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Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: di 03 mei 2011, 08:20
door baphomet

Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: di 03 mei 2011, 08:21
door baphomet
Voluntary evacuations in 2 more flooded Illinois towns

Some southern Illinois communities cradled near three major rivers have been submerged by flooding, pushing officials to advise residents to leave their homes.

Heavy rainfall contributed to flooding along the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash rivers and other smaller ones. The state Department of Natural Resources has dispatched workers to the state's west and east borders to assess levees. Voluntary evacuations were under way Monday in Metropolis and Old Shawneetown following Golconda's actions over the weekend.

Some southern Illinois communities fear water levels could surpass levees, which already occurred along the Mississippi River in Olive Branch. Others worry standing water pressure could deteriorate levees' structural integrity.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson said more than 1 million sandbags have been filled to keep floodwaters back. More than 400,000 of those were filled at four state prisons.

"They had a lot of rain overnight down there," Thompson said. "It's getting more serious all the time."

Gallatin County emergency coordinator Tracy Felty said state officials are going door to door by boat, telling people to leave their homes. Officials in Hardin County have instructed the same. Both counties declared a state of emergency.

Hardin County Clerk Mary Ellen Denton said she fears Elizabethtown residents could become trapped if they do not evacuate now. She said there is no way out of the town once adjacent Golconda puts up flood gates and the road to nearby Harrisburg closes.

Denton said the Wabash River won't crest until Saturday and she hoped people would have enough supplies to last until then. Water several inches deep already has crept into homes.

Thompson said emergency responders converted Shawnee Community College in Ullin into a shelter with medical facilities. It is housing about 120 people, mostly from Cairo, Ill.

Felty said Harrisburg is establishing a shelter with medical facilities that could hold about 100 people. He said the state has helped provide some resources, but understands the stress it and the American Red Cross are under given severe weather and tornadoes throughout the country in recent weeks.

"Most of the requests we've made to the state they've tried to fill," Felty said. "But we just have to remember we're just one of 15 counties affected."

Officials said Cairo is in particular trouble if water levels continue to rise. Water levels there are expected to reach 1 foot short of the levee, which has been stacked with sandbags, and could lead to waves topping barrier walls, said Rick Gosch, chief of engineering studies for the state office of water resources.

Gosch said standing water in Cairo, Old Shawneetown and other riverside communities could lead to geysers that circumvent levees. He said water pressure can saturate and then circulate through sand underneath a levee, affecting levee infrastructure and leading to powerful geysers. Gosch said Cairo, Old Shawneetown and others are susceptible to this activity, which is called a sand boil.

Gosch said engineers may blow up a levee in Birds Point, Mo. to relieve water pressure in Cairo. That would allow water to spread over farm land, reducing the possibility of sand boils.

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Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: di 03 mei 2011, 08:22
door baphomet

Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: di 03 mei 2011, 17:02
door Het Dolle Eland
nav bovenstaand filmpje...:


Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: di 03 mei 2011, 21:02
door ninti
En ze hebben levvies opgeblazen: :dry: ... estruction

geen aardbeving.....

Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: wo 04 mei 2011, 06:08
door blackbox

Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: vr 06 mei 2011, 02:59
door baphomet
When the U.S Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives to open the Birds Point - New Madrid floodway in Mississippi County, Mo., the blast was so strong it could be felt all the way downriver in Dyer County, which is almost 65 miles away. In fact, the blast registered on 90 seismograph stations that are operated throughout the New Madrid seismic zone by the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) at the University of Memphis, including the one in RoEllen.

The first blast was registered on Monday at 10:02:29 p.m. and the second was on Tuesday at 12:35:56 p.m..

Gary Patterson, director of education and outreach at CERI, stated the people who experienced the event encountered a high-amplitude sound wave.

"This is what the folks in Dyersburg felt ... or heard," stated Patterson. "It would be interesting if they felt true ground motion or the results of the rumbling sound wave."

The Dyer County Sheriff's Department received a couple of calls when the blast was felt on Monday. One resident stated her house shook when it occurred. On Tuesday, other residents also felt the second blast.

