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Yemen Faces Collapse!

Posted by feww on November 23, 2015

Saudi state terrorism leaves 21.2 million Yemenis—82% of population—in need of humanitarian assistance 

Millions of Yemenis require assistance to ensure their basic survival, reported UN OHCHR.

Between mid-March, when fighting escalated, and  the second week of October, health facilities had reported 32,307 casualties (including 5,604 deaths), or an average of 153 injuries or deaths each and every day.

  • 21.2 million, or 82% of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance.
  • 14.4 million are food insecure (including 7.6 million severely food insecure).
  • 3 million people now require treatment or preventive services for malnutrition.
  • 2 million are currently acutely malnourished, including 1.3 million children – 320,000 of whom are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

“More than seven months of conflict have severely exacerbated Yemen’s prior large-scale humanitarian emergency. Partners currently estimate that 21.2 million people require assistance – an increase of one-third since the crisis began in mid-March 2015. Major increases in need have occurred since the June 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview in key sectors, including food security, nutrition and shelter. Displacement and human rights violations have also risen considerably.”

  • 19.3 million lack adequate access to clean water or sanitation
  • 14.1 million people lack sufficient access to healthcare
  • 1.8 million children have been out of school since mid-March.
  • Solid waste removal has come to a halt in several areas.
  • Three in four Yemenis are unable to meet their basic wash needs.

Public services are rapidly failing “due to direct impact of conflict and insufficient resources to pay salaries or maintain services,” said the report.

“As of mid-October, 69 health facilities had been reported partially or substantially damaged, 27 ambulances hijacked, eight health workers killed and 20 injured.”

“Since 26 March, health facilities have reported more than 32,200 casualties – many of them civilians. In the same period, has verified 8,875 reports of human rights violations – an average of 43 violations every day. Verified incidents of child death or injury from March to September are almost five times higher than 2014 totals.”


About 2.3 million are currently displaced within Yemen and 121,000 others have fled the country.

“Displacement has contributed to rises in needs across sectors – particularly shelter and NFIs, for which about 2.8 million IDPs and host community members currently require support.”

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Deadly Cyclones Affect Thousands of People in Yemen

Posted by feww on November 12, 2015

Cyclones CHAPALA and MEGH kill dozens, destroying or damaging thousands of homes

The two cyclones killed at least 26 people in all affected areas of Yemen including 18 people on Socotra Island, and left 6 others missing, according to various reports.

The cyclones affected thousands of people in Yemen , destroying or damaging thousands of homes, said UN OCHA.

More than 500 houses were completely destroyed, and about 3,000 houses damaged on Socotra. “The number of displaced on Socotra is still estimated at 3,000 families (18,000 individuals), with part of the population of Abdo Al Kori, a small island off Socotra, evacuated to Hadramaut. Several food warehouses have been damaged by flooding, most roads are still closed and there are fuel shortages and no electricity. Despite improvements in the weather, many fishermen are unable to go out to sea due to extensive damage to boats.”

Access to all the affected areas, including Abyan, Shabwa, Hadramaut, Al Mahara and Socotra, is difficult, and  aid organizations  cannot determine the total number of people in need of assistance. as a result of the two cyclones. ”

In Shabwah, WFP estimates that the number of people affected by the cyclone could reach 18,000. This is in addition to those already in need of some form of humanitarian assistance from the ongoing crisis. This includes over 440,000 people in Shabwah and almost one million people in Hadramaut.”


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Powerful Cyclone Heading Toward Yemen and Oman

Posted by feww on October 30, 2015

CHAPALA Becomes a Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea

Super Cyclone CHAPALA (TC 04A), currently packing sustained winds of about 260 km/h, is expected to continue strengthening to about 275km/h.

Super Cyclone CHAPALA (TC 04A)

Warning Position at 14:00UTC [30 Oct 15]
Location: near 14.2°N 60.4°E
Moving: W (270 degrees) at 12 km/h
Min pressure: 912 mb [FIRE-EARTH estimate]
Max sustained wind: 260 km/h, strengthening to about 275 km/h  [FIRE-EARTH estimate]
Max wind gusts: 315 km/h, strengthening to about 330 km/h  [FIRE-EARTH estimate]
Max significant wave heights: 13m – 15m

Super TC CHAPALA-jpeg
SUPER CYCLONE CHAPALA – VIS/IR Satellite Image – 30 Oct 2015 at 12:30UTC. Source: UW-CIMSS

