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Earth is fighting to stay alive – mass dieoffs, triggered by anthropogenic assault and fallout of planetary defense systems offsetting the impact, could begin in 2016

Brush Fires in Angeles National Forest Force Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on June 21, 2016

Hundreds of Homes Evacuated as Forest Fire Threatens Multiple Communities near Duarte, Azusa

Two brush fires in the Angeles National Forest near Duarte and Azusa have consumed about 6,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of at least 685 homes, The Angeles National Forest spokesperson said.

The so called Fish Fire and Reservoir Fire were zero percent contained, as of posting, but had not combined as of 20:30 local time. They were separated by about 2km, said LA County Fire Dept.

About 700 crews from the U.S. Forest Service and the L.A. County Fire Department were tackling the fast moving fires, which were fueled by strong winds, relative low humidity and 3-digit heat.

Evacuation orders were issued in Duarte for Markwood Street, Deerlane Drive, Mount Olive Drive, Spinks Canyon Road, Rim Road, Goldenmeadow Drive, High Mesa Drive and Tall Pink Drive

Also evacuated were Azusa’s Mountain View area, Rainbow Ranch, and Fish Canyon Equestrian Center.

Meanwhile, the federal government issued a Fire Disaster Management Assistance for Fish Fire (FM-5129).

 

 

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: DDSR

Posted by feww on June 21, 2016

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One in Every 113 Humans Displaced [and Rapidly Counting]

Posted by feww on June 20, 2016

Forced displacement hits record high: UNHCR

Global forced displacement escalate sharply in 2015 due to ongoing conflict and persecution, “reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering, according to a report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.”

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, which tracks forced displacement worldwide based on data from governments, partners including the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, and the organization’s own reporting, said 65.3 million people were displaced as of the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just 12 months earlier. This is the first time that the threshold of 60 million has been crossed.

Of the 65.3 million total, about comprises 3.2 million are in industrialized countries awaiting decisions (as of end 2015) on asylum (the largest total UNHCR has recorded), 21.3 million refugees worldwide (1.8 million more than in 2014 and the highest refugee total since the early 1990s), and 40.8 million were IDPs, people who forced to flee their homes but remained within the confines of their own countries (an increase of 2.6 million from 2014 and the highest number on record).

Based on Earth’s 7.349 billion population, these numbers show that 1 in every 113 people globally is currently either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee. The numbers are comparable to the 2015 populations of UK (64.7 million), France (64.4 million) and Italy (59.8 million).

Forced displacement has been on the rise since at least the mid-1990s in most regions, but over the past five years the rate of climb has increased. The reasons are threefold: Situations that cause large refugee outflows are lasting longer (for example, conflicts in Somalia or Afghanistan are now into their third and fourth decades, respectively), dramatic new or reignited situations are occurring frequently (today’s largest being Syria, but also in the space of the past five years South Sudan, Yemen, Burundi, Ukraine, Central African Republic, etc.), and the rate at which solutions are being found for refugees and internally displaced people has been on a falling trend since the end of the Cold War. As recently as 10 years ago, at the end of 2005, UNHCR recorded an average of six people displaced every minute. Today that number is 24 per minute – almost double the typical frequency at which adults breathe.

“More people are being displaced by war and persecution and that’s worrying in itself, but the factors that endanger refugees are multiplying too,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “At sea, a frightening number of refugees and migrants are dying each year; on land, people fleeing war are finding their way blocked by closed borders. Politics is gravitating against asylum in some countries. The willingness of nations to work together not just for refugees but for the collective human interest is what’s being tested today, and it’s this spirit of unity that badly needs to prevail.”

Three countries produce half the world’s refugees…

Among countries covered by the Global Trends report several stand out: Syria at 4.9 million, Afghanistan at 2.7 million and Somalia at 1.1 million together accounted for more than half the refugees under UNHCR’s mandate worldwide. Colombia at 6.9 million, Syria at 6.6 million, and Iraq at 4.4 million meanwhile had the largest numbers of internally displaced people. Yemen was the biggest producer of new internal displacement in 2015 – 2.5 million people, or 9 per cent of its population.

