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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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Deadly Cat 4B Cyclone Giovanna Slams Madagascar

Posted by feww on February 14, 2012

Giovanna rips through Madagascar with destructive winds and torrential rain

Giovanna slammed the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar as a Category 4B Cyclone with sustained winds of  231km (143 miles) per hour and wind gusts exceeding 275kph.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 14

[February 14, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,492 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Madagascar. Cyclone Giovanna slammed the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar as a Category 4B stormwith sustained winds of  231km (143 miles) per hour and wind gusts exceeding 275kph.
    • The deadly storm destroyed or damaged scores of buildings, destroyed trees and caused power shutdowns in at least two towns, the capital, Antananarivo, killing at least one person in Brickaville, and eastern port city of Tamatave, according to early reports.
    • Officials warned scale of devastation could match or exceed the 1994 disaster caused by Cyclone Geralda which killed more than 200 people and left 500,000 homeless.
    • In 2008, wind damage and severe flooding by Cyclone Ivan caused much devastation to  Sainte Marie Island and mainland Madegascar, leaving about 270 people dead or missing and 330,000  others homeless, destroying about 200,000 hectares of  crops and leaving thousands without food.

Other Global Disasters

  • Albania. Prime Minister of  Albania has declared 4 (of 12) counties of Shkodër, Kukës, Dibër, Korçë and the district of Librazhd as natural disaster areas due to worsening weather conditions, a report said.
  • Philippines. Widespread flooding in the Philippines has left at least a dozen people dead or injured and tens of thousands displaced.

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20,000 displaced in Philippines latest floods

Posted by feww on December 27, 2011

Dozens of cities inundated in Cebu, Mindanao and Visayas islands, Philippines

Extreme rain events have raised the water levels across Cebu, Eastern and Western Visayas, and the landlocked province of Agusan del Sur (Mindanao), triggering widespread flooding in low-lying areas.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 27

[December 27, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,541 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines. Extreme rain events have raised the water levels across Cebu, Eastern and Western Visayas, and the landlocked province of Agusan del Sur (Mindanao) triggering widespread flooding in low-lying areas, which have left at least 2 dozen towns and cities and hundreds of villages inundated.
    • The mayor of Bayugan, a city in the province of Agusan del Sur, has reportedly issued a mandatory evacuation order for villagers in at least one district due to rising floodwaters.
    • The worst hit area is Sagay City in the province of Negros Occidental, the Western Visayas, where more than 5,000 people have been displaced.
    • Floods and mudslides have destroyed at least a hundred homes and other structures and washed away several bridges according to early reports; however, the damage is expected to be far more severe.
    • Philippines weather agency (PAGASA) said the extreme rain events were caused by two weather systems: The tail-end of cold front and a low pressure area west of  Mindanao.
    • The agency has forecast more rain, flooding and landslides throughout the entire region.
    • Mindanao Island was declared a disaster area last week following the devastation cause by Typhoon WASHI (Sendong).
      • Death toll from the storm has climbed to 1500, with hundreds still missing.
      • At least a third of a million people were displaced   after WASHI [“Sendong”] struck.
      • More than 60,000 people are currently living in shelters, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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Typhoon WASHI: 1,650 dead or missing

Posted by feww on December 18, 2011

Death toll from typhoon WASHI tops 650, about 1,000 missing

At least 650 bodies have been recovered following the floods caused by typhoon WASHI, mostly women and children, and up to 1,000  others are reported as missing.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 18

[December 18, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,550 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mindanao, Philippines. Typhoon WASHI [locally known as 'Sendong'] dumped more than a month of average rains on Mindanao island in southern Philippines according to local weather office.
    • A total of more than 1,650 people have lost their lives or reported as missing after flooding and landslides triggered by the typhoon [locally known as 'Sendong'] buffeted southern Philippines.
    • Some 652 people were killed in eight provinces in the southern Mindanao region, said the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
    • “This thing happened so fast. It’s overwhelming. We didn’t expect these many dead,” a senior official said.
    • “We need body bags and lime to deal with too many cadavers,” said General Roland Amarille, head of an army task force in Iligan.
    • “Local mortuaries are no longer accepting cadavers and they are even asking people to bury the dead at once because there are too many bodies even in hallways.”
    • “About 70 percent of the houses on the island were washed into the sea,” Amarille said.
    • The authorities have declared states of calamity in Iligan City,  Dumaguete City and the municipality of Valencia, both located in Negros Oriental province.
    • At 4:00am local time, December 18, 2011, TS WASHI ['SENDONG'] made another landfall near Puerta Princesa City and is now heading towards the West Philippines Sea, NDRRMC reported.
    • In its latest update, the NDRRMC also reported the storm had so far affected 19,759 families [or 108,130 people] in 140 districts in 17  municipalities and eight cities in 11 provinces.

