4 months worth of rain in one day - Serbia flooded

Parts of Serbia and Bosnia are experiencing worst rains and floods since measurements began. Heavy rain and floods were also reported in eastern Croatia.Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said this is the greatest flooding disaster ever…”not only in the past 100 years; this has never happened in Serbia’s history. More rain fell in one day than in four months.” Evacuations of most critical areas are underway. Around 100 000 hoseholds, mostly in central Serbia, are without power.The worst hit regions in Bosnia are around capital Sarajevo and Zenica.Beli mermerni most počeo da puca. 🙁 #Valjevo #poplava pic.twitter.com/IG58vEEXj2— Maja Savić (@Boja_Zivota) May 15, 2014Valjevski fotograf Dragan Krunić spasao je jedan život. Respect. #Valj… »

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot shrinking at increasing rate

The shrinkage of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been known about since the 1930s but latest images by Hubble Space Telescope confirm the increasing shrinkage rate observed by amateur astronomers since 2012. Science has no answer as to why this is happening.Historic observations as far back as the late 1800s estimated this turbulent spot to span about 41 000 kilometers at its widest point. In 1979 and 1980 the NASA Voyager fly-bys measured the spot at a shrunken 23 335 kilometers across.Hubble Space Telescope observations from April 2014 showed that the spot is now just under 16 500 kilometers across, the smallest diameter ever measured.In this comparison image the photo at the top was taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in 1995 and shows the spot at a … »

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Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko develops coma

As comet-chaser Rosetta approached its target to roughly 2 million km in early May, images captured by OSIRIS clearly showed that the comet has already developed 1 300 km long coma. This onset of activity offers scientists the opportunity to study dust production and structures within the coma before getting much closer. The following images of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko were taken between March 27 and May 4, as the gap between craft and comet closed from around 5 million km to 2 million km. Comet’s nucleus is roughly 4 km across and cannot yet be ‘resolved’. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko developing coma. Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA… »

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[Column] Managed to open the new bank accounts and trying to install a new payment module

It’s been a week since PayPal closed the account of Fukushima Diary and blocked all of my personal accounts.

My accountant asked me why I reimbursed “all” the donations of the past 60 days.

She says I didn’t need it because it was not my fault but I think it was a right decision.

I didn’t want to pay the commission for PayPal as much as possible, and I was feeling a responsibility for my readers.

This is how I lost the donation of 2 months, but it wasn’t all that I lost. I also lost the connection with the readers.

I had the monthly donors, but I lost all of them. I used to cover the rent with the monthly ones, but I won’t have it from now.

but I can’t stop at this point for too long.

Yesterday, I already opened 2 more bank accounts. One of them is a business account but the compete bank staff finished the process only within a day.

My planned new company in Cyprus hasn’t been registered yet because of the PayPal mess, but it’s starting the first researching project with a lawyer in Netherlands. This is going to be the first time for a Japanese to research the certain issue. The outcome will be something that nobody has ever investigated in the history.

For the security reason, I also decided to move.

I still don’t know the reason why that happened to me. Don’t even know if my donation will be released in 6 months.

Some people recommend to me some alternative services to transfer money on the internet, but I’m kinda starting to be wary of those services.

All of them can detain the balance whenever they want, none of them are under any kinds of the regulations. If it happened to PayPal, it can happen to other services too.

I’m trying to install a credit card payment module on Fukushima Diary.

Thanks to some readers who sent me the emergency money, I can survive for a couple of more weeks. If you noticed the refund of your donation in the past 60 days and remember that that was the only energy source of Fukushima Diary, I would really appreciate you if you kindly re-send the donation to the bank.

The bank information (New bank info to be updated soon)

Bank name/銀行名 : PIRAEUS BANK ROMANIA

BIC / SWIFT : PIRBROBU

Beneficiary/受取人 : FUKUSHIMA DIARY SRL (not Iori Mochizuki)

IBAN : RO71PIRB4203739401002000 (For Eur/ユーロ建てでいただく場合)

RO37PIRB4203739401003000 (For USD/ドル建てでいただく場合)

… I heard Japanese banks require the address of branch and beneficiary etc..

If you needed them, I’d be glad if you kindly ask me by any means.

The poBox is…

To/宛先 IORI MOCHIZUKI

Address/住所 OFICIUL POSTAL BUCURESTI 22 ROMANIA CASUTA POSTALA 110

Thank you for reading this.

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

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Intense tropical cyclones shifting poleward since 1980

Researchers find that the average latitude where tropical cyclones achieve maximum intensity has been shifting poleward since 1980.Over the past 30 years, the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles in both the northern and southern hemispheres at a rate of about 35 miles, or one-half a degree of latitude, per decade according to a new study, The Poleward Migration of the Location of Tropical Cyclone Maximum Intensity, published yesterday in Nature.As tropical cyclones move into higher latitudes, some regions closer to the equator may experience reduced risk, while coastal populations and infrastructure poleward of the tropics may experience increased risk. With their devastating winds and flooding, tropical cyclones can especia… »

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Strong earthquake measuring M 6.2 struck Philippines

Strong earthquake measuring M 6.2 was registered off the coast of Negros island, Philippines, on May 15 at 10:16 UTC (18:16 local time). This is the third M6+ earthquake registered in last 12 hours. USGS reports depth of 53.2 km (33.1 miles). Epicenter was located 38 km (24 miles) WSW of Alim, 70 km (43 miles) W of Bayawan and 587 km (365 miles) SSW of capital Manila.There are 802 058 people living within 100 km radius.Green alert was issued for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist.The quake was felt hundreds of km away from the epicenter. Tsunami warnings were not issued.Seismotecto… »

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High-speed solar winds increase lightning strikes on Earth

Scientists have discovered new evidence to suggest that lightning on Earth is triggered not only by cosmic rays from space, but also by energetic particles from the Sun.University of Reading researchers found a link between increased thunderstorm activity on Earth and streams of high-energy particles accelerated by the solar wind, offering compelling evidence that particles from space help trigger lightning bolts.Publishing their study today, 15 May 2014, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers from Reading’s Department of Meteorology found a substantial and significant increase in lightning rates across Europe for up to 40 days after the arrival of high-speed solar winds, which can travel at more than a million miles per hour, into the Earth… »

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