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M4.7 Quake Rattles Cherokee, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on November 19, 2015

Another significant earthquake strikes Oklahoma

Centered at 36.661°N, 98.461°W the quake occurred at a depth of 6.2 km (3.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.7Mw
Location: 36.661°N, 98.461°W
Depth: 6.2km (3.9 mi)
Time: 2015-11-19 07:42:12(UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 13km (8mi) SW of Cherokee, Oklahoma
  • 59km (37mi) WNW of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 86km (53mi) ENE of Woodward, Oklahoma
  • 157km (98mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Deadly Storms: State of Emergency Declared In Washington

Posted by feww on November 19, 2015

Killer storms cause major destruction across Washington state

Washington Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency in all counties on Wednesday after a deadly storm packing hurricane-force winds exceeding 160 km/hr (100 mph) left at lease three people dead. The storm triggered flooding and mudslides, killing at least three people, uprooting trees and cutting off power to about 350,000 homes and businesses.

Tuesday’s storm system, the latest in a series of violent storms that have swept across the state, also damaged about 1,200km of overhead power lines, authorities said.

“This is the largest crisis Avista has experienced in the company’s 126-year history,” said Avista Corp. , a major utility that generates and transmits electricity in the region.

“As crews struggled to mop up from the damage, tens of thousands still remained without power in the Puget Sound region and major highways were closed for cleanup. A spokesman for the Snohomish County Public Utilities District (PUD) said the fierce windstorm could be one of the worst recorded, and customers could be impacted into the weekend,” said a report.

The massive storm system also forced road closures in the state of Oregon, as floods mudslides and fallen trees shut down roads including a long stretch of Interstate 84 as well as several other highways, said the state police.

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Deadly Wildfires Consume 300,000 Ha in Western Australia

Posted by feww on November 19, 2015

Extreme weather system generating temperatures in excess of 45ºC, fueling deadly, destructive fires in Australia

The fires started during harvest season destroying large volumes of crops, as well as farming equipment, fences and buildings.

At least three Europeans were among those killed by the fires, including “a 19-year-old German woman as an apprentice farm-hand; a 29-year-old Norwegian woman as a cook, while she studied at Curtin University in Perth; and a 31-year-old British man as a mechanic,” reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Fire Weather Warning

Australia Bureau of Meteorology has issued Fire Weather Warnings for several areas in Western Australia, forecasting Severe Fire Danger for the district of South Interior, and Gascoyne Coast.


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M7.0 Earthquake Strikes Solomon Islands

Posted by feww on November 19, 2015

Powerful quake occurs 118km SW of Dadali, Solomon Islands

Centered at 8.929°S, 158.410°E the quake occurred at a depth of 13.4km (8.3 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: M7.0
Location: 8.929°S 158.410°E depth=13.4 km (8.3 mi)
Time: 2015-11-18 18:31:04 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 118km (73mi) SW of Dadali, Solomon Islands
  • 178km (111mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
  • 36km (271mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea

Tsunami Evaluation

This earthquake did not generate a pacific-wide destructive tsunami.

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ISIS Funded by 40 Countries, Including G20 Members —Putin

Posted by feww on November 18, 2015

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US-led air campaign spared Islamic States’ most lucrative source of income for 14 months

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that the Islamic State terrorists are being financed from 40 countries, including a number of G20 countries. Putin has reportedly shared “intelligence” with other G20 members, but he has not publicly revealed the list of the nations that sponsor terrorism.

Additionally,  the terrorists have raked in about $50 million per month from “the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products.”

“I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL, locally daesh) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told reporters.

In addition to the need to cut off the flow of funds to ISIS, Putin has also stressed the need to stop the lucrative oil trade by IS.

“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he said.

“The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon.”

The Islamic State earns about $50 million a month in illegal crude oil sales from occupied oilfields in Iraq and Syria (an estimated 30,000 barrels per day in Syria and 20,000 in Iraq), “part of a well-run industry that U.S. diplomacy and airstrikes have so far failed to shut down, according to Iraqi intelligence and U.S. officials,” said a report.

“Oil sales—the extremists’ largest single source of continual income—are a key reason they have been able to maintain their rule over their self-declared ‘caliphate’ stretching across large parts of Syria and Iraq. With the funds to rebuild infrastructure and provide the largesse that shore up its fighters’ loyalty, it has been able to withstand ground fighting against its opponents and more than a year of bombardment in the U.S.-led air campaign.”

Why have the U.S. military & Co. spared the Islamic States’ most important source of income?

