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Tens of Thousands Hit by Waterborne Diseases as S. Asia’s Deadly Floods Recede

Posted by feww on September 6, 2017

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More deaths and diseases follow the deadly floods in S. Asia

Outbreaks of malaria, dengue, diarrhea and respiratory infections have hit tens of thousands of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal as the waters from the worst floods in recent years recede, aid agencies have said.

Severe floods have killed up to 1,500 people in South Asia since July, leaving tens of thousands displaced, in open air.

About 40,000 people have been infected in Bangladesh and Nepal, while multiple communities have been entirely wiped out in India’s eastern state of Bihar, Save the Children said.

An estimated 17 million children need protection, healthcare and basic nutrition in India alone, the agency said.

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Deadly Floods, Landslides Displace or Impact Millions across South Asia

Posted by feww on August 21, 2017

Deadlier than average monsoon rains wreak havoc in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Incessant rains have destroyed roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, washed away crops and killed scores of people and farm animals across South Asia.

The floods have ruined hundreds of thousands of homes, affecting or displacing up to 10 million people, according to local news.

Sierra Leone mudslide

The death toll in Sierra Leone mudslide has passed 500, with at least 600 others still missing.

Congo

Meanwhile, a massive landslide in eastern Congo buried a village last week, and may have killed hundreds of people.

Additional information on increasing threats of landslides in central and west and Africa are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Earthquake Impact: Ecuador, Nepal

Posted by feww on April 24, 2016

Two powerful earthquakes impact millions of people

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8Mw struck offshore northwest Ecuador, devastating coastal areas. Hundreds of aftershocks, including several significant events, have been registered to date.

States of emergency have been declared in the six provinces that have been hit hardest including Manabi, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos.

Pedernales a cantons in Manibi, the worst affected province, has been declared a “disaster zone.”

About 720,000 people out of a population of 7 million in those provinces have been impacted by the disaster, authorities said.

The seismic disaster has killed at least 650 people, left 155 missing and almost 8,500 injured. About 7,000 buildings have been destroyed and more than 25,000 people were living in shelters, as of posting, according to local reports.

“These have been sad days for the homeland… [our] country is in crisis,” said President Correa in his weekly public broadcast. He has estimated the damage at up to $3 billion.

Nepal Earthquake

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8Mw struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015, killing about 9,000 people, destroying or damaging  800,000 homes, and devastating the public infrastructure. One year on, an estimated four million people are still living in sub-standard temporary shelters in conditions that pose a threat to their health and well-being.

‘How ruthless child traffickers exploited Nepal’s earthquake’

As the poverty stricken nation struggles to recover from the disaster, “the shocking scourge of child slavery and sex trafficking is worse than ever.”

Read more…

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Significant Aftershock Strikes Nepal – UPDATE # 2

Posted by feww on May 17, 2015

UPDATE and Correction

M5.7 aftershock occurs 76km ESE of Kathmandu, Nepal

Centered at 27.546°N, 86.075°E the aftershock occurred at a depth of about 10km, reported USGS/EHP.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Nepal Earthquakes Casualty Toll – Latest Update

Death toll from Nepal’s May 12 earthquake has risen to 136, bringing the total number of fatalities from the seismicity in the country since April 25 to 8,485 and the number of injured to 101,182, said Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs in its May 16 update.

Nepal Earthquakes: List of events since April 25, 2015

  1. M5.7, 24km N of Ramechhap, Nepal 2015-05-16 11:34:10 UTC depth=10.0 km
  2. M6.3, 33km NNE of Ramechhap, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:36:53 UTC depth=15.0 km
  3. M7.3, 18km SE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:05:19 UTC depth=15.0 km
  4. M6.7, 19km SSE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-04-26 07:09:10 UTC depth=17.3 km
  5. M6.6, 49km E of Lamjung, Nepal 2015-04-25 06:45:21 UTC depth=14.6 km
  6. M6.1, 1km E of Banepa, Nepal 2015-04-25 06:15:22 UTC depth=10.0 km
  7. M7.8, 34km ESE of Lamjung, Nepal 2015-04-25 06:11:26 UTC depth=15.0 km

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – May 13, 2015

Posted by feww on May 13, 2015

Internal Displacement in Iraq Passes 2.8 Million: IOM

Iraq conflict has escalated in several locations forcing 180,000 more people to flee their home.

