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Renewed Eyjafjallajökull ash causes more air chaos

Posted by feww on May 9, 2010

Dozens of airports closed, hundreds of flights canceled,  many more diverted.

Renewed eruption at Eyjafjallajökull caused more volcanic ash to invade European airspace, forcing a new wave of flight cancellations and airport closures in Spain, as well as parts of Ireland Italy, Portugal, Scotland and the England.

At least 28 airports were forced to close from several hours to more than a day, causing hundreds of cancellations, and many flight diversions.

There were also flight cancellation to and from Switzerland, Southern and Central France, Northern Italy and Northern Portugal.

IMO Status Report said the eruption was  still in an explosive phase,  with the plume reaching a height of about 5km.

Volcanic Ash Shuts Down Spanish Airports

Eyjafjallajökull from Hvolsvelli webcam

Eyjafjallajökull eruption seen from Hvolsvelli webcam. Top of the plume is seen emerging and towering above the clouds. Click image to enlarge.

Volcanic Ash Advisory from London – Issued graphics (UK Met Office)

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Eyjafjallajökull Ash Cloud still drifting toward southern Europe. © Copyright EUMETSAT/Met Office. Click image to enlarge.

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Powerful M7.4 Earthquake Strikes N Sumatra

Posted by feww on May 9, 2010


M7.4 Earthquake Strikes Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have issued a tsunami alert

Fire-Earth does not believe a widespread tsunami could occur as a result of this quake because the shock struck at a depth of about 60km.

However, local tsunamis are possible within a 100km to 120km radius of the quake’s epicenter.

The earthquake struck offshore, at a depth of about 60km, some 220km (135 miles) south southeast of the of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, the US Geological Survey Earthquake Hazard Program said.

The  earthquake was epicentered near 3.728°N, 96.081°E, about 47km (29 miles) north northeast of the 9.2Mw earthquake, which triggered the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami killing an estimated 228,000 people.

10-degree Map Centered at 5°N,95°E

Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS. Map enhanced by Fire-Earth.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 7.4  [USGS/EHP estimate]
  • Date-Tim:
    • Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 05:59:44 UTC
    • Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 12:59:44 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 3.728°N, 96.081°E
  • Depth: 61.4 km (38.2 miles)
  • Distances:
    • 200 km (125 miles) SW of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 220 km (135 miles) SSE of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 625 km (390 miles) W of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
    • 1620 km (1010 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 6.3 km (3.9 miles); depth +/- 9.5 km (5.9 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2010wbaq

At least 4 other significant earthquakes have struck Indonesia in the past 24 hours or so:

  1. Magnitude 6.1 – SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA – 2010 May 08 03:22:11 UTC
  2. Magnitude 5.0 – SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA – 2010 May 08 04:20:58 UTC
  3. Magnitude 5.6 – SULAWESI, INDONESIA – 2010 May 08 05:39:30 UTC
  4. Magnitude 5.5 – TIMOR SEA – 2010 May 09 02:02:38 UTC

Fire-Earth Forecast (Posted on May 6, 2010)

Fire-Earth Forecasts large scale volcanic activity in and around Sumatra Region in 2010 and beyond.

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Russian Mine Disaster: At least 11 Dead, 41 Injured

Posted by feww on May 9, 2010

Eleven dead, 41 injured as coalmine explodes in Russia’s Kemerovo Region

At least 11 people have died and 41 others  injured afetr a coalmine explosions in Russia’s Kemerovo Region, Itar-Tass reported a regional emergency source as saying.

A map of Russia showing the country’s four major coal-producing regions.  The explosion occurred in Raspadskaya mine, Mezhdurechensk,  the Kemerovo region in the Kuzbass basin.   web дизайн © Александр Н. Ставцев.

The explosions occurred in the Raspadskaya mine in Mezhdurechensk, the Kemerovo region, killing eleven miners and injuring 41, the source said.

The rescue operation was suspended indefinitely after a second explosion in the mine, which injured more people, amid billowing smoke from the mine and fears of further explosion, Kemerovo Region Governor Aman Tuleyev said.

“The second explosion destroyed the main air shaft. Some people were hurt on the surface.” The report said.

Raspadskaya coalmine . There is a risk of other explosions, Kemerovo Region Governor Aman Tuleyev, who is at the site, told reporters.

“The rescue work will continue when the atmosphere in the mine is restored, but to conduct rescue work now means to send people to die.”

