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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

Strong Earthquake Strikes Mache-Chindul Eco Reserve, Ecuador

Posted by feww on May 18, 2016

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M6.7 earthquake occurs WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Centered at 0.428°N, 79.765°W, just north of the Equator, the quake occurred at a depth of depth=32.4 km (20.1 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.7Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 0.428°N, 79.765°W depth=32.4 km (20.1 mi)
Time: 2016-05-18 07:57:05 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 34.0 km (21.1 mi) WNW of Rosa Zarate
  • 35.0 km (21.7 mi) ESE of Muisne
  • 56.0 km (34.8 mi) S of Propicia
  • 101.0 km (62.8 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados
  • 156.0 km (96.9 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Shallow EQs along Nazca – S. America Plates subduction zone

  • 1960. M9.5 in S Chile  (world’s largest instrumentally recorded earthquake)
  • 1906. M8.5 near Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1922. M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile
  • 2001. M8.4 Arequipa, Peru
  • 2007. M8.0 earthquake Pisco, Peru
  • 2010.  M8.8 Maule, Chile  (occurred ~ 200km north of the 1960 event)

 

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FIRE-EARTH Beacons Beaming at the Speed of Thought

Posted by feww on May 17, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Beacons fully operational

You can now see the programs without looking, and even with your eyes closed!

  • FIRE-EARTH BEACONS began beaming at 00:02UTC today, May 18, 2016.
  • FIRE-EARTH Channels are being phased out.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Program in Progress – May 16, 2016

Posted by feww on May 16, 2016

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Program in progress on FIRE-EARTH Channels…

For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels.

  • Starting May 16, 2016 at 16:32 UTC

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE 

  •   FIRE-EARTH BEACONS will begin beaming at 00:02UTC on May 18, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Program in Progress – May 15, 2016

Posted by feww on May 15, 2016

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Program in progress on FIRE-EARTH Channels…

For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels.

  • Starting May 15, 2016 at 16:03 UTC

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE 

  •   FIRE-EARTH BEACONS will begin beaming at 00:02UTC on May 18, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Program in Progress – May 14, 2016

Posted by feww on May 14, 2016

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Program in progress on FIRE-EARTH Channels…

For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels.

  • Starting may 14, 2016 at 19:05 UTC

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE 

  •   FIRE-EARTH BEACONS will begin beaming at 00:02UTC on May 18, 2016

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Fire-Earth Volcano Watch: Global Volcanic Unrest

Posted by feww on May 13, 2016

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Tempo Rising: 28 Volcanoes Firing

[Watch how the Internet prophets and plagiarizers misinterpret this! ]

Latest Volcanic Activity

  • Turrialba (Costa Rica)
  • Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica)
  • Guanacaste volcano (Costa Rica)
  • Bristol Island  (South Sandwich Islands -UK) NOM
  • Nevados de Chillán (Chile)
  • Ruapehu, (North Island, NZ)
  • White Island, (North Island, NZ)


Map of Volcanoes.
Background Map: University of Michigan. Designed and enhanced by Fire Earth Blog. Click image to enlarge.

Ongoing Activity

  • Aira (Kyushu, Japan)
  • Alaid (Kuril Islands, Russia)
  • Bagana (Bougainville, PNG)
  • Chirpoi (Kuril Islands, Russia)
  • Cleveland (Chuginadak Island, Alaska)
  • Colima (Mexico)
  • Dukono Halmahera (Indonesia)
  • Fuego (Guatemala)
  • Kerinci (Indonesia)
  • Karymsky (E. Kamchatka, Russia)
  • Kerinci (Indonesia)
  • Kilauea (Hawaii)
  • Klyuchevskoy (C. Kamchatka, Russia)
  • Langila (New Britain, PNG)
  • Masaya (Nicaragua)
  • Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia)
  • Sangay (Ecuador)
  • Sheveluch (C. Kamchatka)
  • Sinabung (Indonesia)
  • Suwanosejima Ryukyu Islands (Japan)
  • Tengger Caldera (E. Java)

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Turrialba Volcano Explodes Again

Posted by feww on May 13, 2016

Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Erupts

Volcanologists at the University of Costa Rica have reported a large explosion at Turrialba Volcano, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday local time.

