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  1. Once again winter is upon us. This year the cold weather and inevitable winter power outages are coming early. Several arctic type systems are forecast to roll across the Pacific Northwest through the Midwest, all the way to the East coast. Arctic weather is also predicted down through the central states, reaching even Texas. Is your family prepared for survival in these situations?

    In the past few years hundreds of thousands of people found themselves without power during this time of year when temperatures dip well below freezing.
  2. The last 24 hours have seen major earthquake activity around the Pacific. It started with the Figi Island quake at 17:19 UTC on May 23rd, registering at 7.4 in magnitude.  The Figi Islands sit almost on top of the convergence of the Australian and Pacific Plates, and can be a very active region.  The second earthquake came only  a few hours later at 21:07 UTC, and may have been an aftershock. It registered as a magnitude 6.6 in the Tonga Islands. Then early on May 24th at 03:47UTC Northern California experienced a 5.
  3. St Patricks Day Solar Flare


    A Coronal Mass Ejection(CME), hit Earth's magnetic field this morning at 0600 UT. This event sparked geomagnetic storms and auroras over dozens of northern states. This M1-class solar flare and bright CME, erupted from the Sun's surface on March 15th, and was detected and photographed by SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory).
  4. Scientists Make NW Earthquake Forecast:

    by Associated Press

    kgw.com

    Posted on March 15, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — More than 10,000 people could die when — not if — a monster earthquake and tsunami occur just off the Pacific Northwest coast, researchers told Oregon legislators Thursday.



  5. Already this weekend more than 122 reports of tornadoes have been logged.  The widespread devastation of these twisters is mind boggling. Today a wide swath of the central U.S. states are in a severe storm danger zone.

    2012’s tornado season started early, and is expected to rival or surpass that of 2011, which was reported as being the most deadly season in nearly a century having claimed the lives of some 550 people.


  6. Two massive earthquakes struck off the Sumatra coast today raising tsunami alarms around the region. The first was an 8.7 magnitude at 2:38PM in the afternoon 268 miles off shore from Band Aceh. The earthquake shook building for up to 4 minutes, and sent local inhabitants running for high ground. The second quake hit only 2 hours later at 4:43PM 382 miles off shore from Band Aceh.

    Both earthquake raised tsunami alarms that were later lifted.
  7. The First rule of floods is to move to high ground. Flood waters can carry debris, and trigger landslides. Only Six inches of fast moving water can take your feet out from under you. Never try to walk, swim or even drive through flood waters! Twenty four inches of fast moving flood waters is enough to wash a car downstream.

    Know the flood risk in the area, the history of flooding, and elevation above flood stage. Have a flood evacuation plan / route. Be aware of the roads that may become flooded.
  8. During an Earthquake You Should Head for a Doorway

    This is no longer considered to be good advice. Years ago earthquakes in unreinforced masonry structures and homes, the door frames may have been the only thing left standing in the aftermath. It was therefore believed that safety could be found by standing in doorways. In modern homes the doorways are no stronger than any other part of the home, and many times can be more dangerous due to swinging doors attached to them.
  9. Lots of Small Earthquakes Can Prevent a Large Earthquake

    This is a myth. Seismologists have observed that for each magnitude 6.0 earthquake that occurs there are approximately 10 magnitude 5, 100 magnitude 4, and 1000 magnitude 3 earthquakes. While this sounds like a lot of small earthquakes, it doesn't even come close to the numbers that would be required to alleviate the pressure of one magnitude 6.
  10. Research findings provide some interesting insights on public expectations and beliefs.

    *     Only 50% of the public is familiar with the alerts and warning systems in their communities.

    *     Importance of family and community memebers in the first 72 hours following a disaster: 70% of people report an expectation to rely on household memebers, and 49% say they will rely on people in their neighborhood.

    *     Nearly 30% of those polled indicate that a primary reason they have not taken steps to prepare for disaster, is the expectation that fire, police, or other emergnecy personnel will help them.

  11. Mexico Earthquake
    A long lasting, intense earthquake shook southern Mexico today. Centered in Guerri state, the 7.6 earthquake had building swaying in Mexico City. Frightened residents and workers quickly evacuated their homes and workplaces to the safety of the streets.

