ most active volcano, as the crater glow became observable indicating presence of molten lava and superheated volcanic gases.

PHIVOLCS released the following bulletins earlier:

MAYON VOLCANO BULLETIN 16 September 2014 8:00 A.M.

Mayon Volcano’s (13.2500°N, 123.6833°E) seismic network recorded thirty-two (32) volcanic earthquakes and seventy-two (72) rock fall events during the past 24-hour observation period. Intensity III (bright) crater glow was visible last night, although rain clouds prevented visual observation of the crater during the day. Rolling incandescent rockfall within the uppermost reaches of the Bonga Gully last night indicates that the summit lava dome is breaching the crater in its southeastern side. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) flux was measured at an average of 611 tonnes/day on 02 September 2014. Ground deformation data showed inflationary changes in the edifice from February 2014 based on precise leveling surveys on the 3rd week of August 2014, and edifice inflation from January 2012 baselines based on continuous tilt measurement. All the above data indicate that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma.

Mayon Volcano’s alert status has been raised to Alert Level 3.   This means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. It is recommended that the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank be enforced due to the danger of rock falls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows.  PHIVOLCS maintains close monitoring of Mayon Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

NOTICE OF INCREASE TO ALERT LEVEL 3:

In the past several hours, a noticeable escalation of unrest was recorded by the Mayon Volcano monitoring network. Since 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM today, 39 rockfall events that are ascribed to incipient breaching of the growing summit lava dome across the southeastern crater rim, and 32 low frequency volcanic earthquakes that indicate magma intrusion and/or volcanic gas activity, have been detected. Crater glow has become observable, indicating incandescence of the crater from molten lava and hot volcanic gas.

In view thereof, PHIVOLCS-DOST is now raising the alert status of Mayon Volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3. This means that Mayon is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.  It is therefore recommended that the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank be enforced due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows. PHIVOLCS maintains close monitoring of Mayon Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.

Significant Earthquakes

Iceland has been rattled by 7 significant quakes measuring between magnitudes 4.6 and 5.3Mw since September 10.

  • The largest quake measured 5.3Mw, which occurred 108km WNW of Hofn at depth of 10.0 km on 2014-09-15 at 08:05:02 UTC.

Sweden registered a rare earthquake measuring 4.7Mw, which struck about 59km (37mi) N of Mora, said USGS/EHP.

  • The quake occurred at a depth of about 14.3km (8.9mi), at 13:08UTC on September 15, 2014.

Oklahomans were rattled by at least 4 earthquakes over the last 24 hours. The quakes measured between magnitudes 2.7 and 4.0Mw.

  • The largest quake measuring 4.0Mw occurred about 6km S of Guthrie, Oklahoma at a depth of 4.4 km on September 15 at 20:08UTC.

Japan recorded a magnitude 5.6 shock striking Ibaraki Prefecture about 44km (27mi) NNE of Tokyo, which scared the living daylight out of millions of local kamikazes.

  • The quake registered 5- (Five Minus) on the local 7-point seismic scale.

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

The Team has suspended its research also on Japan seismicity due to resurgence of militarism in Japan and other reasons, as previously stated.

 

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 15, 2014

Posted by feww on September 15, 2014

MAJOR CATASTROPHES
NATIONAL DISASTER DECLARATION
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES

MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 900, 555, 444, 333, 111, 101, 100, 080, 078, 070, 066, 023, 09, 05, 03, 02
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Floodwaters Threaten Pakistan’s Sindh Province with Large-Scale Devastation

Having caused  major catastrophes in Punjab and Kashmir, rising floodwaters could caused  large-scale devastations in Pakistan’s Sindh Province.

In Punjab province alone flooding affected more than 2.2 million people, killing at least 209 and leaving 4,286 others injured, said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Some 2,853 villages were severely inundated and 32,243 houses were damaged or destroyed, NDMA reported.

Authorities rescued 41,115 persons, while 200,000 people were displaced.

Kashmir Mega Catastrophe

Meanwhile at least 75,000 people are still awaiting evacuation in partly submerged homes in Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, “where roads have been transformed into stagnant canals strewn with sewage, wreckage and dead livestock,” reported Reuters.

“Floating carcasses have become a big source of worry with most houses still waterlogged. We are struggling to get in touch with government health officials,” said a concerned hotelier in Kashmir.

People are worried that hectares of stagnant water covering the city would increase the risk of waterborne diseases spreading.

“The stench of rotting carcasses of cattle was almost unbearable for people in some parts of Srinagar, a city of more than a million people,” said the report.

Flooding and landslides have claimed hundreds of lives left tens of thousands homeless in Indian-administered Kashmir, where the cost of flood damage could top several billion dollars.

Other Major Disasters/ Significant Events

Extreme Rain Events flood more than two-thirds of Croatia

EREs have triggered severe flooding inundating about two-thirds Croatia, Reuters quoted the national rescue agency DUZS as saying,

“The biggest threat is in flooded areas around the central towns of Sisak, Hrvatska Kostajnica and Karlovac. Several villages have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared in the northern municipality of Nedelisce.”

Wildfires Threaten Hundreds of Homes in California

Madera County – Courtney Fire.  More than 400 Structures with approximately 1,000 residents living in the Northern part of Oakhurst  and a section of Bass Lake near Road 222 have been evacuated, reported CalFire. The fire has destroyed at least a dozen buildings, as of posting.

  • Acreage Burned-Containment: 320 acres – 20% contained
  • Total Personnel: 400

El Dorado County – King Fire. The King Fire is located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River northeast of the community of Pollock Pines. Fire is currently traveling to the east/northeast with a rapid rate of spread, said CalFire.