Other Global Disasters

  • East Java, Indonesia. At least 220 people were missing [possibly as many as 600 are feared dead,] after an overcrowded boat packed with political and economic refugees heading for Australia sank off the coast of east Java in Indonesia, officials said.
    • Between 30 and 75 people have been rescued, according to different reports.
  • Cairo, Egypt.  At least a dozen demonstrators have been killed and about 500 others wounded by the Egyptian army following a third day of clashes in a new round of uprising as the winter of the so called “Arab Spring” deepens.
    • Increasingly, the Egyptians are realizing that what they actually participated in wasn’t a “revolution,” but a coup d’etat, cunningly orchestrated by the military and its paymasters and carried out on the back of a mass uprising.
    • Egypt is Israel’s next-door neighbor. Hell would freeze over before Egyptians are allowed to have a functioning democracy!
  • Russia. Some 53 people are dead or missing after an oil rig overturned in the Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East, the emergency service officials said.

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Floods in SE Asia causing serious food shortages

Posted by feww on October 25, 2011

Widespread flooding and devastation across Southeast Asia destroy millions of hectares of crops: FAO

Heavy monsoon rains since mid-July in some areas have claimed hundreds of lives, displaced millions of people and destroyed homes, infrastructure and agriculture, FAO said. “The floods occurred when the current main wet season cereal crops were in the field, with paddy rice at the initial to mid growing stage, and maize at an advance critical flowering stage”

Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 25

[October 25, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,604 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Southeast Asia. Widespread flooding in SE Asia including Cambodia, LAO People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, has destroyed millions of hectares of rice paddies and cropland, with the Mekong river basin hit the hardest.
    • Heavy monsoon rains heavy rains since mid-July in some areas have claimed hundreds of lives, displaced  millions of people and destroyed homes, infrastructure and agriculture.
    • “In addition, loss of livestock and poultry is reported and significant numbers are considered to be at risk.” FAO reported.
    • “There are concerns of serious food shortages in the affected communities due to the difficulties in delivering food assistance.”
  • Thailand. Floods have inundated more than two third of the country (62 of Thailand’s 77 provinces), claiming about 360 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.
  • Vietnam. The world’s second largest rice exporter, Vietnam , have seen at least 0.5 percent of its total national cropped areas inundated.
  • Cambodia. As of 14 October, at least 1.2 million people were  severely affected by the flooding, which has destroyed thousands of homes and inundated at least 332,000 hectares of rice fields (“at least 158 447 hectares of the crop damaged from the current main wet season, which accounts for about 80 percent of the annual national production.”)
  • Philippines. The world’s largest importer of rice has sustained damage to about  420,337 hectares of cropland, according to preliminary records, with losses estimated at about 728,379 tons of rice or 16 percent of the national production. “Overall, latest estimates indicate that about 4 million people have been affected and at least 485 000 hectares of standing crops, including rice, maize and high value commercial crops (HVCC) have been damaged or lost to the floods. The affected cropped area covers 6 percent of the total national cropped area. Additionally, nearly 3.3 million livestock and poultry have been affected.”
    • Additionally, some 600,000 tons of milled rice were destroyed from two typhoons that struck the country earlier this year, officials said.
  • LAO People’s Democratic Republic. About 430,000 people have been affected and at least 64 000 hectares of rice paddies have been damaged since the end of June, according to official estimates.  However, a detailed assessment of the crop losses is not yet available. Some areas that were affected by floods in June-July were replanted.

FIRE-EARTH models show an average decline of 22% in the global agricultural output in the next four years resulting in MASS DIE-OFFS. About 20 percent of the world population could perish by 2016.

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3 million Filipinos affected by 2 typhoons

Posted by feww on October 2, 2011

Powerful Typhoons in the Philippines Leave Tens of Thousands Without Food and Drinking Water

Most of the flooding victims refuse to evacuate flooded homes fearing looters, as Philippines government considers forced evacuations

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 2

[October 2, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,627 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Luzon, Philippines. Two powerful, back-to-back typhoons have left at least 60 people dead and many missing.
    • About 3 million people have been affected by the widespread flooding spawned by the storms.
    • Most of the victims refuse to evacuate flooded homes fearing looters, as Philippines government considers forced evacuations.
    • Large areas in  many provinces have become isolated because roads are submereged under chest-high floodwater.
    • “The damage bill from Typhoon Nesat stood at 6.7 billion pesos ($155 million), the disaster agency said. More than 180,000 people fled to shelters in dozens of towns north of Manila. There was no initial damage estimate for Nalgae.” Said a report.
    • “We are seeing a mass exodus of people looking for food,” said the representative of World Vision’s, an international aid agency.

      “Survivors have no means to cook food. They may have money but there’s just nothing to buy.”

