Indian Point officials notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission around 8:30 p.m. Friday that Unit 3 automatically shut down after a loss of power in a generator.


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Indian Point reactor shuts down unexpectedly, NRC investigating
Thomas C. Zambito, tzambito@lohud.com Published 1:32 p.m. ET Nov. 6, 2017 | Updated 3:57 p.m. ET Nov. 6, 2017

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/indian-point/2017/11/06/indian-point-reactor-shuts-down/836276001/

What will happen to Indian Point spent nuclear fuel rods? Thomas Zambito for lohud reports.

Last week, the NRC cited Indian Point for not doing more to resolve water leaks in reactors
No safety concerns were identified after the Friday night shutdown

BUCHANAN – One of Indian Point’s two nuclear reactors shut down unexpectedly Friday night and remains down while workers try to assess what went wrong.

Indian Point officials notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission around 8:30 p.m. Friday that Unit 3 automatically shut down after a loss of power in a generator.

An NRC investigator arrived at the site shortly afterward to observe shutdown efforts.

SHUTDOWN: Indian Point 2 reactor back online after shutdown

INDIAN POINT: Faulty bolts discovered at Indian Point nuclear power plant

LEAKS: Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Indian Point must resolve leak issue in reactors

“No immediate safety concerns were identified,” said NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. “NRC staff will continue to follow any repair activities at the plant, as well as planning for restart of the unit.”
This aerial view of the Indian Point nuclear power station, taken from about 1000 feet above the ground, looks east from the Hudson River.

This aerial view of the Indian Point nuclear power station, taken from about 1000 feet above the ground, looks east from the Hudson River. (Photo: Spencer Ainsley)

Jerry Nappi, a spokesman for Indian Point owner Entergy, said the shutdown went safely and that no radiation was released.

“All equipment operated as expected following the shutdown,” Nappi said. “Engineers are troubleshooting an issue with the electrical generator system to determine the exact cause of the shutdown.”

It was unclear when Unit 3 will be up and running. The plant’s second reactor, Unit 2, remains at 100 percent power.

The NRC’s latest inspection report for Indian Point, released last week, identified a recurring issue with o-rings used to seal off the plant’s reactors.

The NRC says the o-ring issue has been the cause of eight water leaks since 2003 and urged Entergy to do more to prevent leaks in the future.

“Corrective actions to address the causal factors over the years have not been completely effective at preventing recurrence of the issue,” the NRC report says.

The o-rings secure the lid of the reactor to the body of the reactor vessel, where nuclear fission occurs. The most recent leak occurred in June during a scheduled maintenance of Unit 3.

The NRC said that, when the leaks have occurred, Entergy has been quick to shut down the plant and make repairs. But, the report noted, the company needs to evaluate its installation procedure for the o-rings to prevent leaks of water determined to be slightly radioactive.

WASTE: Nuclear waste stranded at Indian Point

CRISIS: Nuclear plant shutdowns a crisis for small towns across the USA

Each of the leaks have been contained inside the reactor building and have not been released into the environment, the NRC says.

Indian Point is slated to shut down in 2021.

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Monsanto Faces Blowback Over Cancer Cover-Up
A release of internal emails has revealed that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto manipulated studies of the company’s herbicide, Roundup. Experts believe the product causes cancer – and the consequences for the company could be dire.
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Some companies’ reputations are so poor that the public already has low expectations when it comes to their ethics and business practices. That doesn’t make it any less shocking when the accusations against them are confirmed in black and white.

Agricultural chemicals giant Monsanto is under fire because the company’s herbicide, Roundup (active ingredient: glyphosate), is suspected of being carcinogenic. Permission to sell the chemical in the European Union expires on December 15 with member states set to decide on Wednesday whether to renew it for another 10 years. And now, the longstanding dispute about glyphosate has been brought to a head by the release of explosive documents.

Monsanto’s strategies for whitewashing glyphosate have been revealed in internal e-mails, presentations and memos. Even worse, these “Monsanto Papers” suggest that the company doesn’t even seem to know whether Roundup is harmless to people’s health.

“You cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen,” Monsanto toxicologist Donna Farmer wrote in one of the emails. “We have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.”

The email, sent on Nov. 22, 2003, is one of more than 100 documents that a court in the United States ordered Monsanto to provide as evidence after about 2,000 plaintiffs demanded compensation from Monsanto in class-action suits. They claim that Roundup has caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of lymph node cancer, in them or members of their family.