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‘Damning evidence of war crimes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’

Posted by feww on October 7, 2015

US and UK arms transfers risk fueling further war crimes in northern Yemen: Amnesty

“Damning evidence of war crimes” committed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which is armed by the US and UK among others, urgently calls for an “independent, effective investigation of violations in Yemen” as well as “the suspension of transfers of certain arms,” said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

‘Bombs fall from the sky day and night’: Civilians under fire in northern Yemen examines 13 deadly airstrikes by the coalition in Sa’da, north-eastern Yemen, which killed some 100 civilians, including 59 children. It also documents the use of internationally banned cluster bombs

“This report uncovers yet more evidence of unlawful airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, some of which amount to war crimes. It demonstrates in harrowing detail how crucial it is to stop arms being used to commit serious violations of this kind,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser who headed the organization’s fact-finding mission to Yemen.

“The designation of large, heavily populated areas as military targets and the repeated targeting of civilian homes are telling examples revealing the coalition forces’ flagrant failure to take sufficient precautions to avoid civilian loss of life as required by international humanitarian law,” added Rovera.

At least 59 children were killed in the 13 airstrikes that have been documented by Amnesty International in the Sa’da region between May and July 2015, said the report.

“The world’s indifference to the suffering of Yemeni civilians in this conflict is shocking. The failure of the UN Human Rights Council last week to establish an international investigation into violations committed by all sides is the latest in a series of failures by the international community to address total impunity for perpetrators of serious violations in Yemen.”

The report is post on line:

Thousands Killed in Yemen

The death toll from Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and fighting on the ground has now exceeded 5,000 people, including about 2,500 civilians,  since March 26, when Houthi fighters and allied army units forced Yemen’s “corrupt” president to flee the country.

9 in 10 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen are civilian: UNOCHA

About 86 percent of the people killed or injured by explosive weapons are civilians, according to a report: “State of crisis: explosive weapons in Yemen,” issued this week by OCHA and NGO Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).

This number rises to 95 per cent when explosive weapons are used in populated areas.

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135 Civilians Killed in Saudi Airstrike on Yemen Wedding

Posted by feww on September 29, 2015

Saudi airstrikes continue to target civilians

The UN has condemned airstrikes that reportedly targeted a wedding party in Wahijah village, outside of the Red Sea port city of Mokha in Yemen, killing as many as 135 people, most of whom were women and children. Number of the wounded is not yet known.

Riyadh has denied responsibility for the deadly attacks.

The airstrike followed attacks by Saudi-led coalition helicopters that reportedly killed more than 30 people—primarily civilians—in a northern Yemeni village a day earlier.

The death toll from Saudi airstrikes and fighting on the ground has reached more than 5,000 people, including about 2,360 civilians,  since March 26, when Houthi fighters and allied army units forced Yemen’s “corrupt” president to flee the country.

About 21 million people, or 80% of the population, require some form of humanitarian assistance and at least 1.5 million people are internally displaced, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

9 in 10 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen are civilian: UNOCHA

About 86 percent of the people killed or injured by explosive weapons are civilians, according to a report: “State of crisis: explosive weapons in Yemen,” issued this week by OCHA and NGO Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).

This number rises to 95 per cent when explosive weapons are used in populated areas.

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Scale of Human Catastrophe in Yemen ‘Almost Incomprehensible’

Posted by feww on September 20, 2015

Saudi airstrikes kill 5,000, displace 1.5 million, force 100,000 to flee Yemen since March: UNHCR

Latest Saudi air strikes killed at least 40 civilians and injured more than 150 others in Sanaa Friday, reported Yemen News Agency.

At least 38 more civilians were killed by the airstrikes in the northern province of Saada, which left dozens of others wounded, officials were reported as saying.

Meanwhile, the health crisis in Yemen is rapidly deepening with more health facilities running out of basic supplies and more hospitals and blood-transfusion centers ceasing to function, says UNHCR. The ongoing bombardment has severely affected agricultural and fishery sectors.

World community’s “virtual silence”

UN officials have criticized the world community for the “virtual silence” on the human catastrophe  caused by the Yemeni conflict from , warning that unless violence on the ground is stopped via political compromise more people will suffer.

Two senior UN officials, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, have expressed strong concerns over “the ever increasing impact on civilians of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, and the virtual silence of the international community about the threat to populations.”

