Tag Archive: Mount Etna


 

 

Raw video: Italy’s Mount Etna Erupts

 

Europe’s most active volcano erupted over the weekend. Mount Etna, Italy, sent lava streaming down and smoke shooting up. The eruption temporarily closed a local airport. (Jan. 27)

In this photo taken on Nov. 16, 2013, Mount Etna spews lava as smoke billows. This picture was taken from Acireale, near the Sicilian town of Catania.
 

In this photo taken on Nov. 16, 2013, Mount Etna spews lava as smoke billows. This picture was taken from Acireale, near the Sicilian town of Catania.

Photograph by: Carmelo Imbesi, AP

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Stunning video: Streams of lava pouring from crater as Mount Etna erupts

 

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Published on Jan 27, 2014

Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupted again on Sunday, with lava streaming down its sides and smoke rising from the crater. According to local media, the eruption began on Saturday afternoon, closing nearby Catania airport overnight until Sunday morning. The eruption is the first of 2014 after a particularly active year in 2013, a result of a new crater forming on the southeastern side of the volcano.

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Mount Etna showers ash on towns

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A rain of volcanic stones in Sicily – Pioggia di lapilli su Giardini Naxos

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Published on Nov 23, 2013

23 Novembre 2013. Una fitta pioggia di lapilli investe la Sicilia Nord-Orientale e parte della Calabria.

November 23rd, 2913. A massive cloud of lava ashes and stones hits North-Eastern Sicily, spawned by the explosive eruption of Mt. Etna and pushed hundreds of miles away by the wind.

Video by Turi Scandurra.

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26.11.2013 02:55 AM Sicily, Italy Mt. Etna Volcano Volcano Eruption 0101-06= Stratovolcanoes 2011 No. 0 Details

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Volcano Eruption in Italy on Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 at 03:55 (03:55 AM) UTC.

Description
Italy’s Mt. Etna, the most active volcano in europe, erupted twice in less than a week earlier this month. The first eruption took place on Nov. 16, the second on Nov. 23. Lava flows were reportedly shot 700-800 meters in the air. Lightning was also present during the explosion, as well as plumes of gas, smoke and ash. The ash traveled across the region, coating Giardini Naxos on Sicily with black dust. It also pushed across the Strait of Messina and into the mainland. Chunks of ash and rock fell from the sky, as big as 2 centimeters in diameter. Four air corridors that service Sicily’s Catania Airport and a local highway were closed for a time as a result of the raining volcanic debris. “They must be spewed high into the sky and then carried by the winds. Those type of rocks are rather light and full of air,” said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mark Paquette. Some rocks and ash can also fall from the sky much like rain, as they are sent into the atmosphere and can collect on clouds to be rained down with later precipitation.

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Boris Behncke·

 

Published on Nov 17, 2013

The best moments from my movie footage of Etna’s latest eruptive episode (paroxysm) during the night of 16-17 November 2013, including some of the finest exploding lava bubbles I’ve ever managed to capture on film (00:35, 01:01, 01:37, 02:05, 02:35), and a lot of haunting volcano noise. In particular, listen to the tremendous detonations at 00:56, 03:25, 04:48, and 05:10; these are certainly the best sound recordings I have obtained so far of such events. Have fun clicking on the times indicated for the detonations to hear them one after the other, and you’ll discover that they sound very different (which is certainly due to the fact that I recorded at different locations). But the best bit comes last (starting at 05:43) …

Some words about the places from which I made observations and recorded the various bits of footage.

00:00 Piano Vetore (upper southwest flank of Etna)
00:16 Piano del Vescovo (upper southeast flank of Etna)
03:03 Zafferana Etnea (southeast flank of Etna)
03:33 Santa Venerina (southeast flank of Etna)
03:58 Milo (east flank of Etna)
04:20 Mareneve road near Fornazzo (east flank of Etna)
05:06 Mareneve road near Monte Fontane (ENE flank of Etna)
05:43 Mareneve road near Fornazzo (east flank of Etna)
07:03 Fornazzo (east flank of Etna)
07:16 Tremestieri Etneo (south flank of Etna)

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The 10,922 feet high snow-covered Mt. Etna volcano erupts anew, sending skyward spectacular multi-colored lights that brightens the night sky.  It also produced billowing plume of ashes which cause the temporary cancellation of some flights at the nearby Catania airport.  (Photo courtesy of Antonio Parrinello, Rueters)

29.04.2013 04:04 AM Sicily, Italy Mount Etna Volcano Volcano Eruption 0101-06= Stratovolcanoes 2011 No. 0

Volcano Eruption in Italy on Monday, 29 April, 2013 at 06:04 (06:04 AM) UTC.

 

Description
Mount Etna burst into life once more at the weekend as it shot lava, ash and smoke hundreds of feet into the air. Residents had been warned about the imminent eruption as grey smoke has been seen rising from the volcano for days. On Saturday, red hot lava was spat into the air as the volcano violently erupted once more. It is the thirteenth time Etna has erupted this year. Such is the scale of the activity that concerned residents have called on the Government to introduce a state of emergency. Experts said the latest activity posed no risk to local residents or towns. Stefano Gresta, president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, said it was ‘very spectacular, but not risky’, according to youreporternews.it.

The airport was only briefly closed and the eruption caused very little disruption. The huge burst on Saturday could be seen by miles around and witnessed by residents of Catania and Taormina. Ash was sent flying down Etna’s slopes and smoke rose more than 3,000ft into the air. Locals said the latest eruption is the most ‘intense’ of the year so far. The eruptions ended shortly before midnight on Saturday, although further bursts of activity were recorded yesterday. A series of minor earthquakes, measuring up to 2.55 on the Richter scale were also recorded. Earlier this month, mayors of towns surrounding the volcano called for ‘urgent’ government action. In a joint statement, the politicians said they wanted a state of emergency to be declared. Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest active volcano. After past explosions, authorities in Sicily have been forced to build dams or dig ditches to divert lava away from people’s homes.

