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Indiana, Michigan and Washington Declared Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on January 31, 2012

Extremes of weather cause agricultural disasters in hundreds of counties across 9 states

Up to 40 percent of crops have been lost to disasters caused by drought and deluge, high winds, hail, freeze, frost, blizzard, tornadoes and lightning that occurred from Feb. 1, 2011, and continues…

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 31

[January 31, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,506 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Michigan, USA.  The entire state of Michigan has been declared agricultural  disaster areas due to three separate disaster conditions that began in February and May 2011.
  • Disaster #1.  USDA has designated 70 counties agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, high winds, hail, freeze, frost, blizzard, tornadoes, flooding and lightning that occurred from Feb. 1, 2011, and continues. The Primary Disaster Areas are:


The above 29 counties in Michigan have been designated as Primary Disaster Areas. Source: USDA


These 41 counties in Michigan have been designated as contiguous disaster areas. Source: USDA

Other counties in adjacent states designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous:

  • Indiana: Elkhart, La Porte, St. Joseph and Steuben counties.
  • Ohio: Fulton, Lucas and Williams counties.
  • Michigan: Disaster #2.  USDA has declared 22 counties in Michigan  as agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred from May 15, 2011, and continues.
    • Primary disaster areas:  Dickinson, Iron, Luce, Mackinac, Menominee and Montcalm counties.
    • Contiguous disaster areas:

These 16 counties in Michigan have been designated as contiguous disaster areas. Source: USDA
  • Wisconsin. Florence, Forest, Marinette and Vilas counties in Wisconsin were also declared as contiguous disaster areas.
  • MichiganDisaster #3. USDA has declared 32 counties in Michigan as agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, high winds, hail, freeze, frost, blizzard, tornadoes, flooding, lightning, drought and excessive heat that occurred from Feb. 1, 2011, and continues.
    • Primary disaster areas:  Alger, Antrim, Delta, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Marquette, Otsego, Schoolcraft, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
    • Contiguous disaster areas:


These 22 counties in Michigan have been designated as contiguous disaster areas. Source: USDA

  • Washington, USA.35 counties in Washington state have been declared agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, flooding, below normal temperatures, high winds, frosts and freezes that occurred during the period of Jan. 1, 2011, through July 31, 2011.
    • Primary disaster areas:


The above 15 counties in Washington have been designated as primary disaster areas. Source: USDA


These 20  counties in Washington have been designated as contiguous disaster areas. Source: USDA

  • Oregon.  Clatsop, Columbia, Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Multnomah, Sherman and Wasco counties in the adjacent state of Oregon were also added to the disaster list.
  • Indiana, USA.   USDA has declared 78 counties in Indiana as agricultural  disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of drought and excessive heat that occurred during the period of July 1, 2011, through Oct. 18, 2011.


These 45 counties in Indiana have been designated as primary disaster areas. Source:


These 33  counties in Indiana have been designated as contiguous disaster areas. Source: USDA

The following counties in the adjacent states were also declared as disaster areas because they’re contiguous

  • Illinois: Clark, Crawford, Edgar, Gallatin, Lawrence, Vermillion, Wabash and White counties.
  • Kentucky: Boone, Breckinridge, Carroll, Daviess, Gallatin, Hancock, Henderson, Meade, Trimble and Union counties.
  • Michigan: Branch and St. Joseph counties.
  • Ohio:  Butler, Darke, Defiance, Hamilton, Mercer, Paulding, Preble and Van Wert counties.
  • Colorado, USA. USDA has declared 10 Colorado counties as agricultural disaster areas due to severe drought, a report said.
    • The disaster areas are Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, El Paso, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Pueblo and Washington counties. The drought-stricken areas “suffered up to 40 percent losses. No estimates on the dollar losses or number of affected farmers were available.”

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Australia: 5 disaster areas declared in NSW following severe flooding

Posted by feww on January 30, 2012

Days of severe flooding turns north of NSW state into disaster zone

The state government of Australia’s New South Wales (NSW)  has declared 5 northern districts as disaster zones after days of severe flooding transformed Bellingen, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley areas into swampland.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 30

[January 30, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,507 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • NSW, Australia. Nearly a week of severe flooding has turned northern parts of Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state into disaster zones.
    • The state government of NSW has declared 5 northern districts as disaster zones after days of severe flooding transformed Bellingen, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore and Richmond Valley areas into swampland.
    • “This weather system has caused a lot of damage to critical infrastructure, property and road networks,” said a senior official.
    • At least 1,500 people remain isolated by the floods since the mega deluge began on January 24, reports said.

Weather systems to remember!


MTSAT – Australia – IR – Greyscale – Source: ABOM.


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Tornado Attacks Leave 100 Dead or Injured in Indonesia

Posted by feww on January 29, 2012

Up to 100 people killed or injured, thousands of home destroyed or damaged, as tornado swarm attacks Indonesia

Dozens of tornadoes have swept through 40 regencies and cities in the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali in the past few days, killing or injuring about 100 people and destroying or damaging thousands of homes.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 29

[January 29, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,508 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Java and Bali Islands, Indonesia. Dozens of tornadoes spawned by tropical cyclone Iggy have swept through 40 regencies and cities in the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali in the past few days, killing or injuring about 100 people and destroying or damaging thousands of homes.
  • Tropical Cyclone Iggy is now approaching Western Australia.

Weather systems to remember


TC IGGY in the Indian Ocean off the WA coast. (Source: MTSAT JMA).   “The Monsoon trough extends from Tropical Cyclone “Iggy” in the Indian Ocean (off the WA NW coast) to a monsoon low in south-central QLD and then northeast into the Coral Sea. Extensive areas of cloud and thunderstorms associated with the active monsoon trough cover much of the tropical north of the continent.BOM  said.

