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Massive Storm System Batters UK, France

Posted by feww on December 24, 2013


Deadly storms cripple transport, cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes in UK and France

At least three people have been killed in storm-related incidents as storms with winds of up to 100mph continued to batter the UK, crippling the transport network and cutting power to at least 100,000 homes in southern England.

The UK’s Environment Agency has issued hundreds of flood warnings across England and Wales with the highest warning level, “danger to life,” for the South West, where flooding is forecast to inundate large areas.

The chaos began just as millions of Britons were planning to return home or travel out of the country for Christmas holidays.

In the Southern England the impact of the storm system “has been greater than that of St Jude’s a few weeks ago and the railway has suffered flooding and dozens of trees have fallen on the tracks,” said the operator, Network Rail.

“A man in England and a woman in Wales died when heavy rain and strong winds lashed the UK on Monday. A woman has also died in a car crash in ‘difficult conditions’ in Shropshire,” reported BBC.

“Gusts of 87mph were recorded at Capel Curig in Conwy, North Wales, and disruption has been caused across Wales.”

“Northern Ireland will face some of the worst weather in the UK on Christmas Eve, with warnings of winds of up to 90mph.”

UK High Streets have reported a 6% fall in shopper numbers compared with last year, said the report.

IR Satellite Image of Northern Europe at 08:00UTC on December 24, 2013. Copyright EUMETSAT/UK Met Office.

Wind Warning by the UK Met Office:

A spell of very strong winds will affect Northern Ireland through Tuesday morning. Gusts of 60-70 mph are expected inland with 80 mph gusts possible along the North coast and over high ground. Along with the winds there will be sleet and snow showers these mainly affecting County Derry and County Antrim.

The public should be prepared for disruption, particularly to travel, and interruptions to power supplies.

France: 240,000 homes without power

High winds and torrential rains battering France have severely damaged the country’s power grid, leaving at least 240,000 homes without electricity,  said Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), the country’s largest electricity distribution network on Tuesday.

At least one person has died in storm-related incidents so far.

“Brittany and Normandy were among the regions worst hit by winds reaching speeds of 130 km an hour (80 mph) on Monday and which have so far caused one death. The storms began abating on Tuesday morning,” reported Reuters.

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Posted by feww on December 24, 2013


FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 54 has been released

NOTE:   FIRE-EARTH Bulletins are released at such times and frequency to make it highly improbable to establish a pattern with global disasters that may proceed them.

Traders who continue to relate the two will do so at their own expense.

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Significant Quake Strikes the Red Sea

Posted by feww on December 24, 2013

M5.3 quake Strikes  195km (121mi) W of Al Qunfidhah, Saudi Arabia

Earthquake Details

Event Time: 2013-12-23 18:44:22 UTC
Location: 19.200°N 39.224°E
Depth: 10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 179km (111mi) ENE of Tokar, Sudan
  • 195km (121mi) W of Al Qunfidhah, Saudi Arabia
  • 199km (124mi) E of Sawakin, Sudan
  • 215km (134mi) ESE of Port Sudan, Sudan

significant quakes 23-24 dec 2013
1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ earthquakes Worldwide- December 23-24, 2013. There are 28 Earthquakes on the map. Multiple earthquakes striking the same location aren’t visible due to size restriction. Source: USGS/EHP. Map created by FIRE-EARTH blog.

Other Significant Quakes

M4.3 – 51km S of Lone Pine, California
Event Time: 2013-12-23 13:39:26 UTC
Location: 36.141°N 118.065°W depth=2.1km (1.3mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 51km (32mi) S of Lone Pine, California
  • 67km (42mi) NNW of Ridgecrest, California
  • 86km (53mi) E of Porterville, California
  • 92km (57mi) E of Lindsay, California
  • 367km (228mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada

M 3.3 – 1km S of Reno, Texas
Event Time: 2013-12-23 13:11:34 UTC
Location: 32.927°N 97.577°W depth=6.5km (4.0mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 1km (1mi) S of Reno, Texas
  • 4km (2mi) NW of Azle, Texas
  • 281km (175mi) S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

M5.2 – North Atlantic Ocean
Event Time: 2013-12-23 16:45:49 UTC
Location: 25.722°N 66.600°W depth=4.3km (2.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 661km (411mi) NE of Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 774km (481mi) NNE of Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic

M5.8 – 186km WSW of Merizo Village, Guam
Event Time: 2013-12-23 09:12:28 UTC
Location: 12.757°N 143.033°E depth=103.2km (64.2mi)

M5.1 – 93km NE of Visokoi Island
Event Time: 2013-12-23 12:05:47 UTC
Location: 56.130°S 26.087°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities: 2632km (1635mi) ESE of Ushuaia, Argentina

Source: USGS/EHP

M5.8  Kanto Toho-oki region, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan)
Time 09:25 UTC 23 December 2013
Location: 35.7°N, 142.3°E
Depth: 10 km

Approximate Distances to Nearest Cities

  • 120km (76mi) E of Hasaki, Japan
  • 140km (86mi) E of Asahi, Japan
  • 225km (140mi) E of Tokyo, Japan

M5.7  Kanto Toho-oki region, Japan
Time 06:57 UTC 23 December 2013
Location: 35.7°N, 142.2°E
Depth: 10 km

Approximate Distances to Nearest Cities

  • 120km (76mi) E of Hasaki, Japan
  • 140km (86mi) E of Asahi, Japan
  • 225km (140mi) E of Tokyo, Japan

Source: JMA (distances from global maps)

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Major Blackouts in U.S., Canada as Deadly Storms, Tornadoes Kill 18

Posted by feww on December 24, 2013


Deadly storms pummel northern US, eastern Canada leaving a million homes dark, cold

Deadly storms cut power to about a million homes in the U.S. and Canada, leaving at least 18 people dead, grounding hundreds of flights, delaying thousands more and causing major disruptions to transport networks throughout vast regions.

Ice storm has caused massive outages in the state of Michigan as well as in western and northern NY, leaving more than 2 inches of ice on trees and many roads.

On Monday, up to half a million homes and businesses in Michigan, upstate New York and northern New England and as many in eastern Canada remained without electricity as thick ice continued to fell trees and bring down power lines, according to reports.

Toronto’s Mayor has called the ice storm “one of the worst storms in Toronto history.”

The ice storm also battered New York state, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, forcing New York Governor to declare a winter ice storm emergency on Friday in four counties where were more than 2 inches of ice covered the roads.


The Storm Prediction Center has recorded at least 12 confirmed tornado reports and more than 320 wind reports since Friday, December 20, 2013.

High and Low Temperatures for the contiguous U.S. on Monday 

  • High Temperature: 86 degrees (30ºC) at Fort Myers/Southwest Florida, several other locations in FL
  • Low Temperature:  -37 degrees (-38ºC) at 13 miles northeast of Poplar, MT

Source: NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD – Issued 7 pm EST Monday, December 23, 2013

Temperature Range for Monday: 123 degrees

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