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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.

 
How to Make a Zombie (Seriously)
The News - Weird-Strange
October 25, 2013
how to make a zombie
The slouching, flesh-eating zombie has become one of the most in-vogue creatures in current TV and movie offerings, appearing in films like "World War Z" and in the AMC series "The Walking Dead."

Most rational people scoff at the suggestion that zombies are real, but a number of respected medical experts and academic journals have presented evidence that zombies are, in fact, real. To understand the zombie phenomenon and its Haitian roots, you need an appreciation of the practice of vodou (sometimes spelled voodoo or vodun), a religion based in West Africa and still practiced in varying forms throughout the Caribbean, Brazil, the American South and other places with a strong African heritage.
 
No reports of damage after 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Japan
The News - Natural Disasters
October 25, 2013

An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck early Saturday off Japan's east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and Japan's emergency agencies issued a tsunami advisory for the region that includes the crippled Fukushima nuclear site. Tsunamis of up to 15 inches were reported at four areas along the coast, but the advisory was lifted less than two hours after the quake. There were no immediate reports of damage on land. Japanese television images of harbors showed calm waters. The quake hit at 2:10 a.m. Tokyo time about 170 miles off Fukushima, and it was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles away.

 
What Are The Top 3 Biggest Threats To The U.S. Right Now?
The News - Current Events
October 24, 2013
Threats to the US
We get asked fairly regularly by our readers about what we feel is the biggest SHTF threat facing the country today. I don’t think it would be accurate enough to limit this to one single event, but there are 3 distinct threats that America is currently facing. Today we will be discussing these threats and if there is anything we as preppers can do to prepare for them. All 3 of these threats are issues that America is currently facing now, and will continue to face in the near future. [Ready4ItAll]
 
Rise of nuclear bombs: Video reveals 2,053 WMDs that have exploded in just 50 yrs
The News - War-Draft
October 24, 2013
nuclear testing WMD timelapse
  • The map has been created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto
  • It begins with the Manahattan Project's 'Trinity' test in 1945 in Los Alamos
  • The video ends with Pakistan's nuclear tests that took place in May 1998

Since the U.S unleashed the first nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945 there have been a staggering 2056 nuclear tests recorded worldwide. It took almost a year until the next substantial tests took place but by the mid-50s and 60s, nuclear experiments were being recorded across the globe on almost a monthly basis. To demonstrate the scale and development of this technology, Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has plotted all these explosions that took place from 1945 up to 1998 in a time-lapse video map.
 
'Space cannon' to be fired into asteroid
The News - Science-Astronomy
October 24, 2013
space cannon asteroid

Japan's space agency has successfully test-fired a "space cannon" designed to launch a projectile into an asteroid as part of the search for the origins of the universe. The device will be aboard the Hayabusa-2 space probe that is scheduled to take off in 2014 and rendezvous with an asteroid identified as 1999JU3 that orbits between Earth and Mars in 2018.

Once in position close to the asteroid, the space cannon will detach itself and remotely fire a 4lb metal projectile into the surface of the miniature planet. -- "An artificial crater that can be created by the device is expected to be a small one, a few meters in diameter, but ... by acquiring samples from the surface that is exposed by the collision, we can get fresh samples that are less weathered by the space environment or heat," the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said in a statement.

 
Britain braces for 'worst storm of the year' with south set to be battered by 80mph winds
The News - Current Events
October 24, 2013
britain storm 2013
The south of Britain is battening down the hatches ahead of what forecasters are predicting could be the worst storm of the year. The current spell of unsettled weather in the UK is expected to continue over the next few days with strong winds and heavy rain particularly over the weekend.

On Sunday night the weather looks set to take a turn for the worse as a significant storm system, developing in the Atlantic, looks set to intensify before travelling across England and Wales on Monday. Met Office spokesperson Juliet Gardner said forecasters had issued an amber warning for strong winds and the highways agency has put out a yellow alert for a surface water flood risk from Monday.
 
Two large earth facing sunspots give us both barrels, incoming storm expected
The News - Science-Astronomy
October 23, 2013
october 2013 sunspots

Sunspot 1875 lit off a small solar flare directly at the Earth. The magnetic explosion it released caused another nearby sunspot 1877 to also explode with a M9.3 magnitude solar flare. Both of these flares are Earth directed, and a geomagnetic storm is expected to impact the earth in the next 24-48 hours.

