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Significant Quake Strikes Near SLC, UTAH

Posted by feww on June 12, 2014


Earthquake Strikes in the Intermountain Seismic Belt (ISB)

Centered at 40.891°N, 111.683°W the quake struck at a depth of about 11.9km.

EQ Location Map

ISB quake 12june14
Source: USGS/EHP

EQ Details

Magnitude: 3.3Mw
Event Time: 2014-06-12 04:34:04 UTC
Location: 40.891°N 111.683°W depth=11.9km (7.4mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 16km (10mi) E of Centerville, Utah
  • 16km (10mi) E of Bountiful, Utah
  • 19km (12mi) ESE of Farmington, Utah
  • 19km (12mi) ENE of North Salt Lake, Utah
  • 22km (14mi) NE of Salt Lake City, Utah

UTAH – Earthquake History – USGS/EHP

On March 12, 1934, at 8:06 a.m., an earthquake of intensity VIII originating near Kosmo, on the north shore of Great Salt Lake, affected an area of about 440,000 square kilometers, including much of northern Utah and parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming. This tremor, which measured magnitude 6.6, could have caused great damage in a densely populated area. Because of the sparse settlement in the region there was very little damage – mostly demolished chimneys and cracked walls in poorly constructed buildings. Two deaths, however, were attributed to the shock. The outstanding feature of the earthquake, related to the Hansel Valley fault, was the emission of large quantities of water from fissures and craterlets. Considerable faulting occurred in the epicentral region. Precise leveling revealed that areas sank to depths up to 390 millimeters. The onset of the shock was abrupt. There were no foreshocks, but aftershocks continued for 2 days; only one, at 11:20 a.m. on the same day, was outstanding (magnitude 6.0). There was moderate damage over a broad area, including Salt Lake City, where plaster fell. All chimneys fell in Kosmo and Monument; fissures, holes, cracks, and springs appeared in connection with a belt of fractures at least 8 kilometers long. The second shock was slightly less severe than the main tremor. Intensities for the aftershock are very unreliable because many observers tried to describe both earthquakes in a single report. Another strong aftershock (magnitude 5.5) affected an area of about 45,000 square kilometers in northern Utah and southern Idaho on May 6. It was reported to be strongest in Salt Lake City and Preston, Idaho, where the intensity reached VI.


The next detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be released together with Bulletin NO. 106  on June 14, 2014.


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Deadly Heatwave Continues to Plague India

Posted by feww on June 12, 2014


SCENARIOS 777, 444, 111

Record heatwave kills dozens, possibly hundreds in India

Seven consecutive days of extreme temperatures in Delhi, world’s second most populous urban agglomeration with a population of about 25 million, has pushed up the ground ozone levels by more than 3 folds.

Temperatures have been hovering above 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) since last week, amid night-long outages.

“Residents staged sit-in protests outside electricity substations in the state of Uttar Pradesh late on Wednesday, days after protesters had set substations on fire and taken power officials hostage after weeks of daily blackouts,” reported Reuters.

“God alone can provide any relief from the prevailing power crisis,” said the director of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation,. adding that power would only return after the monsoon arrived and demand fell.

Much of Delhi has been experiencing long blackouts after a surge in demand and damage from a thunderstorm overwhelmed the grid, said the report.

More Extreme Events

“We are witnessing more serious and more extreme events,” said spokesperson for India’s Center for Science and Environment (CSE).

Dozens of unidentified bodies have been discovered in Delhi since Monday.



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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in 8 States

Posted by feww on June 12, 2014


Drought Destroys Crops in 79 Counties across Eight States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 79 counties across eight states as crop disaster areas due to worsening drought. USDA issued six separate designations for crop disasters on June 11, 2014.

Drought Disaster Designations are for the following states:

Idaho (18 counties),  Oklahoma (13 counties), Oregon (20 counties), Washington  (14 counties), Nevada (1 County), Utah (1 County), Wyoming(2 counties) and Kansas (10 counties).

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,992 separate crop disasters across 27  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on June 11, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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Federal Disaster Declared in Vermont

Posted by feww on June 12, 2014

SCENARIOS 111, 066, 023

Vermont Declared Major Disaster Area (DR-4178)

Federal disaster has been declared  for the state of Vermont in the areas severely affected by powerful storms and flooding during the period of April 15-18, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters are Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans and Washington  counties.

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.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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