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Saudi leaders forge violence to achieve domination

Posted by feww on March 27, 2014

3O begins his visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday

“… the reality is that the kingdom is a dangerous and destabilizing actor.”

On the eve of the Oval Office Occupant’s [3O's] visit to Saudi Arabia, Toby C. Jones, an associate professor of history at Rutgers University and author of the book Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia said:

“Saudi Arabia is a violent place, with an oppressive regime, that has doggedly pursued the path of counter-revolution since 2011. It seeks not stability nor security for residents across the Middle East. Rather, Saudi leaders seek domination and are supporting reactionary violence in places like Egypt, Bahrain and Syria to help them achieve it.” 

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The President of the United States Barack O-bow-ma bows to sheik Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during the G20 summit, April 2009. The Washington Times called the bow a “shocking display of fealty to a foreign potentate”, which ran contrary to American tradition of not deferring to royalty. 

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9.3 Million Syrians Displaced

Posted by feww on March 15, 2014

WAR OF TERROR ON SYRIA  – THIRD ANNIVERSARY
MASS EXODUS
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Syria: Tens of thousands slaughtered, more than 9 million displaced

On the third anniversary of war of terror waged by Saudi Arabia and Israel against the Syrian people, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said: “three years have passed on this horrible Syrian crisis and that means more displaced people to expect. Today we have around 2.6 million Syrians displaced to neighboring countries and more than 6.5 million Syrians displaced inside Syria.”

Guterres expressed his gratitude to the “generosity of the Lebanese and the government of Lebanon,” for hosting most of the displaced Syrian refugees.

He called on the international community to “show more solidarity with Lebanon and provide financial support and share with it the burden because Lebanon cannot be left alone to confront the big challenges in these hard conditions.”

Meantime, Israeli forces continued shelling the Lebanese-Syrian border.

Return of Polio

In October 2013, an outbreak of polio was reported in Syria, more than a decade after the disease had been eradicated from the country.

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Syria Terror: Children “Targeted by Snipers”

Posted by feww on November 24, 2013

“Stolen Futures: The hidden toll of child casualties in Syria”

Some 11,420 children aged 17 and under were killed in the Syrian conflict: 7 out of 10 by explosive weapons, 1 in 4 by bullets—Oxford Research Group.

Between March 2011, when the “conflict” began, and end August 2013, at least 11,420 were recorded killed in Syria. Some 764 children were summarily executed, 389 were killed by sniper fire and more than 100—including infants—were tortured, according to the report.

“128 children were recorded killed by chemical weapons in Ghouta on 21 August, 2013.”

Overall, a total of 113,735 civilians and combatants were killed during the report period.

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10 year-old Issa carries a mortar shell in a weapons factory for the “Free Syrian Army” in Aleppo, September 7, 2013. Image Credit: REUTERS/Hamid Khatib

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Saudi Capital Plagued by “Biblical” Floods

Posted by feww on November 17, 2013

Saudis Swamped by Severe Flooding

Catastrophic flooding has hit Saudi Arabia, especially Riyadh, the country’s capital, inundating homes, streets and businesses, forcing the government to close schools and urge people to stay indoors, as torrential rains continue.

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Image credit: Jeee@Jana_oOo.

Forecasters have predicted torrential rains will continue to pummel Saudi Arabia through Monday, and the Saudi Civil Defense has warned people to stay indoors for their own safety, according to local media.

Floods in the port city of Jeddah on the Red Sea has killed about 150  people since 2009.


Jeddah Under Water November 2009. Source: SahilOnlie. Image may be subject to copyright. As Muslim pilgrims were casting stones at three concrete walls representing the devil on the third day of the annual hajj, torrential rains inundated  the port city of Jeddah, where 80 mm of rain fell in just a few hours, killing up to 130 people, forcing the closure of the main highway to Mecca, and stranding thousands of pilgrims on their way to the Muslims’ holy city. [The pilgrims efforts might have been more meaningful had they cast their stones at a mock-up of an oil rig, a giant oil drum or effigy of an supertanker.]

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Iraq Violence Death Toll Nears 7,200 in 10 Months

Posted by feww on November 2, 2013

Bloody October Leaves about 3,000 Iraqis Dead or Wounded

The death toll from violence in Iraq  reached at least 1,095 in October, according to Iraq Body Count and 979, according to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Additionally, about 16,000 others have been wounded in the deadly violence so far this year. 

Some 852 civilians and 127 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed in October, while 1,902 others were wounded, including 1,793 civilians and 109 security personnel, reported UNAMI.

ALL Iraqis, civilians, soldiers and security personnel, are prime targets for Saudi-backed Sunni militants seeking to destabilize the country’s Shia-led government.

UNAMI 2013 Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 7,168 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and about 16,000 others wounded so far this year.

