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Earthquakes

MAG UTC DATE-TIME
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MAP  4.7   2012/09/30 23:04:44   41.443   81.868 35.0  SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
MAP  4.4 2012/09/30 22:47:25   2.954   127.599 58.1  MOLUCCA SEA
MAP  4.6   2012/09/30 22:39:16   38.284   142.144 15.8  NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP  4.5   2012/09/30 21:49:27   56.322   164.351 30.4  KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION
MAP  4.7   2012/09/30 20:43:39   2.521   89.939 15.0  NORTH INDIAN OCEAN
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 19:17:17   35.523   -96.778 5.0  OKLAHOMA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/30 18:00:27   19.661   -64.230 63.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.7 2012/09/30 16:59:39   68.478  -147.328 2.7  NORTHERN ALASKA
MAP  7.3   2012/09/30 16:31:36   1.916   -76.355 168.3  COLOMBIA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/30 16:27:23   63.848  -148.806 104.6  CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP  5.4   2012/09/30 15:35:54   22.992   146.050 35.0  VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 14:29:31   51.574  -173.280 16.9  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 13:41:25   19.280   -64.034 96.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/30 09:30:13   8.396   -77.105 43.2  PANAMA-COLOMBIA BORDER REGION
MAP  2.7 2012/09/30 07:22:14   19.560   -64.384 58.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  4.3 2012/09/30 07:14:42   38.303   71.383 47.6  TAJIKISTAN
MAP  4.2 2012/09/30 06:49:25   26.997  -111.585 9.7  GULF OF CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.3 2012/09/30 06:44:19   53.636  -159.180 40.9  SOUTH OF ALASKA
MAP  2.6 2012/09/30 06:03:37   51.482  -178.257 29.8  ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 05:47:38   19.675   -64.552 29.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 05:36:12   19.542   -64.326 67.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 04:46:26   19.969   -64.194 24.0  NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 04:09:03   32.768   -96.915 5.1  NORTHERN TEXAS
MAP  3.4 2012/09/30 04:05:01   32.847   -96.956 5.0  NORTHERN TEXAS
MAP  2.6 2012/09/30 04:03:35   17.980   -64.260 26.0  VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP  3.1 2012/09/30 02:26:00   60.192  -149.094 16.5  KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 02:13:08   38.830  -122.760 1.3  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  3.0 2012/09/30 01:53:31   18.765   -67.372 59.0  PUERTO RICO REGION
MAP  4.9   2012/09/30 01:52:26   2.606   89.721 10.1  NORTH INDIAN OCEAN

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7.1 mb – COLOMBIA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.1 mb
Date-Time
  • 30 Sep 2012 16:31:34 UTC
  • 30 Sep 2012 11:31:34 near epicenter
  • 30 Sep 2012 10:31:34 standard time in your timezone
Location 1.969N 76.315W
Depth 150 km
Distances
  • 62 km (39 miles) SSE (149 degrees) of Popayan, Colombia
  • 89 km (55 miles) WNW (296 degrees) of Florencia, Colombia
  • 137 km (85 miles) NE (51 degrees) of Pasto, Colombia
  • 345 km (214 miles) NE (45 degrees) of QUITO, Ecuador
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 3.0 km; Vertical 6.9 km
Parameters Nph = 717; Dmin = 885.8 km; Rmss = 0.89 seconds; Gp = 57°
M-type = mb; Version = A
Event ID us 2012gdap

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

by WALT ZWIRKO

WFAA

Twin earthquakes

IRVING — The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 3.4 magnitude earthquake centered near Irving at 11:05 p.m. Saturday.

Four minutes later, there was a magnitude 3.1 quake in West Dallas. Both were estimated at a depth of 3.1 miles.

News 8 has been receiving calls and Facebook postings from people who felt the earth moving in Richardson, Garland, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, and other locations in North Texas.

The epicenter of the initial quake was located near MacArthur Boulevard and Rochelle Road near Farine Elementary School, according to coordinates provided by the USGS.

The second tremor was centered near the intersection of Loop 12 and Interstate 30, about six miles southeast of the first earthquake.

Irving’s emergency operators were flooded with more than 400 calls after the initial quake as people reported such minor damage as cracks in some walls and a ceiling, pictures knocked down and a report of a possible gas leak, according to an emergency official, Pat McMacken. City officials said they were still following up on the various reports early Sunday.

Beverly Rangel’s home on New Haven Street in Irving was at the epicenter of the first quake. “The table started shaking,” she said. “It’s a pretty heavy table for it to be shaking!”

“I kind of got scared,” said her son, Emmanuel. “I was sitting right here, and the couch just started shaking.”

Ashley Finley in Las Colinas said she felt two tremors that shook her walls and furniture.

Cheryl Gideon in Irving said she and her neighbors all ran outside.

Irving police checked neighborhoods near the epicenter to ensure there was no damage.

“We felt it twice in Euless about five minutes apart,” wrote Denise Perez. “We weren’t sure if a plane had crashed or the roof was caving in. It sounded massive.”

Joni Gregory of Carrollton said she was surprised she could feel the quake so far away. “The house shook a couple of times… didn’t know what was going on,” she said. “Maybe it’s wind? No, it’s too much.”

Geophysicist Randy Baldwin at the USGS earthquake center in Golden, Colorado  told The Associated Press that the quake was just strong enough to likely have been felt for about 15 or 20 miles around the epicenter. He says the quake’s online reporting system received no reports of any damages or injuries but there were some 1,200 responses from people who felt the quake.

Baldwin says smaller aftershocks are a possibility in that area in coming hours or days. He said the Saturday night quakes were detected by a seismological station located about 65 miles from the epicenter — somewhat distant — and the preliminary magnitude of 3.4 for the initial tremor could be revised up or down once further data is evaluated.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport continued operations normally during and after the quakes, which barely rattled nerves at the airport located partially within the city limits of Irving, said airport public affairs officer David Magaña. He told AP said the airport, which bustles at peak hours to get some 1,800 flights in and out daily, was in a quiet period with very little air traffic late Saturday night.

But he said those still in the airport definitely felt the quakes.

“I wouldn’t call it panic. I would call it surprise,” Magaña said.

He said members of the airport operations team immediately conducted a special inspection of the airfield, buildings and found nothing harmed by the quake.

“We don’t have any damage to report. There were no impacts or (power) outages and no disruptions to flights,” Magaña said. “I felt it at my house. It shook it a little bit but it wasn’t enough of a jolt to shake anything loose like you have in California. I’ve been in California and this was nothing like that.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LISS – Live Internet Seismic Server

GSN Stations

These data update automatically every 30 minutes. Last update: October 1, 2012 07:49:12 UTC

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CU/ANWB, Willy Bob, Antigua and Barbuda

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CU/BBGH, Gun Hill, Barbados

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CU/BCIP, Isla Barro Colorado, Panama

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CU/GRGR, Grenville, Grenada

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CU/GRTK, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

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CU/GTBY, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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CU/MTDJ, Mount Denham, Jamaica

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CU/SDDR, Presa de Sabaneta, Dominican Republic

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CU/TGUH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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IC/BJT, Baijiatuan, Beijing, China

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IC/ENH, Enshi, China

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IC/HIA, Hailar, Neimenggu Province, China

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IC/LSA, Lhasa, China

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IC/MDJ, Mudanjiang, China

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IC/QIZ, Qiongzhong, Guangduong Province, China

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IU/ADK, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA

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IU/AFI, Afiamalu, Samoa

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IU/ANMO, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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IU/ANTO, Ankara, Turkey

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IU/BBSR, Bermuda

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IU/BILL, Bilibino, Russia

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IU/CASY, Casey, Antarctica

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IU/CCM, Cathedral Cave, Missouri, USA

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IU/CHTO, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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IU/COLA, College Outpost, Alaska, USA

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IU/COR, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

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IU/CTAO, Charters Towers, Australia

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IU/DAV,Davao, Philippines

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IU/DWPF,Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, USA

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IU/FUNA,Funafuti, Tuvalu

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IU/FURI, Mt. Furi, Ethiopia

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IU/GNI, Garni, Armenia

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IU/GRFO, Grafenberg, Germany

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IU/GUMO, Guam, Mariana Islands

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IU/HKT, Hockley, Texas, USA

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IU/HNR, Honiara, Solomon Islands

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IU/HRV, Adam Dziewonski Observatory (Oak Ridge), Massachusetts, USA

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IU/INCN, Inchon, Republic of Korea

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IU/JOHN, Johnston Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/KBS, Ny-Alesund, Spitzbergen, Norway

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IU/KEV, Kevo, Finland

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IU/KIEV, Kiev, Ukraine

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IU/KIP, Kipapa, Hawaii, USA

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IU/KMBO, Kilima Mbogo, Kenya

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IU/KNTN, Kanton Island, Kiribati

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IU/KONO, Kongsberg, Norway

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IU/KOWA, Kowa, Mali

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IU/LCO, Las Campanas Astronomical Observatory, Chile

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IU/LSZ, Lusaka, Zambia

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IU/LVC, Limon Verde, Chile

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IU/MA2, Magadan, Russia

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IU/MAJO, Matsushiro, Japan

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IU/MAKZ,Makanchi, Kazakhstan

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IU/MBWA, Marble Bar, Western Australia

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IU/MIDW, Midway Island, Pacific Ocean, USA

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IU/MSKU, Masuku, Gabon

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IU/NWAO, Narrogin, Australia

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IU/OTAV, Otavalo, Equador

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IU/PAB, San Pablo, Spain

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IU/PAYG Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands

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IU/PET, Petropavlovsk, Russia

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IU/PMG, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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IU/PMSA, Palmer Station, Antarctica

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IU/POHA, Pohakaloa, Hawaii

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IU/PTCN, Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

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IU/PTGA, Pitinga, Brazil

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IU/QSPA, South Pole, Antarctica

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IU/RAO, Raoul, Kermandec Islands

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IU/RAR, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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IU/RCBR, Riachuelo, Brazil

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IU/RSSD, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

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IU/SAML, Samuel, Brazil

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IU/SBA, Scott Base, Antarctica

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IU/SDV, Santo Domingo, Venezuela

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IU/SFJD, Sondre Stromfjord, Greenland

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IU/SJG, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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IU/SLBS, Sierra la Laguna Baja California Sur, Mexico

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IU/SNZO, South Karori, New Zealand

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IU/SSPA, Standing Stone, Pennsylvania USA

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IU/TARA, Tarawa Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/TATO, Taipei, Taiwan

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IU/TEIG, Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico

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IU/TIXI, Tiksi, Russia

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IU/TRIS, Tristan da Cunha, Atlantic Ocean

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IU/TRQA, Tornquist, Argentina

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IU/TSUM, Tsumeb, Namibia

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IU/TUC, Tucson, Arizona

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IU/ULN, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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IU/WAKE, Wake Island, Pacific Ocean

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IU/WCI, Wyandotte Cave, Indiana, USA

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IU/WVT, Waverly, Tennessee, USA

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IU/XMAS, Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati

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IU/YAK, Yakutsk, Russia

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IU/YSS, Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia

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Earthquake in USA on Monday, 01 October, 2012 at 05:18 (05:18 AM) UTC.

Description
Damage from a small earthquake and a subsequent aftershock in a suburb west of Dallas was mostly limited to cracked walls and knocked-down pictures, authorities said. The unscathed Dallas-Fort Worth airport, near the epicenter of Saturday’s late-night temblor, kept up with normal flight operations. Emergency officials said there were no indications of any injuries. The initial earthquake, measured at a preliminary magnitude of 3.4, struck at 11:05 p.m. central time Saturday and was centered about 2 miles north of the Dallas suburb of Irving, the U.S. Geological Survey’s national earthquake monitoring center in Golden, Colo., reported. USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin told The Associated Press that the initial quake lasted several seconds and appeared strong enough to be felt up to 15 or 20 miles away. He said the smaller aftershock, with an estimated 3.1 magnitude, occurred four minutes later and just a few miles away in another area west of Dallas. Irving’s emergency operators were flooded with more than 400 calls after the initial quake, with people reporting minor damage, such as cracks in some walls and a ceiling, pictures that had been knocked down and a report of a possible gas leak, emergency official Pat McMacken said Sunday.
  Tsunami Information
Pacific Ocean Region
Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
30.09.2012 16:38 PM Tsunami Information Bulletin Colombia 7.4 140 km Details

Tsunami Information Bulletin in Colombia, Pacific Ocean

GuID: pacific.TIBPAC.2012.09.30.1638
Date/Time: 2012-09-30 16:38:57
Source: PTWC
Area: Pacific Ocean
Location: Colombia
Magnitude: M 7.4
Depth: 140 km
Tsunami observed: Not observed.
Original Bulletin
Tsunami Information Bulletin in Colombia, Pacific Ocean
000
WEPA42 PHEB 301638
TIBPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1638Z 30 SEP 2012

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  1632Z 30 SEP 2012
 COORDINATES -   2.0 NORTH   76.6 WEST
 DEPTH       -  140 KM
 LOCATION    -  COLOMBIA
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.4

EVALUATION

 A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI WAS NOT GENERATED BASED ON EARTHQUAKE AND
 HISTORICAL TSUNAMI DATA.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

 

 

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Storms / Flooding

  Active tropical storm system(s)
Name of storm system Location Formed Last update Last category Course Wind Speed Gust Wave Source Details
Nadine (AL14) Atlantic Ocean 11.09.2012 01.10.2012 Hurricane II 230 ° 139 km/h 167 km/h 4.88 m NOAA NHC Details

Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: Nadine (AL14)
Area: Atlantic Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 18.000, W 43° 6.000
Start up: 11th September 2012
Status: 28th September 2012
Track long: 1,426.96 km
Top category.:
Report by: NOAA NHC
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Past track
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
12th Sep 2012 05:01:17 N 17° 48.000, W 45° 12.000 24 65 83 Tropical Storm 300 13 1004 MB NOAA NHC
12th Sep 2012 10:46:22 N 18° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 74 93 Tropical Storm 300 15 1001 MB NOAA NHC
13th Sep 2012 05:34:52 N 20° 42.000, W 50° 6.000 26 111 139 Tropical Storm 305 17 990 MB NOAA NHC
14th Sep 2012 05:11:31 N 25° 0.000, W 53° 42.000 24 111 139 Tropical Storm 330 17 989 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 06:55:17 N 30° 0.000, W 52° 48.000 22 120 148 Hurricane I. 25 17 985 MB NOAA NHC
15th Sep 2012 10:59:20 N 30° 42.000, W 51° 24.000 24 120 148 Hurricane I. 50 13 985 MB NOAA NHC
16th Sep 2012 05:13:53 N 30° 36.000, W 46° 36.000 28 130 157 Hurricane I. 95 15 983 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 05:22:55 N 31° 24.000, W 38° 6.000 30 111 139 Tropical Storm 75 16 987 MB NOAA NHC
17th Sep 2012 10:47:47 N 32° 0.000, W 36° 24.000 28 111 139 Tropical Storm 65 15 985 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 05:15:16 N 33° 54.000, W 34° 12.000 15 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 18 989 MB NOAA NHC
18th Sep 2012 10:46:51 N 34° 18.000, W 33° 36.000 13 93 111 Tropical Storm 45 14 990 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 05:31:59 N 35° 48.000, W 32° 12.000 11 83 102 Tropical Storm 25 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
19th Sep 2012 11:00:20 N 36° 24.000, W 32° 6.000 7 83 102 Tropical Storm 360 9 993 MB NOAA NHC
20th Sep 2012 05:12:41 N 37° 6.000, W 31° 24.000 6 83 102 Tropical Storm 60 9 990 MB NOAA NHC
21st Sep 2012 10:40:35 N 35° 6.000, W 27° 12.000 13 102 120 Tropical Storm 140 14 981 MB NOAA NHC
22nd Sep 2012 06:38:52 N 31° 54.000, W 26° 36.000 20 93 111 Tropical Storm 165 15 984 MB NOAA NHC
27th Sep 2012 04:58:41 N 29° 30.000, W 31° 24.000 9 83 102 Tropical Storm 220 15 993 MB NOAA NHC
30th Sep 2012 06:48:45 N 35° 36.000, W 37° 30.000 17 139 167 Hurricane I. 340 19 984 MB NOAA NHC
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
feet
Pressure Source
01st Oct 2012 04:38:54 N 36° 42.000, W 39° 24.000 11 139 167 Hurricane II 230 ° 16 981 MB NOAA NHC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
02nd Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 35° 12.000, W 37° 54.000 Hurricane I 102 120 NOAA NHC
02nd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 42.000, W 39° 0.000 Hurricane I 111 139 NOAA NHC
03rd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 35° 24.000, W 36° 24.000 Tropical Depression 93 111 NOAA NHC
04th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 38° 0.000, W 31° 18.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 NOAA NHC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 44° 36.000, W 26° 24.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 50° 0.000, W 27° 18.000 Tropical Depression 74 93 NOAA NHC
20W Pacific Ocean 01.10.2012 01.10.2012 Tropical Depression 290 ° 56 km/h 74 km/h 3.05 m JTWC Details

 Tropical Storm data

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Storm name: 20W
Area: Pacific Ocean
Start up location: N 16° 54.000, E 146° 18.000
Start up: 01st October 2012
Status: Active
Track long: 0.00 km
Top category.:
Report by: JTWC
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Date Time Position Speed
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Wind
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km/h
Category Course Wave Pressure Source
Current position
Date Time Position Speed
km/h
Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Category Course Wave
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01st Oct 2012 10:51:23 N 17° 48.000, E 145° 48.000 19 56 74 Tropical Depression 310 ° 15 JTWC
Forecast track
Date Time Position Category Wind
km/h
Gust
km/h
Source
02nd Oct 2012 12:00:00 N 21° 12.000, E 141° 6.000 Typhoon I 111 139 JTWC
02nd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 19° 48.000, E 142° 30.000 Typhoon I 93 120 JTWC
03rd Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 23° 6.000, E 140° 6.000 Typhoon II 130 157 JTWC
04th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 26° 42.000, E 140° 36.000 Typhoon II 139 167 JTWC
05th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 32° 24.000, E 146° 24.000 Typhoon I 120 148 JTWC
06th Oct 2012 00:00:00 N 39° 30.000, E 155° 42.000 Tropical Depression 83 102 JTWC

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Today Tropical Storm Japan Capital City, Tokyo Damage level Details

Tropical Storm in Japan on Monday, 01 October, 2012 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC.

