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This 5.8 earthquake near Japan was a few hours ago.

This followed a 7.2 in Vanatu a short while ago. (Then there was a 5.3 in Vanatu.)
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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_big.php

Magnitude 5.8 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Date-Time Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 05:50:37 UTC
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 03:50:37 PM at epicenter
Location 39.456

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Sad news from the Phillippines: 21 August        - Yowbarb

Melody Gersbach, 24, Filipina beauty queen, Binibining Pilipinas International (2009), car crash. [6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaths_in_2010

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Miss Gersbach is on the left in the photo

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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2010, 11:50:29 AM »
Death toll rises from tropical storm in Philippines
 By the CNN Wire StaffJuly 16, 2010 7:06 a.m. EDT
Thirty-nine people reportedly have died from tropical storm in the Philippines
More than 80 remain missing, the country's National Disaster Coordinating Council says
Tropical Storm Conson expected to move into southern China
(CNN) -- The death toll from a tropical storm that tore through the Philippines this week rose to 39, officials said.

Along with the rising death toll, the country's National Disaster Coordinating Council said Friday that 84 people were missing.

Tropical Storm Conson that battered the Philippines is expected to move north of the country and into southern China, forecasters said.

Conson, known locally as "Basyang," started as a typhoon before weakening to a tropical storm and making landfall late Tuesday.
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iReporter Lance Bugoy Besana sends us video of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Conson
in the Philippines.

Phillipines video on this page
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/ireports/2010/09/20/irpt.igor.bermuda.cnn?iref=videosearch
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« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2010, 11:03:56 PM »
Oct 21 2010
China hunkers down ahead of typhoon  updated 1 hour, 15 minutes ago
CNN's Eunice Yoon explains how China is preparing for Typhoon Megi to make landfall.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/weather/2010/10/22/yoon.hong.kong.megi.preps.cnn

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Super Typhoon Megi hits Philippines as thousands seek shelter
RussiaToday | October 18, 2010
Super Typhoon Megi became the strongest cyclone in years to lash the northern Philippines on Monday with huge waves, strong rains and ferocious winds that toppled electricity poles, drowned one man and triggered massive emergency preparations. Thousands of people have sought shelter while authorities warned millions of residents and rice farmers along the typhoon's path to look out for damage to crops, homes and power lines. The eye of the typhoon made landfall on Monday at Palanan Bay in northeastern Isabela province.

Super Typhoon Megi hits Philippines as thousands seek shelter

46 killed in landslides, floods in Vietnam
By the CNN Wire StaffOctober 20, 2010 12:18 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- The death toll from the latest round of heavy rain and flooding in central Vietnam continues to soar, with 46 people killed and 21 missing, state-run media report.

Rescuers were able to save 18 people whose bus was swept away Monday on the north-south highway 1A through Ha Tinh Province, but 19 people remain unaccounted for, according to VietNamNet.

The homes of 200,000 people are underwater in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Bing provinces because of floods caused by storms that began October 14, official media report. On Sunday alone, about 30 inches of rain fell in parts of the country.

The storms have hit the southeast Asian nation's agricultural sector hard, with waters inundating 8,000 hectares (31 square miles) of rice fields. Prices of some crops have increased 200 to 500 percent as a result.

This storm follows rains and floods at the beginning of October in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Bing, Quang Tri and Thua Thien provinces that caused an estimated $137.5 million in damage, according to VietNamNet.

The two rounds of flood calamities have contributed to the deaths of 112 people, reported state-run television network VTV4, which cited Vietnam's Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control as its source.

The Vietnamese government has dispatched 20,000 troops to help with the rescue and recovery process in the latest flooding, with Red Cross staffers from Vietnam, Spain, China, Germany and the United States among those helping the cause, reported VietNamNet.

The number of fatalities has climbed significantly in recent days. On Monday, state-run media were reporting that at least 20 people had died.

A flood and landslide warning remains in effect for much of the region, with water levels dangerously high in the Ca River in Nghe An province and the Ngan Sau River in Ha Tinh province. Landslides have already dumped tons of dirt and debris, clogging the Pe Ke mountain pass and parts of the Ho Chi Minh Highway.

