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Motown Collapsing

Posted by feww on July 19, 2013

Detroit becomes largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy 

The city of Detroit, a metonym for the American automobile industry, has become the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, with debts of up to $20bn.

Since January 2010, at least eight cities, towns and counties have filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in a federal court. The list includes Boise County (Idaho), Stockton, Mammoth Lake and San Bernardino (California), Jefferson County (Alabama), Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), Central Falls (Rhode Island) and Detroit (Michigan).

“The fiscal realities confronting Detroit have been ignored for too long. I’m making this tough decision so the people of Detroit will have the basic services they deserve and so we can start to put Detroit on a solid financial footing that will allow it to grow and prosper in the future,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “This is a difficult step, but the only viable option to address a problem that has been six decades in the making.”


“It is clear that the financial emergency in Detroit cannot be successfully addressed outside of such a filing, and it is the only reasonable alternative that is available,” Snyder said in the letter authorizing Detroit’s emergency manager to seek federal bankruptcy protection for the City. “In other words, the City’s financial emergency cannot be satisfactorily rectified in a reasonable period of time absent this filing.”

Detroit population has shrunk from over 2 million in the 1950s to about 713,000 in 2011. The city reported  the highest violent crime rate among all major US cities, with more than 15,000 reported crimes in 2011.

The public services are in a state of near collapse. About 80,000 properties are abandoned or condemned, with only 53% of owners paying their 2011 property taxes.

After 60 years of decline, large parts of the City can only improve by being razed to the ground.

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  • San Bernardino. The city of San Bernardino became the third California city in two weeks to file bankruptcy protection in the face of a $45-million budget shortfall, reports said.
  • Atwater. The small Central California city of Atwater (Pop: ~28,000) has declared A fiscal emergency, which could translate to the state’s fourth municipal bankruptcy this year, said a report.
  • North Las Vegas, Nevada. The Nevada city of North Las Vegas, described as “ground zero for foreclosures” was officially declared as a disaster area on June 23.

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Earthquakes Leave Hundreds Dead or Injured in Iran

Posted by feww on August 11, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 11 August 2012

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,313 Days Left

[August 11, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,313 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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Two strong quakes struck NW Iran, killing about 200, injuring 1,500

The quakes struck near the city of Tabriz (pop: ~1.5 million), capital of East Azerbaijan province and the country’s fourth most populated city, destroying or damaging about 70 outlying villages.

  • First quake measuring 6.4Mw struck 20 km (12 miles) WSW of Ahar, and 60 km (37 miles) ENE of Tabriz, Iran.
  • Second quake measuring 6.3Mw struck 32 km (19 miles) WSW of Ahar, and 48 km (29 miles) ENE of Tabriz, according to USGS.
  • Both quakes struck at depths of less than 10km.
  • The second quake struck about 12 minutes after the first at 12:34UTC, August 11, 2012.
  • The death toll is expected to rise, as many people are still trapped in the rubble, officials told reporters.
  • The quakes have left at least 20,000 people homeless,
  • At least a dozen aftershock have struck near the epicenter at Armenia-Azerbaijan-Iran border region, as of posting.


EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP


Shakemap NW Iran – USGS

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Mount Tongariro Erupts

Posted by feww on August 7, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 7 August 2012

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,317 Days Left

[August 7, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,317 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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Selected Global Disasters/ Significant Events

New Zealand

Mega eruptions could follow in and around New Zealand Islands, as forecast

Mount Tongariro, located in the center of NZ’s North Island, spewed ash and debris more than 6,000 meters into the air at 23:50 on Monday local time.

The force of eruption sent a cloud of ash about 110 km southeast of the volcano, and catapulted volcanic rocks at least a kilometer away, reports said.

  • NZ’s Civil Defense said the volcanic activity could pose a threat to  Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu, Wanganui, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.
  • Mount Tongariro last erupted in 1897.

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Large boulders landed on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track. Photo: NZ Police.


Volcanic rocks ejected from Mount Tongariro damage Ketetahi Hut in Tongariro National Park. Photo: NZ police

USA

  • Montana. Gov Schweitzer declared a state of emergency across half the state as strong winds fanned wildfires that have already scorched about 300,000 acres since last week.
    • “The spate of new fires in recent days has pushed Montana above 900 square miles burned so far in 2012. That’s well over the state’s 10-year average and more than three times the amount of land that burned last year,” said a report.
  • Florida.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 23 counties in Florida as agricultural disaster areas due to the combined effects of Tropical Storm Debby, excessive rain and flooding that occurred June 1-29, 2012.
    • Georgia. Five counties in Georgia were also declared as disaster areas because they’re contiguous.
  • California.  USDA has designated 13 counties in California as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by losses caused by hail, rain and cold temperatures that occurred April 11-13, 2012.
    • Primary disaster areas: Kings and Merced counties.
    • Contiguous disaster areas: Fresno, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.
  • South Carolina.  USDA has designated six counties in South Carolina as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frost, freezes, and a hailstorm that occurred April 5-13, 2012.
    • North Carolina.  Three counties in NC were also declared as disaster areas because they’re contiguous.

