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Posted by feww on June 19, 2015
Crop disasters declared for 26 counties across three states
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 26 counties in three states: The Carolinas and Idaho—as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by the worsening drought and Freezing condition.
Disaster Designation due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought
- Idaho. Blaine, Cassia, Camas, Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties.
Disaster Designation due to damages and losses caused by freezing conditions that occurred from Jan. 8,, 2015, through March 29, 2015
- South Carolina. Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Greenville, Laurens, Newberry, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union and York counties.
- North Carolina. Cleveland, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania counties.
Crop Disasters 2015
Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 1,259 counties across 19 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington.
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 June 17, 2015 (posted on their website on June 19).
- Drought Disaster Declared for Counties in Two States June 12, 2015
- Drought Destroys More Crops in Idaho, Oregon, Utah June 4, 2015
- Crop Disasters Declared in Nevada, Utah May 28, 2015
- Crop Disasters Declared in 4 States May 21, 2015
- Drought Destroys More Crops in CO, ID, OR, TX, UT May 14, 2015
- Drought Destroys more Crops in ID, NV, OR, UT May 7, 2015
- Federal Disasters
- Agricultural Disasters Index
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Posted by feww on October 30, 2013
St. Jude Hits Northwest Russia, State of emergency Declared in Pskov
The deadly storm reached northwestern Russia on Tuesday after wreaking havoc in several other countries in northern and northwestern Europe since early Monday, disrupting transport, power and communication lines in three northwestern Russian regions and prompting a state of emergency declaration in Pskov, said a report quoting sources from local weather agency.
Tens of thousands of people in Pskov and St. Petersburg were left without power, as the storm barreled through the region.
The storm knocked out power to about 100,000 households in Estonia and Latvia, which border Pskov Oblast.
St Jude left at least 15 people dead including seven in Germany, four in Britain, two in the Netherlands and one each in France and Denmark and knocked out power to about a million homes and business across northwestern Europe, including 750,000 customers in Britain.
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Posted by feww on October 30, 2013
Severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding prompt Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Kansas
The State of Kansas has been declared a major disaster area by the White House due to severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of July 22 to August 16, 2013.
Severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding have devastated nearly a half of the states 105 counties including Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Ford, Geary, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Kingman, Kiowa, Lane, Linn, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Ness, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Republic, Rice, Saline, Sumner, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson, said the White House in a statement.
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.
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Posted by feww on October 25, 2013
Insurers Receive 1,011 claims for bushfire losses totaling $138 million
As of October 25, insurers in Australia have received 1,011 claims, with the losses caused by October bushfires estimated at $138 million, said the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA).
“While claims lodgements have stabilised over the past couple of days, we expect these to begin climbing again as returning residents assess any property damage,” said ICA CEO Rob Whelan.
An aerial photo of some of the hundreds of NSW homes destroyed in the October bushfires.
Meantime, Australia’s new Prime Minister Abbott, talking through his hat, has dismissed any link between climate change and the NSW bushfires as “complete hogwash.”
Long-time readers of this blog may recall that FIRE-EARTH climate-related models forecast the extent of damage caused by Victoria’s February 2009 bushfires with great accuracy.
Posted in Climate Change, disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: australia, australia bushfire, Back-to-Back Disasters, Bushfire, February 2009 bushfires, New South Wales, NSW bushfire, Tony Abbott, Victoria, Victoria bushfires, wildfire | 2 Comments »
Posted by feww on October 24, 2013
Pesticides sold by Monsanto poisoning Argentina: AP
The Associated Press (AP) has documented dozens of cases around Argentina where widespread misuse of Monsanto’s products are causing major health problems.
Toxic pesticides were sprayed close to populated areas and close to the water supply; farmers mix and apply poisons without protective clothing; villagers store water in pesticide containers.
In Santa Fe Province [population: 3.2 million, 3rd most populated province,] Argentina’s number one producer of cereals, toxic chemicals were used about 30 meters from homes, instead of the mandatory 500 meters, according to the AP report.
Unsurprisingly, cancer rates in the province are up to four times higher than the national average. In the neighboring Chaco province [population 1.2 million,] birth defects quadrupled since the mid 1990s when Monsanto convinced the Argentines that its patented seeds and agrochemicals would sharply increase crop yields and lower pesticide use, thus dramatically transforming farming in Argentina.
