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Storm Extravaganza

Posted by feww on August 31, 2010

Hurricane Season Could Get Busier Still

L-R:  HURRICANE EARL, Tropical Storm FIONA, T.S. DANIELLE, Invest Area 98L, T.S. LIONROCK, T.S. NAMTHEUN, Typhoon KOMPASU. Click image to enlarge.

Hurricane EARL

HURRICANE EARL – IR (NHC Enhancement) Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Hurricane EARL: Summary of status at 11:10UTC on August 31, 2010 [Estimated by Fire-Earth]

  • Location: Near 20.8N 67.1W
  • Position: About 205 km (110NM) NNW of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Max Sustained Winds: 225 km/hr
  • Wind Gusts: 270 km/hr
  • Movement: WNW (290 degrees) at 20 km/hr
  • Max Wave Heights: 4.1m (12 feet)
  • Sources: JTWC and others

EARL is at category 4A strength on the  FEWW New Hurricane Scale.

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Sinabung Erupts Again

Posted by feww on August 30, 2010

Mount Sinabung 2nd eruption ‘more powerful’

Sinabung spewed ash to a height of about 2km in its second eruption in two days

Mount Sinabung volcano spews smoke in Suka Nalu village in the district of Tanah Karo, in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province August 30, 2010. The Indonesian volcano that erupted for the first time in centuries on Sunday spewed fresh plumes of smoke early on Monday morning, causing panic in nearby villages and delaying local flights, officials said on Monday.  Credit: Reuters/Tarmizy Harva. Image may be subject to copyright.  More photos …

According to Indonesia’s head volcanologist, Surono, Today’s eruption was more powerful than the first yesterday.

“Earlier today was another eruption at 6.30 a.m., sending out smoke as high as two km, more or less.” He said.

“I saw some hot pieces of volcanic rock come out and burn trees in the area,” A Reuters photographer said

“People have been evacuated from areas within a six km (four-mile) radius of the volcano,” vulcanologist Surono said. “Beyond six km it is safe, but there has still been a lot of panic among people here who don’t understand that.”

He said it was impossible to know when the eruptions would stop, but it was unlikely volcanic dust would drift to neighboring countries.

“Here, [the volcanic dash]  is three millimeters (1/8 of an inch) thick on the leaves of plants,” he said, adding that he did not believe the neighboring countries would be affected as a result of this eruptive episode.

Our colleagues at EDRO believe that the collapse of Singapore may occur as a result of volcanic activity on the island of Sumatra. However, they have not disclosed any further detail.

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Mount Sinabung Erupts

Posted by feww on August 29, 2010

Lava spewing ‘like a ball of fire’

Indonesian officials have issued a red alert after Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra began spewing lava early Sunday morning.

Villagers ride a motorcycle while covering their mouths at the district of Tanah Karo outside the city of Medan, North Sumatra, as the Mount Sinabung volcano spews smoke in the background August 28, 2010.  Credit: Reuters/Tarmizy Harva. Image may be subject to copyright.

The volcano had been spewing smoke and ash to a height of about 1.5km a.s.l. throughout Saturday, local reports said, quoting  eye witnesses who saw lava spewing out of the volcano from 7 km away.

The authorities have evacuated up to 15,000 residents living near the volcano.

Mount Sinabung is one of Indonesia’s 130  active volcanoes, and had last erupted about 400 years ago.

The head of Indonesia’s vulcanology center was quoted by Reuters as saying:

“This is the first time since 1600 that Sinabung erupted [although there are no activities recorded] and we have little knowledge in terms on its eruptive patterns and general forms.”