Other Disasters

  • Victoria, Australia. Crimes committed by minors are soaring in Australia, with hundreds of children under the age of 10 being charged with violent offenses like rape and arson, a report said.
    • “Leaked statistics – kept hidden by Victoria Police – expose 288 children investigated for 305 serious offences in the past five years.”
    • “The statistics show 254 boys and 34 girls, aged nine and under, were processed for 11 sex crimes, including rape, 36 burglaries, five counts of stealing a motor vehicle, three drug possessions, or using drugs, and three counts of being armed with weapons or explosives.”
  • Oakland, California.Police have arrested at least 400 demonstrators, mostly because they failed to disperse.
    • Protesters have decried police tactics as illegal and threatened to sue, “saying that most of the arrests were made illegally because police failed to allow protesters to disperse,” a report said.
    • “Contrary to their own policy, the OPD gave no option of leaving or instruction on how to depart. These arrests are completely illegal, and this will probably result in another class action lawsuit against the OPD,” a release from Occupy Oakland Media Committee said.
    • Mayor Jean [RECALL] Quan said she wanted “a court order to keep Occupy protesters who have been arrested several times out of Oakland.” [Better still, you could try have them deported to China, Mayor Quan!]
    • [NOTE: A tiny fraction of the demonstrators  appeared to be professional agitators blending in for obvious reasons, observers said. Moderator]

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Dozens Killed in Mozambique by Back-to-Back Storms

Posted by feww on January 28, 2012

Twin storms leave dozens dead, more than a million people affected in Mozambique

Tropical depression Dando and Cyclone Funso, striking within days of each other, have left dozens dead and hundreds of thousands of families affected.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 28

[January 28, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,509 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mozambique. Tropical depression Dando and Cyclone Funso, striking within days of each other, have destroyed thousands of homes, killing dozens of people and leaving a quarter of a million families affected.
    • Thousands of hectares of crops have also been destroyed or damaged.

Other Global Disasters

  • Yemen.  Half a million children in Yemen could die or become ill from malnutrition, said a report.
    • Trailing behind Afghanistan, Yemen has the world’s 2nd highest rate of chronic malnutrition among children, with more ore than 58 per cent of the children stunted, UNICEF reported.
    • “Conflict, poverty and drought, compounded by the unrest of the previous year, the high food and fuel prices, and the breakdown of social services, are putting children’s health at great risks and threatening their very survival,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
    • “Acute malnutrition affects as many as 30 per cent of children in some parts of the country, close to the levels observed in south Somalia, and twice as high as the internationally recognized emergency threshold.”
    • Measles killed 74 children from among 2,500 affected by a recent outbreak of the disease, Government figures show. “While most children recover from measles within two to three weeks, children with malnutrition can suffer serious complications which can lead to death.”
    • Some 69,000 Yemenis children die each year before their fifth birthday.
    • With 77 deaths per 1,000 live births, Yemen has one of the highest death rates among children under the age of five in the Middle East and North African regions.
    • are food insecure, and the number is expected to rise.
      • The term “food insecurity” is used when people go to  bed on an empty stomach or have no idea where their next meal may come from.

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Tectonics Update – January 28

Posted by feww on January 28, 2012

Large Quake Measuring about 8.3Mw Could Strike Near Iwaki, Japan: FIRE-EARTH

FIRE-EARTH Models show a large earthquake measuring up to 8.3Mw could strike within a 50-km radius of Iwaki, Japan.

Forecast Details

  • Magnitude: Up to 8.3Mw
  • Position: 50km radius of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
  • Probability of Occurrence
    • Feb – May 2012: 74% (Peak Occurrence: April 18, am JST)
    • Jun –  Nov 2012: 68%
    • Dec 2012 – Dec 2015 : ~ 50%
    • Jan – Apr 2016: >70%
  • Probability of Event occurring onshore: 60%

[NOTE: This forecast may be affected by other seismic events in the region.   For UPDATES see comments section below.]

Previous Forecasts

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States of emergency declared in Bulgaria

Posted by feww on January 27, 2012

“Code Red” remains amid Bulgaria’s deadly blizzards

Powerful blizzards and extreme cold prompt Bulgarian authorities to declare states of emergency in dozens of districts and municipalities.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 27

[January 27, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,510 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Bulgaria. A countrywide “Code Red” warning, which was earlier issued by the Bulgarian authorities, remains activated, reports said.
    • States of emergency have also been declared in the districts of Pazardzhik, Ruse,  Smolyan and Sofia as well as the municipalities of Batak, Godech,  Ivanovo, Lisichevo, Lovech,  Svoge, and Velingrad, the Ministry of Interior has announced.
    • Bulgaria was hit by powerful blizzards, with heavy snow blocking roads and leaving thousands of people without electricity, a report said.
    • The country will be hit by an historic cold snap over the next week, forecasters said, with the wind chill factor dropping to -20ºC.
    • “Bulgaria was thrown into chaos during the first days of the new year as heavy snow and torrential rains cut off electricity, stranded people, cars, buses and trucks,” the report said.
    • The freezing weather has caused at least four deaths this month.

Other Disasters

  • Victoria, Australia.  Health authorities in the Australian state of Victoria have reported an outbreak of bird flu at two farms.
    • To contain the outbreak, more than 10,000 ducks will have to be culled, a report said.

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Thousands of Chinese displaced amid deep freeze

Posted by feww on January 26, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of people affected by heavy snow and freezing weather in central China

Snowstorms have destroyed hundreds of homes leaving  thousands of people homeless in the mountainous regions of central China’s Hunan Province.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 26

[January 26, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,511 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Hunan Province, China.  Multiple snowstorms have destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands homeless in the mountainous regions of central China’s Hunan Province.
    • The storms have also destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of crops causing millions of dollars in damage, Chinese official media reported.

Other Disasters

  • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.  The Longjiang River in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has been severely polluted after a mining company discharged large amounts of industrial effluent containing cadmium into the waterways
    • Authorities in Hechi City, where the discharge occurred, have confirmed that the cadmium-rich pollutants were discharged by a local mining company.
    • Excessive cadmium levels, measuring at least three times the “official limit,” were detected in the river earlier this month, which killed many fish and prompted concerns over drinking water.
    • The local fire department has dumped more than 80 tons of aluminum chloride into the Longjiang River to “neutralize” the contamination.
    • Cadmium is a carcinogen. The metal is used to manufacture pigments and batteries and in the metal-plating and plastics industries.
    • “The incident caused panic buying of bottled water in Liuzhou city at the lower reaches of the river over the past few days,” said a report.
    • Liuzhou city supermarkets have run out of bottled water.

The main sources of cadmium in the air are the burning of fossil fuels such as coal or oil and the incineration of municipal waste.  The acute (short-term) effects of cadmium in humans through inhalation exposure consist mainly of effects on the lung, such as pulmonary irritation.  Chronic (long-term) inhalation or oral exposure to cadmium leads to a build-up of cadmium in the kidneys that can cause kidney disease.  Cadmium has been shown to be a developmental toxicant in animals, resulting in fetal malformations and other effects, but no conclusive evidence exists in humans.  An association between cadmium exposure and an increased risk of lung cancer has been reported from human studies, but these studies are inconclusive due to confounding factors.  Animal studies have demonstrated an increase in lung cancer from long-term inhalation exposure to cadmium.  EPA has classified cadmium as a Group B1, probable human carcinogen. (Source: EPA)

  • Pakistan. More than 100 people have died from the tainted heart medicine in the Pakistani city of Lahore, the health ministry said.
    • The heart medication was provided to patients free of charge by the state-run Punjab Institute of Cardiology.
  • South Island, New Zealand.  At least 82 of the 99 whales beached at the Farewell Spit on January 23 have died or were killed by the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, a report said.
    • “Department of Conservation (DoC) area manager John Mason said the remaining 33 whales were shot in the head with a high calibre rifle shortly after the decision to put them down at 8.15am today.”