Health authorities are now warning that growing health problems among nearly a third of the country’s 41 million population may be due to uncontrolled use of pesticides.
Today, all of Argentina’s soy crop and most of its corn and cotton are genetically modified.
“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases,” says Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a pediatrician and neonatologist who co-founded Doctors of Fumigated Towns, part of a growing movement demanding enforcement of agricultural safety rules. “We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects, and illnesses seldom seen before.”
Farmers in Argentina use about 320 million liters of agrochemicals last year, applying about 5 kg of pesticide per hectare (4.3lbs. per acres), or more than twice the amount used in the U.S., to boost production, as pests become ever more resistant to the poisons.
“As we’ve also learned in the United States, herbicide-resistant GE crops lead to dramatically increased pesticide use. And as weeds develop resistance to these chemicals, industry rolls out even more hazardous chemicals to battle the superweeds. Farmers get trapped on the pesticide treadmill.” Pesticide Action Network International told AP.
- Total agricultural land in Argentina is 1,333,500km², or 48.0 % of the area.
- Argentina’s soy planting area is a projected at 20.65 million hectares for the current 2013/14 season, with corn at 5.7 million hectares, and wheat 3.4 million hectares.
Posted in disaster diary, disaster watch, disaster zone, disasters, environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, health, significant events | Tagged: agrochemical, AP, argentina, Chaco, corn, Doctors of Fumigated Towns, GMO market, Monsanto, Pesticide Action Network, pesticides, Santa Fe Province, soy, soy crop, superweeds | 1 Comment »
Posted by feww on October 4, 2013
Beijing Air Pollution Shoots off the Chart, AGAIN
Beijing Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI). Source: aqicn.org
AQI in Beijing Municipality and Surrounding Areas
Air pollution in Beijing Municipality and surrounding areas @ 21:00 local time on October 4, 2013. Source: aqicn.org
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Posted by feww on September 29, 2013
Extreme rains from WUTIP to exacerbate flooding in Indochina Peninsula
Typhoon WUTIP is currently a Cat 2B and expected to intensify to a Cat 3B hurricane force, headed directly toward Vietnam.
Typhoon WUTIP (TY 20W)
- Current position: Near 16.7ºN, 111.5ºE (05:32UTC on Sunday, September 29, 2013)
- Movement: 17 km/hr, 260 degrees
- Max Sustained Winds: 175 km/hr (expected to increase to 195 km/hr)
- Max Wind Gusts: 225 km/hr (expected to increase to 245km/hr)
Typhoon WUTIPVisible/Water Vapor Satellite Image, with the projected path superimposed. Image recorded at 05:32UTC on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
Typhoon WUTIP. Visible/Shortwave IR Satellite Image recorded at 04:32UTC on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
Flood Disaster in Thailand
The deputy PM responsible for flood management has assured the public that a scenario like the 2011 devastating floods in which all major dams in Thailand reached full capacity would not happen. Unless, off course, there’s more heavy rain in the north!
“He said the major dams in Thailand are now at half of its capacity and can contain more than 10,000 million cubic meters,” said a report.
He said earlier that the flood situation this year was “not worrying,” and that it’s “under control,” adding that “Bangkok would be 100 percent safe unless there is more heavy rain in the North for a couple of days.”
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Posted by feww on September 29, 2013
Deep Freeze Ends Growing Season in Nevada Counties
The growing season has ended for White Pine, Southern Lander and Southern Eureka counties, said NWS.
Temperatures dipped into the 20s across the majority of Southern Lander/Eureka and White Pine counties on Friday, killing most tender vegetation in these areas.
Light freezes have also occurred in other forecast zones including Northern Lander, Northern Eureka, Southeastern Elko and northern Nye counties. Growing season in isolated areas in these counties may have also ended.
Dozens drown as Nigeria boat sinks
At least 48 people drowned and more that 100 others are reported missing after a boat sank on the River Niger in central Nigeria late Friday, according to local reports.
The boat may have been overloaded, carrying more that two and a half times the number of passengers allowed, reports said.
