Some Images of the U.S. East Coast Pounded by Hurricane Sandy


Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a., The Perfect Storm, The Super Storm, The Monster Storm, Frankenstorm and by various other names bore down on the U.S. East
Coast, on Monday, October 29, 2012.

As hurricane Sandy loomed in on the U.S. East Coast’s largest cities, forecasters warned that 60 million people in those regions could face threatening high winds, huge rainfall and sea water surging up to a height of 11 feet. This forced the government to impose mandatory evacuation from some coastal zones. Hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground leaving their homes.

The public transport system shut down, and a number of bridges closed. Many financial and business establishments put down their shutters. The U.S. stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years.

Millions of people in the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to flooded homes, fallen trees and widespread power outages caused by the giant storm Sandy, which swamped New York City’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district.The monster storm caused more than two-thirds of the East Coast’s refining capacity to shut down and fuel pipelines to idle. Early assessments show the region’s biggest plants may have escaped damage.

The monster storm caused more than two-thirds of the East Coast’s refining capacity to shut down and fuel pipelines to idle. Early assessments show the region’s biggest plants may have escaped damage.

Bracing for high winds

Bracing for high winds. (Reuters: Randall Hill)

Bracing for high winds: The winds of Hurricane Sandy pound waves onto the east side of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, October 27, 2012.

Shopping for the storm

Shopping for the storm. (AP Photo: Louis Lanzano)

Shopping for the storm: Customers stock up on bread at a Manhattan grocery store, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in New York.

NYSE shuts down

NYSE shuts down. (AP Photo: Richard Drew)

NYSE shuts down: The floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Trading has rarely stopped for weather since the Great Blizzard of 1888.  All major U.S. stock and options exchanges remained closed Monday and Tuesday, the first time that the weather caused a two-day market shuts down. A blizzard led to a late start and an early close on Jan. 8, 1996, according to the exchange’s parent company, NYSE Euronext. The NYSE shut down on Sept. 27, 1985 for Hurricane Gloria.

Morning commute in the rain

Morning commute in the rain. (Photo: Rex Features)

Morning commute in the rain: People walk on an empty street in New York as the massive storm Sandy, described by forecasters as one of the largest ever that hit the United States, makes its way towards the population-dense East Coast. Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, has asked the public to stay at home when Sandy slams the city. Nearly 10,000 flights have been canceled for Monday and Tuesday by airlines bracing for Hurricane Sandy.

Spooky gray NYC skyline

Spooky gray NYC skyline. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

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Spooky gray NYC skyline: This view from Exchange Place shows the skyline of lower Manhattan in darkness after a preventive power outage caused by the giant storm Sandy in New York on October 29, 2012.

Shopping in the rain

Shopping in the rain. (Photo: The Washington Post: Linda Davidson)

Shopping in the rain: Photo taken from the window of a grocery store of a woman shopper hurrying in the windblown rain of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.

Cover from the rain

Cover from the rain. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Cover from the rain: Hurricane Sandy brought inclement weather, high winds, and huge waves to the East coast.  A woman tries to take cover from rain in Hoboken while Hurricane Sandy approaches New Jersey, October 29, 2012.

Walking through flooded streets

Walking through flooded streets. (AP Photo: Alex Brandon)

Walking through flooded streets: A walk through the flood waters on Monday, Oct.ober 29, in Fenwick Island, Delaware,

The President in the rain

The President in the rain. (AP Photo: Jacquelyn Martin)

The President in the rain: After canceling his appearance at a morning campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama walks toward the White House in a driving rain after returning to Washington to monitor preparations for early response to Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

Fallen tree on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey

Fallen tree on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Reuters: Gary Hershorn)

Fallen tree on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey: A workman cuts a tree in pieces after it fell on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 29, 2012.

A crane dangles

A crane dangles. (Photo: Rex Features)

A crane dangles: A crane dangles over the Manhattan skyline at 157 West 57th Street after the winds from Hurricane Sandy cause it to collapse.

Waves crash on Scituate.

Waves crash on Scituate. (AP Photo: Elise Amendola)

Waves crash on Scituate: Ocean waves kick up near homes along Peggoty Beach in Scituate, Mass. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

High Water signs

High Water signs. (AP Photo: Alex Brandon)

High Water signs: A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md.

Governors of North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Subway floods

Subway floods. ( (Photo: Reuters: NY, NJ Port Authority)

Subway floods: This video frame grab from the NY/NJ Port Authority twitter feed October 29, 2012 shows floodwaters rush through an elevator shaft into the Port Authority Trans-Hudson’s (PATH) Hoboken, New Jersey station.

Collapsed facade of a four-story building on 14th

Collapsed facade of a four-story building on 14th. (AP Images: John Minchillo)

The collapsed facade of a four-story building: The facade of a four-story building on 14th Street and 8th Avenue collapsed onto the sidewalk, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane

Lower Manhattan goes dark

Lower Manhattan goes dark. (AP Images: Bebeto Matthews)

Lower Manhattan goes dark: Lower Manhattan goes dark during hurricane Sandy, on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as seen from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Taxis under water

Taxis under water. (Photo: Rex Features)

Taxis under water: Hurricane Sandy brought inclement weather, high winds, and huge waves to the East coast. Taxi cabs line a flooded street in Queens on October 29, 2012.

Submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn

Submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn. (AP Images: Bebeto Matthews)

Submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn: As the East River overflows during hurricane Sandy, on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, a submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Authorities warned that New York City and Long Island could get the worst of the storm surge: an 11-foot onslaught of seawater that could swamp lower  areas of the city.

Floodwaters in Hoboken, New Jerse

Floodwaters in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Reuters: Gary Hershorn)

Floodwaters in Hoboken, New Jersey: Floodwaters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey October 29, 2012.