Casualty figures to September 14, 2015

  • Killed: 4,855 (at least 132 more people have been killed since September 14)
  • About 50 percent of the casualties are civilians
  • Wounded: 24,971  (at least 202 more people have been wounded since September 14)
  • No. of refugees who have fled Yemen: 100,000
  • No. of IDPs: 1.4 million [1.5 million]
  • Affected population: 21.1 million
  • People targeted: 11.7 million
  • Since the escalation of conflict in late March, an average of 30 people have been killed, 185 wounded and 9,000 others internally displaced or fled the country each day.


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Saudi-led Coalition Using Same Cluster Munition in Yemen as ISIS Fired in Syria

Posted by feww on May 31, 2015

Saudi Arabia first used cluster bombs on Houthis in 2009: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released new evidence contending the Saudi-led coalition has been dropping  internationally-banned cluster bombs on Yemenis population.

Four civilians, including a young boy, were wounded on April 29 in Baqim, a village near the Saudi border, when unexploded submunitions detonated after local residents picked them up. HRW identified the weapon as a type of ground-fired cluster munition containing “ZP-39” submunitions, which has a distinctive red ribbon.

  • The cluster munition dropped by Saudi-led coalition aircraft  near al-Amar was the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon.
  • In addition, photographs and information from local residents indicate that Saudi-led coalition aircraft dropped a third type of cluster munition, bombs containing BLU-97 submunitions, in at least two attacks in Saada governorate on May 23.

“Human Rights Watch … has documented that Islamic State forces (also known as ISIS) fired the same weapon, whose submunition was marked ‘ZP-39,’ in northern Syria in September 2014,” said the report.

The HRW report is posted online, here.

Yemen: Deteriorating Humanitarian Crisis Situation Report No. 9 (as of 29 May 2015)

Highlights of UN OCHA Report

  • The humanitarian situation in the SW governorates of Aden, Lahj, Taizz, and Al Dhale’e continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate, as violence increases and basic services grind to a halt.
  • The northern governorates of Sa’ada, Hajjah and Amran face increasing levels of displacement due to airstrikes. Insecurity has limited access and the provision of assistance.
  • The death toll reached 1,976; 27 May was the deadliest day so far with reports of at least 80 people killed and 300 injured. The conflict is now entering its third month.
  • People in need: 15.9m
  • Internally displaced: 545,719
  • Registered deaths resulting from conflict: 1,976
  • Registered injuries resulting from conflict: 8,034
  • People who have become food insecure since escalation of conflict: 1.4m [UN OCHA]

Terrorists Fed by Saudi Royals’ Hatred for Shia Muslims

Meantime, the Saudi division of the Islamic State terrorists group has called on all jihadist to cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of Shia Muslims in an audio recording, said a US-based ISIS monitoring group, SITE.

A representative of Najd Province, a division of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/DAESH) has called on Sunni Saudi youths to join the group, fend off the “Shia threat” and “purify the land” of the “disbelievers and apostates,” said the report.

The terrorist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the May-22 suicide bombing of a Shi’ite mosque in the town of al-Qadeeh, Qatif province, which killed at least 21 people and wounded more than 50 other worshipers.

The local ISIS terrorists have also claimed responsibility for bombing another Shi’ite mosque in the Saudi port city of Dammam on Friday, May 29, 2015.

A suicide bomber, reportedly disguised as a woman, blew himself up in the parking lot of the mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least four people.

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Civilian Mass Murders with Impunity Continue in Yemen, Syria, Iraq…

Posted by feww on May 3, 2015

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used Cluster Bombs against Yemeni Civilians: HRW

“Credible evidence indicates that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen,” said Human Rights Watch (HRW) today. “Cluster munitions pose long-term dangers to civilians and are prohibited by a 2008 treaty adopted by 116 countries, though not Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or the United States.”

Meantime, the World Heath Organization (WHO) said earlier about 1,250 people have been killed, and 5,044 others wounded in five weeks of fighting in Yemen, affecting 7.5 million people. [Many of the casualties are believed to be women and children. Editor]

The death toll is for the period between March 19 and April 27 and does not include the 50 or so people killed on Friday in the latest airstrikes and fighting in Aden, Yemen’s second largest city.

ISIS mass-murdering ‘hundreds’ of Yazidi captives in Iraq

Islamic State (IS, or ISIS) has slaughtered as many as 600 Yazidi captives near Mosul, Iraq, said a report.

“According to the Yazidi Progress Party, the captive Yazidis were murdered on 1 May in the Tal Afar district,” the report said.

