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Title: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on July 23, 2016, 06:08:19 PM
Please use this topic for brief announcements of natural and industrial disaster emergencies (including severe weather, wildfires, earthquakes, chemical leaks, etc.) that are currently in progress.

Urgent announcements only -- please discuss the details in a separate topic.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: FreeLancer on August 16, 2016, 05:09:44 PM
Rapidly moving Blue Cut Fire started a couple hours ago in the Cajon Pass and has closed the I-15 in both directions, stranded a freight train, thousands of people evacuated.  Hot, dry, windy conditions.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Cedar on August 17, 2016, 11:29:24 PM
New wildfires prompt evacuation notices in southern Oregon, near Sunriver
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/08/new_wildfire_prompts_evacuatio.html

Thread http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=58565.0

Cedar
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: FreeLancer on August 23, 2016, 11:28:12 PM
6.2 earthquake in central Italy.  Numerous buildings leveled and several deaths.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: FreeLancer on August 24, 2016, 12:13:57 AM
Link to Italy quake thread: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=58600.msg690200#new (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=58600.msg690200#new)
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Chemsoldier on September 03, 2016, 07:14:52 AM
5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma.  I felt it here in Manhattan KS.

 Earthquake shakes swath of Midwest from Nebraska to Texas | Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/03/earthquake-shakes-swath-midwest-from-missouri-to-oklahoma.html
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: TheRetiredRancher on September 16, 2016, 06:43:52 AM
A broken petroleum pipeline leaves the East coast with limited gasoline and diesel supplies for at least a week.  If you are travelling in the mid-south or up along the Atlantic coast, don't let your gas tanks get to low.  The largest pipeline supplying this area broke in Shelby county AL and it is estimated to take at least a week to repair.  Tankers are being dispatched to haul gasoline and diesel from Houston and New Orleans to the east coast, but they will take a few days to get there and cannot handle the total flow carried by the pipeline.  Alabama and Georgia have already declared states of emergency.  This will also affect the chemical producers that rely on petrochemical feed stocks.  Look for shortages to appear in a few weeks time.

Isn't our supply system amazing, when it works.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/16/investing/gasoline-prices-shortage-pipeline-leak/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: DWSDVSE on September 16, 2016, 09:38:47 PM
TN Governor has similarly declared a state of emergency this evening. People are acting like morons and swamping gas stations. I filled up our empty spare gas cans this evening before it was cool to do so. My wife saw a guy on her way home attempting to fill a clear plastic gallon jug with gas...I'm sure that's a winning idea.

Prices, at least in the Nashville area are not crazy...people are just trying to drain the tanks.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Cedar on September 18, 2016, 12:35:11 AM
Officials say a massive sinkhole in Florida has allowed millions of gallons of radioactive water to pour into one of the world's most productive aquifers. This aquafer us the drinking water for millions of Floridians
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/17/sinkhole-causes-980-million-litres-of-radioactive-water-to-leak/

Cedar
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on September 18, 2016, 11:57:01 AM
Officials say a massive sinkhole in Florida has allowed millions of gallons of radioactive water to pour into one of the world's most productive aquifers. This aquafer us the drinking water for millions of Floridians
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/17/sinkhole-causes-980-million-litres-of-radioactive-water-to-leak/

The contaminant is phosphogypsum.  From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphogypsum):

Quote
Phosphogypsum is a side-product from the production of phosphoric acid by treating phosphate ore (apatite) with sulfuric acid...

Phosphogypsum is radioactive due to the presence of naturally occurring uranium and thorium. ...

...the marine-deposited phosphate ore from central Florida is weakly radioactive, and as such, the phosphogypsum by-product (in which the radionuclides are somewhat concentrated) is too radioactive to be used for most applications. As a result, there are about 1 billion tons of phosphogypsum stacked in 25 stacks in Florida...
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: DWSDVSE on September 19, 2016, 10:26:04 AM
As if we need more weird things to come out of Florida!  :P
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: TheRetiredRancher on September 22, 2016, 06:09:04 AM
Power outage in Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico just lost its island wide electrical grid due to a fire at a single switch or switching station.  15 fires have been reported due to faulty back-up generators including at one upscale resort.   The article reports that power may be back up this morning, but if I was in Puerto Rico, I would be preparing for an extended outage just in case as the public utility that runs the electrical system in Puerto Rico is bankrupt and the availablility of parts may be questionable.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/09/21/puerto-rico-hit-with-islandwide-blackout-after-fire-erupts.html

Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Chemsoldier on September 28, 2016, 04:05:40 AM
The State of South Australia has no power following storms combined with network problems.