Building full with debris

Building full with debris. (Reuters: Eduardo Muno)

Building full with debris: The front of a building full of debris after the passing of giant storm Sandy at Exchange Place, New Jersey October 30, 2012.

Exchange Place debris

Exchange Place debris. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Exchange Place debris: Following Hurricane Sandy, debris litters the floor of Exchange Place in New Jersey, October 30, 2012.

Devastated homes after the storm

Devastated homes after the storm. (Reuters: Shannon Stapleton)

Devastated homes after the storm: Homes that are devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy are seen at the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation’s most densely populated region, swamped New York’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district.

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Sandy, “There’s nothin’ left for me …”


Spooky gray NYC skyline

Spooky gray NYC skyline. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Now that Sandy has passed my way, a song from the olden days has come to haunt me.

Stranded at the drive in,
Branded a fool,
What will they say
Monday at school?

Sandy, can’t you see,
I’m in misery?
We made a start, now we’re apart,
There’s nothin’ left for me

Love has flown all alone,
I sit and wonder why-y-y oh
Why you left me,
Oh Sandy

Oh Sandy, maybe someday,
When highschool is done
Somehow, someway,
Our two worlds will be one

In heaven forever
And ever we will be,
oh please say you’ll stay,
Oh Sandy

Sandy my darlin’, you hurt me real bad,
You know it’s true
But baby, you gotta believe me when I say,
I’m helpless without you

Love has flown all alone,
I sit, I wonder why-y-y oh
Why you left me, oh Sandy
Sandy, Sandy, why-y-y-y, oh Sandy

From the musical movie “Grease” – one of my all time favorites.

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Monster storm leaves U.S. East Coast crippled; 30 dead


By Anna Louie Sussman and Michael Erman | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and a wide swathe of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and massive power outages. The death toll climbed to at least 30.

Sandy, which crashed ashore with hurricane-force winds in New Jersey overnight as the biggest storm to hit the country in generations, swamped parts of New York’s subway system and Manhattan’s Wall Street district, closing financial markets for a second day.

As the weakened but still sprawling storm system continued its trek inland, more than 1 million people in a dozen states along its path were still under orders to evacuate. Sandy left behind a trail of damage – homes underwater, trees toppled and power lines downed – up and down the Atlantic coast.

The storm interrupted the presidential campaign a week before Election Day, giving President Barack Obama an opportunity to look presidential as he oversees the government response. He drew praise from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been a strong supporter of Obama’s opponent.

“I want everyone leaning forward on this,” an aide quoted Obama as telling his disaster-response team in the White House Situation Room. “I don’t want to hear that we didn’t do something because bureaucracy got in the way.”

Houses and businesses on the New Jersey shore sustained extensive damage from the storm’s onslaught. “The devastation is unthinkable,” Christie told reporters after seeing aerial pictures of the area.

In the storm’s wake, Obama issued federal emergency decrees for New York and New Jersey, declaring that “major disasters” existed in both states. One disaster-forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion (12.4 billion pounds), only half insured.

“Make no mistake about it. This was a devastating storm, maybe the worst we have ever experienced,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

All along the East Coast, residents and business owners awoke to scenes of destruction.

“There are boats in the street five blocks from the ocean,” said evacuee Peter Sandomeno, one of the owners of the Broadway Court Motel in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. “That’s the worst storm I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been there for 11 years.”

Sandy, which was especially imposing because of its wide-ranging winds, brought a record storm surge of almost 14 feet (4.2 meters) to downtown Manhattan, well above the previous record of 10 feet (3 meters) during Hurricane Donna in 1960, the National Weather Service said.

Water poured into the subway tunnels that course under the city, the country’s financial capital, and Bloomberg said the subway system would likely be closed for four or five days.

“Hitting at high tide, the strongest surge and the strongest winds all hit at the worst possible time,” said Jeffrey Tongue, a meteorologist for the weather service in Brookhaven, New York.

Hurricane-force winds as high as 90 miles per hour (145 km per hour) were recorded, he said. “Hopefully it’s a once-in-a-lifetime storm,” Tongue said.

As residents and business owners began a massive cleanup effort and faced a long and costly recovery, large parts of the region remained without power, and transportation in the New York metropolitan area was at a standstill.

The U.S. Department of Energy said more than 8 million homes and businesses in several states were without electricity due to the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

MORE THAN 50 HOMES BURN

The unprecedented flooding hampered efforts to fight a massive fire that destroyed more than 50 homes in Breezy Point, a private beach community on the Rockaway barrier island in the New York City borough of Queens.

New York University’s Tisch hospital was forced to evacuate more than 200 patients, among them babies on respirators in the neonatal intensive care unit, when the backup generator failed. Four of the newborns had to be carried down nine flights of stairs while nurses manually squeezed bags to deliver air to the babies’ lungs, CNN reported.

The death toll continued to rise, with reports of at least 30 people killed by the storm.

“Sadly the storm claimed lives throughout the region, including at least 10 in our city … and we expect that number to go up,” Bloomberg said.

Other storm-related deaths were reported elsewhere in New York state in addition to Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Toronto police also recorded one death – a woman hit by flying debris.

Sandy killed 66 people in the Caribbean last week before pounding U.S. coastal areas.

Federal government offices in Washington, which was spared the full force of the storm, were closed for a second day on Tuesday, and schools were shut up and down the East Coast.

The storm weakened as it ploughed slowly west across southern Pennsylvania, its remnants situated between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with maximum winds down to 45 mph (72 kph), the National Hurricane Centre said.

As Sandy converged with a cold weather system, blizzard warnings were in effect for West Virginia, western Maryland, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and western North Carolina.

Wind gusts, rain and flooding were likely to extend well into Tuesday, but without the storm’s earlier devastating power, said AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Dickey.
At its peak, the storm’s wind field stretched from North Carolina north to the Canadian border and from West Virginia to a point in the Atlantic Ocean halfway to Bermuda, easily one of the largest ever seen, the hurricane Centre said.

Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney put campaigning on hold for a second day instead of launching their final push for votes ahead of the November 6 election.

Obama, who has made every effort to show himself staying on top of the storm situation, faces political danger if the federal government fails to respond well in the storm’s aftermath, as was the case with predecessor George W. Bush’s botched handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

But Obama also has a chance to look presidential in a national crisis.

With politics cast aside for the moment, Republican Christie heaped praise on the Democratic incumbent for the government’s initial storm response.

“The federal government response has been great,” Christie, a staunch Romney supporter, told NBC’s “Today” show. “I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally … and the president has been outstanding in this.”

NEW JERSEY TOWNS FLOODED

Three towns in New Jersey, just west of New York City, were inundated with up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water after the nearby Hackensack River flooded, officials said. Rescuers were using boats to aid the marooned residents of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt.

In New York, a crane partially collapsed and dangled precariously from a 90-story luxury apartment building under construction in Midtown Manhattan.

Much of the city was deserted, as its subways, buses, commuter trains, bridges and airports were closed. Power outages darkened most of downtown Manhattan as well as Westchester County, affecting more than 650,000 customers, power company Consolidated Edison said.

The neighborhoods along the East and Hudson rivers in Manhattan were underwater, as were low-lying streets in Battery Park near Ground Zero, where the World Trade Centre once stood.

U.S. stock markets were closed on Tuesday but would likely reopen on Wednesday. They closed on Monday for the first time since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Most areas in downtown Manhattan were without power on Monday morning. As the sun rose, most of the water in Manhattan’s low-lying Battery Park City appeared to have receded.

A security guard at 7 World Trade Centre, Gregory Baldwin, was catching some rest in his car after labouring overnight against floodwater that engulfed a nearby office building.

“The water went inside up to here,” he said, pointing to his chest. “The water came shooting down from Battery Park with the gusting wind.”

In Lower Manhattan, firefighters used inflatable orange boats to rescue utility workers stranded for three hours by rising floodwaters inside a power substation.
One of the Con Ed workers pulled from the floodwater, Angelo Amato, said he was part of a crew who had offered to work through the storm.

“This is what happens when you volunteer,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Daniel Bases, Edward Krudy and Scott DiSavino in New York and Tabassum Zakaria in Washington. Writing by Matt Spetalnick and Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford  View Photo

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A man sits on his porch behind a car that was burned out in an electrical fire after a tree fell over a power line due to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy in Toronto, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch  View Photo

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Residents look over the remains of burned homes in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford  View Photo

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Workers pump flood water out of a Con Edison complex in Manhattan after the storms from last night's Hurricane Sandy in New York October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  View Photo

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Residents walk by debris on the boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern U.S. awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the densely populated region. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  View Photo

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Irom Sharmila Refuses to Accept Award Until the Government Repeals AFSPA


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Forty years old activist, writer and poet Irom Sharmila Chanu known as “the Iron Lady of Manipur” has been on a hunger strike for the past 12 years, since November 2, 2000 asking the Indian government to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.

On October 9th, at the premises of a local courthouse in Imphal, in the state of Manipur, India, activist Irom Sharmila categorically asserted that until the government abandons the military act, she would accept not accept any award or reward from any individual person or organization.

On Saturday, October 27, at a function organized in Kolkata, the Kerala-based Kovilan Trust decided to confer the first Kovilan Smaraka Activist India National Award in memory of Malayalam poet A.A. Ayyappan upon Ms. Sharmila. However, Irom Sighajit Singh, the elder brother of Sharmila and a trustee of the Just Peace Foundation, a trust set up for her cause, who attended the function, returned the award and asked the organizers to present it to his sister when she achieves her goal.

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Earthquakes: 5.1 mb – ANDAMAN ISLANDS, 7.7 Mwp & 6.3 Mwp QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION


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5.1 mbANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.1 mb
Date-Time
  • 28 Oct 2012 03:08:53 UTC
  • 28 Oct 2012 08:38:53 near epicenter
  • 27 Oct 2012 22:08:53 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.484N 92.735E
Depth 64 km
Distances
  • 132 km (82 miles) S (180 degrees) of Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India
  • 285 km (177 miles) NNW (346 degrees) of Misha, Nicobar Islands, India
  • 792 km (492 miles) SSW (208 degrees) of YANGON (Rangoon), Myanmar
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 22.0 km; Vertical 10.4 km
Parameters Nph = 41; Dmin = 743.2 km; Rmss = 1.49 seconds; Gp = 65°
M-type = mb; Version = 6
Event ID us b000df7t

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7.7 Mwp – QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION


Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 7.7 Mwp
Date-Time
  • 28 Oct 2012 03:04:10 UTC
  • 27 Oct 2012 20:04:10 near epicenter
  • 27 Oct 2012 22:04:10 standard time in your timezone
Location 52.769N 131.927W
Depth 17 km
Distances
  • 202 km (126 miles) SSW (213 degrees) of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
  • 263 km (164 miles) S (185 degrees) of Metlakatla, AK
  • 277 km (172 miles) SSE (167 degrees) of Hydaburg, AK
  • 727 km (452 miles) NW (306 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.0 km; Vertical 4.0 km
Parameters Nph = 716; Dmin = 267.2 km; Rmss = 0.95 seconds; Gp = 59°
M-type = Mwp; Version = A
Event ID us b000df7n

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6.3 Mwp – QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION


Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.3 Mwp
Date-Time
  • 28 Oct 2012 18:54:21 UTC
  • 28 Oct 2012 11:54:21 near epicenter
  • 28 Oct 2012 13:54:21 standard time in your timezone
Location 52.633N 132.701W
Depth 8 km
Distances
  • 245 km (152 miles) SW (222 degrees) of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
  • 286 km (178 miles) S (178 degrees) of Hydaburg, AK
  • 287 km (178 miles) SSW (195 degrees) of Metlakatla, AK
  • 766 km (476 miles) WNW (303 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 18.4 km; Vertical 6.5 km
Parameters Nph = 281; Dmin = 317.3 km; Rmss = 1.32 seconds; Gp = 84°
M-type = Mwp; Version = 8
Event ID us b000dg06

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Earthquakes that occurred on 24th October (up to 21:11:57 UTC)

Mag Location
Click event below for details
Time
UTC
Depth
km
5.1 166km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 19:16:55 47.2
5.5 190km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 19:09:56 14.8
4.9 99km W of Paratunka, Russia 2012-10-28 19:09:27 238.3
5.4 151km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 19:03:24 32.8
6.3 159km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 18:54:21 8.2
4.3 58km SSW of Bengkulu, Indonesia 2012-10-28 17:43:38 59.5
2.5 8km ESE of Santa Clarita, California 2012-10-28 16:21:08 0.0
5.1 184km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 16:17:04 15.0
4.0 185km SSE of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 15:42:21 10.0
3.9 7km NNW of San Fernando, California 2012-10-28 15:24:23 2.7
4.3 135km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 15:24:22 10.0
4.0 166km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 15:10:34 10.0
4.4 177km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 15:06:55 10.0
4.0 164km SSE of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 14:14:28 7.7
4.2 154km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 14:04:27 10.0
4.1 190km SW of Bella Bella Islands, Canada 2012-10-28 13:45:48 10.0
4.8 176km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 13:09:14 10.2
4.1 127km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 12:38:46 10.1
2.7 34km NNW of Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands 2012-10-28 12:33:56 17.0
4.0 148km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 12:18:00 9.8
4.8 48km SW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan 2012-10-28 12:11:15 208.6
4.1 161km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 12:09:43 10.0
4.7 175km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 11:53:21 10.5
4.1 76km SSE of Korsakov, Russia 2012-10-28 11:38:05 323.9
4.8 180km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 11:27:46 11.1
4.3 183km SSE of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 11:17:22 10.6
4.6 27km SSE of Monywa, Myanmar 2012-10-28 11:03:59 51.7
4.0 172km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 10:59:14 9.7
4.3 170km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 10:50:32 10.3
4.7 157km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 10:45:50 10.2
4.5 145km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 10:23:09 10.2
4.3 171km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 10:10:27 10.3
4.3 123km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 10:04:37 10.3
4.1 127km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 09:52:58 10.0
4.4 127km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 09:45:39 10.2
4.4 221km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 09:41:16 10.0
4.6 196km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 09:36:36 10.3
4.4 178km SSE of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 09:22:49 10.7
2.8 28km WNW of Warm Springs, Nevada 2012-10-28 09:21:21 5.7
5.1 200km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 09:17:27 10.4
4.2 215km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 09:15:48 10.0
3.0 113km ESE of McGrath, Alaska 2012-10-28 09:08:23 0.2
4.2 277km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 08:47:38 10.0
4.3 216km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 08:22:04 10.0
3.9 9km SE of Valle Vista, California 2012-10-28 07:47:03 17.7
5.0 198km SSE of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 07:25:22 10.6
4.9 140km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 07:16:37 11.3
4.6 212km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 07:12:14 10.0
4.4 231km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 07:02:19 10.8
5.0 203km SSE of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 06:16:53 11.5
4.7 72km ENE of San Isidro, Philippines 2012-10-28 06:15:15 34.9
3.2 34km S of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska 2012-10-28 06:15:14 4.6
4.5 139km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 05:51:17 10.3
4.2 181km SSE of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 05:47:08 10.1
4.1 248km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 05:38:38 10.1
4.3 211km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 05:21:36 10.0
4.3 169km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 05:15:12 10.1
4.5 178km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 05:02:49 10.3
4.3 180km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 04:54:46 10.1
4.7 162km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 04:41:05 10.0
4.6 140km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 04:33:51 10.0
5.1 237km SSW of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 04:25:17 10.1
2.9 110km SSW of Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic 2012-10-28 04:12:12 74.0
3.1 9km ESE of Prague, Oklahoma 2012-10-28 04:00:34 4.9
4.8 202km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 03:52:24 10.9
5.1 130km S of Port Blair, India 2012-10-28 03:08:53 64.5
7.7 139km S of Masset, Canada 2012-10-28 03:04:10 17.5
5.3 85km NE of San Isidro, Philippines 2012-10-28 02:43:09 14.8
4.9 90km ENE of San Isidro, Philippines 2012-10-28 02:35:10 14.9
4.5 76km S of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia 2012-10-28 02:31:26 8.7
4.8 100km NE of San Isidro, Philippines 2012-10-28 01:53:12 15.0
4.9 107km NE of San Isidro, Philippines 2012-10-28 01:43:15 15.2
4.6 53km S of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia 2012-10-28 01:38:20 12.2
2.9 78km N of Tierras Nuevas Poniente, Puerto Rico 2012-10-28 00:34:22 52.0

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Sandy’s Havoc in the Caribbean


AP Graphic. IMAGE- Expected path of Hurricane Sandy

Expected path of Hurricane Sandy – AP Graphic..Image: A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy is shown at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla. 

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A satellite image of Sandy is shown at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Early Saturday, the storm was about 335 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C.Tropical storm warnings were issued for parts of Florida’s East Coast, along with parts of coastal North and South Carolina and the Bahamas.Tropical storm watches were issued for coastal Georgia and parts of South Carolina, along with parts of Florida and Bermuda. Sandy is projected to hit the Atlantic Coast early Tuesday.


