Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

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July 11, 2012JAPAN –A 20-meter-long crack was found halfway up Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit on March 15, 2011, centered around eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, local authorities revealed Tuesday. They ruled out the possibility of an eruption. “No abnormalities have been observed regarding Mount Fuji and the mountain shows no signs of an eruption,” an official at the Meteorological Agency said, indicating the crack was caused not by volcanic activity but by the temblor. Both the width and depth of the crack were several centimeters, and it has subsequently been covered by sand and pebbles, according to the Yamanashi Prefectural Government. “Nothing has happened after more than a year (since the discovery of the crack), so Mount Fuji is probably not going to erupt,” said Shigeo Aramaki, head of the Yamanashi Institute of Environmental Sciences, who inspected the crack in June last…

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Russia’s Weather to Become More Extreme, Scientist Says | English | Green on Green: Business and Ecology | The Moscow Times

Extreme weather conditions such as the flash flooding that swept through the Krasnodar region over the weekend are likely to become increasingly common, a prominent scientist said Sunday.

“Weather conditions such as unexpected, large-scale flooding due to colossal downpours or abnormal heatwaves, which are now extremely rare, will be far more common across the world, including in Russia,” Alexei Kokorin, head of WWF Russia’s climate and energy program, told RIA-Novosti.

Kokorin explained that the human race was to blame for upsetting our planet’s delicate climactic balance. As a result, we can now expect four times as much adverse weather in 20 years’ time, he said.

According to the scientist, it is essential that Russian authorities develop an effective response to cope with climactic changes to minimize the threat to the population.

Late Friday night, flooding swamped more than 5,000 homes and killed upward of 150 people in the Krasnodar region.

Authorities are still discovering bodies and assessing the damage caused by the floods, which started after two months’ average rainfall fell in the space of a few hours.

via Russia’s Weather to Become More Extreme, Scientist Says | English | Green on Green: Business and Ecology | The Moscow Times.

via Russia’s Weather to Become More Extreme, Scientist Says | English | Green on Green: Business and Ecology | The Moscow Times.

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July 7, 2012UNITED KINGDOMBritain is facing its “worst ever” summer with cold wet weather ruining family holidays and blighting the Olympics, forecasters warned last night. August is set to be a washout following a miserable July and the wettest June since records began – meaning summer is effectively over. Gloomy forecasts suggest dire weather will continue as officials last night put Britain on flood alert after torrential downpours yesterday wreaked havoc. As the Environment Agency warned of a “potential danger to life” with rivers swelling to breaking point in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales, Government forecasters were on standby to brief the Cabinet if severe floods strike. The agency last night issued 51 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – and 135 alerts. Monsoon-like downpours hit 85,000 music fans at the T In The Park festival in Kinross, Scotland, and 28,000 Formula 1 spectators camping…

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July 4, 2012NEW ZEALANDLast night’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake in the South Taranaki Bight is the largest to strike the region in more than 100 years, GNS Science says. The quake struck at 10.36pm, 60km south-west of Opunake in Taranaki, at a depth of 230km. It was felt strongly around the west coast of the lower North Island, and was widely felt from the Bay of Plenty to Canterbury. No tsunami was generated by the quake. Waiouru resident Adrienne Murphy told the Herald it was the “biggest shake we have felt in years.” Residents in Wellington reported being startled by shakes, which lasted for about 15 seconds. Some said the shakes were strong enough to topple household appliances, but the central Fire Service communications centre said it had received no reports of earthquake-related damage. Wellington resident Sam Rowe said he felt the walls of his house shaking…

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July 3, 2012HAVANAA rare cholera outbreak has killed three elderly people in Cuba and sickened dozens more. The Communist Party daily Granma says 53 people tested positive for the disease in Manzanillo, 430 miles (700 kilometers) east of Havana. The three who died were 66 to 95 years old. An official report in Granma blamed contaminated wells. It said Tuesday that authorities closed the wells, were disinfecting the hydraulic system and had the outbreak under control. Cholera is a waterborne disease caused by a bacteria found in tainted water or food. It can kill within hours through dehydration, but is treatable if caught in time. Cholera is unusual in Cuba. But recent outbreaks in nearby Haiti have killed more than 7,200 people. –Miami Herald

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June 29, 2012SEATTLEA new word of caution for Seattleites: The big quake you’ve been waiting for could be even bigger than expected. The Seattle Fault, a zone of east-west thrust faults under the Puget Sound and Seattle, last ruptured in a magnitude 7.0 to –7.5 earthquake about 1,100 years ago. It’s due for another one, but scientists don’t know when that might happen. Whenever it does, the quake — and ensuing hazards like landslides or a tsunami — could be larger and affect a wider area than scientists had calculated, according to recent research from the University of Washington. “Before, it looked like the Seattle Fault had a very narrow zone that was deformed during the last major earthquake, but this evidence shows that the zone of deformation was actually several. kilometers wider,” said Maria Martin Arcos, a geologist with the engineering firm AMEC, who…

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June 28, 2012NEW ZEALANDGNS Science and University of Nevada-Reno scientists have found that the southern part of the 800 kilometre-long fault which runs along the western edge of the Southern Alps from Marlborough to Milford Sound causes quakes of around magnitude 8 every 330 years on average. Dating leaves and seeds from a river terrace at Hokuri Creek near Lake McKerrow in far northwestern Southland, just north of Milford Sound, revealed 24 Alpine Fault quakes between 6000BC and the present. Other research has found the most recent was in 1717, meaning the next may be only 30 or 40 years away, based on averages. Professor Richard Norris, from the geology department at Otago University, said the Alpine Fault had the highest level of probability for rupture of any fault in New Zealand. “Westland obviously is at high risk, with widespread damage likely and roads, bridges and other…

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