The conical Sinabung volcano, seen here from the east, rises above farmlands on the Kato Plateau. Gunung Sinabung contains four summit craters, the southernmost of which is the youngest. Many prominent lava flows appear on the flanks of the volcano. No confirmed historical eruptions are known from Gunung Sinabung. Photo by Tom Casadevall, 1987 (U.S. Geological Survey). Caption: GVP

Sinabung Volcano: Summary of Details

Country: Indonesia
Region: Sumatra
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano
Volcano Status: Holocene
Last Known Eruption: Unknown [1600?]
Summit Elevation: 2,460
Latitude: 3.17°N
Longitude: 98.392°E
Source: GVP

Sinabung is located in Group K Volcanoes

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

Sinabung volcano, seen from Gurukinayan village on the south, shows prominent lava flows on its flanks and a dramatic summit spine. The summit of Gunung Sinabung is much less frequently visited than neighboring Sabayak volcano to the NE. Photo by S. Wikartadipura, 1982 (Volcanological Survey of Indonesia). Source: GVP.

Approximate location of Sinabung is marked  on the map by FEWW.

The volcano is located about 260km east of the epicenter of the 9.1 – 9.3Mw earthquake which struck off the coast of Sumatra on December 26, 2004, triggering the deadly Boxing Day Tsunami.

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No Place to Go!

Posted by feww on August 28, 2010

Image of the Day


¼ of a million more people forced to flee homes

The monsoon floods in the Indus River Basin that are now moving south, have so far inundated about 22 percent of Pakistan, displacing more than 20 million people, killing thousands [official death toll stands at 1,600,] destroying some 1.2m homes, damaging at least 3.2m hectares of farmland (14% of Pakistan’s cultivated land), and putting millions at risk from waterborne diseases, as well as food and clean water shortages, reports say.

“The magnitude of this crisis is reaching levels that are even beyond our initial fears” ~ UN spokesperson

Fresh Flooding in Southern Pakistan. A freeze frame from a BBC UK video report. Image may be subject to copyright.

“The number of those affected and those in need of assistance from us are bound to keep rising.”

“The floods seem determined to outrun our efforts. About one month from the onset of the floods, we don’t know when we will see their end, as the disaster is still unfolding,” he added.

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Deadly Fire Consumes 300 Filipino Homes

Posted by feww on August 27, 2010

Image of the Day:

Fire: A Major Mechanism of Collapse

An Early Dividend of Rising Global Temperatures

A deadly fire, which killed at least one person, consumed more than 300 homes in Navotas City, Philippines, Aug. 27, 2010.  (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali). Image may be subject to copyright. More images …

Argentina: Meanwhile, about 1,500 hectares of Calilegua National Park in northwestern were burnt out by a fire.

Italy: At least 3 dozen fires which have broken out in southern Italy since Saturday, are believed to have been caused by rising temperatures, reports say.

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More Fires!

Posted by feww on August 26, 2010

Where There’s Fire …

Satellite Images Capture about 150,000 Fires Burning in S. America

Some 148,946 fires, outlined in red, were burning on August 23, 2010 when MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. “Most of the fires are concentrated in Bolivia, where the governments of two states had declared a state of emergency because of widespread fires three days earlier. Scores of fires also burn in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.”
Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (11 MB, JPEG). For ull caption click here.

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Proteobacteria Don’t Burp?

Posted by feww on August 25, 2010

BP GOM Oil Plumes Spinning Out of Sight

Fast-eating species of microbes ate a Manhattan-sized oil plume spewed from BP Macondo well: Report


“The micro-organisms were apparently stimulated by the massive oil spill that began in April, and they degraded the hydrocarbons so efficiently that the plume is now undetectable, said Terry Hazen of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,” according to a dubious report.


Which one of you greedy guys ate all the oil?

Original caption: This undated handout image shows microbes (C) degrading oil (upper right) in the deepwater plume from the BP oil spill in the Gulf, a study by Berkeley Lab researchers has shown. Credit: Reuters/Hoi-Ying Holman Group

Is this serendipstickity or what? How about another  “independent” report to back this fantastic news up?

WORRY NOT! The intrepid NOAA scientists, having started a 3-week mission on August 18,  are conducting their Operation Dip**** [Dipstick.]

“We’re looking for hydrocarbons to see how things in the deepwater column are changing,” Tom Weber, chief scientist aboard the 35-meter boat Pisces, said. “Ever since the well has been capped, we haven’t seen that much.”