Philippines

  • Manila.  Extreme rain events have submerged more than half of the Philippine capital, triggering a deadly landslide that killed at least a dozen people.
    • Most parts of the country were already saturated following Typhoon Saola, which left up to 60 people dead and forced more than quarter of a million people to flee their homes last week.
    • The authorities have reportedly evacuated hundreds of thousands of residents along the Marikina River banks, after excess water La Mesa dam spilled into the rivers flowing into Manila’s suburban Quezon City and several other areas.
    • Many others have climbed to rooftops waiting to be rescued.
    • “It’s like a water world,” the chief of  disaster response agency was reported as saying.
    • At least ten provincial areas and cities around Manila have declared states of calamity.
    • Price of basic commodities in areas under states of calamity have skyrocketed by up to 300 percent since last week, reports said.


Flooding in Marikina City, Metro Manila (Photo: Dave Llavanes)

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States of Emergency Declared in Flooded Ontario Towns

Posted by feww on May 29, 2012

Extensive flooding due to torrential rain prompts Ontario towns to declare states of emergency

The City of Thunder Bay, Conmee Township and the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge in northwestern Ontario, Canada have declared states of emergency following severe flooding due to extreme rain events.

Flooding has forced the authorities to close down dozens of schools in Thunder Bay area, reports said.

Up to 108mm of rain have been recorded by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority over the last 24 to 36 hours, with the  highest amounts logged in Thunder Bay and Oliver Paipoonge.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • New Zealand.  It’s been revealed that kiwifruit growers in New Zealand illegally inject their crops with the powerful antibiotic streptomycin to stop the spread of PSA bacteria.
    • The illegal use of streptomycin can create antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to toxicology experts.
    • Streptomycin is a bactericidal antibiotic and was the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis (TB).
    • In 2009, New Zealand researchers revealed that cases of necrotizing fasciitis in“flesh-eating” disease had surged by 300 percent since 1990.
    • Since about 1999, another serious form of monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis,  the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium has struck with increasing frequency.
    • See also: Superbugs Invasion Has Begun
  • Qatar. A large fire at a shopping mall in Doha, capital of the Saudi satellite state of Qatar, has killed at least 19 people, including 13 toddlers, and left more than 17 others injured, including 4 children.
    • The victims included Spanish, French, Filipino and two-year-old New Zealand triplets.
  • North Korea. A severe drought is threatening food shortages in North Korea, which has received little rain since late April.
  • Bologna, Italy.  A shallow earthquake measuring 5.8Mw struck Emilia Romagna region, 40 km (24 miles) NNW of Bologna, northern Italy, killing at least 10 people.
    • [Death toll is expected to rise because an unknown number of people are trapped under the rubble, police said.]
    • The quake was centered at 44.814°N, 11.079°E and struck at a depth of about 9.6 km (6 miles) on May 29, 2012 at 07:00 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.
    • The quake also caused structural damage, toppling a tower in San Felice sul Panaro, Italian media reported.
    • The quake was followed by at least three aftershocks, and the tremors were felt throughout northern Italy, including Milan, the financial capital.
    • The quake was the second significant shock to strike the region since May 20. The 6.0Mw quake earlier this month killed at least 7 people, injured dozens, destroyed hundreds of buildings and left about 5,000 people homeless.
    • See also: Italy Declares State of Emergency in EQ Zone Posted on May 23, 2012

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Millions of People Affected by Extreme Rain Events in China

Posted by feww on May 14, 2012

Continuous rainstorms forces hundreds of thousands of residents to relocate in southern, eastern and central China

Extreme rain events have destroyed tens of thousands of homes in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, central China’s Hunan provinceeast China’s Jiangxi province, leaving dozens of people dead, injured or missing.

The rainstorms have affected at least 3 million people, destroying their food stocks, also destroying or damaging tens of thousands of hectares of crops.


Villagers transport pork carcasses using a boat in Wuning County of Jiujiang City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, May 13, 2012.  Days of heavy rains have caused local rivers and reservoirs to rise above warning levels in Jiangxi Province. (Xinhua). Image may be subject to copyright. More images…

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Bangkok Primed for Collapse

Posted by feww on October 26, 2011

Collapse of Bangkok Would Follow Classic Pattern

The entire city of Bangkok could be inundated, the Prime Minister has warned, with many parts of the capital submerged by up to 1.5m (5ft) of floodwater.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 26