 

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There she blows: Mount Etna erupts for 13th time this year spewing lava and ash hundreds of feet into the air

 

  • Experts said violent eruption was ‘spectacular’ but not a risk to residents
  • The huge burst on Saturday could be seen for miles by surrounding towns
  • Town mayors called on the Government to introduce state of emergency

By Becky Evans

 

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Mount Etna burst into life once more at the weekend as it shot lava, ash and smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

Residents had been warned about the imminent eruption as grey smoke has been seen rising from the volcano for days.

On Saturday, red hot lava was spat into the air as the volcano violently erupted once more.

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Smoke and ash were sent up to 3,000ft in the air as Mount Etna erupted for the thirteenth time

Smoke and ash were sent up to 3,000ft in the air as Mount Etna erupted for the thirteenth time

 

Experts said the eruption was 'very spectacular' but said local towns and residents were not at risk

Experts said the eruption was ‘very spectacular’ but said local towns and residents were not at risk

It is the thirteenth time Etna has erupted this year.

Such is the scale of the activity that concerned residents have called on the Government to introduce a state of emergency.

 

However, experts said the latest activity posed no risk to local residents or towns.

Stefano Gresta, president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, said it was ‘very spectacular, but not risky’, according to youreporternews.it.

The airport was only briefly closed and the eruption caused very little disruption.

The huge burst on Saturday could be seen by miles around and witnessed by residents of Catania and Taormina.

Ash was sent flying down Etna’s slopes and smoke rose more than 3,000ft into the air.

Locals said the latest eruption is the most ‘intense’ of the year so far.

Ash was sent down the slopes of erupting Etna, which dwarfs towns that sit at the foot of the volcano

Ash was sent down the slopes of erupting Etna, which dwarfs towns that sit at the foot of the volcano

 

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Mount Etna from space
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield snapped this photo of Italy’s Mount Etna from aboard the International Space Station.
CREDIT: Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield (Cmdr_Hadfield)

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Mount Etna sends plumes of ash and lava into the sky as explosive activity increases

By

Adonai

Posted on March 6, 2013

  • The Watchers

Mount Etna sent plumes of ash and lava into the sky on March 5/6, 2013. Italy’s Civil Protection agency said that increased explosive activity of the volcano was registered. Today’s eruption did not cause any interruption to air traffic.

Lava fountains during March 5th paroxysm.

Lava fountains during March 5th paroxysm.

VolcanoDiscovery reports that another paroxysm occurred from the new SE crater during the night. Following a period of increasing strombolian activity, large lava fountains were rising from vent in the saddle between the old and new SE crater as well its summit vent.

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Earthquakes

 

 

GEOFON     Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Apr 24 23:48 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near N Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 24 23:48 PM
4.8     33.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia

Apr 24 23:48 PM
4.6     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 24 23:28 PM
3.8     2.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 24 23:11 PM
3.0     220.7     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 22:43 PM
4.6     55.4     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 22:43 PM
4.5     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 22:43 PM
4.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 24 22:04 PM
3.1     30.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 24 21:57 PM
2.4     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 24 21:55 PM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 24 21:53 PM
2.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 24 21:37 PM
4.9     543.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 24 21:37 PM
4.8     527.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 24 21:37 PM
4.9     534.9     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 24 20:26 PM
3.0     28.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 20:22 PM
5.4     37.1     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 20:22 PM
5.5     36.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 20:22 PM
5.5     44.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 24 19:45 PM
2.5     18.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 24 19:44 PM
3.3     18.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 24 19:43 PM
5.0     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 24 19:43 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 24 19:43 PM
5.0     14.1     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 19:22 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Solomon Islands
Apr 24 19:20 PM
4.4     194.0     MAP

EMSC     Solomon Islands
Apr 24 19:19 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Solomon Islands
Apr 24 19:19 PM
5.0     23.5     MAP

GEOFON     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 19:14 PM
4.6     22.0     MAP

USGS     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 19:14 PM
4.8     14.8     MAP

EMSC     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 19:14 PM
4.8     30.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 24 19:07 PM
2.8     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 18:58 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 18:48 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Austria
Apr 24 18:46 PM
2.7     0.0     MAP

GEOFON     Austria
Apr 24 18:46 PM
2.8     1.0     MAP

USGS     Beaufort Sea
Apr 24 18:32 PM
3.5     52.1     MAP

EMSC     Beaufort Sea
Apr 24 18:32 PM
4.2     35.0     MAP

USGS     Beaufort Sea
Apr 24 18:32 PM
4.2     34.9     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 18:19 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 24 18:17 PM
2.7     0.0     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 24 18:16 PM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 24 18:16 PM
4.5     52.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 24 18:16 PM
4.5     51.2     MAP

USGS     Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Apr 24 17:55 PM
2.6     12.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 17:36 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Apr 24 17:31 PM
3.3     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 17:26 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 24 17:07 PM
2.6     31.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 24 16:53 PM
2.7     4.1     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 24 16:35 PM
2.8     130.0     MAP

EMSC     Papua, Indonesia
Apr 24 16:16 PM
4.5     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Apr 24 16:16 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 24 16:16 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 15:52 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 15:52 PM
4.6     34.7     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 15:52 PM
4.7     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 15:52 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 15:21 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 15:21 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     South Of Tonga
Apr 24 15:15 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     South Of The Fiji Islands
Apr 24 15:15 PM
5.6     8.7     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Tonga Islands
Apr 24 15:15 PM
5.6     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 24 15:05 PM
2.7     8.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 24 15:04 PM
2.9     47.6     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Northern Chile
Apr 24 15:02 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Antofagasta, Chile
Apr 24 15:02 PM
4.5     52.9     MAP

EMSC     Antofagasta, Chile
Apr 24 15:02 PM
4.5     53.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 24 15:01 PM
4.7     527.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 24 15:01 PM
4.8     533.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 24 15:01 PM
4.5     511.1     MAP