Wondering when the taxpayers would start asking the same question, the US warplanes reportedly targeted the oil trucks on Monday (Nov. 16, 2015), for the first time since the Syria air campaign began about 14 months ago.

“United States warplanes for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria, American officials said,” according to a report.

“According to an initial assessment, 116 trucks were destroyed in the attack, which took place near Deir al-Zour, an area in eastern Syria that is controlled by the Islamic State.”

[The above report has not been verified independently, as of receiving this submission. Editor]

G20 Members

United States, United Kingdom,  Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, and European Union.

Syria Airstrikes Contributing Countries

United States of America (Leader), United Kingdom (currently limited, but could change anytime) United Arab Emirates (see Saudi Arabia), Turkey (Turkish involvement has so far been limited to bombing the Kurdish fighters, who are currently the only effective force against the Islamic State), Saudi Arabia (members of the Saudi Royal Family are the World’s biggest sponsors of terrorism), Qatar (see Saudi Arabia), Jordan (always desperate to appease its sponsors), France, Canada, Bahrain (see Saudi Arabia), and Australia.

Countries whose Arms Industries Benefit most from Terrorism (Paris Attacks)

United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, Spain, Italy, Ukraine,  Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Canada.


The joke is on you, homo sapiens!

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes near Nidri, Greece

Posted by feww on November 17, 2015

Strong quake kills several people in Greece: Local reports

The quake struck the Ionian Sea, about 26 km W of Lefkáda, Greece, according to

Magnitude: 6.5Mw
Region: Greece
Location: 38.80ºN, 20.40ºE
Depth: 10 km
Date & time: 2015-11-17 at 07:10:09.1 UTC

  • 285 km S of Tirana, Albania / pop: 374,801
  • 100 km SE of Kérkyra, Greece / pop: 27,003
  • 26 km W of Lefkáda, Greece / pop: 6,344

The event was followed by at least one significant aftershock measuring 5.3Mw, as of posting.

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M5.9 Quake Strikes Kuril Trench

Posted by feww on November 17, 2015

Strong quake occurs near Zenkavich Rise

Centered at 48.302°N, 154.285°E (about 296km SSW of Severo-Kurilsk), the quake struck at a depth of 34.0 km (21.1 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

The Kuril-Kamchatka Arc is a seismically hyperactive region. In November 5, 1952 a M9.0 event, the 5th largest recorded earthquake in history, generated a devastating tsunami with run-up wave heights measuring about 15, 18 and 12 meters striking along the coast of Paramushir (located in the northern portion of Kuril Islands chain) causing significant damage to many settlements in Sakhalin Oblast and Kamchatka Oblast, and destroying the town of Severo-Kurilsk.

After the earthquake most of the Severo-Kurilsk residents fled to the surrounding hills, and were spared by the first wave. However, many of them returned to the town only to be claimed by the second wave.

The tsunami killed about 2,340 people out of a population of 6,000. The survivors were evacuated to continental Russia, and new settlements were later built in different locations.

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Public Announcement: FIRE-EARTH Has No Facebook Or Twitter Accounts

Posted by feww on November 17, 2015

Neither Facebook, Nor Twitter!

In response to recent inquiries by new readers, FIRE-EARTH reiterates, once again, that the Blog Moderators, contributors and affiliates do NOT use Facebook, or Twitter Accounts.

The Moderators do NOT comment on third party blogs.

FIRE-EARTH Moderators NEITHER OWN, NOR OPERATE any commercial interest.

Any use of the blog screen names ‘FEWW’ and ‘Fire-Earth’ on Internet, other than on this blog, would be unauthorized and without our consent. Our screen names have clearly been  hijacked by trolls attempting to confuse and distract the would be readers.

See also the original declaration posted at

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Zachariae Isstrom Glacier in Accelerated Retreat

Posted by feww on November 16, 2015

Greenland’s ZI losing 5 billion tons of mass per year: Report

The northeast Greenland glacier Zachariae Isstrom  (ZI) has come unmoored from a stabilizing sill and is crumbling into the North Atlantic Ocean at an accelerated rate of 5 billion tons per year, according to a report published in the current issue of Science.

ZI, which holds “a 0.5-meter sea-level rise equivalent,” entered a phase of accelerated retreat in fall 2012, says the report.

