Thursday, November 10, 2011

THE AGE OF OBAMA AND WEATHER ANOMALIES: MONSTER STORM - Storm of Epic Proportions Hits Alaska, Twice the Size of Texas State!

“So far have they [the United States] strayed into wickedness in those [future] times that their destruction has been sealed by my [father]. Their great cities will burn, their crops and cattle will suffer disease and death, their children will perish from diseases never seen upon this Earth, and I reveal to you the greatest [mystery] of all as I have been allowed to see that their [the United States] destruction will come about through the vengeful hands of one of our very own sons.” - Johanwa Owalo, Kenyan Prophet and the founder of Kenya’s Nomiya Luo Church, 1912.
"This is a storm of epic proportions," said meteorologist Jeff Osiensky with the National Weather Service. "We're not out of the woods with this."

Packing hurricane-force winds, an Alaskan storm of "epic proportions" slammed into coastal communities, sending some residents fleeing to higher ground as it tore roofs from homes and knocked out power.

The strongest storm to hit the state in four decades carried with it heavy snows and rains. The precipitation sent water levels rising late Wednesday night in Nome, causing flooding in low-lying areas, the National Weather Service said. "It's barely beginning to wind down along the coast," Stephen Kearney, a meteorologist for the Weather Service in Fairbanks, said late Wednesday night. Emergency officials warned that areas on Alaska's western coast between Norton Sound and Point Hope were vulnerable to a possible surge of sea water that could bring varying degrees of flooding to villages already soaked. However, there were no new reports of substantial damage in Nome late Wednesday night, the National Weather Service said. "The sea level will remain steady into the early morning hours and then start to come down tomorrow morning," Kearney told the Anchorage Daily News. Flooding was reported in Point Hope, where the water came within 10 feet of the airport runway, but the community still had power, Kearney said. Earlier, the storm produced 85-mph gusts, well above hurricane force. But emergency managers said that the winds had begun to taper off and were clocked with still-potent gusts of 55 mph. The storm passed through more southern points of its path. Some villages, such as Kivalina, could be even more vulnerable with winds shifting as they head to Russia, officials said. Water reportedly reached some reached homes in at least four Native villages, including Tununak and Kipnuk, state emergency managers said earlier Wednesday.

"This is a storm of epic proportions," said meteorologist Jeff Osiensky with the National Weather Service. "We're not out of the woods with this." The last time the communities saw something similar was in November 1974, when a storm created a sea surge that measured more than 13 feet. The surge pushed beach driftwood above the level of the previous storm of its type in 1913. The weather service said "a potent upper level disturbance" rotating around the Bering Sea storm is expected to bring 3 to 8 inches of snowfall to the Anchorage area by Thursday afternoon. The service issued a winter weather advisory for Anchorage in effect until noon Thursday. Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state's emergency management agency, noted there have been no reports of injuries, and that damage so far has been largely limited to blown-out windows and battered roofs. Nome, Hooper Bay and Tununak reported scattered power outages. During outages, officials were able to maintain contact with communities by satellite phone and VHS radios. Wednesday's planned test of the National Emergency Alert System was cancelled in Alaska due largely to the weather, KSRM-radio reported. The highest wind gusts recorded – 89 mph – were at Wales at the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, which forms the U.S. side of the Bering Strait, said Bob Fischer, lead forecaster for the weather service in Fairbanks. Winton Weyapuk, president of the Wales Village Corp., said the community suffered more lost sleep than damage. "People said they were worried," Weyapuk said. "When the wind gusted here, it was pretty loud inside their homes."

Some families moved to the school overnight as a precaution. Water came high into dunes in front of the village and approached the school steps, he said. But a drive through the community of 136 before the sun came up revealed little damage. The southeast direction of the wind helped, Weyapuk said. "The wind was blowing parallel to the beach instead of from the south or southwest, which would have brought the waves straight in," he said. In Nome – the biggest of the coastal communities with about 3,600 residents – wind gusted to 61 mph. City officials said Wednesday afternoon that they closed and barricaded streets in low-lying areas where flooding was reported and urged residents to keep clear of those areas. Residents along Front Street, which runs less than 100 feet from the seawall that protects Nome from the Bering Sea, were asked to voluntarily evacuate Tuesday night. They stayed with friends on higher ground or at one of two shelters opened by the city at a recreation center and at a church, Brown said. About 180 miles to the northeast, in Kotzebue, the regional hub for northwest Alaska villages, the storm had quieted down by 10:30 a.m. Wind gusting to 74 mph had damaged a few sheds and roofs. But power, phones and other utilities were not interrupted, said Dennis Tiepelman, public administrator for the Northwest Arctic Borough. "Just debris and loose stuff flying around. No power outage, no utilities were off," Tiepelman said.