Half the world’s refugees are children

Children constituted 51 per cent of the world’s refugees in 2015 according to the data UNHCR was able to gather (complete demographic data was not available to the report authors). Worryingly, many were separated from their parents or travelling alone. In all there were 98,400 asylum requests from children who were unaccompanied or separated from their families. This is the highest total UNHCR has seen – and a tragic reflection of how global forced displacement is disproportionately affecting young lives.

Additional Information

UNHCR’s Global Trends Report is being released on World Refugee Day, 20 June, in conjunction with our #WithRefugees petition campaign. A full multimedia package is available in connection with the Global Trends report, including infographics, photos, video materials and other products.

 

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Major Forest Fire Burns Fruit Orchards in Cyprus

Posted by feww on June 20, 2016

Largest ever fire in Cyprus consumes about 15 km² of forest 

Strong winds and temperatures exceeding 40°C continue to fuel a major forest fire, burning on multiple fronts, which has destroyed about 15 km² of forest and fruit orchards in the country.

Residents in several communities have been evacuated, as dozens of planes, helicopters and ground vehicles and more than 300 personnel attempt to bring the fires under control.

The fire is said to be the largest in Cyprus after the Saittas fire in June 2007, which consumed about 10 km², causing millions worth of damage in the region, said a report.

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Record Heat Plagues Western United States

Posted by feww on June 20, 2016

Potentially life-threatening temperatures plague Desert Southwest and southern Calif.

Extreme weather rehearsals on the eve of the first calendar day of summer!

Excessive heat warnings, advisories and “Red Flag Warnings” for extreme fire conditions were in effect across southern California, and the Desert Southwest, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

In Phoenix, Arizona, the temperature rose to 47.8°C (118°F), breaking the previous record high for the date of 46.1°C set in 1968. In Burbank (LA Suburb), the temperature reached 42.8°C, breaking the previous record high set in 1973 by nearly by 2.8°C.

Dangerous heat in the Desert Southwest and southern Calif.

Record-breaking, dangerous heat will continue on Monday in parts of the southwestern U.S., especially in the deserts where temperatures of 120 degrees will be possible early this week. Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories are in effect across southern Calif., southern Nevada and southern Arizona. These extreme temperatures can be life-threatening. —NWS

Wildfires

Meanwhile, strong winds and very low humidity continued to fuel multiple wildfires across the region, consuming tens of thousands of hectares, and prompting the federal government to declare two fire assistance emergencies, in addition to local states of emergencies that have already been declared:

  • California Border 3 Fire (FM-5128)
  • New Mexico Dog Head Fire (FM-5127)

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: RIO OLYMPICS

Posted by feww on June 20, 2016

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Deadly Storms Batter Poland

Posted by feww on June 19, 2016

Poland: A dozen people dead or injured in violent storm rehearsals

Powerful winds ripped off roofs, cut cables and  toppled trees causing damage in multiple areas across the country, as torrential rains triggered flash flooding, said reports .

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Floods Destroy or Damage Thousands of Homes in Java, Leave Dozens Dead or Missing

Posted by feww on June 19, 2016

Deadly floods, landslides wreak havoc across central Java, Indonesia

Dozens of people were killed and dozens more were reported missing in floods and landslides that hit 16 districts in Central Java, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said.

“The natural disasters were triggered by heavy rain which fell since Saturday afternoon until mid night,” the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said

Floods and landslides in Central Java have severely affected the following areas: Purworejo, Banjarnegara, Kendal, Sragen, Purbalingga, Banyumas, Sukoharjo, Kebumen, Wonosobo, Pemalang, Klaten, Magelang, Wonogiri, Cilacap, Karanganyar and Kota Solo, Antara reported.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes SNHT

Posted by feww on June 19, 2016

M6.3 quake strikes S of Isangel, Vanuatu

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.3Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 20.564°S, 169.321°E; depth=13.6 km (8.5 mi)
Time: 2016-06-19 09:47:22 (UTC)

Distances:

