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Sakurajima Erupts for 500th Time This Year

Posted by feww on August 18, 2013

Mount Sakurajima ejects a 5000-meter ash plume

Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan erupted Sunday afternoon spewing a  mushroom-shaped ash plume up to 5000 meters into the air, the highest plume ever recorded for the volcano.

Sakurajima volcano erupts in southern Japan’s Kyushu prefecture ejecting a five-kilometer high plume of ash, the highest volcanic plume ever recorded for the volcano. 
Photo: Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory/ via AP.

The 1117-m high volcano dumped a large amount of volcanic ash over Kagoshima city, located at the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu, causing train delays and poor visibility on the roads.

The 50-minute eruption, the volcano’s 500th so far this year, was accompanied by a lava flow which traveled about 1,000 meters down the SE flank of the volcano.

Sakurajima was placed on “Level 3 Alert” (Do not approach the volcano) on 21 March 2012, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA)

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People used umbrellas and handkerchiefs to protect themselves against falling ash in Kagoshima city, Kagoshima Prefecture after Sakurajima eruption on Sunday August 18, 2013.  (Photo credit: Bunna Takizawa/ via Asahi Shimbun)

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 18, 2013

Posted by feww on August 18, 2013

Extreme monsoon triggers severe flooding, swamps more than 200 villages in Pakistan

The latest episode has left hundreds of people dead, injured or unaccounted for, local media reported.

“The rains affected 334,764 people, killed at least 108 people, and wounded 104,” said a senior National Disaster Management Authority official. The rains have hit 770 villages and completely destroyed 2,427 houses across Pakistan, he added.

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An aerial view of the flood-hit area of Boddomali in Sialkot district, Punjab province, in Pakistan. PHOTO: APP (Image may be subject to copyright).

Flood warnings have been issued for more than 200 villages near the Chenab River, officials said.

Egypt Killing Fields

Egyptian army and the paramilitary police have evacuated supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from AL Fateh Mosque in downtown Cairo. The latest  round of clashes starting Friday thru Saturday morning have left at least 173 civilian and 57 military/police personnel dead, according to government figures.

Floods, typhoon devastate China

“Dozens of people have been killed and millions more affected in China as floods ravaged the country’s northeast and typhoon lashed southern provinces over the past few days,” said a report.

The worst affected areas are in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning Provinces.

“While the northeast regions are battling the flooding, southern Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are fighting with a devastating typhoon (TY UTOR, the 11th and the strongest so far this year, made landfall Wednesday near Yangjiang, Guangdong), which has left at least 10 people dead and four others missing.” The report said.

The SW monsoon hit Guangdong soon after the typhoon, leaving more people  dead and others missing, according to local flood control authorities.

Floods have destroyed or severely damaged at least 60,000 homes in the affected areas.

Residents of Seddon, NZ Abandon Town After Quake Swarm

[Our thanks to Nana for the heads up. JMC]

Terrified residents were fleeing Seddon last night after a 5.5 earthquake rattled the quake-weary town.

The aftershock that struck just before 9 o’clock last night was more than some residents could take, with at least one family leaving town for good.

Red Cross team leader Ben McKinnon said the succession of strong aftershocks was proving too much for some locals.

“We’ve actually just had people turn up after this latest aftershock who were heading for Nelson tonight.

“They’ve decided they don’t want to live in Seddon any more. They’ve got very young kids and they’re going nuts so they just threw everything into the car and took off.

“There’s a lot of very anxious people and anxious kids as well,” said McKinnon, who was manning a welfare centre at Seddon School.

Despite widespread damage to homes at the epicentre of Friday’s quake there have been just five injuries, including one person with a broken back. [More… ]

34 Dead, 85 missing in the Philippines latest maritime disaster

Death toll in the ferry collision off the Philippine Coast has climbed to 34, officials said.  St Thomas Aquinas passenger ferry collided with the cargo vessel MV Sulpicio Express 7 in the seas off Talisay, Cebu Province in central Philippines.  As of Sunday morning, at least 85 passengers were unaccounted for.

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“Take Your Essentials Belongings and Pets and GO NOW”

Posted by feww on August 18, 2013

Raging wildfire threatens Idaho resort towns; thousands of homes evacuated

The Beaver Creek Fire, which was ignited by lightning on August 7, has exploded to more than 92,000 acres (373km²) and is burning northwest of Hailey in the Sawtooth National Forest, threatening the towns of Ketchum, Sun Valley and Hailey, officials said.

