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Flooding and Landslides Affect Thousands in Colombia

Posted by feww on April 9, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 9

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,437 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

First rainy season of 2012 affects 12,000 people, leaving 10 dead or missing

At least 10 people are dead and more than 12,000 affected by flooding and landslides following this year’s first rainy season, Colombian government said.

  • Bogota, Colombia.   Flooding and landslides caused by the region’s first rainy season have left at least 10 people dead or missing and affected more than 12,000 so far this year, Colombian authorities said.
    • Extreme rain events have deluged the Bogota metropolitan area and about 70 other municipalities across 23 departments (states) since January.
    • More than 2,300 homes, schools and public buildings, as well as dozens of roads bridges and other infrastructure were damaged or destroyed.

Significant Events

  • Nevado del Ruiz volcano, Colombia.   A ‘Red Alert’ has been issued for the central Colombia Nevado del Ruiz volcano because the authorities believe an eruption is imminent.
    • The highest alert was issued “for the rivers that descend from the Nevado del Ruiz volcano because of a change in eruption threat and the heavy rains that have occurred in the area,” said Colombia’s meteorological institute IDEAM on Sunday.
    • The alert covers  residential areas  near a dozen rivers and streams in several departments in Colombia’s Midwest region due to ongoing extreme rain events.
    • The volcano was placed on ‘Orange Alert’ on March 31 due to increased seismic activity.
    • The deadliest eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz occurred in 1985, when lahars killed more than 25,000 people and injured more than 5,000 others, destroying thousands of homes, erasing the town of Armero in Tolima department and causing substantial damage to the town of Chinchiná in Caldas.


Nevado del Ruiz threatens to erupt. The volcano sits on the border of Caldas and Tolima departments about 130 km (80 mi) west of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá.  Photo credit: Jhon Jairo Bonilla/El Tiempo

Río Lagunillas, former location of Armero


Within four hours of the beginning of the eruption, lahars had traveled 100 km and left behind a wake of destruction: more than 23,000 people killed, about 5,000 injured, and more than 5,000 homes destroyed along the Chinchiná, Gualí, and Lagunillas rivers. Hardest hit was the town of Armero at the mouth of the Río Lagunillas canyon, which was located in the center of this photograph. Three quarters of its 28,700 inhabitants perished. Source: USGS.  Photo:  J. Marso, taken in late November 1985


Volcanic hazard map for Nevado del Ruiz. Lahars from 1985 eruption shown in red. Source: Wright, Thomas L. and Pierson, Thomas C. (1992); via Living with volcanoes, USGS.

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Extreme Rain Event Causes Deadly Flooding in Tanzania

Posted by feww on December 24, 2011

Heaviest rainfall in living memory causes devastating floods in Tanzania, killing dozens, displacing thousands

Days of heavy flooding in Tanzania have caused devastating floods in Tanzania, killing about 40 people and leaving more than 10,000 displaced.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 24

[December 24, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,544 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Tanzania. Extreme rain events in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions of Tanzania have causes devastating flooding triggering landslides, killing at least two dozen people and leaving more than 10,000 displaced.
    • At least 4,000 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, have lost their homes.
    • The flooding and mudslides have detryed road, bridges and other infrastructure.
    • Hundreds [possibly thousands] of hectares of paddy, maize, sunflower and sorghum were buried in mud and debris, reports said.
    • Heavy rain is expected to continue into 2012, forecasters said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Colombia. Torrential rains continue to wreak havoc across Colombia.
    • At least 200 people have been reported as dead or missing.
    •  About 150,000 homes are reportedly destroyed or damaged.
    • The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (SIGPAD) has reported about 300 landslides and avalanches and up to 600 flooding events.
    • More than 800,000 people in 461 municipalities have been affected.
    • SIGPAD has placed many river basins under Red Alerts.
    • See previous entry at US 2011 Mega Disasters Costs Exceed $52 Billion*
  • Angola. Severe floods near the Angolan border with the Democratic Republic of Cong have destr4oyed or damaged at least 720 homes, leaving more than 1,000 families displaced.
  • Kuando Kubango province, Angola. At least 4,000 families have been displaced in Angola’s southeastern Kuando Kubango province following flooding caused by torrential rains.

