Monday, April 20, 2015

Couple Builds Mobile Tiny House for $2k | #TinyHouseTalk

Teardrop Trailer or Canned Ham Tiny House?
6 x 12 Cargo Trailer Camper/bug out/suite build – By B. Winger | Tiny House Talk

Follow up to our TearDrop Stealth Trailer post:

Couple Build Stealth Tiny House for $2k in 5 Weeks

JUNE 20, 2014
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At first we wanted a vintage canned ham trailer, but most needed too much rebuilding, then we thought about building a teardrop, but after seeing cargo trailer conversions we were sold!
We started out with a 6X 12’ cargo trailer that we bought for $1200, brought it home took out the thin plywood it had on the interior, and started from there.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Electrical Fire Explosion under Street sends Manhole cover Rocketing into the Air - Buffalo NY | WGRZ

Electrical Fire and Explosion under street sends ‪#‎ManholeCover‬ rocketing into the Air - Buffalo NY

An underground electrical fire on Tupper Street caused a series of explosions Sunday afternoon.
(Photo: WGRZ)

Unexplained cause - Probe Continues

13.04.2015

BUFFALO, NY – National Grid Corp. hopes to learn within a few days what sparked a fire involving some underground electrical cables, which resulted in an explosion that sent a manhole cover soaring several stories in the air in downtown Buffalo on Sunday.
"They pulled all the bad cable out and it will be sent off to a lab for testing and examination," said National Grid Spokesperson Steve Brady."However, sometimes it is burned up so badly that they are not able to completely tell. But it's going to take at least a couple of days to determine before we have an answer."
Common causes generally include aged cables, excessive salt and water from a harsh winter, which can get in and deteriorate them, or even rats chewing on them, according to National Grid.
According to Brady, it is common for there to be a rapid buildup of heat and gas during a fire in an underground conduit, which is after all a confined space.
On somewhat rare occasions, there can be an explosion with enough force to move a heavy manhole cover.
Extremely rare, he says, is when a cover is sent rocketing into the air.
."In most cases what will happen when a cover comes off is it will essentially pop but maybe move a couple of inches or a couple of feet….the one we witnessed (Sunday) is, fortunately, exceedingly rare."

WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo Photojournalist Dave Harrington captured the loud explosion and rocketing manhole cover on video.
Check out the Graphics displayed:"Under Control" - Right.#‎WGRZ‬



(Amazing Video via WGRZ)
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Probe Continues Into Explosion That Sent Buffalo Manhole Soaring


Monday, March 30, 2015

Survival Mindset on a New #SitPrep - Special Guest Nancy Lieder on Situational Preparedness 30.03.15 | USAEBN

A Brand New #SitPrep Podcast Tonight!!!

Nancy Lieder will be our guest for the hour to discuss How to better Prepare your Group.


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Seismic Alert: Strong M7.7 Earthquake strikes Papua New Guniea, prompting Tsunami Warning | USGS

Tsunami Warning Issued after M7.7 Earthquake - Papua New Guinea


29.03.2015
The USGS has since downgraded the event to M7.5

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST...UPDATED
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*THE TSUNAMI THREAT HAS NOW LARGELY PASSED.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.7 #earthquake has struck in Papua New Guinea. The earthquake prompted a #tsunami warning.The USGS says the quake’s epicenter was located 33 miles (54 kilometers) southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea and was at a depth of 65 kilometers. The quake hit at 3:48 p.m. PST Sunday.A tsunami alert was issued for coastal areas within 1,000 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter. There was no threat for the California coast.A tsunami alert was issued for coastal areas within 1,000 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter. There was no threat for the California coast.The USGS says the quake’s epicenter was located 33 miles (54 kilometers) southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea and was at a depth of 65 kilometers. The quake hit at 3:48 p.m. PST Sunday.A tsunami alert was issued for coastal areas within 1,000 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter. There was no threat for the California coast.A tsunami alert was issued for coastal areas within 1,000 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter. There was no threat for the California coast.