The powerful eruption ejected ash to a height of about 3 kilometers above the volcano’s summit, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).

“It was a single explosion but a really strong one. This means that there was high pressure inside the volcano,” said a volcanologist at OVSICORI.

The ashfall forced the closure of Tobías Bolaños Airport, in western San José, local media reported.

The 3,340-meter-high volcano is located about 65km northeast of the capital, San Jose.

In October 2014, authorities in Costa Rica evacuated nearby residents after Turrialba’s largest eruption in 148 years. Large areas of San Jose, La Union, Cartago, Santo Domingo and Heredia provinces, located as far as 50km from the crater, reported volcanic ash and strong sulfur odors.

 


Camera located in the crater of the Turrialba volcano, about 600 meters east of the active crater (looking west). The image is refreshed every 10 seconds. Source: Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.


Turrialba Volcano, file image. Source: Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

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Drought Disasters Declared for Counties in Oregon, California, Nevada, Hawaii

Posted by feww on May 13, 2016

Drought destroys crops in seven counties across four U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of six counties in Oregon, California and Nevada as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

Oregon. Lake, Klamath, Harney and Deschutes counties.

California. Modoc County.

Nevada. Washoe County

In a separate declaration USDA has also designated Kauai County in Hawaii as a crop disaster area due to drought.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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.

Crop Disaster Designations – 2016

 

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Earthquakes Strike Taiwan, Russia, NZ, Japan, Cyprus

Posted by feww on May 12, 2016

M 5.6 quake strikes Su’ao, Taiwan Region

The event, registered as M5.8 by Taiwan Govt., was followed by a M5.5 aftershock, reported USGS/EHP.

  • At least a dozen earthquakes and aftershocks have struck Taiwan on May 12 (local time).

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.6Mw
Location: 24.674°N, 121.966°E [14km NE of Su’ao, Taiwan]
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-12 03:17:16 UTC

Magnitude: 5.5Mw
Location: 24.682°N, 122.039°E [21km ENE of Su’ao, Taiwan]
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-12 04:29:56 UTC

Magnitude: 5.0Mw – Russia
Location: 43.326°N, 146.659°E [52km S of Shikotan, Russia]
Depth: 65.3 km
Time: 2016-05-12 06:32:30 UTC

Magnitude: 5.2 [classified locally as ‘STRONG’ by NZ geonet]
Location: 40.92°S, 175.42°E [20 km west of Masterton]
Depth: 27km
Date/Time: May 11 2016, 19:55:18

Magnitude: 4.4Mw – Japan
Location: 32.690°N, 130.606°E [5km W of Uto, Japan]
Depth: 6.4 km
Time: 2016-05-12 08:04:25 UTC
This aftershock, measuring 4/7 on Japan’s seismic scale, was one of about two dozen shocks to strike the Kumamoto disaster zone on May 12.

Magnitude: 4.3Mw – Cyprus
Location: 34.950°N, 33.511°E [4km E of Psevdhas, Cyprus]
Depth: 6.3 km
Time: 2016-05-12 00:18:37 UTC

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500 Evacuated following Chemical Leak in Stockholm, Sweden

Posted by feww on May 12, 2016

People hospitalized after experiencing “symptoms of gas poisoning”

Hundreds of people were evacuated and several have been hospitalized after experiencing symptoms of gas poisoning due to a chemical leak at a laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden, and there is a risk of an explosion, local media quoted police as saying.

“There has been a discharge of gas in this room. It is probably the chemical toluene. In concentrated form it constitutes a fire and explosion hazard,” police spokesperson  told the the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“The Karolinska Institute is one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world. The institute lies within the Stockholm urban area,” said a report.

