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FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 104 – June 8, 2014

Posted by feww on June 8, 2014


FIRE-EARTH Bulletin NO. 104 has been released.

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Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Mojave Desert Areas

Posted by feww on June 8, 2014


Excessive Heat Forecast for Sunday through Tuesday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Excessive Heat Warnings for Mojave Desert areas.

Those areas include Lake Havasu, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Death Valley National Park, Desert Hills, Topock, Kingman, Golden Valley, Dolan Springs, Valentine, Wikieup, Yucca, Bullhead City, Mohave Valley, Furnace Creek, Shoshone, Barstow, Daggett, Fort Irwin, Baker, Mountain Pass, Mitchell Caverns, Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Vidal Junction, Needles, Mesquite, Overton,  Moapa, Pahrump, Indian Springs, Desert Rock, Amargosa Valley, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Summerlin, Nellis, Mountains Edge, Seven Hills, Blue Diamond, Hoover Dam, Laughlin, Primm, Searchlight, and Cal-Nev-Ari.

Other areas covered by the NWS Warning include Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Northwest Deserts, Western Mojave Desert, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin-Cadiz Basin, San Bernardino County, Upper Colorado River Valley, Northeast Clark County, Western Clark And Southern Nye County, Las Vegas Valley and Southern Clark County.

Forecast Temperatures

  • Death Valley: 118 to 122 (~ 48°C to 50°C)
  • Colorado River Valley: 108 to 114 (~ 42°C to 46°C)
  • Mojave Desert Areas including Las Vegas: 105 to 111 (~ 41°C to 44°C)
  • Kingman: 99 to 102 (~ 37°C to 39°C)

Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect from 11 am PDT to 9 pm PDT Monday.

Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect for elevations below 4000 feet in the Mojave Desert from 11 am to 9 pm Monday.

Monday is expected to be the hottest day, with Unseasonably Hot Temperatures also forecast for Sunday and Tuesday.

An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when temperatures are forecast
to reach dangerous levels…

National High and Low Temperatures (for the contiguous United States)

High and Low Temperatures for Saturday, June 7, 2014, issued 2 am EDT Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • High Temperature: 118 degrees (48°C) at Death Valley, CA
  • Low Temperature:  25 degrees (-4°C) at Stanley, ID

[Source: NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD]

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Hundreds Dead or Missing in Afghanistan Floods

Posted by feww on June 8, 2014

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Another round of deadly floods destroy thousands of homes in Afghanistan

Flash flooding in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 80 people and forced thousands to flee their homes, authorities said.

At least 2,000 homes have been destroyed and roads and bridges washed away in what has been described as a “major disaster.”

Flooding and landslides have plagued northern Afghanistan since late April, affecting tens of thousands of villagers.

In May, two Mega Landslides killed thousands of people and buried a large section of the main north-south road in the Tashkurghan gorge , effectively cutting off the north of the country.

  • At least 2,500 people were killed after the two massive landslides in NE Afghanistan.
  • The landslide site was designated as a ‘mass grave’ by the provincial governor of Badakhshan province.
  • More than 1,000 houses have been destroyed or affected by the massive landslide
  • The landslide buried entire villages and left thousands of people homeless according to the UN mission in Afghanistan.
  • The disaster is the latest in a series of calamities caused by extreme rain events and flooding in which hundreds of people  in north and east Afghanistan have perished.
  • “There were more than 1,000 families living in that village. A total of 2,100 people – men, women and children – are trapped,” a spokesman for the provincial governor told Reuters.
  • “As the part of the mountain which collapsed is so big, we don’t believe anyone would survive. The government and locals from surrounding villagers are helping with the rescue, and so far they have recovered more then a hundred bodies.”

In late April, a major landslide buried entire villages leaving hundreds dead, and many more injured  in northeastern Afghanistan.

Flash floods in northern Afghanistan destroyed dozens of villages and thousands of homes, killing at least 350 people, and leaving many others missing. Hundreds more are injured and tens of thousands reportedly displaced.

The floods followed a two-day extreme rain event, which inundated three provinces of Faryab, Jowzjan and Sar-e Pul, said Afghanistan’s Natural Disaster Management Agency.

The floods destroyed dozens of villages leaving tens of thousands of farm animals dead, the agency said.

Flash flood triggered a massive  landslide in NE Afghanistan destroying  dozens of village and leaving at least 350 people dead. Thousands of farm animals also perished.

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Alaska Rattled by Earthquake Cluster

Posted by feww on June 8, 2014


M5.5 strikes near Noatak, AK followed by dozens of aftershocks

Centered at 67.719°N, 162.385°W, the event occurred at a depth of 16.4km (10.2mi), followed by at least two dozen aftershocks.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 5.5Mw
Event Time: 2014-06-07 at 04:43:33 UTC
Location: 67.719°N 162.385°W depth=16.4km (10.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 35km (22mi) NE of Noatak, Alaska
  • 728km (452mi) WNW of Fairbanks, Alaska

EQ Location Map

Noatak-Alska 7-8-14
1 Day, All Magnitudes Worldwide: 171 earthquakes – DownloadUpdated: 2014-06-08 2014-06-08 04:47:29 UTC– 56 earthquakes in the larger Alaska map area. Source: USGS/EHP


The next detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be released together with Bulletin NO. 104 later today (June 8, 2014).

 Volcanic Activity in Alaska

55°25’2″ N 161°53’37” W, Summit Elevation 8261 ft (2518 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

The eruption of Pavlof Volcano continues. Seismicity remains steady and unchanged in the past 24 hours. No thermal or ash signals were visible in cloudy satellite and web camera images.

  • Shishaldin: Color Code: ORANGE/ Alert Level WATCH
  • Cleveland: Color Code YELLOW / Alert Level ADVISORY
  • Veniaminof: Color Code YELLOW / Alert Level ADVISORY

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