[October 26, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,603 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is now primed to  collapse. It’s no longer a matter of if but when the city would implode.
    • FIRE-EARTH Models show that back-to-back disasters could strike Thailand, targeting the country’s largest urban area and capital city, in the coming months until the region becomes mostly uninhabitable.
    • Bangkok is the center of a 20-million megalopolis, with more than 14.6 million people living in the metropolitan area.
    • Mesmerized by the 1980s and 1990s Asian investment boom, a large number of multinational corporations set up their regional headquarters in Bangkok. Many of these companies have been inundated and unable to function.
    • As of 2010, Bangkok was world’s 73rd largest city.
    • The urban sprawl of Bangkok Metropolitan Area extends into five neighboring provinces.
    • Bangkok accounts for about 41 percent of Thailand’s 587 billion dollar economy.
    • Located in the The Chao Phraya River basin, and split by a major river of the same name, Bangkok [aka, "Venice of the East"] is cross-crossed by a large system of canals and lies just two meters (6.5 ft) above sea level, with its southern periphery bordering the Bay of Bangkok.
    • The government has warned that a double whammy of   floodwaters from north running into the sea and high tides in the weekend could overwhelm the entire city, and linger for weeks.
    • “After assessing the situation, we expect floodwater to remain in Bangkok for around two weeks to one month before going into the sea,” Prime Minister Shinawatra said.
    • Floods have inundated more than two third of the country (62 of Thailand’s 77 provinces), claiming up to 400 lives, destroying or damaging at least a million homes, displacing 2.4 million people and affecting up to 10 million more.
    • Thailand is world’s largest rice exporter and was forecast to export about 10.6 million tons (or 31 percent of the global trade) of the grain this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
    • About 1.6 million hectares of standing crops (12.5 percent of total national cropped area) is destroyed or damaged according to the latest official estimates released last week. The actual figures could be as high as 3 million hectares or nearly a quarter of the total national cropped area.
    • “According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, nearly 9.9 million heads of livestock are at risk. It is expected that this estimate will rise in the central plains as the flood waters are topped by water discharges from major dams which are beyond or almost at full capacity.” FAO said.
    • The export price for grade B Thai white rice, Asia’s benchmark, has climbed by 13 percent so far this year to $625 per ton on October 19, reports said.
    • As of today, many grocery stores in the capital are rationing what little food is left on the shelves.
    • Drinking water has been contaminated in many areas, local reports said.
    • About a million people have so far sought medical attention with complaints ranging from skin rashes due to prolonged water exposure to diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.
    • Flooding has forced the closure of at least seven industrial parks bordering Bangkok.
    • The tourism industry, which employes 2.2 million people and accounts for 6 percent of Thailand’s economy, is also hit hard.
    • The cost of damage is estimated at 6 billion dollars and mounting.

[NOTE: Specific details of this forecast, which include the mechanisms of collapse and timeline, are not included. SEE blog content for explanation.]

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Pakistan flood death toll tops 1,000

Posted by feww on September 22, 2011

Flooding leaves more than 1,000 people dead, many injured, 700,000 displaced, 8.2 million affected

Flooding in Pakistan’s Sindh province has destroyed 1.5 million homes in more than 40,000 townships and villages destroying about 70 percent of region’s food stocks and 40 percent of the livestock.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 22

[September 22, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,637 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Sindh Province, Pakistan. Pakistan’s flood-related disasters continue to worsen. More than 1,000 people are known to have  perished, with many more injured, 700,000 displaced and 8.2 million affected.
    • Flooding has destroyed 1.5 million homes in more than 40,000 townships and villages destroying about 70 percent of regions food stocks and 40 percent of livestock.
    • More than 1.8 million hectares of crops have been destroyed/inundated and major roads are cut off.
    • Flooding has also polluted the sources for much of the region’s drinking water, including in the capital Karachi, reports said.
    • “At least 5 million surviving animals are at risk, lacking feed and shelter and facing increased exposure to debilitating diseases and worm infestations,” the UNOCHA said.

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TS Lee: Louisiana and Mississippi declare states of emergency

Posted by feww on September 3, 2011

Governors of Louisiana and Mississippi declare states of emergency, as Lee moves closer to the Gulf Coast

Up to 40 centimeters of rain is expected to fall over southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, with as much as 50 centimeters  (20 inches) forecast in some areas, the hurricane center said.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 3

[September 3, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,656 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Louisiana, USA. Governor Jindal has declared a state of emergency in 35 parishes expecting flash flooding and high tides as a result of the storm system.  State officials have urged voluntary evacuations in parts of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle, Jindal told reporters.
  • Mississippi, USA. Governor Barbour has declared a state of emergency in seven counties expected to receive heavy rain and floods as the storm moves slowly north.
  • Sindh Province, Pakistan. Flooding triggered by days of monsoon rains in Pakistan’s Sindh province have killed about 70 people, destroying or damaging about a half of a million homes, wiping out hundreds of villages, washing away roads, bridges and other infrastructure, breaching irrigation canals, inundating vast tracts of land, destroying or damaging 2.5 million acres of crop, leaving hundreds of thousands of cattle dead, and displacing or severely affecting more than 2 million people, officials have said.
    • The latest disasters in the area is a double whammy for tens of thousands of 2010 flood victims who had already lost their homes and were living in thatched huts which have all collapsed.\
  • Texas, USA. Some 18,612 wildfires in Texas so far this year have consumed at least 3,477,685 acres, destroying 2,450 homes/structures, Texas Forest Service reported. [Note: the actual figure may be closer to 3,100 structures - FEWW]

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Obama Bows to Big Business on Killer Smog Control

Posted by feww on September 2, 2011

Surprise, Surprise!!

