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Heightened Seismicity Continues Across U.S.

Posted by feww on January 8, 2016

Seismic Map of the United States (7 Days – All Magnitudes)

At lease 1,382 earthquakes of all magnitudes (82 percent of the global total) have struck the United States (excl. territories) in the 7 days to 2016-01-08 at 14:45:15 UTC, based on the data provided by the USGS/EHP.

seimic map of us 7 days
Seismic map of the United States Seismic Map of the United States (7 Days to 2016-01-08 14:45:15 UTC – All Magnitudes)

EQ Totals – 7 Days to 2016-01-08 14:45:15 UTC – All Magnitudes

Global Events: 1,686
U.S. Events: 1,382 (Excl. Territories)
Source: USGS/EHP Archive

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M4.8, M4.7 among 19 Earthquakes Striking Oklahoma

Posted by feww on January 7, 2016

Oklahoma Rattled by 19 Quakes

The largest events in the cluster that struck earlier today measured magnitudes 4.8 and 4.7Mw.

  • M4.8 occurred at 36.493°N, 98.714°W about 32km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:58 UTC depth=6.0 km
  • M4.7 31km occurred at 36.475°N 98.728°W about NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:28 UTC depth=3.4 km

List of all EQs in Oklahoma today

4.0 about 27km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 08:37:11 UTC 5.0 km
3.7 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 08:06:15 UTC 5.0 km
3.3 about 31km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 08:02:31 UTC 6.7 km
2.5 about 33km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 07:50:03 UTC 7.9 km
2.8 about 5km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:42:57 UTC 7.8 km
3.5 about 32km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:38:34 UTC 8.4 km
2.6 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:20:18 UTC 1.2 km
3.2 about 31km S of Alva, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 06:03:28 UTC 5.0 km
3.0 about 31km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 05:37:48 UTC 3.9 km
3.3 about 25km NNW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 05:19:48 UTC 5.0 km
3.4 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:49:47 UTC 5.0 km
3.4 about 33km S of Alva, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:37:22 UTC 5.0 km
4.8 about 32km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:58 UTC 6.0 km
4.7 about 31km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 04:27:28 UTC 3.4 km
3.2 about 6km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 02:15:07 UTC 5.0 km
2.5 about 5km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-07 01:20:55 UTC 7.3 km
3.7 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2016-01-06 15:26:12 UTC 4.8 km
2.8 about 6km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma 2016-01-06 12:51:12 UTC 5.0 km
2.9 about 26km WSW of Medford, Oklahoma 2016-01-06 10:40:29 UTC 5.0 km

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Major Disaster Declared for Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 30, 2015

Oklahoma Declared Federal Disaster Area

Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms and Flooding (DR-4247)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma in the areas affected by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of November 27-29, 2015.

The hardest hit areas include the counties of Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Grant, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Major, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Washita, and Woods.

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

Federal Disaster Declarations (2015)

The federal government has proclaimed 43 Major Disaster Declaration [DR 4205-4247] for a U.S. state/tribal area/territory so far this year. Additionally, the government has issued two Emergency Declarations, EM-3372 and EM-3373, and 34 Fire Management Assistance Declarations [FM-5084 to FM-5117] for the year to date.

Major Disaster Declarations Since October 2015

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Significant Earthquake Strikes Near Edmond, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 29, 2015

M4.3 Strikes 8km ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma

Centered at 35.682°N, 97.396°W the event occurred at a depth of 8.0 km (4.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.3Mw
Location: 35.682°N, 97.396°W
Time: 2015-12-29 11:39:19 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 8km (5mi) ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 22km (14mi) S of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • 26km (16mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Massive Snowstorm Prompts State of Emergency Declaration in New Mexico

Posted by feww on December 28, 2015

DISASTER DIARY – DECEMBER 28, 2015

Up to 20 inches of snow with drifts of 10 feet hit SE part of NM

Gov. Martinez has declared a state of emergency in New Mexico, mobilizing the National Guard to rescue hundreds of stranded drivers.