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Flooded Australia: Thousands Evacuated in 3 States

Posted by feww on January 25, 2012

Torrential rains continue to cause havoc in Queensland, NSW and NT

Gold Coast prepares for evacuations as heavy downpour forces the release of water from Brisbane’s largest dam.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 25

[January 25, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,512 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Queensland, NSW and NT, Australia.   Heavy rainfalls in Queensland have caused extensive flooding, which is exacerbated by the release of water from Brisbane’s Wivenhoe dam, the largest in the area.
    • Residents in the Gold Coast are being evacuated as forecasters predicted strong storms on Wednesday pm.
    •  The water level in Hinze Dam, Gold Coast City’s main water supply, has risen by at least 3 meters in less than 48 hours, reports said.  
    • Gold Coast City Council activated the Disaster Co-ordination Center.
    • The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) have evacuated thousands of people and ordered many more in several areas to evacuate.
    • Thousands of people in remain isolated.
    • “Darwin and surrounding areas have been hit by wild weather since Tuesday. Strong wind gusts have knocked down trees and caused power cuts,” a report said, with wind gusts of up to 93kmh recorded at Darwin Airport.
    • Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning, with the possibility of flash flooding throughout the Darwin-Daly and northern Arnhem districts.
  • Western Australia.  Multiple bushfire continue to ravage Gascoyne region in Western Australia.
    • Month-long blazes have consumed more than 600,000 hectares, which includes grazing land, and destroyed  infrastructure in the region.
    • The State Government has so far rejected calls to declare the fire-ravaged area a disaster zone, a report said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Virginia, USA.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 20 counties and 4 independent cities in Virginia as agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused two separate disaster conditions.
    • Disaster Conditions No. 1: Craig, Frederick and Page counties have been designated primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by excessive heat that occurred May 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2011.
    • The following 12 counties have been declared disaster areas because they are contigous: Alleghany, Giles, Montgomery, Rockingham, Botetourt, Greene, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Clarke, Madison, Roanoke and Warren.
    • The independent city of Winchester has also been declared a disaster area.
  • West Virginia. The following counties in West Virginia have also been declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous: Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Monroe, Jefferson and Morgan
  • Virginia.  Prince George County has been designated as a primary natural disaster area because of losses caused by Hurricane Irene that occurred from Aug. 27-28, 2011.
    • The following counties and cities in Virginia were also declared as disaster areas because they’re contiguous:
      • Counties: Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Surry and Sussex;
      •  Independent cities: Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg.

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State of Emergency Declared in Alabama

Posted by feww on January 24, 2012

Alabama Declares a State of Emergency in All 67 Counties

Deadly tornadoes and severe storms leave at least 2 dead, more than a hundred injured and hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 24

[January 24, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,513 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Alabama, USA.Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties after deadly tornadoes and severe storms left at least 2 dead, more than a hundred injured and hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged.
    • Heavy rains has intensified  flooding across North Alabama.
    • Chilton County: WKLF RADIO STUDIO DESTROYED … AND 302 FOOT TRANSMISSION TOWER WAS TOPPLED AT THE INTERSECTION OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 22 AND COUNTY ROAD 37. (Source: SPC)
    • Butler County: DAMAGE TO METAL BUILDING WITH ONE INJURED NEARBY. (Source: SPC)


US Tornado Map Jan 23, 2012. (Source: SPC)


US Tornado Map Jan 22, 2012 -UPDATED. (Source: SPC)

Southern U.S. Wintertime Tornado Outbreak

Several damage surveys were completed today in the wake of a tornado outbreak in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama last night. Most of the damage surveyed so far has been rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, indicating considerable damage with wind speeds reaching between 111 and 135 mph. However, the tornado that passed through Clay, Alabama, which is just north of Birmingham has been rated an EF-3. This tornado produced significant damage and was capable of wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph. (Source: NWS)

  • The Storm Prediction Center received 23 tornado reports, 118 high wind reports and 35 large hail reports from Sunday’s outbreak:
  • Arkansas: 10 tornado reports
  • Alabama: 9
  • Mississippi:  2
    • NWS STORM SURVEY DETERMINES AN EF-2 TORNADO WITH MAX EST WINDS OF 120 MPH CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE IN EXTREME NE BOLIVAR COUNTY. PATH LENGTH 3.75 MI. (NWS)
  • Tennessee: 1
  • Kentucky: 1
    • TORNADO BEGAN AT HAZEL KY TO NEW PROVIDENCE KY. 100 YRDS WIDE AND 5.6 MILES LONG. PK WND 95MPH. PROPERTY DAMAGE 50K. HUNDREDS OF TREES UPROOTED/SNAPPED. HOUSE WITH SHIN. (NWS)
  • Georgia: 2 tornadoes struck Macon and Dooly Counties Saturday, NWS said.

Tornadoes have destroyed or damaged about 500 homes throughout the region and uprooted/snapped thousands of trees.

Other Global Disasters

  • Papua New Guinea (PNG). A massive landslide has completely buried two villages in PNG.
    • “The landslide is about a kilometer long and about 300 meters wide. There are people buried underneath and a number of them are from what I have heard, children.” Local MP Francis Potape has told Radio Australia.
    • At least 40 people are reportedly missing, reports said.
    • The landslide occurred near Exxon-Mobil’s liquefied natural gas project in the new Hela Province, blocking the main road and stopping work at the site and a nearby airfield.

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Deadly Tornado Season 2012 Begins

Posted by feww on January 23, 2012

More than 21 tornadoes sweep across AR, TN, KY, MS and AL, killing at least 4 and destroying many homes

A line of strong storms swept across the Southeast spawning deadly tornadoes.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 23

[January 23, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,514 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • US Southeast.  A line of strong storms swept across the Southeast spawning deadly tornadoes.
    • At least 21 tornadoes were reported in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama, SPC said.
    • Twisters have killed at least 4 people in Alabama, destroying or damaging dozens of buildings, trapping residents in their homes and felling trees and power lines.
    • The storms also brought hail and damaging winds to the region.
    • Winds of up to 70mph struck both Memphis and Little Rock areas causing damage to building, and funnel clouds were spotted near Little Rock, NWS reported.
    • SPC received a total 173 reports of tornadoes, strong winds and hail, as of posting.


