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Critical Overload Threatens Planetary Life Support Systems

Posted by feww on July 6, 2013

Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN) skyrockets to a new high

The FIRE-EARTH/CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the human impact on the planetary life support systems, climbed to a critically high level of 323 on July 1, 2013. In other words, the anthropogenic impact on the living environment exceeded 3.23 times the planet’s diminishing carrying capacity.

  • The index is rising exponentially.
  • HIoN has risen 38 points, or more than 13 percent, since July 2012 when it reached 285.
  • The index was less than 80 in 1960, and rose to about 100 in 1980.

“According to HIoN projections, our cities and population centers could become almost entirely unsustainable by as early as 2015.”

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Diagram shows the exponential growth of Human Impact on Nature (HION) between 1960  and July 2013. Source: FIRE-EARTH Real-Time Earth Models. Copyright: FIRE-EARTH Blog Authors.

RAPID CHANGE IN PROGRESS!

Tidal Surge of Global Change 26 Times Faster in 21st Century: FIRE-EARTH

FIRE-EARTH Models show the rate of global change has intensified by a factor of at least 26 in the last decade compared with the 1960s.

FIRE-EARTH defines ‘global change’ as the deterioration in the planet’s life-support capacity, caused by large-scale anthropogenic impact, which is leading to a total collapse.

Status as of End June 2012

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July 6, 2013 – SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN –

980 Days Left

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

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TS MAHASEN: The Rain Monster

Posted by feww on May 12, 2013

Tropical Storm MAHASEN Intensifying 

MAHASEN, which formed over Indian Ocean near Bay of Bengal early Saturday, is forecast to intensify into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ by Monday morning, said India Meteorological Department (IMD).

TS MAHASEN-1- CIMSS
Tropical Storm MAHASEN. Base Image:  8km Res Visible/Shortwave IR Image  2013/05/12/01:30UTC. Working Best Track  10MAY2013/06:00UTC- 12MAY2013/00:00UTC.   Official TCFC Forecast 12MAY2013/00:00UTC  (source: JTWC). Credit CIMSS

Indian Ocean’s first cyclone of the season, MAHASEN promises to bring heavy rains and high winds to the  region.

The storm was heading northwestwards, about 1,000km away from India’s eastern coast, as of posting. However, the cyclone could change trajectory moving towards the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast in the next 36 hours, said IMD.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 17 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 17, 2013

China H7N9 avian flu: 77 cases, 16 deaths

At least 14 new cases of H7N9 avian influenza and two additional fatalities in Shanghai were reported by the Chinese authorities, raising the total number of infection to 77, and the death toll to 16, as of posting.

Some 30 cases including 11 fatalities have been reported in Shanghai, 20 infections including 2 deaths in Jiangsu Province, and 21 cases including two deaths in Zhejiang Province. Anhui Province has reported three cases with one death; while Beijing reported one infection so far; and Henan Province has revealed 2 cases, the report said.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Iran-Pakistan Border Earthquake Update

  • Quake depth revised to 82 km (51.0 miles) by USGS/EHP .

The 7.8Mw quake shook a vast region for 40 seconds. Tremors were felt throughout Middle-East, including Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain capital Manama, as well as Pakistan, shaking buildings in  Islamabad and Karachi, Afghanistan and Northern India, including the capital New Delhi.

The quake killed dozens of people, injuring hundreds more and destroying at least 1,500 homes including many mud-houses in one Pakistani town alone.

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The quake destroyed this house in Panjgur, Pakistan, some 238km away from the epicenter. Source: EMSC

“A local health official in Iran told the Fars news agency that more than 20 villages were probably ‘severely damaged,’ based on initial reports.” http://www.nation.com.pk/

  • “Crisis management authorities declared a state of emergency in the quake-hit area, Iran’s official news agency IRNA said, but so far there have been no confirmed deaths on the Iranian side.”
  • “The head of Iran’s Red Crescent rescue corps said communications to the stricken areas have been cut.”

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Officials have declared Minnehaha County, South Dakota, a disaster area, following the losses and damage caused by violent storm last week, said a report.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 17, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,060 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,060 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Flood Disaster Spreads in Mozambique

Posted by feww on February 16, 2013

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Severe flooding in Mozambique affects about ¼ million, killing 111 and displacing 186,000 people

A storm system in the Mozambique Channel threatens to bring even more heavy rains to much of Mozambique and Madagascar, exacerbating the current flood situation, said UN OCHA.

  • “The Ministry of Agriculture’s preliminary assessment indicates about 191,315 ha (473,000 acres) have been affected by floods, including 166,278 ha of cultivated land destroyed. The most affected province is Gaza, followed by Inhambane and Maputo.”
  • Other affected provinces include Zambezia and Cabo Delgado.
  • Hundreds of cases of cholera infections and at least 2 related deaths have been reported in Cabo Delgado province between 28 January and 13 February 2013, according to the Ministry of Health.
  • Extreme rain events have triggered severe flooding in several other southern African countries, including Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and northern Zimbabwe.

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February 16, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,120 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,120 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

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2013: Year One of Big “Surprises”

Posted by feww on January 1, 2013

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,166 Days Left 

[January 1, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,166 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Earth Dwellers Brief History:  No major inspiration since harnessing fire

The earth dwellers have entered a new year as the anthropogenic impact on the living environment reaches nearly three times the planet’s diminishing carrying capacity.

  • FIRE-EARTH Models show the rate of global change has intensified by a factor of at least 26 in the last decade compared with the 1960s.
  • FIRE-EARTH defines ‘global change’ as the deterioration in the planet’s life-support capacity that is caused by large-scale anthropogenic impact, and that is leading to a total collapse.

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Homo erectus making fire – source: arthursclipart.org

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August 2012 Fourth Warmest on Record

Posted by feww on September 18, 2012

Global Land Temperature:  Second Warmest August on Record

Average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was the 4th highest on record for August, at 61.22°F (16.22°C) or 1.12°F (0.62°C) above the 20th century average, NOAA reported.

  • August 2012 was the 36th consecutive August and 330th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.
  • Global land temperature was 58.52°F, which tied with 2001 and 2011 as the second warmest August on record, behind 1998.
  • Temperature for global land and ocean surfaces for June–August tied with 2005 as the third highest on record for this period at 61.25°F (16.24°C), or 1.15°F (0.64°C), above the 20th century average.

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Image of the Day: ASIE

Posted by feww on September 7, 2012

Northern Hemisphere Ice Cover falls below 3.6 million km² —FIRE-EARTH 

As of September 5, 2011, the Arctic sea ice extent (ASIE) was 3,686,199.43 km² according to NSIDC.

  • Daily average ice melt for September currently stands at more than 87,000 km², NSIDC data shows.

Arctic sea ice extent fell below 3.6 million square kilometers (1.39 million square miles) on September 6, 2012, FIRE-EARTH estimates.

FEWW model shows the Arctic sea ice extent could fall to about 3 million km² (1.15 million square miles) during the 2012 melt season with a probability of 0.5 [P = 54%]


Multi sensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent – Northern Hemisphere (MASIE -NH), September 5, 2012.  Source: The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

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Arctic Sea Ice Extent Could Fall to 3M Km²

Posted by feww on September 3, 2012

UPDATED September 4, 2012 @ 01:44UTC

Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Cover Shrinking Rapidly

Arctic sea ice extent shrank to about 3.65 million square kilometers (1.41 million square miles) on September 2, 2012, FIRE-EARTH estimates.

FEWW model shows the Arctic sea ice extent could fall to about 3 million km² (1.15 million square miles) during the 2012 melt season with a probability of 0.5 [P = 54%]


Arctic sea ice extent as of September 1, 2012.  Image Source: NSIDC


Arctic sea ice extent, September 1, 2012. FIRE-EARTH estimates the NH ice cover fell below 3.65 million km² (1.41 million square miles) on September 2, 2012.
  Image Source: NSIDC

Arctic Sea Ice Cover:  Denmark’s Center for Ocean and Ice (DMI)


Original caption:  Current Sea Ice extent. Total sea ice extent on the northern hemisphere since 2005. The ice extent values are calculated from the ice type data from the Ocean and Sea Ice, Satellite Application Facility (OSISAF), where areas with ice concentration higher than 30% are classified as ice.        The total area of sea ice is the sum of First Year Ice (FYI), Multi Year Ice (MYI) and the area of ambiguous ice types, from the OSISAF ice type product. However, the total estimated ice area is underestimated due to unclassified coastal regions where mixed land/sea pixels confuse the applied ice type algorithm. The shown sea ice extent values are therefore recommended be used qualitatively in relation to ice extent values from other years shown in the figure.

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Disaster Calendar – 2 September 2012

Posted by feww on September 1, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,291 Days Left

[September 2, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,291 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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United States

  • Red Flag Warnings: Strong winds and low humidity creating critical fire weather conditions across the northern Rockies as well as the northern and central Great Plains, said NOAA.