More than 180,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq since April 10, following the outbreak of the Ramadi crisis, and Recent clashes between the the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and armed groups in Karmah district, said IOM.

Following the outbreak of the Ramadi crisis, which occurred around 10 April, DTM tracked 133,104 individuals displaced to 15 of Iraq’s 18 governorates. The governorates receiving the greatest number of displaced people as a result of the Ramadi crisis are Baghdad (83,172), Anbar (24,552), Babylon (7,392) and Sulaymaniyah (6,504). An estimated 65 per cent of the total population tracked as “in transit” has been recorded in this DTM report.

Recent clashes between the ISF and armed groups also triggered displacements from Karmah district in Anbar. As of 8 May, 47,256 individuals were displaced; 94 per cent to Fallujah district and 6 per cent to Abu Ghraib district in Baghdad.

Meantime, clashes between Islamic State and government forces have intensified around Baiji oil refinery, in Salah al Din, UN reported.

Dedaly Earthquakes in Nepal

The second powerful earthquake to hit Nepal in less than three weeks has killed at least 83 people, including 17 in India and one in Chinese Tibet, and injured about 2,000. Thousands of people are staying outdoors as dozens of aftershocks rocked the country overnight.

Meantime, the UN issued the following casualty stats in connection with the April 25 earthquake.

The home ministry said 382 people were reported as missing.

It’s unclear whether the latest casualties from the 7.3-magnitude quake that struck the country yesterday (May 12) are included in the total.

UN Nepal EQ-s

 

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Earthquake Forecast for Nepal Region

Posted by feww on May 13, 2015

FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast for Nepal Region

FIRE-EARTH Science Team has prepared its earthquake forecast for Nepal region.

The forecast will not be made public, but would be provided to the appropriate Nepalese officials at no cost, if requested.

Details of any communication between the parties shall remain strictly confidential.

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M7.3 Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Posted by feww on May 12, 2015

Powerful quake strikes 76km ENE of Kathmandu, Nepal

Centered at 27.837°N, 86.077°E the quake occurred at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

USGS models show possible fatalities of up to 1,000, with damages estimated at up to $100 million.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 7.3Mw
Location: 27.837°N, 86.077°E
Depth: 15.0 km (9.3 mi)
Time: 2015-05-12 07:05:19 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 18km (11mi) SE of Kodari, Nepal
  • 59km (37mi) ENE of Banepa, Nepal
  • 62km (39mi) ENE of Panaoti, Nepal
  • 76km (47mi) ENE of Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 77km (48mi) ENE of Patan, Nepal

At least 6 significant aftershocks, including a M6.3Mw, have occurred as of posting.

5.2Mw 28km SSE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 08:21:10 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.1Mw 19km SW of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 08:13:54 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.0Mw 34km S of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 08:06:07 UTC depth=15.0 km
6.3Mw 33km NNE of Ramechhap, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:36:53 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.4Mw 36km SSW of Zuobude, China 2015-05-12 07:34:22 UTC depth=15.0 km
5.6Mw 25km SE of Kodari, Nepal 2015-05-12 07:17:20 UTC depth=10.0 km

The devastating 7.8-magnitude quake (28.147°N, 84.708°E), which occurred at a similar depth on April 25, killed more than 8,000, injuring an estimated 18,000 others and affecting the lives of 8 million people across a vast region.

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Nepal Earthquake: Death Toll Climbs to 7,365

Posted by feww on May 4, 2015

Deadly quake affects 8m Nepalese

Death toll in Nepal’s April 25 earthquake has climbed to 7,365 with at least 14,366 others injured, said the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday.

Meantime, the police and local volunteers found 115 bodies thought to be trekkers and villagers who were buried in snow and ice after the devastating earthquake and strong aftershocks triggered multiple avalanches.