Patterson stated the explosions did not trigger any earthquakes, but CERI researchers are very interested in how this energy was transferred through the ground as vibration, and through the air as a blast of sound, both of which can be seen on their seismic stations.


Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: vr 06 mei 2011, 03:00
door baphomet
Flood fears spread south along the Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Flood worries that prompted the U.S. government to blast open a Missouri levee to ease pressure on some towns are rippling down the Mississippi River, leading to more evacuations and unease as the Army Corps of Engineers weighs whether to purposely inundate more land with water.

People in eight states along the swollen Ohio and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries were filling sandbags and packing up to leave home as high water works its way downstream in a slow-motion disaster that could take weeks to unfold.

The breach of southeastern Missouri's Birds Point levee was heralded by some Illinois towns along the Ohio River as a needed relief from record flooding, and the man who ordered that action says he may do the same with other Mississippi River spillways as flood prospects mount.

Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh said he understood the farmers' frustration at the corps' decision to sacrifice the levee Monday and send a wall of water over 130,000 acres of farmland. A lawsuit was filed to try to save the land, but was unsuccessful.

"This was one of the relief valves for the system," Walsh said. "We were forced to use that valve."

That calculation to draw down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in the nation's midsection appeared to do its job. On Tuesday night, the Ohio at Metropolis, Ill., measured about the same level it had been at the time of the blast. Without that breach, the river was forecast to have steadily crept up to a crest of more than 58 feet.

In Cairo, the Ohio had dropped to 60 feet, about a foot and a half lower than it was at the time of the breach. Cairo, a town of about 2,800 residents, is at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Downstream of Cairo — in southeast Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana — concerns grew as the Mississippi River continues to rise.

After the levee was blasted, Joe Harrison noticed the effects in Kentucky.

Harrison, who lives near Hickman, Ky., said floodwater from the Mississippi turned his house into an island, high enough to remain dry but surrounded by water. He's been using a boat to get to his car, securely parked on dry ground farther down the highway that runs by his home.

Harrison estimated the water around his home dropped about 12 to 18 inches, enough so that he can once again see the mailbox at the end of his driveway.

"I've never seen it this bad," the 78-year-old said.

About 3,800 people have been evacuated from three western Kentucky cities as officials project rivers to crest Friday, and another bout of storms is expected for the region over the weekend.

Kentucky National Guard Sgt. Cornell Marvin, a spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, said most people have sought shelter with family members, though nearly 40 residents were spread out between four shelters.

Officials in Tennessee were concerned that the breathing space provided by the levee break may only be temporary, delaying when the floodwaters crest, because the water that was diverted is beginning to drain back into the Mississippi.

Memphis, where the Mississippi was at 43.8 feet Tuesday, could see a near-record crest of 48 feet on May 11, just inches lower than the record of 48.7 feet in 1937. Water from the Wolf and Loosahatchie rivers already has seeped into parts of the suburbs, and some mobile home parks were swamped.

Emergency officials in Shelby County estimated that 5,300 homes and businesses will likely be affected. Some flooded suburban streets were blocked off because they were already flooded, and about 220 people were staying in shelters. Emergency officials blamed the flooding at least partly on more than 11 inches of rain that have soaked the Memphis area since April 25.

Flooding already has begun in Dyersburg, which is about 70 miles north-northeast of Memphis. Mayor John Holden said that people in parts of that city near the North Fork of the Forked Deer River should evacuate. Farther south, the lower Mississippi River was expected to crest well above flood stages in a region still dealing with the aftermath of last week's deadly tornadoes.

Forecasters say the river could break records in Mississippi set during catastrophic floods in 1927 and a decade later. Gov. Haley Barbour started warning people last week to take precautions if they live in flood-prone areas near the river, comparing the swell of water moving downriver to a pig moving through a python.

With tornados and the threat of rivers gone wild, "we're making a lot of unfortunate history here in Mississippi in April and May," said Jeff Rent, a Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman.

