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Still hundreds unaccounted for after Colorado floods...survivors sleeping in cars
The News - Natural Disasters
September 17, 2013
colorado flooding disaster
The emergency airlifts of flood victims waned Tuesday, leaving rescue crews to systematically search the nooks and crannies of the northern Colorado foothills and transportation officials to gauge what it will take to rebuild the wasted landscape.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated by air and ground since last week's devastating floods, but calls for those emergency rescues are now dwindling, federal and state emergency officials said
 
Colorado Disaster: What Is a 100-Year Flood?
The News - Natural Disasters
September 14, 2013
colorado flooding 2013
A massive amount of rain has fallen in the region surrounding Boulder, Colo., causing widespread flooding that's killed at least three people and taken out roads and houses, according to news reports. The event has sent 20-foot "walls of water" rushing down mountainsides, destroying bridges and isolating entire towns, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said in a statement.

The extreme rain and flooding in Colorado was caused when a slow-moving weather system sucked in an unusually large mass of moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, and has been called a "100-year storm." That terminology is a little confusing, though, and requires some explanation.
 
Friday the 13th: Why Humans Are So Superstitious
The News - Weird-Strange
September 13, 2013
friday the 13th superstition
Despite having well-developed brains, complex technologies and centuries of scientific progress, the human species remains a fearful, superstitious lot. And what better day to revisit the nature of superstition than Friday the 13th?

Superstition, it seems, is one thing that binds all of humanity throughout history and across cultural divides. Anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss once wrote that superstitions and belief in magic "are so frequent and so widespread that we should ask ourselves if we are not confronted with a permanent and universal form of thought." [LIVESCIENCE]
 
World's biggest brains predict how Earth will end
The News - Science-Astronomy
September 13, 2013
brains predict how world will end
  • Members of a society, which includes Stephen Hawking and Robert May, will identify threats to humanity and devise ways of ensuring its survival
  • The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) is led by the Astronomer Royal and Cambridge don Martin Rees
  • Lord Rees believes the main threats to sustained human existence now come from people, not from nature

They are an improbable group of superheroes. But some of Britain's greatest minds have got together to focus their powers on saving humanity from itself. Led by the Astronomer Royal and Cambridge don Martin Rees, famous thinkers such as physicist Stephen Hawking and former Government chief scientist Robert May have formed a society to draw up a doomsday list of risks that could wipe out mankind. From crippling cyber-attacks by terrorists using the internet to cause havoc, to the release of engineered diseases and killer computers, they warn the future is far from rosy.

 
Doomsday? Universe's Fate Depends on True Mass of Tiny Particle
The News - Science-Astronomy
September 13, 2013
tiny particle doomsday
The universe may end in another 10 billion years or sooner if the heaviest of all the known elementary particles, the top quark, is even heavier than previously thought, researchers say.

If the top quark is not heavier than experiments currently suggest, then an even stranger fate may await the cosmos: disembodied brains and virtually anything else could one day randomly materialize into existence. The protons and neutrons that make up the nuclei of atoms are made of elementary particles known as quarks. Protons and neutrons are made up of the lightest and most stable flavors of quark: the up quark and down quark. The heaviest and most unstable flavor of quark is the top quark, which current experiments suggest is about 184 times heavier than the proton.
 
Why Has It Been So Long Since a Major Hurricane Hit the US?
The News - Natural Disasters
September 13, 2013
hurricanes 2013
he United States hasn't been any stranger to hurricanes in the last eight years. Hurricane Sandy, for example, caused about $50 billion in damage and was responsible for more than 150 U.S. deaths last year, although the storm was technically an extra-tropical cyclone when it hit.

But surprisingly, not a single major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 storm or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale —with minimum wind gusts of at least 111 mph (178 km/h) — has directly hit the United States in nearly eight years. That's twice as long as any major hurricane landfall "drought" since 1915, and by far the longest on record since data began being collected prior to 1900. As of today (Sept. 12), it's been 2,880 days since Hurricane Wilma, the last major hurricane to strike the United States, made landfall on Oct. 24, 2005.