In early April, hundreds of bodies were unearthed in ISIS mass graves in the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

Dozens of mass graves dug by the terror group have since been discovered in both Syria and Iraq, taking the toll from the graves and mass killings to at least 3,071, according to reports.

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Yemen Violence Taking Intolerable Toll on Kids: UNICEF

Posted by feww on April 7, 2015

74 children killed, 44 others maimed amid escalating conflict in Yemen

The escalating conflict in Yemen is taking an intolerable toll on children, as they continue to be killed, injured, displaced and put at increasing risk from disease, UNICEF said in a statement.

At least 74 children are among the 600 killed in Yemen since the fighting began on March 26. Some 44 other children, who have been maimed, are among the 1,700 victims who have been wounded in the past 12 days.

However, these are conservative figures, said UNICEF, adding that it believes the total number of children killed is much higher because the conflict has intensified over the past week.

“Children are paying an intolerable price for this conflict.” said UNICEF Yemen Representative Julien Harneis speaking from the Jordanian capital Amman. “They are being killed, maimed and forced to flee their homes, their health threatened and their education interrupted. These children should be immediately afforded special respect and protection by all parties to the conflict, in line with international humanitarian law.”

An estimated 150,000 people across the war-torn country have fled their homes in search of safety.

Saudi Arabia together with four other Gulf states and Egypt have been conducting airstrikes against the Houthi rebels, who are fighting the “corrupt government” in Yemen.

Meantime, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Sudan (!), have also expressed their willingness to participate in the military operation.

[It’s not yet clear IF/WHEN Burma and Thailand would also join the military operation!!]

What Experts Say: Yemen is on the verge of “total collapse”

“The Sunni versus Shi’a sectarian narrative misrepresents Yemenis’ multiple proclivities for partisan, regional and class-based leadership. If anything, the escalating war pits the billionaire royal elites of the Gulf against the downtrodden of the Peninsula. Bombardments are both terrifying and deadly. Attacks on al-Mazraq camp for internally displaced persons in Hajjah governorate, a dairy factory near Hodeida and other locations have left dozens of non-combatants dead, according to human rights groups. The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, says ‘the country seems to be on the verge of total collapse,'” said Prof. Sheila Carapico, Dept of Political Science and International Studies, University of Richmond in Virginia.

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Saudi Air War Massacre Kills Hundreds in Yemen

Posted by feww on April 3, 2015


Hundreds killed, many wounded, tens of thousands displaced amid Saudi air raids in Yemen

At least 519 people have been killed, about 1,700 others wounded in the past two weeks—more than 90 of them children—and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, some by crossing the sea to Djibouti and Somalia, said Valerie Amos, the UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator in her latest statement on Yemen.

Electricity, water and essential medicines are in short supply, she added.

“Before this recent escalation in the violence, millions of Yemenis were already extremely vulnerable.”

The Air War Massacre Will Backfire

Saudi military air war massacre against the defenseless Yemen people will ultimately backfire, says journalist Thomas C. Mountain.

“In 2009 the Saudi military’s incompetence was exposed when their major offensive against the Houthi’s along the Saudi/Yemen border was routed and in the following Houthi counter offensive a large chunk of Saudi territory was captured by the lightly armed Houthi fighters.”

“Still stinging from their last military humiliation 6 years ago at the hands of the Houthi tribal fighters in Yemen, the Saudi Arabian royal family has embarked on what is highly likely to turn into Saudi’s ‘Vietnam’ with their latest attempt at invading Yemen.”

Houthis, having seized the presidential palace in Aden on Thursday, are now threatening to attack Saudi Arabia, should the aerial bombardment of Yemeni territory continue, said reports.

Even the U.S. should be weary of Saudi misadventures by now.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Kenya attack: 147 killed 80 wounded

At least 147 people, mostly students, were killed after al-Shabab terrorists attacked Garissa University in northeastern Kenya Thursday, said reports.

Heavily armed terrorists stormed the university campus, killing several security guards and firing indiscriminately on students.

The group was also responsible for the 2013 terrorist attack on Westgate shopping mall in the Westlands suburb of Nairobi, in which 67 people were massacred.