Image: Residents walk through the rubble from homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Walking through Sandy’s rubble (Photo AP: Franklin Reyes)

Walking through Sandy’s rubble

Residents walk through the rubble from homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on Friday.  Sandy was a Category 2 hurricane when it wreaked havoc in Cuba on Thursday, killing 11 people in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces as its winds and rain destroyed thousands of houses and ripped off roofs.

Image: People walk on a street littered with debris after Hurricane Sandy hit Santiago de Cuba

Hurricane Sandy hits Santiago. (Photo Reuters: Desmond Boylan)

Hurricane Sandy hits Santiago


People walk on a street littered with debris after Hurricane Sandy hit Santiago de Cuba. The Cuban government said on Thursday night that 11 people died when the storm barrelled across the island, most killed by falling trees or in building collapses in Santiago de Cuba province and neighbouring Guantanamoprovince.

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Fallen trees left by Sandy

A man pushes a trolley beside fallen trees and power lines on a street in Santiago de Cuba on Friday. The Cuban government said on Thursday night that 11 people died when the storm barrelled across the island, most killed by falling trees or in building collapses in Santiago de Cuba province and neighbouring Guantanamo province.

IMAGE: A woman cries out in front of her flooded house caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday.
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IMAGE: A woman stands outside her house, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, about 470 miles southeast of Havana.

Hurricane Sandy: A Woman at her Damaged House

A woman stands outside her house, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, about 470 miles southeast of Havana.

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Residents wade through a flooded street caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday.

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Hurricane Sandy: A Woman Salvages her Belongings.

A woman salvages her belongings after Hurricane Sandy hit Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Thursday.

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Hurricane Sandy: Damaged Utility Pole

Workers repair a utility pole damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday.

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Washed up boat

Residents of Caribbean Terrace in southern Kingston, Jamaica, survey the damage and the boats washed up onto their lawn by Hurricane Sandy.

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Damaged roof

Nelson Carballosa stands in his home’s doorway after the passing hurricane Sandy damaged his roof in Gibara, Cuba.

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Children sleep inside flooded home

Children sit on a cot inside their flooded home caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday.

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Residents wade through the flooded neighborhood

Residents wade through a flooded street caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday.

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Taliban: Agent or Victim?


In their attempt to assassinate girl-activist, Malala Yousufzai, has the Taliban inadvertently rescued the narrative of violence against women?

By AFIYA SHEHRBANO ZIA 

October 24, 2012

Just as in other patriarchal societies, violence against women (VAW) in Pakistan is endemic and cuts across all classes and ethnicities. Men of all ideological bents instrumentalise the political economy of VAW as a highly lucrative and politically successful strategy of maintaining material supremacy and social power.

Over the last three decades, Pakistan has been at the receiving end of donor-assisted campaigns and gender-empowerment awareness programmes on violence. These projects were sub-contracted to NGOs that had been set up by feminists who themselves, in the 1980s, had been involved in direct action activism on cases of violence. With the sponsorship of international development assistance, “women’s NGOs” steadily embraced the concept and become advocates of linking VAW to neo-liberal development agendas. This has re-directed analysis and activism from its primary focus on survivors and perpetrators of violence. Instead, increasing attention and funding has led to a change that is more in tune with the UN and donor-preferred approach known as ‘Gender-Based Violence’ (GBV).

The shift has meant more than a replacement of acronyms. The impetus of both, VAW and GBV activism, may be the overlapping themes of violence but for the latter, the emphasis is much more on the context and sites where violence is ‘gendered’ and sustained. The long-term developmental aim of GBV is to change power inequalities between men and women in society. Exacerbating factors such as poverty, injustice, discrimination or lack of awareness or dis-empowerment of women and girls, is the core of the GBV agenda. However, the UN preference for GBV linkages with developmental goals has meant that the politics of VAW have deflected or at least, diluted, the focus from the immediate perpetrators, purpose and benefits of violence. Instead, the GBV approach looks closer at socially constructed masculinity rather than material-based patriarchy, to be the direct motivation or cause of criminal intent behind such violence.

Perversely, this is allowing generations of perpetrators to metaphorically but also literally, get away with murder. This is because GBV projects offer to rehabilitate masculinities, change the broader power structures, and improve the justice-education-health systems or gender relations in communities, rather than simply recognize the criminal and his immediate motivation. Nor do GBV projects sponsor punitive methods to address such violations. The recent attack on a 14 year old girl-activist, Malala Yousufzai, by the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Swat, Pakistan, has pushed the reset button on the momentum that was being gained by Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The Taliban’s attack may have inadvertently rescued the narrative of the VAW approach, which calls for more direct focus on immediate causes and perpetrators and more urgent responses to cases of violence against women.

Responses to the Taliban attack

The range and multitude of the global response to the attempted assassination of Malala have been far-reaching. They span from Madonna’s puzzling bareback tribute to the young activist at a concert just days after the attack, to the equally jingoistic decision by the government of Pakistan to name three of its Frontier Corps platoons, ‘Malalai’, ‘Shazia’ and ‘Kainat’, as a ‘tribute’ to all three school girls targeted and injured by the Taliban. While the case has received near-universal condemnation, various interest groups in Pakistan are competing to add to the multiple layers of ascribed motivations, causes and responsibilities. There is also much political mileage to be availed in view of the sweep of outrage and sympathy across the world. A virtual supermarket of ‘Blame’ brands are available for commentators ranging from American hegemony, imperialism, drone attacks and even, anti-Islam blasphemous material produced in the West.

Pakistani women protesting with banners and signs

”We demand the end of Extremism and Terrorism” – Protest in Pakistan by left and women’s groups. Photo: member of WAF.