SA weather: State without power as massive storm hits - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/sa-weather-south-australia-without-power-as-storm-hits/7885930?pfmredir=sm
 
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: TheRetiredRancher on October 06, 2016, 01:04:13 PM
I am surprised no one has even mentioned Hurricane Matthew yet.  Perhaps the largest ever evacuation in US history.  It is predicted to cause up to $200 Billion damage as it hits as a Major level 4 hurricane and stay at least a 3 into Georgia.  It will just skim the coast from Miami up to Charleston South Carolina.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/06/hurricane-matthew-could-inflict-200-billion-in-damage-to-coastal-homes.html

Moderators, please create a independent thread to refer this to off of this main disaster section.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on October 06, 2016, 07:19:44 PM
Hurricane Matthew (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=58917.0)
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Smurf Hunter on October 12, 2016, 02:25:11 PM
Not yet a disaster, but the pacific northwest is facing an epic storm. 

http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2016/10/warming-major-storms-threaten-pacific.html

 
“A true monster storm, potentially as strong as the most powerful storm in NW history (the Columbus Day Storm of 1962) will be approaching our area on Saturday.  The UW WRF sea level pressure forecast for 5 AM Saturday morning shows the approaching cyclone.   The central pressure is an amazing 961 mb, with an unbelievably strong pressure gradient around it.”
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on October 12, 2016, 06:51:20 PM
Not yet a disaster, but the pacific northwest is facing an epic storm.

Cedar started a thread for this storm in the Region Eight board:
High wind warning October 11-14 for OR and WA (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=58958.0)
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: nkawtg on November 21, 2016, 02:32:57 PM
Preliminary 7.3 mag quake strikes off the coast of Fukushima. Tsunami warning issued for 3 meter waves.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Cedar on December 08, 2016, 08:05:28 AM
7am Pacific time
6.8 quake off the coast of Ferndale California just occurred
No tsunami expected at this time

Cedar
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: RitaRose1945 on December 08, 2016, 08:25:23 AM
7am Pacific time
6.8 quake off the coast of Ferndale California just occurred
No tsunami expected at this time

Cedar


Just got the alert from the USGS on my phone while I was reading this.


According to them, they're calling it a 6.5 now (which is still REALLY large) and it's 157 km west of Ferndale (about 100 miles off the coast).


Ferndale is about 150 miles west of Redding and about 250 miles north of San Francisco.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: nkawtg on December 08, 2016, 10:10:57 AM
And predicted by Dr. Ben Davidson.

http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/

https://twitter.com/TheRealS0s
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Cedar on December 08, 2016, 10:56:15 AM
Just now -- 8.0 quake just occurred near the Solomon Islands.
Tsunami alert just issued for Hawaii

Cedar
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: nkawtg on December 08, 2016, 11:05:24 AM
This one scores as a miss for Dr. Davidson, his forecast was for yesterday.

This from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC)
http://ptwc.weather.gov/?region=2&id=hawaii.TSUHWX.2016.12.08.1748

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000
WEHW40 PHEB 081748
TSUHWX
HIZ001>003-005>009-012>014-016>021-023>026-081948-
/O.CAN.PHEB.TS.Y.0001.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/O.NEW.PHEB.TS.A.0001.161208T1748Z-000000T0000Z/

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER   1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
748 AM HST THU DEC 08 2016

TO - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WATCH

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
0748 AM HST.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

   ORIGIN TIME - 0739 AM HST 08 DEC 2016
   COORDINATES - 10.7 SOUTH  161.4 EAST
   LOCATION    - SOLOMON ISLANDS
   MAGNITUDE   - 8.0  MOMENT

EVALUATION

 BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
 THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
 FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
 IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

 IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
 THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS

                     0256 PM HST THU 08 DEC 2016

FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: TheRetiredRancher on February 07, 2017, 12:49:26 PM
Multiple tornados hit New Orleans.  2/7/17  -  at least 3 tornados touch down around new Orleans.  Nasa/Lockheed Martin campus hit.  Serious damage. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/02/07/this-monster-tornado-just-rolled-through-new-orleans-major-damage-reported/?utm_term=.c60dd148e724

Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: albaprep on April 13, 2017, 02:44:17 AM
Extratropical cyclone hits New Zealand North Island. States of emergency declared. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39585868
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: TheRetiredRancher on May 09, 2017, 10:49:56 AM
Tunnel collapse at the Hanford Nuclear site causes workers to shelter in place take precautions against radioactive releases. 

http://www.king5.com/news/local/hanford/breaking-tunnel-at-plutonium-finishing-plant-collapses-in-hanford/438116235
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 09, 2017, 11:00:20 AM
Tunnel collapse at the Hanford Nuclear site causes workers to shelter in place take precautions against radioactive releases. 

http://www.king5.com/news/local/hanford/breaking-tunnel-at-plutonium-finishing-plant-collapses-in-hanford/438116235

That link contains the latest Tweet direct from Hanford.  Also available here:

http://www.hanford.gov/c.cfm/eoc/?page=290

This does not appear to be a major incident, just a precaution.  If the tunnel collapses, any release of contamination would be very localized.  The site is quite a distance from populated areas and farmland.

Looks like mostly an issue for workers in that specific area.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 09, 2017, 11:04:27 AM
More details from the local newspaper (which does a pretty accurate job of covering Hanford issues):

Emergency declared at Hanford nuclear reservation (http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanford/article149475209.html)
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 09, 2017, 12:10:58 PM
Quote
09 May 2017
10:54 AM --

Latest Information

Responders are on the scene and are reporting the soil has subsided in an area approximately 20 feet by 20 feet over one of the tunnels next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility, also known as PUREX. There is no indication of a release of contamination at this point. Responders are getting closer to the area where the soil has subsided for further visual inspection. The subsidence of soil was discovered during a routine surveillance of the area by workers. The tunnels are hundreds of feet long, with approximately eight feet of soil covering them. The depth of the subsidence of soil appears to be into the tunnel.

The tunnels to the PUREX facility are located to the east of the facility, extending south. There are two tunnels, one is approximately 360 feet long and the other is approximately 1,700 feet long. The tunnels were used beginning in the 1950s to store contaminated equipment. The 20 foot wide by 20 foot long cave-in is in an area where the two tunnels join together.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 09, 2017, 03:17:14 PM
Current Hanford situation: shelter-in-place order has been lifted, all non-essential personnel have been sent home, ditto for tonight's swing shift.  Gonna take 'em a while to figure out how to deal with this.

Anyway, the immediate emergency is over, and the problems now become long-term: how to fix the hole, and how this will impact other work (e.g., construction of the Waste Treatment Plant) which is being done within a mile or so of the incident.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: CPT Morgan on May 09, 2017, 03:49:31 PM
Thanks Bill.  I've been following this on the news during my travels today and was going to offer an update when I got to my computer.  Looks like you have it all covered.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Cedar on August 21, 2017, 08:28:44 AM
Chetco Bar fire, southern Oregon

As of last night 70,000 acres.
 Effective immediately, the Upper Chetco Trail (#1102), from Quail Prairie Mountain to its junction with Trail 1109 at Slide Creek Camp, is closed. Additionally, the Tincup Trail (Trail #1117) and its tributary trail, Boulder Tie Trail (Trail #1117B), from its junction with the Upper Chetco Trail to where it ends along Darling Creek, is closed. Forest Service Road (FSR) 4103-087 from the beginning of the gated road west to the terminus at Chetco Pass, Trail 1117 and all of its tributary trails from its junction with Trail 1124 west to Tincup Creek, Trail 1124 and all of its tributary trails from its junction with FSR 087 northwest to its terminus at Mount Billingslea Summit and Trail 1125 and all of its tributary trails from Pearsoll Peak Trailhead north to its junction with Trail 1124. For more information and details regarding the closures, please visit the Forest’s website at http://bit.ly/2ufMQWb.

