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Drought Destroys Crops in U.S. West, Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on August 6, 2015

Drought destroys crops in 5 states and Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 80 counties across five states—California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington—and 8 municipalities in Puerto Rico as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought.

Crop Disaster Areas – Designation #1

  • Idaho: Adams, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Custer, Gem, Idaho, Latah, LemhiLewis, Nez Perce and Valley counties.
  • Montana: Lincoln, Missoula and Ravalli counties.
  • Oregon: Wallowa County.
  • Washington: Asotin, Pend Oreille and Whitman counties.

Crop Disaster Areas – Designation #2

  • Oregon: Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties.
  • California: Del Norte and Siskiyou counties.

Crop Disaster Areas – Designation #3

  • Washington: Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Whatcom, Whitman and Yakima counties.
  • Idaho: Benewah, Latah and Nez Perce counties.
  • Oregon: Hood River, Multnomah and Wallowa counties.

Crop Disaster Areas – Designation #4

  • Puerto Rico: Aibonito, Arroyo, Cayey, Coamo, Guayama, Patillas, Salinas and Santa Isabel municipalities.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 1,692 counties, or county equivalents, across 26 States: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

USDA has also designated 8 additional municipalities in Puerto Rico as drought disaster areas.

About 99 percent of the 2015 crop disaster designations so far are due to drought.

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

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

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as 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 August 5, 2015 .

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Three Significant Earthquakes Rattle Fukushima Nuke Plant

Posted by feww on August 6, 2015

Earthquakes strike near Fukushima NPP

The largest of the three quakes, measuring 5.2Mw, scored 4 on the local seismic intensity scale of 7 close to the Fukushima Daiichi  NPP.

M 5.2 earthquake strikes SSW of Fukushima, Japan
Location: 36.497°N, 140.595°E
Depth: 44.3 km
Time: 2015-08-06 09:22:28 UTC
Nearby Cities:

4km (2mi) NE of Funaishikawa, Japan
12km (7mi) SSW of Hitachi, Japan
12km (7mi) NNE of Hitachi-Naka, Japan
13km (8mi) NNE of Katsuta, Japan
121km (75mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

M 5.0 earthquake strikes east of Fukushima, Japan
Location: 37.521°N 141.503°E
Depth: 39.0 km
Time: 2015-08-05 11:56:09 UTC
Nearby Cities:

44km (27mi) E of Namie, Japan
75km (47mi) NE of Iwaki, Japan
78km (48mi) SE of Marumori, Japan
80km (50mi) SE of Watari, Japan
259km (161mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

M 5.0 earthquake strikes offshore east of Fukushima, Japan
Location: 37.780°N 141.539°E
Depth: 50.7 km
Time: 2015-08-03 05:30:12 UTC
Nearby Cities:

57km (35mi) NE of Namie, Japan
66km (41mi) ESE of Watari, Japan
69km (43mi) ESE of Iwanuma, Japan
69km (43mi) ESE of Kakuda, Japan
284km (176mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

[Source: USGS/EHP]

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Major Disaster Declared for Northern Mariana Islands

Posted by feww on August 6, 2015

Super Typhoon SOUDELOR: Federal disaster declared for Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands 

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Typhoon Soudelor (DR-4235)

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands in the area affected by Super Typhoon SOUDELOR during the period of August 1-3, 2015.

The areas that were worst affected by the impact of the massive Typhoon were the islands of Rota, Saipan, and Tinian.

The Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional areas may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

This is the 31st Major Disaster Declaration [DR 4205-4235] proclaimed for a U.S. state/territory. Additionally, the federal government has issued eleven Fire Management Assistance Declarations for the year to date, as of posting.

Fire Management Assistance Declarations (2015)

[FM-5094] 08/04/2015 Washington Highway 8 Fire
[FM-5093] 08/02/2015 California Rocky Fire
[FM-5092] 07/30/2015 Oregon Stouts Creek Fire
[FM-5091] 07/23/2015 California Wragg Fire
[FM-5090] 07/20/2015 Washington Blue Creek Fire
[FM-5089] 07/20/2015 California North Fire
[FM-5088] 07/06/2015 Idaho Cape Horn Fire
[FM-5087] 06/29/2015 Washington Sleepy Hollow Fire
[FM-5086] 06/17/2015 Arizona Kearney River Fire
[FM-5085] 06/16/2015 Alaska Card Street Fire
[FM-5084] 06/15/2015 Alaska Sockeye Fire

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