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US 2011 Mega Disasters Costs Exceed $52 Billion*

Posted by feww on December 8, 2011

12 Mega Disasters in 2011 [so far]

The U.S. has sustained 112 weather/climate related Mega Disasters over the past 31+ years, with the overall damages/costs exceeding $1 billion: NOAA

*[NOTE: FIRE-EARTH estimates the total cost of damage from 2011 Mega Disasters to exceed $70 billion.]

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 8

[December 8, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,560 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • United States. The U.S. has sustained 112 weather/climate related Mega Disasters over the past 31+ years, with the overall damages/costs exceeding $1 billion.
    • More than 10 percent of these (12 disasters)  have occurred so far this year.
    •  The previous record was set in 2008, with nine $1 billion disasters.
    • “We have good reason to believe [sic] that what happened this year is not an anomaly, but instead is a harbinger of what is to come,” NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said in an interview.

YOUR models can’t duplicate our forecasts!

[Note: NOAA and IPCC simply lack any weather/climate model with such level of predictive power. There’s NO way Administrator Jane Lubchenco could back her prediction up with any scientific evidence whatever. We know this with complete certainty because Models based on ‘science-as-usual’ assumptions and conventional algorithms are incapable of providing long-term forecasts with any degree of accuracy. On the other hand, forecasts posted on this blog are proven to be unparalleled in accuracy time and time again because they employ powerful models that observe the planet in entirely different lights, and resonate with her movements. While FIRE-EARTH has NO objection to its forecasts being echoed by other sources, the Moderators expect at least basic acknowledgement.]

List of ‘Billion-Dollar’ Disasters that have occurred in 2011, as of posting (source NOAA):

  1. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona Wildfires Spring-Fall 2011
  2. Hurricane Irene, August 20-29, 2011
  3. Upper Midwest Flooding, Summer, 2011
  4. Mississippi River flooding, Spring-Summer, 2011
  5. Southern Plains/Southwest Drought, Heatwave, & Wildfires, Spring-Fall, 2011
  6. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes and Severe Weather June 18-22, 2011
  7. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, May 22-27, 2011
  8. Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest Tornadoes, April 25-30, 2011
  9. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 14-16, 2011
  10. Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes, April 8-11, 2011
  11. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 4-5, 2011
  12. Groundhog Day Blizzard, Jan 29-Feb 3, 2011

Several  new records were set in 2011,  so far, including 

  • Texas Drought: The most intense drought 117 years of records occurred in Texas this summer.
  • Tornadoes: 199 tornadoes struck on April 27, the highest on record for any single day in the United States.

Across the Globe

  • UK. The UK Met Office has issued its highest warning, a red alert, prompting regional authorities to shut hundreds of schools, and causing bridge and road closures, as 90mph winds batter the country’s coastal areas, a report said.
    • “Parts of England and Northern Ireland are also being hit by extreme wind and rain.”
    • Wind gust of 130 mph were reported in the Ski resort of  Aonach Mor, near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.
    • Police forces in Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, Central Scotland and Lothian and Borders have issued a ‘do not travel’ warning, advising motorists against all travel, as severe winds  batter the country, the report said.
  • Colombia. Bogota (Population ~8.8 million), the capital and largest city of Colombia, has declared a state of emergency after extreme rain events triggered severe flooding, inundating the southwestern part of the city and leaving 10,000 people homeless,  El Tiempo newspaper reported.
    • “The river’s water volume has reached record levels — 64cm above that which is needed to issue a red alert — flooding more than 700 farms in the surrounding areas,” said the report.
    • In all probability water levels would continue to rise.
    • More than 21 people were killed, about 40 missing and dozens of others are trapped in the northwestern city of Manizales after a landslide, a report said.
    • Since the start of the second rainy season in September, at least 500,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides across the country, including more than 50,000 in Bogota.
    • The rainy season has claimed at least 134 lives, destroyed about 1,000 homes and damage up to 80,000 others.

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