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After Harvey, some South Texans more wary than ever about plan to build landfill near floodplain

Disaster risksAfter Harvey, some South Texans more wary than ever about plan to build landfill near floodplain

By Shannon Najmabadi

Published 19 December 2017

Nearly four months ago, Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall inundated ultra-polluted Superfund sites in and around Houston, triggering the leak of hazardous waste. Now, 300 miles south near Laredo, a company’s efforts to develop a landfill in close proximity to a 100-year floodplain is drawing fresh concerns in light of the environmental problems that emerged in Harvey’s wake.

Nearly four months ago, Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall inundated ultra-polluted Superfund sites in and around Houston, triggering the leak of hazardous waste.

Now, 300 miles south near Laredo, a company’s efforts to develop a landfill in close proximity to a 100-year floodplain is drawing fresh concerns in light of the environmental problems that emerged in Harvey’s wake.

“The proposed landfill is, as far as I can tell, right in the middle of a floodplain and a creek that is an immediate tributary of the Rio Grande,” said George Altgelt, a Laredo city councilman. “From a practical standpoint, who builds a dump in the middle of a creek? When did that become a good idea?”

The company behind the landfill — Rancho Viejo Waste Management, whose manager is Carlos “C.Y.” Benavides III — started applying back in 2011 for the local, state and federal approvals needed to operate a waste site, or develop in a floodplain.

The developer had originally sought to use 660 acres of a 950-acre site for waste disposal — a swath of which lies in a 100-year floodplain. Those areas are mapped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to show places that will likely go underwater in the event of a 100-year flood.

But the frequency of those flood events, which in theory have a 1 percent chance of occurring in a given year, has increased since those federal designations were originally made, said Jim Blackburn, co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center at Rice University. “Every standard we have out there relative to flooding is obsolete or potentially obsolete in the Houston area,” he said. “I suspect the same is true throughout Texas.” 

Though fears that the proposed landfill could be flooded during a storm have crescendoed after Harvey, the facility is no stranger to protest.

Last year, a charge of environmental racism was levied against the site because if built, it would be in the backyard of a poor, Hispanic-majority community.

Squabbling between family members, including one who has rights to an adjacent property and another who is married to a county commissioner, have spilled into public view. The company has been sued over the property rights dispute and has sued a local floodplain administrator after she blocked the landfill’s development due to flooding concerns. (That suit was later dropped.)