Description
A weakening tropical storm was speeding out of Japan on Monday after bringing gale-strength winds to Tokyo and injuring dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic to the south and west of the capital. Japan’s Meteorological Agency had warned Tokyo residents to stay indoors while Typhoon Jelawat passed Sunday night. The storm then had winds of up to 126 kilometers (78 miles) an hour but weakened to a tropical storm with 108 kph (67 mph) in the morning. On Sunday, Nagoya city issued an evacuation advisory to more than 50,000 residents because of fear of flooding from a swollen river. A similar advisory was issued for more than 10,000 people in the northern city of Ishinomaki that was hit by last year’s tsunami. The typhoon left 145 people with minor injuries in southern and western Japan, about half of them on the southern island of Okinawa, public broadcaster NHK said. Tens of thousands of homes were without electricity. Kyodo news agency reported one fatality, a man who was swept away by seawater while fishing in Okinawa. Dozens of trains were halted in coastal areas around Tokyo and many stores inside the capital closed early Sunday as the storm approached. It is expected to move into the Pacific Ocean early Monday.

 

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Epidemic Hazards / Diseases

New virus in Africa looks like rabies, acts like Ebola

Frederick A. Murphy / CDC handout via EPA file

A new virus that appears similar to rabies, but has the symptoms and lethality of Ebola, shown here, has been dubbed the Bas-Congo virus. It killed two teenagers in the Congo in 2009.

By Maggie Fox, NBC News

A virus that killed two teenagers in Congo in 2009 is a completely new type, related to rabies but causing the bleeding and rapid death that makes Ebola infection so terrifying, scientists reported on Thursday. They’re searching for the source of the virus, which may be transmitted by insects or bats.

The new virus is being named Bas-Congo virus, for the area where it was found.  Researchers are finding more and more of these new viruses, in part because new tests make it possible, but also in the hope of better understanding them so they can prevent pandemics of deadly disease.

The virus infected a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl in the same village in Congo in 2009. They didn’t stand a chance, says Joseph Fair of Metabiota, a company that investigates pathogens. Fair is in the Democratic Republic of Congo now, under contract to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help battle an ongoing Ebola outbreak.

“They expired within three days,” Fair said in a telephone interview. “It was a very rapid killer.”

A few days later a male nurse who cared for the two teenagers developed the same symptoms and survived. Samples from the lucky nurse have been tested and it turned out a completely new virus had infected him, Fair and other researchers report in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS pathogens.

The genetic sequences went to Dr. Charles Chiu, of the University of California, San Francisco.

“We were astounded that this patient had sequences in his blood from a completely unknown and unidentified virus,” Chiu said. They weren’t expecting that.

“Congo is very much known for having Ebola and Marburg outbreaks. Yet about 20 percent of the time we have hemorrhagic fever outbreaks that are completely negative, which means unknown causes and they are not Ebola.”

The sequencing puts this new virus on its own branch of the bad virus family tree — somewhat related to Ebola and the virus that causes Lassa fever, another horrific killer, and most closely related to the rhabdoviruses. This family usually only infects animals with one notable exception — rabies.

But rabies is not known to cause hemorrhaging. It’s plenty horrible on its own, of course, killing virtually all patients if they aren’t vaccinated soon after infection.

A nurse who took care of the first infected nurse had antibodies to the new virus. It doesn’t look like the teenagers infected one another, says Fair, but they probably infected the first nurse, who probably infected the second. Tests of other villagers have found no more evidence of the virus, however, which is good news.

“Although the source of the virus remains unclear, study findings suggest that Bas-Congo virus may be spread by human-to-human contact and is an emerging pathogen associated with acute hemorrhagic fever in Africa,” the researchers wrote.

Africa is loaded with nasty viruses. Lassa fever virus comes from a family known as arenaviruses and causes 500,000 cases of hemorrhagic fever a year. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and Rift Valley Fever viruses are in another family called bunyaviruses; Ebola and Marburg viruses are filoviruses that kill anywhere between 30 percent and 90 percent of victims. They’re also helping wipe out great apes such as gorillas in Central Africa. This adds a new one to the list.

It worries Chiu because its closest relative is spread by biting flies in Australia. “We think that is potentially a valuable clue. This virus may have come from an insect vector,” Chiu says. “What is scary about this virus is if it does happen to be spread by insects, it has the potential to be something like West Nile.”

West Nile showed up in the United States for the first time in 1999, having never been seen here before. It causes regular outbreaks in Africa and parts of Europe, however, and some experts think a mosquito or an infected person carried it on a flight to New York. It’s killed 147 people in an especially bad U.S. outbreak this year, although more than 90 percent of people infected with West Nile never even know it.

New viruses often cause disease — there was severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS, which killed 800 people and infected 8,000 in 2003 before it was stopped. Scientists are now watching a similar virus that has emerged in the Middle east.

Chiu says there is not enough information to know how deadly the new Bas-Congo virus is.

“It  has probably been lurking out there in remote areas and causing sporadic cases of hemorrhagic fever and no one had the resources to discover it,” Chiu said. “This is probably the tip of the iceberg. I believe there are many, many more of these emerging viruses that have yet to be discovered,” he added.

“This points to the importance of being vigilant, especially these remote areas of Africa and Asia. This is the area that I believe the next generation of emerging viruses will come from.”

Fair agrees, and says his team will be looking. They’ll also be checking to see if bats or insects can spread it. “It is a frightening prospect. That is why the next step in this process is to look for the vector,” Fair said.

That’s not so easy. Fair’s team and hundreds of other scientists have been looking for the reservoir — the animal or insect source –of Ebola. That would be a bat or other creature that can carry it without getting sick itself. So far they have had no luck, although fruit bats are a major suspect.

And for the new Bas-Congo virus, the trail is now three years old. “Everything we do will be as a forensic investigation,” Fair said. “We really have to go look for a needle in a sack of needles.”

And in the meantime, there’s an outbreak of Ebola to cope with. Fair says a coordinated effort is going on, although this isn’t the worst outbreak he has seen. It’s killing about 30 percent to 40 percent of patients — not nearly as bad as some strains, which killed up to 90 percent of victims.

“If you had to get Ebola, this is the strain to get,” he said.

Related stories:

 

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Sept 30. 2012

Published on Sep 30, 2012 by

Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU

REPEAT LINKS
Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]

HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]

SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos - as seen from earth]

SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT - as seen from earth]

Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI - as seen from the side]

SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it... trust me]

SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]

iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]

NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/

US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/

NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php

RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]

GOES Xray: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sxi/goes15/index.html

JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/

LISS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/operations/heliplots_gsn.php

Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can't figure out what this one is for?]

BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]

TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]

GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]

RAIN RECORDS: http://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/ListIntensePrecipReports.aspx

EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…

PRESSURE MAP: http://www.woweather.com/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=us&MENU=0000000000&…

HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker

INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]

NASA News: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/

PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]

QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php

 

 

 

SUBSIDING GEOMAGNETIC STORM:

A strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm sparked by a CME impact on Sept. 30th is subsiding now. At maximum, during the early hours of Oct. 1st, Northern Lights descended as far south in the United States as Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Montana, Minnesota, Washington, Idaho, Illinois and South Dakota. Even California experienced some auroras. Tim Piya Trepetch caught a patch of sky turning purple over the Lassen Volcanic National Park:

“Purple auroras erupted right over Lassen Peak,” says Trepetch.

California auroras are not as rare as some people think. The webmaster of spaceweather.com lives in California and has witnessed auroras no fewer than six times. The trick is knowing when to look.
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Space

 

 

 

Realtime Aurora Photo Gallery

ISS COMPANION:

Europe’s massive ATV-3 cargo carrier undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on Sept. 28th. Now the spacecraft, as large as a double-decker bus, is leading the ISS in orbit around Earth. Monika Landy-Gyebnar saw it this morning flying over Veszprem, Hungary:

“I went outside to see the ISS,” says Landy-Gyebnar. “About a minute before the space station appeared, I saw a realtively bright object flying overheads almost where the ISS was to fly. Then I remembered that the ATV-3 undocked from ISS on Friday–and there it was! Just as ATV-3 has faded, the ISS emerged from the clouds and followed the small cargo vehicle towards the east.”

The ATV-3 will reenter Earth’s atmosphere on or about October 3rd, disintegrating in a spectacular fireball over the Pacific Ocean. Until then, sky watchers should be alert for the cargo vessel leading the ISS across the night sky. ATV-3 and ISS flyby predictions may be found on the web or on your smartphone.

 

 

 

 Earth approaching objects (objects that are known in the next 30 days)

Object Name Apporach Date Left AU Distance LD Distance Estimated Diameter* Relative Velocity
(2012 RH10) 03rd October 2012 2 day(s) 0.1260 49.0 98 m – 220 m 12.90 km/s 46440 km/h
(2012 QE50) 09th October 2012 8 day(s) 0.0809 31.5 450 m – 1.0 km 11.47 km/s 41292 km/h
(1994 EK) 14th October 2012 13 day(s) 0.1356 52.8 230 m – 520 m 12.22 km/s 43992 km/h
(2012 PA20) 15th October 2012 14 day(s) 0.1502 58.5 100 m – 230 m 10.36 km/s 37296 km/h
(2012 RV16) 18th October 2012 17 day(s) 0.1270 49.4 310 m – 700 m 16.14 km/s 58104 km/h

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Sinkhole

The sinkhole in Assumption Parish keeps getting bigger.The parish’s director of homeland security and emergency preparedness, John Boudreaux, says a 15-hundred square foot section of the earth caved in last week, pulling down several trees and part of a road.

The road that caved in was built to assist in the cleanup efforts. The sinkhole is about four acres in size and has grown since it emerged on August third.

150 homes in two nearby communities are evacuated as a result of the sinkhole.

Experts believe an underground brine cavern encased in a salt dome could be the cause of the sink hole. Sonar testing inside the cavern began a few days ago.

Boudreaux says an unknown substance was found at the bottom of the cavern. “The substance could be soil and sand that now has entered the cavern that created the sinkhole.”

Scientists are still trying to determine precisely why the hole appeared.

Residents and businesses in the area are growing increasingly concerned that it may swallow up their investments.

The hole filled with sludge and muck as it swallowed hundreds of yards of swampland.

Area residents have been worried not only by tremors, possibly caused by natural gas shifting underground in or near the dome, but also by concerns the value of their homes and business could suffer.

 

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Articles of Interest

Today Power Outage USA State of Colorado, [Greeley, Garden City, Evans, LaSalle and surrounding areas] Damage level Details

Power Outage in USA on Monday, 01 October, 2012 at 04:29 (04:29 AM) UTC.

Description
Power has been restored to about 17,000 Xcel Energy customers who were affected Sunday evening by an outage in the Greeley area. Xcel Energy spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said at least 16,900 customers in Greeley, Garden City, Evans, LaSalle and surrounding areas were affected. She said the outage originated at a Greeley substation at 6:18 p.m. The outage lasted a little more than two hours. As of Sunday night, Aguayo said crews were still trying to determine the cause of the outage, but it did not appear to be weather-related. Xcel Energy’s outage hotline was inundated with calls. Aguayo said the company encourages customers to call and leave messages. Paul Sadd, a mechanic at North Colorado Medical Center, said the hospital was running on emergency power during the outage. He said several people were stuck in elevators, but workers were able to get them out safely. Aguayo said Xcel works closely with large customers like hospitals and law enforcement agencies to ensure that they have back-up power resources.

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Earthquakes

USGS     Southern California
Apr 29 23:37 PM
2.6     5.3     MAP

GEOFON     Kermadec Islands, New Zealand
Apr 29 23:02 PM
4.8     0.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands
Apr 29 22:54 PM
4.5     0.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 29 22:53 PM
2.8     6.9     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 29 22:51 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Sumbawa Region, Indonesia
Apr 29 22:50 PM
4.7     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 29 22:39 PM
2.6     7.0     MAP

USGS     Kermadec Islands, New Zealand
Apr 29 22:35 PM
4.9     48.2     MAP

EMSC     Kermadec Islands, New Zealand
Apr 29 22:35 PM
4.8     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Fyr Of Macedonia
Apr 29 22:26 PM
2.6     1.0     MAP

USGS     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 29 22:00 PM
4.5     52.6     MAP

EMSC     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands
Apr 29 22:00 PM
4.5     49.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 29 21:16 PM
3.1     5.0     MAP

GEONET     Otago    , New Zealand
Apr 29 21:14 PM
4.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 29 20:48 PM
3.2     95.8     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 29 20:46 PM
2.5     83.6     MAP

EMSC     Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 29 20:07 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 29 19:57 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 29 19:44 PM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 29 19:37 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 29 19:21 PM
2.6     29.0     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 29 19:03 PM
3.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 29 18:50 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 29 18:31 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 29 18:16 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 29 17:49 PM
2.7     8.6     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 17:28 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 17:28 PM
4.5     37.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 17:28 PM
4.5     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 16:57 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 29 16:52 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 29 16:15 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Long Valley Area, California
Apr 29 16:05 PM
2.6     4.6     MAP

EMSC     Northern Italy
Apr 29 16:01 PM
2.4     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 29 15:45 PM
4.9     47.0     MAP

USGS     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 29 15:45 PM
4.9     41.7     MAP

GEOFON     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 29 15:45 PM
4.9     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 15:02 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 15:02 PM
5.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 15:02 PM
5.3     0.0     MAP

GEOFON     Carlsberg Ridge
Apr 29 13:54 PM
4.7     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 29 13:23 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 13:23 PM
2.6     16.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 12:56 PM
2.5     12.0     MAP

USGS     San Francisco Bay Area, California
Apr 29 12:53 PM
2.7     10.6     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 29 12:50 PM
2.7     25.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Fiji Islands
Apr 29 12:46 PM
4.7     0.0     MAP

USGS     South Of The Fiji Islands
Apr 29 12:46 PM
4.6     212.1     MAP

EMSC     South Of Fiji Islands
Apr 29 12:46 PM
4.6     220.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 12:16 PM
4.6     48.0     MAP

GEOFON     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 12:16 PM
4.8     0.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 12:16 PM
4.6     61.7     MAP

EMSC     Southern Iran
Apr 29 11:58 AM
4.4     103.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Iran
Apr 29 11:58 AM
4.5     97.8     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Iran
Apr 29 11:58 AM
4.5     0.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 29 11:34 AM

EMSC     Azores Islands, Portugal
Apr 29 11:15 AM
3.1     1.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 29 10:57 AM
3.2     5.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 10:46 AM
2.8     14.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 10:28 AM
5.8     39.9     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 10:28 AM
5.8     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 29 10:28 AM
5.8     0.0     MAP

GEONET     Gisborne   , New Zealand
Apr 29 10:05 AM
3.8     25.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 10:04 AM
3.0     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 29 09:51 AM
2.6     18.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 09:40 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 09:03 AM
2.7     3.0     MAP

USGS     South Of Tonga
Apr 29 09:01 AM
4.5     35.8     MAP

EMSC     South Of Tonga
Apr 29 09:01 AM
4.5     36.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 29 08:59 AM
2.5     2.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 08:09 AM
5.4     23.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 08:09 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 08:09 AM
5.7     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 29 07:18 AM
3.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 29 07:17 AM
4.5     12.8     MAP

EMSC     Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 29 07:17 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 29 07:17 AM
4.5     0.0     MAP

USGS     Southeast Of Easter Island
Apr 29 06:52 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southeast Of Easter Island
Apr 29 06:52 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southeast Of Easter Island
Apr 29 06:52 AM
4.8     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 06:25 AM
2.9     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Chile
Apr 29 06:22 AM
4.3     0.0     MAP

USGS     Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 29 06:22 AM
4.1     114.8     MAP

EMSC     Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 29 06:22 AM
4.1     113.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 29 05:54 AM
2.8     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 29 05:41 AM
2.7     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 29 05:32 AM
2.5     9.0     MAP

GEOFON     Germany
Apr 29 05:28 AM
2.6     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 29 05:12 AM
3.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 29 05:12 AM
3.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 29 04:39 AM
4.5     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Off Coast Of Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 29 04:39 AM
4.5     40.0     MAP

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 29 04:39 AM
4.4     24.8     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico
Apr 29 04:07 AM
2.7     23.7     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 03:52 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 03:52 AM
5.2     0.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 03:52 AM
4.7     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 29 03:13 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 29 03:13 AM
2.7     31.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 29 03:09 AM
3.1     32.5     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 03:03 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 03:00 AM
5.0     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 03:00 AM
5.1     0.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 03:00 AM
4.9     15.2     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 29 02:55 AM
3.3     46.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 29 02:14 AM
4.8     51.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 29 02:13 AM
5.0     0.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 29 02:13 AM
4.6     14.9     MAP

USGS     Papua, Indonesia
Apr 29 02:11 AM
4.5     15.2     MAP

EMSC     Papua, Indonesia
Apr 29 02:11 AM
4.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece

 Apr 29 01:58 AM

 2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Papua, Indonesia
Apr 29 01:57 AM
5.2     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Apr 29 01:57 AM
5.1     0.0     MAP

USGS     Papua, Indonesia
Apr 29 01:57 AM
5.2     15.2     MAP

USGS     North Of Honduras
Apr 29 01:55 AM
4.4     18.9     MAP

EMSC     North Of Honduras
Apr 29 01:55 AM
4.4     19.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 29 01:42 AM
2.9     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 29 01:04 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near Coast Of Ecuador
Apr 29 00:43 AM
4.7     115.0     MAP

USGS     Near The Coast Of Ecuador
Apr 29 00:43 AM
4.7     115.3     MAP

USGS     Offshore Northern California
Apr 29 00:27 AM
2.5     16.7     MAP

sources:  USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

Earthquakes

Published on Apr 28, 2012 by

EARTHQUAKE/SPACEWEATHER/PLANETARY GEOMETRY DATASET:
http://www.4shared.com/office/jQf-jJVD/Earthquakes_Planetary_Bodies_S.html?
TRY THIS IF THAT FIRST LINK BUGS YOU OUT: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?8yd7ddtd2rd7ffb
Sources Used to Compile Data Set: USGS, SDO, SOHO, JPL, Stellarium, fourmilab [Google them if you don't know.]