The kowtow president reverses new rules on limiting deadly smog pollution

New rules to limit killer smog pollution would have cost big business “billions of dollars.”

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 2

[September 2, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,657 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • USA. Bowing to big business, the white House has withdrawn the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard.
    • The draft had proposed to limit ground-level ozone to between 60 and 70 parts per billion over eight hours [The previous standard was 75 parts per billion set by the Bush administration in 2008.]
    • “The Obama administration is caving to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe. This is a huge win for corporate polluters and a huge loss for public health,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters.
      • “It’s good to see the administration recognizing the need to balance environmental rules with the potential impact on consumers and jobs,” said Melissa McHenry, a spokeswoman with American Electric Power.
      • “We would hope that same consideration should be given to other rules that the EPA is moving forward with,” she added.
    • “Smog kills more people than car crashes in the most heavily-polluted areas of the country: There were 2,521 vehicular deaths in the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast Air Basin in 2006, compared to 3,812 deaths attributed to respiratory illness caused by particulate pollution, according to a study by researchers at Cal State Fullerton.” Source

Other Disasters

  • Sudan. Sudan has declared a state of emergency in the state of Blue Nile following a third outbreak of fighting on the country’s  border states with South Sudan, reports said.
    • Since South Sudan’s declaration of independence in July, at least a quarter of a million people have fled their homes, most of them from the South Kordofan state (population: ~ 1.2 million).
  • Connecticut River Valley. Flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Irene have submerged  farmland in the Connecticut River Valley, destroying crops both in Connecticut and Massachusetts and washing away topsoil, a report said.
  • Iowa, USA. The town of Hamburg in  southwest Iowa (pop: 1,100) may soon become a ghost town as many of its residents may leave because of chronic flooding. The summer-long flooding along the Missouri River have limited access to the town since June, a report said.
  • Southern California, USA.  Authorities have ordered the residents of 1,500 homes to evacuate after a wildfire engulfed a large section of I-15, the main interstate between SoCal and Las Vegas, AP reported.
    • The blaze began about1 pm Friday and consumed 500 acres in two hours, the report said.
  • Georgia, USA. Governor of Georgia has requested a disaster designation for 157 of Georgia’s 159 counties because of the ongoing drought and exceptional heat conditions that have plagued the state since April, a report said.
    •  “Earlier this summer, Vilsack [USDA] had granted a disaster designation for 22 counties and an additional 26 counties were declared contiguous disaster areas due to drought and heat conditions. Those counties were all in the southern portion of the state and reflected crop losses early in the year as a result of drought conditions.”
  • Shikoku Island, Japan. Typhoon Talas, the 12th of the season, made landfall on Shikoku Island, killing at least one person with half dozen others missing, and injuring dozens of others, a report said.
    •  Some 3,200 others were forced to evacuate in 16 prefectures in western to central Japan.
    • Typhoon Talas also disrupted air and rail traffic in western Japan, with hundreds of domestic and  international flights cancelled.
    • Mudslides caused by torrential rains blocked roads, isolating hundreds of people in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture, on Shikoku.
    • A record 1,150 millimeters of rain fell in 72 hours over a village in Nara Prefecture.
    • Rain records for at least 4 other prefectures in western Japan have also been broken, reports said.

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IRENE Death Toll Rises to 47

Posted by feww on August 30, 2011

Flooding Continues to Swamp Towns in Vermont, New Jersey and New York as Rivers Crest, Death Toll Rising

Death toll from IRENE climbs to at least 43 in 11 states in addition to 3 reported dead in the Dominican Republic and one in Puerto Rico.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 30

[August 30, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,660 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Vermont, USA. The states worst flooding since 1928 has left hundreds of thousands of homes damaged, swamped many towns and cities and destroyed much of the public infrastructure.
  • New Jersey, USA. Flooding is expected to continue for at least two more days, Governor Chris Christie said.
  • Pennsylvania, USA. The White House has declared a state of emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.

Other Disasters

  • Uganda. Death toll from landslides in the eastern Uganda has climbed to 43, officials have said.
  • Louisiana, USA. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has declared a state of emergency as a large marsh fire in eastern New Orleans continues to send thick plumes of smoke smoke over the metro area, reports said.
  • Northern Rockies, USA. At least 42,000 lightning strikes struck the Northern Rockies over a 36-hour period, sparking new wildfires in Montana and Idaho in addition to about 40 other fires already burning across the region, AP reported fire officials as saying.
    • “The lightning strikes from Sunday to Tuesday also started new wildfires in the Clearwater and Nez Perce national forests in Idaho, according to Bryan Henry of the Northern Rockies Coordination Center. There were at least three dozen active wildfires burning Tuesday in those two states and in northern Wyoming.”
  • Texas, USA. “Dozens of elementary students at a camp and several towns were being evacuated Tuesday as a fast-moving wildfire raged in a North Texas lakeside community,” said a report.
    • Texas fires since January:  17,169
    • Acres burned: 3,414,454
    • Structures lost: 2,392 [possibly as many as 3,000]
    • In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 219 fires for 17,857 acres.
    • Source: Texas Forest Service

