May 6, 2011

Earthquakes, Floods, and FEMA

"In the past week, the El Paso region has had four earthquakes at least 4.2 in scale. Seismologist Aaron Velasco tells KFOX14 the earthquakes could foreshadow a large scale earthquake in El Paso.

These earthquakes all happened in a remote area of Chihuahua, Mexico. They were still pretty close to the U.S. border..."

Quote from this article:
Smaller Earthquakes Could Mean A Large One Is Coming, KFOX14
http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/27752865/detail.html

There have also been earthquakes continuing in New England and along the New Madrid Faultline area. ...I haven't been updating on the 'Quakes in Arkasas because 2.0-3.5M-ish tremors have become almost a daily occurrence since February. My thought was that it would get pretty boring hearing the same thing every week, simply with different dates attached... Anyway... Here's an image from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website showing all earthquakes in the U.S. during the past seven days, as of the afternoon of May 4, 2011.

Notice the line which seems to form connecting Canada, Maine, Missouri, Texas, and Mexico...
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"Arkansas highway officials have closed off a large section of Interstate 40 going westbound due to rising floodwaters. They expected to eventually close the eastbound lanes as well."

"The road links Little Rock and Memphis, and is a crucial cross-country link for commercial traffic..."
"...and with the Mississippi River running high there is no place for the water to run-off..."

Read Wednesday's article here:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/04/arkansas-major-highway-close-flooding/
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Related article:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/02/courts-wont-step-corps-weighs-levee-break/ 
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"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, prompting more evacuations and unease as the Army Corps of Engineers weighs whether to purposely inundate more land with water."

"Memphis [Tennessee], 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..."

"...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..."

Read Wednesday's article here:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/04/flood-unease-builds-south-mississippi/?test=latestnews
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And now guess what...? The Mississippi River has been running backwards since as early as Monday [May 2]! The water level is so high that several tributaries to the river are running backwards in places. Some hydrologists are calling it an "Epic Flood."

"...The river level is just over 36 feet which is well over flood stage. The river rose 2 feet in the last 24 hours, that’s 6 inches more than was forecasted..." [6 inches seems to me like a lot of water when talking about the Mississippi]

"'Right now the Mississippi River is going through what we call an epic flood, meaning it's more than historic, it's more than 100 year flood, it's more like a 500 year flood,' said Gene Rench, NWS Surface hydrologist."

Read Wednesday's article here:
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/local/mississippi-river-faces-epic-flood-rpt-20110427?obref=obinsite
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Related Article:
http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=41307

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"The Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek are flowing backwards due to the flooding along the Mississippi River..."

Read Thursday's article here:
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/weather/swelling-mississippi-river-causing-backflow-mass-flooding-mfo-20110428?obref=obinsite
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"...the Mississippi River is so high that it is flowing backward into the White and Black rivers..."

"Meteorologist Sean Clarke says river flooding is reaching places that normally don’t flood..."

Read Monday's story here:
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2011/may/03/mississippi-river-water-backflowing-ar-waters/
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"From the air, the situation looks even worse than it does on the ground. The scope of the possible devastation from the rising rivers is undeniable..."

Click below for Wednesday's article and aerial video:
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/local/view-from-above-shows-devastating-flood-damage-rpt-2011-05-04
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NOAA has sent out flood alerts for a great part of the Eastern U.S. All green areas have flood warnings/watches.

West Virginia's flood-control reservoir lakes are said to be rising due to the effects of the Mississippi and Ohio River floods. Some of these lakes are forcasted to have water levels raised up to 32 feet or higher above normal annual flood levels.

"...For the next few weeks, Mountain State reservoirs will be used to hold water that otherwise might worsen the flooding downstream. Officials expect the waters of most West Virginia lakes to rise well above normal levels..."

"'...we decided to restrict the outflows of all our flood-control dams to minimum levels.'...Problem is, water is coming into those reservoirs at greater-than-minimum levels..."


Read Tuesday's article here:
http://www.wvgazette.com/Outdoors/Recreation/201105031342 
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I have also seen many articles on the creation of sinkholes due to, among other things, the backing up of water (and thus pressure) in cisterns, which poses its own food for thought...

Lastly, I think I've mentioned before that FEMA has scheduled a National Level Exercise for May 16-20 which will simulate a major earthquake in the central U.S. It is interesting to me that this is only going to be days after the Mississippi flood waters are supposed to crest at record levels...

We had read that the possibility of a New Madrid Earthquake occurring could, rather than cause flooding, be the result of a major flood such as the current, shall we say, "epic flood" right on top of this very vulnerable seismic area. ...I guess We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

"...NLE 2011 will simulate the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central United States region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). The year 2011 is the bicentennial anniversary of the 1811 New Madrid earthquake, for which the NMSZ is named. NLE 2011 will be the first NLE to simulate a natural hazard..."

"...NLE 2011 activities will take place at command posts, emergency operation centers and other locations to include federal facilities in the Washington D.C. area and federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector facilities in...Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas, and Missouri..."

[FEMA] National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 2011)

http://www.fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/nle2011_fs.shtm 

-Set dates are May 16-20, 2011 according to FEMA's Ready.gov website:
http://www.ready.gov/nle2011/index.html

2 comments:

  1. Just out of cursitory is any of the news media reporting on this?
    I dont have T.V signal, so i dont know.

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  2. Um...Considering that we don't even own a T.V... I have no idea whether the Televised news stations are saying anything. The FoxNews website has posted some about the Mississippi flooding...

    I would think that at least the Mississippi would be a news item in any case, due to the devestation and highway closures.
    ...Better to talk of the casinos closing due to flooding than of Obama and the "Palestinian" leaders coming to agreements about a two-state solution, no?

    We missed seeing ya'll this Sabbath, BTW.

    Blessings,
    KallyLyn

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