“The Royal Institute of Technology and several private companies were also affected.” Read more…

 

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Fracking in N.D. Contaminated Soil & Water with Elev. Levels of NORM

Posted by feww on May 11, 2016

Fracking in Bakken, ND leaves 9,700 wells producing 119million m³ of wastewater: Study

Unconventional oil and gas production from hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the Bakken region in North Dakota has been rising significantly since 2007. Some 9,700 unconventional wells have produced an estimated 119 million cubic meters of oil and gas wastewater (OGW), according to a new study.

Bakken region spills 2007-2015
Map of western North Dakota that includes well density (number of wells per 5 km radius), reported brine spills from 2007 to 2015 (red circles), and sampling sites of samples collected in July 2015 (green triangles). Note the association between spill locations and well density, with higher occurrences of spills in areas of high well density. Spill data were compiled from the North Dakota Department of Health and include both contained and uncontained brine spills. Oil well data were downloaded from the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Oil and Gas Division. [Image source]

“In 2014, the Bakken region was producing an average of over 1 million barrels of oil per day, compared to production levels that consistently lingered at approximately 100 thousand barrels per day before 2007. This rapid rise in production has been made possible by intense development of oil and gas infrastructure in western North Dakota, including approximately 9700 unconventional wells that have produced an estimated 31.4 × 10 9 gallons (118.9 × 10 9 L) of oil and gas wastewater (OGW).”

In addition to the elevated concentrations of major elements—Na, Cl, Br—the study found Bakken brines are rich in “metals, metalloids and other potential contaminants” including Se, V, Sr, Li, B, Mn, Ni, Cd, Cu, Zn, Ba, Pb, Ra, NH4, all of which have “human and ecological health implications.”

NORM in the Bakken Brines and Impact on Spill Sites

Produced waters can have elevated levels of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), primarily the long-lived radium isotopes 228Ra. Read More…

The study Brine Spills Associated with Unconventional Oil Development in North Dakota was conducted by the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Reykjanes Ridge, Tibet, New Zealand

Posted by feww on May 11, 2016

M5.0 quake strikes Bight Fracture Zone, Reykjanes Ridge

EQ Details
Magnitude 5.0 [USGS/EHP]
Location: 57.627°N 32.866°W
Time: 2016-05-10 17:21:02UTC
Depth: 23.6km
Distances:

  • 765.0 km (475.3 mi) ESE of Nanortalik, Greenland
  • 935.0 km (581.0 mi) SW of Reykjavik, Iceland

M5.5 quake strike  NW of Gyamotang, China (TAR)

Magnitude: 5.5Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 32.038°N 94.987°E
Depth: 10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-11 01:15:47UTC
Distances:

  • 70.0 km (43.5 mi) NW of Gyamotang, China
  • 233.0 km (144.8 mi) WNW of Qamdo, China
  • 429.0 km (266.6 mi) N of Along, India
  • 723.0 km (449.3 mi) NE of Thimphu, Bhutan

‘Strong’ earthquake strikes 10km SE of Christchurch

Magnitude: 4.7 [geonet]
Location: 43.59°S, 172.70°E  (10km southeast of Christchurch)
Depth: 7km
Universal Time: May 11 2016, 8:45:53

NZ Volcano Alerts
Volcano, Alert Level, Aviation Color Code
Ruapehu, 2, YELLOW
White Island, 1, YELLOW

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U.S. Beekeepers Lost 44% of their Honey Bee Colonies in 12 Months

Posted by feww on May 10, 2016

Reader Submitted Material

Second year of high rates of honey bee summer loss causing serious concern

U.S. beekeepers lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies in the 12 months to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of annual loss including both winter loss and summer loss worsened compared with the previous year. Summer loss rates have now rivaled winter loss rates for the second consecutive survey year, reported the Bee Informed Partnership.

“We’re now in the second year of high rates of summer loss, which is cause for serious concern,” said an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and project director for the Bee Informed Partnership. “Some winter losses are normal and expected. But the fact that beekeepers are losing bees in the summer, when bees should be at their healthiest, is quite alarming.”