Dozens Still missing after refugee boat sinks
“More than 30 people were still missing two days after a boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia sank off the Indonesian coast, killing 22 people including seven children,” Indonesian security officials said.
Dozens killed in Mumbai building collapse
Death toll reached 60 on Sunday in the collapsed apartment building in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, officials said. Some 33 others were rescued from the building’s wreckage.
The five-story building, which collapsed on Friday, was the third deadly cave-in of a Mumbai structure in six months, said a report.
“In April, at least 72 people died when an illegally constructed building fell. Two months later, a three-story structure collapsed, killing at least 10 people, including five children.”
Giant Hornets Kill Dozens in China
Attacks by swarms of giant hornets in Shaanxi province, central China, has left at least 28 people dead and up to a thousand others injured, many of them seriously, according to reports.
Terrorized victims have described being chased by large swarms of hornets for hundreds of yards and stung as many as 200 times over several minutes.
The insects have a highly toxic sting that can lead to anaphylactic shock and kidney failure, according to experts.
It’s believed that the swarms are populated mainly by the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia, which grows up to 50mm (2 ins.) long with a 6mm sting.
Experts have previously suggested that warmer temperatures in the region may be responsible for hornets breeding more successfully.
Wisconsin Gov Signs Emergency Declaration for Buckling I-43 bridge\
A span on the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in Green Bay shows signs of buckling Wednesday in this view looking west. Gov. Scott Walker signed an emergency declaration Friday that makes federal funds available for repairs. Photo credit: Jim Matthews/ jsonline.com
German Town Evacuated after Gas Explosion
The entire town of Hartenhausen (population: ~ 3,000) near Ludwigshafen in central Germany was evacuated on Saturday after a major gas explosion injured 16 firefighters and shattered windows. The blast was so powerful it could be heard up to 30 kilometers away, AP reported.
50 Nigerian students killed in armed attack
At least 50 Nigerian students have been killed in an armed attack, AP reported. The attack occurred at an agricultural college in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe State. Gunmen broke into the college dorm at night and shot students as they slept. The authorities have blamed the Boko Haram [“Western education is forbidden”] group.
Bomb blasts kill 39 in Peshawar, NW Pakistan
Two bomb explosions in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar killed 36 people and wounded more than 100 on Sunday, authorities said.
The victims included 12 members of a family who were shopping at the blast sites, according to local officials.
The powerful blasts destroyed about 20 buildings and many vehicles in nearby streets.
The Peshawar twin blasts were the third major terrorist in the city over the past 8 days. A twin suicide bomb attack on a Christian church on September 22 killed more than more than 80 people. On Friday September 27, a bomb planted on a bus carrying local government employees exploded killing at least 19 people.
Iraq Violence: Death Toll for September Reaches 1,079
At least 30 more people were killed in Iraq Saturday and Sunday, as of posting, in the cities of Arbil, Baghdad, Baiji, Basra, Falluja Mosul, Mussayab, Muqdadiya and Tikrit by bombs, AEDs, IEDs and gunfire, raising the death toll for September to 1,079 so far.
Death toll for 2013 has exceeded 6,000 and is expected to climb higher.
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Posted by feww on September 23, 2013
Mexico death toll from storms MANUEL and INGRID rises to 110, with 68 others still missing
Deadly storms MANUEL and INGRID have claimed at least 110 lives and left 68 others missing, presumed dead, after a mudslide buried the village of La Pintada in western Guerrero state.
“We are confronting rainfall that has practically been the most extensive in the history of the entire national territory,” said President Nieto.
The death toll climbed after searchers recovered the bodies of five police officers who were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a hillside near La Pintada on Thursday.
The storms have destroyed or damaged private property and public infrastructure in all but 2 of Mexico’s 31 states and affected a total of 1.2 million people, reports said.
About 40,000 tourists had to be evacuated, including 25,00 who were airlifted, out of Acapulco after severe flooding destroyed road and bridges cutting off the popular beach resort.
The full extent of disaster is still unknown because many rural communities remain cut off, officials said.
Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events
Residents in sections of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, have been told to evacuate due to flooding, Sunday night.
An evacuation order has been issued for residents along Highway 68 in Alcalde and Velarde, said a report.
