Extreme Weather and Disasters

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake shook off the shores of Guatemala

Guatemala Earthquake Map 11/07/12 - credit: USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurred offshore of Guatemala this Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM, local time. The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported it as a 7.5 magnitude earthquake but quickly downgraded it to a 7.4 magnitude rating.

The earthquake’s epicenter was at 14.083°N, 91.916°W with a depth of 25.9 miles. The nearest city, Champerico, was around 14 miles north of the earthquake. The earthquake was 37 miles SSE of Suchiate, Mexico.

People in the area reported feeling a very strong shaking. There was moderate damage. A couple of people reported severe shaking with moderate to heavy damage. The responses were reported to the US Geological Survey.

US Postal Service suggest Mail Delivery Options for Displaced Hurricane Sandy Residents

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Postal Service (USPS) suggested that residents who were displaced from Hurricane Sandy should consider alternate mail delivery options. Postal customers should consider filing for a change of address, placing a mail delivery hold, or a temporary forwarding address. The three services are all options that would help keep the mail flowing.

Temporary Change of Address

A change of address can be filed either online or at a nearby Post Office location. The address change can be set for 15 days and up to one year. As the mail comes in, it is then forwarded to the new address. Customers can go to usps.com and then click on the “Manage Your Mail” tab. At the post office, the postal employee will ask you to fill out a “Change of Address” form.

Walgreens sending aid to devastated Hurricane Sandy Survivors

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(Best Syndication News) - Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) announced that they have sent trailers to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, the company will be donating $250,000 to the Red Cross and is taking donations for the charity at all of their stores.

Last Wednesday, Walgreens delivered four semi-trailer truckloads of bottled water, blankets, and more to help aid the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Three of the truckloads were delivered to the American Red Cross, and one truckload was delivered to the City of New York. The company announced that two more truckloads are also on their way with more aid. Walgreens has donated merchandise, and they have worked with the local community to conduct a food drive.

Government Agencies warn of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Other Dangers following Hurricane Sandy

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the US Fire Administration (USFA), are instructing Northeastern residents to be careful as Hurricane Sandy travels north. The power outages can create safety hazards. To stay safe, the government agencies are offering survival tips.

There is a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning if residents us gas-powered generators. Burning candles can cause fires. Fallen power lines can cause electrical shock.

Gas-powered generators are often used to provide electricity. The government agencies warn that using the gas-powered generators indoors is dangerous. The generators should never be run in basements, garages, or near the home. The carbon monoxide created is equivalent to several vehicles running in the garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly in minutes. People may not be aware that they are being exposed to the gas because it is odorless and colorless.

East Coast recovers after Hurricane Sandy

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(Best Syndication News) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Obama has declared an emergency for the four states that were affected by Hurricane Sandy and the major storm yesterday. The government is now in disaster recovery mode.

Many residents up and down the East coast are experiencing power outages and gas service interruptions. The hardest hit area was Narragansett/Warwick, Rhode Island with 115,298 customers without power, as of 6 am on Tuesday morning. In New York, an estimated 21,000 customers are without power. In the area of Worcester, Brockton, Haverhill, Bridgewater and Fall River in Massachusetts there was still 209,834 customers without power as of 6 am on Tuesday.

Downed trees and debris need to be cleared while the power companies work to restore power. The National Grid also reported disruptions. Throughout Newport & Westerly, Rhode Island, 686 gas customers reported problems related to the flooding.

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