Moderate earthquake – South Of Java, Indonesia – December 15, 2017

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-12-15 21:10:02

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC South Of Java, Indonesia Dec 15 21:10 4.9 10 MAPI Felt It
GEOFON South Of Java, Indonesia Dec 15 21:10 4.9 10 MAPI Felt ItINFO
GEOFON Java, Indonesia Dec 15 16:47 6.5 109 MAPI Felt ItINFO
  • Semarang, Central Java – Moderate shaking
  • Lembang – about 1 mins
  • Tangerang – Light shaking
  • Tembalang, Semarang – feel shaky a few bit seconds, sorry bad language
  • Cirebon – Moderate shaking
  • Jakarta – maybe a good 20-25 seconds. No visible damage yet
  • Jakarta – Light shaking
  • Jakarta – Light shaking
  • Jakarta Pusat – Light shaking
  • Cirebon – Very weak shaking
  • Tangerang – Felt the shaking, my table was shaking. I thought I was dizzy. The vibration probably last for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Bali – Woken up by bed shaking. Lightning was swinging 2 centre meters each way. Could hear windows shaking. Felt for 20-30 seconds then smaller treers followed for around 3-5 minutes.
  • Yogyakarta – about a minute. No damage. walls swaying.
  • Yogyakarta – 5-10 seconds
  • Jakarta – Weak shaking
  • Bandung – Strong shaking
  • Bandung – Felt it for 5-10 seconds
  • Bali – Light shaking
  • Yogyakarta – Pas de dommage, secousses ressenties pendant environ 2 minutes
  • Manonjaya, Jawa Barat – First time experience with such earth tremor
  • Christmas Island – Very slight shaking for about 10 seconds. The sliding door moved a little in the frame
  • Cibubur – Felt like my furnitures are moving when i was in bed so i decided to wakeup my family it was about 50-1 min long. long enough for me to be alerted but stayed calm
  • Bogor – Light shaking
  • Semanggi – Light was moving.
  • Jakarta – Moderate shaking
  • Bandung – Pretty strong, 2 times, both only seconds but strong enough to run into the bedroom, grab my son and run out again….
  • Yogyakarta – Strong shaking
  • Semanggi – Light was moving.
  • Bogor – Weak shaking
  • Kebumen – kuat bergetar
  • Bandung – All the lights and clocks were moved! Scary indeed
  • Christmas Island – The hole house was shaking for about 4 seconds
  • Pangandaran – Scary oh lord
  • Jakarta – Light shaking
  • Magelang – 23:56 WIB bergoncang ringan
  • Limpung – Tempat tidur bergoyang, air dalam ember kamar mandi sebagian tumpah. Getaran sekitar 15-30 detik
  • Jakarta – Apt building swaying, light fixtures swinging
  • New Kuta – Felt bed shaking there was two bouts of it. Lasted few seconds each time
  • Garut – I felt so scare for the earthquake 7.3 skala
  • BANDUNG – It was about 1 min long
  • Yogyakarta – Lasted perhaps 45 seconds. No damage that I know of.
  • Pantai Saba, Bali – A couple of second of gentle swaying (like being on the boat).
  • Bandung – Definitely shocking. Everyone outside the house sounded screaming and panicking. The earthquake felt like forever, almost 2 minutes.
  • Jogjakarta – Felt the bed move and the lights moved. My first quake.
  • Solo Baru, Sukoharjo – In bed it felt like my house swayed from side to side 2 or 3 times.
  • Purworejo – Bergoyang kurang lebih 2 menit
  • Jatinangor – Strong shaking
  • Solo – I feel dizzy, my bed was shaking and my clothes hanger was shaking so badly.
  • Jakarta – Light shaking
  • Bandung – Around 30 sec – 1 min. No visible damages
  • bandung – the water shake almost 12 cm
  • Cimahi – Light shaking
  • jakarta – Lots of slow lazy swaying of our high rise apartment. Very scary but no obvious damage now it\’s over.
  • BSD, Tangerang – The bed was moving back and forth along with the window blinds and hanging pans. 17th floor apartment
  • Jakarta – Light shaking
  • Jakarta Slipi – Room was moving, could feel building swaying
  • Yogya – Moderate shaking
  • Tangerang – Moderate shaking
  • yogyakarta – Light shaking
  • Semarang – 6th floor. Bed was heavily shaking. Floor felt like a ship on strong sea.
  • Yogyakarta – The floor was moving. We all evacuated to a road across the hotel.
  • NYC – NYC “Seismologists know that how long an earthquake lasts is a decent proxy for its magnitude…A MINUTE-LONG QUAKE IS IN THE HIGH SEVENS, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one
  • central jakarta – at 40th floor, awaken by the swaying and some funny noises from the building. curtains, water are moving. when I stand up, I can feel the strong sway.
  • Bandung – The shock is great and could felt twice making all started to run down.
  • bandung – building swaying for 15-20 seconds- some light damage visible to interior of building with hairline cracks in plaster on walls.
  • Bandung – Moderate shaking
  • Surabaya – Very strong shaking
  • USGS Cipatujah, Indonesia Dec 15 16:47 6.5 91 MAPI Felt It
  • Eureka, USA – Short, sharp jolt, coming from the West.
  • Hakucho, Japan – It started to shake and it was scary at first but it wore off quickly
  • Yogyakarta – it felt quite strong, tho. and happened for quite long time.
  • bogor – Very weak shaking
  • Jakarta selatan – Weak shaking
  • Tangerang – Felt it at 27F. Water inside bottles shaking. Door swayed.People opened the emergency exit & went out to a safe place.
  • Christmas Island. WA – At approximately 23.19 ( Jakarta Indonesia time )on 15.12.2017 I woke up with my bed shaking and a glass rattling against dishes on the sink so it may have lasted 12 seconds.I have searched for any activity and this is the only one recorded.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?

    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?

    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?

    People
    Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or “easy glide” drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?

    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?

    People
    Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected.

    Structures :
    Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down.

    Environment :
    Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?

    Structures
    Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames.