Governor Martinez signed an executive order earlier this month declaring a statewide emergency due to flooding caused by extreme rain events.
Typhoon USAGI Disaster Update No. 2
Typhoon USAGI has killed at least 25 after making landfall in Guangdong Province late Sunday.
The powerful typhoon has affected about 5.48 million people, leaving 310,000 residents displaced.
USAGI has destroyed 8,490 homes and ruined 50,800 hectares of cropland.
The losses and damage from USAGI is estimated at about CNY7.1billion (US$1.16 billion) in Guangdong province, said a report.
At least 39 people were killed on Sunday raising the death toll from Iraqi violence to 865 so far this month.
The killings occurred in Baghdad (29 people killed by gunfire, IEDs, suicide bomber), Mosul (9 killed by gunfire, IEDs ) and Abu Saida (1 person killed by gunfire), said Iraq Body Count.
As of September 22, at least 5,110 people have been killed and more than 12,000 other wounded in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to UNAMI figures.
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Posted by feww on September 19, 2013
USAGI has intensified into a Cat 2 typhoon in the NW Pacific Ocean
Typhoon USAGi (TY 17W) has strengthened into a Cat 2 Cyclone, moving slowly toward southern Taiwan.
Typhoon USAGI (1319)
- Date and Time: 2013/09/19 00:00UTC
- Location: 16.9ºN, 128.3ºE
- Movement: WNW [245º] changing to NW 9km/hr increasing to 14km/hr
- Minimum Pressure: 955 hpa
- Maximum Wind Speed: 170km/hr (90kt)
- Gusts: 205km/hr (110kt)
Several models predict USAGI could intensify into a Cat 4 Cyclone before reaching southern Taiwan region.
Typhoon USAGI (1319). Visible/Shorwave IR Image. 2013-09-19 @ 01:32UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.
Typhoon USAGI Projected Path. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency.
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Posted by feww on September 19, 2013
MANUEL Strengthens into a Cat 1 Hurricane
Tropical Storm MANUEL, which has battered southwestern Mexico, has now intensified into a category one hurricane approaching northwestern Mexico and threatening more destruction.
MANUEL and INGRID, the first twin storms to hit Mexico within one day since 1958, have killed at least 80 people across Mexico.
About 60 people are now reported missing after a landslide buried a village in the southwestern Mexico.
“Very powerful” landslide
The Mexican President Nieto said at least 58 people were missing after a massive landslide buried the village of La Pintada in the southwestern Guerrero state.
“It doesn’t look good, based on the photos we have in our possession … [it was a] very powerful landslide.]
MANUEL is expected to dump up to 15 inches of rain in the state of Sinaloa, which could cause deadly flash-floods, according to forecasters.
Meantime… looters ransacked the flooded Mexican beach resort of Acapulco on Wednesday … read more
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Posted by feww on September 14, 2013
Governor Martinez Declares Statewide Disaster for New Mexico
Floods have forced scores of evacuations in Eddy, San Miguel and Sierra counties, said the NM governor.
Widespread flooding has damaged numerous roads, bridges and public infrastructure in many areas throughout the state.
Governor Susana Martinez has signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Disaster throughout New Mexico due to flooding from recent rain storms.
“Through this Executive Order, I have directed state government resources to ensure the well being of everyone affected by these heavy storms,” Governor Martinez said.
“As the heavy rains continue, I encourage all New Mexicans to continue to pay attention to your local weather forecast and be aware of warnings wherever you are.”
Dams that divert water from La Union, NM, south of Las Cruces, burst yesterday, leaving many roads completely washed out. (Photo courtesy Mario Delgado, Janet Ortiz). More images…
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2013-031
DECLARING A DISASTER STATEWIDE DUE TO FLOODING
WHEREAS, numerous New Mexico counties and Native American jurisdictions have been severely impacted by historic, record-breaking rainfall that started on September 9, 2013, and is continuing;
WHEREAS, heavy rains have caused flooding in many areas throughout the state;
WHEREAS, flooding has caused evacuations by air and ground of hundreds of individuals in Eddy, Sierra and San Miguel Counties;
WHEREAS, flooding has damaged many roads, bridges and public infrastructure;
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Guadalupe, Eddy and Sierra County intend to make emergency declarations;
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service is predicting continued heavy rain that will continue the threat of flooding into the weekend of September 14-15, 2013;
WHEREAS, this disaster requires immediate action to preserve the peace, health, and safety and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the State of New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, this disaster is of such magnitude as to be beyond local control and requires the resources of the State to avoid or minimize economic or physical harm and to take action necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New Mexico, do hereby declare a State of Disaster to exist in state of New Mexico due to flooding beginning September 9, 2013, through the day the Governor’s Authorized Representative determines to be the end of the emergency period. Read more…
Flooding in Las Vegas, NM
Flooding in Las Vegas has forced authorities to evacuate everyone who lives along Gallina Creek.