EMSC     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 14:57 PM
5.5     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 14:57 PM
5.6     27.0     MAP

USGS     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 24 14:57 PM
5.5     12.7     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 24 14:52 PM
3.4     48.9     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 24 14:44 PM
3.4     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 24 14:37 PM
3.5     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 24 14:28 PM
3.6     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 24 14:23 PM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 14:20 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 24 14:17 PM
2.6     162.0     MAP

EMSC     Iraq
Apr 24 13:36 PM
3.0     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 24 13:25 PM
2.5     98.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 12:54 PM
3.2     5.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 24 12:53 PM
4.4     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 12:51 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 12:34 PM
4.5     56.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 12:34 PM
4.4     58.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 12:34 PM
4.5     56.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 24 12:26 PM
4.7     607.8     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 24 12:26 PM
4.7     608.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 24 12:22 PM
2.9     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Bosnia And Herzegovina
Apr 24 12:13 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 24 12:10 PM
3.0     8.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 24 12:10 PM
2.9     28.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 12:01 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 11:39 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 11:29 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 24 11:17 AM
4.5     76.0     MAP

GEOFON     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 24 11:17 AM
4.2     87.0     MAP

USGS     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 24 11:17 AM
4.6     72.0     MAP

EMSC     Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 24 11:11 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 24 11:11 AM
4.2     12.3     MAP

GEOFON     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 24 11:11 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 10:38 AM
2.7     2.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 24 09:57 AM
3.3     68.8     MAP

EMSC     Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 24 09:51 AM
5.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 24 09:51 AM
5.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 24 09:50 AM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 24 08:57 AM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 24 08:46 AM
2.4     9.0     MAP

USGS     Near The Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 24 08:09 AM
4.7     64.0     MAP

EMSC     Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 24 08:09 AM
4.7     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 24 08:09 AM
4.5     42.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 08:01 AM
2.6     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 24 07:23 AM
2.9     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 07:14 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 06:39 AM
2.4     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 06:32 AM
2.6     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 24 06:14 AM
4.3     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 24 06:10 AM
2.6     18.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 05:53 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 24 05:36 AM
2.5     0.2     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 24 05:12 AM
3.2     58.9     MAP

USGS     Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 24 04:45 AM
3.4     101.9     MAP

EMSC     Madeira Islands, Portugal Region
Apr 24 04:38 AM
3.4     12.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 24 04:06 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 24 04:06 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 24 03:57 AM
2.8     76.2     MAP

GEOFON     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 03:28 AM
4.5     23.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 03:28 AM
4.6     20.4     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 24 03:28 AM
4.6     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 24 03:06 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 24 03:02 AM
4.2     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 24 02:50 AM
2.8     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Near Coast Of Central Peru
Apr 24 02:42 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The Coast Of Central Peru
Apr 24 02:42 AM
4.6     21.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Peru
Apr 24 02:42 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Maui Region, Hawaii
Apr 24 02:42 AM
2.7     0.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 24 02:33 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Guadeloupe Region, Leeward Islands
Apr 24 01:50 AM
4.0     34.9     MAP

EMSC     Guadeloupe Region, Leeward Isl.
Apr 24 01:50 AM
4.0     35.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Kermadec Islands
Apr 24 01:05 AM
5.1     48.0     MAP

USGS     South Of The Kermadec Islands
Apr 24 01:05 AM
5.0     56.6     MAP

EMSC     South Of Kermadec Islands
Apr 24 01:05 AM
5.0     47.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 24 01:04 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 24 01:01 AM
2.6     4.2     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 24 00:34 AM
2.9     30.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 24 00:14 AM
2.4     31.0     MAP

 

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Volcanic Activity

Mount  Etna  Spews  Ash and  Lava

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

Etna’s fingers of fire: Europe’s most active volcano sends molten lava streaming menacingly down its mountainside

  • Fourth eruption of 11,000ft volcano in last month alone

By Mail Foreign Service

Etna, erupted for the seventh – and without doubt the most spectacular – time this year today, spewing forth molten lava hundreds of metres into the air.

Residents living close by were covered in hot ash but Europe’s tallest and most active volcano didn’t seem to pose any threat to human safety.

Local inhabitants of the Sicilian town of Catania were grateful that Etna at least didn’t close the local airport as it did last month, preventing a visiting Serie A football team from leaving the island.

Spewed forth: The fiery fingers cascade down the side of Etna after it erupted again todaySpewed forth: The fiery fingers cascade down the side of Etna after it erupted again today

Mexican volcano keeps locals awake

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The Popocatepetl volcano releases ash and steam during an eruption as seen from Cholula, Mexico. (Marco Ugarte, AP)The Popocatepetl volcano releases ash and steam during an eruption as seen from Cholula, Mexico. (Marco Ugarte, AP)

Xalitzintla – Residents at the foot of Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano no longer sleep soundly since the towering mountain roared back into action over a week ago, spewing out a hail of rocks, steam and ash.

“We close our eyes, but we don’t sleep much. In the past, there was only smoke but this time it’s stronger,” said Francisco Jimenez, who lives in the nearby town of Xalitzintla in central Mexico, 55km from Mexico City.

The volcano, Mexico’s second highest peak at 5 452m, started rumbling and spurting high clouds of ash and steam on 13 April, provoking the authorities to raise the alert to level five on a seven-point scale.

The alert extended a security cordon around the volcano but stopped short of starting evacuations of about 685 000 residents from nearby communities.

Over the weekend, residents watched as Popocatepetl, which means “smoking mountain” in the indigenous Nahuatl language, lived up to its name, spouting glowing rocks and shaking the ground beneath their feet.

“When we went out to see, my son cried: ‘We have to leave!’ We were ready to leave for Mexico City but then it calmed down a bit,” said 67-year-old Leopolda Perez of Xalitzintla.

‘Relative calm’ state

Authorities from the National Centre of Disaster Prevention maintained their alert level and said on Monday that the volcano remains at a “relative calm” state.