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IRENE: Death Toll 40, Damage $20B

Posted by feww on August 29, 2011

New Jersey and Vermont experienced their worst flooding in 80 years

IRENE damage could reach $20 billion: Economist

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 29

[August 29, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,661 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • The U.S. Atlantic Coast. IRENE has claimed 37 lives in 11 U.S. states in addition to two others in Dominican Republic and one in Puerto Rico.
    • An estimated 600,000 homes have been damaged as a result of the storm.
    • Many swollen rivers are yet to crest, and more flooding could be expected in the next few days.
    • Damage from the storm could reach $20 billion, according to Standard & Poor’s Senior Economist.
    • The storm submerged the rural town of Brattleboro, Vermont (pop: 12,000).
    • At least 5.2 million customers are still without power along the East Coast.

Other Global Disasters

  • Uganda. Landslides triggered by extreme rain in eastern Uganda have killed at least 24 people and left 12 others missing, reports said.
  • Ibadan, Nigeria. At least two dozen people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by flooding in the southwestern Nigerian city of Ibadan and surrounding areas, reports said.
  • Guatemala. At least 83 Guatemalans died after being deliberately infected with syphilis and gonorrhoea viruses in the 1940s, according to a presidential commission in Washington.
    • “US government scientists infected hundreds of Guatemalan prisoners, psychiatric patients and sex workers to study the effects of penicillin,” a report said.
    • About 5,500 Guatemalans were involved in the research, but none had consented.
  • Fukushima, Japan. Japan’s education ministry has set a new standard for radiation, allowing up to 1 microsievert per hour  in schools, a report said.
    • The government is breaching international standards. The maximum radiation allowed under international standards is 0.11 microsievert per hour (1 millisievert per year).

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IRENE damage expected to be in “the billions of dollars”

Posted by feww on August 28, 2011

North Carolina Governor requests a federal disaster declaration

In New Jersey, the damage from IRENE is expected to be in “the billions of dollars,” said Governor Christie

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 28

[August 28, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,662 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • The U.S. Atlantic Coast. Hurricane Irene has left at least 15 people dead, downing tens of thousands of trees and leaving up to 4.2 million people without power.
    • Widespread flooding have been reported along the hurricane’s path; tens of thousands of homes have been inundated.
    • Flooding is expected to continue in the coming days.
  • Vermont, USA. The governor of Vermont declared state of emergency and called out the National Guard.
  • Virginia, USA. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell who had declared a state of emergency last week said:
    • “We’ve got some significant damage in some areas, from flooding, from wind, a lot of trees down, 2.5 million people or more without power in Virginia, that’s the second largest outage in history.”
  • Delaware, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the State of Delaware due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • District of Columbia, USA. The White House today declared an emergency exists in the District of Columbia due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • Maryland, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the State of Maryland due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • Rhode Island, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the State of Rhode Island due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • Puerto Rico, USA. The White House declared today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the area struck by Hurricane Irene beginning on August 21, 2011, and continuing.
  • New Hampshire, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the State of New Hampshire  due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • New Jersey, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the State of New Jersey due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • Connecticut, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the State of Connecticut due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • Massachusetts, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • Virginia, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 26, 2011, and continuing.
  • New York, USA. The White House declared an emergency exists in the State of New York due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene beginning on August 25, 2011, and continuing.
  • Yosemite National Park, USA.A rapidly moving wildfire which has consumed about 5,000 acres west of one of the main entrances to Yosemite National Park, continues to grow. The blaze has forced about 100 people to evacuate their homes; tourists have also been evacuated from a nearby hotel.
  • Montana, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 22 central and eastern Montana counties as primary natural disaster areas due to recent crop losses caused by winter storms and blizzards  which were followed by record spring rainstorms and flooding across most of the state, a report said.
  • Greece. Greece has declared a state of emergency after fast-moving wildfires consumed about 30,000 hectares of forest and farmland near the country’s northeastern border with Turkey, forcing the authorities to evacuate several villages, reports said.
    • The fires are threatening a national park.
    • About a thousand foreign students have been evacuated from a nearby holiday camp.

