Disaster in Philipines and How You Can Help

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storm to date, has left the Philippines devastated. The typhoon hit the small island on Friday and since then millions have been displaced from their homes and the country is still reeling from the powerful storm. The storm caused water levels up to 10 ft in some areas, the water rushing like that of a tsunami. Philippine military have so far confirmed thousands of deaths and it is estimated that around 10,000 deaths have occurred.

US marines and soldiers made their way to the country on Sunday to begin helping with rescue. The U.N. has responded as well, shipping food and providing support. The Red Cross and AmeriCare are also aiding through distribution of medical aid and food. The storm has now hit Vietnam and will move to China where it eventually will dissipate

There are a number of ways you can donate and help this country in its time of suffering. Please click a link below and help these suffering people. There are other programs besides these that are donating. Find out what your country is doing to help:

1. Philippine Red Cross

2. Habitat for Humanity

3. UNICEF

4. World Vision

5. AmeriCares

6. GMA Network

7. World Food Programme

8. Save the Children

Satellite Update: A Safe Re-entry

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photo credit: ESA

Good news regarding that European satellite! On Nov. 11 at 1:00 am Central European Time, it re-entered the atmosphere and decayed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica, with no property damage or injuries as a result. According to the European Space Agency, 25% of the satellite made it to earth. The Head of the ESA also provided the reminder that “The one-tonne GOCE satellite is only a small fraction of the 100–150 tonnes of man-made space objects that reenter Earth’s atmosphere annually” which is something maybe most people are unaware of. I mean honestly, would it kill the government to give out more warning? Just because its a relatively normal occurrence doesn’t really excuse how the average person remains mostly unaware these potentially devastating events are taking place. At least, there aren’t many reports and modes of alarm in America. Is it the same last minute notice and protective head-wear plan for every country?

European Satellite falling to Earth: Protect Ya Neck!

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An artist’s impression shows the GOCE satellite, which is currently falling to Earth. (AFP PHOTO/ESA/AOES MEDIALAB)

 

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Sound like a joke but it’s really happening! Reportedly, a European satellite known as GOCE has run out of fuel and has been descending into the Earth’s atmosphere. According to the Head of the European Space Agency (ESA), the satellite will break into fragments as it descends further and about ” 20% or 200kg – is expected to reach ground, distributed across dozens of fragments, spread over a sizable re-entry ground swath.  Fragments are expected to fall  sometime around Sunday night/ Monday morning. Oh, and but they way scientist have no idea where these fragments will land!

This news is nerve-wracking and raises the question of how many other satellites could befall the same fate? How can we better prepare for these things rather than hoping for the best? Many people are left frightened and unsure of what to do about their worry, but luckily there are numerous trackers to watch the satellite’s progression. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be tracking GOCE and look out for flying debris