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24-25 januari zoals gezegd.....
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This is not flood caused by rains, as said us zombie tv

its sinking below the Sea..

Zeta talk made the prediction of a 20ft sea level rise that was just confirmed. This is smoking gun evidence of the? pending poleshift. Sounds crazy? Probably... but go see the evidence at poleshift blog. This was the start of the 7 out of 10. The rest of their predictions are stated. The first has been confirmed. Like no bullshit confirmed. Go see
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[quote name="BlackBox"]The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that jolted Chile on Saturday was felt as far away as São Paulo. But NASA scientists are proposing that its repercussions are truly global in a geophysical sense: it likely shifted Earth's axis by about eight centimeters.



Als de stand dus verandert dan komt de zon ook anders op...

En aangezien er veul bevinkjes zijn..

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Are Your Compass Points Wrong? They Were at Tampa International

Jan 23, 2011; 11:07 PM ET
http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/astron ... s-were.asp

A high school friend of mine recently told me about something strange he saw at the Tampa International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told the airport that they needed to adjust the runway signs since the compass points were significantly off due to the magnetic North Pole shifting position.

What is going on here? Is the magnetic pole shifting unusual? Is the shifting related at all to the strange bird and fish deaths that have been reported recently? The answer is probably no to both questions. According to Al Blasko, senior graphic artist here at AccuWeather (who drew the graphic below) and is also a huge astronomy fan, "the magnetic North Pole shifts all the time. Sometimes it is a temporary shift and sometimes semi-permanent. It can shift up to hundreds of miles in a short time and then shift back almost to where it was just as fast. It is a very unpredictable phenomena."

The FAA told Tampa International that, on average, the magnetic North Pole is shifting 40 miles per year towards Russia. According to FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto "You want to be absolutely precise in your compass headings. To make sure the precision is there that we need, you have to make these changes."

A Diagram of the Location of the Earth's Magnetic North Pole (2010)

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergin chimed in "Aviation is charted using latitude and longitude and the magnetic poles. And since the Earth's poles are changing constantly, especially when they change more than three degrees of latitude or longitude, that can affect runway numbering."

In the near future, two other runways will need to be adjusted in Tampa. It is not known whether other U.S. airports will have to adjust their compass points as well, though I would not be surprised if some do.

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dit moet hier eigenlijk niet maar ben de weg even kwijt waar dan wel :lol:

'Toxic' gas blamed for drinking water coming out of taps which can be set on FIRE

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:13 PM on 19th January 2011
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... itain.html

Campaigners are calling for a ban on the extraction of 'shale gas' in the UK until potential environmental and human health risks have been properly assessed.

Exploitation of the natural gas in this country is expected to begin near Blackpool, Lancashire, later this month, but the Co-operative has raised concerns the process of extraction can contaminate local groundwater.

In the U.S., some residents in areas where drilling for shale gas is taking place can set fire to their drinking water and have become ill because of pollution by gas and chemicals, according to new documentary Gasland.

Dangerous: In the US, some residents in areas where drilling for shale gas is taking place can set fire to their drinking water

The gas from the tap ignites. It is extracted by drilling down and then horizontally through the ground and then by 'fracking', a process of hydraulic fracturing of the shale using high pressure liquid containing chemicals to release the gas

The gas is found in shale formed from deposits of mud, silt, clay and organic matter. It is extracted by drilling down and then horizontally through the ground and then by 'fracking', a process of hydraulic fracturing of the shale using high pressure liquid containing chemicals to release the gas.

According to a report by the Tyndall Centre for the Co-operative, information about which chemicals are involved in the process is not publicly available but data on what is being stored at drilling sites in the U.S. indicate the use of chemicals which are toxic or cause cancer.

The Co-operative, which is running a campaign against 'unconventional' fuels such as tar sands from Alberta, Canada, which are a much more polluting source of oil than conventional oil, has also raised concerns about whether the gas fits with a move to a low carbon economy.
While shale gas does not emit much more carbon in its production and use than conventional natural gas, and could improve the UK's energy security, its exploitation worldwide could add to the greenhouse gases already being released - increasing the problem of climate change.

Paul Monaghan, head of social goals and sustainability at the Co-operative, also said there was no evidence in the US that the exploitation of shale gas was driving a switch away from dirtier coal for generating electricity.

