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Archive for June 11th, 2011

Japan’s Nuclear Industry: Mega Disaster in the Making

Posted by feww on June 11, 2011

FIRE-EARTH Editorial on the third month anniversary of Japan’s triple disaster and its triple nuclear reactor core meltdown

Today is the third month anniversary of the Tohoku Mega Quake [Great East Japan Earthquake] that shook the country off its rickety foundation.

In the past three months the world has learned that more than ever before Japan’s doomed Fukushima NPP and all of its other nuclear plants pose an existential threat to the entire region and beyond.

In the hand of the Japanese ruling elite who own, operate and invariably fail to safeguard the country’s nuclear industry, the atomic plants have turned into weapons of mass destruction.

Japan’s ruling elite are the remnants of the same diabolic regime that painted the entire region red with human blood in the last century.

Japan MUST now be disarmed and its nuclear “weapons” removed BEFORE the next Mega Quake strikes the country.

The world community must force Japanese authorities to decommission all of their nuclear power plants forthwith.

From 2011 Disaster Calendar – June Entry

  • [June 7, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,744 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
    • Japan. The ever-conspiring Japanese nuke officials have doubled estimate for the radiation that escaped from the doomed Fukushima NPP soon after the March 11 mega quake and tsunami from 370,000 terabecquerels to 770,000 terabecquerels, a report said. More people will have to be evacuated.
      • As FIRE-EARTH had suspected, complete core meltdown occurred at all three working Reactors 1, 2 and 3 at Fukushima NPP, with massive amounts of radiation penetrating the earth below. (See links below).

Probability of a Nuclear Disaster by Country

The following probability figures are calculated by FIRE-EARTH on April 8, 2011

  • Japan (880)³
  • United States (865)
  • Taiwan (850)
  • Belgium, China, France, Finland, India,  South Korea, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Armenia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania,  Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain,  Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico,  South Africa, Canada (810)
  • Germany, Sweden, Netherlands (800)
  • Switzerland  (750)


  1. The list represents a snapshot of events at the time of calculating the probabilities. Any forecast posted  here is subject to numerous variable factors.
  2. Figures in the bracket represent the probability of an incident occurring out of 1,000; the forecast duration is valid for the next 50  months.
  3. Probability includes a significant worsening of Fukushima nuclear disaster, and future quakes forecast for Japan.
  4. A nuclear incident is defined as a level 5 (Accident With Wider Consequences), or worse, on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). See below.
  5. Safety issues considered in compiling these lists include the age, number of units and capacity of nuclear reactors in each country/state, previous incidents, probability of damage from human-enhanced natural disasters, e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, wildfires, flooding… ]
  6. The  Blog’s knowledge concerning the extent to which the factors described in (3) might worsen during the forecast period greatly influences the forecast.

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Wallow Mega Fire – June 11 Update

Posted by feww on June 11, 2011

Arizona’s Mega Fire Still Raging

Wallow Fire official map for June 10

The above map is said to be based on data collected on June 9, 2011. Source: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Original size: (3,203 x 4,930)

Satellite Imagery of Massive Wildfire Smoke Plumes

The Wallow Fire in Arizona was causing widespread evacuations as it approached the New Mexico border. “Smoke and poor air quality conditions are affecting populations throughout the Southwest. This image from the GOES-East satellite was taken just before evening fell on the area on June 9, 2011 [June 10 at 01:15UTC.] The massive smoke plumes can be seen emanating from the fires in Arizona and Mexico, traveling east-northeast. Though usually displayed using and underlying layer of land cover data from the NASA MODIS satellite sensors, GOES actually acquires grey-scale imagery. The native imagery is shown here to highlight the features of the smoke plumes. Additionally, major thunderstorms can also be seen in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The NOAA Storm Prediction Center received one tornado report in Kansas at this time.” Copyright: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Click image to enlarge. View High Resolution Version

Wallow Fire: Closeup. Click image to enlarge.

U.S. Weather Forecast Map – June 11, 2011

Keetch-Byram Drought Indices (KBDI)

The Alabama Forestry Commission currently reports that there is now a ban on all outdoor burning across the entire state.

News Bulletins From AZEIN

(Posted on June 10, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.)  The Wallow Fire is 6% contained on the northeast side of the fire. Today’s activities included burnout operations, structure protection, patrolling for spot fires, and mop up. Today’s weather allowed firefighters to complete several because heavy smoke and has precluded us of helicopters for this operation.

Wallow Fire Official Details:

  • Date Started: 5/29/2011
  • Number of Personnel: Approximately 4,422 – Including 26 hotshot crews and 76 hand crews
  • Equipment: 28 dozers, 263 engines, 69 watertenders
  • Size: 408,887ac based on last night’s [June 9, 2011]  infrared data

[NOTE: FIRE-EARTH estimate for acres burned as of posting >500,000 acres]

  • Aircraft: 15helicopters
  • Percent Contained: 6%
  • Injuries to Date: 3
  • Residences: 2714 threatened; 29 destroyed 5 damaged
  • Structures: 35 destroyed
  • Other: 1 truck destroyed
  • Cause: Human – under investigation (Source:  Area Command)

Horseshoe Two Fire

(Posted on June 10, 2011, at 10:40 p.m.)  The Horseshoe Two fire burning near Portal Arizona is approximately 134,615 acres and estimated at 45 percent containment.

The Murphy Complex Fire

(Posted on June 10, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.)  The Murphy Complex Fire is approximately 90 percent contained and is estimated to be 68,078 acres. 