As the storm moved north to the Chukchi Sea at midday, a 14-foot rock seawall was holding up in Kivalina, one of the villages hardest hit by coastal erosion in recent decades, said community spokeswoman Colleen Swan. Damage so far was limited to tin roofing on homes. Swan's sister, Marilyn Swan, made the five-minute walk to her job as the city clerk. By the time she arrived, she was covered with clumps of snow. "I've never seen it that bad before," she said. "We've had storms, but this is pretty strong." The storm also pounded Tununak, 519 miles northwest of Anchorage. Water rising in a river had reached boardwalks in the Yupik Eskimo village, resident Elizabeth Flynn said. The state and emergency managers in the villages have long prepared for the powerful storms that batter Alaska's western coast, holding twice-yearly meetings on dealing with emergencies. In the past few years, the state has held evacuation workshops as well, Zidek said. The Coast Guard had received no calls Wednesday morning from vessels seeking help from the storm, Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis said. Francis said the storm hit after most crab fishing had concluded. "We're kind of in a lull with a lot of the fisheries," she said. - Huffington Post.
WATCH: Record-breaking Alaska storm.

WATCH: Extreme weather anomalies hits the United States.

EXTREME WEATHER: Tornado Terrorizes Victoria, Australia!

"I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It was very scary."

Victorians in Australia are recalling the terror that grip them, after a tornado hit the state's north, ripping roof off home and snapping beams like matchsticks. The state was also hit by hail the size of golf balls and flash flooding.

A man has described the terror of being in his living room when the roof ripped off as a tornado hit the Victoria's north early this morning. Bellbridge man Bruce Ballosch had to kick his doors in to escape shards of flying glass and wood when the freak storm touched down at about 1am. Mr Ballosch, 53, said he’d never seen anything like it as wooden beams snapped like match sticks and his roof peeled off as the storm battered his two-storey Allen Cres home. “I was standing in the middle of the house and it just came through the house like nobody’s business. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It was very scary, there was that much glass flying around the place. The roof’s in the paddock at least a kilometre away. There’s a big sewerage pond behind me and half the roof’s in that as well,” Mr Ballosch said.

Weather bureau spokeswoman Andrea Pearce said the bureau’s Doppler radar picked up a cyclone briefly travelling through the area. “The observation is really what we call a strong mesoscyclone which is what we’d get with a tornado,” she said. “Certainly the damage is what you’d expect to see with the passage of a tornado.” Wodonga SES communications officer Pam Henry said there were reports the tornado shot across Lake Hume before carving a narrow path through the small town. “From what we were told it just came down. They can just appear these things, there’s no warning of them they can just appear out of nowhere,” Ms Henry said.

The roof of Bruce and Rowena Balloch's house was ripped off by a mini-tornado in Bellbridge. Picture: Simon Dallinger. At least four houses have been deemed uninhabitable after trees were uprooted, walls blown off, roofs peeled off and windows smashed in, with about 15 properties damaged. Nearly two-thirds of Victoria's State Emergency Service units were called into action last night as wild weather lashed the state. Hail the size of golf balls, flash flooding and strong winds smacked Victoria, leaving a swathe of damage. The SES had 1100 calls for help from 12pm yesterday. Spokesman Lachlan Quick said almost one-third of those were for flash flooding, including 270 in metropolitan Melbourne. Another 170 calls were for building damage. Rainfall in excess off 50mm drenched a range of areas around Victoria including Frankston and Bunyip. Mt Hotham endured the worst of the rain, with 65.8mm recorded over the last 24 hours.

The couple's home suffered extensive damage. Picture: Simon Dallinger. Planes were grounded at Melbourne airport during the brunt of the storm. An airport spokeswoman said no flights came in or out of the airport between 7.20pm and 8.15pm. Some flights had to detour around the storm but all landed in Melbourne eventually, an Air Services Australia spokesman said. An ambulance spokeswoman said the storms had not caused an increase in car accidents. “Thankfully a lot of people got out and heeded the warnings early,” she said. This storm picture was taken in Caroline Springs by reader Simon Jakovac. Melbourne resident Paul Robinson said his street was covered in golf-ball sized hail after it hit around 7.15pm. “It was a bit like a cyclone, it got very quiet then a big gust of wind came and then the hail just hit,” Mr Robinson said. “It was very intense, it would have taken no more than five minutes. “I just can’t believe our windows didn’t break..there’s golf balls (hail) all over the street, it’s unbelievable.” - News Australia.
WATCH: Tornado terror in Victoria.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Great Deluge - Pakistan Facing 'Unimaginable Catastrophe' After Second Year of Widespread Floods!

