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Hazardous Air Warnings in Beijing as Landslide Kills Dozens in SW China

Posted by feww on January 12, 2013

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Dangerous air pollution lingers in Beijing, as landslide kills 46 in SW China

Air quality indexes in Beijing were approaching 500 on Saturday, as monitoring stations in various parts of the Chinese capital warned the density of PM2.5 particulates had reached 700 micrograms per cubic meter.

An hour earlier, monitors at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing had recorded an off-the-chart air-quality reading of 728 and PM2.5 density of 845 micrograms per cubic meter, reports said.

  • The air quality is regarded as ‘safe’ when the index is at 50 or lower, but hazardous for indexes between 301 and 500, when outdoor physical activities should be avoided.
  • Beijing city government issued new rules last year under which all outdoor sports activities must cease and factories have to reduce production capacity when air-quality index exceeds 500.
  • “Several other cities, including Tianjin on the coast east of Beijing and southern China’s Wuhan city, also reported severe pollution over the last several days.” AP reported.
  • The authorities have blamed the the high concentration of air pollutants on dense fog and lack of wind.

Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Original caption: Visitors walk at the fog-enveloped Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 12, 2013. Heavy fog hit Beijing on Saturday. (Xinhua/Li Wen). More images…

Landslide in SW China’s Yunnan Province

The death toll from a landslide that buried a village in a mountainous region in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Friday climbed to 46, rescuers said.

  • “The landslide hit the Zhaojiagou area of Gaopo Village, Zhenxiong County around 8:20 a.m. Friday. Zhenxiong is some 550 km northeast of the provincial capital, Kunming.”
  • The victims included 27 adults and 19 children, according to the local authorities.

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World Without Superpowers a Better Place?

Posted by feww on February 22, 2011

Haze Over ‘Unterworld’

What is it the planet has done to deserve this?

  • China is World No. 1 CO2 Polluter; the US follows closely. Report
  • China’s Air Pollution Deadliest in World, Report Says.
  • Pollution kills 750,000 [2.5million] people in China every year. Report
  • According to the World bank statistics, China has 16 of the 20 most polluted cities on earth!


Thick smog covered the North China Plain on February 20, 2011. “The featureless gray-brown haze is so thick that the ground is not visible in parts of this photo-like image taken at 11:35 a.m. by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
(MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. At that time, a weather station at Beijing’s airport reported visibility of 1.9 miles (3.1 kilometers). Visibility dropped as low as 1.1 miles (1.8 km) later in the afternoon.” Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (2 MB, JPEG)

Haze over eastern China


Haze shrouded eastern China in mid-February 2011.
MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this photo-like image on February 17, 2011. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (4 MB, JPEG)

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Deadly Tornado Hits Chongqing in SW China

Posted by feww on May 6, 2010

Deadly tornado strikes city in SW China, killing at least 50 and injuring 130

The official Xinhua agency, quoting the municipal government, reported  the number of casualties as “at least 23 confirmed dead and 161 others injured” following a powerful storm  and torrential rain that inundated  China’s Chongqing Municipality earlier today.

A violent storm front struck Dianjiang and Liangping counties at about 2:00 a.m. local time, “toppling houses and damaging crops, with at least 23 people dead and 161 others injured, government sources said.”

“Liangping county was also hit by a tornado and hailstorm, leaving six people dead and another 34 injured. Seventeen people died and 127 people were injured in Dianjiang county, according to rough statistics.” Xinhua said.

2010 could prove one of China’s worst years for natural phenomena transformed to human-enhanced disasters. 2011 could be even deadlier.

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Australian Oil Leak Disaster – Update April 5

Posted by feww on April 5, 2010

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Leaky Chinese bulk coal carrier Shen Neng 1 assessed for salvage

Background:  Another Oil Leak Nightmare Made in Australia


Images of the 230-meter long coal tanker Shen Neng 1, which ran aground on a reef about 70km east of Great Keppel Island, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, were taken by Maritime Safety Queensland on Sunday (p.m.), 4 April 2010. Images may be subject to copyright. Click images to enlarge.

The 230-meter (754-ft) coal tanker Shen Neng 1 was carrying 65,000 tons of coal to China, with 975 tons of heavy fuel oil on board. Based on all the information available, and in all probability, the vessel could break apart causing an even larger disaster.

The following News Release is by Maritime Safety Queensland:

Ship grounding off Central Queensland – 6:00am update (5 April 2010)

Professional salvors are onboard the Shen Neng 1 this morning to begin the process of salvaging the grounded Chinese bulk coal carrier.

They are part of the salvage contract and more will arrive this morning – they will assess the structural integrity of the ship and options for refloating.

The Shen Neng 1 ran aground about 70km east of Great Keppel Island just after 5pm on Saturday with approximately 975 tonnes of heavy fuel oil onboard.

Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager, Patrick Quirk, said the initial damage report was that the main engine room was breached, the main engine damaged and the rudder seriously damaged.

“One of the most worrying aspects is that the ship is still moving on the reef to the action of the seas, which is doing further damage,” he said.

“MSQ have aircraft in the air now doing an assessment, although the hope is that little oil escaped through the night.

“We also have helicopters surveying the coast to prepare early planning in the event of needing to get equipment onto the beach.

“A second tug is due to arrive in the early afternoon to assist the specialised tug already there to stabilise the vessel,” Mr Quirk said.

He said dispersants were deployed yesterday on oil leaking from the carrier.

Dispersants are most effective in breaking up heavy oil when deployed within 24-48 hours.

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