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Joplin tornado official death toll rises to 151

Posted by feww on June 11, 2011

Zygomycosis fungal infection kills more  people injured in Joplin tornado

An infectious diseases physician at Freeman Health System in Joplin says at least nine patients contracted the infection following the injuries they suffered in Joplin tornado, and of those three or four died from  zygomycosis, directly or indirectly.

Some of the 1,000 or so people who were injured by the massive EF-5 tornado contracted the rare but often fatal fungal infection from soil or plant matter traces carried by the twister debris that penetrated their skin.

A supercell thunderstorm tracked from extreme southeast Kansas into far southwest Missouri (NWS Springfield, County Warning Area) late Sunday afternoon and evening (May 22nd).  This storm produced an EF-5 tornado over Joplin, Missouri resulting in devastating damage. This storm generated other tornadoes and wind damage along its path as it moved southeast across far southwest Missouri.  Spotty wind damage also occurred across the remainder of far southern Missouri as the storms moved east.  Additionally, these storms produced flash flooding across far southwest Missouri.  Image and caption: National Weather Service (NWS)

zygomycosis rhizopus

ygomycosis caused by Mucor pusillus

This slide describes the histopathologic changes seen in a heart valve due to zygomycosis caused by Mucor pusillus.CDC. Image ID 4233

This patient presented with a case of a periorbital fungal infection known as mucormycosis, or phycomycosis.Mucormycosis is a dangerous fungal infection usually occurring in the immunocompromised patient, affecting the regions of the eye, nose, and through its growth and destruction of the periorbital tissues, it will eventually invade the brain cavity. Source CDC (1960)- image ID 2831. Click images to enlarge.

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Puyehue ash raises river temp, kills salmon stock

Posted by feww on June 11, 2011

Hot pyroclasts from ongoing Puyehue eruption raise River Nilahue temp to 45ºC (113ºF)—a rise of 35ºC

Tens of thousands of tons of hot volcanic materials from the ongoing Puyehue eruption have raised the temperature of Nilahue River to 45ºC (113ºF)—a rise of 35ºC, compared with seasonal average—contaminating the water and killing a large number of salmon, Chilean Public Works Minister.

The area near the Nilahue and GolGol rivers basin was evacuated on June 10, 2011 after the two rivers overflowed their banks, blocked by volcanic debris. The river flow rose by more than five fold, from 30 cubic meters per second (cmps) to more than 160 cmps, the minister said.

Nilahue River Chile. The river originates in Cordón Caulle volcanic range and discharges into Ranco Lake. Credit: Hprmedina.

Buenos Aires VAAC said Puyehue activity had intensified Thursady/ early Friday, but released the following bulletin reporting ‘DECREASING ACTIVITY’ late Friday.

 PSN: S4052 W07220
 ADVISORY NR: 2011/030
 OBS ASH CLOUD: SFC/FL150 S4052 W07220 - S4100 W07100 - S4145 W06800 -
 S4140 W06300 - S4300 W06300 - S4340
 W06700 - S4155 W07100 -S4052 W07220
 FCST ASH CLD +06HR: 110200Z SFC/FL150 S4052 W07220 - S4116 W06800 -
 S4130 W06510 - S4150 W06120 - S4335
 W06141 - S4325 W06740- S4052 W07220
 FCST ASH CLD +12HR: 110800Z SFC/FL150 S4052 W07220 - S4143 W06555 -
 S4150 W06020 - S4413 W06030 - S4355
 W06745 - S4052 W07220
 FCST ASH CLD +18HR: 111400Z SFC/FL150 S4052 W07220 - S4124 W06317 -
 S4025 W05547 - S4312 W05630 - S4350
 W06100 - S4367 W06720- S4052 W07220
 W05300 - S02900 W04500 - S3000 W04000 -
 S3300 W03900 - S3900 W04500 - S3500 W04300 - S3100 W04500 - S3000
 W05200 - S3600 W05800
 FCST ASH CLD+06HS: SFC/FL150 110200Z S3500 W05400 - S2700 W04500 -
 S2600 W04100 - S3000 W03800 - S4000
 W040 - S3300 W04200 - S3100 W04500 - S3500 W05400

Air Travel

Flights from several airports in Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil. remain grounded for a third day on Saturday.

“At least six international carriers suspend flights between Buenos Aires and cities in US, Europe and South America,” a report said.

“Many flights from airports in southern Brazilian cities such as Porto Alegre and Florianopolis – some 2,500km (1,550 miles) from the volcano – were cancelled on Friday,” according to another report.

San Carlos de Bariloche

Meanwhile, in the ski resort city of San Carlos de Bariloche,  workers removed about 15,000 tons of volcanic ash (600 truckloads) from the airport’s main runway on Thursday.  Authorities said the airport would remain closed at least until June 21, AP reported.

Puyehue Volcano Satellite Images

A fissure on Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic range opened on June 4, 2011, ejecting ash to a height of about 16km. Natural-color image captured by MODIS on the Aqua satellite moments after eruption began. Source: NASA-EO. Click images to enlarge.

Eruption at Puyehue-Cordón Caulle began on June 4, 2011. This natural-color satellite image was taken by the MODIS aboard Terra satellite on the early morning of June 6, 2011, when according to the Buenos Aires Volcanic Ash Advisory Center the ash plume was reaching an altitude of about 12km above the summit crater.  Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

Click animation link to view the transport of the plume from 1:45 pm local time June 4, 2011, until 10:45 am June 6, 2011.

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