Resources threatened by the massive blaze include homes, power transmission lines, Highway 75, ski areas and scenic recreational trails and camp grounds.

[NOTE: The town of Ketchum is adjacent to Sun Valley with a combined population of about 4,500. Hailey has a population of about 8,500.]


Take your essentials belongings and pets and GO NOW: Galena Summit south to North Fork (SNRA Headquarters) on both sides of Hwy 75 including Easley. (Does not include Galena Lodge) Glassford Heights North to SNRA on both sides of Hwy 75 including Fox Creek, Eagle Creek, Chocolate Gulch and North Fork Trailer Park Hospital bridge south up to and including all East Fork on both sides of Highway including Broadway Run Greenhorn Gulch, Golden Eagle, and Timber Gulch south down to Treasure Lane west of Hwy 75 All Indian Creek, Ohio Gulch, and Heatherlands (includes Valley Club) All Deer Creek from the Hwy 75 west Treasure Lane south to including Aspen Lakes west of Hwy 75 (does not include Northridge) Croy Creek Canyon from Big Wood Bridge west If you are physically unable to evacuate call 911All Services to these evacuated areas will be discontinued.

You will not be allowed to re-enter the area until the danger has passed. You will be notified by Alert and this website when it is safe to return. Check back here for updates. All public lands from Galena Summit south the the SNRA Headquarters are closed on both sides of Hwy 75. Additionally public lands north of Hwy 20 to Galena Summit are closed west of Hwy 75. CURRENT PRE-EVACUATION AREAS Lake Creek south to hospital bridge on both sides of Hwy 75 . This includes Warm Springs and the Cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley Residents of Hailey west of River Street including Queen of the Hills Drive, Sherwood Forest and Della View Subdivision (Does not include Albertson’s) Begin preparations now so that you can leave immediately should conditions deteriorate. Maintain situational awareness. If you are in danger,

DO NOT WAIT for a Evacuation Order. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY Residents in Pre-Evacuation zones with no means of transportation or who are physically unable to evacuate on their own, should ask a neighbor or call (208)578-3367 Please be aware that officers may be unable to go door to door for these pre-evacuation notifications as our resources are tied up with mandatory evacuations in other areas at this time. Services to your area may be discontinued during this Pre-Evacuation time. HIGHWAY 75 is open at this time. Please check back here for the latest evacuation and road closure updates as the situation is changing fast.

Beaver Creek Fire

Deer Creek-Greenhorn Area on Friday Aug 16- 2013
Deer Creek/Greenhorn Area on Friday, Aug 16, 2013. The fire making a run to the river between Deer Creek and Greenhorn on Friday. Credit: Sawtooth National Forest/ USFS

  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 92,754 acres
  • Percent Contained: 9%
  • Location northwest of Hailey Idaho
  • Date of Origin: Wednesday August 07th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
  • Total Personnel 1,066
  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
  • Current Weather
  • Wind Conditions: 7-15 g 30 mph SW
  • Temperature: 90 degrees
  • Humidity: 8%
  • Fire Behavior: Fire was active on all Branches through the night. Fire under inversion until 12:30 p.m., then extreme fire behavior with active surface runs and long range crown fire through drought-stressed fuels. All fuels receptive to spotting.
  • Significant Events: Evacuation of Croy and westside of Hailey during the early morning hours. Highway 75 from Hailey to Ketchum Hospital. Evacuation notice north from Glassford Heights subdivision north to the SNRA headquarters on both sides of Highway 75.
  • Remarks: Block 22 – Yesterday’s two injuries did not accumulate to Block 22. Today’s total of three is correct. Transition of Beaver Creek incidents Branch 1 to Zone 1 Beaver Creek under command of Great Basin Team 4 (Kidd) will occur 8/17 at 0600. One ICS 209 will be produced for the incident by Great Basin Team 1. Block 25: No additional structures destroyed known at time of report. Strong suspicion structures were damaged night of 8/16 morning 8/17. Loss of power poles in Croy area. IDL/Idaho Fire Chiefs structure engine pool exhausted. Two public meetings with local citizens with significant media interest. Resources contributed from other incidents much appreciated. Multiple insurance companies with structure protection clauses providing engines to their clients in coordination with Team. Acres: FS 80,359; BLM 4,398; State 1,030; Private 5,645.

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