The size of the incoming geomagnetic storm is undetermined so far, but there is a good chance it will be a Major-severe Geomagnetic Storm. The speed of the storm is also undetermined, but based off of previous Earth directed storms could reach us withing 48 hours.

 
Fukushima Disaster Worsens: Another Leak into the Pacific
The News - Climate-Environment
October 23, 2013
fukushima disaster
More troubling news is coming out of Japan, as officials admit another large radioactive spill has just occurred at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Late last month, we reported on how the Fukushima Nuclear Plant was continually leaking radioactive materials into the Pacific Ocean; now TEPCO, the plant’s operator, has confirmed  yet another major leak. According to TEPCO, heavy rains caused radioactive waste, containing a source of beta radiation, to overflow over containment barriers that were setup to contain the nuclear waste. In August, these same containment tanks leaked over 300 tons of contaminated water into the surrounding area.
 
'Learned helplessness' : Major cities unprepared to cope in natural disasters
The News - Disaster Preparedness
October 22, 2013
disaster helplessness
Emergency experts say a learned helplessness has left Australians in major cities unprepared to cope in natural disasters. With the increasing impact of extreme heatwaves, storms, fires and floods, experts say traditional reliance on emergency services and recovery support such as cash handouts needs to be urgently reviewed if Australia is to better survive both the effects and escalating costs of such disasters.

Emergency expert Lewis Winter from Charles Sturt University says Australians need to prepare themselves for a situation where emergency services are unable to help them. "What people have got to know is that they're on their own, literally on their own," he said.
 
Landslide Danger Looms in Next Seattle Earthquake
The News - Natural Disasters
October 21, 2013
seattle earthquake
A home on Seattle's steep and scenic slopes comes with a hidden risk. The next earthquake on the Seattle Fault, which cuts under the heart of the city, could trigger many more deadly landslides than previously predicted, a new study finds. The risk of landslides in Seattle comes as no surprise to its residents. Every winter, heavy rains soak the ground atop a clay layer buried in some spots, until the layers grow so wet they slip and slide away. Most sediments in Seattle are "unconsolidated," jumbled piles left behind by glaciers that plowed through the Northwest during the last global cooling.

These loose soils can also collapse from earthquake shaking. To estimate the future risk of earthquake-triggered landslides, researchers at the University of Washington created a computer model of a magnitude-7.0 Seattle Fault earthquake and tested the shaking effects on Seattle slopes and soils. The findings were published today (Oct. 21) in the journal the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
 
Australia declares fire emergency
The News - Climate-Environment
October 20, 2013
australia fire emergency
A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales as Australian firefighters battle bushfires that have already destroyed more than 200 homes. The announcement comes as conditions look set to deteriorate with soaring temperatures and strong winds expected to fan the flames in the coming days.

The Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, has been the worst-hit region with some fires still raging out of control. Officials say they are the worst fires the state has seen in 40 years. New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell said the declaration would give emergency services additional powers over the next 30 days which could include cutting gas and power supplies if needed.
 
Let's play God: The scientific experiments that might save the world (or destroy it...)
The News - Science-Astronomy
October 19, 2013
science playing god destroy world
Two years ago this month, in a disused Norfolk airfield, a small group of scientists were preparing to undertake one of the more controversial experiments in British scientific history. What little equipment it needed – a B&Q pressure washer, 1km of hydraulic hose and an 8m air balloon – had been bought or loaned. A truck was ready. Once in the air, the dirigible balloon would spray 120 litres of fine water droplets into the East Anglia sky, a miniaturised test for a much larger system that would eventually pump out chemical particles to reflect sunlight and, so the scientists calculated, cool the planet. It was to be a momentous day.

Geoengineering – as defined by the Royal Society in 2009 – is the large-scale, technological manipulation of the climate (some call it "planet hacking"). After decades of theorising, the Cambridge group was going to be the first in the West to take research out of doors. But shortly before lift-off, they aborted. There was, they feared, no way of knowing who could use their research, or in what way, and the Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (Spice) team did not want to open a door that might be impossible to close.
 