A USGS map of an earthquake that hit M7.7 Earthquake (downgraded to M7.5) - Papua New Guinea. (Source: USGS)



Tectonic Summary

The March 29, 2015 M 7.5 earthquake southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, occurred as the result of thrust faulting on or near the plate boundary interface between the subducting Australia and overriding Pacific plates.  At the location of the earthquake, the Australia plate moves towards the east-northeast at a velocity of 105 mm/yr with respect to the Pacific plate, and begins its subduction into the mantle beneath New Britain and New Ireland at the New Britain Trench south of the earthquake. The moment tensor and depth of the event are consistent with thrust-type motion on the interface between these two plates. Note that at the location of the earthquake, some researchers divide the edges of the Australia and Pacific plates into several microplates that take up the overall convergence between Australia and the Pacific, including the Solomon Sea and South Bismark microplates local to this event. The Solomon Sea plate moves slightly faster and more northeasterly with respect to the Pacific plate than does Australia due to sea-floor spreading in the Woodlark Basin several hundred kilometers to the south of the March 29 earthquake, facilitating the classic subduction evident beneath New Britain and New Ireland.

The plate boundary between the Australia and Pacific plates in the Papua New Guinea region is very active seismically; 36 M 7+ events have occurred within 250 km of the March 29, 2015 earthquake over the past century. Few are known to have caused shaking-related fatalities because of the remoteness of the region, though a M 8.0 earthquake in November 2000 – one of three similarly sized events over a 2-day period – did cause several deaths. The largest nearby earthquake was an M 8.1 event, 70 km to the east of the March 29, 2015 earthquake, one of two M8+ earthquakes 140 km apart in July 1971.


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USGS information on the 7.5 Magnitude earthquake: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10001rvu#general_summary

Tsunami Information 29.03.2015

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 4
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0230 UTC MON MAR 30 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

(New) Major Leak at Fukushima - Strontium-90 levels Spike Alarmingly | NHK/BPEarthwatch

Fukushima Update 22.02.2015:

Fukushima Radioactive contamination sets off Alarm

The operator of the #Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected high levels of radioactive substances in a drainage channel on the plant's premises on Sunday. The Tokyo Electric Power Company is investigating the cause.
The figure is 10 times higher than when rain causes the level to rise temporarily. The utility suspects that contaminated water in the channel may have leaked into the port. It has suspended all operations to transfer contaminated water and closed a gate of the channel by the port. - NHK

TEPCO says the plant's alarm system went off around 10 AM. It showed a rise in radioactivity in the channel that leads to a nearby port.
Measurements showed that levels of beta-ray emitting substances, which are not detected under normal circumstances, had risen to up to 7,230 Becquerels per liter.
The figure is 10 times higher than when rain causes the level to rise temporarily.
The utility suspects that contaminated water in the channel may have leaked into the port.
It has suspended all operations to transfer contaminated water and closed a gate of the channel by the port.
The drainage channel used to be connected to a section of coast beyond the port. #TEPCO rerouted it after a series of leaks in 2013.


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Multiple Alarms Set Off at Fukushima Plant: New leak Detected — “Strontium-90 levels spike alarmingly”

"Emergency inspections” underway (VIDEO) - ENENews

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

QuakeSwarm near Lakeview, OR has experts stressing Earthquake Preparedness | #VolcanoSeason

Volcano Season Update:

12/16/14

The ongoing #quakeswarm near Lakeview, Oregon on the Nevada border continues to quietly rage on with no let up in more than 2 months.  Yellowstone continues to "Burp" SO2 and Methane, Mt Shasta sheds glaciers, and Mt Saint Helens #MagmaChamber is Re-Charging. With the continued uptick in Global Volcanism and stronger Seismic events on the increase, 

When we will see a significant eruption in the Inter Mountain West?


