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Best Syndication - Extreme Weather and Disasters


West Antarctic Ice Sheet exposed to Warmer than expected Temperatures

Mon, 24 Dec 2012 03:21:26 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has the potential of melting at a faster pace because the temperature increased twice as much as expected. The average annual temperatures recorded at the Byrd Station increased 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit compared to 1958. The research findings were published in the online edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.

This temperature increase is three times faster than the average temperature rise around the world. David Bromwich, professor of geography at Ohio State University and senior research scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, noticed the warming trends were occurring during the summer months – December through February – and the temperature increase is almost double what previous research had suggested.

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December 21, 2012 marks the End of the Mayan Calendar

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 03:58:53 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - For years, the doomsday soothsayers have been forewarning of a doomsday scenario for December 21, 2012. NASA has received so many inquiries about this doomsday event that they have presented several discussions disputing the end of the world. NASA is so certain the end is not coming that they have created several videos debunking the doomsday predictions.

NASA says people are contacting them with various scenarios. One reason the agency has been contacted involves the idea that ancient Sumarians talked about a planet called Nibiru (or Planet X) that will enter into Earth's orbit. This Planet X could supposedly change the way the Earth spins; some people think that Noah's flood was caused by Nibiru. The Nibiru prediction failed the first time in May 2003, and then the prediction was moved to December 2012. NASA said that no such planet has been spotted heading our way.

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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake shakes offshore of Southern California Coast

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:04:51 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred off the Pacific Coast near the boarder of California and Mexico. The quake occurred on December 14, 2012 at 2:36:02 a.m. (local time to the event). The sizeable earthquake was initially recorded as a 6.4 magnitude, but was later downgraded to a 6.3 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of the event was located at 31.213°N, 119.560°W. The USGS explained that the earthquake came from normal fault movement of the Pacific plate in the oceanic lithosphere. The focus of the earthquake was 7.0 miles deep. This earthquake was not associated with San Andreas Fault system which experts predict is overdue for a sizeable tremor.

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Scientists Predict more Wildfires in the United States by 2050

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 04:53:08 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Scientists have created a climate model to determine whether there will be an increased amount of wildfires across the United States in the coming years. The climate model calculates the expected number of fires through 2050 using NASA satellite data along with climate models to determine the drier conditions nationwide.

Information was presented today by Doug Morton, from the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

The findings were based on current trends in wildfires and predicted greenhouse gas emissions in the years to come. Morton explained that the model suggests an increased fire risk nationwide by 2050.

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6.5 Magnitude Earthquake occurs offshore of Guatemala

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:57:52 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A sizeable 6.5 magnitude and a 5.0 magnitude aftershock shook off the shores of Guatemala this Sunday, November 11, 2012. Many aftershocks have occurred days after a 7.4 earthquake event, which happened on November 7, 2012.

The US Geological Survey reported that the 6.5 magnitude earthquake event occurred at 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday at 14.164°N, 92.167°W with a depth of 16.8 miles. Residents in the surrounding areas reported feeling light to moderate shaking with very little damage. The earthquake was in the same area as the large 7.4 earthquake.

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7.4 Magnitude Earthquake shook off the shores of Guatemala

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:05:28 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred offshore of Guatemala this Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM, local time. The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported it as a 7.5 magnitude earthquake but quickly downgraded it to a 7.4 magnitude rating.

The earthquake’s epicenter was at 14.083°N, 91.916°W with a depth of 25.9 miles. The nearest city, Champerico, was around 14 miles north of the earthquake. The earthquake was 37 miles SSE of Suchiate, Mexico.

People in the area reported feeling a very strong shaking. There was moderate damage. A couple of people reported severe shaking with moderate to heavy damage. The responses were reported to the US Geological Survey.

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US Postal Service suggest Mail Delivery Options for Displaced Hurricane Sandy Residents

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:03:09 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The US Postal Service (USPS) suggested that residents who were displaced from Hurricane Sandy should consider alternate mail delivery options. Postal customers should consider filing for a change of address, placing a mail delivery hold, or a temporary forwarding address. The three services are all options that would help keep the mail flowing.