And he said that while it could help the UK's energy security as North Sea gas runs low, it could also take investment away from developing renewable energy.
'It's like tar sands in your backyard, both in terms of local pollution and in terms of carbon emissions,' he said.

More contaminated water catches light. Information about which chemicals are involved in the extraction process of shale gas is not publicly available

Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the Tyndall Centre, said: 'In an energy-hungry world, any new fossil fuel resource will only lead to additional carbon emissions.

'In the case of shale gas there is also a significant risk its use will delay the introduction of renewable energy alternatives. Consequently, if we are serious about avoiding dangerous climate change, the only safe place for shale gas remains in the ground.'

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said: 'We support industry's endeavours in pursuing such energy sources, provided that tapping of such resources proves to be economically, commercially and environmentally viable. All onshore oil and gas projects, including shale gas exploration and development, are subject to a series of checks, including local planning permission before they are able to move ahead with drilling activities.'

But the Commons' Energy and Climate Change Committee has launched an inquiry into shale gas in a bid to answer the questions raised by the prospect of exploiting the fuel source in the UK. Tim Yeo, chairman of the parliamentary committee, said: 'Shale gas is a very interesting new area, and could potentially make quite a significant contribution to available reserves in North America and even in the UK. But it does raise some new environmental and related questions.'

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British Geological Survey: Magnetic reversal may now be in progress

2011 01 23
http://www.evolutionaryleaps.com/Magnet ... ss-BGS.htm

According to the British Geological Survey (BGS), we could now be headed into a magnetic reversal, thus validating the premise of both Not by Fire but by Ice and Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps.

The South Atlantic Anomaly is growing and spreading westwards from South Africa as the Earth’s internal magnetic field rapidly weakens in this region, says this article on the BGS website. "This may be early evidence of a forthcoming reversal in the direction of the Earth’s internal magnetic field."

"We do not know in detail precisely what occurs during such reversals, including the changes observed in the magnetic field and the time a reversal takes to complete," the BGS adds.

Since so little is known, and in order to determine where radiation risks may be increased and how the atmosphere might respond, the BGS is opening a South Atlantic Anomaly and South Georgia Magnetic Observatory.

By establishing the new observatory, BGS will re-start continuous magnetic observations in South Georgia, last carried out in 1982.

What is the South Atlantic Anomaly?

"The Earth’s magnetic field, generated deep within the planet, is a shield against particle radiation from space," the BGS article continues. "In the South Atlantic this shield is much weaker than elsewhere across the globe and radiation from space therefore penetrates deeper into the atmosphere. This region is known as the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) and the radiation in the SAA is a known hazard to satellites, spacecraft and high-altitude aircraft."
Let me repeat that because it's so important. "The Earth's magnetic field is a shield against particle radiation from space." Our magnetic field, in other words, shields us from the radioactive particles generated by cosmic rays.

The problem, which the BGS doesn't go into here, is that magnetic field strength declines dramatically during a magnetic reversal. This reduces our shielding and allows more and more radioactivity onto our planet.

That's when the mutations begin. And that's what "Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps" is all about.
"The radiation input into the atmosphere depends on the Sun’s magnetic and radiation activity and the geometry (or ‘shape’) of the Earth’s magnetic field. So, understanding the space environment, particularly during magnetic storms, is important. Equally important is understanding any changes over time in the magnetic field observed across the surface of the Earth – see also Long-term monitoring of the Earth’s magnetic field."
The BGS goes on to say that Earth’s magnetic field has had many highs, lows and reversals in its past, with the last reversal taking place around 800,000 years ago. I take issue with this date because there have been many magnetic reversals since that time.

There's the Gothenburg magnetic reversal of 11,500 years ago, when the mammoths went extinct.

There's the Mono Lake magnetic reversal of 23,000 years ago, when the earth descended into catastrophic glaciation.

There's the Lake Mungo magnetic reversal of 33,500 years ago, when the Neanderthals went extinct.

And there are several others, such as the Laschamp, the Blake, Biwa I, Biwa II, Biwa III ... the list goes on. (See Magnetic Reversal Chart.)

There's even the Big Lost magnetic reversal of 640,000 years ago, when - just by coincidence? - the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted.

In fact, my research shows that our planet undergoes a magnetic reversal about every 11,500 years and, agreeing with the BGS on this point, I think the next reversal is now due.