  • In October 2013, at least 1,095 people were killed and more than 1,900 others wounded.
    • October death toll for Iraq was 979, exactly the same as September toll (!), according to UNAMI.
  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded
    • Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.
  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1,936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2,109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1,610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2,191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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7,037 Killed in Iraq Violence

Posted by feww on October 27, 2013

60 people killed across Iraq so far today


At least 10 car bombs ripped through Baghdad killing dozens of people and wounding many more, amid the worst violence in Iraq since 2008.

In the deadliest attack today, a suicide bomber targeted soldiers in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least 12 and wounding dozens more, Reuters reported police as saying.

The soldiers were waiting outside a bank to collect their salaries, when the bomber driving a car packed with high explosives blew himself up, said the report.

Iraqi soldiers and security personnel are prime targets for [Saudi-backed] Sunni militants seeking to destabilize the country’s Shi’ite-led government, the report said.

UNAMI 2013 Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 7,037 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and about 14,000 others wounded so far this year.

  • October 2013: At least 964 people have been killed hundreds more wounded so far this month.
  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded
    • Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.
  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1,936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2,109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1,610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2,191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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Bloody Sunday Bombings Kill 78 in Iraq

Posted by feww on October 21, 2013

Suicide bomb attacks kill at least 78 across Iraq

A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a cafe in Baghdad’s Al-Amil area on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, and leaving 39 others wounded, Reuters reported.

At least 40 others were killed in separate, mostly coordinated attacks, across the country including up to 28 people in the town of Rawa in Iraq’s western province of Al-Anbar.

The Sunday killings raises the October death toll to at least 716, and the 2013 total to 6,789 so far this year.

Perpetuating the Deadly Violence in Iraq

Saudi, Qatari, UAE and other [US-assisted] Arab regimes that help perpetuate the sectarian slaughter in Iraq and Syria must realize that they will NOT escape the carnage unscathed.

UNAMI Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 6,073 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and at least 12,000 others wounded between January 1 and September 30, 2013.

  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded
    • Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.
  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1,936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2,109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1,610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2,191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – October 5, 2013

Posted by feww on October 5, 2013

Saudi black ops team carried out Damascus chemical weapons attack – Russian diplomatic source

The chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on August 21 was carried out by a Saudi Arabian black ops team, according a Russian diplomatic source.

“Based on data from a number of sources a picture can be pieced together. The criminal provocation in Eastern Ghouta was done by a black op team that the Saudi’s sent through Jordan and which acted with support of the Liwa Al-Islam group,” a Russian diplomat reportedly told Interfax news agency.

The attack was meant to complicate an already delicate situation in Syria, another source said.

“Syrians of various political views, including some opposition fighters, are seeking to inform diplomats and members of international organizations working in Syria what they know about the crime and the forces which inspired it,” he told the agency.

“Earlier reports pointed to Saudi Arabia as the mastermind behind the chemical attack, which almost led to US military action against Syrian government. Supporters of this scenario say intelligence services in Riyadh were looking for a false flag operation to provoke an American intervention in Syria, which would tip the balance of power in favor of the armed opposition supported by Saudi Arabia,” said a report.

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Lampedusa Migrants Boat Disaster: Death toll could reach 300

Choppy seas prevented divers on Friday from recovering more bodies of migrants who drowned  off Sicily on Thursday.

The Italian coastguard has so far recovered 111 bodies and expect to find at least 200 others. The boat sank  about 800 meters from the shore of the southern island of Lampedusa.

Some 155 people have been recused, but more than 200 others are not accounted for, authorities said.

The 20-m vessel is sitting upright on the seabed about 47m below the surface, video footage shows.

Since the 1990s, about 20,000 people have lost their lives trying to reach Italy from North Africa, according to data of known incidents; however, thousands more are likely to have perished without a trace.

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Mandatory evacuation orders issued for low-lying areas south of New Orleans

State officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for low-lying areas south of New Orleans as a Tropical Storm KAREN continued to move toward the Louisiana coast.

KAREN has forced oil and gas companies to shut platforms and evacuate most of their workforces, cutting output by more than a half in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, which accounts for about a fifth of U.S. oil production and more than 6 percent of natural gas.

Since Thursday, the governors of Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama have declared states of emergency to mobilize their resources.

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Typhoon FITOW Buffeting SW Japan

Typhoon FITOW is dumping significant amounts of rain over the Okinawa region. Forecaster say  the region could receive downpours of 60 mm per hour through Sunday.

Expected rainfall totals through Sunday evening could top 200 mm on the Saki-shima Islands, and 150 mm on Okinawa’s main island, said NHK.

“The local observatory advises caution against strong winds, high waves, a storm surge, landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, swollen rivers, tornadoes, and gusting winds.”

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Bodies Unearthed in Bosnian Mass Grave

About 100 bodies have so far been unearthed at a newly discovered mass grave in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina, reports say.

