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DoD Releases Report on Security Implications of Climate Change

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 – Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report the Defense Department sent to Congress yesterday.

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Cleanup of Superfund Site in Warren County, New Jersey

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a proposed settlement with Pechiney Plastic Packaging Inc. (Pechiney), Albéa Americas Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Citigroup Inc., and Rexam Beverage Can Company regarding the cleanup of the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in Washington Borough, Washington Township, Franklin Township and Greenwich Township in Warren County, New Jersey.  The Pohatcong site is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE).

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Rip currents: Know what to do if you get caught up in one?

Stay Safe! Read the surf forecast BEFORE you head to the beach. Don't panic! If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. When the current weakens, swim at an angle back to shore. If a red flag is flying at the beach it means that there is high surf or strong currents. No swimming is allowed. Never swim alone.  


The water looks ready for a swim, but there may be a danger awaiting those who enter. This potentially deadly force is the number one safety threat at beaches – it’s called a rip current.

Rip currents are fast, powerful channels of water flowing away from the beach and out past the breaking waves. Before you realize it, you can get dragged out far from the shore.

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Gulf study Gears Up for Second Round of Health Exams

Research continues four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health, leading the largest health study ever conducted on the potential health effects of an oil spill, are encouraging participants to stay involved in this long-term project. All participants are being contacted for telephone interviews to update their health status. Those living within 60 miles of Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans also will be invited to take part in a second comprehensive health exam.

Preliminary observations from the first health exam indicated that clean-up workers were about 30 percent more likely to have moderate to severe depression than residents who did no clean-up work. Results were similar for anxiety.

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6.9 magnitude earthquake offshore of Northern California

Location and Magnitude contributed by: Northern California Seismic System, UC Berkeley and USGS Menlo Park 

 6.9 Mw  (A strong quake)

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As Of Current date and time is: Mar 10, 2014 13:54 UTC
No Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches are in effect


Event Time
2014-03-10 05:18:13 UTC
2014-03-09 21:18:13 UTC-08:00 at epicenter
2014-03-10 00:18:13 UTC-05:00 system time

40.829°N 125.134°W depth=16.6km (10.3mi)

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M7.0 Earthquake 50km S of Acari, Peru

The Peru earthquake of September 25, 2013, occurred as thrust-faulting on or near the thrust-interface at the boundary between the South America plate and the subducting Nazca plate.  The Nazca plate subducts beneath the South America plate at the Peru-Chile trench offshore of western South America, and the thrust interface between the two plates dips east-northeast beneath the South American continent.   At the latitude of the earthquake, the Nazca plate moves to the east-northeast with respect to the South America plate with a velocity of about 70 mm/y.   

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Deadly earthquake of 7.7 magnitude south-west Pakistan

The September 24, 2013 M7.7 earthquake in south-central Pakistan occurred as the result of oblique-strike-slip type motion at shallow crustal depths. The location and mechanism of the earthquake are consistent with rupture within the Eurasia plate above the Makran subduction zone. The event occurred within the transition zone between northward subduction of the Arabia plate beneath the Eurasia plate and northward collision of the India plate with the Eurasia plate. The epicenter of the event is 69km north of Awaran, Pakistan, and 270km north of Karachi, Pakistan (population 11.6 million).

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Military Flood Support Mission Shifts in Colorado

Helicopters and crews of the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, prepare for a ceremonial flyby to mark the end of the unit’s rescue and recovery mission in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 19, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan Thibault  CENTENNIAL, Colo., Sept. 20, 2013 – Members of the Colorado National Guard, the Army's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Carson, Colo., and the Wyoming National Guard are shifting their support of civil authorities in Colorado flood evacuation operations. 

As the state transitions from emergency response to recovery operations, the number of military forces will drop as civilian resources arrive, officials said.

A total of 555 troops, 20 helicopters, two ground search-and-rescue teams, a search-and-extraction team, an engineering team and 53 traffic-control points are operational.

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Pest Control Company and Its Owner Charged with Unlawful Application of Pesticides and Falsification

A pest control services company and its owner have been charged today in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia with conspiracy, unlawful use of pesticides, false statements, falsification of records and mail fraud, announced Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and Michael J. Moore, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.  

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Months of drought fueled an outbreak of wildfire and dust storms in northern Argentina in September 2013

Strong winds, high temperatures, and months of drought fueled an outbreak of wildfire in northern Argentina in September 2013. The fires burned mainly in forests, shrublands, and grasslands that are part of arid chaco and espinal ecosystems.

On September 10 and 11, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites observed fires burning in northern Argentina. The top image shows burning near Mar Chiquita, a shallow saline lake. The bottom image shows fires about 700 kilometers (400 miles) to the north, in a forested area near Tartagal.


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