US Severe Weather Map. Source: SPC

  • Arkansas:
    • Dallas County -2 HOUSES DAMAGED ON HIGHWAY 8 NORTHWEST OF FORDYCE. NO INJURIES REPORTED AT THIS TIME.
  • Alabama:
    • At least 4 people were killed and scores of others injured as storms pummeled Jefferson County, causing “significant damage.”
    • Chilton County – MAJOR STRUCTUAL DAMAGE REPORTED IN MAPLESVILLE WITH PEOPLE TRAPPED IN HOMES
    • Jefferson County – MAJOR STUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED NEAR THE 500 BLOCK OF U.S. HIGHWAY 31 IN FULTONDALE.
    • ST Clair County – MAJOR STRUCTUAL DAMAGE REPORTED ON OLD SPRINGVILLE ROAD. INJURIES UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
    • Jefferson County – MAJOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED IN TRUSSVILLE WITH MULTIPLE TREES DOWNED.
    • Jefferson County – TREES DOWN AND DAMAGE TO HOMES NEAR BALBOA COURT.
    • Jefferson County – SEVERAL HOMES DESTROYED IN THE PARADISE VALLEY AREA IN CLAY. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.
    • Jefferson County – PAWNEE VILLAGE ROAD COMPLETELY IMPASSIBLE IN TARRANT.

Other Global Disasters

  • Fiji.  About a 1,000 people have been evacuated amid severe flooding in Fiji.
    • The worst affected areas are the northern island of Vanua Levu, and parts of Viti Levu, the largest of Fiji islands and where the capital Suva is located.
    • “In Labasa most of the crops were damaged due to the flooding, they also experienced some strong winds. We have heard that a lot of families have moved to the evacuation centres. Most of the roads were flooded yesterday in Vanua Levu and Vitu Levu as well today. Some of the bridges were damaged, especially in Vanua Levu. And we have just received a report that the river level in Nadi town is rising,” a local meteorologist said.
    • The Fiji Meteorological Service forecast heavy rain to continue over much of Fiji until Wednesday, causing more flooding in low-lying areas throughout the country, a report said.
    • “People living along coastal areas that have been flooded will have to be very careful. During the high tide in the evening, water levels will rise. It they need assistance they should contact the authorities available. If they should move, I suggest they start moving now because the next high tide will be at 6 in the morning. Now both times for these high tides occur in the dark and it will be dangerous if they don’t start moving now.”

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Cruise Ship Disaster: 12th Body Recovered

Posted by feww on January 22, 2012

Thousands of tons of fuels and raw sewage aboard Costa Concordia could cause environmental disaster

The body of the 12th victim of Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, a woman reportedly wearing a life jacket, was recovered by divers searching inside the stricken vessel.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 22

[January 22, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,515 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Tuscany, Italy.  The body of a woman, who was wearing a life jacket, was recovered by divers searching inside the capsized Costa Concordia. She was the 12th victim of the disaster.
    • At least 20 others are still missing and up to 70 people injured, six of them seriously, after the 290-meter-long, 115,000-ton cruise ship struck a rock off Tuscany’s Giglio island on January 13 and capsized.
    • The giant ship is shifting precariously on an undersea ledge and could slide down to a depth of about 110 meters.
    • The Italian government declared a state of emergency in the area around the wreck on Friday.
    • The vessel is carrying more than 2,400 tons of heavy diesel fuel and lubricating oils.
    • Both the sewage and fuels aboard the ship pose major environmental threats to the area.
    • Costa Concordia is owned and operated by Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of American-British Carnival Corporation & Plc, the world’s largest cruise ship operator.
    • Some 3,207 passengers and 1,024 crew members were on board when the ship hit a reef off Isola del Giglio.
    • Some liquid was leaking from the ship last week, but it was unclear whether it was fuel, sewage or other substances, reports said.
    • The ship’s captain insists the rock that tore through Costa Concordia’s hull wasn’t present in the disaster area where  he had previously navigated the ship.
    • Industry experts believe the ship is a constructive total loss, as the cost repair and salvage would exceed the  replacement value, estimated at US$570 million.
  • IF Nature Had a List of Extreme Dislikes

Other Global Disasters

  • Kano, Nigeria.Death toll has climbed to at least 178 following last week’s bombing and gun attack on the northern Nigerian city of Kano.
    • “A coordinated series of bomb blasts and shooting sprees mostly targeting police stations on Friday sent panicked residents of Nigeria’s second biggest city of more than 10 million people running for cover,” a report said.

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Hunger Plagues Indigenous Community in N Mexico

Posted by feww on January 21, 2012

Widespread hunger strikes indigenous Tarahumara following historic drought

The worst recorded drought in Mexico’s history has severely affected more than 2.5 million people, destroying about 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of cropland in 7 northern states.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 21

[January 21, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,516 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Chihuahua State, Mexico. The worst recorded drought in more than 70 years has severely affected 2.5 million people, destroying about 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of cropland in 7 northern states.
    • The worst affected people are the Tarahumara (Rarámuri).
    • An estimated 60,000 Tarahumara have been impacted and 90 percent of the local bean crop has failed.
    • The Organized Front of Indigenous Organizations earlier reported that community members were committing suicide because they were unable to feed their children.
    • “The indigenous women, when they don´t have anything to feed their children for four or five days, get very sad and that sadness is so great that up to the end of December [2011], 50 men and women threw themselves off cliffs … or hanged themselves,” said the group´s director Ramón Gardea.
    • The Interior Ministry has denied reports of mass suicides among the Tarahumara communities.
    • The Mexican Red Cross said the widespread hunger was a “food emergency.”

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State of Emergency Declared in Washington

Posted by feww on January 20, 2012

Washington declares a state of emergency amid deadly ice storm

A deadly ice storm swept across the U.S. Pacific Northwest (PNW) following record snowfalls.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 20

[January 20, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,517 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Washington, USA.    Washington’s governor declared a state of emergency following the deadly “Snowmageddon” and ice storm, which swept across PNW killing at least 2 people and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people in the region.
    • At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a new daily snowfall record of 6.8 inches was set, shattering the previous record of 2.9 inches set in 1954, reports said.
    • “Authorities called for voluntary evacuations of the town of Mapleton, Oregon, which has about 1,000 residents, and some nearby areas because expected flooding,” a report said.