The previously thought to be Dormant Cascadia Fault Zone is poised for a Major Slippage event. We here at MP are not Seismologists, Volcanologists or Climate Scientists.We can see a Trend and it shows that we are in the middle of what some have deemed #VolcanoSeason. We are not Predicting an Earthquake or Eruption, yet, Be Prepared for Seismic events if you live near one of these areas. _MP


16.12.2014
Current reports from the area in the corner of Nevada shows over 120 #quakes in the last 7 Days. The temblors have been growing steadily stronger with time. Six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater have struck the area since Tuesday and about 40 have struck in the last 24 hours, This week it has just gone crazy 

07.11.2014
The swarm is beneath an uninhabited part of the Nevada desert near the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, but officials are telling the public, especially the almost 2,300 residents of Lakeview, to develop earthquake plans if they haven't already.
"If you are not ready for an earthquake, now is an awfully good time to get ready for an earthquake," said Alison Ryan, a spokeswoman for the department. - LATimes.com

Check this page out for more info on Quake Prediction Models:http://dutchsinse.com/12152014-how-to-forecast-an-earthquake/


Northeast California and Nevada Dealing With Swarm Of Earthquakes

About 750 earthquakes, mostly magnitude 2.0 to 3.0, have struck the area about 50 miles southeast of Lakeview, Ore., since the swarm started in July, said Ian Madin, chief scientist for Oregon's Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. "This week it has just gone crazy," Madin said. - LATimes.com

November 7, 2014
By JAVIER PANZAR  Earthquakes

A swarm of hundreds of earthquakes that has been striking a corner of the Nevada desert near the Oregon border for months has intensified in recent days, prompting new warnings from seismologists.  

About 750 earthquakes, mostly magnitude 2.0 to 3.0, have struck the area about 50 miles southeast of Lakeview, Ore., since the swarm started in July, said Ian Madin, chief scientist for Oregon's Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.




The temblors have been growing steadily stronger with time. Six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater have struck the area since Tuesday and about 40 have struck in the last 24 hours, Madin said.

"This week it has just gone crazy," Madin said.


The swarm is beneath an uninhabited part of the Nevada desert near the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, but officials are telling the public, especially the almost 2,300 residents of Lakeview, to develop earthquake plans if they haven't already.


"If you are not ready for an earthquake, now is an awfully good time to get ready for an earthquake," said Alison Ryan, a spokeswoman for the department.


Scientists believe groundwater is slowly percolating along the faults and building up pressure, making movement on the faults much easier, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.


"It doesn't necessarily mean anything big is coming, but it does raise the risk there will be a bigger quake in the future," he said. "Ninety-nine percent of the time nothing too dramatic happens, but every now and then there is a good pop and everyone asks why we didn't predict it."


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The map above shows the trail the calderas as the continent has moved over the hot spot.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Survival Uses for Wood Ash | survivopedia.com

After last Season's Brutality, many Preppers and #OffGridders are turning to Wood as a renewable, reliable Off Grid Heating and Power source.We caught the following from Survivopedia about ideas for the use for the ash that builds up.Stay Safe.


9 Survival Uses of Wood Ash

BIG ash
If you’re going to be burning wood, you’re going to have a ton (maybe literally!) of ash by the end of the winter, so what on earth are you going to do with it all? Re-use it, that’s what! There are a ton of uses for wood ash, and we’re going to touch on a few of those today.
Wood ash is extremely alkaline and contains potassium (potash) and calcium, which makes it great for several different purposes around the farm. It also likely contains sulfur, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, iron, copper, cobalt, magnesium and molybdenum, all of which are great for your plants depending upon your type of soil. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. Let’s talk ash!
1. Tanning Hides
If you’ve ventured into the land of tanning at all, you probably know that brains are a common method for naturally tanning the hide into water-resistant, durable leather. However, the brains take forever to get the job done if you don’t break down the natural mucopolysaccharides, called ground substance, that protect the hide.
The Native Americans had this method down, and guess what does the trick! Yup, wood ash and water. Just soak it for 2-4 days and you’ll only have to brain-tan it once.
2. Natural Camouflage
This is kind of a no-brainer but there may come a time when you just don’t want to be seen. You may be hunting or you may be waiting for human predators to invade your space. Whatever the reason, wood ash is a quick, natural camouflage.
On a similar note, sunburn can be lethal and if you don’t have any sunscreen, rub wood ash on your skin to block the sun’s rays.

