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Archive for February 11th, 2014

“103 Dead” in East Algeria Plane Crash

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014

“NO Survivors!”

At least 103 passengers and crew were killed when an Algerian military Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed in the northeast of the country, according to local media.

The plane reportedly crashed in a mountainous area of Oum al-Bouaghi province in bad weather. There were “no survivors,” according to informed sources.

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More Quakes Strike Oklahoma

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014

Earthquake Hazard

Significant Quakes Continue to Strike Oklahoma

At least 10 shallow quakes measuring up to 4.1Mw have occurred in Oklahoma February 5 – 11, 2014.

The quakes have occurred at shallow depths of 3.6 – 5.2km. At least 27 earthquakes have occurred in the state of Oklahoma over the past 30 days.

OK quakes 11feb2014
Earthquake location map. Source: USGS/EHP.

Details of the Most Significant Quake in 30 Days

  • Magnitude: 4.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2014-02-09 02:16:01 UTC
  • Location;: 35.876°N, 97.261°W depth=4.8km (3.0mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 7km (4mi) S of Langston, Oklahoma
    • 50km (31mi) NNE of Oklahoma City

Tectonic Summary

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region – Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity
[Excerpts from USGS/EHP]

Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York – Philadelphia – Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Induced Seismicity

As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

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States of Emergency Declared in 4 States

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014


Governors in 4 states declare States of Emergency ahead of winter storm 

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi declare States of Emergency ahead of yet another severe round of winter storm. More states are expected to follow suit.

Alabama: Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency ahead of yet another round of winter storm forecast to hit the state. The state of emergency is effective 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

“Alabama recently experienced a winter weather situation two weeks ago, and we are again bracing for more winter weather to impact the state over the coming days,” said Bentley.

Local Area Emergency for Marshall County

All roads in Marshall County are covered with 2 inches or more of
accumulation of snow and sleet. Road reports from throughout the County indicate that all roads are becoming extremely dangerous to impassible.

Louisiana: Gov. Jindal on Monday declared his fourth State of Emergency for severe weather during the past five weeks.

The governor has ordered state offices closed in 19 parishes, in the central and northern parts of the state. The parishes are Avoyelles, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Union, Vernon, Webster, and West Carroll.

Georgia: Gov. Deal has declared a state of emergency for Georgia just hours ahead of a winter storm.

Deal was severely criticized for the response to the January 28 storm that paralyzed the Atlanta metro area after just two inches of snow, leaving drivers stranded in frigid conditions overnight, and forcing students and some parents to sleep in school buses.

Snow is forecast for the region from Tuesday night to Thursday morning, said NWS.

Mississippi: Gov. Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of a “potentially Dangerous” winter storm, which is forecast to cause ice and snow accumulations in northern and central parts of the state.

“I have declared a State of Emergency to aid emergency officials in preparing for the onset of this potentially dangerous weather,” said  Bryant. “Mississippi has seen its share of winter weather lately, but now is not the time to become weather weary. Residents should not overreact but should make plans now to ensure they are prepared for a variety of conditions, including prolonged freezing temperatures, icy roadways and accumulations of ice and winter precipitation.”

U.S. Weather Forecast

Significant Winter Storm Impacting the South and Southeast with Heavy Snow, Dangerous Ice: NWS

Cold air behind a stalled frontal boundary will combine with Gulf moisture resulting in snow, sleet and freezing rain across parts of the South and Southeast through midweek. In addition to heavy snow, there is a potential for dangerous ice accumulations from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Carolinas.

US weather hazmap 11feb14U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Issued at 12:31UTC. Source: NWS. UPDATE

Energy Emergency

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended on Wednesday the regional States of Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits for transporting propane throughout the United States.

A total of at least 38 states and District of Columbia are currently impacted by shortages of propane and other heating fuels.

States covered by the emergency declarations include:

  • Western Service Center: North Dakota and South Dakota
  • Southern Service Center: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee
  • Eastern Service Center: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia
  • Midwestern Service Center: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin

Colorado Governor Issued Emergency Declaration to Authorize Temporary Exception to Hours of Service Regulations for CMVs Used for Propane Transport on February 7, 2014.

Texas Governor Renews Proclamation Declaring Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency [Feb. 4, 2014.]

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Severe Drought Forces Kosovo to Ration Water

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014



Worst drought in decades strains Kosovo water supply

Authorities in Kosovo started rationing water to the capital Pristina and its suburbs on Monday amid worst drought in more than three decades, said reports.

The country’s reservoirs are at worrying levels due to abnormally low levels of precipitation, Reuters reported the state water company Prishtina as saying.

Prishtina supplies water to about 400,000 people, or a quarter of Kosovo’s population, said the report.

Jobless in Kosovo

Kosovo is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Up to 45% of the workforce in Kosovo are unemployed with only a fraction  of the 30,000 people entering the job market each year able to find work.

On Sunday Pristina police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters at the country’s main public university.

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