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Title: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 02:30:24 AM
This is something, I have given much prayer, and though over. 2nd Timothy, and myself haven't done much in this area.

Luke 21:25 "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth the distress of nations, with great perplexity, over the sea and the roaring of the waves."      

Matthew 24:3-8  "And you will be hearing of wars an rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines, and pestilence's and earthquakes. "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs."
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The storm waves ripping boulders from our shores
By Nic Fleming
(Filed: 18/08/2004)

Giant storm waves already over 65ft high are getting bigger, occurring more frequently and eroding Britain's Atlantic coast, according to new research.
   

Rocks the size of Transit vans are being ripped from cliff faces and transported up to 50 yards inland in exposed areas such as Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.

Piles of large boulders found inland behind cliffs were displaced by storm waves rather than by tsunamis (a series of waves generated by volcanic eruptions or earthquakes), landslides or sea level changes, as previously believed.

Jim Hanson, a coastal geomorphologist at the University of Glasgow, told delegates at the International Geographical Union congress in the city yesterday that the erosion was expected to accelerate because sea levels are rising and the coastline is sinking.

Mr Hanson said: "The distance these large boulders are being moved is spectacular. They are being ripped from cliffs up to 120ft above sea level and thrown about to form boulder beaches.

"These giant storm waves have either been overlooked to date, or interpreted as the products of tsunami.

"But the boulder ridges were formed in recent times and there are no records of recent tsunamis. Because sea levels are continuing to rise and larger waves are hitting the cliffs, the rate of modification of the coastline and creation of these boulder ridges is increasing."

The giant boulder beaches occur only in exposed, remote areas where sea levels are deep because the waves become smaller in shallower depths. The researchers examined sites such as Esha Ness and the Grind of the Navir in Shetland.

In the north Atlantic, waves in excess of 65ft occur more than 100 times a year, and 95ft waves occur on average once every 100 years.

The average winter wave height increased 15 per cent between 1985 and 1995 in the area to the west of the Shetland, and global sea levels have increased by a millimetre per year over the past century.

At 160ft above sea level, two ton rocks are displaced, at 65ft, five ton rocks are seen above the cliffs and 100 ton boulders have been moved at 40ft above sea level.

The research, a joint effort between the universities of Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde, found that many of the boulder beaches have been formed relatively recently because of human debris found below them and lichen patterns on the rocks.

Stone huts on the Aran islands positioned 95ft above sea level were buried by boulders during a storm in 1839 known as the "Night of the Big Wind".

Previous research in Australia and the Caribbean has suggested similar effects there were caused by tsunamis. However, the last known tsunami in the North Atlantic occurred 4,900 years ago and the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 produced only slight waves in Scotland.

The drilling ship Schiehallion based to the west of Shetland has been damaged several times recently by giant waves. It is now being designed with tougher plates.

Mr Hanson's team now plans to place pressure pads at the Grind of the Navir to measure the forces created by the giant waves.

He said: "We aim to install a test cliff with remote recording instruments, but we will not be hanging around there waiting. These places are definitely not the place to be hanging around having a picnic when these giant waves occur."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;sessionid=0LV2EIZY1KADPQFIQMGSNAGAVCBQWJVC?
xml=/news/2004/08/18/nwave18.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/08/18/ixhome.html
Please C&P the link to your browser window. I didn't like it when I had to move the scroll bar on the bottom.

Bob


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 02:35:19 AM
Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites
 
21 July 2004
Once dismissed as a nautical myth, freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings. Results from ESA's ERS satellites helped establish the widespread existence of these 'rogue' waves and are now being used to study their origins.
 
Severe weather has sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 metres in length during the last two decades. Rogue waves are believed to be the major cause in many such cases.

Mariners who survived similar encounters have had remarkable stories to tell. In February 1995 the cruiser liner Queen Elizabeth II met a 29-metre high rogue wave during a hurricane in the North Atlantic that Captain Ronald Warwick described as "a great wall of water… it looked as if we were going into the White Cliffs of Dover."

And within the week between February and March 2001 two hardened tourist cruisers – the Bremen and the Caledonian Star – had their bridge windows smashed by 30-metre rogue waves in the South Atlantic, the former ship left drifting without navigation or propulsion for a period of two hours.
 
 
   
Damage done by a rogue wave
   
"The incidents occurred less than a thousand kilometres apart from each other," said Wolfgang Rosenthal - Senior Scientist with the GKSS Forschungszentrum GmbH research centre, located in Geesthacht in Germany - who has studied rogue waves for years. "All the electronics were switched off on the Bremen as they drifted parallel to the waves, and until they were turned on again the crew were thinking it could have been their last day alive.

"The same phenomenon could have sunk many less lucky vessels: two large ships sink every week on average, but the cause is never studied to the same detail as an air crash. It simply gets put down to 'bad weather'."

Offshore platforms have also been struck: on 1 January 1995 the Draupner oil rig in the North Sea was hit by a wave whose height was measured by an onboard laser device at 26 metres, with the highest waves around it reaching 12 metres.
 
 
Merchant ship
   
Giant wave in Bay of Biscay
   
Objective radar evidence from this and other platforms – radar data from the North Sea's Goma oilfield recorded 466 rogue wave encounters in 12 years - helped convert previously sceptical scientists, whose statistics showed such large deviations from the surrounding sea state should occur only once every 10000 years.

The fact that rogue waves actually take place relatively frequently had major safety and economic implications, since current ships and offshore platforms are built to withstand maximum wave heights of only 15 metres.

In December 2000 the European Union initiated a scientific project called MaxWave to confirm the widespread occurrence of rogue waves, model how they occur and consider their implications for ship and offshore structure design criteria. And as part of MaxWave, data from ESA's ERS radar satellites were first used to carry out a global rogue wave census.
 
 
ERS-1 and 2
   
ERS satellite
   
"Without aerial coverage from radar sensors we had no chance of finding anything," added Rosenthal, who headed the three-year MaxWave project. "All we had to go on was radar data collected from oil platforms. So we were interested in using ERS from the start."

ESA's twin spacecraft ERS-1 and 2 – launched in July 1991 and April 1995 respectively – both have a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) as their main instrument.

The SAR works in several different modes; while over the ocean it works in wave mode, acquiring 10 by 5 km 'imagettes' of the sea surface every 200 km.
 
 
   
Example of an imagette from ERS-2
   
These small imagettes are then mathematically transformed into averaged-out breakdowns of wave energy and direction, called ocean-wave spectra. ESA makes these spectra publicly available; they are useful for weather centres to improve the accuracy of their sea forecast models.

"The raw imagettes are not made available, but with their resolution of ten metres we believed they contained a wealth of useful information by themselves," said Rosenthal. "Ocean wave spectra provide mean sea state data but imagettes depict the individual wave heights including the extremes we were interested in.

"ESA provided us with three weeks' worth of data – around 30,000 separate imagettes – selected around the time that the Bremen and Caledonian Star were struck. The images were processed and automatically searched for extreme waves at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR)."
 
 
   
Giant wave detected in ERS-2 imagette data
   
Despite the relatively brief length of time the data covered, the MaxWave team identified more than ten individual giant waves around the globe above 25 metres in height.

"Having proved they existed, in higher numbers than anyone expected, the next step is to analyse if they can be forecasted," Rosenthal added. "MaxWave formally concluded at the end of last year although two lines of work are carrying on from it – one is to improve ship design by learning how ships are sunk, and the other is to examine more satellite data with a view to analysing if forecasting is possible."

A new research project called WaveAtlas will use two years worth of ERS imagettes to create a worldwide atlas of rogue wave events and carry out statistical analyses. The Principal Investigator is Susanne Lehner, Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Marine Physics at the University of Miami, who also worked on MaxWave while at DLR, with Rosental a co-investigator on the project.
 
 
"Looking through the imagettes ends up feeling like flying, because you can follow the sea state along the track of the satellite," Lehner said. "Other features like ice floes, oil slicks and ships are also visible on them, and so there's interest in using them for additional fields of study.

"Only radar satellites can provide the truly global data sampling needed for statistical analysis of the oceans, because they can see through clouds and darkness, unlike their optical counterparts. In stormy weather, radar images are thus the only relevant information available."

So far some patterns have already been found. Rogue waves are often associated with sites where ordinary waves encounter ocean currents and eddies. The strength of the current concentrates the wave energy, forming larger waves – Lehner compares it to an optical lens, concentrating energy in a small area.
 
 
   
Giant wave in a wave tank
   
This is especially true in the case of the notoriously dangerous Agulhas current off the east coast of South Africa, but rogue wave associations are also found with other currents such as the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic, interacting with waves coming down from the Labrador Sea.

However the data show rogue waves also occur well away from currents, often occurring in the vicinity of weather fronts and lows. Sustained winds from long-lived storms exceeding 12 hours may enlarge waves moving at an optimum speed in sync with the wind – too quickly and they'd move ahead of the storm and dissipate, too slowly and they would fall behind.

"We know some of the reasons for the rogue waves, but we do not know them all," Rosenthal concluded. The WaveAtlas project is scheduled to continue until the first quarter of 2005.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMOKQL26WD_index_0.html


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 02:38:03 AM
Toll in Philippine Floods Tops 1,000
Thu Dec 2, 2004 07:42 AM ET

By Erik de Castro

REAL, Philippines (Reuters) - More than 1,000 people have been killed or are missing after mudslides and flash floods devastated three coastal towns in the Philippines, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Residents of towns hit by floods have now fled to higher ground to escape an approaching powerful typhoon whipping them with rain and wind and threatening more destruction.

"Based on reports from our troops in the field, they have listed 479 dead and 560 missing in three towns in Quezon province," said military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Buenaventura Pascual.

Typhoon Nanmadol had gained strength and was expected to make landfall close to the worst flood-affected areas on the eastern coast late Thursday, packing winds of 115 mph and on course to sweep through the main northern island of Luzon.

With flying conditions treacherous and roads cut off, disaster officials said they could do little to protect thousands of people made homeless by this week's floods and who were running short of food and drinking water.

"We are very concerned and we are not sure how we can avoid further casualties in these areas," Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman told Reuters.

"If you go on the slopes, the ground is very loose. If you go on (lower) ground, the water can rise and you might have mudslides."

Airlines canceled several domestic and international flights and thousands were stranded at ports after ferries halted services. Schools, government offices and Manila's foreign exchange market closed early.

Officials say at least 421 people have died and nearly 200 are missing after landslides and floods hit several areas of Luzon Monday. Illegal logging was blamed for exacerbating the disaster in which three coastal towns were devastated by a torrent of mud and logs in the wake of heavy rains.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council said 37,400 families, or 168,000 people, had been affected.

The agriculture department said this week's storm and two others that hit the northern and central Philippines last month had caused an estimated 830 million pesos ($14.7 million) in damage to crops, livestock and fisheries.

Soliman said the government, deep in debt and struggling to cut its budget deficit, would have to spend 90 percent of the 1 billion pesos it sets aside annually for disaster relief.

APPEAL FOR HELP

Hundreds of people from the town of Real, where more than 100 people died, trudged through deep mud to try to reach higher ground before the typhoon hit.

Swathes of Real and two nearby towns, mostly inhabited by fishermen and farmers, were buried under chocolate-colored mud.

"We are very scared, that's why we are walking again to a higher area," said Lolita Serrano, 53, from the coastal area in Quezon province east of Manila.

"We haven't eaten in two days and haven't received anything from the government."

The government said it could not cope alone with the disaster and appealed for international assistance.

Japan said it would provide 15 million pesos worth of aid in the form of tents, generators, water tanks and other items. The U.S. Embassy announced it would give $100,000 to the Philippine Red Cross to provide assistance to flood victims.

Elma Aldea, an official at the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), said the U.S. military had promised to provide engineers to help to clear roads and build bridges.

"There is no potable water in these areas and we are afraid there will be an epidemic," she said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Restituto Padilla told Reuters that air force pilots had seen dozens of bodies floating in swollen rivers or buried in waist-deep mud.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered a nationwide crackdown Wednesday on illegal logging, blamed for several landslide disasters in recent years.

But many were skeptical, given that previous crackdowns had failed to stamp out the practice, which experts say is worth millions of dollars a year to smugglers and corrupt politicians.

"The problem is that after the public weeping and gnashing of teeth, everyone goes back to sleep," the Philippine Daily Inquirer said in an editorial.

© Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6977413


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 02:41:51 AM
Avoiding a Mideast Water War
By Mark Zeitoun
Wednesday, February 4, 2004; Page A23

JERUSALEM -- Last summer was long and hot in the West Bank. It was also very dry. Palestinian summers typically are dry, and water for crops and drinking has always been scarce. But for Palestinians suffering under a double yoke of drought-level rainfall and the Israeli occupation, these years are drier and thirstier than ever. The only permanent surface watercourses in the area are the Jordan River and the Lake of Tiberias. The waters are allocated, under the terms of a 1996 agreement, between Jordan and Israel. The Palestinians living along the Jordan River's west bank are entitled to not a drop of it.

Apart from springs, the only source of water available to Palestinians is the water in underground reservoirs (aquifers) directly under their feet. These aquifers also are a prime water source for Israel -- providing 40 percent of its groundwater requirements. The groundwater of the Gaza Strip is shallow and easy to pump but increasingly contaminated by untreated sewage and seawater. The groundwater in the West Bank is relatively "sweet" (of good quality) but -- as it is often located as deep as 1,500 feet below the earth's surface -- an enormous amount of energy is required to drill and pump it out. Of the aquifers that lie mainly under Israel, Israel draws 100 percent. Of those that lie mainly under the West Bank, Palestinians draw 20 percent, Israel 80 percent. The average Israeli uses roughly 350 cubic meters of water per year -- four times the amount used by the average Palestinian.

Most of this water is consumed for agricultural purposes. The agricultural sector represents 2 percent to 3 percent of the Israeli gross domestic product but 24 percent to 30 percent of the Palestinian GDP. A critical natural resource that is both scarce and unfairly distributed is a catalyst for conflict. And while the root of the conflict here has been over land, water is playing a growing role. The establishment of the Joint Water Committee (JWC) between Palestinian and Israeli technicians under the Oslo Accords seemed a step toward cooperation. But the power asymmetries between the two sides reflected in the JWC's structure contributed to the ineffectiveness of the JWC, and well before the Oslo Accords were dead, unregulated pumping and crippling destruction of the aquifers were underway. The "separation barrier" being built inside the West Bank is testament to just how bad things have become. The wall's effective annexation of the land in this prime water territory has put at least 50 wells out of service, so that about a third of the water once available to Palestinians from the Western Aquifer is now in Israeli hands. The result is felt both by the farmers who lose their crops and by all concerned about the viability of a future Palestinian state.

The illegal settlements, so costly to maintain and scorned by the mainstream Israeli public, make things worse. The construction of settlements and the deep wells necessary to sustain them continues. Private (Palestinian) water-tankers lumber up to the settlements every summer, looking for water to take back to villagers who are immobile in their sealed-off villages -- and thirsty. At a price between five and 15 times that charged by the Israeli government, there is always a settler willing to make the deal. The irony of this lucrative, illegal business is not lost on the Palestinian farmer: Not only is the water "stolen" from under his feet, he is then actually forced to buy it back from the "thief." Many farmers have reverted, in turn, to digging their own unregulated shallow wells. The end result: The aquifers are being pierced and overpumped at rates unparalleled in history. Meanwhile, Palestinian water infrastructure continues to suffer targeted destruction in various Israeli military operations.

While the situation is not sustainable, there is a way out. Israel's great advantage in political, military and economic power actually offers it the opportunity and responsibility to avoid more conflict. Water in this tiny, dry land must be managed by all parties concerned and can no longer be held hostage to destructive military, political or religious interests. Both sides must have rights to their resources, and a reformed cooperating institution must be established to allow for equitable joint water management. The situation could change from one of theft and finger-pointing to one of equal use and responsibility. Unless this happens, a technically resolvable issue will continue toward the sphere of unavoidable conflict.

http://www.genocidewatch.org/Avoiding%20a%20Mideast%20Water%20War.htm


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 03:05:43 AM
EarthQuakes from my own study, show the average, has gone up. From http://forums.christiansunite.com/index.php?board=4;action=display;
threadid=3762
Post number 7

I am still keeping track, of earthquakes. The site I use is,
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/

Most earthquake activeity is centered around the "Ring of Fire" area. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/

Right as I checked, they have had an earthquake in Mexico. Less then 1 hour ago, so I guess you will hear, about it in the morning.
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Northern Japan hit by new powerful quake
Mon Dec 6, 2:11 PM ET
Science - AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's main northern island of Hokkaido was jolted by a new powerful earthquake registering 6.9 on the Richter scale, lightly injuring four people, days after a tremor of similar magnitude.

The quake struck a relatively deep 46 kilometers (28 miles) below sea level in the ocean just east of the island's tip, the Japan Meteorological Agency said in revised measurements.

The agency issued a warning for tsunami tidal waves which it called off 40 minutes later at 11:55 pm (1455 GMT).

Two men, a nine-year-old boy and a 77-year-old woman suffered minor injuries from the impact felt in towns in Hokkaido, Kyodo News agency reported, quoting local rescue and hospital authorities.

Train services were temporarily called off as inspectors looked to see if the rail lines sustained any damage, Kyodo News said.

An earthquake of 7.1 on the Richter scale hit Hokkaido on November 29, injuring 17 people in a new sign of seismic activity in tremor-prone Japan.

On October 23, the central region of Niigata was rocked by a temblor registering 6.8 on the Richter scale followed by hundreds of aftershocks, killing 40 people in Japan's deadliest quake in a decade.

The Niigata quake caused so much devastation because it struck a shallow 13 kilometers (nine miles) under the surface near population centers.

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of the earthquake in the western city of Kobe, which killed 6,433 people and prompted Japan to re-examine the way it conducts relief operations for major disasters.

Experts said Japan had a quicker response time after the Niigata quake, with relief supplies expedited and temporary shelters set up.

Tokyo, which felt the impact of the Niigata quake, has set up a computer program that will automatically identify areas to halt trains and vehicular traffic in the event of any tremor of 4.0 on the Richter scale or higher.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1540&ncid=1540&e=6&u=/
afp/20041206/sc_afp/japan_quake_041206191113


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 03:13:43 AM
THREE VOLCANOES STIRRING
11.9.2004 17:02:43
No less than three of Icelands most active volcanoes seem to be winding up for action. The three sites are Mt. Hekla, probably Icelands most famous, Katla and Grímsvötn, which are both subglacial, the former under Mýrdalsjökull and the latter under Vatnajökull, and when they blow their tops vast flooding sweeps all before it over the vast black sands on the south coast.

According to geologists, all the sites show distictive details that point to looming outbursts, all have had the usual consistent tremors, all have had the usual "landris" as we call it, when the earths surface creeps upward, pointing to great pressure from lava beneath. And, as far as Hekla is concerned, streams at the foot of the mountain that usually dry up before eruptions, have been dry all summer.

The geologists are not saying that the volcanoes will erupt tomorrow or even in half an hour, but they are not saying either that they will not. But something is brewing, no doubt about that.

http://www.lax-a.is/news/default.asp?id=138

Also, to keep up on volcanic eruptions.
www.swvrc.org/

Has several different links, on site useful for beginners.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 03:26:28 AM
Global warming induces more typhoons
By HENRYLITO D. TACIO

The four typhoons - Unding, Violeta, Winnie and Yoyong - that stormed the Philippines recently were just a foretaste of forthcoming disasters. Some experts claim the typhoons could be clear signs of the effects of global warming.

"I believe that the weather-related disasters we are having are due to global climate change," says Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III, the executive director of the Laguna-based Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development. "The unusual heavy rains we are experiencing are an indication of this."

Elisea Gozon, former environment secretary, also blamed global warming for the series of landslides and floods that wrought death and destruction in the central and southern Philippines shortly before Christmas last year.

"One should, however, point out that this unusually heavy rain is one concrete manifestation of climate change," Gozun said. "Indeed, weather patterns all over the world have been changing - brought about by man's excessive release of greenhouse gases."

Climate change has been blamed for the increasingly erratic weather patterns being seen around the world. "The recent typhoons should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to prepare for the impact of climate change," Dr. Guerrero said.

Dr. Ute Collier, head of the climate change program of the Worldwide Fund for Nature, said the evidence to show recent extreme weather events are the result of global warming was overwhelming.

"We got leading scientists to investigate (the evidence) - we wanted scientists because they're often reluctant to link events such as more floods and the disappearance of Arctic ice to climate change - and they've said that climate change is clearly having an impact on the frequency and intensity of natural disasters," Collier said.

Climate change is indeed bad news for the Philippines. A humid tropical country, it is highly dependent on rainfall and its distribution for agricultural production. "The present day variability of rainfall is very high with projected increase in the frequency of severe weather distortions like typhoons, floods, storm surges, and expected sea level rise," says the Tata Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

According to the New Delhi-based TERI, rich rice- and corn-producing plains of several major river basins of the country, like Cagayan, the Ango, and Pampanga, are now becoming highly vulnerable to floods. Equally vulnerable are the multi-purpose water reservoirs where sedimentation would be accelerated, thus escalating the cost of hydroelectric and irrigation dam management.

"Flooding in the Philippines is brought about by intense precipitation," says TERI, a developing-country institution deeply committed to every aspect of sustainable development.

Extreme dry conditions in the country prevail during the dry season, especially, during El Niño Southern Oscillation episodes. Scientists claim that global warming also triggers the El Niño phenomenon.

During the first half of 2005, the country will experience "a weak but still substantially disruptive" El Niño, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

"(This) El Niño is considerably weaker than the 1997-1998 episode, hence the impact is expected to be lesser," said Prisco D. Nilo, of the weather bureau's Operations and Services.

Scientists say worldwide impacts of global warming - rising sea levels, volatile climate changes with increased El Niños and La Niñas, flooding and droughts, coral bleaching, and shifts in crop productivity - are now unstoppable even if greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically cut.

"It's not a pretty picture," said Steve Sawyer, climate policy adviser with Greenpeace in Amsterdam.

Already, scientists are predicting more extreme rainfall and greater flooding in this century. To substantiate this claim, a research reviewed data on 100-year floods that occurred in the last century for 29 major river basins around the world.

"By definition, a 100-year flood is really extreme and rare," said Dr. Christopher Milly, an atmospheric scientist at the US Geological Survey, who headed the study. "What we can observe when we look at those records is that the number of these extreme flooding events occurred disproportionately in the last decades of the 20th century. The difference is large enough to make you raise your eyebrows. It's hard to believe it could happen by chance, enough that it's worth looking for other reasons why there were so many floods in the last few decades."

Scientists use computer models to predict possible changes in climate. The models use a variety of data on various conditions, such as atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and ocean circulation patterns. By changing these variable conditions, scientists can simulate what might happen in the real world when climate conditions change.

"Our models suggest that instead of the chances of a 100-year flood occurring once every 100 years, which is what you would expect, the risk will increase in the 21st century to somewhere between 3 to 6 chances in 100, which is a manifold increase," said Dr. Milly.

http://www.malaya.com.ph/dec11/envi1.htm

I can see the Hand of God, using mankinds inventions. Can you?


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 03:41:21 AM
Wars

Just look whats happening right now. Theres a war in Iraq, Afghanistan. The EU is involved in Bosnia
(CNN) -- The European Union has formally taken over peacekeeping duties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, replacing NATO's Stabilization Force.

A new force called EUFOR that numbers about 7,000 troops will enforce the Dayton peace agreement that ended the bloody Bosnian war in 1995.

The change from NATO to EU on Thursday begins nearly nine years after NATO deployed 60,000 forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in what was the alliance's first peacekeeping operation.

British Maj. Gen. David Leakey, the EUFOR commander, said the situation in Bosnia remained "volatile" despite the fact that the environment had stabilized and the number of peacekeepers in the area had declined greatly.

"There are the ingredients which could cause inter-ethnic tensions and so there needs to be a military force here to deter anybody from resurrecting the war," he said.

"My job here with EUFOR is to make sure that we never, never again have a war in Bosnia."

Leakey is taking over from U.S. Brig. Gen. Steven Schook, the last commander of the NATO-led mission, but the alliance will continue its presence in Bosnia through a NATO headquarters in Sarajevo.

The takeover ceremony in Sarajevo was attended by dignitaries including the Bosnian three-member presidency, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and the Secretary General of the Council of the European Union, Javier Solana.

During their time in Bosnia NATO peacekeepers seized 28 people indicted for war crimes by The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

However, they failed to catch the most wanted war crimes suspects, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his army commander General Ratko Mladic.

NATO's failure to arrest the two was often strongly criticized by the ICTY.

About 150 NATO troops will stay to help EUFOR capture war-crimes suspects and help the government build its military force.

NATO leaders, meeting this summer in Istanbul, agreed to end the operation because of the "improved security situation in the country."

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously authorized the establishment of the force.

Before that the UN.
http://www.debate-central.org/topics/2004/LINKS/Peacekeeping_Operations/Operations_in_Europe/


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 11, 2004, 11:25:26 AM
EarthQuakes from my own study, show the average, has gone up. From http://forums.christiansunite.com/index.php?board=4;action=display;
threadid=3762
Post number 7

I am still keeping track, of earthquakes. The site I use is,
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/

Most earthquake activeity is centered around the "Ring of Fire" area. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/

Right as I checked, they have had an earthquake in Mexico. Less then 1 hour ago, so I guess you will hear, about it in the morning.
________________________________________________
Northern Japan hit by new powerful quake
Mon Dec 6, 2:11 PM ET
Science - AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's main northern island of Hokkaido was jolted by a new powerful earthquake registering 6.9 on the Richter scale, lightly injuring four people, days after a tremor of similar magnitude.

The quake struck a relatively deep 46 kilometers (28 miles) below sea level in the ocean just east of the island's tip, the Japan Meteorological Agency said in revised measurements.

The agency issued a warning for tsunami tidal waves which it called off 40 minutes later at 11:55 pm (1455 GMT).

Two men, a nine-year-old boy and a 77-year-old woman suffered minor injuries from the impact felt in towns in Hokkaido, Kyodo News agency reported, quoting local rescue and hospital authorities.

Train services were temporarily called off as inspectors looked to see if the rail lines sustained any damage, Kyodo News said.

An earthquake of 7.1 on the Richter scale hit Hokkaido on November 29, injuring 17 people in a new sign of seismic activity in tremor-prone Japan.

On October 23, the central region of Niigata was rocked by a temblor registering 6.8 on the Richter scale followed by hundreds of aftershocks, killing 40 people in Japan's deadliest quake in a decade.

The Niigata quake caused so much devastation because it struck a shallow 13 kilometers (nine miles) under the surface near population centers.

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of the earthquake in the western city of Kobe, which killed 6,433 people and prompted Japan to re-examine the way it conducts relief operations for major disasters.

Experts said Japan had a quicker response time after the Niigata quake, with relief supplies expedited and temporary shelters set up.

Tokyo, which felt the impact of the Niigata quake, has set up a computer program that will automatically identify areas to halt trains and vehicular traffic in the event of any tremor of 4.0 on the Richter scale or higher.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1540&ncid=1540&e=6&u=/
afp/20041206/sc_afp/japan_quake_041206191113

Your first link here says it doesn't exist on th boards?

One of the least known volcanoes in the U. S. is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. It is a Super Volcano. The caldera of this volcano has shown significant activitiy in the last several decades.

This area is also dotted with swarms of earthquakes. These earthquakes have an effect on the volcano activity. Scientists  believe that these eartquakes could either set off the volcano or if fissures are opened in the right area could relieve pressure on the caldera. Scientists do not fully understand the network under Yellowstone Park but they do believe that earthquakes occuring in Alaska have caused earthquakes to increase in the Yellowstone area.

If and when this volcano goes off it could effect an area up to 600 miles away and create a dust cloud that would darken Americas skies for years.

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs100-03/


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 11, 2004, 03:44:31 PM
Pastor, some of the links, I broke down. Look underneath, the link, you have to C&P the whole link. A few of the links streached the messgae board window. So it should read link this,
http://forums.christiansunite.com/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=3762
When you C&P. By the way, this is the link you were refuring to.

Oh I was going to post about Yellowstone. I have more information about it. I finally got to sleep this morning about 6:30.

As of the 4th of December, the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO), reported that during the month of November 2004, 42 earthquakes were located in the Yellowstone region. The largest of these shocks was a magnitude 1.9 on November 27, 2004 at 1202 AM MDT, located about 21.7 miles east northeast of Fishing Bridge, Wyoming. No earthquakes in this period were reportedly felt. Earthquake activity in the Yellowstone region is at relatively low background levels.

SWVRC wishes to inpress that it is important that everyone understand that current geologic activity at Yellowstone has remained relatively constant since earth scientists first started monitoring some 30 years ago. Prospects of renewed volcanism are still far away. Although another caldera-forming eruption is theoretically possible, it is very unlikely to occur in the next thousand or even 10,000 years. Smaller eruptions are more likely, but even so, we see no signals of any impending volcanic unrest. YVO maintains an array of instruments that monitor activities at Yellowstone around the clock.
http://www.swvrc.org/restless.htm

Praising God, for he is worthy.
Bob


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 12, 2004, 04:48:24 PM
Alaska Weather Stymies Oil Spill Cleanup
Sun Dec 12,12:12 PM ET
U.S. National - AP
By DAN JOLING, Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - With 24-foot seas and 50-knot winds continuing to pound the Aleutian island where a soybean freighter cracked in half, officials Saturday could take only a few small steps toward cleaning up the massive oil spill left behind.

Three days after the 738-foot Selendang Ayu wrecked on the west side of Unalaska Island, Coast Guard officials still didn't know how much of the more than 400,000 gallons of thick oil had spilled because they hadn't been able to board either half of the wreck.

The agency's first priority is avoiding more casualties. Six crew members from the ship were lost when a helicopter crashed after lifting them off the vessel Wednesday; four other people were rescued. A search for the missing crew — five from India and one from the Philippines — was suspended Friday night.

Capt. Ron Morris, the Coast Guard's incident commander, said salvage efforts Saturday were limited to just three missions, including a flight by a Coast Guard helicopter to survey the broken freighter.

A private vessel was to attempt to lay more protective boom in front of streams within Makushin Bay, and a ship hired by the Selendang Ayu's owner was to leave Dutch Harbor, on the other side of Unalaska Island, to bring wildlife experts to the island Sunday to survey and rescue oiled birds.

The Coast Guard had brought in a cutter, the Sycamore, that carries equipment to skim oil in open water. However, oil released so far already has been pushed into surf where contractors will perform the cleanup.

Oil has reached the headlands east of the wreck. Northwest winds also have pushed oil into Skan Bay a few miles north of the wreck. The Coast Guard has unconfirmed reports of a sheen about 10 miles north of the wreck in the much larger Makushin Bay.

The freighter lost power in its main engine Tuesday. Tugs and Coast Guard cutters were unable to halt its drift to Unalaska Island, where it grounded Wednesday and broke apart.

The ship was carrying 440,000 gallons of heavy bunker oil and about 30,000 gallons of fuel. It split in two over the No. 2 tank, which had a capacity of 140,000 gallons. Coast Guard officials say that is the oil that apparently flowed out of the ship.

Morris said incident commanders were planning for one catastrophic release. However, since the initial surge when the ship broke up, oil streaming from the wreck has diminished.

That could mean other tanks on the Selendang Ayu remain intact, but no one will know until the bow and stern pieces are reboarded, said Howard Hile of Gallagher Marine Services, the incident commander for the vessel's owners.

"There is no way to determine what is still there," Hile said.

As of Friday, the two parts of the ship remained upright a couple of hundred yards apart off the rugged island beach, Hile said.

In other developments Saturday, the cutter Alex Haley returned the final 10 survivors rescued from the freighter to Dutch Harbor. Morris said representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board had begun questioning crew about the cause of the wreck.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20041212/ap_on_re_us/freighter_aground


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 12, 2004, 04:59:45 PM
Pastor, some of the links, I broke down. Look underneath, the link, you have to C&P the whole link. A few of the links streached the messgae board window. So it should read link this,
http://forums.christiansunite.com/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=3762
When you C&P. By the way, this is the link you were refuring to.

Oh I was going to post about Yellowstone. I have more information about it. I finally got to sleep this morning about 6:30.

As of the 4th of December, the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO), reported that during the month of November 2004, 42 earthquakes were located in the Yellowstone region. The largest of these shocks was a magnitude 1.9 on November 27, 2004 at 1202 AM MDT, located about 21.7 miles east northeast of Fishing Bridge, Wyoming. No earthquakes in this period were reportedly felt. Earthquake activity in the Yellowstone region is at relatively low background levels.

SWVRC wishes to inpress that it is important that everyone understand that current geologic activity at Yellowstone has remained relatively constant since earth scientists first started monitoring some 30 years ago. Prospects of renewed volcanism are still far away. Although another caldera-forming eruption is theoretically possible, it is very unlikely to occur in the next thousand or even 10,000 years. Smaller eruptions are more likely, but even so, we see no signals of any impending volcanic unrest. YVO maintains an array of instruments that monitor activities at Yellowstone around the clock.
http://www.swvrc.org/restless.htm

Praising God, for he is worthy.
Bob

Tks DW. I see what I did wrong on that link now. Tks also for the update on yellowstone. I don't agree with their estimated timeframes though because the same people estimated three major blasts by it at 650,000 years apart and that it is overdue for another one by their own estimates.

As with all, it is in the hands of the Lord.

 


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 12, 2004, 05:16:38 PM
Earthquake Shakes Caribbean Territories

Sat Dec 11,10:52 PM ET
   
Add to My Yahoo!    World - AP Latin America

ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake jolted the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network said.

   

Police and rescue officials in all three Caribbean territories said there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The epicenter was 27 miles northwest of the main British Virgin Island of Tortola and 70 miles east of Puerto Rico.

A magnitude 5 quake can cause considerable damage in populated areas.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=589&ncid=734&e=1&u=/ap/20041212/
ap_on_re_la_am_ca/british_virgin_islands_earthquake

Please C&P the whole link above.

Resting in the Lord's arms.
Bob

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Tks DW. I see what I did wrong on that link now. Tks also for the update on yellowstone. I don't agree with their estimated timeframes though because the same people estimated three major blasts by it at 650,000 years apart and that it is overdue for another one by their own estimates.

As with all, it is in the hands of the Lord.

I don't agree with their time table either. If Yellowstone did blow, that would make the USA inpotent for Israel. meaning that, the USA wouldn't be able to help herself.

One earthquake would finally break the layer of rock that holds the magma in and all the pressure the Earth. Has builded up in the past years would be unleashed in a destavetion event.
Magma would be flung 30 miles into the sky. Within a 600 miles, virtually all life would be killed by falling ash, lava flows and the sheer explosive force of the eruption. Volcanic ash would coat places as far away as Iowa and the Gulf of Mexico. 600 cubic yards of lava would pour out of the volcano, enough to coat the whole of the USA with a layer 5 inches thick. The explosion would have a force 2,500 times that of Mount St. Helens. Within minutes of the eruption tens of thousands would be dead.

The long-term effects would be even more devastating. The ash that would shoot into the atmosphere could block out light from the sun, making global temperatures plummet. This is called a nuclear winter. As during the Sumatra eruption a large percentage of the world's plant life would be killed by the ash and drop in temperature. Also, virtually the entire of the grain harvest of the Great Plains would disappear in hours, as it would be coated in ash. Similar effects around the world would cause massive food shortages. If the temperatures plummet by the 21 degrees they did after the Sumatra eruption the Yellowstone super volcano eruption could truly be an extinction level event.

Sounds Biblical I would say, Pastor Roger...........


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 12, 2004, 05:34:28 PM
A reason the U.S. is not mentioned in the end times??



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 12, 2004, 07:56:54 PM
A reason the U.S. is not mentioned in the end times??


My own opinion, is yes. But we will see what God has planned. When that happens, I doubt we will be here.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: 2nd Timothy on December 13, 2004, 12:16:10 PM
A reason the U.S. is not mentioned in the end times??



I have wondered the same thing PR.

Grace and Peace!


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 13, 2004, 03:39:32 PM
looding hits eastern Malaysia
By Jonathan Kent
BBC, Kuala Lumpur

Eleven people are reported to have died and more than 10,000 have been evacuated after flooding hit the east coast of peninsula Malaysia.

Heavy rain left towns and villages in the states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang under up to 2m of water.

Meteorologists are predicting the situation - already described as the worst flooding in more than a decade - is likely to get worse.

The city of Kota Baru has been one of the worst hit.

Five people died after the Kelantan river burst its banks, while some 5,000 are sheltering in government reception centres.

Seven other rivers in the region are reported to be nearing danger levels.

Terrible choice

In the state of Terengganu, almost 4,000 people have been moved from their homes as roads have been washed away.

One man described how he was faced with the choice of rescuing his two young sons or his wife after their car became trapped in rising flood waters.

He took his children to safety but when he returned, his car and his wife had disappeared.

In Pahang, the most southerly of the three states, the government has opened 10 centres to receive evacuees.

Weather forecasters are warning that the situation is likely to get worse as more heavy rain is expected.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4091169.stm


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 25, 2004, 05:40:20 PM
 Massive quake hits off Tasmania

24dec04

THE world's biggest earthquake in almost four years has struck 800km off the coast of Tasmania, Australian seismological officials said.

Geoscience Australia said the quake, measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale, hit the Macquarie Rise in the Pacific Ocean at 1.59am (AEDT).

The earthquake, which occurred half-way between Australia and Antarctica, was felt throughout Tasmania, seismologist Cvetan Sinadinovski said.

It caused buildings in parts of the state to shake for up to 15 seconds, he said.

No one was injured in the quake and structures were in no danger of collapsing because it struck so far off the coast.

“If it happened underneath a population centre in Australia, this would probably have destroyed a whole city,” Dr Sinadinovski said.

“In terms of size, this could have been more than 30 times stronger than the Newcastle event of 1989.”

It was the biggest quake since one occurred off the coast of Peru in early 2001, Dr Sinadinovski said.

He said large earthquakes were common in the Macquarie Rise region, occurring every one or two years.

“This was an inter-plate earthquake between Indo-Australian and Pacific plates,” he said.

”The last earthquake of similar magnitude in the Macquarie Rise region was in 1924.

The quake originally registered as 7.8 on the Richter scale but had been upgraded to 8.1 this morning, he said.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/printpage/0,5942,11775215,00.html


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 26, 2004, 11:08:59 AM
Update on the earthquake. Now they are saying it was a bigger quake than originally thought, 8.9 magnitude. A tsunami has been caused by this earthquake that has caused at least 9,000 deaths with the death toll still rising.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a48dxp8vQKKg&refer=top_world_news






Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 27, 2004, 02:04:27 AM
UN Warns of Possible Epidemics in Quake-Hit Asia

1 hour, 11 minutes ago
By Robert Evans

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations (news - web sites) warned on Monday of epidemics within days unless health systems in southern Asia can cope after more than 14,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless by a giant tsunami.

Aid agencies round the world rushed staff, equipment and money to southern Asia after huge waves, triggered by a massive underwater earthquake, pummeled and swamped coastal communities in at least six countries on Sunday.

"This may be the worst national disaster in recent history because it is affecting so many heavily populated coastal areas ... so many vulnerable communities," the U.N.'s Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told CNN.

"The longer term effects may be as devastating as the tidal wave or the tsunami itself ... Many more people are now affected by polluted drinking water. We could have epidemics within a few days unless we get health systems up and running.

"Many people will have (had) their livelihoods, their whole future destroyed in a few seconds."

Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia suffered the highest death tolls but Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Bangladesh were also hit by the surging walls of water. Government officials estimate in Sri Lanka alone, 800,000 people were forced from their homes.

Experts said the top five issues to be addressed were water, sanitation, food, shelter and health.

"ROTTING BODIES"

"We've had reports already from the south of India of bodies rotting where they have fallen and that will immediately affect the water supply especially for the most impoverished people," said Christian Aid emergency officer Dominic Nutt.

Some affected areas have had communications cut. Others are so remote it is impossible to know the extent of the damage.

"This is a massive humanitarian disaster and the communications are so bad we still don't know the full scale of it. Unless we get aid quickly to the people many more could die," said Phil Esmond, head of Oxfam in Sri Lanka.

The Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was seeking an immediate $6.5 million for emergency aid funding.

"This is a preliminary appeal. It will be revised after exact needs are evaluated," said Simon Missiri, head of the federation's Asia Pacific department.

Earlier, the federation released $870,000 from its disaster relief emergency fund to get assistance moving to the region.

"The biggest health challenges we face is the spread of waterborne diseases, particularly malaria and diarrhea, as well as respiratory tract infections," said the Red Cross Federation's senior health officer Hakan Sandbladh.

The federation said it would send an assessment and coordination team to Sri Lanka, and had on standby several emergency response units specialized in water and sanitation as well as field hospitals.

The United States said it would offer "all appropriate assistance" to Asian countries, with some aid already on its way to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

"We're prepared to be very responsive," said State Department spokesman Noel Clay.

The European Union (news - web sites) pledged an initial three million euros ($4 million) and local news agency Belga said Belgium had allocated its own 500,000 euros in emergency aid to be distributed by Red Cross bodies and the EU.

Britain said it had offered what it called practical help.

"What we don't know is the number of people who've been displaced, and what infrastructure has been affected. That's the critical point," said Titon Mitra, emergency response director for the CARE aid agency in Geneva. (Editing by Ralph Gowling, additional reporting by Ruth Gidley in London, Marie-Louise Moller in Brussels; Allyn Fisher-Ilan in Jerusalem; Evelyn Leopold at the United Nations; Jim Wolf in Washington)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20041227/wl_nm/quake_aid_dc

See next post for more, on this.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 27, 2004, 02:06:13 AM
Asian Tsunami Kills 14,425, Rush to Identify Dead

1 hour, 15 minutes ago
World - Reuters
By Chamintha Thilakarathna

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Soldiers searched for bodies in treetops, families wept over the dead lined up on beaches and rescuers scoured coral isles for missing tourists as Asia counted the cost on Monday of a tsunami that killed up to 14,425.

Idyllic palm-fringed beaches across southern Asia were transformed into scenes of death and devastation by the waves unleashed by the world's biggest earthquake in 40 years that struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Sunday.

"Death came from the sea," Satya Kumari, a construction worker living on the outskirts of the former French enclave of Pondicherry, India, told Reuters. "The waves just kept chasing us. It swept away all our huts. What did we do to deserve this?"

The wall of water up to 10 meters (30 feet) tall flattened houses, hurled fishing boats onto coastal roads, sent cars spinning through swirling waters into hotel lobbies and sucked sunbathers and fishermen off beaches and out to sea.

Worst affected were Sri Lanka where 4,890 were killed, the southeast coast of India where officials reported as many as 4,600 could be dead, northern Indonesia with up to 4,500 drowned and the southern tourist isles of Thailand where as many as 400 were feared dead.

"We are not well equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude because we have never known a disaster like this," Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who declared a national disaster and appealed for donor aid, said from holiday in Britain.

It was the worst natural disaster to hit Sri Lanka in recorded history. Officials the death toll could rise substantially as troops recovered bodies dragged out to sea or smashed on golden beaches.

Indonesian soldiers searched for bodies in tree tops and in the wreckage of homes smashed by the tsunami, triggered by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Sumatra island killing at least 4,448 people there.

"It smells so bad, fishy. The human bodies are mixed in with dead animals like dogs, fish, cats and goats," said marine colonel Buyung Lelana, head of an evacuation team in Lhokseumawe in Sumatra's Aceh province.

"There are still a lot of bodies under the wreckage of collapsed houses and in rivers and swamps that we have not yet evacuated. Most of them are children and their mothers," he said.

International aid agencies rushed staff, equipment and money to the region, warning that bodies rotting in the water were already beginning to threaten the water supply for survivors.

The Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was seeking 7.5 million Swiss francs ($6.5 million) for emergency aid funding.

BATTERED BY ROCKS

"Many of the dead bodies were found in houses. Their heads were cracked, probably battered by rocks," said Mustofa, mayor of Bireuen regency on the north coast of Sumatra.

The head of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Los Angeles said U.S. officials who detected the undersea quake tried frantically to get a warning out about the tsunami.

But there was no official alert system in the region, said Charles McCreery, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's center in Honolulu.

"It took an hour and a half for the wave to get from the earthquake to Sri Lanka and an hour for it to get ... to the west coast of Thailand and Malaysia," he said.

"We tried to do what we could. We don't have contacts in our address book for anybody in that part of the world," he said.

The earthquake was the world's biggest since 1964 and the fourth-largest since 1900.

Hundreds of thousands left homeless in Sri Lanka and fearing another devastating wave sheltered in temples and schools. The southern coastal town of Galle, a major industrial hub famed for its historic fort, had been submerged by a 9-meter (30-ft) wave.

Wailing relatives scrambled over hundreds of bodies piled in a hospital in nearby Karapitiya, searching for loved ones.

Residents milled in streets outside the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, shirts or handkerchiefs clutched over their noses against the overpowering stench of decaying bodies.

"We have got hundreds of dead that we have dealt with," said a hospital official. "I don't know what to do."

Corpses of hundreds of those drowned lay bloated and disfigured in the lobby and corridors. A stream of cars, ambulances and trucks arrived, bringing more dead.

The body of a pregnant woman lay in the lobby. Nearby, a woman collapsed as she identified a relative. Many of the dead were children. A nurse wept as she picked up the body of a baby.

Officials said 800,000 people had been forced from their homes.

On India's southeast coast, thousands of villagers huddled inside emergency shelters, too scared to sleep in case of another tsunami.

"I could see dead bodies all around and the devastation is of colossal proportions," Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa said after touring the worst hit areas of her state.

"I have been waiting for my husband and brother since yesterday," wept 38-year-old Narasamma as she stood on a beach near Mypadu, a fishing hamlet 600 km (375 miles) south of Hyderabad, capital of southern Andhra Pradesh state.

"I am not sure they will come back," she said. On the horizon, the wreckage of wooden fishing boats dotted the sea.

TOURIST ISLE DEVASTATED

The tourist islands and beaches of southern Thailand lay in the path of the wave that had killed up to 400. On the Patong tourist beach in Phuket, hotels and restaurants were wrecked and speed boats were rammed into buildings. "I was sitting on the first floor of a bar, not far from the beach, watching cricket," said Australian tourist, Stephen Dicks, 42. "And suddenly all these people came screaming from the beach.

"I looked around and saw a massive wall of water rushing down the street. It completely wiped out the ground floor of my bar ... It happened very fast, in a matter of minutes."

The tsunami was so powerful it smashed boats and flooded areas along the east African coast, 6,000 km (3,728 miles) away. In the Maldives, where thousands of foreign visitors were vacationing in the beach paradise, damage appeared to be limited.

With communications cut to remote areas, it was impossible to assess the full scale of the disaster, aid agencies said.

The Indian air force was trying to reach the remote Nicobar and Andaman archipelagos near the heart of the quake where officials said as many as 2,000 were feared dead.

A tsunami, a Japanese word that translates as "harbor wave," is usually caused by a sudden rise or fall of part of the earth's crust under or near the ocean.

It is not a single wave, but a series of waves that can travel across the ocean at speeds of more than 800 km (500 miles) an hour. As the tsunami enters the shallows of coastlines in its path, its velocity slows but its height increases and it can strike with devastating force.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20041227/wl_nm/quake_dc


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 27, 2004, 05:30:41 AM
Tsunami Waves Kill Over 19,930 in Asia

7 minutes ago
World - AP Asia
By DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A military spokesman raised the estimated number of deaths in Sri Lanka caused by devastating tidal waves by more than 5,000 people on Monday, raising the death toll from the regional catastrophe to just under 20,000 people.

Thousands of soldiers scoured Asia's coastlines for survivors of the walls of water that obliterated seaside towns in nine countries, killing more than 19,930 people. Aid poured into the region, and parents in India mourned as hundreds of children were buried in mass graves.

The death toll began climbing sharply after Sunday morning's 9.0-magnitude quake that struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean off the coast of Indonesia, the most powerful temblor in four decades.

The waves sped away from the epicenter at over 500 mph before crashing into the region's shorelines without warning, sweeping people and fishing villages out to sea. Millions were displaced from their homes and thousands were missing.

Officials said the death toll would continue to rise and warned that disease outbreaks were possible.

Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India each reported thousands dead, and Thailand — a Western tourist hotspot — said hundreds were dead and thousands missing. Deaths were also reported in Malaysia, Maldives, Mayanmar, Bangladesh and even in Somalia, 3,000 miles away in Africa.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=516&ncid=716&e=1&u=/ ap/20041227/ p_on_re_as/indonesia_earthquake

Listening to the news, it's just been reported that over 20,000 have been killed. :'(


Title: Extra, extra read all about it. :D
Post by: Shammu on December 28, 2004, 07:00:47 PM
Mon Dec 27,11:13 PM ET

LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - An earthquake that unleashed deadly tidal waves on Asia was so powerful it made the Earth wobble on its axis and permanently altered the regional map, US geophysicists said.

The 9.0-magnitude temblor that struck 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Sumatra island Sunday may have moved small islands as much as 20 meters (66 feet), according to one expert.

"That earthquake has changed the map," US Geological Survey expert Ken Hudnut told AFP.

"Based on seismic modeling, some of the smaller islands off the southwest coast of Sumatra may have moved to the southwest by about 20 meters. That is a lot of slip."

The northwestern tip of the Indonesian territory of Sumatra may also have shifted to the southwest by around 36 meters (120 feet), Hudnut said.

In addition, the energy released as the two sides of the undersea fault slipped against each other made the Earth wobble on its axis, Hudnut said.

"We can detect very slight motions of the Earth and I would expect that the Earth wobbled in its orbit when the earthquake occurred due the massive amount of energy exerted and the sudden shift in mass," Hudnut said.

Another USGS research geophysicist agreed that the Earth would have got a "little jog," and that the islands off Sumatra would have been moved by the quake.

However, Stuart Sipkin, of the USGS National Earthquake Information Center in Golden Colorado, said it was more likely that the islands off Sumatra had risen higher out of the sea than they had moved laterally.

"In in this case, the Indian plate dived below the Burma plate, causing uplift, so most of the motion to the islands would have been vertical, not horizontal."

The tsunamis unleashed by the fourth-biggest earthquake in a century have left at least 23,675 people dead in eight countries across Asia and as far as Somalia in East Africa.

The tsunamis wiped out entire coastal villages and pulled beach-goers out to sea.

The International Red Cross estimated that up to one million people have been displaced by the natural calamity.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...ft_041228041350

By the Grace of God, you are saved.
Bob


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 30, 2004, 02:03:03 AM
Asia Tsunami Death Toll Soars Past 77,000

1 hour, 18 minutes ago
World - AP Asia
By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - As the world scrambled to the rescue, survivors fought over packs of noodles in quake-stricken Indonesian streets Wednesday while relief supplies piled up at the airport for lack of cars, gas or passable roads to move them. The official death toll across 11 countries soared past 77,000 and the Red Cross predicted it could exceed 100,000.

Bodies were piled into mass graves in the belief that burial would ward off disease. Paramedics in southern India began vaccinating thousands of survivors against cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and dysentery, and authorities sprayed bleaching powder on beaches where bodies have been recovered. In Sri Lanka, reports of waterborne disease such as diarrhea caused fears of an epidemic.

President Bush announced the United States, India, Australia and Japan have formed an international coalition to coordinate relief and reconstruction of the 3,000 miles of Indian Ocean rim walloped by Sunday's earthquake and the tsunami it unleashed.

"We're facing a disaster of unprecedented proportion in nature," said Simon Missiri, a top Red Cross official. "We're talking about a staggering death toll."

On hundreds of Web sites, the messages were brief but poignant: "Missing: Christina Blomee in Khao Lak," or simply, "Where are you?" All conveyed the aching desperation of people the world over whose friends and family went off in search of holiday-season sun and sand and haven't been heard from for four days.

But even as hope for the missing dwindled, survivors continued to turn up Wednesday. In Sri Lanka, where more than 22,000 died, a lone fisherman named Sini Mohammed Sarfudeen was rescued by an air force helicopter crew after clinging to his wave-tossed boat for three days.

Indian air force planes evacuated thousands of survivors from the remote island of Car Nicobar. Some of them had walked for days from their destroyed villages to reach a devastated but functioning airfield, where they were shuttled out 80 to 90 at a time.

Journalists were not allowed to leave the base to verify reports that some 8,000 people were dead there, but at the base alone, 67 officers and their families were missing and feared dead.

India's death toll rose to nearly 7,000, while Indonesia's stood at 45,268, but authorities said this did not include a full count from Sumatra's west coast, where more than 10,000 deaths were suspected in one town alone.

UNICEF said Thursday that the death toll in Indonesia could rise to as high as 80,000 with nearly a million children in need of assistance. The international children's agency estimated that 60 percent of Banda Aceh, the main town of Sumatra's Aceh province, was destroyed.

"It's going to be 75,000 to 80,000 no question," said John Budd, a UNICEF spokesman in Jakarta who got the information from government sources in Aceh.

In Sumatra, the Florida-sized Indonesian island close to the epicenter of the quake, the view from the air was of whole villages ripped apart, covered in mud and seawater. In one of the few signs of life, a handful of desperate people scavenged a beach for food. On the streets of Banda Aceh, the main town of Sumatra's Aceh province, the military managed to drop supplies from vehicles and fights broke out over packs of instant noodles.

Maj. Gen. Endang Suwarya, military commander of Aceh province, said after flying over the stricken region that 75 percent of the west coast of Sumatra was destroyed.

Footage shot by an Associated Press Television News cameraman on the military helicopter showed town after town covered in mud and sea water. Homes had their roofs ripped off or were flattened.

A solitary mosque and green treetops were all that broke the line of water in one town.

Thailand said it had 1,975 dead and a total of more than 300 were killed in Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Thursday that he feared his nation's death toll will soar to nearly 7,000 dead.

With tens of thousands of people still missing across the entire region, Peter Ress, Red Cross operations support chief, said the death toll could top 100,000. More than 500,000 were reported injured.

"We have little hope, except for individual miracles," Jean-Marc Espalioux, chairman of the Accor hotel group, said of the search for thousands of tourists and locals missing from beach resorts of southern Thailand — including 2,000 Scandinavians.

The State Department said 12 Americans died in the disaster — seven in Sri Lanka and five in Thailand. About 2,000 to 3,000 Americans were unaccounted for.

Bush, at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, talked by phone Wednesday with leaders of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India.

"We're still in the stage of immediate help. But slowly but surely, the size of the problem will become known, particularly when it comes to rebuilding infrastructure and community to help these affected parts of the world get back up on their feet," Bush said afterward.

The Pentagon says it will divert several U.S. warships and helicopters to the region, some of which can produce up to 90,000 gallons of drinking water a day.

Without clean water, respiratory and waterborne diseases could break out within days, putting millions at "grave risk," the U.N. children's agency said. "Standing water can be just as deadly as moving water," said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. "The floods have contaminated the water systems, leaving people with little choice but to use unclean surface water."

Near Banda Aceh, trucks dumped more than 1,000 bloated, unidentified bodies into pits. Military Col. Achmad Yani Basuki said there was no choice, given the danger of disease and the difficulty of identifying any of the dead.

But Dana Van Alphan of the Pan American Health Organization issued a statement declaring there was no danger of corpses contaminating water or soil because bacteria and viruses cannot survive in dead bodies. The organization said it issued the statement, hoping to avert mass burials of tens of thousands of unidentified victims.

Van Alphan said it was important for survivors to be allowed to identify loved ones and urged authorities in tsunami-stricken countries to avoid burying unidentified corpses in mass graves.

"I think that psychologically, people have to be given the chance to identify their family members," she said. "Whatever disease the person has while still alive poses no threat to public health in a corpse."

The World Health Organization has also said dead bodies are not an immedieate threat to health.

"The health hazard associated with dead bodies is negligible. The collection, disposal, burying and/or cremation of corpses requires important human and material resources which should instead be allocated to those who survived and remain in critical condition," the organization said in a news release after the 1999 earthquake in Turkey.

In Sri Lanka, four planes arrived in the capital bringing a mobile hospital from Finland, a water purification plant from Germany, doctors and medicine from Japan and aid workers from Britain, the Red Cross said.

Supplies that included 175 tons of rice and 100 doctors reached Banda Aceh but officials said they were having difficulty moving it out.

Widespread looting was reported in Thailand's devastated resort islands of Phuket and Phi Phi, where European and Australian tourists left valuables behind in wrecked hotels when they fled — or were swept away.

An international airlift was under way to ferry critical aid and medicine to Phuket and to take home travelers, some with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. France, Australia, Greece, Italy, Germany and Sweden were sending flights.

The world's biggest reinsurer, Germany's Munich Re, estimated the damage to buildings and foundations in the affected regions would be at least $13.6 billion.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=1&u=/ap/20041230/ap_on_re_as/tsunami


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on December 30, 2004, 02:06:19 AM
this is in my neck of the woods, about 100 miles away as the crow flies. I know we got over 1 inch here.
Bob


Storm Spawns Tornado, Flooding in West

1 hour, 6 minutes ago
U.S. National - AP
By ANABELLE GARAY, Associated Press Writer

SEDONA, Ariz. - A powerful storm battered the West for a third straight day Wednesday, forcing dozens of people from their homes, sending recreational vehicles floating down a flooded creek in Arizona and turning Southern California freeways into a virtual demolition derby.

The storm spawned a tornado in Southern California and left 140,000 customers without power in the area while making for treacherous driving conditions. The California Highway Patrol logged 220 crashes between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning — more than three times the normal amount.

Authorities also reported hundreds of crashes around Las Vegas, and firefighters rescued several stranded motorists — including a police officer whose patrol car was swamped by rising water. The storm dropped 1.58 inches of rain; Las Vegas normally receives 4.43 inches a year. No property damage or serious injuries were reported.

Several neighborhoods were evacuated because of flooding in low-lying areas of Sedona, where Oak Creek rose about 12 feet to about a foot above flood stage. The storm dumped up to 2 1/2 inches of rain there within a few hours early Wednesday.

Later, as showers decreased, the creek receded to 9 1/2 feet and Sedona authorities said the threat of further evacuations had diminished.

"I've been here since 1977. ... This is the worst," said Marc Spector, owner of the Hideaway Restaurant, which is perched on a cliff overlooking Oak Creek.

Some homes had minor flooding and people were stranded in water-logged vehicles in Sedona, a town of some 10,000 people surrounded by towering red rock formations that draw hundreds of thousands of tourists.

Large RVs were seen floating down Oak Creek southwest of Sedona. The rain also caused rock slides, authorities said.

Sedona fire officials initially said 300 residents were being evacuated, but later Wednesday said they were unsure on the number.

Sixty miles away in Prescott, authorities searched for two missing college students after their canoe capsized in a flooded creek, said Susan Hampton, a spokeswoman for the city. A third student got out of the water to look for help, and part of the missing canoe was recovered. The search was expected to resume at dawn Thursday.

The California tornado struck two Los Angeles suburbs after midnight, ripping the roof off a house, snapping trees and damaging cars, but causing no injuries.

"I heard sort of a low rumbling noise, sort of like a freight train and shortly after that, I heard a ripping noise — obviously, that was my roof," resident Derek Williams told KCAL-TV. "Thank God everyone was OK in the house."

Storm-related deaths since Monday mounted to five in California, and several highways were closed because of flooding and mudslides, officials said. High wind in San Diego County snapped off the top 200 feet of the KSON radio tower in National City.

By early Wednesday, downtown Los Angeles had logged 6.37 inches of rain since late Sunday. Tuesday's total alone was 5.55 inches, the city's rainiest December day since record-keeping started in 1877. On Monday, San Francisco was hit by more than 3 inches of rain and suburban Marin County got more than 7 inches.

In Utah, 19 inches of snow fell at the Brian Head Resort, but skiers couldn't take advantage of it because 70 mph wind prevented the resort from starting its chair lifts.

In Colorado, several people were injured and parts of three highways were closed Wednesday as the storm moved in. Interstate 70 was closed in two places due to accidents, but was reopened by early Wednesday evening.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=5&u=/ap/20041230/ap_on_re_us/western_storm


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: BlackmanX on January 01, 2005, 07:31:46 PM
I'm  honestly  beginning  to  think  that  the  end  is  near.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Dyskolos on January 02, 2005, 10:45:20 AM
I'm  honestly  beginning  to  think  that  the  end  is  near.

There have been people in every generation since the one contemporary with Jesus that have said the same thing!

They have all been wrong, for the last two thousand years.

The doomsayers of this generation who say we are in the "End Times" are wrong too!


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 02, 2005, 11:02:59 AM
I'm  honestly  beginning  to  think  that  the  end  is  near.

There have been people in every generation since the one contemporary with Jesus that have said the same thing!

They have all been wrong, for the last two thousand years.

The doomsayers of this generation who say we are in the "End Times" are wrong too!




Mar 13:32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Mar 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

 


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 12, 2005, 04:59:45 PM
I can't find a link to it right now but I just heard that the United Arab Emirates received their first snowfall ever for the desert country in the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah. It was supposedly a very significant snowfall that blanketed the whole area on 30 Dec 04 and 01 Jan 05.

Anyone else hear anything about this?




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 12, 2005, 05:16:57 PM
I just found a link for it on the Aljazeera.net


http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/669DA83D-AA88-4426-BB8B-76D0928B0A51.htm



Snow has fallen over the United Arab Emirates for the first time ever, leaving a white blanket over the mountains of Ras al-Khayma.

With the desert country experiencing a cold spell and above-average rainfall, Dubai airport's meteorology department said on Thursday that snow fell over the al-Jiys mountain range in the most northerly member of the UAE federation.

 

The Gulf News daily reported that the mountain cluster, 1737 metres above sea level, "had heavy night-time snowfall for the past two days as a result of temperatures dropping to as low as -5C".

 

On Monday, 12.6 millimetres of rain fell on the desert emirate of Dubai, where it hardly ever rains.

 

Unused to the conditions, over 500 accidents were reported to police within 24 hours.

 

A cold spell has hit the country this week, with the mercury plunging to 12C in Dubai on Wednesday night.

 

The meteorology department said the chilly weather in Dubai, where summer temperatures can reach 50C, will probably end by next week


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Evangelist on January 12, 2005, 05:38:46 PM
I'm  honestly  beginning  to  think  that  the  end  is  near.

There have been people in every generation since the one contemporary with Jesus that have said the same thing!

They have all been wrong, for the last two thousand years.

The doomsayers of this generation who say we are in the "End Times" are wrong too!

2Pe 3:3
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
:4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Dyskolos on January 17, 2005, 04:33:00 PM
So far the scoffers have been right, every single one of them, for the last two thousand years!

So maybe these aren't the last days. Sometime people scoff because the thing they're scoffing need to be scoffed at.

I suspect that when the end actually does draw near, there won't be too much doubt about it.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on January 17, 2005, 04:54:18 PM
So far the scoffers have been right, every single one of them, for the last two thousand years!

So maybe these aren't the last days. Sometime people scoff because the thing they're scoffing need to be scoffed at.

I suspect that when the end actually does draw near, there won't be too much doubt about it.
::) Well because you don't see any signs. I would suggest you search the Bible.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Dyskolos on January 17, 2005, 07:48:39 PM
Still scoffing!

One suggestion I would have would be to educate yourself a little about the Scriptures, particularly Daniel & Revelation.

Anyway time will tell.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on January 18, 2005, 12:06:41 AM
Still scoffing!

One suggestion I would have would be to educate yourself a little about the Scriptures, particularly Daniel & Revelation.

Anyway time will tell.
No my friend, I see you are scoffing. Talking about Daniel and Revelations, you need to reread them. The only things that have nnot happened yet.
Russia becoming a major power again.
The Temple in Jerusalem being rebuilt.

One thing I do agree with.... Time will tell...... :)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2005, 12:20:44 AM
2Pe 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Mat 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Mat 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.


Are you ready, are you watching?




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on January 18, 2005, 12:52:37 AM
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring

This happened while I was gone.

Solar Tsunami Alert As Giant Sunspot Erupts

Three days ago the sunspot numbered 10720 barely rated a mention. But as it rotated into an earth-facing position, the boiling solar cauldron quickly mushroomed in size to over seven times the diameter of our own planet. Now experienced observers say it has explosive potential for massive solar eruptions aimed at Earth.

By late yesterday, the sunspot was large enough to be seen with the unaided eye, and SpaceWeather.com was warning the sunspot posed a threat for strong M-class solar flares. However early today, solar watcher Jan Alvestad reported that the sunspot has already produced an even stronger X-class 1.2 flare at 00:43UT.

It's been a busy 24 hours on the sun. A total of 28 C-class events were recorded yesterday --the most C flares in a single day during the current solar cycle 23.

Alvestad also noted that Sunspot 10720 now had the largest penumbra observed in solar cycle 23. In his 5am report he wrote:

"Within this penumbra [is an] extremely strong positive polarity field in the south. That positive polarity area has the longest and largest umbra I have ever observed."

Not only that, but the internal structure of the sunspot is capable of producing spectacular effects, according to Alvestad's evaluation.

Alvestad says the western end the positive umbra is actually in contact with the negative polarity umbra --causing exceptional magnetic shear. When the structure of the magnetic field around a sunspot becomes twisted and sheared, then magnetic field lines can connect with explosive results.

The size of 10720 and its observed structure have significant implications: "Extremely energetic flares, above the X10 class level, are possible," writes Alvestad "This region has the potential to generate flares similar to those observed in October/November 2003."

Such an X-class 10 flare would certainly rank along with the historic flares of late 2003, when a series of nine massive X-class solar eruptions in only 12 days all largely missed Earth.

Coronal mass ejections move like a three-dimensional wave, sweeping outward from the epicenter at the Sun. Even though Earth was not directly struck, two Japanese satellite failures and a power outage in Sweden were blamed on the solar storms.

Those outbursts culminated in an X20 --the largest ever recorded. That remarkable flare emanated from a region of the Sun about 15 times the size of Earth. The sunspot had already rotated around to the back side of the Sun, so the massive outburst was thankfully not pointed at Earth.

We will need the same luck again, as Sunspot 10720 will be aimed towards Earth for the next few days.

Commercial space weather forecast center Spacew.com notes that should eruptions occur, they are : "likely to be associated with Earthward-directed coronal mass ejections."

The estimates of the risk of a significant eruption are taking place against a backdrop of Solar Radio Flux measurements showing a significant rise in recent days.

Should an Earth-directed eruption occur, its effects will depend in part on the orientation of the magnetic field of the ejected solar material. A southward orientation would more deeply penetrate Earth's northward-facing magnetic ionosphere. Despite the massive explosive power of such sunspots, our protective magnetic field means significant effects are unlikely to be felt at the surface of Earth.

In severe storms, people in high-altitude airliners can be exposed to the x-ray component of the eruptions. Owners and insurers of earth-orbiting satellites have the most to loose. They hope to be breathing easier by the end of the coming week, when Sunspot 10720 will no longer have Earth in its sights.

Fast-developing sunspot could match historic flares of Nov. '03
(http://www.kathymcmahon.utvinternet.com/mrn/anewspic/Sunspot720_strip.gif) (http://www.space.com/images/031104_cme_anim_03.gif)
The sunspot grew quickly over the last four days -Image Spaceweather.com

http://www.breakfornews.com/articles/SolarTsunamiAlert.htm

While I don't agree, all the time with this source. Sometimes they do have useful information.

Bob


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2005, 01:10:58 AM
I wonder what the effect would be if the magnetic effect of one of these were to reach the surface of earth?



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on January 18, 2005, 01:17:05 AM
I wonder what the effect would be if the magnetic effect of one of these were to reach the surface of earth?


The last one that hit earth (Nov. 03), messed up 2 satellites, and a few other things. That is if the old grey matter remembers right. ::)  It wasn't as strong as these are.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2005, 11:23:12 AM
I remember there being a high amount of sunspot activity in the mid to late 1980's that disrupted military satellite communications. The article said that:

Quote
Despite the massive explosive power of such sunspots, our protective magnetic field means significant effects are unlikely to be felt at the surface of Earth.

So I am wondering what would happen if they were strong enough to penetrate the earths magnetic field.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on January 18, 2005, 04:50:17 PM
I remember there being a high amount of sunspot activity in the mid to late 1980's that disrupted military satellite communications. The article said that:

Quote
Despite the massive explosive power of such sunspots, our protective magnetic field means significant effects are unlikely to be felt at the surface of Earth.

So I am wondering what would happen if they were strong enough to penetrate the earths magnetic field.
Well, I guess it would be a HOT time on the earth, when it happens. :)

Praise God, for he is worthy.
Bob


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 18, 2005, 04:58:15 PM
Just guessing but I would think that it would disrupt all communications, computers, power plants, etc. Anything that relies on magnetics fields or could be destroyed by magnetic fields. Possibly throw the earth's magnetic field out of kilter?






Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on January 18, 2005, 05:13:52 PM
Just guessing but I would think that it would disrupt all communications, computers, power plants, etc. Anything that relies on magnetics fields or could be destroyed by magnetic fields. Possibly throw the earth's magnetic field out of kilter?





If it did happen, I wouldn't want to be here.  :D  I think that could be (in my opinion) Rev. 16:8-9
Rev. 16:8-9 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on January 26, 2005, 05:42:04 PM
I'm  honestly  beginning  to  think  that  the  end  is  near.

There have been people in every generation since the one contemporary with Jesus that have said the same thing!

They have all been wrong, for the last two thousand years.

The doomsayers of this generation who say we are in the "End Times" are wrong too!
Ah, but see we are nearing the end times.

http://news.christiansunite.com/Religion_News/religion02151.shtml
<snip>
Reading the 'Signs'
For centuries, theologians and authors have made the mistake of predicting when these events might occur. The fact is, nobody knows when these things will happen. However, we do have the "signs of the times" that Jesus Christ warned about in Matthew, Chapters 24 and 25.

There are two common mistakes that people making when reading these signs of the times. One is to dismiss them entirely and say that "these things have always happened." To a certain degree that is true.[/b] However, there is one important exception: Israel did not exist as a nation for almost 2,000 years.[/b] In 1948 Israel was re-formed as a nation, and the Jews began to return to their land from around the globe as the ancient Hebrew prophets existed.

<snip>

Resting in the, embrace of the Lord.
Bob


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Evangelist on January 27, 2005, 03:55:27 PM
I wonder what the effect would be if the magnetic effect of one of these were to reach the surface of earth?



Ahhhhh....just about the same as putting a litter of mice in a microwave.  :P

Actually, the best description occurs in
Rev 16:9
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 27, 2005, 04:02:48 PM
I wonder what the effect would be if the magnetic effect of one of these were to reach the surface of earth?



Ahhhhh....just about the same as putting a litter of mice in a microwave.  :P

Actually, the best description occurs in
Rev 16:9
And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Exactly and I have a big feeling that A/C units won't be of any help even if they work, which I doubt they will as strong magnetic fields will have an effect on the motors. There will be no relief.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: nChrist on January 28, 2005, 01:14:19 AM
Brothers and Sisters,

I will simply say that the Bible prophecy in Revelation is not just a tale or something to be explained away. Revelation involves facts, and everything there will be fulfilled to the letter at God's appointed time.

Nobody will be laughing at Almighty God at His appointed time. There will be many times of terror and horror beyond human description. The Great Wrath of an ALL POWERFUL ALMIGHTY GOD will be poured out upon the earth, not just once or twice, but each and every PROMISE that has already been made in the Holy Bible. The only Salvation is JESUS CHRIST, and tomorrow might be too late to accept HIM. This minute is the right time to find out about JESUS.

Love In Christ,
Tom

I Peter 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Ephesians 2:1-7  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shemaya on February 12, 2005, 01:33:51 PM
I've been noticing this too.I don't like it.It's kinda freakin' me out and wondering if the end id coming


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: nChrist on February 12, 2005, 03:31:50 PM
Shemaya,

For those with JESUS in their hearts:

Any trials or suffering during this short life is nothing compared to the GLORY that WILL BE in CHRIST FOR ETERNITY.

There are various opinions about the RAPTURE of the CHURCH WHICH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST, but I believe that HIS CHURCH will be RAPTURED prior to the Tribulation Period. If so, Christians will already be home with JESUS in Heaven during this horrible time. I have many firm reasons why I believe this, so I don't fear the Tribulation Period at all.

If I'm wrong about the RAPTURE of HIS CHURCH, Christians will face physical death. We face physical death every day anyway, but "Absent from the body, present with the LORD! So, if we die today, are killed today, or we are killed in the Tribulation Period, we will simply go home to spend eternity with JESUS. Every man has a fear of physical death in varying degrees. BUT, a Christian's greatest joy is finally realized when they go home to spend eternity with JESUS!

Love In Christ,
Tom

Colossians 1:12-14  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 12, 2005, 03:46:38 PM
Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.


Rev 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: nChrist on February 12, 2005, 04:18:44 PM
Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.


Rev 2:10  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.



Pastor Roger,

AMEN BROTHER!!!

The mighty words of the Holy Bible are always the best answer. Thank you brother.

Love In Christ,
Tom

Matthew 5:14-16  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Mysak on March 04, 2005, 08:26:41 AM
Comet strike surprisingly more likely  
For immediate release
20 October 2004
Research conducted by a Cardiff University astronomy scientist suggests that a comet colliding with Earth is actually more likely than was previously believed.

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Honorary Professor Bill Napier and research student Janaki Wickramasinghe of Cardiff University&#8217;s Centre for Astrobiology believe that some comets are not visible using current astronomical scanning equipment. They argue that if this is the case, international programmes designed to detect near-Earth asteroids, and ways to reduce the worst effects of them colliding with Earth may need to be urgently reviewed.

Professor Wickramasinghe said, "It&#8217;s possible that we are missing many of these Earth-threatening objects and we need to think again about mitigating strategies - some of which assume decades or centuries of warning before impact."

The team has found that the surfaces of inactive comets, if composed of loose,

fluffy organic material like cometary meteoroids, develop such small reflectivities - they appear invisible. The near-Earth objects may therefore be dominated by a population of fast, kilometres-wide bodies, too dark to be seen with current surveys.  

A new NASA mission will scan the entire sky with an infrared telescope - like a powerful set of night vision goggles to search for cool, or failed, stars, called brown dwarfs, and also dark comets and cometary fragments, of the type proposed by Professor Wickramasinghe and his team, that pose a previously unrecognised threat to our planet.

~ends~

PS.
Mysak writes: it looks in Revelation as if 2 such things will hit earth, one will destroy many ships, the other poisen waters.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Bronzesnake on March 04, 2005, 11:51:46 AM
 It is going to happen, and there's not a thing anyone can do about it.
Thank God we will not be here to suffer the consequences.

Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;  

Rev 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.  

Rev 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;  

Rev 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.  

Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.  

Rev 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!  

Scofers only scoff until they scorch!

Bronzesnake


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Mysak on March 07, 2005, 02:34:16 AM
Well Bronzesnake
 I really do wish you are right when you wrote:"Thank God we will not be here to suffer the consequences."
But as I wrote in disscusion concerning pre trib. ruption, the only clear time indication I found in Bible for pre trib. rup. is the last trumpet Paul talks about.
All the other reasonings I read there are only POSSIBLE explanations, nothing that is supported with such a direct word from bible as the last trumpet. If you can ignore that last trumpet as meaning something else, than you can ignore almost anything quoted from Revelation for support of pre trib. rupt.
Mysak
P.S. I do not say I am right, But in absence of clear evidence I respect the only clearly time indicating written word. If that is not correct, than even antichrist defeating saints might refer to the Church, in such a case.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Bronzesnake on March 07, 2005, 01:49:22 PM
Well Bronzesnake
 I really do wish you are right when you wrote:"Thank God we will not be here to suffer the consequences."
But as I wrote in disscusion concerning pre trib. ruption, the only clear time indication I found in Bible for pre trib. rup. is the last trumpet Paul talks about.
All the other reasonings I read there are only POSSIBLE explanations, nothing that is supported with such a direct word from bible as the last trumpet. If you can ignore that last trumpet as meaning something else, than you can ignore almost anything quoted from Revelation for support of pre trib. rupt.
Mysak
P.S. I do not say I am right, But in absence of clear evidence I respect the only clearly time indicating written word. If that is not correct, than even antichrist defeating saints might refer to the Church, in such a case.


 My friend.

If you read the Rapture verses carefully, you will see the Trump described as - the last trump of God. Look anywhere else in Revelation for God's trump and you will not find it. All other trumps are sounded, not by God, but by angels.

This is a very important distinction which clearly marks the signal from God to begin the Rapture. Therefore, we do not have to confuse the "last trump" which is at the end of Revelations, with "God's last Trump" which is prior to the Tribulation.

Bronzesnake


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Mysak on March 08, 2005, 03:03:58 AM
Yes Bronzesnake,
You realy could be right about that trump, and I might be wrong.
But for me, that was the only clear word indicating that rupture would come before antichrist, beast and tribulation.
All the other explanations and " proofs" I have ever heard (or read here) "Church age" , stop of "clock" counting weeks from Daniel and so on, are only asumptions, speculations and possible explanations, very much the same sort of argumentation as Wittness of Jehova use.
I am not in any way looking down, or dissregarding such studies and attempts to find the truth, ( some of them might hit the nail) but I do not like when those are presented as sure evidence, insted of POSSIBLE , with such a poor evidence ( no evidence only indicie, that can be explained aither way)  at hand.
Mysak


Title: Yellowstone Rated High for Eruption Threat
Post by: Shammu on May 09, 2005, 01:22:48 AM
Yellowstone Rated High for Eruption Threat

Sat May 7, 3:30 PM ET

The Yellowstone caldera has been classified a high threat for volcanic eruption, according to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Yellowstone ranks 21st most dangerous of the 169 volcano centers in the United States, according to the Geological Survey's first-ever comprehensive review of the nation's volcanoes.

Kilauea in Hawaii received the highest overall threat score followed by Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainer in Washington, Mount Hood in Oregon and Mount Shasta in California.

Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. Mount St. Helens, which erupted catastrophically in 1980, began venting again in 2004.

Those volcanoes fall within the very high threat group, which includes 18 systems. Yellowstone is classified with 36 others as high threat.

Recurring earthquake swarms, swelling and falling ground, and changes in hydrothermal features are cited in the report as evidence of unrest at Yellowstone.

The report calls for better monitoring of the 55 volcanoes in the very high and high threat categories to track seismic activity, ground bulging, gas emissions and hydrologic changes.

University of Utah geology professor Robert Smith, who monitors earthquakes and volcanic activity in Yellowstone, said more real-time monitoring should be helpful.

"We've really been stressing over the last couple of years that the USGS should consider hazards as a very high priority in their future," he said. "We need to get the public's confidence and the perception that we're doing it right."

The university has joined the Geological Survey and Yellowstone National Park in creating the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, which uses ground-based instruments throughout the region and satellite data to monitor volcanic and earthquake unrest in the world's first national park.

The USGS report recognizes Yellowstone as an unusual hazard because of the millions of people who visit the park and walk amid features created by North America's largest volcanic system, Smith said, a status he has been advocating for years.

Smith does not paint the devastating picture portrayed in a recent TV docudrama but said smaller threats exist. For example, a lower-scale hydrothermal blast could scald tourists strolling along boardwalks.

Emissions of toxic gases from the park's geothermal features also pose a threat. Five bison dropped dead last year after inhaling poisonous gases trapped near the ground due to cold, calm weather near Norris Geyser Basin.

Stepped up monitoring and a new 24-hour watch office could lead to more timely warnings and help avoid human catastrophes at Yellowstone and nationally, according to the USGS.

Forty-five eruptions, including 15 cases of notable volcanic unrest, have been documented at 33 volcanoes in the U.S. since 1980, according to the report, released April 29.

____

On the Net:

U.S. Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov

Volcano Threat Report: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1164

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/yvo/index.html

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050507/ap_on_sc/yellowstone_volcano_threat&printer=1

I've forgotten where, I had posted on Yellowstone before. So I am posting this here now. About  months ago, I had posted about this. I wouldn't worry about this yet. Only those that miss the rapture, should worry.
Bob

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Bronzesnake on May 09, 2005, 04:06:19 AM
Yes Dreamweaver, I've been reading about Yellowstone for some time now, scientists are at a loss to predict exactly what will or will not happen. It could be a huge disaster.
I think there are many explosive events just waiting for the Rapture to occure before they will begin to go off.

On a lighter side - Yogi and Boo-Boo are reporting that Jellystone Park is safe and want visitors to come and visit. Yogi says each visitor must bring a "pic-a-nik basket!"  ;D

Bronzsnake


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on May 09, 2005, 11:47:24 AM
On a lighter note BRNZ, Yogi and Boo-Boo have enought "pic-a-nik baskets!" I'll bet you they have enought, to build a mansion.  ;D


On a more serious note.
One of the sites I visit reguarly, I e-mailed the director. Here is what he had to say;
Hi Bob -
 
Thank you for your e-mail and the USGS reference.
 
Actually that was USGS Report 2005-1164 that was just released and yes, I have read it in detail.  As a matter of fact, I just sent an e-mail the other day to the USGS with the probability calculations as a result of Eruption Pro 10.5 on all the volcanoes cited.
 
With regard to Yellowstone -- the short answer is that it is acting completely normal for the moment.  An update of Yellowstone can be gleaned from our SWVRC website in the "Restless Volcanoes Status Report" section.
 
Again, many thanks.
 
Respectfully,
 
SOUTHWEST VOLCANO RESEARCH CENTRE
 
"R. B."
 
************, Ph.D.
Director & Principal Research Volcanologist
 
Note:  All SWVRC e-mails have been screened for viruses prior to sending for your protection.
_________________________________

Here is the report.
http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1164/

An Assessment of Volcanic Threat and Monitoring Capabilities in the United States:
Framework for a National Volcano Early Warning System

A National Volcano Early Warning System – NVEWS – is being formulated by the Consortium of U.S. Volcano Observatories (CUSVO) to establish a proactive, fully integrated, national-scale monitoring effort that ensures the most threatening volcanoes in the United States are properly monitored in advance of the onset of unrest and at levels commensurate with the threats posed. Volcanic threat is the combination of hazards (the destructive natural phenomena produced by a volcano) and exposure (people and property at risk from the hazards).

The United States has abundant volcanoes, and over the past 25 years the Nation has experienced a diverse range of the destructive phenomena that volcanoes can produce. Hazardous volcanic activity will continue to occur, and – because of increasing population, increasing development, and expanding national and international air traffic over volcanic regions – the exposure of human life and enterprise to volcano hazards is increasing. Fortunately, volcanoes exhibit precursory unrest that if detected and analyzed in time allows eruptions to be anticipated and communities at risk to be forewarned with reliable information in sufficient time to implement response plans and mitigation measures.

In the 25 years since the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens, scientific and technological advances in volcanology have been used to develop and test models of volcanic behavior and to make reliable forecasts of expected activity a reality. Until now, these technologies and methods have been applied on an ad hoc basis to volcanoes showing signs of activity. However, waiting to deploy a robust, modern monitoring effort until a hazardous volcano awakens and an unrest crisis begins is socially and scientifically unsatisfactory because it forces scientists, civil authorities, citizens, and businesses into “playing catch up” with the volcano, trying to get instruments and civil-defense measures in place before the unrest escalates and the situation worsens. Inevitably, this manner of response results in our missing crucial early stages of the volcanic unrest and hampers our ability to accurately forecast events. Restless volcanoes do not always progress to eruption; nevertheless, monitoring is necessary in such cases to minimize either over-reacting, which costs money, or under-reacting, which may cost lives.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: JudgeNot on May 09, 2005, 12:02:13 PM
Along the same lines:
New Madrid Fault Averages Over 200 Events Yearly
Most people think that destructive earthquakes only occur in the western United States. To the contrary, St. Louis is located in the most active seismic zone east of the Rocky Mountains. In the winter of 1811-1812 the Central Mississippi Valley was struck by three of the most powerful earthquakes in U.S. history. The Great New Madrid Earthquake was actually a series of over 2000 shocks in five months, five of which were 8.0 or more in magnitude. Eighteen of these rang church bells on the Eastern seaboard. The very land itself was destroyed in the Missouri Bootheel, making it unfit for farming for many years. It was the largest burst of seismic energy east of the Rocky Mountains in the history of the U.S. and was several times larger than the San Francisco quake of 1905.
 

As has been shared; there will be no place to hide...


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: 2nd Timothy on May 09, 2005, 12:50:34 PM
Quote
As has been shared; there will be no place to hide...


Sure there is  ;)

Psa 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings


Grace and Peace!


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: JudgeNot on May 09, 2005, 01:55:14 PM
Quote
As has been shared; there will be no place to hide...  
 


Sure there is  

Psa 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings


Well - slap me hard and call me stupid!  DOH!   :D  :D  :D  :D
Of course, you are right, 2ndT.  :)  Squeeze some smarts out of my poor depleated brain...
(http://www.roadogz.com/images/stories/stooges.jpg)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: 2nd Timothy on May 09, 2005, 03:38:32 PM
ROFL  

didn't mean to sound sarcastic JN...I knew I had seen you around in the feathers of His wings at some point before...thus the wink.   ;D


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on May 09, 2005, 03:39:25 PM
Quote
As has been shared; there will be no place to hide...  
 


Sure there is  

Psa 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings


Well - slap me hard and call me stupid!  DOH!   :D  :D  :D  :D
Of course, you are right, 2ndT.  :)  Squeeze some smarts out of my poor depleated brain...
(http://www.roadogz.com/images/stories/stooges.jpg)
;D


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: nChrist on May 09, 2005, 08:40:53 PM
 ;D   ;D   ;D   I can't remember - doesn't Curly's head break the clamp?