So the other scientists who don’t work directly for the govt must be lying!!!

University of Georgia researchers have reported that more than 75 percent the oil from the Macondo well disaster still lurks below the water in the Gulf of Mexico and threatens the ecosystem.

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Disease Outbreaks Threaten Pakistan Flood Victims

Posted by feww on August 24, 2010

Diarrhea and cholera wreaking havoc in many of Pakistan’s flooded areas

About 80% of the town of Jacobabad in Sindh province was buried under 1.5m (5ft) of water, as a tsunami of floodwaters were rapidly moving south towards the state of Balochistan, UNHCR reported.

The situation in Sindh continues to deteriorate, as the second wave of floodwaters quickly moves into the south of the province, the report said.

The Great Deluge in Pakistan

Image acquired August 19, 2010 — download large image (5 MB, JPEG)

Image acquired July 31, 2009 — download large image (5 MB, JPEG)

The top false-color image was acquired by the Landsat-5 satellite on August 19, 2010. Lower image dated July 31, 2009 is used for comparison.  Tsunamis of floodwater riding on the Indus River target southern Pakistan  three weeks after the first floods inundated NW Pakistan. Source: NASA E/O. Click images to enlarge.

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The Storm Trio

Posted by feww on August 23, 2010

Image of the Day:

The Three ‘Synchronized’ Storms


Source: CIMSS. 

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Posted by feww on August 22, 2010

2011 Disasters

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2011 Much More Disastrous

Posted by feww on September 13, 2010


Global Disasters in 2011 Could Impact 1/3 to 1/2 of the Human Population

The impact of anthropogenic and human-enhanced natural disasters on the population will be 600 percent more severe in 2011 compared with 2010: Fire-Earth Forecast

Earth is critically wounded and diseased as a result of human assault and battery.

Humans’ first wave of serious [near-fatal] assault on the planet began in the early 1980s and has since heightened in severity.

Our feverish planet‘s fight against the “human pathogens” is entering a critical phase. The earth’s defense mechanism is employing geophysical  phenomenon, as a result of which the impact of natural disasters on human population is intensifying.

In 2007 EDRO models showed that the intensity of disasters caused as a result of the human assault on the planet, and the planet’s struggle to heal herself, would lead to the first wave of collapse of the population centers globally by about 2012.

It already has!

The collapse has already started and would ultimately lead to the extinction [possibly near-extinction] of human race.

For the EDRO forecast to be true, the final years leading to the start of collapse, namely 2010, 2011 and 2012, must necessarily be progressively more disastrous.

Based on their models, Fire-Earth Moderators forecasted in December 2009 that the year 2010 would prove to be the most disastrous year on record. And with more than 100 days left to the end of this year, their forecast has already proven to be true and accurate.

What about 2011?

Fire-Earth models show that the impact of anthropogenic and human-enhanced natural disasters would be about 600 percent more severe in 2011 compared with this year.

Based on their findings, the Moderators estimate that between one-third and one-half of the world population could be affected in some way by various disasters that are forecasted to occur in 2011.

Megadisasters Loom

Posted by feww on December 11, 2010


Emerging Calamities You CAN’T Prepare for, or Insure against

Climate Change, Global Broiling, Volatility and Extremes of Weather, Mega Swings of Temperature, Megadeluges and Megadroughts, Giant Dust Storms, Megaquakes, Super Volcanic Eruptions, Extreme Wildfires, Food and Water Scarcity, Deadly Diseases, Megadeaths (Forests, Plants, Animal Species…)

Looming Megadisasters Could Impact 1/3 to 1/2 of  Human Population

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Will it be drought?

Posted by feww on August 21, 2010

Will it be Drought, Deluge, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, War …


How Drought Slowed Plant Growth [2000-2009]

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, researchers at the University of Montana have discovered that plant growth slowed for the 2000–2009, despite the decade being the warmest on record. “We see this as a bit of a surprise, and potentially significant on a policy level because previous interpretations suggested that global warming might actually help plant growth around the world,” one of the researchers said. “This is a pretty serious warning that warmer temperatures are not going to endlessly improve plant growth.” More information available in a feature article and on videos. Source: NASA E/O.