“The acceleration rate of its ice velocity tripled, melting of its residual ice shelf and thinning of its grounded portion doubled, and calving is now occurring at its grounding line. Warmer air and ocean temperatures have caused the glacier to detach from a stabilizing sill and retreat rapidly along a downward-sloping, marine-based bed. ”

“Zachariae Isstrom is being hit from above and below,” said senior author Eric Rignot, a researcher at Earth system science at UCI. “The top of the glacier is melting away as a result of decades of steadily increasing air temperatures, while its underside is compromised by currents carrying warmer ocean water, and the glacier is now breaking away into bits and pieces and retreating into deeper ground.”

Its “equal-ice-volume” neighbor Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, which is also melting rapidly, though retreating at a slower rate along an upward-sloping bed, drain a sector about 200,000 km² in size, or 12% of the Greenland Ice Sheet, says the report

“These two glaciers together drain the northeast Greenland ice stream, the only large, dynamic feature that extends continuously deep to the ice sheet interior near Greenland’s summit. This marine-based sector holds a 1.1-m sea-level rise equivalent.”

“Not long ago, we wondered about the effect on sea levels if Earth’s major glaciers were to start retreating,” says Rignot. “We no longer need to wonder; for a couple of decades now, we’ve been able to directly observe the results of climate warming on polar glaciers. The changes are staggering and are now affecting the four corners of Greenland.”

The report is published in the current issue of Science, posted at  [Science. ISSN 0036-8075 (print), 1095-9203 (online) ]

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Quake Strikes Cayman Trench

Posted by feww on November 16, 2015

M5.8 Quake Strikes SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands

Centered at 17.833°N, 81.860°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0km (6.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.8Mw
Location: 17.833°N 81.860°W depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2015-11-16 00:39:34 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 169km (105mi) SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands
  • 176km (109mi) SSW of West Bay, Cayman Islands
  • 422km (262mi) W of Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 450km (280mi) NNE of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Other Notable Earthquakes

  • M5.0 about 72km SSW of Shemya Island, Alaska 2015-11-16 03:31:43 UTC depth= 39. km
  • M4.8 about 54km S of Obihiro, Japan 2015-11-15 17:11:42 UTC depth=104.5km
  • M4.3 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2015-11-15 09:45:31 UTC depth=5.0km

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Calif Gov Extends Water Conservation Executive Order

Posted by feww on November 15, 2015

Water-saving order extended as California enters fifth year of drought

Governor Brown has issued yet another executive order calling for additional measures to “build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this year’s devastating wildfires.As California enters a fifth year of drought.”

California’s Drought Response

“Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January 2014 and directed state agencies to take all necessary actions to respond to drought conditions. In April, Governor Brown announced the first-ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions and a series of actions to help save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. Californians have responded with unprecedented conservation efforts, exceeding the Governor’s water reduction order for a fourth consecutive month,” said a statement posted on the official website.

In October, Brown declared yet another state of emergency following the unprecedented tree die-off across the state and sought federal aid “to help mobilize additional resources for the safe removal of dead and dying trees, building on provisions in the April 2014 executive order to redouble the state’s drought response.” said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board,

Excerpts from Brown’s Latest Executive Order [B-36-15]

“On January 17, 2014, l proclaimed a State of Emergency throughout the State of California due to severe drought conditions, which persist after four years… California is experiencing a range of extreme weather events such that the state must simultaneously prepare for a fifth year of drought … the ongoing drought continues to affect water supplies, agriculture, businesses, and communities, and is further stressing California’s fish and wildlife… wildfires have damaged critical infrastructure, including power plants, and hundreds of thousands of acres are and continue to be vulnerable to debris and mudslides due to scarring from significant wildfires in recent years… the magnitude of the severe drought conditions and wildfires continues to present threats beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions…”

The order also authorizes emergency water conservation measures to continue through October 2016 if the state still faces a drought in January 2016.

“If drought conditions persist through January 2016, the Water Board shall extend until  October 31, 2016, restrictions to achieve a statewide reduction in urban potable water usage. The Water Board shall consider modifying its existing restrictions to address uses of potable and non-potable water, as well as to incorporate insights gained from existing restrictions. The California Public Utilities Commission is requested to take similar action with respect to  investor-owned utilities providing water services.”

“The problem of this drought is it’s beyond anything in our experience,” said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Paris Attacks an ‘Act of War’ by ISIL: French President

Posted by feww on November 14, 2015

Carnage in Paris

– Update –

The worst carnage in Paris since WWII has left nearly 130 people dead and more than 200 wounded including dozens in critical condition. The death toll is expected to rise, authorities said.

France’s President Francois Hollande has declared a national state of emergency and closed its borders.