  • 112.0 km (69.6 mi) S of Isangel, Vanuatu
  • 217.0 km (134.8 mi) E of We, New Caledonia
  • 330.0 km (205.1 mi) SSE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Aftershocks:
4.9 103km SW of Isangel, Vanuatu 2016-06-19 12:17:59 UTC 56.7 km
4.9 110km SW of Isangel, Vanuatu 2016-06-19 10:31:57 UTC 51.6 km
4.8 95km SSW of Isangel, Vanuatu 2016-06-19 10:03:32 UTC 75.6 km

Foreshocks:
5.0 118km SSW of Isangel, Vanuatu 2016-06-18 20:38:08 UTC 35.2 km

Other Significant Seismicity
5.5 124km WNW of Bengkulu, Indonesia 2016-06-18 21:15:51 UTC 47.3 km
5.5 78km W of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina 2016-06-18 17:29:44 UTC 167.3 km

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: GVFS

Posted by feww on June 18, 2016

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70% of Brazilian Food Contaminated by Agrochemicals

Posted by feww on June 18, 2016

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Brazilians consume 7.5 liters of pesticides per year— highest per capita consumption rate in the world

“Around 70 percent of food consumed by Brazilians is contaminated by agrochemicals,” said researcher Karen Friederich of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health.

Friederich delivered the findings of her research during a lecture at the Health Movement Forum, revealing that Brazilians consume nearly 7.5 liters of pesticides per year—the highest per capita consumption rate in the world.

At least one-third of agrochemicals used in the Brazil are banned in the European Union and the United States because of their impacts on human health and the environment, she stated.

“The cases of contamination are not well documented, but they affect a large portion of the population, generating reproductive changes, birth defects and effects on the immune system,” Friederich said.

The number of reported cases of human intoxication by pesticides more than doubled, from 2,178 in 2007 to 4,537 in 2013, Brazil’s Health Ministry reported.

“In 2014, Brazilian health agency ANVISA, which is in charge of evaluating pesticide residues in food, found that of 1,665 samples collected, ranging from rice to apples to peppers, 29 percent showed residues that either exceeded allowed levels or contained unapproved chemicals,” the report said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported last year that glyphosate, a key ingredient used in many herbicides and pesticides, “probably causes cancer.”

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States of Emergency Declared in Canada, California, Alabama

Posted by feww on June 18, 2016

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States of emergency declared for two BC communities in Canada’s energy heartland

“It’s causing a lot of problems for a lot of people. This time everything washed out” —Dawson Creek resident 

“This is a big-time event, how it’s affected the highways and streets and roads,” Mayor Dale Bumstead told CBC News. “Our hospitals and fire halls are separated, we’ve only got one link and some of the roads and streets and transit infrastructure have been severely damaged.”


Many roads and rail lines in the region have been washed out or damaged by flooding. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation)

The Ministry of Transportation say hundreds of rural properties have been “severely affected” by flooding.

A state of emergency has been declared in Dawson Creek, B.C. where flooding has left behind significant damage to city infrastructure, roads and homes.

Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Caldwell said the 89.8 mm of rain that fell in Dawson Creek during the daytime June 15 is an all-time high according to records going back 90 years.

The town of Chetwynd, about 100km west of Dawson Creek, declared a state of emergency on Wednesday.

In May, multiple communities north of Fort St. John were evacuated as ferocious wildfires swept northeast British Columbia.

Santa Barbara County declares a state of emergency as Sherpa fire spreads

Santa Barbara County official have declared a state of emergency as Sherpa fire grew to about 7,5200 acres by early Saturday.

More than 1,200 personnel were responding to the fire amid continued threat to structures, agricultural crops, state parks, and critical infrastructure, officials said.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for El Capitan, Refugio, Venadito and Las Flores canyons north of Santa Barbara. Several neighboring communities have received evacuation warnings.

However, many locals have voluntarily evacuated because of the poor air quality across the entire county.

Avocado, citrus and olives groves have already been consumed by the fire, but it’s too early to quantify the extent of the damage, officials reported.