    It was reported that some 800 plus homes were damaged and at least 60 buildings collapsed near the epicenter. So far there are no reports of serious injury or fatalities.

  12. This morning there were two earthquakes off the Oregon coast about 25 miles SW of Newport. The first at 8:43am PDT measured in at 3.1 MI. Then only about 45 minutes later at 9:28am PDT a second earthquake was measured at 3.5 Md. Both earthquakes were reported with no depth, usually indicating that they were surface quakes only.
  13. Central States Prepare for Flood

    Flood Map

    Excessive, potentially flooding, rainfall is likely Monday into Wednesday in portions of the central states. This is from the same storm that will trigger severe thunderstorms early this week. Expect widespread 3+ inch rainfall totals in the yellow shadings from central and eastern Texas to western Arkansas, western Louisiana, eastern Oklahoma and Missouri.
  14. It has been 6 years since the Valley floor in Portland, OR has seen snow in March. 2012 is truely turning out to be an odd year for weather, and unpredictable storms throughout the country. The Portland / Vancover are has now seen 2 days of snow in March and the month is not even half over. Oddly enough many of the weather phenomenon seem to be coinsiding with the massive eruptions we are seing from the sun. Stay tuned for more on this....
  15. Proper Long Term Water Storage

    If you are not purchasing water with a long shelf life, then here is the best way to store water. Look for plastic containers with the recycling triangle symbol containing the number 1 on the bottom of bottles. The best ones to check are soft drink containers. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as glass bottles, or plastic milk jugs.

    Wash out the bottles with soap and warm water. Then fill them with water from your tap, or water filter.
  16. The current Solar Storm is expected to last throughout the day, and possibly into early tomorrow. It is being projected that the storms intensity will continue to increase throughout the day. If you were unable to see the Aurora last night, you'll have one more opportunity tonight.
  17. Today marks the closest approach of Mars for 2012. Also today another first for 2012, the long anticipated X-Class Solar Flare. In ancient times these may have been perceived as related events. While the ancients may have not had so many susceptible electronic devices in their daily lives as we do, they would have still seen some effects. Mars the god of war could have been construed as being angry for some reason, causing auroras that could be seen down to mid-latitudes.

    The X-Class Flare that was observed at 04:13 UTC this morning was not Earth directed, however, these X-Class flares are so powerful that aurora's will still be visible in higher latitudes.
  18. Preparedness

    Knowing immediate protective actions that you and your family, or co-workers may need to take, an emergency plan can mean the difference between life and death.

    * Where will you meet your family members? You should not only have a location to meet outside the home, but also a location outside the neighborhood.
    * Identify an out-of-state contact for family members to check in with.
    * Plan for all possibilities: extended stay shelter-in-place, or evacuation.
  19. Looks as though the old Groundhog was right after all. Winter is rearing it's snowy rage accross much on the north and central parts of the country. The Northwest has a new system coming in that will bring the snow level clear down to the valley floor Tuesday, and Wednesday. The Upper Midwest also has a storm brewing and can expect heavy snow, strong winds (possible blizzard conditions); some sleet and freezing rain is also possible. And Mother Nature wouldn't forget to include the Northeast, they will get their taste of the this same storm later Wednesday.
  20. In Moscow, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook things up today. The earthquake epicenter was approximately 60 miles east of Kyzyl, the capital of the Russian republic of Tuva, which borders Mongolia. Initial reports list no casualties at this time, and buildings are still being inspected for damage.
    An earthquake of similar strength hit near the same spot last December. That quake damaged several structures, including a bridge over the Yenisei River to Mongolia.
    The quake was felt as far away as Krasnoyarsk, a large city about 600 miles away.
  21. Water Purification Techniques

     Strain any sediment through layers of paper towels or clean cloths, before purifying.
    • Boiling water is the safest way of purification, if you are able. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least 10 minutes.
    • Using a water purification device, like those sold for camping is another method. The smaller the number of the micro-filter, the better. A micro-filter of 0.3 microns is really good. These devices are compact and can be used to purify as much as 200 gallons or so, depending on the water quality, before replacing the filter.