“Storm runoff racing through Las Vegas has forced the evacuation of homes and closed bridges in the city,” said a report.
“A massive amount of rain has fallen in that area and the mountains above the city as the relentless storms that have pounded New Mexico since Tuesday continue.”
Gallinas Creek outside Las Vegas was flowing at about 1500 cubic feet per second (CFS) Friday, up from 3cfs on Tuesday, according to a local report [@MattGrubs.]
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Posted by feww on September 14, 2013
Widespread flooding triggered by EREs affect hundreds of thousands in Guatemala
Dozens of rivers including Slaves, Motagua, Chixoy, The Passion, St. Peter and Usumacinta have flooded causing widespread deluge as forecaster warn of more torrential rains to follow, said the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).
The authorities have issued an “orange alert” for destructive flooding in several regions.
Source: Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).
“In the last 48 hours in Jalapa department, some 783,000 people were affected and dozens of homes damaged,” according to a translation of bulletin issued by CONRED.
In the week to September 12, 2013, CONRED said it had responded to 39 incidents of landslides; 38 incidents caused by an earthquake on Friday September 06; 14 flood-related incidents, 4 slides, and one incident of collapse that affected more than 200,000 people nationwide.
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Posted by feww on September 1, 2013
Radiation levels near Fukushima ’18 times higher’ than reported: TEPCO
Readings taken near a leaking tank at the nuked Fukushima plant on Saturday showed radiation levels were high enough to prove lethal within about 4 hours of exposure, the plant operator said.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) had originally reported the radiation level near the tank was about 100 millisieverts an hour.
Now, the company says the equipment used for the earlier recording could only read up to 100 millisieverts (mSv).
The new reading, using more sensitive Geiger counters, showed levels of about 1,800 mSv per hour.
Studies of the 1945 atomic bombing at Hiroshima and Nagasaki show that 100 percent of victims whose bodies were exposed to 6,000 mSv (600,000 millirems) died from radiation. About 50 percent of victims who received 4,500 mSv (450,000 millirems) of radiation also died.
TEPCO said it had recorded radiation of 230 mSv an hour at a second tank, which was emitting 70 mSv in July. The company said it had also discovered two additional leaks: a third storage tank emitting 70 mSv an hour; and a pipe connecting two other tanks measuring 230 mSv.
The 2011 triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi NPP forced more than 160,000 people to abandon their homes, turning dozens of communities into ghost towns.
The Internet Mafia has previously censored Public Health Emergency, global health warnings and any and ALL information posted on this blog concerning nuclear disasters, nuclear energy and the global nuclear mafia. The cabal have specifically blocked or buried blog entrees on Fukushima Daiichi NPP.
What is a lethal dose of radiation from a single Exposure?
Studies of the 1945 atomic bombing at Hiroshima and Nagasaki show that 100 percent of victims whose bodies were exposed to 600,000 millirems (6,000 mSv) died from radiation. About 50 percent of victims who received 450,000 millirems (4,500 mSv) of radiation also died.
(Note: Rem is a unit of ionizing radiation equal to the amount that produces the same damage to humans as one roentgen of high-voltage x-rays. Source: MIT)
1 rem = 10 mSv or 10,000 µSv (1 Sv = 100 rem)
Background Radiation in microsieverts per year (µSv/yr)
- Average background radiation (US): 3,000
- Higher altitudes (e.g, Denver): 4,000
“Safe Levels” of Radiation (U.S.)
