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Disaster Diary – 26 June 2013

Posted by feww on June 26, 2013

Alaska Declared Major Disaster Area

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska  in the area affected by flooding during the period of May 17 to June 11, 2013.

The worst affected areas are in the Alaska Gateway REAA*, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA.

*[Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA)]


Disaster President Signs Disaster Declaration for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The President has declared a major disaster exists for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of May 25 to June 1, 2013.

Extreme weather triggered severe storms and flooding which damaged or destroyed much of the facilities on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is a Dakota, Lakota and Yanktonai Indian reservation located in the Dakotas.


Himalayan Tsunami: 8,000 people still unaccounted for in N India

Death toll in Himalayan Tsunami triggered by extreme monsoon rains in
northern Indian state of Uttarakhand could exceed 8,000 as thousands of people, mostly pilgrims, are still unaccounted for, a senior official has said.

Meantime, the Indian military has recovered 824 rotting corpses, which are contaminating the water sources.

Authorities fear an outbreak of serious diseases such as cholera and dysentery due to poor sanitation throughout the flood-affected areas.

“We are getting reports from the field that there are rotting bodies lying around, many of them semi-buried in soil and rubble that came down from the mountains,” said the Humanitarian Manager for Oxfam India.

“There are also carcasses of livestock in rivers and streams and this has, of course, contaminated so many of their water sources. But people are desperate and are being forced to consume water they wouldn’t otherwise.”

The devastating floods have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, washed away farmlands, roads, bridge and other infrastructure.


27 people killed in China’s restive Xinjiang region

Riots have killed 27 people in China’s restive, autonomous region of  Xinjiang, Chinese state media reported.

Rioters stabbed 17 people and set police cars alight, said the report. Police shot dead 10 of the rioters.


Excessive Heat Warnings

Excessive Heat Warnings and Watches are in effect for SE California, S Nevada, NW and Central Arizona, E Oklahoma and NW Arkansas.


National High and Low Temperature – Contiguous U.S.

High Temperature for Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 26)

  • 108ºF (42.2ºC) recorded at Death Valley, CA
  • 108ºF at Ocotillo Wells, CA

Low Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 26)

  • 37ºF (2.8ºC) at Mammoth Lakes, CA

NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD – Issued 8 am EDT Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Global High and Low Temperature

High Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • 118ºF  (47.8ºC) – Recorded in Oman

Low Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • -92.7ºF  (-69.3ºC) Recorded at  Davis Lgb 46 Aws (Antarctica Weather Station, located at an altitude of 2,354m)


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Pavlof Eruption Intensifies

Posted by feww on June 26, 2013

Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano ejects a plume 28,000 feet asl

Pavlof is erupting vigorously, exhibiting strongest seismic activity detected so far this year, characterized by intense, continuous tremor and intermittent explosions suggesting lava fountaining and ash production, Alaska Volcanoes Observatory (AVO) reported.

The wave of intense activity started late on Monday and continued into Tuesday, with trace ash fall reported in the community of King Cove about 30 miles southwest of the volcano.

AVO Daily Update  – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 12:33 PM AKDT (Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 20:33 UTC)

55°25’2″ N 161°53’37” W, Summit Elevation 8261 ft (2,518 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code:   ORANGE
In its daily briefing AVO said:

Vigorous eruptive activity indicated by a distinct increase in seismicity beginning around 6:50 UTC (22:50 AKDT) last evening is continuing. The level of seismicity for the past 11-12 hours has been the strongest seismic activity detected so far during the 2013 eruption of Pavlof Volcano. The seismicity is characterized by intense, continuous tremor and intermittent small explosions that are likely associated with lava fountaining and ash production.

  • A distinct plume extending to the west of the volcano rising as high 28,000 feet above sea level (a.s.l.) according to Satellite data and pilot reports.
  • Satellite imagery also show strong thermal signals at the volcano summit.
  • AVO received a report of trace ash fall on the community of King Cove about 30 miles southwest of the volcano on June 25, 2013.

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Pavlof volcano, as viewed from Cold Bay on June 7, 2013. Photo credit: Robert Sigurdson, via AVO.

At this level of unrest it is likely that lava fountaining and ash emission are occurring. Lava fountaining is likely producing spatter-fed lava flows that are descending the flanks of the volcano over ice and snow and could be producing substantial steam plumes. These plumes probably contain variable amounts of ash. At the level of unrest observed over the past 11-12 hours, the volcanic plume has not been particularly ash rich; however, this could change if the character of the eruption changes and it remains possible for more robust ash plumes to be generated at any time. AVO is monitoring the eruption closely and will issue further information as it becomes available.

Mount Pavlof, one of the most active volcanoes in the U.S.,  has been erupting since May 13, spewing ash and lava at a low intensity.

Index map showing the location of Pavlof and other Quaternary volcanoes on the Alaskan peninsula. Volcano(es): Alagogshak, Amak, Aniakchak, Basalt of Gertrude Creek, Black Peak, Chiginagak, Cone 3110, Cone 3601, Dana, Denison, Devils Desk, Douglas, Dutton, Fourpeaked, Frosty, Griggs, Iron Trig cone, Kaguyak, Katmai, Kejulik, Kialagvik, Knob 1000, Kukak, Kupreanof, Mageik, Martin, Novarupta, Pavlof, Pavlof Sister, Rainbow River cone, Steller, Stepovak Bay 1, Stepovak Bay 2, Stepovak Bay 3, Stepovak Bay 4, Trident, Ugashik-Peulik, Unnamed (near Ukinrek Maars), Veniaminof, Yantarni. Credit Janet Schaefer/AVO

Veniaminof Volcano Activity [Source: AVO]

Continued volcanic tremors  suggest that the Veniaminof Volcano is still erupting, said AVO. Recent satellite images  show elevated surface temperatures at the intracaldera cone; webcam images from Perryville show a light-colored plume rising above the rim of the intracaldera cone, some 8,200 feet a.s.l.

It is possible for activity at Veniaminof Volcano to increase above its current level at any time and more vigorous ash emissions may result. Sustained periods of volcanic tremor may correspond with continuous ash emission which may not be detected in satellite data, especially if ash plumes remain below 15,000 to 20,000 feet above sea level. Brief bursts of ash emission and small explosions with ash fall limited to areas on the flanks of the volcano are likely to occur while the volcano is at its current level of unrest. A larger explosive episode and associated ash emission is not expected at the current level of unrest; however, this remains possible and would be evident in seismic and satellite data.

Current Volcanic Activity [as of June 26, 2013]


Veniaminof ORANGE  WATCH

Kamchatka Peninsula

Karymsky ORANGE
Kizimen ORANGE
Tolbachik ORANGE
Bezymianny YELLOW
Sheveluch ORANGE

Kurile Islands

Chirinkotan YELLOW

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