Officials have closed I-40 indefinitely, with stretches of the interstate also closed in Texas and Oklahoma, said local reports.

“This is a dire situation, especially the eastern half of the state where the storm has hit hardest and continues to dump snow,” said Martinez . “We monitored the situation throughout the night and activated the National Guard to assist stranded motorists.

Martinez has described the extreme weather events as a “serious situation” and asked New Mexicans to stay off the roads until the conditions improve.

“Someone may look out the winter in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and say, ‘It doesn’t seem that bad,’ but it is extremely bad,” Martinez said. “I cannot express how serious the situation is. The southeastern part of the state has 16 to 20 inches of snow with snow drifts of 8 to 10 feet.”

Missouri Declares a State of Emergency

Gov. Nixon has declared a state of emergency in after rain, flooding and flash flooding across Missouri severely impacted the state. Nixon has warned that residents avoid water-covered roads and avoid travel at all if possible.

Meanwhile, St. Louis region became the wettest year ever at the weekend with 58.14 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The previous record of 57.96 inches was set in 2008. More rain is expected across the region.

Weekend flash floods killed at least 13 people in Missouri and Illinois, while the death toll across southern and central US climbed to about 50 after days of severe weather.

Disaster in Texas

Powerful tornadoes killed at least 11 people in Greater Dallas Area, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and uprooting thousands of trees.

Gov. Abbott declared a state of emergency for Collin, Dallas, Ellis and Rockwall counties, and declared concurrently the four counties as disaster areas.

NWS has issued tornado warnings for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, also warning that a “historic blizzard” could hit Texas and Oklahoma with about 16 inches of snow.

States of Emergency in Oklahoma 

Oklahoma has also declared a states of emergency. The state of emergency proclaimed by Gov. Fallin on Nov. 29 will remain in effect, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said.

The following forecast is also issued by NWS:

Major Storm System Bringing Ice, Heavy Snow, Severe Weather, and Flooding from The Gulf Coast to New England

A major storm system will continue to bring a plethora of impacts including heavy snowfall, ice, heavy rainfall, flooding, and severe weather today and tonight. The low pressure system will move toward the Great Lakes region on Tuesday shifting the winter storm threat into Upstate New York and New England.

Meanwhile, the high temperatures are expected to continue in eastern US, with Washington DC reaching 70ºF (21ºC) on Sunday.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – December 27, 2015

Posted by feww on December 27, 2015

Powerful storm system brings tornadoes and flooding, killing at least 8 in Dallas, Texas

Death toll from a week of severe weather in the southern United States has now climbed to at least 26, with hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged by tornadoes, and flooding.

At least 6 tornadoes touched down in Dallas, Ellis and McClain counties on Saturday, according to the reports received by the storm prediction Center.

Meanwhile, forecasters have warned a “historic blizzard” could hit Texas and Oklahoma with up to 41cm of snow.

Dangerous Weather Continues Through Sunday Across the Middle of the Country

A variety of dangerous weather conditions will continue across the middle of the country through Sunday. Blizzard conditions will stretch from the High Plains of west Texas into northwest Oklahoma and Kansas. Hazardous ice accumulations will occur in Oklahoma. Dangerous flooding will extend from north Texas to central Illinois. Thunderstorms and a few tornadoes are possible in Texas. [NWS]

UK homes evacuated after ‘unprecedented’ flooding

Police have advised hundreds of people to evacuate near the River Ouse and River Foss in York, as floods threaten thousands of properties, said a report.

Hundreds of flood alerts and warnings are in place for England, Wales and Scotland, including more than 20 severe warnings—indicating danger to life.

UK PM David Cameron has called the flooding “unprecedented” and the situation for many as “incredibly serious” in an emergency conference call, promising more troops.

Super gonorrhea ‘could become untreatable’

“Gonorrhea is at risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance,” the UK Chief Medical Officer has warned.

The warning follows the detection of a highly drug-resistant strain of the infection in the north of England in March.

The strain can resist the antibiotic azithromycin, which is normally used alongside another drug, ceftriaxone.