The fire is burning in the fire scars of the Biscuit Fire (2002) and Silver Fire (1987) with regrowth of brush up to 5 feet tall, standing snags, and unburned islands of mixed deciduous and conifer forest. The area is steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain. Fuels burning are timber (litter and understory), Brush and closed timber litter.
Significant Events   
Extreme, wind driven runs, long-range spotting. Significant fire growth to the southwest across the Chetco River.

They do not anticipate having contained until October 15, when we get fall rains.

Cedar
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: shadowalker_returns on August 23, 2017, 03:34:56 PM
TROPICAL STORM WARNING: Tropical Storm Harvey has redeveloped and is now anticipated to impact the Gulf Coast, landing in South Texas. Probable landfall Between Corpus Christi and Rockport. Estimated arrival of High winds is Friday Morning. Conditions for Tornado formation are Favorable.

http://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=crp

Regards,
Shadowalker
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: LVWood on September 19, 2017, 12:39:09 PM
Early reports of a powerful earthquake striking near Mexico City in the town of Puebla.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKG15tzWAAAfHF-.jpg:large)
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: LVWood on September 19, 2017, 04:37:53 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKHRsygV4AA1sU2.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKG-jDXXcAUKoOB.jpg)
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: RitaRose1945 on September 19, 2017, 05:18:52 PM
I have been about 40 miles away and on a different tectonic plate from the 6.7 Northridge quake (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_Northridge_earthquake), and it was still the strongest I'd ever felt, even that far away.  And I spent the first 35 years of my life in serious earthquake country.

In case people don't understand how magnitude work, a 7.2 is not about 5% stronger than a 6.7 magnitude, it's about 3 times bigger with about 5 times the energy release.

I can't even imagine how bad the shaking must have been.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Cedar on September 19, 2017, 08:17:19 PM
They were actually doing an Earthquake drill when it happened. Over 100 dead so far.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/mexico-city-earthquake-drill/index.html

Cedar
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 20, 2017, 10:56:16 AM
They were actually doing an Earthquake drill when it happened. Over 100 dead so far.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/americas/mexico-city-earthquake-drill/index.html

Cedar

I work with two Mexican nationals, one who comes from a town about 27km east of the epicenter.  He said every year on the anniversary of the big quake schools do a drill.
Apparently the drill was actually closer to 2 hours before the quake (per my coworker's info via his family there).  Perhaps schools stagger the time and some were actually simultaneous?

In any case, it literally hit close to home for a few folks I know in the office.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Cedar on September 23, 2017, 10:28:13 AM
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday morning, the US Geological Survey said, rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from two stronger temblors earlier this month.

Saturday's quake was centered in Oaxaca state, about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City.

Cedar
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on April 26, 2018, 12:43:53 PM
Oil refinery explosion and fire in Superior, Wisconsin (near Duluth MN):

Duluth News Tribune: UPDATE: Douglas County sheriff issues evacuation order after Superior refinery fire (https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/fires/4437298-update-douglas-county-sheriff-issues-evacuation-order-after-superior-refinery)

Quote
...No details were available on the extent of damage or what caused the initial explosion which occurred about 11 a.m. But a second, larger fire erupted just after noon, sending another thick, black cloud over Superior’s eastern neighborhoods.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office just after 1 p.m. ordered a broad evacuation for everyone within two mile of the refinery and, because of the potential toxic nature of the smoke, were suggesting anyone who lived or worked within 10 miles south and three miles east and west evacuate to a safer area. ...

Douglas County Deputy Medical Examiner Paul Stein told the News Tribune that he heard there are 20 injuries but no fatalities. Superior mayor Jim Paine said at least six people have been taken to hospitals. ...
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 04, 2018, 10:50:58 AM
Kilauea east rift zone eruption in the middle of a town:

Hawaii News Now, 5/4/18: Evacuations ordered as volcanic eruptions continue in lower Puna (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38087728/puna-warned-series-of-quakes-could-indicate-eruption-is-possible)

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...The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed that active volcanic vents are erupting on Makamae and Mohala streets. The Hawaii County Civil Defense said all Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision residents are required to evacuate immediately.