    Environment :
    Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

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    Record temperatures, refugee wishlists, and a grim anniversary for South Sudan: The cheat sheet

    Every week, IRIN’s team of specialist editors scans the humanitarian horizon to curate a reading list on important and unfolding trends and events around the globe:

    War without end

    Few anniversaries offer less cause for celebration than that marked today in South Sudan. On 15 December, 2013, a simmering power struggle between the country’s president and sacked vice-president erupted into gunfire that quickly degenerated into a full-scale civil war. As the conflict enters its fifth year, no peace in sight, the data associated with the humanitarian crisis is numbing:  7.6 million people in the country need assistance for their day-to-day survival; 2.1 million have fled to live as refugees in neighbouring states; 1.9 million are displaced within South Sudan; 4.8 million are estimated to be severely food insecure (a figure expected to rise in the coming months); and almost 1.1 million children under five are acutely malnourished. For those still inside South Sudan, “violence and human rights violations continue unchecked and have become a persistent reality for civilians,” the UN’s emergency aid coordination arm, OCHA, said, as it put the cost of addressing needs at $1.7 billion. Meanwhile, the economy is tanking and the cost of living soaring, especially in urban areas. In the capital, Juba, inflation topped 180 percent this year. A cholera epidemic of record duration – it began in June 2016 and is expected to continue into 2018 – is just one example of the country’s major health crisis. Here at IRIN we’ve been keeping a close watch on the conflict, highlighting, for example, its spread into previously peaceful regions such as Equatoria with multimedia reportage, examining the impact on neighbouring states of vast refugee flows, assessing the impact of hate speech from the diaspora, and critically analysing fruitless efforts to bring about peace.

    What refugees really want

    Efforts launched 15 months ago to improve international refugee response moved into higher gear recently. A series of five thematic discussions was held between July and November, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi this week gathered some 500 representatives to take stock of the consultations so far. Most absent perhaps: the opinions of refugees themselves. This timely report from the Norwegian Refugee Council remedies that. During two months of research in 10 city and camp locations in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya, NRC researchers spoke to almost 300 refugees from nine countries, collecting their perspectives on gaps and challenges and trying to understand why so many moved to urban areas with little support or undertook risky migration journeys rather than accept the relative protection and assistance of camps. Strikingly, it is not material concerns such as food or even healthcare that dominate but more fundamental issues such as status and freedom and movement. What bothers the refugees most is the ability to secure refugee status in the first place, and then the freedom to move and work. Protection, basic assistance, and services are all rendered fairly meaningless without the ability to live and work in asylum countries. Major concerns cited include: government policies apparently designed to make it more difficult to claim asylum; delays in refugee determination procedures; and documentation problems that make it impossible to establish a legal identity and register births. The report called on the new Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, or CRRF, to look at efforts to secure status and documentation as a priority. It also highlighted frustrations over lack of freedom of movement and the inability to work, earn an income, and be self-reliant, noting how often the words ‘prison’ and ‘imprisonment’ were used. The report’s recommendations should be essential reading as the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, leads formal consultations on the new framework from February, ahead of its proposal to the General Assembly later in 2018. But it is the pull quotes at the side (the words of the refugees themselves) that leave the longest mark. As one Eritrean interviewee put it: “We are not living here, we are just breathing while dying inside.”

    The allure of Yemen

    The number of irregular migrants travelling from the Horn of Africa to Yemen and Saudi Arabia dwarfs the number migrating from the Horn towards Europe, says a new report by the Institute for Security Studies. Despite Yemen’s vicious war, the humanitarian crisis, a vigorous kidnapping and torture-for-ransom industry, and threats of deportation by Yemeni and Saudi authorities, migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia continue to travel to Yemen in the hope of reaching labour markets in the Gulf.  In 2016, a record 117,107 irregular arrivals were recorded in Yemen, 83 percent of which were Ethiopians, the rest Somalis. Based on the average payment to smugglers ($200–$500 from Ethiopia to Yemen via Djibouti), at a conservative estimate the smuggling networks earned $4.5 million in 2016. Revenues generated by migrant smuggling from Somalia to Yemen was in the range of $10 million. What’s hard to calculate are the earnings from smuggling people from Yemen and on to Saudi Arabia, the report noted. It points out that there are few incentives for governments in source countries to crack down on migration because of the remittances it generates. Similarly, transit countries also benefit economically from the smuggling business. And, for destination countries, there is a clear demand for cheap labour. The report, as now seems routine, calls for policies “that address the underlying drivers of migration” rather than simplistic and counter-productive law enforcement measures.