PLANETARY GEOMETRY:
Bigbytes – http://dcsymbols.com/future/quepaso.htm
dcsymbols – http://www.youtube.com/user/dcsymbols

EARTH’s ANGULAR VELOCITY & WEATHER CORRELATION
John Thomas Bryant Jr. – http://www.youtube.com/user/astrotometry

SOLAR/SEISMIC CONNECTION:
1) Solar Activity as a Trigger Mechanism For Earthquakes. Simpson, John F. University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, Revised December 16, 1967
[In my opinion, only valuable for the theorized trigger mechanism]
2) Long-Period Trends in Global Seismic and Geomagnetic Activity and their Relation to Solar Activity. S. Odintsov, K. Boyarchuk, K. Georgieva, B. Kirov, D. Atanasov. Russian Academy of Sciences, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia University, Bulgaria. Accepted March 18, 2005.
3) Does the Solar Cycle Modulate Seismic and Volcanic Activty? A. Mazzarella, A. Palumbo. University of Naples, Italy. Accepted April 10, 1989.

SOLAR/ATMOSPHERIC CONNECTION:
Physical Mechanism of the Action of Solar Activty and other Geophysical Factors on the State of the Lower Atmosphere, meteorological parameters, and Climate. M. I. Pudovkin, O. M. Raspoov. Phys.-Usp. 36 644 (http://iopscience.iop.org/1063-7869/36/7/A09). 1993.

CHINA QUAKE – 5/12/2008:
Formation Mechanism of Great Positive TEC Disturbances Prior to Wenchuan Earthquake on May 12, 2008. M. V. Klimenko, V. V. Klimenko, I. E. Zakharenkova, S.A. Pulinets, B. Zhao, M. N. Tsidilina. West Dept. of N.V. Pushkov, Kaliningrad State Technical University, Fedorov Institute of Applied geophysics, IKI (Moscow), Beijing National Observatory of Space Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Accepted March 31, 2011

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Volcanic Activity

Nicaragua Monitors Microseismic Activity Increase in Volcano

Imagen activaManagua, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan Experts reported Sunday more seismic activity at Masaya volcano, about 20 kilometers south of Managua, with an increase in expulsions of sulfur gases, which keeps the disaster warning system in high alert.According to the report, a crack in the main crater causes higher emissions and a sound similar to a jet engine.

Specialists of the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED) and the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), told the press that they detected this unusual behavior several days ago, but for now there is no reason for alarm.

The INETER geophysics director, Angelica Munoz, told the site El 19 Digital they monitor Masayaâ�Ös situation closely because of rising emissions and temperature above the normal range.

Technical teams assess the seismic tremor, but there is no emergency declared and the gates of Masaya Volcano National Park remain open to the public, said the director of INETER, Jorge Castro, and the executive secretary of SINAPRED, Guillermo Gonzalez.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Deadly tent collapse due to high winds

Moscow swelters in record heat

by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) April 29, 2012


6.4-magnitude quake strikes off Tonga: USGS
Sydney (AFP) April 28, 2012 – A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.The quake happened at 11:08 PM (1008 GMT) 78 kilometres (49 miles) from the town of Neiafu, on the south coast of the island Vava’u, at a depth of about 130 kilometres (80 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.The epicentre of the tremor was 280 kilometres (173 miles) north of the capital Nuku’alofa.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that the quake did not generate a tsunami. The USGS had initially reported it as a 6.7-magnitude quake.

Tonga, almost 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) northeast of New Zealand, lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic activity.

 

Moscow sweltered in unseasonable heat on Sunday, with temperatures of nearly 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit), a record for April since data collection began 130 years ago, authorities said.

“At 4:00 p.m. (1200 GMT), the temperature reached 28.6 degrees Celsius, an absolute record for the month of April,” an official from the Russian capital’s weather service told the Interfax news agency.

“The previous record for the month goes back to April 24, 1950, with 28 degrees,” he added.

The mercury had already climbed to 26.3 degrees on Saturday.

Several central and eastern European countries recorded unseasonably high temperatures on Saturday, with a record 32 degrees recorded in northern Austria.

Central, eastern Europe swelter in record heat
Vienna (AFP) April 28, 2012 – Summer came early to central and eastern Europe as unseasonally high temperatures were recorded Saturday in several parts of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Temperatures “are exceptionally mild for April”, Austria’s ZAMG meteorological centre said, reporting a record 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) in the northern region of Lower Austria.

The centre said the main reason for the summer weather gracing the region was a strong southern wind from Africa’s Sahara desert.

Temperatures hovering around 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) in Vienna drew large crowds to the banks of the Danube while Germany’s Bild carried frontpage pictures of Berlin residents sunbathing in 30 degrees.

Prague experienced its hottest April 28 in 212 years, with mercury hitting 27.7 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) while unusually high temperatures were also recorded in Poland and Slovakia.

Related Links
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  Short Time Event(s)

  29.04.2012 Extreme Weather Bangladesh Tripura, Panisagar [Dharmanagar town area] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Bangladesh on Sunday, 29 April, 2012 at 18:32 (06:32 PM) UTC.

Description
At least three persons including a 76-year-old man was killed and 500 houses collapsed when rain storms swept different parts of Tripura, official sources said on Sunday.A 76-year-old farmer died in Dharmanagar town area and a 30-year-old man died in Panisagar in northern Tripura district when lightning struck them on Saturday, police said.A nine-year-old boy died of electrocution when he came in contact of live wire at Sonamura in Sipahijala district, police said.The pre-monsoon rain accompanied by hailstorm swept different parts of the state collapsing at least 500 houses, uprooting many trees and electric posts.Security forces and civil defence volunteers were engaged in distribution of relief and immediate relieves were given to the next of keens of the deceased, official sources said.At least 12 persons had died within this month due to lightning and electrocution.

Gale Warning

CAPE FLATTERY TO CAPE LOOKOUT
POINT ST GEORGE TO POINT ARENA
POINT ARENA TO POINT CONCEPTION

Hard Freeze Warning

BINGHAMTON NY
BUFFALO NY

Freeze Warning

ALBANY NY
NEW YORK NY
BUFFALO NY
TAUNTON MA
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Storms, Flooding

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

NORMAN OK
AMARILLO TX

Flash Flood Watch

ST LOUIS MO
SPRINGFIELD MO

Flood Warning

NORMAN OK
TULSA OK
SPRINGFIELD MO
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
SPOKANE, WA
WICHITA KS
ST LOUIS MO
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Radiation/Biological Hazard

Poisonous Cloud Could Be Heading Towards The United States
How Dangerous Is It?
28 April, 2012 MessageToEagle.com – A highly poisonous cloud depleted with uranium and radioactive material is heading towards the United States

There are many conflicting reports and it remains unclear just how dangerous the cloud is.

On April 22, at 2:a5 am, the Mitsui petrochemical plant exploded in the town Wagi Yamaguchi, Japan. One worker, and 11 people were injured.

In their press release, the plant owner Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Toshikazu Tanaka, President & CEO) declared that “causes of the accident are under investigation by authorities.”

Read Full Article Here

4/27/2012 — Cloud of depleted URANIUM heading towards Hawaii and West Coast?!


full website post here plus links to monitor radiation detection at several world wide locations

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Climate Change

“Warming hole” delayed climate change over eastern United States

by Staff Writers
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 30, 2012


Observed change in surface air temperature between 1930 and 1990. Observations are from the NASA GISS Surface Temperature Analysis. Image courtesy of Eric Leibensperger.

Climate scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have discovered that particulate pollution in the late 20th century created a “warming hole” over the eastern United States-that is, a cold patch where the effects of global warming were temporarily obscured.

While greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane warm the Earth’s surface, tiny particles in the air can have the reverse effect on regional scales.

“What we’ve shown is that particulate pollution over the eastern United States has delayed the warming that we would expect to see from increasing greenhouse gases,” says lead author Eric Leibensperger (Ph.D. ’11), who completed the work as a graduate student in applied physics at SEAS.

“For the sake of protecting human health and reducing acid rain, we’ve now cut the emissions that lead to particulate pollution,” he adds, “but these cuts have caused the greenhouse warming in this region to ramp up to match the global trend.”

At this point, most of the “catch-up” warming has already occurred.

The findings, published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, present a more complete picture of the processes that affect regional climate change. The work also carries significant implications for the future climate of industrial nations, like China, that have not yet implemented air quality regulations to the same extent as the United States.

Until the United States passed the Clean Air Act in 1970 and strengthened it in 1990, particulate pollution hung thick over the central and eastern states. Most of these particles in the atmosphere were made of sulfate, originating as sulfur emissions from coal-fired power plants. Compared to greenhouse gases, particulate pollution has a very short lifetime (about 1 week), so its distribution over the Earth is uneven.

“The primary driver of the warming hole is the aerosol pollution-these small particles,” says Leibensperger. “What they do is reflect incoming sunlight, so we see a cooling effect at the surface.”

This effect has been known for some time, but the new analysis demonstrates the strong impact that decreases in particulate pollution can have on regional climate.

The researchers found that interactions between clouds and particles amplified the cooling. Particles of pollution can act as nucleation sites for cloud droplets, which can in turn reflect even more sunlight than the particles would individually, leading to greater cooling at the surface.

The researchers’ analysis is based on a combination of two complex models of Earth systems. The pollution data comes from the GEOS-Chem model, which was first developed at Harvard and, through a series of many updates, has since become an international standard for modeling pollution over time. The climate data comes from the general circulation model developed by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Both models are rooted in decades’ worth of observational data.

Since the early 20th century, global mean temperatures have risen-by approximately 0.8 degrees Celsius from 1906 to 2005-but in the U.S. “warming hole,” temperatures decreased by as much as 1 degree Celsius during the period 1930-1990. U.S. particulate pollution peaked in 1980 and has since been reduced by about half. By 2010 the average cooling effect over the East had fallen to just 0.3 degrees Celsius.

“Such a large fraction of the sulfate has already been removed that we don’t have much more warming coming along due to further controls on sulfur emissions in the future,” says principal investigator Daniel Jacob, the Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at SEAS.

Jacob is also a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Besides confirming that particulate pollution plays a large role in affecting U.S. regional climate, the research emphasizes the importance of accounting for the climate impacts of particulates in future air quality policies.

“Something similar could happen in China, which is just beginning to tighten up its pollution standards,” says co-author Loretta J. Mickley, a Senior Research Fellow in atmospheric chemistry at SEAS. “China could see significant climate change due to declining levels of particulate pollutants.”

Sulfates are harmful to human health and can also cause acid rain, which damages ecosystems and erodes buildings.

“No one is suggesting that we should stop improving air quality, but it’s important to understand the consequences. Clearing the air could lead to regional warming,” Mickley says.

Leibensperger, Jacob, and Mickley were joined by co-authors Wei-Ting Chen and John H. Seinfeld (California Institute of Technology); Athanasios Nenes (Georgia Institute of Technology); Peter J. Adams (Carnegie Mellon University); David G. Streets (Argonne National Laboratory); Naresh Kumar (Electric Power Research Institute); and David Rind (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies). The research was supported by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); neither EPRI nor the EPA has officially endorsed the results. The work also benefited from resources provided by Academic Computing Services at SEAS.

Related Links
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Climate Science News – Modeling, Mitigation Adaptation

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Solar Activity

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Space

Tiny ‘spherules’ reveal details about Earth’s asteroid impacts

by Staff Writers
West Lafayette, IN (SPX) Apr 27, 2012


Researchers are learning details about asteroid impacts going back to the Earth’s early history by using a new method for extracting precise information from tiny “spherules” embedded in layers of rock. The spherules were created when asteroids crashed into Earth, vaporizing rock that expanded as a giant vapor plume. Small droplets of molten rock in the plume condensed and solidified, falling back to the surface as a thin layer. This sample was found in Western Australia and formed 2.63 billion years ago in the aftermath of a large impact. Credit: Oberlin College photo/Bruce M. Simonson.

Researchers are learning details about asteroid impacts going back to the Earth’s early history by using a new method for extracting precise information from tiny “spherules” embedded in layers of rock.

The spherules were created when asteroids crashed into the Earth, vaporizing rock that expanded into space as a giant vapor plume. Small droplets of molten and vaporized rock in the plume condensed and solidified, falling back to Earth as a thin layer. The round or oblong particles were preserved in layers of rock, and now researchers have analyzed them to record precise information about asteroids impacting Earth from 3.5 billion to 35 million years ago.

“What we have done is provide the foundation for understanding how to interpret the layers in terms of the size and velocity of the asteroid that made them,” said Jay Melosh, an expert in impact cratering and a distinguished professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, physics and aerospace engineering at Purdue University.

Findings, which support a theory that the Earth endured an especially heavy period of asteroid bombardment early in its history, are detailed in a research paper appearing online in the journal Nature on Wednesday (April 25). The paper was written by Purdue physics graduate student Brandon Johnson and Melosh. The findings, based on geologic observations, support a theoretical study in a companion paper in Nature by researchers at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.

The period of heavy asteroid bombardment – from 4.2 to 3.5 billion years ago – is thought to have been influenced by changes in the early solar system that altered the trajectory of objects in an asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter, sending them on a collision course with Earth.

“That’s the postulate, and this is the first real solid evidence that it actually happened,” Melosh said.

“Some of the asteroids that we infer were about 40 kilometers in diameter, much larger than the one that killed off the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago that was about 12-15 kilometers. But when we looked at the number of impactors as a function of size, we got a curve that showed a lot more small objects than large ones, a pattern that matches exactly the distribution of sizes in the asteroid belt. For the first time we have a direct connection between the crater size distribution on the ancient Earth and the sizes of asteroids out in space.”

Because craters are difficult to study directly, impact history must be inferred either by observations of asteroids that periodically pass near the Earth or by studying craters on the moon. Now, the new technique using spherules offers a far more accurate alternative to chronicle asteroid impacts on Earth, Melosh said.

“We can look at these spherules, see how thick the layer is, how big the spherules are, and we can infer the size and velocity of the asteroid,” Melosh said. “We can go back to the earliest era in the history of the Earth and infer the population of asteroids impacting the planet.”

For asteroids larger than about 10 kilometers in diameter, the spherules are deposited in a global layer.

“Some of these impacts were several times larger than the Chicxulub impact that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago,” Johnson said. “The impacts may have played a large role in the evolutional history of life. The large number of impacts may have helped simple life by introducing organics and other important materials at a time when life on Earth was just taking hold.”

A 40-kilometer asteroid would have wiped out everything on the Earth’s surface, whereas the one that struck 65 million years ago killed only land animals weighing more than around 20 kilograms.

“Impact craters are the most obvious indication of asteroid impacts, but craters on Earth are quickly obscured or destroyed by surface weathering and tectonic processes,” Johnson said. “However, the spherule layers, if preserved in the geologic record, provide information about an impact even when the source crater cannot be found.”

The Purdue researchers studied the spherules using computer models that harness mathematical equations developed originally to calculate the condensation of vapor.

“There have been some new wrinkles in vapor condensation modeling that motivated us to do this work, and we were the first to apply it to asteroid impacts,” Melosh said.

The spherules are about a millimeter in diameter.

The researchers also are studying a different type of artifact similar to spherules but found only near the original impact site. Whereas the globally distributed spherules come from the condensing vaporized rock, these “melt droplets” are from rock that’s been melted and not completely vaporized.

“Before this work, it was not possible to distinguish between these two types of formations,” Melosh said. “Nobody had established criteria for discriminating between them, and we’ve done that now.”

One of the authors of the Southwest Research Institute paper, David Minton, is now an assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Purdue.

Findings from the research may enable Melosh’s team to enhance an asteroid impact effects calculator he developed to estimate what would happen if asteroids of various sizes were to hit the Earth. The calculator, “Impact: Earth!” allows anyone to calculate potential comet or asteroid damage based on the object’s mass.

Related Links
Purdue University
Asteroid and Comet Impact Danger To Earth – News and Science

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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

2012-04-24 12:02

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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.

- SAPA
 Current Emergencies
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
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3 24.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level
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13 25.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level

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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.