Temperatures are expected to get hotter [probably exceeding 100F] and the winds stronger this weekend, forecasters have warned.

New Mexico

Meanwhile, the so-called Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, has consumed about 18,000 acres since Wednesday.

The destructive fire burning southeast of Albuquerque, has destroyed dozens of homes and structures, forcing mass evacuations, and prompting Gov. Martinez to declare a state of emergency earlier this week.

Alabama declares state of emergency following widespread power outages

Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency for Alabama following widespread power outages caused by Friday’s severe weather.

The Executive Order will allow crews from other states to assist in the restoration of power to about 50,000 customers left in the dark as powerful storms swept through the state.

The majority of the outages occurred in Mobile, where 13,500 customers were without power.

Other damage reports include broken poles, downed cables and uprooted trees statewide.

“This is a big-time event, how it’s affected the highways and streets and roads,” said Bumstead. “Our hospitals and fire halls are separated, we’ve only got one link and some of the roads and streets and transit infrastructure have been severely damaged.”

 

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Significant Aftershock Strikes Kumamoto, Japan

Posted by feww on June 18, 2016

M 4.8 aftershock strikes W of Uto, Japan

The shock registered 4 on the local seismic scale (0 – 7), Japan’s weather forecasters reported.

Magnitude 4.8Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 32.676°N 130.580°E (19.0 km SW of Kumamoto City, Japan)
Depth: 10.0km
Time: 2016-06-18 11:46:56 UTC

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Trick or Treat: ‘Organized Crime’ Setting Sicily on Fire

Posted by feww on June 17, 2016

Palermo homes evacuated as fires spread

Authorities have evacuated multiple properties in Palermo as raging wildfires, believed to have started intentionally, and fanned by the powerful ‘Sirocco’ winds, continue to spread across several parts of Sicily.

The fires have forced the closure of several motorways and highways across the affected areas. “The A20 motorway between Palermo and Messina was shut down to the wildfires that are also threatening several buildings and hotels in the area. The 113 state highway between Lascari and Cefalù was also closed.  Some 50 nursery-school children were overcome by fumes from a fire on Monte Caputo at Monreale near Palermo  and taken to hospital, while the school was evacuated,” ANSA reported.

Sicily’s President Rosario Crocetta told reporters that he believed the fires were started by organized crime.

“How do you explain a blazing fire in Cefalù [on Wednesday night,] when the temperature was [only] 24 degrees?

“Of course, the heat and wind then play their part. I do not have proof, but I suspect criminals were responsible because they always affect the most valuable areas around Palermo,”he said.

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Dangerous Heat to Continue across Desert Southwest, U.S. Midsection

Posted by feww on June 17, 2016

Large swathes of the US domed by oppressive and dangerous heat 

Dangerous heat expected to continue across the midsection of the U.S. in addition to the Desert Southwest.

Oppressive and dangerous heat persists across parts of Plains…Mississippi Valley and the Desert Southwest. Numerous excessive heat warnings in effect across the Desert Southwest and parts of the Plains. Widespread heat advisories are in effect from the Gulf Coast to central Plains. Severe thunderstorms will be possible across parts of the northern Plains on Saturday.  —NWS

“The persistent ridge anchored over the central U.S. will keep the oppressive and dangerous heat across the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley. The Desert Southwest is also facing extreme heat, with the scale tipping well over the century mark. Places around Phoenix can even see temperatures over 110 degrees this weekend. Numerous excessive heat warnings in effect across the Desert Southwest, Kansas and Oklahoma. Widespread heat advisories are in effect from the Gulf Coast to central Plains.” —NWS/WPC

Wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County explodes to 4,000 acres

The so-called Sherpa fire, burning in Santa Barbara County, is threatening homes and forcing closure of major highways.

“The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said mandatory evacuations for El Capitan, Refugio, Venadito and Las Flores canyons north of Santa Barbara remained in effect, while residents of neighboring communities such as Las Llagas, Gato, Las Varas, Dos Pueblos and Eagle canyons received evacuation warnings,” LA Times reported.

