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Brazil flood and mudslide deaths rise

January 14, 2011 Comments off

More than 420 people have now been killed by flooding and mudslides in south-eastern Brazil, officials say.

About 200 people have died in the town of Nova Friburgo, some 175 in Teresopolis and dozens more in Petropolis, media report. Thousands of people have been made homeless.

Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral blamed local governments for allowing poor building and illegal occupations.

President Dilma Rousseff has toured damaged areas in Nova Friburgo.

She vowed that there would be “firm action” by the government.

Ms Rousseff was accompanied by Mr Cabral and other politicians and later left for a press conference in Rio, where she spoke of the “dramatic” scenes she had seen.

Expressing solidarity with the victims, she said: “The suffering of the people is very great.”

‘It was hell’

Heavy rain fell early on Thursday as rescuers resumed their search but l Read more…

Sri Lanka flooding forces more than 300,000 to flee homes

January 13, 2011 Comments off

Mudslides bring death toll to 21 as government says more than 1 million people affected by rains

    Sri Lankan rescuers evacuate residents of the eastern district of Batticaloa by boat as floods rise Sri Lankan rescuers evacuate residents of the eastern district of Batticaloa by boat as floodwaters rise. Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesMore than 300,000 people have been forced out of their homes by flooding in Sri Lanka, with no sign of a let-up in the torrential rain on the island nation’s east coast. 

    Three more people were killed by mudslides today, bringing the death toll to 21, officials said.

    The government’s Disaster Management Centre said more than 1 million people had been affected by the rains, with 325,000 made homeless.

    Many villages remain cut off from supplies despite a huge relief effort i Read more…

1180 new snowfall records set in the USA this past week

January 12, 2011 Comments off

It’s been a very busy week for snow and also for lowest max temperature, thanks to our El Nino induced weather patterns, while the Pacific Northwest is seeing warmer conditions, the southeast and eastern US gets lots of snow thanks to the pattern.

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Earthquakes Increase in US/ World

January 5, 2011 4 comments

Since 2006, earthquakes have been increasing at an alarming rate.  Unfortunately it appears as if we are getting warning signals from the ground.  It is apparent that in the very near future, a great event of unimaginable proportions will occur.   In 2010 there was a unprecedented 7,924 earthquakes in the U.S. which was an increase of 86% prior to 2009’s total of 4,264.  If you were to compare 2006 to 2010 it would be an increase of a whopping 185%!  Numbers don’t lie.

Newsworthy events within the last 7 days:

A 3.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Kokomo, Indiana. Dec 30 2010

Cedar City, Utah a magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 5:06 a.m. Jan 3, 2011

Plymouth, N.H 2.6-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 11:46 p.m Jan 3, 2011

A magnitude 3-point-0 earthquake was recorded at 12:31 p.m. Tuesday afternoon about 15 miles east-northeast of Oklahoma City Jan 4, 2011

3.9 magnitude struck Eureka California at around 2:40 Sunday afternoon Jan 2, 2011

3.8 magnitude earthquake shook an area near the Southern California town of Julian on Thursday morning at 9:37 a.m. Dec 30, 2010

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake recorded early Thursday in Maupin, Oregon Dec 30, 2010

Magnitude 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
8.0 to 9.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7.0 to 7.9 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
6.0 to 6.9 7 2 4 7 9 9 4 8 0
5.0 to 5.9 54 25 47 51 72 85 59 71 0
4.0 to 4.9 541 284 345 346 366 432 288 632 0
3.0 to 3.9 1303 1362 1475 1213 1137 1486 1492 3394 0
2.0 to 2.9 704 1336 1738 1145 1173 1573 2380 3770 3
1.0 to 1.9 2 1 2 7 11 13 26 34 0
0.1 to 0.9 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
No Magnitude 333 540 73 13 22 20 14 14 0
Total 2946 3550 3685 2783 2791 3618 * 4264 * 7924 * 3

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/1230/Indiana-earthquake-extremely-rare-and-unprecedented

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2011/01/small_earthquak_4.html

http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20110104/NEWS01/101040315

http://www.kesq.com/news/26322403/detail.html

295,000 Deaths :950 Natural Disasters in 2010

January 5, 2011 Comments off

By: Munich RE

Jan. 3, 2011 – Several major catastrophes in 2010 resulted in substantial losses and an exceptionally high number of fatalities. The overall picture last year was dominated by an accumulation of severe earthquakes to an extent seldom experienced in recent decades. The high number of weather-related natural catastrophes and record temperatures both globally and in different regions of the world provide further indications of advancing climate change.

Altogether, a total of 950 natural catastrophes were recorded last year, nine-tenths of which were weather-related events like storms and floods. This total makes 2010 the year with the second-highest number of natural catastrophes since 1980, markedly exceeding the annual average for the last ten years (785 events per year). The overall losses amounted to around US$ 130bn, of which approximately US$ 37bn was insured. This puts 2010 among the six most loss-intensive years for the insurance industry since 1980. The level of overall losses was slightly above the high average of the past ten years.

“2010 showed the major risks we have to cope with. There were a number of severe earthquakes. The hurricane season was also eventful – it was just fortunate that the tracks of most of the storms remained over the open sea. But things could have turned out very differently”, said Torsten Jeworrek, Munich Re’s Reinsurance CEO. “The severe earthquakes and the hurricane season with so many storms demonstrate once again that there must be no slackening of our efforts to analyze these risks in detail and provide the necessary insurance covers at adequate prices. These prices calculated by the insurance industry make it possible to assess the economic consequences of these otherwise difficult-to-evaluate risks.”

Major catastrophes dominate the list of losses

In all, there were five catastrophes last year assignable to the top category of “great natural catastrophes” based on the definition criteria of the United Nations: the earthquakes in Read more…