 
10 Essential Skills for the Outdoorsperson
The News - Disaster Preparedness
September 05, 2013
10 essential outdoor skills

With the weather warming and spring-summer camping/hiking/paddling season coming up, it’s time to brush up on your backcountry skills and ensure you’re up to the task of taking this season for all it’s worth.

Looking to get in-the-know on the most useful things an outdoorsperson like yourself needs to know? Read on and check out these 10 articles — 10 Essential Skills for the Outdoorsperson.

 
Largest Volcano on Earth Lurks Beneath Pacific Ocean : Tamu Massif
The News - Natural Disasters
September 05, 2013
Tamu Massif Largest Volcano
A University of Houston (UH) professor led a team of scientists to uncover the largest single volcano yet documented on Earth. Covering an area roughly equivalent to the British Isles or the state of New Mexico, this volcano, dubbed the Tamu Massif, is nearly as big as the giant volcanoes of Mars, placing it among the largest in the Solar System.

Located about 1,000 miles east of Japan, Tamu Massif is the largest feature of Shatsky Rise, an underwater mountain range formed 130 to 145 million years ago by the eruption of several underwater volcanoes. Until now, it was unclear whether Tamu Massif was a single volcano, or a composite of many eruption points. By integrating several sources of evidence, including core samples and data collected on board the JOIDES Resolution research ship, the authors have confirmed that the mass of basalt that constitutes Tamu Massif did indeed erupt from a single source near the center.
 
Map: Where You Don’t Want to Be When It Hits the Fan
The News - Disaster Preparedness
September 05, 2013
When it hits the fan America’s population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order.

It’s a theory put forth by numerous survival and relocation specialists, and one that makes complete sense if you consider what happens in a truly serious collapse-like scenario. Survival Blog founder James Rawles calls them the golden horde:
 
Tsunami: Facts versus Movie Myths
The News - Natural Disasters
September 05, 2013
tsunami fact vs myth
A tsunami or tidal wave is one of those disasters that are rare, difficult to prep for, but interesting to discuss. If you live inland, you might still be interested in this article, in case you are on vacation near the ocean, or simply because it is a fascinating topic. This particular prepping and survival post discusses the difference between a tidal wave in movies and recent real tidal waves. There are several significant differences between the movie version and a real tsunami, and knowing the differences might affect your response.

The height of tidal waves is one thing that movies get wrong or exaggerate. The typical movie tsunami is hundreds of meters high, taller than many skyscrapers. Strictly-speaking, it’s not impossible for a tidal wave to be that high. A comet or asteroid impact in the deep ocean can generate a tsunami hundreds of feet high, 100 km or more from the site of impact. See the Impact: Earth! effects calculator at Purdue University. But the typical tsunami, caused by an undersea earthquake, is several meters in height, or less. See the NOAA Tsunami site. The largest tsunami in recorded history is said to be the 2004 Indonesia tsunami, with a height of 33 meters (per Wikipedia). [PREP-BLOG]
 
Russia Warns Of Nuclear Disaster If Syria Is Attacked
The News - War-Draft
September 05, 2013
Russia Syria Nuclear Disaster
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman warned any military intervention in Syria would create a nuclear disaster. “If a warhead, by design or by chance, were to hit the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MSNR) near Damascus, the consequences could be catastrophic,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich stated, according to Russia Today.

Lukashevich said if a military strike were launched without seeking approval from the United Nations Security Council  that new suffering for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa would occur. He added that the region could be at risk of “contamination by highly enriched uranium and it would no longer be possible to account for nuclear material, its safety and control.”
 
Post-Hurricane Health Hazards
The News - Disaster Preparedness
September 04, 2013
post-hurricane health concerns
Preparing your family and home for a hurricane is the beginning of a potentially devastating experience. But surviving the storm itself hardly ensures a smooth recovery — the aftermath can be just as hazardous. Even after a serious storm passes, there are still several health and safety concerns. As Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Isaac survivors can attest to, surviving the storm is only the beginning.

“There are numerous environmental health hazards after a disaster,” Paula Rupert, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, nurse practitioner at Houston Methodist Department of Surgery in Texas, told Weather.com. Home clean up and restoration might top the list of priorities, but the health hazards of life after a hurricane require attention as well. What dangers should you avoid after a hurricane passes?
 
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]
 
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