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on May 09, 2005, 11:42:26 PM
;D   ;D   ;D   I can't remember - doesn't Curly's head break the clamp?
No, it doesn't break his head. I think it cured his headache. ;)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: seekeraftertruth on May 15, 2005, 06:28:15 PM
Just a couple thoughts here..........

1.  The "end-time signs" have been taking place throughout history....there have always been wars, famines, earthquakes, etc., etc. However, these things did not all take place within a "single generation," they were spread out over history.

2.  NOW, ALL of these things are taking place in THIS PRESENT generation.
Something to think about.

Matthew 24:32-34.....KJV

   32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

   33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

   34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Bronzesnake on May 15, 2005, 10:31:54 PM
Just a couple thoughts here..........

1.  The "end-time signs" have been taking place throughout history....there have always been wars, famines, earthquakes, etc., etc. However, these things did not all take place within a "single generation," they were spread out over history.

2.  NOW, ALL of these things are taking place in THIS PRESENT generation.
Something to think about.

Matthew 24:32-34.....KJV

   32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

   33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

   34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.


Excellent observation. Add the fact that these events are far more powerful and devastating than in any other time in history - as well as all the related non-catastrophic prophecies, which are concurrently occurring, such as the Jews returning back to Israel.

Bronzesnake


Title: Sumatra Quake Shook Earth's Total Surface
Post by: Shammu on May 20, 2005, 02:21:28 AM
Sumatra Quake Shook Earth's Total Surface

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID

WASHINGTON (AP) - December's great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake - the most powerful in more than 40 years and the trigger of a devastating tsunami - shook the ground everywhere on Earth's surface. Weeks later the planet was still trembling.

The quake resulted from the longest fault rupture ever observed - 720 miles to 780 miles, which spread for 10 minutes, also a record. A typical earthquake's duration would be 30 seconds.

The December quake was the first of its size to be measured and studied by the new worldwide array of digital seismic instruments.

Those results are starting to come in, with a special section of a half-dozen research papers on the quake appearing in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

``This is really a watershed event. We've never had such comprehensive data for a great earthquake because we didn't have the instrumentation to gather it 40 years ago,'' said Thorne Lay, professor of Earth sciences and director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

``It is nature at its most formidable,'' Lay said in a statement.

The earthquake and resulting tsunami, which swept across the Indian Ocean, killed more than 176,000 people in 11 countries and left about 50,000 missing and hundreds of thousands homeless.

The quake occurred where two of the giant plates that form the surface of the Earth grind together.

At that spot the Eurasian plate was being pulled downward by the descending Indo-Australian plate. The quake released the edge of the Eurasian plate, which sprang up, lifting the ocean floor and sending the sea water off in the giant wave that killed so many, the researchers reported.

They said the higher sea floor displaced so much water from the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea that sea level worldwide was raised 0.004 inch.

``No point on Earth remained undisturbed,'' wrote Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado.

Indeed, ground movement of as much as 0.4 inch occurred everywhere on Earth's surface, though it was too small to be felt in most areas.

And the temblor ``delivered a blow to our planet'' that was felt for weeks, noted a team of researchers led by Jeffrey Park of Yale University.

His group calculated that the quake caused the planet to oscillate like a bell, at periods of about 17 minutes, which they were able to measure for weeks afterward. A similar phenomenon was first noted in the 1960 quake in Chile.

The initial Dec. 26 Sumatra quake is estimated to have had a magnitude of 9.1 to 9.3 and a second quake to the south on March 28 registered 8.6.

By comparison, the 1960 Chile earthquake was magnitude 9.5 and the 1964 Alaska earthquake was magnitude 9.2. California's 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake had a magnitude of 6.9.

Among the other findings reported in the various papers:

In Sri Lanka, more than 1,000 miles from the epicenter, the ground moved nearly 4 inches.

The rupture spread from south to north, resulting in a Doppler effect in instruments measuring it. Seismometers in Russia recorded the quake at a higher frequency because it was moving toward them, while those in Australia measured a lower frequency as it moved away.

When the surface waves from the Sumatra quake reached Alaska they triggered a swarm of 14 local earthquakes in the Mount Wrangell area.

In addition to Lay, Bilham and Park, the lead authors of the articles were Charles J. Ammon of Pennsylvania State University, Michael West of the University of Alaska and Roland Burgmann of the University of California, Berkeley. Burgmann's article was published in Science Express, the journal's online edition.

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/308/5725/1125


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: seekeraftertruth on May 20, 2005, 04:19:30 PM
And now, Hurricane Adrian....the first ever to hit Guatemala...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7896963/
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/stormcenter/2005-05-19-evacuations-adrian_x.htm

Nexxxt?????


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 22, 2005, 07:44:04 PM


Colombian Volcano Eruption Expected In Coming Weeks

May 21, 2005 1:40 p.m. EST

Hector Duarte Jr. - All Headline News Staff Reporter

Bogota, Colombia (AHN) - A volcanologist said Saturday that an eruption of the Galeras volcano in southwest Colombia is likely in the coming days or weeks.

The prediction comes after a surge in seismic activity and higher temperatures inside the crater.

Last April,  The Galeras Volcano Observatory set its new warning system at level two, which indicates an eruption "in the short or medium term," according to director Diego Gomez.

The volcano last erupted in November, throwing rocks and ash for a distance of two miles, causing no injuries.

In 1993, nine were killed during an eruption. Five of the casualties were international scientists who were inside the crater sampling gases


http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/2233394428



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: seekeraftertruth on May 22, 2005, 08:32:15 PM


Colombian Volcano Eruption Expected In Coming Weeks

May 21, 2005 1:40 p.m. EST

Hector Duarte Jr. - All Headline News Staff Reporter

Bogota, Colombia (AHN) - A volcanologist said Saturday that an eruption of the Galeras volcano in southwest Colombia is likely in the coming days or weeks.

The prediction comes after a surge in seismic activity and higher temperatures inside the crater.

Last April,  The Galeras Volcano Observatory set its new warning system at level two, which indicates an eruption "in the short or medium term," according to director Diego Gomez.

The volcano last erupted in November, throwing rocks and ash for a distance of two miles, causing no injuries.

In 1993, nine were killed during an eruption. Five of the casualties were international scientists who were inside the crater sampling gases


http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/2233394428



I just had to go and ask what's next, didn't I???  :P
If Israel begins rebuilding the Temple, I'm heading for the Rockies!  :)



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 22, 2005, 08:40:22 PM


Colombian Volcano Eruption Expected In Coming Weeks

May 21, 2005 1:40 p.m. EST

Hector Duarte Jr. - All Headline News Staff Reporter

Bogota, Colombia (AHN) - A volcanologist said Saturday that an eruption of the Galeras volcano in southwest Colombia is likely in the coming days or weeks.

The prediction comes after a surge in seismic activity and higher temperatures inside the crater.

Last April,  The Galeras Volcano Observatory set its new warning system at level two, which indicates an eruption "in the short or medium term," according to director Diego Gomez.

The volcano last erupted in November, throwing rocks and ash for a distance of two miles, causing no injuries.

In 1993, nine were killed during an eruption. Five of the casualties were international scientists who were inside the crater sampling gases


http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/2233394428



I just had to go and ask what's next, didn't I???  :P
If Israel begins rebuilding the Temple, I'm heading for the Rockies!  :)



That won't do any good either.  ;)

The rockies will probabbly be destroyed by a volcano eruption also.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: seekeraftertruth on May 22, 2005, 08:58:31 PM
Ummmm, ok, how about Mt. Zion?  Erk, guess I'd better get a passport!! ???

Seriously, it is hard to imagine that the "end times" are not upon us, and "THIS" will be the last generation!


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: nChrist on May 23, 2005, 12:07:01 AM
Brothers and Sisters,

I believe firmly that Jesus will catch us up to meet Him in the air (RAPTURE) before wrath is poured out on the earth. This does not hint that I feel any urge to argue with Christians who believe that the CHURCH WHICH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST will be here for all or a portion of the 7 year Tribulation Period.

Regardless, our time of eternity with JESUS appears to be drawing nearer. In fact, it could be any day, hour, or second.

Love In Christ,
Tom

II Timothy 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on May 25, 2005, 01:26:02 PM
Mexico's famous "Volcano of Fire" erupted Monday, sending clouds of ash two miles into the air.

http://www.nbc6.net/news/4529259/detail.html


Scientists Discover Underwater Volcano
University of Oregon biologists on the first-ever manned submersible expedition to a newly discovered undersea volcano near Samoa report that warm water emanating from the volcano's summit supports a remarkable eel population.

http://www.physorg.com/news4256.html


There are a lot more at this time that are becoming more active. There are some that believe that this is a chain reaction that may be caused by the massive Sumatra-Andaman earthquake.

 


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 05, 2005, 07:39:17 PM
Here is a video of a recent eruption of the Colima Volcano.

http://resco.ucol.mx/Docs/Volc%E1nDeColima_10Marzo2005.mpe






Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: nChrist on June 05, 2005, 10:41:54 PM
Pastor Roger,

Brother, I've spent considerable time in studying God's WORD the last few days, and I feel refreshed. I was just reflecting on nature being God's Creation and only the tiny hint that we have of HIS awesome might and power. All that mankind has seen put together in all history is nothing compared to what will be in moments or hours.

It will be simply a time of joy for all who love HIS appearing. I'm smiling and thinking about being caught up to meet the LORD in the air. I'm also giving thanks that my entire family will also be brought home to Heaven with the LORD. That time may be soon or even today.

I tremble to think about what those who remain will see, hear, feel, and experience. Those who don't love God will at least soon learn to fear HIM. I hope and pray that many of the lost seek HIM before it's too late. If they only knew - the world's greatest volcanic eruption in history is like the lighting of a single match in comparison to what will be. All of the wars in history put together will be nothing in comparison to what will be. Our all loving and Most Powerful GOD will pour out His wrath on this unrepentant earth.

1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Proverbs 15:3  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Romans 8:26-28  The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

Jude 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Ephesians 1:12-14  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Love In Christ,
Tom

1 Thessalonians 2:2-4  But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 05, 2005, 11:16:58 PM
Amen Brother. I love looking at these acts of "nature" as they remind me of just that. Yes, these things are infinitesimally small in comparison to the power of God and I am reminded of just that each time I see such things. It is a wonder of wonders and I too thank God for His wonderful mercies.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: xpixiechick1234x on September 10, 2005, 03:48:45 AM
These are all the signs of the times that we're going through.
Read Mathew chapter 24


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on September 10, 2005, 12:14:40 PM
These are all the signs of the times that we're going through.
Read Mathew chapter 24
Matthew 24:7-8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.   All these are the beginning of sorrows

So yes, we are in the times, of sorrows. That is what this thread is about.

Resting in the hands, of Jesus.
Bob

Hosea 13:13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 01:15:24 AM
El Salvador volcano kills two, thousands flee
Sat Oct 1, 2005 11:35 PM ET

By Rene Tobar

PALO CAMPANA, El Salvador (Reuters) - El Salvador's largest volcano erupted for the first time in a century on Saturday, killing two people and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

The Ilamatepec volcano, also known as Santa Ana, hurled out hot rocks, ash and boiling water on Saturday morning and a massive plume of smoke rose more than 10 miles into the air.

Two people were killed under a landslide caused by the volcano's eruption in the small community of Palo Campana, near the crater, the government said.

A few homes were destroyed. "I have lost everything. I have no money, nothing, just my children and my husband," said 73-year-old Rosa Flores, whose small home was set ablaze by a red-hot rock as she made breakfast.

A 12-year-old boy, Fernando Gonzalez, was desperately looking for his parents. "I'm scared. I saw big stones fall and one had smoke coming from it."

El Salvador's government declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people by late afternoon with 3,000 more expected to be moved out.

"The important thing is to save people, that is the first phase of this emergency," President Tony Saca told reporters.

Ilamatepec is the largest of El Salvador's 23 volcanoes and stands 7,800 feet above sea level in a major coffee-growing area about 40 miles west of the capital.

Its last eruption was in 1904 but it has been increasingly active since last year.

Homes and vehicles were covered in a thick layer of ash, and some of the area's coffee plantations were damaged.

"Many trees have been burned, for sure," said Sergio Gil, who leads the Procafe coffee institute. "It is a delicate situation, the ashes have reached as far as Apaneca, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the crater."

The coffee-growing region around Ilamatepec accounts for a large chunk of El Salvador's coffee output.

The nearby city of Santa Ana escaped damage from the volcanic eruption.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 01:16:40 AM
Light earthquake hits near Steamboat Springs
   

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 1, 2005

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - A light earthquake hit near Steamboat Springs late Friday, knocking things off shelves and skewing wall hangings but not causing any other damage, the U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday.

The earthquake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, occurred at 11:57 p.m. about 14 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs. The Routt County sheriff's office didn't receive any reports of damage but dispatchers reported receiving up to 300 phone calls Friday and Saturday from people about the quake.

Respiratory therapist Jimmy Menk, who was working overnight at the Yampa Valley Medical Center, told Denver's KUSA-TV that it felt like a semitrailer had hit the building. He said the quake roused patients from their rooms as everyone tried to figure out what had happened.

The area usually experiences a couple of minor or light quakes, categories which range from 3.8 up to 4.9 magnitude, each year, said Waverly Person, a geophysicist with the USGS in Golden.

"We have no history of any large, destructive earthquakes in that area," he said.

The largest quake in Colorado's recorded history was a 6.8 temblor that hit west of Fort Collins in 1882.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 01:18:25 AM
Earthquake off PNG's south coast not expected to cause damage:

CANBERRA, Sept. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale recorded in the seas off the south coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG) earlier Friday is not expected to cause any damage or major wave, a spokesman of the Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby said.

    The Geophysical Observatory said a few aftershocks were expected after the strong quake, of which epicenter was initially determined to be about 140 kilometers south of Rabaul on PNG's island of New Britain with a population of about 20,000, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio reported.

    The quake comes three weeks after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Papua New Guinea causing a "small tsunami" in Rabaul harbor.

    Rabaul was destroyed in the September 1994 eruption of Tuvurvurvolcano.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 01:19:38 AM
Strongest earthquake in 15 years hits Cascade

10:29 AM MDT on Friday, September 30, 2005

Associated Press

CASCADE -- The quake that rattled the area around Cascade in central Idaho was the strongest one there in at least 15 years .

The estimated 4.0 temblor Thursday was the largest thus far in a swarm of small quakes that began September 22nd and now number more than 1,000.

Most have been too small for people to feel. But seven so far have been over magnitude 3.

There have been no reports of injuries, but there has been an epidemic of knick-knacks falling from shelves and tipped coffee cups around the rural mountain community.




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 01:20:59 AM
4.4-strong earthquake jolts Northern Islands

By John Ravelo
Reporter

Friday, September 30, 2005

A regional earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 occurred in the Northern Islands, while Anatahan's volcano continued to show signs of reawakened activity.

In a joint report, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Emergency Management Office said the regional quake was located between Agrigan and Pagan. It occurred on Sept. 20, two days after a 4.7-intensity temblor occurred south-southwest of Guam.

The agencies said seismicity on Anatahan remained at low levels amounting to a few percent of peak levels recorded last June. They said the volcano had not emitted significant amount of ash.

The agencies maintained, though, that long-period earthquakes continued to occur, albeit sparsely. The volcanic earthquakes indicate magmatic movement that may lead to another eruption.

The agencies noted no volcanic activity on Anatahan beginning Sept. 3, after about eight months of continuous eruptive activity. The situation lasted only several days.

The volcanic activity displayed its strongest historical eruption last April 6, with the volcano spewing out ash to 50,000 feet. The USGS and the EMO estimated the volume of ash emissions in that eruption at about 50 million cubic meters.

The volcano first erupted on May 10, 2003 after centuries of dormancy, with ash plume rising to an altitude of over 30,000 feet and covering over 1 million square kilometers of airspace above the Pacific Ocean. That eruption, which ceased by mid-June that year, deposited about 10 million cubic meters of material over Anatahan island and the sea.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: at_the_Cross on October 02, 2005, 03:07:57 AM
USA TODAY ... Link: Mutated bird flu (http://www.worthynews.com/zone.cgi?http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-09-29-flu-pandemic_x.htm?csp=34)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: nChrist on October 02, 2005, 04:18:48 AM
USA TODAY ... Link: Mutated bird flu (http://www.worthynews.com/zone.cgi?http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-09-29-flu-pandemic_x.htm?csp=34)

Hello At_The_Cross,

WOW! - This is horrible. I will be praying that health agencies can bring this under control. 5 to 150 million deaths - All Christians should be praying about this.

Love In Christ,
Tom

Galatians 6:9-10 NASB  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 10:25:18 AM
USA TODAY ... Link: Mutated bird flu (http://www.worthynews.com/zone.cgi?http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-09-29-flu-pandemic_x.htm?csp=34)

Hello At_The_Cross,

WOW! - This is horrible. I will be praying that health agencies can bring this under control. 5 to 150 million deaths - All Christians should be praying about this.

Love In Christ,
Tom

Galatians 6:9-10 NASB  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Amen! This flu virus has no known preventative innoculation for humans at this time and it will take several years at the very least to obtain such an innoculation once the virus shows itself in the mutated form.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 12:22:28 PM
No one saw massive slide in vast state

Published: October 2, 2005
Last Modified: October 2, 2005 at 02:31 AM

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach was checking earthquake activity around Alaska volcanoes from her Anchorage office on Sept. 14, a routine she performs every day at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, when she noticed a strange seismic signal on Mount Spurr.

A large shock to the Earth -- not as abrupt as an earthquake -- had happened somewhere in Alaska. When Caplan-Auerbach saw the odd signal was even stronger on Mount Wrangell, she suspected there was a great avalanche somewhere in the restless corner of Alaska where the Panhandle of Southeast meets the rest of the state.

There was. A good chunk of Mount Steller, a razorback 10,000-foot peak about 80 miles east of Cordova, had collapsed onto Bering Glacier. Rocks and ice from the mountain tumbled 8,000 vertical feet, spilling out in a chunky black delta that reached six miles from the mountain. Christian Huggel, a Swiss avalanche specialist who happened to be visiting the Alaska Volcano Observatory in Anchorage, estimated that the amount of rock and ice that shook loose was equal to a pile one mile long, one-third mile wide and 50 yards high.

Scientists at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer also noticed the avalanche when it happened. They called the Alaska Earthquake Information Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to confirm.

"It showed on all our instruments on mainland Alaska," Natalia Ruppert of the earthquake information center said, adding that the amplitude of the event was about equal to a magnitude 3.8 earthquake and more than 200 seismometers all over the state picked up its vibrations.

In her studies of Iliamna Volcano, Caplan-Auerbach has found that avalanches like the one on Mount Steller sometimes rumble one-half hour to two hours before they collapse, possibly due to the fracturing of ice at the base of the avalanche material. She just submitted a paper on the curious tendency of some avalanches to move before they collapse.

"I don't think anyone's ever seen avalanches that give warnings," she said.

One of the unique features about the giant avalanche of Sept. 14 on Mount Steller was that perhaps no one saw it or felt it. The nearest settlements, tens of miles away, were too far for people there to feel the rumbling.

"It shows how wonderful Alaska is," Caplan-Auerbach said. "Places like Iliamna could break in half and nobody would be killed."



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 12:35:07 PM
Another Typhoon hits Taiwan and China. Taiwan experiences an earthquake at the same time. It is also a very busy Typhoon season this year. Eaiwan has not fully recovered from a typoon that hit there less than a week ago.

Typhoon, minor quake strike Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Typhoon Longwang struck Taiwan Sunday, but only after a moderate earthquake shook the island.

CNN quoted local media as saying 36 people were injured in the storm, though no one was injured in the 5.4 magnitude quake.

The typhoon made landfall early Sunday with gusts topping 125 mph and heavy rains.

The storm shut down public transportation, and forecasters said up to 16 inches of rain fell along the northern and central portions of the eastern coast of the island, CNN said.

Longwang -- which means "dragon king" in Chinese -- was expected to hit the mainlaid after crossing the Taiwan Strait.




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 12:42:06 PM
UK's Silent Epidemic, Hepatitis C Expected to Kill 150,000

Up to 150,000 people in Britain are expected to die over the next 20 years from a treatable disease that most do not know they have.
A silent epidemic of hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus, has infected an estimated 500,000 people in the UK and new cases are rising faster here than in other European countries, specialists said yesterday.

Typical victims of the illness are middle-class professional men and women who dabbled in drugs in their youth and contracted the infection through sharing needles. Other people became infected through contaminated blood transfusions before testing for hepatitis C was introduced in 1991.

The disease is already the main reason for liver transplants, and it will kill more people than Aids by 2020.

The scale of the problem has been recognised by the Government, which published an action plan to tackle it last year. But in a report published yesterday, the Hepatitis C Trust, a charity for sufferers, said that Britain was at the bottom of the European league on treatment, with fewer than 2 per cent of cases receiving drugs, compared with 15 per cent in France.

Drug treatment costs £6,000 to £12,000 per case, and cures more than half of sufferers. It has been approved for use on the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), but the disease has no symptoms in its early stages and only one in 10 sufferers knows they are infected.

Charles Gore, chief executive of the Hepatitis C Trust, which produced the report, Losing the Fight Against Hepatitis C, said: "We have a dreadfully poor track record at diagnosing the disease. More than 400,000 people in the UK with the virus are completely unaware that they have been infected. As a consequence, they are not in a position to make lifestyle decisions that could reduce liver damage, and may inadvertently be putting others at risk of infection."

The disease can be spread through sharing needles in drug use or tattooing, snorting cocaine through a shared straw or banknote (the drug irritates the mucosal lining of the nose, making it bleed), sharing razors or toothbrushes, rarely through sex, and in childbirth (one in 20 infected mothers passes it to her baby).

Up to 30 per cent of those infected will suffer severe symptoms caused by chronic inflammation of the liver, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death over two or three decades.

William Rosenberg, professor of hepatology at the University of Southampton, said: "My hepatitis C clinic is full of lawyers, doctors, accountants and shopkeepers - responsible, professional middle-class people - who in their teens in the 1960s dabbled occasionally in drugs, for example by taking speed at weekends.

"There has been a major failure in the UK to address a public health epidemic. In France they diagnose five times more cases and treat 10 times more than we do. It is the same in Germany, Italy and Spain. Awareness of the problem is woefully low in the UK. Probably over 150,000 people in the UK will die unless they are treated."

The disease carried a stigma because of its association with drug use, he said. "That prejudice is very common. It is perceived as a low-life disease. People who are leading upstanding lives in the community with hepatitis C don't want to speak out about it, in the same way as people with cancer felt stigmatised 20 to 30 years ago."

Drug treatment with interferon and ribavirin can clear the virus from 40 to 80 per cent of patients, the report says.

Neil Hudson, 35: 'I was lucky I was diagnosed by accident'

Neil Hudson, 35, had to fight for treatment after discovering he was infected with hepatitis C during a routine test in 1999.

He contracted the virus through a blood transfusion nine years earlier when he was 20, seriously ill with pneumonia and septicaemia.

In intensive care and fighting for his life, he received 164 units of blood, one of which was contaminated with the virus. "I had to wait four months to see a liver specialist. I felt very isolated. I changed my diet, stopped drinking alcohol and made sure I had enough rest. In March 2000, seven months after finding out I had a fatal illness, I had a liver biopsy [test] which confirmed that the damage to my liver warranted treatment."

He then had to wait for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to approve drug treatment with interferon. He wrote letters to his health authority and MP but they refused to sanction treatment before the NICE decision in January 2001.

His first round of treatment failed to clear the virus from his blood and he had to wait another 15 months before being offered a second chance with a different form of the drug. The second round of treatment finished in June 2004 and tests showed he was free of the virus earlier this year.

He said: "I was lucky I was diagnosed by accident. I feel better now at 35 than I did at 25 because I had this disease eating away at my liver day by day. We have inferior treatment in this country. We should be ... preventing the spread of hepatitis C, but we are not."



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 02, 2005, 01:16:10 PM
Global dengue pandemic alert as mosquito mutates

THE world is seeing an explosion in dengue infections as the virus-carrying Aedes mosquito adapts to cities and grows immune to old methods of population control.

"It's a global pandemic," said Dr Duane Gubler of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Diseases in Hawaii. "It's quite clear that the disease has evolved. There just is more dengue in the world."

Dengue causes severe joint pain, high fever, nausea and a rash. It can lead to internal bleeding. There is no cure or vaccine.

All across Asia, governments are scrambling to contain the virus, with Singapore alone recording more than 11,000 cases this year.

"Guerrilla" mosquitoes were the world's new enemy, said Dr Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute in France. He and Dr Gubler were among seven experts invited by Singapore's Ministry of Health to investigate the city-state's current spike in infections.



Title: El Salvador volcano kills two, thousands flee
Post by: Shammu on October 03, 2005, 12:15:32 AM
El Salvador volcano kills two, thousands flee
Sat Oct 1, 2005 11:35 PM ET9

 By Rene Tobar

PALO CAMPANA, El Salvador (Reuters) - El Salvador's largest volcano erupted for the first time in a century on Saturday, killing two people and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

The Ilamatepec volcano, also known as Santa Ana, hurled out hot rocks, ash and boiling water on Saturday morning and a massive plume of smoke rose more than 10 miles into the air.

Two people were killed under a landslide caused by the volcano's eruption in the small community of Palo Campana, near the crater, the government said.

A few homes were destroyed. "I have lost everything. I have no money, nothing, just my children and my husband," said 73-year-old Rosa Flores, whose small home was set ablaze by a red-hot rock as she made breakfast.

A 12-year-old boy, Fernando Gonzalez, was desperately looking for his parents. "I'm scared. I saw big stones fall and one had smoke coming from it."

El Salvador's government declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people by late afternoon with 3,000 more expected to be moved out.

"The important thing is to save people, that is the first phase of this emergency," President Tony Saca told reporters.

Ilamatepec is the largest of El Salvador's 23 volcanoes and stands 7,800 feet above sea level in a major coffee-growing area about 40 miles west of the capital.

Its last eruption was in 1904 but it has been increasingly active since last year.

Homes and vehicles were covered in a thick layer of ash, and some of the area's coffee plantations were damaged.

"Many trees have been burned, for sure," said Sergio Gil, who leads the Procafe coffee institute. "It is a delicate situation, the ashes have reached as far as Apaneca, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the crater."

The coffee-growing region around Ilamatepec accounts for a large chunk of El Salvador's coffee output.

The nearby city of Santa Ana escaped damage from the volcanic eruption.

(Additional reporting by Alberto Barrera in San Salvador)

El Salvador volcano kills two, thousands flee (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2005-10-02T033513Z_01_SPI166447_RTRUKOC_0_US-SALVADOR-VOLCANO.xml&archived=False)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 12:56:04 AM
Ethiopian volcano erupts again
04/10/2005 18:07  - (SA)  

Addis Ababa - An 11th earthquake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, jolted northern Ethiopia on Tuesday, triggering another eruption of the previously dormant Mount Arteale, which has been spewing lava for several days, geologists said.

The quake, which struck the remote region of Afar, about 980km northeast of the capital, is the 11th temblor to rumble across the region since last month, they said.

"A quake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, occurred in Teru (in Afar) and was followed by volcanic eruption," said Manahlo Belachew, an expert in the seismology department of Addis Ababa University.

"Quakes and eruptions have been monitored since September 18 at a small scale," he added.

amage

On September 24, a quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale caused the same volcano to erupt.

The earthquakes have damaged roads in the region's Teru and Dubti districts, making transportation difficult in a region largely inhabited by salt-mining Afar pastoralists, Ethiopian News Agency reported.

The only active volcano in Ethiopia has been largely dormant for the past six decades, but has been spewing molten lava since a series of earthquakes began rattling the region on September 18.

Large portions of Mount Arteale's slopes and its surrounding areas are covered in a thick blanket of ash and plumes of smoke, resulting in the displacement of more than 50 000 Afar nomadics and the death of hundreds of livestock.

"This may complicate the plan for relocation and resettlements of affected people as the quake and volcano eruption is expanding or stretching further in all directions," Manahlo added.

Experts have said the tremors and eruptions are being caused by the expansion of tectonic plates under the Great Rift Valley, an area considered to be highly susceptible to earthquakes and volcanic activity.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 01:00:28 AM
Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia's Aceh
Wednesday, 05 October , 2005, 02:19
Jakarta: An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale rocked the Indonesian province of Aceh but caused no damage or casualties.

The earthquake struck at 5:09 am (2209 GMT Monday) on Tuesday and was centered 60 kilometres under the seabed and 68 kilometres southwest of the Acehnese capital Banda Aceh, said the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Jakarta.

The agency said the tremblor was felt quite strongly in Banda Aceh but caused no casulaties or damage.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

A 9.3-magnitude quake off the west coast of Aceh on Sumatra island triggered the December 26 tsunamis that left at least 217,000 people dead around the Indian Ocean, including 131,000 in Aceh alone.




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 01:00:50 AM
Earthquake hits Great Nicobar Islands


      
Port Blair, Oct 4 (PTI) An earthquake of moderate intensity shook the Great Nicobar Islands in the wee hours today.
The temblor, measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale hit the region at 03:39 a.M., a Met department statement said.

The epicentre of the quake was at 6.4 degrees north on the Latitude and 93.6 degrees east on the longitude.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 05, 2005, 01:09:03 AM
Hurricane Stan Slams Into Mexico's Gulf

By MIGUEL HERNANDEZ, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 1 minute ago

VERACRUZ, Mexico - Hurricane Stan slammed into Mexico's Gulf coast Tuesday, forcing authorities to close one of the nation's busiest ports and spawning related storms across the region that left at least 66 people dead, most from landslides in
El Salvador.

Stan, which whipped up maximum sustained winds of 80 mph before weakening to a tropical storm, came ashore along a sparsely populated stretch of coastline south of Veracruz, a major port 185 miles east of Mexico City.

The storm's outer bands swiped the city, knocking down trees and flooding low-lying neighborhoods, authorities said. State officials said four people were injured, including a child, but gave no details.

All three of Mexico's Gulf coast crude-oil loading ports were closed Tuesday as a precaution, authorities said, but the shutdowns were not expected to affect oil prices.

Meteorologists said Stan was driving separate storms across Central America and southern Mexico, provoking flooding and landslides. Some 49 people had been killed during two days of flooding in El Salvador, Interior Secretary Rene Figueroa said Tuesday night. Nine people died in Nicaragua, including six people believed to be Ecuadorean migrants killed when their boat ran ashore.

Four deaths were reported in Honduras and three in Guatemala. In Costa Rica, a 36-year-old woman was killed when her home was buried by a landslide early Tuesday.

In Mexico's southern state of Chiapas, a river overflowed its banks and roared through the city of Tapachula, carrying away ramshackle homes of wood and metal.

Chiapas Gov. Pablo Salazar said four people were missing and could have been swept away. He said 600 families had been evacuated from homes around Tapachula, near the Guatemalan border. Three bridges in the area were destroyed by floodwaters.

"Sadly, we know it's going to keep raining," Salazar said.

At Chachalacas beach, 20 miles north of Veracruz, Celestino Criollo struggled amid rising winds and intermittent rains to clear equipment from his beach-side, thatched-roof seafood restaurant.

Criollo said the storm's rapid approach had caught many beach dwellers by surprise.

"We knew it would be strong and the tide high, but we didn't think it would come this quick," he said. "They advised us, but they could have done it sooner."

Rain was falling Tuesday in much of Central America, forcing thousands from their homes. Among those evacuated were residents of San Salvador's Santa Tecla neighborhood, where an earthquake-triggered landslide in January 2001 killed some 500 people.

Officials have worried the mountain running alongside the neighborhood might collapse again with heavy rains or another quake.

Honduras and Mexico offered to send aid to El Salvador, if needed.

In the southern state of Oaxaca, also affected by heavy rains and wind, officials opened 950 shelters and were keeping an eye on 80 communities considered to be vulnerable.

In Veracruz, schools canceled classes and officials at a nearby nuclear power plant had readied the facility for the category 1 hurricane's strong winds and rains. Flooding washed out at least one major highway.

Some 38,000 people abandoned their homes statewide and stayed in some of the 2,000 shelters set up all along the coastline.

The closed crude-oil loading ports — Coatzacoalcos, Dos Bocas and Cayo Arcas — handle most of the 1.8 million barrels a day of crude oil exported by state-owned oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

Five exploratory oil platforms also were evacuated, but so far the storm had not affected the company's production of 3.4 million barrels a day of crude oil, Mexico's Communications and Transportation Department said. Pemex is the world's third-largest oil producer, and most of its exports are sent to the United States.

Before reaching the Gulf, Stan raced across the Yucatan peninsula on Sunday, buffeting the region with wind and rain, but apparently causing no major damage.

Hurricane Stan Slams Into Mexico's Gulf (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051005/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/mexico_hurricane_stan)

Note; We are seeing more of this kind of things. Happening more, and more, in this last year. Then in previous years, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 05, 2005, 01:12:21 AM
Firefighters Battle Calif. Fires, Wind

1 hour, 32 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES - Firefighters were on high alert Tuesday as winds gusting up to 50 mph threatened to flare up hot spots from three Southern California wildfires.

The winds and forecasts of low humidity prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning until Wednesday afternoon. The warning advises that conditions could lead to explosive fire growth.

The region's largest blaze, at more than 24,000 acres on the border of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, was fully contained, officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The blaze destroyed three homes.

Inspector Ron Haralson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said he was worried about the weather forecast.

"You have to have a watchful eye over the whole area right now," he said.

Firefighters surrounded a 1,100-acre fire in rugged terrain in the hills above Burbank, said Capt. Ron Bell of the Burbank Fire Department. Crews remained on the scene to tamp down hot spots from the blaze that started Thursday.

In San Bernardino County, a 935-acre fire was 85 percent contained, said Carol Beckley, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was burning in steep, rugged terrain in and around San Bernardino National Forest, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.

Firefighters Battle Calif. Fires, Wind (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051005/ap_on_re_us/socal_wildfires)


Title: Ten people dead as mystery virus hits Toronto home
Post by: Shammu on October 05, 2005, 01:29:07 AM
Ten people dead as mystery virus hits Toronto home
Tue Oct 4, 2005 6:44 PM ET163

By Matthew Chung

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ten people have died from a mystery viral outbreak at a Toronto nursing home and another 40 are in hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday as they raced to contact anyone who visited the home recently.

The outbreak, an unidentified respiratory virus, has sparked memories of the SARS outbreak two years ago that killed 44 people in Canada's largest city.

But health officials said the latest outbreak, which was first detected on September 25, is under control although they warned that more deaths could be expected.

Four new deaths were added to the toll on Tuesday, all of them elderly residents at the Seven Oaks Home for the Aged. All of the dead were aged between 50 years to 95 years.

"Although the condition of some ill residents has worsened and unfortunately four more have died, others are improving and we are confident this outbreak is under control," said David McKeown, Toronto's medical health officer.

"Given the age of the population...it's not at all unexpected to see more deaths."

Health officials have ruled out SARS, avian flu and influenza and are awaiting lab results.

But McKeown said it is possible they may never be able to identify the virus, which has infected 70 residents at the home as well as 12 employees and two visitors.

Forty people have been put into isolation in hospital. Residents with less severe symptoms are recovering at the nursing home which is closed to visitors and new patients.

Hospitals and emergency rooms were operating normally but medical staff at hospitals with infected patients are donning gowns, masks and gloves when handling patients.

Ten people dead as mystery virus hits Toronto home (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-04T224356Z_01_YUE479794_RTRUKOC_0_US-HEALTH-VIRUS.xml)


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Post by: Shammu on October 05, 2005, 01:33:54 AM
WHO sees 'global epidemic' of chronic disease
Tue Oct 4, 2005 8:10 PM ET

 By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) - Developing countries can tackle a "global epidemic" of chronic disease by adopting cheap measures that have helped cut heart disease deaths in some rich nations by up to 70 percent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

In a report published on Wednesday, the WHO said nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, cancer, respiratory infections, strokes and diabetes -- to which about 35 million people will succumb this year -- were preventable.

The report, "Preventing Chronic Diseases -- a Vital Investment", said developing countries, where most such deaths occur, must copy Western nations by discouraging tobacco use and curbing salt, sugar and saturated fats in food.

"Today we have a major epidemic and we know that if nothing is done, it will evolve rapidly and even more dramatically," Catherine Le Gales-Camus, WHO assistant director-general of non-communicable disease, told a news briefing.

The WHO, a United Nations agency, said its goal was to prevent the deaths of 36 million people by 2015, by reducing death rates from chronic disease by 2 percent each year.

"It is achievable. We want to stop people dying at an early age, prematurely and painfully, from a preventable condition," said Robert Beaglehole, WHO's director of chronic diseases and health promotion.

Eighty percent of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes cases, and over 40 percent of cancer cases, could be prevented, the report said.

Chronic disease also has a huge economic impact. The WHO estimates that such illnesses will cost China $558 billion over the next decade, the Russian Federation $303 billion and India $237 billion.

Low and middle income countries, where the epidemic is worst, need to look to the example of industrialized nations. Some 80 percent of deaths from chronic diseases occur in developing countries, and half are women.

"There is a very pervasive misunderstanding that chronic diseases affect only wealthy men in wealthy countries," Beaglehole said.

Alerting the public to the dangers of high cholesterol levels or blood pressure have paid off in Western countries, the report said. Heart disease death rates have fallen by up to 70 percent in the last three decades in Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States.

Poland lowered death rates among young adults by 10 percent per year in the 1990s at low cost, mainly by ensuring fruits and vegetables were available and by removing subsidies on butter which made it competitive with healthier vegetable oils, according to Beaglehole.

Over one billion people worldwide are overweight or obese -- putting them at risk of deadly heart disease --- and the figure could rise to 1.5 billion in a decade, the report warned.

About 22 million children under age five are overweight.

Child obesity was "a number one public health problem," and talks are scheduled next week with the food and beverage industry to discuss a "plan of action", Le Gales-Camus said.

"Reports of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents -- previously unheard of -- have begun to mount worldwide," the WHO report said, referring to a form of the disease previously known as adult-onset diabetes.

Wang Longde, China's vice-minister of health, said in an introduction to the report: "We have an obesity epidemic, with more than 20 percent of our 7-17 year old children in urban centers tipping the scales as either overweight or obese".

WHO sees 'global epidemic' of chronic disease (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-05T001046Z_01_KWA500528_RTRUKOC_0_US-CHRONIC.xml)

Believe it or not, I am not looking for these. They are reaching out, and slapping me in the face saying Look.  So as brother Tom says, KEEP LOOKING UP!


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 02:42:47 PM
Tropical Storm Tammy follows Florida coast
05 Oct 2005 15:55:38 GMT
Source: Reuters
(Updates storm position, movement throughout)

MIAMI, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The 19th tropical storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season formed north of the Bahamas on Wednesday and was expected to dump heavy rain on Florida and Georgia as it hit the U.S. East Coast.

Tropical Storm Tammy took shape near the same area where hurricanes Katrina and Rita formed over the past two months, but it was not expected to steer into the Gulf of Mexico nor to become a hurricane.

At 11 a.m. (1500 GMT), Tammy was about 40 miles (64 km) north-northeast of Cape Canaveral, the base for NASA's space shuttle fleet, and about 130 miles (208 km) southeast of Jacksonville, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The storm was moving north at 14 mph (22 kph). It was traveling almost parallel to the Florida coast and was expected to move ashore over northeast Florida and Georgia by Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds had reached 40 mph (65 kph) and Tammy could bring up to 5 inches (13 cm) of rainfall to north Florida, southeast Georgia and parts of the Carolinas. Rainfall could reach 10 inches (25 cm) in places, the hurricane center said.

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to the end of November, has been one of the deadliest in U.S. history, and the costliest in terms of insured damages.

Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,100 people after coming ashore over Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29 and flooding the city of New Orleans. Rita added to the misery.

Climate experts say the Atlantic has swung into a period of heightened storm activity that could last another 20 years.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 02:45:04 PM
This system, according to TV sources, is expected to turn into a hurricane no later than Mon, Oct 10th.


Weather system near Bahamas could become depression

From staff and wire reports

A low-pressure weather system over the Bahamas is expected to begin its crawl over Florida late today, bringing gusty weather and possibly dumping five to seven inches of rain over the region through Saturday.

A hurricane hunter reconnaissance plane was scheduled to fly this morning into the system, which on Monday became more organized near the central Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said.

Vertical wind shear -- the winds that can sometimes rip up a storm before it intensifies -- is expected to weaken today, said Richard Pasch, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center.

He said the system could strengthen into a tropical depression.

But Pasch stressed it was too soon to pinpoint a precise track or timeline for intensification.

"It certainly has the possibility to become a tropical cyclone; it could even become one as it approaches South Florida," he said. "There are a lot of possibilities."

It's not known yet what effect the system could have on the coastal Carolinas. The area already is forecast to have a soggy week, according to the National Weather Service.

There's a 30 percent chance of rain today, increasing to 50 percent by Wednesday night and 70 percent by Thursday. The likelihood of rain drops to 60 percent Friday and 30 percent Saturday.

Highs locally will be in the low 80s through Friday. Highs Saturday through Monday will be in the mid-70s, with nightly lows in the upper 50s.




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 11:12:47 PM
Security fears as flu virus that killed 50 million is recreated

Ian Sample, science correspondent
Thursday October 6, 2005
The Guardian

Scientists have recreated the 1918 Spanish flu virus, one of the deadliest ever to emerge, to the alarm of many researchers who fear it presents a serious security risk.

Undisclosed quantities of the virus are being held in a high-security government laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, after a nine-year effort to rebuild the agent that swept the globe in record time and claimed the lives of an estimated 50 million people.

The genetic sequence is also being made available to scientists online, a move which some fear adds a further risk of the virus being created in other labs.

The recreation was carried out in an attempt to understand what made the 1918 outbreak so devastating. Reporting in the journal Science, a team lead by Dr Jeffery Taubenberger at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Maryland shows that the recreated virus is extremely effective. When injected into mice, it quickly took hold and they started to lose weight rapidly, shedding 13% of their original weight in just two days. Within six days, all mice injected with the virus had died.

In a comparison experiment, similar mice were injected with a contemporary strain of flu, and although the mice lost weight initially, they recovered. Tests revealed that the Spanish flu virus multiplied so rapidly that after four days, mice contained 39,000 times more flu virus than those injected with the more common strain of flu.

The government and military researchers who reconstructed the virus say their work has already provided invaluable insight into its unique genetic make-up and helps explain its lethality. But other researchers warned yesterday the that virus could escape from the laboratory. "This will raise clear questions among some as to whether they have really created a biological weapon," said Professor Ronald Atlas at the centre for deterrence of biowarfare and bioterrorism at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Publication of the work and the filing of the virus's genetic make-up to an online database followed an emergency meeting last week by the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which concluded that the benefits of publishing the work outweighed the risks. Many scientists remained sceptical. "Once the genetic sequence is publicly available, there's a theoretical risk that any molecular biologist with sufficient knowledge could recreate this virus," said Dr John Wood, a virologist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in Potters Bar.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 11:14:05 PM
Six more seniors dead from mystery T.O. outbreak

CTV.ca News Staff

Six more residents of a Toronto seniors' residence home are dead from a mystery respiratory illness, raising the death toll to 16.

"It's obviously something new," infectious disease specialist Dr. Neil Rau  told CTV News. "It's either a new virus, or it's a play on an old virus that's become a little more virulent to the point of causing very significant disease in elderly people."

Toronto's medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, said there have been no new reported cases in the last 24 hours.

Public health officials say the cause for the outbreak at the Seven Oaks Home for the Aged in the city's east end remains unknown but that they are continuing testing. However, they maintain that the situation is under control.

"I think that if in a week we can't figure this out, it's time to get some international help," Dr. Rau said.

"What we are seeing is a pretty virulent pathogen that is causing this outbreak," said Dr. Donald Low, medical director of the public health laboratories branch in the Ministry of Health, appearing on CTV Newsnet.

Low has analyzed tissue samples from one of the victims who just died. Health officials have have ruled out influenza, avian flu, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Legionnaire's disease.

"So our task right now is to find out...what the cause is," Low said. "And that's what we are doing... literally working day and night with clinical specimens to find out what is causing this."

A total of 38 people are in hospital; 34 of them are residents, two are staff, and two are visitors to Seven Oaks.

Since the outbreak began on Sept. 25, 70 residents, 13 employees and five visitors have become ill.

"The majority of cases are improving but some have worsened as the illness takes its course," a statement released by the city's public health officials said Wednesday.

"What is reassuring, despite the fact that the number of deaths are going up is that the number of new cases per day is dropping," said Dr. Rau. "We have to watch a little longer, but it looks like that is a favourable trend."

Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman urged caution, saying there is no evidence to suggest the outbreak has spread beyond the seniors' home.

Smitherman noted Wednesday that respiratory illnesses afflicting vulnerable patients such as seniors are not uncommon.
"These are not circumstances that are new," he said. "We're struggling with circumstances like this always in the institutional environment."

Dr. Low agreed, saying such outbreaks have been around for decades.

"It is just now that we have the technology that we can actually identify them, and hopefully actually tell you what is causing them," he said.

Anxiety over the outbreak has been aggravated by fears of SARS in Toronto, a city still reeling from the effects of the respiratory illness.

In 2003, two SARS outbreaks in the Toronto area killed 44 and sickened hundreds. Worldwide, more than 8,000 people contracted the illness and 774 people died.

Meanwhile, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association has released a confidential memo to hotels in the city, urging them to be on alert that visitors and foreign media may pick up on the story and draw unwarranted comparisons to the SARS outbreak.

Among a list of bulleted recommendations, officials are warned that speaking out on the issue may make them appear "defensive."

"The only threat here is if people get carried away with hysteria (or if the outbreak escalates significantly, but there appears no reason to suspect it will)," the memo says.'

"We can inform anyone who asks that we are monitoring the situation closely. Of course we can't appear to be dismissing it out of hand.

"But the biggest threat to tourism is not a respiratory outbreak, it's a hysteria outbreak. That's what we need to contain. We certainly do not want to make any comments that refer to SARS or "last time."

Hotel officials are urged to limit any comment to the theme: "Toronto is one of the safest cities in the world, and that's as true today as ever."

The memo follows in the footsteps of increasingly intense media coverage on the outbreak, including on CNN.

The city's tourism and hospitality industry was hard hit by the SARS crisis after the World Health Organization put Toronto on a list of areas fighting SARS in 2003, thus driving away potential tourists leery of becoming infected.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 11:18:13 PM
Earthquake Rattles Three Argentine Provinces

Buenos Aires, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Wednesday the northern Argentine province of Tucuman and was felt in neighboring Catamarca and Santiago del Estero, with no human losses.

According to the National Institute of Seismic Prevention (INPRES) the trembling registered at 07:59 local time and its epicenter was located 50 kilometers southeast of San Miguel de Tucuman city.

The quake intensity reached 3 or 4 degrees on the Mercalli Modified Scale in Tucuman capital, and 3 degrees in Estero and Catamarca, noted the INPRES.

The seismic activity, which lasted less than 10 seconds, caused a big shake and alarm among the people, although calm quickly returned after verifying there were no human or material losses.

Experts said that Tucuman is an active zone, crossed by an important geological fault.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 05, 2005, 11:21:47 PM
Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Aceh Province
Earthquake Strikes Indonesia's Tsunami-Ravaged Aceh Province; No Reports of Serious Damage
The Associated Press

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged Aceh province on Wednesday, causing panicked residents to flee their homes and run to higher ground for fearing a tsunami. But there were no immediate reports of serious damage or threat of tsunami.

The magnitude 5.6 quake was centered about 30 miles southeast of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics office said on its Web Site.

State news agency Antara reported that scores of people ran to higher ground, fearing an impending tsunami.

"It caused panic among people. Some ran out of houses," said local seismologist Erida Wati.

Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, has seen almost daily earthquakes since the massive temblor on Dec. 26 that produced a deadly tsunami, killing more than 176,000 people in 11 countries. Aceh was the hardest hit spot with more than 130,000 dead.

Earthquakes of magnitude 6 and below are not considered strong enough to trigger a tsunami.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 06, 2005, 12:22:35 PM
 Toll of storms and landslides tops 160 in Central America
The Associated Press

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2005
GUATEMALA CITY Rescue workers on Thursday searched for victims of a mudslide near a volcano-ringed lake in Guatemala that is popular with tourists, as the death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Central America climbed above 160.
 
Downpours have battered Central America since the weekend, causing rivers to overflow and huge chunks of land to give way. Most of the deaths have reportedly come from landslides triggered by the heavy rains.
 
The storms killed at least 79 people in Guatemala and 62 in El Salvador. Nine people died in Nicaragua, four in Honduras and one in Costa Rica. Six people died in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
 
Forecasters at the U.S. Hurricane Center said that the rain was likely to continue for several days.
 
The hardest hit area appeared to be a town in Guatemala that is close to Lake Atitlán, a freshwater reserve situated approximately 150 kilometers, or 95 miles, west of Guatemala City.
 
Emergency officials said that 15 bodies had been pulled from the mud in the lake area, and that the death toll likely would rise when authorities were able to step up search efforts. Search and rescue efforts have been hindered by the continued rainfall.
 
"We have 79 deaths, but we have not finished a final count," Benedicto Girón, a spokesman for Guatemala's emergency response officials, said late Wednesday.
 
In El Salvador, President Tony Saca said 62 people had died, mostly from landslides caused by several days of nonstop rain throughout the country. Some 40,000 people in El Salvador fled their homes.
 
In southern Mexico, the states of Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca suffered flooding caused by Hurricane Stan, which hit the Mexican coast early Tuesday and brought more rain to areas that had already been flooded by previous storms.
 
In the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, flood waters destroyed bridges, engulfed highways and left the area mostly without electricity and phone service.
 
Governor Pablo Salazar of Chiapas warned that continued rain meant it was likely that the worst was yet to come.
 
President Vicente Fox of Mexico visited the state and asked that families in Chiapas "first dedicate all of their attention to protecting their lives, their health and their family members."
 
In the neighboring state of Oaxaca, personnel from the Mexican Army and Navy were mobilized Wednesday to help evacuate eight cities near a river that was close to unleashing floodwaters.
 
Authorities in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which took a direct hit from Hurricane Stan, said three people were killed and seven injured in the state. About 38,000 people in the state were forced to leave their homes, moving temporarily to higher ground.
 
 


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 06, 2005, 12:43:43 PM
 Northern Plains Recover From Winter Storm

By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press Writer

Roads reopened and the lights came back on for thousands of customers Thursday as the northern Plains recovered from a storm that blasted in from the Rockies.

Travelers were trapped as the snowfall reached as high as 24 inches in a band stretching across North Dakota, from Dickinson in the southwest to Langdon in the northeast. Winds gusted to 50 mph in Minot.

The National Weather Service said the wintry weather was among the earliest on record in the state.

Interstate 94, the state's main east-west artery, was reopened west of Bismarck at midmorning, but authorities warned that many other roads remained coated in ice.

National Guard soldiers worked with state troopers and other workers to rescue stranded motorists using snow plows, buses, heavy trucks and bulldozers, along with a piece of utility equipment that runs on tank-like tracks. No injuries were reported.

About 60 bus passengers who had been stuck for hours got hot meals, free T-shirts and cots in the Dickinson State University student union, courtesy of student volunteers.

William Jordan, of Conway, N.C., said he was grateful for the help but added, "This place, North Dakota, is terrible, man. It's cold."

At least 11,000 customers lost electricity, but most had it back by Thursday morning.

The Red Cross opened a shelter in Minot, the first time it had done so there because of weather, said Allan McGeough, the city chapter's executive director.

Crews trying to clean up fallen trees in Minot were hampered by snow and ice. "A lot of the stuff is frozen to the ground," said Alan Walter, the city's public works director.

A lineman for an electric cooperative was reported missing for hours after he ventured out on a snowmobile to check on a power outage. He was found at a farm and "he's fine," said Janice Koeser, an assistant at McKenzie County Electric Cooperative in Watford City. The cooperative had no more details, she said.

The storm came just a few days after North Dakota had temperatures in the 90s. Warmer weather was forecast to return in the coming days.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 07, 2005, 12:25:39 AM
Though Peace Holds, Famine Threatens Southern Sudan

Haider Rizvi, OneWorld US Thu Oct 6, 7:04 AM ET

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 6 (One World) - Extreme hunger and malnutrition could take the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in southern Sudan if the world fails to take immediate action, humanitarian aid activists are warning.

Nearly 300,000 children under the age of five are malnourished, according to a recent nutritional survey that shows that more than 20 percent of southern Sudan's seven million people are already facing extreme hunger.

Alarmed by the report's findings that predicts a possible famine in the region, aid and relief groups are calling for urgent coordination among the various United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations.

"There is still no concentrated effort to stop extreme hunger, despite unacceptably high rates of malnutrition," says Onesmus Muinde, a nutritionist for Action Against Hunger, an international relief network, also known by its French name Action Contre la Faim, or ACF.

ACF's report on southern Sudan shows a speedy increase in the level of malnutrition. Last year it stood at 19 percent, which is already four points above the emergency level. But this year's figures show 20.7 percent of the population suffering from malnutrition.

This is a kind of malnutrition that "can kill if not treated," say ACF researchers.

The report identifies "erratic and unevenly" distributed rainfall and inter-clan conflicts as major factors responsible for the worsening food security situation.

Last month, a severe shortage of jet fuel forced the UN's food agency to reduce its deliveries of food aid to southern Sudan by half. UN officials said insufficient contributions and the late arrival of donor funds prevented them from pre-positioning food early this year.

In addition to southern Sudan, tens of thousands of internally displaced people in the Darfur region are also becoming increasingly vulnerable to the deadly threat of hunger and starvation caused by disruptions in food supply by militia groups.

"Life in Western Sudan has become more and more desperate," says a statement from Christian Aid, a U.K.-based aid group, which is actively taking part in relief efforts in the region.

Last week, three Christian Aid workers were kidnapped at gunpoint while visiting an internally displaced people's camp. The group says such incidents are taking place frequently as security situation in the region continues to worsen.

"The situation is deteriorating and this is making it hazardous for non-governmental organizations to operate in the region," says Stephanie Brigden, Christian Aid's senior policy officer. "As a result, many people in Darfur are not getting the assistance they need."

UN officials monitoring the situation in Darfur are equally concerned about relief efforts. During the past two weeks, more than 30 civilians have died and thousands have fled makeshift camps in the Darfur region as a result of attacks by armed Arab men on horses and camels.

Last week, Jan Egeland, the UN's top relief coordinator, told reporters that if the violence continued to escalate and if it continued to be "so dangerous to the 11,000 unarmed humanitarian workers, the UN might not be able to sustain their operations.

"As we speak, we have had to suspend action in many areas, tens of thousands of people will not get any assistance because it is too dangerous," he said.

"My question is, is this a repeat of the so-called safe areas of Bosnia again?" Egeland asked. "We keep people alive, we give them food, we give them medicine, but we do not protect them, or protect our own unarmed staff."

Since such security obstacles are not prevalent in southern Sudan, where an agreement signed by the government and rebels in January provides some hope for relative peace, activists like Muinde say they see no reason for delay in taking action against hunger.

The peace agreement, according to ACF, gives non-governmental organizations the momentous opportunity to end malnutrition in Sudan, as well as to start long-term programs to build up food availability, increase access to clean water, and improve childcare practices.

Immediate steps are needed to address the problem of hunger because now it is threatening to turn an already "horrible cyclical problem" into a "severe malnutrition emergency," the group says.

"Why must we wait for the future?" asks Muinde. "We have the means to stop this crisis; but not the resources."

Though Peace Holds, Famine Threatens Southern Sudan (http://news.yahoo.com/s/oneworld/45361200331128596690;_ylt=ArNmXSECTo93Oybs44U_gB5vaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 07, 2005, 02:54:10 PM
Breaking News


Earthquake Rocks El Salvador, Guatemala

The Associated Press

A strong undersea earthquake rocked El Salvador and Guatemala on Friday. It was not immediately known if there were damages or injuries.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.5. A magnitude-5 earthquake can cause considerable damage.

Salvadoran government officials warned people to evacuate areas made vulnerable by five days of heavy rains blamed for 67 deaths.

The quake also was felt in neighboring Guatemala, where 150 people have died from flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains.

The earthquake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, 35 miles southwest of San Salvador, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 08, 2005, 12:45:36 PM
Earthquake Kills 1,700 in 3 Asia Nations
7.6-Magnitude Earthquake Kills More Than 1,700 People in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake near the Pakistan-India border Saturday reduced villages to rubble, triggered landslides and flattened an apartment building. More than 1,700 people were killed in both nations, and a Pakistan army spokesman called the devastation "a national tragedy."

In the capitals of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, buildings shook and walls swayed for about a minute, and panicked people ran from their homes and offices. Tremors continued for hours afterward. Communications throughout the region were cut.

About 1,000 people were killed in Pakistani Kashmir, said Sardar Mohammed Anwar, the top government official in the area.

"This is my conservative guess, and the death toll could be much higher," Anwar told Pakistan's Aaj television station.

He said most homes in Muzaffarabad, the area's capital, were damaged, and schools and hospitals had collapsed.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 08, 2005, 12:46:48 PM
Big quake rocks Indian subcontinent
Sat Oct 8, 2005 1:29 AM ET

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A major earthquake with a magnitude of at least 7.6 struck Pakistan on Saturday and was felt across the Indian subcontinent, sending people fleeing from their homes into the streets.

There was no immediate word of any serious casualties.

Pakistan's private Geo TV channel reported that the top floors of a 12-storey apartment block in Islamabad had collapsed and an unknown number of people were trapped inside.

The quake was also felt in the Pakistani and Afghan capitals.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) highlighted a large earthquake on its Website between Indian- and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir with a magnitude of 7.6.

It described the quake as "major", saying it took place at 0350 GMT at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles). It was centered 95 km (60 miles) northeast of Islamabad and 125 km (75 miles) northwest of Srinagar.

The USGS's David Applegate told CNN that because the epicenter was relatively close to the surface, the quake was likely to have been felt over a large area.

Japanese quake experts put the magnitude at 7.8. Tokyo measures earthquakes according to a technique similar to the Richter scale but adjusted for Japan's geological characteristics.

"We can say that it was one of the strongest earthquakes (ever) felt in Islamabad," said Mohammad Hanif, an official at the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

SCREAMING IN FEAR

Witnesses and Reuters correspondents could hear people screaming in fear inside their houses in Islamabad during the quake -- which lasted for about a minute -- and car and house alarms were set off by the shaking.

Minutes later sirens could be heard as the emergency services began racing through Islamabad, a city of close to a million people.

The situation was still tense, witnesses said, with residents listening and watching the crows -- which are believed to fall silent immediately before an earthquake.

In Lahore, closer to the epicenter, at least nine people were injured, including eight officials of the paramilitary rangers, who were caught when the roof of their office collapsed, police said.

Screaming people rushed out of apartment buildings in the Indian capital, New Delhi, as the tremors began, a Reuters reporter said.

Indian government officials and the meteorological office said earlier that the quake measured 6.8, and was centered west of Muzaffarabad in Pakistani Kashmir.

Reuters reporters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, also felt the tremors.

Indian officials said the quake was felt throughout northern and central India.

"People are still gathered outside their homes and buildings," a resident of Delhi told Reuters. "They are a bit scared to go back into their homes at the moment.

The area where the quake took place is known for its frequent seismic activity and experts have long predicted an imminent major earthquake in the Himalayan region.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 08, 2005, 01:35:43 PM
Subtropical depression forms near Bermuda; could become Vince

MIAMI A subtropical depression formed today in the open Atlantic, prompting Bermuda to issue a tropical storm watch.
The system could strengthen into Tropical Storm Vince later in the day, which would make it the 20th named storm in one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record.

At 10 a-m today, the depression's center was about 450 miles southeast of Bermuda. It was moving toward the northwest at about 15 miles an hour. It had top sustained winds of about 35 miles per hour, but was expected to strengthen even if it didn't become a tropical storm.

Long-term forecasts showed the system either reaching the United States mainland in about five days, or curving farther out to sea after passing Bermuda. But hurricane specialist Jack Beven says it appears the system might not survive if it gets closer to the U-S because of other weather in the area.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 08, 2005, 03:39:39 PM
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Aleutian volcano begins to quake

TANAGA: Temblors are far too tiny to be felt on the surface.

By DOUG O'HARRA
Anchorage Daily News

Published: October 7, 2005
Last Modified: October 7, 2005 at 12:48 AM

A sleepy volcano in the western Aleutian Islands began stirring this month, trembling with tiny earthquakes six to 12 miles underground, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The swarm beneath 5,925-foot Tanaga marks the first sign of unrest since the observatory wired the rugged cone with its own network of sensors two years ago, said volcanologist Rick Wessels of the U.S. Geological Survey. The volcano was last known to erupt in 1914.

Like other Aleutian Arc volcanoes, Tanaga gapes beneath one of the world's busiest airline routes, with dozens of flights jetting between North America and Asia there every day. Volcanic ash blasted five to six miles into the sky can damage or shut down jet engines, so the observatory listens and watches for eruptions around the clock.

Most Aleutian volcanoes produce tiny quakes every day, but Tanaga had been remarkably quiet for reasons that remain unclear, Wessels said.

"It had one reasonably measurable event every month or so, and now it's gone to several per hour," he said.

Tanaga rises steeply on its own uninhabited island, 63 miles from the nearest community in Adak and more than 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's one of 28 volcanoes monitored by the observatory for seismic action, hot spots and smoky plumes -- including the 11,070-foot Mount Spurr that looms on the horizon 80 miles due west of Anchorage.

Spurr, which last dusted Anchorage with ash during its 1992 eruption, continued to gurgle with its own quake swarm this week and remained under a restless "yellow" alert.

"It had some nice little seismic events going on this morning, at least a half dozen measurable ones," Wessels said Thursday.

Meanwhile, Tanaga, far to the west, began rumbling late Oct. 1 and has since produced 15 to 68 tiny earthquakes every day. Centered about a mile and half northeast of the summit, the quakes ranged from magnitude .5 to 1.7, far too small to be felt on the surface.

This unrest doesn't necessarily mean Tanaga will erupt anytime soon, and the volcano's alert was not raised from the dormant "green" status, Wessels said.

"We put out a release so that everybody knows that this volcano is doing something neat and interesting," he said.

The last known eruption of Tanaga occurred in 1914, when lava was seen flowing down its steep slopes. Smoke was reported from the summit in 1829, 1791 and 1763-70. But the volcano is so little seen that no one really knows its habits.

The new quakes aren't the kind of tremors produced when molten rock begins oozing toward the surface, Wessels said. A more likely cause may be hot gas shattering rocks under immense pressure far underground.

They could also be regular old earthquakes, related to the Pacific tectonic plate moving along the Aleutian Arc.

"Sometimes these volcanoes have to adjust themselves to the stress," Wessels said.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 08, 2005, 07:36:52 PM
Engineers: New Cause of New Orleans Flood

By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press Writer Sat Oct 8, 1:07 AM ET

NEW ORLEANS - Much of the city flooded not because water rushed over the tops of levees, but because two of the storm barriers that ring New Orleans actually shifted and then collapsed, a team of independent engineers said Friday.

The preliminary analysis contradicts initial reports by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which said water may have pushed over the top of the levees, eroding the earthen embankments that support the flood walls.

The independent engineers said the shifting of the barriers was understandable and did not assign blame or speculate about design flaws that the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina may have exposed.

"Levees tend to be built in very difficult situations on poor site conditions because you're essentially turning marshy land into land you can stabilize and do things on," said civil engineering professor Raymond Seed, who led a team from the University of California at Berkeley.

The California team worked with the American Society of Civil Engineers and Army engineers for several days this week before releasing the findings. More research is planned.

The question of what caused the flooding at the 17th Street Canal and the London Avenue Canal has been debated since the storm. The findings Friday show that soil from one levee was pushed back 35 feet, and that soil from the other apparently heaved upward from its base.

The independent engineers agreed that some of the worst flooding in the city stemmed from water in an industrial canal flowing over the top of a levee. But their report prompted a concession from Army engineers.

Soil giving way beneath the flood walls, causing the walls to collapse, was "certainly a possibility," said Paul Mlakar, a senior research scientist with the Corps.

Seed said the problems likely stemmed from different types of soil that make it difficult to build levees of consistent strength. The technology exists to compensate for such weaknesses if taxpayers are willing to absorb the cost, he added.

"The cost of a significantly stronger system would have been much smaller than current damage. The problem is, the current damage wasn't a sure bet," Seed said. "If it's a long-shot bet, it's very hard to get money spent up front. And so the American way is sort of take your chances."

Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29 and the massive flooding in the Lakeview, Mid City and Gentilly neighborhoods followed the next day, when waters from Lake Pontchartrain backed into canals and blew through the shifted levees.

Engineers: New Cause of New Orleans Flood (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051008/ap_on_re_us/katrina_flooding)

Quote
Much of the city flooded not because water rushed over the tops of levees, but because two of the storm barriers that ring New Orleans actually shifted and then collapsed, a team of independent engineers said Friday.
Hmmmmmm, levees don't shift, only the hand of God could cause them to shift.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 08, 2005, 07:39:35 PM
617 Killed in Central America Rain, Floods

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago

SANTIAGO ATITLAN, Guatemala - Dozens of Mayan Indians used hand tools to dig through hardening mud on Saturday, searching for bodies under a landslide that swallowed a Guatemalan neighborhood and pushed the regionwide death toll from a week of pounding rains to 617.
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Hardest hit was the lakeside town of Santiago Atitlan, where the side of a volcano collapsed, killing at least 208 people. Officials said the victims were among 508 people killed and another 337 missing in Guatemala.

The rest of the dead were scattered throughout
El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica.

The mud-spattered body of 3-year-old Mari Taxachoy Tzina was pulled Saturday from the home where she died. Her father, Gaspar, buried her in a common grave at the local cemetery.

"That's my wife, my two daughters, my son — I'm only missing one more son," he said, explaining how he had buried almost his entire family.

"You always think about saving your family, but I couldn't," said Gaspar, a laborer who returned from work in Guatemala City to find his house gone, replaced by a blank face of mud.

Guatemala has borne the brunt of heavy rains exacerbated by Hurricane Stan, which made landfall Tuesday on the Mexican Gulf Coast before quickly weakening to a tropical depression.

Governments in Central America and Mexico were still struggling Saturday to reach isolated areas devastated by flooding and landslides. Many roads had yet to be cleared.

On the banks of Lake Atitlan, a popular tourist destination, dozens of Mayan Indians swarmed over a vast bed of caked mud that covered trees and houses, looking for those still missing after Wednesday's landslide.

Primitive wooden coffins piled up in the cemetery, waiting for bodies. Villagers held sprigs of native herbs to ward off odors as they dug mass graves for bodies that likely would be buried without names.

"Entire families have disappeared," said Diego Sojuel, of the Santiago Atitlan municipal aid committee. "In some cases, there is no one that can identify the cadavers. And in other cases, it is because of the state of decomposition that we are going to have to bury them without names."

Tourists worked alongside local residents digging trenches 10-feet deep through mud strewn with bits of tin roofing, clothing, papers and bedding.

Chris Needham, 24, of London, paused to wonder aloud whether some areas might eventually have to be declared a burial ground.

"That's people's families under there," he said. "They're not going to stop digging. I wouldn't stop."

Guatemalan officials organized an air-rescue squad of their own helicopters as well as those lent by the United States and neighboring Mexico, but bad weather has limited flights.

Colombia announced Saturday it will fly in 10 tons of food, cleaning materials and first-aid equipment to help victims in Central America and Mexico.

In Mexico, President
Vicente Fox visited devastated southern Chiapas state and delivered aid to hundreds living in shelters. Some victims said they still had not heard from missing family members.

"I want them to look for my brother, Leonardo Maldonado, who is 27. He lives with us, but he went to work and I haven't heard anything from him," said Maria del Carmen, an evacuee.

In Guatemala, government workers have used heavy machinery to clear fallen trees and earth from the InterAmerican Highway. The country's important Pacific coast highway remained impassable, however, after raging rivers destroyed five bridges.

The disaster started gradually in communities ringing Lake Atitlan, where creeks and rivers began spilling their banks on Wednesday as rains soaked cornfields that climb steep, deforested hillsides.

Martin Ramirez Tacaxoy, 41, a farmer, said his sister came by to wake him up to tell him the nearby river was rising.

But because the continuing rains had been so gentle, many other people went back to sleep — until the wall of earth came.

"It was a roar, it was like an earthquake," said Ramirez Tacaxoy, who pulled out three of his neighbors, some severally wounded from mud that had buried them, in some cases up to their necks. "Some people on the edges where able to grab hold of coffee trees, and we pulled them out. But many remained underneath."

Survivors struggled to describe the thunderous roar of the mud that buried entire families.

"I saw it coming. I leaned up against the wall," Pablo Gaspar, 16, a firewood collector, said, gasping on his hospital bed after being rescued from the muck. "Then the wall collapsed on me."

He lost six family members, including both his parents.

617 Killed in Central America Rain, Floods (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051008/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/central_america_flooding)

This is an update on Pastor Roger's post.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 08, 2005, 07:43:24 PM
Quake Kills More Than 3,000 in South Asia

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 22 minutes ago

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A huge earthquake triggered landslides, toppled an apartment building and flattened villages of mud-brick homes Saturday, killing more than 3,000 people across a mountainous swath touching Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

The casualty toll from the 7.6-magnitude tremor was rising early Sunday as rescuers struggled to dig people from the wreckage, their work made more difficult as rain and hail turned dirt and debris into sticky muck. The worst damage was in Pakistan, where the dead included 250 girls crushed at a school and 200 soldiers on duty in the Himalayas.

For hours, aftershocks rattled an area stretching from Afghanistan across northern Pakistan into India's portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Hospitals moved quake victims onto lawns, fearing tremors could cause more damage.

The earthquake, which struck just before 9 a.m., caused buildings to sway for about a minute in the capitals of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, an area some 625 miles across. Panicked people ran from homes and offices, and communications were cut to many areas.

Most of the devastation occurred in the mountains of northern Pakistan. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 60 miles northeast of the capital, Islamabad, in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir.

"It is a national tragedy," said Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, Pakistan's chief army spokesman. "This is the worst earthquake in recent times."

In Mansehra, a shopowner named Haji Fazal Ilahi stood vigil over the body of his 14-year-old daughter, which lay under a sheet on a hospital mattress. He said his wife, another daughter and a brother also died when the family's house fell.

"I could see rocks and homes tumbling down the mountains," said Ilahi, who was driving to his village of Garlat when the quake struck. "When I reached my village, there was nothing left of my home."

India's government offered condolences and assistance to Pakistan, a longtime rival with which it has been pursuing peace efforts after fighting three wars since independence from British rule in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

"While parts of India have also suffered from this unexpected natural disaster, we are prepared to extend any assistance with rescue and relief which you may deem appropriate," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a message to Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

India reported at least 250 people killed and 800 injured when the quake collapsed 2,700 houses and other buildings in Jammu-Kashmir state. Most of the deaths occurred in the border towns of Uri, Tangdar and Punch and in the city of Srinagar, said B.B. Vyas, the state's divisional commissioner.

Telephone lines were down. Some bridges developed cracks, but traffic was reported to be passing over them.

A senior Pakistani army officer said 200 soldiers were killed by debris and landslides in Pakistan's portion of Kashmir. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

About 1,000 civilians died in that region, said Sardar Mohammed Anwar, the top government official in the area.

"This is my conservative guess, and the death toll could be much higher," Anwar told Pakistan's Aaj television station, adding that most homes in Muzaffarabad, the area's capital, were damaged, and schools and hospitals collapsed.

The death toll was at least 1,600 in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, said Akram Durani, the province's top elected official.

Ataullah Khan Wazir, police chief in the northwestern district of Mansehra, said authorities there pulled the bodies of 250 students from the wreckage of one girls' school in the village of Ghari Habibibullah. About 500 students were injured, he said.

Dozens of children were feared killed in other schools.

Mansehra, about 90 miles northwest of the capital, was believed to be a hotbed of Islamic militant activity during the time the Taliban religious militia ruled neighboring Afghanistan. Al-Qaida operatives trained suicide squads at a camp there, Afghan and Pakistani sources told The Associated Press in 2002.

Afghanistan appeared to suffer the least damage. In its east, an 11-year-old girl was crushed to death when a wall in her home collapsed, police official Gafar Khan said.

A U.S. military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, said the quake was felt at Bagram, the main American base in Afghanistan, but he had no reports of damage at bases around the country.

The United Nations said it was working with Pakistan, Afghanistan and India on an emergency response to the quake.

President Bush offered condolences, and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice said the United States was ready to help.

"At this difficult time, the United States stands with its friends in Pakistan and India, just as they stood with us and offered assistance after Hurricane Katrina," Rice said in a statement.

In Pakistan, Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the military to extend "all-out help" to quake-hit areas and appealed to the nation to stay calm.

Helicopters and C-130 transport planes took troops and supplies to damaged areas, but landslides and rain hindered rescue efforts.

The only serious damage reported in Pakistan's capital was the collapse of a 10-story apartment building, where at least 10 people were killed and 126 were injured. Hospital doctors said the dead included an Egyptian diplomat, and the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said two Japanese were killed.

A man named Rehmatullah who lived near the apartment building said dust enveloped the wreckage.

"I rushed down, and for some time you could not see anything because of the dust. Then we began to look for people in the rubble," he said. "We pulled out one man by cutting off his legs."

"It was like hell," added Nauman Ali, who lives in a nearby building. "I was tossed up in my bed and the ceiling fan struck against the roof."

Aided by two large cranes, hundreds of police and soldiers helped remove chunks of concrete, one of which was splattered with blood. One rescue worker said he heard faint cries from people trapped in the rubble.

In Abbotabad, north of Islamabad, dozens of injured quake victims and other patients lay on the lawn of the city hospital as staff with loudspeakers appealed to the public for food and other relief supplies.

One of the injured was an 8-year-old boy, Qadeer, whose father, a farmer named Jehangir, said the only buildings left standing in their village were a mosque and a school. Qadeer lay unconscious, his right leg heavily bandaged.

Authorities laid out dozens of bodies under sheets in a damaged sports stadium in Muzaffarabad.

Quake Kills More Than 3,000 in South Asia (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051008/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_quake)

This is an update on Pastor Roger's post.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 09, 2005, 11:11:29 PM
Hurricane Vince forms near Madeira Islands
10 October 2005

MIAMI: The 20th tropical storm of an uncommonly active Atlantic hurricane season strengthened quickly into a hurricane on Monday after forming in an unusual location, near Portugal's Madeira islands.

Hurricane Vince was about 200km northwest of the Madeira islands at 1000 NZT with winds of 120kmh, and was moving toward the northeast at 9kmh, the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said.

Its forecast track would take the storm toward Portugal but Vince was expected to gradually weaken on Tuesday as it moved over cooler waters. The hurricane was mainly a hazard to shipping, the hurricane centre said.

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season has been one of the costliest and deadliest for the United States, and Vince's formation made 2005 the second-busiest season since records began 150 years ago.

There were 21 named storms in 1933 and 19 in 1995. An average season spawns around 10 tropical storms, of which six become hurricanes. Tropical storms become hurricanes when their maximum sustained winds reach 119kmh.

US hurricane researchers say the Atlantic has swung back into a period of increased storm activity that could last another 20 years. Some climatologists also believe global warming may be increasing the average strength of tropical cyclones.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 10, 2005, 02:00:39 AM
JNW HEADLINE NEWS
Analysis: Eyes to the north

By Ryan Jones
October 9th, 2005

Lebanese security officials have told Geostrategy-Direct that hundreds of “Palestinian” terrorists have crossed into Lebanon over the past two weeks with Syrian assistance.

Damascus' ostensible aim is to strengthen what hold it still has over Lebanon through its terrorist allies, and to bolster forces massed in Israel's northern neighbor for future aggression against the Jewish state.

Over the past three years, attacks originating in Lebanon or carried out inside Israel proper by Syrian-supported groups have elicited Israeli air strikes on Syrian targets both in Lebanon and Syria itself.

And so Syria last week also concluded the procurement of advanced Russian-made S-18 anti-aircraft missiles, just in case Israel tries to retaliate again. Moscow also agreed to offer advanced military training to more than double the Syrian officers it now instructs in the ways of war.

The strengthening of Syrian and terrorist forces north of Israel corresponds to increased cooperation between “Palestinian” terror groups in the PA-controlled territories and those based in Syria and Lebanon, most notably Hizballah.

In early 2004, IDF intelligence officials estimated some 80 percent of “Palestinian” terror cells were financed and controlled, either directly or indirectly, by Hizballah.

With all the terrorists on the same page, their numbers bolstered, and morale skyrocketing in the wake of Israel's retreat from Gaza, the likelihood of a coordinated rocket assault on both northern and southern Israel at the same time has greatly increased.

Both Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza certainly have the armaments, the will and the audacity to carry out such an assault.

If they do, Israeli will presumably launch a harsh response, including token strikes meant to display it's military superiority, such as bombing runs on terrorist bases in Syria.

But this time Syria would be in a far better position to down an Israeli aircraft or two, leading to the situation quickly spiraling out of control, with Israel needing to respond even more harshly and the terrorists greatly emboldened in their offensive.

While all of this may seem like wild speculation amid relative calm in Israel and Western assertions of renewed momentum towards peace, another source indicates it is at just such a time that all hell will break loose.

The enemy to the north will say, “I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” (Ezekiel 38:11)

Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely... Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you...a great company and a mighty army.” (Ezekiel 38:14-15)

Interestingly, IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz last week told The Jerusalem Post that on the eve of the Jewish New Year, Israel has never dwelt more safely in its land than it does now.

Analysis: Eyes to the north (http://www.jnewswire.com/library/article.php?articleid=788)

Note;{/b] Wait till you read the next post! Everyone had better start LOOKING UP!


Title: War against Israel
Post by: Shammu on October 10, 2005, 02:03:44 AM
'Final stage - war against Israel'

A letter found by U.S troops in Iraq sent by Bin Laden's deputy to Islamic insurgent leader in Iraq, reveals al-Qaeda's future strategies; according to the letter, terror against Israel is the final stage of al-Qaeda's plan to take control of the Middle East
Yitzhak Benhorin

Terror against Israel is the final stage of al-Qaeda's plan to take over the Middle East: The U.S. has obtained a letter sent by Osama Bin Laden's deputy Ayman Zawahiri to the leader of Iraq's insurgency Abu Musab al-Zarqawi outlining its future strategies, the Washington Post reported Friday.
 
According to the letter, intercepted during an operation in Iraq, al-Qaeda plans to broaden its activities from Iraq to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel.

The 13 page document provides a thorough outline of al-Qaeda's strategies in Iraq and beyond. The document's content was authenticated by numerous sources.

Al-Qaeda's four-stage plan is clearly detailed: expelling the U.S. forces from Iraq, creating a caliphate over as much of Iraq as possible, expanding jihad to neighboring countries, specifically Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and war against Israel.

"I want to be the first to bless you on what God has blessed you with - fighting in the heart of the Muslim world that was a battleground for large historic Islamic wars and what is now the place of Islam's greatest war in the present era," Zawahiri said in the letter.

"The 'Mujaheddin' or warriors must not be allowed to end their mission with the expulsion of the Americans from Iraq, and then lay down their weapons," he said. "Then we will return to having the secularists and traitors govern us."

Letter contains request for financial assistance
 
The letter also hints at tensions within the group. Zawahiri warns Zarqawi against beheading hostages and then distributing videotapes, which could harm al-Qaeda's popularity in the Islamic world, he writes.

He advises Zarqawi to shoot hostages instead of beheading them.

However, it sees Zarqawi has ignored al-Qaeda's deputy and his group in Iraq continues to behead their hostages - the leader beheaded a hostage two weeks ago.
 
The letter also contains a request by Zawahiri for financial assistance from al-Qaeda supporters.

'Final stage - war against Israel' (http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3152239,00.html)

Ready, willing and looking up!


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 10, 2005, 02:08:23 AM
Did we really need to intercept such a letter as this to know that this has been al-Qaeda's plan all along?



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 10, 2005, 02:13:50 AM
Did we really need to intercept such a letter as this to know that this has been al-Qaeda's plan all along?


Nope, That is something all Christians should know.  Maybe it will help some non-believers, believe!


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 11, 2005, 01:11:41 AM
Storm Drops 20 Inches of Snow in Colo.

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 5 minutes ago

DENVER - A powerful storm that dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Colorado knocked out power Monday to thousands of people, closed a lengthy stretch of a major highway and triggered rock slides in the foothills.

The storm was blamed for at least three deaths, while an elderly man who got lost while snowshoeing was found safe after a night outdoors.

Authorities said 150 miles of westbound Interstate 70 was closed from the Kansas line to Denver. The entire highway was closed for the 80 miles between Denver and Limon, where truck stop parking lots were overflowing.

More than 70 people were staying overnight in four Red Cross shelters opened for drivers stranded along I-70, spokesman Robert Thompson said.

The storm cut off power to 80,000 homes and businesses when power lines snapped and transformers failed, according to Xcel Energy.

"You could hear them popping," said Tom Hartman, who was shoveling snow outside the Schlessman Family YMCA in Denver when the transformers began to crackle and die.

Some 12,000 homes and businesses, mostly in the Denver area, were still without electricity late Monday.

Dozens of schools closed or were opening late, including three in the Denver area that closed because of power failures.

Two children were hospitalized with minor injuries after a school bus slid backward down a steep embankment south of Denver, Douglas County schools spokeswoman Carol Kaness said.

A 73-year-old Denver woman was killed Monday after a tree limb snapped off and struck her, and a man and a woman died after their van skidded off Interstate 76 northeast of the city.

The unidentified 74-year-old man who got lost while snowshoeing with his son Sunday was found safe after a night outdoors in the foothills outside Denver.

"He's fine, he's just cold," Clear Creek County sheriff's dispatcher Marty Writer said.

Hundreds of flights were delayed at Denver International Airport as planes lined up to de-ice before takeoff, an airport spokesman said. At one point, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all Denver-bound flights for 90 minutes.

In southwestern Colorado, rain associated with the storm system was believed to have triggered two rock slides in San Miguel County, including one that shut down a lane of Colorado 145 near Telluride. No injuries were reported. Steady rain also caused two rock slides in Boulder Canyon northwest of Denver, forcing the closure of one lane of Colorado 119 and damaging a car. No one was hurt.

The National Weather Service had predicted up to 4 feet of snow in the southern Colorado mountains, but some of the snow melted and the precipitation turned to rain, leaving an accumulation of about a foot.

Snowfall amounts ranged from 20 inches in Breckenridge to 12 inches in Strasburg, about 20 miles east of Denver. Ski resorts, eager to open for the year, reported up to 24 inches of snow in the mountains west of Denver.

El Paso County Search and Rescue was called to help drivers who got stuck on snowy county roads east of Colorado Springs.

"We've got people out trying out the four-wheel-drive vehicles, and they're finding out they don't work very well," spokesman Steve Sperry said.

Storm Drops 20 Inches of Snow in Colo. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051011/ap_on_re_us/western_snowstorm)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 12, 2005, 02:08:27 AM
Three Alaska volcanoes showing signs of unrest
Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:09 PM ET165

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Anchorage residents could see a cloud of steam over the weekend from a volcano 900 miles away -- one of three Alaska volcanoes showing signs of unrest.

The three volcanoes, including two located on remote Aleutian islands distant from any population centers, are setting off frequent tremors and minor bursts of ash or steam, seismologists said on Tuesday.

Cleveland Volcano, 900 miles southwest of Anchorage, had a small eruption on Friday, said the Alaska Volcano Observatory, which monitors Alaska's more than 40 active volcanoes.

Its ash plume rose to a height of nearly 15,000 feet (4.6 km) above sea level, observatory scientists said.

A cloud of steam from the 5,676-foot (1,730-m) volcano's peak was visible from Anchorage over the weekend.

The volcano has had periodic but minor ash emissions and some debris flow caused by melted snow, said Dave Schneider, a U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist and acting scientist-in-charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Ash emissions "are a lot easier to see now than they were in the summer because you have fresh snow," Schneider said.

Cleveland Volcano, which comprises the western half of uninhabited Chuginadak Island, last erupted in 2001. The closest community, 45 miles to the east, is Nikolski, an Aleut village of 36 people.

The other volcanoes showing unrest are 5,925-foot (1,800-m) Tanaga Volcano and 11,070-foot (3,400-m) Mount Spurr, 75 miles west of Anchorage.

A series of eruptions in 1992 showered Anchorage and the surrounding region with ash, forcing a brief closure of Anchorage International Airport.

Three Alaska volcanoes showing signs of unrest (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-11T230847Z_01_DIT183310_RTRUKOC_0_US-ENVIRONMENT-VOLCANOES-ALASKA.xml)


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Post by: Shammu on October 12, 2005, 02:19:53 AM
Brazil Declares Amazon River a Disaster

Tue Oct 11, 8:39 PM ET

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Authorities declared part of the Amazon River a disaster area after a drought left the levels of parts of the river too low for navigation, officials said Tuesday

The government of the jungle state of Amazonas declared the disaster on Monday, freeing up money, food and medicine to scores of river communities that now can be reached only by air, government spokesman Hiel Levy said by phone.

"All these communities are having difficulty finding supplies. We're working to make sure they don't run out," Levy said by phone from Manaus, 1,660 miles northwest of Sao Paulo.

The level of the Amazon rises and falls regularly, but this year the dry season has been more severe than normal. Officials said the water levels in areas about 35 miles upstream from Manaus have dropped several feet to about five feet, making it hazardous for river boats and difficult for fishing, a key occupation.

"We're worried," Manaquiri Mayor Jair Souto told the Associated Press. "We have about 25,000 people whose basic food is fish. We're a community of fishermen."