The problem is that a magnetic reversal could be disastrous.

As I warn in "Not by Fire but by Ice": "Polarity reversals, equinoctial precession, and ice ages, all march to the same drummer. As do extinctions, new species appearance, volcanism, and rising land. Toss in the specter of massive floods, 30-story tsunami (tsunami is both singular and plural), and radioactivity falling on your head, and you've got the picture."
"The Earth is known to be able to re-generate its field and has done so during human pre-history," the BGS article continues. "Understanding the development of the SAA may therefore be significant in understanding the reversal process and its impact on life and the natural environment."

Link to BGS story: bgs.ac.uk

Source: evolutionaryleaps.com

Magnetic Reversals & Ice Ages
By Alan Caruba | canadafreepress.com

Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

— Robert Frost, American Poet

North Magnetic Pole Moving East Due to Core Flux

Considering the thousands of absurd claims made about the discredited fraud of “global warming”, a recent National Geographic News story, “North Magnetic Pole Moving East Due to Core Flux”, struck me as potentially far more significant.

“Earth’s north magnetic pole is racing toward Russia at almost 40 miles a year due to magnetic changes in the planet’s core, new research says.” The article by Richard A. Lovett, noted that “The core is too deep for scientists to directly detect its magnetic field, but researchers can infer the field’s movements by tracking how Earth’s magnetic field has been changing at the surface and in space.”

Most people are familiar with magnetic north because that is where compass needles actually point. It is not the same as the North Pole and, currently, magnetic north is close to Canada’s Ellesmere Island on the edge of the Arctic. The movement has been erratic since first located by scientists in 1831. In 1904, it began to shift northeastward at about nine miles per year. In 1989, it sped up a bit and is now “galloping toward Siberia.”

If I hadn’t read Robert W. Felix’s latest book, “Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps”, I frankly would have paid little attention to the news, but I had to pause because Felix asks, “Could this movement be the beginning of the next reversal? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Why is this of interest? Because ice ages recur every 11,500 years and right now the Earth is at the end of the latest interglacial period, i.e., the interim between ice ages.

Since ice ages and magnetic reversals appear to occur together, it is entirely likely that what we’re really looking at is the next ice age and, to make matters much worse, a potential magnetic reversal.

“Among the many species of mammals now existing in Europe and Asia, all but six appeared during the past two million years, with no time to evolve,” says Felix, neatly dispatching Charles Darwin’s theory that species evolve over tens of millions of years.

At some point in the past 200,000 years Homo sapiens climbed down out of the trees, stood upright, and began their trek toward what we call civilization and civilization as we know it—the spread of agriculture and the rise of cities—is only about 5,000 years old.

The late paleontologist, Stephen Jay Gould, said, “We have not a shred of evidence for any genetic improvement since then. I suspect that the average Cro-Magnon, properly trained, could have handled computers with the best of us.”

The bad news about magnetic reversals is that they have often been accompanied by massive extinctions and, as noted, they return in a dependable, predictable cycle. “Mass extinctions,” says Felix, “have been the rule, rather than the exception, for the 3.5 million years that life has existed on this planet.”

Many scientists maintain that the last magnetic reversal occurred about 780,000 years ago at the Brunhes/Matuyama boundary, but in addition to full-scale reversals, Felix includes magnetic “excursions” in his calculations.

Magnetic excursions are times when the earth’s magnetic north pole moved south for a short while—sometimes as much as 500 years—and then moved back. Magnetic excursions are apparently aborted magnetic reversals, says Felix. They recur about every 11,500 years. And they are deadly.

The last one, the Gothenburg magnetic excursion, took place about 11,500 years ago. Is it just a coincidence that some 40 percent of the large animal species, including the sabre-toothed cat, the mammoth, the mastodon, and the great Dire wolf went extinct at the time? “No,” says Felix. “That was no coincidence.”

Nor is it a coincidence that more than one million huge elliptical holes - some the size of a small city - were blasted into the earth at the same time. Today, those huge holes are sometimes known as Carolina Bays, Grady Ponds, Maryland Basins, or, in Texas, Salinas.