Temporary Change of Address

A change of address can be filed either online or at a nearby Post Office location. The address change can be set for 15 days and up to one year. As the mail comes in, it is then forwarded to the new address. Customers can go to and then click on the “Manage Your Mail” tab. At the post office, the postal employee will ask you to fill out a “Change of Address” form.

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Walgreens sending aid to devastated Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 04:36:58 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) announced that they have sent trailers to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, the company will be donating $250,000 to the Red Cross and is taking donations for the charity at all of their stores.

Last Wednesday, Walgreens delivered four semi-trailer truckloads of bottled water, blankets, and more to help aid the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Three of the truckloads were delivered to the American Red Cross, and one truckload was delivered to the City of New York. The company announced that two more truckloads are also on their way with more aid. Walgreens has donated merchandise, and they have worked with the local community to conduct a food drive.

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Government Agencies warn of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Other Dangers following Hurricane Sandy

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 04:07:18 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the US Fire Administration (USFA), are instructing Northeastern residents to be careful as Hurricane Sandy travels north. The power outages can create safety hazards. To stay safe, the government agencies are offering survival tips.

There is a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning if residents us gas-powered generators. Burning candles can cause fires. Fallen power lines can cause electrical shock.

Gas-powered generators are often used to provide electricity. The government agencies warn that using the gas-powered generators indoors is dangerous. The generators should never be run in basements, garages, or near the home. The carbon monoxide created is equivalent to several vehicles running in the garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly in minutes. People may not be aware that they are being exposed to the gas because it is odorless and colorless.

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East Coast recovers after Hurricane Sandy

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:51:19 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Obama has declared an emergency for the four states that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and the major storm yesterday. The government is now in disaster recovery mode.

Many residents up and down the East coast are experiencing power outages and gas service interruptions. The hardest hit area was Narragansett/Warwick, Rhode Island with 115,298 customers without power, as of 6 am on Tuesday morning. In New York, an estimated 21,000 customers are without power. In the area of Worcester, Brockton, Haverhill, Bridgewater and Fall River in Massachusetts there was still 209,834 customers without power as of 6 am on Tuesday.

Downed trees and debris need to be cleared while the power companies work to restore power. The National Grid also reported disruptions. Throughout Newport & Westerly, Rhode Island, 686 gas customers reported problems related to the flooding.

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7.7 Magnitude Earthquake shakes off West Coast Island of Canada

Sun, 28 Oct 2012 21:24:42 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook off the west coast of Canada near the Queen Charlotte Islands Region on Saturday at 8:04 PM Pacific Time. The region has had many aftershock earthquakes, with several measuring over 5.0 magnitude.

The US Geological Survey reported that the 7.7 magnitude event occurred 86 miles south of Masset, Canada. The exact location of the tremor was at 52.769°N, 131.927°W. A tsunami warning announcement was issued for Hawaii by the NOAA’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center soon after the earthquake. The tsunami warning has since ended.

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4.0 Magnitude Earthquake trembles near Waterboro, Maine

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 05:18:49 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A 4.0 magnitude earthquake shook near Waterboro, Maine today, October 16, 2012, at 7:12 pm local time to the event. The US Geological Survey the epicenter was 4 miles north-northeast of the city.

People in the Maine-New Hampshire area reported feeling the tumbler. Reports came in from as far away as Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The location of the earthquake was at 43.592°N 70.676°W with a depth of 4.1 miles. The US Geological Survey explained that residents of New England have felt earthquakes as far back as the colonial times. They estimate that around two moderately damaging earthquakes every decade can be expected. The largest-magnitude earthquake that has been documented was approximately a 6.5 magnitude tremor in 1638 in Vermont or New Hampshire.

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6.2 Magnitude Earthquake rocks the Gulf of California Region Today

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 06:30:18 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A sizeable 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook off the shores near La Paz, Mexico in the Gulf of California region today. The tremor occurred at 5:45 pm local to the event on September 25, 2012. The US Geological Survey reported this earthquake and several aftershocks in the region.

The location of the earthquake was at 24.835°North and 110.152°West at a depth of 6.3 miles. The nearest city, La Paz, was 47 miles southwest of the epicenter. La Paz, a getaway location for tourists, has a population estimated to be around 215,000.