After moderate activity during most of the 20th century, Popocatepetl registered more intense rumblings from 1994, with the strongest in December 2000, when nearby communities were evacuated.

Juan Carlos Salazar, head of civil protection for the central state of Puebla, said that while many people thought lava was now coming out of the volcano, the crater was only spewing glowing rocks, with no risk to the population.

Popocatepetl is an explosive volcano that can suddenly erupt at tremendous force, thrusting out rocks and ashes at large distances. That kind of volcano can be more dangerous than those releasing only flowing lava.

Residents nervous

Residents say they are used to the permanent threat of the volcano, which they affectionately nickname “Don Gregorio” or “Don Goyo”, but many say the new activity makes them nervous again.

“We’ve been watching out for many nights, waiting to see what happens,” said Gabino Santibanez, mayor of San Pedro Benito Juarez, a small town only 9km from the glowing crater.

Locals said that most frightening was the unusual rumbling coming from the volcano, which many compared to an aircraft turbine.

“We’ve never heard a noise like it,” said Maximiliano Grajales.

About 4.5 million people live on the outskirts of the volcano, which lies at the crossroads of the states of Puebla, Morelos and Mexico.

Preparations made

Officials in the area have prepared temporary shelters for possible evacuations and even taken stock of livestock, in case of possible theft.

“Some people won’t want to leave because of their animals. Thieves pillaged houses during the 2000 evacuation,” Grajales said.

Some now wear face masks to protect their lungs from falling ashes as Don Goyo rumbles and smokes nearby.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

Heat wave shifts to central US — drought-hit West Texas in the cross-hairs

By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

The heat wave that baked the Southwest the previous two days is shifting to the central U.S.

Starting Tuesday, highs will reach into the 80s from Texas all the way up to the border with Canada, weather.com reported.

“Over 30 locations may tie or set new daily record highs Tuesday in the Rockies and Plains,” it added, and some areas as far north as Nebraska could reach into the 90s.

On Wednesday, West Texas will get blasted by triple-digit heat, forecasters said, worsening the prolonged drought that area has experienced. Midland will feel some of the worst of the heat.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record” for an April 25, National Weather Service forecaster Jack Ciccone of the Midland office told msnbc.com. The forecast is for 101 degrees Fahrenheit, 3 degrees above the existing record set in 1996.

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Radiation

press release

April 24, 2012, 10:29 a.m. EDT

Nuclear Famine Report: Limited Nuclear Exchange In One Of World’s Regions Would Trigger Mass Global Starvation After Slashing Chinese, U.S. Food Production

CHICAGO, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Amidst Growing Tensions in Asia, India-Pakistan Confrontation Used to Show Dire Consequences Around the Globe; More Than A Billion People Would be at Risk Under “Nuclear Famine” Scenario.

More than a billion people around the world would face starvation following a limited regional nuclear weapons exchange (such as a clash between India and Pakistan) that would cause major worldwide climate disruption driving down food production in China, the U.S. and other nations, according to a major new report released today by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and its U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).

Dr. Ira Helfand, the author of “Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk–Global Impacts of Limited Nuclear War on Agriculture, Food Supplies, and Human Nutrition,” said: “The grim prospect of nuclear famine requires a fundamental change in our thinking about nuclear weapons. The new evidence that even the relatively small nuclear arsenals of countries such as India and Pakistan could cause long lasting, global damage to the Earth’s ecosystems and threaten hundreds of millions of already malnourished people demands that action be taken. The needless and preventable deaths of one billion people over a decade would be a disaster unprecedented in human history. It would not cause the extinction of the human race, but it would bring an end to modern civilization as we know it.”

The findings and the methodology on which the study is based will be published in a forthcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change. Released during the World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Chicago April 23-25, 2012, the Helfand report was made possible with the financial support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Among the specific findings outlined in the report:

Corn production in the U.S. would decline by an average of 10 percent for an entire decade, with the most severe decline (20 percent) in Year 5. Soybean production would decline by about 7 percent, with the most severe loss, more than 20 percent, in Year 5.

There would be a significant decline in middle-season rice production in China. During the first four years, rice production would decline by an average of 21 percent; over the next six years the decline would average 10 percent.

Resulting increases in food prices would make food inaccessible to hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest. Even if agricultural markets continued to function normally, 215 million people would be added to the rolls of the malnourished over the course of a decade. The 925 million people in the world who are already chronically malnourished (with a baseline consumption of 1,750 calories or less per day), would be put at risk by a further 10 percent decline in their food consumption.

Significant agricultural shortfalls over an extended period would almost certainly lead to panic and hoarding on an international scale, further reducing accessible food.

The IPPNW/PSR report concludes: “There is an urgent need to reduce the reliance on nuclear weapons by all nuclear weapons states and to move with all possible speed to the negotiation of a nuclear weapons convention that will ban these weapons completely.”

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Climate Change

Hunger crisis stalks Chad’s children

Published on Apr 24, 2012 by

Almost 130,000 children are at risk of developing acute malnutrition in the central African nation of Chad within this year, according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

The crisis is worsening by the day and aid agencies say funds are not coming in quick enough to help.

Charles Stratford reports.

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News: Volcanos, Spaceweather, Planetary/Lunar Position

Published on Apr 24, 2012 by

Sun-Diving Comet – Earth Directed CME – 24th April 2012.wmv

Published on Apr 24, 2012 by

With thanks and gratitude for SolarWatcher’s dedicated time and effort uploading this video.

A Sun-Diving comet was caught on the Soho satellite feed on 23rd April 2012. Shortly after the comet’s death plunge, a large Halo coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed and is currently earth directed. Impact on the earth’s magnetic field is expected around 26th/27th April 2012.

 

 

 

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Articles of Interest

Teenager disappears into ground as sinkhole opens up in Chinese pavement

Published on Apr 24, 2012 by

A Chinese teenager is lucky to escape with minor injuries after falling into a sinkhole in Xi’an, northern China. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.