The victims are believed to be Bosnian Muslims and Croats who were ethnically cleansed by Serbian forces occupying the region during the three-year Bosnian War (1992 and 1995).

Serbian forces reportedly killed more than 30,000 civilians during their war of aggression.

In July 1995, Serbians massacred more than 8,000 Bosnians in Srebrenica, in what was the worst act of genocide in Europe since the Second World War.

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Self-immolation at the National Mall

A man was in critical condition Friday night after he poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire on the National Mall, reports said.

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Photo credit: Terry Hays. More images…

Continued…

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Every Day a Major Disaster Day in Iraq

Posted by feww on October 1, 2013

Iraq Insanity: At least 6,073 civilians killed and 12,000 wounded so far this year

Saudi, Qatari, UAE and other Arab regimes that help perpetuate the sectarian slaughter in Iraq and Syria must realize that they will NOT escape the carnage unscathed.

UNAMI Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 6,073 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and at least 12,000 others wounded between January 1 and September 30, 2013.

  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded [Iraq Body Count.]

Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.

  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In February 2013, a minimum of 418 civilians were killed and 704 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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Cardboard Kingdoms Spooked by a Piece of Plastic

Posted by feww on June 9, 2013

Global Disasters/ Significant Events – June 9, 2013

Saudi Arabia becomes the third Arab dictatorship to Ban Guy Fawkes Masks

The Saudi newspaper al-Medina reported that the country’s Ministry of the Interior has banned the import and sale of the Guy Fawkes masks.

The ban includes the immediate confiscation and destruction of all masks and related symbols already in Saudi Arabian markets and toy stores, the report said.

The United Arab Emirates banned the masks in November 2012, followed by the mini kingdom of Bahrain, which prohibited the masks in February.

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The Guy Fawkes Mask: A stylized portrayal of Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), a member of a group that planned the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

The Guy Fawkes mask is a stylized portrayal of Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, who attempted to blow up the House of Lords in London in 1605.

The mask, designed by illustrator David Lloyd, was used as a major plot element in V for Vendetta, a comic book published in 1982, and its 2005 film adaptation, and has now become  a symbol of united opposition to undemocratic governments.

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New Round of Deadly Flooding in South, Central and East China

Severe flooding and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have affected millions of people in south and east China.

Heavy rains have been pounding ten provincial regions in southern, central and eastern China, since Wednesday, including the provinces of Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

  • The floods have left dozens dead or missing.
  • At least 62,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes.
  • More than 2,500 homes have been destroyed, and tens of thousands of buildings damaged.
  •  Some 21,400 hectares of crops have also been destroyed by floodwaters.

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River Danube to Peak at Record High Levels in Budapest

The Danube in Budapest is forecast to peak later today (Sunday evening) at 8.95 meters (30 feet), more than double its usual level, and 0.35 meters above the record set in 2006 floods.

  • The authorities have already declared a state of emergency, and evacuated thousands of people (1,200 – 4,000) from dozens of towns and villages. The authorities have also closed dozens of roads, according to local news.

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Torrential rain, hail and floods affect about 100,000 in NW China

Widespread flooding has affected about 100,000 people in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

“The rainstorm has damaged over 12,300 hectares of crops and killed 2,340 head of livestock, while 303 houses have been toppled or damaged, forcing the evacuation of 939 people,” said a report.

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State of emergency declared in Kiev following landslides

The Kiev municipal government has declared a state of emergency in the Ukrainian capital following multiple landslides on the banks of Dnieper River.

  • “There were a total of 11 possible disaster sites in Kiev,” said a report citing city officials.

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Another Day of Record Breaking Heat in Western US

Excessive Heat Warnings remain in effect in the Desert Southwest as daytime temperatures again soar into triple digits, said NWS.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – June 3, 2013

Posted by feww on June 3, 2013

Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita spreads to 30,000 acres

The massive wildfire north of Los Angeles grew to about 30,000 acres and was 40% contained as of Monday morning,  authorities said.

The blaze has so far destroyed at least 6 homes and damaged more than a dozen others, according to several reports.

About 2,200 fire crews were attempting to suppress the fire which broke out Thursday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic, close to a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station in San Francisquito Canyon near Drinkwater Reservoir.

More than 1,000 homes in the Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth areas were still under mandatory evacuation, as of posting.

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Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Central Europe

Major flooding has worsened across Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland, with several countries declaring states of emergency.

  • A large part of Eilenburg, a town north-east of Leipzig, was evacuated, with more than 7,000 people being taken to emergency shelters.
  • In Austria, two months of rain fell in just two days, said the meteorological office, forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.
  • Water levels in the Bavarian city of Passau, located at confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn and Ilz—were at their highest since 1501, the local media reported.

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Saudi Arabia: Forecast Withheld by a Moderator

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China slaughterhouse fire kills 119, injures many more

Death toll from a large fire at a “poultry slaughterhouse” in NE China’s Jilin Province has climbed to to 119 as of Monday afternoon, the authorities said.

