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Tsunami Debris 'Island' Headed for US? NOAA Sets Record Straight
The News - Natural Disasters
November 07, 2013
tsunami debris japan earthquake tsunami

Debris from the deadly tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 is drifting across the Pacific Ocean toward North America, and will likely continue to wash onto North American shores over the next few years, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"A significant amount of debris has already arrived on U.S. and Canadian shores, and it will likely continue arriving in the same scattered way over the next several years," NOAA officials said in a statement. "As we get further into the fall and winter storm season, NOAA and partners are expecting to see more debris coming ashore in North America, including tsunami debris mixed in with the 'normal' marine debris that we see every year." -- On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people and caused widespread destruction.

 
MONSTER STORM : Strongest typhoon of the year slams Philippines
The News - Natural Disasters
November 07, 2013
monster typhoon disaster

One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines early Friday, and one weather expert warned, "There will be catastrophic damage." -- The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shortly before Typhoon Haiyan's landfall said its maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).

"195-mile-per-hour winds, there aren't too many buildings constructed that can withstand that kind of wind," said Jeff Masters, a former hurricane meteorologist who is meteorology director at the private firm Weather Underground.

 
Free eBook : Bugging In: How to Hunker Down and Survive in an Emergency Situation
The News - Disaster Preparedness
November 06, 2013
free ebook survival
***The free download through Amazon.com is only available for a short time, so if it is back to full price when you check, you are too late!***

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Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger
The News - Science-Astronomy
November 06, 2013
meteor risk
Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.

Meteors about the size of the one that streaked through the sky at 42,000 mph and burst over Chelyabinsk in February — and ones even larger and more dangerous — are probably four, five or even seven times more likely to hit the planet than scientists believed before the fireball, according to three studies published Wednesday in the journals Nature and Science.
 
Two billion planets in our galaxy may be suitable for life
The News - Science-Astronomy
November 04, 2013
life outside earth
Our galaxy probably contains at least two billion planets that, like Earth, have liquid water on their surfaces and orbit around their parent stars in the "habitable zone" for life. The nearest, according to astronomers, could be a mere 12 light years away.

A new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that Earth-like planets capable of supporting life are far more common than previously thought. Using measurements from Nasa's Kepler space observatory, scientists led by Erik Petigura the University of California, Berkely, estimated that 22% of our galaxy's sun-like stars had rocky planets circling them that were within the zone that meant they got roughly the same amount of light energy as Earth gets from the sun. There are around 100bn stars in our galaxy, of which 10% are like the sun.
 
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The News - Disaster Preparedness
November 04, 2013

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Radioactivity from Japan flowing toward U.S. West Coast
The News - Climate-Environment
November 04, 2013
fukushima radiation disaster west coast
Ocean water contaminated with radioactivity from the Japanese (Fukushima) nuclear power plant disaster (March 2011) is headed for the U.S. west coast. It is expected to hit us in 2014. But some radioactivity is already near our coast, affecting sea life.
A Stanford study has shown that all PBFT [Pacific BlueFin Tuna] caught off the West Coast of California had 10 times the usual amount of radioactive cesium present prior to the Fukushima event in March 2011. (News Source)
And there have also been reports in Canada of high levels of radioactivity in other types of Pacific ocean fish. [PREPBLOG]
 
Earth Will Have a Close Encounter With ‘Doomsday Rock’ at 14:30 EST, October 26, 2028
The News - Science-Astronomy
November 04, 2013
doomsday asteroid
The Earth, and our closest neighbor the Moon are covered with pockmarks from historical asteroid strikes. Dozens of movies show intrepid heroes blowing them up and saving the Earth, but in real life we don’t yet have a system in place that would give us a reprieve should one of these space rocks come our way.

In 2028, asteroid 1997XF11 will pass extremely close to our planet. NASA predicts it will miss, and I really hope they are right. But what will happen to Earth if they’re not? 1997XF11 was discovered by Jim Scotti of the University of Arizona during the Spacewatch program. Further studies of the asteroid revealed that there will be a particularly close pass in October 2028.
 
Yellowstone: Volcanic Eruption vs. Earthquake
The News - Natural Disasters
November 03, 2013
yellowstone volcano earthquake
Yellowstone National park is the largest super-volcano on the continent and possibly the world. It’s an underground boiling cauldron of lava, but just how likely is it to erupt or do scientists have other concerns?

“It’s been 640,000 since the last eruption,” says Jake Lowenstern, a scientist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

The lava pool beneath Yellowstone National Park is more than twice as big as scientists previously believed, that’s according to new research from the Geological Society of America. Scientists from the University of Utah say the lake of molten lava is nearly 50 miles long and 12 miles wide. Jake Lowenstern, a scientist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, says even a small eruption could cause a minor disaster. [LINK]
 
How a war game brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster
The News - War-Draft
November 03, 2013
almost world war 3 nuclear
Chilling new evidence that Britain and America came close to provoking the Soviet Union into launching a nuclear attack has emerged in former classified documents written at the height of the cold war.

Cabinet memos and briefing papers released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that a major war games exercise, Operation Able Art, conducted in November 1983 by the US and its Nato allies was so realistic it made the Russians believe that a nuclear strike on its territory was a real possibility.
 