Officials said Amazonas Gov. Carlos Eduardo de Souza Braga spoke with Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva about the problem and sent workers to dig wells to supply isolated communities with drinking water, which previously was drawn from the river.

Water levels are expected to rise in early November at the start of the rainy season.

Brazil Declares Amazon River a Disaster (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051012/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/brazil_amazon)


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Post by: Shammu on October 13, 2005, 02:06:55 AM
American Baptist Exodus
Scripture, homosexuality divide another venerable denomination.
by Rob Moll | posted 10/05/2005 09:00 a.m.

The Pacific Southwest region of the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) has begun defecting in the largest church exodus from any denomination over the presenting issue of homosexuality. Underlying issues, according to leaders, include the authority of Scripture and church discipline. Representing more than 300 churches, the region's board of directors voted September 8 to begin withdrawal. At least four other regions are considering leaving the ABCUSA, a member denomination in the National Council of Churches.

The ABCUSA officially states that "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching." However, gay-affirming congregations remain affiliated with the denomination. When conservative regions have disfellowshiped such congregations, those congregations have simply affiliated with a more liberal ABCUSA region.
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American Baptist Exodus (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/011/2.23.html)

Your going to have to finish reading this from it's mother site.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 13, 2005, 08:42:32 PM
Typhoon Nando continues to threaten Philippines
www.chinaview.cn 2005-10-12 23:00:27

    MANILA, Oct. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The Philippine weather bureau PAGASA Wednesday said typhoon Nando (international name Kirogi) has intensified and continues to threaten the provinces of northern Luzon.

    By 14:00 local time, PAGASA said satellite and surface data tracked the weather disturbance at 1,020 km east northeast of northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 160 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 195 km per hour. It continues to move west northwest at 3 km per hour.

    The weather bureau forecast the typhoon to be 1,000 km east northeast of northern Luzon by Thursday morning and 970 km east northeast of northern Luzon by Friday morning.

    By Saturday morning, it is expected to be 980 km east northeastof northern Luzon or 680 km east southeast of Okinawa, Japan, PAGASA added.

    PAGASA said the islands of Luzon and Visayas will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 13, 2005, 08:55:07 PM
Four Children in Minnesota Contract Polio

 By MARTIGA LOHN
Associated Press Writer

October 13, 2005, 7:58 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Four children in an Amish community in Minnesota have contracted the polio virus -- the first known infections in the U.S. in five years, state health officials said Thursday.

Dr. Harry Hull, the state epidemiologist, said the cases do not pose a threat to the general public because most people have been vaccinated against polio and are unlikely to have contact with Amish people. But he said he expects to find more infections within the Amish community because some of its members refuse immunizations on religious grounds.

None of the children have shown any symptoms of the paralyzing disease. About one in 200 people who contract the polio virus suffer paralysis because of it; others typically rid themselves the virus after weeks or months.

None of the four children had been vaccinated. Three are siblings; the fourth is a baby from another family.

The infection came to light when the baby was hospitalized for various health problems and underwent tests. Authorities then began testing other members of the community for the virus.

Officials would not identify the Amish community but said it consisted of 100 to 200 people.

Hull said the infections were traced to an oral vaccine that was administered in another country, probably within the past three years.

The use of oral polio vaccine containing the live virus was stopped in the United States in 2000. The live-virus vaccine caused an average of eight cases of polio a year in the United States. The U.S. and Canada now use an injected vaccine made from the killed virus.

State and federal officials are investigating how an infection from a vaccine given in another country reached Minnesota. Stool or saliva from an infected person can transmit the virus.

Health officials said they are working with the Amish community to determine who may have been exposed to the virus, and to encourage immunizations.

"We have been going house to house, talking with them about the risk, offering the vaccine and attempting to collect specimens to see if the virus has been spreading," Hull said. "Some families have said, `No, thank you, we do not want to interact with you at all.' Other families have said, `Sure, we'll get vaccinated. We'll provide specimens.'"

Without the community's cooperation, Hull said, there is a chance of an outbreak similar to one that occurred in 1979 in Amish communities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Ten people were left paralyzed by the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The last naturally occurring case of polio in the United States was in 1979, and health officials consider the disease eliminated in the Western Hemisphere. It persists in other parts of the world, with the vast majority of cases concentrated in India, Nigeria and Pakistan, according to the World Health Organization.

According to the CDC, more than 95 percent of U.S. children are vaccinated against polio by the time they enter school.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 13, 2005, 08:56:46 PM
Southwestern N.H. braces for possibility of more flooding

By Anne Saunders, Associated Press Writer  |  October 13, 2005

CONCORD, N.H. --The southwestern part of the New Hampshire should escape further flood damage as long as any new rainfall stays below 3 inches, Emergency Management Director Bruce Cheney told lawmakers Thursday.

With the National Weather Service late Thursday calling for 2 to 3 inches of rain, it could be a close call.

Cheney, Gov. John Lynch and leaders in the House and Senate gave lawmakers an overview of the damage and the status of the emergency relief.

"The progress has been truly remarkable but as you know, there's still much to do," Lynch said.

A key bridge in Hinsdale was repaired to allow emergency vehicles across and may open to regular traffic by Friday afternoon, Cheney said.

The state has distributed 46,000 sand bags to Cheshire and Sullivan counties and 550 well-testing kits. State health officials were going door-to-door to collect water samples that state environmental officials will test to see if the drinking water is safe.

Fifteen inspectors evaluated area dams and determined none are in danger of breaching, Cheney said.

Power was restored to all but about 16 homes on Thursday afternoon and all were expected to be back on line by nightfall. Most homes have phone service back as well, he said.

"We've had plans in place for years," Cheney said of disaster relief planning. In all, 11 state agencies, the American Red Cross and various federal officials are in the flood-stricken area making repairs, providing assistance to victims and assessing damage.

"It worked well," he told lawmakers of the state's planning efforts. "New Hampshire is well prepared."

Maine Gov. John Baldacci said Thursday he has offered Lynch any assistance possible and Maine transportation officials say they could provide temporary bridges and personnel to assemble them.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts state police dogs are assisting New Hampshire canines in the search for three people believed swept away in the weekend floods. Officials have given up any hope of finding them alive.

Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus said searchers were working their way through 16 miles of terrain from Alstead to the Connecticut River. They also are searching the Connecticut for Sally and Tim Canfield, who apparently were swept away along with their house, and Spencer Petty, who may have been washed downstream in his van.

He said teams are pulling apart debris piles left all along the flood route. The piles are made up of everything from trees to pieces of houses and cars.

Three people were confirmed dead in the flooding and a kayaker swept away in Antrim also has not been found.

Health officials are warning residents of the danger of illness and injury left behind by the weekend floods.

Cheshire County Sheriff Richard Foote said the flood waters and debris-filled areas are contaminated with human waste from destroyed septic systems, as well as gas, oil and other chemicals from destroyed homes and cars and fuel tanks.

He said people risk infection if they are cut by debris.

Cheney was confident that New Hampshire would soon get $5 million in federal aid. Additional federal money also is likely once communities can document their losses, put repairs out to bid and collect receipts that document the expenses involved in removing debris and repairing roads and public facilities, he said.

Homeowners who suffered major losses also should be eligible for some federal aid, but that could take time, he said.

In the interim, lawmakers are organizing a fundraising effort -- originally planned to help Katrina victims and now aimed at helping New Hampshire's own.

"This isn't an Alstead problem or an Acworth problem or a Walpole problem, this is a New Hampshire problem," Lynch said. "In typical New Hampshire fashion, this is all of us pulling together to help our families."




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 14, 2005, 01:54:57 PM
 Forecasting the Next Great San Francisco Earthquake

The San Francisco Bay region has a 25 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake in the next 20 years, and a roughly 1 percent chance of such an earthquake each year, according to the "Virtual California" computer simulation.

The Virtual California approach to earthquake forecasting is similar to the computer models used for weather forecasting, said John Rundle, director of the UC Davis Computational Science and Engineering Center, who has developed the model with colleagues from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other institutions. A previous forecast of earthquake hazards, the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities, used records of past earthquakes to calculate the probability of future ones.

The Virtual California model includes 650 segments representing the major fault systems in California, including the San Andreas fault responsible for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The simulation takes into account the gradual movement of faults and how they interact with each other.

The researchers used the model to simulate 40,000 years of earthquakes in California. They found almost 400 major (magnitude 7 or above) earthquakes at an average interval of 101 years. The simulation data indicates a 25 percent chance of another such earthquake in the next 20 years, a 50 percent chance in the next 45 years and a 75 percent chance by 2086.

The latest work is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. Other authors on the paper are Paul Rundle, Donald Turcotte, Robert Scherbakov and Gleb Yakovlev at UC Davis; Andrea Donellan, Peggy Li and Jay Parker, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Bruce Malamud, King's College, London; Lisa Grant, UC Irvine; Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University, Bloomington; Dennis McLeod, University of Southern California; Bill Klein, Boston University; and Kristy Tiampo, University of Western Ontario, Canada.




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Thomas1215184 on October 14, 2005, 06:56:19 PM
The fear of these things will be the beginning and the end.


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 14, 2005, 07:49:30 PM
The fear of these things will be the beginning and the end.
All these things a Prophised in the Bible. Just remember to keep LOOKING UP! (To borrow the phrase from bep's.)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 14, 2005, 08:02:15 PM
Northeast Slogs Through 8th Day of Rain

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press Writer 10 minutes ago

SPRING LAKE, N.J. - Toilets backed up with sewage, military trucks plowed through headlight-high water to rescue people, and swans glided down the streets as rain fell for an eighth straight day around the waterlogged Northeast on Friday.

Overflowing lakes and streams forced hundreds of people from their homes in New Jersey and New Hampshire, and parts of New York and Connecticut also were under flood warnings.

Some spots have had more than a foot of rain since Oct. 7, and 2 to 3 more inches of rain were expected in some places by Saturday.

Across the Northeast, at least 10 people have died because of the downpours since last weekend, and four others remain missing in New Hampshire.

Acting New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Codey declared a statewide state of emergency — the first step toward applying for federal aid — late Friday afternoon.

In the shore town of Spring Lake, giant military vehicles rolled in to help carry out hundreds of residents after an inlet flooded and a pumping station overflowed, sending sewage into the water.

Jack O'Connor, 84, was rescued from his apartment by rowboat. "All the years I've lived in Spring Lake, I've never been in a boat until now," he said.

Not far away, 65 homes were evacuated because of lake flooding, and a dam at a state park failed, swamping the streets. About 100 nearby residents who evacuated overnight as the Shark River rose were being allowed to return by afternoon.

In the town of Oakland, a half-dozen swans glided down the middle of a street as neighbors watched water lap at their porches.

"It's just lousy," said Ralph Petricone. "Learn from your mistakes."

In the northern part of the state, floodwaters knee-deep and higher cut off some neighborhoods, and sewage backed up into homes in Jersey City.

In Connecticut, the ground was so soft because of the steady rain that trees toppled, blocking the railroad tracks in Naugatuck. Commuters were forced to take shuttle buses.

Up to 3 inches of rain was expected in parts of southwestern New Hampshire. State workers passed out 46,000 sandbags and 550 well-testing kits.

Officials in Keene, N.H., one of the cities hardest hit by earlier flooding, issued a mandatory evacuation for 93 residents of a trailer home park along the Ashuelot River, and a voluntary evacuation for 1,200 other residents.

In Alstead, N.H., where at least 12 homes washed away last weekend, Gov. John Lynch set up a temporary office in the town fire department, passing out laminated cards with his cell phone number and direct lines to state agencies and public utilities.

Northeast Slogs Through 8th Day of Rain (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051014/ap_on_re_us/severe_flooding)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 14, 2005, 11:31:01 PM
Aftershock rattles Pakistan quake survivors
Fri Oct 14, 2005 5:55 AM ET

By David Fox

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Survivors of the Kashmir earthquake spent a sixth night in the open in the worst-hit city of Muzaffarabad, kept awake by the rumble of aid trucks and an aftershock early on Friday that set dogs howling.

The aftershock, at around 2 a.m. (1700 EDT), measured 5.3 magnitude on the U.S. Geological Survey's sensors. Local meteorological officials said there were 70 aftershocks in a 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday, and the seismic activity was likely to continue for months and maybe years.

People who had been sleeping on the pavement in the Pakistani Kashmir capital leapt to the middle of the road, eyeing what was left of buildings warily before eventually drifting back.

The aftershocks added to the misery of an estimated 3.3 million people affected by the quake, more than a million of them without homes and in desperate need of food and water but also tents and mobile latrines. The approach of winter was a worry.

"This is a very major earthquake but it's really aggravated a thousand times by the topography. An earthquake is bad anywhere, in the Himalayas it becomes much worse," the U.N.'s top emergency relief coordinator Jan Egeland told Reuters in an interview.

"So it's a nightmare in trying to reach now, community after community which are homeless, roofless, without food, without water. It is this race against time I fear we are now losing for many of these outlying villages.

The official death toll of 25,000 in Pakistani Kashmir is expected to rise. Some local officials and politicians say deaths could exceed 40,000. Another 1,200 died in Indian Kashmir.

The army has been airdropping supplies to villages cut off from help in remote valleys of the Himalayan foothills of Pakistani Kashmir and North West Frontier Province.

Where valleys were too narrow and steep-sided for helicopters to fly, mule-trains are being sent to carry in the food, blankets and tents people will need to survive.

WINTER SNOWS

But for the villagers, mules and airdrops were a temporary and unsatisfactory step -- they were looking for assurances they were not going to be cut off for the winter.

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Aftershock rattles Pakistan quake survivors
Fri Oct 14, 2005 5:55 AM E (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-14T095529Z_01_EIC160889_RTRUKOC_0_US-QUAKE-SUBCONTINENT.xml)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 14, 2005, 11:33:16 PM
2005 set to be second hottest year on record
Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:39 AM ET

By Gerrard Wynn

LONDON (Reuters) - 2005 will be the second or third warmest year on record globally, Britain's national weather service said on Friday, as climate concerns build among people in polar and low-lying areas and in the insurance and utility industries.

"Whether it is second or third depends on how Siberia reacts between now and the end of the year," said Wayne Elliott, Met Office spokesman.

"1998 was the warmest ever, 2005 is looking at being second. It will be another very warm year generally, which is in line with global climate change research."

The Met Office bases its measurements on both land and sea temperatures.

After 1998, the four hottest years globally were the last four years, according to Met Office data going back to 1861. The second hottest year was 2002, followed by 2003, 2004 and 2001.

The trend adds weight to concern among many scientists that the world is hotting up and that human activity including burning of fossil fuels and generation of "greenhouse gases" by industry is playing a major part.

Two recent hurricanes have left the United States with tight fuel supplies, energy companies say.

Meanwhile, in Europe Portugal and Spain have experienced their worst droughts ever recorded, and further east, floods and torrential rain drenched Switzerland, Germany, Austria and EU membership-candidates Bulgaria and Romania.

"The vast majority of scientists would now say that there is a significant, substantial human effect on the environment," Craig Hutton, project manager at the GeoData Institute, University of Southampton, said on Friday.

"I think that's good enough to get on and start to plan in reality for the effects of climate change."

Southampton University is working with IBM to research a early warning system for UK flood responses, to anticipate storm and tidal surges.

2005 set to be second hottest year on record (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-14T123845Z_01_ROB436559_RTRUKOC_0_US-ENVIRONMENT-WEATHER-2005.xml)


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Post by: Shammu on October 14, 2005, 11:51:45 PM
US says bird flu in Europe a "troubling sign"
Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:49 AM ET13

 By Darren Schuettler

HANOI (Reuters) - The spread of Asia's deadly bird flu to Europe is a "troubling sign" and the world must work faster to prepare for a potential flu pandemic, U.S. Health Secretary Mike Leavitt said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters in Hanoi on a tour of bird flu-hit Southeast Asia, Leavitt said outbreaks in Turkey and Romania underscored the need for urgent action against the virus which appeared to be spreading through migratory birds.

"The world is a biological dangerous place right now. An enemy avian virus known as H5N1 is establishing a presence in nations all over the world," Leavitt said.

He said outbreaks "that have occurred in Turkey and Romania and other countries along the natural flyways are certainly troubling signs".

European countries tightened border controls on poultry and poultry products on Thursday after tests confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Turkey was H5N1, the same virus which has killed more than 60 people in Asia since 2003.

Test results to determine the strain of virus infecting three ducks in Romania were expected on Saturday.

Experts suspect migratory birds, usually wildfowl which are silent carriers of the virus, may have carried the disease to Europe along their natural migratory routes.

"It will require a measured response on all of our parts if this continues to occur, as it inevitably will," Leavitt said.

The World Health Organization said on Friday the chances of human cases had increased with the virus' spread into new areas and it urged intensified surveillance of flocks and humans.

"STOP IT IN BIRDS"

Leavitt, accompanied by top U.S. health experts on the fact-finding mission to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam -- where 41 people have died since 2003 -- said fighting the disease at farm level was a top priority.

"H5N1 is mostly an animal disease today. To stop it from spreading to humans, we have to stop it in birds," Leavitt said in a region where the virus is endemic despite the slaughter of millions of birds.

Animal health experts say Thailand and Vietnam have had some success in containing bird flu, but still have not wiped it out.

The picture is more bleak in poorer countries such as Cambodia and Laos. Public health infrastructure is minimal and government budgets cannot afford a mass poultry vaccination program such as the one underway in Vietnam.

The United States has pledged $25 million to the region for training, supplies, lab equipment, village-based surveillance systems and public education.

Equally important is transparency in a region where some nations have been accused of blocking proper monitoring by failing to report cases or giving too few samples to scientists.

"While there may be short term costs to us individually or collectively, the burden of being secretive and lacking transparency would be catastrophic," Leavitt said.

US says bird flu in Europe a "troubling sign" (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-14T124848Z_01_ROB424404_RTRUKOC_0_US-BIRDFLU-LEAVITT.xml)


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 17, 2005, 12:37:50 PM
Wilma Forms, Tying 1933 Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season Record

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season tied a 1933 record for the busiest ever as Tropical Storm Wilma formed today over the Caribbean Sea, causing crude oil and natural gas prices to rise.

Wilma was about 220 miles (354 kilometers) south-southeast of Grand Cayman at 11 a.m. Miami time, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an online advisory. The system is the 21st named tropical storm of the 2005 hurricane season.

The storm, which has winds of 45 mph (72 kph), is forecast to strengthen in the next 24 hours as it moves west toward Honduras, Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Wilma may become a hurricane by tomorrow, the center said. Wilma is moving very erratically and may take different paths, said Mark McInerney, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

``If it gets in the Gulf, the water is warm there, so it would have fuel to intensify,'' McInerney said today in an interview. ``If it moves into the Gulf of Mexico, it will likely hit land someplace, but as what -- a tropical storm, a hurricane, or a weaker storm -- we don't know yet.''

Crude oil and gasoline prices rose on concern Wilma may enter the Gulf, disrupting oil output that's 67 percent below normal following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

`Taking No Chances'

``The storm may lead to further evacuations,'' said Michael Fitzpatrick, vice president of energy risk management with Fimat USA in New York. ``If the storm moves into the Gulf it will lead to a suspension of repairs and there may even be a contraction in production. We're taking no chances.''

Wilma's winds extended 70 miles from the system's center as the system moved southward at about 5 mph. The storm probably will turn west in the next 24 hours, the hurricane center said. Rainfall of 4 inches to 6 inches is possible in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, with as much as a foot in some areas. Honduras may receive as much as 10 inches of rain.

With six weeks left of the June 1-Nov. 30 season, this year already has set records. Katrina was the costliest ever U.S. natural disaster when it slammed into Louisiana in August, killing about 1,250 people. Spain was hit this month by its first tropical cyclone ever.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were in effect for the Cayman Islands, indicating such conditions are possible within 24 and 36 hours, respectively. The Honduran government issued a tropical storm warning from the Nicaragua border west to Cabo Camaron.

On Alert

Anyone living on the Gulf Coast from the Florida Keys to Texas should be on the alert, Richard Knabb, a meteorologist at the center said in a telephone interview.

Hurricanes are measured on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity. The weakest hurricanes are rated Category 1, with sustained winds of at least 73 mph. Category 2 hurricanes have minimum winds of 96 mph.

Crude oil for November delivery rose $1.14, or 1.8 percent, to $63.77 a barrel at 10:01 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Futures have declined 10 percent since reaching a record $70.85 a barrel on Aug. 30, the day after Katrina made landfall. Prices are up 16 percent from a year ago.

Gasoline for November delivery surged 5.49 cents, or 3.1 percent, to $1.8035 a gallon in New York, the biggest gain since Sept. 28. Prices have dropped 38 percent from a record $2.92 reached on Aug. 31. Gasoline is up 28 percent from a year ago.

This year's Atlantic hurricane season was already the busiest since systematic aircraft reconnaissance of weather systems began in 1944. Until this year, that mark stood at 19, in 1995, though less reliable data indicate 1933 had 21 storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

All the letters of the alphabet except Q, U, X, Y and Z are used to name storms. After Wilma, the storms will be named for the letters in the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and so on.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 17, 2005, 12:41:55 PM
Three strong earthquakes hit Turkey
Ankara, Turkey   
17 October 2005 04:11
Three violent earthquakes shook western Turkey on Monday, cracking walls, collapsing chimneys and sending 30 people to hospital, including a man who reportedly threw himself from the fifth floor of a building in panic.

Fear gripped many people who refused to enter buildings, preferring to wait in parks in case of aftershocks, witnesses said.

Anatolia news agency said about 30 people were hospitalised, mostly for treatment of fractures, after they jumped off balconies or windows. One man who had hurled himself off the fifth floor of a building was in a critical condition, it said.

The first quake occurred beneath the Aegean Sea at 8.45am local time.

Measured at 5,7 points on the Richter scale by the Kandilli observatory and six by the Athens observatory, it was felt in several Turkish towns on the Aegean coast and on the nearby Greek islands of Chios and Samos.

A second earthquake, measuring 5,9, struck at 12.47pm with its epicentre beneath the Aegean Sea off the town of Seferihisar, which lies 40km south-west of Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, a spokesperson for Kandilli observatory said.

A third temblor, with an intensity of 5,6 on the Richter scale, followed eight minutes later, the Kandilli observatory said.

Officials said the quakes did not cause extensive structural damage.

But schools were closed for the rest of the day and Tuesday in Izmir and the surrounding Izmir province.

In the coastal resort of Urla, several house chimneys collapsed and cracks opened up in the walls of buildings after the first tremblor, said the town mayor Selcuk Karaosmanoglu.

"The second quake was extremely strong. It shook the area quite violently," said an accountant from Izmir, Umut Taskin.

Turkey's top seismologist warned of the threat of more earthquakes in a region, which is crossed by several seismological fault lines.

"These earthquakes can continue over a few days," Gulay Barbarosoglu, the head of the Kandilli observatory, told the NTV news channel.

About 20 000 people died in two massive tremors in the country's heavily industrialised north-west in August and November 1999. -- Sapa-AFP




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:10:56 AM

Volcano erupts in PNG’s West New Britain

Posted at 01:52 on 18 October, 2005 UTC

Experts from the Rabaul Volcano Observatory in Papua New Guinea are being rushed to Talasea district in West New Britain province to assess the sudden eruption of dormant Mt Garbuna volcano at the weekend.

The National newspaper quotes a report from the West New Britain Provincial Disaster Office that Mt Garbuna started erupting late Sunday evening and continued into Monday morning when it subsided.

However, another report from the disaster office last night says volcanic activity intensified again yesterday afternoon.

The paper quotes provincial disaster office director, Major Paul Kaliop, as saying ash from the mountain fell on Garu village and its surroundings, contaminating water sources.

It says more than 20,000 people in the Talasea district could be affected by any further eruption.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:12:09 AM

Stay off popular volcano, Vanuatu official warns visitors

Posted at 03:46 on 18 October, 2005 UTC

Vanuatu authorities are warning people to stay off Mount Yasur volcano on Tanna island.

The mountain is one of the most accessible volcanos in the world and it’s a favourite spot for tourists.

The general manager of the department of geology and mines, Esline Garae, says seismic monitors have measured a surge in activity over the last two weeks.

    “The volcanic seismicity, recorded at the proximity of Yasur, shows an increase of activity since mid-September 2005, and this could be the warning signs of high explosive activity.”

Ms Garae says ash from eruptions on Mount Yasur usually doesn’t fall near settlements.

The Vanuatu Tourism Office is urging visitors to respect Ms Garae’s advice.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:13:21 AM
Warning: Possible Volcano Eruption in El Salvador

San Salvador, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Salvadoran National Service of Territorial Research (SNET) warned that LLamatepec, a volcano in western El Salvador between Santa Ana and Sonsonate departments could erupt.

Crater activity is anomalous, changing and unpredictable and, according to the persistent vibrations, experts expect an eruption similar to that causing two deaths on October 1, when more than 6,000 people had to be evacuated.

Once seismic activity started, authorities declared state of alert in areas around the volcano and prohibited tourists from ascending to Cerro Verde.

The abrupt eruptions of the volcano caused underground waters to rise in gotcha9an and La Floresta, near the city of Izalco, citizens reported.

LLamatepec is being monitored by a group of experts from SNET and Salvadoran State University, who have detected a slight increase in emissions of sulfur dioxide.

According to official data, this volcano, which last erupted in 1904, becomes active every one hundred years.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:14:28 AM
Disease threatens Guatemalan mudslide survivors

Doctors fear that overcrowding and septic water could lead to a rash of illness among survivors of a landslide that swept away a Guatemalan village this month.

Thousands of people from the Maya Indian village of Panabaj are crammed into churches and houses in the nearby village of Santiago.

The Government is racing to build temporary shelters.

"The worst problem now is the risk of epidemics," said Alfonso Verdu, coordinator of Doctors Without Borders in Guatemala.

"I don't think the situation in Santiago is under control."

Mr Verdu says doctors have seen dozens of cases of diarrhoea among survivors as well as dysentery, hepatitis A and chicken pox.

Thousands of people were vaccinated against tetanus last week in the main square of Santiago.

Panabaj sat between a volcano and Lake Atitlan's turquoise waters in spectacular countryside that draws thousands of American and European backpackers every year.

But it disappeared on October 5 under a deadly slick of mud, rocks and trees that poured hundreds of metres down the volcano after Hurricane Stan drenched the region with rain.

Police are preventing people from entering the stinking remains of the mostly buried town where authorities say there could be more than 1,000 dead.

But stray dogs are roaming among the ruins.

Santiago Mayor Diego Esquina estimates 4,400 people survived the disaster and more than 150 of them are living at a convent in the village.

In one dank, small room, 20 people sleep on dirty mattresses.

Happy to be alive, they say they are afraid to go to temporary buildings being built by the Government because they are too close to where the mudslide occurred.

"I'm not going to that shelter," survivor Maria Ratzan said.

Panabaj has been declared a mass grave and is now covered in white lime to prevent the spread of disease.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:17:41 AM
Earthquake death toll could top 54,000
Last Updated Mon, 17 Oct 2005 19:37:33 EDT
CBC News

Officials from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir say the Oct. 8 earthquake's death toll will be "not less than 40,000" in that state alone, meaning that the disaster may have claimed more than 54,000 lives in all of Pakistan and India.

About 13,000 people died in other parts of Pakistan, with officials saying the toll could jump sharply as relief teams reach more remote villages. So far, 1,350 people have been reported dead in Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir.

The grim numbers were released Sunday, as heavy rain and lightning storms continued to ground helicopters trying to bring aid to northern Pakistan, where almost 2 million people are homeless because of the 7.6-magnitude earthquake.

Flooding on many roads also halted the delivery of aid by truck.

The storms eased on Monday, allowing deliveries to resume.

Survivors have hiked out from remote regions in search of aid, while soldiers, relief workers and volunteers continue to carry in supplies by foot.

About 65,000 people were injured in the earthquake. Many have yet to be treated, and there have been reports of infection and gangrene setting in.

One-fifth of ravaged villages still beyond reach

Nine days after the quake, both Pakistani government officials and the U.S. State Department estimated Sunday that one in five villages in the stricken zone had yet to receive any help.

A pilot for the U.S. military who had been flying over Kashmiri villages to try to assess the damage told Reuters news agency that many of them looked fine from above, but were actually only intact roofs lying on the ground.

Many survivors say nothing remains of their homes.

"The whole village is gone," said Rubina Mahmoud, whose village of Bandhi Thanoliya was wiped out by a landslide that killed 30 people.

"Three members of our family are buried under the mud," Mahmoud told CBC News.

"We'll never be able to rebuild," said Raveen Achtar. "There are big cracks in the ground. It will be difficult to go back to our land."

100,000 more tents needed, military says

Through the region on Sunday, many homeless survivors searched desperately for blankets and battles broke out over tents amid temperatures that have dropped to 5 C in most places and below zero in higher altitudes.

Relief agencies are also racing to set up shelter before winter sets in this month.

Maj. Gen. Farooq Ahmed Khan, the Pakistani relief commissioner, said 29,000 tents and 118,000 blankets had been distributed – but estimated that 100,000 tents were needed.

"There are bound to be casualties because of bad weather. How much? I don't know," he told a news conference.

Huge quantities of relief supplies have arrived during the past week and aid workers said there was enough food for everyone – but distribution was often chaotic.

More than 200 military personnel in Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) left by plane for Pakistan on Sunday. The team expects to be fully operational within days.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:20:39 AM
Light earthquake reported off California coast
10.17.2005, 04:42 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFX) - An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale occurred late Sunday afternoon off the coast of California, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake struck 52 miles south-southeast from San Clemente Island, CA, and 70 miles west-southwest from Coronado, CA at 2111 GMT, the USGS said in a preliminary report.

The USGS described the temblor as a 'light earthquake.'

A spate of quakes, including one of 7.0 magnitude in June, has raised concerns about the possibility of a strong earthquake hitting the region.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:24:57 AM
Earthquake shakes Greece's eastern Aegean islands
17 Oct 2005 06:50:22 GMT
Source: Reuters

ATHENS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring magnitude 6 rocked Greece's eastern Aegean islands at around 0545 GMT on Monday, but no injuries or serious damage were reported, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said.

The earthquake's epicenter was located near the Turkish coastline, about 250 kilometres east of Athens and jolted the islands of Samos, Ikaria and Chios.

"So far no damage has been reported in Samos prefecture," the chief of the island's fire department told Greek TV.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:27:21 AM
Earthquake shakes southern Peru, no damages

Associated Press

Lima (Peru), October 18, 2005

A moderate earthquake has shaken Peru's southern coast, causing alarm in some cities and towns but no damage or injuries, the country's Geophysics Institute said.

The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck at 2.22 pm on Monday close to the town of Tarata, 930 kilometres southeast of the capital, Lima, the institute said in a statement.

Tremors were felt strongly in Peru's second largest city, Arequipa, 750 kilometres southeast of Lima, and in the country's southernmost city, Tacna, where people rushed from buildings into open streets and plazas, local radio reports said.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:32:04 AM
Chilly winter forecast for U.S. Northeast - EarthSat


NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Reuters) - U.S. households should brace for a frosty winter, particularly in the Northeast which is the biggest consumer of heating oil around, private forecaster EarthSat predicted on Monday.

"The current winter outlook is colder than last year and much closer to the 30-year normal for the national average expectation," EarthSat said in its revised outlook.

"The focus of the coldest anomalies should be more frequently toward the East Coast rather than the Mid-Continent," EarthSat said.

The outlook is bad news for Americans already facing record high prices for heating oil and natural gas.

The EarthSat forecast showed natural gas consumption-weighted heating degree days -- a measure of temperature below 65 degrees Fahrenheit -- averaging about 7.5 percent greater than last year for December through February.

The forecast will make this winter roughly in line with the 30-year average, but significantly colder than the five and 10-year averages, EarthSat said.

"We've had a very active hurricane season, a weak El Nino, and a hot summer. These things tend to translate into a colder winter," said EarthSat's Matt Rogers.

The U.S. West is expected to average warmer than normal.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 12:35:11 AM
Heavy Snow Falls On Mount Washington

POSTED: 11:16 am EDT October 17, 2005

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. -- Just last week, the summit of Mount Washington was basking in 50-degree record temperatures, but that has all changed.

Winter weather came early to the highest point in the northeastern United States. As of Monday morning, more than 18 inches of snow and ice had accumulated on the summit, which was being hit by blowing snow and sleet.





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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 18, 2005, 11:38:52 PM
Hurricane Wilma blamed for 10 deaths in Haiti

CTV.ca News Staff
 
Updated: Tue. Oct. 18 2005 11:29 PM ET

Ten deaths in Haiti from mudslides have been blamed on hurricane Wilma, which has been upgraded to a category 2 storm.

Forecasters expect Wilma to grow into a Category 4 storm on a scale of five, with winds of more than 210 kilometres per hour when it crosses from the Caribbean Sea into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center has the storm crossing southern Florida on Saturday -- although a hurricane's path is difficult to predict.

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wilma was centred about 295 km south of Grand Cayman and about 325 km east-northeast of the Nicaragua-Honduras border. It was moving northwest at about 13 km/h.

With maximum sustained winds near 160 km/h, forecasters expect Wilma to further intensify over the next 24 hours.

The storm's outer bands were already causing high winds, rain and surf on the Atlantic coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua.

Emergency crews in Honduras are preparing to evacuate 10,000 people from resort areas potentially exposed to the storm.

"All interests in western Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula, the Florida Peninsula, and the Florida Keys should monitor the progress of Wilma during the next several days," the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a public advisory.

The Keys were also planning an exodus.

Forecasters are predicting the storm will travel west and then turn toward the west-northwest, dumping roughly 10 to 15 cm of rain on the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Haiti, southeastern Cuba and Honduras.

The official long-range track has Wilma crossing the Gulf between southwest Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Friday, before curving east toward Florida's southern Gulf coast over the weekend.

"There's no scenario now that takes it toward Louisiana or Mississippi, but that could change," Max Mayfield, director of the Hurricane Center told The Associated Press.

Prompting fears the hurricane could move in on the Gulf Coast, which has already been battered this year by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dennis, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin warned residents they must be prepared for yet another evacuation.

On Monday, Wilma entered the history books as the season's 21st named storm, matching a 72-year-old record for the highest number of Atlantic storms in a single season.

The last time this many storms formed since record-keeping began 154 years ago was in 1933.

Having become the season's 12th hurricane, Wilma also ties a 1969 record for the most hurricanes in one term.

The six-month hurricane season ends Nov. 30.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2005, 11:00:28 AM
October 19, 2005
New Storm Measures as Most Intense Ever for Atlantic Basin
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

Hurricane Wilma, which appeared headed toward Cancun, Mexico, and possibly the Gulf Coast of Florida by this weekend, intensified into the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean basin early this morning, with winds of 175 miles per hour.

The hurricane is "potentially catastrophic," the National Hurricane Center said in its most recent advisory this morning.

"All interests in the Florida Keys and the Florida peninsula should closely monitor the progress of extremely dangerous Hurricane Wilma," the hurricane center said.

The hurricane center, based in Miami, added however, that if Wilma traveled across the gulf and made landfall in southwest Florida, it would likely be a substantially weakened storm. This morning, officials in the Florida Keys asked tourists to leave the area - which is usually a precursor for a larger evacuation order.

Forecasts project Wilma to move through the Yucatan Channel, the body of water between Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. It is not expected to affect the region from Texas to Mississippi struck by hurricanes Katrina and Rita the past two months; those storms killed more than 1,200 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

"We are not concerned about the Gulf Coast and we expect little if any impact on the oil industry," said Stacy Stewart, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center. "This is mostly going to be a Florida peninsula storm."

Since August of last year, seven hurricanes have passed over Florida.

Hurricane Wilma's winds extend 15 miles out, and tropical storm force winds extend to 160 miles, according to the hurricane center.

The storm's central pressure of 26.06 inches, or 882 millibars, is the lowest recorded of a storm in the Atlantic Ocean basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Lower pressure translates into higher wind speeds.

The previous record holder was Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which had a pressure of 888 millibars. Hurricane Rita, which slammed into the Gulf Coast last month, had a pressure of 897 millibars.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula and parts of Cuba and the Cayman Islands. A tropical storm warning has been called for regions of Honduras, which has closed two seaports in preparation for Wilma. Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua and the Cayman Islands have issued their own hurricane warnings. Mexico's hurricane warning includes the tourist area of Cancun. The MTV Latin America Video Music Awards ceremony, originally scheduled to be held Thursday at a park near Cancun, was rescheduled for today to avoid Wilma.

Honduras and neighboring Guatemala are still recovering from Hurricane Stan, whose rains caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 800 people.

The hurricane is expected to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain on the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, and as much as 25 inches in mountainous regions of Cuba, according to the hurricane center.

At 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the center of Wilma was located about 340 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, moving in a northwest direction at about eight miles an hour.

The storm is 12th hurricane of the season, which ties a record set in 1969. That figure is the most for a single season since record-keeping began in 1851. On Monday, the storm became the 21st named storm in the Atlantic hurricane season, tying a record set in 1933, and exhausting the list of names for this year. Any new storms in the six month hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, would be named with letters from the Greek alphabet, starting with Alpha.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2005, 11:07:39 AM
Strong quake rocks eastern Japan
Tokyo, Japan   
19 October 2005 02:21

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6,2 rocked eastern Japan late on Wednesday, the meteorological agency said. The temblor shook buildings in Tokyo and nearby areas, including Ibaraki, Chiba and Fukushima prefectures, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

There was no danger of a tsunami from the quake, centred 40km below the sea off the coast of Ibaraki prefecture, the agency said.

Runways at Tokyo's Narita airport were temporarily closed but have now reopened, Kyodo News agency said. High-speed train services north of Tokyo were also temporarily suspended but quickly resumed.

A nuclear power plant in Tokaimura near the quake zone had shut down automatically, according to national broadcaster NHK.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries because it sits atop four tectonic plates. Since the late 1970s, the government has taken measures to strengthen its monitoring of seismic activity, and to coordinate steps with local governments on how to cope with earthquakes.

Last October, a 6,8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan, killing 40 people and damaging more than 6 000 homes. It was the deadliest to hit Japan since 1995, when a magnitude-7,2 quake killed 6 433 people in the western city of Kobe. -- Sapa-AP



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2005, 02:26:41 PM
Geologists say 'bulge' may turn into volcano
100 square miles of Oregon terrain rising 1.4 inches each year

LOS ANGELES TIMES

BEND, Ore.

Half an hour west of this mountain town in central Oregon, in an area covered by forest, is a growing bulge in the terrain that scientists say could be the beginnings of a volcano.

The bulge covers 100 square miles and is rising at a rate of 1.4 inches a year. The shape resembles a dome, with the highest point about three miles west of the South Sister volcano in the Cascades.

Geologists say that the bulge represents a rare opportunity to study what could be a volcanic formation in its earliest stages, but officials in Bend, a town of 65,000, worry more about the potential hazards, such as lava and ash or flying rocks.

"Is it going to blow up and bury Bend?" City Manager Harold "Andy" Anderson asked. "In the wake of (Hurricane) Katrina, we're trying to assess our biggest natural threats, and the bulge came up in meetings as a possibility."

Scientists have held community forums trying to assuage concerns and educate the public about why the phenomenon should inspire fascination rather than fear. They say that nothing is comparable in the Cascades or possibly in all of North America, but the technology that detected the bulge is relatively new.

The bulge, in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area - named after three volcanic peaks - was detected in March 2001 by a geologist using a new imaging technology called radar interferometry, which uses satellites to measure changes in Earth's surface.

Since the discovery, scientists have "wired" the bulge with additional measuring equipment. Geologists from the U.S. Geological Survey have also visited the site and a report on their latest findings is expected this month.



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Post by: Shammu on October 19, 2005, 02:33:53 PM
Rice Won't Rule Out Force on Syria, Iran

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 11 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday refused to rule out U.S. troops still serving in Iraq in 10 years or the possibility that the United States could use military force against neighboring Syria and Iran.

Rice deferred to the decisions of President Bush and military commanders as Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee pressed her for more specifics on the U.S. strategy in Iraq.

Asked specifically whether the United States would have troops in Iraq in five or 10 years, Rice said: "I think that even to try and speculate on how many years from now there will be a certain number of American forces is not appropriate."

At the White House, spokesman Scott McClellan also would not rule out the possibility of a U.S. troop presence that far in the future.

"In terms of decisions about troop levels, we've always said that we will look to our commanders on the ground and they will be the ones who will make decisions based on circumstances on the ground," McClellan said.

Lawmakers also pressed Rice on strategy for dealing with Iran and Syria. U.S. officials have accused Syria of allowing foreign fighters to flow across its borders into Iraq and Iran of supporting the insurgency.

Rice said the United States was using diplomatic means to urge a change in the behavior of both countries — but she stopped short of ruling out military force. "I'm not going to get into what the president's options might be," Rice said. "I don't think the president ever takes any of his options off the table concerning anything to do with military force."

Testifying before the committee for the first time since February, Rice sought to reassure jittery lawmakers — who are hearing from their war-weary constituents — that the Bush administration had a plan for success: helping Iraqis clear out insurgents and build durable, national institutions.

She said the United States will follow a model that was successful in
Afghanistan. Starting next month, she said, joint diplomatic-military groups — Provincial Reconstruction Teams — will work alongside Iraqis as they train police, set up courts, and help local governments establish essential services.

But even as Rice tried to crystalize the plan, Republicans and Democrats asked her pointed questions they say Americans need to know.

"I'm not looking for a date to get out of Iraq," Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) of Delaware, the top Democrat on the panel, said. "But at what point, assuming the strategy works, do you think we'll be able to see some sign of bringing some American forces home?"

Rice declined to answer directly, choosing to leave an estimate to military commanders. "I don't want to hazard what I think would be a guess, even if it were an assessment, of when that might be possible," Rice said.

Later, Sen. Paul Sarbanes (news, bio, voting record), D-Md., told Rice that her response to questions about U.S. troop withdrawal "leads me to draw the conclusion that you're leaving open the possibility that 10 years from now we will still have military forces in Iraq."

"Senator, I don't know how to speculate about what will happen 10 years from now, but I do believe that we are moving on a course on which Iraqi security forces are rather rapidly able to take care of their own security concerns," Rice responded.

Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island were among several lawmakers who asked Rice whether the Bush administration was considering military action against Iran and Syria, and asked whether the president would circumvent congressional authorization if the White House chose that option.

"I will not say anything that constrains his authority as commander in chief," Rice said.

The lawmakers' queries followed Rice's earlier remark that: "Syria and, indeed, Iran must decide whether they wish to side with the cause of war or with the cause of peace."

As Rice spoke, a woman in the second row of spectators shouted "Stop the killing in Iraq." A police officer motioned her out of the room.

By State Department design, Rice testified before the committee just days after Iraq apparently approved its first constitution since a U.S.-led coalition ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Her appearance also coincided with the start of Saddam's trial in Baghdad for a massacre of 150 of his fellow Iraqis.

McClellan praised Saddam's trial as "a symbol that the rule of law is returning to Iraq."

Rice heralded the referendum on the charter as "a landmark" and said the US. strategy was moving from a stage of transition to a stage of preparing a permanent Iraqi government.

She described the administration's plan as "clear areas from insurgent control, to hold them securely, and to build durable, national Iraqi institutions."

"Our strategy is to clear, hold, and build," she said. "The enemy's strategy is to infect, terrorize, and pull down."

Alongside Iraqi allies, she said, the United States is working to dismantle the insurgent network and disrupt foreign support for them, maintain security in areas insurgents no longer hold, and build national institutions to "sustain security forces, bring rule of law, visibly deliver essential services, and offer the Iraqi people hope for a better economic future."

Rice Won't Rule Out Force on Syria, Iran (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051019/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_iraq)


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Post by: Shammu on October 19, 2005, 02:35:26 PM
Wilma Heads for Central America; 12 Dead

By FREDDY CUEVAS, Associated Press Writer 14 minutes ago

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Hurricane Wilma swirled into the most intense Atlantic storm ever recorded Wednesday, a Category 5 monster whose 175 mph winds and heavy rains already have been blamed for killing at least 12 people in the Caribbean as it bore down on Central America.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami forecast that Wilma could make landfall in southwestern Florida on Saturday and bring devastating winds to the east coast. Officials ordered visitors out of the Florida Keys.

Jamaica, Cuba, Nicaragua and Honduras were getting heavy rain from the storm, though it was not likely to make landfall in any of those countries. Many residents prepared for the worst only weeks after rains left more than 1,500 people dead or missing in Central America and Mexico.

With rough seas already pounding coastal areas, flood-prone Honduras warned that Wilma posed "an imminent threat to life and property" and closed two seaports on its Caribbean coast. Neighboring Nicaragua and the Cayman Islands also were on alert.

Computer models showed Wilma possibly making a sharp turn as it hits upper-level winds blowing east, moving through the narrow channel between Cuba and Mexico, where it threatened Cancun, before heading toward Florida.

Forecasters urged the Florida Keys and the peninsula to closely monitor the storm's progress.

"It does look like it poses a significant threat to Florida by the weekend. Of course, these are four- and five-day forecasts, so things can change," meteorologist Dan Brown said.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the hurricane was centered about 325 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph, making it a Category 5 storm, according to the Hurricane Center. It was moving west-northwest at near 7 mph.

It was expected to dump up to 25 inches of rain in mountainous areas of Cuba and up to 15 inches in the Caymans and Jamaica over the next two days. A foot of rain was possible from Honduras through the Yucatan peninsula, the weather service said.

In Mexico, the MTV Latin America Video Music Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for Thursday at a seaside park south of Cancun, was postponed until an undetermined date.

A hurricane watch was in effect for the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, parts of Cuba and the Cayman Islands.

Wilma's confirmed pressure readings Wednesday morning dropped to 882 millibars — the lowest minimum pressure ever measured in a hurricane in the Atlantic basin, according to the hurricane center. Lower pressure translates into higher wind speed.

Forecasters said Wilma was stronger than the devastating Labor Day hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935, the strongest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall on record.

But Wilma was not expected to keep its record strength for long, as disruptive atmospheric winds in the Gulf of Mexico should weaken it before landfall, Hurricane Center meteorologist Hugh Cobb said. Gulf water is about 1 to 2 degrees cooler than that in the Caribbean, which should inhibit its strength more, he added.

The strongest storm on record, based on the lowest pressure reading, had been Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which registered an 888 millibar reading.

The head of Haiti's civil protection agency, said Maria Alta Jean-Baptiste said the storm's outer bands caused flooding and landslides that killed at least 11 people since Monday and forced at least 2,000 families from their homes.

"The situation is not catastrophic, but if the rains pick up, it could become very difficult for some people," Jean-Baptiste said.

Heavy rains were swelling rivers along Honduras' eastern Atlantic coast Wednesday, but emergency officials had not yet ordered evacuations.

Honduras and its neighbors already are recovering from flooding and mudslides earlier this month in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan.

Cuban authorities suspended classes in the threatened western province of Pinar del Rio and prepared to evacuate tourists from campgrounds and low-lying areas, according the Communist Party newspaper. Heavy rains in the island's eastern province of Granma forced the evacuations of more than 1,000 people, though some 5,500 residents of Guantanamo, further east, were allowed to return to their homes.

Jamaica, where heavy rains have fallen since Sunday, closed almost all schools and 380 people remained in shelters. But businesses remained open and people went to work and shopped as usual. One man died Sunday in a rain-swollen river.

Wilma already had been blamed for one death in Jamaica as a tropical depression Sunday.

Some Florida residents began buying water, canned food and other emergency supplies. The state has seen seven hurricanes hit or pass close by since August 2004, causing more than $20 billion in estimated damage and killing nearly 150 people.

"People have learned their lesson and know better how to prepare. We're not waiting until the last minute anymore," said Andrea Yerger, 48, of Port Charlotte, Fla.

Her house had to be gutted after being damaged by Hurricane Charley last year.

In the Cayman Islands, authorities urged businesses to close early Tuesday to give employees time to prepare for the storm. Schools were ordered to close on Wednesday.

Forecasters said Wilma should avoid the central U.S. Gulf coast devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita earlier this year which killed more than 1,200 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Wilma is the record-tying 12th hurricane of the season, the same number reached in 1969. That is the most for one season since record-keeping began in 1851.

Wilma Heads for Central America; 12 Dead (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051019/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/hurricane_wilma)


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2005, 02:37:29 PM
Minor earthquake hits San Francisco region

Associated Press

The Geysers (US), October 19, 2005

A small earthquake has struck The Geysers, about 130 kilometres north of San Francisco.

The 4.0-magnitude quake was recorded at 5:05 pm local time about 8 km northwest of The Geysers in northern Sonoma County last evening, according to preliminary reports from the US Geological Survey.

There were no reports of injuries or damage, a sheriff's department staffer said.

The Geysers is located near a volcanic field where subterranean steam builds up and helps make the area seismically active, according to the USGS.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 19, 2005, 02:45:00 PM
1 in 4 Iraq vets ailing on return

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY Wed Oct 19, 7:25 AM ET

More than one in four U.S. troops have come home from the
Iraq war with health problems that require medical or mental health treatment, according to the Pentagon's first detailed screening of servicemembers leaving a war zone.

Almost 1,700 servicemembers returning from the war this year said they harbored thoughts of hurting themselves or that they would be better off dead. More than 250 said they had such thoughts "a lot." Nearly 20,000 reported nightmares or unwanted war recollections; more than 3,700 said they had concerns that they might "hurt or lose control" with someone else.

These survey results, which have not been publicly released, were provided to USA TODAY by the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. They offer a window on the war and how the ongoing insurgency has added to the strain on troops.

Overall, since the war began, about 28% of Iraq veterans - about 50,000 servicemembers this year alone - returned with problems ranging from lingering battle wounds to toothaches, from suicidal thoughts to strained marriages. The figure dwarfs the Pentagon's official Iraq casualty count: 1,971 U.S. troops dead and 15,220 wounded as of Tuesday.

A greater percentage of soldiers and Marines surveyed in 2004-05 said they felt in "great danger" of being killed than said so in 2003, after a more conventional phase of fighting. Twice as many surveyed in 2004-05 had fired a weapon in combat.

"The (wartime) deployments do take a toll," says Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman. "We send them to austere locations, places that are extremely hot, extremely cold, very wet, very dry ... where they may also encounter an armed enemy."

The Pentagon's goal is to identify all troops in need of care in part by screening every servicemember on a wide range of issues before and after overseas duty.

Begun in 1997 and expanded in 2003, it is the most detailed health assessment of deployed troops ever. It came in response to ailments that surfaced after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Jim Benson, a spokesman at the Department of Veterans Affairs, says comparable data from previous wars don't exist.

In October 2004, a federal panel of medical experts that studied illnesses of Gulf War veterans estimated that one in seven suffer war-related health problems.

Benson said the percentage of troops back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with health issues is close to the portion of former servicemembers coming to the VA for mental health or medical care. He says 101,000 of the 431,000 war vets who have separated from the military, or about 23%, have sought help.

1 in 4 Iraq vets ailing on return (http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/1in4iraqvetsailingonreturn;_ylt=AiDOhXuhA55_YnpC9uDyKl5H2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MjBwMWtkBHNlYwM3MTg-)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2005, 03:06:38 PM
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1 in 4 Iraq vets ailing on return

This percentage rises to 2 in 4 within 5 years and almost to 3 in 4 within 10 years. Many that have health problems from the Gulf area do not show up right away.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 19, 2005, 08:00:06 PM
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1 in 4 Iraq vets ailing on return

This percentage rises to 2 in 4 within 5 years and almost to 3 in 4 within 10 years. Many that have health problems from the Gulf area do not show up right away.


Thats not good Pastor Roger. I will pray more, for the vets, all over the world today.

When I made this thread, I should have called it. "Matthew 24, Birthing Pains." Cause these are signs, of Jesus's return.

Resting in the hands, of the Lord.
Bob

Matthew 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 19, 2005, 08:09:23 PM
Hurricane Wilma strongest hurricane on record
Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:39 AM ET173

 By Michael Christie

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Wilma became the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record on Wednesday as it churned toward western Cuba and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on a track toward Florida, having already killed 10 people in Haiti.

The season's record-tying 21st storm, fueled by the warm waters of the northwest Caribbean Sea, strengthened alarmingly into a Category 5 hurricane, the top rank on the five-step scale of hurricane intensity.

A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane measured maximum sustained winds of 175 mph, with higher gusts, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The plane also recorded a minimum pressure of 882 millibars, the lowest value ever observed in the Atlantic basin. That meant Wilma was stronger than any storm on record, including Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in late August, and Rita, which hit the Texas-Louisiana coast in September.

Storm warnings were in force for Honduras in Central America, where more than 1,000 people died this month after Hurricane Stan triggered mudslides that buried entire villages. Warnings were also issued for the Yucatan, Cuba and the Cayman Islands.

Wilma has killed up to 10 people who died in mudslides in deforested and impoverished Haiti after several days of heavy rain, civil protection officials said.

Wilma was expected to bring rainfall of up to 25 inches to mountainous parts of Cuba, and up to 15 inches to Jamaica and to the Cayman Islands, a wealthy British colony south of Cuba. Honduras and Mexico could expect up to 12 inches

of rain, the hurricane center said.

By 8 a.m. EDT, the hurricane was about 340 miles

southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Wilma was the 21st storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, tying the record set in 1933. It was also the 12th hurricane and tied the record for most hurricanes in a season set in 1969.

The season still has six weeks left to run. Hurricane experts say the Atlantic has swung back into a period of heightened storm activity that could last another 20 years. Climatologists also fear global warming could be making the storms more intense.

FLORIDA IN WILMA'S SIGHTS

The storm was moving west-northwest at 8 mph (13 km/h). A turn toward the northwest was expected in the next 24 hours. Once in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, Wilma was expected to make a sharp turn to the northeast, toward Florida.

Wilma was not expected to threaten New Orleans or Mississippi, where Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,200 people and caused more than $30 billion in insured damage.

It was also expected to miss the oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico still reeling from Katrina and Rita.

But frozen orange juice futures closed at a six-year high on Tuesday amid fears Wilma could ravage Florida groves that had just begun to recover from the hurricanes that destroyed 40 percent of last year's crop.

Florida was hit by four hurricanes last year and has been struck by hurricanes Dennis, Katrina and Rita this year.

Cuba's western tobacco-growing province of Pinar del Rio braced for heavy rain. More than 5,000 people were evacuated from eastern Cuba, where two days of rain caused floods and mudslides in the provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago and Granma.

Wilma was expected to weaken before reaching Florida.

Nevertheless, officials in the Florida Keys, a vulnerable chain of low-lying islands connected to mainland Florida by a single road, warned residents and tourists to take the storm seriously.

Tourists would be ordered to evacuate on Thursday and residents would be told to flee the coming storm on Friday.

"This is our fourth storm but this one is really aggressive," Irene Toner, director of emergency management for the county that encompasses the islands, told local radio. "This one we are taking seriously. The damage is going to be substantial."

Hurricane Wilma strongest hurricane on record (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-19T123849Z_01_ROB857009_RTRUKOC_0_US-WEATHER-WILMA.xml)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 19, 2005, 08:12:57 PM
Death Toll in Asian Quake Soars to 79,000

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press Writer Wed Oct 19, 4:32 PM ET

BALAKOT, Pakistan - The death toll soared to 79,000 Wednesday from South Asia's mammoth earthquake, following a survey of one of the two hardest-hit Pakistani regions — making it one of the deadliest quakes in modern times.

More aftershocks rattled the region, sending up huge clouds of dust from steep-sided mountain valleys where villages lie in pieces. During a helicopter tour of the ruins, the president promised new, quake-ready houses for the homeless.

In remote mountains, a steady flow of injured villagers continued to seek medical attention. Many had infected wounds, untreated since the Oct. 8 temblor, and had to rely on relatives to carry them for hours on foot to makeshift clinics.

More than 60 helicopters were dropping relief supplies, and mule trains were pushing into areas where no helicopters can land.

"Many people out there, we are not going to get to in time," said Rob Holden, the U.N. disaster coordinator in Pakistan's part of
Kashmir. "Some people who have injuries don't have a chance of survival."

Eleven days after the 7.6-magnitude quake, the full scale of the disaster is becoming apparent. A helicopter trip through the badly hit Neelum and Kaghan Valleys showed flattened homes on mountainsides and roads blocked by boulders, trees and earth. Moving only on foot, people were fashioning new pathways over landslides.

The central government updated its death toll to 47,700, but regional authorities gave much higher figures, based on information trickling in from outlying areas and as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Since the early days of the disaster, the central government death tally has lagged behind that of local authorities, although federal officials have said privately they expect the toll to rise dramatically.

Citing reports from local authorities and hospital officials, the government of North West Frontier Province said 37,958 people had died there and the toll was likely to rise. The prime minister in Pakistani-held Kashmir said at least 40,000 people died in that neighboring region. India has reported 1,360 deaths in the part of Kashmir that it controls.

Those tallies would push the death toll to 79,318 from the quake.

That figure was in line with an estimate Wednesday from a senior army official that 75,000 to 80,000 people had died across Pakistan. The official did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to comment on the death toll.

Aid workers fear casualties could rise even further as communities without adequate food, shelter or health care will soon face the harsh Himalayan winter. Snow has already begun to fall in high mountains, and some villages face subfreezing temperatures at night.

However, the death toll in Pakistan is unlikely to come close to December's magnitude 9.0 quake and tsunami that killed more than 176,000 people — most of them in Indonesia — or a magnitude 8.2 temblor that killed at least 240,000 in Tangshan, China, in 1976.

Hundreds of aftershocks are still rattling the South Asian quake zone, frightening the many homeless who are camping by ruined homes. A 5.8-magnitude tremor struck on Wednesday morning, near the epicenter of the main quake. Less than an hour later, a second was felt that registered 5.6.

There were no reports of injury, but the aftershocks caused new landslides that briefly blocked at least one road and sent rubble coursing down eroded mountainsides.

On a tour near the quake-hit town of Balakot, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf promised to build quake-proof homes for the homeless — drawing applause from about 200 villagers at a tented settlement.

Carrying a swagger stick and wearing a baseball cap, Musharraf also said he would be willing to let Kashmiri civilians drive across the militarized border from India to help their brethren on the Pakistan side rebuild.

"If they want to assist in the reconstruction effort and in (distributing) relief goods, yes, I will allow it. ... We would like to encourage it," he said.

There's been no formal Indian response to the offer. It appears at least in part a diplomatic parry to India's previous offer of military helicopters for relief efforts. The nations have fought two wars over Kashmir, and Pakistan refuses to let Indian military personnel onto its side of the disputed frontier.

At Nanseri, a village four miles from the Line of Control in Kashmir, injured people were still emerging from their communities — making arduous journeys across towering mountains, with relatives carrying their loved ones on their backs or in wooden-and-twine beds.

Dr. Amjad Sarij Memon said his eight-man team of volunteer doctors from the southern city of Karachi had performed more than 500 operations in the past six days in tents in the village. He said they have had to carry out "numerous amputations" because of infected wounds.

Despite the growing influx of aid, the U.N. World Food Program has estimated a half-million survivors have yet to receive any. Pakistan's military, however, says all but about 5 percent of communities have been reached — although it does appear that many villages have received little aid.

In Beijing, top U.N. relief coordinator Jan Egeland urged China, which borders Pakistan, to contribute winterized tents. Pakistan says it urgently needs 150,000-200,000 tents. It now has about 30,000.

Death Toll in Asian Quake Soars to 79,000 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051019/ap_on_re_as/pakistan_quake_pk1;_ylt=ArQCoa4YdDZPykxpQT1VZWqs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 19, 2005, 08:19:38 PM
Strong aftershocks rock quake-shattered Pakistan
Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:32 AM ET168

 By Faisal Aziz

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Aftershocks rocked earthquake-wrecked northern Pakistan on Wednesday, but survivors at least had one reason for hope as Islamabad and New Delhi agreed the border dividing Kashmir should be opened to help them.

Pakistan's relief commissioner said the official number of dead due to the October 8 earthquake rose by around 6,000 to 47,723.

There were no reports of deaths in what were the strongest of dozens of aftershocks since the quake devastated Pakistani Kashmir and adjoining North West Frontier Province.

But there were landslides in both areas, making life even harder for soldiers trying to rebuild crumpled roads into the high hills, where countless thousands of survivors still wait for help.

At one of their toughest jobs, in Kashmir's Neelum valley, the tremors sent scree rattling down the hills onto the short stretch of the 160-km (100-mile) road they had managed to clear.

Even without more landslides, officers in charge of the work said it would take weeks to drive on the road up the valley. That means large quantities of aid, beyond the capabilities of a growing helicopter fleet, will not be delivered.

With the harsh Himalayan winter looming and the heavy tents needed to house hundreds of thousands of homeless people in short supply, the tremors added to the misery.

But people in Muzaffarabad, the ruined capital of Pakistani Kashmir, were cheered by Pakistani's President Pervez Musharraf's dramatic call on India to open the heavily militarized border which separates the bitterly divided region.

India's prompt agreement gave hope the Line of Control (LOC), a ceasefire line which divides Kashmir and families, would be opened, help would pour across and many relatives would be able to meet each other for the first time in decades.

"It would be a fantastic thing," income tax official Azhar Mehmood said in a typical comment. "If you are here when they actually allow Kashmiris to cross the LOC, you'll see for yourself how important this decision is for the Kashmiri people."

However, there was no word on when the two nuclear-armed countries, which have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, would sit down and talk about how to do it.

DIFFICULT CROSSING

India also suffered in the quake, with at least 1,300 confirmed dead in its part of Kashmir.

But roads are badly damaged and so is a bridge at the solitary border crossing, so it was not immediately clear how long it would take to set up any movement across the frontier.

India and Pakistan embarked on a peace process to resolve all issues at the start of 2004, including their core dispute over Kashmir, which both claim.

Progress has been slow.

Since the earthquake, both governments have been criticized for letting ingrained distrust get in the way of opening up new routes to get relief supplies to beleaguered communities cut off in the Neelum and Jhelum valleys near the Line of Control.

Pakistan is accepting aid from India, but refuses to let Indian troops join the rescue work on Pakistani soil, despite the struggle to clear the way into valleys and areas too narrow for helicopters to fly into safely.

Pakistan still needs more helicopters to drop supplies and bring out casualties, but New Delhi turned down its request for helicopters without crews.

"We have accepted all assistance except military men coming across and one should not grudge that," Musharraf said on Tuesday night as he called for the de facto frontier in Kashmir to be opened.

Despite a steady stream of aid from abroad, Pakistan is still short of tents and blankets, fearing for the lives of tens of thousands of people stranded in the uplands without adequate food and shelter and snow already falling on mountaintops. Injured people are dying for lack of medical care, doctors say.

Major-General Farooq Ahmed Khan, federal relief commissioner and Musharraf's point man in the crisis, said Pakistan also desperately needed at least 100,000 anti-tetanus shots.

Thousands of survivors were still living in the open in cold night temperatures, "some with open or gangrenous injuries and with little access to clean water", the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

Strong aftershocks rock quake-shattered Pakistan (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-19T123213Z_01_EIC160889_RTRUKOC_0_US-QUAKE-SUBCONTINENT.xml)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 19, 2005, 08:26:39 PM
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When I made this thread, I should have called it. "Matthew 24, Birthing Pains." Cause these are signs, of Jesus's return.


Amen brother, that is exactly what it is,



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 20, 2005, 01:39:30 AM
PA has no intent to disarm terror groups
Khaled Abu Toameh, THE JERUSALEM POST    Oct. 18, 2005

On the eve of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's visit to Washington, the PA announced that it has no intention of disarming Hamas or other armed groups.

Abbas is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Thursday for talks with US President George W. Bush on the latest developments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the Israeli disengagement. Sources close to Abbas said earlier this week that he would brief Bush on the PA's plan to confiscate "illegal" weapons that are in the hands of various factions and militias, including Hamas.

However, Abbas's national security advisor, Jibril Rajoub, denied on Tuesday that the PA was planning to disarm Hamas or any other armed group. "We haven't called for disarming anyone," Rajoub said. "There is no decision to collect [illegal] weapons and we haven't taken any steps in this direction."

The weapons of the "resistance" groups, Rajoub added, should remain intact and should not be used on the streets or to terrorize the PA and civilians. He admitted that the PA and its security forces had failed to deal with the state of anarchy that has swept the Gaza Strip after the Israeli withdrawal.

Rajoub's remarks came as 12 Palestinian factions signed a "code of honor" in which they vowed to respect the results of next January's parliamentary elections and refrain from using weapons during the election campaign.

Hamas was the only group that refused to sign onto the understandings because they included a demand to refrain from using mosques as a platform for the election campaign.

The leaders of factions stressed the importance of holding the legislative elections on time and pledged to honor the results and to cooperate with the PA's Central Election Committee. In addition, they said that no weapons would be displayed or used during the pre-election campaign.

In a separate development, the Palestinian Legislative Council agreed on Tuesday to delay a vote of no-confidence in the cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei until Abbas returns from the US.

The decision to postpone the vote came at the request of Abbas, who asked in a letter to the legislators that he be given the opportunity to address the council next week.

"The issue of the government is of such importance that it requires a meeting between me and members of the parliament immediately after my return from aboard," Abbas wrote.

Earlier this month the council voted in favor of a calling on Abbas to appoint within two weeks a new cabinet because of its failure to put an end to lawlessness and chaos in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The council also urged Abbas to form a transitional cabinet that would govern until the parliamentary elections.

The call, according to sources in Ramallah, has sparked off a sharp dispute between Abbas and Qurei, who has made it clear that he has no intention of stepping down. In an attempt to appease Qurei, Abbas announced this week that he won't have enough time to form a new cabinet before registration for the parliamentary elections starts in late November.

Tuesday's session was briefly delayed after hundreds of unemployed workers occupied the council chamber in Gaza City to demand jobs and money. The protesters accused the PA leadership of failing to address the plight of unemployed workers and demanded financial assistance to pay their electricity and water bills.

In Khan Yunis, Fatah gunmen kidnapped two Palestinians suspected of "collaboration" with Israel. The kidnappers announced that they belong to a Fatah-affiliated group calling itself Knights of the Storm. They claimed that the two, whose identities were not revealed, were suspected of assisting Israel in tracking down and killing wanted gunmen in the Gaza Strip.

PA has no intent to disarm terror groups (http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1129540558412&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 20, 2005, 09:11:22 AM
Wilma Downgrades to Category 4

Thursday, October 20, 2005

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Hurricane Wilma rapidly strengthened into one of the Americas' most intense storms ever and lashed Caribbean coastlines Wednesday, forcing tourists to flee as it threatened to slam into Cancun and southern Florida.

Wilma briefly grew into a monstrous Category 5 storm before weakening to a Category 4 Wednesday night. The storm forced thousands of people to evacuate low-lying areas in a 600-mile swath covering Cuba, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti and the Cayman Islands, officials said.

At least 13 deaths have been blamed on Wilma this week, including a man who drowned Wednesday while trying to cross a river that overflowed its banks in southern Haiti.

Forecasters said Wilma has the potential to make an extremely damaging impact in a season that has already seen devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. With its center still over open water, the storm's sustained winds were near 155 mph Wednesday night, down from 175 mph earlier in the day.

The National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield (search) said Wilma could reach the Florida Keys Saturday, possibly toward the evening. Visitors were ordered out of the Florida Keys even as schools closed.

The White House, stung by criticism that it had not responded quickly enough to Katrina, promised to stay on top of the situation. "We are closely monitoring what is an extremely dangerous storm," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "People should take this hurricane very seriously."

Tourists packed Cancun's airport even though skies were still partly sunny, looking for flights home or to other resorts. MTV (search) postponed its Video Music Awards Latin America ceremony, originally scheduled for Thursday at a seaside park south of the resort town.

Mark Carara cut his family's vacation short by two days and tried to get on a standby flight home to Colorado Springs, Colo. "You hear it was the biggest storm on record, and yeah, that was the clincher right there," he said. "It was time for us to go."

John Hyndman, a 59-year-old electrician from Ottawa said his hotel had asked guests to leave. "I think people are more panicked just about what a hurricane can do," he said. "It can be very scary."

Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, announced that hundreds of schools would be closed Thursday and Friday, and many will be prepared to serve as shelters for expected evacuations.

Floridians braced for the storm by boarding up windows and stocking up on supplies, although forecasters at the hurricane center said the forward motion of the storm appeared to be slowing, which could cause it to eventually weaken.

Predictions differed on the hurricane's path and how strong it would be when it reaches U.S. shores. Though some weakening was expected by Thursday, the "potential for large loss of life is with us," said Max Mayfield, director of the U.S. hurricane center.

"This is one of those cases where we have a tremendous amount of uncertainty," said Mayfield. Referring to Wilma's explosive two-day growth from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane, Mayfield said "this is one of the most perplexing storms we have had to deal with" this year.

At 11 p.m. EDT, Wilma was centered about 235 miles southeast of Cozumel (search), Mexico. It was moving west-northwest near 8 mph, with some wobbles, forecasters said. Forecasters warned it could re-intensify Thursday as it turns to the northwest.

Wilma's record-level intensity was measured in its pressure. Confirmed pressure readings early Wednesday dropped to 882 millibars, the lowest minimum pressure ever measured in a hurricane in the Americas, but it later lost power and rose to 892 millibars, according to the hurricane center. Lower pressure translates into higher wind speed.

The strongest Atlantic storm on record, based on pressure readings, had been Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which registered 888 millibars.

Wilma was on a curving course that would carry it through the narrow channel between Cuba and Mexico on Friday, possibly within a few miles of Cancun and Cozumel. Forecasters warned it could smash into southwestern Florida on Saturday with towering waves, then work its way up the East Coast with devastating effect.

Heavy rain, high winds and rough seas pounded coastal areas of Honduras, knocking out power to some towns, forcing the evacuation of coastal villages and closure of two Caribbean (search) ports.

Four fishermen were reported missing at sea and about 500 U.S. and European tourists were moved to safe locations at hotels on the Bay Islands.

The head of Haiti's civil protection agency, Maria Alta Jean-Baptiste, said a man drowned Wednesday while trying to cross a river that overflowed its banks in the southern town of Les Anglais. She said another man was swept away by the fast-moving current but survived.

The death raised to 12 the number of people killed in rain and landslides since Monday in the island nation. One man also died Sunday in a rain-swollen river.

Cuban authorities suspended classes in the threatened western province of Pinar del Rio and prepared to evacuate tourists from campgrounds and low-lying areas, according to Granma, the Communist Party daily. Heavy rains in the island's eastern province of Granma forced the evacuations of more than 1,000 people.

Forecasters said Wilma was stronger than the Labor Day hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to make landfall on record.

But disruptive high-altitude winds in the Gulf of Mexico (search) should weaken Wilma before landfall, said Hugh Cobb, a meteorologist at the hurricane center.

Wilma's track could take it near Punta Gorda on Florida's southwestern Gulf Coast and other areas hit by Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, in August 2004. The state has seen seven hurricanes hit or pass close by since then, causing more than $20 billion in damage and killing nearly 150 people.

Forecasters said Wilma should avoid the central Gulf coast ravaged by Katrina and Rita, which killed more than 1,200 people.

Wilma is the record-tying 12th hurricane of the Atlantic season, the same number reached in 1969. Records have been kept since 1851. On Monday, Wilma became the Atlantic hurricane season's 21st named storm, tying the record set in 1933 and exhausting the list of names for this year.

The six-month hurricane season ends Nov. 30. Any new storms would be named with letters from the Greek alphabet, starting with Alpha.
Wilma Downgrades to Category 4 (http://www.worthynews.com/zone.cgi?http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,172680,00.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 21, 2005, 11:05:22 AM
Moderate quake shakes western Turkey, 15 hurt
20 Oct 2005 23:57:07 GMT
Source: Reuters

ISTANBUL, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake shook western Turkey early on Friday, causing slight damage to several buildings and resulting in 15 casualties from the ensuing panic, the local governor said.

The Kandilli earthquake observation centre said the tremor, at 0:40 a.m. (2140 GMT), measured 5.9 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Seferihisar in Izmir province.

Izmir Governor Oguz Kagan Goksal told the CNN Turk television channel 15 people had been taken to hospital as a result of heart attacks or jumping from buildings during the quake.

The roofs of five buildings, three of them empty, had been damaged in the tremor, he said.

Residents gathered in parks and open areas after the quake, and the local council made public announcements telling them not to go back into their houses, CNN Turk said.

Turkey is criss-crossed by seismic faultlines and experiences frequent tremors. Some 18,000 people were killed in a powerful earthquake which shook northwest Turkey in 1999.

Authorities decided to close schools in the Izmir region on Friday as a result of the quake, the channel said.



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 21, 2005, 01:23:03 PM
 ;D  Hurricane postpones another homosexual party ;D
Theme for Florida Keys Fantasy Fest: 'Freaks, Geeks, and Goddesses'
Posted: October 21, 2005
1:13 a.m. Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

For the second time this year, an Atlantic hurricane is forcing the postponement of a popular homosexual event filled with "unthinkable debauchery."

The annual Fantasy Fest in Key West, Fla., had been slated to kick off today, but the threat of Hurricane Wilma is putting a damper on the festivities, delaying events until after the storm passes.

"We've never had a hurricane interfere with Fantasy Fest, at least as long as I've been here," Harold Wheeler, director of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council for the past 10 years told the Key West Citizen. "In fact, it's just the opposite – Fantasy Fest has always been there to open up our season."


Participant at 2000 Fantasy Fest in Key West, Fla.

According to its official website, "The 27th Fantasy Fest 'Freaks, Geeks & Goddesses' offers another nutcake romp through the realms of the ridiculous and will not back down in the face of a hurricane. ... Well, maybe we'll have to push it back a few days, but fear not! Fantasy Fest events will still rock the island, just packed into six days instead of 10."

For those not familiar with the perennial party in the week leading up to Halloween, the Associated Press describes it this way:

    Fantasy Fest, which began in 1979 as a small food fair and parade, is a huge event in the nation's gay community (not that there aren't plenty of straights who also come for the debauchery). There are AIDS fundraisers, drag queen beauty contests, costume parties, lots of drinking and women wearing nothing but paint from the waist up.

The Miami New Times calls it a "time for parades, beads, wild costumes, and unthinkable debauchery ... packed with plenty of scary, silly, and downright naughty parties."

As WorldNetDaily previously reported, another homosexual festival, Southern Decadence, was postponed in August as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans.  ;D

But the catastrophic damage left by Katrina did not stop homosexuals from partying, as less than a week after the disaster, while thousands of citizens were suffering from homelessness, hunger and looting in their flooded city, a group of "gays" marched down Bourbon Street in the Big Easy. A few days later, other homosexuals gathered in Lafayette, La., to hold what they called the Southern Decadence Parade in Exile.

   WND THE MEANEST SEASON
Hurricane postpones another homosexual party
Theme for Florida Keys Fantasy Fest: 'Freaks, Geeks, and Goddesses'
Posted: October 21, 2005
1:13 a.m. Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com


Wild costumes and plenty of exposed skin are common at the annual Fantasy Fest in Key West, Fla.

For the second time this year, an Atlantic hurricane is forcing the postponement of a popular homosexual event filled with "unthinkable debauchery."

The annual Fantasy Fest in Key West, Fla., had been slated to kick off today, but the threat of Hurricane Wilma is putting a damper on the festivities, delaying events until after the storm passes.

"We've never had a hurricane interfere with Fantasy Fest, at least as long as I've been here," Harold Wheeler, director of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council for the past 10 years told the Key West Citizen. "In fact, it's just the opposite – Fantasy Fest has always been there to open up our season."


Participant at 2000 Fantasy Fest in Key West, Fla.

According to its official website, "The 27th Fantasy Fest 'Freaks, Geeks & Goddesses' offers another nutcake romp through the realms of the ridiculous and will not back down in the face of a hurricane. ... Well, maybe we'll have to push it back a few days, but fear not! Fantasy Fest events will still rock the island, just packed into six days instead of 10."

For those not familiar with the perennial party in the week leading up to Halloween, the Associated Press describes it this way:

Fantasy Fest, which began in 1979 as a small food fair and parade, is a huge event in the nation's gay community (not that there aren't plenty of straights who also come for the debauchery). There are AIDS fundraisers, drag queen beauty contests, costume parties, lots of drinking and women wearing nothing but paint from the waist up.

The Miami New Times calls it a "time for parades, beads, wild costumes, and unthinkable debauchery ... packed with plenty of scary, silly, and downright naughty parties."

As WorldNetDaily previously reported, another homosexual festival, Southern Decadence, was postponed in August as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans.


Robert Baxter pushes Grand Marshal Robert Doucet Sept. 7 during the Southern Decadence Parade in Exile in Lafayette, La. (courtesy: The Daily Advertiser)

But the catastrophic damage left by Katrina did not stop homosexuals from partying, as less than a week after the disaster, while thousands of citizens were suffering from homelessness, hunger and looting in their flooded city, a group of "gays" marched down Bourbon Street in the Big Easy. A few days later, other homosexuals gathered in Lafayette, La., to hold what they called the Southern Decadence Parade in Exile.

At least one state senator has attributed this year's hurricane devastation to the hand of God punishing the U.S. for its national breaking of biblical laws.

"America has been moving away from God," said Alabama Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo. "The Lord is sending appeals to us. As harsh as it may sound, those hurricanes do say that God is real, and we have to realize sin has consequences."

Fantasy Fest is the biggest money maker for the Florida Keys, drawing up to 60,000 people who spend millions of dollars.

"People who have been poor for months wait for this week," Barbara Anderson, a local real-estate broker told AP.

Hurricane postpones another homosexual party (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46960) ;D

Note; The poor babies, they need to start praying for their salvation. The Lord is coming soon, and will find them wanting....


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 21, 2005, 01:27:43 PM
Hurricane Wilma Slams Into Mexico

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 23 minutes ago

CANCUN, Mexico - The fearsome core of Hurricane Wilma slammed into the island of Cozumel on Friday, starting a long, grinding march across Mexico's resort-studded coastline, where thousands of stranded tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel ballrooms.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane's eyewall — part of the fastest-moving section surrounding the eye — had hit Cozumel, a popular stop for divers and cruise ships.

Hundreds of residents and nearly 1,000 tourists were riding out the hurricane in shelters in Cozumel.

The storm, packing sustained winds at nearly 145 mph, was expected to make an agonizingly slow journey to the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and sideswipe Cuba — 130 miles east of Cancun — then swing east toward hurricane-weary Florida.

Cuba evacuated nearly 370,000 people in the face of the storm, which has already killed at least 13 people in Haiti and Jamaica.

"The most important thing now ... is to protect lives," President
Vicente Fox said in a broadcast address to the nation Thursday night.

Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm "has the potential to do catastrophic damage."

Mexico's civil defense chief, Carmen Segura, said Friday that almost 52,000 people had been evacuated in the Yucatan Peninsula, although most were staying with relatives or friends.

She said relatives of tourists should be calm. "We say to them that their families are protected as they should be."

Power was cut early Friday to most parts of Cancun — a standard safety precaution — and winds blasted waves across streets flooded 3 feet deep at some places in the city, about 35 miles north of Cozumel.

"God protect us!" ran the headline Friday in a local newspaper, Quequi.

About 1,500 people were crowded into a dark, sweltering municipal gymnasium downtown. Many took shelter under plastic tarps because of a leaking ceiling.

"After one more day of this, I believe people will start getting cranky. Things could get messy," said Scott Stout, 26, of Willisville, Ill., who was on a honeymoon with his wife, Jamie.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the maximum sustained wind diminished slightly to nearly 145 mph, with higher gusts. Wilma's slow-moving, wobbly center was 35 miles southeast of Cozumel. The hurricane   was moving toward the northwest at 5 mph, which was expected to bring the eye to shore by Friday afternoon in Cozumel and Friday night on the peninsula.

Forecasters said the Category 4 storm could dump as much as 40 inches of rain over isolated, mountainous parts of western Cuba and about half that in some other parts of Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.

It could strengthen to a Category 5 hurricane before hitting land, forecasters said. Its slow progress delayed its expected arrival in Florida until Monday, but fueled fears that it would have more time to dump rain and pummel the low-lying Mayan Riviera, possibly causing major damage. The hurricane was expected to churn over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for most of the weekend.

Wilma's eye was so large it might take hours to pass over land, leading to fears that confused residents might leave shelters in the calm of the middle of the storm.

At the beachside Playa Azul hotel on Cozumel's north end, manager Martha Nieto said "the waves are getting very high."

"We wish it was over. The waiting drives you to desperation," Nieto said by telephone.

After airports closed late Thursday, desperate tourists who had lined up for hours in a failed bid to get on the last planes out were instead shuttled to sweaty emergency shelters.

Devon Anderson, 21, of Sacramento, Calif., was packed into a school with other Americans. He said the army never arrived to board up the windows.

"There's no food, no water," he said. "We've pretty much just been deserted."

About 20,000 tourists remained at shelters and hotels on the mainland south of Cancun, and an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 in the city itself.

Some, like 30-year-old Carlos Porta of Barcelona, Spain, were handed plastic bags with a pillow and blanket.

"From a luxury hotel to a shelter. It makes you angry. But what can you do?" he said. "It's just bad luck."

In Cancun, high winds bent palm trees and waves gobbled the city's white-sand beaches. Nearly 50 hotels were evacuated, leaving the normally busy tourist zone deserted.

Early Wednesday, Wilma became the most intense hurricane recorded in the Atlantic. The storm's 882 millibars of pressure broke the record low of 888 set by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. Lower pressure brings faster winds.

The storm should eventually make a sharp right turn toward Florida because it will get caught in the westerlies, the strong wind current that generally blows toward the east, forecasters said.

With Florida the next target, Gov.
Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency, and officials cleared tourists out of the exposed Florida Keys. Across Florida's southwest coast, people put up shutters, bought canned goods and bottled water and waited in ever-growing lines at gas stations.

In Belize, a nation south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, officials canceled cruise ship visits and tourists were evacuated from islands offshore. But the tiny country weathered the storm with few reports of damage.

Hurricane Wilma Slams Into Mexico (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051021/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/hurricane_wilma;_ylt=AgszUO20nqKkI0bQkbgjezas0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 21, 2005, 01:57:20 PM
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Hurricane postpones another homosexual party

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Note; The poor babies, they need to start praying for their salvation. The Lord is coming soon, and will find them wanting....

AMEN!


(They're not getting the message though.)



Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 21, 2005, 10:51:51 PM
Apocalypse, now?
Katrina, other disasters fuel doomsday predictions

A page from the Web site ProphecyUpdate.com, which interprets current events through a biblical lens.
(http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/051018/051018_prophecy_hmed_5p.hmedium.jpg)

By Kari Huus
Reporter MSNBC
Updated: 9:02 p.m. ET Oct. 19, 2005

It’s been 10 months of epic disaster. First there was the tsunami that killed some 250,000 people in Southeast Asia. Then came Hurricane Katrina with its devastating toll on the Gulf Coast, followed by an earthquake that took tens of thousands of lives in South Asia. Now, Hurricane Wilma, one of the most powerful storms ever measured in the Atlantic Basin, is stalking the Florida coast, and experts are warning of a deadly avian flu pandemic.

It’s enough to make just about anyone pause to look for meaning in the madness.

For many who await Judgment Day, the writing is on the wall.

So close is the correlation between recent events and the biblical prophecy of the Second Coming, by the reckoning of RaptureReady.com, its "Rapture Index" has been hovering around 160 — the highest levels since just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to the Web site, "the higher the number, the faster we're moving towards the ... rapture." When the number is above 145, it advises: "Fasten your seatbelts!"

"There is a resurgence of End Times thinking," says Stephen O'Leary, an expert on apocalyptic thinking and an associate professor at the University of Southern California. Anxiety about doomsday always lurks under the surface and resurfaces periodically, he says. "It's a very traditional way of coming to terms with disaster. In one sense it’s as old as the hills ... but there is a recent uptick of this kind of thinking."

Current events have provided rich fodder for religious groups devoted to watching for the End Times, when the faithful believe that they and nonbelievers will ultimately be judged. Nowhere is this more evident today than on the Internet, where scores of Web sites analyze the news through a biblical lens. While predictions of an apocalypse are part of many religions, including a version in Islam that is very similar to the Christian one, it is evangelical Christians who are sounding alarms in U.S. churches and online.

Among the most commonly cited biblical passages describing the beginning of the end are in Matthew, where Jesus warns that "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes," and this passage in Luke: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring."

The race to interpret the news
Many evangelical Christians believe these events signal the End Times, as spelled out in the Book of Revelation, which go something like this: First there is the Rapture, in which God's loyal followers suddenly disappear from Earth and enter his kingdom. Then comes the Tribulation, a seven-year period of rule by the Antichrist and severe hardship on Earth. During this time, nonbelievers who remain on Earth will have a chance to convert to Christianity but will be hounded by the Antichrist and his minions. Then comes Armageddon, when God comes back to defeat Satan in a devastating battle. Ultimately, there is Judgment Day, when those who are with God live on in Paradise, and others are eternally condemned to Hell.

There are scores of Web sites that interpret current events through the prism of biblical passages, seeing divine signs not only in the weather, but in the war in Iraq and events at the United Nations.

Abbaswatchman.com "explains how virtually everything we are seeing, from hurricanes and tsunamis to tensions with Damascus are fulfilling prophesies." The blog ApocalypseSoon.org strives "to document the final moments of human history as it unfolds and to announce the return of Jesus Christ on earth." The list goes on.

New Orleans warning
Some Web sites serve as a pulpit for those who believe that God sent Katrina to smite New Orleans for its sinning ways and to send a warning to the rest of the nation.

"Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city," says conservative anti-gay activist Michael Marcavage on the site RepentAmerica.com. He says New Orleans was punished for a "public celebration" of homosexuality, wanton drunkenness and show of flesh.