The documents suggest the company concealed risks, making their publication a disaster for the company. The matter is also likely to be a topic of discussion at Bayer, the German chemical company in the process of acquiring Monsanto.

“The Monsanto Papers tell an alarming story of ghostwriting, scientific manipulation and the withholding of information,” says Michael Baum, a partner in the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, which is bringing one of the US class actions. According to Baum, Monsanto used the same strategies as the tobacco industry: “creating doubt, attacking people, doing ghostwriting.”

Glyphosate is the world’s most used herbicide. Companies like Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer produce more than 800,000 metric tons of the subtance every year and sell it around the world. Farmers use the agent to clean the slate while preparing fields for the new sowing season, or spray it on potato or rapeseed fields to kill the plants just before maturity, making harvesting easier.

The popular agricultural chemical has been in use for more than 40 years and can now be found almost everywhere: in the urine of humans and animals, in milk, in beer, in ice cream, and above all in feed pellets from the United States and Brazil, which also end up being fed to German cattle and pigs.

SEKULOW: Loretta Lynch Threatened FBI Informant on Uranium One Scandal With Prosecution DURING 2016 ELECTION — tomfernandez28’s Blog

by Cristina Laila An attorney for Trump Jay Sekulow and his son, attorney Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ discussed the new Russian-Uranium One developments on their radio show Jay Live Tuesday, specifically focusing on the FBI informant. As previously reported, not only was the FBI informant working on the Russian bribery case threatened by the Obama administration, he was blocked […]

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A blue catfish caught on Georgia’s Altamaha River this past weekend weighed 93 pounds — a new state record

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Georgia angler sets new record with 93 lb. catfish caught on Altamaha River

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WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A blue catfish caught on Georgia’s Altamaha River this past weekend weighed 93 pounds — a new state record.

Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources says in a Tuesday news release that angler Richard Barrett’s catch beat the old record by more than 12 pounds.

The department says Barrett, who is from Axson, caught the fish Saturday using a live channel catfish caught earlier in the day as bait.

Barrett told the department’s Wildlife Resources Division he was shocked when he got the fish to the surface. He said he was worried he wouldn’t be able to get it into his boat.

John Biagi, chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division, said Barrett’s catch was the first state record for 2017.

Our first Fukushima Fish landed in GA!

AJC.COM: Wells Fargo pays $108 million on fraud claim by Atlanta whistleblowers

Wells Fargo pays $108 million on fraud claim by Atlanta whistleblowers

Russell Grantham The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wells Fargo story:

Wells Fargo agreed to pay $108 million to settle claims that it defrauded veteran customers and taxpayers.

Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $108 million to the federal government to settle two metro Atlanta whistleblowers’ allegations that the bank charged fraudulent fees on veterans’ home refinancing loans.

The settlement award, disclosed Friday by an Atlanta firm representing the whistleblowers, is the largest so far to result from the 11-year-old lawsuit. Two former metro Atlanta mortgage brokers sued eight banks or mortgage lenders on behalf of the government. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Atlanta.

“We’re glad its over, at least as to Wells Fargo,” said one of the two whistleblowers, Victor Bibby. The second is Brian Donnelly.

In 2012, SunTrust Banks, JP Morgan Chase, Countrywide Home Loans and three other major lenders agreed to pay $162 million to settle similar allegations by the whistleblowers.

Another lawsuit is pending against a St. Petersburg, Fla., lender, Mortgage Investors Corp. In 2013, the lender laid off hundreds of employees and stopped making new home loans, blaming tougher regulations under the federal Dodd-Frank Act.

A Wells Fargo spokeswoman said the bank changed its methods for handling Veterans Administration refinancing loans several years ago to fix the alleged problems and settled the lawsuit to “put the matter behind us.”

The San Francisco bank, which is metro Atlanta’s second largest bank in terms of total deposits, has been bruised lately in a number of legal skirmishes over its practices.

Last year, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other agencies alleged that the bank’s employees broke the law by opening more than 2 million credit card, checking and savings accounts without customers’ knowledge, in order to meet sales quotas and win bonuses.

Last month, Wells Fargo said it would refund customers after admitting that about 570,000 borrowers may have been wrongly pushed into auto insurance policies that they didn’t need.

In the Atlanta whistleblower case, which affected veteran homeowners across the nation, Bibby and Donnelly alleged that Wells Fargo illegally collected lawyers’ fees and closing costs from borrowers who refinanced their mortgages, even though such charges were barred under the VA’s refinancing program.