While GBV approaches link the low rate of literacy and abysmal indices for girls’ education in the country to gender based discrimination, the narrative that has spun around Malala’s case has thrown up a host of deeper, unresolved and critical issues with reference to violence. The Taliban has categorically reclaimed religious patriarchy as a deliberate base for the kind of violence it consciously employs. In several press releases, the Taliban spokesman has refuted all the defenses being spun by Islamists and conservatives (such as drone attacks), as the motivation behind the assassination attempt. The statements have impatiently corrected the rationalisations and confirmed that they attacked Malala specifically for her adversarial intent to “secularise society” by educating girls according to a non-Islamic curricula. Her aimed defiance to the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) qualifies her as anti-Islamic and the Taliban claim, “We did not attack her for raising voice for education. We targeted her for opposing mujahideen and their war”. The aim to kill her was the natural culmination of their larger campaign of systematically blowing up girls’ schools over the last five years, in northern Pakistan.

For decades, women’s rights activists resisted the monopoly of violence claimed by the state, and unpacked the lease of this to men in communities who then target women with impunity under the guise of cultural practices and patriarchal traditions. Over the last two decades, with donor encouragement, several development practitioners became engaged with the idea of instrumentalising Islam as a tool for women’s empowerment. This premise allowed them to pursue the case for educating women and girls through religious didacticism. It also allowed for the co-option of clergy who resisted contraceptive use to become its promoters. Theoretically, it was thought that this strategy would counter what were labeled ‘anti-Islamic’ traditions that sanctioned violence against women. VAW proved far more resilient. What these activists underestimated was that instrumentalising Islam is not a parochial privilege limited to rights based activists. The Taliban and sympathetic Islamists do not doubt nor resist the need for women’s education as a Quranic prescription– just its nature, purpose and ‘secularising’ ends.

The debate is shifting away and being reframed by all the actors involved and reconfiguring around notions of religious and secular forms of violence. As a result, the symbol of woman as a carrier of both the virus and cure, the seed of destruction and resurrection, war and peace, continues to serve as the barometer of Pakistan’s unresolved issue of Islamic vs secular options and pursuits.

Clarity in the Taliban agenda

In the post War on Terror (WoT) period, incrementally, Pakistani women have been the direct targets of Islamic militancy. At first, activists struggled to decode the patriarchal impulses and gendered impact of a more generic conflict. By 2007, however, the Swat Taliban came to have virtual control over Swat. Girls’ schools were bombed, barbers and music shop owners were attacked, women warned not to come to the bazaars or hospitals or to leave their houses alone, and were assaulted when in violation of regulations. Women performers, called the ‘dancing girls of Swat’ were assaulted, and at least one, Shabana, was shot dead and her body hung on display at a crossing dubbed Khooni Chowk (Bloody Crossing) as a symbol of the Taliban’s regimen of moral cleansing. The use of women as a signpost is not exclusive to the Taliban but unlike in inter-community or inter-ethnic murders, Islamic militants leave messages to the state, government and citizens by literally pinning post-its to dead bodies routinely and systematically. So too, Shabana’s body was strewn with currency notes as a mocking reminder of the fate of those deemed un-Islamic (in her case, prostitutes) by the Taliban’s sharia rule.

Unlike men of sub-nationalist movements or even mainstream Islamists, the Taliban are overt and unapologetic in their exploitative and symbolic use of the female body. Despite the self-confessed assassination attempt on Malala and repeated explanations of why they will continue such acts, the Islamists and conservatives in Pakistan have launched a counter-campaign to disassociate this crime (against Malala) from the criminal (the Taliban militant). The argument in the media spin that followed the targeted assassination attempt was that Malala had been attacked by an abstraction – American hegemony, imperialism, Islamic freedom, militancy, Westernisation, class aspirations, honour, nationalism, secularism, women’s rights. By not recognizing the self-confessed murderer, Islamists absolve the criminal and dissolve the crime.

Such unprecedented violence has diverted attention and hindered the struggle of women and human rights activists who were more committed to normative and routine public and private cases of VAW. Activism meant rescuing women under threat, offering legal assistance and providing shelter as well as, pressurizing the state and justice system to deal with the perpetrators. Even as we observed the course of the ‘war on terror’ and its fall-out in Pakistan, the growth of GBV projects continued to divert the emphasis away from direct action and towards developmental and rehabilitative approaches. Islamic militants such as the TTP have directly challenged all apologia that argues that they are victims of some misguided masculinities, brutalized by tribal war and poverty. Neither do they view themselves as jihadi proxies used and discarded by the Pakistani state, or as citizens who are denied justice. They do however agree with some sympathisers who continue to view the Taliban as products and resistance armies of US anti-imperialism. Is it viable to continue viewing the conscious agent as a victim?

Agent as victim

To deflect the direct responsibility of a crime away from the individual and place it on the breadth of society, government, the state, global powers or imperialism, then empties the perpetrator of criminal motivation and refills him with a higher, larger-than-life, mission.

The creation of such noblesse oblige is done by converting the agent into a victim. This laundering opens a new line of defense. It suggests (as several Islamists have done) that, under certain circumstances, a case of justifiable homicide may be made. However, in the views of the same sympathisers, this flexibility is a limited moral commodity.  The defense of a higher moral purpose as the motivation for murder is not a universally available tool for all citizens regardless of class, creed or gender. It is a selective application reserved only for those who are deemed Islamic enough and soaked in the cause of promoting/defending Islam as defined by powerful or political clergymen.

In other words, Malala may be worthy of sympathy due to her status as a minor but does not qualify for justice because of her near-fitna (seductive, luring, chaotic) activities. In the minds of these apologists, her would-be assassins were absolved of their crime even before they were caught, despite their stated motivation (which has not been cited as the drone attacks but due to Malala’s adversarial intent to secularise her society) and even prior to a judicial hearing. In such a world-view, justice must not be blind but dependent on the perceived beliefs or religious weightage of the individuals or parties involved.