And the situation might get worse, as Typhoon Megi, also known as Typhoon Juan, barrels across the South China Sea after killing 11 people in the Philippines. Besides rain, the National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting forecasts strong winds, big waves and rough seas over the next several days.

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Video of flood stricken Vietnam and Thailand
RussiaToday | October 20, 2010
At least 9 people have died as a result of flooding in Thailand that began last week. The government's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said Wednesday that in addition to fatalities, the flooding has affected nearly 4000 villages in 19 provinces in eastern, central and northeastern parts of the country. Residents of the flood stricken region were seen on top of the roofs receiving aid packages from the Red Cross workers. Up to 120 centimetres of rain pounded the central region over the past week, submerging 200,000 houses and forcing 142,000 people to flee, according to the national floods and storms control committee. Central Vietnam also suffered severe flooding earlier this month that killed 66 people.

Video of flood stricken Vietnam and Thailand

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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2010, 05:16:43 AM »
BajaSusan sent me this news story yesterday.
What a trerrible situation. At least some help has arrived but more is needed.
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At least 135 dead from disease outbreak in Haiti

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By JACOB KUSHNER, Associated Press Writer Jacob Kushner, Associated Press Writer – Thu Oct 21, 11:08 pm ET
ST. MARC, Haiti – An outbreak of severe diarrhea has killed at least 135 people in rural central Haiti and sickened hundreds more who overwhelmed a crowded hospital Thursday seeking treatment. Health workers suspected the disease is cholera, but were awaiting tests.

Hundreds of patients lay on blankets in a parking lot outside St. Nicholas hospital in the port city of St. Marc with IVs in their arms for rehydration. As rain began to fall in the afternoon, nurses rushed to carry them inside.

Doctors were testing for cholera, typhoid and other illnesses in the Caribbean nation's deadliest outbreak since a January earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 people.

Catherine Huck, deputy country director for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the Caribbean nation's health ministry had recorded 135 deaths and more than 1,000 infected people.

"What we know is that people have diarrhea, and they are vomiting, and (they) can go quickly if they are not seen in time," Huck said. She said doctors were still awaiting lab results to pinpoint the disease.

The president of the Haitian Medical Association, Claude Surena, said the cause appeared to be cholera, but added that had not been confirmed by the government.

"The concern is that it could go from one place to another place, and it could affect more people or move from one region to another one," he said.

Cholera is a waterborne bacterial infection spread through contaminated water. It causes severe diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration and death within hours. Treatment involves administering a salt and sugar-based rehydration serum.

The sick come from across the rural Artibonite region, which did not experience significant damage in the Jan. 12 quake but has absorbed thousands of refugees from the devastated capital 45 miles (70 kilometers) south of St. Marc.

Some patients said they drank water from a public canal, while others said they bought purified water. All complained of symptoms including fever, vomiting and severe diarrhea.

"I ran to the bathroom four times last night vomiting," said 70-year-old Belismene Jean Baptiste.

Trucks loaded with medical supplies including rehydration salts were to be sent from Port-au-Prince to the hospital, said Jessica DuPlessis, an OCHA spokeswoman. Doctors at the hospital said they also needed more personnel to handle the flood of patients.

Elyneth Tranckil was among dozens of relatives standing outside the hospital gate as new patients arrived near death.

"Police have blocked the entry to the hospital, so I can't get in to see my wife," Tranckil said.

Aid groups were mobilizing to ship medicine, water filtration units and other relief supplies to the Artibonite region.

"We have been afraid of this since the earthquake," said Robin Mahfood, president of Food for the Poor, which was preparing to airlift donations of antibiotics, oral dehydration salts and other supplies.

The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued an advisory urging people to drink only bottled or boiled water and eat only food that has been thoroughly cooked.

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« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2010, 01:40:59 PM »
October 23rd, 2010
11:11 AM ET
Hundreds of thousands flee as typhoon hits ChinaTyphoon Megi hit China on Saturday, sending hundreds of thousands fleeing as it made landfall in the southeastern province of Fujian, state media reported.