The fire broke out early morning at a workshop “owned by the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi Township of Dehui City” also injured dozens of others, the report said.

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Turkish protests turn into bloody riots

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Turkish cities, angry over the heavy-handed police response to a small peaceful demonstration last week.

  • Hundreds of protesters and police have been injured since Friday.
  • Protests began last week against construction in Istanbul’s “last remaining open space,” the Taksim Gezi Park.
  • The anti-government protests have now spread to 67 provinces across Turkey.
  • The largest demonstrations were held in Istanbul, the capital city of Ankara and ports of Antalya and Izmir.
  • “The unrest has delivered a blow to Turkish financial markets that have thrived under Erdogan. Shares fell more than six percent and the lira fell to 16-month lows,” said a report.
  • Some protestors complained about the costs from the prime Minister Erdogan’s support of rebels in neighboring Syria’s civil war.

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DISASTER CALENDARJune 3, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,013 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,013 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 30 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 30, 2013

Rare Tornado Leaves a Trail of Destruction in Milan, Italy

A ferocious tornado struck the northeastern outskirts of Milan, destroying buildings, overturning trucks, uprooting trees

  • “It kept growing and growing. It was like having the engine of a plane next to me,” said a local resident.

Milan has a population of about 1.35 million; however, its urban area is the largest in Italy, and 5th largest in the EU, with a population of more than 5.2 million. The Milan metropolitan area is located within the so-called Blue Banana, the area of Europe with the highest industrial output.

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U.S. Drought Eases in the Northeast

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Rain threatens yields in the US Midwest

“Additional rainfall from late Thursday into the weekend will further stall corn and soybean plantings in the U.S. Midwest, threatening to trim acreage and yield potential for each crop, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday,” said a report.

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Hurricane Barbara slams into the Pacific Coast of Mexico

Hurricane BARBARA slammed into Mexico’s Pacific Coast Wednesday, leaving at least two people dead and 14 others missing, before being downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved north toward the Gulf of Mexico.

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Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS-CoV

Saudi Arabia says three more people have died from MERS-CoV, a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the global total to 30. The three victims, ranging in age from 24 to 60,  had chronic diseases, the Health authorities said.  A total of 38 infected cases had been reported in the country, 49 worldwide, as of May 30, 2013.

Despite major scaremongering by the World Health Organization (WHO), calling the virus a “threat to the entire world,” MERS does not appear to be as easily transmitted as SARS was.

So far, MERS has not shown any signs of sustained person to person transmission, and nearly all of fatalities have occurred in patients with underlying medical conditions.

The SARS outbreak in South China and later Hong Kong, which didn’t become  a pandemic, led to 8,273 cases and 775 deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

[The novel coronavirus called “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus” (MERS-CoV) was identified in 2012 as the cause of respiratory illness in people, CDC said.]

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 30, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,017 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,017 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Drought, Rainstorms Affect Millions across CHINA

Posted by feww on May 12, 2013

Global Disasters/ Significant Events – Sunday 12  May 2013

Drought Affecting 3.58 Million Hectares of Farmland

Scorching drought in China’s western and central regions has affected at least 3.58 million hectares of farmland, [that's an area the size of Taiwan,] drought relief authorities said.

  • Affected land used to grow crops totaled 2.13 million hectares, lower than the average acreage of 6.3 million hectares over the past few years, according to a statement from the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.”
  • At least 5.54 million people and 3.99 million livestock in the two drought-stricken regions are currently short of drinking water, the report said.

Rainstorms Destroy Thousands of Homes, Affect one million in southern and eastern China

Extreme Rain Events have battered southern and eastern China since last week, destroying thousands of homes, and affecting at least a million people, said a report.

As of Saturday, rainstorms have affected about 850,000 people, toppled more than 2,200 homes and forced 14,000 citizens to relocate in Hunan.

Rainstorms have affected about 196,800 people in east China’s Jiangxi Province, local authorities said Saturday.

As of 11 p.m. Friday, the heavy rain, which started from Tuesday, has battered 26 counties in Jiangxi, the provincial flood prevention and drought control headquarters said.

The storms have destroyed about 20,000 hectares of crops, and left tens of thousands displaced.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events 

Calif. Homes Sinking In Volcanic Grounds, Lakeport Community Evacuated

Homes in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, are breaking apart and sinking into cavernous fractures that had first appeared as cracks in the ground.

“We have a dormant volcano, and I’m certain a lot of things that happen here (in Lake County) are as a result of that, but we don’t know about that,” county public works director Scott De Leon told Yahoo News.

