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Michael Greshko reports that an active volcano in northeastern Tanzania, known to the Maasai as the Mountain of God, has been quietly rumbling, and it is showing signs that an eruption is imminent.

Known as Ol Doinyo Lengai, the 7,650-foot-tall peak is the only known active volcano that belches out lava rich with a type of rock called carbonatite. This thin, silvery lava can flow faster than a person can run.

The volcano is some 70 miles from the city of Arusha and is known for its proximity to some of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. Ol Doinyo ... More →
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David Jacobson and Ross Stein report that the California Geological Survey released four preliminary Earthquake Fault Zone maps for parts of Los Angeles and Napa counties. The West Los Angeles coverage provides new active fault traces (where a fault intersects the surface) and zones (the areas in which some faulting could occur in an earthquake) for the Santa Monica Fault, the Hollywood Fault, and the Newport and Inglewood Fault. And the Hollywood Fault is responsible for lifting up one of L.A. most sacred landmarks, the Hollywood sign atop the Santa Monica Mountain range.

Because f... More →
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Arend Hintze opines that as an artificial intelligence researcher, he often comes across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring. It is perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces us to live locked away, Matrix-like, as some sort of human battery.

And yet it is difficult for him to look up from the evolutionary computer models he uses to develop AI, to think about how the innocent virtual creatures on his screen might become the monsters of the future. Might he become the de... More →
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Darrell Proctor reports that U.S. officials said Russian government hackers have broken into systems at U.S. nuclear power plants and also have made cyber intrusions into the business systems of other energy companies, according to several reports over the past week. Cybersecurity experts say the threats against U.S. facilities are real and likely to continue, as power plant operators work to make their plants more secure against such attacks.

In the U.S. there are regulations in place say that critical assets have to be protected against cyberattack. Those systems have to be isolat... More →
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David Jacobson and Ross Stein report that a new study on the California earthquake hazard model will be published soon, which shows, through computer simulations, that in the week following a M=7.0 earthquake, the likelihood of another M=7.0 quake is up to 300 times greater than the week beforehand. This dramatic jump in likelihood is due to the inclusion of the short-term probabilities associated with aftershock sequences, a factor never before used in statewide comprehensive model like this one.

The California earthquake hazard model, the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Fore... More →
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Michael Riley, et al., reports hackers working for a foreign government recently breached at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas, according to current and former U.S. officials, sparking concerns the attackers were searching for vulnerabilities in the electrical grid.

The intruders could be positioning themselves to eventually disrupt the national power supply, warned the officials, who noted that a general alert was distributed to utilities a week ago. Adding to those concerns, hackers recently infiltrated an unidentified company tha... More →
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Dr. Conca reports says ... No. Nuclear plants are still mostly analog and not connected to the Internet. On purpose. Hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the U.S. and other countries. But hackers can not affect a nuclear power plant operations or safety systems.

They can hack some business, personnel and other non-essential files, which may be embarrassing and costly, but not dangerous. These reactors are truly operational islands wholly disconnected from ... More →
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Rachael Rettner reports that researchers found the parasite, called rat lungworm, living in rats and snails in 5 Florida counties in both the central and northern parts of the state. Rat lungworm was previously found in southern Florida, and the new study is one of the first to show the extent of the parasite spread across the state.

The researchers warned that the parasite, which is typically found in the tropics and only recently appeared in the continental U.S., will likely continue to expand its range in this country. They said that the parasite apparent ability to thrive in are... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that Americans apparently want to drink clean water even more than they want to breath clean air. A new public survey and study was conducted in May by Nestle Waters North America on 4,756 American adults across the lower 48 states.

The Perspectives on American Water Study, released yesterday at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival on innovative solutions in Colorado, asked the respondents to share their views on water-related topics. The overall take-away from the survey is that ...

1. Clean drinking water is more important than clean air to Americans,
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Cosmic radiation is a well-known cause of single-event upsets (SEU) or disruption to electrical circuits in electronic devices. It most commonly occurs and is reported for devices such as laptop computers, cell phones, and personal digital assistants. We report on 3 patients with implantable cardiverter-defibrilators (ICDs) who experienced SEUs during air travel that may be attributed to exposure to cosmic radiation while on commercial airline flights. These cases highlight the significant impact of SEUs on ICDs and patient clinical outcomes and the need for further recognition and study of th... More →
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CORESafety is based on 20 modules and timelines developed by mine safety professionals specifically for U.S. mining. The goal is to achieve zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in the rate of injuries within five years (0:50:5).

CORESafety provides a common roadmap and a common language for all mining companies to achieve the 0:50:5 objective, and is designed to be integrated into your company unique operations, management structure and culture.

This video provides a quick look at each of the 20 CORESafety modules ...... More →
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Robin Andrews says that so you have survived the explosive blast, the lava bombs, the pyroclastic flows and the lava that has oozed dramatically down the slopes of the volcano. Unfortunately, the volcano may not be done with you just yet. If those lava flows came to a rest on a slope, and you are in an environment that tends to get a lot of rain, you may be in trouble, volcanic mudslides are a hazard too, and they are often the deadliest part of the eruption cycle.

Lahars, which comes from the Japanese word for flowing lava, are much like normal mudslides. They are a thick, concrete... More →
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Mark Tingay reports that the latest version of the World Stress Map Project has been officially released this week. This is the 30th anniversary of the project, and sees a big boost in data over the prior release in 2008. The latest version of the World Stress Map contains 42,870 stress data records, which is approximately double that of the prior release, and about 10 times more than the first release over 25 years ago.

