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Archive for July 9th, 2010

Landslides Claim More Lives in South China

Posted by feww on July 9, 2010

Flooding and landslide disasters leave at least 27 dead, 6 missing and tens of thousands evacuated in south China

More rain-triggered landslides killed at least 27 people, with six others reported missing, and tens of thousands were evacuated in south China as roads and railway lines were out in south China, a report said.

“In the hardest-hit Chongqing Municipality, at least eight people had died, one remain missing and 27,000 were relocated, local authorities said late Friday.”

“The heaviest rain this summer started to batter Chongqing from Thursday night, with Huatian Township in Youyang County recording the largest rainfall of 241.6 mm. Water levels in most rivers in Chongqing have risen above warning levels.”

Fenshui and Sanzheng townships in Wanzhou District of Chongqing were left submerged in 1.2-meter deep floodwater. More…

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Deepwater Drilling OK: Court of Appeals

Posted by feww on July 9, 2010

Judges Have Second Homes on Mars?

Or Simply More Concerned About Pleasing the Big Oil?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans has ruled 2-1 against the administration’s request to stay a lower court decision that lifted the 6-month drilling m moratorium, arguing the admin had failed to demonstrate “how it would be irreparably harmed if it were not granted,” a report said.

Meanwhile, the Interior Department confirmed that it was finally getting its act together and would issue a new order on deepwater drilling below 500 feet, but failed to say when the new ban would come into effect.

“Based on what we have learned since the BP oil spill, it has become increasingly clear that companies may not have adequate containment and response capabilities to respond to a spill and therefore, as the secretary has said previously, he will be issuing a new moratorium,” Interior Department spokesperson said. More …

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VolcanoWatch Weekly [9 July 2010]

Posted by feww on July 9, 2010

Summary of Weekly Volcanic Activity Report

[Source: SI/USGS]

New Activity/Unrest (30 June – 6 July 2010)

  • Ebeko, Paramushir Island  [Group J]
  • Gorely, Southern Kamchatka (Russia) —  [Group J]
  • Tiatia, Kunashir Island [Group J]
  • Ulawun, New Britain [Group K]

NOTE: Based on Fire-Earth Model, more volcanic activity/unrest may be expected in areas/groups shown in red.

Map of Volcanoes. Background Map: University of Michigan. Designed and enhanced by Fire Earth Blog. Click image to enlarge.

Ongoing Activity:

For additional information, see source.

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Weather Forecast – Flood Warning

Posted by feww on July 9, 2010

Much of Oklahoma and Texas Threatened by Flooding

Weather Hazard Map.
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Parts of Tulsa flooded as heavy rain overwhelmed drainage systems flooding and high water in many areas of the city, a report said.


More rain is increasing flood risk throughout Texas. “More rain was expected for the already flooded Rio Grande basin Friday after a tropical depression replenished moisture left earlier from remnants of Hurricane Alex, according to the National Weather Service,” a report said.

“A flash flood warning was to continue for much of the state with the heaviest rain Friday expected in southern and western Texas and the Red River valley. High temperatures Friday were expected to hit the upper 80s and low 90s in the eastern half of the state and upper 70s and low 80s in the west. Winds will be easterly 5-10 mph, except for light and variable winds in north, central and east Texas.”

Additional heavy rains of up to 3 inches in NE TX and SE OK may cause flooding across vast areas, as Tropical Depression Two dumps more rain.

US Weather Forecast

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Torrential rain has pummeled northern Mexico, triggering floods and forcing up to 200,000 people to evacuate their homes.

At least 40,000 homes, many roads and other infrastructure have so far been damaged or destroyed in the border states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, across from Texas.

The weather-related death toll since Hurricane Alex first struck the region stands at 15 in Nuevo Leon, as TD Two dumps more rain on the soaking terrain.

Mayor, 5 Others Killed Inspecting Flooding in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

“A border city mayor, a state official, and four other people died yesterday when an airplane crashed as they inspected widespread flooding that has forced tens of thousands of evacuations near the US border, ” a report said

Gulf of Mexico and TD Two – Satellite Image GOES 13 – July 8, 2010 at 23:45UTC

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