U.S. Weather Warnings Map. Source: NWS


U.S. Composite Satellite Image  (Source: SSEC/Wisc-Uni)

Other Global Disasters

  • Nevada, USA. Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency after a massive wildfire, fanned by 82-mph winds, burnt thousands of acres near Reno, killing at least 1 person, destroying more than 2 dozen homes and forcing the authorities to evacuate over 10,000 people.
  • Oregon, USA.Extensive flooding has forced the Governor to  declare a state of emergency in Marion, Coos, Benton, and Lincoln counties.
    • More counties will likely be added as conditions worsen, he said.
    • The city of Salem has activated its Emergency Operations Center due to flooding.
    • The combined impact of snowmelt and torrential rains have flooded communities across Oregon.
    • “The return of severe winter weather has overwhelmed communities across our state,” the Governor said. “My priority is to ensure the safety of all Oregonians and their properties. With this emergency declaration, I have directed all available state resources to help affected counties in any way possible.”
    • Benton County, Or.Officials have declared Benton County a disaster area. “Flooding and landslides beginning January 18 in the area due to heavy rains and melting snow from a recent snow storm have created high water conditions,” the officials said in a statement. “A preliminary assessment shows damage to roads and homes and closed roads resulting in isolated areas of the county.”
      • “Rising creeks flooded much of Marion and Linn counties, including the communities of Turner and Scio, where hundreds of residents were evacuated from their homes and businesses,” said a report.
  • Hawaii.  Hawaii County in Hawaii has been declared a Primary Natural Disaster Area by USDA.
    • The disaster declaration follows losses caused by drought that occurred from January 1, 2011, and continues.
  • Tennessee, USA. USDA has declared 13 counties in Tennessee as agricultural disaster areas.
    • The disaster declaration follows losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred June 1 – October 20, 2011.
    • Primary Disaster Areas:  Henry and Williamson Counties.
    • Contiguous Disaster Areas: Benton, Cheatham, Dickson, Marshall, Carroll, Davidson, Hickman, Maury, Rutherford, Stewart and Weakley counties
  • Kentucky, USA.The following counties in the neighboring state of Kentucky were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous.
    • Calloway and Graves counties.
  • Tennessee, USA.  Seven counties in Tennessee have been declared agricultural Disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, high winds, hail and flooding that occurred June 21 – December 5, 2011.
    • Primary Disaster Areas:  Claiborne and Union counties.
    • Contiguous Disaster Areas: Anderson, Campbell, Grainger, Hancock and Knox counties.
  • Kentucky, USA. The following counties in the neighboring state of Kentucky were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous: Not Specified.
  • Virginia, USA. The following counties in the neighboring state of Virginia were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous: Lee County.
  • Mozambique. Flooding in Mozambique has left at least 5 people dead and made hundreds of others homeless.
    • Tropical depression DANDO, the first to strike Southern Mozambique in nearly 30 years, brought heavy rain and strong winds with gusts of up to 120km, dumping more than 250mm of precipitation over much of the south.
    • The winds and flooding have damaged thousands of homes schools and businesses in Gaza Province, and hundreds more in the capital Maputo.
    • Hundreds of people have lost their home and thousands more have been evacuated.
    • The Mozambican authorities have issued a Red Alert for the southern part of the country, which covers the capital Maputo, Matola city, Many districts in Maputo province, and the coastal areas in Gaza and Inhambane provinces, the National Meteorological Institute (INAM) said.
  • USA. Violent sex crimes committed by active U.S. Army soldiers have nearly doubled in the past five years, according to a US Army report.
    • The crimes are blamed, in part, on the trauma of war.
    • Of the 2,811 violent felonies reported in 2011, about a half were violent felony sex crimes, and most were committed in the United States.
    • List of the top five violent felony offenses committed by soldiers in 2011:
      1. Aggravated assault
      2. Rape
      3. Aggravated sexual assault
      4. Forcible sodomy
      5. Child pornography.
    • “One violent sex crime was committed by a soldier every six hours and 40 minutes in 2011.”

Billion-dollar disasters of 2011 [Updated]

Extreme drought, heat waves, floods, unprecedented tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms set  a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each causing  at least $1 billion in damages.

  1. Groundhog Day blizzard (January 29-February 3, 2011)
  2. Tornadoes  in Midwest/Southeast (April 4-5, 2011)
  3. Tornadoes in Southeast/Midwest  (April 8-11, 2011)
  4. Tornadoes in Midwest/Southeast (April 14-16, 2011)
  5. Tornadoes in Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest (April 25-28, 2011)
  6. Tornadoes in Midwest/Southeast (May 22-27, 2011)
  7. Tornadoes and severe weather in Midwest/Southeast (June 18-22, 2011)
  8. Drought and Heatwave in Southern Plains/Southwest (Spring-Fall, 2011)
  9. Mississippi River flooding (Spring-Summer, 2011)
  10. Severe weather in the Rockies and Midwest (July 10-14, 2011)  added Jan. 19, 2012
  11. Flooding in the Upper Midwest (Summer 2011)
  12. Hurricane Irene (August 20-29, 2011)
  13. Wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona  (Spring-Fall 2011)
  14. Tropical Storm Lee (Early September, 2011)  added Jan. 19, 2012)

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WA State Emergency Operations Center Activated

Posted by feww on January 19, 2012

Massive snowstorm in the Northwest closes schools, halts transportation

Washington activates the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to winter storm conditions throughout the state.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 19