The bank hid the fees by mislabeling them, according to Atlanta law firm Butler Wooten & Peak, one of three firms that represented the whistleblowers.

The law firm said taxpayers also lost money due to the alleged fraud. Under the VA loan guarantee program, the agency paid Wells Fargo a portion of any loans on which the borrowers defaulted, even though the fraudulent fees would have negated the government loan guarantees.

Friday, Wells Fargo spokeswoman Crystal Drake said, “Today, we are settling this longstanding lawsuit, which did not seek any refunds for individual veterans, in order to put the matter behind us, and to focus on restoring trust in Wells Fargo.”

She said the bank had previously made compensation available to affected veterans.

“More than six years ago,” she added, “when questions about fees on certain Veterans Administration refinance loans were raised, we resolved those concerns by improving our internal controls to ensure that veteran customers only pay appropriate fees on refinances.”

Under the federal whistleblower’s act, known as the Federal False Claims Act, people with knowledge of wrongdoing by a company can sue on behalf of the government, and collect up to 30 percent of any resulting settlement or jury award.

“Ultimately the government decided not to participate” in the lawsuit, Butler Wooten said in a press release.

Jim Butler, with Butler Wooten, said the whistleblowers’ share of the $270 million in total settlements with the seven lenders is still being negotiated with the federal Justice Department.

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RSOE EDIS – Emergency and Disaster Information

RSOE EDIS – Emergency and Disaster Information

EH-20171012-60175-AUS – Epidemic Hazard – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand
VI-20171012-60174-SWE – Vehicle Accident – Sweden – Europe
VE-20171012-60173-IDN – Volcano Eruption – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago
EH-20171012-60172-LKA – Epidemic Hazard – Sri Lanka – Asia
EH-20171012-60171-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America
CC-20171012-60170-USA – Climate Change – USA – North-America
BH-20171012-60169-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America
VE-20171012-60168-RUS – Volcano Eruption – Russia [Asia] – Asia
VIV-20171012-60167-USA – Vehicle Incident – USA – North-America
CC-20171012-60166-GTM – Climate Change – Guatemala – Central-America
WF-20171012-60165-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America
VIV-20171012-60164-JPN – Vehicle Incident – Japan – Asia
FL-20171012-60163-IND – Flood – India – Asia
BH-20171012-60162-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America
EX-20171012-60161-USA – Explosion – USA – North-America
AC-20171011-60160-KEN – Technological Disaster – Kenya – Africa
EH-20171011-60159-FJI – Epidemic Hazard – Fiji – Pacific Ocean – East
ST-20171011-60158-VNM – Extreme Weather – Vietnam – Asia
EX-20171011-60157-TUR – Explosion – Turkey – Asia
FF-20171011-60156-IDN – Flash Flood – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

EH-20171012-60175-AUS – Epidemic Hazard – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand

Posted: 12 Oct 2017 01:05 AM PDT
A Toowoomba school has issued an alert to its students after a case of chickenpox was confirmed today. Toowoomba State High School said the viral and highly contagious illness had been confirmed and any sick students must stay home for five days after a rash associated with the condition appeared. Chickenpox is infectious for two days before the rash appeared until all blisters had “formed scabs or crusts”. “We have been advised of a confirmed case of chickenpox in the school,” the statement from TSHS read. “Chickenpox is a viral illness that comes on suddenly and is highly contagious. “It …

VI-20171012-60174-SWE – Vehicle Accident – Sweden – Europe

Posted: 12 Oct 2017 12:51 AM PDT
A train carrying dangerous goods derailed and caught fire in central Sweden early on Thursday morning. The 36-carriage train derailed by the station in Ludvika, Dalarna, bringing train traffic to a stop as ten of its carriages covered lay over five tracks. “It’s a long freight train and one of the carriages was on fire, with ten-metre high flames. The fire seems to have extinguished itself,” Peter Persson, a local police officer who was on duty at the time, told TT. “It will take a long time to clean up, according to the information I have. There is no other effect on traffic in the area,” …

VE-20171012-60173-IDN – Volcano Eruption – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

Posted: 12 Oct 2017 12:01 AM PDT
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano, located in Karo regency in North Sumatra province, erupted on Thursday (Oct 12) early, sending an ash column as high as 2km into the sky. A disaster agency senior official said the eruption took place at 2.45 am local time. There was no casualties. Mount Sinabung, one of Indonesia’s 129 active volcanoes, has been on top alert since July 2015.