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Associated Press/Rich Pedroncelli – In this photo taken Monday, May 6, 2013 Robin and Scott Spivey walk past the wreckage of their Tudor-style dream home they had to abandon when the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport, Calif. Officials believe that water that has bubbled to the surface is playing a role, in the collapse of the hillside subdivision that has forced the evacuation of 10 homes and the notice of imminent evacuation of another 10 in this upscale subdivision. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli). More images…

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At least 40 killed, 100 injured as explosions shake Turkish town

At least 46 people were killed and 100 others injured, 50 of them seriously, after 3 powerful explosions shook the Turkish town of Reyhanli in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, near the border with Syria, authorities have said.

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Yet another deadly coal mine blast in China

Death toll from a coal mine explosion on Saturday in southwest China’s Sichuan Province rose to 27, local authorities said.

  • The blast occurred in Taozigou colliery, Luxian County in the city of Luzhou, according to officials.

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Bangladesh death toll rises to 1125

Death toll from the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Bangladesh rose to 1,126 by 3:00pm ( local time) on Sunday, after 16 additional bodies were discovered in the rubble, 19 days after the building collapsed, officials said.

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Novel Coronavirus Kills 2 More People in Saudi Arabia

Two more people have died from novel coronavirus (nCoV) in an outbreak in al-Ahsa region of Saudi Arabia, Reuters quoted a Saudi official as saying.

  • The latest cluster of infections includes 15 confirmed cases, including 9 deaths, the official has reported.

From April 2012 to [May 8, 2013,] a total of 33 people from Saudi Arabia [2 others reported dead on May 12,] Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and France were confirmed to have an infection caused by the novel coronavirus, CDC reported.

  • Saudi Arabia: 24 people; 13 of them died  [at least 15 dead as of May 12, 2013]
  • Qatar: 2 people; both survived
  • Jordan: 2 people; both died
  • UK: 3 people; 2 died, 1 recovered
  • UAE: 1 person; died
  • France: 1 person, receiving treatment

Coronaviruses are a cause of the common cold. A coronavirus also was the cause of the severe respiratory illness called SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). SARS caused a global epidemic in 2003, but there have not been any known cases of SARS since 2004. This novel coronavirus is not the same coronavirus that caused SARS. —CDC

We know this virus has infected people since 2012, but we don’t know where this virus lives. We know that when people get infected, many of them develop severe pneumonia. What we don’t know is how often people might develop mild disease. We also know that most of the persons who have been infected so far have been older men, often with other medical conditions. We are not sure why we are seeing this pattern and if it will change over time. —WHO

The greatest global concern, however, is about the potential for this new virus to spread. This is partly because the virus has already caused severe disease in multiple countries, although in small numbers, and has persisted in the region since 2012. Of most concern, however, is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact this novel coronavirus can transmit from person-to-person. This pattern of person-to- person transmission has remained limited to some small clusters and so far, there is no evidence that this virus has the capacity to sustain generalized transmission in communities. —WHO

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 12, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,035 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,035 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 4 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 4, 2013

100 killed or injured, 100,000 displaced as flash floods devastate parts of Kenya

Flash floods triggered by extreme rain events have left about 80 people dead, 20 injured and more than 100,000 others displaced in Rift Valley, eastern, western and central Kenya. 

Floods have caused widespread devastation, destroying much of the harvest, property and infrastructure throughout the affected areas.

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California wildfires

Springs Fire in Ventura County has blackened more than 30,000 acres, but was 30% contained as of posting.

  • Some 4,000 firefighters are tackling six significant wildfires in California, the state fire agency says.
  • Fire crews have tackled more than 700 wildfires so far this year, about 250 more than average for the period.
  • Hundreds of residences were under evacuation order, as of posting.

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State of Emergency Declared in Guatemala

The Guatemalan government has declared states of emergency in four towns near a controversial silver mine after clashes between police and anti-mining protesters in the southeast of the country.

  • The government has outlawed gatherings in the towns of Jalapa and Mataquescuinlta, and the areas of Casillas and San Rafael Las Flores.

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Saudi evacuates villages after dam partially collapses

Several villages in southern Saudi Arabia were evacuated after a dam partially collapsed due to heavy rains, Al Arabia Channel reported.

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 4, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,043 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,043 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 1 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 1, 2013

Victims of Dhaka Building Collapse Buried in Mass Funeral

Death toll in Bangladeshi building collapse climbed to 402 with 150 others reported as missing.

The Rana Plaza collapse last Wednesday, which left also 2,500 people injured, became Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster.

Tens of thousands of garment workers marked International Labor Day in Dhaka, demanding the death penalty for the building owners, while a mass funeral was held for the collapse victims.

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Flooding and Landslides in south China

Floods and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have affected hundreds of thousands of people in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

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Saudi Arabia

Flooding in Saudi Arabia has left at least 13 people dead and four others missing, in the capital Riyadh.

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U.S. Temperature Forecast

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U.S. Temperature Forecast for May 1, 2013. 