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Angeles National Forest Wildfire burns 4,000 Acres near San Gabriel Valley

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:25:09 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest started on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at around 5:52 pm. On Labor Day, the fire has burned an estimated 4,000 acres, according to the Angeles National Forest - U.S. Forest Service. The Williams Fire is currently only 5 percent contained and it is traveling north towards the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area.

The Camp Williams structures are threatened from this wildfire. Evacuations have been announced for the entire San Gabriel Canyon, which includes recreation along Highway 39, Crystal Lake, East and West Fork, OHV Area, Camp Williams, Camp Follows, and Oaks picnic area. A holiday weekend such as Labor Day can bring around 10,000 to 12,000 visitors to the San Gabriel Mountains. Due to the wildfire, San Gabriel Canyon will be closed on Labor Day.

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Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake shakes near Brawley in Southern California

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 02:09:17 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - This Sunday, residents in Brawley, California were shaken by a swarm of earthquakes with the largest tremor at a 5.5 magnitude rating. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the 5.5 magnitude earthquake happened this afternoon at 01:57:58 PM (local to the event).

The nearest city to the epicenter was Brawley, which is 3 miles away. The nearest Mexico city was Tijuana, Baja California, which was 92 miles away. The USGS said the exact location of the epicenter for the 5.5 magnitude earthquake was 33.024°N, 115.549°W. The depth was 5.6 miles.

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California - Earthquakes shake near Fort Bragg and Twentynine Palms Today

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 02:33:07 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Two minor earthquakes shook during the early morning in Northern and Southern California today. A 4.3 magnitude earthquake shook near Fort Bragg in Northern California. Another 3.3 magnitude earthquake occurred near Twentynine Palms, which is located in the low desert region of Southern California.

The Fort Bragg earthquake was at 5:48 a.m. this Sunday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The 4.2 magnitude earthquake was reported by residents in the area as having light shaking with no damage. The USGS CISN Shakemap suggested a moderate tremor with very light damage potential. The earthquake was located 2 miles north-northwest of Fort Bragg, California. The next nearest city was Ukiah, which was 40 miles away from the epicenter.

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Busy Weekend for High Desert Fire Department

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 08:23:16 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Fire departments in the high desert were busy this weekend. On Saturday, there were two fires - one in Pinon Hills and another in Phelan. Tracy Martinez, with the San Bernardino County Fire Department says their Swift Water Rescue Team conducted a rescue in Hesperia on Thursday.

Phelan and Pinon Hills Fire

The fire in Pinon Hills burned throughout the morning while the home-fire in Phelan broke out in the afternoon. Both fires were extinguished before nightfall.

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Frontier Airlines assist customers traveling through Colorado Springs with Fee Waiver to Change Flight

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 05:50:57 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Due to the devastating wildfires raging near Colorado Springs, Frontier Airlines is offering travelers scheduled for flights to, from, or through Colorado Springs between June 27 and July 4, 2012 an opportunity to change their itinerary with no fee.

This is limited to travelers who have already begun their flights and are allowed one itinerary change. The typical rule and restrictions of change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements have been waived. The flight itinerary must keep the origin and destination cities the same to qualify for the fee waiver.

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Containment expected this evening for Cabazon Wildland Fire

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:52:17 +0000

(Best Syndication News) - The Wildland Fire occurred on Sunday and has burnt at least 300 acres. The Riverside County Fire Department along with CAL Fire announced this morning that the fire stopped spreading and it is expected to be fully contained by 6 pm today. The voluntary evacuation orders have been canceled.

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6.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Northern Italy causes Death and Damage

Sun, 20 May 2012 20:39:00 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook in Northern Italy near the city of Bologna today causing death and widespread damage of buildings. The event occurred Sunday May 20, 2012 at 4:03 am local time reported the US Geological Survey.

The location of the epicenter of the earthquake was estimated at 44.800°N, 11.192°E with a depth of 3.2 miles. Damage reports close to the epicenter was reported by USGS with it being moderate to heavy damage and the shaking was considered very strong to severe. The earthquake was felt throughout most of Northern Italy.

Aftershocks have been ongoing throughout the day. There has been two 5.1 magnitude tremors and several more tremors above the 4.0 magnitude rating.

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