The bodies were recovered from the Langtang village, about 60 kilometers north of the capital, Kathmandu, over the weekend. The entire village, with up to 60 guesthouses, was razed by an avalanche, officials said.

The avalanches have also damaged the routes on Mt Everest making it “almost impossible” to climb the mountain this season.

The deadly quake has affected about 8 million people (Nepal has a population of 28 million), destroying or damaging more than 600,000 houses across the country, according to the latest figures released by the UN/ Nepalese officials.

The quake has destroyed up to 90 per cent of the houses in Gorkha and Sindupalchowk districts, said a UN report.

“Across large parts of Dhading, Dolakha, Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts, more than 80 percent of houses have been flattened.”

The worst affected areas are the 13 districts of Bhaktapur, Dolakha, Dhading, Gorkha, Kabhrepalanchowk, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Rasuwa, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchowk; however, damage has also been reported in Kavre, Okhaldhunga and Solukhumbu districts.

 

 

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Disaster, Catastrophe, Tragedy, Atrocity

Posted by feww on April 30, 2015

Ukraine Atrocity & Nepal Disaster

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake [and its strong aftershocks] that struck Nepal on April 25 has wreaked a mega disaster across the impoverished nation, especially in the densely-populated Kathmandu Valley.

  • Fatalities: At least 5,057 soles in Nepal as well as about 100 in neighboring countries (as of April 29).
  • Injuries: more than 10,915 (6,000+ “hospitalized”) in Nepal and dozens more in India, Tibet and Bangladesh.
  • Homes destroyed or damaged: 600,000 (at least 70,000 houses were destroyed and another 530,000 homes damaged across 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts —UN)
  • In need of food assistance: At least 8.5 million people.
  • Living in the open: Some 500,000 people remain in the open amid the damp, cold weather.
  • Drinking water and sanitation:  Up to 4.2 million people urgently need  safe drinking water and sanitation facilities —UN.

Ukraine Atrocities

At least 6,116 people have been killed (April 17, 2015) and 15,474 others wounded in the Ukrainian conflict, which began in April 2014, said the UN.

[It’s not known whether the UN figures include the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. All of the 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed on July 17, 2014, when the plane was apparently shut down over the Ukraine airspace, presumably to widen the scope of the conflict and involve more of the EU member countries in the conflict. See also: “9/11 Mafia” make Malaysian Airlines an offer… ]

As of April 20, 2015 at least 1,236,495 people in Ukraine had registered as IDPs across the country, said the Ministry of Social Policy (MoSP). Additionally, about 801,000 Ukrainians have sought asylum, residence permits or other forms of legal stay in neighboring countries. By April 24, 2015, the total included 659,143 individuals in Russia, 81,044 in Belarus and 47,589 others in Poland, reported UNHCR.

The conflict began after the new government in Kiev sent troops to the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine (Donetsk and Luhansk) because the people refused to recognize the new coup-imposed president.

 

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Nepal Earthquake Update – April 29, 2015

Posted by feww on April 29, 2015

8 Million people affected, 5,000 dead, 11,000 injured after Nepal earthquake 

Death toll from the 7.8-magnitude quake and its strong aftershocks, which also triggered deadly avalanches on Mt Everest, has now reached 5,057 with 10,915 others injured in Nepal, as of posting.

Some 454,769 people have been displaced, according to Nepal’s Home Ministry.

Up to a 100 people have also been reported dead in India and Tibet with dozen of others injured.

More than 8 million people in 39 districts have been affected, of which over 2 million live in the 11 most severely hit districts, a report quoted officials as saying.

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Nepal Earthquake Update – April 27, 2015

Posted by feww on April 27, 2015

Entire villages razed by earthquakes, 10,000 dead or injured,

The 7.8-magnitude quake, and its strong aftershocks, which also triggered deadly avalanches on Mt Everest, have killed about 3,500 people and left more than 6,500 injured, as of posting.