He said the attacks, carried out by [at least] eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were “organized and planned from outside,” and vowed to “be pitiless” to the terrorists.

Pope has also  condemned Paris attacks as “inhuman,” calling them the latest part in “piecemeal World War III.”

Meanwhile, a Syrian passport has allegedly been found next to one of the dead suicide bombers at the Stad de France football stadium in Saint-Denis, French media reported. [“It’s déjà vu all over again!”]

It’s unclear whether the suicide apparatus the terrorists used were self-operated, or remote-controlled.

As expected, the corporate media, and their security experts, have already “bundled” the attacks in Paris with the downing of the Russian airliner over Sinai Desert, blaming the ISIL terrorists [locally known as “daesh”] for both incidents.

ISIL has reportedly released a statement saying “eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles” had carried out the multiple attacks on “carefully chosen” targets in a response to France’s involvement in the airstrikes against its bases in Syria and Iraq.

[The Saturday attacks in Paris would have required many months of planning, experts say, while the French military carried out its first airstrikes against ISIL in Syria on September 27, 2015. Further, ISIL terrorists are usually known for their brutality, not necessarily their stupidity. By claiming responsibility for the Paris massacres, they have surely signed their own death warrants. Editor]

MSM have reported ISIL also claiming responsibility for the twin bombings in the suburbs of Beirut earlier this week that killed at least 43 people and left more than 200 others wounded.

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State of Emergency Declared in France after Paris Massacres

Posted by feww on November 14, 2015

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Classic Terrorism or False Flag?

Civilians again pay the ultimate price!

The French President has declared a national state of emergency in France and closed the country’s borders after gunmen massacred more than 150 people and left many more injured in 7 coordinated attacks.

French President Hollande has called the bloodbath “unprecedented terrorist attacks,” urging everyone to remain strong and show “compassion and unity.”

Gunmen, some wearing suicide belt/vests, attacked a concert hall, soccer stadium and restaurants, as well as pedestrians, at multiple locations across Paris on Friday.

At least 120 of the victims, or 10 percent of the audience, were reportedly killed at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris.

Will the attacks “solve” the refugee issue in Calais?

A massive 1-hectare fire has incinerated the refugee camp, dubbed “Jungle,” near the French port of Calais just hours after the Paris massacres.

The number of casualties, if any, was not known at the time of publication.

Anyone looking for clues may want to watch the French action film “District B 13 [French title Banlieue 13, or B13.]”

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M7.0 quake rattles Sendai NPP

Posted by feww on November 14, 2015

Strong Earthquake Strikes WSW of Makurazaki, Japan

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • M6.7, about 144km WSW of Makurazaki, Japan  (30.998°N, 128.836°E) 2015-11-13 20:51:31 UTC depth=10.0 km

EQ details according to Japan weather agency

  • M7.0, located in Satsuma-hanto Seiho-oki ( 30.9°N, 128.7°E)  depth=10.0 km at 05:51 JST 14 Nov 2015

Tsunami Report

Tsunami warnings issued for Kagoshima and Satsunan islands was later lifted. Authorities reported  a 30-cm tsunami on Nakanoshima island, south of Kagoshima prefecture.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on November 13, 2015

Crop disasters declared for 55 Puerto Rico municipalities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 55 municipalities in Puerto Rico as  crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by high winds from Tropical Storm Erika that occurred from Aug. 27-28, 2015. Those municipalities are:

Adjuntas, Aguas-Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Canovanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Fajardo, Guayama, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Guánica, Hatillo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juan, Juana-Diaz, Juncos, Lares, Las-Piedras, Loiza, Luquillo, Maricao, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Peñuelas, Ponce, Río-Grande, Sabana-Grande, Salinas, San, San-Lorenzo, Santa-Isabel, Trujillo-Alto, Utuado, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa and Yauco.

All municipalities listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Nov. 12, 2015.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 3,673 counties and county equivalents across 46 States [as well as Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands]: Those states are Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

  • About 99 percent of the 2015 crop disaster designations have been due to drought so far this year.

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.

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Deadly Cyclones Affect Thousands of People in Yemen

Posted by feww on November 12, 2015

Cyclones CHAPALA and MEGH kill dozens, destroying or damaging thousands of homes

The two cyclones killed at least 26 people in all affected areas of Yemen including 18 people on Socotra Island, and left 6 others missing, according to various reports.

The cyclones affected thousands of people in Yemen , destroying or damaging thousands of homes, said UN OCHA.