[January 19, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,518 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Washington, USA. Officials have activated the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to winter storm conditions throughout the state of Washington, a report said.
    • “Heavy snowfall throughout the state has snarled transportation, and created health and safety issues, according to a press release.”
    • “County emergency operations centers have been activated in King, Pierce, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor counties as well as in several cities including Seattle and Kent. “
    • Gov. Gregoire may declare a state of emergency later today.
    • Hundreds of car accidents have have been reported in Pierce, Spokane and Thurston counties.
    • Storm cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the Northwest.
  • Oregon, USA. More than 2 feet of snow covered the Oregonian town of Vernonia (Pop: ~ 2,300) causing a major power outage that affected the entire town and prompted the officials to declare a state of emergency.
    • The town officials are also concerned about the possibility of flooding after the massive snowfall, a report said.
  • Pacific Northwest, USA. A major winter storm is affecting the NW United States with heavy snow, torrential rains and powerful winds. The storm is currently growing in size, intensity and spreading to Central Rockies, NWS reported.
    • Heavy snows are forecast in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado as well as parts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Nebraska, the report said.
    • Extreme Cold Warnings have been issued for the northern states from the Dakotas to Iowa and Minnesota, while Flood Warnings are in place for parts of southern Indiana.
    • “Green Bay and northeastern Wisconsin are forecast to see the Arctic air move in tonight. By late tonight and early Thursday morning, wind chills are expected to range from around 25 degrees below zero in the central and north-central parts of the state to about 15 below to the east.”
    • “Flood Warnings are currently in effect from coastal northwestern California into coastal Oregon. High
      Wind Warnings and wind advisories are in effect across western Oregon. Hazardous Seas Warnings have been issued along the Oregon coast. Avalanche Warnings and watches are in effect for the Washington and Oregon Cascades.”
    • In the St. Paul area of south-central Minnesota temperatures will drop way below zero with 25-30 mph winds creating wind chill factors of 30-35 below zero, NWS said.
    • In southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northern Iowa wind chill values will drop to about 30 degrees below zero.
    • Severe weather reports to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center for Thursday included notice of 14 tornadoes, 99 high wind reports and 6 reports of large hail. “Mostly EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes were reported in Jefferson, Floyd and Clark counties in Indiana; Tippah and Marion counties in Mississippi; and Jefferson County, Kentucky.”


    Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Map (filtered).

  • North Carolina, USA.North Carolina Gov. Perdue has declared Burke and Rutherford counties disaster areas following the severe storms and tornadoes that left a trail of destruction on January 11.
    • Storms barreled across the state leaving at least 15 injured, destroying dozens of homes and damaging scores of others in the two counties.

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Wildfire Consumes 1 Million Acres in WA

Posted by feww on January 18, 2012

Western Australia’s Government urged to declare massive fire a ‘natural disaster’

Massive blaze, which was started by lighting on December 28, has so far burned about 1 million acres (400,000ha) in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region, a report said.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 18

[January 18, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,519 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Gascoyne Region, Western Australia. A massive blaze, which was started by lighting on December 28, has so far consumed about 1 million acres (400,000ha) of bush and of grazing land in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region, a report said.
    • The fire has destroyed or damaged fences, water points and thousands of acres (hectares) of grazing land.
    • Some areas are said to be severely affected with many ranchers loosing their livelihood.
    • “However, there are people up there, there’s people who earn their living up there and their means of earning a living is being totally destroyed by this fire,” said the spokesman for Pastoralists and Graziers Association.
    • Gascoyne region,  located in the north west of Western Australia, is one of the nine regions of Western Australia and has 600 km of Indian Ocean coastline.

Other Global Disasters

  • Badakhshan province, Afghanistan. The death toll has climbed to at least 30 after an avalanche buried large parts of Zich (population: 70,000) in Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan province, said a report.
    • Dozens of people have been injured, many of them critically.
    • It’s not yet known how many people have been buried by the avalanche.
    • Heavy snow has covered the entire region blocking roads and highways, the report said.
    • At least 4 major avalanches have been reported in Eshkashim, Kohistan, Raghistan and Yawaran regions of Badakhshan province.
    • A massive avalanche has buried an entire village in Eshkashim region, the report said.
  • Indonesia. Major flooding has inundated thousands of homes in three districts across Banten province, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.
  • A section of the Jakarta-Merak highway has been washed away by floodwaters, reports said.
    • Large parts of Lebak, Pandeglang and Serang, districts near the Ciujung Rivers were submerged under as much as five meters of floodwater.
    • About 15,000 homes in nearly 100 villages spread over 29 subdistricts have been inundated, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

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TDR-TB Outbreak in India

Posted by feww on January 17, 2012

Totally drug resistant (TDR) TB infections strikes India

At least a dozen people in India are infected with a strain of tuberculosis disease that is totally resistant to all antibiotics.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 17

[January 17, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,520 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mumbai, India. At least 12 patients have acquired an “incurable” [Totally Drug-Resistant, TDR] form of the tuberculosis infection, and three have died, doctors at a Mumbai hospital reported.
    • Previously, cases of partially drug-resistant TB have been reported worldwide, and multidrug resistant (MDR) TB strains in China, Iran, Italy and Russia.
    • “We know one patient transmitted it to her daughter,” a researcher at the Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center in Mumbai told New Scientist. “It’s estimated that on average, a tuberculosis patient infects 10 to 20 contacts in a year, and there’s no reason to suspect that this strain is any less transmissible,” he warned.
    • TB is one of the world’s major killers among infectious diseases, claiming about 1.45 million lives from nearly 9 million reported cases in 2010, a death rate of about 1 in 6.
    • Drug-resistant TB strains are rising worlwide.
    • Some 110,000 cases of MDR-TB were reported in India in 2006.
    • TDR-TB cases were first reported in Italy in 2007.
    • “It’s very worrying, but kind of inevitable, given the gradual emergence of resistance,” said a TB researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “It’s like watching a slow-motion horror movie unfold.”
    • The London 2012 Olympics and similar mass gatherings, “can be a hotbed of diseases from across the world, public health experts have warned.”

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Drought tightens grip on S. Mozambique

Posted by feww on January 16, 2012

High temperatures and drought destroying crops in southern Mozambique

Two southern Mozambique provinces of Gaza and Inhambane are plagued by worsening drought and high temperatures, following earlier deluge. 

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 16

[January 16, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,521 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mozambique. Continued worsening drought and heat are destroying crops in two provinces of Gaza and Inhambane [combined population: ~ 3 million] in southern Mozambique.
    • In Massangena, the worst-hit district in Gaza Province in southwest of the country, farmers are facing extreme hardship.
    • In December 2011, famine was reported in Magude District of Maputo Province and  in six districts of Gaza province, where malnutrition in both adults and children became widespread and continues.
    • In contrast, the northern and central regions of the country are experiencing excessive rains which are threatening to ruin the crops, Radio Mozambique reported.
    • Heavy rains ruined the second harvest season in 2010, and the first season in 2011, followed by the onset of a severe drought in 2011.
    • “We first had much rainfall destroying crops, now the drought is destroying crops,” the Administrator of Magude, was quoted as saying.