    • Flood intensity was compounded by excess water from dams, as the authorities opened the floodgates to “release water from three dams in the Agno Basin as well as in Magat Dam in Ramon, Isabela.” a report said.
    • There’s strong probability that a third typhoon may hit Luzon later this week.
  • Thailand. Thailand declared two provinces as disaster areas, as flooding in the Central Plain region intensified, reports said.
    • The declaration covered the entire province of Ayutthaya and a large section “of Phichit province where the Lop Buri River has overflowed, leaving many riverside communities underwater.”
  • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, SW China. Flooding triggered by Typhoon NESAT which slammed into the island province of Hainan two days ago, a report said.
    • Water from heavy downpours brought by Nesat has entered major river courses in the region, where more than 2 million people have been affected by the typhoon.
    • NESAT was the strongest typhoon to hit the region since 2005, forcing the evacuation of more than 130,000 people, the report quoted the authorities as saying.
    • The typhoon has destroyed thousands of homes across 24 counties in Guangxi and damaged more than a quarter of million hectares of farmland.
  • Algeria. Flooding in Algeria has left at least 10 people dead and two others missing, the authorities said
    • Flash floods spawned by several days of torrential downpours have deluged at least two towns southwest of the capital Algiers destroying or damaging about a thousand  homes.

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NALGAE, 2nd powerful typhoon in 5 days, hits Philippines

Posted by feww on October 1, 2011

Residents in Luzon’s flooded towns told to evacuate immediately as NALGAE spawns  new deluge

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 1

[October 1, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,628 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines. Typhoon NALGAE (Quiel) made landfall in Isabela around 9 am local time packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kph with gusts of up to 195 kph.
    • The typhoon slammed into Isabela province, northern Luzon, bringing strong winds and torrential rains to the region that was devastated by typhoon NESAT earlier.
    • Residents in Luzon’s flooded coastal towns were told to evacuate immediately as NALGAE was expected to trigger a new deluge in the heels of NESAT which struck the region 5 days ago.
    • At least 3 people including 2 children were killed in storm related incidents in Bulacan province, reports said.
    • “Residents of Hagonoy, Bulacan are suffering the brunt of typhoons Quiel and ‘Pedring’ as the town is practically without water and food.”
    • “People walked 10 kilometers in chest-high water in search of drinking water as the town remained without electricity to supply power for pumping stations of a local water district.”

Other Disasters

  • Texas, USA. At least 6,000 acres have been charred and 73 more structures destroyed by Texas wildfires since the last update two days ago (dated September 29, 20110.


YTD Texas wildfire stats by TFS as of October 1, 2011. [The acreage  burnt includes about 3 million acres of pasture land.]

  • Thailand. All 16 districts of Ayutthaya province in central Thailand have been declared disaster areas due to severe flooding.
    • Many riverside communities were submerged under more than two meters of water as the Lop Buri River surged, a report said.
    • “Flooding started in Ayutthaya on Sept 4 and has affected more than 224,000 residents. Run-off from the North is raising levels of the Chao Phraya, Pasak, Lop Buri and Noi rivers.”
  • Delaware, USA. The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Delaware because of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 25-31, 2011.
  • District of Columbia, USA.  The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the District of Columbia because of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 26 to September 1, 2011
  • Wall Street, USA. At least 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protest movement have been arrested on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge across the East River, on their way to Brooklyn park, reports said.
    • The protesters say they are defending 99% of the US population against the wealthiest 1%.
    • “Some of the protesters said police had allowed them on to the roadway and were escorting them across when they were surrounded and the arrests began,” a report said.
    • “This was not a protest against the NYPD. This was a protest of the 99% against the disproportionate power of the 1%,” a protester told the reporters.
    • “We are not anarchists. We are not hooligans. I am a 48-year-old man. The top 1% control 50% of the wealth in the USA.”
    • Scores of other protests have also sprung up in other US cities in sympathy with the objectives of Occupy Wall Street movement, with the largest being held in Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles, reports said.
    • More than 2,000 people marched to NY City’s police headquarters on Friday to protest against the police conduct and earlier mass arrests.

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Disaster Calendar July 2011

Posted by feww on July 14, 2011

2011 Disaster Calendar – July 14 entry

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,707 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines. Death toll from flash floods and rainstorms in the southern Philippines has climbed to at least 43, officials said. Flash floods also killed more than 30 people in Davao City in June. Some 450,000 children in Mindanao are sheltering at evacuation centers. Affected communities are at risk of waterborne diseases and pneumonia, UNICEF country representative said.
  • Niagara Region, Canada. Death toll from an outbreak of C. difficile in Niagara Health System hospitals has climbed to 21, reports say.
  • California, USA. Imperial County has been declared a disaster area following major damage caused by thunderstorms last week, reports said.
  • Colorado, USA. Twelve Colorado counties have been declared as natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought and the governor is asking USDA to add 5 more the list, a report said.
    “Fremont County was designated as a disaster area because of a freeze that hurt its apple crop. Hickenlooper wants Delta, Mesa and Montrose added because of damage to fruit crops.”
  • Illinois, USA. A state of emergency has been declared in Lake County after the damage caused by storms on Monday, reports said.
  • Ohio, USA. The WH has declared declared Ohio a major disaster because of the damage caused by severe storms and flooding between April 4 to May 15, 2011, a report said. Worst damaged counties are Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Gallia, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington

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