More than 500 houses were completely destroyed, and about 3,000 houses damaged on Socotra. “The number of displaced on Socotra is still estimated at 3,000 families (18,000 individuals), with part of the population of Abdo Al Kori, a small island off Socotra, evacuated to Hadramaut. Several food warehouses have been damaged by flooding, most roads are still closed and there are fuel shortages and no electricity. Despite improvements in the weather, many fishermen are unable to go out to sea due to extensive damage to boats.”

Access to all the affected areas, including Abyan, Shabwa, Hadramaut, Al Mahara and Socotra, is difficult, and  aid organizations  cannot determine the total number of people in need of assistance. as a result of the two cyclones. ”

In Shabwah, WFP estimates that the number of people affected by the cyclone could reach 18,000. This is in addition to those already in need of some form of humanitarian assistance from the ongoing crisis. This includes over 440,000 people in Shabwah and almost one million people in Hadramaut.”


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State of Emergency Declared in Brazil’s Marina Mine Disaster

Posted by feww on November 12, 2015

New evacuation orders issued amid fears of repeat mine disaster

Residents near the Samarco mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil, have been given new evacuation orders barely a week after the catastrophic collapses at two tailing pond dams unleashed  a tsunami of toxic sludge, burying the community of Bento Rodrigues, leaving dozens dead or missing and hundreds displaced.

The twin dam bursts released at least 62 million cubic meters of toxic sludge, burying most of the Bento Rodrigues community in Mariana, and leaving more than 630 people homeless.

A state of emergency has now been declared in the Mariana region, and civil defense authorities have issued new evacuation orders amid fears for the safety of a third dam, reported the Agence France-Presse (AFP) Wednesday.

“Families are being relocated so that they are in greater security,” the Minas Gerais state official told AFP.

The mine is operated by Samarco Mineracao—a company jointly owned by two mining giants, Brazil’s Vale S.A., world’s third largest,  and the Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton, Ltd., world’s largest mining company.

A state prosecutor, who specializes in environmental cases, has accused the mine operator of “negligence,” calling for Samarco to compensate the families of victims and the displaced, said the report.

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Afghanistan-Pakistan Earthquake – UPDATE

Posted by feww on November 11, 2015

Deadly earthquake: Clearer picture of death and destruction emerging

Background: A magnitude 7.5Mw earthquake struck northern Afghanistan on October 26, killing hundreds of people, leaving more than 2,000 others injured, and damaging or destroying about 120,000 homes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

The deadly quake was centered at 36.441°N 70.717°E, about 254km NNE of Kabul, striking at a depth a depth of 212.5 km, USGS/EHP reported.

Casualties by country

Pakistan: 28o dead; 1,982 injured
Afghanistan: 115 dead; 538 injured
India: 4 dead; 20 injured
Tajikistan: No reported death; 14 injured
Total: 399 dead;  2,554 injured, as of posting.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the worst affected area, 31 percent of the fatalities were women and 38 per cent children, OCHA quoted the officials as saying.

Hundreds of casualties were also reported in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Pakistan Administered Kashmir/Gilgit Baltistan, and Punjab, said the report.

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Strong Earthquakes Strike Coastal Chile

Posted by feww on November 11, 2015

UPDATE: Correction as expected!

The earthquake parameters listed below may be subject to additional changes due to procedural issues at USGS/EHP.

Two Earthquake Measuring 6.9Mw Strike NW of Coquimbo, Chile

Centered at 29.439°S, 72.105°W the M6.9 earthquake struck at a depth of 10.0 km, reported USGS/EHP.

List of latest events, as of UPDATE:

  • M5.1 strikes 78km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 03:07:49 UTC 15.2 km
  • M6.9 strikes 98km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:46:19 UTC 10.0 km
  • M5.1 strikes 83km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:23:38 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.9 strikes 81km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:18:08 UTC 35.0 km
  • M4.8 strikes 89km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 02:14:39 UTC 10.0 km
  • M6.9 strikes 93km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-11 01:54:37 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.4 strikes 92km NW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-10 23:48:24 UTC 10.0 km
  • M4.1 strikes 36km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-11-10 19:38:22 UTC 50.1 km
  • M4.6 strikes 33km SW of Ovalle, Chile 2015-11-10 12:58:37 UTC 37.6 km
  • M4.4 101km WNW of Coquimbo, Chile 2015-11-10 11:43:46 UTC 10.0 km





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South Africa Facing its Hottest Year Ever

Posted by feww on November 10, 2015

Second Heatwave of Year Hits South Africa

The heatwave is forecast to persist until Thursday with maximum temperatures hovering around 40°C in the northeast of the country.

