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Tsunami would swamp California's economy
The News - Natural Disasters
September 04, 2013
tsunami California disaster
If a monster earthquake struck off Alaska's coast, tsunami waves would rush toward California, crippling the nation's busiest port complex and flooding coastal communities, a report released Wednesday suggests.

The potential impacts, based on a hypothetical magnitude-9.1 jolt off the Alaskan peninsula, were detailed by a team led by the U.S. Geological Survey to help emergency responders prepare. Tsunamis are a rare but real threat in California. After the 2011 Japan disaster, tsunami waves raced across the Pacific and damaged boats and docks in the commercial fishing village of Crescent City.
 
Disaster Danger : Read the Clouds Like a Meteorologist
The News - Climate-Environment
September 03, 2013
dangerous weather clouds
Growing up, especially in the South, you hear plenty of “old wives tales” about weather.

“If you see the underside of leaves, it’s about to storm.” -- “If cows are lying down in a pasture, it’s going to rain.” 

There’s really no scientific evidence to support those colloquialisms, but there is a way you can look to the sky to determine an impending change in the weather. How? By examining the clouds.
 
Incredible Technology: How to Fight Wildfires
The News - Natural Disasters
September 03, 2013
fight wildfires technology
Wildfires, like the Rim Fire raging in Yosemite, Calif., are some of nature's most awesome, and devastating, spectacles, devouring large swaths of forest and grassland in hours.

Battling such blazes requires firefighters to pair traditional techniques, such as firebreaks, to contain the voracious flames, with newer technologies like drones and satellite imaging, to monitor the fire's progress. Wildfire activity has been 50 percent above average for the last five years, said Julie Hutchinson, battalion chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). If uncontained, these fires pose a threat to human life and property.
 
New 3D Earth Model Pinpoints Earthquakes, Nuclear Blasts
The News - Science-Astronomy
September 03, 2013
3D earth model nuclear blasts earthquakes
A new 3D model of the Earth will now let scientists pinpoint the sources of earthquakes and explosions around the globe more accurately than ever, researchers say. The new model of the Earth's mantle and crust from Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory is called Sandia-Los Alamos 3D, or SALSA3D. The aim of the model is to more accurately locate all types of explosions, including nuclear ones, for the U.S. Air Force and the international Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna.

"We want to help monitor the Earth to make sure that countries are complying with treaties they signed regarding nuclear weapons, or in the case of countries that have not signed onto such treaties, to keep up with them and know what they're up to," researcher Sandy Ballard, a geophysicist at Sandia National Laboratories, told LiveScience. 
 
“100% Chance of a Severe Geo-Magnetic Event Capable of Crippling Our Electric Grid”
The News - Science-Astronomy
September 03, 2013
geo-magnetic storm power grid
With the sun’s solar cycle in its peak stage this year and militaries around the world rapidly developing super electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) weapons, the threat of a catastrophic event that disables the U.S. power grid has never been greater. 

In 2003 a solar flare emitted by the sun was the most powerful in recorded observational history, measuring in at levels so high that had it hit earth it would have likely disabled everything from the internet and mobile phones, to water utility plants and the whole of the U.S. electricity infrastructure. And, earlier this year in another near-miss, experts claimed the world escaped another large-scale EMP catastrophe. While an outlier, the real possibility of an EMP event – be it natural or man made – is more probable than most people think: [SHTFPLAN]
 
The top 9 real reasons to go to war in Syria
The News - War-Draft
September 03, 2013
In no particular order:
 
Post Collapse Skills – What Do You Bring To The Table?
The News - Disaster Preparedness
September 02, 2013
what prepper skills do you have?
In the event of an economic collapse or any event that causes an off the grid event that lasts for an extended period of time, we will have to go back to our roots, I don’t mean back when we were younger, I mean back to our grandfathers roots. In the worst case scenario we will need to rebuild society from the ground up. As it has always been throughout history we will need different individuals with many different skill sets to create a functioning and thriving society. So you need to ask yourself In a post collapse scenario, what do you bring to the table? Bartering will become the new currency, and having a skill like carpentry could be a good bartering tool to have. Today we trade time for money, post collapse we will trade work for food, clothing, or anything else our family needs.[LINK]
 
Did Ancient Earth-Chilling Meteor Crash Near Canada?
The News - Science-Astronomy
September 02, 2013
canada meteor crash chilling
A meteor or comet impact near Quebec heaved a rain of hot melted rock along North America's Atlantic Coast about 12,900 years ago, a new study claims.

Scientists have traced the geochemical signature of the BB-sized spherules that rained down back to their source, the 1.5-billion-year-old Quebecia terrane in northeastern Canada near the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. At the time of the impact, the region was covered by a continental ice sheet, like Antarctica and Greenland are today.
 
Importance of 72 Hour Survival Kit : FEMA urges preparedness for natural disasters
The News - Disaster Preparedness
September 02, 2013
72 hour survival kit FEMA
September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency wants residents to take a moment and review their plans. Natural disasters such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and floods affect thousands of people every year. That's why FEMA says, it's important to know what the risks are and prepare to protect yourself and your family.