Read Full Article Here
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

 

 

 

 Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Extreme Weather China [Northern and Eastern Region] Damage level
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  Today Extreme Weather India State of Assam, [Tinsukia district ] Damage level
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  Today Vehicle Incident USA State of New York, Purchase [Westchester County Airport] Damage level
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  24.04.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Mexico State of Jalisco, [Primavera forest] Damage level
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  24.04.2012 Flash Flood Afghanistan Province of Balkh, [Kushandi and Shulgara districts] Damage level
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  24.04.2012 Vehicle Accident Vietnam Province of Binh Thuan, [About 20km from Phan Thiet town] Damage level
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  24.04.2012 Flash Flood United Kingdom England, Selby Damage level
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  24.04.2012 Explosion Canada Province of British Columbia, Prince George [Lakeland Mills sawmill] Damage level
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1 25.04.2012 Volcano Activity Indonesia North Sulawesi, [Mt Lokon Volcano] Damage level
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1 25.04.2012 Flash Flood Kenya State of Rift Valley, [Hells Gate National Park] Damage level

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Red Flag Warning

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Flooding

Flood Warning

 

MISSOULA MT
PENDLETON OR
SPOKANE, WA
LAKE CHARLES LA



Flood Advisory

 

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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

GEOFON     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     124.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     113.0     MAP

USGS     Central Peru
Apr 22 23:45 PM
4.6     112.8     MAP

EMSC     Syria-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 23:38 PM
3.1     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 23:27 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 23:15 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.8     39.5     MAP

EMSC     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.9     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Nicobar Islands, India Region
Apr 22 23:05 PM
4.9     32.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 22 23:05 PM
3.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 22 22:25 PM
2.6     2.1     MAP

EMSC     Pyrenees
Apr 22 22:04 PM
2.9     1.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 22 21:55 PM
3.1     51.3     MAP

USGS     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     591.3     MAP

GEOFON     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     590.0     MAP

EMSC     Celebes Sea
Apr 22 21:41 PM
4.6     595.0     MAP

EMSC     Pyrenees
Apr 22 21:37 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 22 21:37 PM
3.0     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 22 21:09 PM
2.4     4.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 22 20:48 PM
3.3     85.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 22 19:54 PM
2.7     36.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 19:28 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 19:08 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 22 18:31 PM
4.7     368.0     MAP

USGS     Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 22 18:12 PM
4.6     85.7     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Jalisco, Mexico
Apr 22 18:11 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     La Paz, Bolivia
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.4     155.6     MAP

EMSC     La Paz, Bolivia
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.4     140.0     MAP

GEOFON     Peru-bolivia Border Region
Apr 22 18:04 PM
4.6     134.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 22 18:01 PM
3.0     10.7     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 17:30 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 22 17:16 PM
2.8     18.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 17:14 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 16:51 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 22 16:18 PM
3.5     4.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 22 16:06 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Kep. Tanimbar Region, Indonesia
Apr 22 15:37 PM
5.0     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Tanimbar Islands Reg., Indonesia
Apr 22 15:37 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 15:21 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 14:28 PM
3.1     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 22 14:27 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 14:14 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 13:58 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 13:58 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:56 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 13:50 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 13:50 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 22 13:37 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:15 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 22 13:13 PM
5.0     180.0     MAP

GEOFON     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 22 13:13 PM
4.7     156.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 13:11 PM
5.0     9.8     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 13:09 PM
2.5     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 22 13:04 PM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 22 13:04 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 12:27 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.2     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Of Macquarie Island
Apr 22 12:20 PM
5.2     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 12:07 PM
3.2     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 12:02 PM
3.1     8.0     MAP

USGS     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.3     39.2     MAP

EMSC     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.3     34.0     MAP

GEOFON     Solomon Islands
Apr 22 11:44 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 10:33 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     South Island Of New Zealand
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.0     MAP

USGS     South Island Of New Zealand
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.3     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 22 10:08 AM
4.2     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 10:01 AM
2.6     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 09:47 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu,
Japan     Apr 22 09:45 AM
4.5     24.5     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 22 09:45 AM
4.5     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 22 09:32 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 22 09:19 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 22 09:19 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 09:07 AM
2.8     21.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 22 08:59 AM
2.5     51.9     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 22 08:57 AM
2.6     27.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 08:46 AM
3.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 08:37 AM
2.4     17.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.4     20.0     MAP

USGS     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 22 08:36 AM
4.4     11.6     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:14 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:14 AM
4.5     88.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 08:13 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 22 08:07 AM
4.1     67.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 22 08:07 AM
4.1     67.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 22 08:00 AM
3.0     40.5     MAP
USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 22 07:54 AM
3.1     6.5     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:50 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 07:26 AM
2.9     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:19 AM
2.8     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:09 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 22 07:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 22 07:06 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 07:05 AM
2.4     8.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 22 07:04 AM
2.5     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 22 07:03 AM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 07:01 AM
3.5     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 22 06:58 AM
2.5     9.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Alaska
Apr 22 06:56 AM
3.4     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:50 AM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:40 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Iran
Apr 22 06:38 AM
4.1     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:35 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:26 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 06:15 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 05:59 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 05:56 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 22 05:11 AM
2.6     11.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 22 04:34 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Chile-bolivia Border Region
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.1     137.0     MAP

EMSC     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.4     133.0     MAP

USGS     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 22 04:08 AM
4.4     122.8     MAP

EMSC     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 22 04:00 AM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 03:23 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
4.9     2.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 22 03:17 AM
4.9     11.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 22 01:54 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 22 01:11 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.5     344.0     MAP

USGS     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.8     48.9     MAP

EMSC     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 22 00:35 AM
4.8     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:22 AM
4.2     20.0     MAP

USGS     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:22 AM
4.2     10.4     MAP

GEOFON     Western Iran
Apr 22 00:21 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 22 00:08 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Syria
Apr 22 00:06 AM
3.0     15.0     MAP

Sources :  USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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Volcanic Activity

  Current Emergencies
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
1 19.04.2012 Biological Hazard China Ningxia Autonomous region, [Touying township] Damage level Details
2 23.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level Details
11 22.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level Photo available! Details

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Flash Flood Kenya State of Rift Valley, [Hells Gate National Park] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard Taiwan Central Region, [ The area was not defined.] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Minnesota, Duluth [Edgewater Resort and Water Park] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Florida, Hillsborough Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard Australia State of Western Australia, Broome [Cable Beach] Damage level Details
  Today Vehicle Accident Japan Prefecture of Kagoshima, [About 2 kilometers west of Sata Cape] Damage level Details
  Today Flash Flood Kenya Rift Valley Province, [Hell's Gate National Park] Damage level Details
2 23.04.2012 Event into space USA States of Nevada and California, [Reno-Sparks area, Carson City, Minden, South Lake Tahoe, Placerville and Truckee] Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Explosion Japan Prefecture of Yamaguchi, [Mitsui Chemicals] Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Accident China Municipality of Shanghai, Shanghai Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Accident Zimbabwe Mashonaland West Province, Kadoma Damage level Details
  22.04.2012 Vehicle Incident Pakistan State of Sindh, Karachi [Jinnah International Airport] Damage level

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Storms, Flooding

Destructive Snowstorm Targets Interior Northeast

by Jonathan Erdman, weather.com Sr. Meteorologist
Updated: April 23, 2012 6:15 am ET
The snow season “that largely wasn’t” in the Northeast will be “book-ended” by two destructive winter storms.

A heavy, wet snowstorm in 2011 downed trees and power lines, knocking out power to over 3 million customers in the Northeast just before Halloween 2011, in a storm dubbed “Snowtober”.

Snowtober 2011: Photos | A record-setter | #1 winter storm of 2011-2012

Unfortunately, another “Snowtober”-type destructive snowstorm will wreak havoc in parts of the Northeast kicking off this week. Let’s get to the critical details.
Click here to track current power outages

Read Full Article  and  Watch Video Here

Lakeshore Flood Warning

 BUFFALO NY

Flood Warning

SPOKANE, WA
LAKE CHARLES LA
JACKSON, MS

Gale Warning

CARIBOU ME
TAUNTON MA
CHICAGO IL
NORTHERN INDIANA
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
BUFFALO NY
SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND
GULF OF MAINE TO THE HAGUE LINE
GEORGES BANK...FROM THE NORTHEAST CHANNEL TO THE GREAT SOUTH
CHANNEL INCLUDING WATERS EAST OF CAPE COD...TO THE HAGUE LINE
GAYLORD MI
GRAY ME
CLEVELAND OH
ANCHORAGE AK

Freeze Warning

OMAHA/VALLEY NE
BLACKSBURG VA
GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
QUAD CITIES IA IL
MORRISTOWN TN
INDIANAPOLIS IN
NORTHERN INDIANA
GRAND RAPIDS MI
LINCOLN IL

Red Flag Warning

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

MOBILE AL
MIAMI FL
CHICAGO IL
TALLAHASSEE FL
 MELBOURNE FL

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Radiation

Is Fukushima’s Doomsday Machine About to Blow?

By (about the author)

opednews.com

Mounting troubles at Japan’s hobbled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant now pose a real threat to human survival. If the area in which Unit 4 is struck by another 7.0 magnitude earthquake, there’s a 70 percent chance that “the entire fuel pool structure will collapse” and massive doses of lethal nuclear radiation will be released into the atmosphere. The disaster would release approximately “134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at Chernobyl as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).” Experts believe that the amounts are sufficient to “destroy the world environment and our civilization,” which makes containment “an issue of human survival.” (“The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4,” Washington’s blog)

The structural integrity of Unit 4′s cooling pool was greatly compromised by the earthquake and following tsunami which struck the facility over a year ago. At present, the pools are not adequately protected or reinforced, which means that a sizable tremor could “cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.” If such a disaster were to occur, “people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside,” says nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen.

Read Full Article Here

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr22


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

NorCal Sonic Boom Possible Meteor Impact

Overnight meteor shower continued Sunday morning.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Apr 22, 2012  |  Updated 1:58 PM PDT
Possible Sonic Boom a Meteor in NorCal

This is from a very active Leonid meteor shower, but you get the idea.

People in Northern California and Nevada reported hearing a loud boom in the sky above the Sierra Sunday morning.

The Tuolumne County sheriff’s department said they are investigating the possibility that it might have been the physical impact of an overnight meteor shower. Some people in the Tahoe area said they saw what they believed to be a meteor just prior to the sound. Others said they saw a fireball streak across the sky at the same time.

People who live in in Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, Placer County, Tuolumne County, Amador County and Nevada County contacted our sister station in Sacramento. KCRA is reporting that they heard the sound just after 8:30 a.m.

The Associated Press reported the explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield.

Meteorologists in California and Nevada including our own Rob Mayeda said there were meteor showers Saturday night that could have still been going on Sunday morning.

Read Full Article Here

Inexplicable Earthquake Swarm in Canada; “Sounds like dynamite exploding.”

http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=539 “A New Brunswick town has been experiencing small earthquakes over the past month and residents are getting worried.”
source: http://www.globalnews.ca/video/natural+phenomenon+rocks+nb+town/video.html?v=…
Canada’s EQ Center:
http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/index-eng.php

And an interesting article by CanadianBusiness from today entitled
“Manmade earthquakes trigger government drill-down into possible fracking link”:

“VANCOUVER – A booming gas extraction process that has environmentalists all shaken up is being probed by two different studies to determine if it’s also causing the depths of Canada to rattle and roll.

The research into whether hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can trigger earthquakes is being conducted just as a pair of independent papers were released internationally this week suggesting they do.

The studies out of mid-continent U.S. and Britain found that shallow, man-made tremors may be linked to the blasting of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to break open rock to obtain crude oil and natural gas.

Experts and critics alike are waiting for conclusive results from home soil before suggesting industry practices should be altered.

“These are tiny earthquakes and they’re the variety that occur thousands of times a day around the world,” said John Cassidy, a federal government seismologist in Victoria, B.C., of the international findings.
He said mounting interest and unusual vibrations in British Columbia have prompted closer study at home.

“The idea is to be able to provide well-grounded science advice that can be used by regulators across the country for their decision-making.”

A four-year study was launched by the federal Natural Resources Department on April 1. With the aid of industry regulators and universities, it will seek to unearth whether fracking has inducing quakes in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Quebec, Cassidy said.

A provincial study is also underway in a region of northeastern B.C. called the Horn River Basin, where at least 11 energy companies are developing significant shale gas extraction projects. The study, being conducted by the BC Oil and Gas Commission with commercial co-operation, should be completed later this year.”
Read more: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/80131–manmade-earthquakes-trigger-go…

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Wildlife

Mass Dolphin Death Mystery In Peru, Authorities Blame It On Viral Infection

By Sreeja VN | Apr 22, 2012 08:14 AM EDT

Investigations are on into the deaths of hundreds of dolphins that washed up on the northern coast of Peru. Around 877 carcasses of dolphins and porpoises were found on Peruvian beaches in two and half months. Peruvian officials and environmentalists are trying to unravel the mystery behind the phenomenon.

No concrete reasons have been figured out yet but the authorities believe that it could possibly be a viral infection that may have killed the dolphins in huge numbers. While environmental groups in the country blame the seismic oil exploration work carried out by BPZ Energy Company for the dolphin deaths.

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Articles of Interest

World — 22 April 2012
100% Certainty of Total Catastrophic Failure of the Entire Power Infrastructure Within 3 Years (Video)

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan

As smart grid metering systems expand across the developed world, many are starting to ask whether the threats posed by the new devices, which officials promise will save energy and reduce end user utility costs, outweigh their benefits. In addition to documented health concerns resulting from radiation emissions and no cost savings being apparent, opponents of the technology argue that smart meters are violative of basic privacy rights and give the government yet another digital node of unfettered access to monitor and control personal electricity consumption.

Now, an alarming new documentary suggests that security problems with the inter-connected and seemingly convenient smart grid may be so serious that they could lead to a catastrophic failure of our nation’s entire power infrastructure.

In an interview for the upcoming documentary titled Take Back Your Power, Cyber defense expert David Chalk warns that our nation is in crisis. Not only are our smart power grids susceptible to hacking, but they may very well already be infected with Trojan viruses and back doors that will ultimately lead to disastrous consequences:

Read Full Article Here

4/21/2012 — Solar poles to flip next month (1yr early) — TWO north poles = Quadri-polar(???)

Published on Apr 21, 2012 by

update 115am CDT 4/23/2012: Per the Japanese.. last time this sort of thing occurred was about 300 years ago:

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/T120420005829.htm

quote the article:

“Magnetic field polarity at the solar poles will reverse and become quadrupolar in May, meaning positive fields will emerge in the North and South poles and negative fields will emerge on the equator, according to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and other institutes.

When a similar phenomenon occurred about 300 years ago, the Earth’s average temperature fell slightly. “

Per the Japanese Hinode team (pronounced hee-no-day) — in about one months time — (may 2012) the suns north pole will reach a magnetic point of “zero” and then form into MULTIPLE positive poles — creating TWO solar north poles, and TWO corresponding south poles .. also.. this is happening a year ahead of the expected “nominal” time.

full website post here: http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/4212012-solar-poles-to-flip-next-m…

some are asking IS there a difference between .. quadri , quadru, quadra … quick answer.. no difference.. all are variants of Quadri … which means four in Latin ..

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/quadri-
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/quadra-
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/quadru-

thanks to jeorgekite:

http://www.youtube.com/jeorgekite

download the japanese pdf below his video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTdlI9bc4Mw

Here is the press release from HINODE Japan:

http://hinode.nao.ac.jp/news/120419PressRelease/index_e.shtml

Polar Field Reversal as observed with Hinode
19 April 2012
Naional Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ/NINS)
RIKEN
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science and Technology Facilities Council(STFC)
European Space Agency(ESA)

The polarity of the extended uni-polar magnetic field in the solar polar region is known to reverse every 11 years, and the reversal occurs at around the maximum of solar activity, which is expected to take place at around 2013 May (NOAA ).

High latitude magnetic fields have been observed with solar telescopes on the ground. However, actual process of the polar field reversal is poorly understood because of the difficulty of the observations on the extreme limb combined with atmospheric seeing effect. The solar optical telescope aboard the Hinode satellite allows us for the first time to perform extremely high-quality observations of the deep polar region of the Sun (Figure A). The initial discoveries include that there are many magnetic patches with intense magnetic field in the polar regions. Their field strength is close to that of sunspots, and their size is as large as small sunspots called pore.

The international research team led by Saku Tsuneta, a professor at NAOJ, has been performing the monthly polar observations with Hinode from September 2008. We here report the discovery that the average magnetic flux of the north polar region is rapidly and steadily decreasing during the period of 2008 and 2012 (Figure B). The reversal (from minus to plus polarity) is taking place in sequence from lower latitude to higher latitude. The average magnetic flux of the polar region soon becomes zero. The estimated completion of the reversal of the north polar region will take place in 1 months or so, about one year earlier than the nominal expected reversal time.

In striking contrast to the north polar situation, the magnetic flux of the south polar region has been very stable, and maintains the plus polarity (Figure C). These latest Hinode observations suggest that the global magnetic field of the Sun will become different from the normal bipolar configuration.

Observations of the polar magnetic fields are the key for understanding the cyclic solar dynamo. Their results will shed light on the origin of the solar magnetism, and will contribute to our understating on the Sun’s effect to the solar-terrestrial environment.

HERE COME THE GREEN POLICE: DHS LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE UNITS

04-20-2012 1:44 pm – The Rat – ConstitutionClub.org
Sleep well tonight, America. The ever-vigilant Obama Regime stands at red alert in its unflinching effort to protect you, your loved ones and life as you know it. From “climate change” and “melting Arctic ice.” Uh huh. The epic battle is on – and O’s Army is all over it – just like Dennis Quaid in The Day After Tomorrow. Where would our nation be were it not for Barack Hussein Obama’s extraordinary aptitude for keeping his priorities straight? Other countries should be so fortunate.

Not a minute too soon, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is creating “environmental justice” units that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local governments throughout the country. The framework for the Environmental Justice Working Group includes eleven federal government agencies, including the TSA, the Secret Service and FEMA. Go big or go home, right?

In its just-released Environmental Justice Strategy document, the DHS says the idea is to “include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities” and to incorporate environmental justice in “securing the homeland.” Roll that around in your head for awhile:

“Federal law enforcement” agents conducting “emergency response activities” in the name of “environmental justice” for the purpose of “securing the homeland.” The Green Police. Oh. My. God.

Lest you think these people are crazy as a loon, (which they are), here’s the official explanation from the Regime:

Our nation’s vision of homeland security is a homeland that is safe and secure, resilient against terrorism and other hazards – where American interests and aspirations, and the American way of life can thrive. In seeking to fulfill this vision, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aspires to avoid burdening minority and low-income populations with a disproportionate share of any adverse human health or environmental risks associated with our efforts to secure the nation.

What a complete crock of crap. Since when is terrorism a mere “hazard,” – comparable to environmentalist wacko-ism? The “American way of life”? As defined by whom – Barack Obama, Al Gore and the rest of the greenies? And – why must the Divider-in-Chief single out – as he always does – “minority and low-income populations”? And their “disproportionate share”? That “efforts to secure the nation” part is hysterical as well. How low of a common denominator are these people playing to?