Alabama state Sen. Henry E. "Hank" Erwin Jr., a Republican, expressed a similar view in a weekly column he writes for news outlets. "New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have always been known for gambling, sin and wickedness," he wrote. "It is the kind of behavior that ultimately brings the judgment of God."

Irwin Baxter, founder of End Times Ministries, is among those more focused on how Katrina and the other disasters, combined with key political indicators — including the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip — point to an imminent apocalypse. "With all these converging at the same time, it looks to me we are very close to or just entered the (End Times)," says Baxter.

“People are really apprehensive right now,” he says. But the upside, from his point of view, is that the disasters could help make believers out of doubters. “If we continue seeing event after event of this magnitude ... I think it could really galvanize a lot of people.”

He's given up his regular job as pastor at a Pentecostal church in Richmond, Ind., to devote all his time and energy to End Times Ministries, which includes a magazine that has 30,000 subscribers, a Web site and a radio program broadcast on 30 stations and over the Internet.

To be sure, not all conservative Christians think it's wise to make predictions. "There have been storms throughout  history," says Mark Bailey, president of the Dallas Theological Seminary, a conservative evangelical institution. "To say about any of these that 'this is it' is dangerous speculation."

He is also troubled by the view that storms are used to punish a certain group of people. However, he adds, "It's a great time to ask, 'If this was it, would I be ready?'"

Apocalypse on the big screen
The soul-searching, and the speculation in Christian circles is driven in part by a highly successful series of films based on the best-selling book series "Left Behind." The story, a melodrama with a backdrop of End Times prophecy events, focuses on characters who remain on Earth after the believers are swept to heaven in the Rapture. The films, starring former television actor Kirk Cameron, launched on DVD in 2000 and have prompted a wave of other books, movies and spin-offs in the apocalypse genre. The third "Left Behind" movie is set to premiere at churches across the country on Friday.

USC's O'Leary suggests that media coverage of real disasters from Sri Lanka to New Orleans may also be intensifying the belief in impending peril, because the events are delivered instantaneously to American living rooms. "There is a sense of escalation that makes us feel that it's happening more rapidly," says O'Leary.

Religious groups don't have a monopoly on apocalyptic thinking. O'Leary says that even in secular circles, people also embrace apocalyptic thinking when it converges with worrisome scientific or technological developments.

"The prime case was the Y2K scare," he says, referring to fears of a disaster on the eve of the new century. "For awhile it seemed to have a rational technical basis, which seemed to go overboard," creating fears that lingered until the clock struck 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000, "long after computer programmers said it was going to be OK," he says.

Evidence of global warming fuels fears of impending disaster among those who don't necessarily believe in divine intervention, O'Leary points out. And the emergence of nuclear weapons technology after World War II lent plausibility to belief in a secular version of Armageddon.

"You don’t have to be a religious believer to think that we’re headed for disaster," O'Leary says.
Apocalypse, now? (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9731623/) ;D


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 21, 2005, 11:00:02 PM
Thursday, October 20, 2005

Disasters feed fears of apocalypse

Recent famines, flood and earthquakes make believers, nonbelievers wonder if the end is near.
By Carol Eisenberg / Newsday

Every morning, the Rev. Micheal Mitchell prays that if today is the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, he will be ready.

"Ever since the terrorist attacks four years ago, I try to live every day as if it will be the last day," said Mitchell, 46, senior pastor of New Life Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in New York.

Mitchell's belief that he is watching biblical prophecy unfold in the form of modern-day famines, floods and earthquakes has grown increasingly urgent. What with a cataclysmic earthquake swallowing whole villages in South Asia, coming on the heels of a killer tsunami and hurricanes that flooded the Gulf Coast and brought lethal mud slides to Guatemala, apocalyptic anxiety is running extraordinarily high -- among believers and nonbelievers alike.

Set against a backdrop of terror threats and worries that avian flu may morph into a pandemic, it's no wonder that talk of a biblical-scale reckoning is cropping up in all sorts of conversations.

"A lot of people are watching the Rapture Index very carefully right now," said Stephen O'Leary, an expert on apocalypticism at the University of Southern California, referring to a Web site that purports to offer a statistical gauge of the approach of the moment that Christians believe Jesus will remove the faithful from Earth.

The Web site, www.raptureready.com/rap2.html, registers 159. Anything higher than 145 means "fasten your seat belts," according to the legend. (My note; I think most of us know this website.)

Apocalyptic beliefs have long been an American staple. A June 2001 survey by the Barna Research Group, for instance, found that 40 percent of adults in the United States believe the physical world will end as a result of supernatural intervention. Fifty percent disagreed, and 10 percent didn't know.

Mitchell, like many Pentecostals and charismatics, believes the seven years of calamities leading to Armageddon -- the battle in which Jesus will defeat the Anti-Christ -- may already have begun. Now, he said, he gets almost daily questions from congregants about how current events may reflect those prophecies.

Social scientists say that such preoccupations reflect an increasingly apocalyptic mood in America, expressed not just in Christian fundamentalism, but also in secular doom-and-gloom scenarios.

Nonbelievers tend to express their anxieties in terms of man-made ecological disasters or, more simply, an indifferent and hostile nature. If the recent storms and quakes portend anything, it's climactic change, not biblical reckoning, said Oliver Haker, 28, a New York lawyer.

Others search for a deeper, redemptive meaning behind so much suffering and despair.

"When I heard about the quake in Pakistan, I thought, 'Wow, this could be it -- we could be entering the final seven years,' " said Irwin Baxter, founder of Endtime Ministries in Richmond, Ind., who does a biblical prophecy radio show.

Naysayers note that such predictions are a constant in human history -- and have always been proven wrong.

"We have an acute need to find an explanation for suffering, pain and death," O'Leary said.

Certainly, it is a sign of the times that booksellers report an uptick in sales for books not just about biblical prophecy, but also that explain disasters in scientific terms.

Besides the steady popularity of apocalyptic titles, like the bestselling Left Behind series, "what we have seen recently is marked interest in books that help readers understand the issues of the day," said Bill Tipper, bestsellers editor for Barnes&Noble.com.

Newsday Staff Writer Robert Kahn contributed to this story.

Disasters feed fears of apocalypse (http://www.detnews.com/2005/nation/0510/20/A15-354889.htm)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 22, 2005, 01:57:03 PM
Al Aqsa leader: Jews have no right to Mount
In WND interview claims mosque 'was built by the angels'
Posted: October 22, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Following is a WorldNetDaily exclusive interview with Sheik Kamal Hatib, vice-chairman of the Islamic Movement, the Muslim group in Israel most identified with Temple Mount militancy. The Movement, which Israel says is associated with Hamas, campaigns for Islamic control of Israeli holy sites, and has been calling the past few weeks for Muslims to ascend the Mount en mass to protect it from "Jewish attacks."

By Aaron Klein
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

WND: Who should have sovereignty over the Temple Mount – Jews, Christians, or Muslims. Or should it be shared?

HATIB: We absolutely believe that Al Aqsa, all its different parts, all its walls, all its courts, and everything down the mosque or up it, all these fully belong to the Muslims. Only to them. No one other than the Muslims has any right over Al Aqsa, or even over any grain of its sand. We, the Muslims, insist and emphasize that the only sovereignty over Al Aqsa must be for the Muslims. We will not accept or recognize any other sovereignty, including shared control.

WND: But what about the previous Jewish Temples? Do you believe they existed? Do Jews have any historic claims to the Temple Mount whatsoever?

HATIB: We the Muslims believe that Al Aqsa was built since the time of Adam – God bless him. It was built 40 years after the construction of the Al Haram Mosque in Mecca which was built thousands of years ago. Al Aqsa was built by the angels as it is mentioned in a verse of the Quran. The mosque is mentioned in the Quran, which speaks about the raising of the prophet.

We believe that the Jewish Temples existed, but we deny they were built near Al Aqsa. When the First Temple was built by Solomon – God bless him – Al Aqsa was already built. We don't believe that a prophet like Solomon would have built the Temple at a place where a mosque existed.

WND: What you are saying contradicts reality. There is no serious scholar or archeologist in the world who argues Al Aqsa was built before the Jewish Temples. And if the Temples didn't exist on the Mount, what then do you say is the Western Wall? What do you make of all the archeological findings?

HATIB: About the Kotel (the Western Wall), we deny any relation between the Temple and the Al Aqsa Mosque. We believe that the Western Wall is part of the mosque and not the Wall of Lamentation, as the Jews say. ... The Western wall is an inseparable part of the mosque.

And all the historical and archeological facts deny any relation between the Temples and the location of Al Aqsa. We must know that Jerusalem was occupied and that people left many things, coins and other things everywhere. This does not mean in any way that there is a link between the people who left these things and the place where these things were left.

WND: You have been calling repeatedly for Muslims to protect Al Aqsa from Jewish attack. Which Jews exactly are trying to attack Al Aqsa?

HATIB: We believe the danger over Al Aqsa existed and continues. As long as Jewish groups have ambitions to reconstruct their Temple at the same place of Al Aqsa, the danger of an attack will still exist. Some of these Jewish extremist groups even believe the years between 2005-2007 is the period in which the Temple must be built, and not building it by then means the Lord's anger will be directed towards them, as they argue. Therefore, this is a very sensitive period and we call in a very loud voice to all who are concerned that the mosque is a redline for us, and any harm caused to it will bring a great catastrophe and a great disaster. The Israelis and the Jewish people will have to face one and a half billion Muslims from all over the world.

WND: It seems you and the Islamic Movement are using Al Aqsa as a political tool to incite Muslims against Israel.

HATIB: Our relation with Al Aqsa is not a political question. Far from that, it is a question of religion and faith. We have the honor to fill this role in favor of Al Aqsa. If the Israelis thought that the Arabs in Israel would not have strong relations and feelings towards Al Aqsa, then they were mistaken. This mosque will always be part of our faith. Our demand from the Israelis and the world is not to desecrate it.

WND: What if a Jew did attack the mosque?

HATIB: We suggest to the Jews and Israelis not to be dazzled from the weakness of our nation at this period. [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon's provocative visit five years ago caused an intifada for the last five years and caused the killing of more than 4,000 Palestinians and more than 1,300 Israelis. Therefore we say that any attack against Al Aqsa means the deluge.
(My note; Actual deaths were 13 Israelis, and 52 Palestinians. This is another case of the media's distortion of facts. Among those are, New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN. This narrow focus on the words and images purveyed by these sources allows for an analysis that is specific and precise and thus devastating in its documentation of how many certainly not all, journalists distorted the facts of the uprising.)

WND: You were talking about Al Aqsa being mentioned in the Quran. But I understand it is never directly mentioned. And the city of Jerusalem is not mentioned once. Commentators later concluded a verse about Muhammad descending to the furthest mosque referred to Al Aqsa. Meanwhile, Jerusalem is mentioned thousands of times throughout the Torah. Half the Torah is about Temple worship. Explain why you feel the Mount is not holy to Jews?

HATIB: The fact that Jerusalem is mentioned in the Torah does not in any way mean that the city was populated or built by the Jews. Everyone knows that when the prophet Abraham came from Arik in 1850 before Christ he was given by the Arab King Melchizedek the land where he and his wife lived in Hebron, and it was 600 years before Moses' message, which also proves that Abraham was not a Jew.

And your saying that our faith is based on this interpretation of the verse [about Al Aqsa] is a totally wrong analysis. The Al Aqsa of the Quran is the same Al Aqsa of our days, not any other mosque. That is what our Sharia says. As for what you say that Jerusalem is mentioned thousands of times in the Torah; it is not a matter of numbers and quantity. There is a very clear historical event mentioned in the Quran concerning the mosque that was built by Adam and where all our prophets prayed.

WND: Speaking of praying, currently, Jews and Christians can only ascend the Mount at certain hours on certain days, and only with approval from the Wafq (the Mount's Muslim custodians). If they go up, it is to tour. Non-Muslims are not allowed to pray on the Mount. Why is it so offensive to you if Jews or Christians pray on the Temple Mount?

HATIB: We don't want even these scheduled visits, which are allowed to take place only because of the Israeli occupation. The visits are not the result of a free choice of the Muslims and the Wafq. If it was not for Israel, these visits could not take place at all.

As a principle, we are not against the possibility that Jews and Christians enter our mosques, but in present there is a campaign against Al Aqsa and the Jewish occupation still has dangerous ambitions towards the mosque and every entry will be done to demonstrate a religious presence. Therefore, if they would enter freely into the mosque, there will be political consequences and interpretations that we cannot accept.

Speaking about the Christians, I say that every person who believes in God must act for peace and for love among human beings and not to help in creating hate and war. Unfortunately, the evangelical Christians believe in the necessity of a war of civilizations. Because of this belief, President Bush, supported by these groups, is leading this war against the Muslim world.

The crazy support of these Christian groups for Israel is based on their faith that the return of the Messiah – God bless him – would be in Israel. Therefore they support Israel, because they believe that the continuation of Israel to exist hastens the arrival of the Messiah. God forbid! The Messiah can never be the reason for war.

Al Aqsa leader: Jews have no right to Mount (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46961)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 22, 2005, 11:25:19 PM
Wilma 'clobbering' Mexico's Yucatan
Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:18 AM ET11

By Greg Brosnan

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (Reuters) - Massive Hurricane Wilma clobbered Mexico's Caribbean beach resorts on Saturday, threatening heavy damage and loss of life as it meandered slowly into the Yucatan peninsula.

Winds of 125 miles an hour (220 kph) howled in off the sea, knocking over houses, upturning trees and trapping thousands of tourists in cramped shelters. The storm was downgraded to a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, from a Category 4 on Friday and a record-breaking Category 5 earlier this week.

The calm of the storm's eye settled over Playa del Carmen early in the day but the storm's north eye wall was "really clobbering northeastern Yucatan," the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a 5 a.m. EDT report on its web site at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Metal sheets flew off the roofs of homes in Playa del Carmen and spun dangerously through the streets like Frisbees.

The stalled storm battered the coastline for more than 24 hours and was due to hang over the area until at least Saturday night, raising the risk of disaster.

Authorities said there were no reports of deaths so far.

"It's a monster. It is roaring all the time," said Guadalupe Torroella in the low-lying resort of Cancun, where the sea rushed onto the land and flooded international hotels.

Wilma dumped 23 inches (590 mm) of rain on Friday on Isla Mujeres island, an unprecedented downpour for Mexico.

"We are talking about a record hurricane as far as rain is concerned," said meteorologist Alberto Hernandez Unzon. He said Wilma had an unusually wide diameter of 500 miles.

Mudslides caused by rains from Wilma killed 10 people in Haiti earlier this week and Cuba was reeling as the storm drenched the west of the island and unleashed tornadoes.

Wilma was expected to begin hitting heavily populated southern Florida as early as Sunday. While forecasters expect it to weaken by that time, authorities in the Florida Keys ordered tourists out and were considering evacuating the islands' 80,000 residents.

Five flimsy homes had collapsed in Mexico's Playa del Carmen but their residents were among the tens of thousands who had already fled to damp shelters.

YUCATAN GETTING NAILED

The town hall lay broken with windows blown out and furniture tossed onto office floors. Five prisoners escaped from a nearby jail into the jungle after a fence blew down.

The storm was expected to dump 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cm) of rain across the Yucatan and western Cuba. Some areas could get up to 40 inches, U.S. forecasters said.

"The Yucatan is really getting nailed on this," said Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center. "It will continue to pound that region for at least 24 hours."

Wilma briefly reached record strength out at sea earlier this week.

All along Mexico's "Maya Riviera," thousands of stranded tourists huddled nervously in dank, sweaty gymnasiums and schools as the flimsy wooden beach cabins where many had been staying took a battering.

"When the boards blew off our window we decided to look outside and -- oh my God," said Gloria Winkles, a tourist from Texas sheltering in a small hotel in from the coast and looking out at raging waters in which a blue jeep lay half submerged.

Sullen visitors grabbed sleep in damp shelters and played cards by candlelight

"The trouble is, you don't know how long it is going to go on for. You don't know anything," said Swiss vacationer Christen Jasmin, 19, sitting in the half light in the dining room of a hotel in Playa del Carmen.

Cuba evacuated 368,000 people from low-lying areas as it braced for coastal storm surges and floods.

Wilma became the strongest Atlantic storm on record in terms of barometric pressure on Wednesday.

At 5 p.m. EDT on Friday its center was 25 miles

south of Cancun and roughly stationary, the hurricane center reported. A gradual northward drift should begin later in the day, it said.

Wilma was expected to miss Gulf of Mexico oil and gas facilities but Florida's orange groves were at risk.

This hurricane season has spawned three of the most intense storms on record. Experts say the Atlantic has entered a period of heightened storm activity that could last 20 more years.

(Additional reporting by Noel Randewich in Cancun, Anthony Boadle in Cuba, and Jane Sutton in Miami)

Wilma 'clobbering' Mexico's Yucatan (http://today.reuters.com/news/NewsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-22T141818Z_01_ROB857009_RTRUKOC_0_US-WEATHER-WILMA.xml)


Title: Tropical Storm Alpha Sets Mark for Storms
Post by: Shammu on October 22, 2005, 11:30:11 PM
Tropical Storm Alpha Sets Mark for Storms

By RON WORD, Associated Press Writer 18 minutes ago

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Alpha formed Saturday in the Caribbean, setting the record for the most named storms in an Atlantic hurricane season and marking the first time forecasters had to turn to the Greek alphabet for names.

The previous record of 21 named storms had stood since 1933. Alpha was the 22nd to reach tropical storm strength this year, and the season doesn't end until Nov. 30.

At 8 p.m. EDT, Alpha had sustained winds of about 40 mph — 1 mph over the threshold for a tropical storm.

It was centered about 70 miles south of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and moving northwest at about 15 mph, the
National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

A tropical storm warning was in place for Haiti and parts of the Dominican Republic, and a tropical storm watch was in effect for the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeastern Bahamas.

Since 1995, the Atlantic has been in a period of higher hurricane activity, a cycle expected to last at least another 10 years.

Scientists say the cause of the increase is a rise in ocean temperatures and a decrease in the amount of disruptive vertical wind shear that rips hurricanes apart.

The busy seasons are part of a natural cycle that can last for at least 20 years, and sometimes 40 to 50, forecasters at the hurricane center say. The current conditions, they say, are similar to those in the 1950s and 60s.

The U.S. Gulf Coast has been battered this year by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dennis — and Wilma will be next. It had sustained winds of about 100 mph as it moved over the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday and was expected to turn northeast, pushed by a strong wind current, and approach southern Florida on Monday. A hurricane watch was in effect for the state's entire southern peninsula.

Wilma was the last on the list of 21 storm names for 2005; the letters q, u, x, y and z are skipped. The Greek alphabet provides a continuation of that list but had never been used in six decades of regularly naming Atlantic storms.

At 8 p.m. EDT, Wilma was moving north near 3 mph with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph. It was located about 30 miles north-northwest of Cancun, Mexico, or about 390 miles west-southwest of Key West, Fla.

Tropical Storm Alpha Sets Mark for Storms (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051023/ap_on_re_us/tropical_weather)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 23, 2005, 04:13:26 PM
Alpha Drenches Dominican Republic, Haiti

By JOSE P. MONEGRO, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 51 minutes ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Authorities ordered about 30,000 people evacuated from their homes Sunday as rains spawned by Tropical Storm Alpha threatened to flood low-lying areas, even as the storm weakened to a depression.

Forecasters warned that deadly flash floods and mudslides were possible as rivers already were swollen and soil saturated after days of rain in the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti, partly due to Hurricane Wilma.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alpha could bring an additional 4 to 8 inches to the island nations — and as much as 15 inches in some places.

Alpha made landfall early Sunday as a tropical storm with sustained winds of 50 mph. The storm later weakened over land into a tropical depression.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Alpha's rough center was 175 miles west-northwest of Santo Domingo and moving toward the northwest at nearly 15 mph, according to the hurricane center. Maximum sustained winds were nearly 35 mph.

Forecasters said it could dissipate Sunday in the mountains of the Dominican Republic, or regain strength as it moves over water again.

Heavy rains were reported throughout the Dominican Republic, and authorities with megaphones walked through low-lying neighborhoods of San Juan de Maguana — which was badly damaged by Hurricane George in 1998 — to urge people to leave. Moderate flooding was reported in several low-lying communities in the south.

No deaths or injuries were immediately reported, but the country was in a high state of alert, said Jose Luis German, spokesman for the country's Emergency Operations Committee. About 1,000 people were in shelters.

In Haiti, authorities closed the airport because of heavy rains, said Abel Nazaire of the nation's Risk and Disaster Management agency. A rain-swollen river overflowed its banks in the southern town of Jacmel, flooding some areas and forcing an unknown number of residents into shelters, said civil protection director Maria Alta Jean-Baptiste.

Meteorologist Ignacio Feliz of the Dominican weather service said authorities were especially concerned about Alpha since heavy rains — in part due to Hurricane Wilma — already had drenched the island in recent days.

Both nations were vulnerable, but the danger was particularly high in Haiti because of extensive deforestation and the millions of people who live in flimsy homes on river banks and mountain sides. The storm brought rain to the city of Gonaives, where 1,900 people were killed and 900 went missing after Tropical Storm Jeanne hit last year.

A tropical storm warning was posted for the southeast Bahamian islands and for the Turks and Caicos.

Alpha formed as a tropical storm Saturday in the Caribbean and marked the first time forecasters had to turn to the Greek alphabet for names. The previous record of 21 tropical storms and hurricanes had stood since 1933. The hurricane season doesn't end until Nov. 30.
Alpha Drenches Dominican Republic, Haiti (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051023/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/dominican_tropical_weather;_ylt=Ar9ubiFQK.NLPO9jnG1AKuVvaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTA5aHJvMDdwBHNlYwN5bmNhdA--)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 23, 2005, 04:15:42 PM
Wilma Heads for Fla. As Category 2 Storm

By DAVID ROYSE, Associated Press Writer 47 minutes ago

KEY WEST, Fla. - Hurricane Wilma churned toward Florida on Sunday, picking up speed "like a rocket" as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to flee from vulnerable islands and coastal areas.

The southern half of Florida's peninsula was under a hurricane warning Sunday in anticipation of Wilma, a Category 2 storm with 100 mph sustained wind. Landfall was expected around dawn Monday.

Tornados were possible over parts of the state through Monday and powerful storm-surge flooding was expected on the southwest coast.

About 160,000 people in the state were under mandatory evacuation orders, including the entire population of the Florida Keys island chain. There was no way of knowing exactly how many actually left, but it appeared only about 20 percent of the 78,000 Keys residents fled, said Billy Wagner, senior Monroe County emergency management director.

"If they don't get out of there, they're going to be in deep trouble," Wagner said.

Evacuation orders also covered barrier islands and coastal areas in Collier and Lee counties, such as Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Sanibel and parts of Naples.

"The time of preparing is rapidly moving into time of action," Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate said.

Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, predicted Wilma would dramatically pick up speed later Sunday, and its top wind speed would increase.

"It's really going to take off like a rocket," he said. "It's going to start moving like 20 mph."

In Tallahassee, Gov. Jeb Bush urged residents in evacuation zones to leave and warned others that "now's your last chance to stock up on supplies." He said authorities expected widespread power outages and flooding and urged residents to stockpile enough food, water and medication for three days.

About 3,500 people were in shelters across the state, including roughly 850 people who registered Sunday at a Red Cross shelter in Germain Arena in Fort Myers, with some pitching tents and setting out mats on melting ice where the Florida Everblades minor league hockey team plays.

"I'm just doing a lot of praying that things will work out," said David Bright, 48. "I'm born and raised right here in Fort Myers, Fla., and just know you don't play with (hurricanes)."

Elsewhere, a Key West nursing home began loading residents into ambulances Sunday to evacuate to facilities in West Palm Beach or Fort Pierce. A hospital in the island city was evacuated Saturday.

Wilma had been joined by Tropical Storm Alpha, which formed Saturday off the Dominican Republic as the record 22nd named storm for the Atlantic season, before weakening to a tropical depression.

It was the first time forecasters exhausted the regular list of names and had to turn to the Greek alphabet for labels in almost 60 years of naming storms. The previous record of 21 tropical storms and hurricanes had stood since 1933.

Alpha "is not going to be a threat to the United States," Mayfield said. "I want to make that very clear."

By 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Wilma had maximum sustained wind near 100 mph. It was centered about 240 miles west-southwest of Key West and was moving toward the northeast at about 12 mph. Hurricane-force wind of at least 74 mph extended up to 70 miles out from the center, and wind blowing at tropical storm-force reached outward up to 200 miles, the hurricane center said.

Before moving back out to sea, Wilma pummeled Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for two days with screaming winds and torrential rains that flooded the nation's resort coastline. Authorities said at least three people died in Mexico during the storm, which earlier killed 13 people in Jamaica and Haiti.

In Florida, tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph were expected in the Keys and the southwestern part of the state by Sunday evening, and in Miami and other Atlantic coast cities around midnight. The center of Wilma should make landfall on Florida's southwest coast as a Category 1 or 2 hurricane around sunrise Monday, forecasters said.

However, a storm's strength can be unpredictable. "Because of that, we're asking everyone to prepare for a Category 3, one category stronger, just in case," hurricane center Deputy Director Ed Rappaport said Sunday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Butch Kinerney said resources ranging from dozens of military helicopters to 13.2 million ready-to-eat meals were standing by.

"We're ready for Wilma and, whatever the storm brings, we're set to go," Kinerney said.

Wilma's outer rain bands caused hip-deep street flooding Saturday in some neighborhoods in the Fort Lauderdale area, forcing people out of at least 50 apartments and houses. More than 5 inches of rain fell in that area, Broward County and
National Weather Service officials said.

Gladys Sparrow, a 44-year-old home health care worker, said water rose to a foot inside her home, destroying clothes and furniture and bringing in bugs and trash.

"It's dirty, wet, muggy, everything," Sparrow said.

Four to 8 inches of rain was expected in southern Florida through Tuesday, with up to a foot in some areas. Category 2 hurricanes can be accompanied by storm surge flooding of 8 to 13 feet. Battering waves could be on top of that.

At a shelter set up in Florida International University in west Miami-Dade, Robert Line, 48, of Key West, waited for the storm with his wife after evacuating the island city some 135 miles south of Miami.

"We're treating it like a vacation," Robert Line said before admitting that tensions were running high at the shelter. "Everybody's stressed out. Everybody's walking on eggshells."
Wilma Heads for Fla. As Category 2 Storm (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051023/ap_on_re_us/wilma_florida;_ylt=AqczcWQjfYAM7iaHszHZc52s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 23, 2005, 04:20:11 PM
Gulf Coast Suffers Record Hurricane Season

By DEBORAH HASTINGS
The Associated Press
Saturday, October 22, 2005; 3:27 PM

-- Not in the last century, since it was decided that the dead and detritus of every hurricane should be recorded, has there been such a disastrous barrage of wind and rain and saltwater on the Gulf Coast.

Twenty-one tropical storms and hurricanes in the past five months, tying the most ever in a single season. The last letter left in the tempest alphabet was "W" and that has gone to Hurricane Wilma.

The World Meteorological Organization, a United Nations agency responsible for christening these uncontrollable offspring of nature, has never before run out of names. (There is no X, Y or Z, no U or Q _ not enough proper nouns begin with those letters, the agency says.) If there are more before the season ends on Nov. 30, and a potential storm was brewing this weekend south of Puerto Rico, noms de storms revert to the Greek alphabet, beginning with Alpha.

By July, one month into the season, there were already seven named storms _ tropical storms Arlene, Brett and Cindy, hurricanes Dennis and Emily, and tropical storms Franklin and Gert.

The worst of that bunch was Dennis, which from Independence Day to July 12 battered coastal Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and many spots in the Caribbean with 150 mph wind. At least 32 people died. In Tallahassee, Fla., more than seven inches of rain poured down in four days, more than a normal summer month's worth.

After that beginning, the season got worse. Much worse.

The end of August brought Hurricane Katrina, whose damage statistics are still being tallied. The National Hurricane Center says Katrina may be the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. It will take a very long time to decide that.

Because of huge backlogs of autopsies at Federal Emergency Management Agency morgues, it has been impossible to sort the dead from the missing (among them the lost souls whose bodies were sucked into the gulf and not returned). As of this past week, the death tally stands at more than 1,280 across five states.

It started small _ a tropical depression southeast of the Bahamas. Veering left and picking up speed, it made landfall as a Category 1, the weakest of all hurricane classifications, on the evening of Aug. 25, atop the Miami-Dade-Broward county line.

It dumped more than a foot of rain across Florida, knocking down trees and snapping power lines until it hit the gulf. And there it sat, feeding on the warm water, growing fatter and more powerful until it ballooned into an awesome and terrifying Category 5 headed for New Orleans.

At 6:10 a.m., four days after arriving in southern Florida, Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish, La., just south of the City of New Orleans, as a Category 4 storm with 140-mph wind. Four hours later, it made a second landfall near the Mississippi line, dropping to a Category 3 with 125-mph wind. At its widest, the storm's swath stretched from west of Lafayette, La., to Pensacola, Fla. Storm surges of up to 29 feet drowned southern Mississippi, washing away a major portion of the interstate and an unknown number of people.

Up to 17 inches of rain fell in the hardest-hit areas of Louisiana. And what nature didn't flood in downtown New Orleans, a broken levee did in the impoverished 9th Ward. Thousands evacuated; many aren't expected to return. The state's economy was knocked to its knees _ nearly a quarter of a million unemployment claims have been processed since Aug. 29, more than all of 2004. Louisiana budget officials have predicted government layoffs and cuts to health services and education because of taxes and revenues lost to Katrina.

The estimated insurance pay-outs don't help the economic portrait either _ with the latest estimate around $34 billion.

After Katrina, it was hoped that was the end of death and destruction and rain and wind _ for this season, least. But nature abhors a vacuum and doesn't possess a conscience.

There was more. Five more. September brought hurricanes Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe and Rita.

It was Rita that, for one breathtaking day threatened to wipe out Katrina's record of destruction and the country's fourth-largest city _ Houston.

On Sept. 20, it swept through Florida Straits, reaching Category 2 intensity as the eye passed south of Key West. Then Rita, too, blew into the gulf. At an astounding rate, it mushroomed from a Category 2 to a Category 5 in about 24 hours, and it seemed to be heading straight toward Galveston, Texas, a place that had lost some 8,000 people to a hurricane in 1900, before storms were given names.

About 40 miles north of Galveston lies Houston. On Sept. 24, at 2:30 a.m., a slightly subdued Rita hit just shy of the Texas-Louisiana border, as Category 3 storm with 120-mph wind. Lake Charles, La., was flooded. Parts of New Orleans were again flooded. The Texas oil towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur were flooded. More than 100 deaths have been attributed to Rita, nearly one-fourth occurring the day before the storm hit when a bus full of elderly evacuees exploded outside Dallas.

In hindsight, and compared to Katrina, Rita delivered only a glancing blow. Insured losses are estimated at up to $6 billion. Rainfall around New Orleans ranged from 4 to 6 inches, instead of four times that much.

After it was decided, about a century ago, to officially document the death and destruction wrought by hurricanes, record-keepers came up with many kinds of ways to do so. There is a list of the 10 costliest hurricanes (ranked by damage figures). There is a list of the 10 deadliest hurricanes (ranked by lives lost).

On the former, Hurricane Andrew of 1992 occupies the No. 1 spot, with $26.5 billion in monetary losses. On the latter list, Galveston's 1900 storm is at the top.

Last year's quartet of hurricanes that terrorized Florida _ Charley, Ivan, Frances and Jeanne _ rank second, third, fourth and sixth, respectively, with damages ranging from $15 billion to $6.9 billion

Gulf Coast Suffers Record Hurricane Season (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/22/AR2005102200715_pf.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 23, 2005, 09:24:05 PM
Wilma Threatens Fla. With 110-Mph Winds

By DAVID ROYSE, Associated Press Writer 25 minutes ago

KEY WEST, Fla. - Hurricane Wilma accelerated toward storm-weary Florida on Sunday and grew stronger, threatening residents with 110-mph winds, tornadoes and a surge of seawater that could flood the Keys and the state's southwest coast.

After crawling slowly through the Caribbean for several days, Wilma pulled away from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 2 storm and, forecasters said, began picking up speed "like a rocket" as it headed toward the U.S. mainland. The storm was expected to make landfall around dawn Monday.

The southern half of the state was under a hurricane warning, and an estimated 160,000 residents were told to evacuate, although many in the low-lying Keys island chain decided to stay.

"I cannot emphasize enough to the folks that live in the Florida Keys: A hurricane is coming," Gov. Jeb Bush said. "Perhaps people are saying, 'I'm going to hunker down.' They shouldn't do that. They should evacuate, and there's very little time left to do so."

At 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Wilma's 110 mph winds were just 1 mph shy of Category 3 status. As the storm crossed the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said they saw no evidence of wind shear that they hoped would reduce the hurricane's intensity before it makes landfall in southwest Florida.

Wilma had battered the Mexican coastline with howling winds and torrential rains before moving back out to sea. At least three people were killed in Mexico, following the deaths of 13 in Jamaica and Haiti.

Forecasters expected flooding from a storm surge of up to 17 feet on Florida's southwest coast and 8 feet in the Keys. Tornadoes were possible in some areas through Monday.

Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, predicted Wilma would dramatically pick up speed as it approached Florida.

"It's really going to take off like a rocket," he said. "It's going to start moving like 20 mph."

Because the storm was expected to move so swiftly across Florida, residents of Atlantic coast cities such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale were likely to face hurricane-force winds nearly as strong as those on the Gulf Coast, forecasters said.

Wilma would mark Florida's eighth hurricane since August 2004 and the fourth evacuation of the Keys this year.

Fewer than 10 percent of the Keys' 78,000 residents evacuated, Monroe County Sheriff Richard Roth said.

"I'm disappointed, but I understand it," Roth said. "They're tired of leaving because of the limited damage they sustained during the last three hurricanes."

By Sunday evening, tornado warnings were already posted for parts of southwest Florida, and the hurricane's outer bands began lashing coastal areas in Wilma's path. A waterspout was spotted off Key West.

It was markedly different than conditions Sunday morning in the Keys, when sunshine beckoned boaters onto the water and many residents went about their normal routines.

"We were born and raised with storms, so we never leave," Ann Ferguson said from her front porch in Key West. "What happens, happens. If you believe in the Lord, you don't have no fear."

Some 100 Key West parishioners attended Mass at a Catholic church where a grotto built in the 1920s is said to provide protection from dangerous storms. Ray Price took his usual stroll down Duval Street to check out the ocean.

"Another day in paradise," Price said.

Some people shared that attitude on the mainland. At a park for recreational vehicles in Fort Myers Beach, Leonard Hasbrouck stood bare-chested as a fire truck rolled by blaring a warning.

"Mandatory evacuation," a firefighter shouted into a loudspeaker. "You are hereby ordered to leave your residence by the board of county commissioners of Lee County, Fla."

"They came by yesterday," Hasbrouck said. "I told them, 'I'm not going to ask you to rescue me.'"

Tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph were expected to begin late Sunday, and the core of the hurricane was forecast to slice across the peninsula Monday, speeding northeast at up to 25 mph.

Gov. Bush wrote his brother, President Bush, asking that the state be granted a major disaster declaration for 14 counties ahead of the storm. Many of the areas bracing for Wilma were hit by some of the state's previous hurricanes.

The governor said state officials expected heavy rain and widespread power outages. The National Guard was on alert, and state and federal officials had trucks of ice and food ready to deploy.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency was poised to send in dozens of military helicopters and 13.2 million ready-to-eat meals if needed, spokesman Butch Kinerney said.

"We're ready for Wilma and, whatever the storm brings, we're set to go," Kinerney said.

George Delgado of Miami was still covering the windows of his house with plywood Sunday. He said he waited until the last minute to make sure the hours of work were necessary.

"I was hoping it would turn some other way," Delgado said.

At 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Wilma was centered about 170 miles west-southwest of Key West and moving northeast at about 15 mph. Hurricane-force wind of at least 74 mph extended up to 85 miles from the center and wind blowing at tropical storm-force reached outward up to 230 miles, the hurricane center said.

Weary forecasters also monitored Tropical Depression Alpha, which formed Saturday off the Dominican Republic and was briefly a tropical storm, the record 22nd named storm for the Atlantic season. It was the first time the hurricane center exhausted the regular list of names and had to turn to the Greek alphabet.

Alpha was not considered a threat to the United States.

On Florida's Gulf Coast, evacuation orders covered barrier islands and coastal areas in Collier and Lee counties, such as Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Sanibel and parts of Naples.

Visitors crossing the bridge into Marco Island Sunday were greeted by an electric sign that flashed, "EVACUATE, EVACUATE."

About 3,500 people were in shelters across the state, including roughly 850 people at the Germain Arena near Fort Myers, where evacuees pitched tents and placed mats on the ice rink where a minor-league hockey team plays. Cots and sleeping bags lined hallways outside the rink.

David Bright sat nearby on a chair, a Bible beside him. He's old enough to remember plenty of other hurricanes, including destructive Donna in 1960.

"I'm just doing a lot of praying that things will work out," he said. "I'm born and raised right here in Fort Myers, Fla., and just know you don't play with them."

Wilma Threatens Fla. With 110-Mph Winds (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051024/ap_on_re_us/hurricane_wilma)


Title: Pestilence
Post by: Shammu on October 24, 2005, 01:29:03 AM
EU considers wild bird import ban as parrot tests positive for H5N1

Sun Oct 23, 4:14 PM ET

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The
European Union's executive faced increasing pressure to ban all wild bird imports after a parrot that died while in British quarantine was confirmed to have infected with the deadly Asian strain of bird flu.

The first confirmed case of H5N1 in the European Union, the parrot demonstrated that in addition to migratory birds the global trade in exotic birds risks spreading the virus that has killed more than 60 people in Southeast Asia over the past three years.

Britain, which reported Friday the parrot imported from South America had been infected with bird flu, announced Sunday that tests had shown it was the deadly H5N1 strain.

Even before the tests were in the British government had appealed for the EU to put in place a blanket ban on the import of exotic birds, which the bloc's executive Commission said it would urgently consider.

"The commission is currently considering the issue, it will decide by Tuesday," said spokesman Stefaan de Rynck.

The European Union already has various bird import bans in place for Romania, Russia, Thailand and Turkey, countries which have had confirmed cases of the lethal H5N1 bird flu strain.

It is also preparing a similar ban for Croatia, where a new bird flu outbreak was announced on Friday with test results awaited for the H5N1 strain.

Russia, which has had several outbreaks of H5N1, reported at the weekend bird flu of an as yet undetermined type in a second area west of the Urals mountains.

Sweden said a case of bird flu among ducks was not the deadly strain.

British veterinary authorities said that as the parrot had been in quarantine since it arrived from Surinam it did not affect the country's status as free of bird flu.

The virus was closer to strains in Asia than those believed brought by migratory birds to Romania and Turkey.

"The closest match is a strain identified in ducks in China earlier this year. It is not so similar to the strains from Romania and Turkey. It is not a strain that the Veterinary Laboratory Agency has seen before," said Debby Reynolds, chief veterinary officer of Britain's department of environment, food and rural affairs (DEFRA).

Britain's proposal for the EU ban on live wild bird imports was to be raised at an EU agricultural ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on Monday and Tuesday.

The possible ban, which would not affect domesticated birds, will also be discussed by experts at a meeting of the EU food security committee on Tuesday in Brussels before a final decision is taken by the commission.

Health experts from more than 50 countries were set to gather in Copenhagen on Monday to assess the response to avian flu, amid concerns H5N1 could mutate into a form easily transmitted between humans, causing a global pandemic.

Also Monday, in Ottawa, health ministers and experts from 30 countries were scheduled to meet to forge a coordinated international front against bird flu and to advance global preparations for a possible flu pandemic.

Ministers from China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and the United States are expected as are representatives from the World Health Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health.

Croatian authorities continued Sunday to kill thousands of domestic birds in in a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius around a lake near the eastern village of Zdenci where earlier six dead swans were found to have been infected by the virus.

Another five swans were found dead at a pond, also in eastern Croatia, and were sent to Zagreb for analysis. The result of the tests will be known on Monday or Tuesday.

Germany has begun enforcing a temporary ban on outdoor poultry rearing, confining fowl to sheds with spot checks on farms and fines of up to the equivalent of 30,000 dollars (25,000 euros) for violations.

The neighbouring governments of Austria, the principality of Liechtenstein and Switzerland have banned rearing free range poultry for the next few months.

Slovakia on Sunday issued a ban on live poultry and birds at markets and expositions.

The French agency for food safety recommended increased scrutiny of wildlife, but stopped short of proposing poultry be confined.

In the Middle East, Israel and its Arab neighbour Jordan stepped up efforts to coordinate their response on Sunday with a meeting of health officials, an Israeli embassy spokesman said.

Veterinary officers from the two countries met on Thursday and agreed to open a 24-hour hotline to exchange information on the advance of the disease.

In China, there was another outbreak of the virus on a farm in its northern Inner Mongolia region, where 2,600 birds died, with 91,000 others culled.

Officials in Beijing on Saturday began checking chickens, ducks, geese and even carrier pigeons being raised as pets in the city to make sure they were properly vaccinated or isolated, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao issued a directive for an all-out effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

Experts from Britain's Medical Research Council were Sunday set to leave on a 10-day trip to China, Vietnam and Hong Kong to look at the way the disease was being monitored there and how to improve cooperation.

The FAO has warned that migratory birds believed to be carriers may next take the virus to Africa, saying that the continent would be an "ideal breeding ground" because of close contact between people and animals.

Scientists fear Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are particularly threatened as they host millions of migratory fowl flying to warmer climes during the European winter.

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Title: Pestilence
Post by: Shammu on October 24, 2005, 01:36:52 AM
Britain: Bird Flu Is Deadly H5N1 Strain

By MICHAEL McDONOUGH, Associated Press Writer 39 minutes ago

LONDON - The British government said Sunday that a strain of bird flu that killed a parrot in quarantine is the deadly H5N1 strain that has plagued Asia and recently spread to Europe.

Scientists determined that the parrot, imported from South America, died of the strain of avian flu that has devastated poultry stocks and killed 61 people in Asia the past two years, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The virus is spread by migrating wild birds and has recently been found in birds in Russia, Turkey and Romania, spurring efforts around the globe to contain its spread.

While H5N1 is easily transmitted between birds, it is hard for humans to contract. But experts fear it could mutate into a form of flu that is easily transmitted between humans and cause a pandemic that could kill millions.

Debby Reynolds, DEFRA's chief veterinarian, said the parrot was likely infected with the virus while it was housed in the country's quarantine system with birds from Taiwan. Tests conducted on the Taiwanese birds that had died were inconclusive, according to the department.

DEFRA said the virus was most closely matched to a strain found in ducks in China earlier this year but was not very similar to strains discovered in Romania and Turkey. The genetic makeup of the virus changes slightly as it spreads, and scientists use such tests to track its migration across the world.

It was Britain's first confirmed case of bird flu since 1992.

Elsewhere, the Croatian government on Sunday promised to compensate villagers and farmers whose birds were slaughtered to prevent the spread of bird flu. About 10,000 domestic birds have been killed in an area near a national park where six swans were found to have been infected with the virus.

Damage from the culling was estimated at about $160,000. However, international bans on Croatian poultry exports could hurt farmers more. The European Commission on Friday said it was preparing a ban on all poultry imports from the country, while some individual European nations have already done so.

Medical experts detected the H5 virus in the swans Friday. Samples from the contaminated birds were then sent to a laboratory in Britain to establish whether they had the deadly H5N1 strain. Tests were also being done on samples from five other swans found dead Saturday morning near the park.

In related developments Sunday:

_Sweden said four ducks found dead in an area west of Stockholm Friday were infected with bird flu, but not the deadly H5N1 strain.

_Montenegro began testing its poultry for bird flu as a precaution after the disease was confirmed in neighboring Croatia. Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina also ordered cars to be disinfected at the Croatian border, and banned poultry imports from the country.

_The European Union said its bird flu experts will discuss a possible ban on imports of wild birds into the 25-nation bloc on Tuesday. The EU has so far resisted calls to ban all pet bird imports, fearing it could create a black market that could increase the threat of infected birds being smuggled in.

_Jordan and Israel agreed to limited cooperation to combat the possible spread of bird flu by monitoring people traveling across their shared border, the official Petra news agency reported. Neither country has had any cases of the virus.

_North Korea has launched a nationwide campaign to prevent a fresh outbreak of bird flu, strengthening quarantine and reporting systems and enhancing education of poultry farmers, a media report said. Earlier this year, North Korea culled about 210,000 chickens and other poultry after acknowledging its first bird flu outbreak in March. No new cases have since been reported.

Britain: Bird Flu Is Deadly H5N1 Strain (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051024/ap_on_he_me/bird_flu)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 24, 2005, 01:47:51 AM
Volcano Erupts on Largest Galapagos Island

Sun Oct 23, 8:36 PM ET

QUITO, Ecuador - A volcano has begun to erupt on one of the
Galapagos Islands known for its diverse flora and fauna, including the archipelago's famed giant tortoises, park officials said Sunday.

The 4,920-feet Sierra Negra volcano, located on seahorse-shaped Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands, began erupting late Saturday afternoon, producing three lava flows, officials from the Galapagos National Park told The Associated Press in a statement. It has not yet been determined whether the island's plant and animal life have been affected.

Many Galapagos tortoises, some of which have a lifespan of more than 150 years, live near volcano craters.

Puerto Villamil on Isabela's southern coast is home to 2,000 people, but the eruption posed "no risk to the population," the statement said. Tourist centers near Sierra Negra were closed as a precaution.

The Galapagos Islands, located 625 miles off Ecuador's Pacific coast, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 for their exotic wildlife such as marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. The islands' rich biodiversity inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Volcano Erupts on Largest Galapagos Island (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051024/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/galapagos_volcano;_ylt=AlwKPPOzVlX2FhajlB5s_b3uOrgF;_ylu=X3oDMTA4NTMzazIyBHNlYwMxNjk2)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 24, 2005, 12:30:06 PM
Cuba Rescues 250 Flood Victims From Wilma

By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer 8 minutes ago

HAVANA - Rescuers in inflatable rafts and amphibious vehicles pulled nearly 250 people from flooded homes Monday after huge waves churned by Hurricane Wilma flooded the capital's coastal highway and adjacent neighborhoods of old, crumbling buildings.

The ocean spread up to four blocks inland, inundating streets and buildings with water up to three feet deep.

There were no immediate reports of injuries anywhere on the island. Nearly 700,000 people were evacuated across Cuba's west in recent days as Wilma approached, first hitting Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and then plowing across southern Florida.

"We're amazed," resident Laura Gonzalez-Cueto said as she watched scuba divers carry small groups of people in black inflatable rafts with outboard motors.

Although the Malecon coastal highway and adjacent neighborhoods often flood during storms, the extent of Monday's inundation was highly unusual.

As of midmorning, 244 people, including some children, had been rescued, municipal official Mayra Lassale said. Mayor Juan Contino was with rescue workers in an inflatable raft at the scene of some of the worst flooding.

Residents worried that high tide in the afternoon could worsen the flooding.

"They say the water is going to go down, but it's only rising," 24-year-old Meibis Herrera said as she stood calf-deep in her apartment in central Havana. Her refrigerator and other appliances were balanced on chairs in hopes of keeping them dry.

"Too much water," she sighed as another surge of water pushed in through the door.

The outer bands of Wilma also flooded evacuated communities along the island's southern coast over the weekend after the hurricane clobbered Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Flooding and high winds caused heavy damage to homes in the northern coastal community of Baracoa, just east of Havana.

In the Port of Mariel east of Havana, people gathered outside homes to watch in awe as waves several yards high rolled in one after another. Part of a concrete seawall crumbled, but otherwise no major damage was evident.

"Last night was really tense, just waiting for what might happen," said Joelsis Calderin, 30. "I've never seen waves like this. You have to respect the sea."

"Come on over," another Mariel resident, Sussel Acosta, joked to her neighbors. "Everyone's catching fish at my front door."

The government shut off electricity throughout the capital and across the island's west — a standard safety precaution — as high winds howled across the island.

Cuba prides itself on saving lives during hurricanes, and its civil defense plans have been held up by the United Nations as a model. Mandatory, widespread evacuations are common and face little resistance.

Cuba Rescues 250 Flood Victims From Wilma (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051024/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cuba_hurricane_wilma)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 24, 2005, 11:48:04 PM
'Super storm' brewing, likely to hit Northeast

Forecasters: Wilma will combine with Alpha to pummel Mid-Atlantic, New England states

Posted: October 24, 2005
3:20 p.m. Eastern
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Hurricane Wilma, having barreled across Florida this morning with up to 125 mile-per-hour winds, is set to combine with other weather elements to form a "super storm" that will likely bring severe conditions to the Mid-Atlantic and New England states tomorrow.


AccuWeather.com meteorologists report that remnants of Tropical Storm Alpha will be drawn north along the Atlantic coast and will merge with Wilma and a large low pressure system that will develop off the Virginia Capes. The result is expected to bring wind, rain, snow and flooding to the Northeast.

According to the weather site, wind and snow could uproot trees and snap limbs, possibly leading to power outages if down trees strike power lines.

There are flash flood watches and warnings in effect today from the Delmarva Peninsula to central New York and southern Vermont, and winter storm watches are in effect in the northern half of those states, AccuWeather reports.

More rain would be a less than welcome sight for New England residents that have been hit with heavy precipitation in the last month.

New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Management spokesman Jim Van Dongen says the state can handle up to 2 inches of rain, but there is "little wiggle room" if more rain falls.

After coming ashore as a Category 3 hurricane, Wilma weakened to a Category 2 storm before once again strengthening over the Atlantic. The hurricane hit the east coast of Florida harder than expected, shattering windows, peeling away roofs and knocking out power to millions of people.

Wilma, Florida's eighth hurricane in 15 months, came ashore at 6:30 a.m. Eastern today near Cape Romano, 22 miles south of Naples, spinning off tornadoes and bringing a potential for up to 10 inches of rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

'Super storm' brewing, likely to hit Northeast (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47012)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 26, 2005, 01:32:29 AM
Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day

By GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press Writer Tue Oct 25, 8:16 PM ET

QUITO, Ecuador - A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name.
(http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20051025/capt.qto10110252033.ecuador_galapagos_volcano_qto101.jpg?x=380&y=285&sig=Lbp7xlpv1o_byyOSatE3Vw--)
In this undated photo released by Galapagos National Park, lava of the Sierra Negra Volcano flows off the side on Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The Sierra Negra
Oscar Carvajal, chief technician of the Galapagos National Park on Isabela island, said tortoises and land iguanas were not threatened because the lava flows were down the northeast slopes of Sierra Negra volcano where there were no animal populations.

"The lava flows have not affected the species because they are on the other side. There are no problems with tortoises or land iguanas. Only a small amount of vegetation has been burned in the interior of the caldron and on the flanks," Carvajal said.

The 4,920-foot high Sierra Negra volcano began erupting late Saturday, sending three rivers of spectacular lava flow down its northeastern slopes.

Carvajal said the lava expelled Tuesday was considerably less. He said most of the lava was flowing from a fissure at the top of the volcano back into the interior.

Park and local authorities say Puerto Villamil, the island's only village with 2,000 inhabitants, is also out of danger because it is located south of the volcano.

Puerto Villamil mayor Pablo Gordillo said authorities have taken precautions and were ready to evacuate people by sea and air if necessary.

Patricio Roman, a technician at Ecuador's Geophysics Institute, said the eruption of Sierra Negra was a normal process for islands that are of volcanic origin. He said the archipelago, made up of 13 islands, only four of which have human inhabitants, is still young enough in geological terms to be in a process of formation.

"Sierra Negra volcano is very active, one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos, and the Galapagos are considered one of the most active volcano centers in the world," he said.

"The Galapagos Islands are what geologists know as a hot point, a point that draws magma from the depths," he said.

Sierra Negra last erupted in 1979, but in May of this year La Cumbre volcano on nearby Fernandina island, which is uninhabited, erupted with water vapor, gas and ash. Another volcano on Isabela, Cerro Azul, erupted in 1998.

The Galapagos Islands, located 625 miles off Ecuador's Pacific coast, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

They are known for their flora and fauna, including marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises that live up to 150 years of age. The islands' unique wildlife inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051026/ap_on_sc/galapagos_volcano;_ylt=AqWHu1sXA9GlalXS.7wr7Aes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MzV0MTdmBHNlYwM3NTM-)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 26, 2005, 01:35:03 AM
Eyes to the sky for the Mars spectacular

Mon Oct 24, 5:49 PM ET

PARIS (AFP) - The last time Mars swung so close to Earth, Hindu seers foretold of war, European astrologers predicted love and Germany reported a rash in UFO sightings.  ???

Thus is the spell cast by planetary alignment, so extreme predictions and odd events seem entirely possible this week as Mars and Earth edge together once more.

On Sunday, October 30, the Red Planet will be 69.4 million kilometers (43.1 million miles) from Earth -- a distance that in galactic terms is less than wafer-thin and will not be equalled until 2018.

Skywatchers are rubbing their hands at the opportunity.

In the runup to Sunday, but also for much of November, Mars will appear as a big orangey-yellow "star" in the east, an object so bright that it should be visible in almost any conditions of light pollution, says the US publication Sky & Telescope.

Weather permitting -- on Earth and also on Mars, where there are some worrying signs of an impending dust storm -- anyone with a modest telescope should be able to pick out some of the features that make Mars so special.

According to the French magazine Ciel et Espace, anyone who invests in a small 60mm (two-inch) -diameter telescope, priced in many countries at around 150 euros (180 dollars), should be easily able to spot Syrtis Major, Mars' most recognisable characteristic.

This vast region of cratered plateaux appears as a dark, roughly triangular-shaped tongue whose point heads towards Mars' North Pole.

They should also be able to make out Helas, a vast impact crater that is often covered by whitish mist and is sometimes mistaken for Mars' southern polar icecap.

Invest a couple of thousand euros (dollars) or more to get a telescope with a diametre of 200mm (eight inches) or more -- or go to your nearest observatory or visit an astronomy website -- and some really hunky stuff comes into view.

For size, nothing beats Mons Olympus, 26,000 metres (84,500 feet) high -- the biggest volcano in the Solar System. And Arizona's Grand Canyon would fit snugly inside Valles Marineris -- seven kms (four miles) deep and 200 kms (120 miles) across.

Mars' southern pole, seasonally shrunk by summer heat, will appear as a brilliant white dot. And with luck, one night you may bag Mars' tiny moons, Phobos and Deimos, which once were asteroids until they were captured by the Martian gravity.

On August 27, 2003, Earth and Mars were a mere 55.76 million kms (34.65 million miles) apart, the closest in almost 60,000 years.

This time, the planets are slight farther apart, but the viewing prospects are better than in 2003, says the Institute of Celestial Mechanics at the Paris Observatory.

This is because, in 2003, Mars' course barely took it above the horizon for viewers in Earth's northern hemisphere, which meant the image was distorted by light passing through the atmosphere.

Earth, the third planet from the Sun, takes 365 and a quarter days to go around its star. Mars, the fourth planet, takes 687 Earth Days.

That means they come close every 26 months or so. But both planets take a slightly elliptical path around the Sun, and this factor determines precisely how close the flyby will be.

The next time the planets will be closer than in 2003 will be in 2287.

Eyes to the sky for the Mars spectacular (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051024/sc_afp/spaceastronomymars;_ylt=AiihBmx1I6MNb_ihrtFGCV1xieAA;_ylu=X3oDMTA4NmhocGZ1BHNlYwMxNzAw)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 26, 2005, 01:38:56 AM
Lisbon's 1755 earthquake a warning for today

By Barbara Cornell Tue Oct 25, 9:15 PM ET

LISBON (Reuters) - The aftershocks of a truly epic earthquake are measured not by magnitude or distance but by centuries.

Exactly 250 years after one of the world's most devastating quakes transformed regal Lisbon into a ghost town, experts from around the world will gather to find a prologue for the future.

The earthquake that hit Lisbon on November 1, 1755, rang Paris' church bells and triggered a tsunami from Norway to North America. It sent shockwaves through Enlightenment Europe, changing forever the way earthquakes were perceived and handled.

"We have to call attention to the authorities and the population in general that this past event, this terrible event, may come again," said Carlos Sousa Oliveira, president of the Portuguese Society for Earthquake Engineering.

"We don't know when. It might not be as strong. But we have to prepare to face it."

About 200 seismologists, engineers, architects, urban planners, historians, and even philosophers are expected at a four-day conference here, beginning on the November 1 anniversary.

Experts will present testimony from this month's killer South Asian quake and lessons from recent disasters, such as northwestern Turkey in 1999 and the Indian Ocean in 2004.

They will discuss research and preparedness in earthquake-prone countries, like Japan, Italy and Russia, and try to raise awareness of danger elsewhere.

"People living in Portugal have no idea of the risk. They are not aware of the risk because earthquakes have a long return period, meaning they can take hundreds of years to happen again," said Alfredo Campos Costa, an earthquake engineer working in seismic risk assessment research.

Experts concede that knowledge means little unless it is applied, and that the most potent argument for change, such as designing safer buildings, is the memory of previous disasters.

"It's folk memory rather than regulation that decides how people build," said Robin Spence, a professor of architectural engineering at Cambridge University and president of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering.

FIRST MODERN DISASTER

Before the conference, experts will hold a one-day workshop on October 31 to draw up a Europe-wide strategy to deal with the risk of quakes.

"We don't know exactly what are the most prone areas in terms of seismic risk and worse, we don't know how to mitigate this risk," said Campos Costa.

"If something happens like the 1755 earthquake today ... all of Europe is going to pay because we are all united at the economic level ... Europe is nowadays like a city," he added.

The 1755 earthquake, which also devastated Morocco and claimed around 70,000 lives, shattered the prevailing optimism that this was the best of all possible worlds.

Scientists say it was the first modern disaster, with coordinated emergency responses and a reconstruction plan that was drawn up with a possible, future disaster in mind.

"The event and the administrative organization afterwards can be regarded as the beginning of seismology, because it was the first time that a government took responsibility for disaster management," said Karl Fuchs, a geophysics professor and former director of the Geophysical Institute at the University Fridericiana at Karlsruhe, Germany.

BURNING CANDLES, BROKEN BUILDINGS

The earthquake struck on a sunny Saturday in Lisbon, one of Europe's richest cities and an international trading center.

Tremors, so violent that they stirred waters off Finland, toppled buildings and set off a devastating tsunami that swept through the city's center. Fires, blamed on church candles, burned for six days. Aftershocks continued for nine months.

The earthquake, estimated at 8.75 on the Richter scale, knocked down all but 3,000 homes and ruined 53 palaces, 32 churches and 46 monasteries and convents. Today the skeleton of the Convento do Carmo still haunts the Lisbon skyline.

The quake's epicenter and magnitude are still debated. But what is certain is how quickly the authorities responded.

"Bury the dead and feed the living," are words attributed to Sebastiao Jose de Carvalho e Melo, the Marques de Pombal who was Portugal's virtual dictator at the time and whose statue gazes from a major traffic circle toward the city he rebuilt.

Under his direction, Lisbon immediately took such steps as erecting gallows to deter looters and salvaging building materials from debris.

Assessment questionnaires -- asking people how many shocks were felt, what kind of damage was caused -- were sent out. Some of the questions are the same as those used today.

Pombal is mostly remembered for a construction plan for Lisbon's Baixa neighborhood which created a grid of level streets and uniform buildings using construction techniques designed to resist both earthquakes and fire.

Although recent disasters show man's science is still unable sometimes to cope with nature's ferocity, the Lisbon conference will show how far seismology has come since the 1755 quake.

"In Japan, almost all scientists have given up predicting future earthquakes," said Takashi Furumura, a seismologist at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute.

He uses supercomputers to see how the ground shifts during quakes. Since many population centers are in sedimentary basins, his research can help cities detect how vulnerable they are.

The idea, Furumura said, is to anticipate ground movement before a seismic wave hits and oscillate buildings in the opposite direction so the motion cancels out.

"It's a dream," he said, "but who knew we could go to the moon?"

Lisbon's 1755 earthquake a warning for today (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051026/sc_nm/quake_lisbon_dc;_ylt=AsoRKreS.v.PaZ94ox_ZJxPQOrgF;_ylu=X3oDMTA4NmhocGZ1BHNlYwMxNzAw)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 26, 2005, 10:45:19 PM
None Hurt After 20-Ton Yosemite Rockslide

2 hours, 50 minutes ago

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Lodging that had been shut down after a 20-ton rockslide forced hundreds of visitors to relocate was reopened on Wednesday, park officials said.

No one was hurt in Tuesday's rockslide, which happened near Curry Village, but tourists were sent to other accommodations inside the park until a geologist could conduct an assessment.

No damages were reported when the rocks crumbled and rained down behind the construction site of the new Curry Village employee dormitories. Most of the debris piled onto a parking lot that is under construction.

Yosemite officials said the construction site was designed to keep visitors and staff safe if there is a rockslide.

Rockslides are not frequent in the park. But in 1999, another slide near Curry Village killed one climber — Peter J. Terbush, of Gunnison, Colo. — and injured three others.

None Hurt After 20-Ton Yosemite Rockslide (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051026/ap_on_re_us/yosemite_rockslide)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 27, 2005, 08:03:17 PM
Popping Rocks Reveal New Volcano
By Larry O'Hanlon, Discovery News

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Oct. 27, 2005 — Noisy popping rocks hauled up from the deep Pacific seafloor off northern Mexico appear to be from a very young undersea volcano, say U.S. and Mexican geologists.

Some of the weird and scientifically valuable gas-charged volcanic rocks were first discovered in the same area in 1960, but no one had been able to find them again until now.

It took some careful and persistent dredging of the 10,500-foot-deep (3,200-meters) seafloor by a bi-national crew of students and researchers near what is called Popcorn Ridge, 200 miles south of San Diego near Guadalupe Island, to relocate the remarkably loud rocks.

"People don't know how many volcanoes there are off the coast here," said Dana Vukajlovich, one of the chief scientists on the cruise, organized by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

Another Scripps oceanographer, Dale Krause, who first found the popping rocks 45 years ago.

The rocks pop because they contain pressurized pockets of gases that had bubbled out of the rock when it was molten and erupting from a submarine volcano, explained Vukajlovich.

But under intense pressure two miles underwater, the bubbles remained locked inside the lava rocks. Once brought to the surface, however, where the pressure is a small fraction as much, the high-pressure gases in pockets near the surfaces of the rocks broke through explosively.

"It's kind of like the sound of ice cracking in water," said Dana Vukajlovich, describing the racket made by spontaneous explosions of the rocks when they were brought aboard the Roger Revelle research vessel in early October.

Unlike ice in water, however, the rocks were was as loud as firecrackers, she said. "You could hear it over the sound of the machinery on deck." There were even small pieces of the rocks flying off, she said.

And while all the noise is exciting, it's not what makes them so valuable to scientists, she said.

"They're pretty rare," said geochemist David Graham of Oregon State University of the few sites where popping rocks have been found worldwide. "They're typically found on relatively slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridges."

That's an undersea rift zone where the crust of the Earth is being pulled in opposite directions and there are many volcanoes spewing out molten rock to fill the gap.

The rocks from what Vukajlovich's crew has dubbed the Krause Volcano are the only popping rocks found outside the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, said Graham.

What the popping rocks offer scientists is a chance to study volcanic gases that may have come undisturbed from deep in the Earth, said Graham.

While chemical analyses are just getting started on the Krause Volcano rocks, similar Atlantic popping rocks contained primarily carbon dioxide gas, said Graham.

Of more interest, however, are smaller amounts of argon and helium, both "noble gases" that do not chemically react with any other elements. Argon and helium are leftovers from the heat-producing nuclear decay of larger elements deep inside the planet, he said.

How much of each gas that's found in the rocks could support or challenge theories about how the interior of the Earth is heated.

"It helps in understanding the thermal budget of the Earth," said Graham.

And since argon tends to escape rocks more quickly than helium, the amounts of both in the Krause Volcano rocks will give a clue to how quickly the magma that made the rocks moved up from the Earth's mantle.

If, for instance, there's a lot of argon, it's more likely the rocks made a quick trip up. "We're hoping it's very well preserved gas from the mantle," Vukajlovich said.




Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Soldier4Christ on October 27, 2005, 08:05:11 PM
Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day
Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day but Experts Say It Not a Threat to Humans, Animals
By GONZALO SOLANO
The Associated Press

QUITO, Ecuador - A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name.

Oscar Carvajal, chief technician of the Galapagos National Park on Isabela island, said tortoises and land iguanas were not threatened because the lava flows were down the northeast slopes of Sierra Negra volcano where there were no animal populations.

"The lava flows have not affected the species because they are on the other side. There are no problems with tortoises or land iguanas. Only a small amount of vegetation has been burned in the interior of the caldron and on the flanks," Carvajal said.

The 4,920-foot high Sierra Negra volcano began erupting late Saturday, sending three rivers of spectacular lava flow down its northeastern slopes.

Carvajal said the lava expelled Tuesday was considerably less. He said most of the lava was flowing from a fissure at the top of the volcano back into the interior.

Park and local authorities say Puerto Villamil, the island's only village with 2,000 inhabitants, is also out of danger because it is located south of the volcano.

Puerto Villamil mayor Pablo Gordillo said authorities have taken precautions and were ready to evacuate people by sea and air if necessary.

Patricio Roman, a technician at Ecuador's Geophysics Institute, said the eruption of Sierra Negra was a normal process for islands that are of volcanic origin. He said the archipelago, made up of 13 islands, only four of which have human inhabitants, is still young enough in geological terms to be in a process of formation.

"Sierra Negra volcano is very active, one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos, and the Galapagos are considered one of the most active volcano centers in the world," he said.

"The Galapagos Islands are what geologists know as a hot point, a point that draws magma from the depths," he said.

Sierra Negra last erupted in 1979, but in May of this year La Cumbre volcano on nearby Fernandina island, which is uninhabited, erupted with water vapor, gas and ash. Another volcano on Isabela, Cerro Azul, erupted in 1998.

The Galapagos Islands, located 625 miles off Ecuador's Pacific coast, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

They are known for their flora and fauna, including marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises that live up to 150 years of age. The islands' unique wildlife inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.



Title: Season's 23rd Tropical Storm Forms
Post by: Shammu on October 27, 2005, 11:52:36 PM
Season's 23rd Tropical Storm Forms

By MICHELLE SPITZER, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 27, 8:54 AM ET

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Beta formed Thursday in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, extending this year's record of named storms in the Atlantic hurricane season.

Beta is the season's 23rd tropical storm, the most since record keeping began in 1851. The disturbance formed Wednesday night and warnings were issued for the entire Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. The storm was also expected to bring heavy rain across western Panama and Costa Rica.

Forecasters said it was not expected to threaten the United States.

Richard Knabb, hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center, said it was not unusual to get storm activity toward the end of hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.

"It may not be over with Beta, but let's hope so," he said.

At 8 a.m. EDT, it was located about 70 miles south of San Andres Island and about 135 miles east-southeast of Bluefields, Nicaragua. A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning has been issued for the islands of San Andres and Providencia. Heavy rain and strong winds were expected there Thursday.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the entire Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and adjacent islands. Hurricane conditions are possible in the next several days, forecasters said.

Its maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph and was moving northwest near 4 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 mph.

Beta is expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain across western Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, forecasters said.

Last week Tropical Storm Alpha formed, which was the first time a letter from the Greek alphabet has been used because the list of storm names was exhausted. The previous record of 21 storms stood since 1933.

Season's 23rd Tropical Storm Forms (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051027/ap_on_re_us/tropical_weather;_ylt=AlcsKtYbavhfPorUD4OLpN.s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY-)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 29, 2005, 11:34:21 AM
Beta upgraded to hurricane, batters Caribbean
Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:57 AM ET162

 By Cyntia Barrera Diaz

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Beta was upgraded to a hurricane on Saturday as it punished a small Caribbean island with fierce winds and hundreds of Miskito Indians streamed into shelters in a sleepy Nicaraguan port to escape exposed villages.

Beta, the latest cyclone in a record-breaking season, whipped Colombia's Providencia island with winds nearing 80 mph (130 km/hr) as it inched its way toward Central America.

The wind ripped roofs off homes on the island, which along with neighboring San Andres, was once a favored hideaway of famous 17th-century Welsh pirate Henry Morgan. No deaths were reported.

In Nicaragua, barefooted fishing families carrying clothing in bags and furniture on their backs fled coastal hamlets to seek protection in Puerto Cabezas, where schools doubled as storm shelters.

"We heard on the radio we had to leave," said fisherman Bismark Williams, 35, who was picked up by a boat under government orders to evacuate as many people as possible from the coast.

Beta was upgraded early Saturday to a Category 1 hurricane and was forecast to strengthen further in the next 24 hours and could become a strong Category 2 before it makes landfall along the east coast of Nicaragua on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

"We think 600-700 people have already come in, and there are more boats on their way," said Orlando Aberlado, in charge of deploying the fishing craft used in the evacuation.

Small fishing villages populated by Indian tribes like the Miskitos and descendants of escaped African slaves are strung along the Caribbean coast of Honduras and Nicaragua.

It is one of the region's most isolated areas and transport is often by plane or boat along muddy rivers.

"We are considering evacuating some 8,000 people from different places along the coast," said Col. Mario Perez-Cassar, the head of Nicaragua's civil defense.

Puerto Cabezas' hospital stocked up with medicines for pneumonia in case slow-moving Beta cuts off the low-lying area with its strong winds and torrential rains.

Beta upgraded to hurricane, batters Caribbean (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-10-29T105655Z_01_SCH864269_RTRUKOC_0_US-WEATHER-BETA.xml)


Title: Re:Prophecy and Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weath
Post by: Shammu on October 29, 2005, 11:39:30 AM
Magnitude 6.5 earthquake shakes southern Indian Ocean: Hong Kong

Sat Oct 29, 5:44 AM ET

HONG KONG (AP) - A strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.5 shook the southern Indian Ocean on Saturday, the Hong Kong Observatory said.

The quake struck at 0417 GMT and was centred about 2,200 kilometres southwest of Perth, Australia, the observatory said. No other information was immediately available.

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake shakes southern Indian Ocean: Hong Kong (http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20051029/ca_pr_on_wo/australia_earthquake;_ylt=AvQunoHKRQRFVIlc4oWdR6FvaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTA5aHJvMDdwBHNlYwN5bmNhdA--)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on October 30, 2005, 11:40:03 PM
Militant-Linked Group Claims India Blasts

By RAJESH MAHAPATRA, Associated Press Writer 41 minutes ago

NEW DELHI - A little-known group that police say has ties to
Kashmir's most feared militants claimed responsibility Sunday for a series of terrorist bombings that killed 59 people in New Delhi.
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Authorities said they already had gathered useful clues about the near-simultaneous blasts Saturday night that ripped through a bus and two markets crowded with people preparing for the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Investigators reportedly raided dozens of small hotels across India's capital looking for possible suspects, and police said "numerous" people were being questioned.

The attacks came at particularly sensitive time as India and Pakistan were hashing out an unprecedented agreement to partially open the heavily militarized frontier that divides the disputed territory of Kashmir to speed relief to victims of a massive earthquake earlier this month.

The agreement was finalized early Sunday, and Indian officials appeared hesitant to quickly put the blame for the bombings on Pakistan-based militants, unlike in previous terror attacks during a 16-year-old insurgency by Islamic separatists in India's part of Kashmir.

The United States "strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attacks in India," said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.

"By targeting innocent civilians making final preparations for holiday celebrations, terrorists have demonstrated yet again that they are enemies of humanity and contemptuous of the values all in the civilized world share," McClellan said in a statement.

India's accusations of Pakistani involvement in a 2001 attack on parliament put the two nuclear-armed rivals on the brink of a fourth war. But they pulled back and, after pursuing peace efforts since early last year, both appeared intent on keeping the atmosphere calm.

"We have lots of information but it is not proper to disclose it yet," Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil told clamoring journalists after an emergency meeting of the Cabinet called to discuss the attacks. "Our people are making good progress. The investigation is going well."

A man called a local news agency in Indian Kashmir to say the militant Islamic Inquilab Mahaz, or Front for Islamic Uprising, staged the bombings, which police said killed 59 people and wounded 210.

The caller, who identified himself as Ahmed Yaar Ghaznavi, said the bombings were "meant as a rebuff to the claims of Indian security groups" that militants had been wiped out by security crackdowns and the Oct. 8 earthquake that devastated the insurgents' heartland in the mountains of Kashmir.

A senior police officer in India's Jammu-Kashmir state said the caller's name was not familiar to intelligence agencies, and New Delhi's deputy police chief, Karnail Singh, said the group had not been very active since 1996.

However, while Singh refused to comment on the claim of responsibility, he said the group is linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, the most feared of the dozens of Kashmiri militant groups.

A leading anti-terrorism expert said earlier that the timing and nature of the blasts appeared to indicate the work of Lashkar.

"It looks like Lashkar. They are the most active group here," said Vikram Sood, the former head of the Research and Analysis Wing, India's foreign intelligence agency.

Lashkar and some other Kashmiri groups are known to have expertise in using the powerful explosive RDX, and a police officer with knowledge of the investigation said forensic experts were studying whether RDX was used in the attack.

He said witnesses reported that the biggest explosion created a huge ball of fire like that usually caused by RDX. The officer agreed to discuss the probe only if granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with journalists.

Police said they also were looking for a man in his 20s who refused to buy a ticket on a bus and got off in the Govindpuri neighborhood, leaving behind a large black bag. When some of the 40 passengers raised an alarm, the driver and conductor examined it and threw it out just as the blast occurred, injuring them both along with seven others.

Several Indian television stations said dozens of hotels in New Delhi had been raided after the bombings and suspects were detained.

Singh, the deputy police chief, refused to comment on the reported raids. He insisted that "no one is under detention," but said many people were being questioned.

After the attacks, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party — India's main opposition party — called on the government to review what it called the "soft border" policy agreed to with Pakistan.

The deal reached early Sunday will allow people to cross the frontier in Kashmir at five points starting Nov. 7 to help get food, shelter and medical aid to victims of the quake, which killed about 80,000 people and left 3 million homeless, most in Pakistan.

Opening the border is a touchy issue in India because of the uprising by Islamic militants who are fighting to make India's part of Kashmir independent or unite it with Pakistan.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since the subcontinent was partitioned at independence from Britain in 1947, two over Kashmir, but they have been pursuing efforts to improve relations and ease tensions since early last year.

"Both India and Pakistan internalized the experience of the last few years. This is reflected in the sobriety" of official comments about the bombings, said C. Uday Bhaskar, an analyst at New Delhi's Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.

He noted that after the bloody 2001 attack on parliament, Indian leaders quickly blamed Kashmir militants and Pakistan's spy agency, nearly bringing on another fourth war.

"We now have a better appreciation of the linkages in such terror attacks and a better assessment of how to articulate it in public," Bhaskar said.

This time, too, Pakistan's government has been quick to condemn the bombings, which drew worldwide condemnation.
Militant-Linked Group Claims India Blasts (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051031/ap_on_re_as/india_explosions;_ylt=AiFMNsHJO5_nqECe3xNAHoNbbBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b3JuZGZhBHNlYwM3MjE-)

For those of you that don't know why, this is posted here. Terrorism is a war of sorts.


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on October 30, 2005, 11:43:41 PM
Earthquake Shakes Parts of Montana, Idaho

2 hours, 12 minutes ago

HELENA, Mont. - A moderate earthquake shook parts of western Montana and eastern Idaho on Sunday, but no injuries or property damage were reported.

The epicenter of the temblor — which had a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 — was in a sparsely populated, mountainous area along the Montana-Idaho line, about 29 miles southeast of Salmon, Idaho, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site.

The Lemhi County Sheriff's Department in Salmon received dozens of calls about the 5:23 p.m. quake, but no damage reports.

"I myself did not feel it, but the inmates felt it," said Deputy Jess Bowen, whose office is next to jail cells. "They were probably just paying attention, and we were busy doing other things."

More than 75 people who felt the quake posted reports on the geological service's Web site, including some in Missoula and Helena, about 130 miles northeast of Salmon.

A 4.5 temblor beneath a city could bring damage such as cracked chimneys or windows, said Michael Stickney of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. But little damage was reported Sunday in part because of the sparse population, he said.

Earthquake Shakes Parts of Montana, Idaho (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051031/ap_on_re_us/northwest_earthquake)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on October 31, 2005, 11:21:19 PM
Senior British Muslim Warns on Terror Laws

By MICHAEL McDONOUGH, Associated Press Writer
58 minutes ago

LONDON - A prominent British Muslim warned lawmakers Monday that proposals for tough new anti-terror laws could undermine the Muslim community's willingness to cooperate in fighting terror.

Abdurahman Jafar, a senior member of the Muslim Council of Britain, expressed concern about the Terror Bill, which was drawn up in the wake of the July attacks on London's transit system.

The bill would extend the maximum 14-day detention for terror suspects without charge to three months, outlaw attending terrorist training camps and make it an offense to glorify or encourage terrorism.

Addressing a meeting of Parliament's joint committee on human rights, Jafar told lawmakers that he feared a "really horrific counter-productive effect" from the bill, partly because of the proposed glorification offense.

He said the measure threatens to merge "the issue of illegitimate attacks against peaceful democracies, with legitimate acts of resistance against illegitimate regimes around the world."

Jafar, who is vice chairman of the legal affairs committee of the Muslim Council of Britain, also voiced concern about the plans to lengthen the detention period for terror suspects who haven't been charged.

He said the legislation risked weakening the wider Muslim community's commitment to fight terrorism in the wake of the July 7 attacks, which killed 52 commuters and four suicide bombers, who were devout Muslims.

The House of Commons voted last week to back the Terror Bill. But before the bill can become law, it faces further scrutiny by a committee of lawmakers, a further vote in the Commons, and votes in parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords.

Senior British Muslim Warns on Terror Laws (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051101/ap_on_re_eu/britain_terror)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on October 31, 2005, 11:36:35 PM
Lesbian Minister Defrocked By United Methodist Church

By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 1, 2005; A03

The highest court in the United Methodist Church yesterday defrocked a lesbian minister in Philadelphia and reinstated a Virginia pastor who had been suspended for denying a gay man membership in his congregation.

The nine-member Judicial Council also rejected a declaration by Methodists in the Pacific Northwest that there is a "difference of opinion among faithful Christians regarding sexual orientation and practice." The court said the declaration was a "historical statement without prescriptive force" and had no bearing on church laws.

The decisions amounted to a clean sweep for conservatives who believe gay sex is a sin and want to strictly enforce a Methodist rule against "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" in ordained ministry. They were the latest in a series of defeats for liberals in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination who have sought to be more welcoming toward gay men and lesbians.

The court rulings, which are final, put an end to the Rev. Irene "Beth" Stroud's hopes of remaining an ordained Methodist minister. Stroud, 35, said she thought she "was prepared for whatever might happen" but found it impossible to master her emotions yesterday. "It's been tears off and on all morning," she said.

Stroud said she will continue working at Philadelphia's First United Methodist Church of Germantown as a lay minister, which means she cannot administer Communion and baptisms.

Her case began when she told her congregation in 2003 that she was living in a "covenanted relationship" with another woman. Her message from the pulpit violated the church's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays in the clergy and resulted in a formal charge by her bishop.

In December 2004, a jury of 13 ministers convicted Stroud of "practices declared by the United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teaching" and removed her ministerial credentials. But a regional appeals panel overturned the verdict, citing legal errors and an ambiguous clause in the church's constitution that pledges no discrimination on the basis of "status."

Yesterday, the Judicial Council reaffirmed the original jury's verdict by a 6 to 2 vote, with one judge absent. Wary of such a decision, Stroud had not resumed ordained ministry since the original trial.

"If it's a choice between serving in the ordained ministry with my credentials intact, and serving as an 'out' lesbian person acknowledging the most important relationship in my life and not having those credentials, I'll take being out. I think it's better and more honest, and more healthy in the long run," she said.

The Judicial Council's rulings also represented a significant change in fortune for the Rev. Edward Johnson, pastor of South Hill United Methodist Church in South Hill, Va.

Johnson, 58, had been on an involuntary, unpaid leave since June, when Methodist ministers in Virginia voted 448 to 114 to discipline him for refusing to allow a gay man to become a member of his congregation. His district superintendent and his bishop had urged Johnson to admit the man.

Yesterday, the Judicial Council reinstated Johnson, with back pay, with a 5 to 3 vote. It said local pastors have the discretion to decide on members.

Johnson was traveling yesterday and did not return messages. The Rev. Tom Thomas, who served as Johnson's legal counsel, said the decision "salvaged" the career of a good pastor and "preserves the way pastoral ministry has been done in our church for 200 years."

The Judicial Counsel viewed the case as a question about a pastor's authority, rather than a question about whether people in same-sex relationships are eligible to join the church. In a dissenting opinion, Judicial Council member Susan T. Henry-Crowe said the decision "compromises the historical understanding that the Church is open to all."

Like many other Protestant denominations, the Methodist Church has been struggling with sexual issues for 30 years. Its legislative body, the General Conference, meets every four years and has, in recent sessions, reaffirmed the prohibition on "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" in the clergy by increasing margins.

Because of a changing geographic formula, conservative Methodists from the South have been gaining influence in the General Conference and have helped elect more conservatives to the Judicial Council. In May 2004, delegates also voted to tighten church laws, making it easier to charge, try and convict gay ministers.

"A lot of loopholes have been closed, but I believe in risky ways," said the Rev. Thomas E. Frank, director of Methodist Studies at Emory University and a proponent of welcoming gays into the church. "There's a lot of ambiguities in the judicial procedures because the church has never tried that hard to get people out; instead, it's emphasized being a big tent and getting everybody in. It's a sharp reversal when we start heading in the other direction."

Mark Tooley, a conservative Methodist at the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, said the rulings show that Methodism "is not moving in the direction of the Episcopal Church and declining liberal Protestantism in the West." Rather, he said, it "is moving in the direction of global Christianity, which is robustly orthodox."

Lesbian Minister Defrocked By United Methodist Church (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/31/AR2005103100971_pf.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on November 02, 2005, 12:35:55 AM
Mexico Celebrates 'Day of the Dead'

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 19 minutes ago

MEXICO CITY - Mexicans marked the annual Day of the Dead holiday on Tuesday with a towering pile of giant skulls, huge skeletons, vast altars to the dead and large carpets of marigold petals in Mexico City's main square.

Amid the crowd listening to music or waiting for freshly-baked "dead bread" rolls to emerge from huge brick ovens, there were plenty of children dressed up as little witches, skeletons or princesses, illustrating the steady encroachment of U.S.-style Halloween customs.

"That's why we're doing this, to defend our traditions a little," said Fernando Flores, 39, as he walked with his two young sons through the enormous Day of the Dead display, which featured altars erected by unions, political parties and other groups. "I don't have anything against it (Halloween), but it's not our tradition."

Traditionally, the bright orange color of the marigold petals are thought to guide the dead back to their homes — where they "spiritually" nourish themselves from the foods they liked in life.

Home altars include the deceased person's favorite food and drink, along with candles, incense, photos of the dead and other decorations.

The skulls — the giant versions in the display were built by an arts group — represent the small candy skulls traditionally given as gifts, and also the Aztec practice of exhibiting the skulls of conquered enemies. Candy skulls are often engraved with the names of the living, or accompanied by short, ironic poems mourning the "death" of a living friend.

Asked which he preferred — this rich panoply of Mexican tradition, or Halloween — Flores' son, Juan Manuel, 8, quickly piped up, "Halloween ... because of the 'calaverita'," as trick-or-treating here is known.

Mexican children often go about asking for money for their 'calaverita' — a small plastic pumpkin — rather than candy.

Like the Flores, the Callejas family tries to do both: set out traditional altars to deceased grandparents, while also allowing their children to join in Halloween-style festivities.

It's just the first round in the holiday battle: Christmas decorations are already going up in stores — Santa Clauses and reindeer, in addition to more traditional nativity scenes — and Callejas she will have to keep her kids from expecting gifts on Christmas day, rather than the traditional Jan. 6 Three Kings Day.

Some took a philosophical attitude toward the battle between Halloween and Day of the Dead, itself a mix of pre-Hispanic and Catholic customs.

"It's all the same thing," said Luis Aquino Gallegos, 7 as his mother bought him a plastic scythe, and his sister a small broomstick, as they left the more traditional festival.

Traditional celebrations last through Nov. 2, when families honor deceased adults. Many families will make nighttime visits to graveyards, to commune with dead relatives.

In one special ceremony on Mexico's northern border, a caravan of two dozen Indian women from the southern state of Chiapas arrived Monday in the city of Ciudad Juarez to honor the hundreds of women who have been slain there in the past decade.

The women lit candles, blew conch shells, beat drums and burned incense in what they described as a ceremony of respect for the dead and solidarity for the victims' surviving relatives. The caravan was dubbed "the Wind of 1,000 Voices."

Mexico Celebrates 'Day of the Dead' (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051102/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/mexico_day_of_the_dead)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on November 02, 2005, 01:08:52 AM
European Union lowercases 'Christ' :'(
Brussels' grammar rule says title to be spelled with small 'c' in future
Posted: November 1, 2005
2:12 p.m. Eastern


© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

A new grammar rule devised by the European Union in Brussels stipulates the word "Christ" shall be spelled with a lowercase "c."

The rule was part of an orthography reform published in October, reported Canada Free Press.

The paper cites a German newssite, Kath.net, in reporting that the new guidelines also indicate the Dutch word for "Jews" (Joden) is to be spelled with a capital "J" when referring to nationality and with a lower-case "j" when referring to the religion.

