Archive | August 10, 2015

Severe heatwave causes electricity shortage and drought in Poland

Heatwave Warning

A heat wave in Poland on Monday forced the national supplier to cut electricity to factories for several hours, and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz appealed to people to save energy during the day.
 
Temperatures reached 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) over the weekend and there has been almost no rainfall, leading to a drought in agriculture. The levels of the Vistula and several other rivers have fallen dramatically, disrupting navigation in Warsaw and elsewhere.
 
“The situation resulting from the heat wave is serious and we have bad forecasts for the next 10 or 11 days,” Kopacz said, following a meeting she convened with the government crisis management team.
 
She appealed to people not to use energy between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., if possible, but promised there will be no power cuts to individual clients or to hospitals.
 
Some dams are to increase the water flow to help cool overheating power plants, Kopacz said.
 
The highest temperature measured in recent days was 38 Celsius in the western Polish city of Wroclaw and elsewhere in the area.
Courtesy of news.yahoo.com

Extreme heatwave kills at least 21 in Egypt

Record Heat Alert

Twenty-one people have died and 66 others were hospitalized with exhaustion as soaring temperatures and high humidity hit Cairo and other parts of Egypt, the health ministry said Monday.
 
The victims, who all died on Sunday, succumbed as temperatures soared as high as 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit), in conditions made less bearable by elevated humidity levels.
 
Fifteen people died in Cairo, four in the Delta province of Qalibiya and two in Upper Egypt’s Qena province, the ministry said in a statement. Those who died, including seven women, were all aged over 60.
 
Sixty-six people were admitted to hospital after suffering from exhaustion, including 37 who are still under observation, it added.
 
“There is a big rise in temperature compared with previous years. But the problem is the humidity which is affecting people more,” said ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar.
 
“Long exposure under the sun is a killer.”
 
Meteorological officials confirmed that temperatures in the capital and some parts of the country were higher than average.
 
“The temperature is higher by four to five degrees than what is usually seen, and the humidity is very high this month,” Waheed Soudi, head of analysis in the Egyptian Meteorological Authority told AFP.
 
“The peak temperature in the shade was 38 degrees Celsius in Cairo on Sunday, which means it was 47 degrees under the sun or in places with bad ventilation.”
 
Although it is not uncommon to see summer temperatures in the high 30s throughout Egypt, it is rare for humidity levels to remain elevated during excessively hot weather.
Courtesy of english.alarabiya.net

VERY POWERFUL INFLUX OF ENERGY WILL STRIKE THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE FROM THE 11th – 16th AUGUST 2015

**VERY URGENT**
Solar Energy Alert

VERY POWERFUL INFLUX OF ENERGY WILL STRIKE THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE FROM THE 11th – 16th AUGUST 2015. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY AND ADVERSE WEATHER WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

**BE ALERT**

MAGNITUDE 5.9 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100030qs#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 224 km

Distances: 34km (21mi) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan
43km (27mi) WSW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan
50km (31mi) SE of Jarm, Afghanistan
86km (53mi) SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan
287km (178mi) NE of Kabul, Afghanistan



MAGNITUDE 5.2 COQUIMBO, CHILE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us100030qh#general_summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances: 46km (29mi) N of La Serena, Chile
52km (32mi) NNE of Coquimbo, Chile
76km (47mi) NW of Vicuna, Chile
110km (68mi) SSW of Vallenar, Chile
442km (275mi) N of Santiago, Chile


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MAGNITUDE 5.7 TONGA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=454298

Subject To Change

Depth: 60 km

Distances: 170 km N of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 20:43:38.2 2015-08-10
49 km W of Pangai, Tonga / pop: 1,738 / local time: 20:43:38.2 2015-08-10


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MAGNITUDE 4.9 SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=454297

Subject To Change

Depth: 20 km

Distances: 221 km S of Urunchi, China / pop: 1,508,225 / local time: 13:35:26.6 2015-08-10
143 km E of Korla, China / pop: 179,465 / local time: 13:35:26.6 2015-08-10


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MAGNITUDE 5.7 SOLOMON ISLANDS

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=454286

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 225 km W of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 15:24:32.0 2015-08-10
179 km SE of Gizo, Solomon Islands / pop: 6,154 / local time: 15:24:32.0 2015-08-10


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