Beekeepers who responded to the survey lost a total of 44.1 percent of their colonies over the course of the year. This marks an increase of 3.5 percent over the previous study year (2014-15), when loss rates were found to be 40.6 percent. Winter loss rates increased from 22.3 percent in the previous winter to 28.1 percent this past winter, while summer loss rates increased from 25.3 percent to 28.1 percent.

Summary of the total overwinter colony losses (October 1 – April 1) of managed honey bee colonies in the United States across nine annual national surveys. The acceptable range is the average percentage of acceptable colony losses declared by the survey participants in each year of the survey. Credit: Bee Informed Partnership/University of Maryland

“The high rate of loss over the entire year means that beekeepers are working overtime to constantly replace their losses,” said a senior entomologist at the USDA and a co-coordinator of the survey. “These losses cost the beekeeper time and money. More importantly, the industry needs these bees to meet the growing demand for pollination services. We urgently need solutions to slow the rate of both winter and summer colony losses.”

Multiple factors are contributing to colony losses including pesticides and malnutrition, especially among commercial colonies. However, the main culprit by far is varroa mite, a deadly parasite that easily spreads between colonies.

Source: Bee Informed Partnership/University of Maryland

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Federal Govt Asked to Revoke Oklahoma Oil, Gas Leases

Posted by feww on May 9, 2016

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You would have thought the first requirement for serving as a senior government official is minimal common sense! Or was it integrity!

Seismicity in the “Popcorn State” is 600 times greater than it was prior to 2008

Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has asked the U.S. Interior Secretary to revoke Oklahoma Oil, Gas Leases.

CBD Press Release: Interior Secretary Asked to Revoke Oklahoma Oil, Gas Leases  

The Center for Biological Diversity today requested that the Bureau of Land Management pull 11 public fossil fuel leases sold last month in Oklahoma and Kansas over concerns that fracking and underground injection of oil wastewater could increase the risk of earthquakes in these areas, threatening the physical safety and homes of tens of thousands of residents.

In today’s letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the conservation group called on the BLM to withdraw the leases, covering more than 2,300 acres of federal oil and gas reserves in Oklahoma and Kansas, that were auctioned off April 20 in Santa Fe, N.M. Despite scientific evidence of skyrocketing injection-induced earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years, the group points out, the BLM failed even to mention the problem of increased risk of human caused earthquakes in its Environmental Assessment for the lease auction, which violates the National Environmental Policy Act and could put people and property in harm’s way.

A new video posted on the Center’s website illustrates the recent spike in oil wastewater-induced earthquakes in Oklahoma on a statewide map. Initially, small circles representing seismic activity pop up sporadically, but then rapidly explode all over central and northern Oklahoma with increasing speed and size. A ticker counting the earthquakes also accelerates with time, tallying a total count of 6,116 earthquakes between May 2005 and April 2016.  

“It’s clear that these man-made practices are increasing the amount of earthquake activity near and around drilling sites,” said Wendy Park of the Center. “Let’s not wait for an event that damages property or risks lives before acting to protect Oklahoma and Kansas residents. These dangerous seismic risks to communities are yet another reason for keeping dirty federal fossil fuels in the ground.”

Scientists say injections of oil wastewater can lubricate faults, triggering damaging earthquakes. A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey evaluated the risk of damage from both natural and induced earthquakes in Oklahoma and other states, and the results show a startling rise in seismic activity since the region’s fracking boom began. The agency’s assessment suggests that there is a 5 percent to 10 percent chance of damaging shaking from mainly induced earthquakes in a swath of Oklahoma and Kansas.  Read  more…

 

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Significant EQs Strike near Bamboo Flat, India & White Island, NZ

Posted by feww on May 9, 2016

M 5.2 quake strikes 136km WSW of Bamboo Flat, India

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.2MW [USGS/EHP]
Location: 11.360°N, 91.511°E; depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2016-05-09 16:03:47 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 136.0 km (84.5 mi) WSW of Bamboo Flat, India
  • 139.0 km (86.4 mi) WSW of Port Blair, India
  • 687.0 km (426.9 mi) SW of Bogale, Burma
  • 688.0 km (427.5 mi) SW of Mawlamyinegyunn, Burma
  • 1,013.0 km (629.4 mi) WSW of Bangkok, Thailand