It’s feared that the earthquakes may have razed dozens of villages and destroyed entire communities throughout the country and beyond; however, full extent of the damage and final causality toll may not be known for days, possibly weeks, due to the remoteness of those areas in mountainous region.

“Villages like this are routinely affected by landslides, and it’s not uncommon for entire villages of 200, 300, up to 1,000 people to be completely buried by rock falls,” said a charity organizer.

Meantime, more aftershocks are expected to strike the region along the subduction zone where the Indian plate is sliding under the Eurasian plate (see map).

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Nepal Earthquakes. Indian Plate Subduction Zone. Original map sourced from USGS, enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

Historic Earthquakes

23 quakes since 1900 - usge archives
At least 23 earthquakes measuring ≥7.0Mw have struck the map area since 1900 (global total: 1,318). The latest quake in Nepal is highlighted in yellow. Sourced from USGS earthquake archives.

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M6.7 Aftershock Rattles Nepal Disaster Zone

Posted by feww on April 26, 2015

Strong aftershock strikes S of Kodari, Nepal

Centered at 27.794°N, 85.974°E the destructive aftershock occurred at a depth of 10km, about 17km south of Kodari (elev.: 2,315m) USGS/EHP reported.

The event was the 33rd aftershock measuring ≥ 4.5Mw to strike the disaster zone created by the deadly 7.8Mw earthquake on Saturday.

The death toll has now exceeded 2,000 with more than 5,000 others injured, according to various reports.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.7Mw
Location: 27.794°N, 85.974°E; depth: 10km
Date/Time: 2015-04-26 at 07:09:08 (UTC)
Nearby Cities (Nepal)

  • 17km (11mi) S of Kodari (pop: ~ 2,000)
  • 48km (30mi) ENE of Banepa(pop: ~ 28,000)
  • 51km (32mi) ENE of Panaoti  (pop: ~ 29,000)
  • 65km (40mi) E of Kathmandu (pop: ~ 1.6 million)
  • 66km (41mi) ENE of Patan (pop: ~ 245,000 )

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Nepal Quake Death Toll Nears 2,000

Posted by feww on April 26, 2015

Death toll mounting amid Nepal’s worst earthquake in 8 decades

  • Fatalities: About 2,000 and counting
  • Injuries: About 5,000 as of posting

Dozens of fatalities have also been reported in India, Bangladesh, China Tibet and on Mount Everest, where the quake aftershocks triggered several avalanches.

At least 18 people were killed on Mt Everest and dozens more injured when an avalanche buried part of the base camp under snow.

Hundreds of foreigners, including Canadians, Britons and Australians, are reported as missing (unaccounted for) across Nepal, and on the Himalayas/Mt Everest.

It is the worst earthquake to strike Nepal since a magnitude 8.0 event (26.885°N, 86.589°E depth=15km)  on January 15, 1934, which killed about 10,500 people.

[Details of the 1934 quake were sourced from  ISCGEM via USGS/EHP search.]

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Nepal Death Toll Mounting

Posted by feww on April 25, 2015

Powerful quake leaves trails of death and destruction in Nepal, India, Tibet, Bangladesh

The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has now reached 876, various sources quoted police spokesman as saying.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. At least 25 aftershocks measuring magnitude 4.2Mw or greater had occurred as of posting, with 22 shocks measuring ≥ 4.5Mw.

Tibet
An avalanche on Mt Everest, triggered by a magnitude 5.7Mw aftershock near Xegar (28.428°N, 87.338°E), has killed at least 10 people, said the Tourism Ministry in Kathmandu, adding that the toll was expected to mount because more than 1,000 climbers were on the mountain.

At least half dozen others were killed in Tibet, as a result of the quake and the aftershocks.

India
Indian authorities have confirmed 38 fatalities, as of posting.

Bangladesh
Bangladesh police said a man was killed in the quake.

The number of injured is not known, but could be in the thousands.

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Deadly Earthquake Devastates Nepal

Posted by feww on April 25, 2015

UPDATED

About 500 killed, many more injured

The deadly quake that struck about 77km (48mi) NW of Kathmandu earlier today has been confirmed as a magnitude 7.8Mw shock, said USGS/EHP.