The EU changes become mandatory next August. There are no penalties set out for those who insist on continuing to spell Christ with a capital "C."

Canada Free Press noted the title of Javier Solana, secretary general of the EU, was still to be spelled with capital letters.

Many Europeans have long discarded belief in God and in fact believe more deeply in ghosts than in a deity.

A new poll finds two-thirds of Britons said they believe in the existence of ghosts and spirits, but only 55 percent said they believe in the existence of God.

Meanwhile, 26 percent believe in UFOs, 19 percent in reincarnation and 4 percent in the Loch Ness Monster, Ananova reported.
European Union lowercases 'Christ' (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47166) :'(


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 02, 2005, 01:18:45 AM
Jesus   Christ


So ridicule me, sue me or put me in jail, I will always capitilize  Jesus Christ.   ;) ;) ;) ;)



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on November 02, 2005, 01:29:28 AM
Jesus   Christ


So ridicule me, sue me or put me in jail, I will always capitilize  Jesus Christ.   ;) ;) ;) ;)


No, I won't ridicule you, sue you, or put you jail.

You and me both, can serve the same sentence. In fact, I think, I will capitilize ....... JESUS CHRIST full name , from now on. ;D :D ;D


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 02, 2005, 01:33:40 AM
Jesus   Christ


So ridicule me, sue me or put me in jail, I will always capitilize  Jesus Christ.   ;) ;) ;) ;)


No, I won't ridicule you, sue you, or put you jail.

You and me both, can serve the same sentence. In fact, I think, I will capitilize ....... JESUS CHRIST full name , from now on. ;D :D ;D


I like that idea myself.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on November 05, 2005, 04:04:26 PM
Radical Islam blamed for French rioting

Muslims 'scorn' Europe's ways, 'conspire to take it over'
Posted: November 5, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jon Dougherty
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

As rioting that began in a poor, mostly Muslim, neighborhood near Paris a week ago continues to spread to other suburbs and cities across France and parts of Europe, U.S. experts and at least one American lawmaker believe radical Islam is most likely responsible for the chaos.

And, they say, despite the characterization by several media outlets that those perpetuating the violence are primarily disaffected youth upset with French economic and social policies, the fact the unrest spread so quickly and is virtually limited to Muslim neighborhoods signifies a deeper, ideologically driven motive.

U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., in an interview with WND, said he believes the chickens are coming home to roost in France because, for years, the country with the largest Islamic population in Europe has ignored rising Muslim tensions within its own borders. The real issue the French "are now dealing with," he said, "is [that] you cannot integrate some people into your society."

Daniel Pipes, an expert on Islam and the director of the Middle East Forum, a think tank promoting American ideals in that region, thinks the riots in France are a microcosm of the larger radical Islamic goal of gaining a solid foothold in Europe.

"The great majority of Muslims in Europe see themselves as bearers of a superior civilization and see themselves growing prodigiously," he told WND. "Through a cultural, religious and demographic confidence they feel scorn towards European ways and conspire to take it over."

Lee Kaplan, spokesman for United American Committee, an organization striving to educate more Americans to the threat of radical Islam, suggested France's quest to be "evenhanded" in its dealings with its massive Muslim immigration has backfired and now reached a point where Paris has little choice but to meet the problem head-on. In an interview with WND, he suggested that "with 5 million Muslims in France – the most in all of Europe," this week's chaos was inevitable.

Origin of unrest

According to earlier reports, the rioting – which has seen the destruction of hundreds of vehicles, public buses and buildings – began Oct. 27 after the accidental deaths of two Muslim teens. Both boys were electrocuted while hiding from police in an electrical power substation in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois. Reports said police were in the area checking identification papers when the two boys ran away from them.

By week's end, riot police and firefighters were battling scores of Muslim rioters, some armed with weapons and Molotov cocktails. A police union official likened the violence to "civil war" in calling for the government to impose a strict curfew as French leaders vowed to restore order in the worst crisis of domestic violence in the country in decades.

As rioting exploded in France, Muslim-influenced unrest also began in Denmark, fueling further speculation that Europe is increasingly under siege by Islamic extremism. In the Danish rioting, Kaplan said, Muslim immigrant youths have even taunted authorities, saying, "This territory belongs to Islam; you don't belong here."

Much of the chaos, analysts said, is tied to the lack of Muslim integration into European society – whether by design or by choice. In France and Denmark alike, many cities dominated by Islamic faithful have been deemed too dangerous for police and are, effectively, "no-go zones."

"The riots typify French reaction to Islamism and spring from a European approach to the Islamic wave of migration into Europe," according to Islam analyst Robert Spencer.

Writing in FrontPage magazine, Spencer explained, "After WWII, the French built so-called 'sink estates' for the workers they encouraged to emigrate to help rebuild the nation, as did Germany."

Most of these workers came from Turkey and colonies in North Africa.

"Instead of planning for their integration into society, however, the French allowed these communities to grow and fester in economic and social isolation," Spencer said. "After two generations, the sink estates have proven to be nothing more than preplanned ghettoes, and the workers have no future except as second-class citizens of the nations they helped rebuild from devastation."

Tancredo believes many Muslims don't want to become "European." And he says the French and Danish riots are part of a larger militant Islamic movement perpetually at odds with the West.

The French "really don't want to integrate and assimilate, I think, the Muslims into French society, but I also think the Muslims are not interested in doing that themselves," he said. "This division, this rampaging nature manifesting itself in these riots and everything else, is an example of the clash of civilizations" he believes threatens Europe and the United States.

"The rioters are part of a population that has never considered itself French," says Spencer, founder of Jihad Watch and author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam."

Adds Pipes, "Kids burning cars and buildings aren't specifically doing that in an attempt to 'take control.' But I do think that, ultimately, is the significance of what they're doing.

"This isn't comparable to the 1960s race riots in the U.S.," he said. "This does have, deep down, an Islamic agenda of control, even if the kids doing the rioting aren't cognizant of that" at the moment.


Title: Muslim call to arms
Post by: Shammu on November 05, 2005, 04:15:34 PM
Muslim call to arms
By MATTHEW SCHULZ
06nov05

AN inflammatory pamphlet urging Muslims to oppose Western governments was handed out at an important Islamic festival in Melbourne yesterday.

The flyer, distributed at a family carnival to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan in Preston, bore the name of the fundamentalist group Hizb ut-Tahrir – which is banned in Britain and Germany.

It claimed new terror laws were part of a conspiracy to eradicate Islam in Western countries.

And it said Muslims had "enormously rejected their evil and corrupt rulers that the West have appointed over them, and they are looking forward to consigning them to the dust bins of history".

The pamphlet told how Muslims in other countries had "heroically resisted" invasion and "inflicted the most humiliating lesson on supposed superpowers".

It claimed Prime Minister John Howard's recent summit with Muslim leaders was a "smokescreen designed to rubber stamp the government's proposals".

The pamphlet said: "The Muslims have awoken to the true ugly face of western colonialism, and realise with full perception that the west is responsible for flooding their countries with blood, poverty, corruption and turmoil, after it divided its lands, impoverished its peoples and dishonoured its noble sons and daughters".

In August Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock said he had no evidence that Hizb Ut-Tahir had breached current laws but he was already reviewing the rules for declaring a terrorist organisation after elements of the group called for attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan, Iran, the US and Israeli interests.

In Sydney the group has already drawn gatherings of up to 200 calling for the creation of an Islamic super state.

The pamphlet claimed the west had, through draconian legislation, given Muslims three options: face deportation; adopt and embrace western values by abandoning Islam; or face persecution and humiliation.

"Fear none but Allah. Pledge your obedience to Him and to the work that gives victory to His Deen. Ally yourselves with those who work day and night to confront this war against Islam," the pamphlet says, in what was virtually a call to arms.

Amid children and families enjoying the Enid El-Fiter Festival in Preston, an unknown man in traditional Muslim garb and speaking little English handed out the leaflet printed in English and Arabic.

Melbourne's most senior Muslim cleric Sheik Fehmi urged Muslims at the celebration – expected to attract up to 10,000 visitors over the weekend – to ignore the pamphlet.

He said Ramadan was the time for spiritual purification and reflection for Muslims.

"We're not terrorists and we're not thinking of terrorist acts, we're not going to do anything in the future - God willing."

"And this is the time to show how peaceful we are," he said.

But he described the Howard government's new anti-terror laws as "excessive and had been "presented in a fearful way" and a break in the known democracy and fair go of Australia that I've known in the 54 years in this country."

"That's why at this time of the year we put all that aside, we haven't got time for them, we're trying to do something spiritual."

Sheik Fehmi also revealed elders in the Islamic community had convinced firebrand preacher Abdul Nacer Benbrika to curb his inflammatory support of terror.

He said repeated appeals appeared to have worked, amid reports that the extremist former Algerian could be the first to be detained under new anti-terror laws.

ASIO agents investigating extremist elements in Australia raided the northern suburbs homes of Mr Benbrika and his supporters in June.

Mr Benbrika, 46, has praised Osama bin Laden and suggested Australian Muslims have the right to fight coalition troops in Iraq in comments that have frustrated mainstream Muslims.

He continues to visit the Preston mosque where Sheik Fehmi is based.

"We have already sent him the message, and `please do not speak something that offends not only the people in Australia, but people in your own community'."

"He's seen the outcome of that and seen the outrage and he realises that now. Lately, he's not been saying anything."

`But Mr Benbrika would not be banned from one of Victoria's busiest mosques.

"We don't want to create friction, but want to let him know in a peaceful way."

 Muslim call to arms (http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17152369%255E2862,00.html)


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 06, 2005, 12:28:43 AM
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Radical Islam blamed for French rioting


To some extent it seems like history repeating itself.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 06, 2005, 10:57:21 AM
Tornado Kills 15, Injures 200 in Indiana

Tornado Rips Through Southern Indiana, Killing at Least 15 People and Injuring About 200

EVANSVILLE, Ind. Nov 6, 2005 — A tornado tore across southwestern Indiana early Sunday, cutting a swath through a mobile home park and smashing homes as residents slept, leaving at least 15 people dead and about 200 injured, a state official said.

Pam Bright, a spokeswoman for Indiana's homeland security agency, said 10 people have been confirmed dead on the southeast side of Evansville at the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park, where she said victims were still being pulled from the debris.

Another five people were confirmed dead in adjoining Warrick County, where the Ohio River city of Newburgh was raked by a tornado after 2 a.m. Sunday, she said.

Bright said the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park, with about 350 homes, was devastated when the tornado, which had earlier struck just south of the Ohio River in Henderson, Ky., crossed the river and moved into Vanderburgh County, striking the mobile home park first.

The tornado developed in a line of thunderstorms that rolled rapidly eastward across the Ohio Valley during the morning.

The damage path through Newburgh, eight miles east of Evansville, was about three-quarters of a mile wide, and extended for roughly 20 miles, Assistant Fire Chief Chad Bennett told CNN. He said emergency sirens sounded, but most people didn't hear them because it happened in the middle of the night.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2005, 09:57:06 AM
Barren Island Volcano fumes again
Press Trust Of India
Mumbai, November 10, 2005
   
            
      
            
      
      
      
      

Barren Island Volcano, located east of Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has renewed its activity from November 4 and was flowing into the sea, volcanologist Prof D Chaandrasekharam said on Wednesday.

The present activity appears to be much more intense than the previous eruption, Prof Chaandrasekharam of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) said. Following the Sumatra Earthquake of December 2004 and March 2005, the Barren island volcano renewed its activity in May 2005 after a gap of five years.

The renewed volcano activity was also confirmed by the Coast Guard official Commandant Basra and his assistant Pankaj Verma from Port Blair. The present eruption has preceded by nearly 10 earthquakes in this region including the two earthquakes which occurred on November 3 with magnitude 4.8 (Nicobar) and 4.5 (Andamans) on Richter scale.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 10, 2005, 09:58:50 AM
 Scientists fear Goma volcano will erupt again

GOMA, Congo (AP) -- Nicolas Muhamiriza remembers sitting atop a small hill, as red rivers of molten lava crept over the city and swallowed his sprawling villa.

Muhamiriza, 47, was once the owner of a thriving bottling plant. Now he is among thousands of Congolese in the eastern city of Goma who struggle to pay rent for wooden shacks, their livelihoods destroyed nearly four years ago when lava submerged schools, hospitals and houses.

Scientists and officials fear Goma will one day be incinerated by Nyiragongo, the volcano that looms over the city. But Goma's fertile soil and its location at the tip of Lake Kivu means people still swarm to its lively markets, for trading with nearby Uganda and Rwanda.

City officials would like to move Goma's residents 30 miles west, to the towns of Sake and Kirotshe. Few, however, can afford to leave, and the government doesn't have the resources to help.

"If I had the money I would move tomorrow, but where would I go?" Caleb Kabanda said with a shrug. "Here, maybe I can find a job. Outside, it will be impossible."

Kabanda, a 31-year-old former English teacher whose school was turned into cinders by the lava, said he gets by on odd jobs now.

Some 500,000 people live in Goma, and the population will probably double in five years as more people move in despite the risks, Deputy Mayor Deo Katindi said.

"I believe that Goma will disappear from the map," he said, sitting in an office about 200 yards from an expanse of black stones and ash where one stream of lava flowed through the city.

Katindi, who lost his house, car and all his belongings, sits on a planning committee which concluded last year that the best idea was to try to lure people away from Goma by investing in Sake and Kirotshe.

He said Goma has appealed for financial help from the international community, but received nothing. As a result, no concrete steps have been taken toward moving.

Scientists say Nyiragongo is lively and a serious hazard.

Only Italy's Mount Vesuvius is more dangerous in its threat to humans than Nyiragongo, which has erupted five times since 1902, said Celestin Kasereka, a volcanologist at Goma's Volcano Observatory.

"We don't know when the volcano will erupt," Kasereka said. "But it could easily be worse than the last time."

During Nyiragongo's relatively small eruption on January 17, 2002, nearly 80 percent of Goma's economic activity was wiped out by flows of glowing lava that crept across the central markets.

Some 300,000 people fled the city, nearly half of whom lost their homes. Most soon returned, possessing nothing more than the tattered clothes on their bodies.

"We have no choice, we must forget," said Bijou Bernabe.

She talked with a reporter while sitting on the roof of her former house, which is filled with hardened lava and buried between charred carcasses of cars whose frames jut from the black volcanic rocks around her.

"If there is an eruption we will run away again," said Bernabe, 29, licking at wet dough dripping from her fingers while frying dumplings to sell. "But two days later all of us will return. The volcano is a part of our lives."

Some in Goma, where the rotten smell of sulfur regularly wafts down from the volcano's crater, believe that the next eruption may very well be their last.

"That smell is a warning," said Pierre Muhindo, 46, father of three and a longtime security guard. "Stone after stone will fall on the earth, before we all go to heaven."

Muhamiriza, the bottling plant owner, is scared, too, but says he cannot afford to leave.

He continues to bottle drinks, but on a smaller scale after losing his equipment to the lava. His "factory" is now a small room with a few machines, and he worries about being able to pay the school fees for his 8-year-old son, Gad.

Muhamiriza sat in front of his house, his feet resting on black swirls of solid lava, a constant reminder of the day he fled a fuming Nyiragongo with his wife and seven children.

"Everything that I work for could be eaten by the volcano again," he said.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 12, 2005, 07:18:36 PM
Tornadoes Touch Down


DES MOINES -- Tornadoes have touched down in Woodward, Ames and Radcliffe Saturday afternoon.

A tornado warning has been issued for East Polk, Hardin and Jasper counties.

A Tornado Watch has been issued for the western two-thirds of Iowa until 9 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service says scattered thunderstorms are expected to form near the Iowa-Nebraska border Saturday afternoon and move rapidly northeast at more than 50 mph. A few storms could produce wind gusts in excess of 60 mph.

There is a slight risk of tornados with these storms. The main threat will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A watch means conditions are right for the development of dangerous weather. Iowans should be on the lookout for severe weather and stay tuned to KCCI-TV and KCCI.com for the latest developments.

Tornado Damage There was a tornado touchdown in southeast Woodward and severe damage to the area. There are gas leaks have been reported in both Woodward and Stratford. Stratford is being evacuated. Residents are being asked to go to the fire-resuce building. There are minor reports of injuries.



Stadium Evacuated

The Jack Trice stadium was evacuated of fans before the Iowa State University football game.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 13, 2005, 01:32:08 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2005 · Last updated 9:34 a.m. PT

Iowa picks up pieces after deadly tornado

By AMY LORENTZEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

WOODWARD, Iowa -- Jackie and Bill Seeman sorted through the wreckage of their home Sunday to see what was spared by a tornado that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes.

They were delighted to find a few collectibles, but their car was covered in rubble and their boat had been thrown hundreds of feet away.

"We'll probably stay here, although I'd like to go somewhere without a tornado," Jackie Seeman said as she began crying.

Twisters swept across two counties north and west of Des Moines late Saturday afternoon, ripping up farms in the towns of Stratford and Woodward. At least one person was killed in Stratford.

Bill Seeman was shopping in a nearby town when the storm arrived but Jackie Seeman, 47, said she was in bed when her house collapsed around her.

"I heard a big whoosh and a big boom and then my house just came in on me," she said.

Dallas County Sheriff Brian Gilbert said no serious injuries were reported in Woodward, but search dogs were being brought in to check the rubble as a precaution. "We are 98 percent sure we have accounted for everybody," he said.

"It's amazing. If you've seen the damage here, we had homes that were just obliterated and they had people in them at the time it came through," Gilbert said.

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Roads to Woodward were being reopened Sunday to allow access to utilities, Gilbert said.

In Stratford, a town of about 746 people, residents were asked to stay away to give repair crews room to work Sunday, said Chris Segar, a communications supervisor with the Hamilton County sheriff's office.

Segar said the Red Cross set up a relief center for residents affected by the storm.

High wind also broke windows on the outskirts of Ames, where tornado sirens had already sent college football fans gathered for the Iowa State-Colorado game running for shelter.

When Sean Wolfe, of Woodward, returned from the game, his home was gone. "It's done," he said.

However, his dogs were unhurt in his garage. "They're my kids," he said Sunday as he walked them past the town fire station.

Tornadoes also caused minor damage in several other towns, said Gary Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

Tornadoes aren't common this late in the year. Iowa has had just 23 November tornadoes since 1950, according to weather service records.

The conditions were right, though, with unseasonably warm weather in the way of a fast-moving cold front, experts said. Last weekend, another tornado ripped through western Kentucky and Southwest Indiana, killing 22 people.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 14, 2005, 11:12:42 AM
Tropical Depression Forms in Caribbean; May Become Storm Today

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The 27th tropical depression of the Atlantic storm season formed over the Caribbean Sea and may become a tropical storm later today, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

With strengthening forecast, the depression may become a storm today, the center said. It would then be called Tropical Storm Gamma, the 24th named storm of the June 1-Nov. 30 season, breaking a record set last month by Hurricane Beta. The system is 4 mph short of the 39-mph threshold for a tropical storm.

The depression, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles (55 kilometers) an hour, was about 150 miles west of St. Lucia just before 5 a.m. local time, the center said in an online advisory. The system was moving toward the west-northwest at near 10 mph, and forecast to keep that motion away from the Windward Islands.

The center's 5-day ``probability cone'' forecast shows the latest system heading northwest and then west across the Caribbean, south of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica on a path toward central America, where countries including Guatemala and El Salvador were devastated by floods and landslides brought on by Hurricane Stan in early October.

More than 1,500 people were killed or missing in the wake of Hurricane Stan in Guatemala alone, with dozens of deaths in El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Honduras, where floods and landslides destroyed infrastructure and washed away homes.

The latest storm would be named Gamma: the storms are named in alphabetical order, and after reaching Wilma last month, forecasters turned to the letters of the Greek alphabet.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 14, 2005, 11:16:11 AM
Winter storm watch starts at noon today; 4 to 8 inches of snow predicted

By Susanne Nadeau

Herald Staff Writer

Snow predicted for Sunday in Grand Forks fizzled out, but forecasters said it's a sure thing today.

Saturday night, snow did fall, but it fell more heavily west of Grand Forks, with anywhere from 1 to 5 inches accumulating in places.

In Leeds, N.D., 5 inches of the fluffy white stuff fell, but it didn't stay long.

According to a dispatcher at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center, the small amount of snow that fell overnight in Ramsey County and Benson County "burned off during the day" Sunday.

In Pierce County, a dispatcher said a slight "dusting" of snow hit the area, but roads were clear Sunday night.

In Grand Forks, a little less than half an inch of moisture fell, but it just didn't stick, according to meteorologist Vince Godon of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Grand Forks.

"Anything that hit the ground pretty much melted," he said. Godon said a combination of warmer-than-average ground and not enough moisture kept the area devoid of snow.

"When it snows hard enough, it can overcome those warm ground temperatures," he said.

Winter storm watch

There's an 80 percent chance of snow today, with a winter storm watch going into effect about noon. The watch will continue through Tuesday afternoon, Godon said.

"It covers most of eastern North Dakota and a lot of Minnesota," he added.

Godon said the expected snow is part of a system moving from Montana.

"Northeast Montana already has a blizzard warning," he said Sunday night.

Temperatures are predicted to be cooler all week, matching normal November readings, according to Godon.

Four to 8 inches

It is likely snow will accumulate today, provided the storm system moves through as predicted. Anywhere from 4 to 8 inches are predicted to fall by Tuesday afternoon.

"Really, the big change comes when you can keep some (snow) on the ground," Godon said. "Temps will change - the highs and lows - when there is snow on the ground. Once that happens, you are never going to get those record highs anymore."

So, the snow might just be here to stay, after today's storm.

"It's looking pretty good because we're already cooler," Godon said.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 15, 2005, 12:36:46 PM
Powerful earthquake hits northern Japan
Tokyo, Japan   
15 November 2005 07:30
A powerful earthquake shook northern Japan early on Tuesday, triggering small tsunami waves that struck towns along the north-eastern coast about 350km away. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-7,1 quake hit at 6.39am local time off the east coast of Japan's main island of Honshu, and issued a tsunami warning.

About 400 households along the coast were temporarily ordered to evacuate, public broadcaster NHK reported. Local authorities also ordered fishing boats to move to open water to avoid being washed up on the shore.

Small tsunami waves measuring up to 50cm hit Ofunato city on the coast of Iwate prefecture nearly an hour after the quake, the agency said.

Smaller tsunami waves hit at least four other coastal towns in Iwate, Aomori and Miyagi provinces, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The agency called off the tsunami warning about two hours after the quake.

Tsunami waves -- generated by earthquakes -- are often barely noticeable in the ocean, but can rise to great heights once they arrive at shore.

Tuesday's quake shook buildings across a wide area of northern and eastern Honshu, including Tokyo, and Hokkaido.

Express train services between Tokyo and north-eastern Japan were temporarily suspended for safety checks, but resumed later, NHK said.

Tokyo's metropolitan area is home to about 35-million residents, or a quarter of Japan's population.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries because it sits atop four tectonic plates. A 7,2-magnitude earthquake shook north-eastern Japan in August, injuring at least 59 people, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and causing widespread power outages.

There was no destructive Pacific Ocean-wide tsunami threat following Tuesday's earthquake, based on historical quake and tsunami data, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

However, earthquakes as large as Tuesday's can generate a local tsunami capable of causing destruction along coastlines within 100km of the epicentre, according to the centre.

In 1993, a quake off Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered a tsunami measuring 30m tall on Okushiri Island, flattening homes there within minutes. More than 200 people died in the waves, and in fires caused by the quake.

A quake with an estimated magnitude of 8,3 hit Tokyo in 1923, killing 142 000 people. Tsunami waves followed that quake, but caused relatively little damage. -- Sapa-AP



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 15, 2005, 01:14:53 PM
Colombian volcano threatens eruption
15/11/2005 - 14:11:43

Authorities today began evacuating 1,500 residents living on the slopes of a volcano in south-west Colombia over concerns it is about to erupt.

The evacuation order was given last night and emergency officials early today began knocking on the doors of the poor subsistence farmers who live on the Galeras volcano, located near the Ecuador border 340 miles south-west of Bogotá, said Roberto Torres, a geologist at Colombia’s Geology and Mines Institute.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 15, 2005, 01:18:20 PM
Tropical Depression 27 forms over the eastern Caribbean

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

MIAMI, USA: The twenty-seventh tropical depression of the 2005 hurricane season has formed over the eastern Caribbean Sea, bringing heavy rains to portions of the Lesser Antilles.

According to the 11pm EST advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the depression could become Tropical Storm Gamma on Tuesday.

Interests throughout the Caribbean should monitor the progress of this system.

At 11 am EST Monday, the centre of tropical depression twenty-seven was located near latitude 14.5 north, longitude 65.3 west, or about 275 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph and a turn to the west is expected during the next 24 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, with higher gusts.

The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 8 inches over the Windward Islands and 1 to 3 inches over the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Isolated maximum amounts of 10 to 12 inches will be possible over the higher terrain areas of the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 16, 2005, 10:41:30 AM
Central U.S. cleans up after tornadoes

NASHVILLE, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Clean-up and damage assessment began in five central U.S. states Wednesday after at least 32 tornadoes swept through the region, killing one person.

Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana were all struck Tuesday afternoon. The only known fatality was in Marshall County in western Kentucky when a mobile home overturned and caught fire after a tornado strike, CNN reported.

The most extensive damage was reported around Madisonville, Ky, where Mayor Karen Cunningham said a tornado touched down around 4 p.m., leaving 20 or 30 homes "severely damaged." Dozens of other homes and buildings sustained moderate damage.

At least 22 people were injured, three critically, Cunningham said.

National Guard troops were deployed to assist police as various communities imposed nighttime curfews.

CNN said as of 8 p.m. there had been 32 confirmed reports of tornadoes connected with the storm system, stretching from Kentucky and Tennessee as far south as the Gulf Coast.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 16, 2005, 10:47:56 AM
Tropical depression claims first victims in Caribbean, two fishermen buried in mudslide

By E. Glenford Prescott
ASSOCIATED PRESS

8:02 p.m. November 15, 2005

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Mudslides killed two fishermen and destroyed seven homes as heavy rains brought by a tropical depression overflowed river banks and made roads impassable in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, emergency officials said Tuesday.

Torrents of rain also swept away two bridges outside of the Trinidad capital, Port-of-Spain, and flooding has forced 20 schools to close in the country's east.

The poorly organized depression was moving south of the Dominican Republic and was expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Gamma on Wednesday or Thursday, said Richard Knabb, a meteorologist with the U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami. It is not expected to threaten the United States.

It would be the 24th named storm of an already record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. The previous record of 21 named storms had stood since 1933.

On the Grenadine island of Bequia on Monday, a mudslide buried two men in a party of 10 camping on a fishing trip near Rocky Bay, emergency management coordinator Howie Prince said.

The victims' friends tried to dig them out but were overtaken by a second landslide and fled. Emergency workers recovered the bodies of Randolph Matthews, 27, and Alwyn Williams, 32, early Tuesday, Prince said. The men were from the fishing village of Questelles, on the main island of St. Vincent.

Near the capital, Kingstown, landslides destroyed three houses and rivers burst their banks, making several roads impassable, Prince said.

One man was hospitalized with a head injury after his house collapsed. Another man lost all of his personal papers and most of his furniture.

The airport in St. Vincent was closed because of heavy rain and flooding in the terminal and debris on the runway. National emergency officials said 18 homes suffered major damage, and there were 33 reported incidents of landslides, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told NBC Radio St. Vincent.

In Trinidad, a river in the country's east jumped its banks, leaving several homes flooded under 4 feet (1.2 meters) of water. Landslides have also left several roads impassable.

The depression was centered about 265 miles south-southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic Tuesday evening. Maximum sustained winds remained near 35 mph.

The storm has been a poorly organized system due to the unchanged wind speed, said Richard Pasch, a U.S. hurricane specialist in Miami.

It was expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain over the Windward Islands and northern Venezuela, possibly over Bonaire and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 16, 2005, 06:07:13 PM
Tropical Depression Weakens in Caribbean


Wednesday November 16, 2005 6:31 PM

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) - A tropical depression that had threatened to become yet another named storm in an already record-breaking season dissipated Wednesday following its damaging passage over the Windward Islands.

Although the depression was no longer expected to become a tropical storm, its remnants could be absorbed by another system and pose a new threat in one to two days, said Jack Beven, a hurricane specialist with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

By midday Wednesday, the depression's remnants were centered about 370 miles southwest of the Dominican Republic and about 305 miles southeast of Jamaica.

``It just sort of weakened and fizzled out,'' Beven said of the system, which forecasters had earlier warned could become the 24th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

In the Windward Island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, authorities evaluated the damage from a day earlier, when the storm system's heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides that killed two fishermen.

Authorities also evaluated the damage in Trinidad and Tobago, where flooding swept away two bridges outside the capital, Port-of-Spain. Several towns and villages along Trinidad's north coast were cut off because roads had been washed out.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 16, 2005, 06:57:16 PM
 Earthquake rocks Taiwan, no reports of damage

 TAIPEI: An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked eastern Taiwan today, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, officials said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 5.14 p.m.

(1444 Hrs IST), was about 26 km east of Taitung county on the eastern coast at a depth of 125 km, the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement.

Earthquakes occur frequently in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.

One of Taiwan's worst quakes occurred in September 1999. It measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and killed more than 2,400 people.


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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 18, 2005, 12:07:17 PM
Strong earthquake jolts northern Chile, Bolivia

SANTIAGO, Nov. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A strong earthquake hit northern Chile and southern Bolivia on Thursday, causing panic among local residents and cutting utilities, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, officials in Chile and Bolivia said.

    The quake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, occurred at 16:29 p.m. (1929 GMT) and triggered panic along the border in the Andes mountains, according to Chile's National Emergency Office (ONE).

    The epicenter of the quake was 40 kilometers southeast of the northern Chile resort town of San Pedro de Atacama, near the Bolivian border, at a depth of 155.4 kilometers, it said.

    In the Pacific coastal city of Antofagasta, 1,100 km north of Chile's capital, hundreds of residents rushed to the streets out of fear of a tsunami.

    Despite the subterranean shaking, there were no reports of casualties yet, according to Chilean officials.

    Officials in Bolivia also said there were no immediate reports of injury or damage there and that the earthquake zone was sparsely populated.

    The University of Chile Seismology Institute put the magnitude at 6.8 on the Richter Scale, still the second most intense quake registered in northern Chile.

    A more powerful quake in June left 11 Chileans dead and destroyed hundreds of houses in the Andes mountains along the border with Bolivia. Enditem



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 18, 2005, 12:11:03 PM
Section of Plymouth Mass. hit by minor earthquake

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A small-scale earthquake shook a section of Plymouth on Thursday.

Officials with the Weston Observatory, which monitors earthquake activity, say the 2.5 registered tremor was centered two miles south of the center of town.

The quake was felt just after 12:30 p.m., according to the observatory's Web site.

A quake of that magnitude is the smallest generally felt by people and not severe enough to cause damage.

"We deal with about half a dozen earthquakes a year felt somewhere in the New England region," said the observatory's director, John Ebel.

In Massachusetts, Ebel said, a majority of the seismic activity happens in the eastern portion of the state, usually concentrated north and northeast of Boston. The third area of activity is from Plymouth to the South Coast.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according to the Plymouth police and officials at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Peter Judge, a spokesman for MEMA, said the quake caused no problems at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in the town.

A local cultural institution, Pilgrim Hall Museum which houses many artifacts from the 17th-century, was also safe.

"Pilgrim Hall has not fallen," said Peggy M. Baker, the museum's director.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 19, 2005, 12:24:55 AM
Tropical Storm Gamma Forms Near Honduras

Tropical Storm Gamma Forms Off Central America, May Threaten Florida by Start of Next Week

MIAMI Nov 18, 2005 — Tropical Storm Gamma the 24th storm of the busiest hurricane season on record formed Friday off the coast of Central America, and forecasters said it could threaten Florida by the beginning of next week, perhaps as a hurricane.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for the coast of Belize and the Bay Islands of Honduras. Mexico issued a tropical storm watch for the eastern Yucatan Peninsula, which was hit hard in October by Hurricane Wilma. Six to 15 inches of rain were possible.

The long-term track from the National Hurricane Center indicated that Gamma may take a path similar to Wilma's and head northeast toward the Florida Peninsula. Wilma sliced across the southern portion of the state Oct. 24, causing widespread power outages and more than 20 deaths.

At 10 p.m. EST, Gamma's maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph and it was located about 45 miles north-northwest of Limon, Honduras, and about 175 miles east-southeast of Belize City, Belize, moving northwest at near 5 mph.

The storm causing flooding and landslides in Honduras that killed at least two people and prompted the government to evacuate hundreds from coastal towns. President Ricardo Maduro said soldiers were bringing in food, water, medicine and blankets.

In Belize, a small plane belonging to the exclusive Blancaneaux Lodge resort, owned by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, disappeared Friday shortly after taking off with two passengers, whose names were not released. A search was also under way for five fisherman whose boat capsized.

Gamma extended the Atlantic's record-breaking storm season. The previous record of 21 named storms had stood since 1933, and for the first time, officials had to turn to the Greek alphabet for names.

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 19, 2005, 11:22:45 AM
Florida Fears Tropical Storm
# The south of the state, still recovering from Hurricane Wilma, could be vulnerable to Gamma, forming in the western Caribbean.

By Ken Kaye, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

MIAMI — This can't be happening again. Can it?

Just as South Florida comes up for air, it could be under attack again in a scenario extremely similar to that of Hurricane Wilma.

 Forming in the western Caribbean on Friday, Tropical Storm Gamma was projected to hit southwest Florida by Monday afternoon. It could bring winds as high as 65 mph, heavy rains and a high potential for tornadoes — almost exactly one month after Hurricane Wilma.

The good news, at this point: Gamma was not expected to grow into a hurricane. In addition, a cold front could weaken it or guide it south of the state, said meteorologist Jamie Rhome with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The bad news: Even if it arrives as a weak, sloppy system, it could be devastating to the thousands of homes in the region with blue tarps and roof damage after Wilma, said Tony Carper, Broward County's director of emergency management.

"We have a lot of homes that are in a weakened condition," he said. "There's a lot of patchwork roofs all over the place, and it could severely impact those. And that's not to mention mobile homes."

Rhome says residents shouldn't panic.

"While we want people to pay really close attention to this system, we don't want mass hysteria — given South Florida's sensitivity to tropical systems," he said.

South Florida already has been struck twice this year, first by Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 25, then by Wilma on Oct. 24.

Late Friday, Gamma, the 24th named storm of what already was the most active hurricane season on record, was southeast of Belize City, wobbling northwest at 5 mph. It had maximum winds of about 45 mph, barely tropical storm strength.

It was expected to graze Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula by Sunday and get pushed toward Florida by a cold front.

"What you have here is a Midwest cold front versus a tropical system, clashing," Rhome said, adding that the course of the storm would be determined by "whichever one is stronger."

If the forecast track holds, Gamma could dump widespread rains of three to five inches over South Florida, starting as early as Sunday. Some areas could get more than six inches, said meteorologist Dan Gregoria of the National Weather Service in Miami.

Gamma's track had much uncertainty because "the models are all over the place," said Paul Milelli, Palm Beach County director of public safety.

His greatest concern: The storm's rapid forward speed combined with the cold front means that "the potential for tornadoes is very great." Tornadoes can cause severe damage beyond the winds and rain in a tropical system.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 19, 2005, 11:25:01 AM
Firefighters Battle 4,000-Acre Calif. Fire

By JEFF WILSON
The Associated Press
Saturday, November 19, 2005; 10:35 AM

VENTURA, Calif. -- Calming winds have helped firefighters battle a 4,000-acre wildfire that prompted a voluntary evacuation of about 200 ridge-top homes.

Fierce Santa Ana winds fanned the late-season blaze that started early Friday in School Canyon _ a hilly, rocky area between Ventura and Ojai, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The blaze was 15 percent contained late Friday and officials hoped to make significant progress through the night as crews dug around the fire's borders and the winds died down, said Inspector Ron Haralson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"We still have a few hot spots, but the fire is mostly laying down," he said.

The origin point and cause of the fire were under investigation.

At midmorning, a wall of flames as high as 30 feet snaked along hillsides, and by early afternoon a huge plume of whiskey-brown smoke carried ash to the nearby Pacific Ocean.

In just a few hours, the wind-driven fire tripled in size. But the fire calmed down in the early evening as a cooler onshore breeze helped decrease winds and temperatures.

The National Weather Service canceled a wind advisory, but forecasters cautioned winds would continue in the area through early Sunday at 15 to 25 mph with isolated gusts near 35 mph.

The fire roared down School Canyon heading to the northern edge of Ventura. At one point, it burned to the backyards of several large homes.

"We have a lot of crews up there and are making every effort to protect those structures," said Joe Luna, a spokesman with the Ventura County Fire Department. "But we are confident that the winds _ when they calm down _ will allow us to put this out."

Many of the stucco homes in the area have tile roofs, and fire officials said requirements that brush be cleared around houses had helped.

Still, firefighting equipment was headed to Ventura from throughout the state. Bulldozers and hotshot crews worked their way up Highway 101 from Los Angeles. Water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft also were called in to assist firefighters on the ground.

Late Friday, FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to help the state battle the fire.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 19, 2005, 11:38:36 AM
 Strong quake hits Indonesia
From correspondents in Washington DC
November 20, 2005

A MAGNITUDE 6.5 earthquake has hit Simeulue, Indonesia, the US Geological Survey says.

"A strong earthquake occurred at 1410 GMT (1:10 AEDT) on Saturday, November 19," the USGS said on its website.

"The magnitude 6.5 event has been located in Simeulue, Indonesia," (1440km) north-west of Jakarta.

Simeulue is near the Aceh region devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami last year.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said it had no information on the quake because it has no monitors outside the Pacific region.

The centre said, however, that earthquakes of such a size had the potential to create a tsunami.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 19, 2005, 11:43:51 AM
 Quake jolts southeastern Iran

A mild earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale hit the provincial capital of Yassouj in southeastern Kohgilouyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province in the wee hours of Saturday.

According to the seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the quake occurred at 01:11 hours local time (21:41 GMT Friday).

The tremor was felt in an area measuring 51.53 degrees in longitude and 30.58 degrees in latitude, the report added.

There are no reports of any casualty or damage to property.

Quakes of varying magnitudes often occur in Iran, which is situated on some of the world's most active seismic faultlines.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 23, 2005, 09:23:28 AM
Rockfall plumes draw attention to simmering volcano

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Rockfall at Mount St. Helens kicked up a dust plume Tuesday that rose above the rim of the volcano's crater, drawing attention in the region.

"It's a nice sunny day and we're having the first couple of rockfalls that we've had in a while that are putting little dust plumes over the crater rim," said U.S. Geological Survey geologist Seth Moran at the agency's Cascade Volcano Observatory here, about 50 miles south of the mountain that erupted to deadly effect in May 1980.

Seismic activity has continued at low levels, Moran said.

The white plume floating above the peak was raising concerns locally.

"When rockfalls go down they kick up a dust plume and people can see it - especially from Portland," Moran said.

Overcast weather had hidden the mountain for weeks.

"Any time you go through a pause" during which the mountain is not visible, people notice activity more when the peak comes back into view, Moran said.

Mount St. Helens rumbled back to life in September 2004 after years of quiet. In October a flow of molten rock reached the surface, marking a renewal of domebuilding activity that had stoppped in 1986.

The 1980 eruption killed 57 people, flattens forests and sent a river of hot mud and ash down the Toutle River Valley.

USGS and the University of Washington continue to monitor the mountain.

Scientists say a more explosive eruption, possibly dropping ash within a 10-mile radius of the crater, is possible at any time.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 23, 2005, 09:26:54 AM
5.2 earthquake recorded in Unimak Island region

 According to the Associated Press, residents in the Felt Pass area of Unimak Island got a jolt this morning before their morning coffee.

The Alaska Earthquake Information center says a magnitude 5.2 earthquake was recorded just after six o'clock this morning. The quake was centered about 72 miles southwest of False Pass, at a depth of about five miles.

Officials say the earthquake was felt in False Pass. That's a community of about 60 people located on the eastern shore of Unimak Island, about 650 miles southwest of Anchorage.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 23, 2005, 09:31:44 AM
 Quake jolts southwest of Iran
Tehran, Nov 23, IRNA

Iran-Quake
A tremor measuring 3.7 on the open-ended Richter scale hit the city of Chelgerd of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Shahr-e Kord Seismological Center, affiliated to Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the quake occurred at 12:57 hours local time (09:27 GMT).

The tremor was centered in an area located 49.67 degrees longitude and 32.59 degrees latitude, the report added.

There are no reports of any casualty or damages.

Quakes of varying magnitudes often occur in Iran, which is situated on some of the world's most active seismic fault lines.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 26, 2005, 06:24:29 AM
Massive quake hits eastern China

Saturday 26 November 2005, 10:06 Makka Time, 7:06 GMT

At least 12 people have died and more than 400 were injured when an earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck east China's Jiangxi province.

Xinhua news agency, which cited the Ministry of Civil Affairs, gave the official toll as of 11.55am (0355 GMT), three hours after the quake on Saturday morning.

The data seemed to tally with numbers provided by local officials talking to AFP by telephone.

"Six people were killed in Jiujiang county," a local official earlier said. "Another 247 were injured, and 8,072 buildings were toppled."

An official in nearby Ruichang city said five people had been killed there, while 39 were injured.

One fatality was recorded near the city of Wuxue, in neighbouring Hubei province, an official there said.

"The earthquake this morning was quite scary," said a shopkeeper in Ruichang reached by telephone who would only give her surname as Zhou.

Milder trembling that she assumed was an aftershock was felt again around 1pm (0500 GMT), Zhou said.

Many people in Ruichang, which has a population of about 420,000 people, were staying outside for fear of more aftershocks, Zhou added.

Tents were set up outside the local hospital, she said.


Temperatures in the region were relatively mild, hovering around 10 degrees Celsius, weather reports said.

The quake measured 5.7 on the Richter scale and struck at 8.49am (0049 GMT), the China National Seismic Observation Network said, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 27, 2005, 10:15:44 AM
Earthquake kills at least seven in Iran
Sun Nov 27, 2005 2:09 PM GMT

By Alireza Ronaghi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and many more injured when an earthquake razed mud-brick villages on the Gulf island of Qeshm off Iran's south coast on Sunday, officials and state media said.

Iran's official news agency IRNA said the quake, with a magnitude of 5.9, shook southern Iran for about 10 to 15 seconds at 1:53 P.M. (10:23 a.m. British time) and the island's main hospital was full of injured people.

"The earthquake was really strong and people poured into the streets in panic. My husband immediately rushed off to one of the stricken villages," said Sara Sadeqi, 22, a housewife in Qeshm City, the island's capital.

Mohsen Kazemi from Iran's Red Crescent relief agency told Reuters all of the seven came from the villages of Tonban, Gavarzin, Khaledin and Gourian.

Tahereh Irankhah, a volunteer with the Red Crescent in Qeshm, said the situation at the hospital was desperate.

"The number of people injured is very high, and people are in the corridors. We need tents and blankets," she said.

State media said there were three strong aftershocks.

PALM FORESTS

Qeshm is the biggest island in the Gulf and is a free-trade zone in southern Hormuzgan province with a population of about 120,000.

It is famed for its palm forests and its beaches are much loved by tourists and nesting sea turtles.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was of 6.1 magnitude, and placed it about 58 km (36 miles) southwest of the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas.

The tremor was the first fatal quake in Iran since February when more than 600 people died in a magnitude 6.4 tremor, centred on the town of Zarand about 700 km (440 miles) southeast of Tehran.

That quake revived painful memories of the devastating 6.8-magnitude quake in 2003 that killed 31,000 people in the desert citadel city of Bam, 1,000 km (600 miles) southeast of Tehran.

Sunday's tremor was also in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates, prompting many people to evacuate buildings.

Witnesses in high-rise buildings said they felt the ground shake for about a minute. Many residents left their buildings and waited on the streets.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 27, 2005, 10:21:13 AM
Earthquake shakes Turkey's Malatya province


   ANKARA, Nov 26 (Xinhuanet) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale shook Turkey's central province of Malatya on Saturday.

   No casualty was reported.

   Semi-official Anatolia News Agency quoted officials of an observatory center as saying that the quake occurred at 17:56 p.m.(1556 GMT) and that the epicenter of the quake was at the Poturge town of Malatya.

   Malatya Governor Osman Derya Kadioglu was quoted as saying that there were no reports of any casualties or damage after the quake which was felt in Malatya and surrounding provinces.  


   Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey. A strong quake hit western Turkey in 1999, leaving more than 18,000 people dead.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 28, 2005, 01:07:15 PM
Comoros Volcano Spews Ash Over Capital
MORONI - A volcano spewed ash in its second eruption this year in the Indian Ocean Comoros islands, sending hundreds of villagers fleeing in fear the mountain could unleash a river of lava, witnesses said.

Mount Karthala, a 2,361-metre (7,746-feet) volcano, sent clouds of ash and sparks flying late on Thursday, leaving the capital Moroni and other villages on the main island of Grande Comore covered in grey.

Witnesses said the ground continued to rumble on Friday.

A number of villagers who live close to Karthala fled on foot and by car, while authorities put disaster plans into place and urged the public to remain calm.

Karthala erupted in April, forcing thousands to flee in fear of poisonous gas and a possible magma flow. It was the first eruption in more than a decade on the archipelago nation, 300 km (190 miles) off the coast of east Africa.

"For the last 10 days, the volcano has been showing worrying signs, but in the last week the activity has risen. This phenomenon of rising activity is not predictable," said Hamidou Soule, a vulcanologist with the National Centre for Documentation and Scientific Research.

The centimetre-thick layer of ash made breathing difficult for thousands who had no means of protection beyond wrapping scarves around their faces.

The islands have largely escaped major destruction from the volcano, but has had several close calls. In 1991, the last eruption before April, Karthala threw boulders for several kilometres but caused no injuries.

A torrent of molten rock coursed down a fissure on the side of the mountain in April 1977, destroying 300 homes in the village of Singani, but again, residents escaped to safety.

In 1903, noxious fumes seeped from cracks and suffocated 17 people.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 29, 2005, 11:58:29 AM
Snowstorm Knocks Out Power Across Plains

Snowstorm Slams Across the Plains Knocking Out Power for Thousands and Closing Roads

BISMARCK, N.D. Nov 29, 2005 — Broad areas of the Dakotas remained shut down Tuesday by the Plains' first blizzard of the season, with highways closed by blowing, drifting snow and thousands of people without electricity as temperatures hit the low teens.

Five deaths had been blamed on slippery roads in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. A sixth person was killed by a tornado spun off by the huge storm system in Arkansas.

Travelers trying to get home after Thanksgiving had been stranded in hotels, truck stops and churches across the Plains.

The storm was heading toward the Great Lakes on Tuesday after dumping snow as far south as the Texas Panhandle. As much as 20 inches of snow fell at Kennebec, S.D., while Chamberlain, S.D., was choked by drifts up to 8 feet high.

The snow, ice up to 5 inches thick and wind gusting to 70 mph had snapped power lines.

Utility officials estimated that 50,000 customers were blacked out across eastern South Dakota on Tuesday, and many communities in North Dakota also had no electricity. The morning's low at Grand Forks, N.D., was 14 degrees.

Power companies in North Dakota said it could take days to restore power because the storm tore down major transmission lines.

Firefighters in Fairmount, N.D., offered the town's roughly 400 residents rides to the community center, which has a backup generator, but the blackout also shut down the town's pumps.

"We still have water but it's getting pretty low here," Fairmount Fire Chief Dave Jacobson said.

Utility crews were out early Tuesday working to restore electricity in northwestern Minnesota.

"Bless 'em, they're just the cavalry," said Chris Kling, a spokeswoman for Otter Tail Power Co.

At Hankinson, N.D., people took refuge at the Dakota Magic Casino, which also has its own generator, said customer service representative Cheri Braun. "Our hotel can't hold any more," she said.

Interstate 94 remained shut Tuesday by poor visibility and icy pavement for about 100 miles across eastern North Dakota from Fargo to Jamestown, and I-29 was barricaded from Fargo to Watertown, S.D., a stretch of about 140 miles. About 200 miles of east-west I-90 remained closed across central South Dakota from Mitchell to Kadoka.

Farther south, however, Colorado and Kansas had reopened more than 400 miles of eastbound I-70 between Denver and Salina, Kan., after two days. To the east, Minnesota had reopened I-94 east of the North Dakota line.

Almost 1,000 people spent Sunday night in shelters along I-70 in Kansas, including more than 200 on cots and exercise mats at Fort Hays State University in Hays, officials said.

Among those at Fort Hays State were Mike and Ilona Dorsey, returning to Denver after visiting relatives in Topeka.

"We stopped at every town from Colby to here and couldn't get a hotel," Dorsey told The Hays Daily News. "Everything was filled."

Numerous other highways also remained closed in the Dakotas, as well as eastern Colorado and northwest Kansas.

The same storm whipped up tornadoes that destroyed at least eight homes in Arkansas on Sunday and damaged more than 30 homes at Fort Riley, Kan.

The storm was retaining most of its clout as it headed toward the Great Lakes, said National Weather Service meteorologist Fred Stasser of Goodland, Kan.

"I would imagine they're going to get some of the same sort of deal," he said.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 29, 2005, 11:59:36 AM
 Tropical storm batters Canaries
A tropical storm has lashed the Canary Islands, killing at least seven people and leaving a trail of destruction.

Many people are still without electricity, while some roads have been blocked by fallen trees and landslides.

At least six African migrants drowned when waves engulfed their makeshift boat. A man also died after being blown off his roof on Fuerteventura.

Winds gusted at up to 200 km/h (124 miles per hour) in parts of Tenerife, disrupting public services.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 29, 2005, 12:03:00 PM
Tropical Storm Epsilon Forms in Atlantic


Tuesday November 29, 2005 3:31 PM

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Epsilon formed Tuesday in the central Atlantic, where it was a threat only to shipping, forecasters said.

The 26th named storm of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record was expected to be absorbed by other weather systems and shouldn't affect land, said Jennifer Pralgo, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

At 10 a.m. EST, Epsilon had top sustained wind of about 45 mph. It was centered about 845 miles east of Bermuda and about 1,395 miles west of the Azores Islands. It was moving west near 8 mph and was expected to continue that movement for at least 24 hours.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season ends Wednesday, but forecasters warn that tropical storms and hurricanes can develop in December.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on November 30, 2005, 01:50:00 PM
Experts: Next Hurricane Season Likely to be as Active
By VOA News
30 November 2005

The busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record ends Wednesday, but forecasters say next year's season could be just as active.

Since the season began June 1, a record 26 storms have achieved wind speeds high enough to be classified as tropical storms.  The latest, tropical storm Epsilon, formed in the Atlantic Tuesday.  Thirteen of those 26 reached hurricane force.

Three hurricanes: Katrina, Rita and Wilma -- temporarily became Category Five storms, featuring winds of at least 249 kilometers per hour.  All three weakened before making landfall.

Experts say Katrina was responsible for the deaths of some 1,300 people as well as tens of billions of dollars' worth of property damage.  It wiped out some Gulf Coast towns and left at least 80 percent of New Orleans under water.

Some experts say this year's severe storm activity is part of an active cycle that will last more than a decade.  Others contend it is the result of global warming.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 02, 2005, 12:06:23 PM
Epsilon becomes 14th hurricane of Atlantic season
Fri Dec 2, 2005 9:58 AM ET

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthened into the 14th hurricane of a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season on Friday, but was not expected to retain that intensity for long, nor to threaten land, U.S. forecasters said.

Hurricane Epsilon's maximum sustained winds reached 75 mph (120 kph) by 10 a.m. EST, just 1 mph over the threshold at which tropical storms are categorized as hurricanes, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was 1,220 miles west of Portugal's Azores islands and accelerating toward the northeast, away from the wealthy mid-Atlantic British territory of Bermuda, at 14 mph (22 kph).

While the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Wednesday, the Miami-based hurricane center said it was not unprecedented to see a hurricane in December in that part of the Atlantic, where the waters tend to be too cool for storms to intensify greatly.

Epsilon appeared to be traveling along a narrow ridge of warm water and was expected to start weakening steadily within 12 to 18 hours after hitting much cooler waters.

Like its four predecessors, Epsilon was named for a letter in the Greek alphabet after the official list of storm names for 2005 was exhausted.

This season has gone into the record books for the most storms and the most hurricanes. The highest number of hurricanes previously on record was 12 in 1969 and the highest number of named storms was 21 in 1933.

It also had the most Category 5 storms -- the top rank on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity -- including Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and killed more than 1,200 people in Louisiana and Mississippi.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 02, 2005, 12:12:45 PM
Strong earthquake shakes northern Japan
Tokyo, Japan

A large earthquake measuring 6,4 on the Richter scale hit northern Japan late on Friday.

The northern region of Tohoku felt "a strong jolt" from the quake, which happened at 10.13pm local time, according to the meteorological agency.

The quake was located off the Pacific coast of northern Miyagi prefecture, roughly 350km north-east of Tokyo.

The quake happened 40km underground, the agency said, adding that there was no tsunami warning.

A spokesperson for the Miyagi police said there were no reports of damage or casualties.

The areas around Miyagi frequently experience large earthquakes, and experts fear a big one could hit the region in the near future.

The area was hit by a 7,2-magnitude quake in August, which shut down traffic but caused little other damage.

Friday's quake was also felt strongly in the centre of Tokyo, shaking high-rise buildings designed to withstand powerful tremors.

The quake followed a moderate earthquake measuring 4,3 on the Richter scale that hit central Japan.

The first tremor struck at 9.54pm about 50km underground in Saitama prefecture, just north of Tokyo, the agency said.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 02, 2005, 12:13:40 PM
6.0-intensity earthquake shakes Pagan

By Ferdie Dela Torre
Reporter

Friday, December 02, 2005

A 6.0-intensity earthquake occurred 249 kilometers north of Pagan, but Anatahan Volcano's seismicity remains at background levels, according to the latest volcanic activity report from the Emergency Management Office and the U.S. Geological Survey.

EMO and USGS said the 6.0 tremblor occurred at a depth of 46 km. on Tuesday at 2:41am.

Citing a report from the National Earthquake Information Center, the two agencies reported another tremblor with a magnitude of 4.8 located 188 kilometers south east of Pagan at a depth of 57 kilometers on Saturday at 5:07pm.

Sporadic earthquake activity also recorded to have appeared on the Sarigan seismometer.

EMO said satellite imagery has not shown visible ash emissions since Sept. 3, 2005.

Two weeks ago, a 5.8 intensity tremblor occurred 160 miles north of Uracas.

In April 2005, Anatahan Volcano spewed out ash to 50,000 feet in its strongest historical eruption.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 02, 2005, 12:15:50 PM
 Earthquake Jolts North Sumatra, Indonesia   
      
An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's North Sumatra province on Friday, but there were still no reports on fatalities or damage caused by the quake.

The quake took place at 10:08 a.m. local time with its epicenter at about 3.5 degrees northern latitude and 94.5 degrees eastern longitude, Antara news agency quoted the head of Tanjung Perak Surabaya Maritime Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) Eddy Waluyo as saying.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific Rim of Fire, where the meeting of continental plates causes highly volcanic and seismic activity.




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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 02, 2005, 12:17:58 PM
Third quake quivers Qeshm Island

The third earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale hit suburbs of Qeshm Island in southern Hormuzgan Province at 01:28 hours local time on Friday (2158 GMT) Thursday night.

The seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute registered the tremor in an area measuring 26.81 degrees in latitude and 56.03 degrees in longitude.

There are no immediate reports of any damage or casualty.

Earlier in the day, the island was rattled by a 4.3-magnitude earthquake, which caused no casualty or damage to property. It occurred at 04:04 local time (0034 GMT) on Thursday morning.

The first and killer earthquake struck Qeshm last Sunday with a magnitude of 5.9, killing 10 people, injuring scores of others, and flattening several villages.

Having an area of 1,500 square kilometers, Qeshm is the biggest island of the Persian Gulf.

The island is one of Iran's lucrative commercial and fishing ports. Hara Forest nestled in the island is a must-see spot.

The island has a population of more than 100,000.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 02, 2005, 12:20:17 PM
Volcano Sends Plume of Ash Into Air Outside Mexico City
From the Associated Press
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano sent a gritty cloud billowing into the sky outside Mexico City early Thursday.

Officials warned nearby residents to protect themselves against the rain of ash the eruption will likely cause, and some was reported to have fallen on the town of Amecameca, in Mexico state.

he eruption sent a plume of ash almost 5 kilometers (3 miles) into the air, and was accompanied by about 30 minutes of light seismic activity, Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center reported.

The 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano has been intermittently erupting since December 1994.

In July, the volcano sent a column of hot ash 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) into the air and spat red-hot rocks. But it didn't threaten residents living at the volcano's base.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 02, 2005, 12:29:08 PM
Hawaii coast line collapses, lava flows

HONOLULU, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A 40-acre section of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's coastline collapsed this week, producing a six-foot-thick geyser of molten rock.

The Tuesday collapse exposed a 60-foot cliff face, with the lava spurting from a lava tube that was ripped open. But the lava geyser was quickly disappearing as the molten flow hardened and began forming a new coastal rock bench, the Honolulu Advertiser reported Thursday.

The collapse was the largest since the Kilanea Volcano began erupting in 1983, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

The event started shortly before noon Tuesday and continued for several hours, accompanied by explosions, flying gobs of molten rock, and boulder missiles, the Advertiser reported.

The collapse opened an underground stream of lava that flowed from the cliff face at the rate of about four truckloads of lava per second, rangers told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

State officials had kept visitors away from the area since June, following warnings from geologists of an imminent collapse.



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Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 04, 2005, 01:48:40 PM
Epsilon Strengthens Into Hurricane Again
12.04.2005, 10:05 AM


Epsilon unexpectedly strengthened again into a rare December hurricane on Sunday in the open Atlantic, where it posed no threat to land.

The 26th named storm of the record-breaking hurricane season had top sustained winds near 85 mph, despite earlier predictions that it would weaken, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Epsilon had sustained winds of 70 mph earlier in the day; hurricanes have winds of at least 74 mph.

"There are no clear reasons and I am not going to make one up to explain the recent strengthening of Epsilon," said hurricane specialist Lixion Avila.

But he said cooler waters, higher wind shear and drier air should cause Epsilon to gradually weaken later in the day. Epsilon first reached hurricane strength on Friday and is the 14th hurricane of the season.

At 10 a.m. EST, Epsilon was centered about 725 miles west-southwest of the Azores and moving east near 12 mph.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and officially ended on Wednesday.

Epsilon was only the fifth hurricane to form in December in more than 150 years of records, hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said. The latest that a hurricane has formed in the Caribbean was Dec. 30, in 1954.


Title: Quake Buries Children in Rubble in Congo
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 05, 2005, 02:36:36 PM
A powerful earthquake Monday toppled dozens of homes and buried children in rubble in eastern Congo, killing at least three people in a region already beset by chronic violence and grinding poverty.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, struck at 2:20 p.m. (7:20 a.m. EST) and was centered beneath Lake Tanganyika on the Congo-Tanzania border, about 600 miles southwest of Nairobi, Kenya, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.

"Dozens of houses have collapsed, several children were buried by the roofs of their houses," said Dr. Jean-Donne Owali, a Congolese humanitarian worker in the lakeside city of Kalemie, Congo, about 35 miles from the epicenter.

Owali said at least two people had died of injuries at his clinic. He said he saw children bleeding from head injuries after their mud-and-thatch homes collapsed.

U.N. spokesman Michel Bonnardeaux said a child was killed in the city when two houses and a church "crumbled." Three people were wounded.

Bonnardeaux said most of the injuries in the area were from falling zinc and steel roofs. The desperately poor region also has camps for tens of thousands of refugees from wars and economic collapse in Congo and Burundi.

The quake sent panicked people running from buildings in Kigoma, the main Tanzanian transport hub on the shores of Lake Tanganyika about 90 miles from the epicenter, said regional commissioner Elmon Mahawa. Authorities were waiting for police stations in remote parts of the country to report on any casualties.

The USGS said the quake was located about six miles underground and shook Nairobi and the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. It was also felt on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake, and in Tanzanian towns bordering Zambia and Malawi, Tanzania's meteorological chief Mohamed Mhita said by phone from the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam.

Henri Burgard, U.N. spokesman in the Congolese town of Uvira, said the quake lasted 30 seconds. "The buildings shook quite strongly. We have no reports of deaths so far," he said.

In Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, an Associated Press reporter felt a three-story building sway in two waves of the quake.

The region is located along the Great Rift Valley, which runs for 3,000 miles between Syria and Mozambique. In January 2002, a volcano erupted along the fault in eastern Congo, forcing some 300,000 people to flee and destroying the homes of 120,000. An estimated 100 people were killed.




Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 06, 2005, 04:10:42 PM
NZ experts assess danger as volcano builds pressure
07 December 2005

Volcanic activity on Mount Manaro in Vanuatu is "significant", but not yet a large eruption, a New Zealand vulcanologist said yesterday.

Steve Sherburn of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) has rushed to Vanuatu's Ambae Island with another GNS researcher, Brad Scott, and Shayne Cronin of Massey University, as fears rose over the potential for a major volcanic eruption.

The New Zealanders, who took portable seismic gear with them and equipment for gas monitoring, found that Mt Manaro had not been monitored for about a decade.

"There have been several eruptions on the island in the past and this (event) at the moment seems to be typical of some of the larger eruptions that we've had," Mr Sherburn told Associated Press news agency.

"It's significant activity but it's not (yet) a large eruption," he said.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Ham Lini has yet to declare a state of emergency on the island but said he would do so if the situation worsens.

Officials have ordered 5000 people living in 15 villages in a so-called "red zone" round the mountain to move to the island's coast.

Local schools and halls were being used to accommodate displaced villagers as some 2000 tonnes of ash a day fall round the mountain base and white steam billows 1500m above its cone.

Mr Sherburn said Mount Manaro was "currently is trembling or vibrating all the time."

Apart from shaking, "we are not seeing any large quakes associated with the island" - which suggested the trembling was originating from the eruptions in the lake, he said.

Mr Sherburn said a party had hiked to the volcano's rim on Sunday and found the water of Lake Vui - inside the crater - about 150m below the rim of the 1500m mountain.

A Vanuatu vulcanologist said it posed a serious risk of a steam explosion if the water hit hot molten rock (magma) inside the volcano's magma chamber.

"If the chamber breaks and water reaches magma there will be a terrific explosion, the like of which has not been seen in the country before," Douglas Charlie told the Vanuatu Daily Post.

The volcanic lake also is being forced up toward the rim, sparking fears of a lahar or mud flow if the lake wall bursts, which could drown the villages that surround the mountain.

Mr Charlie said that "the danger is not yet high" but if the ash falls continued, they would seriously affect water supplies and villagers' gardens round the volcano's base.

"If the eruptions worsen the government may have to evacuate all 10,000 people from the island," he said.

New Zealand Red Cross water and sanitation aid worker Victoria Fray will fly to Vanuatu on Saturday to assess the water and sanitation needs of re-located villagers.

The New Zealand Red Cross will also provide 2000 respirator face masks which will be used by village emergency workers, and people with respiratory illnesses.

New Zealand Red Cross operation manager Andrew McKie said Vanuatu Red Cross had already shipped two 4000 litre water containers to Ambae Island, along with 300 kits to help shelter families. New Zealand Red Cross would refill the disaster containers in time for this summer's cyclone season.

Two Vanuatu Red Cross staff on the island were using an Iridium satellite phone provided earlier this year as part of a New Zealand Red Cross project in the Pacific.

Officials said two ships have been sent to the island in case an evacuation was required. Ambae, an hour's flight northeast from the capital, Port Vila, lies near the islands of Pentecost and Maewo, which could be used to help resettle people displaced by a major eruption.

Vanuatu, an archipelago of more than 80 islands and 200,000 people, lies 2250km northeast of Sydney.




Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 06, 2005, 04:12:47 PM
Earthquake leaves Kenyans shaken

Nairobi, Kenya, 12/06 - Kenyans were shaken by a powerful earthquake which hit East Africa, with scientists saying the tremor was also felt in DR Congo, Tanzania and Kenya`s Rift Valley.

I violently shook buildings in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The Kenya Meteorological Department said the earthquake, which it described as "strong", occurred at 1219 GMT at the epicentre in the Lake Tanganyika region and was also felt in Burundi, shaking buildings and leaving huge cracks on the earth`s surface.

The Denver-based US Geological Survey, said in its preliminary report on the quake that it measured 6.8 on the richer scale and erupted from Lake Tanganyika. It was felt along the Indian Ocean and the entire Great Lakes region, including Rwanda.

Seismologists, who study the movements of the earth`s surface, consider the most powerful quake measured on a scale of 10, but the 6.8 on the scale is considered "too significant" and most scientists were not sure that no major emergencies were recorded.

"This quake was very strong and it is rare that this kind of quake would not cause any major damages; 6.8 was a significant one," said Peter Ambenje, an expert at the Kenyan Meteorological Department.

According information obtained from US agency`s National Earthquake Information Centre, the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km below the earth`s surface. It covered 65 km South East of Kalemie in the DR Congo and travelled 975 km South West of Nairobi. In Nairobi, the tremor was felt at 3.30 pm local time.

The mid-afternoon tremor disrupted work and employees left work for their homes, with some women missing soles.

"We held on the wall and prayed. The walls were shaking and we thought the earth was coming to an end, I have never seen such a thing all my life," said an employee of Telkom Kenya, who lost her shoe sole in the confusion.

Kenyans were evacuated from working places in Nairobi, where shaking buildings alarmed workers, leaving a trail on destruction, including wall-cracks and temporarily disrupted telecommunication equipment, including mobile phones.

Nairobi`s tallest buildings were hit by the quake, raising fears among occupants that most of the buildings may not be safe for so long because of the magnitude of the tremor.

"We fear that this building may not be so safe after this incident. We may need to be told what kind of technology was used to lay the foundation," said senior Kenyan government official at the Trade and Industry Ministry based at the 28-storey Telposta Towers.

"We need to know if the foundation was laid using rubber material like those used in Japan, we need to determine that," said the official, who works at the third tallest building in Nairobi`s central business district.

Nairobi`s tallest building runs about 35 storeys and most of the buildings average 20 storeys, mostly built using concrete materials and steel.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on December 07, 2005, 12:57:26 AM
Russia’s Muslims Want Christian Symbols Removed From Coat of Arms

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A group of top Muslim clerics have demanded that Orthodox Christian symbols be removed from the Russian coat of arms and have complained about the Russian authorities and power-wielding structures allegedly refusing to abide by the principle of secularity, the Interfax news agency reported.

“This is not only a question of the Russian coat of arms. We can say that icons are all but put up on the walls of state offices,” Nafigulla Ashirov, chairman of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Asian Russia, told journalists.

He accused units of the Defense and Interior Ministries and the Federal Security Service of appropriating various saints “who are allegedly the patrons of warriors”. “The power-wielding structures, the authorities and the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy are erecting large crosses at border posts and the approaches to towns. Orthodox chapels are being built in the command bodies of the armed forces,” he lamented.

In his turn, Damir Mukhetdinov, deputy head of the Spiritual Board of the Nizhny Novgorod region’s Muslims, shared the Muslims’ concerns. Their feelings are insulted by the Orthodox presence in the Russian coat of arms.

“We, the Muslims of Nizhny Novgorod region, were wholeheartedly in favour of introducing the unity of the peoples holiday. We could not have imagined, however, that the sound of Orthodox bells and the icon of the Virgin of Kazan would become the symbols of this holiday in Russia,” he said about the day of people’s unity. The mufti is convinced that “all this violates the secular nature of the state and doesn’t contribute to the unity of Russia’s peoples”.

Ali Visam Bardvil, head of the Spiritual Board of Karelia’s Muslims, too, believes that the presence of Christian symbols in the coat of arms is impermissible. He said that Russia “is neither a Muslim nor a Christian country”.

“The cross is not a Muslim symbol. We respect the religious feeling of Christians but do not recognize the crucifixion of Christ,” the Muslim figure clarified. “Therefore,” he went on, “in my opinion Orthodox symbols should be removed from the coat of arms to make it acceptable to all religions.” Bardvil emphasized that Muslims would support all politicians calling for a change to the current symbols in the Russian coat of arms.


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 08, 2005, 05:28:45 PM
Erupting Vanuatu Volcano Shoots Matter Thousands of Feet Into Air
Thursday, December 08, 2005

AMBAE ISLAND, Vanuatu — An erupting volcano on this remote South Pacific island burst into spectacular life Thursday — shooting steam and toxic gases 9,845 feet into the sky.

Huge columns of dense white steam and muddy ash spewed above Ambae Island to reach the greatest height seen since the Mt. Manaro volcano began erupting Nov. 27.

Thousands of villagers have been evacuated from the path of a possible lahar, or mud flow, that vulcanologists fear could burst over the crater lip if the eruption continues or intensifies, sweeping away the flimsy homes in its path.

A "red zone" has been declared around the volcano and several ships were ready to evacuate islanders if the situation worsens dramatically.

New Zealand vulcanologist Brad Scott, who is on Ambae monitoring the eruption, said "it remains a low-level eruption, but it could go either way — worsen or slowly subside."

The plumes of steam and gases were bursting from a huge vent in the middle of a muddy gray-brown Lake Vui in the crater — which before the eruptions began last month was a picturesque calm aqua blue.

Pilot Charles Nelson of local charter company Flight Club Vila said the lake "is looking like a huge grubby bowl of hot kava," referring to a murky local drink made of the pounded roots of a local pepper plant mixed with water.

Nelson was speaking after flying close to the erupting volcano Thursday morning.

Dead trees ring the edge of the crater, while trees in dense jungle nearby were covered in ash that has been belching from the volcano.

The huge smoke, ash and gas plume cast a shadow over now deserted villages clinging to the volcano's flank.

Some 5,000 villagers — half the island's population — are squatting in townships in low-lying areas of the northwest and southeast corners of the small island, one of more than 80 in the archipelago, which is studded with active and dormant volcanoes. The islands, with a total population of 200,000 people, are 1,400 miles northeast of Sydney, Australia.

"We're worried but it's still not increasing its activity and remains on level 2," or yellow alert, local transport operator Simean Tali said.

The ships mean "we should get off (the island) if it goes up," he added.

Two hospitals on the island have been emptied of patients, and teams of doctors and nurses were on call to fly to Ambae from the capital, Port Vila, if a major eruption occurs, the National Disaster Management Office said.

"Maybe nothing is going to happen, but it is better to be ready than not," the Daily Post newspaper quoted Prime Minister Ham Lini as saying.

Ambae, an hour's flight northeast from Port Vila, lies near the islands of Pentecost and Maewo, which could be used to help resettle people displaced by a major eruption.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 12, 2005, 11:39:20 AM
Powerful undersea earthquake shakes Papua New Guinea, no injuries reported
22:02:25 EST Dec 11, 2005

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A powerful undersea earthquake shook Papua New Guinea early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate indications of whether it caused damage, injuries or a tsunami.

The quake had an initial magnitude of 6.5 and struck at 12:20 a.m., local time, in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea, the USGS said.

Its centre was estimated to have been at a depth of 9.6 kilometres, it said.

The region is about 2,300 kilometres north of Brisbane, Australia.

There were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami, said Martin Mose, assistant director for community and government liaison at Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Management Office.

On Thursday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the northern coast of Papua New Guinea, but there were no reported injuries.

In 1998, a tsunami caused by an undersea earthquake killed at least 2,000 people when it struck the north coast of Papua New Guinea's main island, wiping out dozens of coastal villages in the impoverished nation of 5 million people.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 12, 2005, 11:41:35 AM
Biggest Highland earthquake in 20 years
RAYMOND HAINEY

IN WORLD terms, it barely rated a blip on seismographs around the globe, but the earthquake which shook the Fort William area yesterday was the biggest to hit Scotland in 20 years.

Northern Constabulary was inundated with calls after a loud late-night rumble and tremors shook a huge chunk of the West Highlands during the quake which hit three on the Richter scale.

Kathleen O'Donnell, 21, from Caol, near Fort William, was in bed when the earthquake hit. She said: "It definitely woke me up with a bit of a fright. The whole house shook and the door was rattling. A few people came out of their houses to see what was going on.

"I had no idea what it was, but after it stopped I just went back to sleep again."

Simon Abberley, 22, a receptionist in a Fort William hotel, said: "I've experienced an earthquake here before - it felt like a tractor running into the house. That's the best I can describe it."

Northern Constabulary said the force handled dozens of calls from an area between Roy Bridge and Ballachulish.

A spokesman at the Fort William station said: "We are on the Great Glen fault, but this is the first time I've ever felt anything like this. It sounded like thunder and lightning, but the ground shook for a few seconds as well. It was certainly very noticeable."

Another Fort William resident, said: "It was terrifying. I was in the house and suddenly there was a loud bang and everything started to shake.

The epicentre of the latest earthquake was between Loch Eil and Loch Linnhe.

British Geological Survey seismologist Glenn Ford said the force-three quake was the biggest to hit Scotland since the Highlands was rocked by one of similar force in January 1986. He said the organisation's Edinburgh office also had to deal with calls from residents.

The earthquake struck at about 11:30pm on Saturday night, but did not cause any structural damage in the area.

Mr Ford said the north-west of Scotland was a very active region for earthquakes because it sat on the Great Glen fault.

The fault is one of Scotland's most distinctive geological features. It runs for about 300 miles from Colonsay in the Hebrides to Shetland, and splits the north and west Highlands from the Grampian mountains.

Earthquakes have even been suggested as a cause for one of Scotland's most famous legends - the Loch Ness monster.

Early reports of Nessie date back to the 7th century, when a monster is said to have appeared before St Columba "with strong shaking". Some scientists believe that gas bubbles and disturbance of the surface of Loch Ness caused by earthquakes are at the root of the Nessie legend.



Title: Record cold blasts across US
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 12, 2005, 11:51:02 AM
Rockies, Midwest, Texas hit hard

By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  December 8, 2005

DENVER -- Brutally cold air spread across the Rockies and Midwest yesterday, closing schools, crippling cars, and sending volunteers into the streets looking for homeless people to rescue.

In West Yellowstone, Mont., a hamlet on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park and a frequent icebox, the mercury plummeted to 45 degrees below zero, shattering the old record for Dec. 7 of 39 below set in 1927.

''I played taxi service this morning to a lot of my employees because their cars wouldn't start," said Gayle Archer, a manager at one of the town's motels, who watched other residents ski to work on unplowed streets.

In Denver, the coroner was trying to determine whether the death of a homeless man was caused by temperatures that dropped to 11 below. Schools in the Colorado Springs area were closed and many others statewide opened late.

The cold extended south to the Texas Panhandle, where Lubbock had a record low of 6 degrees.

At Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, officials said freezing rain was expected to force the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Temperatures read like ice hockey scores in northeastern New Mexico -- zero at Las Vegas and 1 at Raton. ''I'm sitting here in my office and it's freezing and we've got the heat on full blast," said Bill Cox, owner of the Hillcrest Restaurant in Las Vegas.

The cold follows a blizzard that blasted much of the Plains on Nov. 27-28, shutting down major highways across a half-dozen states.

About 3,600 rural customers in South Dakota were still without electricity more than a week later, said Tom Dravland, state public safety secretary. Lows across the eastern part of the state dipped to as much as 20 degrees below zero.

Outreach workers in Denver were encouraging homeless people to head to shelters, which were taking in extra people, said Deborah Ortega, executive director of the Denver Commission to End Homelessness. The Salvation Army's search and rescue team was out all night. Brad Meuli, president of the Denver Rescue Mission, said about 300 people -- about 100 more than normally allowed -- squeezed into a shelter Tuesday. ''We're not turning anyone away. We may just give them a blanket and have them lean up against a wall," he said.



My Comment:  Where is the global warming now?




Title: Re:Record cold blasts across US
Post by: Shammu on December 12, 2005, 12:14:43 PM

My Comment:  Where is the global warming now?

;D

Okay Pastor Roger, I needed that laugh. ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Alaskan Volcano Showing Signs of Erupting
Post by: Shammu on December 15, 2005, 11:53:07 PM
Alaskan Volcano Showing Signs of Erupting

By JEANNETTE J. LEE, Associated Press Writer Thu Dec 15, 6:50 PM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A sulfurous steam plume, hundreds of miniature earthquakes and a new swath of ash on snowy Augustine Volcano have scientists looking for a possible eruption in the next few months.

The 4,134-foot volcano hasn't shown such signs since it last erupted in 1986, when ash from a 7-mile-high column drifted over Anchorage, the state's most populous city, and kept flights out of the skies over Cook Inlet.

"It's steaming more vigorously right now than it has at any point since 1986," Steve McNutt, research professor of volcano seismology with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, said Wednesday.

The observatory has been monitoring the uninhabited volcanic island more closely since bumping its status up to code yellow from green on Nov. 29. Code yellow means the volcano is restless and showing signs of an eruption.

Steam mixed with sulfur dioxide gas has been billowing vigorously since late last week from a space between lava domes formed during Augustine's most recent eruptions, in 1976 and 1986.

The presence of sulfur, one of the main magmatic gases, is a sign that molten rock has moved closer to surface, McNutt said.

Residents on the Kenai Peninsula about 50 miles across Cook Inlet have reported the rotten-egg smell of sulfur fumes floating into their communities.

"On Sunday night I woke up with the taste of sulfur in the back of my throat," said Kevin Seville, who lives in the Russian and Alutiiq village of Nanwalek.

Seismometers have recorded more than 170 small temblors over the last week, and 74 on Sunday alone. The average for the past 15 years has been about one to two per week.

The jump is "very dramatic," McNutt said. But he noted the magnitudes — less than 1 — were still smaller than the bulk of the earthquakes preceding the 1986 eruption.

The entire island, located 171 miles southwest of Anchorage, has inflated by as much as one inch as injections of molten rock rise into the mountain from beneath the earth's surface, he said.

Scientists on a flyover earlier this week also spotted a swath of new ash on the snow-covered peak. The thin dusting indicates cracks have opened on the mountain to vent steam.

"It could be days, weeks, months before we see something else, or at any point here things could just stop," said Chris Nye, research assistant professor at the observatory, a joint program between the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Alaska Fairbanks and state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

Nanwalek residents are monitoring the volcano observatory's Web site and have packed emergency supplies in case an ash cloud cuts out air service, the main source of transportation to and from the village.

"We're isolated as it is, when you throw ash into the mix, it makes it really hard to connect," Seville said.

Alaskian  Volcano Showing Signs of Erupting (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051215/ap_on_sc/augustine_volcano;_ylt=AuwW6NfF7zXlmz6t_M7VfB.s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MzV0MTdmBHNlYwM3NTM-)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on December 16, 2005, 10:45:06 AM
Shocked scientists find tsunami legacy: a dead sea

Disaster unabated … Acehnese children in a tent that is their home in the village of Pante Raja almost a year after the tsunami. Thousands of survivors along the west coast of Indonesia's Aceh province are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

Disaster unabated … Acehnese children in a tent that is their home in the village of Pante Raja almost a year after the tsunami. Thousands of survivors along the west coast of Indonesia's Aceh province are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

A "DEAD zone" devoid of life has been discovered at the epicentre of last year's tsunami four kilometres beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean.

Scientists taking part in a worldwide marine survey made an 11-hour dive at the site five months after the disaster.

They were shocked to find no sign of life around the epicentre, which opened up a 1000-metre chasm on the ocean floor.

Instead, there was nothing but eerie emptiness. The powerful lights of the scientists' submersible vehicle, piercing through the darkness, showed no trace of anything living.

A scientist working on the Census of Marine Life project, Ron O'Dor, of Dalhousie University in Canada, said: "You'd expect a site like this to be quickly recolonised, but that hasn't happened. It's unprecedented."

The scientists teamed with television crews from the BBC and Discovery Channel to investigate the heart of the deadliest tsunami on record. On Boxing Day last year an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.3 tore the earth apart off the west coast of Sumatra. Part of the ocean floor was thrust up to create a 40-metre-high undersea cliff that then collapsed.

Huge volumes of water were displaced in the process, creating the giant waves that killed more than 270,000 people.

"Normally, when you go to the bottom of the sea anywhere and take a sample or look around, there's always something alive," Professor O'Dor said. "But five months after the earthquake, this entire plain, created by the collapse of the cliff, was essentially devoid of life."

The group had expected to find several species of fish, plus cephalopods, sea cucumbers, brittle stars, corals and sponges, crustaceans and worms.

Professor O'Dor thought the collapsing cliff had buried the food sources of bottom feeders, which in turn had an effect on larger predators. "No one has ever got to a site like this so quickly before," he said. "It may just be that it takes a while for things to get back to normal. The sea is very cold at this depth, and typically the speed of life is proportional to temperature. Nothing happens very fast at 4C."

The tsunami epicentre findings were included in a report marking the halfway point in an ambitious project to catalogue all life in the oceans by 2010.

About 1700 scientists from 73 countries are taking part in the project. So far they have electronically tagged almost 2000 animals from 21 species, including sharks, fish, birds, turtles, seals and sea lions.

Large numbers of new species have also been discovered in some of the deepest and remotest corners of the ocean.

Scientists believe that all the marine species known at present may only account for about a tenth of those that exist.

Shocked scientist find tsunami legacy: a dead sea (http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/12/13/1134236063754.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on December 16, 2005, 10:55:51 AM
Surprise Geysers Erupt in Oklahoma
By The Associated Press

posted: 12 December 2005
08:28 am ET
   

KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) _ An outbreak of geysers spewing mud and gas into the air in rural Kingfisher County is puzzling state and local officials.

Kingfisher Fire Chief John Crawford says initial reports of the geysers came in Friday morning, and that firefighters and Oklahoma Corporation Commission officials were on the scene yesterday.

The geysers have appeared throughout the countryside of rural Kingfisher, with stretches of up to 12 miles between spots, and some as short as a quarter of a mile.

Crawford says the threat of the gas igniting is unlikely, but he says there is a concern the gas could begin coming up through water-well lines.

He says sheriff's deputies were dispatched to inform residents of the possibility of gas coming through wells and water systems.

Suprise Geyers Erupt in Oklahoma (http://www.livescience.com/forcesofnature/ap_051212_geysers.html)

My note; I'm a little suprised Bep's didn't report on this. Course he hasn't been feeling very good lately. So Brother, I'm praying you get better.


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 16, 2005, 04:59:20 PM
Southern Ice Storm Renders Many Powerless

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - More than 700,000 homes and businesses began the day Friday without power after a frigid night allowed ice to build from a deadly storm in the South.

The ice also left commuters with more tough driving conditions from Georgia to Maryland, and forecasters warned that dense morning fog could create an extra coat of ice in below-freezing weather.

Hundreds of accidents were reported Thursday, and utility companies said it would take days to fully restore power. Still in the dark Friday were about 328,000 customers in North Carolina, 358,000 customers in South Carolina and 30,000 in Georgia - numbers that climbed from the night before as temperatures fell and ice built up.

The outages were caused when ice-laden tree limbs fell onto power lines.

At least three deaths were reported, including a 58-year-old man in suburban Charlotte who was lying on a couch in his living room when a 100-foot tree buckled from heavy ice and crushed him. Two men were killed in separate accidents in Maryland when each lost control of his vehicle and collided with another vehicle.

North Carolina's heaviest icing - one-half to three-quarters of an inch - came in the southwestern area of Saluda and Flat Rock, said Doug Outlaw of the National Weather Service's bureau at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport in South Carolina.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on December 30, 2005, 01:23:40 AM
Travellers face chaos as freeze hits Europe

James Sturcke and agencies
Wednesday December 28, 2005

Freezing conditions across parts of northern Europe caused travel chaos today as forecasters warned that more snow and colder temperatures were expected over the next two days.

British motoring organisations urged people only to make essential journeys, while hundreds of drivers in France spent the night in their cars after 30cm of snow fell in parts the country.

In Austria, a blizzard resulted in power cuts to homes and was blamed for numerous road accidents across eastern parts of the country.

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In the UK, Kent and eastern England suffered the worst of the freezing conditions, which brought road closures and train cancellations.

The coldest place in Britain last night was Benson, Oxfordshire, where temperatures plunged to -8.2C. Forecasters said temperatures were likely to drop further tonight.

"Temperatures tonight could fall as low as -10C where snow lies on the ground, and they could be down to -7C in other places," PA WeatherCentre spokesman Paul Knightley said.

"Tomorrow looks like being the coldest day of this cold spell, with daytime temperatures not rising above freezing in many places."

He said there would be snow today from north-east Scotland down the eastern side of England to the Wash, with snow showers in Kent.

"There could be some heavy snow in northern England and Scotland ahead of another weather system which will bring rain and higher temperatures on Friday and Saturday," Mr Knightley added.

The RAC said lanes on sections of the M20 in Kent were closed because of the snow, and that there was also disruption on the A20 between Dover and Folkestone.

Canterbury was hit by severe black ice, while part of the A3 at Milford, Surrey, was closed, as was a section of the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

"There are hazardous driving conditions throughout northern and eastern counties of England," an RAC spokesman said.

South Eastern Trains urged passengers from coastal areas in Kent and East Sussex not to travel at all this morning. No train services were running from Hastings to Tonbridge, Dover to Folkestone, Ashford to Swanley, Tonbridge to Redhill or Strood to Maidstone West.

Passengers using Arriva Trains Wales and Central Trains faced long delays after a road vehicle hit a railway bridge in the Oakengates area between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.