“After the second explosion, contact with three rescue teams — 20 rescuers — is lost, the source said.” Itar-Tass reported.

Of the 359 people who were in the mine when the first explosion occurred on Saturday at 20:55 Moscow time, 295 have been evacuated.  Some 54 miners and 20 rescuers are currently trapped underground.

Kemerovo region is situated in the major coal-producing Kuzbass basin. The Raspadskaya coalmine is about 3,500km (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, and produces about 8 million metric tons of coal annually.

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Gulf of Mexico: One Barrel Away from Collapse

Posted by feww on May 9, 2010

New Setback in Containing Gulf Oil Spill

BP, has encountered problems with the containment dome while trying to place it on the ruptured wellhead.

BP’s Exploration and Production CEO, Doug Suttles, said the 98-ton steel-and-concrete dome developed a problem [they hadn’t thought about,] forcing the technicians to remove the box as gas hydrates, ice-like crystals, began accumulating inside it clogging its opening.

Gas hydrates are formed when gas and water mix at low temperature and under high pressure on the sea floor. [The ruptured wellhead is located about 1.5km (5,000) feet under water.]

“I wouldn’t say it has failed yet,” said Doug Suttles. “What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn’t work.”

Meanwhile, the damaged well continues to spew a minimum of 5,000 barrels, possibly up to 25,000 barrels, of crude oil  into the Gulf each and every day.

What If the Oil Leak Goes On?

The question many are asking is, what if the spill goes on for any length of time?

FIRE-Earth and EDRO Moderators believe the devastation would be apocalyptic in scale.  Below is a brief summary of multiple disasters that you should expect:

Water Quality

The quality of seawater in the Gulf of Mexico would deteriorate rapidly. It would become the most polluted water body in the world in a very short time.  The Gulf would become a dead zone, permanently.

Food Production

Most of the marine creatures in the Gulf of Mexico will perish. Any species that might evade death, would be too contaminated for human or animal consumption.

Air Quality

The air quality in the region would worsen dramatically, turning the Gulf states into one of the most polluted regions in the world.


The average temperatures in the region would rise rapidly by 3ºC to as much as 8ºC depending on a number of additional factors.

Life Expectancy

Many people would perish as a result of the pollution caused by the oil leak. Many babies would be born with severe respiratory depression or other serious deformities.

Regional Collapse

Collapse of the Gulf states will begin, as most of the population move away from the Gulf heading in all directions. Civil conflict would erupt.

Collapse of the U.S., Canada and Mexico

The collapse of Gulf states, and other areas on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, would result in large numbers of people moving north and into Canada, with others moving southwest and into Mexico. The next phase in the regional collapse of NAFTA countries, an irreversible downward spiral, would follow.

The Time Scale

Your world could disappear as fast as a flash of lightning!

Recent News Releases:

Tar balls found on Dauphin Island beach. Shoreline assessment teams recovered tar balls Saturday from the beach on Dauphin Island, Ala. The tar balls, ranging in size from dimes to golf balls, were recovered and sent to a lab for further analysis. Deepwater Horizon Response

Press Release: Stop Flights Over Wildlife Refuge. Due to heightened interest in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, media aircraft have been conducting low flights and landings on Breton National Wildlife Refuge’s Chandeleur Islands. These flights and landings threaten the very birds that the media are covering and that the public is concerned about.  Federal regulation prohibits flights and landings that disturb wildlife on refuges.

Trajectory Forecast – Mississippi Canyon 252
NOAA/NOS/OR&R  Estimate for: 0600 CDT, Tuesday, 5/11/10
Date Prepared: 1200 CDT, Saturday, 5/08/10

This forecast is based on the NWS spot forecast from Saturday, May 8 AM. Currents were obtained from the NOAA Gulf of Mexico, West Florida Shelf/USF, Texas  A&M/TGLO, NAVO/NRL models, and HFR measurements. The model was initialized from satellite imagery, analysis provided by NOAA/NESDIS obtained Saturday morning, and Saturday AM overflight observations. The leading edge may contain tarballs that are not readily observable from the imagery (hence not included in the model initialization). NOAA is a U.S. Govt agency and its image and news products are NOT copyrighted. Click image to enlarge.

Oil Leak Forecast

On May 1, 2010, Fire-Earth forecast at least 10 more major oil spills worldwide between May 2010 and December 2011, with the probability of 5 of those events occurring in and around America.