Europe

  • Unemployment across the 17-nation eurozoneclimbed to a record 18 million in July, according to the EU statistics agency.
    • The 18,002,000 jobless total was the highest since records began in 1995.
    • Highest increases occurred in Greece (16.8% to 23.1%), Spain (21.7% to 25.1%) and Cyprus (7.7% to 10.9%).
    • The eurozone countries are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011...

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Arctic Sea Ice Extent Down to 3.87M km² and Melting

Posted by feww on August 31, 2012

Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Cover Continues Shrinking

Arctic sea ice extent shrank to about 3.87 million square kilometers (1.49 million square miles) on August 29, 2012 and continued melting, FIRE-EARTH estimates. The new record low was 100,000 km² below the September 18, 2007 daily extent of 4.17 million km².

FEWW model shows the Arctic sea ice extent could fall below 3.8 million km² during the 2012 melt season with a probability of 0.8 [P≥77%]


Arctic sea ice extent, August 29, 2012. FIRE-EARTH estimates the NH ice cover has fallen below 3.87 million km².  Image Source: NSIDC


Arctic sea ice extent as of August 29, 2012. The ice extents is now the lowest in the satellite record.  Image Source: NSIDC

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Disaster Calendar – 30 August 2012

Posted by feww on August 31, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,294 Days Left

[August 30, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,294 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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Louisiana and Mississippi. Torrential rain dumped by Hurricane ISAAC, now downgraded to a tropical depression, threatened to burst Lake Tangipahoa Dam in Mississippi, forcing evacuation of about 60,000 people in Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving large areas flooded and more than a million without power, reports said.

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ISAAC Landed in SE Louisiana, Heading Toward NO

Posted by feww on August 29, 2012

Hurricane ISAAC landed in Louisiana with 80MPH winds

ISAAC has forced tens of thousands to evacuate, and is forecast to strike New Orleans. The storm triggered widespread  flooding and damage in the Caribbean, claiming at least 24 lives in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Hurricane ISAAC landing in SE Louisiana. Image source: UW-SSECAnimate this image

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • California.  Yosemite National Park has warned about 2,000 visitors who stayed in its canvas and wood cabins in Curry Village this summer that they may have been exposed to the deadly hantavirus.
    • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome has killed at least two campers who stayed at the park earlier this year.
    • Two other campers have acquired the infection.
    • Symptoms of hantavirus include aches, chills, dizziness and fever.
    • Hantavirus is carried in the feces, saliva and urine of infected deer mice, and has no specific treatment.
    • The virus has a 30% fatality rate.
  • U.S. Corn and Soybean Crops. The U.S. corn and soybean conditions have both deteriorated by an additional one percent, according to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress for the week ending August 26, 2012.
    • The amount of corn crops considered to be in very poor or poor conditions increased to 52 percent, an increase of 1 percent from the previous week. It was 19 percent last year.
    • Soybean crops in very poor or poor conditions also increased by 1 percent to 38 percent since last week.   It was 15 percent last year.

Previous Corn Progress

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Colorado Declared Agri Disaster Area

Posted by feww on July 4, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR – 4 July 2012

Symbolic Countdown: 1,351 Days Left 

[July 4, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,351 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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Drought, Extreme Weather Events Cause Agricultural Disaster in Colorado

USDA has designated the state of Colorado as agricultural disaster area due to damage and losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that began January 1 and continues.

  • All but two of Colorado’s 64 counties have been declared primary natural disaster areas, with the remaining counties, Delta and San Juan, being designated continuous disaster areas.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Florida. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the state of Florida following the damage caused by Tropical Storm DEBBY.
    • Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Pasco, and Wakulla Counties are listed as Federal Disaster Areas.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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WARNING: RAPID CHANGE IN PROGRESS!

Posted by feww on July 4, 2012

Tidal Surge of Global Change 26 Times Faster in 21st Century: FIRE-EARTH

FIRE-EARTH Models show the rate of global change has intensified by a factor of at least 26 in the last decade compared with the 1960s.

