Check out this video (available here from the Guardian of London) for an overview of Hurricane Sandy's damage to the U.S. east coast, statements from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
Written by Mitch Wenkus, crossposted from Greenpeace blogs.
I woke up yesterday morning in DC, jumped in a 4-wheel drive truck and headed north to gather video of Hurricane Sandy's destruction. As a documentary cinematographer, I can get hyper-focused on composition, exposure, and all that stuff that's important for telling a story, but I can forget I'm dealing with people's lives. These are people's homes and memories I'm flying over. A lightning bolt of emotion came through the viewfinder, through my eyes, down my spine to my entire body when I saw a person. A person standing amongst the hundreds of destroyed homes. That one person put the rest of the wreckage into perspective for me. My sympathies go out to the families whose lives were effected by Hurricane Sandy.
Below are visuals capture by our visuals team who traveled to regions in New Jersey devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Aerial views of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along the New Jersey coast on October 30, 2012.
Written by Jim Riccio, crossposted from Greenpeace blogs.
Several nuclear reactors in New Jersey and New York shutdown as Hurricane Sandy slams into East Coast.
The morning after Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern seaboard several nuclear reactors in New Jersey and New York are now shutdown and information on their status is sparse if available at all.
Greenpeace has been able to paste together the following from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensee event reports. But as of 11:30 AM there has been no information provided to press or the public by the agency since 9 pm last night. And what has been provided is now outdated and inaccurate.
- Salem 1 reactor was manually shutdown from 100 percent power when it lost circulation in part of the plant due to storm complications caused by high water levels and hurricane debris.
- Salem 2 reactor was already shutdown as was Oyster creek also in NJ. Oyster creek declared an unusual event and then an alert due to high water levels at the reactor.
- Indian Point 3 located just 24 miles north of Manhattan was knocked of line due a disturbance to the electric grid providing power to the plant. But Indian Point 2 is still operating at 100 percent power.
- Nine Mile Point 1 in upstate New York near Oswego automatically shut down when it could not feed its electricity to the grid. Nine Mile Point 2 lost offsite power due to high winds and emergency diesel generators are providing power to the plant.
- Both Limerick nuclear reactors near Philadelphia have reduced power significantly to 48 and 27 percent respectively.
Salem Nuclear Generating Station, New Jersey
“I’m not a scientist, I’m an event planner,” explained Lisa Thrun when I asked her if she believed burning coal and oil contributed to climate change. Oh really, Ms. Thrun? If you’re just an event planner, what are you doing giving a presentation on the economic impacts of a regional plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? See the video: