Friday News

About spikes at LA10 area this morning – see comments in the next post.

Jumping Jack Flash has lots of new reports of gas explosions.

Some readers here are preppers and we have a post about stored food on the Yellowstone blog.

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15 thoughts on “Friday News

  1. Higher earthquake risk for eastern US.

    I wasn’t sure which blog to put this in, but thought there woukd be a few here who’d like to see it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28374082

    Seismic risk map here: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/76357000/jpg/_76357952_seismic.jpg

    A new US geological survey indicates that some parts of the US are at an increased risk of earthquakes, especially along the east coast.

    New seismic hazard maps updated for the first time since 2008 show highest risk west but also increased risk east.

    “The eastern US has the potential for larger and more damaging earthquakes than considered in previous maps and assessments,” the report states.

    The East Coast experienced one of its largest quakes for 100 years in 2011.

    The 5.8 magnitude quake was centred on rural Virginia but was felt by hundreds of thousands of people, including in Washington DC.

    Parts of states including Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and California remain at the highest risk of seismic activity.

    Major fault lines exist along the entire US West Coast, as well as in the Midwest near Illinois and Missouri.

    “While all states have some potential for earthquakes, 42 of the 50 states have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years,” the new report finds.

    “The hazard is especially high along the West Coast, intermountain west, and in several active regions of the central and eastern US.”

    The 16 states at highest risk are: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

    Meanwhile, several states saw their risk of seismic activity lower, including Texas, Oregon, Utah and New York.

    Earthquakes caused by fracking – utilising a mixture of water, sand and chemicals pumped underground at high pressure to crack open sedimentary rocks and release the fuels within – were not included in the analysis.

    Several hundred earthquakes have hit Oklahoma so far this year, with fracking named a primary culprit, although the impact of fracking on earthquake risks is disputed.

  2. Have you been following the attempt to bring high level German nuclear waste from a commercial reactor (they are lying and saying is a research reactor) to dump on South Carolina?
    There’s only until Monday to send in opposition to this insane plan. They want to experiment on the balls and I’m sure you know better than I that most nuclear accidents seem to have been experiments gone wrong and the waste may be coming to a salt dome near you! It’s the worst of environmental racism, as well, to dump German waste on a largely black community. Lots more on the Savannah River Site Watch web site. Arnie Gunderson set up a new watch dog there. I think the link is SRSWatch.org … if not go to our site for lots of info and do a search for SRS watch. Also, they are redoing the nuclear regulations at the EPA — deadline for comment on how much they can leak is August 4th. Guess they are sneaking it all through while people are on vacation – though I guess it’s good timing for students and teachers. Too much stuff! The NRC may do new regs too and they seem to be trying to block their site ever since. Have you been able to get on the NRC site? Please let me know. Don’t know for sure if our server is blocking them or vice versa.

    “submit comments on DOE’s proposed scope of the EA. The public scoping period extends from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register through July 21, 2014. DOE will consider all comments received or postmarked by that date. Comments submitted after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: Please direct written comments on the scope of the German HEU Fuel EA to Mr. Andrew Grainger, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, P.O. Box B, Aiken, South Carolina 29802. Comments on the scope of the German HEU Fuel EA may also be submitted by email to drew.grainger@srs.gov. DOE will give equal weight to written comments and oral comments received at the public scoping meeting. Requests to be placed on the German HEU Fuel EA mailing list should be directed to Mr. Grainger at the postal or email addresses above. “

  3. Their web site is here: http://www.srswatch.org
    We now have a lot of things about the German waste on our blog. But, to do a blog search probably Germany. But, most is recent and easy to find. The Germans have made a nasty habit now of exporting their waste – to Italian farmlands, to burn in Tennessee and to Russia (where the Green Party and I think Greenpeace made them take it back). Also, other countries have been sending their waste or trying to. No one in DC seems to have noticed WIPP. It’s criminally insane for the US to try to take it. I think they want the Pebble Bed Technology and High Heat Thorium Reactor Technology to play with. Both reactors had accidents – the US really needs that tech! But, they will pawn it off on an unsuspecting public.

      • It’s really sad. They stole the land from the Cherokee and then they ruined it. But, thanks so much for this info Walter! Not only is there important stuff on the Savannah River site that I can use, but there is important information on deer that I’ve been looking all over the place for. We’ve been writing about deer and people love reading about the deer! I hope that sometime you decide to blog Walter. It would be the best blog ever. Thanks again.

      • They keep claiming nukes do no harm …. and they have all of the press going along with it (bribed).

      • The X-10 Graphite Reactor, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee was first in making plutonium in WW-2 and I don’t know who was making Tritium.
        I know that Oak Ridge was making fogbank after the war from 1975 until 1989.
        Some of what they were doing in Oak Ridge was moved to the Savannah river site in 1950 or 1951.
        Some of what K-25 was making was UF-6.
        I am not going to say what Y-12 was doing after the war.

        Releases of Contaminants from Oak Ridge Facilities and Risks to Public Health
        http://health.state.tn.us/ceds/oakridge/ORHASP.pdf

    • I think that nuke waste plus huge fishing operations destroyed Somalia (hence pirates).
      Europe jumps their nuke waste off Somalia and destroyed the remaining sea life and meager economy.

      • They have been targeting the US with their waste for some time now.
        If people don’t write and complain by Monday. If the German waste is not stopped it will only get worse. Germany already sent rad sludge to Italy which was spread on their most fertile farmlands and now there is a cancer triangle. They have sent it to Russia too. Germany is already highly contaminated from their own nuclear accidents, waste accidents, mining, and Chernobyl — the wild boar very contaminated. So, it’s not like they are even protecting a pristine environment.

  4. Just added an update to that Russia crater story. It is similar to Bayou Corne with underground gas building up!

  5. Thanks to you and Walter for all of the good info. Will check it out on Russia. Read about the owner of Chelsea football league (Roman Abramovich or something like this) who is alleged to have gotten Putin into politics – Putin’s Kingmaker. He was the only oligarch left standing and made his money off of mining and oil and gas from Russian Eskimo lands (right across from Alaska). Russia is still the biggest nuclear pusher, enriching 1/2 of the uranium in the world. Second is URENCO (UK, Dutch, German). The top three countries for exporting reactors are Russia, Japan, France – I think Russia is probably top, though it might be Japan.
    The nuclear industry is state owned in Russia and France so you can basically speak of Putin being a nuclear pusher. So, please don’t fall into the trap of thinking he’s a good guy (referring back to some Cuttlefish posts), just because the US does bad things. It’s not an either or. Joining Europe would be a sweet deal for Ukraine under Schengen – free movement of people. For people who are poor it opens opportunities to move around and seek work. It’s
    only a problem for wealthier countries and people who want to stay home – the inflow of poor (and rich) migrants makes housing a problem. Europe has also given huge subsidies and grants to farmers, etc. in the poorer parts of Europe so some Swiss farmers have gone east because they make 10 times more than in Switzerland (where farmers are very poor). I think that Ireland shouldn’t have joined the EU but am told that the EU gave a lot of money to help poor villages and the older folk are grateful. I still don’t know why Ireland is so overrun with immigrant workers and the Irish must expat out for work, when they aren’t even a member of Schengen. I don’t believe that Ukraine would find the same opportunities in Russia, from what I know. Those who go to Russia frequently or do business with them – those who love it there – paint a bleak picture. Also one where it’s hard to do business if your company doesn’t allow bribery. Russia has the largest land area in the world – most of their continent – through conquest of indigenous people and then spoil the land (like the US has done-is doing out west but slightly worse). They also run a big spy op – they were snooping around on our blog the second we started talking about Russia, creating a difficult situation for us during the Greenpeace hostage taking. You would not be allowed to run an anonymous blog now in Russia. You would have to come out from under cover and be registered or shut down.

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