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UK Government breached the EU air quality law

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the UK government has broken European Union air quality law, and asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxemburg for instructions on the follow-up action, knowingly delaying immediate remedial action to improve the air pollution by about 18 months, said a report.

  • The government was found to be in breach of an EU directive for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions.

NO2: Toxic by Inhalation

  • A prominent air pollutant, NO2 is produced by burning fuels. It is a reddish-brown gas with a characteristic sharp, acrid odor.
  • Internal combustion engines and thermal power stations release millions of tons of  NO2 into the air each year.
  • Long-term exposure to low levels of NO2 (40–100 µg/m3) could decrease lung function and increase the risk of respiratory symptoms.
  • Low concentrations (4 ppm) of NO2 will anesthetize the nose, which could lead to overexposure.
  • Some 40 out of Britain’s 43 air quality zones exceeded the NO2 limits for 2010.
  • London has the highest levels of NO2 among all European capitals.
  • Some 29,000 early deaths a year in Britain are attributed to air pollution, said the report.

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 1, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,046 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,046 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Floods Affect Millions in East, South, SW and Central China

Posted by feww on June 14, 2012

Storms, flooding and landslides leave many dead or missing around China

Extreme rain events in the Chinese provinces of Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Sichuan, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have triggered severe flooding and landslides, affecting  thousands of towns and villages, disrupting the lives of tens of millions of people, leaving many dead or missing, and forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate. The disasters have destroyed tens of thousands of homes, millions of hectares of crops and much of the infrastructures .

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Syria.  The joint proxy war waged by Saudi Arabia and Israel against Syria has entered a new phase. The head of UN peacekeeping operations has described the Syrian conflict as a “civil war.”
    • Meantime, Germany’s leading daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported the May 25 Houla massacre was perpetrated by opposition forces aligned with the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
    • “The report refutes the official account by the United States and other major powers and presented uncritically by the media. The massacre was attributed to pro-government forces and used to step up the propaganda offensive for military intervention against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Without providing any serious evidence, the US and its allies claimed that either the Syrian Army or pro-government Shabiha militas carried out the mass killing of over 100 people.” Said a report.
    • “The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article is given additional weight by a report in Spiegel Online from March 29 pointing to the widespread practice of summary execution carried out by the FSA. Spiegel interviewed a member of an opposition ‘burial brigade’ who had ‘executed four men by slitting their throats.’”
  • Gaza.  The water in Gaza is too contaminated to drink, says a joint report by the Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Save the Children.
    •  The report “Gaza’s Children: Falling Behind” describes the impact of the ongoing blockade on the lives and health of Gaza’s children.
    • Gaza’s only fresh source of water is highly contaminated by fertilizer and human feces, the report says.
    • The number of children being treated for diarrhea has doubled in 5 years, and the levels of nitrates found in the water are responsible for to the doubling since the blockade began, according to the report.
    • Israel’s 5-year blockade is preventing crucial sanitation equipment from entering the territory, and Gaza’s sewage system is “completely broken.”
    • The report will be launched on June 20, 2012 at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Oil Wars: Obama Intensifying Middle East Destabilization

Posted by feww on October 12, 2011

Obama Admin Forcing the World to the Brink of New War for Oil, Other Resources

The next phase in the ongoing destabilization of Middle East may be a US proxy war fought by Saudis against Iranians.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 12

[October 12, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,617 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Washington, USA. The Obama Admin Forcing the World to the Brink of New War for Oil, Fresh Water and Food.
    • Obama Admin has accused Iranian government of plotting to assassinate Saudi Ambassador to US, a charge which the Iranians have denied.
    • Iranian government says US is using the trumped-up assassination plot to divert attention from internal problems.
    • Turki al-Faisal, a Saudi prince and a close friend of GW Bush, who was also a former ambassador to Washington and a former head of the Saudi intelligence service, is threatening the Iranians with retaliation. He told a conference in London: “The burden of proof and the amount of evidence in the case is overwhelming, and clearly shows official Iranian responsibility for this. This is unacceptable. Somebody in Iran will have to pay the price.”
    • The Saudi King Abdullah is on record as having repeatedly urged the US to attack Iran.

Other Disasters

  • Central America. A deadly tropical storm has pounded Central America killing about 2 dozen people.
    • Guatemala has issued a red alert after at least 13 people were killed from heavy rains, flooding and mudslides triggered by TD 12-E.
    • “So far the official statistics of damages are: 130 thousand people affected by the rains, 2,660 people have suffered damages, 3,546 people are in shelters and 346 houses have been damaged.”
    • More casualties have been reported in El Salvador, Mexico and Nicaragua.
  • Mexico. Hurricane JOVA, now a tropical depression, has killed at least 2 people in the port city of Manzanillo, Mexico, while rising river levels in the state Tabasco (southern Mexico) forced 75,000 people to evacuate as Tropical Depression 12-E dumped several inches of rain in the region.
  • Iowa, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 60 of Iowa’s 99 counties as natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of severe storms, excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds, lightning, tornadoes, landslides, mudslides, excessive heat and drought that began April 1, 2011, and continuing.