Signalling problems at Tulse Hill, south London, led to delays for passengers on Southern and Thameslink services.

In France, hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight after heavy snowfall blocked roads, forcing some to abandon their cars and others to sleep in their vehicles.

Scores of travellers spent the night in community centres and hotels near Nancy, where road crews worked to clear up to 30cm of snow, according to the Regional Road Information and Coordination Centre in nearby Metz.

Several cars were abandoned on the A31 highway, which remained heavily congested heading north toward Luxembourg. Officials ordered trucks to remain parked in rest areas until normal traffic flow was restored, and advised drivers not to travel.

Hundreds of people were stranded overnight in the Calvados region in western Normandy, where the A84 highway was closed in both directions.

"There were 600 vehicles blocked, which amounts to around 600 or 800 people [stranded]," road security official Remi Fromont told the French television channel LCI.

In Austria, at least 15cm of snow fell in eastern areas, creating treacherous conditions blamed for numerous road accidents.

Authorities said at least 11 trucks had jack-knifed in the province of Lower Austria, causing long tailbacks, and at least 300 homes were without power.

Four trucks collided on the motorway linking the Czech capital, Prague, with the southern city of Brno, blocking traffic, while officials in Slovakia warned of a heightened avalanche risk in some areas.

Heavy snow and icy rain in Croatia forced officials to close local roads, effectively cutting off access to dozens of central villages. Snow also created traffic and rail havoc in Hungary, where nearly 120 trains were running behind schedule.

Most of northern Italy was under a blanket of snow, causing traffic disruption, and a motorway from Parma to La Spezia was closed as a precaution.
Travellers face chaos as freeze hits Europe (http://www.guardian.co.uk/weather/Story/0,2763,1674492,00.html?gusrc=rss)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on December 30, 2005, 01:25:36 AM
 Much of California under flood watch

Thursday, December 29, 2005; Posted: 8:15 a.m. EST (13:15 GMT)

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- A drenching winter storm swelled rivers in northern California to their highest levels in seven years, causing power outages and forcing some residents to evacuate.

Flood warnings were in effect for the northern half of the state after the storm swept through Tuesday and Wednesday. One person was killed in a car crash caused by a mudslide.

"It's been several years since we've had this widespread of flooding, and we're not done," said Rob Hartman of the National Weather Service's California-Nevada River Forecast Center in Sacramento.

The last significant flooding in the region was during the El Nino year of 1998 and a year earlier, when three people died after levees collapsed north of Sacramento. The danger is lower this time because there is relatively little snow in the Sierra Nevada to be melted by the warm rains, officials said.

In Modesto, a mudslide led to a pileup that killed a motorist Monday. And in Mendocino County, four homes were evacuated after a landslide Tuesday night.

Rivers were cresting from the Napa County wine country to the far northern coast, including the Russian, Navarro, Scott, Klamath and Eel rivers. They were expected to rise to flood stage periodically through the weekend without causing severe damage.

"We're getting an early start on the rain-and-snow season, which is good as long as we don't get flooding," said Don Strickland, a spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources.

Federal and state water managers were releasing torrents of water at the Oroville and Folsom dams, but both reservoirs had plenty of capacity to handle additional runoff, officials said.

More storms were forecast for Friday through the New Year's weekend. The system was expected to spread farther south by Saturday and potentially cause mudslides and flash floods in recently burned areas of Southern California, Hartman said.

Much of California under flood watch (http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/12/29/california.storm.ap/index.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on December 30, 2005, 01:35:03 AM
It doesn't take much rain to cause flooding in Calif but this is more rain than they have had in many, many years so the flooding is really horrendous. I remember 2 inches of rain in a 48 hr period causing flooding in the LA and San Diego area. It floods just as easily in the Sacramento, Modesto, Stockton area.

Normally the levees have very little water in them and some are even dry most of the year. I lived in the Stockton area for quite a few years and remember taking many walks down the levee bottoms. Now it isn't even safe to walk on the tops.







Title: Tropical Storm Zeta Forms in Atlantic
Post by: Shammu on December 30, 2005, 12:56:12 PM
Here I though the season, was finally over for the year.

Tropical Storm Zeta Forms in Atlantic

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press Writer 38 minutes ago

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Zeta formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, another installment in a record-breaking hurricane season that officially ended last month.

Zeta, the 27th storm of the season, formed Friday about 1,000 miles south-southwest of the Azores islands, according to an advisory posted on the National Hurricane Center's Web site. It posed no immediate threat to land.

The center said it would send out a full advisory later Friday. Tropical storms have winds of at least 39 mph.

It was not immediately known if Dec. 30 was the latest date for the formation of a tropical storm in the Atlantic. But earlier this month, Hurricane Epsilon became only the fifth hurricane to form in December in 154 years of record-keeping. Hurricanes form when their winds exceed 74 mph.

Zeta is the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet, which forecasters turned to after they used up — for the first time — their list of 21 proper names for storms. The record for tropical storms and hurricanes in a season had been 21, set in 1933 before such storms were regularly named.

The 2005 Atlantic storm season, which officially ended Nov. 30, included 14 hurricanes, including Epsilon.

One of the hurricanes, Katrina, destroyed large portions of Louisiana and Mississippi last August in the most costly disaster in U.S. history. Hurricanes Dennis, Rita and Wilma also caused significant damage in the U.S.

Forecasters have said that hurricane seasons are going to be more active than usual for at least another decade — and possibly as long as 50 years.

Tropical Storm Zeta Forms in Atlantic (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051230/ap_on_re_us/tropical_weather)


Title: New Storm Batters California
Post by: Shammu on December 31, 2005, 05:08:22 PM
New Storm Batters California

Saturday, December 31, 2005

PETALUMA, Calif. — A powerful storm set off mudslides that blocked major highways and sent rivers and creeks over their banks and into cities across Northern California on Saturday. At least half a dozen people had to be rescued from the rushing water, and forecasters were warning of another storm on Sunday.

California officials urged residents along the Napa and Russian Rivers and on hillsides to collect their valuables, gather emergency supplies and get out.

In the city of Napa, near the heart of wine country, the river was already 5 feet over flood stage. Further inland, Reno, Nev., was seeing its worst flooding since a 1997 flood that caused $1 billion in damage.

Firefighters in the Sonoma area rescued two people from a mobile home park, where 4 feet of rushing water washed at least one home off its foundation, and they were searching for a third person, said Division Chief Bob Norrbom with the Sonoma Valley Fire Authority. Cars floated through the park, pushed by the water.

Elsewhere, television footage showed a stranded driver being plucked from the back of a pickup truck by a rescue helicopter, and another person being pulled to safety through the water.

Rick Diaz went out into a flooded Petaluma neighborhood in a 14-foot Zodiac boat on his own to ferry residents to dry ground and rescue their pets.

"He's a hero," said a tearful Suzi Keber after the wetsuit-clad Diaz rescued two pet lizards from her home.

In downtown San Anselmo, the creek overflowed into as many as 70 businesses, said town administrator Debbie Stutsman. Two people rescued from the rising water there were hospitalized with hypothermia, she said.

"I'm looking out of my office now at merchants bringing their damaged goods out into the street," Stutsman said. "The entire downtown area was under 4 1/2 feet of water."

"It's pretty bad all across town," she said.

Meteorologists had warned that parts of Sonoma, Sacramento, Shasta and Tehama counties were ripe for their worst flooding in years, and they said severe was anticipated upstream in Calistoga, St. Helena and Yountville, as well.

In St. Helena, the Napa River was at record levels, seven feet over flood stage. The last record flood there destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.

Mudslides closed several major roads, including Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada about 25 miles west of Reno. Six tractor-trailer rigs were caught up in one slide on the interstate early Saturday, but no injuries were reported.

I-80, the major corridor linking Northern California and points east, was expected to remain closed for at least two days, said California Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Dinger.

"No work can be done until the slide stabilizes and we don't know when that will occur," Dinger said.

The Russian River at the Sonoma County town of Guerneville could rise as high as 11 feet above flood stage after if the storm expected on Sunday hits as expected, officials said.

Together, the two weekend storms could add as much as 6 inches of rain to the already water-logged region, said Rick Canepa, a weather service meteorologist in Monterey. More than 2 feet of snow was forecast in the Sierra Nevada.

One woman suffered a broken leg when a mudslide destroyed her home in Santa Rosa late Friday. It took firefighters nearly an hour to free her from the mud and debris, said Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Andy Pforsich.

Flooding also prompted evacuations of at least five mobile home parks in Nevada's Reno-Carson City area.

Flash flooding and landslides closed Interstate 5 both ways over the Siskiyou Summit near the Oregon line between Hilt and Ashland, Ore., but Oregon officials said three of the four lanes were reopened by midday. U.S. Highway 101 was closed by fallen trees and mud south of Crescent City.

Rain also started moving into Southern California on Saturday, and flash flood watches were issued for large areas burned by the year's wildfires in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Even Pasadena's Rose Parade was in danger of rain on Monday. The parade has had dry days for half a century, but float builders were still prepared to roll out sheets of clear plastic to protect delicate flowers.

"I'd hate to be selfish to ask God just for this favor, but I came far to help decorate and see the parade for the first time," Jean Steadman, 79, of Georgetown, Texas, she said as she gathered yellow roses for a safari-themed float.
New Storm Batters California (http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,180285,00.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on December 31, 2005, 11:15:04 PM
Mount St. Helens' Lava Baffles Scientists

By PEGGY ANDERSEN, Associated Press Writer Fri Dec 30, 8:31 PM ET

SEATTLE - Roughly every three seconds, the equivalent of a large dump truck load of lava — 10 cubic yards — oozes into the crater of Mount St. Helens, and with the molten rock comes a steady drumfire of small earthquakes.

The unremitting pace, going on for 15 months now, is uncommon, said U.S. Geological Survey geologist Dave Sherrod. Experts say it is unclear what the activity signifies or how much longer it will continue.

"One view of this eruption is that we're at the end of the eruption that began in 1980," Sherrod said. "If it hadn't been so cataclysmic ... it might instead have gone through 30 or 40 years of domebuilding and small explosions."

St. Helens' violent May 18, 1980, eruption blasted 3.7 billion cubic yards of ash and debris off the top of the mountain. Fifty-seven people died in the blast, which left a gaping crater in place of the perfect, snowclad cone that had marked the original 9,677-foot peak known as "America's Mount Fuji."

St. Helens — now 8,325 feet — rumbled for another six years, extruding 97 million cubic yards of lava onto the crater floor in a series of 22 eruptions that built a 876-foot dome.

The volcano, about 100 miles south of Seattle, fell silent in 1986.

Then, in September 2004, the low-level quakes began — occasionally spiking above magnitude 3. Since then, the mountain has squeezed out about 102 million cubic yards of lava, more in 15 months than in the six years after the eruption.

Sherrod describes the movement of lava up through the volcano as being "like a sticky piston trying to rise in a rusty cylinder. These quakes are very small — we think they're associated with that sticking and slipping as the ground is deformed and relaxes."

The dome collapses and grows and collapses and grows, he said. "It changes its location ... it can't seem to maintain its height at much more than it is now " — about 1,300 feet. "Then it kind of shoves the sandpile aside and starts over."

It's not entirely clear where the lava is coming from. If it were being generated by the mountain, scientists would expect to see changes in the mountain's shape, its sides compressing as lava is spewed out.

At the current rate, "three or four months would have been enough time to exhaust what was standing in the conduit. ... The volume is greater than anything that could be standing in a narrow 3-mile pipe," Sherrod said.

That suggests resupply from greater depths, which normally would generate certain gases and deep earthquakes. Neither is being detected.

"That's one of the headscratchers, I guess," Sherrod said.

All the recent activity has remained within the crater, though scientists — keenly aware of the potential damage that silica-laced ash can pose to jet engines — monitor St. Helens closely for plumes of smoke and ash. Some have gone as high as 30,000 feet.

Mount St. Helens Lava Baffle Scientist...  ::)  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051231/ap_on_sc/mount_st__helens;_ylt=AnDypM5uVKcwJq0sbJdHuUus0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MzV0MTdmBHNlYwM3NTM-)


Title: Superbug that eats flesh is on the loose
Post by: Shammu on January 01, 2006, 02:01:18 AM
Superbug that eats flesh is on the loose
Potentially lethal bacteria infects hundreds in Tucson
By Carla McClain
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.04.2005
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As if threats of pandemic superflu weren't enough, yet another new and potentially fatal "superbug" is spreading worldwide — including in Tucson.

No mere threat, this bug has infected hundreds of Tucsonans already and hospitalized dozens, some with life-threatening illness.

Appearing at first as just a pimple, maybe a small cut, the infection often is mistaken by many victims — and their doctors — for a spider bite, delaying vital treatment.

Known as MRSA — methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or "mersa" — it is in fact a highly contagious bacteria that has developed strong resistance to most antibiotics, making it hard to treat and setting the stage for dangerous invasive disease.
Mersa itself is actually nothing new. This resistant form of staph bacteria has been around for decades, but was limited mostly to outbreaks in hospital and nursing-home patients.

What's alarming doctors and public-health officials now is that mersa has moved into the general public — often infecting young people who have been nowhere near a hospital.

Infection begins on the skin, triggering inflammation, boils or nasty abscesses that can take weeks of treatment to stop — including surgery and hospitalization. But if it moves to the bloodstream, mersa can cause bone infection, lung-damaging pneumonia, organ damage, even fatal toxic shock syndrome.
Several Tucson emergency rooms report treating some 500 cases of mersa this year — triple the number seen just two years ago.

"It is absolutely the new superbug, and everyone is worried about it now," said Dr. Sean Elliott, a University of Arizona pediatrician who handles mersa in young patients.

"What is significant is that we are seeing lots of healthy individuals from the community who have developed severe skin disease, with more and more ending up as surgical cases, and some progressing to severe invasive disease."

In the past month, Elliott has treated five children with this form of life-threatening mersa. All have survived.

He has seen patients end up with chronic lung disease or disabled limbs after a mersa battle. He has handled nearly 30 entire families affected by it this year.

"This is a big one," he said. "It's not a cause for panic yet, but it's a bad player."

Unlike past years, mersa now can strike anyone anywhere, without warning or risk — an unexplained phenomenon occurring in developed countries worldwide.

However, no one yet knows the magnitude of mersa's spread. Exploding only in the past two years, "community-acquired" mersa has been reported in clusters in cities throughout the United States. But cases are not required to be officially confirmed to the government.

Trying to get a fix on mersa's march through Arizona, state health officials a year ago started tracking laboratory-confirmed reports of the most severe, invasive cases, and now are seeing 125 a month statewide. To date, 1,305 invasive cases have been reported, with 132 in Pima County. Deaths have not been tracked.

"That's probably a pretty significant underestimate," Elliott said. "This is going to have to change — it probably should be a reportable disease, if we're going to evaluate what's really going on."

A single emergency room, at Tucson Medical Center, has treated 541 cases this year — triple the number TMC saw in 2003.
"It's just floored us all, how much is showing up in the community, and how aggressive it is," said Connie Glasby, director of infection control at University Medical Center, where 483 mersa cases have come through emergency or urgent care in the past year.

Though mersa warnings have been sent out by federal and state health officials, Elliott, an infectious-disease specialist, still gets calls from doctors around Tucson asking about strange spider-bite cases that don't respond to treatment.

Several patients have reported small skin pimples that their primary-care doctors have diagnosed as insect bites, and treated with standard antibiotics. Only after the lesion has erupted, spread, caused severe pain, and sometimes fever up to 103 degrees has mersa finally been correctly diagnosed.
Though mersa is resistant to most standard antibiotics, there are a couple of drugs that still work. Those drugs, plus surgery to remove infected tissue — with one patient having his entire leg cut open, thigh to ankle, to get at it — are considered the most effective treatment. And that's for the less serious, non-invasive cases.

Some Tucsonans have missed up to two weeks of work trying to get over this "milder" form of mersa, which can take months — and can recur later — according to their doctors.

One Tucsonan, Janene Urias, has only now fully recovered — five years after nearly dying from a virulent mersa infection that hospitalized her for two weeks, then kept her on intravenous antibiotics for six more weeks, requiring a home nurse.
Even after the mersa infection finally cleared up, three months later, her out-of-balance body sank into chronic-fatigue syndrome for two years.

"This is a horrible disease, and people need to know about it," said Urias, 35, who now warns anyone she talks to of the dangers of contaminated surfaces in public places — where mersa bacteria can linger.

"If I go into a grocery store, I never touch my face until after I wash my hands. I carry hand sanitizer with me all the time," she said. "If I use a public restroom, I don't touch the doorknob on the way out — I use a paper towel to handle it. This thing lives on surfaces, and many of us are carriers of it and don't know it."
The most common cause of skin infections, staphylococcus aureus — including the drug-resistant mersa form of it — is everywhere. Some 30 to 40 percent of us carry it in our noses and on our skin, without ever developing symptoms.

Scientists do not yet fully understand what triggers mersa to set off a bad skin infection, or move on to severe, possibly fatal disease. They only know that mersa can develop what is known as "virulent factors" — toxic proteins that make it extremely dangerous — and that it is spread through skin-to-skin contact or by contact with contaminated surfaces.

Mersa clusters have broken out on athletic teams — including the NFL's St. Louis Rams — and in prisons and among military recruits.

Clare Kioski, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Health Services, said there have been cases of invasive mersa in every Arizona county.

"If you have any kind of a skin wound that's not getting better, go to a doctor and be tested as soon as possible," she said.

Preventing infection
&#9679; Keep your hands clean by washing with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer.
&#9679; Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
&#9679; Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
&#9679; Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.

Superbug that eats eats flesh is on the loose (http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/dailystar/105375)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 02, 2006, 06:46:17 AM
Earthquake activity picks back up in the Pacific Ocean vicinity.

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Occurs South of Panama Fri Dec 30 18:26:45 2005 UTC

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Occurs in Guam Region Mon Jan 2 01:01:25 2006 UTC

4.4 Undersea earthquake reported in Russia's Far East:

Russian seismologists said Monday that the magnitude-4.4 undersea earthquake had been registered late Sunday in the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles south-east to Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

No casualties or damage were reported in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the administrative center of the Kamchatka Peninsula, hit by the quake, which measured between two and three on the Richter Scale.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 02, 2006, 06:48:00 AM
Major earthquake strikes east of South Sandwich islands in South Atlantic

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale was registered east of the South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic, the US Geological Survey reported.

The quake struck about 345 kilometers southeast of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands at 0610 GMT, at a depth of 11.6 kilometers, the survey's National Earthquake Information Center said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake measured 7.5 on the Richter scale.

'Generally speaking, a quake of similar scale can cause a tsunami if it occurs in a shallow area under the sea,' the agency said on its website.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 02, 2006, 06:50:02 AM
 Moderate Earthquake In Banda Sea, Indonesia

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- A moderate earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale occurred in the Banda Sea, Indonesia, at 3.33am Monday, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Services Department.

The centre of the earthquake was located 1,180km southeast of Tawau, at co-ordinates 2.9 South, 125.9 East, it said in a statement here.

Based on its location and magnitude, the earthquake was not expected to generate a tsunami, it added.




Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 02, 2006, 06:51:31 AM
A second earthquake is felt in North Island - first in Te Kaha and second in Turangi

(IRN News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)An earthquake has been felt in the central North Island just after one o'clock this afternoon.

It was centred within 5km of Turangi, at a depth of 8km, and measured 2.8 on the Richter scale.

An earlier tremor under the sea off Te Kaha in the Bay of Plenty measured 5.4 and was felt just before 11 this morning.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 02, 2006, 07:10:33 AM
 Coastal towns hit by blazes in record heat
David King and James Madden
January 02, 2006

FIRES were raging out of control last night after record temperatures and fierce winds fanned flames across NSW and Victoria, destroying homes and badly injuring a farmer.

Six fires in the Gosford and Woy Woy regions, on the NSW central coast, destroyed several properties and vehicles, as 30m flames ripped through bushland bordering residential areas.

A man from Junee, 450km southwest of Sydney, was taken to hospital with burns to 60per cent of his body after he was caught in a fire that burnt 1000ha of land and destroyed a house.

Heavy rain in western Victoria helped about 500 firefighters battling a large bushfire west of Stawell that struck on Saturday.

It destroyed seven houses and burned more than 9000ha of state forest and private land.

Sydney registered its hottest day since 1939, with a maximum of 45.2C. A cool change last night was accompanied by southwesterly winds of up to 96km/h, fanning flames that threatened more properties.

On the central coast last night, four residential areas were under threat: Kariong, Point Clare, Tascott and Koolewong.

A blaze was also expected to hit the main fire operations centre near Woy Woy.

NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Phil Koperberg said last night that firefighters in the region had abandoned attempts to fight the fire front and were concentrating instead on protecting property.

"This is going to be very dangerous right throughout the central coast area," he said.

At least three homes and seven cars were destroyed on the central coast. Powerlines were cut and thousands of hectares of bushland destroyed.

About 550 firefighters, with 136 trucks, were protecting properties last night against fires advancing on multiple fronts on the central coast.. At least 80 residents were ordered to evacuate their homes, while 400 more volunteered to go to evacuation centres.

Mr Koperberg said at least 100 homes had been saved when the three main fires broke out into about a dozen blazes as temperatures on the central coast also soared to 45C.

"It's very difficult. It's been hotter than 45 degrees for the firefighters -- probably another 10 degrees hotter," he said.

Mr Koperberg said fires were causing serious concern at Junee and nearby Cootamundra, where emergencies had been been declared, and at Appin and Bulli, south of Sydney.

The fires closed the F3 freeway north of Sydney for more than six hours as holidaymakers tried to return to the city after the Christmas-New Year break. Authorities were attempting to clear the freeway last night but concern that a southerly change could force the fires back toward the road meant it was not open for general traffic.

Trains between northern Sydney and Gosford were shut down, adding to the commuter chaos.

Firefighters evacuated the Horsfield and Phegans Bay areas, accommodating residents at leagues clubs in Woy Woy and Gosford.

Houses at nearby Umina Heights were under threat last night as firefighters scrambled to protect property from the out-of-control fire.

The blazes were headed towards the nearby beachside hamlet of Pearl Beach, in the Brisbane Waters National Park.

The extreme temperatures, gusting northwesterly winds and low humidity fed the inferno after fires at Alison Point, Mount White and Woy Woy joined into a single front.

The Rural Fire Service said three properties and seven cars, including several belonging to volunteer firefighters, were destroyed by the blaze.

Fires were also burning at Merimbula, on the south coast, and Belrose in Sydney's north.

In Victoria, bushfires around Stawell, in the state's west, burnt out nearly 10,000ha and destroyed seven houses before the flames were doused. At one point, the 30km front was moving towards the town itself.

Last night, the southern side of Wangaratta, 235km northeast of Melbourne, was also bracing itself in the face of an out-of-control grassfire. Properties close to Wangaratta were also at risk. The Hume Highway was closed in both directions.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on January 02, 2006, 11:11:26 AM
Residents Survey Remains After Wildfires

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer Thu Dec 29, 6:27 PM ET

CROSS PLAINS, Texas - Residents picked through the charred remains of their homes after devastating wildfires swept through nearly 20,000 acres in eastern Texas and Oklahoma, destroying nearly 200 homes and killing four people.

Linda and Kenneth Dixson recently turned down a would-be buyer's offer for their quaint renovated farmhouse here, deciding instead to stay put and fill it with new furniture.

But after wind-driven blazes ripped across the arid land, they were left with only a smoldering heap.

"We didn't take any clothes, and now it's all gone," Kenneth Dixson said Wednesday night while eating at First Baptist Church, where the Red Cross set up a shelter. "I didn't want to go back out there today. I just didn't want to see it again."

Severe drought, wind gusts of 40 mph and temperatures reaching the low 80s earlier this week set the stage for the fires in Texas and Oklahoma, which authorities believe were mostly set by people ignoring fire bans and burning trash, shooting fireworks or throwing out cigarettes. At least 73 blazes were reported in Texas over two days, and dozens more broke out in Oklahoma.

While the wind and high temperatures eased after the outbreak of fires Tuesday, the National Weather Service predicted a return of hazardous conditions on Saturday — prompting fears that New Year's fireworks could spark another round of fires.

"It's not going to be a good day to throw up fireworks," meteorologist Alan Moller said. "This could lead to some really nasty fires."

Patrick Burke, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Norman, Okla., said little if any rain is expected in that state over the next seven days. Higher wind and higher-than-normal temperatures were expected.

"Sometimes we just get locked into these weather patterns until something big comes along and forces it out," Burke said.

Cross Plains, a working-class town about 115 miles west of Fort Worth, was the hardest-hit community, losing about 90 homes and several other buildings, including a church, on Tuesday. Two of the state's three deaths were reported there.

One was Mattie Faye Wilson, 67, who taught several generations of Cross Plains first-graders before her retirement, said Debbie Gosnell, a city administrator. "She was a really sweet woman," Gosnell said.

Another victim was Maudie Sheppard, a bedridden 89-year-old living with her son. He rushed home to try and save her, but it was too late, neighbors said.

Remnants of several of the burned-out houses still smoldered Wednesday evening, blanketing the air with a smoky haze and burning odor. Texas Gov. Rick Perry planned to survey the Cross Plains damage by air Thursday.

Another woman died in Cooke County, near the Texas-Oklahoma line, after she apparently fell while helping her husband pour water on the grass around their house.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management had said there were four deaths in the state, but Perry spokeswoman Kathy Walt said Thursday those figures were wrong and there were only three.

The fourth death was reported in Oklahoma. Kelly Tiger, 69, collapsed and died while trying to battle flames on his family's property in Hughes County. Burns covered 70 percent of his body but doctors determined that he died of a heart attack.

"I believe my father was trying to get back to us," his son, Kelly Tiger Jr., 47, said. "He saw the winds shift and the fire coming at our house. That's when he started running toward us."

In all, the grass fires destroyed about 120 homes across Texas and about 75 in Oklahoma, authorities said.

Among the Oklahoma fires was one in Seminole County that burned more than 9,000 acres and 50 homes, said Herbert Gunter, the county's emergency management director.

"There's not anything left to burn," Gunter said Thursday. "The town this morning looks like fog, there's so much smoke ..."

This year has been the fifth-driest year on record for north and central Texas, where most of the fires happened. The annual rainfall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is about 16 inches less than the average of about 35 inches. Oklahoma has received about 24 inches of rain this year, about 12 inches less than normal.

Some residents of Mustang, just west of Oklahoma City, returned to their homes Wednesday to pick through what remained. Five homes were destroyed as the fire raced across 400 acres.

Pat Hankins watched as friends and family members pulled partially destroyed items from his home and put them on the lawn. Inside, heaps of blackened insulation lay on top of a bed in a back bedroom lit by sunlight that poured through holes in the ceiling.

"We were planning on dying here," said Hankins, 62, of the home he has shared with his wife for 13 years. "We loved this piece of property. Whether we'll rebuild, I just don't know."

Eight homes were lost in a fast-moving grass fire in Choctaw, east of Oklahoma City. Among those destroyed was the home of Kenneth Franks, who had lived there since 1976.

The fire ripped through with such intensity that the aluminum cylinder heads of his wife's car melted into a pool that later hardened in front of the car. The dashboard dissolved around what was left of the steering wheel.

"When me and my wife got married 23 years ago, we had this house and a couple of cars," Franks said. "We have less now than we did then."

Residents Survey Remains After Wildfires (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051229/ap_on_re_us/grass_fires)


Title: Big freeze to sweep over China
Post by: Shammu on January 02, 2006, 12:28:39 PM
Big freeze to sweep over China
Jan 02 12:00 AM US/Eastern

China, already enduring its coldest winter in 20 years, is preparing for a cold snap that will see temperatures drop by as much as 16 degrees Centigrade (29 degrees Fahrenheit).

Northern China, where temperatures are already as low as minus 15-20 degrees Celsius, will feel the strongest effects of the cold front, which is sweeping in from Mongolia and western Siberia, the China Daily reported.

In the capital of Beijing, which enjoyed a relatively warm start to the New Year with temperatures just above freezing, the thermometer is expected to plunge 10 degrees on Monday night, according to the paper.

The Beijing News advised the city's residents to return home from New Year holidays early on Monday to avoid expected overnight snowfalls.

Even in the warmer southern regions, the temperatures are expected to drop sharply.

"Upon the heels of the cold front ... more snowfall can be expected in the north with rain or snow flurries possible in the south," the paper quoted Yang Guiming, a senior official with the Central Meteorological Office, as saying.

Wang Bangzhong, a deputy director with the China Meteorological Administration, said temperatures across China had already been 1.5 degrees lower than the historical average throughout December.

"China is experiencing the coldest winter in 20 years," Wang told the paper.

He said three more successive "winter freezes" were expected to affect China during January, usually the coldest month of the year.
Brrrrrrr! :) (http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/02/060102044332.yp07id4u.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 02, 2006, 01:31:48 PM
With temps as low as -33 F I wonder if they will still believe in global warming??



Title: Tornadoes Hit Parts of Eastern U.S.
Post by: Shammu on January 03, 2006, 11:45:40 PM
Tornadoes Hit Parts of Eastern U.S.
Jan 02 11:16 PM US/Eastern
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By The Associated Press
Unseasonably warm weather brought severe storms to parts of the Ohio

Valley and the South on Monday, spawning tornadoes, dropping hail and

contributing to the death of a utility worker in Indiana.

Tornadoes were reported in Georgia and Kentucky. Three people were hospitalized with minor injuries in Georgia's Pike County, about 50 miles south of Atlanta.

In suburban Atlanta, at least seven houses were damaged or destroyed near Tyrone by what residents said was a tornado. Near Palmetto, a tornado damaged about four houses, police said.

At least two tornadoes were reported in Kentucky, in Hardin and Lincoln counties. They leveled a food store, damaged several homes and toppled trees and power lines. No injuries were reported in either county, authorities said.

In Indiana, the storm caused scattered power failures. A utility worker died when a piece of equipment overturned on him as his crew worked about 20 miles east of Evansville.

Across the region, temperatures were more like April than January. It hit 69 degrees in Evansville, Ind., and 74 in Bowling Green, Ky. Temperatures in Georgia were in the 60s and 70s.

That warmth had much to do with the unsettled weather, said Joe Skowronek, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"When it gets real warm like this, up in the 60s, that's a lot of fuel for the fire so to speak for thunderstorms," he said. "When the ingredients come together for thunderstorms, it doesn't really matter what time of year it is."

Tornadoes Hit Parts of Eastern US (http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/02/D8ESVL900.html)


Title: Small Earthquake Shakes Southern Illinois
Post by: Shammu on January 03, 2006, 11:47:33 PM
Small Earthquake Shakes Southern Illinois
Jan 03 12:38 AM US/Eastern
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EQUALITY, Ill.

No major damage was reported after a minor earthquake shook areas around this small town in southern Illinois on Monday.

The quake struck at 3:48 p.m. and registered magnitude 3.6, according to Rafael Abreu, a geologist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Denver.

It was centered near Equality, which is about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Abreu said calls from people who felt tremors came from Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, but the quake was unlikely to have caused any damage.

"There might have been some rattling of objects, but not much more," Abreu said.

Small earthquakes hit southern Illinois several times a year, said Jim Packett, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.

Small Earthquake Shakes Southern Illnois (http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/03/D8ET0RM80.html)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 03, 2006, 11:58:49 PM
Yep, I felt that one here and it had my dog growling. I am 309 miles away from there.

 


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 04, 2006, 07:11:07 PM
 MEXICO CITY, Jan. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A strong earthquake occurred in the Gulf of California off the Mexico coast early on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey's website reported.

   The quake occurred at about 2:32 a.m. local time (0832 GMT), with the epicenter lying some 89 km northeast of Santa Rosalia, Baja California. So far there have been no reports of any damage or injuries, the website said.

   The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which put the quake's magnitude at 7.0 on the Richter scale, said on its website that based on historical earthquake and tsunami data, no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami threat existed.

   The Gulf of California separates the Baja California peninsula from the northern Mexican mainland, and the earthquake affected region is sparsely populated.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 05, 2006, 12:06:29 AM
 Indonesia Red Cross fears big death toll from landslide
Staff and agencies
05 January, 2006


By Dwi Prasetyo 58 minutes ago

SIJERUK, Indonesia - Rescuers on Thursday searched for possibly hundreds of victims buried under a massive landslide that smashed a village in Indonesia‘s Central Java province.

Early on Thursday under blue skies after days of rain, four excavators were clearing debris and rescuers found three more mud-covered bodies, including a mother tightly hugging her child.

So far, rescuers have pulled 19 bodies from the debris after Wednesday‘s pre-dawn disaster at Sijeruk village. Hundreds of rescuers from the military, police and local aid groups have joined the search effort.

"There were more than 100 families living at the buried area and if we say each family has three members, 300 could be buried if all of them were there," Irman Rachman, head of disaster management at the Indonesian Red Cross, told Reuters.

The disaster followed landslides in neighboring East Java province earlier this week that have killed at least 77 people.

Wednesday‘s landslide crashed into hundreds of houses in mountainous Sijeruk, home to around 700 people.

Not all homes were hit by the landslide, which erupted from a thickly forested hill, indicating that excessive logging was not the cause of the tragedy.

Rescuers said they were retrieving bodies after digging through piles of mud. Evacuation efforts have been hampered by rain and a lack of equipment.

"The rain yesterday ruined the search. Hopefully, we can continue today as we have not gone to the center," said Yusman Irianto, head of the social affairs department in the nearby town of Banjarnegara, about 350 km (220 miles) east of Jakarta.

"We have focused our search so far on the mosque and it was located at the edge (of the village)."

Authorities believe many villagers were probably praying inside Sijeruk‘s destroyed mosque at the time of the landslide.

Banjarnegara police have said about 500 Sijeruk residents were confirmed to have survived the disaster.

Floods and landslides are common in Indonesia, especially at this time of the year during the wet season. Many landslides are caused by illegal logging or the clearing of farmland that strips away natural barriers to such disasters.

Officials blamed persistent, torrential rains for the Sijeruk incident as the village lies at the foot of a tree-covered hill.

But logging has come under the spotlight for the tragedy around the East Java village of Kemiri, where at least 77 dead have died after floods and landslides swept through the area late on Sunday.

Most of the villagers in the Kemiri area live on coffee plantations and river banks where many trees had been felled.



Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on January 06, 2006, 10:54:40 AM
Millions risk starvation in E.Africa - FAO
Fri Jan 6, 2006 9:11 AM ET6

By Silvia Aloisi

ROME (Reuters) - Six million people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa region due to severe drought, crop failure and depletion of livestock herds, the United Nations said on Friday.

The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said about 2 million people needed urgent humanitarian help in Somalia. The situation was also very serious in south-eastern Ethiopia, with up to 1.5 million people affected, and Djibouti.

An FAO statement also cited Kenyan government estimates that at least 2.5 million are facing famine there and poor rains are only expected to make things worse.

Kenyan medical officials believe the death toll from hunger is already much higher than the at least 30 fatalities reported by local media as many deaths go unreported in the desolate and arid north of the country.

"The Kenyan meteorological service says the chances that the March and April rains will be timely and sufficient is very low. That could create a very dangerous situation," Shukri Ahmed, a FAO economist specializing in Africa, told Reuters.

The Kenyan government has appealed for $150 million to feed the hungry, almost 10 percent of the population, over the next six months.

FAO said additional assistance was required to provide water for both people and animals, restock livestock and give seeds to farmers in preparation for the next crop season.

In Somalia, the October-December rainy season was disappointing in most of the eight agricultural regions in the south resulting in widespread crop failure. FAO said the forthcoming crop, about to be harvested, could be the lowest in a decade.

It said that according to the World Food Program about 64,000 tonnes of food aid were needed there until June 2006 and that so far only 16,700 tonnes are available.

"Immediate response to the WFP appeal is required to avert possible hunger-related deaths in southern Somalia," FAO said.

In Ethiopia, despite favorable prospects for the main season crop, currently being harvested, severe food shortages were being reported in the eastern and southern pastoral areas.

"The onset of the dry season (January to March) is expected to worsen the situation," it said.

Millions risk starving in east Africa (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-01-06T141138Z_01_WRI649666_RTRUKOC_0_US-FOOD-AFRICA-HUNGER.xml&archived=False)


Title: Re:Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on January 06, 2006, 10:56:50 AM
Japan struggles to cope with record snowfall
Fri Jan 6, 2006 11:49 AM GMT170

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan was bracing for more snow on Friday after some of the heaviest snowfall on record that has left 57 people dead and paralysed transport.

Almost 4 metres (13 ft) of snow has piled up in the worst-hit areas of Niigata near the Japan Sea coast, though the snowiest season of the year is yet to come.

Television pictures showed drifts burying the ground floors of houses and almost covering street lamps.

A 93-year-old woman and her daughter were crushed to death in Ishikawa Prefecture, 300 km (186 miles) northwest of Tokyo, on Thursday when their house collapsed under the weight of the snow.

Public broadcaster NHK said 57 people, including the latest fatalities, have died because of the inclement weather in the past few weeks, many of them elderly people trying to clear snow from their roofs. More than 1,300 people have been injured, it added.

Last month, Transport Minister Kazuo Kitagawa promised more funds to help rural communities, where a high proportion of the population is elderly, clear snow from local roads.

Akita prefecture in the north of Japan's main island of Honshu, has been hit hard by snow in recent days.

Many train passengers were left stranded in the area as services, including the high-speed bullet trains connecting Akita with Tokyo, came to a halt.

"If the snow continues to fall, we will have to think about calling in the armed forces to help out," a spokesman for a disaster management centre in Akita City told the daily Asahi Shimbun.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said cold weather and heavier-than-usual snowfall would likely continue through January, caused by cold air flowing over the country from the North Pole.

This is a phenomenon that occurs on a regular basis, but has lasted longer than usual this winter, an agency official said.

Japan's heaviest snowfall usually comes in January and February.

Japan struggles to cope with record snowfall (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyid=2006-01-06T114914Z_01_MCC637299_RTRUKOC_0_UK-WEATHER-JAPAN-SNOW.xml)


Title: Record-breaking storm finally falls apart
Post by: Shammu on January 07, 2006, 03:57:35 PM
Record-breaking storm finally falls apart
Zeta set one last record before dying

Saturday, January 7, 2006; Posted: 8:41 a.m. EST (13:41 GMT)

(http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2006/WEATHER/01/07/zeta.over.ap/story.zeta.jpg)
A satellite image taken at 7:15 a.m. ET on Saturday shows weather conditions in the Atlantic.

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Tropical Storm Zeta fell apart Friday in the open Atlantic, finally bringing the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season to an end.

Zeta, which was never a threat to land, set one last record before strong wind shear and dry air robbed it of its wind speed and other characteristics of a tropical system:

No named storm ever endured so long into January.

Hurricane Alice in 1955 was the only other Atlantic storm to greet a new year at all.

At 4 p.m. ET Friday, Zeta was a remnant low pressure system with winds near 30 mph, centered about 900 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

Zeta was the last and 27th named storm in the season that officially ended November 30.

Its demise was a welcome relief for forecasters who normally don't have to worry about storms in the middle of winter.

The season had 14 hurricanes including Katrina, which devastated Louisiana and Mississippi in August and became the costliest disaster in U.S. history.

The 2006 season officially begins June 1, but any tropical storms that form early would be part of its tally. The first name on the list is Alberto.

"So, until the 2006 season begins, unless Zeta somehow makes an unlikely miracle comeback, this is the National Hurricane Center signing off for 2005," hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in the last advisory on Zeta. "Finally."

Record Breaking storm, finally falls apart (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/01/07/zeta.over.ap/index.html)


Title: Earthquake felt in Israel
Post by: Shammu on January 08, 2006, 02:50:08 PM
Earthquake felt in Israel


Earthquake registering 6.2 on Richter scale rocks Greece, felt in many parts of Israel as well as Egypt
Ynet

An earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked Greece Sunday and was felt in many parts of Israel and Egypt as well.

Director General of the Geophysical Institute of Israel Dr. Uri Frieslander said the earthquake hit the Greek island of Crete at 1:36 p.m.

"The institute received many calls by residents who felt the quake, mainly along the coast," he said

Ynet readers from the northern city of Haifa all the way to Beer Sheva in the south reported they felt the ground tremble.  

“I am located in a tall building on the eighth floor,” Effie Bauman of Beer Sheva said. “I felt the building move; it wasn’t anything major, but everything shook. I asked the neighbors, and they all said they felt it too.”

Eli Karko of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, said he was on the computer at the time of the quake when his chair, as well as his house moved.

"I stopped what I was doing, I was in shock," he said. "I went into the living room and my mother said she had also felt it. We live on the third floor. They are also writing that there's going to be another earthquake, and here it is."

Rinat from Bnei Brak also felt the tremors.

"I work on the third floor. I suddenly felt the table move and I felt dizzy, this is how I felt the last time it happened," she said.

Israel has seen a number of earthquakes this past year, the strongest of which occurred in February and registered 5.1 on the Richter scale.

Earthquake felt in Israel (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3197018,00.html)


Title: Delhi gets first winter ice in 70 years, Indian cold toll rises
Post by: Shammu on January 08, 2006, 04:22:05 PM
Delhi gets first winter ice in 70 years, Indian cold toll rises

Sun Jan 8, 7:23 AM ET

NEW DELHI (AFP) - The Indian capital saw its first winter frost in 70 years as a cold wave sweeping in from the frigid heights of the Himalayas killed more people in northern India overnight, officials said.
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The capital city of 14 million people ordered schools shut for three days beginning Monday as the mercury for the first time since 1935 plummeted to 0.2 degrees C (32.36 F) Sunday, leaving mounds of ice on cars parked in the open.

White-laced streets greeted early risers in New Delhi but any novelty value brought by the cold temperatures soon died as frost on power cables sparked partial power cuts across large swathes of the crowded city, the privately-run BSES utility provider said.

In 1935, Delhi recorded minus 0.6 degrees Celsius.

"I was born in New Delhi and this is the first time we are seeing ice on grass... It's just like snow... It's heavenly," said Supriya Singh, a fashion designer. Her jubiliation was not shared by the city's homeless thousands.

Haryana state's Karnal city which adjoins New Delhi also shivered at 0.1 Celsius, eight degrees below normal for this time of the year, the weather officials said.

Overseas visitors received a taste of the unusual winter in the immensely-popular and usually warm desert resort of Pushkar in Rajasthan state where a Hindu priest succumbed to the bitter cold overnight, the United News of India reported.

Nearby Churu felt the icy sting as the mercury tumbled six degrees Celsius to minus three degrees C (26.6 F) in the remote desert township, the weather office reported, adding that it was last this cold in 1974.

The Indian army was evacuating troops from their insulated bunkers in the Siachen glacier as temperatures went down below minus 40 degrees C (minus 40 F) in sectors of the 23,000-foot high (6,969-metre) Himalayan wasteland, defence ministry sources said.

"Nothing can survive in such conditions up there and most of our men are now down at lower altitudes," an official said.

The toll from the cold wave, meanwhile, rose to 137 as the eastern Indian state of Bihar reported that 10 people, mostly homeless, had died of the cold since the beginning of last month.

Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and one of its poorest states, so far accounts for 104 of the deaths, police spokesman Avinash Mehrotra said in the provincial capital of Lucknow.

The unrelenting bad weather has also claimed 18 lives in the northern state of Punjab, four in nearby Haryana and one in Rajasthan, officials said in separate reports.

Airports across northern Indian reported chaos in weekend scheduled flights as fog reduced visibility on the runways. Several inter-state train services were also cancelled and some more delayed because of thick fog.

Last year, some 420 people died from cold in Uttar Pradesh alone.

Delhi gets first winter ice in 70 years. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060108/wl_sthasia_afp/indiaweathercoldtoll;_ylt=As7t.9IjyQ2rGOtVPURHBsABxg8F;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--)


Title: New locust threat emerges
Post by: Shammu on January 11, 2006, 01:23:13 AM
January 9, 2006. 12:34pm (AEDT)
New locust threat emerges

Farmers in north central Victoria are being urged to prepare for a new generation of plague locusts.

Hatchings have started at big egg beds at Boort, Gunbower Island, Laanecoorie, Bridgewater and Inglewood.

The Department of Primary Industries' principal scientist, Malcolm Campbell, says the new generation could be far bigger than the first which decimated many pastures.

He says farmers will have to wait a few weeks before they spray insecticide.

"We need to wait for a couple of weeks, at the moment they are a millimetre long and far too small to find very easily and they haven't all hatched, so what they need to do is wait until a good proportion of them hatch and they have become a little bit bigger so they can be easily found," he said.

New locust threat emerges (http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1544045.htm)


Title: Disclaimer
Post by: Shammu on January 11, 2006, 01:34:17 AM
Something I should have done, long ago....  :(

Disclaimer: These new items, are not the final answer. What we hope is that we whet your appetite enough for you to do your own homework and study. We will try to stimulate you, paint you a good picture and leave you thirsty for more.

Resting in the hands, of the Lord.
Bob

Acts 17:11 Now these [Jews] were better disposed and more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they were entirely ready and accepted and welcomed the message [[a]concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] with inclination of mind and eagerness, searching and examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.


Title: Alaska volcano near eruption
Post by: Shammu on January 11, 2006, 03:59:14 PM
Alaska volcano near eruption
Observatory raises color code to orange
Posted: January 11, 2006
3:20 a.m. Eastern


© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

The Augustine Volcano in Alaska could erupt in hours or days, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.


Alaska's Augustine Volcano emits steam in this 1989 USGS photo

The level of concern color code is now orange, which indicates it could erupt at any time.

Over the past six hours, earthquake activity beneath Augustine has increased markedly. The observatory considers this activity indicative of a heightened possibility of an explosive eruption within hours to days.

The volcano showed signs of unrest last week with steam explosions and blasts of ash from the summit.

The volcano hasn't seen much activity since it erupted in 1986, spraying ash over the city of Anchorage, Alaska's most populated city.

Recent observations indicated the volcano is producing new magma and a thermal camera measured steam temperature from one of the vents at 750 degrees – well above the average temperature. Seismic activity also increased this week.

The only color code more serious than orange is red, indicating the volcano is already erupting or is expected to at any time.

Alaska volcano near eruption (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48296)

Mt note; There are three different codes of orange, not one. Each stage is how close the volcano comes to eruption.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: livingbyfaith on January 11, 2006, 09:06:41 PM
I'm not much of a Bible Scholar where I can come up with a lot of statistics.  Since all these disasters have happened, the Holy Spirit has pointed a few scriptures out to me.  I was amazed as to just how many things have happened in the past years and now seem to be accelerating.

I will be quoting from the King James Hebrew-Greek key study bible.  In Isaiah 24:1-23 heh sub title is "God's Judgment on the Whole Earth".  Verse 1 "Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof."  Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't this kind of describe what has happened in the latest hurricanes, wild fires, floods, landslides.? 

How many people have lost their homes and had to be relocated because of the havoc ledt behind.? This is not just in one place bout many at one time.  This wasn't the disaster of some of teh stories told on the news but it was close to home. I live along a river in a high rise.  We were evacuated a couple years ago because the river was getting pretty high.  We have to start mving out early because there are many who can't walk the steps.  There are 6 floors.  some have to be carried down in chairs. The elevators were shut down.   

We were taken to a church.  I called my daughter who lived only 15 minutes away from me, to come and get me. 
Surprise!  It would take her about 45 minutes to get to me.  A couple main roads were blocked off because the water was rising pretty high and there were bad mudslides.  This was out in the country caused by overflowing creeks and other water ways.  A country bridge was washed away.

I can't begin to imagine what hurricane damage would be like compared to out minor troubles.  I don't think any one lost their homes.  But we are part of the WHOLE EARTH.

Not yet but God is showing us how quickly He can destroy everything.  Verse 3 "The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord has spoken this word.  Do we really believe His word.  I certainly do.

Verse 5 "The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."  Let's go back to Isaiah 5:20 "Woe to them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"  From verse 8-30 it is titled  "The Fate of the Wicked".  Aclu is working very hard to take away God's laws and putting in evil ones that take away the rights of the Christians and defy God.

verse 24:18 "And it shall come to pass, that he whho flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit, and he that comes out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake."  Earthquakes everywhere certainly do shake the earth.  The volcanos are coming to life and chasing people away.

Verse 19 "The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. There is a woods across teh river where I live.  It's been said that the ground is sliding.  We could have a tsnami if it gives way.  No one is immune at this time.  As I said before, I am not good on knowing when exactly all of this will happen.  Just that it will in God's time.  Much of it is going on now.  We must remember that 1000 years is the same to God as one day.  We are getting a good dose of what will happen.  It will get worse befoe Christ returns.

Verse 20; "The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgrssion thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again."

After the wicked are punished, then in Verse 23: Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before His ancents gloriously."

Now it is time for God's people to rejoice.  Luke 25:28: "And there shall be signs in the sun; and in the moon and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud of glory with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; FOR YOUR REDEMOTION DRAWS NIGH."
That is what all our trials and tribulations lead up to.  In this day, they will seem like nothing. Praise the Lord!  He is KIng.








Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on January 11, 2006, 09:10:23 PM
Quote
Now it is time for God's people to rejoice.  Luke 25:28: "And there shall be signs in the sun; and in the moon and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud of glory with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; FOR YOUR REDEMOTION DRAWS NIGH."
That is what all our trials and tribulations lead up to.  In this day, they will seem like nothing. Praise the Lord!  He is KIng.
AMEN!


Title: Augustine Volcano on Alaska Island Erupts
Post by: Shammu on January 11, 2006, 11:17:48 PM
Jan 11, 10:18 PM EST

Augustine Volcano on Alaska Island Erupts

By DAN JOLING
Associated Press Writer
   

   

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A volcano on an uninhabited island erupted early Wednesday, spewing ash about five miles into the sky and prompting air traffic authorities to warn planes to steer clear of the cloud.

The ash from Augustine Volcano was not expected to reach Anchorage, the state's most populous city nearly 200 miles to the northeast, meteorologists said.

Flights were restricted temporarily in a five-mile radius around the volcano and for 50,000 feet above it, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus. The ash can clog jet engines.

Cargo or passenger traffic from Asia usually fly through the area to Anchorage but could be easily rerouted, Fergus said. "It's not posing any significant traffic problems," he said.
   
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The cloud, moving at about 20 mph, appeared to have low concentrations of ash, said Bob Hopkins of the National Weather Service office in Anchorage.

Residents on the Kenai Peninsula, east of the volcanic island, reported seeing ash, said geologist Jennifer Adleman of the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The few residents in the area were warned to reduce outdoor activity, keep windows and doors closed, and avoid outdoor exercise.

The 4,134-foot volcano last erupted in 1986. Ash from a seven-mile-high column drifted over Anchorage and forced flights to avoid the skies over Cook Inlet.

Augustine Volcano on Alaska Island Erupts (http://ap.washingtontimes.com/dynamic/stories/A/ALASKA_VOLCANO?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME)

On the Net: Alaska Volcano Observatory: (http://www.avo.alaska.edu/)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: 2nd Timothy on January 12, 2006, 09:20:59 AM
I'm not much of a Bible Scholar where I can come up with a lot of statistics.  Since all these disasters have happened, the Holy Spirit has pointed a few scriptures out to me.  I was amazed as to just how many things have happened in the past years and now seem to be accelerating.

I will be quoting from the King James Hebrew-Greek key study bible.  In Isaiah 24:1-23 heh sub title is "God's Judgment on the Whole Earth".  Verse 1 "Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof."  Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't this kind of describe what has happened in the latest hurricanes, wild fires, floods, landslides.? 

How many people have lost their homes and had to be relocated because of the havoc ledt behind.? This is not just in one place bout many at one time.  This wasn't the disaster of some of teh stories told on the news but it was close to home. I live along a river in a high rise.  We were evacuated a couple years ago because the river was getting pretty high.  We have to start mving out early because there are many who can't walk the steps.  There are 6 floors.  some have to be carried down in chairs. The elevators were shut down.   

We were taken to a church.  I called my daughter who lived only 15 minutes away from me, to come and get me. 
Surprise!  It would take her about 45 minutes to get to me.  A couple main roads were blocked off because the water was rising pretty high and there were bad mudslides.  This was out in the country caused by overflowing creeks and other water ways.  A country bridge was washed away.

I can't begin to imagine what hurricane damage would be like compared to out minor troubles.  I don't think any one lost their homes.  But we are part of the WHOLE EARTH.

Not yet but God is showing us how quickly He can destroy everything.  Verse 3 "The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord has spoken this word.  Do we really believe His word.  I certainly do.

Verse 5 "The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."  Let's go back to Isaiah 5:20 "Woe to them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"  From verse 8-30 it is titled  "The Fate of the Wicked".  Aclu is working very hard to take away God's laws and putting in evil ones that take away the rights of the Christians and defy God.

verse 24:18 "And it shall come to pass, that he whho flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit, and he that comes out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake."  Earthquakes everywhere certainly do shake the earth.  The volcanos are coming to life and chasing people away.

Verse 19 "The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. There is a woods across teh river where I live.  It's been said that the ground is sliding.  We could have a tsnami if it gives way.  No one is immune at this time.  As I said before, I am not good on knowing when exactly all of this will happen.  Just that it will in God's time.  Much of it is going on now.  We must remember that 1000 years is the same to God as one day.  We are getting a good dose of what will happen.  It will get worse befoe Christ returns.

Verse 20; "The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgrssion thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again."

After the wicked are punished, then in Verse 23: Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before His ancents gloriously."

Now it is time for God's people to rejoice.  Luke 25:28: "And there shall be signs in the sun; and in the moon and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud of glory with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; FOR YOUR REDEMOTION DRAWS NIGH."
That is what all our trials and tribulations lead up to.  In this day, they will seem like nothing. Praise the Lord!  He is KIng.



Hello LBF (if I may call you by your initials   :)  )   Welcome to CU!

Yes, I think we are seeing the beginnings of things to come.  I am even finding unbelievers considering such things to be a sign of bad things to come which makes it easier to witness.

When judgment begins in earnest, what we have been witnessing the last few years will be looked on as good ole times in comparison.   I do believe however that we are witnessing the final hours of the age of grace.   Just like the impending signs of a coming storm on the horizon, its not hard for even the staunchest unbeliever to sense somethings up.   Like a sweeping tide that slowly comes ashore, an unsuspecting world seems to know somethings amiss, but can't quite put their finger on it.    Our God is a God of Love and mercy, but He is also a Righteous and Just God, and He will judge this earth and sin.   It will be horrible for those who reject Christ as Lord and Saviour.   The time for harvest is now!   We must share Gods Love and Mercy at every opportunity we have.   The time is very very short indeed me thinks.   Yes let your hearts be joyous that we will son meet our King, but lets keep our hand to the plow carrying about the Fathers work.   I get fairly excited myself when I see things going on in the world, but my heart grieves for those who will face the full fury of Gods terrible judgments.   Oh if only we could somehow convince all of those in our little corner of life, how many we could pull from the wrath to come.   

Lord knows I am eager to see Him first hand, but God help us to work while we still have time.   Each passing minute leaves us with one less to share the Gospel with those who desperately need it!   May God make us bold and convinving in these last hours.

Grace and Peace!



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: nChrist on January 12, 2006, 09:52:24 AM
AMEN 2ND TIMOTHY!

Brother, I share your thoughts completely. I also grieve for those who have rejected JESUS, but we must also remember the 2,000 years of time and patience GOD has given man. I also think that the time grows short.

KEEP LOOKING UP!!

Love In Christ,
Tom

Romans 4:20-21 NASB  yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on January 12, 2006, 10:04:15 AM
Scientists: Alaska Volcano May Erupt Again

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 17 minutes ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A volcano on an uninhabited island could erupt again after spewing ash into the sky for the first time in 20 years, scientists said.

Scientists plan to study thermal imaging of Augustine Volcano on Thursday for any signs of a magma dome building at its summit.

"It doesn't look like it's ending, even though it's relatively quiet right now," Stephanie Prejean, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said Wednesday after the volcano spewed ash about five miles into the sky. "We would not be surprised to see more eruptive activity in the near future."

The ash cloud had given way to a thick plume of steam by the time scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory arrived about nine hours after the eruption. Scientists determined most of the ash probably blew northeast and fell into Cook Inlet.

If weather is good and seismic activity low on Thursday, scientists in Homer, about 75 miles northeast of the volcano, may venture near its base to retrieve ash collection buckets.

The shape of the volcano's summit remained largely unchanged, Prejean said. Mud flows streaming down the mountain's east side had been spotted, she said.

The eruption did not disrupt air traffic or cause evacuations in nearby communities, but it prompted authorities to warn pilots to avoid the cloud. Ash can clog jet engines.

The 4,134-foot volcano, which is nearly 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, last erupted in 1986. Ash from a seven-mile-high column drifted over the state's most populous city and forced flights to avoid the skies over Cook Inlet.

If the volcano follows a pattern similar to 1976 and 1986 eruptions, seismic activity would increase before similar or larger explosive events, according to the observatory. However, it's possible that an explosive eruption could occur with little or no warning, the observatory said.

Alaska Volcano May Erupt Again (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060112/ap_on_sc/alaska_volcano;_ylt=AjssRz6gXgXM1WlvAFtVJXas0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MzV0MTdmBHNlYwM3NTM-)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: airIam2worship on January 12, 2006, 10:20:03 AM
Well said 2Tim, I also grieve not only for my family members that still haven't accpeted the Lord, or are just complacent thinking that all they need to do is accept Him and not share Him with others, but it also gieves for those that will be left behind because they put their trust in man instead of God.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: nChrist on January 12, 2006, 10:56:50 AM
Hello Sister Maria,

Sister, all we can really do is pray and ask GOD to lead, guide, and direct us in our continuing efforts, especially with our family and friends. I give thanks that my entire family is saved, and I can only imagine what a burden that would be to wake up each morning and think about an unsaved family member. I've talked to many Christians who have this burden, and all I know to tell them is pray that GOD will soften their hearts for the GOSPEL. Sister, we can and should all join together and pray for the same thing, and I know that GOD loves to hear our prayers. The Holy Bible tells us very plainly that GOD doesn't want any man or woman to perish in their sins, so I really think that prayer is our most powerful tool for those who we have tried over and over again to witness to. We must also remember the Promise of God that His Word will never return void.

Love In Christ,
Tom

Hebrews 10:23-25 NASB  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: airIam2worship on January 12, 2006, 11:53:38 AM
AMEN BEP, I do continue to pray for them. I love them so much.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: 2nd Timothy on January 12, 2006, 05:28:04 PM
but it also gieves for those that will be left behind because they put their trust in man instead of God.


Yeah I have thought about this too sister.  In Revelation there are pauses between some of the judgments, as if God stops to hear mans response.   Truly a merciful God!!!   Each and everyone will have a chance.   Its not easy to think about, but God wants man to know Him so much, that He will even show mercy in that hour.   Perhaps this is another reason why we read in the end of Revelation of God wiping the tears from our eyes.   The best way to think about it IMO is to give it HIGH priority now.  Everyone will choose their master, all we can do is point them to the true Master!


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: airIam2worship on January 13, 2006, 08:58:35 AM
Yeah I have thought about this too sister.  In Revelation there are pauses between some of the judgments, as if God stops to hear mans response.   Truly a merciful God!!!   Each and everyone will have a chance.   Its not easy to think about, but God wants man to know Him so much, that He will even show mercy in that hour.    Perhaps this is another reason why we read in the end of Revelation of God wiping the tears from our eyes.   The best way to think about it IMO is to give it HIGH priority now.  Everyone will choose their master, all we can do is point them to the true Master!

2Tim, thank you for pointing that out to me, it gives me some comfort. Just thinking that if the Lord was to come back today and some of my loved ones are still not walking in His way, He is merciful. That is very comforting,although I would rather they were raptured too and not have to face all the evil that will occur after the rapture, and God removes the Holy Spirit. When I stop to think how hard it is now, even with the Holy Spirit in operation, I hate to think what it will be like then. Something I truely don't want anyone to have to experience.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: 2nd Timothy on January 13, 2006, 09:20:12 AM
Yes it can really make one sad to consider things from our human perspective.  However God is in control though, and all we can do is share His love with those around us the best we can.   

A few verses to tuck away....

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

He wants us ALL.


Notice this small passage in Revelation

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Rev 7:10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Rev 7:11  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God,
Rev 7:12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 7:13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

There are going to be a enormous amount of folks who find the Lord during the tribulation.   Verse 14 makes that clear!   

Granted it wont be the easier route, but this passage speaks volumes about Gods mercy even during His direct  judgment on the world.   Verse 9 says that a multitude that no man can number!

What an awesome God we serve!



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: airIam2worship on January 13, 2006, 09:45:34 AM
AMEN. My prayers are that they accept the Lord now, however if they do have to go through the tribulation that they may have the wisdom, strength, and faith to be able to make it. Sometimes I; and I think it's something every Christian should do is really do some soul searching and make sure I am right with the Lord, check myself, examine my walk, make sure I have not walked too close to the edge.. It's easy for that to happen and sometimes it can be so subtle that you might not even notice it. That's just my opinion. I think I should never become to comfortable or complacent. I don't know if I am expressing the message I want to get through here, but I just feel that way. This morning when my alarm clock went off (I have it set on a Christian station), my husband reached over immediately and hit the snooze button, but instantly even tho I only heard about 3 words and I was half asleep, I knew what song it was and I knew who was singing. It made me wonder do I always recognize my God's voice that quickly, and do I know what He's telling me even tho it's just 2 or 3 words. Most people who listen to secular music are like that, it only takes 2 or 3 notes from a song and they can name the song and the artist, but what about God? Do they recognize His voice as quickly? That made me think that I need to fine tune my reception to God's voice too, He is always speaking to me but am I always listening??? Just a thought and a little to digest.  :)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: 2nd Timothy on January 13, 2006, 10:03:00 AM
Quote
Sometimes I; and I think it's something every Christian should do is really do some soul searching and make sure I am right with the Lord, check myself, examine my walk, make sure I have not walked too close to the edge.. It's easy for that to happen and sometimes it can be so subtle that you might not even notice it. That's just my opinion.


Amen!   I think most believers feel this way too.  We should examine ourselves daily and be humble to areas in our lives that the Holy Spirit might be working on.   I notice something in my own life to be true....If the devil can't make me bad, he makes me busy!   :-\    Too busy!    Sometimes I get so busy with things and loose my spiritual focus with the Lord and get bogged down with worldy things.   Its a tactic he loves to use, and as you say a subtle one.   Certainly one I need to guard against.

Well, I have had a blast on here this morning between this thread and Allinalls "how to raise albino goats in the mountains of peru Rap thread"....lol    I must sleep as I have to work tonight.

Blessings Sister!!!




Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 13, 2006, 05:07:39 PM
Earthquake reported in China
By UPI
Jan 13, 2006, 19:00 GMT

BEIJING, China (UPI) -- China says an earthquake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Mojiang Hani region in Yunnan Province in the country`s southwest.

The quake affected about 100,000 people and caused an economic loss of $6.9 million, the official Xinhua news agency.

The report did not give details of any injuries or deaths, but said about 20,000 people from the area had been relocated because of the quake late Thursday.

Earlier reports said a number of buildings had collapsed or been damaged and that one person was injured.

The quake`s epicenter was at a location about 95 miles from the provincial capital of Kunming.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 13, 2006, 05:09:27 PM
 Earthquake jolts Nir city in Ardebil province
Nir, Ardebil prov, Jan 13, IRNA

Iran-Ardebil-Earthquake
An earthquake measuring 4.2 degrees on the Richter scale jolted Nir town, 30 kilometers west of Ardebil city, on Friday morning.

According to the report of Tabriz seismography center affiliated to Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 08:27 local time (04:57 GMT) and its epicenter was at 47:99 longitude and 38:14 latitude.

Head of provincial natural disaster center Akbar Samadi told IRNA on Friday that the rescue and aid teams have quickly been dispatched to the area and so far there have not been any reports on any possible casualties or damage.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 13, 2006, 05:13:59 PM
 Three dead in S. Africa mine quake

From CNN Correspondent Alphonso Van Marsh
Friday, January 13, 2006; Posted: 7:06 a.m. EST (12:06 GMT)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- Three miners died and four others were hurt Tuesday when an earthquake jarred rocks loose inside a gold mine, a company official said.

"Twelve people were working at the mining face at the time and were trapped by a seismic event," said Steve Lenahan, a spokesman for AngloGold Ashanti, which owns the TauTona mine, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of the capital.

Two of the four were seriously hurt, but in stable condition, he said.

The magnitude-2.4 earthquake occurred at 11:40 a.m. (9:40 a.m. GMT), shaking the area where the miners were working 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the mine entrance and 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) below the surface, he said.

An emergency team entered the mine around noon and, within an hour, discovered the fatalities, he said.

According to the Web site of Anglo American, owner of Anglogold Ashanti, production at the mine began in 1962.

The TauTona mine was the deepest working mine in the world, Lenahan said.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 13, 2006, 05:17:31 PM
Alaska volcano erupts third time in a week
DAN JOLING
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A volcano on an uninhabited island 180 miles from Anchorage erupted twice Friday, sending plumes of ash more than six miles into the sky.

Airplanes were warned to keep at least five miles away from 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano.

The National Weather Service warned about 16,000 residents of Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island to south - an area that includes the city of Kodiak - about the ash cloud. But the Alaska Volcano Observatory said it did not expect a heavy accumulation of ash.

Anchorage was in no danger.

In addition to the health risk, ash can damage the engines of vehicles on the ground and aircraft that fly through the plumes.

The eruptions, nearly five hours apart, followed two bursts from the volcano on Wednesday. Those earlier eruptions were the volcano's first in 20 years.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2006, 11:04:50 AM
Volcano in Alaska Erupts for Third Day
By JEANNETTE J. LEE , 01.14.2006, 08:41 AM

Snowflakes laced with fine, gray ash fell on communities south of Anchorage as a series of volcanic eruptions continued early Saturday on an uninhabited island dozens of miles away.

Plumes of ash from the volcano drifted across Cook Inlet and into Homer, 75 miles to the northeast, halting air travel and closing schools in some Kenai Peninsula communities Friday.

In Seldovia, 15 miles north of Homer, city manager Kurt Reynertson noticed a fine dusting of ash on cars, but he said "That's the only way I was able to pick up that there was ash falling."

The 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano began erupting Wednesday after a 20-year lull. By Saturday morning, it had erupted at least eight time, and scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said they expect more eruptions over the next several days or weeks.

"I see no reason they would stop," said Stephanie Prejean, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The National Weather Service warned about 16,000 residents of the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island to the south about the ash cloud, which could pose a health risk, especially for people with respiratory problems.

Alaska Airlines also canceled 28 flight into Anchorage and Fairbanks on Friday and early Saturday as a safety precaution. Ash can damage the engines of aircraft and vehicles on the ground.

Charlie Franz, chief executive officer of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, said his staff was putting extra filters in the hospital's air handling system.

"Just don't go out if you don't have to," he said. "I think that's probably the best advice people can get.





Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2006, 11:06:29 AM
Tornadoes, storms kill 1 in Ala., hurt 13 Fla. children
BAKER, Fla. (AP) — Severe storms and tornadoes swept across two states Friday, killing a woman in Alabama, damaging dozens of homes, and tearing a section of roof off a Florida school where 13 children were injured, authorities said.

The children at Baker School had minor cuts and bruises, said Ken Wolf, emergency management director for Okaloosa County.

A nearby post office and several mobile homes were also damaged in the Panhandle town, about 50 miles northeast of Pensacola, the National Weather Service reported.

In the small community of Belleville, Ala., at least 18 homes and the fire department building were damaged or destroyed by an apparent tornado, state Emergency Management Agency director Bruce Baughman said.

The Conecuh County, Ala., sheriff's office confirmed the death of a woman who was killed in her home by a chimney collapse.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2006, 11:08:24 AM
Tornadoes In January?
Jan 12, 2006, 12:05 PM

Just how common are January tornadoes like the one that touched down in Sussex and James City Counties Wednesday night?

"Not very common, but not unheard of," says Triple Doppler Meteorologist Patrick Rockey. After crunching the numbers, Patrick found that of 520 confirmed tornadoes in Virginia since 1950, just seven occurred during the month of January.

"That's only about 1.4% of all our tornadoes," Rockey notes.

In fact, just 4% of all tornadoes occur during the entire winter season, while 40% develop during the summer months.

Patrick also says the Sussex-James City Co. tornado was an F-1 tornado, the most common type in Virginia. He says that F-1 tornadoes bring winds of between 73 and 112 miles per hour and can cause roof damage and knock mobile homes off their foundations.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 14, 2006, 11:09:41 AM
Tornado injures several people, destroys homes near Manning
Published Saturday, January 14, 2006
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MANNING, S.C. (AP) - Residents and weather experts were surveying damage Saturday morning after severe weather passed through South Carolina overnight.

Eleven people were injured. Four were taken to Columbia for treatment of injuries, said Ann Ward, a nursing supervisor at Palmetto Health Richland. The patients were in fair and guarded condition, Ward said Saturday.

"Everybody was pretty shook up," Beverly Trotter, Clarendon Memorial hospital nursing supervisor, said Friday night. "I have people who are getting minor stitches all the way up to surgery."

The system, associated with a cold front and ban of weather that moved quickly across the state, brought intense, but brief heavy rains and tornado warnings for several counties, National Weather Service meteorologist Leonard Vaughan said. Most of the state was under a tornado watch at some point Friday.

"We think it was a tornado based on the radar signature and based on the fact that there was quite a bit of damage over there," Vaughan said. "We just don't know exactly how large of a tornado."

Reports indicated a tornado about 9:40 p.m. roughly two miles from Manning along state Highway 261.

Nine mobile homes were destroyed and another 18 were damaged, all within close proximity, Clarendon County emergency services coordinator Anthony Mack said.

The Red Cross was working with the county to put displaced families at a nearby hotel, but Mack didn't know exactly how many had checked in.

"They were pretty much devastated and in a state of shock as to basically the magnitude of the event," Mack said.



Title: Seattle Nears Rainy-Day Record
Post by: Shammu on January 14, 2006, 10:45:26 PM
Seattle Nears Rainy-Day Record
Jan 13 12:58 PM US/Eastern

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE

People in water-logged Washington now have official confirmation of something they've been suspecting: It's been raining a lot.

The city had its 26th straight day of rain Friday and was just a week short of the 1953 record of 33 consecutive rainy days. Daily rainfall records have already fallen in Seattle and Olympia.

More seriously, officials worried about the potential for more landslides and floods, warning that the saturated landscape can't hold much more water.

"What we need is a reprieve," Tony Fantello, maintenance and operations manager for Pierce County Water Programs in Tacoma, told The News Tribune. "Everything is just overtaxed. Even 24 to 36 hours of dry conditions really help take the heat off."

No dice. Mostly light rain fell early Friday, and the weather service predicted more over the next 10 days.

Meteorologist Danny Mercer said he thinks the rain will continue at least until Jan. 20, when Seattle would tie the 1953 mark.

"We have a front coming in almost every single day, with very few breaks in between these systems," Mercer said.

A respite could come Sunday or late next week, but it's more likely that the rain will only lessen, possibly with a few hours of scattered sunshine, he said.

On Wednesday the weather service reported 0.94 inches of rain at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking the old record for Jan. 10 of 0.71 set in 1979. A record of 1.56 inches was set at Olympia Airport, breaking the previous mark of 1.12 set in 1976.

Flooding along numerous rivers, none of it severe, was generally easing as water receded early Friday, and the only flood warnings were for the Chehalis below Centralia and the short, flood-prone Skokomish west of Bremerton.

Some highways remained closed by mudslides, while Amtrak and commuter train service that had been suspended north of Seattle due to mudslides could resume Friday afternoon, officials said.

Seattle Nears Rainy-Day Record (http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/13/D8F3UKIG0.html)


Title: Thai Floods Leave Behind Gold Rush
Post by: Shammu on January 15, 2006, 11:52:02 PM
Thai Floods Leave Behind Gold Rush

By SUTIN WANNABOVORN, Associated Press Writer Sat Jan 14, 10:52 PM ET

THAM THA MAUK, Thailand - Severe floods that washed away homes, bridges and lives apparently have compensated hapless villagers in southern Thailand with a treasure — gold.

Hundreds of fortune-seekers armed with shovels and pans are flocking to the stream of Tham Tha Mauk village in search of the precious metal, which surfaced from stream banks after the deluge.

"The spirit of Tha Mauk (Grandfather Mauk) has given us worshippers a treasure to compensate for what we lost in the flooding," said 60-year-old Sangad Chankhaew as he flashed a broad smile after a buyer gave him $30 in cash for a gold nugget the size of a rice grain. Sangad found the nugget 30 minutes after starting his day of panning for gold.

He was among about 50 gold diggers on the banks of the Tha Mauk stream, scooping sand and mud into wooden pans and hopefully swishing them around in the water one recent morning.

November's flooding — the worst the area has seen in 40 years — caused landslides and the collapse of the stream's banks, exposing an area for gold digging.

"The gold is more plentiful than in the past years," said Sanguan, Sangad's older brother who goes by only one name. He said his family has made about $2,000 since they began panning after the water receded.

Sanguan's house was lightly damaged by the floods, and a part of his pineapple plantation was washed away.

The flooding swept away houses, roads and bridges in Prachuab Khiri Khan province's Bangsaphan district, 180 miles south of Bangkok, where the stream is located. Six people were killed in flash floods in Bangsaphan in November.

Gold diggers have offered flowers, incense and sweets to Tha Mauk's small spirit house, which was erected near the stream. Local folklore says that the spirit of Tha Mauk owns the gold-rich forest of the area and that he occasionally gives to worshippers from his stores.

Some gold buyers see their purchases here as his sacred gifts.

"This gold is a present from the holy spirit, so I bought it to keep for prosperity in my life," said Pradit Sawangjit, 42, a pineapple plantation owner who bought the nugget from Sangad.

Many gold diggers had left jobs at pineapple and coconut plantations to look for gold.

Ruangsri Polkrut, 52, traveled more than 60 miles from Chumpon province to sit on a rock by the stream for more than six hours a day to search.

"I've earned about 5,000 baht ($120) from three days panning for gold. It's not big money but enough for the school fee of my daughter for next term," Ruangsri said.

Tham Tha Mauk used to be a gold mining village, but gold digging ended some 30 years ago when vast swathes of forest were converted into private pineapple plantations.

"This area used to be a national forest, but the rich people turned this land into their private pineapple plantations," Sanguan said. "But after the water washed way part of the plantation and the banks of stream, we had every right to look for gold again."

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Title: Storms, Tornadoes Cause Havoc Across South
Post by: Shammu on January 15, 2006, 11:55:16 PM
Storms, Tornadoes Cause Havoc Across South

Saturday, January 14, 2006

BAKER, Fla. — Severe storms and tornadoes swept across three states Friday, killing a woman in Alabama, damaging dozens of homes, and tearing a section of roof off a Florida school where 13 children were injured, authorities said.

The children at Baker School had minor cuts and bruises, said Ken Wolf, emergency management director for Okaloosa County.

A nearby post office and several mobile homes were also damaged in the Panhandle town, about 50 miles northeast of Pensacola, the National Weather Service reported.

In the small community of Belleville, Ala., at least 18 homes and the fire department building were damaged or destroyed by an apparent tornado, state Emergency Management Agency director Bruce Baughman said.

The Conecuh County, Ala., sheriff's office confirmed the death of a woman who was killed in her home by a chimney collapse.

Betty Williams, 58, had just returned from an errand to the store, her daughter, Cynthia Williams, told The Associated Press. She had entered the house, put her purse down on the table and returned to unload the car.

"The wind pushed the chimney down and crushed her. It didn't last but a minute," the daughter said.

In South Carolina, a tornado touched down in rural Clarendon County, injuring at least nine people and destroying mobile homes in its path, officials said.

At least three people were in serious condition Friday night, said Clarendon Memorial nursing supervisor Beverly Trotter said.

"Everybody was pretty shook up," Trotter said. "I have people who are getting minor stitches all the way up to surgery."

Storms, Tornadoes Cause Havoc Across South (http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,181667,00.html)


Title: First Victims Reported in Russian Capital as Arctic Cold Tightens Grip
Post by: Shammu on January 17, 2006, 11:39:28 AM
First Victims Reported in Russian Capital as Arctic Cold Tightens Grip

Created: 17.01.2006 13:56 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 18:51 MSK, 40 minutes ago

MosNews

Two people froze to death in Moscow, local emergency officials said Tuesday, as Arctic cold from Siberia descended on western Russia, sending nighttime temperatures to as low as minus 36 degrees Celsius and prompting warnings of power cuts to offices across the city.

Forecasters said the cold snap in the Moscow region is expected to last most of the week as local authorities implement measures to ensure smooth functioning of the public infrastructure amid the sudden plunge in temperatures, AFP reported.

State schools said students do not have to attend as long as the temperature remains under minus 20 degrees Celsius in the morning, while buses in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and other cities were filled with special “Arctic” diesel fuel to minimize disruptions, the daily Izvestia reported.

Traffic police officers were issued with “emergency felt boots”, while train stations and other public transport sites were told to let homeless people to take shelter inside rather than being trounced out as usual.

Russian broadcast media and newspapers were overflowing with breathless reports about the low temperatures, which forecasters have predicted would range between minus 20 and minus 25 during the day and minus 30 to minus 36 overnight for the next week in the Moscow area, the business daily Vedomosti said.

“The capital for the first time has come up against a situation where, due to the cold, its demands for energy may well exceed supplies,” Vedomosti quoted Nestor Serebryannikov, the former head of the Moscow municipal power utility, as saying. “In Soviet times, we would shut off the power supply to industry at night. Today there is no industry and all these buildings have offices in them instead,” and so the power cannot be shut off, he explained.

The Interfax news agency said two people died of hypothermia in Moscow overnight, while another 14 were hospitalized as a result of exposure to the cold. The report quoted an unnamed source in the city’s emergency call service as saying that a total of 107 people have died in Moscow from the cold since October.

The Moscow city hall has set up a special “headquarters to counter the Siberian freeze”. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on Monday evoked possible economic fallout from the cold. “Managers at all levels will do everything possible to ensure that there will be no losses over this period,” he told a government meeting.

First Victims Reported in Russian Capital as Arctic Cold Tightens Grip (http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/01/17/arctic.shtml)


Title: Augustine Volcano, update
Post by: Shammu on January 17, 2006, 01:05:29 PM
Checking Augustine Volcano, I see they have changes conditions for eruptions.

ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY
CURRENT STATUS REPORT
Tuesday, January 17, 2006 8:35 AM AKST (1735 UTC)


AUGUSTINE VOLCANO (CAVW#1103-01-)
59.3633°N 153.4333°W, Summit Elevation 4134 ft (1260 m)
Current Level of Concern Color Code: RED

A strong seismic signal began at approximately 7:58 AST, marking an the onset of an explosive eruption of Augustine. We are changing the level of concern color code from ORANGE to RED.

The explosive eruption that began at 7:58 A.M. AST (16:58 UTC) ended at approximately 8:03 A.M. AST (17:03 UTC). We remain at level of concern color code RED. Based on seismicity, preliminary estimates indicate that this event is at least as energetic as the events of last week.

AVO is monitoring the situation closely and will issue further updates as new information and analyses become available.

For those of you who don't know the color code, for volcanoes.

GREEN volcano is dormant; normal seismicity and fumarolic activity occurring
YELLOW volcano is restless; eruption may occur
ORANGE volcano is in eruption or eruption may occur at any time
RED significant eruption is occurring or explosive eruption expected at any time


Title: India's Torrential Flooding Batters Previously Devastated Populace
Post by: Shammu on January 17, 2006, 10:31:19 PM
India's Torrential Flooding Batters Previously Devastated Populace

By Allie Martin
January 17, 2006

(AgapePress) - The president of Gospel for Asia (GFA) says due to another force of nature many residents of the southern coast of India are facing desperate times more than a year after the deadly tsunami of December 2004.

Recently, the world marked the one-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that caused widespread devastation in India and other parts of southern Asia. But this year, only days after that anniversary, the heaviest rains in half a century forced hundreds of thousands of people in the region out of their homes.

K.P. Yohannan heads GFA, a ministry to the people of Asia, which has reached out to thousands of tsunami survivors. He says the flooding as a result of the monsoon rains has opened many of the emotional wounds caused by the destructive Asian tsunami.

Yohannan finds the distress and desperation of the flood victims easily understandable. "People are just beating upon their chests and saying, 'Why is God so angry with us like this? What have we done that we should suffer like this?' You can imagine, for people who do not know the Lord, that's all they can think about," he says.

"But thank God," the ministry founder and president says, "that even during this time of monsoon and people's lives being destabilized and hurt once again, our people are out there trying to share with them about the Lord and give them help, doing whatever we can do." He notes that some of the GFA-affiliated Believers Churches have been swamped by rising waters, but others have been able to serve as shelters in local communities.

"When people's lives are so devastated," Yohannan says, "what we all can do is simply open up our church buildings and schools and everything we have for people to come and find some shelter. Of course, along with that, our people are cooking meals, bringing food and stuff like that."

The GFA spokesman notes that the current downpour is virtually unprecedented and that Chennai, the capital of India's southernmost state of Tamil Nadu, received nine inches of rain in one night. "There's not supposed to be this kind of rain, nonstop rain," he says, "but it just kept on coming. In Chennai, where we have a Bible college, the whole place is completely flooded."

Yohannan describes the floods as a "huge tragedy of unbelievable magnitude," which has resulted in more than 16,000 villages being hit and some 283,000 homes being destroyed. Meanwhile, Mumbai (Bombay) and other parts of western India have experienced flooding that has killed at least 1,500 people, and the latest forecasts indicate the rains will continue. Government authorities in Mumbai have warned residents not to venture out of their homes for the next 24 hours because of the predicted additional rain.

"In the name of Jesus, we simply must respond," Yohannan urges. The greatest immediate need in all the flooded areas, he adds, is for food, relief supplies, and shelter. The ministry projects that it will cost at least $500,000 for GFA Compassion Services to meet the immediate needs of those whose lives have been turned upside down by the floodwaters.

India's Torrential Flooding Batters Previously Devastated Populace (http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/1/172006c.asp)


Title: Volcano Shoots Ash 8 Miles High in Alaska
Post by: Shammu on January 18, 2006, 01:01:11 AM
Volcano Shoots Ash 8 Miles High in Alaska

By JEANNETTE J. LEE, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 33 minutes ago

ABOVE AUGUSTINE VOLCANO, Alaska - Gray veins of ash crisscrossed the upper slopes of Augustine Volcano and a small steam cloud puffed from the summit following the island mount's latest explosion Tuesday.

The volcano in south-central Alaska resumed erupting after a three-day lull, scattering soft but abrasive ash into the mountainous Bristol Bay region to the west of the uninhabited island.

The 8 1/2-mile high eruption was "a little more energetic" than eight explosions last week on Augustine, according to Michelle Coombs, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Most of the previous eruptions sent ash plumes about 5 1/2 miles above Cook Inlet.

Winds shifted Tuesday's plume away from the Kenai Peninsula towns east of Augustine that had received light fallout from the volcano last week.

The blast from the snowy mountain, 180 miles southwest of Anchorage, started just before 8 a.m. and lasted five minutes.

Viewed from a small plane, a drab ash clouded drifted over Iliamna, a village of 90 people 60 miles northwest of the volcanic island. Pilot chatter described brown sludge in the waters surrounding the island.

Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory believe intermittent explosions will likely continue for days or weeks, but say there's little chance of a catastrophic eruption.

Volcano Shoots Ash 8 Miles High in Alaska (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060118/ap_on_sc/augustine_volcano;_ylt=AkP34k_9Rvs8StvChZWaVVSs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MzV0MTdmBHNlYwM3NTM-)


Title: Drought Sparks Food Shortage in Africa
Post by: Shammu on January 18, 2006, 08:32:48 PM
Drought Sparks Food Shortage in Africa

By ANTHONY MITCHELL, Associated Press Writer Wed Jan 18, 5:34 AM ET

DENAN, Ethiopia - Two months ago Ayan Abdi struggled to tell her newborn twins apart. Tragically, she has no difficulty now.

The skin of her malnourished son Nemo stretches tightly over his tiny skeletal frame, while his sister Asma still retains some of her rounded features. Ayan, who earns $7 a month selling firewood, is so weak from malnutrition herself she can produce only enough breast milk to feed her daughter.

Millions are at risk of famine in eastern Africa after a potentially devastating drought wiped out this year's crop. Aid organizations warn that unless urgent supplies of food, water and medicine are delivered to the region, more people could die than perished in the drought of 2000 — which killed nearly 100,000 in Ethiopia alone.

"People will die because we are already too late with our help," said Abdullahi Ali Haji, the government's health officer for this area of eastern Ethiopia. "This is our warning that without immediate help a famine will soon follow."

Preliminary assessments show those affected by the drought include an estimated 3.5 million in Kenya, 1.75 million in Ethiopia, 1.4 million in Somalia and 60,000 in Djibouti.

Poor rains over the last nine years have left many families living on a knife's edge. This year the rains failed completely. Food prices are up as much as 50 percent, while the value of prized livestock has plummeted, hitting hard the nomads who rely on cattle, sheep, goats and camels for food and income.

The warning signs of famine appear long before it takes hold in this corner of Ethiopia, about 870 miles southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa. The bones and rotting carcasses of cattle mark the landscape. Children, whose immunity systems are hopelessly compromised by insufficient nutrition, are beginning to fall sick.

The handful of malnourished children that used to be brought to Haji's hospital in Gode, about 50 miles southwest of Denan, has now turned into steady trickle.

The two doctors assigned to cover 1 million people in the region are totally overwhelmed. They have just a handful of drugs to combat widespread measles and diarrhea from drinking dirty water.