Because the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is particularly flood-prone, the state plans to evacuate the most medically vulnerable inmates by next Monday, then other inmates later.

Walsh, of the Army Corps, has made clear he may use other downstream "floodways" — basins surrounded by levees that can be intentionally blown open to divert floodwaters — to try to rein in the trouble.

Among those that could be tapped are the 58-year-old Morganza floodway in central Louisiana and the Bonnet Carre floodway about 30 miles north of New Orleans. The 4-mile-wide Morganza has been pressed into service just once, in 1973. The Bonnet Carre — christened in 1932 — has been opened up nine times since 1937, the most recent in 2008.

Unlike the Missouri levee, these floodways can be opened using gates designed for the purpose, not explosives that unleashed the rush of floodwater into Birds Point that damaged or destroyed as many as 100 homes and washed away crop prospects for this year. Walsh said there are no homes in the Bonnet Carre floodway and only scattered homes and farmland in the Morganza one.

Elsewhere, the Army Corps of Engineers said it was holding water in West Virginia's reservoirs in an attempt to prevent flooding from worsening along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

On Tuesday, a group of 25 farmers sued the U.S. government in Missouri, arguing that their land near Birds Point had been taken without adequate compensation.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said farmers with crop insurance will be eligible for government reimbursements if their land was flooded. Other help will be available for livestock producers and tree farmers under the same programs designed for natural disasters. People who lost homes may also be eligible for rural housing loans.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said state leaders would push to have the Birds Point levee rebuilt and restore the farmland's productivity. Walsh acknowledged it could be late summer or early fall before the water fully drains off the land, and sediment and moisture could do lasting damage.

After Memphis, the Mississippi is expected to crest May 12 at Helena, Ark., and further south in the following days. Forecasters predict record levels at the towns of Vicksburg and Natchez, Miss.

High water already has shut down nine river casinos in northwest Mississippi's Tunica County, where about 600 residents have been evacuated from flood-prone areas on the inside of the levee, county spokesman Larry Liddell said.

Mississippi officials told about 1,000 people packed at a National Guard armory Wednesday that they're confident the main levees along the Mississippi River will withstand high water levels expected in the coming weeks, but they warn Yazoo backwater levees could be overtopped by as much as a foot.

Peter Nimrod, chief engineer with the Mississippi Levee Board, said people in low areas should secure their property and prepare to leave.

Sherry Hern was at the meeting, trying to find out if she should flee her house on the banks of the Sunflower River near west-central Mississippi.

"Am I scared? Yeah, I am," said Hern, 50.

Hern said the officials used too much technical language, and the unpredictability of the situation left some like Hern wanting a better explanation.

"We're stressed out because we don't know if we're going to get it and they still can't tell me," she said.

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Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: vr 06 mei 2011, 03:01
door baphomet
Slow-moving disaster rolls down Mississippi River

HICKMAN, Ky. – Jail inmates filled sandbag after sandbag to protect one of the many Southern river cities threatened by the swelling Mississippi as it broke more 1930s flood records and crept higher Thursday.

A flooding tributary threatened to cut off Interstate 40, a major east-west route through Arkansas, and the Army Corps of Engineers planned to blast a new breach in a Missouri levee in hopes of controlling the slow-motion disaster flowing downriver.

Thousands of people from Illinois to Louisiana have already been forced from their homes, and anxiety is rising along with the river, though it could be a week or two before some of the most severe flooding hits.

In Hickman, a town of about 2,500, Morrison Williamson was confident a towering floodwall would save his hardware store, despite small leaks that let some flood waters spray through.

Williamson was in a nearly deserted downtown, keeping his store open for customers who needed flood-fighting supplies. He said the decision to break open the Missouri levee upstream has kept the river from topping the floodwall, saving many communities to the south.

"They say blowing up the levee saved Cairo (Ill.) Well, it did. But if this breaks, you're talking Dyersburg, Ridgely, Tiptonville, water all the way to Memphis," Williamson said about places in neighboring Tennessee.