Iraqi Death Toll – March 2015

A total of 997 Iraqis were killed and another 2,172 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in March*, according to casualty figures released by UNAMI,

  • At least 729 civilians were killed (including 42 civilian police), and 1,785 others wounded (including 98 civilian police).
  • Also 268 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army / Not including casualties from Anbar Operations) were killed and 387 others were wounded.
  • Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,290 civilian casualties (362 killed, 928 wounded). Diyala suffered 51 killed and 75 wounded; Salahadin suffered 34 killed and 48 wounded, and Ninewa 20 killed and 15 wounded, said UNAMI.
  • In Anbar, the Governorate reported a total of 939 civilian casualties (237 killed and 702 wounded). This included 58 killed and 391 wounded in Ramadi and 179 killed and 311 wounded in Fallujah, according to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate.

*CAVEATS: In general, UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas.  Figures for casualties from Anbar Governorate are provided by the Health Directorate and are noted above. In some cases, UNAMI could only partially verify certain incidents.  UNAMI has also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care.  For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.

Mount Sinabung Erupts

North Sumatra’s Mount Sinabung erupted again on April 3, 2015 ejecting a 2-km column of ash into the air and forcing evacuations of several villages closest to the volcano, official said on  Friday.

The 2,460-meter thigh volcano is located about 40 km NNW of the Lake Toba, the site of Toba supervolcano.

Toba’s latest supereruption, which occurred about 70,000 years (73,000 ± 4,000) ago, may have plunged Earth into a global volcanic winter of 6–10 years and possibly a 1,000-year-long cooling episode, according to Toba catastrophe theory.

It had an estimated volcanic explosivity index (VEI) of 8 (described as “Apocalyptic”), and was responsible for 2,800km³ of erupted matter, including 800 km³ of volcanic ash.

[FIRE-EARTH models show total erupted matter from the supereruption may have been as much as 20,000 km³.]

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US ‘War on Terror’ Kills 1.3 Million

Posted by feww on April 1, 2015

Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of “War on Terror”

A new report on the so-called “War on Terror” heavily criticizes the United States and its allies, as well as mainstream media, for grossly and intentionally underreporting the violent deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2003.

The 101-page report, called “Body Count,” is prepared by 1985 Nobel Peace Prize laureates,
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), and other organizations.

Evaluating both the legitimacy of the war on Iraq and its impact, the report states: “The original pretexts for going to war quickly turned out to be spurious, and from then on only the ‘liberation of the country from a violent dictatorship’ and the ‘democratization’ and ‘stabilization’ of Iraq remained as justification for the war and occupation.”

It concludes that the so-called war on terror has, “directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan,” a total of about 1.3 million souls. “Not included in this figure are [the casualties in] further war zones such as Yemen.” However, “the public, experts and decision makers” remain unaware of the figure because only a small fraction of the casualties have been reported by the media and major NGOs.

In fact, the figure of 1.3 million casualties is only a “conservative estimate,” says the report. The total number of deaths in the three countries could well exceed the 2 million mark.

“The numbers relayed by the media (previously 43,000 and now 110,000) should in themselves be terrifying enough, as they correspond to the annihilation of an entire city’s population. But apparently they are still perceived as tolerable and, moreover, even easy to explain given the picture of excessive religiously motivated violence. The figure of 655,000 deaths in the first three war years alone, however, clearly points to a crime against humanity approaching genocide,” says the report.

Global Disasters / Significant Events – April 1, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s airstrike on Yemen kills dozens in dairy factory: Reports

A deadly airstrike by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim states on Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodaida has destroyed a dairy factory killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 80 others, reported TASS. The attack resulted in probably the largest number of civilian casualties so far in the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi militia.

ISIS terrorists massacre dozens in Syrian village: Reports

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) thugs killed at least 44 people, mostly civilians, in an attack on a Syrian village, media reported the Syrian state TV as saying.

The massacre in the village of Mabuja was the latest atrocity by the Sunni thugs, who released a video of beheading eight men said to be Shia Muslims from the province of Hama, said the reports.


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Global Disasters / Significant Events – March 26, 2015

Posted by feww on March 26, 2015

Deadly tornadoes strike Arkansas and Oklahoma

A powerful storm system generated eight tornadoes (SPC confirmed 7 twisters) striking Arkansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, killing at least one person, injuring several others and causing EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN MOBILE HOME PARK NEAR HIGHWAY 51 AND 145 WEST AVENUE, according to reports received by Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

Another tornado swept through Sand Springs, Tulsa, damaging up to 100 buildings, while another twister in Moore, Oklahoma, damaged scores of buildings, tossing and overturning many cars and trucks, according to local reports.

Other tornadoes were reported in Cleveland and Cherokee counties, OK, while Arkansas reported at least 3 twisters in Benton, Madison and Carroll counties.