"As ever, women and children will bear the brunt of this disaster," said Bjorn Ljungqvist, the U.N's Children's Fund Country Representative.

Aid agencies do not have money to buy food from districts with surplus harvests to feed those hit by the food shortages, said Peter Smerdon, spokesman for the World Food Program.

"WFP is short $44 million now to feed 1.1 million people because of the drought," Smerdon said in Kenya on Tuesday. "Without new donations, WFP will run out of food to distribute in drought affected areas by the end of February."

Efforts to help the region's hungry have also been troubled by a low-level conflict between the Ethiopian army and separatist rebels in the area. In recent months, trucks carrying food aid have been attacked and, in some cases, burned.

Violent clan disputes, a spillover from the feuding warlords in neighboring Somalia, have deterred aid workers and the U.N. from entering the region.

"We have received nothing," said Aden Abdi, who has nine hungry mouths to feed in the wind-blown town of Kelafo. Water wells are empty and the nearby Wabe Shebelle River, which at this time of year can be as much as 65 feet wide, is now easily traversed by foot.

"We have been forgotten," the oval-faced woman sighed, sitting outside her one-room stick shack where her family struggles to survive on $8 a month. "No one cares if we live or die, as long as they don't see."

In Kenya, however, British International Development Secretary Hilary Benn met President Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday and pledged $5.3 million to help alleviate the crisis, according to a statement released by the president's office.

One-third of the money will go to dealing with food shortages and the remaining two-thirds will go to providing water in drought-stricken areas, the statement said.

In Ethiopia, one aid group has been working on a project to help cattle herders develop ways of coping with drought in the region.

The project, developed by the U.S.-based aid agency CARE with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, will help cattle herders negotiate access to land when a crisis develops, provide a market so they can sell part of their herds and supply emergency food and water.

"We hopefully are going to get away from these emergency responses in the region," said Carey Farley, a program manager for CARE, from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
Drought Sparks Food Shortage in Africa (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060118/ap_on_re_af/ethiopia_food_shortages;_ylt=AqdiXmajV_LvN2qUFBuEFju96Q8F;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: twobombs on January 19, 2006, 03:51:42 AM
I do wish to note that the governments of most if not all *poor* African countries are islam, corrupt or both.
For the prosparity of the countries in Africa it is imperative to recognice Jesus and support the Bible above all.
Countries who do so, will be prosperous.

FYI,
2B


Title: Russian Cold Kills at Least 40 People
Post by: Shammu on January 22, 2006, 05:57:44 AM
Russian Cold Kills at Least 40 People

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer Sat Jan 21, 4:47 PM ET

MOSCOW - Russia's severest cold in a quarter of a century, with temperatures in Moscow at minus 8 Saturday, has killed at least 40 people and strained the nation's crumbling infrastructure, with residents piling on the blankets and heating bricks to keep warm.

The big freeze extended to neighboring countries, killing four people in Estonia, one in Moldova and knocking out power and delaying trains in Poland.

In Moscow, rescue workers found five homeless or drunk people dead, the city emergency medical service said, bringing the number of deaths to more than 20 in the capital during the six-day cold that saw temperatures drop to minus 24 Thursday — coldest on that date since 1927.

Nineteen people have been hospitalized with hypothermia, the service said.

In Poland, the cold delayed trains, snarled traffic and prompted the Cabinet to allocate additional funds for homeless shelters and social services to protect the poor.

"We have to react to keep people from freezing," Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said.

In the eastern Podlaskie province, temperatures plunged to minus 1, knocking out power to 1,900 homes, the media said.

In Turkey, an avalanche swept a mountainous road and threw a passenger bus into a ravine Saturday, killing eight and injuring 15 people, reports said.

Moscow temperatures warmed Saturday. but the city's weather service said temperatures were unlikely to rise above minus 4 before February, making it the coldest winter since 1978-1979, when temperatures plummeted to minus 36.4.

The cold has severely strained the nation's crumbling infrastructure, with electricity use surging to record levels as towns and cities struggled to keep indoor temperatures up and Russians turned to supplemental heating sources, including electric radiators to keep warm.

The use of gas heaters has resulted in several explosions. A gas canister exploded late Friday in an apartment building in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, injuring nine residents, the local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

In the town of Gus-Khrustalny, 100 miles east of Moscow, several gas canisters exploded on the ground floor of a five-story apartment building, killing at least one person and injuring 10 late Friday, the ministry said.

The cold spell forced schoolchildren to stay home, while vendors at Moscow's outdoor food and clothing markets shuttered their booths and outdoor ATMs reportedly froze up. Traffic was uncharacteristically light as drivers were reluctant to venture out or unable to start their engines.

Russian Cold Kills at Least 40 People (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060121/ap_on_re_eu/russia_cold;_ylt=Ag4MYH719XRAoBZk1kGRhO10bBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--)


Title: Mideast Wary As Bird Flu Kills in Turkey
Post by: Shammu on January 23, 2006, 03:09:09 AM
Mideast Wary As Bird Flu Kills in Turkey

By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer Sun Jan 22, 11:11 PM ET

CAIRO, Egypt - Bird flu has killed in Turkey on the northern fringe of the Middle East, and residents in the Arab lands to the south fear migrating birds have already spread the virus to their countries.

No cases have been confirmed despite scares in Lebanon and Iraq, but many Arabs have stopped eating chicken, health officials are stockpiling medicine, poultry flocks have been culled and citizens have been warned to be alert for dead birds and people with symptoms of the disease.

Fears the virus is already among them deepened when Turkey's agriculture minister on Friday accused unnamed countries among its neighbors of concealing outbreaks. Turkey has confirmed the deadly H5N1 strain in 21 people, including four children who died.

A team of U.S. government flu experts on Sunday visited a hospital in Van, the eastern Turkish city where the children died. The team was hoping to assess what help the United States could provide and planned trips to bordering Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.

Other countries bordering Turkey are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria and Greece.

In Cairo, Imthithal Sayed, a 17-year-old student, said her mother "banned poultry from our house two months ago. She won't cook chicken or let us order it from takeout restaurants. I'm convinced it's dangerous. We don't want to get sick and die."

Experts say no one has caught bird flu from eating properly cooked poultry.

The H5N1 strain has killed at least 80 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Fears that the virus had moved south erupted in northern Iraq on Tuesday when a 15-year-old girl in a Kurdish area near the border with Turkey and Iran died after contracting a severe lung infection. Her hometown of Raniya is just north of a reservoir that is a stopover for migratory birds from Turkey.

WHO officials subsequently said tests showed bird flu did not kill the girl, but confusion surrounding the case points to the possible chaos that could accompany a genuine outbreak in the region. Iraqi officials said tissue samples from the dead girl were sent to Amman, Jordan, for testing. The Jordanians said they had never received the samples.

On Thursday, the WHO announced in Geneva that the tests were negative, but Iraqi authorities said that was not conclusive. Then on Saturday, a WHO official in Cairo said the tests had actually been done by Iraq's Agriculture Ministry and that they were in fact negative.

Iraqis in the north of the country remained concerned nevertheless.

"We have not eaten chicken in our house for two months. And now the news from Turkey has had a big psychological impact," said Ashti Ibrahim, a 43-year-old homemaker in Kirkuk.

Merwan Jalal, a 51-year-old Kirkuk engineer, said his wife still prepared chicken dinners but "it just doesn't taste the same because we're obsessed with the disease."

In Lebanon, a sick 6-year-old boy was moved to Beirut for observation but health officials released him from the hospital Saturday after tests showed he did not have bird flu.

While none of the countries in the Middle East have yet reported a confirmed case of the disease either in birds or humans, all say they have programs in place to combat the disease should it appear. Poultry imports throughout the region are virtually frozen. In Egypt, cat owners can't even find imported food for their pets. Stocks have been impounded at Mediterranean ports until the scare is over.

Some Syrians aren't buying eggs despite government assurances there is no bird flu in the country.

"Maybe its true, but I prefer not to take chance or endanger my children," said Sahar Ahmed, a 45-year-old Damascus homemaker.

The Syrian government has put notices in the state-run media warning about the disease and some flocks have been culled after birds died from unexplained causes.

Jordan said it imported 60,000 doses of Tamiflu, Kuwait said it had 5 million Tamiflu capsules on hand, and Egypt said a local pharmaceutical firm was gearing up to make a similar anti-viral medication.

But in a part of the world renowned for fatalism, 30-year-old Mariam Mohammed said there wasn't much point in worrying.

"It's in God's hands. Our house is full of chicken."

Mideast Wary As Bird Flu Kills in Turkey (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060123/ap_on_he_me/bird_flu;_ylt=AtXhwsPU69TzWiaVh9S2dBqs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3czJjNGZoBHNlYwM3NTE-)


Title: Drought, anthrax threaten rare zebra with extinction
Post by: Shammu on January 23, 2006, 03:15:07 AM
Drought, anthrax threaten rare zebra with extinction
January 22, 2006

 Outbreaks of deadly anthrax exacerbated by a searing drought that has hit east Africa has killed scores of rare Grevy's zebras in Kenya and is threatening the endangered species with extinction, wildlife officials and scientists have said.

The zebras, known for their narrow stripes and large ears, are dying of anthrax at an alarming rate in the scrub-peppered, sprawling plains in and around Kenya's central Samburu National Reserve, one of their last remaining habitats, and more are feared to have perished further north, they said.

"They have died in the dozens in the northern part of the reserve and their carcasses are littered all over," said Fred Perezo Sunday, who administers Samburu for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). "They face extinction."

Fewer than 5,000 Grevy's zebras are believed to live in the wild, nearly all of them in the vicinity of Samburu, about 230 kilometers (145 miles) north of Nairobi, and further north towards Kenya's border with Ethiopia.

The region is one of the worst-affected by the drought that has killed at least 40 people, threatens millions with famine, decimated livestock herds and placed Kenya's famed world-reknowned wildlife at risk.

In addition to drying up watering holes and making food scarce, the drought has stirred up naturally occuring anthrax spores from the parched earth, which are now exacting a heavy toll on the Grevy's zebra, a species less hardy than its mountain and plain cousins, officials said.

According to a report prepared by KWS and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), an acute form of equine anthrax began appearing in animals around Samburu in December as the zebras began mixing with livestock in competition for dwindling water and pasture.

 In the course of one week in early December, seven Grevy's zebras were found dead in the reserve and many of their carcasses indicated that blood had oozed from their body orifices before death, a characteristic of anthrax, it said.

"It is very unusual for this species to die in large numbers," the AWF said, warning that immediate steps needed to be taken to prevent the anthrax from spreading.

Since that report was issued in late December, many more Grevy's zebras have died, according to Perezo who said urgent action was needed to remove and destroy their anthrax-contaminated carcasses in order to reduce the chance of other animal and human infection.

"The carcasses are increasing the chances of transmission of the disease," he told AFP.

Conservationists say the Grevy's zebra population has decreased from 15,000 in 1970 to less than 5,000 that currently live in arid habitats in northern Kenya, southern Ethiopia and western Somalia.

Drought, anthrax threaten rare zebra with extinction (http://www.physorg.com/news10114.html)


Title: More dead in Europe as big freeze sweeps east, centre
Post by: Shammu on January 23, 2006, 03:18:01 AM
More dead in Europe as big freeze sweeps east, centre
January 22, 2006

 Three more people have frozen to death in Moscow, two died in a fire in Estonia and a man died of exposure in Turkey as eastern and central Europe were in the grips of Siberian temperatures.

The latest deaths announced by Moscow's medical emergency service brought to at least 79 the number of people killed by the extreme cold of the last week in Russia.

In addition to the dead, 20 people were hospitalised with hypothermia, the Interfax news agency said Sunday.

Temperatures in the Russian capital eased slightly to about minus 18 Celcius (minus 0.4 Farenheit), after reaching as low as minus 23 C (minus 9.4 F) overnight.

[A Russian man braves freezing temperatures]
Authorities resolved a number of cases of failed heat supplies to homes in the Moscow region and traffic problems caused by heavy snowfall on the main Moscow-Volgograd road were also overcome, news reports said.

Around 500 people had been left without heat in a village in the southern province of Saratov however due to technical problems there, the RIA-Novosti news agency said.

Forecasters said temperatures would fall on Monday to minus 24 C (minus 11.2 F) but would rise later in the week to minus 12 C (minus 10.4) on Thursday.

Moscow's infrastructure was struggling to cope with the Siberian freeze that swept across the west of the country and on into eastern and central Europe.

Gas supplies to several European countries have also been disrupted as Russian officials concentrated on ensuring supplies for Russian households.

Italian energy group ENI said that Russian gas deliveries had fallen short of ordered deliveries for a fourth day on Saturday.

 Meanwhile an explosion on a Russian gas supply pipeline, attributed by officials to sabotage, cut supplies to Georgia and Armenia and looked likely to take several days to repair.

In Turkey a man died of exposure after walking in snow-covered mountains in the north of the country during exceptionally cold weather, Anatolia news agency said.

Police found 29-year-old Ahmet Yildiz dead and his companion, 27-year-old Ahmet Yildiz, suffering from hypothermia in the northern province of Gumushane, the agency reported late Saturday.

A cold snap, along with heavy snowfall, swept into northern and eastern parts of Turkey on Saturday, isolating more than 3,600 villages and cutting off electricity supplies to hundreds of others.

Turkey's national weather service predicted temperatures of down to minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus four degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday in the east of the country and heavy snowfall in the west, including Istanbul.

In Estonia where temperatures fell to minus 26 C in the southeastern part of the Baltic nation rescue services reported problems with Western-made fire engines, which do not withstand the extreme temperatures.

"We have been forced to roll out our old Russian-made fire engines as they are more suitable for the current temperatures," a spokesman for the rescue services said.

"The Russian-made vehicles consume much more fuel but their vital systems do not freeze."

Several fires were caused again by overheating, the rescue services said, killing at least two people Sunday.

The cold front reached eastern parts of Germany overnight with temperatures dropping to minus 19 C from around zero C within less than 24 hours.

More dead in Europe as big freeze sweeps east, centre (http://www.physorg.com/news10115.html)


Title: Strong Earthquake Shakes Colombian Coast
Post by: Shammu on January 24, 2006, 09:01:56 PM
Strong Earthquake Shakes Colombian Coast

Mon Jan 23, 5:13 PM ET

BOGOTA, Colombia - A strong earthquake rattled Colombia's west coast Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage, officials said.

The magnitude 6.3 quake struck at 1:50 p.m. deep under the Pacific Ocean floor, just off the Pacific coast near the town of Jurado, in Choco state, 260 miles northwest of Bogota.

Colombia's National Seismological Center said there was no danger of a tsunami.

Civil Defense authorities said they had no immediate reports of any damage from the earthquake. A quake of magnitude 6.0 has the potential to cause severe damage.

Strong Earthquake Shakes Colombian Coast  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060123/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/colombia_quake;_ylt=AjHjNeCnNFWCo2ZjFJHBpba3IxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--)


Title: Fierce Winds Whip Through Southern Calif.
Post by: Shammu on January 24, 2006, 09:08:33 PM
Fierce Winds Whip Through Southern Calif.

The Associated Press
Monday, January 23, 2006; 11:46 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Fierce Santa Ana winds whipping through Southern California on Monday fanned brush and house fires, knocked out power to 77,000 utility customers and littered roads with palm fronds and trash cans.

The dry wind, gusting near 70 mph in some places, roared out of the desert and down mountain passes and canyons to the coast, sending firefighters chasing outbreaks and toppling big rigs on highways.

One fire destroyed a home and damaged five others in the Tujunga section, and a blaze in suburban La Canada Flintridge forced evacuation of 15 homes before it was contained.

By Monday night, a wildfire pushed by 30 mph wind spread over about 100 acres of brush near Highland, in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles, a Forest Services spokeswoman said. The blaze did not immediately threaten any structures.

Most of the power outages were in San Gabriel Valley foothills and communities farther east.

The La Canada Flintridge blaze was ignited by a fallen power line. Authorities were investigating whether the Tujunga fire had the same cause.

In Santa Ana, a freeway billboard blew over, broke a power pole in half and smashed a pair of RVs. A huge oak tree fell on a house in Pasadena, and winds hampered firefighters battling a blaze that burned eight cars in Garden Grove.

Six tractor-trailers and one box truck were blown over on Interstate 15 and its transition roads with I-210 and I-10, the California Highway Patrol said. Another toppled rig blocked the truck lane on I-5 north of Los Angeles. No injuries were reported in the wrecks.

Fierce Winds Whip Through Southern Calif. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/23/AR2006012301357_pf.html)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 28, 2006, 12:37:01 PM
Panic as powerful quake jolts Indonesia

Jakarta (dpa) - A powerful earthquake jolted eastern Indonesian islands on Maluku province early Saturday, triggered panic - but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage, while a tsunami threat was ruled out.

The temblor, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, rocked various cities in eastern Indonesian islands on Maluku province at 1:58 a.m. local time Saturday said Jabar, an official at Jakarta's National Earthquake Centre office.

But the US Geological Survey recorded the quake measuring at 7.7 on the Richter scale. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center meanwhile ruled out a tsunami.

"This earthquake is located outside the Pacific. No destructive tsunami threat exists in the Pacific or elsewhere based on historical earthquake and tsunami data," it said.

Jabar said the quake's epicentre was in the Banda Sea, about 200- kilometres south of Ambon, the provincial capital of Maluku province, about 2,300 kilometres northeast of Jakarta. It occurred at about 400-kilometres beneath the seabed.

Jabar also said the quake was unlikely to trigger tsunami as it was took place in the deep below the sea. "It's unlikely the quake could trigger tsunami. It was took place in the so deep below the seabed," Jabar told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

However, he added, the powerful quake had jolted a number of cities in eastern Indonesia, including Ambon, Tual, and Saumlaki, and was felt as far as Sorong in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.

A local resident in Ambon told Jakarta's El-Shinta private radio that the quake prompted residents to run out their homes in panic.

"We have so far received no reports of structural damage or injury from those jolted towns," Jabar said.

It was the latest earthquake to hit Indonesia in recent weeks.

A massive earthquake triggered gigantic tidal waves that devastated thousands of homes and buildings along Aceh and North Sumatra's coastlines on December 2004, leaving up to nearly 170,000 people dead or missing, making it the worst ever natural disaster to ravage the country.

Indonesia, located in the Pacific volcanic belt known as the "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.




Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 28, 2006, 12:40:38 PM
Utah Suffers Minor Earthquake

January 27, 2006 2:00 p.m. EST

Ayinde O. Chase - All Headline News Staff Writer

Castle Valley, UT (AHN) - A minor earthquake shook portions of central Utah late Thursday night.

The quake measured 3.8 on the Richter scale.

Walter Arabasz, director of the University of Utah Seismograph stations, says the epicenter was 8 miles east-southeast of Castle Dale and 30 miles south of Prince in an unpopulated area of San Rafael Swell.
Officials report no injuries or damage. Earthquake analysts generally agree quakes in magnitude of 4.0 potentially can do moderate damage.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 28, 2006, 12:44:19 PM
Alaska volcano erupts after 10 days of quiet

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - After 10 days of relative calm, Alaska's Augustine Volcano roared back to life late on Friday, shooting a cloud of ash 40,000 feet into the sky.

It was the 10th explosion since January 11, when the 4,134-foot (1,260-meter) volcano in southern Cook Inlet began an eruptive phase, reported the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a joint federal-state office.

As of late Friday, there were no reports of ash settling onto any of the nearby communities, but some was expected to drift onto Kodiak Island, southeast of the peak, said Janet Schaefer, a geologist with the volcano observatory.

Because it was dark when the eruption occurred, the ash was not visible to casual observers, she said. "We do see from satellite imagery that the ash cloud is moving southeast," she said.

Augustine is located about 175 miles southwest of Anchorage. The conical-shaped peak forms its own uninhabited island in Cook Inlet, the channel that runs from the Anchorage area to the Gulf of Alaska. It is the most active of Cook Inlet's volcanoes.

Despite more than a week of quiet, experts had anticipated another eruption at Augustine, Schaefer said. Seismic activity had been building at the site. "We knew something was coming up shortly," she said.

Before this month, Augustine's previous eruptive periods occurred in 1986 and 1976. The current activity "is looking a lot like what happened" in those years, with a series of explosive eruptions interspersed with days of quiet, Schaefer said.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on January 28, 2006, 12:50:15 PM
Another Hurricane Record For 2005

MIAMI, Jan. 27, 2006

(AP) Last year's Atlantic season just got another hurricane.

Forecasters studying data from July's Tropical Storm Cindy found a pocket of wind hit 75 miles-per-hour, making it a hurricane.

That pushes the 2005 Atlantic hurricane count to 15.

Cindy hit land July fifth, causing an estimated $160 million in insured damage along the Gulf Coast.

Last year's season had already broken records for named storms and hurricanes. The 12 hurricanes in 1969 had been the most since record-keeping started.

The season runs June first through November 30th.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 02, 2006, 03:15:10 PM
Twisters Add Insult to New Orleans' Injury
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY , 02.02.2006, 02:18 PM

Tornadoes tore through New Orleans neighborhoods Thursday that had been hit hard by Hurricane Katrina just five months earlier, collapsing at least one previously damaged house and battering the airport, authorities said.

Roofs were ripped off, utility poles came down and a radio tower fell near a major thoroughfare, but no serious injuries were reported.

"Don't ever ask the question, `What else could happen?'" said Marcia Paul Leone, a mortgage banker who was surveying the new damage to her Katrina-flooded home.

She would go no farther than the front porch of her house Thursday morning. Windows were blown out, and the building appeared to be leaning.

"I've been in the mortgage business for 20 years. I know when something's unsafe," she said.

Electricity was knocked out for most of the morning at Louis Armstrong International Airport, grounding passenger flights and leaving travelers to wait in a dimly lit terminal powered by generators. The storm also ripped off part of a concourse roof, slammed one jetway into another, and flipped motorized runway luggage carts.

"Everything's still backed up and the whole day is going to be messed up," airport spokeswoman Michelle Duffourc said after power returned midday.

The line of severe thunderstorms moved across the area around 2:30 a.m. Tim Destri, of the National Weather Service, said it appeared the damage was caused by two tornadoes, one that hit the airport and another that moved into New Orleans.

The storm collapsed at least one house in New Orleans' hurricane-ravaged lakefront, police said.

"I cannot believe this. We were hit twice. It's not bad enough we got 11 feet of water," said Maria Kay Chetta, a city grants manager. While her own home was not badly damaged, one across the street lost its roof and another had heavy damage to its front.

Police spokesman Capt. Juan Quinton, who lived in that area, said that gutters were ripped off his already flood-damaged house and that toppled trees blocked the alley behind his house.

A federal trailer was pulled off its moorings and plumbing hookups, he said.

"It's an act of God and there's nothing we can do about it, so I just don't worry about it anymore," Quinton said.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 02, 2006, 03:48:05 PM
 La Nina's return threatens more hurricanes

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Climate experts on Thursday confirmed the start of a mild cooling of the tropical Pacific Ocean known as La Nina.

It's too early to tell how that will affect spring and summer weather, they said, but often La Nina conditions coincide with stronger and more numerous hurricanes, wet weather in the Pacific Northwest and dry conditions in the South.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center made the announcement at the American Meteorological Society's meeting in Atlanta, confirming the slight cooling of parts of the Pacific Ocean and changes in the jet stream.

Internationally, La Nina typically creates more rainfall across Indonesia and northern Australia and the Amazon basin, said Edward Alan O'Lenic, chief of the operations branch of the Climate Prediction Center.

La Nina is the opposite of the better known El Nino, a Pacific warming. The last La Nina was in 2000-2001.



Title: Augustine volcano update
Post by: Shammu on February 03, 2006, 01:20:18 AM
Augustine volcano update

Latest Observations: Updated Hourly RSS FEED
2006-02-02 20:30:01
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels remain elevated and have not changed significantly over the last hour.

2006-02-02 19:27:28
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels remain elevated and have not changed significantly over the last hour.

2006-02-02 18:28:13
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour.

2006-02-02 17:25:28
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour.
2006-02-02 16:26:47
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour. Satellite imagery indicates that a continuous steam-and-ash plume drifts to the east-southeast from the volcano at an elevation below 10,000 ft.
2006-02-02 15:24:27
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour.
2006-02-02 14:27:17
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour.
2006-02-02 13:23:15
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour. Short periods of increased seismicity, likely associated with explosions and pyroclastic flows, continue to occur intermittently.

2006-02-02 12:00:15
Eruption is in progress. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour. Short periods of increased seismicity, likely associated with explosions and pyroclastic flows, continue to occur intermittently. Satellite imagery suggests that the plume moves to the east-southeast from the volcano.

2006-02-02 10:51:48
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour. Short periods of increased seismicity, likely associated with explosions and pyroclastic flows, continue to occur intermittently.

2006-02-02 09:51:45
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour. Short periods of increased seismicity, likely associated with explosions and pyroclastic flows, continue to occur intermittently.

2006-02-02 07:47:39
Eruption continues. Seismicity levels did not change significantly over the last hour. Short periods of increased seismicity, likely associated with explosions and pyroclastic flows, continue to occur intermittently.

Augustine volcano  (http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Augustine.php)


Title: 5.8 EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Post by: Shammu on February 03, 2006, 01:34:37 AM
2006/02/03 04:37 M 5.8 EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Z= 10km 36.18N 141.35E

        This information is provided by the USGS
         National Earthquake Information Center.
    (Address problems to: sedas@ghtmail.cr.usgs.gov)

These parameters are preliminary and subject to revision.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN has occurred at:
36.18N 141.35E  Depth  10km  Fri Feb  3 04:37:34 2006 UTC

Time: Universal Time         (UTC) Fri Feb  3 04:37:34 2006
      Time Near Epicenter          Fri Feb  3 13:37:34 2006
      Eastern Standard Time  (EST) Thu Feb  2 23:37:34 2006
      Central Standard Time  (CST) Thu Feb  2 22:37:34 2006
      Mountain Standard Time (MST) Thu Feb  2 21:37:34 2006
      Pacific Standard Time  (PST) Thu Feb  2 20:37:34 2006
      Alaska Standard Time   (AST) Thu Feb  2 19:37:34 2006
      Hawaii Standard Time   (HST) Thu Feb  2 18:37:34 2006

Location with respect to nearby cities:
     80 km (50 miles) ESE of Mito, Honshu, Japan (pop 246,000)
     105 km (65 miles) SSE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan (pop 360,000)
     155 km (95 miles) ENE of TOKYO, Japan (pop 7,967,000)
     190 km (120 miles) SSE of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan

For maps, additional information, and subsequent updates,
please consult: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

I was just checking my mail, for the daily devotional when this was reported.

Pastor Rogers link for  La Nina's return threatens more hurricanes (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/02/02/nina.ap/index.html)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 03, 2006, 08:51:36 AM
More Windy Weather On The Way


SEATTLE - In the past six weeks or so, we've had dozens of storms roll through the Northwest, but Mother Nature might have saved her strongest for last.

We're tracking a pretty potent system that is forming out in the Pacific Ocean, and forecasting models have that storm coming into our area late Friday night and into the day Saturday, bring the potential for strong winds all across western Washington.

First of all, a HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for the Coast for Friday night and Saturday morning, and then a HIGH WIND WATCH is also in effect for the rest of western Washington (that means you, greater Puget Sound area too) for late Saturday morning through Saturday evening. A WATCH means conditions are possible. See below for forecasted wind speeds.

A good first step might be to read this from our Weather FAQ on how windstorms form around here, because this storm is pegged to follow the script pretty closely.

The computer forecasting models have been pretty consistent in gauging the storm's strength, but there is still some variance in where the storm is expected to make landfall, ranging from the Northwestern tip of Washington to north-central Vancouver Island.

The track is important, because the further south it comes inland, the stronger the winds will be in the western Washington area. The Thursday afternoon models still keep the most consistent landfall bulls-eye in central Vancouver Island, so not worst-case scenario, but even if the storm comes in that far north, it'll still be strong enough to make it windy around here If the storm comes in a little further south, we might have to up the wind estimates.

The first to notice the winds would be in the Cascade foothills Friday evening and night as the strong low passes offshore to the west. This will create a big difference in pressure between eastern Washington and western Washington, helping to pull gusty winds west through the passes and out toward that offshore low.

Right now, easterly winds are expected to be about 20-30 mph, perhaps a gust to 40 mph.

Then, as that storm moves further to the northeast, approaching Vancouver Island overnight Friday and Saturday morning. The Cascade winds will ease, but strong southeast winds will pick up along the coast and Northwest Interior (roughly Everett north to the Canadian Border, and west to Port Townsend, including San Juan and Island Counties). Here, southeast winds could be 30-45 mph with gusts to 55-60 mph in the North Interior -- and gusts to 70 mph are possible along the coast.

(Note that at this point, the greater Seattle and Tacoma areas are still somewhat wind-sheltered as the Olympic Mountains block a direct wind path to the low.)

The low is then pegged to cross over Vancouver Island and into mainland B.C. Saturday midday and afternoon. It's when it's due north of the I-5 corridor that the strong south winds will pick up in the greater Seattle, Tacoma, and central/southern Kitsap Peninsula areas. The forecasting models do show the storm weakening some as it moves inland, so it's not expected to be quite as gusty around the central Puget Sound area -- more so south winds of 20-35 mph with occasional gusts of 45-50 mph, but it's not out of the realm for 60 mph gusts.

This also includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca for a westerly wind Saturday midday and afternoon of 30-40 mph gusting to 60 mph as the front passes.

The low then passes off to our east, making it quite windy in Eastern Washington, but gradually lowering the winds in western Washington Saturday night. By Sunday, this is all gone and we're just left with some lingering showers.

Aside from the wind, this storm will also bring another round of heavy rain, so we'll have to keep an eye out for more urban flooding problems.

Long range forecasts show once we get past this storm, that's it for a while, as we head into what appears to be at least a week-long dry streak. We'll sure have earned it!

In the meantime, maybe safety-pin those hats to your head...



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on February 04, 2006, 01:43:09 AM
Four Strong Earthquakes Shake Japan

Fri Feb 3, 1:51 AM ET

TOKYO - A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.9 shook northeastern Japan early Friday, followed by at least three strong aftershocks.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami.

The quake struck at 1:37 p.m. local time and was centered about 20 miles below the seabed off the coast about 80 miles northeast of Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It was followed by two aftershocks of 5.0 magnitude within three minutes of each other, the Japanese agency said. A 5.3-magnitude aftershock followed at 3:10 p.m., less than two hours after the first quake.

Japan sits atop four tectonic plates and is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

Four Strong Earthquakes Shake Japan (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060203/ap_on_re_as/japan_earthquake;_ylt=AtOoDRuRL5qDU.81_1liNqABxg8F;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--)


Title: Arizona bracing for a bad wildfire season
Post by: Shammu on February 04, 2006, 02:14:46 PM
Arizona bracing for a bad wildfire season
Dry conditions increase danger

Michael Clancy
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 12, 2006 12:00 AM

Arizona is likely to have an early and potentially disastrous wildfire season unless the weather changes soon.

Already, the fire season nationally is surpassing previous years. Since Jan. 1, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, almost 1,300 fires have burned more than 500,000 acres almost 12 times more than any other year since 2000.Those fires have been concentrated in Oklahoma and Texas, but officials are concerned that the fires are moving west into Colorado, New Mexico, even southern Arizona.

On the positive side, word just came through that preparedness funds for this fire season would be increased and suppression funds would be equal to last year, according to Tom Beddow, deputy director for fire and aviation in the Forest Service's Region 3, which includes Arizona. That decision was made at Forest Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., he said, in reaction to the early and active fire season in Texas and Oklahoma.
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The money will be used to hire and train firefighters, lease firefighting aircraft and train their crews. Falling behind on any of these fronts could affect how vigorously a fire can be fought.

The ability to fight fires effectively takes on added importance given the actual factors affecting the fire season.

"All of the major factors for large fires are in line not just for a bad year this year, but also for a number of difficult seasons," said State Forester Kirk Rowdabaugh. "They are lined up like they haven't been for 10 or 20 years."

Among the factors:


• Weather. Last year's wet winter is probably an aberration at the beginning of what forecasters are expecting to be a long drought, Rowdabaugh said. Global warming might be a factor, he said, though no one knows for sure.

"Every day without rain or snow, it gets worse," he said, "and it is looking almost impossible now to catch up. There is no practical expectation of the kind of weather we need."


• Fuels. Rowdabaugh said Arizona has millions of dead trees, killed by drought and insect infestations, in the high country. In addition, invasive grasses that dry out and burn easily are spreading across lower elevations, threatening native plants. It was these grasses that fueled last year's biggest fire, the "Cave Creek Complex" fire. Beddow of the Region 3 office said the fuel - timber, brush and grasses - is at its maximum fire danger for the past 10 years.


• Growth. Rowdabaugh said 60 percent of fires are human-caused, maybe even more of the worst fires. And with cities like Prescott and Payson booming as much as the Phoenix area, more people are out in areas susceptible to fire. In addition, the population boom exposes more people and structures to the damaging effects of fire.

Rowdabaugh said the factors add up to an early and potentially dangerous fire season, although he emphasized he is not making a prediction.

Factors that could lead to a less dangerous season include people taking more care outdoors and fewer lightning-caused fire during the monsoon.

Rose Davis, public-affairs officer for the Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, said she expects the government will have 16 large air tankers and numerous smaller ones available to help fight fires. The tankers drop large amounts of water or fire-dousing slurry.

The center, which coordinates wildfire activities throughout the United States, is working to line up smaller aircraft and to make sure enough firefighters are available.

Mary Zabinski, press officer for the Southwest Coordination Center, said the outlook will be clearer by March 1. Moisture that falls before then can be helpful, she said, but afterward, it will make little difference.

Gov. Janet Napolitano told legislators in her State of the State message that she was increasing money in her proposed budget for both fire prevention and suppression. Three new crews of inmate firefighters are ready for action as well, bringing the total to 15.

"Arizona's fire season threatens, yet again, to be among the worst," she said.

Arizona bracing for a bad wildfire season (http://www.azcentral.com/specials/special38/articles/0112drought12-wildfire.html)


Title: Britain faces drought after dry winter
Post by: Shammu on February 06, 2006, 01:14:29 AM
Britain faces drought after dry winter

February 05, 2006

Southeast England faces a summer of drought after the driest 15 months in 30 years, but northwest Scotland and Wales have had more rain than usual.

Southeast England will most likely have sprinkling restrictions and car-washing bans in the summer, the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

 The average British water consumer uses up to 35 gallons a day, but Britain has less water per head than any other European country, say weather officials.

Water use has been rising by more than 1 percent a year because of the growth in power showers, power hoses and dishwashers.

Water supplies will be further stretched by the government's plan to have 190,000 homes built a year for a decade.

Britain faces drought after dry winter (http://www.physorg.com/news10554.html)


Title: 'Oregon Field Guide' to explore Oregon volcano
Post by: Shammu on February 07, 2006, 10:44:32 AM
'Oregon Field Guide' to explore Oregon volcano

Oregon Public Broadcasting show to investigate swelling volcanic zone near Bend

ROY GAULT
Statesman Journal

February 6, 2006

Mount St. Helens isn't the only volcano in the Pacific Northwest that's showing signs of life.

The crew of "Oregon Field Guide," a weekly outdoors show that airs on Oregon Public Broadcasting, has documented how a volcano is coming alive just outside of Bend.

Land beneath the South Sister is being pushed up by mysterious volcanic forces miles beneath a popular hiking trail.

"Volcanoes in Our Backyard" explores new insights and uncovers new volcanic mysteries. It airs on Thursday and will be rebroadcast Sunday.

Mount St. Helens erupted with almost no warning in 1980, when 1,300 feet off its top blew off, and it erupted again in October of 2004. Had the technology we have today been available in 1980, "Oregon Field Guide" shows how scientists may have been able to detect the swelling of the earth and the accumulation of lava prior to the explosion.

That technology now is being used to measure the swelling of the ground in the newly awakened volcanic zone near Bend. It is rising at the rate of about 1 1/2 inches a year, and some scientists think this could be a preliminary indication of major volcanic activity.

The crew of "Oregon Field Guide" follows scientists as they search for clues that may help them predict the next Cascade eruption.

'Oregon Field Guide' to explore Oregon volcano (http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060206/OUTDOORS/602060302&SearchID=73234866827106)


Title: 2,000 Families Flee S. Calif. Brush Fire
Post by: Shammu on February 07, 2006, 10:48:59 AM
2,000 Families Flee S. Calif. Brush Fire
Last Update: 2/7/2006 8:15:24 AM

United Press International

A brush fire rolling through Orange County in southern California led to the evacuation of 2,000 homes and road and school closures near Anaheim.

The plume of smoke that billowed over the Santa Ana Mountains could be seen as far away as Los Angeles, and residents in Long Beach said ash rained down, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Fire officials said the fire was being pushed by Santa Ana winds of up to 50 mph, and by Monday night had consumed about 1,800 acres. It was not classed as contained early Tuesday.

"The cause of the fire is being investigated, but the area where the blaze broke out is near a 10-acre strip of chaparral where federal fire workers recently conducted a controlled burn to clear dead vegetation," said Joan Wynn, spokeswoman for the Forest Service.

More than 700 local, state and federal firefighters are battling the blaze, which has not damaged any buildings yet, the newspaper said.

2,000 Families Flee S. Calif. Brush Fire (http://www.wetmtv.com/news/national/story.aspx?content_id=DDF7F3C5-657C-45C4-9F98-E65EDD11AF6F)


Title: Cleveland volcano
Post by: Shammu on February 07, 2006, 12:12:37 PM
This hasn't been released yet, sooooooooo.....................

As of the 7th of February, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported that Cleveland volcano erupted on Monday 6th February, sending ash to 22,000 ft. A flight restriction was placed below 50,000 feet and a six-mile radius from the volcano. An ash cloud was detected in AVHRR satellite data this morning beginning at 0757 AKST (1657 UTC). The most recent image at 0900 AKST (1800 UTC) showed a small ash cloud approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) ESE of Cleveland Volcano. Initial data suggest a cloud height of about 22,000 ft. asl. We see no indication of continuous ash emission and the ash cloud has detached from the volcano. Note: Cleveland volcano does not have a real-time seismic network and therefore we are unable to monitor seismic changes; AVO has no definitive information about background activity.

Beautifully symmetrical Mount Cleveland stratovolcano is situated at the western end of the uninhabited, dumbbell-shaped Chuginadak Island. It lies SE across Carlisle Pass strait from Carlisle volcano and NE across Chuginadak Pass strait from Herbert volcano. Cleveland is joined to the rest of Chuginadak Island by a low isthmus. The 1730-m-high Mt. Cleveland is the highest of the Islands of the Four Mountains group and is one of the most active of the Aleutian Islands. The native name for Mt. Cleveland, Chuginadak, refers to the Aleut goddess of fire, who was thought to reside on the volcano. Numerous large lava flows descend the steep-sided flanks of the volcano. It is possible that some 18th to 19th century eruptions attributed to Carlisle should be ascribed to Cleveland (Miller et al., 1998). In 1944 Cleveland produced the only known fatality from an Aleutian eruption. Recent eruptions from Mt. Cleveland have been characterised by short-lived explosive ash emissions, at times accompanied by lava fountaining and lava flows down the flanks.

The Current Colour Code for Cleveland is currently at RED.


Title: Bird disease in flu-hit Nigeria "spreading like wildfire"
Post by: Shammu on February 09, 2006, 02:29:36 PM
Thursday February 9, 6:45 PM    
Bird disease in flu-hit Nigeria "spreading like wildfire"


As Nigeria scrambled to deal with Africa's first confirmed case of deadly bird flu, a farmer's representative said thousands of poultry had died of disease further north.

Identified earlier this week as "fowl cholera", the disease was spreading rapidly through farms in Kano State, killing tens of thousands of chickens, Auwalu Haruna, secretary of the Kano State poultry farmers' association, said.

Nigeria announced Wednesday that Africa's first confirmed case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu -- which can be fatal to humans -- had been found in Sambawa Farm in Kaduna State, 300 kilometres (185 miles) north of Abuja.

The disease in Kano "is spreading like wildfire," Haruna told AFP.

"We have 20,000 new infections reported today, bringing the figure for infected birds to 80,000. What worsens the situation is the movement of infected poultry, in a frantic effort to minimise losses," he said.

Haruna and several market stall holders told AFP that once chickens are infected farmers are killing them and rapidly dumping them on the market in an effort to beat any future quarantine and make a quick profit.

"The announcement by the federal government of bird flu at Sambawa Farm shocked us, but we are just waiting for confirmation from the veterinary institute in Vom for our birds," Haruna said.

Prices of chickens in Kano have dropped by two thirds since thousands of birds began dying of the mystery infection.

International experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation were expected to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday following the news of the bird flu outbreak.

Nigeria's Agriculture Minister Adamu Bello promised Wednesday that a massive effort to quarantine farms and cull sick birds would be rapidly put into place to contain the outbreak, but there was no sign of that on the ground.

Bird disease in flu-hit Nigeria "spreading like wildfire" (http://sg.news.yahoo.com/060209/1/3yld6.html)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 11, 2006, 05:40:53 PM
Developing strong winter storm heads up East Coast, blizzard warnings in Northeast
By MATTHEW VERRINDER
Associated Press Writer

February 11, 2006, 4:04 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. -- A developing nor'easter headed up the East Coast on Saturday with a threat of heavy snow, canceling flights and putting road crews on overtime but cheering up skiers in a region spared harsh weather for most of this season.

Blizzard warnings were posted from the New York City area into eastern New England, where up to 15 inches of snow was possible, and a winter storm warning was issued for most of New Jersey, the National Weather Service said. Heavy snow warnings were in effect from eastern Kentucky to southeastern New York state.

Delta Air Lines said it was canceling its Sunday arrivals and departures at several airports in the storm's path, including those in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Newark, N.J.; Providence, R.I.; Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Conn.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation had 600 trucks ready to plow snow and spread salt, plus 1,100 contractor trucks, the department said. The department also had its regular maintenance staff of 735 employees, plus more than 400 other state employees, available to operate plows.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had more than 160 pieces of heavy snow equipment at the New York region's Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

The New York City sanitation department ordered all sanitation workers and supervisors to come into work early Saturday in anticipation of severe weather. The Long Island Power Authority said it had extra repair crews on hand to respond to electric outages.

In Connecticut, forecasters predicted up to 12 inches of snow, with the highest totals along the shoreline. Snow was expected to start Saturday evening and become heavy after midnight before tapering off Sunday afternoon.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell urged residents to stay off the roads if possible.

"Take it easy out there and just use common sense," she said. "We want everyone to get through this weekend storm safe and sound."

Despite the likelihood that drivers would have to dig their cars out Sunday morning, the storm was great news for northern New Jersey's Hidden Valley Resort and its 12 ski slopes, said Roni Mattiello, director of snow sports.

"It means great, fresh powder to ski in tomorrow," Mattiello said. "It will help us open terrain on the mountain that hasn't been opened yet because of the mild winter."

"Everyone is psyched and pumped up for skiing," she said.

Not all sports fans were elated, however. New York's Aqueduct race track canceled Sunday's horse racing schedule.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 11, 2006, 09:34:33 PM
Delta cancels flights due to threat of heavy snow
Many flights, including Delta's east coast shuttle have been cancelled by the carrier as a major snowstorm approaches the northeast.
February 11, 2006: 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines, will suspend its East Coast shuttle and many other flights in the Northeast on Sunday due to expected heavy snow, the carrier said on Saturday.

United Airlines (Research) and US Airways (Research), which also operate in the region, have not canceled service but are allowing passengers to change their plans on scheduled flights without incurring financial penalties.

Delta (Research), a dominant carrier along the Eastern seaboard, will cancel arrivals and departures at New York's LaGuardia airport, Newark, New Jersey, Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.

The airline will operate a limited schedule in other cities.

Customers can change their plans without incurring fees and those whose flights are canceled may request refunds, Delta said.

Big U.S. airlines, including bankrupt Delta, continue to struggle financially. So far this winter, the weather has been mild and has not disrupted airline operations in the heavily traveled Northeast.



Title: Snowing in Syria, up to 2.5 feet
Post by: Shammu on February 12, 2006, 03:51:10 PM
In Syria, snow blanketed the hills around Damascus and high winds forced the closure of the Mediterranean ports of Latakia and Tartous. The town of Shat-ha in central Syria received a record amount of rain overnight, meteorologists reported Thursday. In southwestern Syria on the Golan Heights, near Israel, as much as 75 centimeters (2.5 feet) of snow fell on the village of Hadar.

Snowing in Syria, up to 2.5 feet (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert_read.php?id=5351&lang=eng)


Title: Nor'easter Dumps Nearly Two Feet of Snow
Post by: Shammu on February 12, 2006, 05:35:20 PM
Nor'easter Dumps Nearly Two Feet of Snow
Nor'easter Slams Mid-Atlantic, Northeast With Nearly 2 Feet of Snow, Nearing Record Levels
By SAMANTHA GROSS
The Associated Press

NEW YORK - A major storm slammed the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states with nearly 2 feet of windblown snow on Sunday, nearing record levels as it blacked out thousands of customers and shut down air travel from Washington to Boston.

Wind gusting to 40 mph blew the snow sideways and threatened coastal flooding in New England. And in a rare display, lightning lit up the falling snow before dawn in the New York metro area.

By late morning, 22.8 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park, the city's second heaviest snowfall on record, surpassed only by the 26.4 inches that fell in December 1947.

"This is a dangerous storm," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as he urged people to stay home.

The storm interrupted a relatively mild winter and came right after America's warmest January on record. The country's average temperature last month was 39.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.5 degrees above average for January, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The old record for January warmth was 37.3 degrees set in 1953.

On Sunday, New York City had more than 2,500 snow plows and salt spreaders at work, along with snow-melting machines that could dispose of up to 60 tons of snow per hour, officials said.

Elsewhere, 21 inches of snow had fallen at Columbia, Md., between Baltimore and Washington, and thousands of customers in that state had no electricity. Hartford, Conn., and Wayne, N.J., reported 19 inches and Philadelphia's northern and western suburbs measured up to 18, the National Weather Service said.

"It's going to be a menace trying to clean it up," Wayne Mayor Scott T. Rumana said Sunday.

Radar showed snow falling from eastern Virginia to Maine as the nor'easter crawled up the coast.

Whiteout conditions were reported around Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J., with northerly wind gusting to 40 mph.

Few people ventured out into the storm if they didn't have to.

"I'm just out to get some doughnuts and coffee, then I'm going right back home," said Chris Vasili of East Brunswick, N.J. "It's not too good out here right now."

Karen Gulley of Mansfield, Mass., took her two young children to Boston to visit the New England Aquarium, but their plans changed to snowman-building because of the storm.

"It's their favorite thing to do," Gulley said.

Emil Krupczyn, a mechanic for the U.S. Postal Service, didn't let the snow interfere with his 200-mile drive home to upstate New York from Manhattan, but he figured the journey would take about six hours.

"There's no rushing in this stuff and if you don't have no place to go, don't go," he said as he waited for a street to get plowed.

The possibility of coastal flooding was a major concern for Massachusetts, said Peter Judge, spokesman for the state's Emergency Management Agency. Meteorologists predicted 2 1/2-foot storm surges from Cape Ann to Cape Cod with seas off the coast running up to 25 feet.

More than 80,000 customers were without power in Maryland, according to Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. spokeswoman Linda Foy. She said it could be at least 24 hours before power is fully restored.

"It's taking us a long time to even get to the locations where we can begin the restoration process," Foy said.

Power also was out at thousands of homes and businesses in New Jersey, New York's Long Island and Connecticut.

Most airlines canceled all flights at LaGuardia Airport, some of them until Monday, said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Kennedy and Newark airports.

Delta said it also canceled Sunday arrivals and departures at Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn.

New Jersey Transit suspended all bus service statewide, although most rail service continued operating. Amtrak reported a few cancelations and delays but said most trains remained in service.

However, the storm was good news for ski resorts after an unseasonably warm January dragged down business.

"The best thing for us is it puts snow in customers' back yards and they think of snowboarding and down hill (skiing)," said Carol Lugar, president of Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, Conn., which had up to 1 foot of snow by late Sunday morning.

"I personally love the snow," she said. "I like snow shoveling. If you shovel snow all winter you can paddle a kayak or canoe all summer."

Nor'easter Dumps Nearly Two Feet of Snow (http://www.worthynews.com/news/abcnews-go-com-US-print-id-1609418/)


Title: Northeast Storm Sets Mark for Snowfall
Post by: Shammu on February 13, 2006, 01:14:00 AM
Northeast Storm Sets Mark for Snowfall

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 40 minutes ago

NEW YORK - A record-breaking storm buried sections of the Northeast under more than 2 feet of snow on Sunday, frustrating thousands of marooned travelers but enthralling winter-lovers who took to the streets with cross-country skis and snowshoes.
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The timing of the storm helped transportation workers who plowed streets in relatively light weekend traffic and expected to have roadways ready for Monday's rush hour.

All three of the major New York-area airports were closed for much of the day, and airlines canceled more than 500 inbound and departing flights — 200 each at LaGuardia and Newark airports and 120 at Kennedy. By Sunday evening, Newark and Kennedy reopened with limited service.

A Turkish Airlines flight skidded off a runway at Kennedy as it landed at 9:20 p.m., but none of the 198 passengers were injured, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The storm came on the heels of an unusually mild January that had people shedding jackets and ski resorts lamenting lost business.

"It's sort of crazy because it was so warm a couple of weeks ago and now we have knee-deep snow," said Skye Drynan, walking her dogs Bella and Forest in Manhattan.

Winds gusted up to 60 mph and in a rare display of lightning lit up the falling snow before dawn in the New York and Philadelphia areas, producing muffled winter thunder.

The
National Weather Service said 26.9 inches of snow fell in Central Park, the most for a single storm since record-keeping started in 1869. The old record was 26.4 inches in December 1947.

"We might not see anything like this again in our lifetime," Jason Rosenfarb said as he walked with his 5-year-old daughter Haley in Central Park. Just then Haley jumped head first into the snow and said: "Help me out. There's too much snow."

New York officials expected to have all roads cleared — which costs the city about $1 million per inch — by Monday morning.

Elsewhere, 21 inches of snow fell at Columbia, Md., between Baltimore and Washington, as well as at East Brunswick, N.J., Hartford, Conn., and West Caln Township west of Philadelphia, the National Weather Service said. Philadelphia's average for an entire winter is about 21 inches.

"It's going to be a menace trying to clean it up," said Mayor Scott T. Rumana in Wayne, N.J.

Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell said state government would be closed Monday for Lincoln's Birthday, allowing people to stay at home one more day.

"Lucky for us, it will keep some traffic off the highways," Rell said.

The airport closures and grounded planes stranded travelers elsewhere across the country. About 7,500 people were stuck just at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, spokesman Steve Belleme said.

"We've been playing cards for two hours. We expect to play a lot more cards," said Cliff Jefferson whose flight was among the more than 80 canceled at the Miami International Airport.

Delta Air Lines canceled arrivals and departures at Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn.

Service in and out of New York's Pennsylvania Station on the Long Island Rail Road was canceled, and Metro North rail service to the northern suburbs was curtailed. New Jersey Transit suspended all bus service statewide. Amtrak reported a few cancelations and delays in the Northeast Corridor but said most trains remained in service.

Still, many people took the storm in stride, in spite of drifts that made sidewalks tortuous, if not impassable. Lynda Carpentero didn't let the snow keep her away from yoga class at a neighborhood gym in Brooklyn.

"We were afraid we would fall on our heads before we stood on them," Carpenter said.

Northeast Storm Sets Mark for Snowfall (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060213/ap_on_re_us/snowstorm;_ylt=ArWWse_bzQj9jJWQqtq1NCCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Shammu on February 14, 2006, 02:35:38 AM
Storm Victims Leave Hotels for Sofas, Cars

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, Associated Press Writers Mon Feb 13, 10:20 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS - About 12,000 families made homeless by last year's hurricanes began checking out of their federally funded hotel rooms around the country Monday after a federal judge let FEMA stop paying directly for their stays.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency promised the evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that they will still receive federal rent assistance that they can put toward hotel stays or other housing. But the agency will no longer pay for their hotel rooms directly.

Earlier in the day, attorneys for the evacuees pleaded with U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval for a last-minute reprieve, saying the rent assistance will not be enough for decent living accommodations or continued hotel stays.

"These people are going to be homeless. We've heard from a lot of people who are going to be sleeping in their cars," said Bill Quigley, a lawyer for the evacuees.

But Duval denied the request.

FEMA said the majority of those checking out had made arrangements for other housing. But some said they had nowhere to go except their own cars, a relative's couch or back to a shelter.

Mary Smith looked for a bus to take her to one of the lower-income neighborhoods across the Mississippi River in suburban New Orleans, where she was told she might find a rental.

"I only got my rent check last week. It's not enough time to find a place," said Smith, 43, for whom the Crowne Plaza had become home.

"I got nowhere to go," said 21-year-old Meoshia Davis, pulling her 1-year-old behind her and balancing three bags of clothes. Although Davis had received her FEMA check, she said the only apartment the $1,800 could rent was one that was damaged in the storm. She had hoped it would be finished by her checkout time Monday, but it wasn't.

Several said they were heading back to Houston and Atlanta, their original evacuation destinations, giving up jobs in New Orleans in search of a place to sleep.

By Monday afternoon, about 17 people had arrived at a state-run shelter in Shreveport.

Those who tried to use the rent checks to pay for hotel stays found they ran out of money fast. "I can't pay no more," said 18-year-old Aziza Guy, who seemed lost on the wide, asphalt boulevard outside the Day's Inn.

About 10,500 families, or 88 percent of the 12,000 homeless families, have received rent-assistance checks from FEMA, said Libby Turner, the agency's transitional housing director.

At a meeting of state emergency managers in Alexandria, Va., acting FEMA chief R. David Paulison told reporters the judge's ruling "recognized that we're doing the right thing for these people."

"We have caseworkers down there and most people have already received rental assistance," Paulison said. "I just gave approval to purchase 10,000 more travel trailers. We're working also with some of the apartment owners to rehab some of the apartments down there. We are going to make sure that people are taken care of. But the judge recognized that, and recognized that the right thing to do is to get them out of hotels and into some decent housing."

Monday marks the second wave of evacuees losing FEMA financing of their hotel rooms. Last week, the occupants of roughly 4,500 rooms lost FEMA funding after failing to ask the agency for extensions.

Storm Victims Leave Hotels for Sofas, Cars (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060214/ap_on_re_us/katrina_evacuees_hotels;_ylt=AlOMMRcrzUkALT1kolk.RwKs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MjBwMWtkBHNlYwM3MTg-)


Title: Red Cross: E Africa faces hunger crisis
Post by: Shammu on February 15, 2006, 08:39:08 PM
Red Cross: E Africa faces hunger crisis

Wednesday 15 February 2006, 20:44 Makka Time, 17:44 GMT

A major hunger crisis in East Africa will last until at least July, the international Red Cross has said.

Up to seven million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are affected by the drought, with the situation in the latter particularly severe because of ongoing lawlessness in the country, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

"The crisis that we are witnessing cannot be expected to end until July," said Jacques de Maio, the Geneva-based ICRC's head of operations for the Horn of Africa region.

"The places where this is occurring would be a challenge to any government on earth."

Relief aid

In a news release issued on Wednesday, the ICRC said it was stepping up its emergency operation to assist more than half a million people in areas affected by the drought and armed violence in Somalia and Ethiopia over the next five months.

In co-ordination with other humanitarian organisations and in partnership with the Somali Red Crescent, the ICRC is focusing its assistance activities on southern Somalia where the drought has hit hardest, the ICRC said.

It added: "This week the organisation has started distributing food to 48,000 people in Bakool and to 54,000 in the Gedo and Bay regions.

"This help will continue until the next harvest in July, although the success of the crop will depend on the results of the rainy season due to begin in April."

The UN says more than 11.5 million people will require food assistance in the next six months.

Somalia

In its latest report on Somalia, the UN said that 1.7 million people - 710,000 of them experiencing an acute food shortage - needed food assistance of some kind in addition to the 410,000 refugees who depend on food aid.

The crisis could last beyond July if the region's rainy season, starting in March or April, fails to deliver enough water to help the harvest, the ICRC said.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991, when regional commanders overthrew the government and divided the country into rival, clan-based fiefdoms.

"The drought is making an already dire situation worse for the majority of people in southern Somalia," said Pascal Hundt, the ICRC Somalia delegation chief.

"This country is facing, for the last 15 years, a violent and protracted conflict."

Two million Somalis are currently affected by drought, out of a total population of up to 12 million.

"If there is no rapid, effective response to this crisis now, and if there is no rain in April, the situation is going to get worse, and people will start getting hungry - and will start dying," Hundt also said.

Balance tipped

Up to 80% of cattle are expected to die in some areas in the south of the country, severely limiting people's food sources and purchasing power, as they will be unable to sell livestock to buy cereals, Hundt said.

"This will depend a lot on the outcome of the next rainy season," he added.

The drought has tipped the balance in many highly impoverished border areas where Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya meet - the centre of the drought where there is little central government control or supervision of border crossings.

The Red Cross said it would concentrate on distributing food to more than 102,000 people in southern Somalia. In Ethiopia, the agency plans to assist more than 300,000 people.

Red Cross: E Africa faces hunger crisis (http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/728E1B62-FDA6-439D-A4EF-E45D89A88D75.htm)


Title: Europe scrambles to stop bird flu spreading
Post by: Shammu on February 15, 2006, 08:50:21 PM
Europe scrambles to stop bird flu spreading

By Thorsten Severin 2 hours, 29 minutes ago

BERLIN (Reuters) - New alarm bells over bird flu rang out in the heart of Europe on Wednesday, prompting governments to step up efforts to prevent a potentially devastating outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

Germany became the fourth European Union country to detect H5N1, saying additional tests on two dead swans had confirmed its presence, first shown by preliminary results on Tuesday. Authorities later said they had also found the virus in a hawk.

"Unfortunately it has been confirmed that the swans were infected with H5N1 from Asia," Reinhard Kurth, head of the Robert Koch Institute, told German television. "We have no doubts whatsoever any more."

Other European countries, including Hungary, tested samples from wild birds for the virus that can kill humans in its highly pathogenic form. Bird flu is highly contagious among poultry.

Russia, which first reported H5N1 in poultry last year, and Italy, which found its first cases at the weekend, reported new incidents of the virus. Italy's were in wild swans, while Russia's were at a battery farm in the Caucasus.

The virus has already penetrated some industrial chicken farms in Russia, resulting in mass culling, and it is fear of a similar situation developing in the EU that has led governments to introduce tight controls over domestic poultry.

Preliminary tests showed no signs of bird flu in three dead swans found on a Baltic beach in the northern Polish city of Krynica Morska, local authorities said.

DEVASTATING VIRUS

Transmission of H5N1 to domestic flocks could be devastating for the EU's 20 billion euro ($24 billion) poultry and egg industry. The Netherlands had an outbreak of a different strain of bird flu in 2003 that led to the culling of 30 million birds, more than a third of the flock.

Measures being taken to stop the spread of the virus include bans on keeping poultry out of doors. Germany brought forward such a ban to February 17, while the Netherlands said it was considering a similar move.

"We must stress the message that bird flu has been found in wild birds only and not in farm animals," said Thomas Janning, a spokesman for German poultry industry association ZDG.

The EU banned all imports of untreated feathers until the end of July.

Experts have said the virus could spread further into Europe shortly in spring when migrating birds return after wintering in Africa.

In Africa, where experts say the risk of transmission to humans is higher than in other regions because millions of people live in close contact with domestic birds, Nigeria reported more suspected outbreaks in birds.

At present, humans can contract bird flu only through close contact with an infected bird, but experts fear H5N1 may mutate into a form that can spread between people and cause a pandemic that could kill millions.

Highly pathogenic H5N1 has killed at least 91 people in Asia and the Middle East, according to the
World Health Organization. There have been no human infections in Africa or Europe.

NIGERIAN QUARANTINE

Implementation of preventive measures in Nigeria has been slow in some places but a top veterinary expert said farmers were starting to abide by quarantine rules because the government had confirmed it would pay them compensation.

"Initially it was the panic selling that made it spread. Animals were being moved from farms so that farmers wouldn't lose everything," said Lami Lombin, director of the laboratory testing poultry samples.

Neighboring Niger sent health experts, vets and soldiers to help protect the 1,500 (900 mile) border as fears rose that the virus could spread. For farmers in one of the world's poorest nations, the consequences of an outbreak were frightening.

"I am very worried because the death of one chicken could destroy my entire capital," said chicken farm owner Hamani Labo.

Senegal said it would host a regional conference next week for trade and livestock ministers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), aimed at forging a concerted effort in combating the spread of the virus.

Europe scrambles to stop bird flu spreading (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060215/wl_nm/birdflu_dc;_ylt=AopL4h7ISnXM3BxzaShZDqwUewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTA4NTMzazIyBHNlYwMxNjk2)


Title: Europe urges calm as bird flu spreads further
Post by: Shammu on February 15, 2006, 08:52:36 PM
Europe urges calm as bird flu spreads further

1 hour, 1 minute ago

BRUSSELS (AFP) - European leaders took urgent new action to counter fast-multiplying outbreaks of bird flu, ordering poultry indoors to avoid infection but urging consumers not to panic.

The European Union's executive arm also warned that it expects more cases as warm spring weather brings a seasonal migration of swans and other wild birds carrying the potentially lethal disease.

As Germany became the latest EU country to confirm the lethal H5N1 strain of the disease, EU health experts agreed to ban all imports of untreated feathers to further reduce the "high risk" of the disease spreading.

"Today's decision ... was taken in light of the rapid spread of avian influenza over the past months and the current high risk of the disease spreading further," said the European Commission.

So far, the presence of H5N1 virus -- which in its highly pathogenic form can be fatal to humans -- has been confirmed in recent days in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania and the European part of Russia.

Preliminary tests have proved positive in Austria, while Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Ukraine are investigating suspected cases.

EU health commissioner Marko Kyprianou, attending the two days of talks with health experts from member states, underlined that there is unlikely to be an early end to the cases of bird flu.

"Given that the spring migration will begin soon we will review again the situation to see if there's need for additional methods... We shouldn't be surprised if we have more migratory wild birds with this virus," he said.

"There's no need to panic," he warned. "We have to advise the European public to stay calm... There's no reason not to consume chicken."

The potentially lethal H5N1 strain has killed at least 90 people -- almost half those who caught it -- mostly in Southeast Asia and China where it first erupted but also in Turkey and northern
Iraq.

The big fear in the EU, the world's third biggest exporter of poultry after the United States and Brazil, is that the virus passes from migratory swans to chickens, or other birds in the human food chain.

To head off that risk a number of countries, including Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden, have ordered poultry and tame birds to be kept indoors to avoid contamination.

The avian influenza virus, first reported on Europe's southeastern flanks in early January, re-erupted with a vengeance last week, starting in Italy and Greece. But there are now almost daily reports of cases in a string of European countries.

In Germany, the authorities Wednesday set up the now-standard 10-kilometer (six-mile) surveillance zone around the site where two dead wild swans and one dead hawk were found on the island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea.

Hours later Hungary confirmed that it had detected the H5-type virus in the bodies of three dead swans in the south of the country.

Further north, a number of dead birds, including swans, were found across Denmark on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As the EU scrambles, some underline that there is basically little it can do to prevent the disease arriving.

"We have absolutely no control over the introduction of the virus by migratory birds that are about to start returning from Africa to Siberia, Scandinavia and Greenland," said French food safety agency panelist Jean Hars. "It is unavoidable," he told AFP.

Until recently the 25-nation EU has said it is satisfied that the measures taken are sufficient.

But Brussels is closely monitoring the situation and if poultry should become infected, it may call for the culling of all birds and eggs on small holdings or farms.

In addition the European Commission has proposed speeding up the process of clamping down on new outbreaks, by making arrangements automatic rather than on a case-by-case basis.

In other bird flu developments Wednesday in Europe:

- in Greece, two elderly people who buried a dead chicken with their bare hands and are showing flu symptoms were admitted to hospital;

- Slovenia investigated a suspected case found near its border with Austria, as did Croatia;

- the Italian press reported that two more swans which died in southern Italy had tested positive for the H5N1 form.

Europe urges calm as bird flu spreads further (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060216/ts_afp/healthflueurope_060215182623;_ylt=AkswTLIL907.Qfwl5izjk8Vn.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTA2ZGZwam4yBHNlYwNmYw--)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 17, 2006, 10:52:05 AM
Mudslide Buries Philippine Village

By PAUL ALEXANDER

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A rain-soaked mountainside disintegrated into a torrent of mud in the eastern Philippines on Friday, swallowing hundreds of houses and an elementary school in sludge three stories high. At least 23 bodies were recovered, but 1,500 people remained missing.

The farming village of Guinsaugon on Leyte island, 420 miles southeast of Manila, was virtually wiped out, with only a few jumbles of corrugated steel sheeting left to show that the community of some 2,500 people ever existed.

"It sounded like the mountain exploded, and the whole thing crumbled," survivor Dario Libatan told Manila radio DZMM. "I could not see any house standing anymore."

Two other villages also were inundated, and about 3,000 evacuees were at a municipal hall.

"We did not find injured people," said Ricky Estela, a crewman on a helicopter that flew a politician to the scene. "Most of them are dead and beneath the mud."

The mud was so deep - up to 30 feet in some places - and unstable that rescue workers had difficulty approaching the school. Southern Leyte province Gov. Rosette Lerias told the British Broadcasting Corp. the school had 246 students and seven teachers. Only one child and one adult had been recovered.

Lerias said the Philippine army and air force, and the Red Cross, were on the scene, but search-and-rescue efforts were called off at nightfall. She asked for people to dig by hand, saying the mud was too soft for heavy equipment.

"All those who could have come today have come," she told BBC. "We hope to be able to rescue more people."

The U.S. Embassy said an American naval vessel was en route to the disaster area and Philippine disaster officials were being consulted on coordinating chopper deployment. The Red Cross also appealed for U.S. troops, who are in the country for joint military exercises, to send helicopters.

"Help is on the way," President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in televised remarks. "It will come from land, sea and air."

Sen. Richard Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross, issued the casualty estimates and made an international appeal for aid.

There appeared to be little hope for finding many survivors, and only 53 were extricated from the brown morass before dark halted rescue efforts, officials said.

"It was like the whole village was wiped out," said air force spokesman Lt. Col. Restituto Padilla.

Aerial TV footage showed a wide swath of mud amid stretches of rice paddies at the foothills of the now-scarred mountain, where survivors blamed illegal logging for contributing to the disaster.

Rescue workers dug with shovels for signs of survivors, and put a child on a stretcher, with little more than the girl's eyes showing through a covering of mud. Other survivors were piled onto heavy construction equipment and driven to safety.

Volunteers from nearby provinces were quickly being joined by groups of troops being ferried in by helicopter, with more en route by sea.

Army Capt. Edmund Abella said he and about 30 soldiers from his unit were soaking wet from wading through waist-deep mud. Flash floods also were inundating the area, and the rumble of a secondary landslide sent rescuers scurrying for safety.

"The people said the ground suddenly shook, then a part of the mountain collapsed onto the village," Abella told AP by cell phone. "Some houses were carried by the mudflow, some were destroyed and other were buried.

"It's very difficult, we're digging by hand, the place is so vast and the mud is so thick. When we try to walk, we get stuck in the mud."

He said troops had just rescued a 43-year-old woman.

"She was crying and looking for her three nephews, but they were nowhere to be found," Abella said.

While the official death toll was only 23, Lerias told radio station DZBB that 500 houses in Guinsaugon were feared buried after nonstop rains for two weeks.

The elementary school was in session when the landslide struck between 9 and 10 a.m., and about 100 people were visiting the village for a women's group meeting.

"The ground has really been soaked because of the rain," Lerias said of downpours blamed on the La Nina weather phenomenon. "The trees were sliding down upright with the mud."

She said about half-a-square-mile was covered in thick mud that remained unstable.

"Our communication line was cut because our people had to flee because the landslide appeared to be crawling," Lerias said.

Rep. Roger Mercado, who represents Southern Leyte, said the mud covered coconut trees and damaged the national highway leading to the village.

Lerias said many residents evacuated the area last week due to the threat of landslides or flooding but started returning home during increasingly sunny days, with the rains limited to evening downpours.

In 1944, the waters off Leyte island became the scene of the biggest naval battle in history, when U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his famed vow "I shall return" and routed Japanese forces occupying the Philippines during World War II.

In November 1991, about 6,000 people were killed on Leyte in floods and landslides triggered by a tropical storm. Another 133 people died in floods and mudslides there in December 2003.

Last weekend, seven road construction workers died in a landslide after falling into a 150-foot deep ravine in the mountain town of Sogod on Leyte.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 17, 2006, 10:53:28 AM
Philippine Mudslide May Have Killed 1,500 in Center (Update1)

Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- As many as 1,500 people may be dead after a landslide buried a village in the central Philippines, the Red Cross said. Rescue work was called off due to ``dangerous'' conditions, Governor Rosette Lerias said.

All but four of the 375 houses in the barangay, or village, of Guinsaugon were covered in mud and water, Lerias, governor of Southern Leyte province, said in a telephone interview from Saint Bernard, within whose municipality the village falls. The village had a population of 1,867, and included a school at which 246 children were enrolled, she said.

``The village is in the center of the impact area, and 90 percent of people could be dead,'' Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said in a telephone interview from Geneva, where he is attending a meeting. ``We're looking at 1,400 or 1,500 people killed. I hope I'm wrong.'' Gordon has been in contact with rescuers in the area.

Television footage showed a sea of mud pouring down a mountainside with little evidence a village stood there. While rescuers recovered 18 bodies and 53 survivors, work was called off because of continued rainfall and darkness, Lerias said, adding that two outlying villages were also affected.

``It's very dangerous for the rescuers -- they have to wade through chest-deep mud,'' Lerias said. ``At about 5:30 p.m. there was another mudslide which we saw from across the municipality.'' Lerias visited the submerged village at about 4:30 p.m. local time, and when she left, it was raining, she said.

`Doubly Difficult' Rescue

``It's made it more than doubly difficult to rescue people,'' Lerias said. Rescue operations will resume at ``first light'' tomorrow she said, adding that trained rescuers are on their way to the affected area.

President Gloria Arroyo ordered the Navy and Coast Guard to send ships and boats to the area to serve as hospitals. The government will hire a ship to transport more doctors, medicine and food, Arroyo said in a televised speech.

A U.S. Navy ship that was in the region is now en route to Leyte, U.S. Embassy Spokesman Matthew Lussenhop said in a telephone interview from the Philippine capital, Manila, adding that $50,000 of aid has been released to the Red Cross. The U.S. will also provide masks, body bags and plastic sheeting, he said.

``We're studying how we can help, and we'll help to the most of our ability,'' Lussenhop said. He didn't name the ship, saying only it has been involved in rescue operations before.

`Like Quicksand'

The La Nina weather phenomenon is causing three to four times more rain than normal in the Philippines, which will continue throughout the first half of the year, the weather bureau said this week. La Nina refers to the periodic cooling of surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, which causes abnormal weather patterns.

At least 13 people drowned or were buried in landslides this week in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Leyte, which is adjacent to Southern Leyte. As many as 5,000 people were killed by floods in 1991 in the town of Ormoc, which is on the same island as Saint Bernard.

The Guinsaugon landslide occurred at about 10:45 a.m. local time, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, said in an e-mailed situation report. OCHA released $50,000 to help fund the response, it said.

``The rule of thumb is that within 24 hours, you can usually find people alive,'' Lerias said.

Philippine Air Force helicopters have been sent to the village, Office of Civilian Defense Deputy Administrator Anthony Golez said in a phone interview. Gordon said the Red Cross has 14 people and hundreds of volunteers at the scene. Another two teams, totaling about 28 rescuers, are heading there, and sniffer dogs are also being sent ``if the planes can land,'' he said. The mudslide is likely to carry people and homes to the sea, he said.

``This is an active landslide, it's still moving and the rains are still pouring,'' Gordon said. ``When you step on it, it's very difficult to rescue people because you sink like quicksand.''




Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 17, 2006, 01:47:09 PM
Groups seek 'endangered' status for park's glaciers

Susan Gallagher
Associated Press
February 16, 2006

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park in Montana and adjacent Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada should be declared endangered by the United Nations because climate change is melting glaciers and threatening the parks’ environment, a dozen organizations argue in a petition.

The Rocky Mountain parks, together known as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, are covered by a 1995 treaty as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now they should be designated as a World Heritage Site in Danger, the groups say.

Mechtild Rossler, chief of the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s European and North American section in Paris, said the organization had received the petition, but has not yet reviewed it.

Glacier park has 27 glaciers, down from about 150 in 1850, said Dan Fagre, who coordinates global change research for the U.S. Geological Survey at West Glacier, Mont. The USGS says the mean summer temperature at Glacier park has risen by about 3 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century.

“We haven’t seen any warming to this degree as far back as we can go, and we can go back about 500 years,” Fagre said.

Erica Thorson, an Oregon law professor who wrote the petition submitted today to the World Heritage Committee, said the effects of the temperature increase “are well-documented and clearly visible in Glacier National Park, and yet the United States refuses to fulfill its obligations under the World Heritage Convention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Endangered status would require the committee to find ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, Thorson said. Better fuel efficiency for automobiles and stronger energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances would be among the ways to reduce pollution that contributes to global warming, the petition says.

The proposal was called “a ridiculous idea” by S. Fred Singer, a retired University of Virginia environmental sciences professor who established a research nonprofit called The Science and Environmental Policy Project.

Singer disputes that greenhouse gases are warming the environment and that governments can curb glacial erosion by stiffening pollution controls. Of 20 major world glaciers that began shrinking around 1850, he said, about half had stopped shrinking by the end of the 20th century and some were growing.

However, other scientists have projected that the glaciers at Glacier park will vanish entirely by 2030 if current trends continue.

“The United States and Canada must immediately reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to slow the damage,” said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The petition is one of four to be discussed next month at a Paris meeting on climate change and sites that hold World Heritage status through the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Other sites being considered for endangered status are Belize Barrier Reef in Central America; Huarascan National Park in Peru; Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal; and Great Barrier Reef in Australia.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 17, 2006, 01:48:42 PM
Alpine glaciers keep on shrinking

GENEVA, Feb. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Most of Switzerland's glaciers in the Alps have continued to melt away, according to measurements published on Wednesday by the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

    Researchers said the results showed that glaciers were suffering from the effects of warmer and drier weather over the past years.

    "The measurements show long-term trends," said Andreas Bauder of the Academy's glaciology commission. "Glaciers react to climate change, and warmer temperatures in the Alps are reflected in the results."

    Last year, 84 of the 91 glaciers studied got smaller, while the seven remaining ones did not change. These measurements confirm the results of previous studies, which clearly showed most Swiss glaciers shrinking.

    The Trift glacier in central Switzerland was once again top of the list, losing 216 meters in length, while the Aletsch glacier in canton Valais, the longest in Europe, was 66 meters shorter.

    The researchers who surveyed the Trift said the lake surrounding the glacier's snout had accelerated its meltdown.

    "The lake helps the glacier calve off chunks of ice," Bauder told reporters. "There is also the heat from the lake that speeds up meltdown."

    There are around 1,800 glaciers in Switzerland. The measurement project included the 91 biggest ones.

    Glaciers are large masses of snow, ice and rock debris that accumulate in great quantities and begin to flow outward and downward under the pressure of their own weight.

    They are formed when yearly snowfall in a region far exceeds the amount of snow and ice that melts in a given summer.

    In Switzerland, glaciers play an important role as water reservoirs for hydro-power production (generating 50 percent of the country's electricity).

    They are an important attraction for tourists.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 17, 2006, 01:52:32 PM
Flooding fears as glaciers melt faster

By Shankar Vedantam, Washington
February 18, 2006

GREENLAND'S glaciers are melting into the sea twice as fast as previously believed, the result of a warming trend that renders obsolete predictions of how quickly the Earth's oceans will rise over the next century.

The new information, from satellite imagery, gives fresh urgency to worries about the role of human activity in global warming. The Greenland data is mirrored by findings from Bolivia to the Himalayas, scientists said, noting that sea-level rise threatens widespread flooding and severe storm damage in low-lying areas worldwide.

The scientists warned that they did not yet understand the precise mechanism causing glaciers to flow and melt more rapidly, but they said the changes in Greenland were unambiguous - and accelerating. In 1996, the amount of water produced by melting ice in Greenland was about 90 times the amount consumed by Los Angeles in a year. Last year, the melted ice amounted to 225 times the volume of water that Los Angeles uses annually.

"We are witnessing enormous changes, and it will take some time before we understand how it happened, although it is clearly a result of warming around the glaciers," said Eric Rignot, a scientist at the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Greenland study is the latest of several in recent months that have found evidence that rising temperatures are affecting not only Earth's ice sheets but such things as plant and animal habitats, the health of coral reefs, hurricane severity and droughts, and globe-girdling currents that drive regional climates.

The ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are among the largest reservoirs of fresh water on Earth, and their fate is expected to determine how far oceans will rise. Dr Rignot and University of Kansas scientist Pannir Kanagaratnam, who published their findings on Thursday in the journal Science, declined to guess how much the faster melting would raise sea levels but said current estimates of about 50 centimetres over the next century were probably too low.

While that may not sound like much, it could have profound consequences for flood-prone countries such as Bangladesh and trigger severe weather around the world.

"The implications are global," said Julian Dowdeswell, a glacier expert at the University of Cambridge in Britain who reviewed the new paper for Science. "We are talking of the worst storm settings . . . you are upping the probability major storms will take place."

The study shows that small changes in temperature can have massive effects. Where glaciers in Greenland were once travelling around six kilometres a year, they now move twice as fast.

The scientists said increased temperatures may loosen the grip that glaciers have on underlying bedrock, or melt floating shelves along the shore that can hold ice in place.

Whatever the mechanism, the phenomenon seems widespread. At a news conference held by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, glacier scientists Vladimir Aizen from the University of Idaho and Gino Casassa, of Chile's Centro de Estudios Cientificos, said they were seeing the same thing happen to glaciers in the Himalayas and South America.

"Glaciers have retreated systematically and in an accelerated fashion in the last few decades," Dr Casassa said. One glacier that provided Bolivia with its only ski slope five years ago has splintered into three and cannot be used for skiing, he said. Rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers also raises concerns for the millions of people who get fresh water from glacier-fed rivers in South Asia, Dr Aizen said.

Most climate scientists believe global warming is caused, in large part, by increased emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, largely in wealthy, industrialised nations such as the United States.

The study shows that small changes in temperature can have massive effects. Where glaciers in Greenland were once travelling around six kilometres a year, they now move twice as fast.

The scientists said increased temperatures may loosen the grip that glaciers have on underlying bedrock, or melt floating shelves along the shore that can hold ice in place.

Whatever the mechanism, the phenomenon seems widespread. At a news conference held by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, glacier scientists Vladimir Aizen from the University of Idaho and Gino Casassa, of Chile's Centro de Estudios Cientificos, said they were seeing the same thing happen to glaciers in the Himalayas and South America.

"Glaciers have retreated systematically and in an accelerated fashion in the last few decades," Dr Casassa said. One glacier that provided Bolivia with its only ski slope five years ago has splintered into three and cannot be used for skiing, he said. Rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers also raises concerns for the millions of people who get fresh water from glacier-fed rivers in South Asia, Dr Aizen said.

Most climate scientists believe global warming is caused, in large part, by increased emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, largely in wealthy, industrialised nations such as the United States.



Title: High Winds Move Into Northeast; Two Killed
Post by: Shammu on February 17, 2006, 08:25:05 PM
High Winds Move Into Northeast; Two Killed

By BEN DOBBIN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 32 minutes ago

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A fierce storm swept across the Midwest and into the Northeast on Friday, causing temperatures to plummet and generating winds up to 77 mph. Two people were killed by falling trees.

The storm sent temperatures in some parts of western New York plunging from 60 degrees to below freezing within a few hours. High winds knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and offices and closed schools.

A falling tree crushed a passing car in suburban Rochester, killing a 52-year-old woman.

At Saratoga Spa State Park, 40 miles north of Albany, a state Department of Transportation worker was killed when a tree crashed onto his pickup truck.

Gov. George Pataki, recuperating from surgery to remove his appendix, activated an emergency command center to coordinate state agencies that help reroute traffic, clear debris and restore power. "The prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the families of the two individuals who died," he said.

In rural Gorham, 25 miles southeast of Rochester, a dozen youngsters narrowly escaped injury when a tree fell and heavily damaged their school bus.

The high winds also knocked out a 12th-floor window in a high-rise office building in Syracuse, and falling debris barely missed passers-by, police said. Two sanitation workers were trapped in their garbage truck for more than a half-hour when it became entangled in downed power lines.

The blustery conditions forced five planes to temporarily circle Albany International Airport, which was briefly shrouded in low clouds before the sky turned blue again.

"As soon as we came through the clouds, we had a couple big dips like a roller-coaster," said passenger Jason Dilwith, 25, an engineer from Argyle, after arriving on a flight from Buffalo.

The winter blast moved east after pummeling the Midwest a day earlier.

In Michigan, about 100,000 customers were still without power Friday after 60-mph winds blew through the Lower Peninsula. Some homes and businesses were expected to remain blacked out until Monday.

Wind of more than 60 mph buffeted the Rochester area and a 77-mph gust was recorded at the city's airport, the
National Weather Service said.

Scores of schools were shuttered for the day across western and central New York. As the treacherous conditions moved across upstate New York, schools as far east as the Albany area closed early.

In Binghamton, wind gusts above 50 mph damaged windows on the upper floors of an eight-story building, sending shards of glass crashing down onto a sidewalk and street. No one was hurt.

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Title: Philippines Landslide Death Toll at 1,800
Post by: Shammu on February 17, 2006, 08:28:09 PM
Philippines Landslide Death Toll at 1,800

By HRVOJE HRANJSKI, Associated Press Writer 36 minutes ago

GUINSAUGON, Philippines - Rescue workers held little hope Saturday of finding survivors from a devastating landslide, saying this farming village was swallowed whole by a wall of mud and boulders.

Lt. Col. Raul Farnacio, the highest-ranking military officer at the scene of Friday's disaster, estimated the death toll at about 1,800 — nearly every man, woman and child who lived in Guinsaugon.

"Out of a population of 1,857, we have 57 survivors and 19 bodies," a grim Farnacio said as search efforts resumed Saturday in a drenching rain and high winds that made the task even more miserable. "We presume that more or less that 1,800 are feared dead."

Soldiers were being shuttled to the disaster zone in the shovels of bulldozers that carried them across a shallow stream. With the mud estimated to be 30 feet deep at some points, they were given sketches of the village so they could figure out approximately where the houses used to be.

Farnacio said the troops were digging only where they saw clear evidence of bodies because of the danger that the soft, unstable mud could shift and claim new victims.

"We can only focus on the surface," he said. "We cannot go too deep."

Low clouds hung over the area, obscuring the mountain that disintegrated Friday morning after two weeks of heavy rains, covering the village's 375 homes and elementary school. Rescue workers trudged slowly through the sludge, stretchers and ambulances waiting for survivors or the bodies of victims.

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Title: Bird flu reaches France for first time
Post by: Shammu on February 17, 2006, 08:31:25 PM
Bird flu reaches France for first time

By Sybille de La Hamaide Fri Feb 17, 3:11 PM ET

PARIS (Reuters) - Bird flu spread to France for the first time with the discovery on Friday that a dead duck found in eastern France almost certainly had the deadly H5N1 strain which is transmissible to humans.

Amid reports the disease was spreading in fowl in Europe and the Middle East, the World Health Organization confirmed that an Iraqi who died in January was the country's second human bird flu victim.

Officials said the disease had infected chickens in Egypt for the first time, while Azerbaijan and Slovenia reported more cases of H5N1.

Speaking after an emergency meeting at the prime minister's office, French Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau said several ducks had been found dead in a swampy area.

"One of them was analysed and the tests showed the presence of bird flu, the H5 virus, and it's 90 percent sure it is the H5N1 virus, the most dangerous," he told journalists.

Scientists would need a further 30 hours "to be 100 percent sure that it is this virus," he added. "What has been found already shows this is a dangerous virus."

There were fears of further outbreaks in birds in Germany and Hungary, and tests were being carried out on suspect birds from Greece.

Bosnia reported its first suspected case of avian influenza in two swans on Friday and further tests will show whether it is the deadly H5N1 strain.

The H5N1 virus remains mainly a disease of poultry, but it has infected 169 people, killing at least 91 in Asia and the Middle East since 2003.

The WHO has warned that the virus could spark a pandemic that could kill millions of people around the world if it mutates into a form that spreads easily between humans.

An Iraqi man who died last month was confirmed as the country's second human case of H5N1 infection, the WHO said, but tests on 14 other people proved negative.

In Bucharest, WHO and local experts warned that Romania, where nearly half the population live in rural areas with poor water and sewerage, faced a definite risk that the disease could claim its first human victims in Europe.

Romania has found bird flu in 31 villages since first detecting the virus in October, but the domestic birds were culled swiftly and no human cases have been reported so far.

"SITUATION CRITICAL"

"The situation is critical. So far we can say we have been lucky that we had no cases of bird flu in humans," said Adrian Streinu-Cercel, head of Romania's main virus laboratory.

"It's not enough to force people to wash their hands, you have to give them the means to do it," he added.

"The likelihood that some kids in Romania come in contact and play with sick or dead birds is not zero," said WHO expert Guenael Rodier.

As fears of the disease's spread to humans grew, a top WHO official said that while the world had spent more than $3 billion to stockpile anti-virals against bird flu, it was not investing enough to develop a vaccine.