The bacteria that cause gonorrhea can mutate and develop new resistance, so we cannot afford to be complacent, said a UK health official.

North of England ‘super gonorrhea’ outbreak triggers nationwide alert

‘Highly resistant’

“This azithromycin highly resistant outbreak is the first one that has triggered a national alert,”  a consultant in sexual health based in Bristol, told the BBC News website.

“If this becomes the predominant strain in the UK we’re in big trouble, so we have to be really meticulous in making sure each of these individuals has all their contacts traced and treated.”

In 2011, Japan reported a case of complete resistance to cephalosporin-class antibiotics, which included the main treatment ceftriaxone.

About 35,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported in England in 2014, an increase of almost 20% compared with the previous year. It is the second most common sexually transmitted disease in the UK after chlamydia.

Emergency declared as train carrying sulfuric acid derails in NW QLD

A freight train carrying 200,000 liters of sulfuric acid has derailed east of Julia Creek in NW Queensland, Australia.

The locomotive and all 26 carriages derailed at 10:20am about 20km east of the outback town, prompting authorities to declare an emergency and impose a two-kilometer exclusion zone around the crash site.

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma amid Deadly Storms

Posted by feww on December 1, 2015

30-Day State of Emergency Declared across Oklahoma

Governor Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in Oklahoma after storms battered the state, causing widespread flooding and leaving roads coated with up to 3cm of ice.

About 25 cm of rain fell across large swathes of SE Oklahoma over a 100-hour period causing extensive flash flooding and forcing the authorities to close two state highways.

“Nearly 100,000 homes were still without power Sunday afternoon as a result of freezing rain, ice and sleet that began Thursday. The state of emergency will help facilitate additional mutual aid, which includes oversized vehicles such as those transporting utility poles to the affected areas,” according to statement posted on Fallin’s website.

The storm have so far killed about two dozen people across the affected region.

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M4.5 Quake Sends Strong Tremors to Medford, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on November 30, 2015

Earthquake strikes WSW of Medford, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.746°N, 98.015°W the quake occurred at a [signature] depth of 5.0 km, reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.5Mw
Location: 36.746°N, 98.015°W; depth=5.0 km (3.1 mi)
Time: 2015-11-30 09:49:13 (UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 26km (16mi) WSW of Medford, Oklahoma
  • 40km (25mi) NNW of Enid
  • 83km (52mi) W of Ponca City
  • 93km (58mi) WSW of Arkansas City, Kansas
  • 148km (92mi) NNW of Oklahoma City

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M4.7 Quake Rattles Cherokee, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on November 19, 2015

Another significant earthquake strikes Oklahoma

Centered at 36.661°N, 98.461°W the quake occurred at a depth of 6.2 km (3.9 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.7Mw
Location: 36.661°N, 98.461°W
Depth: 6.2km (3.9 mi)
Time: 2015-11-19 07:42:12(UTC)
Nearby Cities

  • 13km (8mi) SW of Cherokee, Oklahoma
  • 59km (37mi) WNW of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 86km (53mi) ENE of Woodward, Oklahoma
  • 157km (98mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Quake Strikes Cayman Trench

Posted by feww on November 16, 2015

M5.8 Quake Strikes SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands

Centered at 17.833°N, 81.860°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0km (6.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.8Mw
Location: 17.833°N 81.860°W depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2015-11-16 00:39:34 (UTC)
Nearby Cities:

  • 169km (105mi) SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands
  • 176km (109mi) SSW of West Bay, Cayman Islands
  • 422km (262mi) W of Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 450km (280mi) NNE of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Other Notable Earthquakes

  • M5.0 about 72km SSW of Shemya Island, Alaska 2015-11-16 03:31:43 UTC depth= 39. km
  • M4.8 about 54km S of Obihiro, Japan 2015-11-15 17:11:42 UTC depth=104.5km
  • M4.3 about 30km NW of Fairview, Oklahoma 2015-11-15 09:45:31 UTC depth=5.0km

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Shallow Quake Rattles Cushing, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on October 11, 2015

Induced Seismicity: M4.5 EQ Strikes 5km WNW of Cushing, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.008°N, 96.819°W, 86km NE of Oklahoma City, the quake struck at a depth of about 2.0 km, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 9 quakes have struck Oklahoma State in the 18-hr period since  a magnitude 4.4 quake occurred about 18km SW of Medford, Oklahoma at 09:20:43 UTC on 2015-10-10.