Then there was the Mono Lake magnetic excursion of 23,000 years ago, when the earth descended into catastrophic glaciation, and the mammoths were almost decimated. And prior to that was the Lake Mungo magnetic excursion of 33,500 years ago, when the Neanderthal went extinct and the earth descended into yet another period of glaciation.

If this cycle holds true, says Felix, the next magnetic reversal——and extinction—is due any day.

Solar scientists have been watching the sun with a fair amount of trepidation lately. As Felix notes, “At the beginning of each (geological) cycle, magnetic polarity on the Sun reverses and magnetic north becomes magnetic south. No one knows why.”

We are in the Holocene cycle that began about 10,000 years ago.

Anthony Watts, a climate scientist—-one of the many that did not buy into the global warming fraud—-recently reported that “The sun has seen a resurgence of activity in December, with a number of cycle 24 sunspots being seen.” That’s good news because sunspot activity seems to correlate with warming and cooling cycles. The fewer the sunspots, the cooler the Earth becomes.

“If the past two years have taught us anything,” says Watts, “it is that the sun can be tricky and unpredictable.”

Will the next ice age begin shortly? Depends on what you mean by “shortly” because it could be tomorrow or it could be another two centuries or so. One thing is sure; the Earth’s latest interglacial period is nearing an end.

A magnetic reversal would likely have a devastating effect on planet Earth and, frankly, I don’t want to be around when it occurs.

Source: canadafreepress.com

Robert Felix is also the author of: Not by Fire but by Ice: Discover What Killed the Dinosaurs...and Why It Could Soon Kill Us

Don't miss Robert Felix upcoming interview on Red Ice Radio.


Magnetic Reversals and Glaciation


During highlighted magnetic reversals (or excursions), the climate descended from periods of warmth such as today's into full-blown glaciation in less than twenty years. (kya = thousands of years ago)

* That there is a link between magnetic reversals and ice ages is undeniable.

* At least twelve magnetic reversals can be linked to glaciation during the last three million years alone.

* A magnetic reversal about three million years ago marked the onset of glaciation. A magnetic reversal about two million years ago marked the onset of glaciation. And yet another reversal about one million years ago marked the onset of glaciation.

* The Jaramillo magnetic reversal maked the onset of glaciation, as did the Brunhes magnetic reversal.

* The Biwa I, Biwa II, Biwa III, and Blake (at the end Eemian) magnetic reversals coincided with glaciation, and so did the Lake Mungo, Mono Lake, and Gothenburg magnetic reversals (or excursions).

* Many of those catastrophic cooling episodes, says Michael Rampino of NASA, may have actually been triggered by the magnetic reversal (or excursion).

Why should this concern us?

* One: We appear to be headed for another magnetic reversal right now. During the past 2000 years, magnetic field strength has fallen some 50 to 65 percent. Unfortunately, the rate of decline is picking up. Five percent of the decline has occurred during the last 100 years alone. This decline, say geophysicists, may be a precursor to a new reversal attempt.

* Two: When ice ages begin, they begin incredibly fast. At the end Eemian, for example, the climate descended from a period of warmth such as today's - such as today's - into full-blown glacial severity in less than twenty years.

* Three: I think we're headed into such a twenty-year period right now.

* Four: The North Magnetic Pole is moving! "The magnetic pole, which has steadily drifted for decades, has picked up its pace in recent years and could exit Canadian territory as soon as 2004," said Larry Newitt of the Geological Survey of Canada. "It's speed has increased considerably during the past 25 years," the geophysicist said. See: CNN.com - North Magnetic Pole - March 20, 2002.

* Five: According to John Tarduno, professor of geophysics at the Univerity of Rochester (NY), the next magnetic reversal could occur within a matter of centuries.

Tarduno based his findings on detailed studies of the Earth's magnetic field made during four trips above the Arctic Circle. (Published in the Proc. of the National Academy of Sciences, 16 Oct 2002.) See also: http://www.rochester.edu/pr/News/NewsRe ... inder.html
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Seismische activiteit trekt Afrika uiteen

De scheuren werden enige jaren geleden al zichtbaar, maar de laatste maanden is de seismische activiteit in het noordoosten van Afrika enorm toegenomen. Hierdoor breekt het continent langzaam in stukken.

Wetenschappers zeggen dat lava in het gebied consistent is met magma wat bij de zeebodem wordt gevonden en dat water uiteindelijk de woestijnen zal bedekken.