More than nine million flood victims in Pakistan face an "unimaginable catastrophe" of disease and malnutrition due to a massive shortfall in emergency funding, aid agencies have warned.

Scenes from flooding in Pakistan this year.
Charities said they had raised a small fraction of the money needed to help victims of this year's deluges and may need to begin cutting relief projects if donations do not pick up. A United Nations appeal has reached barely more than a quarter of its £223 million target and some charities have raised less than a tenth of their appeal goals. The eurozone crisis, competition from other humanitarian appeals, lack of coverage and suspicion aid will be siphoned off by corruption have all hit fund-raising, charities said. This year's flooding came as millions were still trying to recover from a similar disaster last year, described by the UN as the worst in its history. Shaheen Chughtai, a humanitarian policy adviser at Oxfam, said: "Last year it was very clear that this was an extraordinary disaster. It was a once in a century flood. The fact we have had floods again this year in Pakistan means that in terms of media news agendas it looks like a continuation of a familiar story.

"But had it not been for last year's floods, then this year's would have qualified as Pakistan's greatest national disaster in terms of people affected." Torrential rain in September damaged more than a million-and-a-half houses and wiped out nearly three quarters of crops in some districts of Sindh province. Neva Khan, Oxfam's country director in Pakistan, said: "Over two months into the crisis millions of people are still without basics. If relief operations stop, it could lead to an unimaginable catastrophe." "What we have is people who were just beginning to get themselves together after last year and now they are hit with this." Nine million people have been affected by the flooding, or more than a fifth of residents in Sindh and Baluchistan, according to Pakistan's government. More than three million are "at serious risk". Mrs Khan said a famine appeal in the Horn of Africa and floods in South East Asia had competed for charity donations, but conceded there was a "trust deficit" over corruption in Pakistan.

Oxfam announced in August that an independent audit had found up to £135,000 of its aid money had been embezzled by a local charity during last year's relief efforts. The charity has this year raised just £8m of its £23 million target and without more will need to cut back operations in January. By contrast last year it raised £51 million of flood aid. David Wright, Save the Children's director in Pakistan, said the disaster was on a similar scale to the South East Asian tsunami, but had received little attention. "We thought we would have reached 200,000 people for shelter by now, but so far we have only reached 30,000," he said. He said this year's fund-raising appeal had "aimed low because we had a feeling this disaster wasn't going to generate a lot of interest." Save the Children raised £56 million in donations for last year's flooding but this year had reached a little over a third of its £19 million target. The non-governmental organisation Care has secured less than a tenth of its goal. Mr Wright said: "We had expected the situation to stabilise by now but conditions are going from bad to worse. "Malnutrition levels among children under-five are among some of our worst recorded cases. Children's immunity is very weak, and we fear winter will make the situation worse if aid is not immediately stepped up." Stagnant water continues to lie across much of Sindh, threatening malaria and dengue fever. - Telegraph.
WATCH: Millions affected by floods in Pakistan!

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: EL HIERRO ALERT - Canary Islands Government Issues World Alert System Notification For Eruption!

According to the following notification from the official website of the Canary Islands Government, a worldwide system alert for eruption is now in effect.

Considering that the risk volcanic complex includes a series of actions to develop sequentially has established a worldwide warning system to the population based on the selection of three colors (green, yellow and red). In this way the population may adopt certain behaviors based on a symbol that are easy to understand color. We must continue in the case of each, the recommendations relating thereto.
The current alert status are as follows:
    Red Light, Level 1, in the Restinga (El Pinar)
    Yellow light in the rest of the island.
These are the present conditions update:
10/11/2011 ... 12:40: The surface pH of seawater has varied from 7.97 to 5.45 to 5 feet deep in the area of the eruption.

11/09/2011 ... 14:49: Prohibiting access to the beaches of Puerto Naos Tacorón and for possible presence of gas.

11/08/2011 ... 19:00: For operational reasons it has become a close access to tunnels Roquille up to the roundabout at The Mocanal.

11/08/2011 ... 14:43: It allows movement between the roundabout and the Mocanal HI-5 up to the junction with Roquille Echedo.

11/08/2011 ... 12:58: SO2 emissions in El Hierro are lower than those recorded in subaerial volcanic systems.