The World Stress Map Project started back in 1986, and was the brainchild of Professor Karl Fuchs and the International Lithosphere Program, who asked Mary-Lou Zoba... More →
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Matt Aldertonm reports that last week, more than 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries were infected with ransomware, a malicious software that holds data hostage until a ransom is paid to the hackers behind it, as part of the global WannaCry cyberattack. The victims are businesses running outdated Windows software on their PCs.

Businesses around the world are still dealing with the massive fallout from one of the biggest global ransomware attacks ever recorded, reports FOXBusiness contributor Jade Scipioni, who says small businesses are especially vulnerable to ransomware at... More →
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Pancras, T., et al., report that Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) and Fluoroprotein (FP) or Film Forming Fluoroprotein Foam (FFFP) foam have been used since the 1960s and 1970s, respectively, for the suppression of class B (flammable liquid) fires at airports, refineries and other major petroleum facilities. In recent years, however, the use of these has been challenged due to concern that certain poly and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used in their formulation exhibit PBT characteristics (Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic).

While alternative PFAS-free foams are now commerc... More →
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Michael Echols reports that a continuously growing architecture of networks, systems, and assets creates unseen ties between each of us. While these digital connections enable faster communication and innovation to power our economy, they create new vulnerabilities that are a liability for companies and organizations. It is no longer sufficient to secure the systems inside our networks and feel safe. The threat may emerge through partners in external organizations or systems that we think we know.

In 2014, Target had its information systems breached by hackers who used network crede... More →
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Robert Font, PhD, CPG, PG, EurGeol, produced a comprehensive survey course (AIPG sponsored) consisting of 500 PowerPoint slides. It is a basic introduction to geologic hazards covering geologically-related engineering problems, mass wasting, volcanic hazards, earthquake hazards and tsunami, stream flooding, groundwater hazards, coastal hazards and general environmental concerns. It also includes techniques we can use to mitigate, control, predict, and even prevent these events. It is currently available on CD as reference material. 564 Pages

Event Type:CD
Category:Online Cours... More →
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George H. Davis opines that the most important responsibilities in any job is the constant, unrelenting pursuit of a safe-work environment by all employees. This is especially true for geologists, as it reflects upon our professionalism and commitment to the workplace and the work we do. Safe-work conditions lead to increased work productivity by reducing the incidence of lost-time accidents and improving employee morale, which may lead to decreased insurance rates. The most important result of all ... each and every employee returns home safely at the end of the day to families and children. ... More →
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Grant Kirkby blogs that Australian and international mining and resource industries have a greater risk associated with the incidence of lightning injuring their workforce, inherently due to the large numbers of outdoor workers involved in these sectors, many of whom will be working in regions of higher ground flash density (GFD) and above average thunder-day (TD) activity.

Lightning and High Voltage (HV) electrical discharge events present as a significant risk injury hazard to humans, primarily via a risk mechanism known as earth potential rise (EPR).

In this paper ligh... More →
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When new construction or changes to existing structures are taking place, it is common for people involved with the process to experience new hazards or risks not previously known to the original designers. That is why it is important to incorporate your safety and health management system standards from the very beginning of any engineering or construction project.

If you know or discover any safety and health issues that may result, these should always be considered as part of your early planning. Action steps should then be developed and implemented.

CORESafety Module... More →
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Kim Riley reports that cybersecurity threats to the U.S. electric grid are growing, Fowke said, offering a personal corporate example. Last year, Xcel Energy identified more than 500,000 individual cyberattacks on its networks and already this year, the company reports a 10% increase in various intrusions over the same period in 2016.

While most cyberattacks against a utility are similar to the attacks targeting any other company in that cybercriminals and hackers seek personal or corporate data, attempt to defraud the company or its customers, or hold the company network hostage in... More →
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Scott Greene reports that The Family claims it will hack the some 600 million Apple iCloud accounts on April 7, 2017. That is, unless Apple pays a ransom. The Family claims it will perform a factory reset and therefore wipe hundreds of millions of iProducts by hacking into their iCloud accounts. Prior to this threat, The Family had never been heard of. The group Twitter account announced on March 21, 2017 that 200 Million iCloud accounts will be factory reset on April 7 2017. On March 22, the group increased the number to 627 million. It went on to say ... we are convinced it will keep grow... More →
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Sara Jerome reports that Federal officials are urging water utilities to pay more attention to the rising threat of cyberattacks. This will become a greater issue in the future, as more water systems try to cut costs by moving toward full automation, BNA Bloomberg reported, citing federal aides.

The U.S. EPA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are trying to assist small water systems in this area. They are creating new training materials that could be especially useful for small, rural systems without adequate resources, according to the report.

Cyberthreats to ... More →
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Mining or remediation operations should be in full compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements to ensure that value-added regulations are always being leveraged.

The best way to accomplish this is to ...

1. Integrate an improvement cycle with your safety and health management system (including CORESafety).

2. Apply the Plan-Do-Check-Act process to each regulation.

The CORESafety Module 16 explains why each requirement should have someone responsible for ensuring the requirements have been met and are working as designed on an ongoing basis... More →
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David Jacobson reports that a new study by researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and USGS has revealed that the Newport-Inglewood/Rose Canyon fault zone, which extends offshore from San Diego to Los Angeles, is capable of rupturing in M=7.3+ earthquakes. Such a quake could cause significant damage to some of the most densely populated areas in California.

The Newport...Inglewood...Rose Canyon fault zone is a strike-slip system in Southern California, and is part of the Pacific-North American plate boundary. Prior to this study, ... More →
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