Flash floods plague Chile’s Atacama desert region

Flash floods Chile’s Atacama desert have cut off dozens of communities, leaving tens of  thousands of people without electricity or drinking water and forcing authorities to begin mass evacuations.

Torrential rains  in the Andes have unleashed destructive walls of water and mud down in the valleys below inundating communities.

The mining city of Copiapo (po. 160,000) is inundated, after the river running through it burst its banks, while the state of desert commune of Chañaral (pop. 14,000) has been described as “grave.”

Several people have reportedly lost their lives and dozens of others are missing throughout the region.

Authorities have declared a state of disaster and deployed the military to co-ordinate rescue operations, and reinstate civil order.

The deluge in the north occurs as drought stricken southern Chile struggles with massive forest fires.

Saudi Arabia launches major military operation in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has launched a major military operation, backed by air strikes,  in Yemen against Houthi rebels, according to the Saudi ambassador in the US.

The envoy said Saudi Arabia had acted to “defend the legitimate government” of President Hadi, who fled his palace in Aden on Wednesday.

Explosions were reported in the capital Sanaa and its airport, while officials quoted by AFP news agency said at least 13 had been killed in one neighborhood.

Meantime, a senior Houthi rebel has warned that the Saudi aggression against Yemen  could set off a regional war, media reported.

Other parties that directly benefit from the Saudi aggression in Yemen are a Yemeni affiliate of Islamic State (formerly ISIL), and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), analysts say.


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Significant Quake Strikes Arizona

Posted by feww on December 1, 2014

SCENARIOS: 704, 703,  700, [500,] 09, 08, 07, 02

M4.7 quake strikes SSW of Flagstaff, Arizona

Centered at 34.977°N, 111.740°W the event occurred at a depth of 10.2km (6.4mi), reported USGS/EHP.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.7Mw
Event Time: 2014-12-01 05:57:38 UTC
Location: 34.977°N 111.740°W depth=10.2km (6.4mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 12km (7mi) N of Sedona, Arizona
  • 25km (16mi) SSW of Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 36km (22mi) NE of Cottonwood, Arizona
  • 172km (107mi) N of Phoenix, Arizona

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Seismicity continues in Carlsberg Ridge

At least 13 significant events have occurred at Carlsberg Ridge, beginning Nov. 25, 2014. The latest event, measuring 5.2Mw and centered at 5.988°N, 61.313°E, occurred at a depth of 10.0km (6.2mi), according to USGS/EHP.

If the USGS data is accurate, all events have occurred at a similar depth of 10km.

FIRE-EARTH PLE: 8800 644

The latest event (colored red on the map below) occurred at 5.988°N, 61.313°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi).

Magnitude: 5.2Mw
Event Time: 2014-12-01 03:47:50 UTC
Location: 5.988°N, 61.313°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities

  • 1087km (675mi) SE of Tamrida, Yemen
  • 1221km (759mi) ESE of Bandarbeyla, Somalia
  • 1341km (833mi) NNE of Victoria, Seychelles
  • 1,450km SSE of Salalah, Oman [FEWW estimate]

Carlsberg Ridge
EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/NEIC

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Half a million Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition

Posted by feww on December 28, 2011

Many Yemenis live off tea and bread

Half a million Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition; drought and deluge threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers, according to Yemeni Minister of Health.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 28

[December 28, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,540 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Yemen. A third of the Yemenis, about 8 million people, are food insecure, and the number is expected to rise when the World Food Program carries out a new national Comprehensive Food Security Survey next year.
    • The term “food insecurity” is used when people go to  bed on an empty stomach or have no idea where their next meal may come from.
    • A recent state survey conducted in Hudeidah Governorate found a global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of 31.7 percent among the sample population.  More than 10 percent of the malnourished children were severe cases.
    • “The survey also found that nearly 60 percent of children were underweight and 54.5 percent stunted, meaning their height was too low for their age, a sign of longer-term malnutrition.” The UN reported.
    • “The Hudeidah survey found that three in every four children suffered from diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections or fever in the two weeks preceding the survey; and 2.5 percent of mothers reported symptoms of measles in their children in the past three months. The survey found measles vaccination coverage of 74 percent in Hudeidah, well below the 90 percent coverage rate needed to prevent an outbreak.”
    • Malnutrition-related deaths are expected to rise in Yemen as the health services continue to deteriorate, UINCEF reported.

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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

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

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

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

Seismic Hazard Map

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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