    Building the case for human-caused disasters
     

    Record global temperatures in 2016, including an extreme heatwave through large swathes of Asia, would have been impossible without the impacts of human-caused climate change, according to a recently released collection of peer-reviewed studies. The report by the American Meteorological Society analysed extreme weather in 2016. It underscored how human-caused climate change exacerbated the impacts or boosted the likelihood of extreme weather throughout the world, including drought recorded in Africa, extreme rain in China, and tinder-dry conditions that led to wildfires in North America and Australia. But the studies also found that multiple extreme weather events would have been impossible without human influence – a first for the annual report. These include extreme heatwaves, such as one in Southeast Asia that triggered record temperatures in Thailand. Drought that year impacted millions throughout the region, including two million people in Vietnam, where the worst drought in nearly a century forced the country to ask for international aid. The report adds to the growing body of research around “event attribution” science, which examines climate change as a cause of specific weather events. This research is particularly important for smaller vulnerable countries that have long called for a global system to compensate for destruction associated with climate change. During November’s climate change summit in Bonn, larger countries were accused of squashing progress toward a so-called “loss and damages” compensation scheme. But these discussions will carry on in 2018 as countries continue to thrash out how to implement climate commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Read IRIN’s recent reporting on attribution science and climate change here.

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    Counting the dead

    Barred from investigating claims of ethnic cleansing within Myanmar, rights groups, NGOs and UN officials have instead relied on the accounts of some of the 655,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh since late August. This week, a study from Médecins Sans Frontières attempted to quantify widespread claims of razed villages and mass killings in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. Using data from household surveys in Rohingya camps, MSF researchers estimated that between 6,700 and almost 9,900 people were killed violently in the weeks following a sweeping Myanmar army crackdown. The findings, MSF says, represent a staggering tally showing that killings peaked in the week immediately following 25 August, when a small group of Rohingya fighters attacked police and border posts in Rakhine. 

    Myanmar has continued to stonewall the UN fact-finding mission tasked with investigating rights abuses in Rakhine and elsewhere in the country. Instead, investigators have turned their attention to other countries where people have sought refuge: the UN investigators recently interviewed Rohingya and other minority groups in Malaysia

    (TOP PHOTO: A Rohingya patient is treated for injuries at an MSF clinic in Kutupalong, Bangladesh in September 2017. CREDIT: Antonio Faccilongo/MSF)

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    Minor earthquake – Molalla, Oregon – December 14, 2017

    Most important Earthquake Data:

    Magnitude : 3.96

    Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-12-13 17:24:26

    GMT/UTC Time : 2017-12-14 01:24:26

    Depth (Hypocenter) : 17.37 km

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    SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
    EMSC Oregon Dec 14 01:24 4.0 17 MAPI Felt It
  • Clackamas – Scary
  • Molalla – Sitting in the living room, house shook, seemed like maybe some big upstairs fell over. Coffee table lurched. Lasted maybe 3 seconds. No damage
  • Salem oregon – Brief, several seconds where the entire house shook. No damage I am aware of.
  • PDX, downtown – Shaking lasted about three seconds. No damage.
  • Washougal – Felt a few waves move through the house from the south. A couple of windows creaked in their frames, cat woke up startled, and my glass of water sloshed.
  • Camas – 1-2 seconds
  • Portland Oregon 97202 – Bed started to shake, then it slowed down, and then shook harder.
  • Gervais – Felt like it Lasted about 10-12 seconds. Absolute length of time unknown.
  • Wilsonville – It was super startling. I thought my dog was scratching himself because the couch was moving, but behind me I felt the tree moving and heard the ornaments moving, so when I looked at the mini trees, the tiny ornaments were wobbling back and forth. It was then I knew it was an earthquake. Maybe lasted 5-10 seconds.
  • south of Molalla Oregon – Sitting in living room, felt moderate shaking of house, husband and I looked at each other and said it was an earthquake while it was in progress. Lasted several seconds.
  • Salem – Weak shaking
  • Silverton – 1-2 secs, moved back and forth rather than shaking
  • North Plains – Only one jolt, no shaking.
  • Salem Oregon – Light shaking
  • Wilsonville, OR – No more than 5 seconds. The force didn\’t move anything, but it was very noticeable.
  • Monmouth – Weak shaking
  • Portland – 3-4 seconds..definitely above mild
  • Washougal – Weak shaking
  • Molalla – Light shaking
  • McMinnville, oregon – Felt one jerk-definite EQ. Sitting at desk.
  • Lake Oswego – 2-3 seconds, a couple of jolts, like heavy falling upstairs
  • North Plains – Shaking lasted approximately 2-3 seconds.
  • Aloha – About 10 seconds. No damage, basically shaking of items in house and tremble underfoot
  • Sweet Home – Husband and I sitting on the couch and both of us felt it shake for about 3 seconds.
  • Hillsboro – more like a jolt, as if from an explosion or tree falling
  • Independence – Lasted about 2-3 seconds. Wall in my office was slightly shaking.
    No damage.
  • Mollala – Shaking lasted for less than 3-4 seconds, no damage, just very shaken up.
  • Lake Oswego – About 4 seconds if shaking here in Lake Oswego! My kids felt it and got under a table within a second. Luckily it ended shortly after and was very minor. Only a few books fell.
  • Hillsboro, Or – A sudden jolt. The chair I was in moved to the side a bit. Definitely caught my attention.
  • Canby – Felt the foundation raise and came down like a shockwave. Then Light sounds of shaking
  • Milwaukie – 2 waves of shaking house, (weightless feeling) lasting about 6 seconds total.
  • Salem – Wasn\’t shaking felt more like house was rolling. Sitting in chair and asked daughter what was that?
  • Molalla – It felt like something massive hit our house. It was a loud bang that jolted us and our house very hard 1 time. Only lasted about 2 seconds.. Didn\’t feel like an earthquake.
  • Hillsboro – Sitting on toilet I felt the shake even my glass shower glass doors shook. I definitely felt it!
  • USGS Molalla, Oregon Dec 14 01:24 4.0 17 MAPI Felt ItINFO
  • Milwaukie – Something rattled, shaking 2-3 seconds
  • Newberg – Light shaking
  • Mollala – Few seconds. Big jolt twice.
  • Portland – 5-10 seconds. No damage.
  • Mulino – Strong shaking
  • dundee – Weak shaking
  • Wilhoit – Rumbling sound then a huge crack and thud on the side of the house.
  • Tigard, OR – It lasted about 1 second, but shook my whole apartment. It felt sort of strong, but I was just caught up in the moment, I\’m sure.
  • King City, OR – No damage, shaking lasted 3 – 5 seconds
  • Forest Grove, OR – Jolt felt in several factory buildings, safety officer felt need to check each building.
  • GERVAIS – Shaking lasted around 10-12 seconds.
  • West Linn – West Linn The entire house had 2 shakes with about a 2 second delay between. The entire shake lasted no more than 5 seconds.
  • Salem – Bed moved, curtain started swinging, my daughter fell and i ended up having a seizure.
    My oldest was on a bus and thought that it was hit. My other daughter was on her bunk bed and thought it was going to fall. Called around to my local friends and they all felt it