Limits above natural background radiation levels (average 3,000 microsieverts per year) and medical radiation:
- Occupation Limit: Maximum of 50,000 µSv (the limit for a worker using radiation)
- Average Natural Background: 3,000 µSv
[Note: Lifetime cumulative exposure should be limited to a person’s age multiplied by 10 millirems, e.g., a 70-year-old person, 70,000 millirems.]
- Max single dose for an adult: 30,000µSv
- Annual total dose: 50,000µSv
- Max single dose for a person aged under 18 years: 3,000µSv (whole body equivalent)
- Annual total exposure: 5,000µSv
- Maximum limit for fetal exposure during gestation period: 500 µSv per month above background levels
- Single Chest X-ray (the whole body equivalent): 20µSv
- Coast-to-coast US round trip flight: 120µSv
*Note: Radiation dose of about 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) cause serious illness.
Half-life of some radioactive elements
[NOTE: Half-life is the time taken for a radioactive substance to decay by half.]
- Cesium-134 ~ 2 years
- Cesium-137 ~ 30 years
- Iodine-131 ~ 8 days
- Plutonium-239 ~ 24,200 years
- Ruthenium-103 ~ 39 days [Ruthenium is a fission product of uranium-235.]
- Ruthenium-106 ~ 374 days
- Strontium-90 ~ 28.85 years [Strontium-90 is a product of nuclear fission and is found in large amounts in spent nuclear fuel and in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.]
- Uranium-234 ~ 246,000 years
- Uranium-235 ~ 703.8 million years
- Uranium-238 ~ 4.468 billion years
The following probability figures calculated by FIRE-EARTH on April 8, 2011 still hold!
- Japan (880)³
- United States (865)
- France (855)
- Taiwan (850)
- Belgium, China, Finland, India, South Korea, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Armenia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Canada (810)
- Germany, Sweden, Netherlands (800)
- Switzerland (750)
- The list represents a snapshot of events at the time of calculating the probabilities. Any forecast posted here is subject to numerous variable factors.
- Figures in the bracket represent the probability of an incident occurring out of 1,000; the forecast duration is valid for the next 50 months.
- Probability includes a significant worsening of Fukushima nuclear disaster, and future quakes forecast for Japan.
- A nuclear incident is defined as a level 5 (Accident With Wider Consequences), or worse, on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). See below.
- Safety issues considered in compiling these lists include the age, number of units and capacity of nuclear reactors in each country/state, previous incidents, probability of damage from human-enhanced natural disasters, e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, wildfires, flooding…]
- The Blog’s knowledge concerning the extent to which the factors described in (3) might worsen during the forecast period greatly influences the forecast. (Last UPDATED: June 26, 2011)
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Explanation regarding the high radiation (maximum 1,800 mSv) found at tanks in Fukushima Daiichi NPS on August 31, 2013
We deeply apologize for the great anxiety and inconvenience caused by the recent contaminated water issues at the Fukushima Daiichi NPS, which affects the residents near the power station and the broader society.
Regarding the high radiation (maximum 1,800 mSv) found at tanks in Fukushima Daiichi NPS on August 31, some articles reported that “by simple calculation, if a person is exposed this much radiation amount for four hours continuously, that would lead to death” or “it takes only one minute to reach the annual radiation exposure limit for workers,” etc. We would like to explain more about the 1,800 mSv.
We used measuring equipment that measures both beta radiation and gamma radiation. The 1,800 mSv is the total amount of beta radiation and gamma radiation. Gamma radiation was 1 mSv and most of the 1,800 mSv was beta radiation.
Since 1,800 mSv is approximately 3.5 times higher than the control level of equivalent dose for skin which is 500 mSv/year, we should carefully control radiation exposure. Since beta radiation travels only a short distance, radiation level decreases considerably if we keep a distance. Moreover, since beta radiation is weak and can be blocked by a thin metal sheet such as aluminum, we think that we can control radiation exposure by using proper equipments and cloths.
Additionally, although 1,800 mSv was detected at 5 cm above the floor, the radiation level of 50 cm above the floor was 15 mSv. Thus, 1,800 mSv does not mean the radiation level of the whole nearby place.