  22. Mt Hood MicroquakesIs Mt Hood in Oregon, getting ready to come to life. Over the past 48 hours there has been a series of more than 15 microquakes centered just south of the mountains peak, and less than 2 miles from Government Camp. The largest of these microquakes was a 1.7 magnitude, at a depth of only 3.9 miles below the surface.
  23. Exploding Rocks

    When building a fire beware of wet or porous rocks, especially rocks that have been submerged in water.These rocks could explode when heated, and could create a grenade like effect with dangerous flying fragments. Avoid slates and softer rocks as well. Test the rocks by banging them together, discarding any that crack or sound hollow.
  24. The first question you may ask yourself after reading a title like this is, “what kind of data is there to back up this kind of statement?” The answer may shock you, and get you to think about your own earthquake preparedness plans.

    The West Coast according to geologists is overdue for a major earthquake. It is very difficult to predict when and where the next earthquake will strike, however, one of the best tools we have to assist in earthquake prediction is the historical data collected over hundreds of years.
  25. How to Retain Fluids
    If you have no options for getting water right away keep fluid loss to a minimum, by taking the following precautions:
    * Avoid exertion. Try to stay in a restful state.
    * Don't Smoke.
    * Keep cool, if there is no shade, erect or use some kind of cover.
    * Do not lie on a hot surface including the hot ground.
    * Eat as little as possible as digestion uses up fluids.
  26. Other Fuels for Fire

    Animal droppings - Dry them, and mix with grass or leaves.
    Shales - Rich in oil and burn readily. Some sands contain oil and burn with a thick smoke.
    Animal fats - Use some kind of tin for a stove and use a wick to burn it.
    Combustibles - The following are petroleum based: hydraulic fluid, engine oils, insect repellent.
  27. February 6, 2012 a massive earthquake stuck the Negros – Cebu region in the Philippines early this morning at 3:49 UTC. The earthquake a magnitude 6.8 destroyed many homes, roads, bridges, and triggered major landslides in the area.  Reported casualties are in the neighborhood of 100, but that number is expected to rise.  

    Before Rescue workers could really dig in, an aftershock of 6.2 shook the area again 6 hours later. And  another 6.0 rattled the area only an hour after that.
  28. Today was earthquake day for the Pacific Northwest, or so it seemed. Just before noon this morning local time, a magnitude 4.3 eathquake struck off the oregon coast 99 miles West of Barview, OR. Only twenty one minutes later a 5.7 magnitude quake hit Vancouver Island, Canada. Four minutes later a 3.0 magnitude quake back near the Oregon Coast occured. This time it was only 36 miles West of Barview, OR.

    The question is, are we due for more, possibly in the higher magnitude range? With all the other earthquakes occurring arround the Pacific Rim, the pressure has to go somewhere.
  29. Keep Busy Following A Disaster

    Keeping busy helps eliminate boredom and keeps up everyone’s morale. Children or the elderly should be given light jobs. If signaling for help is a requirement in your situation, always keep someone stationed close to camp that is able to operate the signals. You never know when a plane or other search vehicle may pass by. If at all possible always use the buddy system when venturing away from camp.
  30. Snow Blindness

    Glare from the sun reflecting off of the snow or ice can cause blindness. Protect your eyes with sun glasses , goggles, or a strip of cloth or bark with a narrow slit cut out for eyes. You can also blacken underneath the eyes with charcoal, or other dark material to reduce glare further.

  31. The Need for Food

    If you’re healthy you can survive for a while on reserves stored in your body’s tissues.  Food is still needed however, to provide heat and energy, as well as to recover after hard work, injury or sickness.  Your body requires seventy calories per hour, just for breathing and basic bodily functions. Work or major activity can burn over 5,500 calories a day. So conserve calories, and don’t squander away your energy.

  32. The Key to Staying Warm in cold weather is largely dependent on the condition of your clothing:

    Keep them Clean – Grease and dirt block air flow!
    Avoid Overheating – Ventilate to regulate your temperature!
    Wear them Loose – Allow air to circulate!
    Keep them Dry – Inside and Out!

  33. Edibility Test

    Inspect: Try to identify the plant.

  34. Flash Floods

    This may seem like simple common sense, but in a sudden heavy rainfall, or rapid snow melt, keep out of valley bottoms, and stream beds. Both of these can host a rush of water and debris traveling at great speeds. You don't have to be at the bottom of a hill to get caught in a flash flood, so be aware of these situations.