Klaus Stohr, WHO special adviser on influenza pandemic vaccine development, said that while preliminary results from several clinical trials looked "promising," much more work was needed.

But an Australian company, CSL Ltd., reported that small doses of a vaccine against H5N1 had achieved "encouraging" preliminary results in a trial involving healthy adults.

The findings were released as Indonesian Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said the number of bird flu cases among humans in his country had risen this year.

"Bird flu cases in humans (in Indonesia) are increasing in 2006, but the outbreak in poultry is decreasing. It indicates that the virus is spreading fast," he said.

Indonesia has had 18 confirmed deaths from bird flu and eight other confirmed sufferers have survived.

As a senior WHO official in Egypt confirmed that H5N1 had been found in birds in three areas of the country, Germany said it was likely to report more cases in the coming days.

Bird flu arrived in Germany on Tuesday when two wild swans were found to be infected with H5N1.

"It is to be expected that more positive finds will be made," Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer said.

New cases of H5N1 in Russia have forced authorities to cull more than half a million chickens in the south of the country, the World Animal Health Organization said.

In Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo opened his chicken farm for bird flu testing to encourage farmers to be transparent about any suspected outbreak of the disease.

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Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 19, 2006, 11:45:25 AM
Frigid weather grips northern U.S.

By BEN DOBBIN

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A deep freeze stretched from the Rockies to New England today as workers tried to restore power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses left dark by fierce wind that also was blamed for four deaths.

Rochester had a low of 10 degrees this morning, and wind of up to 17 mph made it feel like almost 10 below zero, the National Weather Service said. In the Upper Midwest, the 8 a.m. reading of 2 below zero at Duluth, Minn., combined with 17 mph wind for a wind chill of 23 below.

As far south as Arkansas, Little Rock had a morning low of just 18 toay. Farther west, Alliance, Neb., bottomed out at 8 below, the weather service said.

The frigid temperatures forced officials in Madison, Wis., which had a high of just 3 degrees on Saturday, to cancel the "Polar Plunge" into a lake, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Hayward had a low of 26 below zero on Saturday.

"We first really realized it was a problem when we cut the hole this morning and it immediately skimmed over with ice," Cheryl Balazs of the Special Olympics told WKOW-TV.

Utility officials in New York said crews would work through the weekend to restore power. Utilities reported at least 53,000 homes and business still without electricity Sunday, down from a peak of 328,000 customers blacked out Friday when wind gusted to 77 mph at Rochester.

Thousands of customers also lost power in Michigan, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, where the National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 143 mph on Stratton Mountain.

Several states opened shelters, providing havens with light and heat for those without power.

"Most people tough it out the first night and then come in the second night," said Mark Bosma, spokesman for Vermont Emergency Management.

Trees toppled by the wind killed two motorists in New York and one in Massachusetts. Another was killed near Rochester when his vehicle slammed into a truck rig whose driver had stopped to clear storm debris from his windshield.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on February 19, 2006, 12:39:13 PM
Japanese Volcano Has Minor Eruption

Sun Feb 19, 7:47 AM ET

TOKYO - A volcano on a small island off eastern Japan had a minor eruption, and residents were warned of volcanic gases and possible mudslides.
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The eruption triggered a minor temblor and released a small amount of ash, the Meteorological Agency said. But there was no immediate threat of a larger eruption, the agency said.

The eruption Friday was the volcano's first since May. White smoke billowed from the crater Sunday, but there was no other major activity, the agency said.

The volcano dominates Miyake Island, about 110 miles east of Tokyo. An eruption in July 2000 forced all 4,000 islanders to evacuate the island. More than half of them returned a year ago after the evacuation order was lifted.

The volcano continues to belch smoke and poisonous gas that officials say pose a potentially serious risk to residents.

Japan, which has 108 active volcanos, is among the most seismically active countries in the world.

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Title: Growing Number of Diseases Jump to Humans
Post by: Shammu on February 19, 2006, 11:09:08 PM
Growing Number of Diseases Jump to Humans

By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer Sun Feb 19, 6:05 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - Humans risk being overrun by diseases from the animal world, according to researchers who have documented 38 illnesses that have made that jump over the past 25 years.

That's not good news for the spread of bird flu, which experts fear could mutate and be transmitted easily among people.

There are 1,407 pathogens — viruses, bacteria, parasites, protozoa and fungi — that can infect humans, said Mark Woolhouse of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Of those, 58 percent come from animals. Scientists consider 177 of the pathogens to be "emerging" or "re-emerging." Most will never cause pandemics.

Experts fear bird flu could prove an exception. Recent advances in the worldwide march of the H5N1 strain have rekindled fears of a pandemic. The virus has spread across Asia into Europe and Africa.

Controlling bird flu will require renewed focus on the animal world, including the chickens, ducks and other poultry that have been sacrificed by the tens of millions to stem the progress of the virus, experts said at a news conference late Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"The strategy has to be looking at how to contain it in the animal world, because once you get into the human side, you're dealing with vaccines and antiretrovirals, which is a whole new realm," said Nina Marano, a veterinarian and public health expert with the National Center for Infectious Diseases.

Bird flu has killed at least 91 people — most of them in Asia — since 2003, according to the World Health Organization. It appears to kill about half the people it infects. However, should it mutate so it can pass from human to human, it likely will grow far less deadly, said Dr. Stanley Lemon, of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

"It is very unlikely that it would maintain that kind of case mortality rate if it made the jump," Lemon said.

Each year, one or two new pathogens and multiple variations of existing threats infect humans for the first time. That pace appears to be unsustainable in the long run because it would imply that people run the risk of being overrun, Woolhouse told reporters.

"Humans have always been attacked by novel pathogens. This process has been going on for millennia. But it does seem to be happening very fast in these modern times," Woolhouse said.

Woolhouse argues that either many of those diseases and other afflictions will not persist in humans or that there is something peculiar today allowing so many of them to take root in humans.

One explanation may be the recent and wide-scale changes in how people interact with the environment in a more densely populated world that is growing warmer and in which travel is faster and move extensive, Marano said. Those changes can ensure that pathogens no longer stay restricted to animals, she added. Examples from recent human history include HIV, Marburg, SARS and other viruses.

That prospect leaves open the question of what future threats await humans.

"It always surprises us. We think that avian flu will be the next emerging disease. My guess is something else might come out before that," said Alan Barrett, of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "It's very hard to anticipate what comes next."

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Title: Bitter Cold Spreads Across Much of U.S.
Post by: Shammu on February 19, 2006, 11:10:57 PM
Bitter Cold Spreads Across Much of U.S.

48 minutes ago

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Utility crews worked Sunday to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses from Michigan to Maine following a weekend winter storm, while slick roads and heavy winds were blamed for several deadly accidents.

As far south as Texas, ice and freezing rain canceled dozens of flights over the weekend at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, including 85 American Airlines flights, according to a company spokesman.

Little Rock, Ark., had a Sunday morning low of 18. Farther west, Alliance, Neb., bottomed out at 8 below, the
National Weather Service said.

In the Upper Midwest, the 8 a.m. reading of 2 below zero at Duluth, Minn., combined with 17 mph wind for a wind chill of 23 below.

A reading of 18 below was recorded in Allagash, Maine, while temperatures dipped to a low of 10 degrees in Rochester and wind of up to 17 mph made it feel like almost 10 below zero, weather service said.

The fierce wind, including a 143 mph gust recorded on Vermont's Stratton Mountain on Friday, knocked out power and toppled trees, which were blamed for four deaths in the Northeast.

Utility officials in New York expected to have crews working through the week to restore power to the 31,500 customers still without electricity Sunday. That's down from a peak of 328,000 customers three days earlier.

Several states were operating shelters, providing havens with light and heat for those without power.

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Title: Philippine landslide village buries bodies and hope
Post by: Shammu on February 19, 2006, 11:22:32 PM
Philippine landslide village buries bodies and hope

By Bobby Ranoco and Pedro Uchi 1 hour, 51 minutes ago

GUINSAUGON, Philippines (Reuters) - Hunting for bodies and burying the dead resumed in the central Philippines on Monday, with rescuers holding out little hope for survivors in a village of 1,800 entombed by a collapsed mountainside.

Battling deep, shifting mud and steady rain, search teams continued to focus on a school packed with more than 250 children and staff when Friday's landslide engulfed Guinsaugon, a farming community in Southern Leyte province.

"They can see the roof but so far there is no sign of life," Congressman Roger Mercado told Reuters on Monday.

Unconfirmed reports that some pupils sent desperate mobile phone text messages on Friday had spurred on rescuers. But now hope has all but disappeared.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council said 72 bodies had been pulled from the mud, with 913 villagers still missing.

Bloated and decomposing, 50 recovered bodies were buried on Sunday in mass graves sprinkled with holy water and lime powder -- a measure Health Secretary Francisco Duque said was necessary to prevent disease from spreading in the hot, fetid conditions.

"They are being buried in such a way that they can be exhumed later," Duque told Reuters.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo viewed relief goods and dog teams being flown from a military airbase in Manila on Monday. She plans to visit the scene of the disaster, about 675 km (420 miles) southeast of Manila, on Wednesday or Thursday.

International agencies have also sent supplies, but many of the emergency goods must be trucked to the area on bad roads and around washed-out bridges.

Although the president had pledged to recover all of the bodies for burial, Mercado said a decision was likely within days about closing off the devastated area.

"We will put up a memorial symbol and we will say holy mass for the bereaved victims of the landslide," he said.

In hospital, survivors told of jumping from roofs to escape the torrent of mud, which was set off by two weeks of heavy rain. One six-year-old girl survived by clinging to a coconut tree.

MORE LANDSLIDES

The Philippines is usually hit by about 20 typhoons each year, with residents and environmental groups often blaming illegal logging or mining for compounding the damage.

But in a country where most of the 86 million people are Roman Catholic, commentators, officials and even survivors said the landslide was God's will.

Leyte island itself is no stranger to disaster. In 1991, more than 5,000 people died in floods triggered by a typhoon.

Around 2,000 people from villages near Guinsaugon were evacuated over the weekend as Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz warned of more potential catastrophes because rains triggered by the La Nina weather pattern were expected to last until June.

A warning was issued to people living near mountain slopes on the southerly tip of Mindanao, another island where a landslide killed five people on Saturday night. A small landslide hit the eastern island of Negros Oriental but no deaths were reported.

In Guinsaugon, hundreds of rescuers, backed by U.S. marines sent from annual exercises with Philippine troops, were warned to tread gingerly or risk sinking to their deaths.

With little evidence of where the village once stood, search teams relied on sketches from survivors to pinpoint the school and other buildings.

"It's a total disaster, just horrendous," said Lieutenant Joel Coots, a medical officer with the U.S. Marines. "It's very difficult to get to the site because there are just acres and acres of mud and debris."

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Title: Drought Comes Again to East Africa
Post by: Shammu on February 20, 2006, 01:23:02 PM
Drought Comes Again to East Africa

By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press Writer Sun Feb 19, 6:24 PM ET

BISSEL, Kenya - Babies in East Africa are starving again.

They lie in battered beds, hooked up to IV drips, their skeletal mothers beside them. Their cries are barely audible for now, but their woes won't end when they have gained weight. All of their families' wealth — their cattle and goats — are dead.

When drought comes, the very young and the very old are the first to suffer. But according to the latest U.N. figures, they are only the most visible of 11.5 million East Africans who don't have enough to eat.

Hunger strikes Africa for reasons as diverse as its 53 countries — drought, locusts, government policies that wreck the agricultural economy.

In East Africa, which includes Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, drought arrives every few years, usually predicted months in advance.

Drought does not have to cause hunger, but inevitably it does.

Breaking the cycle wouldn't take much: just the vision and enough money to provide clean water, distribute electricity and build some roads.

___

Cattle are grazing the suburbs again.

The first thing the herders of the Kajiado clan of the Masai tribe do when drought comes is head north to the city of Nairobi, just as they have done for hundreds of years to keep their cattle alive.

The Masai gave Nairobi its name, which means "the place with cool water." When British engineers in 1899 were building a railway from the coastal town of Mombasa to what is now Uganda, they chose the Masai's emergency watering hole as a watering point for their steam engines and it eventually became Kenya's capital.

Even though the Nairobi river is now a polluted trickle, the Masai still come, herding cattle down busy streets to graze in the medians or any open place with grass or edible garbage.

The hungry in East Africa are rarely found in the big towns. They are usually nomadic tribes who, against all odds, maintain their traditional ways of life, walking their animals through the semiarid lands no one else has any use for.

Their livestock is their pride and only possession of real value.

Their homes in Kajiado district, 60 miles to the south, are mostly abandoned now. The few young men who stayed behind shovel 65 feet into dry riverbeds to reach the water table and pass up buckets of water for the cows.

It's not enough. The cows in the market wither before their owners' eyes. When they can no longer stand, they are slaughtered and each skinny carcass is sold for as little as $3.

Moriaso Kasairo, chairman of the livestock market in Bissel village, said most herders have lost more than 90 percent of their animals for lack of water and forage.

"Most of the people have left the rural areas and moved into the urban areas in search of food, but they still cannot get it," he said. "We normally have enough land here, but it is all dry now."

___

"Famine" headlines are here again.

Starving Africans almost always attract world attention and U.N. and humanitarian agencies seize the fundraising opportunity.

"Millions at risk from East African famine," "Aid Group Warns of Famine in East Africa," and "East Africa faces famine crisis," are just some of the recent newspaper and Internet headlines. But famine and hunger are not the same thing, and while the word "famine" grabs attention, the problem is not lack of food. It's lack of money.

Nicholas Haan, an expert on East Africa for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said that technically famine is defined this way: More than 10,000 dead and society unable to cope.

Another myth, says Haan, is that the hungry are pitiful, helpless and dependent on the outside world.

"Be it Kenyans, Somalis or Ethiopians, these are not passive victims," he said. "They are incredibly resilient people, and they do everything they can to maintain their livelihoods, and they don't want to be dependent on relief aid."

___

International donors are handing out millions again.

_The U.N. World Food Program is asking wealthy governments and foundations for $1.8 billion to feed 43 million people across Africa in 2006.

_The U.N. Children's Fund has asked for $16 million to help feed starving babies and their mothers in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

_Ethiopia's government, U.N. agencies and aid groups have appealed for $166 million in emergency assistance for that country.

_International donors will receive dozens of additional appeals for hundreds of millions of dollars for other aid programs before the year is out.

In response, the European Union, Britain's Department for International Development and the U.S. Agency for International Development will start writing checks. Many of the U.S. government's checks will go to U.S. farmers to ship food to Africa.

Romano Kiome, the top civil servant in Kenya's ministry of agriculture and an expert on African crops, said the last thing Africa needs is U.S. grain. When it arrives, the price of locally grown cereals will collapse, hurting African farmers.

"We have enough in the country to feed the hungry," Kiome said.

But nomadic people are too poor to buy it and too far from roads, electricity and clean water to make enough money in good years to cushion them when drought strikes, Kiome said. What his government needs is money to buy food from their own farmers and to transport it to the needy — not boxes of goods marked "Gift of the USA."

"I know Americans feel very gracious that they are contributing food to us, but in my view, it is immoral," Kiome said. "It is immoral to only respond when people are dying. Instead, there should be a long-term plan so that this does not happen."

___

People in T-shirts splashed with logos are handing out food again.

If images of starving babies set off the alarm, photos of food being unloaded and handed out create the impression that the emergency is over.

Dozens of international organizations specialize in providing the labor and logistics to deliver handouts.

Dan Maxwell, the deputy regional director for Atlanta-based CARE International in East Africa, has seen many droughts and warns that this year's may be one of the worst if the rains don't return in March and April.

He is frustrated that more has not been done to pre-empt the cycle of suffering.

"Every time there is a big emergency, there is a lot of talk during the emergency about addressing the underlying causes of these things," he said. "But as soon as the images disappear from the media, all of that talk dissipates really quickly."

As the new drought struck, CARE was just starting a project, funded by the U.S. government, to develop an integrated program to help nomadic communities deal with drought. Experts had begun working with them to improve livestock health and marketing, and to provide more education and health services.

But with people and animals starving, he said, the emphasis must turn to saving lives.

Maxwell said he feels "a combination of frustration that we can't seem to get a handle on this, but a determination not to get cynical about it and think we're not making progress."

___

Long-term solutions have fallen short again.

Every aid worker agrees that the world is good with emergencies but not with providing money for the long-term solutions to stop the cycle of drought-hunger-emergency aid.

When an emergency strikes, it sucks up money intended for development projects, the projects go unfinished and the cycle continues.

Haan, the U.N. food expert, said aid workers call it "the relief trap."

If Western and Asian countries can deal with cyclical droughts without loss of life, so can the nations of East Africa, with the right kind of help.

The solution is as simple as the old proverb: Give a man a fish and you have fed him for today; teach him to fish and you have fed him for life.

"Drought is a trigger, not a cause," Haan said. "Drought will come and go, unless we deal with the issues of governance and sustainable development in these areas we can be sure these crises will come back to us."

The U.N. advocates a two-track approach to guarantee money for immediate assistance without dipping into funds for intermediate and long-term solutions, Haan said.

Intermediate solutions include drilling wells and teaching modern farming to nomadic herders. Long-term solutions require that herders in semiarid areas raise fewer animals and find other livelihoods.

Samare Kisipan, 33, has gone to school, owns land and operates a business in Kajiado. As a Masai, he understands the importance of cattle to his culture, but he also knows that the traditional ways can no longer be supported. Although he has never met anyone from the United Nations, he agrees with Haan wholeheartedly.

"In the past the land was spacious, but now the land has become small," he said. "Conditions are forcing us to change. Now all of our cows are gone and we have to find a way to continue to exist."

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Title: El Nino May Affect Africa's Food Supply
Post by: Shammu on February 21, 2006, 01:30:48 AM
El Nino May Affect Africa's Food Supply

2 hours, 57 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Climate change that strengthens the El Nino weather patterns could endanger food supplies for more than 20 million people in Africa, a new study warns.

El Nino is a warming of the water in the tropical Pacific Ocean that is associated with changes in air pressure and the movement of high-level winds that can affect weather worldwide.

In the past, El Ninos have occurred every four to seven years, but many climate experts worry that continuing global warming will lead to stronger and more frequent events.

A new analysis of 40 years of African crop and livestock records shows a close association between El Ninos and variations in production of corn, sorghum, millet and groundnuts such as peanuts.

Corn was particularly affected, with yield reduced in El Nino years in several African countries, researchers led by Hans R. Herren of the Millennium Institute in Arlington, Va., report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In southern Africa, crop production could be down by as much as 20 percent to 50 percent in strong El Nino years, the researchers found.

There were smaller crop reductions in west Africa, they reported, but in northwest Africa there was an increase in sorghum and groundnut production in El Nino years.

Production of cassava and wheat did not vary in response to El Nino, they reported.

For Africa overall, the variation in corn production corresponded to the amount of food needed to feed 20 million people in a year, the report concluded. Variations in rice, sorghum, millet and groundnuts amounted to food for 2 million to 3 million people.

The danger could be reduced by increasing irrigation and by changing land use, including planting alternative crops, the researchers said.

The research was funded by the University of Oslo, Norway; the World Bank and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.

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Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Shammu on February 23, 2006, 02:16:12 AM
Talking with a friend of mine in the Ukraine, I found out, and I will quote them.
Quote
Concerning weather in Ukraine? At us it is cold, The snow not enough this year, but very colder.

They go on to say that the snow pack is 4 inches. Where they are, normal snow pack is 60+ inches. :o  So the weather is different there as well.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on February 23, 2006, 03:08:34 PM
Powerful Quake Sends Thousands Fleeing

MAPUTO, Mozambique - A powerful earthquake sent thousands of panicking people fleeing from swaying buildings in Mozambique and Zimbabwe soon after midnight Thursday, and killed at least two people.

Thousands of residents slept in the open, fearful of returning to their beds as aftershocks rocked the region.

"It felt like the building was going to fall down and it went on for a long time, the trembling," Johana Neves, manager of the Tivoli Hotel in Mozambique's main port city of Beira, said by telephone. "It felt like you were in a boat, it was shaking everything yet, it's strange, nothing is broken, even the windows."

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 12:19 a.m. with a magnitude of 7.5 — one capable of widespread and heavy damage — and was centered 140 miles southwest of Beira. It shook buildings in Beira and Maputo, Mozambique's capital, and the Zimbabwean cities of Masvingo and Mutare. The temblor awoke people hundreds of miles away in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, and as far away as Durban on South Africa's Indian Ocean coast.

Mozambican and Zimbabwe authorities reported surprisingly little damage, apparently because the epicenter was in remote and sparsely populated farmlands near the border with Zimbabwe.

"That same size earthquake in a populated area would probably cause quite considerable damage," said William Leith of the U.S. Geographic Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program.

Esperanca Dias, Mozambique's minister of mineral resources, told state television some buildings were damaged in Beira and the walls of some buildings collapsed in Chimoyo, north of the quake's center.

Two people were killed in farm towns near the epicenter, she said.

A little girl tripped and fell as she rushed downstairs from a seventh floor apartment in Espungabera, and died of injuries on the spot, Dias said. And a man was buried in rubble when a wall of his home collapsed in Machaze.

She said at least 11 people were injured, one seriously when he panicked and jumped from the third floor window of a Beira hotel.

Beira was without electricity earlier Thursday and so were some suburbs of Maputo, the seaside capital, where the quake uprooted several power pylons.

It shook every corner of Mozambique and was felt strongly in Maputo, in the far south, where tall office and apartment buildings swayed and hundreds of panicked residents fled into the streets.

During the night, national energy director Elias Daudi went on state radio to urge people not to return to buildings because of possible aftershocks.

In Beira, people were so frightened they refused to go back into buildings Thursday morning even as a light rain was falling.

Rosa Silva, governor of Maputo province, said the government was concerned there might be serious aftershocks and had asked South Africa for help monitoring seismic activity.

At least five aftershocks were recorded immediately and more were expected in coming days because of the quake's size, said Rafael Abreu of the Geographic Survey.

President Armando Guebuza broadcast a message to the nation Thursday afternoon saying the government still was taking stock.

The quake was felt in oil fields some 120 miles from the epicenter, but there was no damage, said Johann van Rheede, spokesman for South African company SASOL, which produces natural gas there.

In Tete province, J.J. Constantino of the World Food Program said many people had slept in the fields.

Tete also is home to one of the world's largest hydroelectric dams, the Cabora Bassa which covers 1,095 square miles. A reporter at the dam said the earthquake was felt and people also abandoned their homes to sleep outside, but that there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake was unusual for Mozambique, one of the world's poorest countries where natural disaster usually takes the form of flooding. Floods killed at least 13 people this month and more than 800 in 2000 and 2001.

The temblor struck near the southern end of the East Africa rift system, a seismically active zone which has produced quakes measuring magnitude 7.6. Thursday's was shallow, which increases the potential for damage, said Dale Grant, a geophysicist with the Geographic Survey.




Title: Bird Flu Reported at French Turkey Farm
Post by: Shammu on February 24, 2006, 12:29:20 PM
Bird Flu Reported at French Turkey Farm

Fri Feb 24, 8:27 AM ET

PARIS - France confirmed cases of bird flu on a turkey farm, but it was not immediately clear whether it was the deadly H5N1 strain, the agriculture minister said Friday.

International health experts were meeting with European Union health ministers in Vienna amid concern that EU governments are ill-prepared to deal with large-scale outbreaks of H5N1. EU health ministers were expected to agree to launch a targeted public information campaign to raise awareness across Europe.

"The most important thing is to send a strong message," said Austria's Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat. "We will focus on communication of rules and behavioral standards to be applied."

Scientists fear the deadly strain, which has spread to 10 European countries, could mutate into a form that is easily transmitted between humans, sparking a pandemic.

French Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau said turkeys were found to have the H5 virus, but more tests were needed to determine if it was the H5N1 strain,

If so, it would be the first time the strain had spread to poultry stocks in France — the EU's largest poultry producer.

On Thursday, authorities sealed off a farm with more than 11,000 turkeys in the southeastern Ain region, where the deadly strain found in two wild ducks.

So far the strain has not been found in domestic birds in Germany. But on Friday, a second German state reported H5N1 in wild birds.

Two wild ducks found in the northwestern state of Schleswig-Holstein tested positive for the strain, according to the state agriculture ministry.

The H5N1 strain was first positively identified in Germany last week in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which neighbors Schleswig-Holstein to the east.

A domestic duck from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania that was suspected of having bird flu, however, tested negative for the H5N1 strain on Thursday.

Indonesia stepped up its fight against the virus on Friday. Hundreds of veterinary workers went door-to-door in the capital Jakarta, testing for bird flu and killing infected fowl.

Many people in the city of 12 million keep one or two chickens or songbirds in the their backyards.

Indonesia has the highest death toll from bird flu, 19 people in the last nine months. Most cases of bird flu have been in Jakarta.

"Bird flu has now reached an alarming level," Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said.

In India, veterinary workers wearing goggles and protective suits cleaned up chicken coops in a small town hit by the disease, while China reported that a 6-year-old bird flu victim had been released from a hospital after fully recovering.

Malaysian health and veterinary workers were expanding a screening operation in bird flu-infected areas near the main city on Friday, as two people with flu-like symptoms remained under observation in a hospital.

Some 190 veterinary officials, students and other government staff began the checks around four villages in the Gombak suburb of Kuala Lumpur, where 40 chickens died from the H5N1 virus last week.

The H5N1 virus has devastated poultry stocks and killed at least 92 people, most in Asia, since 2003, according to the
World Health Organization. Four deaths have been reported in Turkey and one in Iraq.

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Title: Philippine volcano erupts
Post by: Shammu on February 25, 2006, 12:56:52 AM

Philippine volcano erupts
From: Agence France-Presse
From correspondents in Manila

February 21, 2006

AS it struggles to cope with its mudslide disaster, the Philippines faces a new natural threat: volcanic eruption.
The 460m high Mayon volcano shook with more than a hundred quakes and sprayed ash across its slopes on today.

Government vulcanologists raised an alert advising residents to stay out of a danger zone in a radius of 6km from the crater as an ash column rose 500m into the sky.

It said there was no need to evacuate Legaspi, a nearby city of about 160,000 people.

Philippine volcano erupts (http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18226920-23109,00.html)


Title: Heavy Storms Threaten Mardi Gras Events
Post by: Shammu on February 25, 2006, 10:53:21 AM
Heavy Storms Threaten Mardi Gras Events

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press Writer 20 minutes ago

NEW ORLEANS - The Bacchus Lounge is a shell of its former self — gutted to the studs after Hurricane Katrina flooded it to the ceiling — but the Krewe of Dreux was determined to celebrate Mardi Gras at the little neighborhood bar Saturday and, weather permitting, march through the surrounding devastation.

Heavy storms in the forecast threatened to drown many of the day's activities: the large, like the celebrity-studded Krewe of Endymion's parade on elaborate floats through the relatively unscathed Uptown area; and the small, like the ragtag Krewe of Dreux's 34th annual trek through the flood-ravaged Gentilly neighborhood.

"We're winging it," Bacchus patron and Krewe of Dreux member Dave Stephens, who helped gut the bar, said Friday. "We're going to see what the weather does. We plan to march. If the weather prevents that, then we'll party at the Bacchus."

This is the last big weekend of the annual Carnival season, culminating on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, on Feb. 28 with parades and street parties in and around the city. Tourism officials and merchants are hoping that the event will gin up an economy reeling since Katrina hit on Aug. 29, flooding 80 percent of the city and dispersing more than two thirds of the population.

There were promising signs Friday in the French Quarter, as the streets began filling with revelers, many in costumes — white Elvis jumpsuits, sexy bustiers, T-shirts with obscene slogans taking aim at government officials.

"We're already starting to pack them in," said a jubilant Lisa Linscott, bartender at the Old Absinthe House bar.

But the crowds appeared to be smaller than a typical pre-Mardi Gras Friday and some shops were still waiting to benefit.

"It's dead. Not slow, dead," said Dennis Booth, working at a souvenir shop and bar.

The crowd was heavily local, but included some tourists.

"We love to have lunch here," said Laurie Weathers, of Norman, Okla., who was lunching at Galatoire's, a historic upscale restaurant on Bourbon Street. "But to be able to be here today is really special."

Visitors are often estimated at more than 1 million for Mardi Gras. Authorities were expecting fewer this year but were uncertain of how many. A shortage of hotel rooms was one problem, the storm forecast was another.

Better weather was expected for the final three days of Carnival.

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My note; You would think they would have learned after Katrina.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on February 25, 2006, 03:15:49 PM
Philippine volcano erupts
From: Agence France-Presse
From correspondents in Manila

February 21, 2006

AS it struggles to cope with its mudslide disaster, the Philippines faces a new natural threat: volcanic eruption.
The 460m high Mayon volcano shook with more than a hundred quakes and sprayed ash across its slopes on today.

Government vulcanologists raised an alert advising residents to stay out of a danger zone in a radius of 6km from the crater as an ash column rose 500m into the sky.

It said there was no need to evacuate Legaspi, a nearby city of about 160,000 people.

Philippine volcano erupts (http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18226920-23109,00.html)
Here is more information on the eruption.

As of the 24th of February, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported that Mayon Volcano’s seismic activity was characterized by nine (9) explosion-type earthquakes during the past observation period. Due to very thick clouds over the summit, no ash emissions were directly observed although minor ash explosions probably accompanied the seismic events. This is also apparent from confirmed reports that rumbling heard by local residents in Sta Misericordia accompanied the explosion-type quakes which occurred at 3:04AM and 3:06AM. In addition, the seismic network recorded two (2) low frequency volcanic earthquakes associated with shallow movement of magma. Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) flux emission rates averaged 1,740 tonnes per day (t/d), similar to 1,687 t/d measured last 28 November 2005. These values are still significantly above the usual 500 t/d.

Due to the continuing active seismicity involving minor explosion events, PHIVOLCS interprets the volcano to be undergoing moderate unrest, brought about by some magma ascent intruding the summit area. However, should rates of seismic, surface and other volcanic activity significantly change, PHIVOLCS shall elevate its notice of alert status accordingly. Alert Level 2 remains hoisted over the volcano, which means that the public is strongly advised not to enter the six (6) kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) especially in the southeast sector of the volcano where the crater rim is at its lowest. Residents just outside the PDZ are also advised to be vigilant against sudden explosions which could generate hazardous volcanic flows.

The beautifully symmetrical Mayon volcano, which rises to 2,462 m above the Albay Gulf, is the Philippines' most active volcano. The structurally simple volcano has steep upper slopes that average 35-40° and is capped by a small summit crater. The historical eruptions of this basaltic-andesitic volcano date back to 1616 and range from Strombolian to basaltic Plinian. Eruptions occur predominately from the central conduit and have also produced lava flows that travel far down the flanks. Pyroclastic flows and mudflows have commonly swept down many of the approximately 40 ravines that radiate from the summit and have often devastated populated lowland areas. Mayon's most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1,200 people and devastated several towns. Eruptions that began in February 2000 led PHIVOLCS to recommend on 23 February the evacuation of people within a radius of 7 km from the summit in the SE and within a 6 km radius for the rest of the volcano.

The Current Colour Code for Mayon is currently at ALERT LEVEL 2.


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 01, 2006, 12:09:02 AM
A volcano on Papua New Guinea's remote island of Manam has erupted, spewing ash two kilometres into the air and raising safety concerns for nearby villagers.

An official at PNG's Vulcanological Observatory in Rabaul says the eruption started on Monday and continued on Tuesday.

He says small lava flows have been reported on the mountainside, but the situation for about 300 people living in nearby villages is unclear.

Manam, a tiny volcanic cone rising from the sea north of the PNG mainland, last erupted in November 2004, forcing the evacuation of about 9,000 people.

The island has been evacuated on a number of occasions because of volcanic activity.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 01, 2006, 12:14:37 AM
Earthquake Jolts Southern Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 jolted southern Iran on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The temblor struck at 11:01 local time and was centered in an area about 600 miles southeast of the capital Tehran, the USGS said on its Web site. Theepicenter was about 80 miles from the nearest sizable city — Bandar-e Abbas, on Iran's coast.

The earthquake was classified as moderate, but such quakes have killed thousands of people in the past in the Iranian countryside where houses are often built of bricks. The head of the Tehran Seismology Center, Mahdi Rezapour, put the magnitude at 5.8.

State television said it was felt in the southern towns of Orzoueih, Kerman, Jiroft, Kahnooj and Baft. The governor of Baft province told state radio the quake caused walls to crack in villages.

"No deaths have yet been reported, but the quake has caused cracks in many buildings. The region hit by the quake is where the houses are made of mud brick," said the governor, identified only as Amini.

In February 2005, a 6.4-magnitude temblor rocked the town of Zarand in southern Iran, killing 612 people and injuring more than 1,400. A magnitude-6.6 quake flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam in the same region in December 2003, killing 26,000 people.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 01, 2006, 12:18:22 AM
Storm Brings More Snow to Sierra

A winter storm is making its way through the Sierra, causing dangerous driving conditions and bringing more snow.

A winter storm warning was in effect through Tuesday afternoon. Two to five inches of snow was expected to fall with wind gusts up to 45 miles an hour.

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 80 was stopped early this afternoon at Drum Forebay west of Blue Canyon because of a series of spin-outs near Soda Springs. Traffic was backed up for about two miles.

Chains are required on the freeway for all vehicles except four-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from one mile east of Baxter in Placer County to seven miles east of Truckee.

Chains are also required on US-50 from five miles east of Kyburz to Meyers in El Dorado County.

The California Highway Patrol urges drivers to remember to slow down, carry extra water, food and blankets while traveling in winter conditions.

Earlier this morning, a big rig driver was killed when his truck overturned on Interstate 80 near Nyack. The CHP said the crash occurred at about 2:07 a.m. when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a guardrail in the center divider.

To check conditions on specific roads, click on the traffic link above.

At Sugar Bowl ski resort, managers said they had trouble early this morning because yesterday's rain froze overnight. Workers had to climb the towers early this morning to break up the ice in order to get the lifts to run. However, today's snow has made ski conditions good, the marketing director said.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 01, 2006, 12:19:31 AM
Storm narrows Southern California's rain shortfall
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - A Pacific storm moved out of the region Tuesday after narrowing Southern California's rainfall gap while causing power outages and other problems.

Power outages hit parts of downtown Los Angeles and the Silver Lake and El Sereno neighborhoods but all but about 1,000 had electricity restored by afternoon. Some 270 Southern California Edison customers also remained without power.

Downtown received .62 inch of rain Tuesday, raising the total to 7.32 inches since the start of the rain year on July 1, but still 3.48 inches below normal to date. A year ago, Los Angeles had received 33.87 inches by Feb. 28.

The storm also led to water rescues.

In Orange County, Santa Ana firefighters used a ladder truck like a crane to rescue man trapped on a ledge of a bridge support as runoff flowed down the Santa Ana River.

In Riverside County, firefighters came to the aid of two men whose car became trapped in 4 feet of water in Perris.

Elsewhere, a landslide took a chunk out of a parking lot at a Northrop Grumman facility northeast of Los Angeles in Azusa, and accumulated rain collapsed ceilings of a townhouse in the Orange County community of Rossmoor.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 01, 2006, 12:21:22 AM
 Schools close as week-long Arctic storm takes hold

More than 150 schools were closed yesterday and dozens of roads were blocked by snow as Arctic weather hit parts of Britain.

While many central areas enjoyed uninterrupted winter sunshine, the north of Scotland and the East Coast experienced some of the heaviest snowfall of the winter.

The northerly air stream, which is expected to last for most of the week, hit Orkney and Shetland, where all schools were shut, Aberdeenshire, the North-East of England, north Wales and Northern Ireland.

The weather also hampered efforts to recover an RAF helicopter which was abandoned during a rescue operation in the Cairngorms on Monday night.

The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing after its rotors iced up during blizzard conditions. The crew of five had to walk off the hill, while a mountain rescue team went to the aid of a climber who had broken his ankle.

Michael Mulford, a spokesman for RAF Lossiemouth, said conditions during the attempted rescue were "utterly horrendous" with the helicopter being buffeted by 60mph winds as it approached Corrie an Sneachda, above Aviemore.

He said: "The 10-ton helicopter is now basically posing as a huge ice sculpture. It is too early to guess when, or if, it will get back to flying.

"We have alpine-trained mountain rescuers who are checking the helicopter, but conditions are currently too bad to mount a rescue operation. The helicopter is picking up more ice and snow so, when the time comes, it will need to be dug out and de-iced."

Severe weather warnings were issued yesterday for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, with several inches of snow expected on the North York Moors, and up to eight inches of snow on high ground in Scotland.

In Aberdeenshire, 122 schools were closed or partially closed by 11am, and main roads including the A93 Braemar to Cairnwell, and the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul, were blocked by drifting snow.

In Yorkshire, there were sporadic snowfalls in the Scarborough and Whitby areas.

The Thames Barrier was closed during the day as the weather combined with high spring tides to create a 20in surge.

Andrew Batchelor, the tidal flood risk manager, said the move was standard procedure "when strong winds on the East Coast combine with high spring tides".

The Met Office said there would be no let-up in the cold weather today, with more snow forecast and temperatures expected to plunge below freezing later in the week.

A second weather front could bring snow to the southern half of the country towards the end of the week and into the weekend.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 01, 2006, 12:26:29 AM
Storms May Push Western Rivers to Flood

RENO, Nev. — Persistent rain that threatened to push creeks and rivers over their banks turned to snow early Tuesday, easing flood threats across western Nevada and the Sierra.

South of Carson City, snow began falling before dawn after a day of heavy rain that had emergency personnel on high alert amid fears of a repeat of a New Year's Eve flood that caused more than $17 million damage.

Small creek and urban flood warnings that had been issued a day earlier for the Reno-Carson City area and eastern Sierra were canceled early Tuesday by the National Weather Service. A flood warning for the lower Truckee River at Vista east of Sparks remained in effect until 4 p.m.

A winter storm warning was posted for the Lake Tahoe region, where forecasters said up to 10 inches of snow was possible before the storm dissipated later in the day.

Total snow accumulations at the higher elevations could reach 3-5 feet, forecasters said.

Chains or snow tires were required on all mountain roadways, including Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and U.S. 50 over Echo Summit.

The snow was in stark contrast to a day earlier, when pelting rain and high snow levels caused streams, rivers and creeks to swell with rain water, runoff and melting snow.

The city of Sparks, hard hit by flooding two months earlier, declared an emergency Monday as crews, residents and businesses worked to fill sand bags and shore up banks along the Truckee River.

"We're focussing all of our resources to respond to a pending flood," Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said Monday afternoon.

"The declaration of emergency enables us to request aid from other jurisdictions, such as Washoe County and the state of Nevada," he said.

Some of the heaviest rain Monday fell along the Sierra in California north and west of Reno on Monday. A spotter for the weather service reported 2.8 inches of rain in less than 24 hours near Cromberg in Plumas County, with 2.7 inches near Sierraville in Sierra County and 2.1 inches near Jansesville in Lassen County.

The weather service said the region should get a brief reprieve on Wednesday before another, colder storm system moves in Thursday, bringing with it the potential for heavy snow in the mountains and western Nevada valleys, including the Reno-Carson City area.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 03, 2006, 12:33:54 AM
Giant Volcano Under Yellowstone Park Stirring to Life
Thursday, March 02, 2006

Forces brewing deep beneath Yellowstone National Park could be making one of the largest volcanoes on Earth even bigger, a new study reveals.

In the past decade, part of the volcano has risen nearly five inches, most likely due to a backup of flowing molten rock miles below the planet's crust.

While the rise may not be noticeable to the casual hiker, the activity may have cracked the crust in the park's famous Norris Geyser Basin (NGB), leading to the formation of new fumaroles — holes that vent smoke and gas — and the reawakening of some of the area's geysers, including Steamboat, the largest geyser in the world.

Eventually, however, it could explode again as a super-volcano that would destroy life for hundreds of miles around and coat the entire country in ash.

Up and down

Radar observations from the European Space Agency's ERS-2 satellite reveal that the jellybean-shaped Yellowstone caldera — a giant depression caused by past volcanic explosions — began to rise in 1995.

Although the caldera floor started to sink in late 1997, part of the north rim, called the north rim uplift anomaly (NUA) continued rising until 2003.

Molten rock called magma rises from the Earth's core under Sour Creek dome, a major feature in the eastern section of the caldera.

When the magma reaches the mantle layer, six to 12 miles below the surface, it spreads like a pancake before branching off into several tunnels.

Magma flow is controlled by natural valves — one at Sour Creek dome that lets magma enter the system, and others that allow it to flow out. The outflow valve below the north rim uplift anomaly, however, can only pass so much magma at once.

"Magma's always coming up in Sour Creek dome and going through the system," U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Charles Wicks told LiveScience. "But maybe there are pulses when more comes up. That may be what causes the surface to rise."

The research is detailed in the March 2 issue of the journal Nature.

The pulses might be more than the outflow valve can handle — like trying to squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube at once. As the molten material pushes out on the surrounding rock, the ground around the valve expands and cracks.

This could explain why the uplift anomaly has risen and the Norris Geyser Basin has become more active, Wicks said.

Another explanation is that nearby geothermic changes and seismic activity altered the shape of the valve, perhaps narrowing it. However, previous studies have indicated that no such alterations have occurred, and that changes in flow rate more likely cause these deformations.

Big changes

The five-inch increase at the uplift anomaly probably wasn't noticed by many tourists, but the changes in the Norris Geyser Basin were easily spotted by some.

After a nine year period of inactivity, Steamboat Geyser erupted in May, 2000, and has erupted five times since. Reaching more than 300 feet in the air, Steamboat produces the highest plumes of any geyser in the world.

Since 1989, Pork Chop geyser was active only as a hot spring, but in the summer of 2003 it reawakened as a geyser. Also that summer, several footpaths near the Norris Geyser Basin were closed because of near-boiling ground temperatures.

And a 250-foot line of new fumaroles, holes venting hot smoke and gases, formed near Nymph Lake to the north of the uplift anomaly.

"But when the [uplift anomaly] quit inflating in 2002 and 2003, the thermal unrest died off too," Wicks said. "So we think there's pretty good evidence for tying these events together."

Despite these changes, Wicks doesn't believe that Yellowstone is ready to erupt.

"This is probably an ongoing feature in Yellowstone. We've only been able to study it like this for 10 years, so we're still not sure what's normal and what's not," Wicks said. "But there's no evidence yet to suspect an eruption."

Also, the magma pancake serves as a thermal buffer that helps stabilize the volcanic system against potentially dangerous sudden changes in temperature.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Shammu on March 03, 2006, 01:46:31 AM
These are the last 30 days of earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park.

(http://www.seis.utah.edu/CurrentEvents/YPEvents30DaysPast.gif)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Shammu on March 03, 2006, 03:10:11 AM
Hurricane season could match '05: UN
Thu Mar 2, 2006pm ET163

By Mica Rosenberg

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - This year's hurricane season could match the record breaking destruction caused by storms in 2005, the United Nations warned.

In 2005, an unprecedented 27 tropical storms, 15 of which became full-blown hurricanes, battered Central America and the U.S. Gulf coast, killing more than 3,000 people and causing tens of billions of dollars in damage.

"We have reason to fear that 2006 could be as bad as 2005," Jan Egeland, the undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs who coordinates U.N. emergency relief, told Reuters on Wednesday.

"We have had a dramatic increase in climate related natural disasters and at the same time we have more vulnerable people, so it's a double effect," he said in Guatemala, where he is meeting Central American leaders to plan for future disasters.

"That's why we need to prepare in order to prevent the damage."

Hurricane Stan killed more than 2,000 people in Central America last October. Guatemala was hardest hit with mudslides burying villages and washing away roads.

Hurricane Katrina wrecked New Orleans and much of the U.S. Gulf coast in late August, killing about 1,300 people.

Guatemala's losses from Stan were nearly $1 billion, equivalent to more than 3 percent of the country's gross domestic product, according to a recent U.N. study.

The U.N. launched an international appeal for more than $30 million in hurricane relief here but has only managed to raise two-thirds of that amount so far.

Most is earmarked for reconstruction rather than prevention. Programs to reinforce buildings and train emergency workers are expensive but Egeland insisted that every dollar spent on prevention can save millions in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

"Haiti is the most vulnerable society in the region and Cuba is one of the best prepared, if not the best prepared for natural disasters," said Egeland. "The same hurricane which would take zero lives in Cuba would kill massively in Haiti."

Latin American and Caribbean nations are prone to floods, earthquakes and forest fires as well as hurricanes, the fallout from which is compounded by poverty and weak infrastructure.

Hurricane season could match '05: UN (http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=worldNews&storyid=2006-03-02T170444Z_01_N029374_RTRUKOC_0_US-WEATHER-HURRICANES.xml&rpc=22)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 03, 2006, 06:52:48 PM
 Melting Antarctic raising sea levels
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Published: 03 March 2006

More evidence has emerged indicating the Antarctic ice sheet is melting so fast it is contributing to a rise in global sea levels.

The first satellite study of the continent's ice inventory has revealed that Antarctica is releasing around 35 cubic miles of water into the sea each year.

This is equivalent to an increase in global sea level of about 0.4mm a year. This would account for between 20 and 50 per cent of the average rise seen each year for the past century.

The findings suggest that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in its 2001 assessment assumed that Antarctica was not contributing to sea level rise, will have to review its position.

"This is the first study to indicate the total mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet is in significant decline," said Isabella Velicogna of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"The overall balance of the Antarctic ice is dependent on regional changes in the interior and those in the coastal areas. The changes we are seeing are probably a good indicator of the changing climatic conditions there," she said.

The study, published in the journal Science, results from a new way of investigating Antarctica's ice sheet by measuring changes in the gravitational pull of the continent - which corresponds to the total mass of its ice sheet - on a pair of orbiting satellites.

Until now satellites have concentrated on making accurate measurements of changes to the height of the ice sheet, or by taking images of the surface area of the ice shelves and floating sea ice fringing the continent's coast.

Scientists involved in the latest gravity recovery and climate experiment (Grace) used two satellites, launched in 2002, to measure small perturbations in gravity and hence variations in the total mass of the ice sheet.

The satellites orbit the poles at a distance of 137 miles from one another. A change in gravity due to a change in thickness of the ice sheet below is detected by small changes in the distance between the satellites. Scientists said that they can detect changes in distance between the Grace satellites equivalent to one fiftieth of the diameter of a human hair.

More evidence has emerged indicating the Antarctic ice sheet is melting so fast it is contributing to a rise in global sea levels.

The first satellite study of the continent's ice inventory has revealed that Antarctica is releasing around 35 cubic miles of water into the sea each year.

This is equivalent to an increase in global sea level of about 0.4mm a year. This would account for between 20 and 50 per cent of the average rise seen each year for the past century.

The findings suggest that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in its 2001 assessment assumed that Antarctica was not contributing to sea level rise, will have to review its position.

"This is the first study to indicate the total mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet is in significant decline," said Isabella Velicogna of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"The overall balance of the Antarctic ice is dependent on regional changes in the interior and those in the coastal areas. The changes we are seeing are probably a good indicator of the changing climatic conditions there," she said.

The study, published in the journal Science, results from a new way of investigating Antarctica's ice sheet by measuring changes in the gravitational pull of the continent - which corresponds to the total mass of its ice sheet - on a pair of orbiting satellites.

Until now satellites have concentrated on making accurate measurements of changes to the height of the ice sheet, or by taking images of the surface area of the ice shelves and floating sea ice fringing the continent's coast.

Scientists involved in the latest gravity recovery and climate experiment (Grace) used two satellites, launched in 2002, to measure small perturbations in gravity and hence variations in the total mass of the ice sheet.

The satellites orbit the poles at a distance of 137 miles from one another. A change in gravity due to a change in thickness of the ice sheet below is detected by small changes in the distance between the satellites. Scientists said that they can detect changes in distance between the Grace satellites equivalent to one fiftieth of the diameter of a human hair.




Title: Scientists Say Sun's Next Cycle Stronger
Post by: Shammu on March 07, 2006, 01:07:20 PM
Scientists Say Sun's Next Cycle Stronger

By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer Mon Mar 6, 11:17 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - A new computer model suggests the next solar cycle will be more active than the previous one, potentially spawning magnetic storms that will be more disruptive to communication systems on Earth.

The next sunspot cycle will be between 30 percent to 50 percent more intense than the last one, scientists said Monday.

The cycle will also begin a year later than expected, in late 2007 or early 2008, and peak around 2012, said Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

The new prediction is at odds with previous forecasts, which suggested that the intensity of the next solar cycle would be measurably smaller.

Accurately predicting the intensity of the sunspot cycle, which occurs about every 11 years, allows scientists to anticipate solar storms. They are caused by solar flares, or giant eruptions that burst from the surface of the sun.

Solar storms, which eject billions of tons of plasma and charged particles into space, can produce dazzling northern lights, but also disrupt power lines, radio transmissions and satellite communication.

The last time the solar cycle peaked was in 2001. During the last cycle, solar storms caused extreme radio blackouts in the Pacific.

For decades, scientists have tracked the solar cycle and appearance of sunspots, but they have been unable to accurately predict the intensity or timing of solar storms, which increase as the number of sunspots increases.

Dikpati, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said her team tested the new computer model using previous solar cycle data and had 98 percent accuracy.

David Hathaway, a solar astronomer with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., does not doubt that the next sunspot cycle will be stronger than the previous one.

But Hathaway said his own research suggests that the next cycle will occur late this year — earlier than what Dikpati predicted.

The current research, funded by National Science Foundation, is published in the latest Geophysical Research Letters.

Scientists Say Sun's Next Cycle Stronger (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060307/ap_on_sc/solar_storm;_ylt=Aq_c8XXPdTcmnp8181Judres0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MzV0MTdmBHNlYwM3NTM-)


Title: Naples Should Study Vesuvius Blast
Post by: Shammu on March 07, 2006, 01:08:36 PM
Naples Should Study Vesuvius Blast

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer 2 hours, 25 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Bronze-age farmers escaping a massive volcanic eruption abandoned their homes in and around what is today the Italian city of Naples, leaving food and cooking implements on their tables as they fled.

Others were trapped and died where they had lived, their bodies a warning that the modern city needs to consider the threat from Mount Vesuvius in planning for the future, said Michael Sheridan, a geology professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

"Scenes of everyday life, frozen by the volcanic deposits, testify that people suddenly left," Sheridan and co-authors report in Monday's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In one area there were "the molds of four huts with pottery and other objects left inside; skeletons of a dog and nine pregnant goat victims found in a cage; and footprints of adults, children and cows filled in by the first fallout pumice."

The eruption occurred about 3,780 years ago — about the same era as Hammurabi was consolidating his hold on Babylon, the Shang Dynasty established control of northern China and the earliest ceremonial pyramids were built in South America. The remains have been under study in the last couple of years by Italian and other archaeologists.

The blast was much larger than the eruption of A.D. 79 that buried the towns near the mountain, producing the famed archaeological sites at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae, Sheridan said in a telephone interview.

Sheridan said a future eruption should provide considerable warning from earthquakes in advance and urged that this danger be included in hazard planning for Naples. Current planning focuses on a smaller eruption from 1631 that only affected areas near the base of the mountain, he said.

But the new findings from the ancient quake show the hazard from ash, hot gases and other dangers could affect much of modern Naples, he said.

Indicating there must have been warnings of the ancient disaster, the researchers found thousands of footprints from a rapid evacuation of the area, including the present Neapolitan district.

Not everyone fled, though, as they found the skeleton of a man and woman buried more than a yard deep near the village of San Belsito, they added.

Why didn't everyone go?

"These were bronze age people and they had a pantheon of gods that they thought controlled their world," Sheridan said, so some probably made sacrifice to the gods when they felt warning quakes or saw vapors before the final blast.

Remains indicate that some of those who fled returned quickly and built new homes, they said, but those sites were abandoned a short time later and no new permanent settlements were established for more than 200 years, the researchers reported.

A similar eruption today would bring "extreme devastation extending into the densely urbanized Neapolitan area" that was untouched by the A.D. 79 event, they warned.

Naples Should Study Vesuvius Blast (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060307/ap_on_sc/volcano_danger;_ylt=As64uRJ1WlXpH1dxgBRHW6us0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MzV0MTdmBHNlYwM3NTM-)


Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 08, 2006, 01:10:23 PM
Home » National » Article
Refugee disease screening questioned

THE Premier, Morris Iemma, has accused the Federal Government of failing to adequately screen African refugees for diseases and of indirectly being responsible for gangs of young African men forming in Sydney.

The Premier made his accusations yesterday after it was revealed some refugees were spending up to 12 months in an African refugee camp after an initial health screening by the immigration department before travelling to Australia, leaving open the chance they could arrive with communicable diseases.

The independent upper house MP, David Oldfield, said if people were not worried about themselves, then they should "think about their children, or grandchildren".

"Who are they at school with?" Mr Oldfield said on Channel Seven news. "Who might bite them, who might spit on them?"

Mr Iemma said people were being put at risk of contracting tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, measles, intestinal parasites and clinical rickets.

He also blamed the lack of English language lessons and Medicare cards for African asylum seekers on bridging visas as partially responsible for causing crime problems.

Anne Duffield, a spokeswoman for the parliamentary secretary for immigration, Andrew Robb, accused Mr Iemma of attempting to "demonise" African refugees. She said 50 per cent of African refugees had a second screening and this would soon rise to 100 per cent.

Ms Duffield, a former chief of staff to the former immigration minister Philip Ruddock said: "I don't know why [Mr Iemma] wants to run with this. It seems incredibly divisive at a time these people need lots of support. They don't need to be demonised."



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 10, 2006, 11:59:17 AM
Flesh-eating germ kills woman in three days
North Carolina nursing assistant cut her finger on a wheelchair


DUNN, N.C. - North Carolina health officials are investigating the death of a woman who died last week of a flesh-eating bacteria three days after accidentally jamming her hand in a wheelchair while working at a nursing home.

Nursing assistant Sharron Bishop, 44, died Feb. 27. A doctor said a rare flesh-eating bacteria may have entered her body through a thumb injury and she turned from healthy to fatally ill.

The culprit was a rare invasive form of group A streptococcal bacteria, said Debbie Crane, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services. The noninvasive form is widespread and is commonly known for causing strep throat, she said.

"It's kind of like getting bitten by a shark or struck by lightning," she said. "It's not something that spreads to the community."

North Carolina gets about 125 reports of the invasive form of strep annually, and about 10 percent are fatal, she said.

David Bishop said doctors at UNC Hospitals, where Sharron Bishop died, have told him it's impossible to know how his wife contracted the rare infection.

"The UNC doctors said she could have picked it up at the gas station, at the grocery store, anywhere," he said. "We will never know."

Sharon Bishop complained on Feb. 24 about a swollen thumb. She had jammed it at work and worried that she had dislocated it. David Bishop took her to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital, where doctors gave her pain medication and sent her home.

The swelling got worse. By the morning of Feb. 27, her arm was twice as large as normal and looked like it would burst, David Bishop said. Fluid leaked from her elbow and wrist. She complained of terrific pain.

Dunn physician Abraham Oudeh diagnosed necrotizing fasciitis, an infection that destroys tissue.

Doctors at UNC Hospitals that evening tried to stop the spreading infection by amputating her arm at the clavicle and removing all the muscle and tissue around her left breast, torso and thigh in a futile effort to save her life.

Harnett County Health Director John Rouse Jr. said Bishop's was one of two confirmed cases of the bacteria that his office investigated in recent days after being notified by state health authorities. He said he believed the other woman, whom he also did not identify, knew Bishop.

Rouse said it would be impossible to determine whether they passed the bacteria to each other. Rouse said the other woman is recovering.



Title: The sun is going away, but don't panic...
Post by: Shammu on March 11, 2006, 11:12:25 PM
The sun is going away, but don't panic...

Fri Mar 10, 9:36 AM ET

ABUJA (Reuters) - The Nigerian government, anxious to avoid a repeat of riots that marked a solar eclipse in 2001, warned citizens they may suffer "psychological discomfort" during a new eclipse this month but urged them not to panic.

Information Minister Frank Nweke said an eclipse five years ago caused riots in northern Borno state because people did not know why it happened.

"Some people even felt some evil people in their communities were responsible for the eclipse," he said in a statement on Thursday aimed at reassuring Nigerians that the eclipse is expected to darken parts of the country on March 29.

"The eclipse is not expected to have any real damaging effect, only social and psychological discomforts are envisaged," Nweke said.

He did not explain what the discomforts might be.

The sun is going away, but don't panic...  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060310/od_nm/nigeria_eclipse_dc;_ylt=Aowfill3iGnb.J__qwQnRzGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3NW1oMDRpBHNlYwM3NTc-)

 ::) ::)

My note; Durning the start of the millennium rule of Christ, we won't need light. The light will be supplied by Christ himself. :D


Title: Rain in Phoenix Ends Record Dry Spell at 143 Days
Post by: Shammu on March 11, 2006, 11:15:46 PM
Rain in Phoenix Ends Record Dry Spell at 143 Days

Robert Roy Britt
LiveScience Managing Editor
LiveScience.com Sat Mar 11, 10:00 AM ET

PHOENIX—A good old-fashion downpour in the predawn here today ended a record string of 143 days without rain.

The previous record was 101 days, set in January 2000.

NOAA reported light rain around dawn and a 0.26-inch accumulation at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, the official recording station.

Elsewhere around the sprawling, water-starved but surprisingly green city, where residents have been rooting for precipitation from storms that didn't deliver in recent weeks, heavy downpours occurred.

Here in a far northern suburb of the city a mix of light and heavy rain has fallen for more than two hours. Up to three-quarters of an inch was forecast for the day with possible heavy thunderstorms.

While Phoenix is in the middle of a desert, the average annual rainfall is 7.56 inches. About half of it falls in winter and the rest comes with the summer-fall monsoon.

The last measurable rain fell on Oct. 18, nearly five months ago.

April and May are typically dry, so rainfall now is important to reduce fire risk. Last year dry conditions fueled the Cave Creek Complex Fire, which burned 248,000 acres of brush, mesquite trees and saguaro cacti.

More rain is in the forecast for next week. But dry conditions could return over the long run, climate experts say. The Pacific Ocean cool-water condition known as La Nina has taken hold, according to NOAA, and that tends to thwart rain in the Southwest.

In 1899, Yuma, Arizona recorded 179 straight days without rain.

Arizona is far from being the driest place on Earth. That title goes to Arica, in Chile, which gets just 0.03 inches of rain per year. At that rate, it would take a century to fill a coffee cup. The wettest place? Lloro, Colombia averages 523.6 inches of rainfall a year, or more than 40 feet.

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My note; YEAH!! Praise God for the rain, least this will help reduce our fire danger. :D Also I checked a little while ago, I have 29 inches of snow, in the middle of the driveway. :D


Title: Possible U.S. case of mad cow being investigated
Post by: Shammu on March 11, 2006, 11:43:33 PM
 Possible U.S. case of mad cow being investigated

Saturday, March 11, 2006; Posted: 10:15 p.m. EST (03:15 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Agriculture Department is investigating a possible case of mad cow disease, the agency's chief veterinarian said Saturday.

A routine test indicated the possible presence of mad cow disease, said John Clifford, the USDA official. The agency would not say where the animal was from.

The cow did not enter the human or animal food chain, Clifford said.

The department is conducting more detailed tests at its laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and should have results in four to seven days.

"This inconclusive result does not mean we have found a new case of BSE," Clifford said, giving the abbreviation for the disease's formal name, bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

"Inconclusive results are a normal component of most screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive," he added in a statement.

In humans, eating meat products contaminated with mad cow disease has been linked to more than 150 deaths worldwide from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare and fatal nerve disease.

A majority of the deaths were in Britain, where there was an outbreak of mad cow disease that started in the mid-1980s. There was one case confirmed in the U.S., although the federal Centers for Disease Control believes the person got the disease while in the United Kingdom.

No one is known to have contracted the disease inside the United States.

U.S. government investigators have found two cases of mad cow disease. The first was in December 2003 in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state. The second was last June in a cow that was born and raised in Texas.

In response to the first case, the Agriculture Department increased its level of testing for the disease. As of Friday, 644,603 of the nation's estimated 95 million head of cattle had been tested.

The United States has had three cases in which "inconclusive" results turned out to be negative. Two of those times were in 2004 and the third was in 2005.

Tests are done on dead animals; there is no test for the disease in a live cow. The department primarily tests animals that can't walk, have signs of nervous system disorder, are emaciated or injured or that have died. These animals are considered to be at greatest risk of having the disease.

The 2003 case of mad cow disease prompted a ban on American beef by Japan, once the biggest customer of U.S. beef, and many other countries.

Japan finally reopened its market in December but halted U.S. beef shipments in January after finding veal cuts with backbone, which is eaten in the U.S. but considered at risk for mad cow disease in Asian countries.

Clifford said the U.S. has "a system of interlocking safeguards" against mad cow disease that protects people and health. The U.S. has a ban on adding remains of dead cattle to feed for live cattle, because eating contaminated feed is how the disease is believed to spread.

The government also requires the removal of tissues known to carry the disease, such as brains and spinal cords, when animals are slaughtered.

"We remain very confident in the safety of U.S. beef," Clifford said.

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Title: Tornadoes Rip Across Midwest, Killing Two
Post by: Shammu on March 12, 2006, 12:01:31 PM
Tornadoes Rip Across Midwest, Killing Two

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press Writer 31 minutes ago

ST. MARY, Mo. - Powerful tornadoes ripped across southern Missouri and southern Illinois during the night, destroying homes along a path of more than 20 miles and killing two people, officials said Sunday.

Several other people were injured as the storm system pounded the central Mississippi Valley with hailstones as big as softballs, high wind and torrential rain.

It was not immediately clear how many tornadoes struck the area straddling the Mississippi River from Missouri into Illinois. The twisters were part of a long line of stormy weather that stretched from the southern Plains up the Ohio Valley.

The worst damage was along a rural stretch of Highway 61 near St. Mary in Perry County, about 80 miles south of St. Louis, emergency management director Jack Lakenan said.

A twister caught a pickup truck on the highway and hurled it beneath a roadside propane tank, killing both people in the vehicle, Lakenan said. The wreckage of the pickup was wedged beneath the tank.

Also near St. Mary, mobile homes were tossed and a brick ranch house was split in half. Several people were injured and two were taken to a hospital in St. Louis.

"Best we can figure, five or six homes were destroyed and another five or six were badly damaged," Lakenan said.

Across the Mississippi River in Illinois, a tornado damaged several homes and businesses in the small town of Fults, and injured one person, said meteorologist Ron Przybylinski.

One person was injured by flying glass in Bremen, Ill., authorities said.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said the tornado near St. Mary had wind of 113 mph to 206 mph. Softball-sized hail caused more damage and heavy rain prompted flash flood warnings in southern Missouri. The heaviest rainfall was 3 to 4 inches about 100 miles east of St. Louis in Illinois, said Jon Carney of the National Weather Service.

In Missouri's Jefferson County, just south of St. Louis, high wind struck a new subdivision, destroying seven homes. Five people were hurt, but the extent of their injuries was unclear, the National Weather Service said.

High wind tore the roof off a McDonald's restaurant in the tourist town of Branson.

A severe thunderstorm also hit eastern Kansas on Sunday morning, knocking out power lines and blowing out windows. The agency sounded tornado sirens as the storm ripped through Douglas County, but no twisters had been confirmed.

Elsewhere, storms scattered across the West gave Arizona a break from a prolonged dry spell, with Phoenix getting an inch of rain Saturday after a record 143 days without a drop. More than a foot of snow fell at higher elevations in northern and eastern Arizona.

Snow and sleet in the San Francisco area Saturday caused a 28-vehicle pile just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in which two people were killed.

As much as 1 1/2 feet of snow fell during the weekend in the mountains of California's eastern San Diego County, and one illegal immigrant died Saturday after getting caught in the freezing weather.

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Title: Snow, freezing temperature strike Scotland, north of England
Post by: Shammu on March 12, 2006, 12:04:02 PM
Snow, freezing temperature strike Scotland, north of England

2 hours, 9 minutes ago

LONDON (AFP) - Heavy snow and freezing temperatures brought large swathes of Britain to a standstill, with Scotland bearing the brunt of the wintry weather.

More than 20 centimetres (eight inches) of snow fell on Glasgow, leaving an estimated 3,000 night-clubbers to seek refuge in discotheques, hotels and even a bus station that remained open to provide shelter.

There was also heavy snow in the north of England, with Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle among the cities affected, as temperatures hovered around the freezing point.

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports were closed Sunday morning, with several incoming flights diverted -- including two transatlantic flights that were sent to Northern Ireland's Belfast, airport officials said.

Many roads throughout Scotland were either completely blocked or only passable with care. One route affected was the M74 motorway, the main link between England and Scotland.

Liz Anetts, a weather forecaster for Britain's domestic Press Association news agency, said Scotland had been hit by more snow than expected.

"The problem is caused by a weather front coming in (off the North Atlantic Ocean) from the west and cold air coming in from east at the same time," she said Sunday. "They collided and turned what would otherwise have been rain into snow."

"It was expected, although we didn't expect as much snow as this... We're expecting it to die away this afternoon, with possibly only a few more centimetres falling this afternoon."

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Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 12, 2006, 12:33:53 PM
Snow falls in the Valley, or was it just a hail of white stuff?
Look, up in the sky, it's snow, hail ... it's 'bouncing snow'
By Charles F. Bostwick, Staff Writer

TUJUNGA - Snowmen, snowballs and sleds came out Saturday as a frigid storm from the Gulf of Alaska turned streets and lawns white - sort of like Michigan with palm trees, for a little while.

The cold white stuff that fell on Tujunga, Sunland and the Verdugo Hills probably was hail, but it was good enough as snow for inhabitants of a region that hasn't seen real snow since 1989.

"The kids went out and scooped it off cars and threw it at each other," said Katie Morin, a clerk at the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library. Tiny snowmen sprouted on lawns and on cartops. Snowboarders and sledders came out on icy streets. Townsfolk welcomed the sight.

"They're very happy," said Vrouj Zargarian, owner of Tujunga Food Market owner on Foothill Boulevard. "All the ground is white, like Siberia, like Canada."

As to what the white stuff was, Morin said: 'You could kind of call it snow - more like slush than real snow."

A National Weather Service spokesman said the agency had received no reports Saturday of lowland snow - just hail.

"There was a lot of hail reports," Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer said.

On the Foothill Freeway at Roxford Street about 1 p.m., the California Highway Patrol got a report of "bouncing snow."

In La Crescenta, the stuff was described as mostly hail, from about BB size to marble size. Rain washed it away in about an hour.

In the Verdugo Hills, recreation supervisor Alex Nash said the stuff that came out of the sky for five or 10 minutes at the Glendale Sports Complex seemed to be snow. It melted as it touched the ground.

"At first it looked like hail, but I thought, hail isn't supposed to be floating," Nash said.

 In February 1989, there was no doubt the Valley was hit by a

snow storm. Up to 4 inches of snow fell in Northridge and Woodland Hills, schools closed, freeways closed, and people skied at Porter Ridge Park.

The 1989 storm was the first measurable snow in the Valley since 1962, though there had been occasional flurries and sleet. In January 1949, a three-day storm left more than a foot of snow in some Valley areas.

There was no doubt Saturday about heavy snow in Southern California's mountains.

Interstate 5 closed to traffic just before 7 p.m. Saturday between Castaic and Lebec because of ice and snow. CHP officers expected the closure to last several hours.

Mount Wilson at 5,700 foot elevation got 6 to 8 inches by midafternoon, the Weather Service said. Wrightwood at 6,000 feet got 10 inches. Frazier Park off Interstate 5 got 3 inches.

At the Mountain High ski resort above Wrightwood, 10 to 14 inches fell Friday and another five by midafternoon Saturday. The snowfall led resort operators to open runs today on the separate Mountain High East ski area.

"This is our biggest storm this season," Mountain High spokesman John McColly said.

Today the Weather Service forecast scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the Valley, with nighttime temperatures in the 30s or low 40s. The chance of showers is expected to decrease to 20 percent tonight, then rise to 40 percent on Tuesday.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather.
Post by: Shammu on March 13, 2006, 12:16:22 AM
4 Dead in 9-Car Crash Amid Texas Wildfires

7 minutes ago

GROOM, Texas - Four people died Sunday in a multi-vehicle crash as smoke from raging wildfires reduced visibility, the Texas Forest Service said. Six people were injured.

The blaze spread across at least 300,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of eight towns, said Warren Bielenberg, a spokesman for the Texas Forest Service.

The crash involved nine vehicles on Interstate 40.

Bielenberg said it likely "one of the biggest fire days in Texas history."

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Title: 3 Killed As Storms Rip Across Midwest
Post by: Shammu on March 13, 2006, 12:17:55 AM
3 Killed As Storms Rip Across Midwest

By DAVID LIEB, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 24 minutes ago

SEDALIA, Mo. - Severe storms across the Midwest packed winds that knocked over airplanes, ripped roofs off homes and spawned tornadoes that killed three people.

A twister, which roared up to one-half mile wide, killed a woman seeking shelter in her mobile home and displaced about 150 residents in western Missouri on Sunday night, officials said.

Six people were injured and two were missing after the tornado cut a path more than 16 miles wide through the town of Sedalia, said Rusty Kahrs, Pettis County presiding commissioner.

Bobby Ritcheson, 23, said he watched his neighbor die when her mobile home collapsed on her south of Sedalia.

"She went in there," Ritcheson said of the victim, and "the trailer came down right on top of her."

Sheriff Kevin Bond described the damage he saw as "large amounts of power lines down, many buildings that are simply no longer there, and a tremendous amount of debris."

Storms rolled through northeastern Kansas earlier in the day with fierce winds that lifted a cargo container off the airfield at the Kansas City International Airport, authorities said. At the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, some private airplanes tied down on the airfield were "spun around," spokesman Joe McBride said.

The University of Kansas in Lawrence canceled classes Monday after 60 percent of its buildings were damaged by the storm, school officials said. The roof of the nondenominational Danforth Chapel, which has been the site for thousands of weddings on campus, was torn off almost completely.

James Patterson, 23, was asleep in his upstairs Lawrence apartment when a sudden drop in pressure woke him about 8 a.m.

"It felt like I was in the tornado, if that's what it was," he said.

The storms followed powerful tornadoes that ripped across southern Missouri and southern Illinois Saturday night, destroying homes along a path of more than 20 miles and killing a married couple whose pickup truck was blown off a rural road about 80 miles south of St. Louis, officials said.

During the night, several people were injured as the storm system pounded the central Mississippi Valley with hailstones as big as softballs, high wind and torrential rain.

It was not immediately clear how many tornadoes struck the area. The twisters were part of a long line of stormy weather that stretched from the southern Plains up the Ohio Valley.

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Title: Deadly Bird Flu Expands in Africa, Asia
Post by: Shammu on March 13, 2006, 12:19:42 AM
Deadly Bird Flu Expands in Africa, Asia

By EMMANUEL TUMANJONG, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 52 minutes ago

YAOUNDE, Cameroon - The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected for the first time in poultry in Myanmar and Cameroon, officials in the two nations said, in the latest sign of the disease's expanding range in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Experts over the weekend confirmed cases in hundreds of dead chickens at a farm outside of Myanmar's second largest city, Mandalay, Than Tun, director of the country's livestock breeding and veterinary department, said Monday.

Myanmar borders Thailand and China, which together have reported 24 human deaths from the disease.

Cameroon's government announced its first avian case on Sunday, becoming the fourth African country to be struck by the deadly bird flu virus.

The fatal virus was first discovered in Africa on a commercial poultry farm in Nigeria in February. It has since been reported in Niger and Egypt.

Experts have expressed concern that bird flu was likely to be spreading undetected in Africa, which is ill-prepared to deal with the virus and lacks laboratories to detect it.

Cameroon's government said the tests that confirmed the H5N1 strain were carried out in a laboratory in Paris.

Minister of Livestock Aboubakary Sarki told reporters the infected duck was among 10 birds that died in Maroua from Feb. 12-26. He said the government had already slaughtered birds in the area as a precaution, but did not say how many.

Sarki said the government had banned the sale of chicken in the affected area, but some residents contacted by phone said it was still being sold.

Cameroon also said it was reinforcing a ban on poultry imports from Nigeria and any other country affected by bird flu. Authorities imposed the ban shortly after the fatal strain was reported in Nigeria.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed or forced the slaughter of more than 140 million chickens and ducks across Asia since 2003, and has recently spread to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Health officials fear H5N1 could evolve into a virus that can be transmitted easily between people and become a global pandemic.

At least 97 people have died from the disease worldwide, two-thirds of them in Indonesia and Vietnam, according to the
World Health Organization. No human cases have been detected in Africa.

Humans and poultry live close together on small farms across Africa, as in Asia where the current H5N1 wave began and where the virus first jumped to humans.

In Myanmar, teams of experts were sent to the area to begin slaughtering chickens within a two-mile radius of the farm where the infected birds were found.

Myanmar's military government — which generally restricts the free flow of information and exercises tight control over the mostly state-owned mass media — had previously said it would deal openly with any bird flu problems.

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Title: Lunar Eclipse March 14th
Post by: Shammu on March 13, 2006, 01:47:40 AM
Lunar Eclipse March 14th

LUNAR ECLIPSE:  When the full moon rises on Tuesday evening, March 14th, you might notice something odd--a pale shadow darkening the moon's southern hemisphere. That is the shadow of Earth, and if you can see it, you've spotted a "penumbral" lunar eclipse. Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible from eastern parts of the USA and Canada, all of Europe and Africa, most of Asia and South America, and western Australia. The eclipse will *not* be visible from California and other far western US states.

Penumbral eclipses are not as dramatic as total eclipses. A penumbral eclipse involves only the pale fringe of Earth's shadow while a total eclipse happens in the shadow's dark red core. Both are fun to observe.

Maximum eclipse occurs between 6:18 p.m. and 7:18 p.m. EST on March 14th (14/2318 UT and 15/0018 UT). Observers in Europe, Africa and eastern parts of North America are favored; the eclipse will not be visible from California and other western US states:

http://spaceweather.com/

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Title: BLUE SUN
Post by: Shammu on March 13, 2006, 01:50:11 AM
BLUE SUN: For the second time this year, a blue sun has appeared over Egypt. "A powerful khamaseen dust storm swept through Alexandria on March 7th," reports astronomer Aymen Ibrahem of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. "The sun shining through the dust turned blue." 

Blue suns occur when the air fills with particles just a little larger than the wavelength of light. This makes the air behave like a filter, scattering red while allowing blue to pass. For maximum blue, the particles should all be very close to the same size--about a millionth of a meter across. Khamaseen storms are notorious for such fine dust. The spring dusty season is just beginning in Egypt. Sky watchers there should be alert for more blue suns--and blue moons, too.

http://spaceweather.com/


Title: Tornadoes Rip Across Midwest, Killing 10
Post by: Shammu on March 13, 2006, 12:56:01 PM
Tornadoes Rip Across Midwest, Killing 10

By JOHN O'CONNOR, Associated Press Writer 14 minutes ago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Swarms of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest, shut down the University of Kansas and caused so much damage in Springfield that the mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The violent weather started during the weekend with a line of storms that spawned tornadoes and downpours from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley.

On Monday, a second line of storms raked the region, with rain, hail and fierce wind tearing up trees and homes from Kansas through Indiana. To the northwest, the vast weather system pulled cold air in Canada, generating snowstorms that cut off power to thousands and shut down schools in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Illinois' capital was hit hard twice in 24 hours, first by a tornado and then strong wind early Monday that blew debris through the city. Power lines were down across Springfield, trees uprooted and windows blown out.

"It's just amazing how devastating it is," Mayor Tim Davlin said Monday after daylight let him see the extent of damage. "It looks like the pictures we saw a couple months ago after Katrina."

The tornado that struck Springfield on Sunday evening was one of about 20 that broke out along a 400-mile patch across Missouri and Illinois, National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Shimon said Monday.

Most major roads into the city were closed, and police searched damaged homes and businesses for people who could be trapped, said city spokesman Ernie Slottag. At least 24 people were treated for minor injuries.

Two hotels looked like they were still under construction, with missing roofs and blown-out windows. A nearby Wal-Mart store had also lost its roof.

Even the five-story Illinois Emergency Management Agency building was damaged, its roof partly torn off and the top floor flooded, said IEMA spokeswoman Patti Thompson. The Capitol lost two windows, and the governor told nonessential state employees in Springfield they weren't required to report to work Monday.

Missouri was also hit hard by the weekend storms, with at least nine people killed and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed or damaged. Hail as big as softballs pounded parts of the state.

Bobby Ritcheson, 23, said he watched as a neighbor was killed south of Sedalia, Mo.

"The trailer came down right on top of her," Ritcheson said.

Homes were destroyed along a path of more than 20 miles south of St. Louis, officials said.

At the University of Kansas, where 60 percent of the buildings were damaged by weekend storms, Provost David Shulenberger said classes were canceled Monday because of safety concerns about debris falling from roofs. The Lawrence campus was littered with trees, roof tiles and window glass.

Two trees fell through Rhonda Burns' mobile home in Lawrence early Sunday.

"If the wind had shifted that tree just a few inches, I wouldn't be talking to you," she said.

Tornadoes also destroyed dozens of homes Sunday in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

"It was over before you knew it," said Greg Kospar, 41, of Bentonville, Ark. "The house is gone."

In Illinois, the tornado that struck Springfield on Sunday had made a two-hour pass through central Illinois.

The Chicago area was struck by high wind, with gusts to 70 mph in suburban Tinley Park, and roofs were blown off apartment buildings in suburban Bridgeview. Localized flooding was reported in the Chicago and Quad Cities areas.

Thousands of people were without power in the state Monday morning, including about 15,000 in the Springfield area, down from about 65,000 at the height of the storms, Thompson said.

Davlin said his brother's restaurant and bar in the nearby town of Jerome was heavily damaged.

"I had to call him and tell him that his roof was four buildings away," said the mayor, whose brother was out of town during the storm.

The vast weather system arose as moist air from the Gulf of Mexico collided with cold Canadian air, said Philip Schumacher of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D. The system dumped 20 inches of snow in parts of western South Dakota and knocked out power and closed schools as it moved into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"It is a sign that spring is coming," said Schumacher. "You start getting stronger low-pressure systems, and they're able to bring in stronger south winds, which tend to bring up more moisture."

Missouri authorities reported nine people killed, including four whose bodies were found in the rubble of homes near the town of Renick.

Another storm victim was found in Indiana, where several people had to be rescued from cars stalled in rapidly rising water. Flood warnings were posted Monday for large areas of southern and central Indiana.

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Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 13, 2006, 03:19:52 PM
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Tornadoes Rip Across Midwest, Killing 10


I'm right in the middle of all that activity last night. There is a lot more of it today, again.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 13, 2006, 03:56:37 PM
Texas Fires Burn Half a Million Acres

GROOM, Texas (AP) - Massive wildfires raced across the dry southern plains early Monday, burning more than half a million acres in Texas, leaving at least seven people dead and injuring at least seven more.

Four people died in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 40 east of Groom as smoke obscured the road. Three others died in fires near Borger, northeast of Amarillo.

"This is probably one of the biggest fire days in Texas history," said Warren Bielenberg, a spokesman for the Texas Forest Service.

The fires scorched more than 663,000 acres - more than 1,000 square miles or about two-thirds the size of Rhode Island - far eclipsing the deadly wildfires that prompted Gov. Rick Perry to declare a statewide drought disaster in January. The earlier blaze charred more than 455,000 acres, destroyed more than 340 homes and killed three people.

Early Monday, the fires burned near the border of Gray and Donley counties in the Panhandle. Fields visible from Interstate 40 were ablaze and fallen trees smoldered in roadside ravines. Fire snaked its way across fields and sent smoke hundreds of feet into the air. Some power poles appeared close to toppling as flames burned their bases.

Bill Tidwell worked overnight in his hometown of Alanreed to fight spotfires with his shovel.

"It's burning houses down all over the country," said Tidwell, 68. "I've never seen nothing like it."

Officials weren't certain what sparked the wildfires, but wind gusting up to 55 mph and low humidity made conditions ideal for the fires to quickly spread. The parched region around Amarillo has had just three-tenths of an inch of rain since February, nearly an inch below normal, and no rain is expected for at least another week.

"With these windy conditions and dry grasses, there was nothing to stop the fires," said J.J. Brost, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Amarillo.

Cooler temperatures Monday should help firefighters, but the winds are still forecast around 15 mph, Brost said.

Wildfires forced the evacuation of eight small towns over the weekend, although some residents were allowed to return to Skellytown and Lefors late Sunday.

Near Borger, two people died trying to escape a grass fire that consumed their home, fire Capt. Mike Galloway said.

"The brush fire overtook their house and yard and got them," he said. "The flames just spread so fast."

Eight to 10 structures were destroyed near Borger, about 40 miles northeast of Amarillo, Galloway said. Firefighters worked through the night to try to contain the blazes.

Another person died in Hutchinson County, said Sheriff's Deputy Aaron McWilliams. No details were immediately available.

Volunteer firefighter Danny Whittington said 15 to 20 structures were lost in a fire between Pampa and McLean.

"I can't imagine what it's going to look like at daylight," Whittington told the Amarillo Globe-News. "I've seen something I've never seen before and that's cattle and horses burned. You'd think they would run, but they just stood there."

Whittington's father, Frank, suffered burns to the chest while fighting the blaze.

The crash near Groom, about 40 miles east of Amarillo, involved nine vehicles, said Daniel Hawthorne, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety in Childress. A vehicle stopped because of the smoke and was struck from behind, sparking the chain reaction, he said.

Low visibility from the dense smoke forced officials to close an 89-mile stretch of Interstate 40 from Amarillo to Shamrock for six hours, Hawthorne said. Traffic was initially diverted down State Highway 70 to U.S. 287, until that road was closed because of the fires.

Mandatory evacuations were issued Sunday for the towns of Lefors, Skellytown, Miami, Wheeler, Hoover, McLean and Old and New Mobeetie.

In Shamrock, evacuees arrived Sunday from Wheeler County nursing homes, Police Chief Joe Daniels said. The Red Cross was setting up a shelter at the community center, he said.

Shamrock City Manager John Rhodes said a few hundred people, including some elderly and sick patients from nursing homes, were transported in school buses. Some of the nursing home residents were later moved to other facilities.

Fires also menaced southeastern New Mexico, where a 70,000-acre grass fire prompted evacuation orders for up to 200 people Sunday and injured one man, who was hospitalized in stable condition, officials said.

Several smaller wildfires also burned in Oklahoma, where some people were evacuated from the central Oklahoma town of Carney.



Title: Re: Prophecy, Drought, Earthquakes, Famine, Pestilence, War, and Strange Weather
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 13, 2006, 07:06:35 PM
New World Record 110 Twisters

Tornadoes spin death, damage across US Midwest

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Violent storms that spawned a record number of tornadoes killed at least eight people across the Midwest, many dying in Missouri where twisters wrecked mobile homes, authorities said on Monday.

There were at least seven deaths in Missouri, with the other fatality a drowning victim in Indiana, emergency management officials said.

The preliminary estimate of 110 tornadoes that touched down on Sunday broke a 16-year-old record for any day in March, the National Storm Prediction Center said.

Damage and power outages from the weekend storms and twisters extended across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

"Missouri got banged this weekend," said Joe Schaefer of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Four people who lived in mobile homes died in and around Moberly, Missouri, which was struck by a powerful twister on Sunday, Schaefer said. Other victims were reported in Sedalia and Marionville.

Missouri's emergency management agency said 29 counties sustained storm damage.

The unsettled weather across the United States included a freak snowfall in normally balmy sections of California and relief from the record 143-day drought gripping Phoenix.

Wind, hail, lightning and downpours paraded across the Midwest. The mayor of Springfield, Illinois, compared the damage from Sunday's large tornado to what he had seen from Hurricane Katrina.

Officials at the University of Kansas said the main campus in Lawrence suffered about $6 million damage on Sunday, but there were no injuries. Classes for the 26,000 students were canceled on Monday, spokesman Todd Cohen said.

More than half the buildings on the campus suffered some sort of damage, ranging from blown-in doors to ripped-off roofs. The soccer stands were left in twisted wreckage, he said.

On Saturday, another 17 tornadoes were reported across the region, contributing two fatalities to the weekend death toll.

There are more expected today.



Title: Ready or Not, Bird Flu Is Coming to America
Post by: Shammu on March 14, 2006, 12:43:25 AM
Ready or Not, Bird Flu Is Coming to America
Officials Advise Stocking Up on Provisions -- and Warn That Infected Birds Cannot Be Prevented From Flying In
By BRIAN ROSS

March 13, 2006 — - In a remarkable speech over the weekend, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States.

Ready or not, here it comes.

It is being spread much faster than first predicted from one wild flock of birds to another, an airborne delivery system that no government can stop.

"There's no way you can protect the United States by building a big cage around it and preventing wild birds from flying in and out," U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Michael Johanns said.

U.S. spy satellites are tracking the infected flocks, which started in Asia and are now heading north to Siberia and Alaska, where they will soon mingle with flocks from the North American flyways.

"What we're watching in real time is evolution," said Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. "And it's a biological process, and it is, by definition, unpredictable."

Industry Precautions

America's poultry farms could become ground zero as infected flocks fly over. The industry says it is prepared for quick action.

"All the birds involved in it would be destroyed, and the area would be isolated and quarantined," said Richard Lobb of the National Chicken Council. "It would very much [look] like a sort of military operation if it came to that."

Extraordinary precautions are already being taken at the huge chicken farms in Lancaster County, Pa., the site of the last great outbreak of a similar bird flu 20 years ago.

Other than the farmers,