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Typhoon Haiyan the biggest yet as world's tropical storms gather force
Nov. 11, 2013 - Haiyan may be strongest ever to hit land so far but as the oceans warm the power of storms is rising.
According to the US navy's warning center, JTWC, in Honolulu, winds from this typhoon were gusting at up to 235mph.
This would make it the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded and possibly the strongest to have ever hit land.
Intensity of storms has been increasing in recent years. Some scientists believe this is caused by warming of the oceans. The World Meteorological Organization
calculated that tropical cyclones killed nearly 170,000 people between from 2000 to 2010.
- Source: The Guardian - UK
- Typhoon Haiyan: Ships head to Philippines amid devastation - BBC
Philippines Declares Calamity as Fresh Storm Approaches - Bloomberg Business Week
- Update, Nov. 15, 2013 - Typhoon creates health crisis in the Philippines
- Prophecy Central's Plagues Section
US general: Typhoon Haiyan left 'total devastation' in central Philippines, bodies everywhere
Nov. 11, 2013 - U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy had a two-hour helicopter tour over the Philippine areas damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. He said that
every building and house he saw was destroyed or severely damaged.
"We saw bodies everywhere," he said. Some were floating in the water, others in a schoolyard.
He said trees were uprooted for miles around, roads were impassable and power lines were down.
- Source: Fox
Horror stories as 10,000 feared dead in Typhoon Haiyan
Nov. 10, 2013 - Typhoon Haiyan has destroyed portions of the Philippines, and officials fear that as many as 10,000 people may have been killed. It
is one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. It wiped out whole villages with its nearly 150 mile-per-hour winds, and devastated cities with huge waves.
A weakened but still powerful Haiyan was still churning through the South China Sea toward Vietnam, which was evacuating tends of thousands of people from its
coast. Haiyan has sustained winds of 100 mph and due to strike Vietnam by Monday morning.
- Source: USA Today
Millions at risk from Super Typhoon Haiyan
Nov. 8, 2013 - Super Typhoon Haiyan is pounding the Philippines with winds of over 200 miles per hour. It is one of the most
powerful storms ever recorded. Four people are known to have been killed so far, and a million have been forced to flee from their homes.
- Source: USA Today
N Korea developing electromagnetic pulse weapons: S Korea
Nov. 5, 2013 - South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) says that North Korea has purchased Russian electromagnetic pulse (EMP),
technology and is in the process of developing their own weapons.
EMP weapons are used to damage to electronic equipment. At higher energy levels, an EMP event can cause more widespread damage including to
aircraft structures and other objects.
Intelligence sources also say that they believe North Korea runs an elite cyber warfare unit with 3,000 employees, and has conducted
thousands of cyberattacks against the South in recent years, causing financial losses of about $805 million.
- Source: Military Aerospace
Analysts: NKorea Closer to Missile That Can Reach US - NewsMax
Sun fires 3rd massive solar flare in 3 days (Video)
Oct. 29, 2013 -
The huge solar storm occurred late Sunday at 10:03 p.m. EDT (0203 Oct. 28 GMT). It registered as an X-class solar flare — the most powerful
type of flare the sun has — and followed two back-to-back X-flares that erupted from the sun on Friday (Oct. 25).
- Source: Space
- Ex-CIA chief: No solution to EMP attack - WND
Cyclone Phailin: Mass evacuations in eastern India
Oct. 12, 2013 - Cyclone Phailin, A "very severe" storm is expected to wreak havoc in India. More than 400,000 people have been
evacuated from target areas in the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Winds could reach speeds up to 167 mph.
A deadly super-cyclone in 1999 killed more than 10,000 people in Orissa.
However, Indian officials say they are better prepared now than they were then.
- Source: BBC
Massive wildfire in Yosemite area challenges firefighters
Aug. 26, 2013 - A fire raging in Yosemite National Park has consumed nearly 134,000 acres so far. Here are some of
the headlines from this disasterous inferno:
Yosemite fire "poses every challenge there can be"
Yosemite fire swallowing everything in its path
Huge Calif. wildfire spreads into Yosemite
Fighting Western wildfires running up huge tab
- Source: CBS
Western US states baked by blistering heat wave
Jun. 29, 2013 -
Western US states are baking in an extended heat wave, with temperatures threatening to break the all-time high recorded on Earth.
In Phoenix, Arizona, the mercury hit 47C (116F) on Friday, and in the desert of Death Valley, California, the thermometer approached 51C.
Record-Breaking Heat Engulfs the West - Weather.com
- Ed. Note: Is it a coincidence that this dangerous heat comes right after the Supreme Court strikes down Christian
marriage standards? Just wondering...
Asteroid the Size of Small Truck Buzzes Earth: NASA
Jun. 9, 2013 - On Saturday Asteroid 2013 LR6, which was only discovered about a day earlier, swept past the Earth at about
65,000 miles over the Southern Ocean, south of Tasmania, Australia. That distance is four times closer than the moon. It was the latest
among many recent near-earth encounters that have raised awareness of potentially hazardous impacts on the planet.
- Source: NewsMax
Massive Asteroid 1998 QE2 flies past Earth
May 31, 2013 - Asteroid 1998 QE2, which is 1.7 miles wide, flew past the Earth at a distance of 3,600,000 miles. The asteroid is so big
it has its own moon.
- That is about 200 times more distant than the asteroid "near-miss" that occurred in February - but Friday's passing space rock is more
than 50,000 times larger.
- Source: BBC
'We're 1 act away from social cataclysm'
May 21, 2013 - This week in Washington at the annual International Electric Infrastructure Security Summit, the founder of
the group, Avi Schnurr, explained that nuclear "electro-magnetic pulse" (EMP) weapon could disrupt the supply of electric power, cutting off
the supply of food and water, and paralyzing transportation, emergency services and other necessities of life. He said,
Scientists and government agencies are working to improve security standards for the nation’s electric grid.
- “Governments and corporations are used to dealing with crises by experiencing them and gradually learning how to respond. EMP and severe
space weather are . . . a black swan event, which is not effectively survivable.”
- Source: WND
- Update 6/19/13 -
Newt Gingrich warns EMP attack could end it all - Politico
- Now Lloyd's of London warns of EMP - WND
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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