Category Archives: Disasters

Democrat Party worried another hacked email trove could surface before election

Democrat Party officials are bracing for the possibility that another batch of damaging or embarrassing internal emails, the kind that cost the party chairman her job on the eve of the Democrat National Convention could become public before the November presidential election.

That fear reportedly comes as officials with knowledge of a Russian cyber attack that targeted Democrat politicians and organizations told the media that the breach was bigger than first thought and exposed the private email accounts of party officials and groups including the personal email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s key campaign officials.

The apparent wider breach reportedly has prompted the FBI to broaden its investigation, and agents have begun notifying top Democrat officials that the Russians may have breached their personal accounts, the media reported.

An earlier release of emails just days before the party convention in Philadelphia cost Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job as party chairman, while party CEO Amy Dacey; chief finance officer Brad Marshall, and communications director Luis Miranda resigned last week.

San Francisco High-rise Sinking and Tilting

A high-rise residential tower built recently in San Francisco that is home to famed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is slowly sinking and shifting, and may ignite a court battle between residents and the city.

P.J. Johnston, spokesman for Millennium Partners, which built the tower, told the media in a written statement that the transit center has been a negative impact on the luxury high-rise.

“All buildings settle over time,” the statement said. “However, 301 Mission exists in a location where major underground construction work was subsequently performed by others, who were obligated to monitor and protect existing structures, and to mitigate any impacts of their work. 301 Mission has settled more than originally anticipated because it was affected by such subsequent construction by others.”

The Millennium Tower Association, the building’s home owners association, told the media it has hired its own group of consultants to try and figure out what’s going on.

“The Association has retained a number of engineering consultants to investigate the causes and long-term impact of these settlement conditions,” the group said in a written statement. “Importantly, the Association has been assured that there are currently no short or long-term concerns with regard to building integrity or safety.”

19,000 Civilians Die In Iraq Since January 2014

Nearly 19,000 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015 — a toll the United Nations calls “staggering” in a new report.

The report, released Tuesday, outlines the horrific impact Iraq’s ongoing conflict is having on its civilian population.

The numbers are mind-boggling. In the 21-month period:

At least 18,802 civilians were killed, about half of them in Baghdad alone.

Another 36,245 were wounded.

About 3.2 million people were internally displaced, including a million school-aged children.

The actual figures could be much higher, the report said.

Iran Sanctions Lifted With Nuke Deal Which Has Already Been Broken

The IAEA says Iran has completed all the necessary steps in an agreement aimed at reining in its nuclear program, clearing the way for the removal of some sanctions.

Iran has various obligations under the nuclear agreement. It must reduce its level of uranium enrichment, dramatically reduce the size of its stockpile of enriched uranium, reduce the number of centrifuges and agree to unfettered international inspections.

But not all nuclear-related sanctions will be rescinded immediately — that won’t happen for about 10 years, should the deal hold. But Iran will be able to sell its oil again on world markets and its banks will be able to connect to the global system.

North Korean Nuclear Test Has Caused A Seismic Event

A North Korean nuclear test has caused a seismic event in an area in the northeast of the reclusive country. Three previous nuclear tests, in 2006, 2009 and 2013, were conducted in the region.

A televised North Korean statement confirmed the test was a hydrogen bomb test. The test took place at 10 a.m. local time.

The USGS, which measured the event at a magnitude of 5.1, said it occurred 19 kilometers (12 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss North Korea’s claim that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, two diplomats told CNN.

The United States and Japan requested the session, a diplomat said.

Thousands Feared Dead After Massive 8.8 Earthquake In Japan

 

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, prompting a tsunami that sent 30+ foot waves ashore along the country’s northeastern coast line.

The epicenter of the original 8.8 earthquake was 80 miles off the coast of Sendai in northeast Japan and it generated tsunami waves up to three miles inland. The initial 8.9 earthquake was followed by aftershocks of magnitudes 7.1, 6.5, and 6.4. Tremors were felt as far as Tokyo.

Some tsunami warnings are still in effect for much of the Pacific Rim. The tsunami wave had moved toward Hawaii at an estimated speed of 500 miles per hour.

Autorities in Japan say that rescue and disaster relief programs are being started and clean-up has already began in some places.

Between 200 and 300 people have already been found dead in the city of Sendai alone and hundreds or thousands more are feared dead.

Massive Tsunami Hits Japan After 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake

A devastating tsunami causes major damage in north-eastern Japan, after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast, one of the largest in it’s history.

The earthquake struck off Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo for several minutes and forcing people out of their homes.

Japan issued the most serious tsunami warning they can issue, saying waves as high as 20ft could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture. Other waves have already made the shore.

Initially reports a quake of magnitude 7.9 but have since been upgraded to an 8.8 magnitude quake, that struck about 250 miles from Tokyo at a depth of 20 miles.

Tsunami warnings have been issued and are in effect.