During September, residents are encouraged to review their safety plans and procedures in case of an emergency. Emergency management officials say now's a good time to talk with your family, friends and neighbors about what needs to be done individually or as a community. (SEE THE LIST OF RECOMMENDED ITEMS HERE)
 
The big one: Natural disasters in the SCV
The News - Natural Disasters
September 02, 2013
1994 california earthquake damage
As devastating as it may be for local residents, every earthquake provides scientists with a wealth of new information about faults, ground movement and the reactions it causes.

The 1994 Northridge earthquake, for example, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, puzzled geologists for years because of its scattered pattern of damage, hitting particularly hard in Sherman Oaks and Santa Monica – relatively distant communities from the epicenter. Seismologists concluded an anomaly in the bedrock underlying the area was responsible for the unexpected pattern of damage. But the question most residents of earthquake-prone areas would like answered is this: How do we know when the big one will hit?
 
The 20 big questions in science (Book of the Week)
The News - Science-Astronomy
September 01, 2013
The Big Questions in Science: The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns

What are the great scientific questions of our modern age and why don't we know the answers? The Big Questions in Science takes on the most fascinating and pressing mysteries we have yet to crack and explains how tantalizingly close science is to solving them (or how frustratingly out of reach they remain). Some, such as "Can we live forever? and "What makes us human?" are eternal questions; others, such as "How do we solve the population problem?" and "How do we get more energy from the sun?" are essential to our future survival.

Written by experienced science writers, adept at translating the complicated concepts of "hard science" into an engaging and insightful discussion for the general reader, The Big Questions in Science grapples with 20 hot topics across the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and computer science to ignite the inquisitive scientist in all of us.

 
7 Survival Life Hacks that could save your life (VIDEO)
The News - Disaster Preparedness
September 01, 2013
 
Training for Survival: Five Ways to Increase Your Survival IQ
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 31, 2013
Do you have the mental toughness, strength of character and tough as nails resolve to survive when a crisis strikes and your plans must change? Let’s find out as we look at 5 simple ways to increase your “Survival IQ.”
 
5 Red Flags of Imminent Collapse: Be Aware of the Warning Signs
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 31, 2013
These indicators will give you anywhere from a few days to a few months of warning that things are about to change drastically. - [LINK]
 
Possible U.S.-led attack on Syria sparks rallies worldwide
The News - War-Draft
August 31, 2013
Syria war protests
Protesters around the world took to the streets Saturday to protest for and against a possible U.S.-led attack on Syria, as President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for such a move.

Obama said the U.S. should take action against Syria to punish it for what the U.S. believes was a deadly chemical attack launched by Syrian President Bashar Assad this month that killed more than 1,400 people. But Obama said he wants Congress to debate and vote on whether to use force, and has said any possible strike would be limited.
 
Wildfire Survival
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 31, 2013
wildfire survival
Multi-year drought in much of the West has led to harsh summers recently.  Hundred of thousands of acres have been lost each of the last several years to wildfires, and there appears to be no end in sight. This year, the Yosemite fire has taken up the most space on the news, but there are wildfires raging at one place or another all from Memorial day to Labor day.

What lessons are these fires teaching us? A simple one: You have the responsibility to not only defend your retreat from hordes of marauding zombies, but also natural disasters such as forest fires. Luckily, this involves 2 things that the preparedness community has in abundance: 1) the propensity to plan and 2) common sense. [LINK]
 
3 Recent World Events that should make you start prepping
The News - Disaster Preparedness
August 31, 2013
If you have started to believe that being prepared for any type of event may not be necessary, you may want to stop and rethink your position. A quick look at recent events taking place around the world will let you know just how important it is to be prepared for any type of emergency. As you already know, you must be able to take care of yourself because no one else will.
 
No Atlantic Hurricane by August in First Time in 11 Years
The News - Current Events
August 30, 2013
no hurricanes so far this season
August is about to end without an Atlantic hurricane for the first time since 2002, calling into question predictions of a more active storm season than normal.

Six tropical systems have formed in the Atlantic since the season began June 1 and none of them has grown to hurricane strength with winds of at least 74 miles (120 kilometers) per hour. Accumulated cyclone energy in the Atlantic, a measure of tropical power, is about 30 percent of where it normally would be, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of Colorado State University’s seasonal hurricane forecasts.
 
Fukushima's Radioactive Ocean Plume to Reach US Waters by 2014
The News - Climate-Environment
August 30, 2013
fukushima US waters 2014
A radioactive plume of water in the Pacific Ocean from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, will likely reach U.S. coastal waters starting in 2014, according to a new study. The long journey of the radioactive particles could help researchers better understand how the ocean’s currents circulate around the world.

Ocean simulations showed that the plume of radioactive cesium-137 released by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 could begin flowing into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peak in 2016. Luckily, two ocean currents off the eastern coast of Japan — the Kuroshio Current and the Kuroshio Extension — would have diluted the radioactive material so that its concentration fell well below the World Health Organization’s safety levels within four months of the Fukushima incident. But it could have been a different story if nuclear disaster struck on the other side of Japan.
 
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