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Deadly IRENE Spawns Tornadoes, Pummels East Coast

Posted by feww on August 27, 2011

Tornadoes in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware destroy/damage homes

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 27 Entry

[August 27, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,663 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • East Coast, USA. Hurricane IRENE has forced millions of Americans into shelters as it continues to barrel along the Atlantic Coast, shutting down New York. 
    • IRENE made its first landfall in North Carolina.
    • IRENE has spawned tornadoes in three states, destroying or damaging at least a dozen homes.
    • “Extremely dangerous” storm surges are expected to raise water levels by up to 12 feet.
    • The hurricane has forced the authorities to place up to 7.5 million people under evacuation orders along the East Coast.
    • At least 6 deaths have so far been attributed to Irene.
    • Up to 1.5 million people were left without power in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and wider disruptions were expected.
    • The governors in seven states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have already declared states of emergency.
    • North Carolina Governor Perdue expects “a major hit” to tobacco crops, livestock and poultry, reports said.
    • Atlantic City was turned into a ghost city as more than a million tourist evacuated the casino city.
    • Some 100,000 National Guard troops are on standby.
    • Thousands of flights have been cancelled.
  • Philippines. Typhoon NAMNADOL [locally known as MINA] has made landfall in Cagayan province, causing widespread flooding and  triggering landslides, affecting thousands of people and leaving at least 6 people dead, reports said.
  • Pakistan. Heavy monsoon rains and flooding have affected at least 2 million people in Sindh and eastern Punjab provinces, Pakistan.
    • Hundreds of villages  have been wiped out, displacing about 100,000 people.
    • Flash floods have killed at least 33 people and left more than 63 others missing, a report said.

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IRENE Forces Half a Million People to Evacuate Coastal Areas

Posted by feww on August 26, 2011

Half a million people ordered to leave homes in low-lying areas in New York and North Carolina, as IRENE approaches

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 26 Entry

[August 26, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,664 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • New York, USA. At least 250,000 New Yorkers have been ordered to leave homes in low-lying areas as potentially dangerous storm surge and widespread flooding threatens the  city and nearby areas.
  • North Carolina, USA. Three coastal counties in NC have issued evacuation orders for more than 200,000 residents and tourists, a report said.
  • Idaho, USA.  A large, fast-growing fire in Idaho has forced the authorities at a nuclear facility in Idaho to evacuate all non-essential staff, a report said. The Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex facility, an 890-square-mile site about 38 miles from Idaho Falls, employes more than 6,000 staff and contractors.
    • The facilities for process spent nuclear fuel, and other radioactive wastes.
    • “Earlier in the day, nearly 50 firefighters from the lab and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management focused their efforts on protecting a separate facility where spent nuclear rods are stored,” the report sited the U.S. Energy Department lab in the high desert of eastern Idaho as saying.
    • Storage facilities near the site, called the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, also house spent fuel rods at cooling  ponds.
    • Wildfires have consumes more than a hundred thousand acres across the state of Idaho, parts of Montana, Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming in recent days.
    • “Many trees are already dead from a mountain pine beetle infestation,” a report said.

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IRENE Batters the Bahamas, Targets the Atlantic Coast

Posted by feww on August 26, 2011

IRENE destroys 90 percent of the buildings in the SE Acklins and Crooked Islands

North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey New York and Connecticut declare emergencies as the Atlantic coast is placed under Hurricane watches and warnings.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 25 Entry

[August 25, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,665 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • The Bahamas. The hurricane has destroyed 90 percent of the homes and structures  in some settlements in the SE Acklins and Crooked Islands, the Bahamas National Emergency Management said.
  • The U.S. Atlantic Coast. The governors in seven states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut declare emergencies as the Atlantic coast is placed under Hurricane watches and warnings.
    • “All the major metropolitan areas along the Northeast are going to be impacted by the close proximity of the way Irene is going to pass,” according to National Hurricane Center. “Being a large hurricane, tropical storm-force winds will extend far inland.”

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Hurricane IRENE wreaks havoc across the Caribbean

Posted by feww on August 24, 2011

IRENE destroys/damages hundreds of homes in U.S. Virgin Islands

[August 24, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,666 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 24 Entry

  • Puerto Rico. IRENE has destroyed/damaged hundreds of homes across the Caribbean, killing at least 2 people, downing  trees and causing widespread power outages in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    • The governor of Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency.
    • The White House declares a state of emergency in Puerto Rico.
    • Thousands of tourists and residents have been evacuated.
  • Virginia, USA. A state of emergency has been declared in Culpeper County after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Mineral, VA. The Town of Culpeper is 36 miles from Mineral, reports said.
  • Wisconsin, USA. Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in 3 Wisconsin counties, Burnett, Douglas and Washburn because of hundreds of thousands of downed trees, a report said.
    • “Severe storms in July and early August left nearly 2 million cords of wood on the ground. Local governments and the timber industry are racing to clean up the mess before the wood rots or catches fire.”
  • Texas, USA. As Dallas-Fort Worth area set a record high of 107 degrees, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 2B, which might lead to rotating outages, reports said.
    • “Until we get a break in this extreme heat and record drought, we appreciate consumers and businesses conserving electricity as they are able, especially between 3 and 7 pm,” an ERCOT VP said.  “We also appreciate all the state agencies, school districts, businesses and residents who have taken steps to get the word out about the importance of conservation during these extreme weather conditions.”
  • Iowa, USA. The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa following the widespread damage caused by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of July 9-14, 2011.
  • New York, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight New York counties as primary disaster areas following widespread damage and crop losses caused by torrential rain, flash flooding, high winds, lightning and below normal temperatures during the period of March 1 – June 1, 2011, USDA said.
    • The primary disaster areas: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Clinton, Cortland, Ontario, Tompkins, Wayne  and Yates counties.
    • Contiguous disaster areas: Broome, Chemung , Essex, Madison, Schuyler, Tioga, Cayuga, Chenango, Franklin, Monroe  Seneca, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Erie, Livingston, Onondaga and Steuben counties.