About 270,000 people have been evacuated, Xinhua news agency said.

The 13th typhoon to hit China this year made landfall in Zhangzhou city. It forced the cancellation of ferry services and 79 flights in the coastal city of Xiamen, authorities said.

It is expected to lose strength as it heads inland, but will bring heavy rains to southeastern provinces.
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FULL STORY http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/23/china.typhoon.megi/index.html


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« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2010, 01:43:58 PM »
Image: Megi as it hit the Phillippines a few days ago

http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/images/stories/typhoon-megi-nasa-101018-02.jpg


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« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2010, 02:23:26 PM »
Raw video: Super typhoon strikes
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October 18, 2010
Watch this footage by Kiwi cameraman Geoff Mackley as Super Typhoon Megi begins to lash the town of Aparri in the Philippines.

Raw video: Super typhoon strikes

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« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2010, 05:29:05 PM »
That bike near the end of the video is a perfect bug out vehicle. :P ;D

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« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2010, 10:47:36 AM »
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/25/usgs-7-5-quake-hits-indonesia/?iref=allsearch

USGS does have it listed as 7.7 - Yowbarb

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7.5-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesian coast
[Updated at 11:16 a.m.] An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

A local tsunami watch was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center after the quake struck at 9:42 p.m. local time.

Its epicenter was located 240 km (149 miles) south of Padang at a depth of 33 km (20.5 miles), according to USGS. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries

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« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2010, 05:13:07 AM »
CNN story:
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At least 40 dead, 380 missing after Indonesia quakeFrom Andy Saputra, CNN
October 26, 2010 8:02 a.m. EDT
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) -- At least 40 people were killed and 380 others were left missing after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Sumatra on Monday, Indonesian officials said Tuesday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake generated a "significant" tsunami. Although communication with remote areas was difficult, witnesses in west Sumatra reported seeing a 6-meter (18-foot) high wave. One representative said at least one village with a population of about 200 people was swept away, with only 40 people recovered.

The numbers were in flux because information was trickling in from remote parts of Indonesia, a country made up of a myriad of islands.

Large waves also were keeping rescue crews from reaching the disaster zone, Hendri Dori Satoko, head of the Mentawai Islands parliament, said on local television.



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The Sumatran coastline is known for large waves, making it a popular surfing destination. Surf travel company The Perfect Wave said in a statement on its website it had 32 clients in the area.

Between eight and 10 Australians were missing and were thought to be on a tourist boat, the MV Southern Cross, that was in the affected area when the quake struck, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement.

The Australian Embassy in Jakarta was attempting to contact the boat, but "efforts to contact the captain have been hampered by poor telephone coverage in the area and by the fact that the boat is reportedly not equipped with a satellite phone," the statement said.

Indonesia's Sea Security Coordinator said it had not received any distress calls from boats in the area, and "at this stage we have no information that causes us to hold concerns for the welfare of the Australians on the boat." But the embassy will continue working with Indonesian authorities to confirm their safety, the statement said.

"The local residents in the Mentawai Islands reported seeing a tsunami as high as 3 meters [that] reached as far as 600 meters inland," said Mujiharto, of the Indonesian Health Ministry.

The quake struck at 9:42 p.m. Monday, triggering a tsunami warning that was later lifted when the warning center said sea level readings indicated the threat had diminished or was over for most areas.

The Perfect Wave statement said the quake triggered a 3-meter (9 feet) high tsunami that washed through a bay where two boats with clients on board were docked, the statement said. One boat hit the other, which caught on fire, and all the guests jumped overboard. Nine guests and five crew members were washed into the jungle and took more than an hour to make their way to safety, the company said. All those aboard were picked up by a third boat and were safe "apart from suffering some smoke inhalation and minor scratches," the statement said.

A surf guide aboard the third boat reported "there was a lot of debris floating in the water including bar stools and other pieces of furniture from Macaronis Resort," the company said. "No news on the state of the village at Silabu."

The resort, where six clients were staying, is "all but gone," the statement said. However, its staff and guests were all reported safe.

