NEPAL EARTHQUAKE: How to help

  • Phone number of the UNICEF Earthquake Emergency fund (1-877-955-3111). You can call them in North America and let them know you’d like to make a donation for the Nepal earthquake. 
  • UPDATE 1: If you would like to help, you can donate to GlobalGiving’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund 
  • UPDATE 2: You can also text GIVE NEPAL to 80088 to donate $10 to Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones. More info here.
  • You can also donate to The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) who is working with the Nepal Red Cross Society, marshaling resources from nearby countries to help earthquake victims. To donate to the IFRC’s disaster response, visit The International Federation of Red Cross
  • UPDATE 3: here are some other links where you can donate:
  • Save the Children
  • UNICEF (click donate to be taken to your country’s donation page)
  • CARE
  • Mercy Corps

*We will update this post with links and info in the following hours/days*

Hey guys, I’m a Washintonian. As you may have heard we’re currently having record seasonal wildfires. If you’ve never been here you might not know that a good portion of washington is actually composed of semi-arid desert. In particular north central, which is where the fires are causing the majority of damage. The communities that are being the most heavily affected are Okanogan, Twisp, Chelan, Wenatchee, and other north central towns and cities. The air quality statewide is horrendous; I live down in the southeast by Spokane and the air is barely breathable.

Washington State also has a number of Indigenous reservations, which are currently being disproportionately affected by the destruction of farmland and reduction in air quality that we’re currently seeing take place. Both the Spokane and Colville tribal communities are currently subject to evacuations due to the fact that a good half the state has suddenly decided to go up in flames. 

I would highly recommend donating to the Chelan Valley Fire Relief Fund, who are currently on the ground distributing food, water, and shelter to affected communities. The red cross has been sketchy in the past, so if you want your money going directly to the victims I recommend the link above.

This is the largest string of wildfires Washington has ever seen. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of firefighters lives have been lost. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers, and if you can, donate to the relief efforts. Thank you.

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The ‘Strongest Hurricane’ In History Is Heading Towards Mexico
The hurricane is expected to hit the west coast of Mexico on Friday evening.

With winds reaching 200 miles an hour, Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, according to The Weather Channel. It is expected to hit the west coast of Mexico by late Friday afternoon.

Nepal was hit Tuesday morning by another major earthquake, this time measuring 7.3 on the Richter magnitude scale.

The epicenter was located 76 km east of the capital Kathmandu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Nepal home ministry officials said at least 36 people were killed in the quake, the Associated Press reports, and an additional 981 injured.

In this photograph, by EPA photographer Narendra Shrestha, the Nepalese armed police force search for victims after a house collapsed in today’s earthquake.

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Mount St. Helens Erupts, 8:32 A.M., May 18, 1980

After several months of grumbling, Mount St. Helens in southeast Washington state roared to life 35 years ago on May 18, 1980 at 8:32 A.M. For nine hours the volcano erupted, destroying plant and animal life in the surrounding 230 square miles of forest. The blast of ash, rock, and steam blew across the land at speeds up to 670 miles per hour, with the ash plume reaching 15 miles upwards. It ranks as the most destructive volcanic event in the United States, leaving 57 dead, devastating hundreds of square miles, and causing over a billion dollars in damages.

From the series:  Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History, ca. 1897 - ca. 1980

These photos are from a series of over 60,000 photos relating to the National Forests.  We need your help transcribing the typed captions on these images. This easy transcription mission will help make these vintage images more accessible and searchable in the usnatarchives online catalog:

The Signs as a Natural Disaster!

 Aries- volcano 

Taurus- earthquake

Gemini- sand storm, thunder storm, and monsoon

Cancer- rogue wave

Leo- heat wave, solar flare, and drought

Virgo- landslide, mudslide, and avalanche

Libra- micro-burst

Scorpio- hurricane, cyclone, and Tsunami 

Sagittarius- wild fire

Capricorn- blizzard, ice storm, or even ice age :o

Aquarius- tornado and asteroid

Pisces- flood