The powerful quake, and more than a dozen aftershocks, have claimed about 500 lives and left many more injured, according to Nepalese officials.

“Hundreds of people are feared dead and there are reports of widespread damage to property. The devastation is not confined to some areas of Nepal. Almost the entire country has been hit,” said a senior diplomat at Nepal’s embassy in New Delhi, India.

According to revised estimates by USGS, the total no of fatalities may be between 1,000 and 10,000.

“Red alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. High casualties and extensive damage are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past red alerts have required a national or international response,” said USGS/EHP.

The estimated economic losses have also been revised to between $1 and $10 billion.

“Estimated economic losses are 9-50% GDP of Nepal,” said USGS/EHP.

EQ Revised Details

Magnitude:  7.8Mw
Location: 28.147°N 84.708°E
Depth: 15.0 km
Time: 2015-04-25 06:11:26 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 34km (21mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
  • 58km (36mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  • 73km (45mi) E of Pokhara, Nepal
  • 76km (47mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  • 77km (48mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Posted by feww on April 25, 2015

UPDATED

M7.9 quake, major aftershock, strike ESE of Lamjung, Nepal

Centered at 28.131°N, 84.649°E the quake struck at a depth of 15.0 km, USGS/EHP reported.

At least four significant aftershocks, with the largest  measuring 7.1Mw, have followed as of 07:13UTC.

The quakes, which occurred 81km NW of Kathmandu, may have caused mass casualties and large scale damage.

Tremors were felt the Indian capital Delhi as well as other cities throughout northern India.

According to the USGS models, estimated fatalities may be as many as 1,000, with the economic losses estimated at up to $1.o billion.

Aftershocks as of 07:14UTC
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Source: http://www.emsc-csem.org

 Details of Mainshock [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 7.9Mw
Location: 28.131°N 84.649°E
Depth: 15.0 km
Time: 2015-04-25 at 06:11:26 (UTC)

Nearby Cities:

  • 29km (18mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
  • 53km (33mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
  • 68km (42mi) ESE of Pokhara, Nepal
  • 79km (49mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
  • 81km (50mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

 

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – October 18, 2014

Posted by feww on October 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
DEADLY CYCLONE
DEADLY HURRICANE
DEADLY BLIZZARD
CROP DISASTERS
STATE TERRORISM
US COVERT WAR
SCENARIOS  888, 887, 785, 444, 200, 111, 100, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 024, 023, 04, 02
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Cyclone HUDHUD: At least 41 dead, tens of thousands of homes destroyed

Death toll from cyclone HUDHUD has climbed to at least 41 in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, with tens of thousands of homes flattened and large swathes of crops destroyed.

Moisture carried north into Himalaya by the cyclone caused severe snowstorms in Nepal unleashing avalanches around Annapurna, the world’s 10th-highest peak (8,090m), killing at least 39 hikers, injuring nearly 200 others and leaving more than 50 missing, as of posting.

US carries out its 400th drone attack in Pakistan

US has carried out at least 400 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, killing about 2,400 people, but only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan were al Qaeda members, said a report.

“Only 704 of the 2,379 dead have been identified, and only 295 of these were reported to be members of some kind of armed group,” reported the  Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

US drone strikes and other US covert actions are currently being conducted in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, said the report.

Hurricane GONZALO Slams into Bermuda

GONZALO slammed into Bermuda with winds of about 180 km/h ( category 3 hurricane) cutting power to tens of thousands of customers, and causing what is believed to be widespread damage across the 53-km² Island.

Roads are blocked by fallen trees and downed utility poles, with serious damage across the island caused by powerful winds and flooding, the Royal Gazette reported.

In 2003, Hurricane FABIAN, also a Category 3 storm, raked the island, causing about $300 million in damage.

GONAZALO caused destruction in the Caribbean earlier, killing at least one person in St. Maarten, according to reports.

