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1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.



Galveston TX Hurricanes

Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years
Average Direct hit every 8.63 years

The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents
Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000

The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph
42    people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage

Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States
Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.

Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars

Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history


Nuclear Issues

Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong

On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded.
Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.

Five U.S. nuclear reactors in earthquake zones
usatoday.com


Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant
NYTimes.com


How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown
NYTimes.com


Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel
NYTimes.com


Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents
BBCNews.com


Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl
independent.co.uk


In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert
bbc.co.uk


Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry
reuters.com


Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"
bbc.co.uk.com






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Posted on Sunday, December 06 @ 19:31:43 PST by editor
File Formats Used on the Survival Insights Portal


Below are some of the file formats used on the Survival Insights Portal.

Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF)
Description: Adobe Acrobat Reader is a program that allows users to view files in Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF is a universal file format that preserves the appearance of the original document. PDF files can be easily printed but not easily modified. Several documents throughout this Web site are available in PDF. These files contain complex documents with graphs, images, and special text that cannot be presented easily through the typical Web browser. The creator of this file format, Adobe® Systems, offers a free viewer so that you can view any PDF file. File extensions: .pdf Viewing: If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat, you can download Acrobat Reader for free*.

Microsoft Excel
Description: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program used to calculate, analyze, and store data. Text in Excel files can be easily modified or copied for use in other applications. File extensions: .xls Viewing: If you do not already have Excel, you can download Excel Viewer for free*.

Microsoft Word
Description: Microsoft Word is a word processing program used to create and edit text documents. Text in Word documents can be easily modified or copied for use in other applications. File extensions: .doc, .rtf Viewing: If you do not already have Word, you can download Word Viewer for free*.

Microsoft PowerPoint
Description: Microsoft PowerPoint is a program for creating and viewing presentations and slide shows. File extensions: .ppt Viewing: If you do not already have PowerPoint, you can download PowerPoint Viewer for free*.

QuickTime
Description: QuickTime is a program for viewing and listening to audio and video files (including live broadcasts). File extensions: .mov, .qt Viewing/listening: If you do not already have QuickTime, you can download QuickTime for free*.

RealPlayer
Description: RealPlayer is a program for viewing and listening to audio and video files (including live broadcasts). File extensions: .ra, .ram, .rm Viewing/listening: If you do not already have RealPlayer, you can download RealPlayer for free*. (Select "Download Free RealPlayer" on the right side of the page.)

Audio/Video Files
Description: Audio and video files used on this site are commonly formatted at MP3, MP4, or WMV files (e.g. Podcasts, CDC-TV). These audio and video files and others such as MPEG, AVI, and WAV) must use the generic audio/video icon. File extensions: .avi (audio), .mp3 (audio), .mpeg (video), .wmv (video), .mpg (video), .mp4 (video)

WinZip & Other Programs for Zipping/Compressing Files
Description: WinZip and similar programs (such as PowerZip, TurboZip, ZipScan, WinConfig, and StuffIt) are used to archive and compress files so that they can be stored and distributed more efficiently. File extensions: .zip, .cab Viewing: If you do not already have a compression program such as WinZip, you can download a free 21-day trial version of WinZip* or download a similar compression program.*




 
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