  35. P.L.A.N.

    The primary elements of survival in order of priority are:

    Protection - ensure you and your family are safe from harm.

    Location - do what you can to draw attention to your position, for rescuers.

    Acquisition - locate food and water.

    Navigation - If you are stranded, stay where you are, but if you must move good navigation will be necessary.

  36. Early this morning January 25, 2012 about 10:51 UTC (02:51 local time) the ground near Mt. St. Helens began to shake. The earthquake a magnitude 3.4, had an epicenter 10 miles NNW of the volcano. Several small aftershocks followed over the next hour. This series of small earthquakes occurring in approximately the same area over a short period of time is called an earthquake swarm.

  37. Moving the Injured

    You can improvise a stretcher by passing two poles through a piece of heavy plastic, clothing, or blankets. If no poles are available, rolll in the sides of a blanket and use the rolls to get a grip. You could also use a door, tabletop, or other similar sized material. Be sure to test any improvised stretcher bevore using it.

  38. Following an Incident, take precautions to avoid injury and illness. Make sure that everyone in your group knows first aid, so that if medical problems do arise they have some knowledge of what to do. This is especially important if there is no hope of expert help, and the survivor may have to take drastic measures to save a life.

  39. On January 19th a large Solar Flare erupted on the sun, producing a large CME (Coronal Mass Ejection).  The effect of this CME were seen over the weekend on the 21st and 22nd, as increased auroras were visible.

  40. One of the larger earthquakes in north america of late, struck just off shore near Chiapas, Mexico this afternoon at 12:47 pm local time. The quake measured 6.2 on the richter scale. There are no reports yet as to the level of damage, or casualties. This region has been seing increased activity over the past year, following the 8.9 quake in Japan last march.
  41. Survival Tip #21

     

    Signaling for help (SOS): Almost any signal repeated three times will serve as a distress call. For example three blast of a horn or whistle, three fires, or columns of smoke; three gunshots, or flashes of light can also work. When using light or noise as a signal be sure to wait one minute between each group of three. 

  42. Survival Tip  #20

    If you get stranded in a vehicle during inclement weather, especially in cold weather, establish shelter in or close to the vehicle. Only move away from the vehicle if it is unsafe, or if rescue is improbable. Make a plan early, while you can still think clearly, as cold dulls the mind, and voice of reason.

  43. Old Man Winter kicks off the New Year with quite a chilling. From southern Oregon, all the way to Seattle, heavy snow was the picture in the media.  Floods were soon to follow, as heavy snow turned to heavy rain. Power outages ran rampart through the region.

  44. The Community Emergency Response Team concept was in response to the realization that citizens would likely be on their own in the early stages following a large-scale disaster.  CERT is a critical program whose mission is to engage Americans to make their communities safer, to prepared them, and make them more resilient when incidents occur.

  45. We have all seen how devastating Mother Nature’s disasters can be.  Our country in the last year or so has seen unexpected earthquakes, relentless tornadoes, brutal winter storms, massive floods, and one of the worst hurricane seasons in years.

  46. A Powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck eastern Turkey Sunday morning at 10:41 UTC collapsing as many as 90 buildings. Widespread panic sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing into the streets. At least 85 casualties, and many injuries are reported so far.  Turkish scientists are estimating the death toll between 500 and 1,000.

    Survivors tried to reach relatives by cell phone. Many desperate to save those trapped, and injured dug into the rubble with their bare hands.

    Van's airport was damaged, and air traffic diverted to neighboring cities.
  47. Building or purchasing an Emergency Survival Kit is one thing we all know we should do. Well now may be a good time to act, as one of the next few Coronal Mass Ejections could hit earth head on. It could revert our Electronics Age back to the Stone Age!

    The Behemoth sunspot that has been labeled 1302, and tracked closely by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, has been emitting some high powered CMEs. Emergency Survival Action may become necessary in the days ahead. The latest of these huge CMEs, a M8.

  48. September 18, 2011 at 12:40 UTC

    New Dehli, and Nepal experience strong earthquake effects. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake with it's epicenter at Gangtok, sikkim, killed at least 9 people, damaged buildings, and sent many residents, shoppers, and even lawmakers running into the streets.