Here is the latest seismograph image from the National Institute of Geograph of the situation at El Hierro, which still shows a high degree of harmonic tremors:

The Earthquake Report (ER) has also issued a quick exposure-risk picture of what could be affected should a full blown eruption occur:
El Hierro Island has 10,960 inhabitants producing a GDP per capita of around 8000 euros, the equivalent of around 88 million Euros. The economy is sustained via livestock (goats, sheep and cattle – milk for cheese), agriculture (fruits and wine), fishing (tuna etc.) and tourism (not as great as the rest of the Canary Islands – they do mostly rural/adventure tourism and have around 2000 beds. La Restinga is the main port for fishing,  already strongly affected by the eruption. Water temperatures in the vicinity of the volcano / port have been measured at 35.3 degrees instead of the usual 24 degrees and the poisoned water has killed almost all marine life near the port. Livestock (as seen in previous eruptions, especially in Iceland) can be killed if fluoride poisoning occurs of water sources.

The rest of the Canary Islands relies greatly on tourism (32% of the GDP) and could be affected significantly if El Hierro is to produce an aerial eruption. Tourism accounts for around 14 billion Euros of the 43.248 billion Euro GDP. Over 9 million tourists visit the Canary Islands each year, with around 16.9 million people moving through the 8 airports each year (around 46300 people a day). Should all the airports be out for a week at anytime, the predicted loss in GDP would be around 400 million Euros in tourism losses. As much of the other GDP is centralized on the islands, limited losses would occur in other sectors, apart from directly affected losses in the livestock, fishing and agriculture sector. What is also interesting is that a €54 million project is currently being undertaken on El Hierro to create a 11MW wind farm and two hydroelectric projects using an extinct volcano to be the first island around the world to have complete energy self-sufficiency. Water release from the extinct volcano (when pumped up 700m), will create 11.3 MW. This system is expected to save €4 million. It is unknown how much this would be affected. Tsunami risk we will not mention at this point, however there is always the chance of underwater landslides, on-shore landslides through seismic activity.
Read the full article HERE.

ER is also reporting that a present harmonic tremor and frequency are showing still activity but with a limited number of bursts. Since midnight UTC the earthquake activity can be called “weak” compared to prior days. Only 8 quakes with magnitudes 1.5 or higher. Maximum magnitude since midnight: 2.7 and shallowest earthquake being at a depth of 18 km.
Magma off the Canary Island of El Hierro has been spewing 20 metres high as the sea boils with a smell of sulphur. As it grows and gets closer to the surface, more and more debris such as stones start to shoot out of the volcano which, until now, has only shown its explosive power below the surface. It is now just 70 metres from the surface and islanders are already trying to come up with a name for the new island. It is quite close to El Hierro and if it continues to erupt it could eventually meet up with the mainland.

Homes have been evacuated and roads closed on the southern-most Canary Island following a government-issued warning about a possible volcanic eruption while shipping has been banned in the area. The southern tip of El Hierro was shaken by a 4.3-magnitude quake late on Saturday as the underwater volcano just off the coast started spewing. The island, which has 500 volcanic cones, has already experienced more than 10,000 tremors in the past four months. Renewed fears of an eruption came as vast quantities of magma - the molten rock from just under the earth's crust - began bubbling into the sea off the port of La Restinga. - Daily Mail.
WATCH: Images Of Volcano Eruption.

GREAT DELUGE: Floods Displace 30,000 People in Davao, Philippines!

About 30,000 people fled from their houses after floods submerged several towns in Davao del Norte, in the Philippines, officials said today.

Hours of torrential rain Tuesday night burst the banks of Lasang river in the area, inundating rice paddies and banana plantations in Carmen and Dujali, according to Sonio Sanchez, provincial disaster risk reduction and management division chief. Floodwaters as high as nine feet swamped 16 villages in Carmen town, forcing some 5, 980 families to flee, Octavio Valle, the town administrator, he added.

"We were surprised by the severity of the other night's flood which was rare in the past six years," Valle said, adding the rice- producing town of some 60,000 people is a perennial flood-plain town along the Davao-Agusan highway. He said floodwaters have been subisiding but several villages are still under water and some 100 families stay in the town gymnasium converted into an evacuation center. The flood also affected 390 families in Dujali town, another farming town to the east, and more than 440 hectares of farm land was still submerged by floodwaters, said Sanchez. - PhilSTAR.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: A New Normal - Irreversible Climate Change Looms Within Five Years, the Door of Opportunity is Closing!

According to the following article from the Environment News Service, unless there is a "bold change of policy direction," the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system.

