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A massive wildfire racing through the Yosemite wilderness — fueled by high winds — is threatening San Francisco’s fresh water and power supply as well as California’s iconic giant sequoias.

It’s one of several fires statewide being fought by more than 8,000 firefighters across nearly 400 square miles. The fire, which began on Aug. 17 and has grown to become one of the largest in state history, has consumed approximately 225 square miles of picturesque forests and officials estimate containment at just 7 percent.

“This fire has continued to pose every challenge that there can be on a fire,” said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “It’s a very difficult firefight.”

 

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New Japanese Tsunami Video: Possibly the Scariest Video I Have Ever Seen

A wildfire has burnt 6,000 acres in Riverside County, Calfornia as hundreds of people are forced to leave their homes. The blaze broke out shortly after 2pm on Wednesday near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County. Within hours it had scorched more than 6,000 acres. Two firefighters have been injured and one civilian.

Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley are under mandatory evacuation orders and Highway 243 has been closed. Report by Ashley Fudge.

Tons of tainted water leaking into ocean from Fukushima

Tons of tainted water leaking into ocean from Fukushima

TOKYOA Japanese government official said Wednesday approximately 300 tons of contaminated water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Reuters news agency reports. The official also told reporters Tokyo believes the water has been leaking into the ocean for two years. The statement came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged… Read more →

(Reuters) – The world’s largest geyser has exploded to life at Yellowstone National Park for the first time in eight years, sending a high-pressure burst of steamy water 300 feet into the air, a park official said on Thursday.

The stream of 160 degree water released on Wednesday night by the so-called Steamboat Geyser lasted for roughly 10 minutes, delighting a small number of “geyser gazers” who have waited years for such a show, Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said.

“There are a lot of people who wait hour after hour, day after day, for things to erupt,” he said.

Yellowstone visitors could potentially wait a lifetime for Steamboat Geyser, which has gone as long as 50 years between major eruptions. Steamboat Geyser last sent a superheated torrent of water hundreds of feet into the air in May 2005.

Yellowstone, which stretches across the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, is the oldest and arguably best known U.S. national park, attracting more than 3 million visitors a year.

The park contains half the world’s geothermal features in the form of more than 300 geysers and countless hot springs, boiling mud pots and steam-emitting fumaroles.

Old Faithful, the park’s most famous geyser, gained its name by reliably spewing hot water and steam every 90 minutes.

Major eruptions of Yellowstone geysers can be likened to pressure cookers. They are caused when cold water from snowmelt and rain meets underlying rock liquefied by heat.

The mix creates steam that rises in temperature and pressure until it shoots through surface vents, carrying overlying water with it.

Geyser eruptions can trigger seismic tremors and have sometimes been mistaken for earthquakes by Yellowstone visitors.

“The ground shakes and you can hear it from several miles away. It sounds like a jet taking off,” Hottle said.

 

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November 23, 2012 – Joni Table Talk – The Great Divide on the Mississippi River

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November 23, 2012 – Joni Table Talk – Ocean Temperatures will Rise

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