    TV stations in sikkim's state capital of Gangtok, only 42 miles from the earthquakes epicenter, reported multiple building collapses and significant cracks in many of it's sidewalks. The full extent of damage will take time to assess as the region is sparsely populated.

  49. The West coast of the United States has been lucky so far, in that we have not seen one of these large earthquakes hit home as of yet. Well that all may be changing. This morning at 8:57am local time, amagnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred 15 mile S SW of Sand Point, Alaska. One of the largest quakes recorded in the region in years. Yesterday a 4.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Keeler, CA. While this is not an unusually large earthquake for the region, these quakes are occurring in a pecular pattern.

  50. Severe thunderstorm activity has gotten off to a rapid start so far in April, and the severe weather season is just starting.

    We're not even halfway through the month and we have 2,935  combined reports of damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes across the central and eastern states. This is 86 percent of April's entire month 10-year average (2000-2009)  in only the first 11 days! This includes a widespread wind damage event from April 4-5 and a record-breaking number of tornadoes in a single April day for Wisconsin last Sunday.

  51. The last Earthquake that hit off the coast of Japan a couple of days ago left millions powerless. The quake shook the already battered communities from the huge 9.0magnitude  earthquake on March 11th, and reset most of the progress that had been made since. The latest quake knocked out six conventional power plants in the area, though three have since come back on line and the others should be up again soon. About 950,000 households were still without electricity Friday evening local time.

  52. Late Tuesday evening a 7.4 magnitude earthquake stuck off the coast of Japan, once again. The earthquake centered about 207 miles from Tokyo, shook buldings there for a full minute.  A Tsunami warning went out to the lower lying areas telling residents to evacuate. A possible 6 foot wave was expected, but 90 minutes later the warning was lifted.

    A Pacific Tsunami Warning Center evaluation of the quake said it was not expected to create a tsunami threat in Hawaii or on the U.S.


  53. Solar storms are coming. The current solar maximum is projected to peak in late 2012 to early 2013. World organizations and governments are quietly organizing. What are our governments, and scientists doing to prepare. We know that they have been meeting with increased frequency, and diversity, but what answers or information have they given us about the very likely upcoming solar storm activity? What instructions have they given us about preparation?

    The truth is the world governments and organizations are having a difficult time trying to plan for the potential upcoming solar super storm.

  54. Solar Storms have been plaguing the earth since the beginning of time. The effects of these solar storms until recently had little effect on mankind. The world’s governments have quietly begun taking this threat to our modern way of life very serious as of late. Lets take an in depth look at just what has transpired in the last few years.

    Our more modern society didn’t really pay too much attention to solar storms until the Carrington Event of 1859.

  55. Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC, an earthquake measuring 8.9 struck only 80 miles off the coast of Honshu, Japan.
  56. For a country that is frequented with earthquakes, and is the most earthquake ready, an 8.9 is just off the chart. The numbers of casualties so far is unknown. Tsunami warnings were issued for at least 20 countries. Huge walls of water some 30 feet  tore across the countryside about 250 miles NE of Tokyo, uplifting cars, trucks, and buildings. Japan has declared a state of emergency as this may well be the greatest disaster they have seen in over 100 years.

  • Sunday, March 6th.

    Today two earthquakes of magnitudes 4.8, and 4.9 occurred off the Oregon coast, about an hour apart. The first was out about 260 miles from Waldport, Oregon. The second was further north about 266 miles out from Barview, Oregon. This fault has been relatively quiet in comparison to most of the other faults around the Pacific. Are these quakes a sign of more headed our way? Don't put off taking precautionary steps. Make sure you have the necessary supplies to survive following a major earthquake, or other disaster.

  • On Saturday March 5th about 10am, within 15 minutes 3 tornadoes swept through Acadia Parish, where one woman was killed by a tree falling on her house and at least 11 others reported injured. Over 100 homes were damaged, and many were destroyed. A natural gas leak forced authorities to evacuate over 1500 from the area.  The path of destruction stretched for over three miles, and was a quarter mile wide.  

    In the town of Rayne, population 8,500 plus, pieces of homes were strewn about the tops of trees, and power lines were down.