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May 2016 Hottest May Since 1880

Posted by feww on June 16, 2016

Combined global temp. for May 2016 rose 0.87°C above the 20th century average

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces (SST) for May 2016 was the highest for May in the 137-year period of record, at 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average of 14.8°C (58.6°F), besting the previous record set in 2015 by 0.02°C (0.04°F). May 2016 marks the 13th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken—the longest such streak since global temperature records began in 1880. —NOAA

Land. The average global temperature across land surfaces was 1.17°C (2.11°F) above the 20th century average of 11.1°C (52.0°F)—the third highest May temperature on record, behind 2012 (+1.26°C / +2.27°F) and 2015 (+1.21°C / +2.18°F).

SST. The May globally-averaged sea surface temperature was 0.76°C (1.37°F) above the 20th century average of 16.3°C (61.3°F). This was the highest for May on record, besting the previous record set in 2015 by 0.05°C (0.09°F).

May 2016 Selected Climate Anomalies and Events Map

January – May

The average global land and SST for January–May 2016 was the warmest on record across the world at 1.08°C (1.94°F) above the 20th century average of 13.1°C (55.5°F), surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.24°C (0.43°F).

Much-warmer-than-average conditions engulfed the vast majority of the world’s land surfaces, resulting in a record warm January–May period at 1.85°C (3.33°F) above the 20th century average of 6.0°C (42.8°F), besting the previous record set in 2015 by 0.45°C (0.81°F).

The average global SST for the year-to-date was the highest for January–May in the 137-year period of record, at 0.80°C (1.44°F) above average surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.16°C (0.29°F). Record warm sea surface temperature during January–May 2016 was present across much of the Indian Ocean and Southwest Pacific Ocean, with scattered areas across the Atlantic Ocean and the tropical Pacific Ocean.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for May 2016, published online June 2016, retrieved on June 16, 2016 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201605.

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State of Emergency Declared in New Mexico as Wildfire Spreads

Posted by feww on June 16, 2016

Fast moving Dog Head fire grows to over 5,000 acres, consumes structures

Dog Head fire broke out in the Manzano Mountains Tuesday afternoon and has since consumed more than 5,000 acres, with zero containment, prompting State of Emergency declaration and mass evacuations.

At least 200 homes have been evacuated, as Gov. Martinez declared a state of emergency, and placed the National Guard on standby.

The Dog Head Wildfire is affecting portions of Bernalillo and Torrance Counties, Martinez said in her Proclamation.

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Significant Earthquake Strikes South of Sapporo, Japan

Posted by feww on June 16, 2016

Quake registers ‘6-‘ on the local seismic scale, rattles S Hokkaido, N  Honshu

Measuring magnitude 5.3Mw [6- 0n the local seismic scale of 0 to 7,] the event was centered at 42.0N,141.0E [110km S of Sapporo,] striking at a depth of 10km, Japan’s weather forecasters reported.

The quake is the latest episode in the renewed waves of seismicity striking Japan region.

Tomari Nuclear Power Station

The quake occurred about 120km SSW of Tomari Nuclear Power Station [43.036N, 140.512E] home to three PWR reactors.

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More than 5,000 Melting Glaciers Threaten Pakistan

Posted by feww on June 15, 2016

Average temperatures in the mountainous valleys of Pakistan risen by up to 10°C

Some 5,128 glaciers located in ten river basins of Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region, are melting rapidly due to increase in average temperatures in the mountainous valleys.

“Presently, glacial melting is among major global warming-induced risk Pakistan is grappled with. Other risks include sea-level rise, floods, higher than average temperature, a higher frequency of droughts and expanding desertification,” Pakistan’s Deputy Director Ministry of Climate Change Mohammad Saleem told APP on Tuesday.


Source: http://dailytimes.com.pk/

Increased or above-normal flows are occurring in glacial streams in the summer time feeding the 3,500 kilometer-long Indus River.

The mountain streams now flow even in winter, which was never observed couple of years ago as revealed by the residents particularly Hunza, Ghizer, Gupis, Skardu, Gulmit and Bagrot valleys of the Gilgit-Baltistan in the country’s north, reflecting the gravity of the global warming issue, he said.