About 120 Fulton County jail inmate volunteers dressed in orange or white prisoner uniforms furiously filled sandbags for Hickman. They have made 120,000 since April 26.

"We're just going to keep going until they say stop," jail Sgt. James Buckingham said.

Up and down the Big Muddy, farmers braced for a repeat of the desperate strategy employed earlier this week in southeast Missouri, where Army engineers blew up the levee and sacrificed vast stretches of farmland to protect populated areas upstream.

The corps planned to blast a third and final breach in the Birds Point levee around 1 p.m. Thursday to allow water to flow back out of the flood plain into the river.

"I've never seen it this bad," said 78-year-old Joe Harrison, who has lived in the same house in Hickman since he was 11 months old. Floodwaters turned his house into an island — dry but surrounded by water. He has been using a boat to get to his car, parked on dry ground along a highway that runs by his house.

Tom Salem, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis, said flooding is extreme this year in part because of drenching rain over the past two weeks. In some areas, Wednesday was the first day without rain since April 25.

"It's been a massive amount of rain for a long period of time. And we're still getting snowmelt from Montana," Salem said.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky disasters, making the states eligible for federal help with relief efforts.

Forecasters and emergency officials said some of the high-water records set during the great floods of 1927 and 1937 could fall.

But because of the system of levees and locks built since those disasters more than 70 years ago, flooding this time is unlikely to be anywhere near as devastating.

"We have a high confidence in our levees, but in the sense of transparency, we have to say that the levees have not been tested," Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Nations said in Memphis, Tenn.

The great flood of the lower Mississippi River Valley in 1927 was one of the biggest natural disasters in U.S. history. More than 23,000 square miles were inundated, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and hundreds died.

The flood found its place in folklore, literature and films, and popular songs including "When the Levee Breaks."

More devastation came in 1937 when 31,000 square miles were submerged from West Virginia to Louisiana.

Lifelong Hickman resident H.L. Williamson, 77, was a boy when he and his family fled to the highest point in town. He recalled little except that his brother wouldn't eat black-eyed peas or grapefruit for years because that was all they had during the flood.

This time, Williamson packed up and left his home, which was still dry thanks to a hill just inches higher than the floodwaters. He took only a few belongings, including the Navy uniform he hopes to be buried in.

The relief from blowing up the levee is probably only temporary downstream in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana because the water will eventually find its way back into the Mississippi River.

In Arkansas, a stretch of westbound Interstate 40 was closed where it crosses the White River, adding a 120-mile detour to the main route to Little Rock from Memphis. The state highway department said eastbound lanes remained open Thursday but flooding appeared imminent and they too could be shut.

Arkansas recorded its eighth death since the rains started April 25 when authorities found the body of a man in the floodwaters in eastern Arkansas' Prairie County.

In Kentucky, about 3,800 residents have left their homes.

Memphis, where the Mississippi was at 43.8 feet Tuesday, could see a crest of 48 feet on May 11, just inches below the record of 48.7 feet set in 1937. Water from the Wolf and Loosahatchie rivers already has seeped into the suburbs, and some mobile home parks were swamped.

Emergency management officials said more than 1,100 houses and apartments could be hit with flooding. Several hundred people have already left, and thousands more are expected to follow them.

In Louisiana, shippers, ports and the chemical industry hoped the government could dredge fast enough to keep a major channel into the Gulf of Mexico unclogged. The Mississippi sends huge amounts of sediment downriver during high-water times.

Because the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is particularly flood-prone, the state planned to evacuate the most medically vulnerable inmates by Monday, then others later.

Mississippi officials told about 1,000 people packed into a National Guard armory Wednesday that they are confident the main levees along the Mississippi River will withstand high water in the coming weeks, but they warned that some backwater levees could be overtopped by as much as a foot.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned people to expect monumental flooding and said he was moving his furniture from his family's lakeside home to prepare for flooding from the Yazoo River.

With the recent deadly outbreak of tornadoes and, now, the threat of flooding, "we're making a lot of unfortunate history here in Mississippi in April and May," said Jeff Rent, a Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman.