One of the complaints made by proponents of the Taliban-as-victim group, is that violations against women by secular landed politicians, do not receive as much media attention or outraged response. This is a completely dishonest proposal. The case that is often quoted as ‘exaggerated’ or ‘sensationalised’ to expose the Taliban’s Islamic justice system following the peace deal with the government in 2009, is that of a woman flogged by Taliban ‘police’ in the streets of Swat. The mobile phone amateur video went viral on national and international channels.  In 2008, soon after the new incumbent civilian government was installed, two high profile cases involving the landed politicians of the ruling party were equally ‘sensationally’ splashed across the media. With reference to one of these cases of the alleged ‘live burial’ of girls who refused their arranged marriages, Pakistani women’s groups lobbied, protested and came on TV channels demanding the removal of the cabinet minister from the said constituency. They did so, in protest of his defense of such ‘traditions’, which he offered as a justification for this crime. To suggest that religious militancy is the only crime that is picked up by the media or liberal groups is an intellectually dishonest claim. The spectacle of the flogging caught on video made the case more visual and hence caused more outrage than the other cases.

Reclaiming agendas

This defensiveness stems from a more common refrain used by the apologists of Islamists’ politics of violence – that secular political forces are no better. Feminists, including myself, have persistently made this critique of not only liberal, secular men, but also of the state, as abusers of the political potential of women’s bodies and also because their acts sanction a regulation of women’s sexuality and all its manifestation. However, the Malala case falls outside of this framework. The concern of the Taliban in this case was not to regulate the girls’ sexualities (although it may be elsewhere), nor to accrue material benefit, nor revenge for drones and nor was the purpose to restore ‘honour’, as some communities employ this motivational excuse in cases of VAW. In these non-theocratic cases, perhaps the GBV framework is a useful one. However, the Taliban are not hiding behind socioeconomic or tradition based excuses. It is time for analysts to recognise the self-acclaimed agency of the perpetrators and clearly identify the victim in cases of VAW, rather than defend the criminal as a victim and dissolve the crime as an abstraction.

The TTP has reminded us of the simple core of VAW and reiterated what feminists always knew – VAW removes any threat that the liberationist ‘Woman’ may pose to the religio-patriarchal social order. If eliminating girls’ schools do not do the job, then a stronger signal of directly removing all agents (women/girls), should secure the message for those who may be harbouring plans to disrupt the Islamic order they seek to impose. Foreign donors scramble to rebuild schools, and the state attempts to resist militancy by giving symbolic significance to the services and resilience of girls such as Malala, in order to boost their public relations campaign in the fight against militancy in north Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Taliban has recovered the simple lesson of success achieved by direct action, and the symbolic value and immense ideological success available through the act of removing the obstacle. Will we?

About the author

Afiya Shehrbano Zia is a feminist researcher and activist based in Karachi, Pakistan.  She is the author of,‘ Sex Crime in the Islamic Context’ and several published articles on women, religion and secularism

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Articles by Afiya Shehrbano Zia

 Taliban: agent or victim?

AFIYA SHEHRBANO ZIA 24 October 2012

In their attempt to assassinate girl-activist, Malala Yousufzai, has the Taliban inadvertently rescued the narrative of violence against women?

 The gendered cost of NATO in Pakistan

AFIYA SHEHRBANO ZIA 30 April 2012

Pakistan’s Domestic Violence Bill has become the latest fatality in the barter between women’s rights, NATO, and issues of national security, says Afiya Shehrbano Zia

 Female suicide bombings in Pakistan – what’s in it for women?

AFIYA SHEHRBANO ZIA 4 October 2011
Islamic militancy in Pakistan appears to be mobilising women suicide bombers as part of its religious trope. This trend unsettles the conservative divide between the public and private roles of women in traditional societies, and also attracts an anthropological defense of Islamist women’s agency. The question remains: what’s in it for women?

Two million dollars: a patriarchal bargain

AFIYA SHEHRBANO ZIA 29 March 2011
The murder of two men by a CIA agent in Pakistan raised issues of masculinist national sovereignty and honour, and exposed the uncomfortable privilege that religious laws based on power, rather than religion, extend to men, says Afiya Shehrbano Zia

During Zia’s years, liberal forces presented the most radical opposition to the theocracy-military collusion and oppression. Today, we witness a liberal democratic government, with a secular alliance that is paralysed and besieged by its lack of vision and inability to govern, says Afiya Shehrbano Zia

 Donor-driven Islam ?

AFIYA SHEHRBANO ZIA 21 January 2011
Collaboration between western academia and Pakistani women at home and in the diaspora has established a body of donor-funded research with an exclusive focus on Islam. Will development policies based on such research lead to any kind of liberation?
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Will Hurricane Sandy Become ‘The Perfect Storm’ or a ‘Frankenstorm’?


Sandy - The Perfect Storm

Sandy – The Perfect Storm

An extremely rare and dangerous storm Sandy also called “The Perfect Storm” appears to be this Halloween holiday’s distressing theme and will affect 60 million people in its path and could lead to billions of dollars in damage.

Even though the most populous cities in Sandy’s path remain many miles away the storm has already launched its devastation in the northern Caribbean. Most of the destruction in the region happens to be the result of quite heavy rainfall and flooding, with roads developing into rivers in many areas, serious damage to crops - banana crop wiped out in some parts of Jamaica.

The storm made direct landfall in Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti. The impact across the region features massive property damage and utility outages. AP reported that almost 70 percent of Jamaica lost power as a result of the storm.

Hurricane Sandy caused this flooding in Port au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday.

Hurricane Sandy caused this flooding in Port au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday, October 25. Photo by Dieu Nailo Chery/AP

The storm models have changed in the last 24 hours. The possible storm has now become probable heading towards NYC. On Monday through Tuesday the worst of the storm can be expected. Sandy has the potential to bring historic storm surge flooding near and north of the center.