“Temperatures in most of the mountainous valleys never used to go beyond 30 degree Celsius during summer but now it surpasses 40 degree Celsius at times.”

“This rise in temperature was causing expansion of rainy weather on one hand and squeezing the snowfall period on the other. The reduced snowfall period makes it difficult for the snow to take the shape of glaciers,” Saleem said.

Increase in frequency and intensity in rainfall instead of snowfall in these mountains triggers flash floods, which results in large-scale damages in the areas. The official, who is also spokesman of the ministry, said besides rising earth temperatures, high paced urbanization of the mountain valleys and increased vehicular traffic have accelerated the melting process of the glaciers.

Alarmingly, melting process continues in winter causing exceptional flow in streams and rivers, which in turn is causing flooding in these valleys, threatening lives and livelihoods of the locals and damaging the infrastructure, the report said.

Recent findings of 10 weather monitoring stations installed by the Pakistan Meteorological Department also concluded that glaciers in ablation zone [which refers to the low-altitude area of a glacier] is receding faster and snowline is marching upward. This means shrinking in the glacier area. “This means that the ablation zones are increasing and accumulation zones of the glaciers reducing.”

It is because at the lower elevation up to 2,500 meters the heat penetration is increasing, which is causing the glaciers shrink at such elevation levels. For instance, one weather monitoring station installed at the Hinarchi glacier in Bagrot valley of Gilgit district, has showed that the glacier has retreated 800 meters in the 32 years between 1977 and 2009. It retreated another 300 meters between 2009 and 2014.

Likewise, the Baulter glacier which had retreated 1,500 meters, shrank another 400 meters by 2014. The future of the Barpu glacier looks bleak as it has shrunk 640 meters since 1977.

“According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), there were some 2,400 potentially hazardous glacial lakes in the country’s remotest mountain valleys in 2010, a number that has now increased to over 3,000.”

Read more…

“Inventory of Glaciers and Glacial Lakes and the Identification of Potential Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) Affected by Global Warming in the Mountains ofIndia, Pakistan and China/Tibet Autonomous Region”

A 2005 study identified 5,218 glaciers with the glacier area coverage of 15,040 km² [with 2,738 km³ of ice reserves] and 2,420 lakes including 52 “potentially dangerous” glacial lakes in Pakistan.

  • In Indian Himalaya, the Tista River basin covers 285 glaciers with the glacier area of 576 km², 266 glacial lakes and 14 potentially dangerous glacial lakes.
  • The Himachal Pradesh region holds 2,554 glaciers with the glacier area of 4,160 km² and 229 lakes including 22 potential GLOF.
  • The Uttaranchal Himalayan region holds 1,439 glaciers with the glacier area of 4,060 km². Some 127 lakes are identified from the satellite images but none is classified as potential GLOF.
  • In Tibet Autonomous Region, a total of 1,578 glaciers with a glacier area of 2,864 km², were mapped in the sub-basins of Ganges River. Some 824 lakes were identified including 77 lakes as potential GLOF.

 

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Earthquakes Strike Guatemala, Alaska, Montana, Nevada

Posted by feww on June 15, 2016

M5.7 quake strikes SW of Guatemala City

Magnitude: 5.7Mw [EMSC]
Location: 14.22 N ; 91.44 W
Depth: 100km [77.5km USGS/EHP]
Date/ time: 2016-06-15 13:46:58.7 UTC
Distances:

  • 110 km SW of Guatemala City, Guatemala [pop: 994,938]
  • 35 km S of Mazatenango, Guatemala [ pop: 44,132 ]
  • 11 km SW of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala [pop: 18,189]

Alaska
M5.1 – 39km SW of Adak, Alaska
Location: 51.611°N 177.033°W
Depth: 48.2 km
Time: 2016-06-14 17:13:26 UTC

Montana
M4.0 – 52km W of West Yellowstone, Montana
Location: 44.733°N 111.765°W
Depth: 9.7km
Time: 2016-06-14 14:35:28 UTC