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M4.4 Quake Strikes near Medford, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on October 10, 2015

More earthquakes strike Oklahoma

The largest of five earthquake to strike Oklahoma, and the Kansas border area, in a 12-hour period to 09:20:43 UTC today, measured 4.4Mw.

Centered at 36.707°N, 97.906°W (about 18km SW of Medford, Oklahoma) the quake occurred at a depth of 6.4 km, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 153 earthquakes measuring ≥ 2.5Mw have occurred in the State of Oklahoma and the Kansas border area in the past 30 days.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Multiple Counties across Central U.S.

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

Drought destroys crops in dozens of counties across four States

Drought has destroyed at least 30 percent of the crops in 78 counties and parishes across the states of  Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, reported USDA.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #1
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 39 counties and parishes in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Texas. Anderson, Angelina, Bell, Bowie, Burleson, Burnet, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Coryell, Delta, Gregg, Falls, Franklin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Lampasas, Lee, Marion, McLennan, Milam, Morris, Nacogdoches, Red River, Robertson, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur Williamson and Wood counties.
  • Oklahoma. Choctaw and McCurtain counties.
  • Louisiana. Caddo Parish.
  • Arkansas. Little River and Miller counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #2

USDA has designated a total of 25 counties and parishes in Louisiana and Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Louisiana. Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn parishes.
  • Arkansas. Ashley, Chicot, Columbia Lafayette and Union counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #3
USDA has designated a total of 14 counties and parishes in Arkansas and Louisiana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Arkansas. Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Columbia, Drew, Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita and Union counties.
  • Louisiana Claiborne, Morehouse, Union and Webster parishes.

All of the counties listed above were designated crop disaster areas by USDA on September 9, 2015.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,652 counties, county equivalents and municipalities, across 41 States [as well as Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands]: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

About 99 percent of the 2015 crop disaster designations are due to drought so far this year.

U.S. Drought Monitor – Weekly Comparison: CONUS

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-09-15 48.45 51.55 31.53 19.58 11.17 3.00
2015-09-08 49.63 50.37 31.67 19.62 10.92 3.00

 

Total U.S.

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-09-15 47.52 52.48 28.00 16.40 9.35 2.51
2015-09-08 48.00 52.00 28.14 16.44 9.14 2.51

 

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

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.

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Oklahoma Hit by Another Significant Earthquake

Posted by feww on July 28, 2015

M4.5  quake strikes NNE of Crescent, Oklahoma

Centered at 36.006°N, 97.576°W the quake struck at a depth of 3.2 km (2.0 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

About 2,800 earthquakes measuring ≥2.5Mw have struck the Sooner State and the border area with Kansas over the past 365 days, a rise of 33.3 folds over the past five years.

Only 84 earthquakes of comparable magnitude occurred in the region during the 12 month to July 27, 2011.

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M4.4 Quake Strikes near Cherokee, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on July 21, 2015

Average of 20 earthquakes striking Oklahoma each day

Centered at 36.807°N, 98.197°W the quake struck at a depth of about 5km, reported USGS/EHP.

About 140 earthquakes, or an average of 20 earthquakes, measuring 2.5Mw or greater have struck the State of Oklahoma over the past 7 days.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.4Mw
Location: 36.807°N 98.197°W
Depth: 5.0 km
Time: 2015-07-20 20:19:04 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 15km (9mi) ENE of Cherokee, Oklahoma
  • 53km (33mi) NNW of Enid, Oklahoma
  • 99km (62mi) W of Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • 107km (66mi) WSW of Arkansas City, Kansas
  • 160km (99mi) NNW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Super Clusters of Low-Level Seismicity Could Swamp Oklahoma

Posted by feww on July 15, 2015

VHF bursts of earth tremors could significantly affect Oklahoma: FIRE-EARTH Forecast

Fire-Earth Models show recurring swarms of intense seismicity, very large bursts of tremors striking repeatedly, could plague the State of Oklahoma.