500 Homes remain threatened. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas: Estates at Forebay Road between King of the Mountain Road and Pony Express Trail, as well as all of Whites Meadows Road.

Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for more than 400 homes  located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek Ct, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Ct, and Baltimore Road.

  • Acreage Burned-Containment: 3,900 acres – 10% contained
  • Fire Personnel: 806

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Hurricane ODILE Slams Baja, Forces Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on September 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
SIGNIFICANT HURRICANES
MAJOR STORMS
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111,  071, 070, 066, 055, 033, 023, 09
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Strong Hurricane ODILE slams Mexico’s Baja California peninsula

ODILE pummeled the popular resorts of Baja California peninsula early Monday, forcing tens of thousands of tourists and locals to move to  emergency shelters.

ODILE made landfall as a category 2 hurricane, but would likely cause life-threatening flooding and mudslides over the next few days, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Emergency officials evacuated more than 30,000 people, most of whom were tourists.

Other Hurricanes/ Typhoons

Hainan (China) issues highest alert ahead of Typhoon KALMAEGI

KALMAEGI is forecast to make landfall between Guangdong Province and Hainan Island about noon Tuesday, said China’s National Meteorological Center.

The typhoon may have damaged or destroyed about a fifth of rice output and a third of corn production in the northeastern province of Isabela, according to reports

The typhoon was located about 645km southeast of Leizhou City, Guangdong Province at 4:00 p.m. local time on Monday, said a report.

EDOUARD may become first major 2014 Atlantic hurricane

EDOUARD, currently a Cat. 2 hurricane, is set to become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season in the next few hours, said the National Hurricane Center.

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‘State of Disaster’ in Nine Cities, 45 Towns amid SW China EREs

Posted by feww on September 14, 2014

MEGA DISASTERS
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS (ERES)
DEADLY FLOODS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 078, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023,  09, 02
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Deadly Rainstorms Wreak Havoc across SW China

Extreme Rain Events have left at least 9 cities and 45 towns in SW China in a “State of Disaster,” affecting millions of people, displacing hundreds of thousands, and killing or injuring scores of others. Many people are missing.

“Continuous heavy rains have battered Sichuan since Sept. 8, leaving about 2.5 million people in nine cities in a state of disaster and forcing 160,000 among them to relocate to avoid risks, said the flood control headquarters of Sichuan,” said China’s official news agency, Xinhua.

The rainstorms have destroyed at least 8,200 housing units in the province causing major rivers to flood, said the report.

Raging floodwaters have destroyed or damaged thousands of hectares of crops and swept away scores of livestock.

Extreme rains will continue to pound southwest and central China, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC) forecast on Sunday.

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Ferocious Fire Forces Hundreds of Evacuations in SoCal

Posted by feww on September 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Another Major Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes in Drought-Stricken Calif.

The Silverado Fire has consumed about 650 hectares in the Cleveland National Forest burning through brush and chaparral and threatening 217 homes amid California’s record drought and 3-digit, record-high temperatures.

The fire started Friday morning near the 30500 block of Silverado Canyon Road and is expected to continue through the weekend. At this time the fire is headed northeast, said Inciweb.

Approximately 738 fire personnel are now on site with 10 rotary and 5 fixed-wing aircraft currently in use.

An evacuation order affecting approximately 217 homes remains in place from 30331 Silverado Canyon Road east to the end of the road.”

Excessive Heat Warning: DANGEROUSLY HOT WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as well as  Santa Monica Mountains warning of heat indices rising to 110 degrees (44.3°C).

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for southern California, as well as NW Oregon, W Washington state, and SW Wyoming, as of posting.

Additional Information

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 13, 2014

Posted by feww on September 13, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
NATIONAL DISASTER DECLARATION
STATES OF EMERGENCY
MAJOR CATASTROPHES
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
EARTHQUAKE

MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 078, 070, 066, 023, 09, 04, 02
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Major Disaster Declared in Hawaii

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Hawaii in the area affected by Tropical Storm ISELLE  during the period of August 7-9, 2014.

Tropical Storm ISELLE caused significant damage in the counties of Hawaii and Maui.

On September 5, the Hawai‘i County Mayor signed a state of emergency proclamation lava flow in the Wao Kele O Puna area extended to less than 1.5km from the edge of the Ka‘ohe Homesteads subdivision, said the mayor’s office.

Major Disaster Declared in California

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of California in the area affected by an earthquake during the period of August 24 to September 7, 2014.

The quake caused significant damage in the counties of Napa and Solano.

Major Disaster Declared in Guam

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Territory of Guam in the area affected by Tropical Storm HALONG during the period of July 28-31, 2014.

State of Emergency Declared in Mississippi’s DeSoto County

Gov. Bryant has declared a state of emergency in Mississippi’s DeSoto County after a line of severe storms pounded the northern part of the state and Tennessee, said a report.

Residents at the Savannah Creek Apartments in Southaven, Miss., were evacuated by the U.S. Coast Guard using rafts, the report said.

Up to seven inches of rain fell over a 100-hour period inundating scores of homes and roads Thursday, with the the cities of Southaven and Horn Lake being the worst hit areas.

St. John Parish School Board Declares State of Emergency

The School Board in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, has declared a state of emergency after a deadly brain-eating amoeba was found in the water supply in August, said a report.

The amoeba is only dangerous if it gets into the nasal cavity, throught which it can reach the brain, according to Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Death Toll Continues to Climb in Pakistan-India Floods

Extreme Rain Events and widespread flooding have killed at least 600 people in Pakistan and India, injuring hundreds more across the two countries, and affecting millions of others.

Meantime, Water levels in north Kashmir continued to rise, causing major concern, said Jammu & Kashmir chief minister on Saturday.

Crops over millions of hectares have been destroyed or damaged.

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