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Chaparrastique Spews More Ash, Volcanic Gases

Posted by feww on December 31, 2013

Chaparrastique Volcano in Eastern El Salvador is Still Spewing Ash and Volcanic Gases

Up to 5,000 people live near the volcano, and the authorities have so far evacuated more than 1,600 to emergency shelters, but many have refused to leave their homes on the volcano slopes.

“The Chaparrastique volcano is still producing gases combined with small emissions of ash, which is normal after an eruption,” said  El Salvador’s environment ministry.

The 2,130-m high volcano,  El Salvador’s third highest, ejected columns of smoke and ash up to 5km above the summit on Sunday

Chaparrastique, aka San Miguel volcano, located about 15km SW of San Miguel city (population: 180,000), and about 140 km east of San Salvador, the capital, showed signs of increased activity on December 13.

The eruption has so far deposited more than 10cm of ash in the nearby areas within the coffee-producing region, according to reports.

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Latest image of Chaparistique Eruption. Source: El-Salvador.com

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 Chaparistique eruption deposits volcanic ash on coffee plants. Source: El-Salvador.com

El Salvador

El Salvador sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, close to Middle America Trench, and is subject to significant tectonic movement, causing frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. The tiny country (population: 6.3 million) is home to at least 23 volcanoes.

Middle America Trench

A major subduction zone known for many large earthquakes, the Middle America Trench is a 2,800-km long oceanic trench in the eastern Pacific Ocean, extending from central Mexico to Costa Rica. The trench is the boundary between five tectonic plates, including the Caribbean, Cocos (and Rivera), Nazca, the North American and the South American plates.

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FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 39

Posted by feww on September 23, 2013

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 39
Coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Weekly Average CO2 at Mauna Loa Tops 400ppm

Posted by feww on June 4, 2013

Accelerating Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Up-to-date weekly average CO2 at Mauna Loa

  • Week beginning on May 26, 2013:     400.03 ppm
  • Weekly value from 1 year ago:     396.43 ppm
  • Weekly value from 10 years ago:     378.57 ppm

Recent Monthly Average Mauna Loa CO2

  • April 2013:     398.40 ppm
  • April 2012:     396.18 ppm

Recent Global CO2

  • March 2013:     396.52 ppm
  • March 2012:     393.57 ppm

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – June 3, 2013

Posted by feww on June 3, 2013

Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita spreads to 30,000 acres

The massive wildfire north of Los Angeles grew to about 30,000 acres and was 40% contained as of Monday morning,  authorities said.

The blaze has so far destroyed at least 6 homes and damaged more than a dozen others, according to several reports.

About 2,200 fire crews were attempting to suppress the fire which broke out Thursday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic, close to a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station in San Francisquito Canyon near Drinkwater Reservoir.

More than 1,000 homes in the Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth areas were still under mandatory evacuation, as of posting.

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Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Central Europe

Major flooding has worsened across Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland, with several countries declaring states of emergency.

  • A large part of Eilenburg, a town north-east of Leipzig, was evacuated, with more than 7,000 people being taken to emergency shelters.
  • In Austria, two months of rain fell in just two days, said the meteorological office, forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.
  • Water levels in the Bavarian city of Passau, located at confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn and Ilz—were at their highest since 1501, the local media reported.

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Saudi Arabia: Forecast Withheld by a Moderator

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China slaughterhouse fire kills 119, injures many more

Death toll from a large fire at a “poultry slaughterhouse” in NE China’s Jilin Province has climbed to to 119 as of Monday afternoon, the authorities said.

The fire broke out early morning at a workshop “owned by the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi Township of Dehui City” also injured dozens of others, the report said.

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Turkish protests turn into bloody riots

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Turkish cities, angry over the heavy-handed police response to a small peaceful demonstration last week.

  • Hundreds of protesters and police have been injured since Friday.
  • Protests began last week against construction in Istanbul’s “last remaining open space,” the Taksim Gezi Park.
  • The anti-government protests have now spread to 67 provinces across Turkey.
  • The largest demonstrations were held in Istanbul, the capital city of Ankara and ports of Antalya and Izmir.
  • “The unrest has delivered a blow to Turkish financial markets that have thrived under Erdogan. Shares fell more than six percent and the lira fell to 16-month lows,” said a report.
  • Some protestors complained about the costs from the prime Minister Erdogan’s support of rebels in neighboring Syria’s civil war.

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DISASTER CALENDARJune 3, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,013 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,013 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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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).

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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 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 11 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 11, 2013

N. Korea’s missile launchpad moves into firing position

Japanese government is on high alert after defense officials said their satellite images showed North Korea (NK) had raised a missile launcher located in eastern part of the country.

  • Meantime, military analysts speculate that NK probably would launch multiple medium-range missiles simultaneously or within a short period.
  • “There are clear signs that the North could simultaneously fire off Musudan, Scud and Nodong missiles,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted an anonymous military source as saying.
  • S. Korea is currently on “Watchcon 2″ military alert, the highest alert level before going into “state of war,” due to the  “vital threat” from North Korean missiles.

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Flash floods kill dozens, displace tens of thousands in Kenya

At least 32 people were killed and more than 20,000 others displaced by flash floods triggered by extreme rain events in Kenya.

  • “Several parts of the country especially the Coast and Western Kenya regions have been affected by flooding following an increased heavy downpour countrywide,” according to Kenya’s Red Cross Society (KRCS).
  • Rainstorms and Floods have caused widespread destruction to property and the infrastructure, and severely disrupted farming in the affected regions, especially in Western Kenya, the Coastal region, and parts of Rift Valley.

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Flash floods hit Panua nature preserve, Sulawesi island, Indonesia

“Residents have been evacuated and several trans-Sulawesi roads have been cut off after flash floods hit the Panua nature preserve in Pohuwato, Gorontalo,” said a report.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 11, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,066 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,066 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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