Oil Slick in Gulf of Mexico

Click image to enlarge. Eighteen days after the Deepwater Horizon accident, an oil slick lingered in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on May 8, 2010. Oil is discernible in two areas—a serpentine slick near the Mississippi Delta, and a large round slick south of the Mississippi-Alabama border. Image and caption: NASA E/O. [Edited by Fire-Earth for brevity.] Download large image (823 KB, JPEG).

Florida Class Action Filed in BP Oil Spill Disaster

Gulf Actions Spill Counsel (GASP), a national team of attorneys, allege multiple failures by BP, Halliburton and other Defendants in their lawsuit filed Friday.  Similar lawsuits are planned for Texas, Alabama and Mississippi, as the devastation from the oil rig disaster continues to grow.

“Oil continues to flow into the gulf, and with it an environmental nightmare,” said Dr. Howard, who most recently played a leading role in coordinating a national team of more than 40 law firms in the Toyota sudden acceleration lawsuits. “This unmitigated horror threatens to destroy one of the most beautiful marine, coastal and estuarine environments in the world.”

Castro Angle

Fidel Castro, Former Cuban leader, called the ecological disaster caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a testament to how powerless the governments are against the multinational corporations.

“The ecological disaster which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico shows how little governments can do against those who control financial capital,” Castro said in his article published by Cuban media. “The hateful tyranny imposed on the world.”

Castro said the US and European and multinationals are the powers “who decide the fate of peoples [through] the economy in our globalized world.”

Although President Obama is not responsible for the “current threats to the survival of the human being imposed on the world by imperialism, [he] ignores reality and cannot or does not want to deal with real issues. He lives in a dream world,” Castro said.

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Cyclone Nargis: The Worsening Aftermath 2 Years On

Posted by feww on May 9, 2010

Cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 138,000 people and affected 2.4 million others, most of whom have had little chance of recovery.

The following is a public information release by Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

Hardship and human rights violations continue among Burma cyclone survivors

The survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) in May 2008, continue to face challenges in rebuilding their lives, in lack of access to relief and reconstruction efforts, and in violations of basic rights more than one year after the storm, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Emergency Assistance Team—Burma.

Dead bodies from Cyclone Nargis float on a flooded field in Labutta (Source: AFP) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice.

The study “Community-Based Assessment of Human Rights in a Complex Humanitarian Emergency: The Emergency Assistance Teams-Burma and Cyclone Nargis” is published May 7 in the journal Conflict and Health. Accounts from survivors and relief workers show that necessities such as food, potable water, shelter and medicine remained insufficient for many a year after the disaster. According to the researchers, a lack of support to help rebuild livelihoods and worsening household debt have precluded survivors from accessing healthcare services, which were inadequate before Cyclone Nargis.

“Accounts of survivors and independent relief workers one year after the cyclone make clear that the basic needs remain unmet for many survivors—a situation made worse by Burma’s military rulers who continued to hamper the recovery effort and to limit access by independent relief workers,” said study co-author Chris Beyrer, MD, professor and director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School.

For the study, a network of community-based organizations, known as the Emergency Assistance Team–Burma, worked on the ground to conduct an assessment of the human rights conditions in Burma immediately following Cyclone Nargis. In response to the cyclone—a storm that killed an estimated 138,000 people and affected 2.4 million people—the team was formed within days after the storm’s landfall. The assessment found that community aid efforts faced government restrictions and harassment, including the threat of arrest of independent relief workers. Storm survivors reported land confiscation, misappropriation of reconstruction materials and governmental restrictions on communication and information, all of which continued in 2009.

Similar reports have been released by human rights organizations, most notably the Human Rights Watch report “I Want to Help My Own People,” which indicated that denial of basic rights, lack of clean water, sanitation, health resources and unjustified restrictions of aid continue. The same report noted that a positive outcome of the storm was the expansion of community-based initiatives, such as the Emergency Assistance Team–Burma, in response to local natural disasters and other humanitarian crises.

“The team’s ability to quickly provide appropriate relief services and conduct these assessments reaffirms the key role of community-based organizations in responding to disasters, particularly in challenging settings such as Burma, where official restrictions on humanitarian assistance are extensive,” said Beyrer.

He added, “Community organizations like Emergency Assistance Team-Burma are well positioned, given their knowledge of the area and trust by the community, to independently assess human rights conditions in response to complex humanitarian emergencies such as Cyclone Nargis. Efforts of this nature must be encouraged, particularly in settings where human rights abuses have been documented and censorship is widespread.”

Contact: Tim Parsons
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

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