There is still time to act, but despite steps in the right direction the door of opportunity is closing, the International Energy Agency warned at the launch of its 2011 World Energy Outlook today in London. The agency's warning comes at a critical time in international climate change negotiations, as governments prepare for the annual UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, from November 28. "If we do not have an international agreement whose effect is put in place by 2017, then the door will be closed forever," IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol warned today. "Growth, prosperity and rising population will inevitably push up energy needs over the coming decades. But we cannot continue to rely on insecure and environmentally unsustainable uses of energy," said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven.

"Governments need to introduce stronger measures to drive investment in efficient and low-carbon technologies," she said. "The Fukushima nuclear accident, the turmoil in parts of the Middle East and North Africa and a sharp rebound in energy demand in 2010 which pushed CO2 emissions to a record high, highlight the urgency and the scale of the challenge," van der Hoeven said. Some key trends are pointing in worrying directions, the agency told reporters today. CO2 emissions have rebounded to a record high, the energy efficiency of global economy worsened for second straight year and spending on oil imports is near record highs.

In the World Energy Outlook's central New Policies Scenario, which assumes that recent government commitments are implemented in a cautious manner, primary energy demand increases by one-third between 2010 and 2035, with 90 percent of the growth in non-OECD economies. In the New Policies Scenario, cumulative carbon dioxide emissions over the next 25 years amount to three-quarters of the total from the past 110 years, leading to a long-term average temperature rise of 3.5 degrees C. "Were the new policies not implemented, we are on an even more dangerous track, to an increase of six degrees C.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Turkey - Buildings Collapse, People Trapped in the Provincial Capital of Van!

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck Eastern Turkey at a depth of 4.8 km (3 miles). The quake hit at 19:23:35 UTC Wednesday 9th November 2011. The epicentre was 17 km (10 miles) south of Van, Turkey.

An earthquake with a preliminary 5.7 magnitude has caused a hotel and other buildings to collapse in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, two weeks after a strong temblor there killed around 600 people, according to media reports. State-run TRT television said the quake brought down a six-story hotel as well as some buildings that had been damaged in the earlier quake in the province of Van. TV footage showed residents and rescuers trying to lift debris to evacuate people believed to be trapped under the hotel in the provincial capital of Van. Sky Turk television said the hotel was being used by journalists and aid workers who were in the city. It was not known how many people were trapped inside. Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked the region since the 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the province on Oct. 23. Many residents had been living in tents, too afraid to return to their homes. - Associated Press.
A Turkish news agency says an earthquake with a preliminary 5.7 magnitude has caused some buildings to collapse in the eastern part of the country. The Dogan news agency says Wednesday the quake hit the eastern province of Van, more than two weeks after a 7.2 earthquake there killed around 600 people. A six-story hotel in central Van collapsed where 35 people were booked, a source told Fox News. Members of the media were staying at the hotel after the first quake hit the country over a week ago.  "I stayed in this hotel a day after the first quake," a  witness said. "The walls were cracked and the wall papers ripped."  Staff members said engineers checked the hotel and determined that the hotel could function, the source said.  TV footage showed residents and rescuers trying to lift debris to evacuate people believed to be trapped under the hotel in the provincial capital of Van. Dogan says Wednesday's quake brought down buildings that were damaged in the earlier temblor. It was not known if anyone was trapped under debris. Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked the region since the 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the province on Oct. 23. Many residents had been living in tents, too afraid to return to their homes. - Fox News.
WATCH: 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Turkey.

WATCH: CNN Reporters Believed To Be Trapped In Rubble.

At least seven people are dead and 18 buildings, including two hotels, have collapsed in eastern Turkey after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck near the Iranian border. Over 20 buildings collapsed in the provincial capital of Van following a 5.7-magnitude quake, leaving over 100 people feared buried under the rubble. In a grim replay of scenes from last month's quake in the same region, men climbed onto piles of debris and frantically clawed at twisted steel and crumbled concrete in an attempt to find survivors.Voices could be heard calling for help from under the debris, and at least 23 people were pulled alive from the rubble in early rescue efforts, according to Turkish media.

Rescue workers speeded up their search for survivors by daylight on Thursday, trying to open tunnels into the debris, CNN-Turk television reported. The workers used the glare of high-powered lights to work throughout the night despite several aftershocks. State-run TRT television said at least seven bodies were recovered and, citing a hotel worker, reported that 35-40 people were believed to be trapped in the rubble of the Bayram Hotel. Other reports suggested that as many as 100 people were feared buried in the aftermath of the Turkish quake. - Daily Mail.
WATCH: More survivors found from latest Van quake.