EoF.

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Rate of Earthquakes Rattling Oklahoma Increases

Posted by feww on June 12, 2015

UPDATED

2,649 Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma in 365 Days

At least 2,649 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater have struck the state of Oklahoma and its border area with Kansas in the past 365 days, or an average of 7.25 quakes per day, compared with 812 events last year and 125 two years ago, according to the USGS earthquake archive.

The strike rate has increased from 6.7 earthquake per day, as calculated by FIRE-EARTH, just two months ago, on April 17, 2015.

The rate of occurrence for the year to June 2014 was 2.2 earthquake per day, our searches show, and [only] 0.34 events per day during the previous year.

Oklahoma eqs 365 days-12-06-2015
Earthquake Location Map. 365 Days, 2,649 earthquakes on the map. Updated: 2015-06-12 at 15:48:28 UTC. Source: USGS/EHP.

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Disaster Declared in 27 Arkansas Counties as Flooding Worsens

Posted by feww on June 2, 2015

Water levels continue to rise in disaster areas

“We are concerned with additional risks since the level of the water is continuing to rise in areas already affected,” said Gov. Hutchinson.

Flooding has severely impacted SW Arkansas and areas along the Arkansas River.

“Severe storms, flooding and tornadoes beginning May 8, 2015 and continuing caused great damage to private property and public-facilities in various jurisdictions in Arkansas; and Adverse circumstances have been brought to bear upon the citizens and public properties within the State,” he said, extending the Disaster Declaration to include 27 counties.

The disaster areas so far include the counties of Chicot, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Howard, Independence, Izard, Johnson, Lafayette, Little River, Logan, Madison, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Pope, Searcy, Sevier, Scott and Yell.

Texas

At least 167 counties in Texas have have been affected by flooding.

Oklahoma

Governor Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration for at least 13 counties severely affected by deadly storms and tornadoes.

She amended an Executive Order last week declaring a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties.

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Deadly Weather in Texas Destroys/ Damages Thousands of Homes

Posted by feww on May 27, 2015

States of Disaster declared for 46 Texas counties

Deadly weather has killed at least 20 people in Texas and Oklahoma and left more than a dozen missing, said reports.

Gov. Abbott Extends the Disaster Declaration

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued Emergency Disaster Proclamations on May 11, May 15 and May 25, 2015, certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in many Texas counties. Severe weather, tornadoes and flooding continue in these and other counties in Texas.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I hereby amend my proclamations of May 11, May 15 and May 25, 2015, and declare a disaster in Archer, Bastrop, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Collin, Comal, Cooke, Denton, Dewitt, Eastland, Fannin, Gaines, Garza, Grayson, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Kendall, Montague, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Parker, Red River, San Jacinto, Smith, Van Zandt, Walker, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, Wise, and Zavala counties.

Tsunami-like walls of water have destroyed homes and swept away people over the weekend in Central Texas.

“A record surge 44 feet high sped down the Blanco River late Sunday, demolishing homes and businesses, Hays County Commissioner Will Conley said. The previous record on the river was 32 feet, recorded in 1926,” said a report.

Floodwaters submerged large areas of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US, destroying or damaging more than 4,000 homes.

At least 4,000 properties have sustained “significant damage,” local media reported the Mayor Annise Parker as saying.

Dozens of homes in in Hays County have been completely destroyed and more than 1,400 others damaged, said reports.

Oklahoma Gov. amends Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for all 77 counties

“In light of continued storm and flooding damage over the weekend, Governor Fallin today amended an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 44 counties to a statewide emergency declaration. All 77 counties are now in a state of emergency. Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions,” said a statement issued by her office.