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Earthquakes

 

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 23:46 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 23:25 PM
2.7     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 23:19 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southeast Indian Ridge
Apr 12 23:15 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southeast Indian Ridge
Apr 12 23:15 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 23:04 PM
3.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 23:01 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 22:55 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 12 22:46 PM
2.8     9.4     MAP

USGS     Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 12 22:42 PM
2.7     76.2     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 22:37 PM
4.6     96.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 22:37 PM
4.4     27.1     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 22:37 PM
4.6     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Sea Of Okhotsk
Apr 12 22:28 PM
4.0     480.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 12 22:13 PM
3.5     19.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 12 22:10 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 12 21:55 PM
2.4     27.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 21:42 PM
4.8     28.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 21:42 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 21:42 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 21:12 PM
3.0     7.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 12 20:49 PM
2.7     26.4     MAP

GEOFON     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:45 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:45 PM
4.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 20:43 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:31 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greenland Sea
Apr 12 20:31 PM
4.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 20:21 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 20:21 PM
4.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 20:07 PM
3.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 12 19:41 PM
4.1     82.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Apr 12 19:30 PM
2.4     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 19:25 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 19:25 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 12 19:11 PM
2.5     7.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 12 18:53 PM
3.5     7.7     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 18:31 PM
3.6     87.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 12 17:52 PM
2.4     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 12 17:36 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Oregon
Apr 12 16:59 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 12 16:58 PM
4.2     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Offshore Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 12 16:58 PM
4.2     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Iran
Apr 12 16:47 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 12 16:44 PM
3.6     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 16:44 PM
2.4     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Alaska
Apr 12 16:41 PM
4.2     57.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 12 16:41 PM
4.0     67.6     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 16:27 PM
2.6     16.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Oregon
Apr 12 16:25 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 15:51 PM
4.4     32.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 15:51 PM
4.4     32.0     MAP

EMSC     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 12 15:26 PM
4.7     40.0     MAP

USGS     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 12 15:26 PM
4.7     33.1     MAP

GEOFON     Southeast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 15:26 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 15:07 PM
4.8     11.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 15:07 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 15:07 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Iran
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Java, Indonesia
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.8     69.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.9     65.0     MAP

USGS     Java, Indonesia
Apr 12 15:01 PM
4.8     42.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 14:55 PM
2.8     8.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 14:50 PM
5.6     23.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 14:50 PM
5.4     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 14:50 PM
5.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:46 PM
5.0     27.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:46 PM
5.0     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:46 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:31 PM
4.7     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 14:31 PM
4.7     29.7     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 12 13:20 PM
3.1     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 13:09 PM
5.3     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 13:09 PM
5.3     30.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 13:09 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 12 12:57 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 12:19 PM
4.8     26.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 12:19 PM
4.8     29.5     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 12:19 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 12 12:10 PM
3.1     4.9     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 12 11:53 AM
2.6     6.1     MAP

EMSC     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 12 11:38 AM
4.9     33.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 12 11:38 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Mid Atlantic Ridge
Apr 12 11:38 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 11:34 AM
3.1     8.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 11:29 AM
2.6     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 11:28 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 11:20 AM
5.2     18.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 11:19 AM
5.3     14.3     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 12 11:19 AM
5.2     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 11:02 AM
3.3     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southwest Of Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 12 11:02 AM
5.1     35.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 12 11:02 AM
4.9     28.1     MAP

EMSC     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 12 11:02 AM
4.9     29.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:59 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:59 AM
4.7     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:59 AM
4.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 10:27 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 10:26 AM
4.9     9.9     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 10:26 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:18 AM
4.7     30.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:18 AM
4.9     27.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 10:18 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 10:07 AM
2.6     15.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 12 09:49 AM
3.8     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 09:32 AM
4.0     2.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 09:30 AM
2.5     103.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 09:24 AM
2.4     12.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 09:15 AM
4.7     27.5     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 09:15 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 09:15 AM
4.8     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.0     162.0     MAP

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     156.0     MAP

USGS     Tajikistan
Apr 12 08:56 AM
4.1     163.4     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 08:54 AM
4.4     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 08:54 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 12 08:54 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 08:21 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 12 08:10 AM
2.6     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 07:57 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 07:57 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 12 07:54 AM
3.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:43 AM
5.1     30.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:43 AM
5.1     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:43 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 12 07:43 AM
2.5     7.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 07:41 AM
2.4     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 12 07:38 AM
2.5     8.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 07:34 AM
5.0     15.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 07:34 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 12 07:33 AM
3.9     80.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 12 07:18 AM
4.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Baja California, Mexico     
Apr 12 07:15 AM     
6.3     60.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico     
Apr 12 07:15 AM     
7.0     10.0     MAP     

USGS     Gulf Of California     
Apr 12 07:15 AM     
6.9     10.3     MAP     

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 12 07:14 AM
4.0     64.3     MAP

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico     
Apr 12 07:06 AM     
6.1     10.0     MAP     

USGS     Gulf Of California     
Apr 12 07:06 AM     
6.2     10.1     MAP     

EMSC     Gulf Of California     
Apr 12 07:06 AM     
6.0     10.0     MAP   

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 12 07:01 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:01 AM
5.0     26.9     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:01 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 12 07:01 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 12 06:48 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 06:48 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 12 06:48 AM
4.7     9.8     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 12 06:47 AM
2.7     11.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 06:47 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 06:47 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 12 06:47 AM
4.5     14.7     MAP

EMSC     Northern Algeria
Apr 12 06:17 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

 

 

 

Earthquakes shake Gulf of California

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — A pair of strong earthquakes rocked Mexico’s Gulf of California only minutes apart early Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quakes — magnitude 6.9 and 6.2 — were centered about 85 miles northeast of Guerrero Negro in the Mexican state of Baja California, or 325 miles south-southwest of Phoenix in the United States. Both epicenters were shallow, a little more than six miles underground.

