Mother Nature unleashes her fury in first week of 2012

January 8, 2012MANILAPhilippine rescuers dug through rock and mud Friday looking for people feared buried by a deadly landslide at a remote gold mining community, as officials vowed to shut down unsafe mine sites. At least 25 people were killed on Mindanao island before dawn on Thursday when a rock and mud avalanche buried a mountain settlement of gold prospectors who had refused to leave an area declared too dangerous for habitation. However, the national government began to back away from the previous official figure of 150 people missing, saying only eight of them are known by name and there were no reliable census figures at the gold rush site. “I think that is exaggerated,” civil defense chief Benito Ramos told AFP, adding the original estimate was given by local officials in the area who extrapolated the figure from the number of buried shanties. “It would be hard to even give an estimate,” he said. Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo flew to the disaster site near Pantukan town on Friday and also downplayed the initial estimate of the missing. “That might not be a very accurate number,” said Robredo, interviewed over ABS-CBN television in Pantukan. He said 80 percent of the population were recent migrants chasing instant riches from high gold prices. “Hopefully the search team there will be able to get it done in 48 hours,” Robredo added. Pantukan’s civil defense office said the toll now stood at 25 dead and eight missing, while 16 were rescued and treated at Mindanao hospitals. Meanwhile, Robredo announced the government would shut down up to 500 small-scale mines that dot the mountainsides around Pantukan and relocate the affected miners and their families, who will be given state financial aid. About a thousand mine tunnels operate in the area, he said. “Probably half of these are without permits, so we (he and the local officials) agreed that all the illegal tunnels will be closed down.” –Terra Earth 
Dike burst Brazil: A dike burst in Brazil’s flood-hit northern Rio de Janeiro state Thursday, forcing the evacuation of nearly 4,000 residents, authorities said. Rising water levels on the Muriae River due to the torrential rains of the past few days caused the rupture of a bridge that serves as a dike protecting the town of Campos do Goytacazes, rescue officials said. “We have evacuated about 1,000 families (roughly 4,000 people) who have been brought to the fire department barracks and municipal shelters,” firefighter Joaquim Silva told reporters. The rising waters destroyed part of the bridge and opened a hole of nearly 20 meters (60 feet), flooding the Tres Vendas area in a matter of hours. Silva said the residents were warned in time and many families were able to salvage some of their belongings. Aerial television pictures showed the slow advance of flood waters and residents fleeing the area. Authorities said the water rose between 3.5 and four meters (11 to 13 feet). “From the houses, only the roofs were visible,” said Henrique Oliveira, of the local Civil Defense. Floods caused by heavy rains have left eight people dead and forced the evacuation of more than 15,000 people in the southeastern states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, officials said. Exactly a year ago, flooding and landslides left more than 1,000 people dead or missing in the mountainous area of Rio de Janeiro state. -TD
Dutch village hammered by gale-force winds: Around 10 people were evacuated Thursday from a village in the northwest of the Netherlands as high waters threatened to overwhelm a dyke, local authorities said. But the dyke at the village of Tolbert near the city of Groningen was expected to hold, Judith de Jong, a spokeswoman for the Dutch department of highways and bridges, told AFP. ‘We no longer expect the dyke to give way but it also depends on the wind,” she said. Local authority spokesman Michiel Zijlstera told AFP that eventually 10 people had been evacuated from the village. He had earlier put the number at 100. But the situation remained ‘critical,’ he added, warning that strong winds were predicted late at night. Gale force winds reaching up to 110 kilometers (about 70 miles) an hour as well as heavy rains are expected along the Dutch coast. About a quarter of the country sits below sea level. The provinces of Groningen, North Holland and Friesland were under special alert and maritime traffic was badly disrupted at Rotterdam, one of Europe’s biggest ports where some 430 million tons of goods pass through annually. “Eleven vessels wanted to leave the port and two wanted to enter but were unable to do so because of the heavy wind,” said port spokesman. About 800 people have since returned to their homes after flood water receded. –Terra Daily
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12 Responses to Mother Nature unleashes her fury in first week of 2012

  1. c/o Luisport – Iceland experiences tremors under another mountain

    New earthquake activity in Upptyppingar tuff mountains

    Posted on January 7, 2012 by Jón Frímann

    During last week and on 5. January 2012 there where few earthquakes in the Upptyppingar tuff mountains. This mountains are not volcano by definition (yet anyway). But since the year 2007 there has been magma intrusion into that area. This magma intrusion however stopped and has been stopped for several years now. But that might be about to change. As on 5 January 2012 there where few small earthquakes with the depth of 12 km. Last eruption that took place in the Upptyppingar tuff mountain area where about 12.000 years ago, around the end of the last ice age. Considerable deformation has taken place in the crust in Upptyppingar tuff mountain since magma started to build up there. Current earthquake activity in Upptyppingar tuff mountain is not high at the moment however. But it has remained rather constant for the past 7 to 10 weeks at least. But due to lack of SIL stations in the area, it is hard to know how many earthquakes have exactly been taking place there at the moment.