Nevada
M3.7 – 17km SSE of Gabbs, Nevada
Location: 38.721°N 117.842°W
Depth: 9.9 km
Time: 2016-06-15 10:12:24 UTC

Other Significant Seismicity

Afghanistan
M5.0 – 43km W of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan
Location: 36.097°N 70.301°E
Depth: 112.1 km
Time: 2016-06-15 09:02:16 UTC

Indonesia
M5.6 – 194km ESE of Enarotali, Indonesia
Location: 4.606°S 137.965°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-06-14 22:09:26 UTC

Japan
M5.6 – 171km SSE of Naze, Japan
Location: 26.948°N 130.188°E
Depth: 6.0 km
Time: 2016-06-14 15:01:56 UTC

Vanuatu
M5.2 – 66km NW of Sola, Vanuatu
Location: 13.428°S 167.147°E
Depth: 222.4 km
Time: 2016-06-15 13:31:17 UTC

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma amid Severe Storms, Floods

Posted by feww on June 15, 2016

State of Emergency Declared for 9 Oklahoma Counties Due to Floods, Storms —Lt. Gov.

The counties covered in the declaration include Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, McClain, Murray and Stephens.

The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.

Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Apache, Cyril, Lawton, Maysville and Walters. Further damage assessments are ongoing, Oklahoma Governor’s Office said.

The extreme weather events beginning June 11 have caused extensive damage to public and private properties within the State.

Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.

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‘Biblical’ Plagues of Moth Could Decimate UK Crops

Posted by feww on June 14, 2016

“Once the progeny of this influx arrives in mid-July, numbers could be biblical”

UK researchers say cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and oil seed rape crops could be “devastated” by tens of millions of diamondback moths thought to have invaded the UK in the past week, said a report.

The population is said to be 100 times larger than than the number that arrive from continental Europe in the entire year.

The species have been described as a “super pest” because it is believed to be resistant to multiple insecticides.

“An alert has been issued by researchers at the Rothamsted Research in Harpenden in Hertfordshire.”

Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth); larva – intercepted on Erysimum (wallflower) from Germany at Atlanta International Airport, Plant Protection & Quarantine. Georgia, USA. © Charles Olsen/USDA APHIS PPQ/Bugwood.org – CC BY-NC 3.0 US

A two mile cloud of moths was reported on Saturday night near Leominster. An eyewitness  reported that it was like “driving through rain.”


Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth); larval damage in the field – host plant, cabbage collards and kale (Brassica oleracea L.) © Alton N. Sparks Jr/University of Georgia/Bugwood.org – CC BY 3.0 US

“A trap in Oxfordshire collected 173 moths in one night, another in Guernsey collected 310, in Bedfordshire it was 260, in North Yorkshire it was 71, in County Durham it was 61 and in Berkshire more than 1,000 were trapped over three nights,” the report said.

“There are swarms of them, a bit like plagues of locusts – there are so many of them that they seem like a brown cloud,” a researcher at Rothamsted Research described how they devastate crops.


Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth); adult at rest in the field. Michigan, USA.
© David Cappaert/Michigan State University/Bugwood.org – CC BY-NC 3.0 US

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Klyuchevskoy Volcano Erupts Explosively

Posted by feww on June 14, 2016

Klyuchevskoy ejects column of ash 6-8 kilometers a.s.l.

The latest eruption, detected Tuesday morning, saw the ash column rising 6-8 kilometers into the air. The plume stretched for 47 kilometers to the west of the volcano, Russia’s Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS (KVERT) reported.

  • Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
  • Current State: Ash plume extended 47 km to the west from the volcano.
  • Danger Prognosis for Aviation: Explosive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 19,700-26,240 ft (6-8 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
  • Volcanic cloud height: 16400-19680 ft (5000-6000 m) AMSL Time and method of ash plume/cloud height determination: 20160613/2209Z – Video data
  • Other volcanic cloud information: Distance of ash plume/cloud of the volcano: 29 mi (47 km)
  • Direction of drift of ash plume/cloud of the volcano: W / azimuth 274 deg
  • Time and method of ash plume/cloud determination: 20160613/2129Z – NOAA 18 (4m5)

The 4,750m volcano in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula has been continuously active for the past five decades, with the number of tremors and ash eruptions notably rising recently.