No tsunami warnings were issued and there were no immediate reports of damage, but people as far north as Tucson, Arizona, reported feeling them.

The temblors were recorded at 12:16 a.m. and 12:06 a.m. local time (3:16 a.m. and 3;06 a.m. ET).

 

 

7.0 Mexico/ 5.9 Oregon Coast/8.6 Sumatra/6.1 Tokyo

Magnitude 4.5 – NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

Magnitude 4.5
Date-Time
Location 41.998°N, 65.994°W
Depth 15.8 km (9.8 miles)
Region NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
Distances 203 km (126 miles) S of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
290 km (180 miles) SSW of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
352 km (218 miles) SW of HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Canada
421 km (261 miles) E of BOSTON, Massachusetts
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 22 km (13.7 miles); depth +/- 6.3 km (3.9 miles)
Parameters NST=125, Nph=138, Dmin=323.9 km, Rmss=0.89 sec, Gp=155°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=8
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0009131

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Volcanic Activity

Mount Etna eruption no danger to local airport

15:44 12 APR 2012

(AGI) Catania – Mount Etna is erupting for the sixth time this year with lava and plumes of smoke and ash from a new crater on the volcano’s southeast side. The new activity was preceded by new phase that began last night and that, according to experts from the INGV in Catania, has the same characteristics as the one before this one. Ash, carried by wind towards the east, has not yet created problems at the Fontanarossa airport, which is fully operational. . .

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

New Mexico

Colorado

Florida

Arizona

Texas

Freeze Warning

Virginia

New York

Maryland

Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania

Michigan

Ohio

South Carolina

New Jersey

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Storms, Flooding

Photos: Spring hailstorm pelts Texas Panhandle

by WFAA

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

An unusual spring storm in the Texas Panhandle Wednesday afternoon dumped two to four feet of hail near Dumas.

Trucks were reported sliding off the road on Highway 287 as a result of the unexpected weather phenomenon. Snow plows were being used to clear the roads.

Some vehicles were trapped in the drifts of hailstones.

Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus said a tornado watch was in effect for the Panhandle region through 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the storms were moving very slowly between Pampa and Dumas north of Amarillo and to the east of Dalhart.

Melting hail and heavy rain triggered flash flooding in the Panhandle

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Tornado leaves path of destruction near Stockton

French Camp funnel cloud damage photo
French Camp funnel cloud damage

KTVU.com

STOCKTON, Calif. —

An EF-1 tornado that set down near Stockton Wednesday afternoon destroyed a building near a home and left debris strewn across the surrounding area, according to local meteorologists.

In Stockton, a highway traffic camera captured a funnel cloud southwest of the city, near Lathrop and a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento said it later touched down in French Camp, south of Stockton.

Discovery Bay resident Carlos Espinoza noticed the unusual atmospheric conditions just before the funnel cloud formed.

“I hear what I thought was thunder, said Espinoza. “Curious, I went out to look”

Espinoza grabbed his compact camera and snapped a series of 11 pictures that showed the funnel cloud forming and extending towards the ground.

A retired police officer, Espinoza knew what he’d witnessed.

“We’ve been shown how to look for certain weather conditions, explained Espinoza. To see this come up right in front of you was surprising, and fun!”

By early Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado swept through French Camp.

People who live in French Camp said they knew it was a tornado before the weather service did, as they watched it tear apart a building and send pieces of corrugated metal flying into telephone poles.

“[I was] scared to death,” said tornado victim Valentin Guitierrez. “We really thought we were going to die. I thought I was going to die.”

Guitierrez owned the shed that was destroyed when the tornado touched down. He said the sight of the twister and resulting damage was stunning.

“I heard a loud loud noise. I ran out to look out the back window and I see this big ol’ cloud,” said Guitierrez. “I see it flip over the trailers, so I figured it was a tornado. So I ran to the front of the house, told my family to get on the ground.”

One man said he’d never seen anything like it in his 65 years in San Joaquin County.

It is not unheard of to have twisters spawn from the clouds in the San Joaquin Valley, but it’s not common.

Besides the funnel cloud, a mass of unstable air between Spring storms triggered thundershowers and hail in the Central Valley, according tometeorologists.

The thundershowers erupted in a break between two storm fronts that have gotten April off to a wet start.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Wednesday afternoon for Tulare County near Hanford where quarter-inch sized hail fell accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder.

National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said some BB-size hail was reported in the San Jose area around noon.

Meanwhile, a strong line of thundershowers roared into the Sierra foothills, dumping half inch in diameter hail and heavy downpours.

Two more low pressure system were lined up off shore ready to bring showers for the morning commutes both on Thursday and Friday.

Forecasters predicted the North Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains could get 2 inches or more of rain by Saturday while the central Bay Area could expect 0.5 to 2 inches.

After one of the driest winters in a century, Mother Nature has done her best to eliminate potential drought conditions with one of the wettest Marchs in the past 80 years and now the April showers.

The same has held true for the Sierra where for much of the winter the ski resorts were forced to rely on snowmaking machines.

“Back in January, when we didn’t have any snow, we were looking for a tough season,” said Jennie Bartlett, a spokeswoman for Sugar Bowl. “But March was an awesome month for us. We got over 200 inches of snow.”

Flood Warning

Texas

Louisiana

Arkansas

Winter Storm Warning

California

Nevada

Oregon

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Radiation

Published on Apr 6, 2012 by

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann. California beware! A radioactive wave is headed toward the West Coast of the United States courtesy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? So with nuclear power still wreaking havoc on the environment – why are the Japanese about to flip on more of their nuclear reactors?


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Solar Activity

THE SUN TODAY: 12 April 2012 – Activity Building?