The DHS document also lists concerns such as “climate change” and “melting Arctic ice,” despite recent reports confirming that the amount of floating ice in the Arctic’s Bering Sea “reached all-time record high levels last month,” according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. Then again, liberals never let facts or data get in the way of “securing the nation” according to their agendas, do they?

Memo to O: If you’re so interested in securing the nation, why do you continue your incessant efforts to divide its people? Why do continue your relentless drive to mortgage the future of “the nation’s” grandchildren – all for the self-serving reason of pandering for votes?

In the event that you missed Audi’s Green Police ad during the Super Bowl, it gave a glimpse of things to come – courtesy of the courageous Barack Hussein Obama – without whom, America may very well have been denied the Chevy Volt.

Hell, the O-man reduced NASA to little more than a Muslim-outreach program – why shouldn’t he straighten out the Secret Service, too? Besides, they’ve been somewhat distracted lately anyway.

I can see the television series now – a Maxwell Smart or Barney Fife character – riding a Segway – as he battles diabolical conservatives hellbent on destroying the planet’s environment. Must-see TV.

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Earthquakes

 

 

EMSC     Georgia (sak’art’velo)
Apr 19 23:51 PM
2.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Madeira Islands, Portugal Region
Apr 19 23:41 PM
4.4     80.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 19 23:36 PM
3.2     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 23:34 PM
2.6     3.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 19 23:22 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 23:03 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Peru
Apr 19 23:02 PM
4.8     135.0     MAP

USGS     Central Peru
Apr 19 23:02 PM
4.8     122.7     MAP

GEOFON     Central Peru
Apr 19 23:02 PM
5.2     102.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 23:01 PM
2.6     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 22:54 PM
2.5     4.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 19 22:36 PM
2.5     15.2     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 22:18 PM
2.7     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 19 22:11 PM
2.9     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 21:53 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 19 21:53 PM
2.8     38.5     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 21:32 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Algeria
Apr 19 21:13 PM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:49 PM
3.2     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:25 PM
3.2     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:18 PM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:12 PM
2.5     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:10 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:09 PM
3.0     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:06 PM
3.4     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 20:00 PM
3.3     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 19:55 PM
3.1     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 19 19:52 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 19:52 PM
4.5     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 19 19:32 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     New South Wales, Australia
Apr 19 19:09 PM
3.7     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 18:48 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 19 18:37 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 19 18:07 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 19 18:07 PM
4.7     50.0     MAP

USGS     Washington
Apr 19 17:47 PM
2.5     16.1     MAP

EMSC     Molucca Sea
Apr 19 17:23 PM
5.3     72.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Molucca Sea
Apr 19 17:23 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Molucca Sea
Apr 19 17:23 PM
5.3     12.1     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 19 17:03 PM
2.7     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Pyrenees
Apr 19 17:02 PM
3.2     1.0     MAP

USGS     Washington
Apr 19 16:36 PM
2.6     19.8     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 19 16:26 PM
3.4     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 19 16:17 PM
4.0     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 19 15:56 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 19 15:56 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 19 15:56 PM
4.5     1.0     MAP

GEOFON     Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Apr 19 15:46 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near N Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 19 15:46 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Apr 19 15:46 PM
5.0     25.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 15:37 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 19 15:11 PM
2.5     16.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 14:58 PM
2.5     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 14:43 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 19 14:35 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Offshore Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 19 14:35 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 19 14:35 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off Coast Of Northern Chile
Apr 19 13:40 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 19 13:38 PM
2.4     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 19 13:31 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 13:04 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 12:58 PM
3.1     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 12:36 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 19 12:31 PM
2.5     2.4     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 19 12:19 PM
3.0     77.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 12:15 PM
2.5     7.0     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 19 11:46 AM
3.0     1.7     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 19 11:45 AM
2.8     1.5     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 19 11:24 AM
2.5     75.6     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 11:00 AM
3.1     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Celebes Sea
Apr 19 10:59 AM
4.5     589.0     MAP

GEOFON     Celebes Sea
Apr 19 10:59 AM
4.5     545.0     MAP

USGS     Celebes Sea
Apr 19 10:59 AM
4.7     553.1     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 19 10:55 AM
4.7     29.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 19 10:55 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 19 10:55 AM
4.9     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 19 10:54 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 10:51 AM
2.8     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 10:34 AM
2.9     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 19 10:14 AM
2.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 19 10:13 AM
3.3     5.0     MAP

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Apr 19 09:06 AM
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EMSC     Eastern Turkey
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USGS     Puerto Rico Region
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GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
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USGS     Puerto Rico Region
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4.5     29.9     MAP

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USGS     Dominican Republic
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USGS     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
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USGS     Taiwan
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GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
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USGS     Southern Yukon Territory, Canada
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USGS     Coquimbo, Chile
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Apr 19 00:48 AM
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USGS     El Salvador
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GEOFON     Kuril Islands
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Earthquake swarm on Iran-Iraq border continues

Posted on April 20, 2012
April 20, 2012 IRAN5.1 and 5.0 earthquakes are the latest in a swarm of about six earthquakes that have erupted along the convergent plate boundaries between the Arabian and Eurasian plate. The swarm is about 528 km (328 miles) SW of TEHRAN, Iran. The epicenter of the earthquakes is located on the convergent boundary where the two tectonic plates are colliding along the border of Iraq and Iran in what’s known as the Alpide Belt. Three moderate earthquakes have erupted along the epicenter in less than 20 hours. Most of the volcanoes in Iran lie in the north and south of the country, so this region outside the Tigris River is not considered a high-risk region for magma intrusion. Might this be the precursor to some event? We will have to wait and see.

New research puts focus on earthquake, tsunami hazard for southern California

by Staff Writers
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2012


A new map of active faults off the coast of southern California could clarify some of the earthquake hazard for the region, say Jaime Conrad of the U.S. Geological Survey and colleagues. Although this area is crisscrossed by faults, the seismic hazard posed by their activity isn’t well understood, partly because it’s unclear how much the faults slip and how they interact.

Scientists will convene in San Diego to present the latest seismological research at the annual conference of the Seismological Society of America (SSA), April 17-19. This year’s meeting is expected to draw a record number of registrants, with more than 630 scientists in attendance, and will feature 292 oral presentations and 239 poster presentations.

“For over 100 years the Annual Meeting of SSA has been the forum of excellence for presenting and discussing exciting new developments in seismology research and operations in the U.S. and globally,” said Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade, president of SSA, which is a scientific society devoted to the advancement of earthquake science. von Hillebrandt-Andrade is manager of the NOAA National Weather Service Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program in Puerto Rico.

A special public town hall meeting is scheduled for the evening of April 17, featuring talks by experts on the seismic hazard to San Diego from future earthquakes and tsunamis.

“We are extremely excited by the range, depth, and quality of science to be presented at this meeting” said David Oglesby, associate professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Riverside. “The meeting will cover all aspects of seismology and earthquake science, from geology to numerical models, and from seismograms to tsunamis.

“Our location near the US-Mexican border also help to illuminate the exciting opportunities in international scientific collaborations,” said Oglesby, who is a co-organizer of the conference program along with Raul Castro, a seismologist at the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Baja California.

The presentations by the international gathering of seismologists will focus on a broad range of topics, covering the Earth’s surface to its center. Some highlights that focus more closely on the San Diego area include:

Downtown San Diego:
The city of San Diego sits atop a fault system that poses considerable seismic hazard to the millions of the region’s residents. In an evaluation by Ivan Wong and colleagues from the URS Corporation, an international engineering consulting firm, the potential hazard from both strong ground shaking and surface faulting was quantified in the downtown area.

Several rupture scenarios of the Rose Canyon fault system were considered including rupture of the associated San Diego fault that traverses downtown San Diego.

The surface faulting hazard for locations along the San Diego fault is estimated to be low because of its low rate of activity but the ground shaking hazard is probably high throughout much of San Diego because of the distributed nature of the Rose Canyon fault system.

The behavior of the Rose Canyon fault system as it traverses San Diego is poorly understood. It is unclear what the role of individual faults in the fault system are in the vicinity of San Diego Bay and the downtown area in a large magnitude 7+ earthquake and how often such events may occur.

“It is clear however that the threat to the city from a future large earthquake is considerable and that research is needed to define what that level of hazard is,” said Ivan Wong, principal seismologist and vice president of URS Corporation.

San Jacinto Fault Zone:
Geophysicist Tom Rockwell, and colleagues from San Diego State University will describe the latest research findings on the San Jacinto Fault (SJF) Zone, which is a seismically active, major component of the overall southern San Andreas Fault system, and of particular importance to the San Diego region. They have mapped evidence of past ruptures consistent with very large earthquakes along the Clark Fault, an individual strand associated with the SJF.

Tom Rockwell and other presenters will discuss their work at a news briefing on April 19, beginning at 12:10 p.m. (local time) in the Terrace Salon 2 room of the Town and Country Resort and Convention Hotel.

Offshore faults:
A new map of active faults off the coast of southern California could clarify some of the earthquake hazard for the region, say Jaime Conrad of the U.S. Geological Survey and colleagues. Although this area is crisscrossed by faults, the seismic hazard posed by their activity isn’t well understood, partly because it’s unclear how much the faults slip and how they interact.

The new map covers a series of faults in the near-shore portion of the region known as the Inner Continental Borderland, located between the coast and the San Clemente fault, about 35-40 miles offshore.

The crumpled and uplifted seafloor from Santa Monica Bay to the Mexican border includes several high-angled and north-south trending faults. Using high-resolution seismic reflection data from a number of sources, including multiple sources of sonar beamed from research ships and unmanned underwater vehicles, the researchers were able to revise the current map in some surprising ways.

The data show linkages between faults that were not known previously, for example, and in some cases show a fault slip rate of 1-2 millimeters per year.

Related Links
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Volcanic Activity

Popocatepetl Volcano Threatening to Erupt, 19 Million Prepare to Evacuate

By Sami K. Martin , Christian Post Contributor
April 18, 2012|11:57 am

The Popocatepetl volcano is making movement and threatening to erupt, causing Mexican officials to raise the alert level from yellow phase three to yellow phase two.

The volcano has already begun spewing red-hot bits of rock, and its opening has expanded. These are signs that the volcano, still quite active, could soon erupt. In a statement by Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention, the volcano could produce “moderate exhalations, some with ash, sporadic low to moderate explosions with likely burning fragments, and flaming magma within the crater.”

Residents and tourists have been advised to remain at least seven miles away from the volcano’s base, lest magma or hot rock injure anyone. Mexico has been experiencing natural disasters with increasing frequency.

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Popocatépetl Volcano Erupts Spewing Hot Rock Fragments and Ash in Mexico

Alex Sosnowski
AccuWeather
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:40 CDT
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Popocatepetl volcano

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Birds fly in the foreground as a plume of ash and steam rise from Popocatepetl volcano as seen from San Andres Cholula, Mexico, Wednesday April 18, 2012. Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano is continuing to spout gases and hot rock fragments and it is dusting towns on its flanks with volcanic ash.
A volcano within view of Mexico City continues to erupt.

Steam, smoke and hot fragments of rock began to be ejected from Popocatepetl this past weekend.

The volcano is located about 50 miles southeast of Mexico’s capital, Mexico City. The metropolitan area of Mexico City is home to approximately 21 million people.

According to Reuters, Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention this week raised the alert level to three on a scale from one to seven, with seven being the greatest threat.

If eruptions intensify, evacuations of nearby villages may be necessary.

The volcano has had a long history of frequent minor to moderate eruptions.

In 2000, thousands of residents surrounding the nearly 18,000-foot mountain were forced to evacuate. Popocatepetl is North America’s second highest volcano.

Eruptions have occurred in November and June of 2011.

According to VolcanoDiscovery.com, Popocatepetl was dormant during the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

This is a very active volcanic region of the globe and is known as the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt.

Mexico authorities were recommending limiting access to the area, including air travel due to the frequency of the volcanic activity of late.

Ash from volcanoes can be carried into the intake of engines, leading to failure.

During a major eruption, smoke and ash can be carried for hundreds and thousands of miles downwind, depending on weather conditions. Such was the case with Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland during 2010.

Accord to Smithsonian, the last major eruption of Popocatepetl, which including a pyroclastic flow, occurred around 800 AD.

A pyroclastic flow is a combination of lethal hot gas and ash, similar to what happened in Pompeii, Italy.

Popocatepetl is the Aztec word for smoking mountain.

Surface winds in the vicinity of the volcano during April 19, 2012, were generally from the west and northwest, carrying smoke and ash away from the Mexico capital.

The town of Puebla, located southeast of Popocatepetl was reporting volcanic ash in the vicinity for a few hours during April 18.

This story was first published on Monday, April 16, 2012 and has been updated.

Reventador volcano (Ecuador), activity update: steaming and ash emission

Thursday Apr 19, 2012 09:04 AM | Age: 23 hrs
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eruption plume from Reventador on 18 April (photo: L. Gomezjurado / IG)

eruption plume from Reventador on 18 April (photo: L. Gomezjurado / IG)

Reventador continues to be mildly active with ongoing weak to moderate steam and ash emissions. The Instituto Geofísico reports a 2 km high column of steam and ash rising from Reventador volcano on 18 April. The ash cloud moved to the NW.
IG characterizes the actual activity level (visual and seismic activity) of Reventador “moderate”. No major changes have been observed at the volcano in recent days.

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Climate Change

Southeast Asia’s billion dollar cassava industry at high risk due to climate change

by Staff Writers
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Apr 20, 2012

Southeast Asia’s billion dollar cassava industry at high risk due to climate change
by Staff Writers
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Apr 20, 2012


The green mite was first sighted feeding on cassava in Vietnam in 2009, with further reports from Southern China and additional unconfirmed sightings in Cambodia in 2011. Originally from South America, the tiny mites feed on the leaves of cassava plants, causing them to wither and die. It is closely related to the green mite species Mononychellus tanajoa, which has caused extensive damage to cassava in Africa and South America.

Severe outbreaks of new, invasive pests triggered by rising temperatures could threaten Southeast Asia’s multi-billion dollar cassava industry, as well as the livelihoods of the hundreds of thousands of small farmers that rely on the crop for income, according to research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

“Warmer conditions and longer dry seasons linked to climate change could prove to be the perfect catalyst for outbreaks of pests and diseases. They are already formidable enemies affecting food crops,” said Pramod K. Aggarwal, regional program leader for Asia at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Around five million small producers across Southeast Asia supply cassava to domestic and foreign processing industries, which convert the roots to animal feed and biofuels and also extract starch for use in a wide variety of food and other products. Thailand’s cassava industry accounts for more than 60 percent of global exports. It is one of the world’s biggest producers of tapioca starch, made from the cassava root. In 2011, Thai farmers exported 2.8 billion metric tons of tapioca starch worth almost 48 billion Thai Baht, according to the Thai Tapioca Starch Association.

For cassava in Southeast Asia, mealybugs and whiteflies are already endemic in the region. But new threats, such as the tiny green mite (Mononychellus mcgregori), are already emerging, says the research, published recently in the scientific journal Tropical Plant Biology.

“The cassava pest situation in Asia is pretty serious as it is,” said Tony Bellotti, a cassava entomologist at CIAT. “But according to our studies, rising temperatures could make things a whole lot worse.”

The research was discussed at “Climate Smart Agriculture in Asia: Research and Development Priorities,” a conference convened in Bangkok this week by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“One outbreak of an invasive species is bad enough, but our results show that climate change could trigger multiple, combined outbreaks across Southeast Asia, Southern China and the cassava-growing areas of Southern India,” added Belloti. “It’s a serious threat to the hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers for whom cassava is a lifeline, and their main source of income.”

The green mite was first sighted feeding on cassava in Vietnam in 2009, with further reports from Southern China and additional unconfirmed sightings in Cambodia in 2011. Originally from South America, the tiny mites feed on the leaves of cassava plants, causing them to wither and die. It is closely related to the green mite species Mononychellus tanajoa, which has caused extensive damage to cassava in Africa and South America.

An invasive species-one whose movement is aided by the boom in global travel and trade, and which has no natural enemies in Asia-green mite populations could explode if left unchecked.

The report calls for a range of responses to minimize the risk of outbreaks, and to limit damage where outbreaks occur, under the broad banner of Integrated Pest Management. This includes renewed scientific focus on breeding cassava plants with increased resistance to the pests, minimal use of pesticides to avoid killing any possible natural enemies, as well as the identification, rearing and introduction of so-called “biological control agents”-predator and parasite species that hunt down and kill the pests.

In 2009, Thailand showed how a sudden, severe cassava mealybug outbreak could be swiftly brought under control through the use of the parasitic wasp Anagyrus lopezi, which was released into Thai cassava fields in 2010.

“These pest outbreaks need to be continually monitored,” Bellotti said. “Our research shows that there are specific niches that these exotic species can exploit, not just in Asia, but in Africa and the Americas too.”

Scientists emphasize the importance of taming these threats to cassava because the crop is one of the few that can prosper as the climate changes. Previous CIAT research identified cassava as a “Rambo root,” exceptionally tolerant of higher temperatures and droughts. But while the plant can survive the changing temperatures, in order to fully realize its potential to thrive in the face of climate change, it needs assistance in overcoming the crop pests that also come with modified climates.

The Climate Smart Agriculture conference in Bangkok featured leading agriculture, climate and development experts, as well as government representatives from 14 countries in South and Southeast Asia, who brought similar experiences of how agriculture has changed, discussed the most up-to-date research on the impacts of climate change on food security, and identified the priorities to make agriculture “climate-smart.”

These regions are home to more than 30 percent of the world’s population, but half of the world’s poor and malnourished. Agriculture is the backbone of most economies in the region, with nearly 50 percent of the population dependent on the sector for food and livelihoods. Agriculture, along with forestry and land use change, also account for almost one third of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and some of the most innovative approaches to reducing these emissions have been developed in Southeast Asia, one of the leading exporters of rice and cassava to the rest of the world.