  • Our Sun is emerging from an unusually deep solar minimum. That is when the sunspot, solar storm, and solar flare activity are at their lowest levels in the sun’s eleven year cycle. This is significant, because it means we are now entering one of the most active solar maximums in recent history. Solar Maximum is when the sun reaches its peak in its cycle for sunspot, solar storm, and solar flare activity. That means bad news for the survival of our society’s electronics, satellites, and power grids.

  • Honshu Japan, has been getting hammered in the month of February by earthquake, after earthquake. The fury started on February 10th with the largest of the barrage measuring in at a magnitude 5.4 centered near Koriyama. This quake was felt over half of the Japanese Island of Honshu. A magnitude 5.2 jolted those near the city of Fukushima, on February 15th.  On the 17th a smaller 4.8 quake rocked the Koriyama neighborhood again. February 21st brought on yet another magnitude 5.0 this time near the city of Wakayama.

  • Thursday February 24th, 2010  at 2:12PM Hawaii time a 3.6 magnitude earthquake shakes things up in Honolulu. The quake while not major was widely felt in and arround the Honolulu area. No major damage or injuries reported so far. The quake that lasted for several seconds shook homes and people throughout Oahu, from high-rise buildings in downtown Honolulu to the tourist district of Waikiki. The quake was even felt 160 miles away in Maui. Chalk it up to another interesting experience for those visiting the island this week.

  • Tuesday, around midday in New Zealand, people were going about their daily lives oblivious to what was about to come. Christchurch, New Zealands second largest city (400,000) was hit the hard by a 6.3 magnitude quake.  Buildings crumbled, and falling debris were everywhere. Many were trapped and unable to reach safety.

    Rescue worker have been working round the clock to attempt to reach those that trapped inside damaged buildings. 120 people have been rescued from the rubble so far, but many more are still trapped.

  • Solar Flare

    Solar Storms are coming, Emergency Survival knowledge, and Preparedness are key. You may be asking questions like, "Exactly what is a solar storm, and how can it affect me and my family?" "What emergency survival knowledge should I know about?" "If preparedness is the key, then what should I do?" In this four part series we are going to answer these questions and provide insight into the larger picture.

  • Solar Flare 13 February 2011

     

    On February 13th at 17:38 UT, an M6.6-category X-ray irradiance magnitude blast was unleashed from our sun. It errupted from sunspot 1158, and produced the largest Solar Flare of cycle 24 with an associated full halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation. The solar flux is  at  the highest it has been since September of 2005.

  • The 14th of February 2010,  Valentines Day, the earth moved for some. Mt. St. Helens in Washington state experienced a 4.3 magnitude earthquake this morning at 10:58am and lasted about three minutes, and was felt as far away as Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood. Scientist said the earthquakes occurred in the seismic zone, which is a series of tectonic faults running beneath Mount St. Helens.  A 4.3 magnitude earthquake, may not sound like much, but when it occurs in this zone beneath an active volcano it can bring about explosive results.

  • Earthquakes in February are kicking hard. On the first of February, Sand Point Alaska got hit with a 5.9M earthquake. Three days later on the 4th, Myanmar, India experiences a 6.4 magnitude earthquake.  Another three days pass and the Solomon Islands feel a 6.2M quake. Then on the 10th, at 14:41, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits near the Philippines. Where will the next one be? Will it hit on the Thirteenth and continue the three day pattern?

  • Most of us have experienced a flat tire, engine trouble, dead battery, or maybe even an accident. As untimely, and troublesome as these events can be, they are usually manageable. Can you image trying to deal with one of these events in the frigid cold of winter? Can you and your family deal with or even survive without an Automobile Emergency Kit in one of these situations? Have you ever considered how long it would be before help would arrive?

    An Automobile Emergency Kit is recommended by the Colorado Department of Transportation, and many others, to ensure you are prepared for the unexpected, especially during winter travel.

  • We have all heard and seen how devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters can be, but do most people realize the full impact of these events? I believe the answer is no. Do you think you and your family can survive following a disaster without an emergency preparedness kit, or pre-prepared emergency survival supplies? How long do you think it would be before help would arrive?