The company said it was working to obtain replacement passports for its clients and organize flights home.

The epicenter of the quake was 240 kilometers (149 miles) south of Padang, at a depth of 20.6 kilometers (12.8 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The magnitude was revised upward from a preliminary magnitude of 7.5.

The city of Padang and the Mentawai Islands are located at the meeting of two tectonic plates, making them vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis.

CNN's Sarita Harilela contributed to this report.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/26/indonesia.quake/index.html

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A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* BARBADOS
* ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
* ST. LUCIA
* MARTINIQUE

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
* GRENADA
* DOMINICA


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Indonesian village vanishes in wake of tsunami CNN.com
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« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2010, 05:55:23 AM »
Hammerhead brought it to our attention there has been another eruption of Mt Merapi, November 01.

11-1-2010 - New Video Footage of Mount Merapi
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MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) — Evacuees cringed and fled for cover Monday as an erupting volcano — one of 22 showing increased activity in Indonesia— let loose booming explosions of hot gas and debris, the latest blast in a deadly week. No new casualties were reported.
The new blast from Mount Merapi came as Indonesia also struggles to respond to an earthquake-generated tsunami that devastated remote islands. The twin disasters, unfolding simultaneously on opposite ends of the seismically volatile country, have killed nearly 500 people and severely tested the government's emergency response network. In both events, the military has been called in to help.

One of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, Merapi has killed 38 people since it started erupting a week ago.

Even in the crowded government camps miles away, people still instinctively ran for shelter at the power of Monday's eruption, which was accompanied by several deafening explosions, said Subrandrio, an official in charge of monitoring Merapi's activity. About 69,000 people villagers have been evacuated from the area around its once-fertile slopes — now blanketed by gray ash — in central Java, 250 miles east of Jakarta, the capital.

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As massive clouds spilled from the glowing cauldron and billowed into the air, sending debris and ash cascaded nearly four miles down the southeastern slopes, Subrandrio said. Local officials and witnesses initially described it as the biggest since the initial blast a week ago, but Surono, chief of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, said an explosion on Saturday was actually more powerful.

Merapi has erupted many times in the last two centuries, often with deadly results. In 1994, 60 people were killed, while in 1930, more than a dozen villages were incinerated, leaving up to 1,300 dead.

More than 800 miles to the west, meanwhile, a C-130 transport plane, six helicopters and four motorized boats were ferrying aid to the most distant corners of the Mentawai Islands, where last week's tsunami destroyed hundreds of homes, schools, churches and mosques.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said relief efforts must be sped up, expressing dismay it took days for aid to reach the isolated islands, though he acknowledged that violent storms have previously prevented most planes, helicopters and boats from operating.

The tsunami death toll stood at 431 Monday after initially being raised to 450. The National Disaster Management Agency said on its website that the number dropped as officials double-checked reports to verify them. The number of missing was 88.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 235 million people, straddles a series of fault lines and volcanoes known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire."

The fault line that caused last week's 7.7-magnitude earthquake and killer wave that followed — and also the 2004 tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries — is the meeting point of the Eurasian and Pacific tectonic plates that have been pushing against and under each other for millions of years, causing huge stresses to build up. It runs the length of the west coast of Sumatra island.

Both earthquakes and volcanos can be related to movements in the overlapping plates that form the earth's crust. As plates slide against or under each other, molten rock from the layer of mantle can break the surface via a volcano, or create energy released in an earthquake.

The government has raised alert levels of 21 other volcanoes to the second- and third- highest levels in the last two months because they have shown an increase in activity, said Syamsul Rizal, a state volcanologist, said monday. Many of those are already rumbling and belching out heavy black ash.

Indonesia has several volcanos smoldering at any given time, but another government volcanologist Gede Swantika said there are normally only five to 10 on the third-highest alert level, indicating an increase in seismic activity and visible changes in the crater, and none at the second-highest, signifying an eruption is possible within two weeks. He said monitors noticed more volcanos were exhibiting seismic activity starting Sept. 2.

11-1-2010 - New Video Footage of Mount Merapi

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