FIRE-EARTH defines ‘global change’ as the deterioration in the planet’s life-support capacity that is caused by large-scale anthropogenic impact, leading to a total collapse.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 11 June 2012

Posted by feww on June 11, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,374 Days Left

[June 11, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,374 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 10 June 2012

Posted by feww on June 10, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,375 Days Left

[June 10, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,375 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Recent Mauna Loa CO2

  • May 2012:     396.78 ppm
  • May 2011:     394.16 ppm
  • April 2012:     396.18 ppm
  • April 2011:     393.28 ppm

Recent Global CO2 (ESRL/NOAA)

  • April 2012:     394.01 ppm
  • April 2011:     391.83 ppm
  • March 2012:     393.87 ppm
  • March 2011:     391.46 ppm

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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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…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 28 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 28, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,418 Days Left

[28 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,418 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 27 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 27, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,419 Days Left

[27 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,419 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 26 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 26, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,420 Days Left

[26 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,420 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar – 25 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 25, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,421 Days Left

[25 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,421 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar – 24 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 24, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,422 Days Left

[24 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,422 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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War on Nature: Danube Dynamited

Posted by feww on February 8, 2012

Serbian authorities use explosives to unblock frozen Danube

The authorities in Serbia are dynamiting the Danube and Ibar to crush massive ice blocks formed on long stretches of  the two rivers in a desperate attempt to unblock shipping lanes and prevent flooding in heavily populated areas.

The official death toll from Europe’s deep freeze has exceeded 450, with thousands more injured. Tens of thousands of people remain isolated by massive snowstorms, as more frozen bodies are found in France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and across the Balkans.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 8

[February 8, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,498 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Europe.The big freeze which began 11 days ago has affected the entire continent, leaving at least 450 dead [NOTE: the actual death toll could be much higher] and thousands afflicted with hypothermia and frostbite.
    • More frozen bodies have been found in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and across the Balkans.
    • Temperatures in some areas plunged to as low as -40ºC (minus 40ºF).
    • The authorities in Serbia are dynamiting massive ice blocks formed on the Danube and Ibar rivers to unblock shipping lanes and prevent flooding in heavily populated areas.
    • The severe cold has increased demand for oil and natural gas in Europe, a third of which is supplied by Russia.
    • About 500 hundred villages in southern Croatia are buried under up to 6 f3et of snow, without access to food and medicine.
    • The freeze is expected to continue.

Other Global Disasters

  • Philippines. Death toll from the strong quakes that struck Negros on Monday has risen to at least 48 with more than 100 reported as missing, a report said.
    • Most of the deaths occurred in Guihulngan City, and in the towns of La Libertad, Tayasan, Jumalalud and Bindoy.
    • At least 52 people were injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Significant Incidents

  • Sado Fukin, Japan. A 5.7Mw quake struck about 75km west of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata Prefecture, Japan
    • Region Name: Sado Fukin (W of Niigata, Honshu, Japan)
    • Occurred at: 21:01 JST 08 Feb 2012
    • Epicenter: 37.9N 138.2E
    • Depth: 10 km
    • The quake was followed by at least one aftershock measuring 3.1Mw, as of posting. (Source: JMA)


Sado Fukin Earthquake Map. Source: JMA

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State of Emergency Declared in S. Bulgaria after Severe Flooding

Posted by feww on February 7, 2012

Dam in southern Bulgaria collapses leaving at least 20 dead or missing 

The civil defense authorities have declared a state of emergency in southern Bulgaria after the dam on the Ivanovo Reservoir collapsed sending a 3-meter (9 ft) surge of water to the nearby village of Bisser near the Greek border, leaving at least 20 people dead or missing and hundreds of homes inundated.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 7

[February 7, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,499 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Bulgaria.  A state of emergency has been declare in much of southern Bulgaria after the dam on the Ivanovo Reservoir collapsed sending a 3-meter (9 ft) surge of water to the nearby village of Bisser near the Greek border, leaving at least 20 people dead or missing and hundreds of homes inundated.
    • The collapse was caused by severe flooding from a combination of torrential rains and melting snow.
    • Two other larger dams in the region were on the brink of overflowing, threatening to inundate vast populated areas, the authorities warned.
    • Massive volumes of floodwater are also surging down Arda river, which enters Maritsa river, impacting both  the northern portion of the Evros prefecture in Greece, including Kastanies, and the western portion of Edirne in NW Turkey.

Other Global Disasters

  • Serbia. As the deadly freeze in Europe continued, heavy snowfall and extremely cold temperatures prompted the Serbian government to declare a state of emergency for the entire country.
    • Up to 95 percent of all roads in the country have become impassible due to snow and ice, reports said.
    • The Arctic cold has claimed at least a dozen lives and left more than 70,000 people isolated in remote areas.

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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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