Fukushima: New Leak Causes Truly Massive Radiation Spike
The News - Climate-Environment
October 18, 2013
fukushima radiation
Officials of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said on Friday they detected 400,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances – including strontium – at the site, a level 6,500 times higher than readings taken on Wednesday, NHK World reported. The storage tank leaked over 300 tons of contaminated water in August, some of which is believed to have found its way into the sea through a ditch. The well in question is about 10 meters from the tank and was dug to gauge leakage. TEPCO said the findings show that radioactive substances like strontium have reached the groundwater. High levels of tritium, which transfers much easier in water than strontium, had already been detected. Officials at TEPCO said they will remove any contaminated soil around the storage tank in an effort to monitor radioactivity levels of the water around the well.

The news comes after it has been reported a powerful typhoon which swept through Japan led to highly radioactive water near the crippled nuclear power plant being released into a nearby drainage ditch, increasing the risk of it flowing into the sea. On Wednesday TEPCO said it had detected high levels of radiation in a ditch leading to the Pacific Ocean, and that it suspected heavy rains had lifted contaminated soil.
 
Is the Threat of Overpopulation Still a Big Deal?
The News - Current Events
October 17, 2013
Ever since Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans’ proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind’s future. Indeed our very success going forth and multiplying, paired with our ability to extend our life expectancy, has meant that we are perpetually pushing the limits of the resource base that supports us.

When Malthus was worrying about the planet’s “carrying capacity,” there were only about a billion of us on the planet. Today our population tops seven billion. While better health care and medicine along with advances in food production and access to freshwater and sanitation have allowed us to feed ourselves and stave off many health ills, some so-called Neo-Malthusians believe we may still be heading for some kind of population crash, perhaps triggered or exacerbated by environmental factors related to climate change.

 
Lock and Load: Are You Prepared for Civil Unrest?
The News - Disaster Preparedness
October 17, 2013
civil unrest
Do you get the feeling that we are right on the verge of chaos?  With the government shutdown, the congressional budget deadline of the 17th, the EBT system under threat, and assorted “drills” that, if history proves to be any guide, could be a loose cover for an upcoming false flag, we could be looking at civil unrest in a matter of days.These are all situations that we, as individuals, have little control over. What we CAN control is our response to a crisis.

By planning ahead, we can avoid the fear, panic, and confusion that leads people to rush to the store and clear the shelves like a horde of hungry locusts.  We can stay away from the angry masses, the rioters who will use any excuse to steal, and the hungry people who are determined to feed their kids no matter who stands in their way. Whether the next few weeks lead to pandemonium due to the welfare strings being cut or some type of martial law, a prepared mindset, a defense plan, and a well-stocked home can help to keep you and your family out of harm’s way.
 
Major quake shakes central Philippines, kills 32
The News - Natural Disasters
October 15, 2013
Philippines earthquake disaster 2013
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake killed at least 32 people across the central Philippines on Tuesday, toppling buildings and historic churches and sending terrified residents into deadly stampedes.

Panic ensued as people spilled out on the street after the quake struck at 8:12 a.m. It was centered about 33 kilometers (20 miles) below Carmen town on Bohol Island, where many buildings collapsed, roads cracked up and bridges fell. Extensive damage also hit densely populated Cebu city, across the narrow strait from Bohol, causing deaths when a fish port and a market roof fell. The quake set off a stampede in a Cebu gym where people lined up to receive government cash assistance, killing five and injuring eight others, said Neil Sanchez, provincial disaster management officer. In another city nearby, 18 people were injured in the scramble to get out of a shaking building where the assistance was being handed out.
 
STUDY: Many L.A. buildings could topple in an earthquake...
The News - Natural Disasters
October 13, 2013
LA earthquake disaster
More than 1,000 old concrete buildings in Los Angeles and hundreds more throughout the county may be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake, according to a Times analysis.

By the most conservative estimate, as many as 50 of these buildings in the city alone would be destroyed, exposing thousands to injury or death. A cross-section of the city lives and works in them: seamstresses in downtown factories, white-collar workers in Ventura Boulevard high-rises and condo dwellers on Millionaires' Mile in Westwood.
 
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