The extreme weather conditions are forecast to persist in South Africa throughout the summer. The country is facing what may be its hottest year ever, said a report, as its largest city Johannesburg [metro pop: 4.5 million] announces water restrictions.

The country has already experienced two seasons of below-normal rainfall. Consequently, farmers are forced to plant only 2.5 million hectares of maize, a 3.8 percent reduction from last year, said a report.

Authorities have declared the provinces of Kwazulu Natal and Free State as disaster areas due to drought.  Two additional areas—Limpopo and Mpumalanga— are also expected to declare agricultural disaster, the report added.

“South Africa’s first maize production forecast estimates the 2015 harvest to be the worst in eight years,” according to a UN report released earlier this year. The farmers stand to lose up to R10 billion this year.

Last year, the drought destroyed about a third of the nation’s maize crop.


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Smog Plagues N China

Posted by feww on November 10, 2015

China issues yet another smog alert

China’s weather observatory issued a smog alert on Tuesday for the country’s north and northeast, said a report.

“Beijing, Tianjin, parts of the neighboring provinces of Hebei, Henan and Shandong, as well as parts of northeastern Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces will be shrouded in moderate smog from Tuesday to Wednesday, and Liaoning Province will suffer from heavy smog, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) forecast.”

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Strong Earthquake Strikes near Atka, Alaska

Posted by feww on November 9, 2015

M6.2 quake occurs ESE of Atka, Alaska

Centered at 51.735°N, 173.066°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.2Mw
Location: 51.735°N, 173.066°W depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2015-11-09 16:03:45 (UTC)

Nearby Cities

  • 93km (58mi) ESE of Atka, Alaska
  • 1,548km (962mi) SSE of Anadyr’, Russia
  • 1,759km (1093mi) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska

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GHG Concentrations Hit Yet Another Record

Posted by feww on November 9, 2015

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Warming amplified by interaction between CO2 and water vapor: WMO

The concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere continue to set new records.

A 36% increase in radiative forcing due to long-lived greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from industrial, agricultural and domestic activities, has affected the climate in the past 25 years, according to WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

The WMO report also highlights the interaction and amplification effect between rising levels of CO2  and water vapour, which is itself a major greenhouse gas, albeit short-lived. Warmer air holds more moisture and so increased surface temperatures caused by CO2 would lead to a rise in global water vapour levels, further adding to the enhanced greenhouse effect.  Further increases in CO2 concentrations will lead to disproportionately high increases in thermal energy and warming from water vapour.

“Every year we report a new record in greenhouse gas concentrations,” said WMO Secretary-General.  “Every year we say that time is running out. We have to act NOW to slash greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have a chance to keep the increase in temperatures to manageable levels.”

[“Manageable levels of temperature?” Is this crotch science or the more scientific “argument of the pubic hair?”]

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 reached 397.7 parts per million (ppm) in 2014.  “In the Northern hemisphere CO2 concentrations crossed the symbolically significant 400 ppm level in 2014 spring, when CO2 is most abundant.  In spring 2015, the global average concentration of CO2 crossed the 400 ppm barrier.”

Caught in a massive positive feedback loop, Earth’s surface is heating up rapidly. The excess energy trapped by atmospheric GHGs is resulting in increasing levels of water vapor, which in turn generates even more heat.

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Earthquake Cluster Strikes NW of Sabang, Indonesia

Posted by feww on November 9, 2015

M6.4, largest of 17 earthquakes, occurs 128km NW of Sabang, Indonesia

Centered at 6.846°N, 94.661°E the quake struck at a depth of 10.0km, USGS/EHP reported.

Nearby Cities

128km (80mi) NW of Sabang, Indonesia
160km (99mi) NNW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia
216km (134mi) NW of Sigli, Indonesia
254km (158mi) NW of Reuleuet, Indonesia
880km (547mi) WNW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The cluster comprised of at least 17 shocks, as of posting, measuring 4.6Mw or greater and occuring at an an average depth of about 10km.

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Notice of Resolution: Withdrawal of SEM Support 11-08-2015

Posted by feww on November 8, 2015

  • CJ Members

Notice of withdrawal of SEM Support for multiple regions

FIRE-EARTH Science Team has resolved to withdraw SEM Support, as of today, for the following areas in the Americas:

  • 3044
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  • 3743

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