Some articles reported that “if a person is exposed this much radiation amount for four hours continuously, that would lead to death” comparing with the radiation level that would result in death (7,000 mSv), or “it takes only one minute to reach the annual radiation exposure limit for workers” comparing with the annual radiation exposure limit for workers (50 mSv). However, we believe that simply comparing the 1,800 mSv with those standard levels is not proper, since the standard levels are accumulation of effective dose (not equivalent dose) that express effects for whole body.
We will find out the cause of this issue and make proper counter measures immediately, and continue to make every effort to secure safety of workers.
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Posted by feww on September 1, 2013
State of emergency extended in Peru due to extreme cold
An unusually cold wave in Peru, covering large areas in snow and ice, has forced the government to extend a state of emergency.
Heavy snow has reached more than a meter high in some areas, with temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Celsius.
Carabaya Province, Puno, Peru. Photo credit: ANDINA
The cold spell has killed tens of thousands of animals including alpacas, llamas, cattle and sheep, leaving more than 12,000 families destitute.
The extreme weather has also killed at least a dozen people in Peru and its southeastern neighbor, Bolivia, and Paraguay.
Snow and high winds have also damaged thousands of homes affecting tens of thousands of people in the region.
Hundreds of villages and small towns have been cut off by the extreme weather, according to local reports.
The Peruvian government declared a 60-day state of emergency in the southern region of Puno last week for the provinces of Carabaya, Sandia, Lampa, San Antonio de Putina, Melgar, Azangaro, Puno, Collao and Huancane. The emergency declaration has now being extended for an additional 20 days.
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Posted by feww on August 30, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing fluids probably caused widespread death of aquatic species in Acorn Fork, KY
Hydraulic fracturing fluids were probably responsible for the “widespread death or distress of aquatic species” in Kentucky’s Acorn Fork creek. The spilling occurred in the nearby natural gas well sites, according to a joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Acorn Fork, a small Appalachian creek, is habitat for the federally threatened Blackside dace, a small colorful minnow. The Acorn Fork is designated by Kentucky as an Outstanding State Resource Waters.
“Our study is a precautionary tale of how entire populations could be put at risk even with small-scale fluid spills,” said USGS scientist Diana Papoulias, the study’s lead author. “This is especially the case if the species is threatened or is only found in limited areas, like the Blackside dace is in the Cumberland.”
The Blackside dace typically lives in small, semi-isolated groups, so harmful events run the risk of completely eliminating a local population. The species is primarily threatened with loss of habitat.
After the spill of hydraulic fracturing fluid, state and federal scientists observed a significant die-off of aquatic life in Acorn Fork including the Blackside dace as well as several more common species like the Creek chub and Green sunfish. They had been alerted by a local resident who witnessed the fish die-off. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are currently working towards restoration of the natural resources that were injured by the release.
Water and fish samples collected immediately following the chemical spill in 2007 clearly showed that the hydraulic fracturing fluids significantly degraded water quality in Acorn Fork causing the fish to grow gill lesions, and suffer liver and spleen damage.
“This is an example of how the smallest creatures can act as a canary in a coal mine,” said Tony Velasco, Ecologist for the Fish and Wildlife office in Kentucky, who coauthored the study, and initiated a multi-agency response when it occurred in 2007. “These species use the same water as we do, so it is just as important to keep our waters clean for people and for wildlife.”
The gill lesions were consistent with exposure to acidic water and toxic concentrations of heavy metals. These results matched water quality samples from Acorn Fork that were taken after the spill.
After the fracturing fluids entered Acorn Fork Creek, the water’s pH dropped from 7.5 to 5.6, and stream conductivity increased from 200 to 35,000 microsiemens per centimeter. A low pH number indicates that the creek had become more acidic, and the stream conductivity indicated that there were higher levels of dissolved elements including iron and aluminum.
Blackside dace are found only in the Cumberland River basin of Kentucky and Tennessee and the Powell River basin of Virginia, and are listed as a federally-threatened species since 1987.
Hydraulic fracturing is the most common method for extracting natural gas in Kentucky.
The report is entitled “Histopathological Analysis of Fish from Acorn Fork Creek, Kentucky Exposed to Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Releases,” and is published in the scientific journal Southeastern Naturalist, in a special edition devoted to the Blackside dace.
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