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Deadly Floods, Landslides Plague Third of Nepal

Posted by feww on August 16, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS, LANDSLIDES
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 070, 066, 023, 09
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Dozens killed, Many Missing in Nepal Floods and Landslides

At least 53 people have been killed and many more are reported missing in Nepal due to extreme monsoon rains that triggered flash floods and mudslides since Wednesday, officials said.

More than 25 percent of Nepal’s 75 administrative districts have been hit by floods or landslides.

“More than 200 houses are destroyed while hundreds of other homes are completely under water,” officials said, adding that thousands of people had been rescued.

“Early this month, a massive landslide near Kathmandu buried a village and killed 156 people. It blocked the Sunkoshi River forming a dangerous build up of water prompting authorities in Bihar in east India to evacuate thousands on flood fears,” said a report.


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Disaster Diary: August 2, 2014

Posted by feww on August 2, 2014

GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
SCENARIOS 911, 909, 888, 699, 606, 444, 201, 111, 070, , 09, 04, 02
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Israel murders 107 Palestinians overnight searching for missing soldier

Israeli military murdered at least 107 Palestinians in Gaza overnight, while searching for a missing soldier, who may have been killed by friendly fire, said reports.

The renewed violence came after a tentative 72-hour ceasefire agreement on Friday broke down.

Israelis have murdered at least 1,655 Palestinians and wounded 8,900 others, said the health ministry in Gaza since July 8. Most of the victims have been civilian, according to the U.N.

Deadly landslide buries dozens of homes in Nepal

A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal has buried dozens of homes leaving dozens dead or missing, injuring dozens many more and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

“The landslide has blocked the Sunkoshi river, east of the capital Kathmandu, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground,” said Bbc.

China Factory Explosion Kills Dozens

A powerful factory blast killed at least 68 people and injured about 200 others in Kunshan City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, earlier today, said Xinhua.

Some 44 people were killed during the blast, while 24 others later. At least 137 of the injured have been transferred to hospitals in nearby cities of Suzhou, Wuxi, Nantong and Shanghai, said the report.

Indian landslide: Hopes for Survivors Fading

Rescuers say hopes of finding survivors in India landslide that buried more than 100 people are fading, as the confirmed death toll topped 50.

Wednesday’s landslide buried almost an entire village in India’s western state of Maharashtra, destroying dozens of homes. More than 100 people remain missing.

Japanese war criminal’s confession of torture and rape released

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua)—The confession of Mitsuaki Kimura, a Japanese war criminal, detailing his involvement in the capture and torture of Chinese people during Japan’s war of aggression against China was published Saturday.

The confession is the latest in a series published on the website of China’s State Archives Administration (SAA).

According to his written confession, Kimura served as lieutenant captain of the Japanese Garrison Army in Handan, Hebei in January 1939 and as captain of Boli County Military Police Branch of the “Manchukuo” from 1944 to 1945.

In 1942, he led and instructed Gubeikou Military Police to arrest and interrogate about 30 soldiers of the Eighth Route Army in Shixia Township and arrested another 150 in April.

More than 150 soldiers were captured in 1943, with seven of them tortured to death during the interrogation.

Kimura said he accused a Chinese businessman in Jining County of being an agent of the Soviet Union, arrested his daughter aged about 20 for interrogation and forced her to become his servant in 1945.

“In July, when my wife was not at home I was sexually stimulated on seeing her. I raped her,” he said in the confession.

This is the 31st of 45 Japanese war criminal confessions the SAA plans to publish. It has been issuing one a day since July 3.

The move follows denials of war crimes by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese right-wing politicians.

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Watching Events Unfold, Frame by Frame, Exactly as Forecast

Posted by feww on July 20, 2012

Drought 2012 could linger for months

Corn and soybean prices break all-time records. Corn prices have climbed 53 percent in one month, as worst drought and poorest crop conditions in decades decimate yields in the Corn Belt region and beyond.


U.S. Drought Map for July 17, 2012, released July 19.

List of Disaster Areas Continues Growing

On Wednesday, USDA designated an additional 39 counties in 8 states as Primary Natural Disaster areas due to worsening drought, making up a disaster total of 1,297 counties in 29 states.  Additionally,  several hundred other counties have been declared as contiguous disaster areas.

