Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 09:20 AM
Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 119.330 GEO: Latitude
Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 11:53 AM
Depth 38.7 km GEO: Longitude 143.320 GEO: Latitude 39.685
Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 11:53 AM
Depth 39 km GEO: Longitude 143.320 GEO: Latitude 39.690
Magnitude 5 earthquake, Mindoro, Philippines
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 15:30 PM
Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 120.540 GEO: Latitude 13.660
Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 16:41 PM
Depth 46.1 km GEO: Longitude 142.168 GEO: Latitude 38.940
Magnitude 5 earthquake, Western Iran
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 18:21 PM
Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 47.060 GEO: Latitude 33.010
Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Hawke’s Bay
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 19:21 PM
Depth 50 km GEO: Longitude 176.403 GEO: Latitude -40.200
Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Mindoro, Philippines
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 20:03 PM
Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 120.470 GEO: Latitude 13.680
Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Seram, Indonesia
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 20:36 PM
Depth 23 km GEO: Longitude 129.430 GEO: Latitude -2.830
Magnitude 6 earthquake, Southern Xinjiang, China
UTC Date / Time Mar 08 22:50 PM
Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 81.380 GEO: Latitude 39.410
Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
UTC Date / Time Mar 09 01:38 AM
Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 100.430 GEO: Latitude -3.330
Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, MINDORO, PHILIPPINES
UTC Date / Time Mar 09 02:01 AM
Depth 212 km GEO: Longitude 120.690 GEO: Latitude 13.820
Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
UTC Date / Time Mar 09 02:24 AM
Depth 34 km GEO: Longitude 141.180 GEO: Latitude 36.580
Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
UTC Date / Time Mar 09 03:38 AM
Depth 34.9 km GEO: Longitude 144.413 GEO: Latitude 39.360
Earthquake hits Southern Lebanon
Residents of the Lebanese southern city of Tyre and its suburbs at around 10:47 a.m. on Wednesday felt the ground shake, the National News Agency reported.
A small quake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale jolted cities in southern Lebanon on Wednesday, without causing any injuries or damage, the Bhannes Center for Seismic and Scientific Research announced, adding “There is nothing to worry about.”
Residents of the southern city of Tyre and its suburbs felt the earthquake at around 10:47 am, the National News Agency said.
Residents also felt the tremor in Nabatiyeh, the agency added.
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Tropical storm Irina killed 72 in Madagascar
Antananarivo- At least 72 people were killed when the tropical storm Irina hit northern Madagascar in late February, causing floods and landslides, authorities said on Thursday.
Three people were also reported missing and some 77,911 displaced, said the National Office for Disaster and Risk Management, BNGRC.
Russia Volcano Bezymianny put on Code Red for imminent eruption
(TheWeatherSpace.com) – One of the most active volcanoes in the world has been put on aviation color code red, the highest alert given by the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team.
KVERT assigned the code on Tuesday and warns of an imminent eruption. “Activity of the volcano continuously increases,” says the alert. “Strong ash explosions up to 42,640 ft (13 km) a.s.l. possible at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
Sakurajima volcano (Kyushu, Japan) activity update: increased numer and size of ash eruptions, reaching 1.2-3 km height above crater
Sakurajima volcano appears to be at higher levels of activity, as the last week has seen an increased average number and size of eruptions. According to the latest USGS / Smithsonian report “explosions during the past week “often” produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.2-3 km (4,000-10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW, E, and SE.” Many obseervations of ash plumes originate of analysis of satellite data and dedicated Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAAC) around the world monitor them and transmit real-time information about hazardous ash plumes to aircraft and air traffic control centers. Such reports are often complemented by direct observations from pilots passing nearby.
Blast shakes restless volcano in remote Aleutian Islands
A restless Aleutian volcano exploded Wednesday night and may have blown off a slow-growing lava dome that was building for months in its summit crater, volcanologists say.
Cleveland Volcano, 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, probably burped up a small amount of ash — a potential hazard to trans-oceanic air travel — but the ash did not appear to reach above 20,000 feet, said Steve McNutt, a researcher with the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
Double Blast – Exciting Space Weather from AR11429
Uploaded by thesuntoday on Mar 7, 2012
http://www.thesuntoday.org – Sunspot group, AR11429 (Active Region), is at it again. When it first began its journey across the Earthward side of the Sun it released an M-class flare, an X-class flare and several more M flares, along with several CMEs. Early on March 7, 2012 (00:24 UT) it erupted with an X5.4 flare, a coronal wave and a CME. Shortly after that (01:14) it erupted again with an X1.3 flare, another coronal wave and a CME. The CMEs were observed by the Cor2 coronagraph on STEREO Behind. Solar radio bursts also accompanied the flares and proton flux began to rise. This proton event is probably due to both the flares and the CME produced shocks. Earth’s magnetosphere is already disturbed due an early CME from AR11429 and it will probably feel at least a glancing blow from one or both of the recent CMEs in the next few days. We await more data and predictions from the various spacecraft and space weather research teams. More is sure to come from AR11429.
credit: NASA, ESA, NOAA, SDO, SOHO, STEREO, GOES, helioviewer.org, JHelioviewer and virtuallinda.com
Earth’s magnetic field is being shaken like a snow globe by the large solar storm. After hurtling through space for a day and a half, a massive cloud of charged particles arrived Tuesday and could disrupt utility grids, airline flights, satellite networks and GPS services, especially in northern areas. But the same blast also could paint colourful auroras farther from the poles than normal. Scientists say the storm, which started with a massive solar flare early in the week, is growing as it races outward from the sun, expanding like a giant soap bubble and moving at 6.4 million km/h. “It’s hitting us right in the nose.”
The storm is part of the sun’s normal 11-year cycle, which is supposed to reach peak storminess next year. Solar storms do not harm people, but they do disrupt technology. And during the last peak around 2002, experts learned that GPS was vulnerable to solar outbursts. Because new technology has flourished since then, scientists could discover that some new systems also are at risk.
A decade ago, this type of solar storm happened a couple of times a year. “This is a good-size event, but not the extreme type.” The region of the sun that erupted can still send more blasts earth’s way. Another set of active sunspots is ready to aim at Earth right after this. “This is a big sun spot group, particularly nasty. Things are really twisted up and mixed up. It keeps flaring.”
Storms like this start with sun spots. Then comes an initial solar flare of subatomic particles that resemble a filament coming out of the sun. That part already hit earth only minutes after the initial burst, bringing radio and radiation disturbances. After that comes the coronal mass ejection, which looks like a growing bubble and takes a couple of days to reach earth. It’s that ejection that could cause magnetic disruptions today. “It could give us a bit of a jolt.” The storm follows an earlier, weaker solar eruption that happened Sunday. Still, the potential for problems is widespread. Solar storms have three ways they can disrupt technology on earth: with magnetic, radio and radiation emissions. This is an UNUSUAL situation, when all three types of solar storm disruptions are likely to be strong. That makes it the strongest overall since December 2006.
That means “a whole host of things” could follow.
Solar storms also can make global positioning systems less accurate and cause GPS outages. The storm could trigger communication problems and additional radiation around the north and south poles – a risk that probably will force airlines to reroute flights. Some already have done so. Satellites could be affected, too. NASA is not taking any extra precautions to protect astronauts on the International Space Station from added radiation. The charged particles are expected to hit Earth at 4,000,000 mph (6,400,000 km/h), and NOAA predicts the storm will last until Friday morning.