The Facts You Should Know About Fukashima
The News - Current Events
November 03, 2013
facts about fukushima
Ever wonder why we don't hear much about Fukashima these days?  Even after the brief news report of another quake in the area within the last week?  Well, according to the site, Activist Post, there's a very good reason:  radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated; especially along our West Coast.  Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. That means that the total amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain. [LINK]
 
Volcanoes: we still can't predict eruptions – video
The News - Natural Disasters
November 03, 2013
In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland shut down airspace over Europe for six days. Professor David Pyle, a volcanologist at Oxford University, explains that despite dramatic improvements in our ability to monitor active volcanoes with high-resolution satellite imagery and sensors, we're still a long way from predicting when and where the next eruption will occur
 
28 solar flares in the last seven days, and more may be coming
The News - Science-Astronomy
November 01, 2013
solar flare 2013
The sun has erupted more than two dozen times over the last week, sending radiation and solar material hurtling through space - and scientists say more eruptions may be coming.

This shouldn't be unusual. After all, we are technically at solar maximum, the peak of the 11-year cycle of the sun's activity. But this has been a noticeably mellow solar maximum, with the sun staying fairly quiet throughout the summer. So when our life-giving star suddenly let loose with 24 medium strength M-class solar flares and four significantly stronger X-class flares between Oct.  23 and Oct. 30, it felt like a surprise. Many of the flares originated from sunspot AR1884, a particularly active region of the sun that is currently facing Earth, almost at the center of the star. If this region stays active, it will continue to hurl radiation and solar material our way for about another week until it rotates out of sight.
 
Mental Preparedness Exercises for Natural Disasters
The News - Disaster Preparedness
October 31, 2013
mental preparedness natural disasters
The trauma following natural disasters can be long-lasting and devastating. At the very least, many people feel insecure and unable to return to normalcy. However, certain exercises can boost one’s mental preparedness, which makes it possible to cope with challenges that might arise after occurrences like natural disasters, the death of a loved one, terrorist attacks and other traumatic experiences. The rate at which people adapt to such incidences varies, so it’s important to know some strategies now, strengthen your mental resilience in the future. Read on to learn about some of the most effective mental exercises to help you bounce back.
 
Pitch Black : The Next "Carrington Event"
The News - Science-Astronomy
October 30, 2013
The next ‘Carrington event’ will send the world to pitch black as we are plunged into darkness as the power grids fail – wiping out much of humanity. Sound like science fiction? Think again. There is apparently a one in eight chance that it could happen within 10 years… [MODERNSURVIVALBLOG]
 
Cold War? Russia Conducts Large-Scale Nuclear Attack Drill
The News - War-Draft
October 30, 2013
world war 3 cold war
This morning Russia launched a large-scale military drill that including launching four long-range nuclear-capable missiles. The drill began early this morning around 9:00 am EST and included the launch of two land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), one RS-12M Topol missile from the Plesetsk space launch pad in northwestern Russia and a RS-20V Voyevoda missile from its base in the Orenburg region in the southern Ural Mountains, and two submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), launched by nuclear-powered submarines from the Northern and Pacific Fleets. [OFFGRIDSURVIVAL]
 
When they’ve Killed All The Humans Viruses Will Rule The World
The News - Science-Astronomy
October 30, 2013
contagion viruses
Much is said about the demise of the human race. Asteroids,total failure of the electrical grid, a new super disease or even a total economic collapse. Some or all of these may be the trigger, but I really think that at the end of the day, whatever the trigger is, the final cause will be a virus.

These microscopic invaders are the epitome of adaptability. They are able to mutate at the drop of a hat, they cannot be wiped out by antibiotics…even if there were any left that still worked properly, and they reside in all areas of the globe. They are the ultimate survivors. In 2006 a never virus reared it’s ugly little head. Rhinovirus C is very similar to the known rhinoviruses A and B. These germs are responsible for the common cold. The difference with the C strain is that it doesn’t culture easily, and if you can’t culture it, you can’t find a cure for it. [LINK]
 
Water, Not Wind, Makes Storms Like Sandy Dangerous
The News - Natural Disasters
October 29, 2013
WATER IS DANGER FROM STORMS
By the time Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast coast of the United States one year ago, it had weakened in wind speed from a Category 3 to a Category 1 storm. But people living in the storm's path quickly learned that this lower rating said little about the storm's destructive capacity.

By landfall, wind speeds had fallen below 94 mph (153 km/h) — the cutoff for Category 1 hurricanes — but the storm surge (the water that a storm pushes in front of itself above predicted tide levels) was greater than any other surge recorded in New York City's history, reaching up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) in lower Manhattan. Many of the 150 deaths associated with Sandy have been attributed to flooding from this surge along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. This outcome was not unique to Hurricane Sandy: Flooding from storm surge has caused more deaths during hurricanes than any other hurricane threats — such as winds and freshwater flooding from rainfall — combined since 1900, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). And yet the NHC's official hurricane category system — meant to efficiently warn residents of a storm's destructive capacity — does not convey the threat of flooding.
 
Arctic doomsday bunker stores every type of seed mankind relies upon...
The News - Current Events
October 29, 2013
arctic doomsday seed bunker
  • The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is home to more than two billion seeds
  • The seed bank can withstand a nuclear strike and aims to preserve crops in the face of natural disasters and war
  • Rare images of the food ark, which has 4.5 million varieties of seeds, were taken by photographer Jim Richardson
  • Vault was started by conservationist Cary Fowler from the Global Crop Diversity Trust and cost £4million to construct

These incredible images give a rare glimpse inside the 'Doomsday' seed vault which protects the world's food supply. On an Arctic island off the coast of Norway lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is home to more than two billion seeds. The secure seed bank which can withstand a nuclear strike, aims to preserve crops in the face of climate change, war and natural disasters.
 
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