EH-20171012-60172-LKA – Epidemic Hazard – Sri Lanka – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 11:59 PM PDT
About 200 workers attached to a private garment factory in Haragama, Kandy have been admitted to the Kandy Teaching Hospital due to suspected food poisoning, Hospital sources said. They said the employees had been hospitalised after they fell sick soon after having their breakfast, today. The Hospital director said they were out of danger.

EH-20171012-60171-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:29 PM PDT
Parents in a New Jersey school district are demanding answers over worries their high school is making them sick. From respiratory issues to rashes, student have been coming down with all kinds of symptoms. CBS2’s Jessica Layton was there as school board members were in their respective hot steads Wednesday night, forced to face fired up moms and dadss. “This is so damn frustrating,” one concerned father said. “We don’t know where to turn. Would somebody take responsibility that something went wrong?” The parents say anyone would be passionate too if they were worried about their children’s …
Epidemic Hazard in USA on October 12 2017 04:29 AM (UTC).

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link: Link
Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Health Medical and public health
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Moderate Possible threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number EH-20171012-60171-USA
Event type Epidemic Hazard
Date/Time October 12 2017 04:29 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 04:32 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area Local event : The affected area up to a few kilometers
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of New Jersey
Area Pinelands Regional High
Settlement Tuckerton
Coordinate 39.60, -74.34
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 2/4 – Medium
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Disease, agent name Unidentified Illness
Infected person(s) 0
Species 1
Status 2
Symptomes burning in their chests, rashes, coughing and headaches.

CC-20171012-60170-USA – Climate Change – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:22 PM PDT
About a year ago, Tununak opened a $19 million, state-of-the-art airport. But now, local airlines are refusing to fly there. The village’s shifting permafrost is buckling the runway, and both Ravn Alaska and Grant Aviation say that it’s too dangerous for pilots to land on it safely. According to Gordon Tester, Tununak’s school principal, the airport has been effectively shut down since last Thursday. Community members weren’t really told what was happening. “We were calling the airlines [and] asking when the next plane was coming in,” Tester said. “And they just said they’re not landing …


BH-20171012-60169-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:17 PM PDT
A coyote has tested positive for rabies after biting a man in Marion County. The man told health officials the coyote walked up to him, sniffed him and then bit him on the leg. It happened at a farm in the Gervais area. The man and another person shot the coyote and then sought treatment for the bite wound. Marion County Environmental Health workers responded to the scene and collected the coyote for testing. Test results received Tuesday from the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory confirmed rabies in the animal. The man who was bit was treated with a rabies post-exposure prophylaxis, …

* Biological Hazard in USA on October 12 2017 04:17 AM (UTC).

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Link

Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Health Medical and public health
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Severe Significant threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number BH-20171012-60169-USA
Event type Biological Hazard
Date/Time October 12 2017 04:17 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 04:18 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area County-level : Event affected one county.
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of Oregon
Area Marion County
Settlement Gervais
Coordinate 45.11, -122.90
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 3/4 – Hight
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Disease, agent name Rabies (coyote)
Infected person(s) 0
Species 2
Status 1
Symptomes

VE-20171012-60168-RUS – Volcano Eruption – Russia [Asia] – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:03 PM PDT
Mt Shiveluch has erupted many times in the past year. In June, The Siberian Times reported nearby villagers were being provided with gauze masks to protect them from hazardous ash falling due to Mt Shiveluch’s eruption. It is Mt Shinmoedake’s first eruption since 2011. Volcanic tremors in the area have intensified since late September, prompting Japan’s Meteorological Agency to raise the alert to level three and restrict entry. Ash has been falling in three cities and some small towns, but no injuries have been reported so far.