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Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: vr 06 mei 2011, 03:03
door baphomet

Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: di 10 mei 2011, 15:13
door baphomet
Onderstaande poste ik net in het meldpunt voor aardbevingen topic, maar het paste ook wel hier...

Update time = Tue May 10 7:35:09 UTC 2011

y/m/d h:m:s LAT
deg LON
km Region
MAP 2.7 2011/05/10 07:21:43 63.376 -153.481 0.0 CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP 5.4 2011/05/10 07:16:14 37.252 143.750 31.3 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 4.9 2011/05/10 06:37:05 -6.913 68.323 10.1 CHAGOS ARCHIPELAGO REGION
MAP 2.8 2011/05/10 05:13:54 61.222 -147.719 10.4 SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP 2.9 2011/05/10 04:32:35 19.104 -65.629 25.7 PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 4.5 2011/05/10 04:31:48 -34.516 -71.831 40.9 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 3.1 2011/05/10 04:05:18 19.080 -65.462 38.6 PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.3 2011/05/10 04:00:20 19.057 -65.467 10.7 PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.8 2011/05/10 03:59:16 19.152 -65.696 39.7 PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 2.9 2011/05/10 03:57:56 19.154 -65.591 16.0 PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.2 2011/05/10 03:54:54 19.035 -65.556 15.1 PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 3.1 2011/05/10 03:26:27 19.003 -65.536 3.9 PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP 4.7 2011/05/10 02:49:43 35.649 141.851 19.9 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 4.7 2011/05/10 00:33:20 14.087 147.787 32.3 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.8 2011/05/10 00:02:05 18.779 -67.301 16.3 PUERTO RICO REGION

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10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,65°W


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Die zuidelijke tip van Noord Amerika aan de kant van Florida... in directe verbinding met de New Madrid Vault Line daar waren al 5 bevingen de afgelopen uren...

New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: wo 24 aug 2011, 02:57
door baphomet
Rumble in the Bronx... Even zonder gekheid... Maar het rommelde dus goed vandaag in de VS... Zou die New Madrid faultline dan toch onder druk staan???

Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: wo 24 aug 2011, 05:38
door Het Dolle Eland
Even een "fictief" fragment uit de serie "The Event".....


Iedereen die de serie heeft gevolgd weet waarom dit gebeurde.

Tja, en nog vóór dat de NASA er zelf mee kwam, was ook de volgende happening in "The Event" te bespeuren...:

Trouwens wél leuk dat blauwe licht in het begin......

Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: ma 24 mar 2014, 20:35
door baphomet
Zal het er ooit nog eens van komen?


Re: New Madrid Disaster

Geplaatst: vr 09 jan 2015, 17:17
door combi
ff hier geparkeerd kan topic niet terug vinden
Bomb scare prompts evacuation in Madrid metro station
Thu Jan 8, 2015 8:57PM ... omb-threat

Spanish police have evacuated a busy metro and commuter railway station in the capital, Madrid, following the discovery of a suspicious package at the site.

A police spokeswoman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Nuevos Ministerios station, which serves three lines of Madrid’s metro network as well as six regional commuter railway lines, was shut down just before 6.00 p.m. local time (1700 GMT) on Thursday after the package was located at one of the entrances of the station.

The spokeswoman said the station reopened an hour later after bomb disposal experts concluded that the package was not dangerous.

“It was a false alarm. There was nothing inside the box which could explode,” she said.

The development comes a day after Spain increased its anti-terrorist security level a notch in the wake of an attack on the offices of French satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, which claimed 12 lives.

On January 2, Madrid’s Atocha station was evacuated after a false alert when a man threatened to blow himself up. Police said a man claiming to be carrying a bomb in his backpack was arrested, but nothing was found on him.

On March 11, 2004, a total of 191 people were killed and nearly 2,000 others injured when militants carried out a series of coordinated backpack bomb attacks on trains travelling to the Atocha station. The assaults are known as the 11-M attacks.