- Californian "bombogenesis" or "weather bomb" HEADS NORTH! Oroville Dam residents alert to possible second evacuation leaves 5 dead
- Radiation expert claims Syria is plagued with radioactive contamination: US used depleted uranium weaponry and gave it to terrorists to fight Assad
- Holocaust waiting to happen! Brazil's arid northeast worst drought on record as empty reservoir's may cause evacution of entire cities
- India's only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands erupts back to life after being dormant for over 150 years
- Magnitude 6.3 - Strikes Argentina as massive coronal hole stretching the entire length of our Sun faces the Earth
- The worst outbreak of bird flu in years has killed almost a 100 people in China! The death toll since the start of the year has been unmatched in years
- Storm Wreaks Havoc on Southern California at least 4 dead: Evacuations floods and mudslides
|Californian "bombogenesis" or "weather bomb" HEADS NORTH! Oroville Dam residents alert to possible second evacuation leaves 5 dead |
Posted: 19 Feb 2017 01:31 AM PST
Oroville Dam residence react to possible second evacuation with storm approaching as the fierce storm, dubbed "bombogenesis" or "weather bomb", has eased in southern California, while pressing on further north in the US state.
Forecasters warned residents in the north, including San Francisco, to expect more heavy rain on Sunday.
Torrential rain, flash floods and mud slides wreaked havoc on Friday and early Saturday, killing at least five people.
Metrologists said it was the worst storm to hit California in years, reports the BBC.
Southern California cleaned up on Saturday after its biggest storm in years unleashed a wave of rain and snow that killed at least five people and triggered flooding, mudslides, high winds and power outages, officials said.
Photo NBC News
Vital highways and railways were shut down and sinkholes opened on main roads under the heaviest rainfall in the drought-stricken region in at least five years, according to the National Weather Service.
In one of wettest spots near Santa Barbara, over 10 inches (25 cm) of rain fell on Friday with several other stations in Southern California reporting at least 9 inches (23 cm), said meteorologist Patrick Burke of the Weather Prediction Center.
"It's been a very active winter and rainy season for the entire state of California," Burke said.
"They needed that because of the drought. But sometimes droughts end with a flood and we've gone from one extreme to the other."
Parts of Southern California have been the slowest to exit the drought.
But the state's reservoirs are 22 percent more full than the average, according to the California Department of Water Resources.
Photo Mercury News
Since Oct. 1, downtown Los Angeles has received more than 18 inches (46 cm) of rain, which is higher than the total annual average of just less than 15 inches.
By Saturday afternoon, the storm had moved east into Nevada and Arizona.
Northern California will be walloped with more rain and snow beginning on Sunday, with 4 to 8 inches (10 cm to 20 cm) of precipitation expected in the coastal mountains, Burke said.
Meanwhile, utility crews worked to restore electricity to tens of thousands of customers affected by power outages throughout the Los Angeles area on Saturday.
One man died on Friday after he was electrocuted by a downed wire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Another person was found dead in a submerged vehicle in Victorville, about 85 miles (137 km) northeast of Los Angeles, fire officials said.
And the body of a man was discovered on Saturday morning in a creek in Thousand Oaks, 40 miles (64 km) west of downtown Los Angeles, after he was swept away by floodwaters, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said.
The storm also brought unusually strong winds.
At the Port of Los Angeles, gusts as high as 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) were recorded on Friday. Amtrak railroad service was suspended from Los Angeles north to San Luis Obispo on Saturday due to extreme weather conditions, according to the transportation service's website.
|Radiation expert claims Syria is plagued with radioactive contamination: US used depleted uranium weaponry and gave it to terrorists to fight Assad |
Posted: 19 Feb 2017 12:13 AM PST
American geoscientist and international radiation expert Leuren Moret says the whole country of Syria is plagued with radioactive contamination because the United States not only used depleted uranium weaponry, but provided it to terrorists fighting against the Syrian government.
Dr. Moret made the remarks in interview with Press TV on Friday, days after the Pentagon admitted that it used depleted uranium (DU) ammunition in Syria, the controversial weaponry that causes serious health problems among the population.
The US military fired thousands of rounds containing mutagenic weapon depleted uranium during strikes against purported Daesh (ISIL) positions in Syria in late 2015, reports said on Tuesday.
Dr. Moret said the use of depleted uranium ammunition is "not limited just to attacking Daesh, or ISIL, positions in Syria in late 2015.
Actually, the US government, the Pentagon has used depleted uranium in Syria from the very beginning, and that would be after [President Vladimir] Putin announced Russia would be assisting the Syrian government in removing the terrorists from Syria."
"They used it all over Syria where these battles have been, but they also armed terrorists with depleted uranium weaponry.