Cynthia Ebinger, geologe aan de Universiteit van Rochester in New York, kon nauwelijks geloven wat een ooggetuige in de woestijnen van Ethiopië zag. Het ging om een werknemer van een delfstoffenbedrijf en hij rapporteerde dat de beroemde Erta Ale vulkaan in het noordoosten van het land uitbarstte.

Ebinger heeft de vulkaan jaren bestudeerd, maar keerde uiteindelijk terug naar New York. De krater van de vulkaan is altijd gevuld geweest met een soep van zilverzwarte lava, maar barstte decennia geleden voor het laatst uit.

Ebinger vloog afgelopen november gelijk naar Ethiopië met haar onderzoeksteam. De Aarde roert zich in het noordoosten van Afrika en het gebied verandert zeer snel. De bodem van de woestijn beeft en scheurt open, vulkanen barsten uit en zeewater stroomt over het land.

Kan snel gaan

In de Danakil Depressie, in het noordelijke gedeelte van de Grote Riftvallei, zijn 25 meter hoge heuvels het enige obstakel wat het zeewater uit de Rode Zee tegenhoudt. Het land erachter is reeds tientallen meters verzakt en zoutafzettingen in de woestijn zijn het bewijs dat er ooit zeewater stroomde, totdat lava de toegang versperde.

“Niemand kan met zekerheid zeggen wanneer de zee de woestijn zal overstromen, maar wanneer het gebeurt kan het heel snel gaan,” zei Tim Wright van de Universiteit van Leeds tijdens een conferentie van de American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. “De heuvels zouden binnen een paar dagen kunnen zinken.”

In de laatste vijf jaar is de geologische transformatie van Noordoost-Afrika drastisch versneld. Veel sneller dan de wetenschappers hadden voorzien. Elke beving veroorzaakt enorme scheuren in de woestijn en versplintert de bodem in Oost-Afrika als glas. Onderzoekers hebben recentelijk in de Golf van Tadjoura, wat Djibouti scheidt van de Golf van Aden, een barrage aan seismische schokken geregistreerd.

Verschuivende tektonische platen

De laatste maanden kwamen de bevingen in de Golf van Tadjoura steeds dichter bij de kustlijn. Volgens Ebinger verplaatst het splijten van de oceaanbodem zich richting het land. Dit gebeurt al rond sommige breuklijnen in de Ethiopische woestijn, waardoor een geologisch spektakel ontstaat wat normaal alleen diep onder het oppervlak kan worden waargenomen.

Ook het patroon van de aardbevingen ondersteunt de theorie dat het woestijnlandschap verandert, zo stelt een recent artikel in het Journal of Geophysical Research, gepubliceerd door Zhaohui Yang en Wang-Ping Chen, twee geologen aan de Universiteit van Illinois. De wetenschappers hebben in het noordoosten van Afrika diverse krachtige, ondiepe aardbevingen geregistreerd die normaal alleen worden gezien rond oceaanruggen.

Tevens hebben de onderzoekers een toename vastgesteld in de vulkanische activiteit. Op 22 plaatsen in de Afar Driehoek in het noordoosten van het continent zijn uitbarstingen nabij het aardoppervlak geweest. Magma heeft scheuren gemaakt tot 8 meter breed, stelt Derek Keir van de Universiteit van Leeds.

Een oceaan zonder water

Wetenschappers hebben ook opgemerkt dat de soort magma die in de regio naar boven komt normaliter alleen wordt gezien rond oceaanruggen, diep onder het wateroppervlak. Een karakteristieke eigenschap van dit magma is een laag siliciumgehalte.

De magma die wordt uitgespuwd door Erta Ale heeft dezelfde chemische compositie als de soort die vrijkomt bij diepzeevulkanen. Het hele gebied lijkt derhalve op een oceaanbodem, maar dan zonder water.

De activiteit nam vanaf 2005 enorm toe, toen een 60 kilometer lange scheur zich vormde in de Afar Depressie. Sinds dat moment is er ongeveer 3,5 kubieke kilometer magma uitgespuwd volgens Tim Wright, genoeg om heel Londen te vullen met een 2 meter dikke laag lava.