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    Shaking Strength *
    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?

    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?

    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?

    People
    Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or “easy glide” drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?

    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?

    People
    Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected.

    Structures :
    Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down.

    Environment :
    Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?

    Structures
    Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames.

    Environment :
    Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

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    Conflicts, drought drive hunger despite strong global food supply – UN agriculture agency

    7 December 2017 &#150 Despite strong global food supply, localized drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency reported Thursday.

    The new edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Agency’s (FAO) Crop Prospects and Food Situation report revealed that some 37 countries &#8211 29 of which are in Africa &#8211 require external food assistance.

    &#8220Ongoing conflicts continue to be a key driver of severe food insecurity, having triggered near-famine conditions in northern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as widespread hunger in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo &#8211 and Syria,&#8221 FAO stated.

    The report also said that conflict impedes productive activities, hinders access to food and significantly intensifies the numbers of internally displaced people.

    In Africa, the report details that urgently in need food of assistance are about 1.1 million people in the Central Africa Republic; some 7.7 million in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which hosts more than 200,000 refugees and four million internally displaced persons; over three million in northern Nigeria; some 4.8 million in South Sudan; and 3.1 million in Somalia &#8211 a number that has tripled over the past year.

    Elsewhere, it points out that chronic hunger or food insecurity is confronted by 7.6 million in Afghanistan; 3.2 million in Iraq; and 6.5 million in Syria.

    Moreover, in Yemen 17 million, or 60 per cent of the population, are believed to require urgent humanitarian assistance. The report notes that should November’s maritime port closures be repeated the country would risk famine.

    In some regions, adverse weather conditions are taking their toll on farm food outputs &#8211 notably due to drought in East Africa and floods in parts of Asia.

    Some 8.5 million people are estimated to be food insecure in Ethiopia, especially in the Somali region. Consecutive unfavourable rainy seasons have curtailed crop and livestock production in Kenya, leaving about 2.6 million people severely food insecure.

    The report also flags concerns in Bangladesh, where three episodes of flash floods this year caused substantial damage to the rice crop.

    A severe summer drought has also cut Mongolia’s wheat harvest by almost half.

    Despite local negative trends, the report points out that, overall, global food production is booming. In addition, production gains are being recorded in many low-income food-deficit countries, where the aggregate cereal output is forecast to grow by two per cent this year.