One Way Drought

Drought is intensifying in the Corn Belt region and creeping to the areas beyond including Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, southern Minnesota and parts of Missouri, Kentucky and the Dakotas.

Drought and Deluge Double Whammy

The historic drought could finally end in an epic deluge, in which case what is already extreme stress on the topsoil would be incalculable.


NASS Crop Production Data. Map of drought superimposed on the corn production areas, July 10, 2012.

Drought Stats

  • Nearly two-thirds of Continental U.S. is currently in drought condition
  • More than 42 percent of the lower 48 states were in SEVERE, EXTREME or EXCEPTIONAL Drought Conditions (D2-D4) as of July 17, 2012, a rise of over 5 percent since last week.
  • As of July 17, 2012,  the entire Continental U.S. with the exception of Maine was experiencing Abnormally Dry or Drought Conditions (D0 -D4)  in full or in parts of the states, a situation which has since worsened due to scant precipitation and a persistent heat wave in the past few days.
  • More than 81 percent of the Contiguous United States was Abnormally Dry or in Drought  Conditions (D0 – D4).
  • Drought 2012 is considered as the worst drought since 1956 and worst agricultural drought since 1988.
  • About 40% of the U.S. corn crop is in poor-very poor condition.
  • Good-excellent soybean crop dropped to 34% – down from 56% at start of season.
  • Some 1,297 counties in 29 states have been declared as primary natural disaster areas, with several hundred other counties designated as contiguous disaster areas.
  • Less than 10 percent topsoil moisture is left in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
  • Topsoil moisture in the entire Central Region is below 50 percent of normal.
    • Drought is expected to persist or intensify across Central Region.
    • About 98 percent of corn is grown within Central Region.
  • About 80 percent of corn grown in the U.S. is experiencing drought.

Deadly Heat Persists

Meantime, preliminary records from NCDC showed 145 high temperature records broken Wednesday and 67 records tied in 23 states: Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.


High temperatures in the triple digits will be the norm for the next several days for parts of the central U.S., with heat indices reaching into the 110 degree range. Some NWS Forecast Offices have already extended their heat advisories to last through the middle of next week. Source: NWS


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Powerful Quake, Strong Aftershocks Hit China’s W. Xizang

Posted by feww on August 31, 2008

Earthquake UPDATE

USGS has reported an earthquake cluster striking Western Xizang area. The 6.7 Mainshock which struck about 225 km (140 miles) NE of Jumla, Nepal on August 25, 2008, was followed by at least five powerful aftershocks measuring magnitude 5 or higher.

A Note of Interest

The mainshock, which struck the area on August 25 at 09:21:59 PM (time at epicenter), was located at 30.893°N, 83.614°E. Those coordinates put the epicenter in the eastern section of Palung Co lake in  the western Xizang province, Tibet Autonomous Region (China).

An examination of the images of Palung Co reveals that the lake, especially its southern section formation, is a large caldera formed either by multiple caldera collapse events or by a large lateral sector collapse. See Google Earth [30° 49’N, 83° 34’E] for visual confirmation.

The discovery gives rise to a number of interesting questions including the date for last eruption in the-now-sunken calderas, and the probability of renewed volcanic eruptions occurring as a result of the powerful seismic activity in the area.



Images: USGS

Quake Magnitude: 6.7
Date & Time:

  • Monday, August 25, 2008 at 13:21:59 UTC
  • Monday, August 25, 2008 at 09:21:59 PM at epicenter

Location: 30.893°N, 83.614°E
Depth: 12 km (7.5 miles) set by location program
Region: WESTERN XIZANG
Distances:

  • 225 km (140 miles) NE of Jumla, Nepal
  • 295 km (185 miles) N of Pokhara, Nepal
  • 370 km (230 miles) NNE of Nepalganj, Nepal
  • 390 km (245 miles) NNW of KATHMANDU, Nepal

Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 7.9 km (4.9 miles); depth fixed by location program (Source of data: USGS)

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