The whole country now, where the battles have been whether on battlefields or in urban regions, are all contaminated.
And that has to be cleaned up before they rebuild the cities, parts of Damascus, almost all of Aleppo, and villages too," she added.
According to experts, the use of depleted uranium is a war crime, a crime against humanity, and an act of genocide, because the civilian population's exposure to depleted uranium causes genetic damage, birth defects, cancer, immune system damage, and other serious health problems.
"The genetic damage to people in Iraq has been very, very extensive.
I worked very closely with Iraqi doctors.
I have been on tours of Japan and supported them and testified for them at press conferences all over Japan, and in other areas - Germany.
We had a World Depleted Uranium Weapons Conference that was fantastic," Dr. Moret said.
"The health effects are very well-known.
I made a map. I collected data from newspapers and news sources on conjoined twinning from around the world but especially from Iraq.
And conjoined twinning is when two twins are born but they are attached to each other.
This has always been a rare occurrence.
But it escalated in the United States during the atmospheric testing of the nuclear bombs," she noted. "And I saw a huge increase in conjoined twinning in Iraq, but it was occurring in the cities in Iraq where the largest battles were with the US.
Other birth defects and so forth that indicate radiation damage."
Dr. Moret said that the "the normal ratio is 110 baby boys are born for every 100 female babies.
And in Iraq that ratio has dropped from 110 male babies to the low seventies per one hundred female babies."
"The US and all of its allies are using depleted uranium weapons in Iraq, but also in Syria from their first entry into the Syrian battlefield.
They are absolutely lying about it.
They used it and given it to all the terrorists.
And they are continually resupplying it to the terrorists," the expert said.
"Russia had used depleted uranium very, very rarely, and only in the bunker buster bombs that they had to use to destroy underground bunkers and tunnels," she pointed out.
According to Iraqi doctors and many international health scientists, the use of DU weapons in Iraq caused the outbreak of diseases that were not previously seen in the country, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse.
They also argued that DU contamination was connected to the sharp rise in leukemia, renal, and anemia cases, especially among children, across the Arab country in recent years.
|Holocaust waiting to happen! Brazil's arid northeast worst drought on record as empty reservoir's may cause evacution of entire cities |
Posted: 18 Feb 2017 08:36 AM PST
The shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town.
After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirao reservoir was last full.
But he has never seen it this empty.
"We've lost everything: bananas, beans, potatoes," Brito said.
"We have to walk 3 kilometers just to wash clothes."
Brazil's arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.
After two years of rationing, residents complain that water from the reservoir is dirty, smelly and undrinkable.
Those who can afford to do so buy bottled water to cook, wash their teeth with, and even to give their pets.
The reservoir is down to 4 percent of capacity and rainfall is expected to be sparse this year.
"If it does not fill up, the city's water system will collapse by mid-year," says Janiro Costa Rego, an expert on water resources and hydraulics professor at Campina Grande's federal university. "It would be a holocaust.
You would have to evacuate the city."
Brazil's government says help is on the way.
After decades of promises and years of delays, the government says the rerouting of Brazil's longest river, the Sao Francisco, will soon relieve Campina Grande and desperate farmers in four parched northeastern states.
Water will be pumped over hills and through 400 kilometers of canals into dry river basins in Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, and Paraiba, the small state of which Campina Grande is the second-biggest city.
Begun in 2005 by leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the project has been delayed by political squabbles, corruption and cost-overruns of billions of dollars.
Brazil's ongoing recession, which economists calculate has shrunk the economy of the impoverished northeast by over four percent during each of the past two years, made things even worse.
Now, President Michel Temer is speeding up completion of the project, perhaps his best opportunity to boost support for his unpopular government in a region long-dominated by native-son Lula and his leftist Workers Party.
In early March, Temer plans to open a canal that will feed Campina Grande's reservoir at the town of Monteiro.
The water will still take weeks to flow down the dry bed of the Paraiba river to Boqueirao.
With the quality of water in Campina Grande dropping by the day, it is a race against time.
Professor Costa Rego says the reservoir water will become untreatable by March and could harm residents who cannot afford bottled water.
Helder Barbalho, Temer's minister in charge of the project, says the government is confident the water will arrive on schedule.
"We have to deliver the water by April at all costs," he said.
Climate change has worsened the droughts in Brazil's northeast over the last 30 years, according to Eduardo Martins, head of Funceme, Ceara state's meteorological agency.
Rainfall has decreased and temperatures have risen, increasing demand for agricultural irrigation just as water supplies fell and evaporation accelerated.
Costa Rego blames lack of planning by Brazil's governments for persistent and repeated water crises, shocking for a country that boasts the biggest fresh water reserves on the planet.