List of 27 Iowa counties designated as Primary Disaster Areas. Source: USDA.


List of 33 Iowa counties designated as Contiguous Disaster Areas. Source: USDA.

  • Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota, USA. The following counties bordering the state of Iowa have also been designated as contiguous disaster areas:
    • Illinois: Hancock, Henderson, Mercer and Rock Island counties.
    • Missouri: Atchison, Mercer, Schuyler, Clark, Nodaway, Scotland, Harrison, Putnam and Worth counties.
    • Nebraska: Burt, Dakota, Sarpy, Cass, Otoe and Thurston counties.
    • South Dakota: Union County.

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More Dust Storms Plague Arabian Peninsula

Posted by feww on February 1, 2010

Arabian Peninsula Buried Under Sand


Another dust storm sweeps over much of southern Iraq and part of Saudi Arabia in this image from January 25, 2010. The dust appears to be carried on wind blowing from the west ahead of a storm, heralded by the clouds on the left edge of the image. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. The red dots are most likely gas flares in oil refineries in the region. Plumes of black smoke from oil fires rise from some of the refineries.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS RRT at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek. Edited by FEWW.

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Arabia Shakes

Posted by feww on November 5, 2009

Arabian Plate Jolted by Quake Cluster at Boundaries in Gulf of Aden

As of posting 4 events had occurred in the region, the largest of which is estimated at 5.8 Mw. The events occurred at a depth of about 10 km.

A Wave of Intense Seismicity May Break up Arabian Plate!

In your lifetime you could see large earthquakes and volcanic explosions breaking up the Arabian plate,  creating  one or more islands from its southern half.

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Arabian Plate. Image Credit: Saudi Arabian Geological Survey

The western boundary of the Arabian plate is a transform fault zone — the Dead Sea and East Anatolian faults —where the adjacent plates grind past each other. Rifts of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden constitute the southern boundary, where Arabia and Africa are pulling apart. The Zagros and Makran mountain ranges mark the present collision zone. Blocks north and east of the collision zone (the Lut and Helmand blocks) arrived on the shores of Eurasia much earlier and are being jostled about during the current event …  Tectonics of the Arabian Plate/ Johnson Space Center/NASA

FEWW Arabia Earthquake and Volcanic Activity Forecast

The GFZ Potsdam Earthquake Bulletin reported the events as follows

Event No. 1

Region: Western Gulf of Aden
Time: 2009-11-05 06:23:05.2 UTC
Magnitude: 4.4
Epicenter: 45.70°E 12.21°N
Depth: 10 km
Status: manually revised

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Earthquake Location Map. © Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum – GFZ

Event No. 2

Region: Western Gulf of Aden
Time: 2009-11-05 07:12:35.7 UTC
Magnitude: 5.6
Epicenter: 46.07°E 12.10°N
Depth: 20 km
Status: manually revised

Tectonics of the Arabian Plate

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The African, Arabian and Indian crustal plates have been marching northward to collide with Eurasia — for about 20 million years in the case of Arabia, and for 50 million years in the case of India. The result has been a collage of plate pieces and mountain ranges that extend from the Pyrenees in the west, across southern Europe and the Middle East, through the Himalayas and the ranges of southeast Asia. Incorporated within that broad band are continental fragments that moved across the ocean and separately crashed into Eurasia; structures of some of those fragments have been reactivated during the present collision. Image and Caption: Johnson Space Center/NASA

10-degree Map Centered at 10°N,45°E

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW

Seismic Hazard Map

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Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

Seismic Hazard Map

Event No. 3

Region: Western Gulf of Aden
Time: 2009-11-05 07:57:30.1 UTC
Magnitude: 4.8
Epicenter: 46.11°E 11.96°N
Depth: 10 km
Status: manually revised

Event No. 4

Region: Western Gulf of Aden
Time: 2009-11-05 08:05:52.6 UTC
Magnitude: 5.1
Epicenter: 45.95°E 12.13°N
Depth: 17 km
Status: manually revised

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Another Quake Swarm to Strike Al-Ais, Arabia

Posted by feww on June 1, 2009

FEWW Earthquake Forecast: Al-Ais, Saudi Arabia

FEWW forecasts another swarm of earthquakes occurring in the Al-Ais volcanic region this week, with the largest shock measuring up to 4.6 Mw. [Probability of occurrence: 0.8]

Riyadh city, the Saudi capital, could also be jolted by a similar size shock. [Probability of occurrence: 0.6]

For earlier forecasts and other seismic related posts see:

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Arabian Subcontinent Earthquake Forecast 2009

Posted by feww on May 22, 2009

Earthquakes with regional median magnitude 5.6 Mw could strike Arabian Peninsula in 2009

Sporadic clusters of earthquakes measuring median magnitude 5.6 could strike Saudi Arabia and UAE  anytime lasting into the Fall 2009.