Solar X-rays:

Geomagnetic Field:

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Earthquakes

GEOFON Mariana Islands
Apr 01 23:19 PM
4.9 245.0 MAP

USGS Alamagan Region, Northern Mariana Islands

Apr 01 23:19 PM
4.8 175.1 MAP

EMSC Alamagan Reg, N. Mariana Islands
Apr 01 23:19 PM
4.9 160.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 01 23:18 PM
3.0 6.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 01 23:03 PM
3.1 5.6 MAP

EMSC Southeastern Iran
Apr 01 22:30 PM
3.6 28.0 MAP

GEOFON Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 01 22:23 PM
5.0 74.0 MAP

EMSC Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 01 22:23 PM
5.2 49.0 MAP

USGS Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 01 22:23 PM
5.3 20.8 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 22:21 PM
3.0 17.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 01 22:13 PM
3.1 2.0 MAP

EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region
Apr 01 22:03 PM
2.7 15.0 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 01 21:44 PM
5.6 122.0 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 01 21:44 PM
5.8 121.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 01 21:44 PM
5.7 97.5 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 01 19:49 PM
3.3 79.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Italy
Apr 01 19:21 PM
4.1 253.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 01 19:21 PM
3.9 275.0 MAP

USGS Southern Italy
Apr 01 19:21 PM
4.5 274.8 MAP

EMSC Coquimbo, Chile
Apr 01 19:10 PM
4.9 73.0 MAP

USGS Coquimbo, Chile
Apr 01 19:10 PM
4.9 72.6 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 18:43 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 01 18:15 PM
2.5 34.8 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 01 18:00 PM
3.0 66.1 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 15:02 PM
2.5 6.9 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Djibouti
Apr 01 14:22 PM
3.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 01 14:12 PM
2.8 0.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 14:04 PM
5.8 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 14:04 PM
5.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 01 13:50 PM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC Tristan Da Cunha Region
Apr 01 13:14 PM
5.4 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Tristan Da Cunha Region
Apr 01 13:14 PM
5.3 10.0 MAP

USGS Tristan Da Cunha Region
Apr 01 13:14 PM
5.4 6.8 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 13:02 PM
2.6 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 12:36 PM
2.9 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 12:26 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 01 12:08 PM
3.1 122.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 10:50 AM
2.4 13.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 01 10:40 AM
2.4 7.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 01 10:37 AM
2.5 14.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Italy
Apr 01 10:22 AM
2.5 36.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 09:47 AM
2.6 6.4 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 01 09:14 AM
2.6 28.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 08:48 AM
4.7 33.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 01 08:48 AM
4.5 34.3 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 08:26 AM
3.0 5.2 MAP

USGS Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 01 08:07 AM
4.5 42.5 MAP

EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 01 08:07 AM
4.6 30.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Apr 01 08:01 AM
3.3 105.0 MAP

USGS Tonga
Apr 01 07:41 AM
4.9 35.0 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Apr 01 07:41 AM
4.9 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Chile
Apr 01 07:31 AM
5.1 79.0 MAP

USGS Antofagasta, Chile
Apr 01 07:31 AM
4.9 87.4 MAP

EMSC Antofagasta, Chile
Apr 01 07:31 AM
5.0 88.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 07:29 AM
3.0 20.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 01 06:52 AM
2.9 109.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 06:45 AM
2.6 6.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 06:30 AM
3.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 06:26 AM
3.4 7.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 01 06:17 AM
3.2 3.8 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 01 06:07 AM
2.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 06:02 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 01 05:38 AM
3.2 258.0 MAP

USGS Batan Islands Region, Philippines
Apr 01 05:34 AM
4.8 22.1 MAP

EMSC Batan Isl Region, Philippines
Apr 01 05:34 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Philippine Islands Region
Apr 01 05:34 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 01 05:31 AM
2.9 15.5 MAP

USGS Greece
Apr 01 05:18 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 01 05:18 AM
3.0 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 01 04:47 AM
2.4 133.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 04:42 AM
3.5 5.0 MAP

GEONET Raukumara Plain
Apr 01 04:30 AM
4.1 6.0 MAP

GEONET Raukumara Plain
Apr 01 04:24 AM
4.7 5.0 MAP

GEONET Raukumara Plain
Apr 01 04:06 AM
4.8 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 03:30 AM
2.5 7.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 01 03:18 AM
4.0 127.2 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 01 03:18 AM
4.1 122.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Greece
Apr 01 02:10 AM
2.4 54.0 MAP

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Apr 01 01:43 AM
4.0 2.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 01 01:40 AM
2.9 26.7 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 01 01:28 AM
3.5 1.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 01 01:08 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 01 00:57 AM
2.9 6.0 MAP

Earthquakes north of White Island off New Zealand in Bay of Plenty.

Three earthquakes, the largest measuring magnitude-4.8, have been recorded near volcanic White Island within half-an-hour each other.

GNS Science reported a 4.8 quake at 4.08pm, 110km north of White Island, which sits off New Zealand in Bay of Plenty.

A second quake, measuring 4.7 struck at 4.24pm, followed by a 4.1 quake at 4.30pm.

All three quakes were shallow, with the focal depth of each quake being measured at between 3km to 6km.

The first two tremors were reportedly felt in Coromandel.

White Island, New Zealand’s largest volcano, last erupted in 2000.

GNS Science could not immediately be reached for comment on whether the earthquakes might affect volcanic activity on the island.

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Volcanic Activity

Video Etna, Italy eruption April 1

Italy / Sicily / Etna

In fact this eruption (paroxysm) started yesterday evening. See our early report below. People who have responded to that alert must have seen the action in the etna-guide webcam. The HD quality video from Etnawalk shows the explosions in the crater and the lava streams running down the hill. the actual eruption images are starting at 1:30. The video is accompanied by great music!

Satellites Find Dormant Volcanoes Now Waking Up

The importance of global and frequent data coverage of volcanoes was highlighted in a recent article published in Science. Satellites are finding that volcanoes previously thought to be dormant are showing signs of unrest.

As the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland demonstrated, volcanic eruptions can have consequences over large regions, so the global perspective offered by satellite systems is vital for monitoring volcanoes in remote and inaccessible terrain.