Hawaii County fire officials are also warning of extremely high levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide gas in the evacuation ares. Those with respiratory issues should leave the area immediately, they say. ...

"The opening phases of fissure eruptions are dynamic and uncertain. It is not possible at this time to say when and where new vents may occur," the observatory said, in its latest update. "Areas downslope of an erupting fissure or vent are at risk of lava inundation. At this time, the general area of the Leilani subdivision appears at greatest risk."...

Before Thursday's eruption, HVO research geophysicist Jim Kauahikaua said the seismic activity seen in recent days is similar to what happened before an eruption of Kilauea in February 1955. During that eruption, at least 24 separate volcanic vents opened up and lava covered about 3,900 acres.

Kauahikaua said coastal communities from Kalapana to Kapoho were evacuated and "sections of every public road to the coastline were buried by lava" before the eruption abruptly stopped in May 1955. ...
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Morning Sunshine on May 04, 2018, 09:35:25 PM
Kilauea east rift zone eruption in the middle of a town:

Hawaii News Now, 5/4/18: Evacuations ordered as volcanic eruptions continue in lower Puna (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38087728/puna-warned-series-of-quakes-could-indicate-eruption-is-possible)

how do you prepare for this?  Just not decide to live on an active volcano?
(happily watching the lava flows - I am a volcanophile)
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: LvsChant on May 05, 2018, 08:34:50 AM
how do you prepare for this?  Just not decide to live on an active volcano?
(happily watching the lava flows - I am a volcanophile)

Yep... I'm thinking choice of living locations is primary.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 05, 2018, 12:43:29 PM
Yeah, there have been hazard-ranking maps for years for that island -- I don't understand why anyone would build in the high-risk zones.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: LvsChant on May 05, 2018, 12:51:03 PM
Yeah, there have been hazard-ranking maps for years for that island -- I don't understand why anyone would build in the high-risk zones.

Like building in a floodplain...

There are so many considerations...
... in the rockies, high fire danger during certain times of year
... coastal regions, hurricane season, flood danger, termites/bugs
... nearness to major waterways, flood danger
... tornado alley, wind damage (can you say "gotta have a basement"?)
... DFW area, very frequent hail/tornado issues, clay soil that wreaks havoc on foundations
... California coast, earthquake, mudslide, fire danger
... frozen north, blizzard, power outages, hazardous road conditions
... proximity to something with propensity for disaster, chemical plants, nuclear power plant...
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Alan Georges on May 05, 2018, 12:52:26 PM
Yeah, there have been hazard-ranking maps for years for that island -- I don't understand why anyone would build in the high-risk zones.
And yet every day I see homes going up on land that has been under 25' of storm-driven salt water – twice! – within living memory.  I don't understand that either.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 05, 2018, 06:25:12 PM
USGS daily updates:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/status.html

Here's a Fox News article that's getting several updates a day:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/05/latest-8-vents-open-as-hawaiis-kilauea-volcano-erupts.html

They had a magnitude 6.9 earthquake Friday.  Kilauea is busy.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 07, 2018, 07:20:23 PM
AP/KITV, 5/7/18: Slopes of volcano offer lush, affordable piece of paradise (http://www.kitv.com/story/38133324/slopes-of-volcano-offer-lush-affordable-piece-of-paradise)

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As lava crawled down Leilani Road in a hissing, popping mass, Cheryl Griffith stood in its path and placed a plant in a crack in the ground as an offering to the Native Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. ...

For many people outside Hawaii, it’s hard to understand why anyone would risk living near an active volcano with such destructive power. But the slopes of Kilauea offer affordable land and a lush rural setting that attract a hardy breed of independent people. ...

The people here are largely self-sufficient and understand the risks of their location. Many cannot get homeowner’s insurance.

Griffith said that is the hardest part of this lifestyle — they won’t be able to recoup losses. ...

The region has macadamia nut farms and other agriculture along with multimillion-dollar homes with manicured lawns. Other houses are modest, sitting on small lots with old cars and trucks scattered about.