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Global Disasters: Death Tolls Climb

Posted by feww on August 24, 2011

Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 23 Entry

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[August 23, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,667 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Sudan. Death toll in clashes between rival tribes in Southern Sudan has climbed to 700 in two separate clashes, with about a thousand others reported injured. The clashes started on August 18 after about 36,000 head of cattle were stolen from villages in Jonglei state, the United Nations said.
    • Some 200 children have also been abducted, and 14 villages partially burnt down, including the Payam headquarters and offices of MSF Belgium, an official said.
  • Libya. The loss of many lives in Libya could have been avoided had NATO stayed out of the Libyan crisis, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has said.
  • Syria. The death toll in Syria’s forced regime change has climbed to about 2,200, reports say.
  • Philippines. Death toll from dengue fever in the Philippines has climbed to at least 77 in Metro Manila since January, reports said.

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Storms, Heavy Rains, Flooding, Disease and Conflicts Kill Hundreds

Posted by feww on August 22, 2011

Monsoons Rains, Strong Storms and Severe Flooding Continue to Wreak Havoc Globally

Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 21 Entry

[August 21, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,669 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Louisiana, USA. The White House has declared the State of Louisiana a major disaster area because of widespread inland  flooding during the period of April 25 to July 7, 2011.
    • Parishes sustaining severe damage to infrastructure included Assumption, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Carroll, Lafourche, Madison, Point Coupee, St. Charles, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, and West Feliciana.
  • Thailand. At least 37 people have been killed in flood-related incidents triggered by Tropical Storm Nock-ten since July 25, the country’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported.
  • Dominican Republic. Death toll from the ongoing cholera outbreak in the Dominican republis has climbed to at least 109, reports said.
  • West Bengal, India. Flood related death toll in  India’s eastern West Bengal state has climbed to at least 47, reports said. The epic flooding has affected about 3 million people, destroying or damaging more than 160,000 homes.
  • Karachi, Pakistan. Death toll in Karachi’s latest wave of violence, which started 4 days ago, has climbed to at least 73, reports said.
  • Peshawar, Pakistan. Death toll from human bombing of a mosque in the Ghundi area of Peshawar has risen to at least 52, reports said.

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Drought-Related Losses Cost Texas $10billion

Posted by feww on August 21, 2011

Damage from Drought and Drought-Fueled Wildfires in Texas Exceeds $10billion and Mounting

In comparison, drought cost Texas agriculture $13.1 billion in the previous 13 years, an average of about $1 billion per year (peaking at a record annual loss of $4.1 billion in 2006 season.)


Dust Bowl Texas. Frame grab from video report by Agrilife Today

Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 20 Entry

[August 20, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,670 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Texas, USA.  Field surveys show livestock losses of $2.1 billion and crop losses of $3.1 billion in Texas from November 2010 to August 1, according to Texas A&M University’s Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
    • “The drought of 2011 will have a lasting impact on Texas agriculture,” said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist and a member of the Governor’s Drought Preparedness Council. 
    • “This drought is ongoing,” said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock economist. “Further losses will continue if rainfall does not come soon to establish this year’s winter wheat crop and wheat grazing.”
    • “Wheat yields were down from a five-year average of 30 bushels to 26 bushels per acre and abandonment was up,” he said. “Given this year’s plantings of 5.7 million acres, we would have harvested 2.8 million in a normal year. In 2011, harvested acreage is estimated at only 2 million acres, down 800,000 acres. The combination of yield losses on harvested acres and higher abandonment put Texas wheat-for-grain losses at $243 million.”
    • Texas corn production is down by about 30 percent in 2011.
    • “The drought began for much of the state in September 2010,” Miller said.


Texas Drought: Cracks are deepening. Frame grab from video report by Agrilife Today

  • The Losses by Commodity:-
      • Livestock: $2.06 billion (includes $1.2 billion previously reported in May);
      • Lost hay production value: $750 million;
      • Cotton: $1.8 billion;
      • Corn: $327 million;
      • Wheat: $243 million;
      • Sorghum: $63 million.
  • A list of economic drought losses from 1998 through 2010 - compiled by AgriLife Extension:
      • 2011– $5.2 billion [losses caused by drought-fueled wildfires NOT included]
      • 2009 – $3.6 billion
      • 2008 – $1.4 billion
      • 2006 – $4.1 billion
      • 2002 – $316 million
      • 2000 – $1.1 billion
      • 1999 – $223 million
      • 1998 – $2.4 billion
        • [Total of $18.34billion excluding 2011 losses from drought-fueled wildfires;  14-year average annual loss: $1.31billion, calculated between 1998 and August 1, 2011]
  • FIRE-EARTH estimates that the additional losses caused by drought-fueled wildfires in Texas, which have consumed 5,400 square miles [3,456,000 acres] of grazing land and destroyed thousands of structures in the past 10 months, amount to about $5 billion, making a tally of about $10billion.