M4.6 strikes 20km WNW of Whakaari (White Island, NZ)

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.6Mw  [USGS/EHP]
Location: 37.447°S,  176.970°E; depth=106.4km (66.1 mi)
Date/ Time: 2016-05-09 at 07:27:04 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 56.0 km (34.8 mi) N of Whakatane, NZ
  • 75.0 km (46.6 mi) ENE of Tauranga
  • 99.0 km (61.5 mi) NE of Rotorua
  • 130.0 km (80.8 mi) NE of Tokoroa
  • 466.0 km (289.6 mi) NNE of Wellington

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State of Emergency Declared in NW Bulgaria amid Overflowing Dams

Posted by feww on May 9, 2016

Extreme rain events lead to overflowing of multiple dams in Vratsa region, Bulgaria

State of emergency has been declared across northwestern Bulgaria’s municipalities of Mizia and Hayredin in Vratsa region, amid overflowing dams.

At least three dams—Rogozen, Rogozen-1 and Barzina—are overflowing after recent extreme rain events in the region, according to reports.

The regional governor of Vratsa has declared a state of emergency which is in force from 21 o’clock (EET) on Saturday to 21 o’clock (EET) on Monday.

Some of the people living in areas prone to flooding along the course of the Skat river have been evacuated.

Flooding turned deadly in the town of Mizia in August 2014, said reports.

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FIRE-EARTH Evacuation Alert: Areas 4116, 3815, 2314

Posted by feww on May 8, 2016

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Areas 4116, 3815 and 2314 deemed unstable —FIRE-EARTH Science Team

CJ Members and affiliates residing in Areas 4116, 3815 and 2314 are hereby placed under “Evacuation Alert.”

  • Be ready to evacuate those areas at a short notice.

FEWW Science Team will host a special session with additional information on this Evacuation Alert, today (May 8, 2016) at  20:05UTC.

Previous Alerts

  • Tune in for updates.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE – IMPORTANT NOTICE 

  •   FIRE-EARTH BEACONS will begin beaming at 00:02UTC on May 18, 2016

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NON-Members

The four-digit numbers representing FIRE-EARTH area codes are unique to our organization. Any similarities with 3rd-party area codes are purely coincidental.

 

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Strong Earthquake Strikes near Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico

Posted by feww on May 8, 2016

M5.9 quake occurs S of Santa Maria Asuncion Tlaxiaco, Mexico

Centered at 16.569°N, 97.694°W the quake occurred at a depth of 24.4 km (15.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.9Mw [USGS/EHP]
Location: 16.569°N 97.694°W depth=24.4 km (15.2 mi)
Time: 2016-05-08 07:34:02 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 29.0 km (18.0 mi) NE of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico
  • 44.0 km (27.3 mi) NE of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico
  • 77.0 km (47.8 mi) S of Santa Maria Asuncion Tlaxiaco, Mexico
  • 78.0 km (48.5 mi) E of Ometepec, Mexico
  • 351.0 km (218.1 mi) SSE of Mexico City, Mexico

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Major Disaster Declared for the State of Arkansas

Posted by feww on May 7, 2016

Federal Disaster Declared in

Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4270)

  • Incident period: March 08, 2016 to March 13, 2016
  • Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 06, 2016

The federal government has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of March 8-13, 2016.

The areas that are worst affected include the counties of Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Columbia, Desha,  Lincoln, Ouachita, Phillips, and Prairie.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, officials said.

Major Disaster Declarations (2016)

 

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Drought Disaster Declared for Counties in Arizona, California

Posted by feww on May 7, 2016

Drought destroys crops in four counties across two U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared a total of four counties in Arizona and California as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

Arizona. Yuma, Pima and Maricopa counties.