Vanuit geologisch perspectief wordt magma in dit geval met enorme kracht voortgestuwd. Op bepaalde plaatsen baant het zich met 30 meter per minuut een weg door het gesteente. Tevens hoopt magma zich op onder de Dabbahu Vulkaan in het noorden van Ethiopië.

Breidt verder uit

Aan de hand van satellietdata is te zien dat een veel groter gebied is getekend door scheuren in het oppervlak dan werd aangenomen. Ondergrondse magmastromen zorgen bovendien voor een piek in de bodemtemperatuur in Oost-Egypte, zo stelde een team geologen van het Nationaal Astronomisch Onderzoeksinstituut in Egypte.

Tijdens de AGU-conferentie werd duidelijk dat de erupties in het noordelijke deel van Malawi een 17 kilometer lange scheur hebben veroorzaakt in de woestijnbodem. Door de druk is de omliggende bodem op plaatsen met meer dan 50 centimeter gestegen.

De meest krachtige lavastroom is gezien op een onverwachte locatie. In mei 2009 barstte een ondergrondse vulkaan uit in Saudi-Arabië. Een krachtige aardbeving van 5,7 op de schaal van Richter werd gevolgd door tienduizenden kleinere naschokken.

Magma spuwde in een gebied ter grootte van Berlijn en Hamburg uit de grond. “Het feit dat de uitbarsting 200 kilometer van de breuklijn in Noord-Afrika plaatsvond verbaasde ons allen,” zei Cynthia Ebinger.

’s Werelds grootste geologische bouwterrein breidt zich steeds verder uit. Meer en meer magma baant zich een weg richting het oppervlak van de Aarde. David Ferguson van de Oxford Universiteit verwacht de komende tijd een aanzienlijke toename in het aantal vulkaanuitbarstingen en aardbevingen in het gebied.





http://www.spiegel.de/international/wor ... 41,00.html

Nederlands: http://www.niburunews.com/index.php?opt ... &Itemid=37
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Bedanken wij ons maar weer bij nasa, dat ineens niets meer zichtbaar is!

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Like a drum roll before the big moment, the Sun blasted out numerous smaller blasts of particles to the right before it unleashed a large, bright coronal mass ejection that was associated with an M-1 (medium-sized flare) during the period Jan. 26-28, 2011. SOHO's C2 coronagraph caught all the action. A smaller blast caused by an erupting filament flew out from the Sun's opposite edge almost simultaneously with that blast. In the still, we superimposed a Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) image of the Sun in extreme UV light taken at about the same as the coronagraph image.

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Cyclone Yasi hits Australian coast
A "monumental" storm has begun crossing northeastern Australia, tearing off roofs and cutting off power to homes.

Last Modified: 02 Feb 2011 14:29 GMT
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia- ... 87439.html

A cyclone described as the most powerful in Australia's history has struck the country's northeast coast, ripping off roofs and cutting off power to thousands of homes.

"The large desctructive core of Cyclone Yasi is starting to cross the coast between Innisfail and Cardwell, with a dangerous storm tide battering waves to the south of the cyclone centre," the Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday morning.

Officials have predicted that the storm will cause substantial damage and possibly deaths.

Strong winds and driving rain have also started battering the coastline, while thousands of residents bunkered down in evacuation centres and their homes.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated while police were forced to turn some away from shelters that had reached capacuty.

Engineers warned that even "cyclone proof" homes could be blown apart by winds expected to reach 300km (186 miles) per hour.

"We are facing a storm of catastrophic proportions," Queensland state premier Anna Bligh said after Cyclone Yasi was upgraded to a maximum-strength category five storm.

More than 400,000 people live in the cyclone's expected path, which includes the popular tourist cities of Cairns, Townsville and Mackay.

The area is also the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

'Monumental storm'

Reporting from Cairns, Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas said this was a cyclone-prone area, "but nothing on this scale," he said, calling Yasi a "monumental storm".

Satellite images showed Yasi covering an area bigger than Italy or New Zealand, and predicted to be the strongest ever to hit Australia.

"What it all adds up to is a very frightening time," state premier Bligh said. "We're looking at 24 hours of quite terrifying winds, torrential rain, likely loss of electricity and mobile phones. People really need to be preparing mentally if nothing else."

The Queensland state premier said current estimates were that 150,000-200,000 people could lose power if winds topple transmission towers.