In Vietnam, some farmers are switching from rice to shrimp farming to respond to increased salinity and other changes in water resources. Scientists are also working with farmers to disseminate varieties in Mekong Delta countries that can tolerate a larger amount of saltwater flooding, more acidic water and soil, elevated levels of pollution, and new strains of pests and diseases-all while decreasing the crop’s water usage and emissions footprint.

“Last year’s record flooding in Thailand and Southeast Asia was preceded by a record drought in 2010. These and many other extreme weather events have hammered global food prices,” said Bruce Campbell, program director at CCAFS. “With climate change in South and Southeast Asia expected to reduce agriculture productivity by as much as 50 percent in the next three decades, agriculture must become more productive, more resilient and more climate-friendly. Agriculture needs to shift from being climate dependent to being climate-smart.”

The research was published in Tropical Plant Biology, vol 4, numbers 3-4 Dec 2011.

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2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 13:59 PM
2.8     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 13:53 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 17 13:27 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 17 13:26 PM
3.8     30.0     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 17 13:20 PM
3.9     20.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 17 13:03 PM
3.4     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 12:43 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

USGS     Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Apr 17 12:36 PM
3.0     36.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 12:29 PM
4.8     26.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 12:29 PM
4.7     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 12:29 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Peru
Apr 17 12:26 PM
4.8     73.0     MAP

USGS     Near The Coast Of Southern Peru
Apr 17 12:26 PM
4.5     65.3     MAP

EMSC     Near Coast Of Southern Peru
Apr 17 12:26 PM
4.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 12:25 PM
2.4     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 17 12:12 PM
2.4     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 11:50 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 17 11:11 AM
3.0     99.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 11:01 AM
2.8     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 17 11:01 AM
2.7     126.0     MAP

GEOFON     Kuril Islands
Apr 17 10:49 AM
4.9     80.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 17 10:49 AM
4.6     63.6     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 17 10:49 AM
4.6     54.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 17 10:05 AM
2.7     120.0     MAP

GEOFON     Chile-argentina Border Region
Apr 17 09:49 AM
4.2     147.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 17 09:46 AM
3.3     40.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 17 09:29 AM
3.2     6.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 17 09:22 AM
2.5     89.8     MAP

EMSC     Greece-turkey Border Region
Apr 17 09:13 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 17 09:03 AM
3.9     73.0     MAP

GEOFON     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 17 08:51 AM
5.6     44.0     MAP

USGS     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 17 08:51 AM
5.6     15.1     MAP

EMSC     Kermadec Islands Region
Apr 17 08:51 AM
5.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 17 08:42 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 17 08:24 AM
2.6     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 07:58 AM
4.8     28.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 07:58 AM
4.8     27.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 17 07:58 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 17 07:54 AM
2.8     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 07:49 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 17 07:32 AM
2.6     78.1     MAP

USGS     Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea    

Apr 17 07:13 AM     
6.8     208.2     MAP     

EMSC     Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.     
Apr 17 07:13 AM     
6.8     211.0     MAP     

USGS     Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea   

 Apr 17 07:13 AM     
7.0     202.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.     
Apr 17 07:13 AM     
6.8     207.0     MAP     

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 17 07:07 AM
3.2     19.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 17 06:20 AM
2.5     16.0     MAP

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon
Apr 17 06:14 AM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 06:10 AM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Tonga
Apr 17 06:07 AM
4.4     100.0     MAP

GEOFON     Samoa Islands Region
Apr 17 06:07 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Tonga
Apr 17 06:07 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 17 05:58 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 05:33 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 17 05:19 AM
2.5     2.9     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 17 04:53 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 04:48 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 04:25 AM
4.9     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 04:25 AM
4.8     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 17 04:25 AM
4.9     31.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 17 04:03 AM
4.8     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 17 04:03 AM
5.0     40.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 17 04:03 AM
5.1     36.6     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 17 03:57 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 17 03:55 AM
3.1     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 03:54 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Valparaiso, Chile     
Apr 17 03:50 AM     
6.7     37.0     MAP     

EMSC     Valparaiso, Chile     
Apr 17 03:50 AM     
6.7     30.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Central Chile     
Apr 17 03:50 AM     
6.7     29.0     MAP     

USGS     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 17 03:43 AM
3.7     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 17 03:32 AM
2.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 17 03:24 AM
4.9     57.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 17 03:24 AM
4.9     43.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 17 03:24 AM
5.1     41.7     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 17 03:18 AM
2.8     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 03:15 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 02:54 AM
2.4     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 02:46 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Iran
Apr 17 02:37 AM
4.7     34.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Iran
Apr 17 02:37 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Kenya
Apr 17 02:01 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kenya
Apr 17 02:01 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Mid indian Ridge
Apr 17 01:41 AM
4.8     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     Mid Indian Ridge
Apr 17 01:41 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Mid indian Ridge
Apr 17 01:41 AM
4.9     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 17 01:33 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 17 01:30 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 17 01:19 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 17 00:19 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 17 00:12 AM
3.4     24.8     MAP

Strong earthquake strikes Chile; no serious damage reported

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — A strong earthquake struck coastal Chile near the port city of Valparaiso late Monday, causing mudslides and some minor damage, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The 6.7-magnitude quake knocked out some power and phone lines in the region, authorities said.

The temblor was felt in the capital city, Santiago, located 69 miles from the epicenter. A CNN en Español anchor held onto his desk as the quake rattled the studio during a newscast in Huechurba, a suburb of the capital.

“We could feel the ground shaking,” said journalist Richard Madan. “It felt like we were standing on a subway track but multiply that by about 200.”

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Did N. Sumatra earthquakes set off a chain-reaction? Planet shaken by shocking number of tremors since April 11, 2012

Posted on April 17, 2012
April 17, 2012WORLD – The shocking number of earthquakes that have rattled the globe, especially along tectonic plate boundaries, since the double 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes struck off the coast of Northern Sumatra on April 11 could be early indication the planet may be shifting towards a new catastrophic model. Romania’ s top seismologist, Gheorghe Marmureanu, told the Bucharest Herald: “There is no doubt something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes.” I said in my book: “If you keep seismically shaking the Earth, like a bottle of soda, its structural integrity eventually will become compromised and it will start to fracture like an egg. In this case, the fracturing will be thermal dissipation by hyper-volcanism, mega-thrust earthquakes, and greater tectonic boundary plate agitation around volcanic arcs and subduction zones…if this is what’s indeed happening, the pressure will continue to build in the interior of the planet until it eventually destabilizes all tectonic plates in a spectral pattern of continous seismic oscillation. Every earthquake generates and emits enough kinetic energy through the earth to potentially trigger more seismic disturbances.” - The Extinction Protocol, page 495

7.0-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) April 17, 2012


Quake sends Indonesians fleeing from Aceh parliament
Banda Aceh, Indonesia (AFP) April 17, 2012 – A moderate earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island Tuesday, US seismologists said, sending people running in fear from Aceh province’s parliament.The 5.1-quake hit at 10:24 am (0324 GMT) at a depth of around 42 kilometres (26 miles), 80 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital Banda Aceh, the US Geological Survey said.”The epicentre was located in the sea and was felt by people in Banda Aceh,” said Arif Achir of Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency, adding there was no tsunami threat or immediate reports of damage.

An AFP correspondent said the quake lasted around 45 seconds, sending people running from parliament and children from classrooms.

Aceh province was shaken last Wednesday by two huge earthquakes that triggered an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert.

At a magnitude of 8.6, the first of the two quakes was the strongest to hit since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 170,000 in Aceh. No major damage was reported.

A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued.

The quake hit at 5:13 pm (0713 GMT) 141 kilometres (88 miles) north of the country’s second largest city of Lae and 443 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby at a depth of 201 kilometres, it said.

“A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement.

Geoscience Australia measured the quake at 6.8 magnitude and at a depth of 215 kilometres but agreed it was unlikely to generate dangerous waves in the developing Pacific island nation.

“It’s pretty deep so it’s not a tsunami threat we believe, even though it’s slightly offshore,” Geoscience Australia seismologist Clive Collins told AFP.

Collins said there had been reports of the quake being felt as far away as Goroko, a highland region about 250 kilometres from the epicentre.

“There would be quite some shaking to the areas close by… because it’s about 20 kilometres offshore,” Collins said.

“So it’s obviously been felt in a wide area around Papua New Guinea, which you would expect from something that big.”

Quakes of such magnitude are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

“That northern part of Papua New Guinea is subject to quite strong earthquakes reasonably frequently,” Collins said, adding that the biggest risk in the mountainous country was generally from landslips caused by tremors.

“There are very steep valleys and if it’s been wet you get landslides which generally cause trouble. But I think this being a little bit offshore it may not be such a problem,” he said.

“Of course it will be a while before we know that.”

A giant tsunami in 1998 killed more than 2,000 people near Aitape, on the country’s northwest coast.

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Volcanic Activity

Santorini’s underwater volcano activity resumes

20:54 17 APR 2012

(AGI) Washington – Santorini’s volcanic basin is showing signs of resumed volcanic activity. According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, satellite research tools suggest that a build-up of some 14m cubic metres of lava at a depth of 5km took place between September and January last.
Widely touted by academics as the cause of the Minoan civilisation’s obliteration, what is left of the volcano – a small archipelago – last witnessed significant geological activity in January of 2011. Having published his findings in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the Institute’s Andrew Newman says “our research shows that the lava build-up is accelerating,” suggesting that even though the build-up may not indicate an imminent eruption, it may cause minor volcanic events, including ash fall-out, landslides and even tsunami type phenomena.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Unusual geological event Canada Province of New Brunswick, McAdam Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level Details
  Today Forest / Wild Fire Canada Province of Ontario, [Uxbridge area] Damage level Details
  Today Flood Nigeria Edo State, Benin City Damage level Details
  Today Forest / Wild Fire China Province of Liaoning, [Qipan Mountain] Damage level Details
  Today Enviroment Pollution Australia State of New South Wales, [Pacific Highway, Near to Port Macquarie] Damage level Details
  Today Vehicle Incident USA State of Michigan, Traverse City [Cherry Capital Airport] Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard USA State of California, San Diego Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard India State of Haryana, Gurgaon [Government High School Sector 40] Damage level Details
  Today Enviroment Pollution USA State of Washington, Seattle [Bell Harbor Marina, Elliott Bay] Damage level Details
  Today Volcano Activity Greece Island of Thera, [Santorini volcano] Damage level Details
  Today Hailstorm USA State of California, [San Joaquin Valley] Damage level Details
1 18.04.2012 CBRNE Afghanistan Province of Takhar, [The area is not defined.] Damage level Details

Gale Warning

LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
CAPE FLATTERY TO CAPE LOOKOUT

Freeze Warning

STATE COLLEGE PA
BINGHAMTON NY
BUFFALO NY
GRAND RAPIDS MI
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
ALBANY NY

FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

ALBUQUERQUE NM

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Flooding

Flood Warning

KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS ND
LAKE CHARLES LA
JACKSON, MS
 NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LA
SHREVEPORT LA
 LITTLE ROCK AR

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Radiation/ Nuclear

Ukraine nuclear plant halts reactor after electrical failure

by Staff Writers
Kiev (AFP) April 17, 2012

A reactor at a nuclear power station in the south of Ukraine has been shut down following an electrical failure but radiation levels were not elevated, authorities said on Tuesday.

The second reactor of the Yuzhno-Ukrainskaya Nuclear Power Station in the south of Ukraine was shut down following the failure of its main transformer and the subsequent breakage of the high voltage power line late Monday, the emergencies ministry said.

“The reactor no 2 has been switched to the minimum capacity and unplugged from Ukraine’s energy grid,” the emergencies ministry said in a statement on its website.

“Radiation and fire safety levels are normal,” it said, adding the nuclear power station’s employees were taking steps to bring the situation under control.

Ukraine is home to the now defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant whose fourth reactor exploded in April 1986 with fallout hitting the three Soviet republics along with a large part of Europe.

The Chernobyl nuclear plant is located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Kiev and close to the borders with Russia and Belarus. The explosion remains the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

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Solar Activity

SPECTACULAR EXPLOSION:

Magnetic fields on the sun’s northeastern limb erupted around 17:45 UT on April 16th, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the blast at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths:

The explosion, which registered M1.7 on the Richter Scale of solar flares, was not Earth-directed, but it did hurl a CME into space. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab have analyzed the trajectory of the cloud and found that it will hit NASA’s STEREO-B spacecraft, the Spitzer space telescope, and the rover Curiosity en route to Mars. Planets Venus and Mars could also receive a glancing blow.

Using data from SDO, Steele Hill of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center assembled a must-see movie of the event. It shows the explosion unfolding at 304Å, a wavelength which traces plasma with a temperature around 80,000 K.

Coverage of the blast was not limited to space telescopes. Amateur astronomers saw it, too. Jim Lafferty sends this picture from his backyard observatory in Redlands, California:

“Yesterday’s prominence on the sun’s eastern limb was was one of the largest in years—short lived, it was mostly gone in a few hours,” says Lafferty. “It was a wonderful sight in the eyepiece and in the camera!”

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Articles of Interest

Toxic gases hamper search at Pakistan avalanche site

by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) April 17, 2012

Toxic gases Tuesday hampered the search for 138 people buried by an avalanche at a high-altitude Pakistan army camp, as teams from the United States and Norway arrived at the site to help operations.

A huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in disputed Kashmir more than a week ago, smothering an area of one square kilometre (a third of a square mile).

Rescuers have dug tunnels in the hard mass of snow and ice to try to reach the buried soldiers and civilians at the Gayari base, but toxic gases have built up inside one of them, the military said in a statement.

A rise in the temperature has increased the risk of further snow slides, the statement said, forcing workers on the site to take extra precautions.

Specialist teams from Norway and the United States arrived at Gayari, while Swiss and German teams have returned home after helping the efforts.

Search teams are looking for the trapped soldiers and civilians at six different points on the site, around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) up in the mountains.

More than 450 rescuers are working at the site near the de facto border with India in the militarised region of Kashmir, though experts have said there is virtually no chance of finding any survivors.

Kashmir has been the cause of two wars between India and Pakistan and the nuclear-armed rivals fought over Siachen in 1987, though guns on the glacier have largely fallen silent since a peace process began in 2004.

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S.Lanka fishermen accused of damaging tsunami buoy

by Staff Writers
Colombo (AFP) April 17, 2012

Five Sri Lankan fishermen have been charged with vandalising a tsunami warning buoy just weeks before an earthquake triggered a major alert across the Indian Ocean, police said Tuesday.

Parts of the electronic floating device were removed from the buoy’s deep-sea mooring off the coast last month and later recovered in the southern coastal district of Matara.

The fishermen appeared before the chief magistrate in Matara on Monday and were remanded in custody until April 30, police spokesman Ajith Rohana told AFP.

“They said they thought the device could be a nice ornament they can fit onto their boat,” a court official said by telephone.

Tsunami warnings are vital to Sri Lanka, which had its south and east coasts devastated in the December 2004 tsunami when 31,000 people died in the island.

On April 11, a 8.6-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia’s Sumatra island set off high-level tsunami alerts around the Indian Ocean but no large waves were created and it caused little damage.

The Deep ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoy, which belongs to India, is part of a wider warning system to detect unusual rises in sea levels and predict tsunamis.

“The Indian authorities complained to us that one of their buoys had been cut from the moorings,” Sarath Lal Kumara, spokesman for Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre, told AFP.

He said police investigations led to the arrest of the five men and the recovery of some of the parts of the buoy, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Huge tire fire causes Kuwait ‘catastrophe’

by Staff Writers
Kuwait City (AFP) April 17, 2012

Hundreds of Kuwaiti firemen on Tuesday fought to contain a massive fire in a dump for used tires, with some members of parliament calling the blaze an environmental catastrophe.

Firemen from the national guard, the army and the oil sector joined efforts to extinguish the fire that was still raging 10 hours after it broke out in the dump of more than five million tires, the fire department said.

Environment authorities advised residents in the area to stay away and to use masks, but the education ministry rejected calls by MPs to suspend classes at local schools.

A number of MPs described the fire as an “environmental catastrophe” and vowed to demand a debate on the issue in a special parliamentary session next week. Some said they will demand an official probe.

Medics said that one man was treated for minor burns.