Most volcanoes around the world are not monitored effectively – or at all. The ‘Monitoring Volcanoes’ article made reference to a study of over 440 active volcanoes in 16 developing countries. The study revealed that 384 have rudimentary or no monitoring, including 65 volcanoes identified as posing a high risk to large populations.

Earth-observing satellites, such as ESA’s Envisat, can detect unrest on currently unmonitored volcanoes.

Read Full Article Here

Etna volcano – tremor signal started to rise sharply

The tremor signal has started to rise sharply on Saturday, March 31, which could mean that the 23rd paroxysm is about to occur. The next hours will show.

Strombolian activity continued since Friday, March 30, at the new Southeast Crater crater.

Explosions throw incandescent material tens of meters beyond the crater edge and, in some cases, bombs fall on the flanks of the cinder cone. During the late Friday afternoon and evening explosions followed one another with an average rate of 20-30 events per hour. The real-time seismic tremor signal shows no substantial changes in amplitude.

The Watchers

Mount Etna spews fiery lava for the fifth time this year

Europe’s tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted for the fifth time in 2012, spewing hot lava and ash in the early hours of Sunday. The lava, which could be seen moving down the mountain’s side just after 4am local time, continued to spew until around 5.30 am, according to local news reports. Ash from the eruption landed on the villages at the foot of the volcano; however no damage was reported and nearby airports remained open

See Video Here

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Storms

Tropical Storm Pakhar (02W) by Vietnam – April 1st, 2012

On March 17, an area of disturbed weather associated with a cold front formed about 300 km (190 mi), to the northwest of Palau Island. At that time, the low pressure area was located in an area of moderate vertical wind shear, with unfavorable water temperature.

Over the next couple of days, it slowly moved towards the Samar area, and crossed the Visayas region. On March 20, the low pressure area remained almost stationary, about 140 km (85 mi) to the northwest of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The cause of the low’s stalling was due to a high pressure system, that was building up to the northeast of the system, extending into Vietnam. At the same time, the JMA upgraded the storm to a disturbance.

The system remained stationary for more four days, before the JMA upgraded it to a tropical depression. However, on March 25, the JMA downgraded the tropical depression to a disturbance, as the storm’s outer rainbands began to collapse, and its low level circulation center began to be fully exposed.

Early on March 26, the JMA re-upgraded the disturbance to a tropical depression, as the storm began to reorganize. By this time, the depression became well organized, due to low vertical wind shear associated with favorable water temperatures.

Read Full Article Here

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Solar Activity

N3KL Solar Activity Monitor

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Solar System

Tarek Niazi on Surrounded by Idiots

Uploaded by sunskymysteries on Feb 7, 2012

http://www.sunskymysteries.com

Tarek is the author of More Than 60 Minutes: When Earth Stands Still and like many other science based researchers around the world, has reached the conclusion that in fact we are seeing the approach of an extra-solar body towards the Earth.

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Ferndale, Michigan

Did You Hear That Boom? Residents Report Saturday Night Sounds that Shook Homes

Ferndale Police are investigating what might have caused three loud booms and light flashes that shook homes and concerned many local residents Saturday night. The booms were heard around 9:30-10 p.m. and may have originated near the area of Hilton and Marshall. More than 40 people posted on Ferndale Patch’s Facebook page about the incidents — describing flashes of light seen in the sky, their homes vibrating with the noise, and helicopters heard overheard following the sounds. A Ferndale Police dispatcher said last night at 12:30 a.m. that they investigated the noise but could not find its cause. He said fireworks were a possibility. Ferndale Police Lt. Casey O’Loughlin said Sunday morning that he was not aware of any reports made but said loud booms can be caused by fireworks. “That’s usually what loud booms turn out to be are fireworks,” he said. In Ferndale, any type of fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal, he said. O’Loughlin said he was not aware of any helicopters being sent out. Here’s what some Patch readers had to say about the noise:

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Articles of Interest

FEMA chief says agency bracing for ‘maximum’ disaster

By Eric Berger

Recent hurricanes Ike and Katrina may rank among the three costliest storms in U.S. history, but in preparing for disasters the federal government must think bigger still, says America’s top emergency planner.

“As devastating as those two hurricanes were, they’re not as bad as it gets,” said Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fugate told reporters Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Fla., that his agency has been preparing for realistic worst-case scenarios – not just natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but terrorist attacks, as well.

Read Full Article Here

Japan’s quake defenses not enough, official reports warn

By Antoni Slodkowski

(Reuters) – Japan’s defenses against a major tsunami and the safety of its nuclear plants were thrown into further doubt after two official studies predicted much higher waves could hit and that Tokyo quake damage could be bigger than it was prepared for.

The reports, carried in the media over the weekend, are likely to intensify the debate about whether to restart Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors, all but one of which are shut amid public fears about nuclear safety sparked by the Fukushima disaster in March 2011.

One report said a quake as big as the one that rocked Japan in 2011 could trigger waves topping 34 meters (112 feet), almost double its previous estimate made in 2003 when its worst scenario forecast tsunami of no more than 20 meters (66 feet).

The Cabinet Office panel which authored the report, revised its predictions after one of the biggest tremors on record struck Japan last year, setting off a tsunami that topped 20 meters in the worst-affected areas and triggering the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

“We won’t be able to contain a massive tsunami with the (current) embankments,” said Masaharu Nakagawa, disaster prevention minister on a news conference on Saturday evening.

“We will have to work the (changes regarding) the city planning, disaster prevention education and evacuation into the policies,” he said.

Waves at the now off-line Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka prefecture, operated by Chubu Electric Power, could reach 21 meters, breaching the 18-metre breakwater that the operators are currently building, the report said.

The government is keen to get some of the reactors running after surging fuels imports resulted in a rare trade deficit, raising worries about its declining ability to fund a huge public debt with domestic savings. But it must first persuade wary locals that the plants are safe.

Read Full Article Here

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