With Sandy tracking into New Jersey to New York City and Long Island, it is possible for these areas to have some of their worst coastal flooding on record. The same can be said for the Delmarva and Philadelphia areas if Sandy makes landfall farther south around the Delaware Bay and the Delmarva.

The storm’s aftermath may linger for days. On Sunday and Sunday night conditions will deteriorate from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England. The impact from heavy rain and wind would be felt hundreds of miles inland. Some neighborhoods could experience power outages for seven to ten days.

Hurricane Sandy would certainly affect major airports from Boston to Washington with New York and Philadelphia in the middle resulting in flight delays, and cancellations over a great part of the nation.

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News: Nuclear Power Plants Will Be Located in any Indian City


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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Protest at Kudankulam

Protest at Kudankulam

In the midst of a stormy debate on atomic energy, Indian scientists are now designing nuclear reactors that can be positioned in the middle of a metropolitan, or any large city. Construction of the reactors might possibly get underway within the next five years.

Exclusion zone

Distance from a Nuclear plant

Distance from a Nuclear plant

A conventional nuclear plant requires an exclusion zone that extends for 1.6 kilometers radius around the reactor, directly under control of the nuclear power plant administration. It is followed by a low population sterilized zone up to five km from the reactor where the growth of population is limited by administrative control. And finally, an emergency planning zone within a radius of 16 km from the reactor The outermost zone defines the minimum distance to high population centers.

Safety Features of AHWR Reactor

The much-delayed 300 MW Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR), the latest Indian design for a next generation nuclear reactor, now on the design table for close to a decade will burn thorium in its fuel core. Globally, thorium is three times more abundant than uranium.

The scientists designing this third stage in India’s 3-stage fuel cycle plan claim that it has several inbuilt safety features to allow the plant to be located even in densely populated areas.

Officials said these safety features would it make it possible to meet the next-generation safety requirements like three-day grace period for operator response, elimination of the requirement of an exclusion zone beyond the plant perimeter, hundred-year life duration, and high-level of fault tolerance. Designed with a high-level of fault tolerance, the AHWR provides for a much greater immunity even from an insider threat.

Mr. Shiv Abhilash Bhardwaj, director (Technical), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) confirmed this. He said: “The AHWR has a number of inbuilt safety features that would require very little exclusion zone and can be built right in the heart of the city.”

He further said that they expect to start construction of the AHWR during the 12th Plan period.

A site for building the AHWR, designed by a team of nuclear scientists led by former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Mr Anil Kakodkar and incumbent Mr Ratan Kumar Sinha, is yet to be finalized.

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Earthquake: 6.6 Mwp – COSTA RICA


6.6 Mwp – COSTA RICA

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.6 Mwp
Date-Time
  • 24 Oct 2012 00:45:36 UTC
  • 23 Oct 2012 18:45:36 near epicenter
  • 23 Oct 2012 19:45:36 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.118N 85.348W
Depth 39 km
Distances
  • 61 km (38 miles) SSE (168 degrees) of Liberia, Costa Rica
  • 127 km (79 miles) SSW (209 degrees) of San Carlos, Nicaragua
  • 141 km (88 miles) W (276 degrees) of SAN JOSE, Costa Rica
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.2 km; Vertical 8.5 km
Parameters Nph = 573; Dmin = 48.2 km; Rmss = 1.27 seconds; Gp = 123°
M-type = Mwp; Version = 7
Event ID us b000dc6x

Earthquakes that occurred on 24th October (up to 00:13:46 UTC)

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2.6 100km SE of King Salmon, Alaska 2012-10-24 23:32:40 102.1
4.6 51km SE of Bilungala, Indonesia 2012-10-24 22:12:02 137.3
4.5 25km SSE of General Enrique Mosconi, Argentina 2012-10-24 22:05:50 523.1
4.6 126km SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 2012-10-24 21:19:47 47.6
2.5 35km S of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska 2012-10-24 20:08:07 12.5
2.5 4km E of Redwood Valley, California 2012-10-24 18:29:06 7.0
5.4 163km SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands 2012-10-24 17:56:00 32.7
2.6 56km NNW of Challis, Idaho 2012-10-24 16:03:57 22.5
4.5 200km NNE of Mayo, Canada 2012-10-24 13:36:43 5.0
2.9 9km SSE of Esperanza, Puerto Rico 2012-10-24 12:54:36 18.0
2.7 10km ENE of Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii 2012-10-24 11:29:59 10.1
2.7 78km NW of Middleton Island, Alaska 2012-10-24 11:20:41 0.0
2.5 6km S of Volcano, Hawaii 2012-10-24 10:00:48 3.5
3.1 78km NW of Middleton Island, Alaska 2012-10-24 09:33:45 11.3
3.2 71km SSE of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska 2012-10-24 08:35:14 25.6
3.1 49km ESE of Lazy Mountain, Alaska 2012-10-24 07:59:02 12.4
2.7 30km S of Old Iliamna, Alaska 2012-10-24 07:35:26 201.8
4.7 17km E of Funaishikawa, Japan 2012-10-24 07:05:42 69.2
4.7 11km SW of False Pass, Alaska 2012-10-24 06:50:48 90.5
2.5 42km NNW of Valdez, Alaska 2012-10-24 05:56:17 26.1
3.1 36km SW of Anchor Point, Alaska 2012-10-24 05:43:44 84.3
2.7 12km NNE of Willow, Alaska 2012-10-24 03:08:17 16.2
4.5 9km W of Hojancha, Costa Rica 2012-10-24 01:55:27 11.1
4.3 37km N of San Miguel Panixtlahuaca, Mexico 2012-10-24 01:36:43 46.8
6.5 13km ENE of Hojancha, Costa Rica 2012-10-24 00:45:34 20.1
3.4 142km NNE of Road Town, British Virgin Islands 2012-10-24 00:35:41 40.0
4.6 82km NW of Madang, Papua New Guinea 2012-10-24 00:02:52 45.7

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