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.
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.
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.
Is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.