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Missouri Flood Warnings issued throughout the state

Missouri Flood Map

NWS flood status map

(Best Syndication News) - There have been around 1,000 residents in and around Popular Bluff, Missouri evacuated because levees may be overcome because of rising water levels of the Black River. There is already much flooding from the heavy rains throughout the state. In addition to this, Missouri was hit by tornado damage at several locations in the state this past Friday.

The town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri is at risk for having the levee give way which could cause many homeowners in the flood zone to become seriously flooded. According to local news reports, the water level will continue to rise even higher. This is causing local authorities to worry that the levee will fail and possibly cause a catastrophe.

The state of Missouri has many roads that have been flooded in the southern states. Driving over a flooded road can leave a motorist stranded and can be dangerous to cross. To check the current road conditions visit http://www.modot.org/tim/.

Mexico shakes with a 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake today

Mexico shakes with a 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake today

Mexico Earthquake Map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - An earthquake of a 6.5 magnitude shook in southern Mexico today at 8:11:24 AM local time near the Veracruz region. The closest city was 73 miles away at Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico.

According to the USGS earthquake reporting center the exact location of the earthquake was at 17.431°N, 93.978°W with a depth 104 miles. This earthquake was deep underground, which may be why there wasn't much damage.

Several people reported if they felt it to the USGS. There were quite a few people that said they felt it as far as 366 miles away as a light shaking.

There was no tsunami alert issued in the US for this earthquake or for the one that happened in Japan today as well. Japan had a 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

Japan sustains another major aftershock - 7.1 magnitude earthquake today

Japan sustains another major aftershock - 7.1 magnitude earthquake today

Japan Earthquake Map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - Japan hasn't stopped with aftershocks since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on March 11th, but today there was a sizeable 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook near the east coast of Honshu, Japan that prompted the Japanese government officials to issue a tsunami alert which has since past.

The earthquake occurred on April 07, 2011 at 11:32:41 PM local Japan time at the epicenter location. The USGS reported the exact location of the earthquake was at 38.253°N, 141.640°E and was 30.4 miles deep. The nearest city was 41 miles east of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan.

Several people in Toyko, 205 miles away from the location of today's earthquake, reported to the USGS that the shaking felt anywhere from moderate to very strong.

The tsunami alert was announced for Japan, but soon after had been canceled.

New Japan Earthquake shakes with 6.5 magnitude tremor

New Japan Earthquake shakes with 6.5 magnitude tremors

Japan Earthquake today 6.5 Magnitude in Red - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - While the aftershocks have been continuing since the big 9.0 magnitude Japanese Earthquake on March 11, a new sizable 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook near the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 28, 2011 7:23 am local time (3:24 PM Pacific Time in US on March 27).

The earthquake has caused a small tsunami alert issued by Japanese official, but the US Geological Survey said that Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California coasts are not included in the tsunami warning.

The Japan Nuclear crisis still is ongoing. Japanese government prime minister officials said that they are encouraging residents that live between 20 and 30km from the nuclear power plants to voluntarily evacuate. As of March 27, 2011 the officials said that high levels of radioactive substances were found in water at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

California Radiation Levels - No harmful amounts says EPA

California Radiation Levels - No harmful amounts says EPA

EPA website tracking radiation from Japan Nuclear Event

(Best Syndication News) - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the Department of Energy have released a statement saying that no harmful levels of radiation have reached California or Washington State. The EPA has a real time radiation detection system called RadNet that would alert them if there was a problem.

On March 18, 2011, the EPA said that the Sacramento, California monitoring location detected minuscule amounts of iodine isotopes and other radioactive particles. The amounts they report are as follows:

Approximately 0.0002 disintegrations per second per cubic meter of air (0.2 mBq/m3). Specifically, the level of Iodine-131 was 0.165 mBq/m3, the level of Iodine-132 was measured at 0.03 mBq/m3, the level of Tellurium-132 was measured at 0.04 mBq/m3, and the level of Cesium-137 was measured at 0.002 mBq/m3.

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