The storm is to compound misery in the state of Queensland, which has already been hit by months of flooding that killed 35 people and wreaked havoc in hundreds of communities.

"This is a cyclone of savagery and intensity, Julia Gillard, the prime minister, said in a nationally televised news conference just before the storm hit.

"People are facing some really dreadful hours in front of them".

Australia's huge, sparsely populated tropical north is battered each year by about six cyclones, called typhoons, throughout much of Asia and hurricanes in the Western hemisphere.
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Thu 03 Feb 2011, 04:24

Sneeuwstorm raast over VS


Uitgegeven op Woensdag 02 februari 2011 om 10:49:44
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(Novum/AP) - Een zware sneeuwstorm raast momenteel over het midden van de Verenigde Staten. Luchthavens, scholen en overheidsgebouwen zijn in veel plaatsen dicht en ook delen van snelwegen in de regio zijn gesloten vanwege wat de ergste sneeuwstorm in decennia lijkt te zijn.

Dallas, Oklahoma en Tulsa. In Chicago wordt zeker zestig centimeter sneeuw verwacht, in Indianapolis 2,5 centimeter ijs en ook in het noordoosten wordt woensdag veel ijs en sneeuw verwacht. De staat Missouri moest voor het eerst in de geschiedenis de snelweg tussen St. Louis en Kansas City vanwege sneeuw sluiten. In Texas werden windsnelheden van honderd kilometer per uur gemeten en zaten duizenden mensen dinsdag uren zonder stroom.

Meteoroloog Jeff Johnson zei dat de storm ongetwijfeld 'het verkeer nog enkele dagen zal verlammen'. Hij waarschuwde dat sneeuw en wind bovendien een gevaarlijk combinatie zijn, ook in gebieden waar niet veel sneeuw is voorspeld. Veel mensen nemen het advies thuis te blijven dan ook ter harte. "Je wil niet in een landelijk gebied vastzitten in je auto met dit weer", zei Johnson. In Oklahoma is de Nationale Garde ingezet om gestrande automobilisten te helpen.

De storm heeft zich woensdag richting het noordoosten verplaatst, waar steden sinds december al verschillende malen door sneeuwstormen zijn getroffen.
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Ik vond het volgende artikel toch enigszins een achter-de-oor-krabbend gevoel geven. Een bank die zich inzet om de bijensterfte tegen te gaan.

Groningen, vrijdag 4 februari 2011 UTRECHT (AFN) - Wereldwijd dreigt een nijpend tekort aan bijen en dat kan een groot deel van de voedselproductie in gevaar brengen, aldus de Rabobank in een rapport. De bank wil dat wetenschap, bedrijfsleven en overheid de handen ineen slaan om het tij te keren. Het areaal dat beplant is met gewas dat afhankelijk is van bestuiving is de afgelopen vijftig jaar gestegen met 135 procent. De groei van het aantal bijenkolonies was 83 procent en bleef daar dus ver bij achter. De toenemende welvaart in de wereld heeft al geleid tot de consumptie van meer fruit en de komende jaren wordt nog een forse toename verwacht in landen als China en Brazilië. De bijen kunnen dat allemaal niet bijbenen. Vooral in de Verenigde Staten en Europa maken mensen zich zorgen over de grote sterfte van bijen, waarvoor geen eenduidige verklaring bestaat. Maar volgens het rapport doet dit probleem zich ook voor In Azië, Zuid Amerika en het Midden-Oosten. Doemdenkers vrezen dat met het uitsterven van de bij de hele mensheid bedreigd wordt, maar zover gaat de Rabobank niet. 90 gewassen Belangrijke voedselgewassen als rijst en graan hebben de bij niet nodig, maar zo'n 90 gewassen, waaronder appels, peren en bessen wel. Ongeveer een derde van de productie van voedsel in de wereld is afhankelijk van bestuiving en die zal voor 80 tot 90 procent moeten komen van bijen. Algemeen wordt ervan uitgegaan dat monocultuur en pesticiden de leefwereld van de bij verslechterd hebben. De Rabobank pleit voor onderzoek, maar wil ook dat tuinders overleggen met imkers over het gebruik van middelen die het gewas moeten beschermen. Een simpel begin zou zijn niet overdag te spuiten met middelen die het gewas moeten beschermen tegen ongedierte, omdat dan de bijen hun nuttige werk doen.

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