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3. Enriching the Soil
Wood ash is great for certain types of soil, specifically soil that is overly acidic. This includes many of the sandier soils in places such as Florida. Almost without fail, alkaline-loving plants such as onions, garlic and leeks will flourish if you add a bit of wood ash to the soil around them.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GetPrepped Survival Book Giveaway | Countdown to Preparedness and Preppers Home Defense by Jim Cobb | NebShipShop

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We are giving away a copy of Countdown to #Preparedness and Preppers Home Defense both by Survival Weekly author Jim Cobb:


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Unmanned ISS resupply Rocket Explodes on Launch - Blast caught on Radar - NASA warns about Debris | USA Today/NASA

Update:

29.10.2014
NASA Warns Public to Stay Away from Antares Rocket Debris

October 29, 2014 07:00am ET


People who live near the Virginia site where a private Antares rocket crashed and burned Tuesday (Oct. 28) should take special care to avoid contacting any of the booster's remains, NASA officials warn.

The rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp., exploded in a massive fireball just seconds after blasting off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Wallops Island Tuesday evening, scattering debris over a wide area. This debris could be contaminated with rocket fuel or other hazardous material and should thus not be touched, NASA officials said.

"There may be a possibility of debris washing up onto some of the beaches, into some of the areas surrounding the island," Wallops director Bill Wrobel said during a post-crash news conference Tuesday night. "If people do find any debris, or anything that might be suspect — something that doesn't look familiar — we would ask that you stay away from the area and please call our incident response team." [See photos of the Antares rocket explosion]


An Orbital Sciences Antares rocket explodes in flames during a failed launch on Oct. 28, 2014 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The rocket was carrying an unmanned Cygnus spacecraft filled with 5,055 lb. of cargo.

The crash does not endanger the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, who have plenty of food, water and other critical supplies, NASA officials said. In addition, an unmanned Russian Progress spacecraft launched toward the station early Wednesday from Kazakhstan, carrying about 3 tons of cargo.


Nobody was injured in the Antares explosion, though it did cause some property damage on the south end of Wallops Island, Wrobel said.

Antares' first stage is fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene. The kerosene likely burned off in the explosion, while the liquid oxygen will dissipate into the atmosphere, said Orbital executive vice president Frank Culbertson.

But the second stage contains potentially hazardous solid fuel that may have survived the blast, and the Cygnus spacecraft's hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide fuel needs to be handled properly as well, Culbertson added.


"We highly encourage people not to try to enter this area or get close to it, either from the water or the land," he said during Tuesday's news conference. "And certainly don't go souvenir hunting along the beach."

Orbital Sciences isn't the only private company to hold a cargo deal with NASA. SpaceX signed a $1.6 billion contract to make 12 unmanned supply runs with its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX has successfully completed four of these missions to date.

Follow Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall and Google+. Follow us@Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. Originally published on Space.com.

Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch/Wallops Island - USA Today

AP SPACE STATION A USA VA
During NASA's second attempt at launching Antares rocket an explosion occured on the launch pad. There are no fatalities and limited damages to the facility. VPC
Doyle Rice and William M. Welch, USA TODAY 7:33 p.m. EDT October 28, 2014
An unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded on launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday.
The Antares rocket supplied by contractor Orbital Sciences blew up six seconds after liftoff at NASA's space launch facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the space agency said.
NASA and Orbital Sciences were gathering data to determine the cause of the failure of the Orbital CRS-3, the space agency said.
"There has been a vehicle anomaly," Orbital Sciences, the contractor supplying the rocket, said on its Twitter feed.
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The rocket had been scheduled for takeoff on Monday night but the launch was postponed when a boat entered a hazard area down range.The launch was to have begun a fourth space station delivery for the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences.
The Antares rocket was scheduled to launch at 6:22 p.m. The rocket was intended to propel the Cygnus vehicle, packed with 5,050 pounds of cargo, to rendezvous with the space station.