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Archive for May 14th, 2014

FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 97 – May 14, 2014

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014


FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 97 has been released.

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Factories Torched in Vietnam Anti-China Violence

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014


Anti-China violence escalates in Vietnam over South China Sea

Two dozen factories have been set on fire in southern Vietnam as anti-China sentiments flare over tensions concerning the disputed islands in South China Sea.

The protests started after China towed Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig to a location 220 km off the coast of Vietnam 12 days ago.

Last week, Vietnamese ships attempted to block the installation of the rig, leading to several collisions with the Chinese vessels.

This week, protesters targeted factories owned or operated by the Chinese and Chinese expatriates in the country.

Tens of thousands of workers took part in the protests in which up to two dozen factories were set on fire including those owned by South Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese companies.

The protesters targeted companies with Chinese characters in their logos.

Hong Kong-listed sports shoe maker Yue Yuen, which manufactures footwear for Adidas, Nike and several other international brands, has suspended production in Vietnam, Reuters reported.

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Boats from Vietnam and China exchange water cannon fire in the South China Sea, May 2014. Photo credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Meanwhile, Manila is taking Beijing to an international court accusing China of reclaiming land on a disputed South China Sea reef.

Philippine govt claims the Chinese are building what appears to be a military base on the Johnson Reef in the Spratly Islands.

Spratly Islands (10°N 114°E; total area of less than 5km²) are a disputed group of at least 750 reefs, islands, islets, cays and atolls in the South China Sea.

The islands are claimed by PR China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

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The Idiots and Their Village

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014

Thought for the day

Presumably, the village idiots must be hoping that things will improve slightly before getting hell of a lot worse!

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20,000+ Homes Evacuated as San Diego Wildfire Spreads

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014


Massive wildfire prompts mass evacuations in San Diego, California

Bernardo Fire, a fast-moving wildfire driven by high winds, consumed at least 800 acres by Tuesday afternoon (local time), prompting several fire and emergency agencies to make more than 20,000 evacuation calls to homes, businesses and cellphone numbers in and around San Diego.

“The fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m. near El Norte High School and was pushed by hot, dry winds. Two elementary schools were evacuated. The fire approached numerous homes but airdrops and firefighters on the ground were able to stop its spread,” reported LATimes.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has since evacuated the Fairbanks Ranch area,Torrey Highlands, Rancho Penasqutios, Black Mountain Ranch, Santa Luz Fairbanks Ranch, outer portions of Rancho Santa Fe and Camino Del Sur, said Cal Fire

“Currently, the areas of concern include, the Communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, San Diego, Black Mountain Ranch, Del Mar, Solana Beach and the areas surrounding the SDG&E 230 KV Power Lines.”

Miguelito Fire in Santa Barbara County consumes 700 acres, prompts mass evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for 1,200 homes and businesses near Lompoc, Calif., on Teusday as a wind-driven wildfire, dubbed Miguelito Fire, consumed more than 700 acres in San Miguelito Canyon.

Miguelito Fire
Residents in the San Miguelito Canyon area were evacuated because their homes were threatened by the blaze moving rapidly toward Lompoc, said Capt. Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

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Desperately Digging Deeper, Dirtier, Deadlier

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014


Coal mine explosion kills up to 220 in Turkey, hundreds more trapped


An explosion at a coal mine in western Turkey has left up to 220 workers dead, dozens injured and hundreds more trapped, said officials.

About 800 people were inside the mine at Soma in Manisa province, some 250km south of Istanbul, and 450km west of the capital Ankara, Turkey, when an electrical fault triggered the explosion.

Many of deaths occurred as a result carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 400 workers are believed to be trapped as far as 2km below the surface and 4km from the mine entrance.

More than 30,000 coal mining incidents in Turkey have killed hundreds of miners and left tens of thousands injured since 2000.

Turkey’s worst mining disaster claimed 270 lives near Zonguldak on the Black Sea in 1992.

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