VIV-20171012-60167-USA – Vehicle Incident – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:56 PM PDT
A C-130 aircraft made an emergency landing at Bradley International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Connecticut National Guard, the aircraft had an issue with smoke in the cockpit about five minutes after takeoff. The smoke prompted the aircraft to immediately return to Bradley Air National Guard. The C-130 aircraft made a safe landing, the Connecticut National Guard said. State firefighters said 103rd Airlift Wing and Bradley International Airport fire departments responded to the scene. There were five crew members on board, however, no injuries were reported. The cause …

CC-20171012-60166-GTM – Climate Change – Guatemala – Central-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:53 PM PDT
Shuffling through the acres of robust green bushes, plucking off the ripe red coffee beans and filling bucket after bucket was what Miguel Pol Suy did best. He didn’t earn much in his rural Guatemalan town, but it was enough to buy maize and oil. He could feed his growing family. “Before, where we lived we could work and support our families,” says Pol Suy. Then the weather began to change. Too much rain one year and then no rain the next. The coffee plantation owners told Pol Suy and other workers not to come back. “The harvests turned bad. The farm owners couldn’t grow coffee anymore and …


WF-20171012-60165-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:48 PM PDT
Firefighters facing a resurgence of high winds on Wednesday struggled to halt wildfires that have killed at least 23 people, destroyed 3,500 structures and left hundreds missing in chaotic evacuations across northern California’s wine country. Nearly two dozen blazes spanning eight counties have charred around 170,000 acres (68,797 hectares). Flames erupted on Sunday night when gale force winds toppled power lines across the region, possibly igniting one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in California history. Flames were spread rapidly by hot, dry “Diablo” winds – similar to Southern …

Forest / Wild Fire in USA on October 12 2017 03:48 AM (UTC).
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CAP Header Base data Geographic information Number of affected people Biohazard information

Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Fire Fire suppression and rescue
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Extreme Extraordinary threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number WF-20171012-60165-USA
Event type Forest / Wild Fire
Date/Time October 12 2017 03:48 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 03:59 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Catastrophic Damage level
Affected area State wide level : Event affected onestate (province).
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of California
Area State-wide
Settlement
Coordinate 36.78, -119.42
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 23
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 670
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 20000
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0

VIV-20171012-60164-JPN – Vehicle Incident – Japan – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:38 PM PDT
A US military transport helicopter made an emergency landing and burst into flames near a training area in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, Wednesday afternoon. None of the seven crew members or residents were injured, according to the local fire department and others. The crash occurred at a pasture outside the US military’s Camp Gonsalves training area in the village of Higashi around 5:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m. GMT), according to the Defense Ministry and others. The US Marine Corps in Okinawa said a CH-53E helicopter made an emergency landing after catching fire and that the cause of the …

FL-20171012-60163-IND – Flood – India – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:33 PM PDT
Downpour in Polavaram in West Godavari district rendered around 200 people homeless. Itukalakota, a tiny village near the Polavaram Right Main Canal delivery point in Polavaram Mandal, bore the brunt of heavy rain on Wednesday. Many poor people live in the village have lost their utensils, aadhar, pattadar passbooks and ration cards. On account of heavy rain in the mandal, water is overflowing on the Kothuru Causeway, the only way to the tribal villages. Due to the floods, 19 tribal villages were cut off from the mainland. The crop in 600 acres of land at Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme …

BH-20171012-60162-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:28 PM PDT
Otter Creek was impacted by a manure spill that killed 1,300 fish, including brown and brook trout, on Oct. 4, but there are encouraging signs a week later. Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Shawna Stringham monitored the stream all weekend after the spill. She said she saw hundreds of fish swimming in the trout stream Sunday. Otter Creek is a tributary of the Kickapoo River, and fish in the Kickapoo were not affected, according to the DNR. The DNR measured, took photos and froze all of the dead fish pulled from Otter Creek. “Our trout streams, because they are spring-fed, …

Biological Hazard in USA on October 12 2017 03:28 AM (UTC).

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CAP Header Base data Geographic information Number of affected people Biohazard information

Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Env Pollution and other environmental
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Moderate Possible threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number BH-20171012-60162-USA
Event type Biological Hazard
Date/Time October 12 2017 03:28 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 03:30 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area County-level : Event affected one county.
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of Wisconsin
Area Otter Creek
Settlement La Farge
Coordinate 43.60, -90.67
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 1/4 – Low
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses including Bacillus subtilis, canine hepatitis, Escherichia coli, varicella (chicken pox), as well as some cell cultures and non-infectious bacteria. At this level precautions against the biohazardous materials in question are minimal, most likely involving gloves and some sort of facial protection. Usually, contaminated materials are left in open (but separately indicated) waste receptacles. Decontamination procedures for this level are similar in most respects to modern precautions against everyday viruses (i.e.: washing one’s hands with anti-bacterial soap, washing all exposed surfaces of the lab with disinfectants, etc). In a lab environment, all materials used for cell and/or bacteria cultures are decontaminated via autoclave.
Disease, agent name Mass Die-off (fish)
Infected person(s) 0
Species 2
Status 1
Symptomes


