Disasters, natural or otherwise

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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Mongrel » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:22 am

Not so much a news item, but seeing as how this is now the largest wildfire in recorded California history, and there's plenty of fires all over CA, are you guys down there near any of this stuff?

Going by vague memory, the areas roughly near Friday or Brent seem "fine" on CA's fire map, but I dunno about anyone else?
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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Friday » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:40 am

The Carr fire was close-ish to me. It's been raining ash outside for about a week. Sun is red all day through the smoke.

But I've been lucky enough to not have to evacuate. Thousands have lost their homes and some people are dead, including the people who fight the fires. This is, unfortunately, the new normal for California.

Our huge rainfall two winters ago just gave rise to a massive amount of underbrush, which served as tinder for the fires.

California has always had wildfires, of course, but they're worse now because of two main factors:

1. Climate Change causing more extreme weather patterns
2. Encroaching subdivision development into the foothills, where fires are common.
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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Brentai » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:42 am

A fire broke out about 4 miles from where I live but then it went the other way. I ended up just looking at the smoke and thinking "oh, I hope I don't have to breath too much of that".

I took a picture of it from the roadside, and while I was doing that I found a full lighter that had been tossed right into the dry part of the planters next to my condo. So fuck everyone.
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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Büge » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:00 pm

Speaking of which, northern Ontario's on fire in several places. I just got back from my parents' house, which is in a region thankfully untouched by the blazes, but there is still a total fire ban where they live.
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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Grath » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:36 am

So apparently Seattle is a blasted hellscape just in time for my business trip there, thanks to thunderstorms in British Columbia starting massive wildfires.

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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Mazian » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:47 am

Maybe you could redirect your trip to Beijing, which has better air quality at the moment.

But definitely don't keep going north.

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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Mongrel » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:08 pm

Hooooly shit.
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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Büge » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:22 pm

Brazil’s National Museum was destroyed in a fire.

This means the loss of irreplaceable fossils, including the oldest fragments of prehistoric humans found in the Americas. Millions of specimens of invertebrates from a century-old collection. Archives and recordings of indigenous song and languages, many of which are extinct, as well as collections of ethnography and anthropology for cultures which are lost to history. Even the museum itself was a 200-year old building.

No, they didn't have the information stored digitally. The museum's budget has been cut to the bone.
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Re: Disasters, natural or otherwise

Postby Mongrel » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:48 pm



The best ("best") part of this story is the commentators blaming the Puerto Rican administration for not carrying out the local end-distribution, when they were dumped on an inaccessible airfield at the least connected end of an island where almost the entire road infrastructure outside the capital had been destroyed.

Specifically, they're calling out the "corrupt Democratic governor".

Who is actually a Republican.
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