The reservoir supplying Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city and a metropolitan region of 20 million people, nearly dried up in 2015.
The capital, Brasilia, resorted to rationing this year.
In Fortaleza, capital of Ceara and the northeast's second largest city, the vital Castanhao reservoir is down to 5 percent of its capacity.
While that city will also get water from the Sao Francisco project, it will not arrive until at least year-end because contractor Mendes Junior abandoned work after being implicated in a major corruption scandal.
"Water from the Sao Francisco river is vital," Ceara Governor Camilo Santana told Reuters.
He said the reservoir can supply Ceara only until August.
After that, the state must use emergency wells and a mandatory 20 percent reduction in consumption to keep Fortaleza taps running until water arrives.
Ceara has had to cut back on irrigation, hurting flower and melon exporters, cattle ranchers and dairy farmers.
They stand to flourish when the transfer comes through, but quenching the thirst of the cities will take priority.
In Campina Grande, a textile center, companies including industry leaders Coteminas and Alpargatas have curtailed expansion plans and drastically cut back consumption by recycling the water they use. There, too, new water will first go towards solving the crisis in Campina Grande and surrounding towns.
Only then will officials think about agriculture.
"First we have to satisfy the thirst of urban consumers.
Only then can we think of producing wealth," said Joao Fernandes da Silva, the top water management official in Paraiba. Rationing has particularly hurt poorer urban families.
Many have no running water or water tanks and instead store water in plastic bottles.
For those who have waited decades for the Sao Francisco transfer, they will believe it only when they see the water flow.
Brito said he and his neighbors survive on the social programs that were the hallmark of Lula and his Workers Party administration.
Though tainted by corruption allegations, Lula remains Brazil's most popular politician ahead of presidential elections next year.
"Without the Bolsa Familia program, we would be dying of hunger," said Brito, who believes shortages could persist even after the river transfer.
"It's political season again, so they promise us water, just for our votes."
|India's only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands erupts back to life after being dormant for over 150 years |
Posted: 18 Feb 2017 08:15 AM PST
Photo Global Volcanism Program - Smithsonian
Yesterday we mentioned the massive coronal hole on our Sun which is ejecting solar wind at a speed which is hitting the Earth's magnetosphere at an astonishing 527.3 km/sec and we were to expect major quakes and we got one, only the third this month.
India's only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which had started showing activity in the year 1991 after being dormant for over 150 years has once again started spewing ash, the researchers at Goa based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said today.
"The only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar islands is erupting once again.
The Barren Island volcano, located 140-km north-east of Port Blair, dormant for more than 150 years started erupting in 1991 and has since then shown intermittent activity," CSIR-NIO said in a statement here.
A team of scientists led by Abhay Mudholkar, from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa reported that the volcano is active and spewing smoke and lava once again.
"On the afternoon of January 23, 2017, the scientific team on board CSIR-NIO's research ship R V Sindhu Sankalp were busy collecting sea floor samples in the Andaman Basin near the Barren volcano when it suddenly started spewing ash," the NIO has said.
"The team moved about one mile from the volcano and began closely observing it.
It was erupting in small episodes lasting about five to ten minutes," said the release.
During the daytime only ash clouds were observed. However, after sundown, the team observed red lava fountains spewing from the crater into the atmosphere and hot lava flows streaming down the slopes of the volcano, it said.
NIO has said the volcano was revisited in the early hours of January 26, 2017 again during the second leg of the cruise led by B Nagender Nath, it said, adding the team witnessed the continuation of spurts of blasts and smoke.
"They have sampled the sediments and water in the vicinity of the volcano and recovered coal-like black pyroclastic material representing proximal volcanic ejecta.
Clouds were seen at the crater mouth where the smoke was bellowing out in otherwise clear sky," the researchers said.
These samples will help in deciphering the nature of the present and past volcanic activity in the region.
Researchers from CSIR-NIO have been studying the past volcanic events in Andaman Basin-based on the ash layers in a sediment column.
"The team observed the activity for about four hours before continuing with their research cruise. Landing on the volcanic island was not attempted as it was too dangerous," NIO has said.
The Andaman Basin is an active back-arc spreading basin and is known for its strong seismicity and many submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal activity, the release said.
Scientists from CSIR-NIO have been surveying the Andaman Basin and they have identified many small submerged volcanoes in a linear chain called a volcanic arc.
These volcanoes are formed due to the rising magma formed deep in the mantle due to the melting of the subducted Indian Ocean crust, said the release.
A few of these submarine volcanoes have been dredged for samples and pumice type of light volcanic rock have been recovered, it said.