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Earthquakes

 

 EMSC     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
4.9     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     West Chile Rise
Apr 14 23:49 PM
5.0     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 23:44 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 23:37 PM
2.6     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 23:36 PM
2.8     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:24 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
4.9     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
4.5     29.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 22:06 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.6     33.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.5     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 22:05 PM
6.3     3.0     MAP

USGS     Washington
Apr 14 21:50 PM
2.7     5.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
4.4     14.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:34 PM
4.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.9     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.9     28.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 21:10 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.5     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     South Sandwich Islands Region
Apr 14 20:53 PM
5.5     18.3     MAP

EMSC     Kashmir-xizang Border Region
Apr 14 20:50 PM
4.1     38.0     MAP

USGS     Kashmir-xizang Border Region
Apr 14 20:50 PM
4.1     37.9     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.5     26.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 20:35 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Sichuan, China
Apr 14 20:31 PM
4.9     40.0     MAP

USGS     Western Sichuan, China
Apr 14 20:31 PM
4.9     20.7     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 20:19 PM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwest Of Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.8     60.0     MAP

USGS     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.9     49.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 14 19:26 PM
5.8     63.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 18:11 PM
4.4     27.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 18:11 PM
4.4     27.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 17:52 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 17:45 PM
3.2     25.0     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 14 17:21 PM
2.8     25.9     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.3     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 14 17:10 PM
4.8     50.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 16:54 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

GEONET     Taranaki
Apr 14 16:29 PM
3.5     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 14 16:09 PM
4.1     100.0     MAP

USGS     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 14 15:53 PM
4.3     209.0     MAP

EMSC     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 14 15:53 PM
4.3     209.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Xinjiang, China
Apr 14 15:45 PM
3.8     1.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 15:30 PM
3.3     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.5     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 15:21 PM
5.3     14.7     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 15:16 PM
2.7     105.4     MAP

GEOFON     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.5     74.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.6     63.8     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 14 15:13 PM
5.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 14 15:05 PM
2.9     2.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 15:04 PM
4.5     51.2     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 15:04 PM
4.5     51.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 14 14:21 PM
2.9     29.8     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 13:06 PM
3.0     26.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 12:43 PM
2.5     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Kyushu, Japan
Apr 14 12:39 PM
4.8     55.0     MAP

GEOFON     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 14 12:39 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 12:30 PM
2.8     8.2     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.1     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 12:18 PM
5.1     3.0     MAP

USGS     Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 14 12:13 PM
2.6     6.3     MAP

USGS     Southern California
Apr 14 11:34 AM
2.7     7.2     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 11:24 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

EMSC     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

USGS     Drake Passage     
Apr 14 10:56 AM     
6.2     9.9     MAP     

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:51 AM
4.8     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:51 AM
4.9     14.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     24.3     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     16.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 10:48 AM
4.7     12.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.6     9.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.4     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 10:08 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 09:34 AM
4.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 09:34 AM
4.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.8     29.5     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 09:25 AM
4.7     11.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 14 09:00 AM
3.3     38.2     MAP

EMSC     Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 14 08:58 AM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 14 08:47 AM
2.4     6.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 08:46 AM
4.4     52.4     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 14 08:46 AM
4.4     52.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:28 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 08:22 AM
2.9     9.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.3     10.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 08:15 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 14 07:51 AM
2.5     7.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 14 07:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 14 07:34 AM
2.6     6.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 14 07:33 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 07:23 AM
2.6     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 14 07:06 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 14 06:41 AM
3.4     39.6     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 14 06:25 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 14 06:23 AM
4.3     560.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 14 06:23 AM
4.4     553.6     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 06:05 AM
2.4     31.0     MAP

USGS     Maharashtra, India
Apr 14 05:27 AM
4.3     11.1     MAP

EMSC     Maharashtra, India
Apr 14 05:27 AM
4.3     11.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico
Apr 14 05:25 AM
2.7     27.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.3     29.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.3     28.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 05:23 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 14 05:20 AM
3.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 14 05:15 AM
3.4     23.7     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 05:13 AM
2.5     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 14 04:13 AM
4.3     160.0     MAP

USGS     Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 14 04:13 AM
4.3     160.4     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 14 04:06 AM
2.5     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 04:03 AM
4.2     14.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 04:03 AM
4.2     14.3     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 14 04:03 AM
2.9     72.5     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 03:56 AM
2.5     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 03:19 AM
2.4     18.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 14 03:13 AM
3.5     2.0     MAP

USGS     Baja California, Mexico
Apr 14 03:10 AM
2.8     12.7     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 14 02:49 AM
2.9     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     15.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:49 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 14 02:05 AM
2.7     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:04 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:03 AM
4.5     13.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 14 02:03 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 14 01:43 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 01:29 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 01:00 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 14 01:00 AM
3.1     8.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 14 00:52 AM
2.8     83.4     MAP

EMSC     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.6     40.0     MAP

USGS     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.5     24.9     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:46 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.4     35.0     MAP

EMSC     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi
Apr 14 00:40 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

 

 

2 earthquakes shake Gujarat, Maharashtra

The Indian Express

Agencies : Pune/Ahmedabad

Rann of Kutch

Two earthquakes of mild intensity shook parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat today, but there were no reports of any casualty.

A quake measuring 5 on the Richter scale was experienced in parts of western Maharashtra at 10.50 am. Its epicentre was Goshatwadi village, about 10km from Koyana dam in Satara district, the Met office here said.

An aftershock of 4.4 magnitude was registered an hour later, it said. The Koyna dam, situated in a quake-prone region, is safe, officials said.

The tremors were also felt in several parts of Mumbai, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

There were no reports of any damage to life or property, they added.

A quake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, was felt at 8.55 AM in parts of Gujarat. The earthquake had its epicentre at Vamka taluka in Kutch, which is an active fault line, scientists at Institute of Seismological Research said.

An aftershock measuring 2.9 was also felt, they said.

Besides Kutch district, tremors were experienced in parts of Saurashtra region.

No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far in Gujarat, officials said.

Among those who felt the tremors in Mumbai were megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who resides in suburban Juhu.

“Earthquake in Mumbai ! Did you feel it… I did.. .Shutters and building shook twice for few seconds,” Bachchan tweeted.

 

 

Earthquake Alert 6.2 Earthquake Drake Passage

Published on Apr 14, 2012 by

This 6.2 Earthquake was reviewd and has been posted by the USGS. This is a Earthquake Alert by MrHurricaneTracker. This earthquake was on the Ring of Fire and we are watching it real close due to the passed few days and earthquake activity. Stay tuned right here on MHTAlerts. The Earthquake location 57.588°S, 65.414°W

 

 

USGS reports 5.9 magnitude quake off western Java

(Reuters) – A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck offshore western Java in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait at a depth of 30.5 miles (49 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said on Saturday.

The USGS initially reported the quake as measuring 5.8 and a depth of 27.3 miles (44 km). It revised the location to 97 miles (157 km) south of T.Telukbetung in Sumatra, after first reporting it at 111 miles (178 km) west of Sukabumi in Java.

There were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami warning from the quake, which was 109 miles (177 km) west-southwest of the capital Jakarta on Java.

(Writing by Eric Walsh)

 

  Asia Pacific News

Strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattles Vanuatu

Posted: 15 April 2012 0651 hrs

SYDNEY: A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage either.

The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of eight kilometres, around 150 kilometres south east of the capital Port Vila.

Vanuatu lies on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.

The earthquake hit shortly after 9:00am (around 2200 GMT Saturday), USGS said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued an information bulletin but no alert, saying “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii”.

- AFP/de

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  14.04.2012 Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Biological Hazard USA State of Alaska, [Juneau area] Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Extreme Weather India MultiStates, [States of Bengal and Kolkata] Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Technological Disaster Pakistan State of Punjab, Gujranwala Damage level Details
  14.04.2012 Tornado USA State of Oklahoma, Norman Damage level Details

 

Red Flag Warning -FIRE WEATHER

LUBBOCK TX
AMARILLO TX
EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM
MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
 ALBUQUERQUE NM
GOODLAND KS

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Storms, Flooding

More  photos of the phenomenal  hailstorm  in the Texas  Panhandle on  Wednesday April 11th, 2012

Texas Hailstorm Leaves Panhandle Chest-High In Ice And Mud (PHOTO)

For over two hours Wednesday afternoon, cities in the Texas panhandle were hammered by a hailstorm that left quarter-sized balls of ice stacked chest-high in some areas, Time NewsFeed reports.

The deluge began around 3:30 a.m. Over the next few hours, fast-moving hailstones pummeled the area north of Amarillo, Tex., which had lately been sitting in mud and dust due to a lack of precipitation, according to the news organization. The hail mixed with the mud and dust to create four-foot high mounds that shut down a major highway for the next 18 hours.

Read Full Article Here

Hailstones the size of golf balls in East China

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Towns in East China’s Fujian Province have been devastated by hailstones the size of golf balls. . Report by Katie Lamborn

http://provokedrage.webnode.com


Tornado Warning &Tornado Watch

TOPEKA KS
WICHITA KS
DES MOINES IA

HASTINGS NE
NORMAN OK

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
HASTINGS NE
DODGE CITY KS

Flash Flood Warning

DES MOINES IA
NORTH PLATTE NE
OMAHA/VALLEY NEBRASKA

Flood Warning

LITTLE ROCK AR
LAKE CHARLES LA
NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LASHREVEPORT LA
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
SPRINGFIELD MO
ST LOUIS MO

High Wind Warning

MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
ALBUQUERQUE NM
EL PASO TX/SANTA TERESA NM

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr14: ’100 Tornados Possible’ & Quake Watch


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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Denied as Sonic Boom

Posted: April 13th, 2012 in Earthquake, San Diego by LALATE

San Diego Earthquake Mystery Today April 13 Prompts Sonic Boom Sound


LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A San Diego “earthquake” mystery today Friday April 13, 2012 has been denied as a sonic boom. San Diego residents reported an earthquake like event at 8:38 am to 9 am PST today. While a light San Diego neighboring earthquake did happen this morning, there was no sonic boom from MCAS Miramar, officials tell news.

Earlier today, local news erroneously reported that there wasn’t an earthquake at the time. But USGS does confirm to news that a neighboring earthquake did strike around that time. But the quake wasn’t substantial. And it wasn’t precisely in San Diego either.

Read Full Article  Here

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Wildlife / Radiation

Study: Wildlife survive nuclear accidents
by Staff Writers
Portsmouth, England (UPI) Apr 11, 2012


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Radiation from nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima may not present as much of a threat to wildlife as previously thought, British researchers say.

Earlier studies on the impact on birds of the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Russia in April 1986 have been put in doubt by new research, the University of Portsmouth reported Wednesday.

The findings by Portsmouth researcher Jim Smith and colleagues from the University of the West of England are likely to also apply to wildlife at Fukushima in Japan following its nuclear disaster in 2011, the university said.

“I wasn’t really surprised by these findings — there have been many high profile findings on the radiation damage to wildlife at Chernobyl but it’s very difficult to see significant damage and we are not convinced by some of the claims,” Smith said.

“We can’t rule out some effect on wildlife of the radiation, but wildlife populations in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl have recovered and are actually doing well and even better than before because the human population has been removed.”

Previous studies had suggested radiation affected bird populations following the Chernobyl disaster because it damaged to birds’ antioxidant defense mechanisms, but the new research found the birds’ antioxidant mechanisms could easily cope with radiation at density levels similar to those seen at Chernobyl and Fukushima.

The researchers said their finding would likely apply to other forms of wildlife as well.

“We would expect other wildlife to be similarly resistant to oxidative stress from radiation at these levels,” Smith said.

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Articles of Interest

Summer temperature variability may increase mortality risk for elderly with chronic disease

by Staff Writers
Boston, MA (SPX)


Although heat waves can kill in the short term, the authors say, even minor temperature variations caused by climate change may also increase death rates over time among elderly people with diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, or those who have survived a previous heart attack.

New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings-as little as 1 degrees C more than usual-may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. While previous studies have focused on the short-term effects of heat waves, this is the first study to examine the longer-term effects of climate change on life expectancy.

The study will be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The effect of temperature patterns on long-term mortality has not been clear to this point. We found that, independent of heat waves, high day to day variability in summer temperatures shortens life expectancy,” said Antonella Zanobetti, senior research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and lead author of the study. “This variability can be harmful for susceptible people.”

In recent years, scientists have predicted that climate change will not only increase overall world temperatures but will also increase summer temperature variability, particularly in mid-latitude regions such as the mid-Atlantic states of the U.S. and sections of countries such as France, Spain, and Italy. These more volatile temperature swings could pose a major public health problem, the authors note.

Previous studies have confirmed the association between heat waves and higher death rates. But this new research goes a step further. Although heat waves can kill in the short term, the authors say, even minor temperature variations caused by climate change may also increase death rates over time among elderly people with diabetes, heart failure, chronic lung disease, or those who have survived a previous heart attack.

The researchers used Medicare data from 1985 to 2006 to follow the long-term health of 3.7 million chronically ill people over age 65 living in 135 U.S. cities. They evaluated whether mortality among these people was related to variability in summer temperature, allowing for other things that might influence the comparison, such as individual risk factors, winter temperature variance, and ozone levels. They compiled results for individual cities, then pooled the results.

They found that, within each city, years when the summer temperature swings were larger had higher death rates than years with smaller swings. Each 1 degrees C increase in summer temperature variability increased the death rate for elderly with chronic conditions between 2.8% and 4.0%, depending on the condition.

Mortality risk increased 4.0% for those with diabetes; 3.8% for those who’d had a previous heart attack; 3.7% for those with chronic lung disease; and 2.8% for those with heart failure. Based on these increases in mortality risk, the researchers estimate that greater summer temperature variability in the U.S. could result in more than 10,000 additional deaths per year.

In addition, the researchers found the mortality risk was 1% to 2% greater for those living in poverty and for African Americans. The risk was 1% to 2% lower for people living in cities with more green space.

Mortality risk was higher in hotter regions, the researchers found. Noting that physiological studies suggest that the elderly and those with chronic conditions have a harder time than others adjusting to extreme heat, they say it’s likely these groups may also be less resilient than others to bigger-than-usual temperature swings.

“People adapt to the usual temperature in their city. That is why we don’t expect higher mortality rates in Miami than in Minneapolis, despite the higher temperatures,” said Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology at HSPH and senior author of the paper.

“But people do not adapt as well to increased fluctuations around the usual temperature. That finding, combined with the increasing age of the population, the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes, and possible increases in temperature fluctuations due to climate change, means that this public health problem is likely to grow in importance in the future.”

** How to Prepare For an Earthquake **

By Eddie Sage on 14 April 2012

One of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature is a severe earthquake and its terrible aftereffects. An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock as it releases strain that has accumulated over a long time.

For hundreds of millions of years, the forces of plate tectonics have shaped the earth, as the huge plates that form the earth’s surface slowly move over, under and past each other. Sometimes, the movement is gradual. At other times, the plates are locked together, unable to release accumulated energy. When the accumulated energy grows strong enough, the plates break free. If the earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause many deaths and injuries and extensive property damage.

While earthquakes are sometimes believed to be a West Coast occurrence, there are actually 45 states and territories throughout the United States that are at moderate to high risk for earthquakes including the New Madrid fault line in Central U.S.

The 2011 East Coast earthquake illustrated the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

Read Full Article Here

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Earthquakes

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 23:20 PM
3.4     2.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 13 22:18 PM
3.5     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.4     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 21:39 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Syria
Apr 13 21:33 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 21:31 PM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 13 21:20 PM
3.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:48 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     30.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     9.8     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 13 20:39 PM
4.1     80.0     MAP

USGS     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:04 PM
2.4     25.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.6     27.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.7     8.0     MAP     I Felt It

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:56 PM
2.9     141.0     MAP

USGS     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.2     MAP

EMSC     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.7     16.8     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.8     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:50 PM
3.1     151.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.8     66.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.5     64.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.7     64.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 19:34 PM
2.5     14.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 19:16 PM
3.4     139.8     MAP

GEONET     Bay Of Plenty
Apr 13 19:05 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 18:47 PM
3.0     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 18:42 PM
2.6     21.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Ionian Sea
Apr 13 17:50 PM
2.7     11.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 13 17:45 PM
2.7     1.5     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.5     80.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.4     67.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     502.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     488.6     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.9     420.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     35.8     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.2     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.4     14.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:09 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Mexico-guatemala Border Region
Apr 13 13:50 PM
4.6     129.0     MAP

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     111.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     102.5     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.3     14.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     35.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.6     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.3     30.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     11.2     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 11:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Gibraltar
Apr 13 11:01 AM
3.1     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 10:30 AM
3.2     15.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 10:16 AM
3.3     12.8     MAP

GEOFON     Myanmar-india Border Region
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.4     70.0     MAP

USGS     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     73.4     MAP

EMSC     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.1     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Tyrrhenian Sea
Apr 13 09:59 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 13 09:54 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 09:45 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 13 08:10 AM
2.7     4.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:54 AM
2.7     31.1     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 13 07:47 AM
2.9     37.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 07:46 AM
3.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 07:15 AM
2.9     6.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:07 AM
3.2     137.6     MAP

USGS     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     63.4     MAP

EMSC     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:44 AM
2.4     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 13 06:39 AM
3.2     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

USGS     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     26.8     MAP

GEOFON     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.3     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.0     MAP

USGS     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.3     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 05:50 AM
3.3     12.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.9     17.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 05:31 AM
2.9     5.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     15.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.2     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.5     21.0     MAP

USGS     San Pedro Channel, California
Apr 13 04:18 AM
2.6     0.1     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.8     56.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.9     60.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
5.0     46.5     MAP

GEOFON     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     162.0     MAP

EMSC     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     154.0     MAP

USGS     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.5     154.8     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 13 03:52 AM
2.6     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 13 03:51 AM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.7     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.5     15.5     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 03:23 AM
3.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.4     14.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 13 02:20 AM
3.2     68.2     MAP

EMSC     Russia-mongolia Border Region
Apr 13 01:35 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 01:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 00:54 AM
3.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Armenia-azerbaijan-iran Border Reg.
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.3     2.0     MAP

USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

Ruins left over from the 2004 temblor that nearly destroyed Banda Aceh.
The Nation/Asia News Network
Friday, Apr 13, 2012

A fierce earthquake from the Nicobar Islands could strike over Songkran, sending a tsunami crashing into the Andaman Coast, an expert warned yesterday after finding that the 8.6magnitude Sumatran tremor three days ago was exceptionally deep.

“Whenever there is a quake rooted in the [Earth's] mantle, a following quake will be likely in the next few days,” said Professor Thanawat Jaruphongsakul, a senior seismologist at Chulalongkorn University.

Fear of another devastating tsunami panicked Thailand and Southeast Asia on Wednesday.

An underwater quake, with its epicentre at the Nicobar Islands, about 150 kilometres north of Aceh on Sumatra, would affect six coastal provinces of Thailand on the Andaman Sea, especially Ranong, which lies closest to a fault line connecting with the Nicobar Islands, he said.

The quakes on Wednesday originated from mantlelevel crust, 20 kilometres below the Earth’s surface, which is regarded as a layer that would cause very high magnitude tremblers.

The quake that hit Japan in March came from a shallower layer, so it would take up to 100150 years for the next quake. However Wednesday’s quakes, with their epicentre at Aceh, followed just eight years after the massive one that triggered a continentwide tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in many countries, he said.

“Why did Wednesday’s quakes emerge just eight years afterwards? This is new to most seismologists and geologists, who are unfamiliar with quakes with depth rooting to the mantle layer,” he said.

