February 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm #40178
I have calculated the trajectory of Asteroid 2012DA 15 February 2013 near the Earth. It could effect on the Earth via the Gravity and cause mega-Earthquake for example in the New Zeland region to my opinion.February 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm #40179
Analogous trajectory of Asteroid 2002MN was also calculated by me in 2002. By the way, strong flood happened in the South of Russia when this asteroid 2002MN appeared near the Earth…February 14, 2013 at 11:19 am #40181
Heavy rains in the second half of June, the worst in 70 years, resulted in floods that caused landslides in nine regions (Adygeya, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Igushetia, North Osetia, Chechnya, Dagestan Republics, Stavropol region, and Krasnodarski Krai) within the Southern Federal Okrug of the Russian Federation. Over 335,613 have been affected by the flooding in 343 settlements, and 94 people are reported dead due to flash floods. The floods have damaged some 45,733 houses, and 7,519 were completely washed away.
The local infrastructure has been severely affected with 498 bridges, 1,927 km of road, 404 km of electric power lines and 143 km of gas lines severely damaged or destroyed. The material damage is estimated at 13,751 million Russian Roubles (over USD 443 million).
According to the Russian Federation Ministry for Emergency Situations, as of 3 July over 96,000 people had been evacuated. Damage to infrastructure, residences and other private property will require a considerable reconstruction effort further down the line.
The Russian Red Cross (RRC) has indicated that the long-term consequences of the flooding will not only affect the region, but the whole country. The water washed away fertile soils, and crops, and the reduced harvest will affect food availability over the coming winter.
In Krasnodar Krai (one of the most affected areas) eight people have been killed and over 94,000 are suffering from the consequences of the flooding in 58 settlements. Over 25,000 houses are damaged, and over 4,000 were washed away due to the disaster.February 15, 2013 at 3:18 am #40183February 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm #40185February 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm #40187
2002: A large fireball flashes across the night skies of the Irkutsk region of Siberia. What may have been a comet causes electrical circuits to come alive and leaves residents worrying about radioactivity.
Eyewitnesses saw the sky light up. More than a hundred people in the sparsely settled area reported seeing it.
At least one person fell to the floor in horror, believing that some religious doomsday had arrived. Others were sure that nuclear war had broken out.
The region was in an accustomed power blackout that night. But even as the meteors visible energy lit up the skies outside, its strong electrical field activated the power grid. Residents reported that the lamps in their homes turned on for a few seconds.
People who were outside heard a buzzing, crackling sound in the air. The tops of fence posts lit up with electrical discharges.
The impact shattered windows for a dozen miles around and was felt up to 60 miles away. Scientists in Irkutsk recorded seismic waves comparable to a middle-power earthquake.
Early reports indicated that local people may have suffered mild radiation poisoning, symptomized by aching joints, kidney problems and high blood pressure.
Hunters who first explored the area near the presumed impact reported an area of downed trees surrounded by charred forest.
The Institute of Solar and Earth Physics of the Siberian division of the Russian Academy of Sciences wanted to investigate, but was hampered by a lack of funds and the remoteness of the area. It was May 2003 before a scientific expedition could reach the hilly forests of Bodaibo, northeast of Irkutsk, and Lake Baikal.
Scientists found about 40 square miles of trees smashed in the pattern associated with big explosions. The meteorite had broken up before hitting the ground and left a score of craters, up to 65 feet in diameter. Nearby tree stumps were shattered or burned.
A U.S. spy satellite that had picked up the blazing ball at about 40 miles altitude lost it a little below 20 miles: Its possible thats where the ball exploded.
U.S. military analysts estimated the explosion as equivalent to 0.2 to 0.5 kilotons, though Russian physicist Andrey Olkhovatov placed it much higher at 4 to 5 kilotons.
No large fragments were found, only tiny hollow spheres, generally less than 0.1 to 0.2 millimeters diameter. The brown and dark-brown particles contained oxide and silicate minerals typical of meteorites, along with pyrite with nickel content, and various iron compounds. None of these is typical of the local geology.
Some sources say gamma radiation was at background level, but others say local water samples showed high levels of tritium, along with radioactive isotopes of cobalt and cesium.
Whether the fireball was rock that pulverized or, as some Russian scientists concluded, an icy comet, theres this scary fact to consider: It was not picked up in advance by any existing warning systems. If the fireball had exploded on or over a major city, it could have killed tens of thousands of people.
Image: 1999 fireball over the Czech Republic lights up a time exposure.
Courtesy NASAFebruary 23, 2013 at 2:30 am #40189
BOSTON (Reuters) – New England braced on Friday for its third snowstorm in three weekends, gathering crews to ready roads and trim trees ahead of the snow, sleet and freezing rain moving in from the Midwest.
The storm blanketed states from Minnesota to Ohio earlier this week, dumping more than a foot of snow in Kansas on Thursday, forcing airports to cancel hundreds of flights and stranding motorists on highways.
The storm was expected to pelt New England’s coastal areas from northern Connecticut to southern Maine with a mix of snow and rain late on Friday, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Foley. Snow was predicted for Saturday, with up to a foot possible in central Massachusetts, Foley said.
“I’m not thrilled that we’ve got more snow coming this weekend. I’ve had enough of winter,” said John Bonnanzio, 54, group editor at Mutual Fund Investors Association outside of Boston.
The Weather Channel forecast that southern parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and northern and central Massachusetts could see snowfalls of six inches or more over the weekend. Between two to five inches of snow may fall in Boston, and the storm will likely dump rains from New York City to Philadelphia, it said.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino met with his “Snow Team” on Friday, as city crews prepared to trim trees to reduce the risk for downed power lines and pre-treat roadways to guard against slippery conditions.
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