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Archive for December 22nd, 2013

Super BRUCE Winds Reach 265km/h

Posted by feww on December 22, 2013


Super Cyclonic Storm BRUCE intensified to 265km/h winds

Super Cyclonic Storm BRUCE maximum sustained winds reached a top speed of 265km/h with gusts of about 315km/h earlier today, according to FIRE-EARTH models.

At 13:00UTC, Super BRUCE was positioned near 19.0ºS 78.0ºE, tracking WSW at about 20km/hr and generating maximum significant wave height of about 15 meters.

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Super Cyclonic Storm BRUCE. Water Vapor 
[FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] Satellite image – recorded at 12:30UTC on December 22, 2013. The mass in the bottom left is Cyclone AMARA. The original Image Sourced from: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

[Credits and acknowledgments: FIRE-EARTH Models input data from various satellites and sources including ESA, NOAA, JTWC …]

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Texas Declared Federal Disaster Area

Posted by feww on December 22, 2013

Major disaster declared in Texas due to severe storms and flooding

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Texas in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of October 30-31, 2013.

State officials had previously estimated the damage at less than the $35 million threshold required for federal aid, but revised their estimates for the damage to government facilities to more than $100 million in November.

The Halloween floods  killed at least five people and destroyed hundreds of homes in central Texas.

The worst affected areas include the counties of Caldwell, Hays, and Travis.

“The vast majority of damage to public facilities, such as parks and roads, was in the city of Austin and Travis County along Onion Creek, which rapidly flooded after heavy overnight rain,” said a report.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said FEMA in a statement.

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Ice Storm Emergency Declared for NY

Posted by feww on December 22, 2013


Cuomo declares Ice Storm Emergency for northern and western New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared an ice storm emergency for portions of northern and western New York ahead of the storm as forecasters warn ice accumulation could top one inch.

Cuomo also activated the state Emergency Operations Center on Saturday

Winter Storm Warnings and Watches are in effect for multiple counties across the state,  said the National Weather Service (NWS).

State of Energy Emergency Declared For UP, Michigan

Gov. Snyder has issued an executive order proclaiming a State of Energy Emergency in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP).

The Order allows drivers to exceed the driving duration and frequency limits imposed so  law so that they can deliver propane in Michigan due to a temporary shortage of the fuel in parts of the UP.

Propane is used for heating homes in rural areas that are not connected to the  natural gas pipelines.

“Michiganders and those visiting the Upper Peninsula who rely on propane for heat and other uses are in our thoughts,” said Snyder after issuing the Order. “This executive order will help make sure that there is enough supply in the coming days and weeks until problems are resolved.”

Other States of Emergency Declaration

Dozens of other counties, cities, towns and communities have declared states of emergency due to the extreme weather brought by the ice storm including

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Record Radiation Detected at Fukushima [AGAIN]

Posted by feww on December 22, 2013

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Record 1.9 million becquerels (Bq) per liter of radioactivity detected at Fukushima No.2 reactor: TEPCO

Radioactive substances have been found in water samples taken from deep underground layers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, reported Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

This is the first time TEPCO has admitted to detecting radioactivity in groundwater taken from a layer 25 meters beneath the No. 4 reactor well that faces the ocean, which implies radioactive substances have been leaking into the sea from yet another source.

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No. 2 reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear power plant seen at the center of the above screen dump taken from a news video clip.

Water sample taken on December 17, showed 6.7 becquerels per liter of Cesium 137 and 89 becquerels per liter of strontium and other beta ray-emitting radioactive substances.

“TEPCO officials are putting a new spin over their own report, saying that radioactive substances may have been accidentally mixed during the, according to a report.

Since July, TEPCO has admitted to three major incidents of contaminated water escaping from the power plant into the ocean, including two major leaks of highly radioactive water from storage tanks—a 300-ton spill in August followed by at least 430 liters in October this year.

Meantime, the company reported that density of beta ray-emitting radioactivity in groundwater has been rising since November. On December 19, the activity reached a record 1.9 million becquerels per liter.

[Note: The becquerel, the SI unit of radioactivity, is equivalent to one disintegration per second.]

On November 7, 2013 FIRE-EARTH said:

Scale of potential catastrophe at Fukushima could dwarf a limited nuclear war.

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