HARRISBURG, Ill.— 100+ hurt in Illinois. At least 10 people were killed in other states when a severe pre-dawn storm pounded southern Illinois and left the city’s medical center scrambling to treat an influx of injured, authorities said.
Officials initially reported that as many as 10 people had died in the city of 9,000, but later revised the figure. Authorities said at least 100 were injured when a tornado hit the city at 4:56 a.m. today. Between 250 to 300 houses were damaged or destroyed and about 25 businesses were badly hit, authorities said.
Harrisburg Medical Center CEO Vince Ashley could not immediately estimate how many of the injured were treated at the 78-bed hospital, which sustained damage. No one was injured at the medical center, he said......
Places like Jackson, Miss., New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., Birmingham and Huntsville, Ala., Atlanta and Lexington, Ky., could see a severe thunderstorm Thursday. The threat will expand east through the day, bringing a severe threat of large hail, gusty winds in excess of 60 mph and a few tornadoes to places like Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta and Huntsville, Ala., and Asheville, N.C., by early evening.
As we head into mid-February more states are reporting influenza activity. Here's a look at some tips to help keep you from getting the flu:
The biggest defense against the flu is getting a yearly flu shot. High risk groups like the elderly, children under 2 and pregnant women should get the flu shots as soon as possible to maximize protection.
This year's seasonal influenza vaccine virus strains are identical to those contained in the 2010-11 vaccine – the H3N2 virus, influenza B and the H1N1 virus. These are the three flu strains the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe will be predominate during this winter's flu season.
The U.S. Geological Survey uses Twitter and Facebook to alert those in danger when earthquakes strike around the world.
But they’re not the only ones using social media to sound a digital alarm when disaster strikes. Officials in the U.S. do that too.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a scientific agency of the U.S. government, is tasked in part with researching natural disasters and getting the word out when they hit. They’re doing much of that information sharing online. Scott Horvatt, Web and Social Media Chief at the USGS, says the organization uses a combination of Facebook and Twitter to spread information about “any significant earthquake event.”
Solar eruption causes strongest radiation storm for SEVEN YEARS as particles hurtle out of sun towards Earth at 93,000,000 mph...Solar Radiation Storm Hits Earth Today – Video
Solar eruption causes strongest radiation storm for SEVEN YEARS as particles hurtle out of sun towards Earth at 93,000,000 mph
Solar flare happened at 11pm ET on Sunday; hailed by experts as ‘special’ Radiation mostly concerns satellite disruptions and astronauts in space Strongest radiation storm since May 2005; protons flying out at 93m mph
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards (RT @sfearthquakes: Hey.A 3.0 quake just happened 4 km ( 2 mi) ESE of The Geysers, CA:
Dozens of National Guard troops have arrived in Cordova to help the Alaska fishing town dig out from massive snows that have collapsed roofs, trapped some people in homes and triggered avalanches.The city is used to snow, but not like this season’s blanketing.
The Guard reported more than 18 feet of snow has fallen in the past weeks, although the National Weather Service did not immediately have a measurement.
At least four people were killed overnight as a line of tornadoes marched across the Midwest, hitting places like the tourist hub of Branson. Midwest States Hit By Severe Tornadoes
Over 16 tornadoes reported. Three of the deaths occurred in Harrisburg, Ill., after a possible tornado swept through, destroying 35-40 homes, according to local TV station KFVS12. A hospital official later confirmed the deaths.
The fourth death happened when a suspected tornado hit a mobile home park in southwest Missouri, outside the town of Buffalo. Another 13 people at the trailer park were injured....see video
Massive earthquakes in southeast Missouri. Magnitude 4.0 earthquake at 3:58 a.m. was located near the town of East Prairie, Mo., roughly midway between St. Louis and Memphis. Several people in five states — Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee — felt the quake, along with scattered people in four others, as far away as North Carolina and Georgia, according to responses to the U.S. Geological Survey website.
Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Storm Watches have been posted from northern Idaho into eastern Wyoming. Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Storm Watches have been posted from northern Idaho into eastern Wyoming. Ten to 18 inches will fall above 5,000 feet in the Northern Rockies late this afternoon into Wednesday with up to 30 inches possible in the highest elevations of Yellowstone National Park.
A powerful winter storm swept across Colorado on Friday as it headed east, bringing blizzard warnings to eastern Colorado and western Kansas, and winter storm warnings for southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska.The storm stretched as far south as New Mexico, where Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions on several state highways because of the winter weather, leaving highways snow packed and icy. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued a warning through Friday east of the Continental Divide, saying 2 feet of snow or more could overwhelm a weak snow pack, with natural and human-triggered avalanches likely Friday.
Yesterday, Google launched its new Public Alerts page, which provides emergency information and warnings related to floods, tornadoes, winter storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. The information for this innovative project is provided by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, and the US Geological Survey (USGS).
A huge eruption on the Sun has caused the strongest radiation storm since 2005, which is due to hit Earth on Tuesday, Jan 24, possibly causing widespread communications interference. The eruption occurred late on January 22, 2012 sending a burst of energized solar particles towards Earth at about 5 million miles an hour (2,000 km per second).
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards (USGS posted an FAQ about earthquakes induced by fluid injection and the process of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking")?
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