The volcanic island is uninhabited and the northern part of the island is, as the name suggests, barren and devoid of vegetation.
Private citizens of India can visit the volcanic island by chartered boats after obtaining permission of the Forest Department in Port Blair.
|Magnitude 6.3 - Strikes Argentina as massive coronal hole stretching the entire length of our Sun faces the Earth |
Posted: 18 Feb 2017 05:13 AM PST
olar wind at a speed which is hitting the Earth's magnetosphere at an astonishing 527.3 km/sec and we were to expect major quakes and we got one, only the third this month.
A mag 6.3 - 50km NW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina is the third major quake of February and the 10th of 2017
|The worst outbreak of bird flu in years has killed almost a 100 people in China! The death toll since the start of the year has been unmatched in years |
Posted: 18 Feb 2017 04:31 AM PST
China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions where the worst outbreak of bird flu in years has killed almost a 100 people.
State media reported Friday that the National Health and Family Planning Commission ordered closures anywhere that cases of the H7N7 strain had been detected.
Most reported cases have been found in the densely-populated Yangtze and Pearl river deltas that generally experience mild, wet winters that are ideal for the virus's transmission.
The death toll since the start of the year has been unmatched since at least 2013.
In addition to the market closures, the commission is training health workers in the screening, early diagnosis and treatment of the disease, while urging people to avoid contact with live birds.
|Storm Wreaks Havoc on Southern California at least 4 dead: Evacuations floods and mudslides |
Posted: 18 Feb 2017 02:36 AM PST
Photo Fox News
A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports.
With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighborhoods were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows.
At least four people have been killed by the strong Pacific storm pounding California.
More than 300 arriving and departing flights were delayed or canceled at Los Angeles International Airport.
In the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, a falling tree downed power lines and hit a car.
A 55-year-old man was electrocuted and pronounced dead at a hospital, police and fire officials said. Winds gusting to 60 mph or more lashed the area.
Heavy rains turned creeks and rivers into brown torrents and released slews of mud from hillsides burned barren by wildfires.
Several stretches of freeways and highways were closed by flooding.
"It's crazy," said Robin Johnson, an academic adviser at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "It's just pouring down rain.
The wind is just going nuts."
"At one point the wind was so strong I'm surprised it didn't blow my windows out," retiree Phoenix Hocking said in a Facebook message from Carpinteria.
In the desert town of Victorville, several cars were washed down a flooded street.
A helicopter rescued one person from the roof of a car but another motorist was found dead in a submerged vehicle, San Bernardino County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin said.
Elsewhere in the county, a 20-mile stretch of State Route 138 in the West Cajon Valley was closed at the scene of a summer wildfire.
Mud sloshed over concrete rail barriers and about two dozen vehicles, including big-rigs and a school bus, were either mired in mud or became unable to turn around on the closed road and some were abandoned, Sherwin said.
Two people in a car were rescued and four students on the bus were removed and taken to a school office, he said.
Another road in the area was covered with 2 feet of mud. In LA's Sun Valley, 10 cars were trapped in swift-moving water on a roadway and eight people had to be rescued, the Fire Department reported. Using ropes and inflatable boats, firefighters rescued seven people and two dogs from the Sepulveda basin, a recreation and flood-control area along the Los Angeles River.
One person was taken to a hospital with a non-life threatening injury.
The storm took aim at Southern California but also spread precipitation north into the San Joaquin Valley and up to San Francisco.
It was not expected to bring significant rain in the far north where damage to spillways of the Lake Oroville dam forced evacuation of 188,000 people last weekend.
The National Weather Service said it could end up being the strongest storm to hit Southern California since January 1995.
Rain and wind wiped out play in golf's Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, where a eucalyptus tree cracked.
Hundreds of trees and dozens of power lines had toppled in the Los Angeles area and at one point more than 60,000 city power customers were without electricity.
A 75-foot tree fell onto an apartment building near the University of California, Los Angeles, narrowly missing someone who was in bed, fire officials said.
Four of the six apartments have been declared unsafe to enter, prompting the evacuation of 16 college students.
The storm system was moving "very slowly" eastward and Los Angeles County was expected to see more rain through Saturday, said Joe Sirard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
The city of Duarte, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles, ordered evacuation of 180 homes below a burn scar.
Up the coast, evacuations were urged for parts of Camarillo Springs in Ventura County and around an 11½-square-mile burn scar west of Santa Barbara. Santa Anita Park near Pasadena canceled all its horse races Friday.
In Northern California, officials monitoring the stricken Oroville Dam on the Feather River said they were confident the reservoir would handle any runoff from expected storms because ongoing releases have been lowering the lake's level since its spillways were damaged last week.