California. Imperial County.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

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.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Could Double in Size by Tonight: Govt

Posted by feww on May 7, 2016

The 101,000-hectare fire could double in size by tonight amid 27-dgree temp. and 40-kmph wind gusts

The massive blaze claiming Fort McMurray had grown to at least 101,000 hectares, as of posting, and was  moving northeast, away from the community, senior wildfire manager Chad Morrison told reporters.

Meanwhile, another wildfire in Manitoba province, one of the large blazes burning on the eastern border with Ontario, has prompted the provincial government to issue a Mandatory evacuation order.

The following update on wildfire situation, is mirrored from the Alberta

  • People who have been displaced will be provided with $1,250 peradult and $500 per dependant in emergency financial assistance. This will probably be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards. Details on when this assistance will be available and how to get access to it will be announced by May 11, 2016. Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until that time. When details are available they will be posted on emergency.alberta.ca and available through 310-4455. In order to allow for immediate distribution to people most urgently in need of this assistance, we are asking evacuees who are not in dire need of these funds not to claim them immediately.
  • The Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) will allocate an initial $200 million for emergency costs. Disaster recovery programs provide financial assistance for municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable loss and damage as a result of a disastrous event. This amount was already included in Budget 2016 to cover emergency events.
  • The Wood Buffalo Ministerial Recovery Task Force has been established to:
    • ensure safety and security in the affected areas;
    • support the needs of the communities;
    • plan the timely re-entry of residents when it is safe to do so; and
    • support the resumption of municipal, economic and business activities.
  • Convoys of vehicles were temporarily halted at about 1 p.m. today due to wildfire smoke on Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray. They resumed about an hour later. Traffic is flowing south on Highway 63 from the Parsons Creek Interchange under RCMP control.
  • Fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 40 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, eight being held, 21 under control and six turned over to the responsible parties.
  • A provincewide ban on the use of off-highway vehicles, due to the risk these vehicles pose in the very dry conditions Alberta is experiencing, is in effect.
  • A provincial fire ban remains in effect across Alberta. All fire permits are suspended and no new permits will be issued. All open fires, including campfires and charcoal briquettes, are prohibited.
  • Temperatures in the high teens and winds gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour will make firefighting challenging.
  • More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.
  • Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order.

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Expected to Keep Growing: Officials

Posted by feww on May 6, 2016

UPDATED: 09:30UTC Fri May 6, 2016

“Fire conditions remain extreme, with 18 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 49 wildfires are burning, with seven considered out of control, 12 being held, 23 under control, and seven turned over to the responsible parties,” said Alberta Government.

Damage to Fort McMurray “Extensive,” the City “Unsafe” for Residents: Alberta Premier 

The explosive blaze, which erupted on Sunday, had grown to about 90,000 hectares by Thursday.

  • State of Emergency continues across in the disaster area across Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.
  • Mandatory Mass Evacuations of about 88,000 residents are nearly completed.
  • The residents will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials have warned.
  • The fire has destroyed thousands of structures in the city.
  • “The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Thursday evening.
  • The flames are spreading to the communities of Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates and posing “extreme threat” to the areas south and southeast of Fort McMurray, as of Thursday evening (local time).

UPDATE:

Fort McMurray Wildfire creating its own weather, lightning

“The wildfire threatening to engulf the city has become so powerful it has created its own firestorm,” reported CBC.

The powerful firestorm has created its own weather system, funneling smoke and particulates high into the stratosphere, and generating powerful lightning strikes, sad the report.

“They tend to promote their own kind of conditions,” said a meteorologist for Environment Canada.

“That’s why you’ll see the winds near fires … that are significantly stronger that the surrounding atmosphere.”

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the direct damage costs from the fire at $5 billion, based on the data available, as of posting.  [Total damage costs could easily exceed $10 billion.]

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BC Wildfires Spark Evacuation Order, State of Emergency near Fort St. John

Posted by feww on May 6, 2016

10,000-Hectare Beaton Airport Road wildfire continues growing near Fort St. John

A State of Emergency and an Evacuation Order have been for areas near the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia as intense wildfires continue spread in the area.

