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Emergency Declared after Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site

Posted by feww on May 10, 2017


Event Summary 5/9/2017, 7:15 PM


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office declared an emergency at the Hanford Site at approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning after a cave-in of a 20-foot section of a tunnel that is hundreds of feet long that is used to store contaminated materials. The tunnel is located next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility, also known as PUREX, which is located in the center of the Hanford Site, in an area known as the 200 East Area. No contamination has been detected following the cave-in. Crews are continuing to survey the area for contamination. Workers are preparing to fill the hole created by the cave-in in order to stabilize the tunnel. All personnel in the vicinity of the PUREX facility were accounted for and there are no reports of injuries.

This picture shows a 20 foot by 20 foot hole in the roof of a tunnel that is hundreds of feet long. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY – OFFICE OF RIVER PROTECTION | RICHLAND OPERATIONS OFFICE


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States of Emergency Declared In Canada, Peru, Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on April 11, 2016

State of emergency declared in Peru’s Ucayali community due to mercury contamination

The Ministry of Health has declared a state of emergency in the Santa Rosa de Serjali community in Ucayali due to mercury contamination.

“The community of Santa Rosa de Serjali in Ucayali has been contaminated with high levels of mercury, with symptoms first appearing as early as November of 2014,” said a report.

Mass evacuation, as massive fire continues burning at Bay de Verde

“It’s absolute devastation,” said a worker at the Bay de Verde plant. “I got a phone call this morning at 6:30 and when I got out of bed and came downstairs, all I could see was black smoke coming from down in the plant.”

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, what’s gonna happen?'”

“Half of the [southern section of the community of about 700] has been evacuated, our emergency plan has been initiated and I have declared a state of emergency,” said the mayor.

State of emergency declared in Attawapiskat over spate of suicide attempts

Of the 2,000 citizens of Attawapiskat on remote James Bay, 101 people have tried to kill themselves, with one person dying, since September. The youngest was 11, the oldest 71, according to the First Nation’s chief, CBC reported.

On Saturday night alone, 11 people attempted to take their own lives, said Chief Bruce Shisheesh.

The Attawapiskat First Nation is an isolated First Nation located in Kenora District in northern Ontario, Canada, at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on James Bay.

State of emergency declared at Puerto Rico government bank

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has declared a state of emergency at the Government Development Bank. He says the move is intended to protect the residents.

The executive order is aimed at  protecting the bank’s dwindling liquidity by only allowing withdrawals needed for the delivery of essential public services.

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Drought Emergency in Papua New Guinea

Posted by feww on September 7, 2015

Deadly drought and frost kill crops, cause severe food shortages in PNG and Guatemala

An urgent call for help has been made from the Papua New Guinea province of Madang which has been badly affected by drought and frost.

Reports say up to 80 percent of the province has been affected, with food gardens destroyed by frost and streams running dry.

At least 1.8 million people have been affected by drought and frost in the Highlands region of PNG. Drought and frost have destroyed crops, and several schools and health facilities have been forced to close due to water shortages, said ACAPS.

“Guina said the National Disaster Centre had not received any reports of people being displaced but unconfirmed reports from Chimbu said that at least 14 people had died. In another area of the province, an unconfirmed report said five people had died,” said a report.


Severe drought in Guatemala has led to a deterioration of food security, with about a million people facing acute food shortages, mainly due to reduced harvest. More than 900,000 people have no food stocks left, according to ACAPS.


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Virginia Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Deadly Storm

Posted by feww on February 12, 2014


Storm expected to 10 inches of snow on much of VA Wednesday night – Thursday

Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today in response  to the major snow storm that is forecast to hit the Commonwealth starting Wednesday night.

“Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm,” said  McAuliffe. “This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days.”

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Issued at 12:50UTC. Source: NWS. UPDATE

More than 2 inches of ice could cover much of U.S. South by Thursday

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina have also declared States of Emergency due to the severe ice storm. More states are expected to follow suit.

Hundreds of schools and offices were ordered closed along the storm path from Texas to North Carolina.

“This is not the storm we had two weeks ago, where we were playing in the snow and building snowmen. This is an ice storm,” said Gov Haley, as she declared a State of Emergency for South Carolina.

Thousands of flight were canceled or delayed on Tuesday and the trend is expected to continue through weekend.

A major winter storm will impact locations from Texas to the Southeast Coast on Tuesday before it moves up the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday with heavy snow, freezing rain, and heavy rain…

The deadly storm, which has claimed at least 6 lives so far, dumped  more than 6 inches of snow in north Georgia on Tuesday, with another 9 inches forecast by early Thursday, according to NWS.

Federal Emergency Disaster Declared for the State of Georgia

The White House has declared a federal emergency in the State of Georgia resulting from a severe winter storm beginning on February 10, 2014, and continuing.

The emergency disaster declaration will provide federal disaster relief to “lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe” in the counties of Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Jackson, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield, and Wilkes.

Energy Emergency

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended on Wednesday the regional States of Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits for transporting propane throughout the United States.

A total of at least 38 states and District of Columbia are currently impacted by shortages of propane and other heating fuels.

States covered by the emergency declarations include:

  • Western Service Center: North Dakota and South Dakota
  • Southern Service Center: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee
  • Eastern Service Center: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia
  • Midwestern Service Center: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin

Colorado Governor Issued Emergency Declaration to Authorize Temporary Exception to Hours of Service Regulations for CMVs Used for Propane Transport on February 7, 2014.

Texas Governor Renews Proclamation Declaring Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency [Feb. 4, 2014.]

Connecticut Provides Emergency Exemption from Hours of Service of Drivers [Feb. 11, 2014.]

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