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Oklahoma City tornado: At least 91 feared killed by massive twister
May 21, 2013 -
- Emergency workers this morning searched feverishly for survivors in the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital in an Oklahoma City
suburb ravaged by a massive Monday afternoon tornado feared to have killed up to 91 people and injured well over 200 residents.
- Source: Chicago Tribune
At Least 20 Kids Among 51 Dead After Massive Tornado Tears Through Okla.
May 20, 2013 - Horrendous damage and multiple deaths have resulted from a tornado that tore through Oklahoma City's suburbs today. The
twister may have been a mile wide Click the link below for live coverage of the rescue efforts. Updated information places the death toll at 51,
with more casualties expected.
- Source: Fox
- Live coverage - Fox
Monster tornado flattens suburb of Oklahoma City - "200 mph" - Reuters
- Two-mile-wide tornado slams Oklahoma City area - "Two-mile wide" - CNN
- Tornadoes Rip Through Homes in Oklahoma - YouTube
- Powerful tornadoes strike in four central U.S. states - Yahoo
Viewing Comet PanSTAARS- March and April
Mar. 12, 2013 - Watch video to see when and where to see the newly discovered Comet PanSTAARS. Tonight,
Mar. 12th it can be seen with the naked eye or binoculars in the Western sky about 30 minutes after Sunset, just left of a thin
- Source: Fox
Comet Pan-STARRS Near the Moon Tonight: How to See It - Space
Sunspot Growing Fast: Solar Storms Possible, NASA Reporting
Feb. 25, 2013 - The sun is in the middle of an eleven-year cycle of activity. At present a huge sunspont is forming on the
surface that is large enough to swallow six whole Earths. Sunspots like this can cause massive solar flares, also known as Coronal Mass Ejections
- The news about the solar flares comes after a big flare was unleashed Feb. 9 in the direction of the Earth. The 2:30 a.m. flare sparked a
violent sun eruption that hurled a wave of charged particles toward Earth at speeds approaching 1.8 million miles per hour.
- Source: NewsMax
Meteorites slam into Russia as meteor seen streaking through morning sky
Feb. 15, 2013 - More than 500 people were hurt, mostly by broken glass, when an unexpected meteor streaked across the
sky above Russia's Ural Mountains this morning. Shock waves from the meteor caused the damage, and fragments of the meteor fell in a
thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region.
- Source: CBS
Terror from Above: Hundreds Hurt as 11-ton Meteorite Hits Russian City - Fox
Nearly 1,000 injured as meteor falls in Russia - Fox
Asteroid comes closest to earth at 2:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Feb. 15, 2013 -
- The best way for most of us to watch asteroid 2012 DA14 come within 17,200 miles of Earth on Friday, and then recede harmlessly
into the cosmos, is to fire up your Web browser and watch the show online.
- Source: NBC
- NASA Live - Follows Asteroid Flyby
Free desktop streaming application by Ustream
Whew! Huge Asteroid Apophis Won't Hit Earth in 2036
[But smaller asteroid will have near-miss in two weeks!]
Dec. 31, 2013 -
However, 2012 DA14, an asteroid discovered last year, will pass safely past Earth's surface at about 17,200 miles in the middle of February.
It will be closer to Earth than many man-made satellites.
- The Earth is safe from the giant asteroid Apophis when it flies extremely close to our planet in 2029, then returns for seconds
in 2036, NASA scientists announced today (Jan. 10). The chances of an impact in 2036 are less than one in a million, they added.
- Source: Fox
NASA: Asteroid to give Earth close shave - USA Today
The perfect solar storm? Sun eruptions to peak in 2013
Jan. 15, 2013 - Professor Jose Lopez, a physicist at Seton Hall University warns that the "solar maximum" - the high point of
the Sun's 11-year cycle of activity - is due this year.
If one of these flares comes directly toward the Earth it could be like the storm that knocked out radio communications all over the U.S. in 1958.
It could cause the malfunction of wireless networks, GPS satellites, and electric grids. The cost of the devastation could total as much as $2
- “The concern of a strong solar flare in the direction of Earth is legit. The possibility that such a Sun burst could hit Earth could
cause extensive damage as it would charge-up our electrical equipment and destroy them,”
- Source: Fox
- Solar flares like 'flash bulbs at a rock concert' - WND
Comet ISON And Comet PANSTARRS Expected To Be Brighter Than The Moon In 2013
Jan. 14, 2013 - This year we will be able to observe two bright comets with the naked eye: Ison and Panstarrs. That makes
this the best year for observing comets in a century or more. Panstarrs should be visible in March, and Ison will grace the skys from
around early November 2013 until mid-January 2014.
- Source: Planet Save
- Spectacular heavenly show expected this year - WMD
How Dry We Are: Current Drought Reminiscent of Dust Bowl Days
Jan. 10, 2013 - In July 2012 the continental United States suffered a drought that affected 61.8% of the nation. This made
it the largest drought area since the “Dust Bowl" era in December 1939. At that time the drought covered 62.1 percent of the country.
- According to the Palmer Drought Index – which covers 113 years and is used for historical comparison purposes --
the worst drought ever recorded was in July 1934, when 79.9 percent of the continental U.S. was affected.
- Source: CNS News
Natural Disasters Cost the World $160 Billion in 2012
Jan. 7, 2012 -According to the world’s largest reinsurance firm, Munich Re, natural disasters cost the world $160 billion in 2012.
Hurricane Sandy, which was the largest on record,and the second most expensive after Hurricane Katrina. It cost around $50 billion. The second
most expensive natural disaster was also in the U.S. It was the summer-long drought in the Corn Belt that caused severe crop damage, amounting
to $20 billion in losses.
- As high as the global losses were in 2012 they were still less than 2011 when the cost hit as high as $400 billion due to major
earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and severe floods in Thailand.
- Source: Oil Price
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