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Hundreds flee flooding in Mindanao, Philippines

Posted by feww on January 15, 2012

Flooding strikes towns in 2 Mindanao provinces forcing hundreds of Filipinos to abandon homes

Torrential rains triggered more floods swamping several towns in two southern provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, and forcing hundrdes of residents to evacuate.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 15

[January 15, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,522 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mindanao, Philippines.Flooding struck towns in 2 southern provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, and forcing hundrdes of residents to evacuate, authorities said.
    • Dozens of villages in the municipalities of Asuncion, Kapalong, Laak, and New Corella in Davao Del Norte were completely submerged by as much as 1 meter (3.3 feet) of floodwater.
    • Heavy rains could continue through next week, forecasters said.
    • In December, more than 5,000 people were evacuated after tropical storm WASHI [“Sendong”] flooded towns in Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte.
  • Negros Oriental, Philippines.Health officials in the Philippines Central Visayas [Region VII] have declared a leptospirosis outbreak [Weil’s syndrome] in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental province, following a sharp rise in the infectious disease.
    • At least two dozen people have been killed and hundreds of others infected following a leptospirosis outbreak in the Northern Mindanao cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan,  the local Department of Health reported.

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Disaster Declared in North Dakota

Posted by feww on January 14, 2012

Agricultural disaster declared in 22 of 53 ND counties

Multiple disasters caused by extreme weather events including spring snowstorms, frosts and freezes in late spring and early fall, excessive rain, flooding, ground saturation, landslides, strong winds, hail, tornadoes, unseasonably cool spring temps, scorching summer heat and weather-related insects and crop diseases, USDA reported.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 14

[January 14, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,523 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • North Dakota, USA.  USDA has declared 22 of 53 North Dakota counties as agricultural disaster areas due to extreme weather events including spring snowstorms, frosts and freezes in late spring and early fall, excessive rain, flooding, ground saturation, landslides, strong winds, hail, tornadoes, unseasonably cool spring temps, scorching summer heat and weather-related insects and crop diseases, which occurred from January 1, 2011, and continues.
    • The following ND counties have been designated as Primary Disaster Areas: Adams, Bowman, Burleigh, Logan, Morton, Slope and Stark.
    • ND counties designated as contiguous disaster areas include Billings, Hettinger, Mercer, Dunn, Kidder, Oliver, Emmons, La Moure, Sheridan, Golden Valley, McIntosh, Sioux, Grant, McLean and Stutsman.
    • “North Dakota farmers have experienced several disaster conditions over a long period of time, which have caused major losses to a wide variety of crops such as corn, wheat, sunflowers, dry beans, pasture and forage crops,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • Montana. Fallon County in the neighboring state of Montana has also been designated as a disaster area because it’s contiguous.
  • South Dakota. Corson, Harding and Perkins counties in SD have also been added to the disaster declaration because they’re contiguous.

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Mass slaughter of pigs amid swine fever outbreak in Russia

Posted by feww on January 13, 2012

African Swine Fever outbreak forces Russian farm to cull 30,736 pigs 

Russian authorities ordered the culling of all the pigs at the Plemzavod Industrialny pig farm in the Krasnodar region.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 13

[January 13, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,524 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Russia. The authorities ordered the culling of all the pigs at the Plemzavod Industrialny in the Krasnodar region following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).
    • The pig farm culled all of its 30,736 hogs, having initially been ordered to kill half of its stock.
    • Further cases have now been reported in other regions.
    • Samples taken from pigs in the Stavropol region, and from wild boars in the Astrakhan region have tested positive for ASF.
    • There have been several outbreaks of ASF in more than a quarter of Russia’s 83 regions since 2007, reports said.
    • ASF spreads extremely rapidly because it’s highly contagious and has a complex epidemiology.
    • The virus can survive in a protein environment, especially in meat and meat products, for long periods.
    • The disease mortality rate is almost 100 percent.
    • ASF has no vaccine as of now.

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Disaster declaration renewed in Texas

Posted by feww on January 12, 2012

Texas renews disaster declaration as devastating drought persists

The Lone Star State has renewed a disaster declaration as its devastating drought continues.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 12

[January 12, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,525 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Texas, USA.The Lone Star State has renewed a disaster declaration as its devastating drought continues.
    • The declaration was issued in 2011 and renewed several times, as the drought showed no sign of abating.
      • Texas experienced its driest year on record last year.
      • The state also had its second warmest year with the average temp of 67.2 degrees (19.6ºC).
      • As many as 500 million trees “with a diameter of 5 inches or larger” across the state of Texas have died as a result of unrelenting drought and record-setting temperatures that plagued the Lone Star state, Texas Forest Service reported.
      • The 12-month period between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011 was the driest in Texas history, said the State Climatologist.
      • Also, the months of June, July and August in Texas were the hottest three-month period ever recorded anywhere in America.
      • “In 2011, Texas experienced an exceptional drought, prolonged high winds and record-setting temperatures. Together, those conditions took a severe toll on trees across the state,” said Burl Carraway, Sustainable Forestry department head. “Large numbers of trees in both urban communities and rural forests have died or are struggling to survive. The impacts are numerous and widespread.”
      • The state’s worst ever drought has also led to the largest-ever one-year decline in its cow herd, reports said.
      • The number of cows in Texas has declined by at least 600,000 [several reports quoted 750,000,] a 12 percent drop from the 5 million [several reports quoted 4.5] cows in the state at the beginning of the year[the lowest figure since the 1950s,] said David Anderson of  the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
      • The state’s agricultural losses in 2011 are estimated at more than $5.3 billion. [The previous record was just over $4 billion during the 2006 drought.]
      • Texas AgriLife Extension Service has itemized the losses as follows
        • Livestock: $2.1 billion
        • Cotton: $1.8 billion
        • Hay: $750 million
        • Corn $326 million
        • Wheat $243 million
        • Sorghum $63 million
        • Sub Total: $5.3 billion
        • Losses incurred by related industries: $3.4 billion


Texas Drought Map – week of January 10, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor.

Other Global Disasters

  • North Carolina, USA.   Storms and a possible tornado in western NC have destroyed several structures, damaged about 100 buildings and injured at least 15 people.
    • A cold front moved through the western Carolinas triggering storms that hit Rutherford, Burke and Caldwell counties early Wednesday evening, NWS reported.

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Anthrax Outbreak Kills Dozens of Animals

Posted by feww on January 11, 2012

At least 165 animals killed in Zimbabwe anthrax outbreak

Dozens of elephants, hippos, buffaloes and kudus have been killed in an anthrax outbreak in Mana Pools National Park, lower Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 11

[January 11, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,526 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Anthrax outbreak has killed more than 165 animals including elephants, hippos, buffaloes and kudus, in Mana Pools National Park, lower Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe, said a report.
    • The outbreak has been confirmed by a veterinary officer, who said samples had tested positive for the deadly disease.