EX-20171012-60161-USA – Explosion – USA – North-America

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 08:26 PM PDT
Multiple people have been hospitalized Wednesday afternoon, including one person who was air-lifted to Portland, after a chemical explosion in Detroit, Maine. Police, fire, and emergency officials were called to North Agriculture Sales around 1 p.m. in response to the explosion. The explosion caused a fire, which has since been put out. Authorities say the explosion was caused by sulfur dust being ignited. The conditions of the victims who were hospitalized are unknown at this time.

Explosion in USA on October 12 2017 03:26 AM (UTC).
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CAP Header Base data Geographic information Number of affected people Biohazard information

Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Safety General emergency and public safety
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Severe Significant threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number EX-20171012-60161-USA
Event type Explosion
Date/Time October 12 2017 03:26 AM (UTC)
Last update October 12 2017 03:27 AM (UTC)
Cause of event chemical explosion
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Medium Damage level
Affected area Local event : The affected area up to a few kilometers
Geographic information
Continent North-America
Country USA
County / State State of Maine
Area Northeast Agricultural Sales
Settlement Detroit
Coordinate 44.80, -69.32
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0

AC-20171011-60160-KEN – Technological Disaster – Kenya – Africa

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 11:09 AM PDT
Five people have been confirmed dead and 27 reported missing after a four-storey building at Membe area in Kisii town, collapsed Wednesday morning. The building, which was still under construction, collapsed at around 8.30 am. According to Julius Tinega, the director of the Disaster Management team in Kisii, many were pulled out of the building and rushed to hospital where they are recuperating. Rescue operations are still underway though they are being hampered by heavy rains pounding the area. Kenya Defence Forces rescue team has arrived at the scene with their state of the art machinery to …


EH-20171011-60159-FJI – Epidemic Hazard – Fiji – Pacific Ocean – East

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 11:02 AM PDT
Fiji confirmed on Wednesday a typhoid outbreak in one of the islands in the Lomaiviti Group, one of the 14 provinces in the South Pacific Island state. The Ministry of Health said in a statement that 13 patients who were diagnosed with typhoid on Moturiki Island have been treated with the required medical care and the Public Health Team continued to monitor the situation. In consultation with the community, mass gatherings have been temporarily suspended in the hot spot areas as a preventative measure. The ministry said the health team has taken prompt action to assist the communities in …

Epidemic Hazard in Fiji on October 11 2017 06:02 PM (UTC).

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CAP Header Base data Geographic information Number of affected people Biohazard information

Common Alerting Protocol information
Category Health Medical and public health
Certainty Observed Determined to have occurred or to be ongoing
Scope Public For general dissemination to unrestricted audiences
Severity Severe Significant threat to life or property
Urgency Past Responsive action is no longer required
Base data
EDIS Number EH-20171011-60159-FJI
Event type Epidemic Hazard
Date/Time October 11 2017 06:02 PM (UTC)
Last update October 11 2017 06:05 PM (UTC)
Cause of event
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites). Reliability: at least 70%
Damage level Is not or not known Damage level
Affected area County-level : Event affected one county.
Geographic information
Continent Pacific Ocean – East
Country Fiji
County / State Lomaiviti Group
Area Moturiki Island
Settlement
Coordinate -17.77, 178.74
Number of affected people / Humanities loss
Dead person(s) 0
Injured person(s) 0
Missing person(s) 0
Evacuated/rescued person(s) 0
Affected person(s) 0
Foreign people 0
Biohazard information
Biohazard level 2/4 – Medium
Biohazard description Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Disease, agent name Typhoid Fever
Infected person(s) 13
Species 1
Status 1
Symptomes

ST-20171011-60158-VNM – Extreme Weather – Vietnam – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 09:38 AM PDT
Floods triggered by a tropical depression in Vietnam have killed 15 people and left eight others missing, officials said Wednesday. The storm hit central Vietnam on Tuesday, bringing heavy rain to the region and to parts of northern Vietnam. Eight people, including two children, were killed in central Nghe An province, disaster official Nguyen Thi Kim Dung said. Provincial officials said three people died and five others were missing in the northern province of Yen Bai. In Thanh Hoa province, north of Nghe An, two people were killed and three others were missing. Disaster officials said two …