Homeowners use rainwater-catch tanks and cesspools or septic tanks. Many rely on solar power, and some live entirely off the electrical grid. ...
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Hurricane on May 19, 2018, 01:22:21 PM
I saw this reported today 5/19/18 on the USGS Earthquake map site:

Quote
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/hv70163146#executive

M 3.0 Chemical Explosion - 5km WSW of Volcano, Hawaii

2018-05-19 09:58:33 UTC     19.405°N   155.281°W      0.0 km depth 
That would be just before 6am Eastern time
I have not yet seen a news report about this.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Mr. Bill on May 19, 2018, 05:31:45 PM
That link now reads "M 5.0 Volcanic Explosion - 3km W of Volcano, Hawaii".

Quote
This event is a steam-driven explosion that occurred around midnight May 18th local time from Halema'uma'u crater. The plume extended to about 10,000 ft above sea level and drifted southwest with noticeable ashfall reported from downwind locations.

I'm guessing the initial report was from an automated system that misidentified an explosion at the surface.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: iam4liberty on May 21, 2018, 10:00:32 PM
Never heard of this threat before. 

https://www.theknifemedia.com/world-news/hawaiian-volcanic-lava-enters-ocean-creating-hazardous-gas/ (https://www.theknifemedia.com/world-news/hawaiian-volcanic-lava-enters-ocean-creating-hazardous-gas/)

Hawaiian volcanic lava enters ocean creating hazardous gas

Volcanic lava on Hawaii’s Big Island reached the Pacific Ocean over the weekend, creating a hazardous white plume containing hydrochloric acid and fine particles of glass.
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The plume of particles and acidic gas known as “laze,” a combination of “lava” and “haze,” can cause eye and skin irritation, difficulty breathing and, the HVO said, in past cases has caused death. The laze had traveled 15 miles (24 km) west of the entry point as on Monday morning. A U.S. Geological Survey scientist said it was running parallel to the coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard implemented a “Lava Entry Safety Zone” 984 feet (300 meters) around the lava ocean entry point, indicating where navigable waters began. “Getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death,” U.S. Coast Guard representative Lt. Cmdr. John Bannon said.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: iam4liberty on May 22, 2018, 09:28:17 AM
Toxic gas causing geothermal power to go offline which accounts for 25% of island's electricity.  There is also growing concern that ash releases could take down solar panels.

https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/22/hawaii-puna-geothermal-venture-power-plant-shut-down-as-lava-nears-geothermal-wells (https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/22/hawaii-puna-geothermal-venture-power-plant-shut-down-as-lava-nears-geothermal-wells)

Hawaii power plant shut down as lava nears geothermal wells
Crews cap wells at Puna Geothermal Venture plant on Big Island as lava from Kīlauea volcano flows on to site


Lava from the erupting Kīlauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has flowed on to a geothermal power plant site, forcing workers to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: AvenueQ on July 12, 2018, 03:06:25 PM
Flooding and landslides in central and western Japan force more than 2 million to evacuate and claim 200 lives:https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/07/photos-death-toll-reaches-200-in-devastating-japan-floods/565055/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/07/photos-death-toll-reaches-200-in-devastating-japan-floods/565055/)

(Holy crap, can't believe I haven't heard more about this?! Do I just live under a rock?).
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: Alan Georges on July 12, 2018, 05:44:15 PM
Flooding and landslides in central and western Japan ...
(Holy crap, can't believe I haven't heard more about this?! Do I just live under a rock?).
Yeah, it's been pretty well overshadowed by the Thai cave rescue in the US press.  Which is kind of weird, considering the impact of this disaster in Japan.

While on this thread, I had to look up about the Hawaii eruption:
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/988090/hawaii-volcano-eruption-latest-is-kileuau-still-active (https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/988090/hawaii-volcano-eruption-latest-is-kileuau-still-active)
Also weird how that one just dropped out of the news.  I guess there's only so much attention out there to fill.
Title: Re: ALERT: Natural and industrial disaster emergencies
Post by: AvenueQ on July 31, 2018, 08:59:02 AM
Calfire page for updates on the Carr fire outside of Redding, CA:http://fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2164 (http://fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2164)

Has evac orders and evacuation center info.