    Upptyppingar tuff mountains are part of Kverkfjöll volcano system. This new magma into Upptyppingar tuff mountains suggests that Kverkfjöll volcano might be about to enter an new time of activity. But they have been dormant since the year 1968 at least. But Kverkfjöll volcano have also been seeing some earthquake activity on its own.

    It is most likely is the case that we are going to see eruption taking place in Upptyppingar tuff mountain one day. But the wait for it might be long however.

    http://www.jonfr.com/volcano/?p=2027

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  2. c/o Luisport

    Europe to be hit by SUDDEN ONSET FREEZE by JANUARY 14th

    Amazing NCEP turnaround tonight.

    Much of EUROPE to be plunged into a deep freeze by as early as 7 days away. From one of the mildest winters a sudden onset of cold will rush east and model runs are likely to build on this in the coming days.

    EUROPE FREEZE by January 15-20th.

    STAY SAFE folks and order your OIL/ GAS, brigguettes and firewood as well as stocking up on food etc. No media links yet it is coming from the horses mouth.

    Pattern change expected to take place reinforced by a stratospheric warming event down the line will lead to a progressively cooling picture for Europe through late January and February.

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  3. Austria hit by heavy snow, major railway line shut
    Heavier than usual snowfall and high winds have caused chaos on roads and railways in many areas of Austria.
    Part of a major railway route has been shut down in the west of the country, and some villages and tourist resorts have been cut off.
    Up to 1.2 metres (4ft) of fresh snow has been recorded in some areas since Thursday.
    The authorities say the probability of avalanches is extremely high and widespread.
    The railway line that connects Oetzal, close to Innsbruck in Tyrol, and Bludenz in the far west of the country has been shut and is expected to remain closed until Sunday afternoon, says the BBC’s Bethany Bell in Vienna.
    Nearly 2,000 homes have been without power.
    On Friday, around 15,000 tourists and locals were snowed in at ski resorts on the Arlberg mountain.
    The roads there are now open again, but others in the region remain shut.
    Because of the high risk of avalanches, the Austrian army has put several helicopters on high alert.
    More heavy snow is predicted over the next few days.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16456103

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  4. Kenny87 says:

    the weather is going crazy here in Holland/The Netherlands. In september/october we experienced severe droughts en high above normal temperatures breaking records of the past 100 years, even achieving the lowest water point in rivers and lakes due to drought. While december is the wettest month ever and now in the first week of januari we have record setting high water. hundreds of people evacuated and dozens of homes flooded. While i live in the most southern point of holland near the belgium and german border the weather is going crazy at the moment in record setting snowfall in Germany and France. these points are less then 250km away from where i live. Even though mother Winter is late, she will leave a heavy mark this time.

    For all the people in distress i wish you the most of luck you need, and whatever happens, you will see the “ordinary” people always helping eachother.

    Greetings from The Netherlands

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  5. luisport says:

    This Is The Year When Developed Nations Must Choose Between Pain And Disaster

    Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
    In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
    Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
    And the choice goes by forever, ‘twixt that darkness and that light.

    – James Lowell, 1845

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

    – Reinhold Niehbuhr

    2012 will the year that the consequences of the choices made by nations of the so-called developed world will begin to truly manifest themselves in the economic realm. We are in the closing chapters of the current Debt Supercycle, with different countries strewn out along the path, some at more advanced stages than others but all headed for a destination that will force major decisions if politically painful actions are not taken. The longer that process takes, the fewer options that are available and the more painful the outcomes. Some countries (think Greece, et al.) have a choice between dire economic circumstances and disastrous. The option for merely difficult choices was passed long ago, and the rules are such that there is no going back to where you started without a different but equally painful outcome….

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/mauldin-2012-hard-choices-2012-1#ixzz1isiU7Lvi

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  6. luisport says:

    SIDC Belgium reports now:

    SIDC – RWC BELGIUM 08 Jan 2012, 0835UT

    Solar activity is at eruptive levels and gradually increasing, with the GOES X-ray flux background close to C level. More than seven C flares were observed within the last 24 hours. Several more C flares are expected within the next 24 hours, with a chance for an M flare, especially from NOAA regions 11393 and 11388. Solar wind velocities measured by ACE have been mainly between 420 and 460 km/s in the last 24 hours, with the IMF around 5 nT. Geomagnetic conditions have been quiet in this period, and are expected to be predominantly quiet on January 8 and 10. On January 9, a glancing blow is possible from the CME first observed by COR2 A on January 5, 14:24 UT, in which case active geomagnetic levels are expected.
    http://sidc.oma.be/index.php

    http://solarwatchninzrez.blogspot.com/

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  7. RainMan says:

    “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression….There is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such a twilight that we must be most aware of change in the air–however slight–lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness”
    William O Douglas, US Supreme Court Justice from 1939 – 1975.

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