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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.
 
How the U.N. plans to defend Earth from asteroids
The News - Science-Astronomy
October 29, 2013
stop asteroid impact
t's a scenario familiar to any science fiction fan: An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and humans must deflect or destroy it to save themselves and every other living creature on the planet. But unlike most sci-fi plots, this one is a real threat, right now. And the United Nations is on it.

Last week, the U.N. General Assembly approved the creation of an International Asteroid Warning Group. Former NASA astronaut Ed Lu and other members of the Association of Space Explorers have been calling for the formation of a global asteroid-fighting group for years, but the meteor that exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February got people taking the ASE's recommendations seriously.
 
5 Things Hurricane Sandy Changed for Good
The News - Natural Disasters
October 29, 2013
Some people and places may never be the same since Hurricane Sandy hit the northern Atlantic Coast on Oct. 29, 2012. The lingering effects include lives lost and irreplaceable mementos. Barrier islands were changed forever. But the vulnerabilities revealed by Superstorm Sandy could also help make the East Coast better prepared for the next big hurricane. Here are five ways Hurricane Sandy totally changed the East Coast:
hurricane sandy damage
 
The Scientist Who Helped Save New York's Subway from Sandy
The News - Natural Disasters
October 29, 2013
sandy subway
The water just kept flowing. It streamed through the streets of lower Manhattan, pouring into subway entrances, cascading into ventilation grates and pooling inside tunnels.

When Superstorm Sandy hit New York a year ago, it caused a massive, 14-foot storm surge, the likes of which the city had never seen. Nine out of the 14 subway tunnels beneath rivers around the city flooded, and the subway was shut down for days. But the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) took precautions to head off the worst impacts, experts say. Before the storm hit, the MTA moved its trains out of flood-prone areas and took out the electric signals in the tunnels. The tunnels flooded. Afterward, subway workers pumped the water out and replaced the electric signals. Within a week, 80 percent of subway service had been restored, newspapers reported.
 
St Jude storm: southern Britain counts the deaths and damage
The News - Natural Disasters
October 29, 2013
st jude storm
Aftermath of the St Jude storm in Hever, Kent, where 17-year-old Bethany Freeman died when a tree fell on her caravan. Photograph: Rex Features Britain faces further disruption through Tuesday following the most powerful storm to hit Britain in years.

Authorities continue to clear away debris and fallen trees while engineers work to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and rail services slowly return to normal. A 17-year-old girl was among four people killed as hurricane-force winds battered England and Wales, leaving a trail of destruction. Dubbed St Jude after the patron of lost causes, the storm caused transport disruption on road, rail, air and sea, and power cuts for hundreds of thousands of homes.

 
Sun Erupts With Two Major Solar Flares (Video)
The News - Science-Astronomy
October 25, 2013
This image, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on March 10, 2012, shows an active region on the sun, seen as the bright spot to the right. Designated AR 1429, the spot has so far produced three X-class flares and numerous M-class flares.

The sun erupted with two of the strongest solar flares it can unleash Friday (Oct. 25), just days after blasting an intense solar storm at Earth.

The sun fired off a flare that registered at X1.7 on the space weather scale at 4:01 a.m. EDT (0801 GMT) Friday, then followed with an X.2-class event at 11:03 a.m. EDT (1503 GMT). NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured video of the X1.7 solar flare, which came after several smaller sun storms over the last few days.

 
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