More severe storms, bringing additional rain, hail and tornadoes, are forecast to pound Oklahoma and Texas this week.

Twister devastates Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna

The Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna was devastated by a tornado which struck early Monday, killing at least 13 people.

The twister destroyed up to 800 homes (destruction toll varies between 200 and 800 properties) and damaged thousands more buildings.

The twister was the first ever to hit Ciudad Acuna since the city was founded more than 100 years ago, local media quoted the Mayor as saying.

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Major Disaster Declared for Oklahoma

Posted by feww on May 27, 2015

Oklahoma Declared Federal Disaster Area

Oklahoma Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4222)

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma and in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 5-10, 2015.

The areas worst affected by the disasters include Cleveland, Grady, and Oklahoma counties.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations.

This is the 18th Major Disaster Declaration proclaimed for the contiguous U.S., so far this year.

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Texas Declares States of Disaster in 24 Additional Counties

Posted by feww on May 26, 2015

Gov. Abbott Adds 24 Counties To Disaster Declaration

The governor of Texas has declared States of Disaster in 24 additional counties, bringing the total to 37, as severe weather and deadly flash flooding leave trails of destruction across the state.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on May 11, 2015, certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties in the State of Texas. On May 15, 2015, I amended my proclamation of May 11, 2015, to include Cooke, Grimes, Hood, Navarro, Smith and Wise counties. Severe weather, tornadoes and flooding continue in these and other counties in Texas.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in Archer, Bastrop, Bosque, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Dewitt, Eastland, Fannin, Gaines, Grayson, Grimes, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Kendall, Montague, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Parker, San Jacinto, Smith, Van Zandt, Walker, Wichita, Wilson and Wise counties.

At least 5 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma, and more than a dozen are missing.

“This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen,” said Abbott.

“It is absolutely massive,” he said, describing the relentless power of the wave of water as “tsunami-like.”

The Lone Star State has also been pounded by tornadoes, heavy rain and thunderstorms that have forced mass evacuations.

Meantime, a 9-pm to 7-am curfew in Wimberley and San Marcos was extended for a second night on Monday, said Hays County officials.

Tornado kills 13 in Mexico-Texas border city

A tornado has swept through Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas, destroying homes and tossing cars. At least 13 people were killed, and five others reported as missing, officials said.

The twister, which has destroyed or damaged about 800 homes, was the first ever to hit Ciudad Acuna since the city was founded more than 100 years ago, local media quoted the Mayor as saying.

 

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Texas Judge Declares Hays County a Disaster Area

Posted by feww on May 25, 2015

Flooding in Texas leaves more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed

Flooding in Texas town of San Marcos [pop: ~ 55,000] has left more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed, prompting the Hays County Judge to issue a disaster declaration.

“Once they told me the extent of damage and potential damage, we declared it a disaster area,” Judge Dr. Bert Cobb was quoted as saying.

“The flow and height is double what [it] was when it was at its highest in 1929,” said San Marcos Emergency Management Commander, describing the Blanco River that flows through San Marcos, said a report.

[The river crested at more than 13m (43ft), about 10m above the flood stage, and 2.1m higher than the 1929 record.]

At least three people have been killed and several reported as missing in flash flooding and severe storms across the region, officials said late on Sunday.

A man was killed in the floods that inundated San Marcos, and two others lost their lives in Oklahoma.

Thousands of people have been evacuated across the region.

Earlier, State of Disaster declared was also declared in Caldwell County, Texas as San Marcos River threatened to inundate the area.

A State of Emergency was declared for 44 Oklahoma counties on Saturday.

Severe weather in Houston caused an apartment building to collapse, injuring at least two people and severely damaging 10 of the 41 units, said the Houston Fire Department.

More severe weather and flooding rains possible on Memorial Day

Widespread strong to severe storms will be possible again on Memorial Day from south Texas across the Plains into the Midwest. Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are all possible especially across much of Texas. In addition, moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast for parts of Texas, increasing the flash and river flooding concerns with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain possible. [Source: NWS]

 

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Texas Judge Declares County a Disaster Area

Posted by feww on May 25, 2015

Flooding in Texas leaves more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed

Flooding in San Marcos [pop: ~ 55,000] has left more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed, prompting the Hays County Judge to issue a disaster declaration.