    Most of the buzz you hear around survival preparation suggests you have an emergency preparedness kit or emergency survival supplies to sustain you for 72 hours.
  • Today 12 Aug 2010, an earthquake magnitude 6.9 M occurred 88 miles E of Ambato, Ecuador.  Possibly due to the fact that the quake was at a depth of 189 km, the reports of damage and injury were light. Actual Location: 1.275 degrees South, 77.374 degrees West.

  • 4 July 2010. Here in the US we celebrate our Independance day, while Japan gets a little shaken up. 74 miles off the coast of Morioka, Honshu, Japan at 21:55 UTC, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred. Location: 39.705 degrees North, 142.423 degrees East at a depth of 23 mile.
  • 20 June 2010, a Tornado drops in on Billings, and tears up the Metra Arena. The extent of the damage is not yet know. The entire area is sever weather and tornadoe watch until 11:00 PM MDT. More details will be posted as they are made available.
  • 16 June 2010, at 3:16 UTC an Earthquake 7.0 magnitude occurred. The Quake was centered about 115 miles N of Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Location: 2.141 S, 136.460 E at a depth of 28 km.
  • 12 Jun 2010 at 19:26 UTC a 7.7 Mw quake shook the Nacobar Islands. Tsunami warnings have been issued, but so far nothing has been detected. This island chain is located in the Indian ocean, just off the coast of India. This is just the latest in large quakes to impact the Pacific Rim this year.
     
    So far no casualties, or damage has been reported, however this was a strong quake, and we are likely to recieve reports over the next couple of days.
  • Last evening I had the privileged to attend a talk at the Wilsonville Library in Wilsonville, Oregon. The speaker was James Roddey, an employee of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. He is tasked with educating people about what is to come here in the Pacific Northwest.

     

    Through historic information (both written, and verbal tradition), and physical evidence, the pieces of the geological puzzle are assembled. Mr Roddey, begins by giving a history of the seismology, and other activity in the region.

  • Jun 5-6, 2010  

    Ohio hit by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. At least 5 fatalities reported so far.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/06/midwest.storms/index.html?eref=igoogle_cnn

  • Two years ago the National Academy of Science produced a report titled "Severe Space Weather Events--Social and Economic Impacts." It discussed how susceptible we in our 21 century society to these increased solar activities that are on the horizon.
    This is the 4th consecutive year that policymakers, researchers, and legislators have gathered to share ideas and discuss what is necessary to improve our nation's ability to prepare and respond to potentially devastating space weather events.
  • 26 May 2010 at 8:53 UTC a magnitude 6.4 Mw earthquake hit near Okinawa, Japan. Strong quakes have been relentlessly striking near Okinawa, Japan for months now.  Is this a precursor for what is to come on the west coast of the United States? Many scientist believe the West Coast is due to have somewhere in the neighborhood of an 8.0 Magnitude or greater quake in the near future.
  • On 18 May 2010 at 04:15 UTC an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 Mw struck only 81 miles outside of Moyobamba, Peru. The quake was at a depth of 125 km, location: 5.069 degrees South, 77.559 degrees West.
    No fatalities reported at this time, just a rash of power outages, and a few mud brick homes damaged.
  • Mt. Hood, in Oregon has been quiet for more than 7 years with nothing but minor seismic activity, but on Fri, May 14th 2010, activity began ramping up. A magnitude 2.4 started the action at about 17:09 UTC, and then peaked with a magnitude 3.0 at 19:03 UTC.
    It appears that these quakes are fault related, and not volcanic at this point. The Northwest is joining the rest of the Pacific, and is seeing increases in seismic activity. Just how much of an increase time will tell!
  • Today we saw more quakes in the 5.0 Mw range just off the coast of Oregon, and also up in Alaska. These quakes seem small now, but given all of the other activity around the Pacific, I believe it is just a matter of time before we see some much larger quakes. Indonesia, Peru, Australia, Japan, and Chile have all been getting repeated Quakes the last few months, and they seem to be continuing. Is the West Coast next in line for the big quakes? It seems unlikely that activity can build up on all these other faults, and not on the West Coast faults.
  • An Earthquake rocked Sumatra, Indonisa again with a magnitude 7.4 Mw. A tsunami warning was issued, USGS officials don't believe there is any threat to India. The quake struck today 9 May 2010, at 05:59 UTC. It was centered 41 miles SW of Meulaboh District. The same area that was devestated in December of 2004 by a magnitude 9.3 quake. No damage reports have as yet been received from the area.
  • An international team of researchers return to Tornado Ally for a second year of tornado research. Last year was an unusually quiet year, and the team was only able to get data on one really good storm, out of the 5 or 6 they had anticipated. The Study is called Vortex 2 and involves over 100 scientists, 50 trucks, with 10 mobile radars, 36 portable surface weather stations, weather balloons, and a 12 foot unmanned aircraft.
    For six weeks the team will be on the road, with no fixed based of operations.
  • An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 M occured 30 Apr 2010 at 23:11 UTC. The quake was centered 294 miles Southwest of Gambell, Alaska, and was at a depth of 15 km. Location: 60.644 degrees North, 177.901 degrees West.
  • 27 APR 2010
     