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Nature Has the Right of Way

Posted by feww on August 21, 2010

Satellite Images of Massive Landslide in Zhouqu, China

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On August 8, 2010, unusually intense monsoon rains triggered devastating landslides and floods that buried a densely populated area in the center of the city. As of August 17, China’s official news agency reported [1,364] deaths with [401] people still missing [as of 4 p.m. Thursday.] This detailed image, from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite, shows the largest slide in the lower part of the city on August 10.” Source: NASA E/O. Download large image (5 MB, JPEG) acquired August 10, 2010

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China landslide death toll rises to 1,239

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Nuclear Waste Recycling: A Nightmare Scenario

Posted by feww on August 20, 2010

Thought for the Day:

Can we trust GE Hitachi, Duke Energy, Areva … like we did BP?

ABOUT  100,000 tons of nuclear waste (aka High Level Waste, HLW) sit in radioactive dumps across the U.S.

Additionally, The U.S. nuclear energy industry is producing more than a third of the 12,000 metric tons of HLW piling up globally every year.

[A 1000-MWe nuclear power plant produces about 30 metric tons  of spent nuclear fuel.]

There are also “millions of gallons of radioactive waste, thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel and material [as well as] huge quantities of contaminated soil and water,” the Department of Energy (DOE) has reported.

Nuke energy companies say they can recycle the waste squeezing more energy from the spent nuclear fuel thus reducing the waste behind [sic.]

“When it comes to energy, America is strong on technology but weak on policy,” says the high-rolling GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Chairman John Fuller. “And it’s a critical handicap.” [Remember BP CEO?]

Incidentally, since its inception in 1878, GE hasn’t produced a single environment-friendly product.

As for Hitachi, they can’t even produce a household appliance that stands upright [a colleague who lives in Japan is about to receive a third fridge-freezer unit in just over a week because the first two were defective lemons.

GE Hitachi says they could build a new generation of fast reactors that can extract up to 99 percent of energy contained in the uranium fuel rods. The question is can the nation trust GE Hitachi, like they did BP?

Defective Hitachi fridges don’t kill many people, but a GE Hitachi reactor could.

At the end of the day, of course, all of these concerns are academic …

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Indus River Flooding

Posted by feww on August 19, 2010

More than 20 million affected by Pakistan Floods

Flooding near Kashmor, Sindh Province, Pakistan

Flood Disaster Summary:

  • More than 20 million people have been affected, and the toll is rising.
  • Thousands of people have been killed or injured.
  • 3.5 million children face waterborne diseases.
  • A quarter of Pakistan land area, including its agricultural heartland, has been inundated.
  • Up to 3.5 million hectares of crops have been destroyed.
  • At least a million homes destroyed or damaged.

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Download large image (8 MB, JPEG) — acquired August 12, 2010

Top: Flooding near Kashmor in Sindh province, Pakistan, on August 12, 2010 (Landsat 5 satellite), immediately prior to the second wave of the flooding striking the region. Above: The same region on August 9, 2009. Download large image (9 MB, JPEG).

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First Came the Rains …

Posted by feww on August 18, 2010

Then the Mosquitoes followed …

Dengue fever infects 50,000 Thais, killing at least 63

Dengue fever infection, spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes, has flu-like symptoms, which can easily cause death through a complication called dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Many of the victims live in the slum areas of Tegucigalpa city, Thailand a report said.

EEE in Florida

Meanwhile, 4 Florida residents have reportedly died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne disease that normally afflicts horses, a report said.

This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts a salivary gland that had been extracted from a mosquito, which was infected by the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, which has been colorized red; magnified 83,900x.

The Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus is a member of the family Togaviridae, and genus Alphavirus. EEE is a mosquito-borne viral disease. As the name suggests, it occurs in the eastern half of the US. Due to the high case fatality rate, it is regarded as one of the more serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States. This virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The main transmission cycle is between birds and mosquitoes. Several species of mosquitoes can become infected with the EEE virus. The most important mosquito in maintaining the enzootic (animal-based, in this case bird-mosquito-bird) transmission cycle is Culiseta melanura. Horses can become infected with, and die from EEE virus infection. Source: CDC/ Fred Murphy; Sylvia Whitfield (1968).

“EEE and West Nile virus have been detected in 43 of Florida’s 67 counties, while dengue cases have been confirmed in two south Florida counties, Monroe and Broward, according to the state Department of Health.”

‎Two of the EEE victims, a viral disease that causes brain inflammation, lived in Tampa-area, a third in the state capital of Tallahassee and one in Sopchoppy, NW Florida.

“The dengue virus began showing up in Florida in 2009 after an absence since its last major outbreak in 1934. At least 28 confirmed cases of domestically transmitted dengue fever have been reported in Florida this year, along with 67 foreign-acquired cases. The disease is more prevalent in Central and South America,” the report said.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare illness in humans, and only a few cases are reported in the United States each year. Most cases occur in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states (see map). Most persons infected with EEEV have no apparent illness. Severe cases of EEE (involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. The illness may then progress into disorientation, seizures, or coma. EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33% mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. There is no specific treatment for EEE; care is based on symptoms. You can reduce your risk of being infected with EEEV by using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and staying indoors while mosquitoes are most active. If you think you or a family member may have EEE, it is important to consult your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis.

An illustration of a Culiseta melanura mosquito. Common characteristics of Culiseta melanura include a long and curved proboscis, a dark-scaled abdomen, and slightly enlarged dark scales on the outer wing. This mosquito is a vector of the eastern equine encephalitis virus in bird populations. Source: CDC

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – Latest Info

Posted by feww on August 17, 2010

Dispersants may have forced crude to the ocean floor: Report

The largest environmental disaster in American history will get larger still

University of South Florida researchers believe that crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill may have settled to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico at levels toxic to marine life and further east than previously thought.

“The dispersant is moving the oil down out of the surface and into the deeper waters, where it can affect phytoplankton and other marine life,” said John Paul, a marine microbiologist at USF, CNN reported.

I’m a hypocrite and a liar? Tell the phytoplankton to sue me!

President B.O. and daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point [sharks!] in Panama City Beach, Fla. August 14, 2010. Official White House [of horrors] Photo by Pete Souza.

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Researchers in Georgia say most of the BP oil the government said was gone from the Gulf of Mexico is still there.

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Posted by feww on August 17, 2010

A Heated Planet on Fire!

Smoke Covers Western Russia

Fires outside of the city of Nizhniy Novgorod

Fires is in the Ural Mountains

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Fires in two regions of W. Russia continued to produce thick smoke on August 15, 2010, when these images were captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Top: Fires outside of the city of Nizhniy Novgorod, east of Moscow. Above: Fires is in the Ural Mountains,

Fires in B.C., Canada

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A thick plume of smoke from multiple fires burning in British Columbia hangs over the Pacific Ocean. This natural-color image was captured on August 13, 2010, by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite. On August 15, 2010, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reported that, over the previous 24 hours, a dozen new fires had started in British Columbia, half of them from lightning, and the other half from human activity. As of August 15, a total of 201 fires were burning in the province […] more than three-fourths of British Columbia was under high or extreme wildfire danger, following a weekend of scorching temperatures.” Source: NASA E/O.

Fires near Porto Velho, Brazil

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Multiple fires burned along the Madeira River in the vicinity of Porto Velho, Rondônia, This natural-color image was captured on August 7, 2010, by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite.  “In mid-August 2010, wildfires were burning throughout Brazil, according to news reports.” Source: NASA E/O.

Fires in Madeira, Portugal

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Large fires were burning on the Portuguese island of Madeira blowing smoke south over the Atlantic Ocean on August 13, 2010. This photo-like image was taken by by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite the same day. “According to news reports, the largest of the fires burned through 95 percent of the Funchal Ecological Park, a 1,000-hectare preserve set aside to restore native vegetation to the island.”  Source: NASA E/O.