“Once they told me the extent of damage and potential damage, we declared it a disaster area,” Judge Dr. Bert Cobb was quoted as saying.

“The flow and height is double what [it] was when it was at its highest in 1929,” said San Marcos Emergency Management Commander, describing the Blanco River that flows through San Marcos, said a report.

[The river crested more than 13m (43ft), about 10m above the flood stage, and 2.1m higher than the 1929 record.]

At least two people have been killed in flash flooding and severe storms in the region, one each in Texas and Oklahoma, officials said on Sunday.

Earlier, State of Disaster declared was also declared in Caldwell County, Texas as San Marcos River threatened to inundate the area.

A State of Emergency was declared for 44 Oklahoma counties on Saturday.

More severe weather and flooding rains possible on Memorial Day

Widespread strong to severe storms will be possible again on Memorial Day from south Texas across the Plains into the Midwest. Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are all possible especially across much of Texas. In addition, moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast for parts of Texas, increasing the flash and river flooding concerns with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain possible. [Source: NWS]

 

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Mass Evacuations Ordered as Texas, Oklahoma Floods Worsen

Posted by feww on May 24, 2015

State of Emergency declared for 44 Oklahoma counties on Saturday

  • State of Disaster declared in Caldwell County, Texas as San Marcos River threatens to inundate the area.

The Oklahoma City metro area recorded up to 15cm of rain, as the city broke an all time record for the wettest 40-day period with 52cm of rainfall.

Major flooding continued along the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas, about 40 miles southwest of Austin, said the National Weather Service (NWS). About 23cm of rain was reported in the area which led to Blanco River rising more than 10.66m (35 feet) in less than 5 hours on Saturday.

Severe weather risk and flash flood potential continue on Sunday: NWS

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected across much of the central and southern Plains on Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center has an area of Slight Risk highlighted in Texas for the area with the greatest risk of severe weather; tornadoes, hail and damaging winds are all possible. Flash flooding is also forecast from central Iowa into southern Texas where the heaviest rainfall is expected.

NWS has issued Flood and Flash Flood Warnings and Watches for much of the central and southern Plains including the entire state of Oklahoma  and parts of Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas.

A judge in Wichita Falls, Texas, issued an evacuation order Saturday urging the residents of the city and the surrounding county to abandon their homes if they live within a 800 meters of either banks of the Wichita River, according to local reports.

Residents in several other towns and cities in northern Texas and southwestern Oklahoma have also been ordered to evacuate amid the threat of historic flooding.

Hundreds of homes have been inundated across the region as powerful storms continue to spawn extreme rain events.

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M4.8 Quake Strikes Nevada

Posted by feww on May 23, 2015

Earthquake clusters strike Nevada,  California, Alaska, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Puerto Rico

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake, centered at 37.292°N, 114.655°W struck Nevada at a depth of 4.0 km (2.5 mi), USGS/EHP reported.

The quake, originally reported as a magnitude 5.4 event, was followed by dozens of smaller aftershocks, most of them occurring locally with several reported in neighboring states of California and Utah.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 4.8Mw
Location: 37.292°N, 114.655°W; Depth= 4.0 km
Time: 2015-05-22 @ 18:47:42UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 37km (23mi) SSW of Caliente, Nevada
  • 75km (47mi) NW of Mesquite, Nevada
  • 97km (60mi) WNW of Saint George, Utah
  • 103km (64mi) W of Washington, Utah
  • 130km (82mi) NNW of Las Vegas [FIRE-EARTH projection]
  • 453km (281mi) SSW of Salt Lake City, Utah

us quakes 22-23may2015
1 Day, All Magnitudes Worldwide: 234 earthquakes – 218 earthquakes in map area – Download Updated: 2015-05-23 at 11:20:44UTC [USGS/EHP]

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