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Klyuchevskoy Volcano. Location 56°3’20″N, 160°38’31″E; Elevation 4,750m. View from F.Yu. Levinson-Lessing Kamchatkan Volcanological Station (Klyuchi village, 30 km to the north-north-east from the volcano). Click image to update. © Webcam of IVS FEB RAS [See Fair Use Notice.]

Kamchatka and the Northern Kuriles Volcanoes: Erupting or Restless

Kamchatka N Kuriles volcanoes - Erupting or Restless
Source: KVERT

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India’s Defense Forces on Red Alert after Chinese Cyber Attack

Posted by feww on June 13, 2016

Sent by a Reader in Asia

India Defenseless Against Chinese Cyber Warfare?

Chinese military’s western headquarters have launched new cyber attacks against government and commercial organizations in India prompting the government to issue a red alert to the Army, Navy and Air Force, according to a report.

A Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group called Suckfly, based in Chengdu region, is targeting Indian organizations, with India’s defense establishment being its prime target, the report said.

Suckfly carries out cyber espionage activities via a malware called Nidiran.

According to the alert, Suckfly has stolen certificates from legitimate software developing firms in South Korea and is using them to camouflage its attacks. “Sensitive information from targeting computers and networks is exfiltrated, and this information is being used to undermine the national security and economic capabilities,” said the alert issued by the Ministry of Defense.

APT attack involves unauthorized access to target networks, whereby the malware is embedded undetected for a long period of time, with the purpose of stealing data.

“It has successfully carried out cyber espionage by infecting computers of both government and commercial houses of India involved in e-commerce, finance, healthcare, shipping and technology. Targeting of military personnel cannot be ruled out, keeping in mind the sensitive nature of data being handled by them,” the alert added.

What is alarming for security agencies is that the cyber attack was carried out from the headquarters of China’s People’s Liberation Army. Chengdu Military Command is in charge of security along India’s eastern sector in the Tibet region, including Arunachal Pradesh. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had visited Chengdu Military Command during his visit to Beijing in April.

“Indian Army headquarters issued an alert note last week (prepared by its Cyber Security Division) to all command headquarters, formations and locations. A similar note has been sent by the IAF and Naval headquarters to their respective commands,” the report added.

The 2012 Cyber Attack by Chinese hackers

In 2012 Chinese hackers managed to penetrate the commuter systems of the Navy’s Visakhapatnam-based Eastern Command, where the country’s first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant was undergoing sea trial.


INS Arihant [“Slayer of Enemies”] India’s first homemade nuclear submarine during sea trials, December 2014. (Fair use under United States copyright law.)

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Earthquakes Strike Azerbaijan, Japan Region, Kuril Islands, Montana

Posted by feww on June 13, 2016

Significant aftershock strikes Kumamoto, Japan

Measuring 4/7 on the local intensity scale, the very shallow aftershock struck at 32.5N, 130.7E (13 Jun 2016 15:54 JST ). 

Other Significant Seismicity in Japan Region

  • M4.7 about 176km SSE of Naze, Japan 2016-06-13 10:44:10 UTC depth=10.0km
  • M5.3 about 178km SSE of Naze, Japan 2016-06-13 04:27:04 UTC depth=10.0km
  • M5.7 about 163km SSE of Naze, Japan 2016-06-13 04:21:43 UTC depth=10.0km

Kuril Islands

  • M5.3 about 93km E of Shikotan, Russia 2016-06-12 17:11:38 UTC depth=33.7km

Montana

  • M4.3 about 52km W of West Yellowstone, Montana 2016-06-13 12:14:39 UTC depth=9.9km

Azerbaijan

M4.0 – Caspian Sea, 53.0 km ENE of Astara, Azerbaijan 2016-06-12 at 16:48:37 (UTC) depth=10.0km

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