    Scientists investigate 19th century Mexican communities water purification method. Using a common type of cactus found the world over called a Prickly Pear Cactus, the team extracted the cactus's mucilage ( a thick gum the plant uses to store water). This "gum" when mixed with water containing high levels of setiment, and/or bacterium Bacillus cereus, acts as a flocculant, which causes the setiment as well as the bacteria to combine with themselves and settle.
  • 27 APR 2010 a tropical disturbance is being monitored by NASA, and the NOAA in the Pacific Ocean about 160 miles northwest of th Philippines. The storm is currently bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the region. The current sustained surface winds ar reported between 15 to 20 knots. The low pressure area is still building, and organizing. It is forecast that this storm named 90W has a fair chnce of developing into a cyclone within the next 24 hours.
  • An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 Mw occured 26 Apr 2010 at 02:59 UTC. The Quake was centered 152 miles South of Ishigaki-jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan at a depth of 10 km. Location: 22.247 degrees North, 123.733 degrees East.
  • An Earthquake magnitude 5.7 Mw occured 25 Apr 2010 at 21:09 UTC. The Quake was centered 79 Miles N of Cristol Island, South Sandwich Islands at a depth of 10 km. Location: 55.592 degrees  South, 27.635 degrees West.
  • 24 Apr 2010, around 11:30 am CDT, a devistating tornado weaved it's way from Louisiana up through west-central Mississippi. It tore a 3/4 wide path as it barraled through, and turned it's direction toward northeastern Alabama. A chemical plant in Lousiana, a shipyard at the Tallulah Port, as well as many roads were damaged. Dozens of house were destroyed and many others had their roofs torn off. Many people suffered minor injuries, and the report so far is that at least five people have perrished in the disaster.
  • Earthquake experts from arround the globe made their way to Portland, Oregon last week to share new information and to raise awareness about the "big one" that could strike at any moment. The undersea fault along the Pacific Northwest coast is capable of producing the same type of mega earthquake as that witnessed in Chile. This fault has laid dormant for over 300 years, but data spanning the seismic activity in this region for the past 10,000 years indicates a pattern, suggesting that we are due for another "big one".
  • An earthquake magnitude 6.1 occured on 24 Apr 2010 at 07:41 UTC. The quake was centered 126 miles North of Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia at a depth of 53 km. There have no immediate reports of death or injuries, and the quake is reported to have not triggered a tsunami. This is just another in a series of quakes to continue in the area, which included the powerful 7.6 magnitude quake that struck near Sumatra back in September.
  • A magnitude 5.6 Mb eathquake occured 24 Apr 2010 at 00:23 UTC. The quake was centered 1443 miles West of Valdivia, Chile at a depth of 10 km. Location: 36.323 South, 99.481 West
  • An Earthquake magnitude 5.0 Mb occured on 24 Apr, 2010 at 00:00 UTC . The quake was centered 41 miles W of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands, at a depth of 38km Location: 10.409 S, 161.328 E

  • Earthquake Report:  Today 23, Apr, 2010 a magnitude 6.1 Mw earthquake occured at 10:03 UTC, centered 41 miles S of Concepcion, Chile. Location: 37.416 degrees S, 72.943 degrees W at a depth of 35 km. No damage or injuries reported. The quake lasted for 25 seconds and is thought to just be another aftershock from the devistating 8.8 magnitude quake that hit the area back on 27 Feb, 2010.
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