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3.5m Pakistani children face waterborne diseases

Posted by feww on August 16, 2010

Pakistan Flood Tragedy Enters New Phase

A quarter of Pakistan, including its agricultural heartland, has been inundated

“Up to 3.5 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases, such as watery diarrhoea and dysentery,” Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, AFP reported.

“What concerns us the most is water and health. Clean water is essential to prevent deadly water-borne diseases. Water during the flood has been contaminated badly. There is a shortage of clean water,” he added.

Pakistan – Floods Impact Profile [13 August 2010] – Click images to enlarge.



YOU have a moral duty to help victims of disasters; however, do NOT enrich the international aid mafia. DO NOT give any money to the American Red Cross, or any outfit headed by Clinton/Bush, Hollywood (film and music scenes) people, ex-politicians, or senior members of the UN organizations.

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Obama’s Crimes Against Nature, Humanity

Posted by feww on August 15, 2010


Up to 1/3 million bombs dropped on Afghanistan


  • Total number of bombs dropped by US/NATO on Afghanistan: Up to 300,000 [Fire-Earth Estimate]
  • Afghan civilians murdered in their own country since 2001: At least 22,000 people [Fire-Earth Estimate for the number Afghan civilians killed as a direct result of bombing and gunfire.]
  • Total number of Occupation Troops killed in Afghanistan: 2002
  • 1 occupation troop death for at least 10 Afghan civilians killed
  • Americans troops killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 illegal war of occupation began: 1,226
  • Total number of British troops killed in the same period: 331
  • Other NATO troops killed: 445

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China landslide death toll rises to 1,239

Posted by feww on August 14, 2010

Death toll from NW China landslide climbs to 1,239 with 505 still missing: Official news agency

Image of the Day:

China: The Land of Deadly Mudslides

Photo shows the site of the landslide in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China’s Gansu Province, dated August 13, 2010. Death toll from the massive mudslide rose to 1,239 as of 4 p.m. Saturday, with 505 others still missing, local disaster relief headquarters said, the official news agency reported. (Xinhua/Wang Peng). Image may be subject to copyright.

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Mariana Islands Region

Posted by feww on August 14, 2010

Quake measuring up to 7.4Mw strikes WSW of Hagatna, Guam

Epicentered at 12.409°N, 141.487°E, the quake struck about 375 km (230 miles) WSW of HAGATNA, Guam, at a depth of 4.7km on August 13, 2010 at 21:19:32 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.


The mainshock was followed by about a dozen aftershocks, the largest of which measured up to 6.6Mw, as of posting.

NO Pacific-wide destructive tsunami was expected, NWS Pacific Tsunami Center said.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 7.2
  • Date-Time:
    • Friday, August 13, 2010 at 21:19:32 UTC
    • Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 07:19:32 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 12.409°N, 141.487°E
  • Depth 4.7 km (2.9 miles) (poorly constrained)
  • Distances:
    • 375 km (230 miles) WSW of HAGATNA, Guam
    • 445 km (275 miles) WSW of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands
    • 485 km (300 miles) NE of Yap, Micronesia
    • 550 km (340 miles) WSW of SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 14.6 km (9.1 miles); depth +/- 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010zxcf

10-degree Map Centered at 10°N,140°E

Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.

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M7.2 Quake Rocks Ecuador, Peru

Posted by feww on August 13, 2010

Powerful earthquake rattles Ecuador for about 45 secs.

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake, epicentered at 1.260°S, 77.312°W, struck a remote Amazon region at a depth of more than 200km, rattling Ecuador and parts of neighboring Peru for about 45 seconds.

The shock was the strongest to strike Ecuador in 12 years. A 7.2Mw quake struck off the country’s coast in 1998, according to USGS/EHP records.