EX-20171011-60157-TUR – Explosion – Turkey – Asia

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 06:39 AM PDT
Turkey’s state-run news agency says four people have died in an explosion at an oil refinery in Izmir. Anadolu Agency said the blast occurred on Wednesday during maintenance work on a product tank at the Tupras oil refinery, killing four workers and injuring two others. Bayram Yilmaz, the governor for the Aliaga district in Izmir province, western Turkey, said that the blast occurred during work on a naphtha gas tank that had been out of use for a long time and confirmed that the explosion was an accident caused by gas pressure in a boiler. Dogan private news agency reported that Yilmaz said …

FF-20171011-60156-IDN – Flash Flood – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

Posted: 11 Oct 2017 06:34 AM PDT
Flash floods submerged four villages in Sumpiuh Sub-district, Banyumas District, Central Java Province, on Wednesday, as a dike of the Reja River burst. The dike burst at 6:30 a.m. local time, and floods submerged the villages of Karanggedang, Karangpucung, Kemiri, and Nusadadi, Kusworo, head of the Banyumas disaster mitigation office, noted. Several rescuers have been deployed to help the flood victims, he added. In Karanggedang, at least 50 houses were flooded. Farming areas were also affected by the flooding. A landslide hit Watuagung Village in Tambak Sub-district, Banyumas, on the same …
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‘Surprisingly’ high levels of radiation now detected along Pacific coast and in groundwater


(Wearing protective clothing and masks, a husband and wife walk along the coast damaged by the 2011 tsunami, with the Fukushima plant in the background. (Photo: AP)).

Hidden Fukushima nuclear waste being released into ocean — ‘Surprisingly’ high levels of radiation now detected along Pacific coast and in groundwater far from reactors — Expert: No one expected this — “Alarming example of how radiation has spread”

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Published: October 5th, 2017 at 3:25 pm ET
By ENENews

Newsweek, Oct 4, 2017 (emphasis added): Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Discovered in Sand and Groundwater 60 Miles Away… the beach groundwater is even 10 times more radioactive than the ocean directly next to the Fukushima plant.

Gizmodo, Oct 4, 2017: Fukushima’s Radioactive Waste Is Leaking From an Unexpected Source — A new and unexpected source of radioactive material left over from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has been found up to 60 miles away along coastlines… The discovery shows that damaged nuclear reactors are capable of spreading radiation far from the meltdown site, and in some surprising ways.

UPI, Oct 3, 2017: Beaches found releasing radioactive cesium into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima… Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium… [Researchers] found unusually high levels of radioactive cesium-137 in the groundwater beneath several beaches… “No one expected that the highest levels of cesium in ocean water today would be found not in the harbor of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, but in the groundwater many miles away below the beach sands,” WHO researcher Virginie Sanial said…

Fox News, Oct 3, 2017: Fukushima’s radioactive cesium found an unexpected hiding spot… The find wasn’t just a surprise, but significant. As the researchers write, “Aside from the aquifer beneath [the plant], the highest recorded present-day activities of [cesium-137] in the aqueous environment in Japan are associated with brackish groundwater underneath beaches.”

IFL Science, Oct 2, 2017: Scientists investigating the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan have found an unexpected source of radioactive material… [It’s] an alarming example of how radiation from the reactor has spread… “It is as if the sands acted as a ‘sponge’ that was contaminated in 2011 and is only slowly being depleted,” said study co-author Ken Buesseler…

Study – Unexpected source of Fukushima-derived radiocesium to the coastal ocean of Japan, Sep 26, 2017: [T]he highest radiocesium (137Cs) activities outside of the power plant site were observed in brackish groundwater underneath sand beaches… During our study period, we found the highest cesium-137 (137Cs) levels (up to 23,000 Bq⋅m−3) outside of the FDNPP site not in the ocean, rivers, or potable groundwater, but in groundwater beneath sand beaches over tens of kilometers away from the FDNPP. Here, we present evidence of a previously unknown, ongoing source of Fukushima-derived 137Cs to the coastal ocean… This estimated ocean 137Cs source (0.6 TBq⋅y−1) is of similar magnitude as the ongoing releases of 137Cs from the FDNPP site for 2013–2016, as well as the input of Fukushima-derived dissolved 137Cs via rivers… This unexpected and ongoing 137Cs source requires further investigation…

View the full report here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/09/26/1708659114.full.pdf?with-ds=yes