Tornado damage in Mayflower, Arkansas

Early on April 27, 2014, a cold front from the Rocky Mountains descended on the Plains, fueling intense thunderstorms that spun out a powerful tornado. Beginning at 7 p.m. local time, the twister cut a swath of destruction through the small towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. Sixteen people were killed and 400 to 500 homes were destroyed.The tornado left a 66 kilometer (41 mile) trail of destruction. It was classified with an EF4 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, meaning it had winds that were between 267 – 322 kilometers (166 – 200 miles) per hour.Faulkner County sheriff Andy Shock told the Associated Press there is “utter devastation,” and that family members are searching for missing relatives.Video courtesy of Brian&n…

Earthquake swarm in northern Alaska, northeast of Noatak

A swarm of moderate to strong earthquakes is being registered in northern Alaska, about 28 km northeast of the village of Noatak. First earthquake was registered on April 18, 2014 as M5.6 at depth of 23.4 km. Since then, and by 13:22 UTC today, USGS registered a total of 74 earthquakes in the region with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 5.6 and depths from 0.9 to 52.0 km. See the complete list below…The village of Noatak (population 514) is the nearest populated place.Officials with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the earthquakes are unusual, because the region isn’t a seismically active part of Alaska.There are no active volcanoes close-by. Kamchatka, Aleutian Arc, Alaska + Noatak earthquake swarm – April 6 – May 6, 2014. Mag 2.5+. Imag…

[Column] Paypal decided to close FD’s Paypal account for no reason, lost one year living expense / Was I Assanged ?

Today I refunded all the supports (up to 60days ago) that people expected to change the world.

The Paypal account of Fukushima Diary has been suspended since last week.

Today, they decided to close it.

The only “reason” was this (From their last email)

“Dear IORI MOCHIZUKI,

Important information:

We regret to inform you that we’re initiating the closure of your Paypal account because of certain activity that took place relating to your account. This measure is necessary to protect us from potential financial losses.”

In short, they will hold up the balance for 180 days. Meanwhile, I cannot withdraw / send / accept any money.

Because it was a business account, it’s impossible to have another account though I actually don’t want to open another account. I cannot use a personal one cause I pay tax as Fukushima Diary SRL.

so I lost “our” money, and lost the means of accepting your supports.

It started with one phone call.

This day of last week, I was at a lawyer’s office in Cyprus. I and a few other Japanese people are trying to incorporate in Cyprus and Netherlands, and I went there to make a contract.

Exactly when I held the pen, I received the call. It was from Paypal. The guy said my account was under review.

So I couldn’t make a contract that day. I apologized to other Japanese people and also explained the situation to Paypal.

They required me some documents, but these were shipping proof, supplier invoice, profit and loss & Balance sheet of Fukushima Diary. Also the proof of company registration.

The only document that I could send was the proof of company registration.

I’m not the type of “merchant” to send box. Because this is still the first year, Fukushima Diary hasn’t published P/L or B/S yet. and I submitted the proof of company registration last year when I opened the account.

I did my best to get it fixed before I left Cyprus but it didn’t work.

Their treatment was far from being organized. I called them several times a day, but some of the agents say the reviewing takes 24 ~ 72 hours. Others say it’s 4~5 business days. One of the agent even sent me an email so say “I’m glad to know your case was resolved.”. and it wasn’t resolved actually.

When the first 72 hours passed, they called me to say ”it takes up to 14 days.”

The reason of “reviewing” and suspending my account wasn’t clear. They picked up 5 transactions for the ”shipping proof” but because I refunded them immediately, they mustn’t have any reason to investigate it anymore.

They said it doesn’t lead to closure of an account or anything, everything is ok, it was just a routine investigation, until this week.

I came back from Cyprus to Bucharest last night though I couldn’t make a contract with the lawyers.

Just before the flight, I called them again. and the agent said,

“The case wasn’t under review.”

I had called them more than everyday, and they always said the case was under review, they even escalated it.

I asked the agent “so were you telling a lie ?”. They started saying “I don’t know, I don’t have an access to the information.”.

Today I had a meeting with my Romanian lawyer and accountant. I called Paypal again and asked the lawyer to have a say on the phone. The agents sounded scared.

The email was sent 1 hour after the phone call to say they are initiating to close the account.

This is not just a loss of a Paypal account.

In addition to the fact that I cannot make alternative account, I lost my first salary until April of 2015.

I have been receiving donations from many people since I left Japan.

I “donated” it to the business account to start up the company, and I wasn’t paid anything from my own company through 2013.

Because I’m supposed to be a sole shareholder, my only income is “dividend”. It’s paid only in April.

Today, 5/6/2014, was supposed to be my first “payday”, and the dividend was supposed to be my one year living expense until April of 2015.

Paypal is going to hold the fund up to 180 days. I can’t survive that long.

I don’t even trust that Paypal would release “our money” then, from the communication since last week.

People say I should have moved money to the bank.

Easier said than done.

I thought I shouldn’t put too much money in the bank from looking at the financial crisis.

The reason why they put the account under review suddenly is not clear.

In the beginning, I thought that was because I receive larger sum of money for the capital of new company in Cyprus and their algorithm detected it.

Anyway, their sudden decision to close the account has no reason.

One of my readers said, ”You were Assanged.”

Unfortunately, I have no evidence to deny it.

You read this now because we’ve been surviving until today.

Source: Fukushima

Moderately strong M1.8 solar flare erupted from western limb

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.8 at its peak time erupted on May 6, 2014. The event started at 08:41, peaked at 09:03 and ended at 09:21 UTC.The source was Active Region 2051 located on the western limb. If CME was generated it should not be Earth directed. This page will be updated when more information becomes available.Solar wind parameters indicated continued waning CME effects yesterday. Wind speeds were variable in the 340-420 km/s range, with a peak speed of 425 km/s at 05/21:50 UTC. Solar wind parameters are expected to remain enhanced for the next three days (May 6 – 8) with the onset of a weak, positive polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS) on May 6 and with the arrival of the May 3 glancing blow CME late on May 6 / early 07 May 7.NOAA SWPC forecasters…