FEWW believes the following areas may be affected:

1. Mina Jabal Ali (UAE)

2. Abu Dhabi (UAE)

3. Ad Dawhah (Qatar, UAE)

4. Al-Ahsa Oasis (Al-Bahrayn, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia)

5. Greater Riyadh Area (The Saudi capital and surrounding suburbs)

6. Buraydah area (Al-Qassim Province, Saudi Arabia)

Forecast Seismicity for Arabian Peninsula, 2009

Zone a and b
Zones (a) and (b). UAE, and area south of Saudi Arabian border with Qatar. Median magnitude of earthquakes for the 2009 period: 5.4 Mw. Largest quake forecast: Magnitude 5.8 Mw.  Map: Google. Image may be subject to copyright.

Zone c
Zone (c). Al-Hofuf and areas to the north and northwest of Al-Ahsa Oasis. Median magnitude of earthquakes for this zone: 5.2 Mw. Largest eartquke: Magnitude 5.6 Mw. Map: Google. Image may be subject to copyright.

Zones d and e
Zone (d). Greater Riyadh Area (the Saudi capital and surrounding suburbs) and Buraydah area (Al-Qassim Province, Saudi Arabia).
Zone (e). Rugged area to the south of capital.

Median magnitude of earthquakes for the two zonesthis year: 5.6 Mw. Largest quake:
Magnitude 5.8 Mw. Map: Google. Image may be subject to copyright.

Zones f-g-h
Forecast Seismicity for Arabian Peninsula, 2009. Zones (f), (g) and (h
). Median magnitude of 2009 earthquakes: 5.6 Mw. Largest earthquake to strike Zone (f): Magnitude 6.2 Mw. Largest earthquake in Zone (h): Magnitude 6.4 Mw. Map: Google. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Saudi Quakes Oil Drilling Activity Related?

Posted by feww on May 19, 2009

Two Quakes Strike Arabia

A Large Swarm of Earthquakes May Follow

Two quakes measuring 4.6 and 4.9 struck Saudi Arabia on Sunday and Tuesday receptively. The two seismic events may be followed by a large swarm of earthquakes in the coming days.

Moderators are watching the events with interest because the quakes are concentrated close to Harrat Lunayyir, a basaltic volcanic field located in NW Saudi Arabia with some 50 volcanic cones. According to USGS record, “Harrat Lunayyir is one of the smallest of the Holocene lava fields of Saudi Arabia,” which last erupted about 1,000 years ago.

FEWW is carefully analyzing the likelihood whether the quakes were caused by petroleum drilling activity, and will post its findings soon.

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Earthquake Details:

Magnitude: 4.9
Date-Time:

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 06:38:33 UTC
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 09:38:33 AM at epicenter

Location: 25.105°N, 37.788°E
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region: WESTERN SAUDI ARABIA
Distances:

  • 115 km (70 miles) NNW of Yanbu` al Bahr, Saudi Arabia
  • 185 km (115 miles) SE of Al Wajh, Saudi Arabia
  • 195 km (120 miles) WNW of Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • 915 km (560 miles) W of RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 12.6 km (7.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters:  NST= 20, Nph= 20, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.86 sec, Gp=155°, M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID:  us2009gvaj

Earthquake Details:

Magnitude:  4.6
Date-Time:

  • Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 19:50:07 UTC
  • Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 10:50:07 PM at epicenter
  • Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location: 25.356°N, 37.632°E
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region WESTERN SAUDI ARABIA
Distances:

  • 145 km (90 miles) NNW of Yanbu` al Bahr, Saudi Arabia
  • 155 km (95 miles) SE of Al Wajh, Saudi Arabia
  • 220 km (135 miles) WNW of Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • 930 km (570 miles) W of RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 12 km (7.5 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters: NST= 21, Nph= 21, Dmin=546.8 km, Rmss=0.81 sec, Gp=144°, M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7

Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID:  us2009gtbi

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Image of the Day: Sandstorm in Saudi Desert

Posted by feww on March 11, 2009

She buries me; she buries me not.

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A massive sandstorm engulfs Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. Photo Jad Saab/AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

APTOPIX Mideast Saudi Arabia Weather
A huge sandstorm engulfs the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. The storm, which was still raging hours after it started, disrupted flights at the city’s King Khalid International airport, with weather authorities announcing that visibility would drop to zero, and warning residents to take precautionary measures. (AP Photo/Jad Saab) – AP (signonsandiego).

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Dust plumes swept across the Arabian Peninsula in early March 2009, stretching from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf and beyond. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on March 11, 2009.   Image source: GSFC

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