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  • Thailand. The govt has declared 28 of Thailand’s 76 provinces disaster areas because of flooding. The deluge has so far affected about a million people, a report said.
  • Arizona, USA. USDA has declared five Arizona counties as natural disaster areas due to the  ongoing drought. The disaster areas are Apache, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties, reports said.

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Massive Wildfires Force Mass Evacuations in Spain

Posted by feww on August 20, 2011

Tsunamis of fire consume large parts of Calblanque natural park in Murcia region, SE Spain

Thousands of people are forced to evacuate the town of Portman, near Cartagena.

[August 19, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,671 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 19 Entry

  • Murcia, Spain. Raging wildfires, fueled by strong winds and high temperatures, have consumed large parts of Calblanque natural park in Murcia region, southeastern Spain. The raging fires have forced thousands of residents to flee the town of Portman, near the historic city of Cartagena, reports said.

Texas Could Experience Back-to-Back Fire Seasons

  • Texas, USA. Raging wildfires continue to consume the drought-plagued state of Texas.
    • Wildfires have consumed 5,400 square miles [3,456,000 acres] since mid-November, 2010, TFS reported [3,392,130 acres since January].
    • Fire have destroyed 1,945 structures [2,650 according to FEWW estimate] since January.
    • Fast-moving wildfires have destroyed dozens of homes/structures in the past few days.
    • A record 250 of Texas’s 254 counties are currently under burn bans.
    • So far, 7  of the 10 largest wildfires in the state’s history have occurred this year.
  • Louisiana, USA. Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation has issued an Emergency Order in response the extended drought conditions in southern Caddo parish, a report said.
    • South Caddo Parish has experienced “moderate” to “exceptional” drought conditions for 15 consecutive months.

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U.S. Disaster Losses Mounting

Posted by feww on August 18, 2011

YTD losses from heatwaves, storms, flooding and tornadoes have climbed to at least $35 billion: NWS

Nine separate billion-dollar disasters in the United States, so far this year, tie the record set in 2008, NOAA said.

The losses from thunderstorm in the US reached at least $20 billion in the first 6 months of the year, twice the previous three-year average of $10 billion, NOAA reported.

[August 18, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,672 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 18 Entry

  • USA. YTD losses from heatwaves, storms, flooding and tornadoes have climbed to at least $35 billion, NWS reported.
    • The losses from thunderstorm in the US reached at least $20 billion in the first 6 months of the year, twice the previous three-year average of $10 billion, NOAA reported.
    • Nine separate billion-dollar disasters in the United States, so far this year, tie the record set in 2008, NOAA said.
    • The U.S. has sustained 108 weather-related disasters over the past 31 years in which overall damages/costs topped $1 billion each, with the total normalized losses exceeding $750 billion.


Billion Dollar Weather Disasters 1980 – mid-August 2011. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge

List of the US Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters 2011 (preliminary)

  • Upper Midwest Flooding, Summer, 2011 [losses of $1.0 billion, at least 5 deaths]
  • Mississippi River flooding, Spring-Summer, 2011 [up to $4.0 billion; at least 2 deaths]
  • Southern Plains/Southwest Drought, Heatwave, & Wildfires, Spring-Summer, 2011 [well over $5.0 billion; losses expected to rise dramatically as events are ongoing]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, May 22-27, 2011 [total losses greater than $7.0 billion; at least 177 deaths]
  • Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest Tornadoes, April 25-30, 2011 [total losses greater than $9.0 billion; at least 327 deaths]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 14-16, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.0 billion; at least 38 deaths]
  • Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes, April 8-11, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.2 billion; numerous injuries]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 4-5, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.3 billion; at least 9 deaths]
  • Groundhog Day Blizzard, Jan 29-Feb 3, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.0 billion; at least 36 deaths]

[Source: NCDC]

 

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Kamchatka Volcanoes The Fat Lady?

Posted by feww on December 24, 2010

Kamchatka Volcanoes May Be Instrumental to the ‘Epilogue’

Activity at Kamchatka Volcanoes Could Increase Dramatically in the Period Leading to Collapse

There are about 165 volcanoes on Kamchatka Peninsula, 29 of which are still active. About 120 of the volcanoes are believed to have erupted during the Holocene Epoch (approximately 12,000 years ago to present time).


Klyuchevskaya, the highest and most active volcano on Kamchatka peninsula, ejects a thin plume of steam and ash on December 23, 2010, when this false-color image was taken by the ASTER instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite. Source: NASA-EO


ISS astronaut photograph of volcanoes on Kamchatka Peninsula (
ISS025-E-17440) was acquired on November 19, 2010. Source: NASA-EO

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