For the elderly, this is normal. Whatever the volcano wants to do is fine. But younger people, like myself, are always alert.San Pedro resident Jaime Romero • Discussing the effect that the recent activity of Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has had on the small town where he lives. Schools in at least five towns near the volcano canceled class, after Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention increased warnings about the possibility of a volcanic eruption. Emergency crews currently patrol the area around the volcano, ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice if an emergency evacuation order is given. source (via • follow)
The ground is so dry, because of the drought, that one welding spark or a cigarette tossed could easily ignite a fire.Jesse Moore, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth, Texas • Commenting on how easy it is to start wildfire. Texas is seeing one of the worst fire seasons on record, including the devastating fires earlier this year in April. The fires started on Tuesday; as of Wednesday night, the wildfires have damaged 39 homes and buildings over 6,200 acres of land. These wildfires are also threatening cities in Oklahoma. Authorities have asked local residents to evacuate, so stay safe, guys. source (via • follow)
» The concern: Too many people evacuating too fast, causing difficult food, water and health conditions for refugees. The agency said that it was ”becoming critically important that onwards transport becomes quickly available to avoid a humanitarian crisis.”
» Only around 219 have left so far: With 52,000 Americans situated in Egypt at the moment, getting them all out, or even a good portion, might be quite the ordeal. And it’s not a cheap one for the evacuees, either. The U.S. is having the evacuees sign a clause promising to pay the government back for the trip elsewhere. The “elsewhere” varies – one flight headed to Cyprus while another headed to Athens.