Other Global Disasters

  • Brazil. Death toll in Brazil floods has climbed to at least 28, with dozens reported as missing and many injured.
  • Japan. According to recently released police figures, a total of 19,294 people were killed in last year’s March 11 triple disasters, which was triggered by a Mega quake [2011 Tohoku earthquake, or the Great East Japan Earthquake was a 9.0Mw megathrust ] off the coast of Fukushima Pref.  The authorities have recovered 15,844 bodies.

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Disaster declared in 31 Thai provinces hit by cold snap

Posted by feww on January 10, 2012

361 districts in 31 of Thailand’s 76 provinces have been declared cold spell disaster areas

Thai government has declared the entire northwestern province of Nakhon Ratchasima and 329 districts in 30 other provinces as cold spell disaster areas.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 10

[January 10, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,527 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Thailand.  The government has declared all 32 districts in the northwestern province of Nakhon Ratchasima (pop: 2.7 million) and 329 districts in 30 other provinces as cold spell disaster zones.
    • An estimated 7 million people in more than 25,000 villages and towns have been affected by the cold spell since late last year.
    • In December, 8,724 villages in 11 provinces were declared disaster areas due to cold weather.

Other Global Disasters

  • Mumbai, India. The Maharashtra state government has declared a state of emergency in the city of Mumbai as min temperatures fell to a record low of 11ºC, officials said.
    • Weather officials said the temperature was likely to fall to 10 degrees Celsius or lower in the next few days.
    • “I have been living in Mumbai since 70 years and I have never seen it become so cold. The last time I saw so many random people light fires infront of their house it turned out to be a riot,” said a local.
    • By late December 2011, cold weather had claimed at least 140 lives in northern India as temperatures dipped 5 degrees Centigrade below normal.
  • Alaska, USA. The small fishing town of Cordova in the Prince William Sound, Alaska, remains partially buried in about 3.5m of snow.
    • Town officials declared the snowbound city a disaster area last week.
    • Cordova normally receives about 2.5m of snow throughout the winter, according to NWS.
    • The drifts are reportedly more than 6m (18 feet) high.

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Mexico declares disaster in drought-stricken areas

Posted by feww on January 9, 2012

Mexican President declares disaster in the state of Durango

President Calderon has declared 32 municipalities in the northwestern state of Durango (pop: 1.7 million) as disaster areas due to severe drought.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 9

[January 9, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,528 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mexico. A state of disaster has been declared in 32 municipalities in the northwestern state of Durango due to severe drought.
    • The disaster declaration follows a state of emergency decree issued at the end of September 2011, following a 200-day dry spell.
    • Worst drought in living memory affected more than two thirds of Mexico in 2011, leaving at least half million cattle dead and a million hectares of crops destroyed.
    • More than 2.5 million people in the northern states of Coahuila, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas faced acute water shortage.
    • See also 2.5 million people in northern Mexico lack drinking water, posted on November 26, 2011.

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Drought 2012

Posted by feww on January 8, 2012

Half of the U.S. remains abnormally dry or in drought condition

More drought and above-average temperatures forecast for the Southern U.S. in 2012: NWS


U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook: Drought Tendency During January 5, 2012 – March 31, 2012


Weekly US Drought Map. Source: US Drought Monitor.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 8

[January 8, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,529 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • United States.   Nearly 50 percent of Contiguous US remains abnormally dry or in drought condition.
    • Texas.  The Lone Star State experienced its driest year on record in 2011.
      • The state also had its second warmest year with the average temp of 67.2 degrees (19.6ºC).
      • As many as 500 million trees “with a diameter of 5 inches or larger” across the state of Texas have died as a result of unrelenting drought and record-setting temperatures that plagued the Lone Star state, Texas Forest Service reported.
      • The 12-month period between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011 was the driest in Texas history, said the State Climatologist.
      • Also, the months of June, July and August in Texas were the hottest three-month period ever recorded anywhere in America.
      • “In 2011, Texas experienced an exceptional drought, prolonged high winds and record-setting temperatures. Together, those conditions took a severe toll on trees across the state,” said Burl Carraway, Sustainable Forestry department head. “Large numbers of trees in both urban communities and rural forests have died or are struggling to survive. The impacts are numerous and widespread.”
      • The state’s worst ever drought has also led to the largest-ever one-year decline in its cow herd, reports said.
      • The number of cows in Texas has declined by at least 600,000, a 12 percent drop from the 5 million cows in the state at the beginning of the year, said David Anderson of  the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.


Texas Drought Map. Source: US Drought Monitor.

  • New Mexico. Some 91.37 percent of New Mexico is currently abnormally dry (D0) or in drought condition (D1 to D4), with 72.13 percent of the state experiencing ‘severe,’ ‘extreme’ or ‘exceptional’ levels of drought.
  • Louisiana.
    • D0 to D4: 94.43%
    • D1 to D4: 83.40%
    • D2 to D4: 58.92%
    • D3 to D4: 26.55%
    • D4: 4.10%
  • Georgia. 87.93 percent of Georgia is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 81.00 percent of the state experiencing severe or extreme levels of drought.
  • Oklahoma. 85.17 percent of Oklahoma is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 50.55 percent of the state experiencing severe (D2) to exceptional (D4) levels of drought.
  • South Carolina.
    • D0 to D4: 97.63%
    • D1 to D4: 85.50%
    • D2 to D4: 41.61%
    • D3: 23.30%
  • Kansas. 57.52 percent of Kansas is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 23.20 percent of the state experiencing severe to exceptional levels of drought.
  • Arizona. 83.30 percent of Arizona is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 36.56 percent of the state experiencing severe to extreme levels of drought.
  • Florida.
    • D0 to D4: 91.09%
    • D1 to D4: 27.41%
    • D2 to D4: 12.84%
    • D3: 2.61%
  • Alabama. 60.68 percent of Alabama is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 27.97 percent of the state experiencing severe to extreme levels of drought.
  • Minnesota. 99.21 percent of Minnesota is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 24.08 percent of the state experiencing severe drought.
  • Hawaii.
    • D0 to D4: 56.45%
    • D1 to D4: 47.37%
    • D2 to D4: 28.72%
    • D3: 1.66%
  • North Dakota.  99.62 percent of North Dakota is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 8.67 percent of the state experiencing moderate (D1) drought.
  • California.
    • D0 to D4: 70.09%
    • D1: 46.34%
  • Iowa. 39.01 percent of Iowa is currently abnormally dry or in drought condition, with 24.15 percent of the state experiencing severe drought.

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