The Peace River Regional District says the order is in effect for the Mile 80 area of the Alaska Highway, near Stoddard Road, and the Shepherds Inn area.

Anyone in those areas must leave immediately and register at the North Peace Arena reception center in Fort St John.

There are also several evacuation alerts in the area — meaning residents should be prepared to leave on short notice.

State of emergency

Officials in British Columbia’s Peace River Regional District have declared a state of emergency because of the raging wildfires near Fort St. John.  [CBC]

“The state of emergency was issued for the Electoral Area B region, an 86,000 square kilometre area that encompasses several towns and First Nations reserves in northeastern B.C.”

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Bristol Island Volcano Erupts after 60 Years

Posted by feww on May 5, 2016

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Bristol Island Volcano Joins the Global Volcanic  Unrest

Bristol Island volcano, one of South Sandwich Islands group, formed near East Scotia Ridge in Antarctica, is erupting for the first time in 60 years.

Bristol Island is an 8 km long volcanic island in the South Sandwich Islands, located between Montagu Island and Thule Island.

The Island is composed of several active volcanoes with eruptions reported in 1823, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1950, 1956 and 2016.

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(Landsat 8 satellite imagery – annotated by Culturevolcan)

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Seismicity in the Region

Powerful quake measuring up to M 7.0 occurred at 58.101°S, 14.867°W, depth of 10km, about 685 km east of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands,  on January 05, 2010 at 04:56 UTC.

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.3Mw occurred at a depth of 31km about 216 km SSE of Bristol Island on 15 Jul 2013, according to USGS/EHP.

A cluster of 15 earthquakes measuring ≥ 4.6Mw have struck the East Scotia Ridge since April 8, 2016, with largest event measuring 5.9Mw.

  • M5.9 at 55.626°S, 27.232°W; depth=10.6km, about 119km N of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands on 2016-04-19 at 05:25:39 UTC.

Latest Global Volcanic Activity

  • Kerinci (Indonesia)
  • Klyuchevskoy Central Kamchatka (Russia)
  • Rincon de la Vieja (Costa Rica)
  • Santa Maria (Guatemala)
  • White Island (North Island, NZ)

Ongoing Activity

  • Alaid (Kuril Islands, Russia)
  • Bagana (Bougainville, PNG)
  • Cleveland (Chuginadak Island, Alaska)
  • Colima (Mexico)
  • Karymsky (E. Kamchatka, Russia)
  • Kilauea (Hawaii)
  • Masaya (Nicaragua)
  • Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia)
  • Sangay (Ecuador)
  • Sheveluch (C. Kamchatka)
  • Sinabung (Indonesia)
  • Tengger Caldera (E. Java)
  • Turrialba (Costa Rica)

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Fort McMurray Wildfire has Destroyed 1,600 Buildings: Alberta Premier

Posted by feww on May 5, 2016

State of Emergency Declared in Alberta

Mandatory Mass Evacuations: 88,000 residents flee Fort McMurray, surrounding communities

The explosive wildfire that is raging around Fort McMurray, the Canadian oil city in the provice of Alberta, has consumed about 8,000 hectares so far,  destroying 1,600 structures in the city, said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

“There’s been fairly significant destruction of residences,” she told reporters in Edmonton on Wednesday.

“We’re looking at roughly 1,600 structures at this point, so we’ve begun conversations with our federal partners about work that will need to be done with respect to restoration and recovery once the fire is brought under control.”

“We successfully evacuated 88,000 people,” fire Chief Darby Allen said at a news conference.  “No one is hurt and no one has passed away.”

Fort McMurray effectively cut off from the rest of Alberta 

“Currently that fire, at Airport Road and Highway 63  … has jumped both sides of the road, and traffic is no longer moving north or south,” a city official said on Wednesday evening.


Morning dawns on the widespread devastation in Beacon Hill, where 80 per cent of homes were lost. (Sylvain Bascaron/CBC)

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