In 1949 a 6.8Mw earthquake in Ambato killed at least 5,000 people, and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The quake occurred about 128km ENE (79 degrees) of the 3km tall Tungurahua, one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes, which has been active this year. FEWW forecast more explosive activity from Ecuador volcanoes in 2010 through 2012 and beyond.

Snow-capped Tungurahua, seen from near the town of Baños on its northern flank, rises 3,200 m above steep-walled canyons. Historical eruptions, separated by long reposes, have produced powerful explosions, sometimes accompanied by pyroclastic flows and lava flows. All historical eruptions have originated from the summit crater, and have typically lasted for several years. The largest historical eruptions took place in 1886, 1916, and 1918. Photo by Minard Hall, 1976 (Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito). Caption: GVP.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 7.1 [USGS/EHP estimate]
  • Date-Time:
    • Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 11:54:16 UTC
    • Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 06:54:16 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 1.260°S, 77.312°W
  • Depth: 211 km (131.1 miles)
  • Region: ECUADOR
  • Distances:
    • 145 km (90 miles) E of Ambato, Ecuador
    • 155 km (95 miles) ENE of Riobamba, Ecuador
    • 155 km (95 miles) SSW of Nueva Loja, Ecuador
    • 175 km (110 miles) SE of QUITO, Ecuador
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.3 km (2.1 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010zwa5

10-degree Map Centered at 0°N,75°W

EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.

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Intense rains affect 1 in 10 Pakistani

Posted by feww on August 12, 2010

Inordinate monsoon rains impact about 10% of Pakistan’s population

Indus River basin floods have now become Pakistan’s worst ever natural disaster, leaving as many as 4,000 people dead and severely affecting the lives of about 10 percent of the population.  This image based on NASA’s TRMM satellite depicts rain rates between August 1 and August 9, 2010, compared to  long-term average rates. Blue shows areas with much more intense rain than normal; brown indicates less intensity. “Dark blue spots cover the regions of Pakistan, India, and China where the floods and landslides occurred. These regions received as much as 24 millimeters of rain per day above normal daily rainfall. A broad swath of very intense rain also covers Indonesia and parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.” Source: NASA E/O. Click here for caption in full. Click image to enlarge.

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New superbug spreading from India

Posted by feww on August 11, 2010

A new, untreatable superbug has reached Britain from India and could spread globally: Scientists

A new gene called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, has been found in patients in South Asia and in Britain, researchers say.

“NDM-1 makes bacteria highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems, and experts say there are no new drugs on the horizon to tackle it.” A report said.

The so-called medical tourism is partly blamed for the spread  of the NDM-1 superbug which could soon spread globally, according to Timothy Walsh, the study’s lead researcher from Britain’s Cardiff University.

“At a global level, this is a real concern,” Walsh said.

“Because of medical tourism and international travel in general, resistance to these types of bacteria has the potential to spread around the world very, very quickly. And there is nothing in the (drug development) pipeline to tackle it.”

“India [and Thailand] also provides cosmetic surgery for other Europeans and Americans, and it is likely NDM-1 will spread worldwide,” the study reported.

NDM-1-producing bacteria are resistant to just about every kind of antibiotics including carbapenems, “the scientists said, a class of the drugs often reserved for emergency use and to treat infections caused by other multi-resistant bugs like MRSA and C-Difficile.”

C. difficile kills three times as many people as MRSA

Latest figures from the Health Protection Agency show there were 55,681 cases of Clostridium difficile infection reported in patients aged 65 years and above in England in 2006. (Source: SIMeL Italy)

The bacteria are naturally present in the intestine but kept under control by other bacteria. Antibiotics can kill some of these, allowing C.difficile to take hold. Image source and other images. Click image to enlarge.

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DIANMU Strikes Korea

Posted by feww on August 11, 2010

TS DIANMU Strikes Southern Coast of Korean Peninsula

TS DIANMU– Visible  Satellite Image (1km Res). Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Dianmu winds topped speeds of 100 km/hr (gusts of 130 km/hr) before slamming into Korean Peninsula. The above natural-color image was captured by  MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on August 10. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (5 MB, JPEG)

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