Seismologists were closely watching and cautiously studying the 9.0 quake that devastated Sendai in Japan on March 11 last year. The first tremor on March 9 was recorded at 7.3 on the Richter scale. That one was understood by seismologists as the main shock, but there were two aftershocks on an even greater scale at 9.0 on March 11 that followed, he said.

The tsunamis created on Wednesday were not powerful or harmfully high because the quake was the horizontal dipslide type. But a mantlebased quake at an island with active underwater volcanoes located north of the Nicobar Islands would probably be a vertical strikeslip type, which would directly impact the six Thai coastal provinces, and possibly deluge them with tsunamis, he added.

Professor Michio Hashzume, a wellknown Japanese seismologist, said Wednesday’s quakes were a new type known to have started in the mantle. It was difficult to tell whether a new quake would follow within a few days, like the Sendai quakes, which were similar to Wednesday’s quakes. Then there was a 7.3, followed by a 9.0 two days later.

If there are quakes near the Nicobar Islands, they may cause huge collapses in the seabed and outer crust. The seabed may rise and form new islands, he said.

Minor earthquake in sea off Italy’s Sicily

  • From: AAP
  • April 13, 2012 5:50PM

A 4.3 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck in the sea off Italy’s Sicily, sending residents into the streets but with no immediate reports of victims or injuries, officials said.

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Volcanic Activity


Turrialba Volcano Increases Activity

Thursday morning the Turrialbla volcano unleashed a new series of eruptions, with experts converging on the colossus to take a close look at the smoke emanations coming from its centre.



For a live view of the volcano (photos update every 10 seconds) click here.

According to the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) and the Observatorio Vulcanologio y Sismologico de Costa Rica (OVISCORI) the activity does not present any danger, but will continue to monitor the volcano much closer.

The alert followed reports by area residents of hearing a large rumble and then the sighting of dark coloured smoke, produced by gas fumes from the volcano.

Last January the volcano became a concern for residents and experts following the emanation of white gas fumes.

Several RSN experts are on their way to the top of the volcano and the OVISCORI is keeping the national park closed and under a green alert.

Fiery lava and ash spew from Italy’s Mount Etna volcano

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by itnnews

Mount Etna has begun spewing blood-red lava and grey and white ash into the air, the volcano’s 24th eruption in a series that started this year. Report by Sophie Foster.



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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
  Today Biological Hazard USA State of Alaska, [Juneau area] Damage level Details
  Today Extreme Weather India MultiStates, [States of Bengal and Kolkata] Damage level Details
  Today Technological Disaster Pakistan State of Punjab, Gujranwala Damage level Details
  Today Tornado USA State of Oklahoma, Norman Damage level Details
  13.04.2012 Volcano Activity Costa Rica Cartago, [Turrialba Volcano, Turrialba County] Damage level Details
1 13.04.2012 Hailstorm China MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Jiangxi and Guizhou] Damage level Details

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

Fire Weather Watch

Lubbock,Texas
Tiyan, Guam

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Storms, Flooding

Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 164
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
340 AM CDT SAT APR 14 2012
  OKLAHOMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

CRAIG                CREEK               DELAWARE
KAY                  LINCOLN             LOGAN
MAYES                NOBLE               NOWATA
OSAGE                OTTAWA              PAWNEE
PAYNE                ROGERS              TULSA
WAGONER              WASHINGTON

Flash Flood Watch

St. Louis , Missouri
Springfield, Missouri

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Norman, Oklahoma

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Radiation

Fukushima leak may have flowed into Pacific: TEPCO

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP)

About 12 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with the facility’s operator saying Thursday that some may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the leak was found early Thursday from a pipe attached to a temporary decontamination system, and the water had already gone through some of the cleansing process.

The water, once it has been used to cool the reactors, contains massive amounts of radioactive substances and is put into the water-processing facility so it can be recycled for use as a coolant.

“Our officials confirmed that cooling water leaked at a joint in the pipes,” a TEPCO spokesman told AFP, adding that “it is possible that part of the water may have flowed outside the facility and poured into the ocean”.

The leak has since been plugged, the spokesman added, saying the utility was probing the cause of the accident and how much, if any, water flowed into the Pacific.

The accident was the latest of several leaks of radioactive water at the troubled plant, undermining the government’s claim made in December that the shuttered Fukushima reactors were now under control.

In one incident last month, about 120 tonnes of radioactive water leaked at the plant’s water decontamination system and about 80 litres (21 gallons) seeped into the ocean, according to TEPCO.

The plant about 220 kilometres (135 miles) northeast of Tokyo was crippled by meltdowns and explosions caused by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.

Radiation was scattered over a large area and made its way into the sea, air and food chain in the weeks and months after the disaster.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes around the plant and swathes of this zone remain badly polluted. The clean-up is proceeding slowly, amid warnings that some towns could be uninhabitable for three decades.

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Climate Change

Key ice shelf in Antarctica has shrunk by 85 percent

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP)

A vast ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula, a hotspot for global warming, has shrunk by 85 percent in 17 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

Images taken by its Envisat satellite show that the so-called Larsen B ice shelf decreased from 11,512 square kilometres (4,373 square miles) in 1995, an area about the size of the Gulf state of Qatar, to only 1,670 sq km (634 miles) today.

Larsen B is one of three ice shelves that run from north to south along the eastern side of the peninsula, the tongue of land that projects towards South America.

From 1995 to 2002, Larsen B experienced several calving events in which parts of the shelf broke away. It had a major breakup in 2002 when half of the remainder disintegrated.

Larsen A broke up in January 1995.

“Larsen C so far has been stable in area, but satellite observations have shown thinning and an increasing duration of melt events in summer,” the agency said in a press release.

Ice shelves are thick floating mats of ice, attached to the shore, that are created by the runoff into the sea from glaciers.

Scientists say they are extremely sensitive to changes in atmospheric temperature and can be hollowed out from below by warmer ocean currents.

The northern Antarctic peninsula has been subject to atmospheric warming about 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over the last 50 years, a figure that is several times greater than the global average.

Ice shelves are not the same as ice sheets, the vast blanket of frozen water that covers Antarctica.

If these melted, even partially, they would drive up sea levels, threatening small island states and coastal cities. But the scientific evidence is that the icesheets so far are stable.

“These observations are very relevant for measuring the future behaviour of the much larger ice masses of West Antarctica if warming spreads further south,” ESA quoted Helmut Rott, a professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, as saying.

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Solar  Activity

Massive Solar Flare rocked Earth with Earthquakes & Volcano eruptions this week! (April 13, 2012)

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by adrinilinjunky

A massive Earth directed Solar Flare that launched off the Sun on (April 9th 2012). The expected arrival date was 2 days later which was (April 11th 2012). This was also the day; the Earth just got rocked by all the magor Earthquakes such as a 8.6 off the coast of Sumatra, 7.0 Michoacan Mexico, 6.2 the off the coast of Oregon, 4.3 Utah, 5.0 North Indian Ocean, 6.9 in the Gulf of California & many other less magnitude quakes. So it clearly shows that Solar Flares/CME affect & have a magor impact on our Seismic activity dealing in reguards to Earthquakes & volcano eruptions.

http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater
http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/
http://spaceweather.com/

2MIN News Apr13: MAGNETIC STORM

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Articles of Interest

Long-term studies detect effects of disappearing snow and ice

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX)


File image: sea ice.

Ecosystems are changing worldwide as a result of shrinking sea ice, snow, and glaciers, especially in high-latitude regions where water is frozen for at least a month each year-the cryosphere.

Scientists have already recorded how some larger animals, such as penguins and polar bears, are responding to loss of their habitat, but research is only now starting to uncover less-obvious effects of the shrinking cryosphere on organisms.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

The article, by Andrew G. Fountain of Portland State University and five coauthors, is one of six in a special section in the issue on the Long Term Ecological Research Network. The article describes how decreasing snowfall in many areas threatens burrowing animals and makes plant roots more susceptible to injury, because snow acts as an insulator.

And because microbes such as diatoms that live under sea ice are a principal source of food for krill, disappearing sea ice has led to declines in their abundance-resulting in impacts on seabirds and mammals that feed on krill. Disappearing sea ice also seems, unexpectedly, to be decreasing the sea’s uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

On land, snowpack changes can alter an area’s suitability for particular plant species, and melting permafrost affects the amount of carbon dioxide that plants and microbes take out of the atmosphere-though in ways that change over time. Shrinking glaciers add pollutants and increased quantities of nutrients to freshwater bodies, and melting river ice pushes more detritus downstream.

Disappearing ice on land and the resulting sea-level rise will have far-reaching social, economic, and geopolitical impacts, Fountain and his coauthors note. Many of these changes are now becoming evident in the ski industry, in infrastructure and coastal planning, and in tourism. Significant effects on water supplies, and consequently on agriculture, can be predicted.

Fountain and his colleagues argue that place-based, long-term, interdisciplinary research efforts such as those supported by the Long Term Ecological Research Network will be essential if researchers are to gain an adequate understanding of the complex, cascading ecosystem responses to the changing cryosphere.

Other articles in the special section on the Long Term Ecological Research Network detail further notable scientific and societal contributions of this network, which had its origins in 1980 and now includes 26 sites.

The achievements include contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, to ecological manipulation experiments, to bringing decision makers and researchers together, and to mechanistic understanding of long-term ecological changes.

Deadly March Tornadoes Were First Billion-Dollar Disaster of 2012

The swarms of March caused more than $1.5 billion in damage and killed 40. However, the drama is difficulty to qualify because tornadoes are ‘atypical events’ by nature

By Andrea Mustain and OurAmazingPlanet

tornado damage

Tornado damage in Henryville, Ind., after a tornado swept through the small community on March 2, 2012. Image: Michael Raphael/FEMA

A swarm of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Southeast in early March has earned the grim title of the nation’s first billion-dollar weather disaster of 2012.

From March 2 through the early hours of March 3, 132 tornadoes were reported across nine states. Although those numbers are preliminary, and will undoubtedly decrease once overlapping reports are eliminated, their aftermath was devastating, causing more than $1.5 billion in damage and killing 40 people.

The storms killed four people in Ohio, but they took the greatest toll in Indiana, killing 13, and Kentucky, where 23 people died.

The costly disaster follows on the heels of a record-breaking year for devastation wrought by the vagaries of the weather and longer-term climate conditions. Last year, the United States experienced 14 separate events that caused $1 billion or more in damage. Five of those events were tornado outbreaks.

 

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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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Status
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Earthquakes

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     13.9     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Pacific Ocean
Apr 11 23:33 PM
5.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 11 23:28 PM
4.6     536.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 11 23:28 PM
4.6     535.7     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 23:18 PM
4.6     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 23:18 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Michoacan, Mexico
Apr 11 22:55 PM
7.0     80.0     MAP
I Felt It

USGS     Michoacan, Mexico     
Apr 11 22:55 PM     
7.0     84.0     MAP     

USGS     Michoacan, Mexico     
Apr 11 22:55 PM     
6.5     20.0     MAP  

GEOFON     Michoacan, Mexico
Apr 11 22:55 PM
6.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.4     14.7     MAP

USGS     Offshore Northern California
Apr 11 22:42 PM
3.9     7.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off Coast Of Oregon
Apr 11 22:41 PM
5.8     10.0     MAP     

EMSC     Off Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM
6.0     20.0     MAP     

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM
5.9     14.0     MAP   

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM     
5.9     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
5.0     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
4.9     14.8     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 22:15 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.0     13.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 11 22:02 PM
4.2     35.6     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 11 21:53 PM
3.0     197.9     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 21:38 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
5.0     15.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 11 21:30 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 11 21:23 PM
3.2     18.3     MAP

EMSC     Spain
Apr 11 21:17 PM
3.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 21:07 PM
2.5     14.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 21:02 PM
4.7     15.2     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:02 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:02 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Spain
Apr 11 20:58 PM
3.2     8.0     MAP

USGS     Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Apr 11 20:50 PM
2.9     11.6     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 11 20:29 PM
4.8     63.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 11 20:29 PM
4.8     46.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.8     2.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 11 20:03 PM
3.6     165.3     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 11 19:36 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:14 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:14 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 11 19:13 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.5     10.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     40.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     14.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 11 18:44 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:32 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:32 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:15 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:15 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 11 18:10 PM
3.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:54 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:41 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:41 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 17:16 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 17:16 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:58 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 11 16:32 PM
2.5     104.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 11 16:30 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 16:27 PM
3.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     South Of Java, Indonesia
Apr 11 16:21 PM
5.0     53.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Java, Indonesia
Apr 11 16:21 PM
5.0     43.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:13 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:13 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 11 16:12 PM
3.7     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.1     12.0     MAP
USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.1     10.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 11 16:03 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 11 15:52 PM
2.6     6.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.1     21.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.0     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:41 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:41 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:37 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:37 PM
4.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 15:35 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:09 PM
4.9     100.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:09 PM
5.0     13.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:06 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP
EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:06 PM
4.8     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.3     11.9     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.2     20.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.3     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:26 PM
5.0     9.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:26 PM
5.0     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     9.6     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.5     13.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.3     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.3     11.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     South Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 11 13:38 PM
3.2     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:19 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:19 PM
5.0     20.4     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:15 PM
5.1     5.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:15 PM
5.1     5.0     MAP

USGS     Tonga
Apr 11 13:12 PM
4.8     245.2     MAP

GEOFON     Tonga Islands
Apr 11 13:12 PM
5.2     238.0     MAP

EMSC     Tonga
Apr 11 13:12 PM
4.9     215.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:10 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:10 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 11 13:06 PM
3.4     174.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 12:53 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 12:53 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 11 12:27 PM
2.7     1.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     9.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.1     10.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 12:10 PM
2.7     23.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 11:53 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 8.6 – Off West Coast of Sumatra

US Geological Survey
2012-04-11 10:54:00

Date-Time:
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 08:38:37 UTC
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 02:38:37 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
2.311°N, 93.063°E

Depth:
22.9 km (14.2 miles)

Region:
OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA

Distances:
434 km (269 miles) SW of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

550 km (341 miles) SW of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia

963 km (598 miles) W of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

1797 km (1116 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

The April 11, 2012 Event: cluster of large earthquakes rattle the globe from Indonesia to Mexico

Posted on April 12, 2012
April 12, 2012WORLD – A strong earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings and sending people running out of offices onto the streets of the capital Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.5 -magnitude quake was centered on Mexico’s Pacific coast near Michoacan and struck fairly deep under the earth at 65 km or 40 miles. Prior to the Mexico earthquake, a powerful and shallow 5.9 struck near the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the coast of Oregon- indicating tectonic plates worldwide are being rattled by planetary seismic tension. Prior to Oregon earthquake, two massive 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes (8.6 and 8.2) struck the ocean floor off the north coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. As I warned in my book The Extinction Protocol, the power unleashed in these seismic events is growing. This is testament to the dangers and seriousness of the earth-changes facing us and how these events are unleashing more unbridled force with each successive eruption. The Indian Ocean strike-slip fault earthquakes are very unusual. As a matter of fact, I’ve never heard of a strike-slip lateral earthquake of this great a magnitude; especially under water. Preliminary assessment of the Indonesian quakes by U.S. geologists suggests one plate lurched past each other as much as 70 feet. San Andreas is a strike-slip, lateral- can we even imagine two sections of ground moving 70 feet near San Francisco? Had the force of the Sumatra quakes been unleashed upon San Andreas, the city would have been completely destroyed. Ironically, the largest surface displacement ever recorded in a lateral strike-slip fault was 21 feet and that was in the 1906 7.9 San Andreas earthquake. Just so we understand the significance of what transpired today; the Japanese March 11, 2011 earthquake move the ocean floor 79 feet sideways and 10 ft upwards, but today’s earthquakes happened in double 8.0+ magnitude sequence and moved the earth nearly as far. Worst, the seismic tension from the event ricocheted around the world and contributed to other earthquakes. –The Extinction Protocol

Arizona earthquake numbers saw a large increase in 2011

by on Apr. 11, 2012,

According to the Arizona Geological Survey, 131 earthquakes were detected in 2011 compared with 53 in 2010. That was twice as many as in 2009 and about a third more than in 2008. Most of the earthquakes were in the northwestern part of the state. The Yuma area was also shaken by earthquakes associated with the Gulf of California Rift Zone.

Many of these earthquakes (magnitude ca. 1.6) occurred near Lake Mead. These are attributed to mining and quarrying, and also to crustal adjustments to water going into and out of the lake. The strongest earthquakes (magnitude ca. 3.6) occurred near Clarkdale in the central part of the state. The Survey says that these events are consistent with past behavior: “a propensity for deeper seismicity to occur in two pockets, the northwestern Utah-Arizona border and well within the Colorado Plateau in the northeast corner of the state” and “the highest concentration of energy release correlates well with the pattern of established Quaternary faulting, indicating that this portion of the crust continues to be an active area of strain release and of particular interest for hazard studies in Arizona.” The strain is due to on-going crustal extension.

Read more here. The Arizona Geological Survey provides several videos dealing with earthquakes and geothermal energy on its Youtube Channel. Give it a look. Also take a look at the new issue of Arizona Geology Magazine.

See also:

The Great Arizona-Sonora Earthquake of 1887

Arizona earthquakes, 1852-2011, a video time line

Precariously Balanced Rocks and earthquakes

Where the Next Big American Earthquake and Tsunami Might Occur

The Measure of an Earthquake

8.9 Aceh quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami warning

BBC News
2012-04-11 04:58:00

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.9 has struck under the sea off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean region.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to “take appropriate action”.

The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.

The US Geological Survey, which documents quakes worldwide, said the Aceh quake was centred 33km (20 miles) under the sea about 495km from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

It was initially reported as 8.9 magnitude but was later revised down to 8.7 by the USGS.

The tsunami warning said quakes of such a magnitude “have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin”.

Tsunami watch lifted after two big earthquakes

By the CNN Wire Staff

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami watch for the Indian Ocean, which was later canceled.

The quake struck about 434 kilometers (270 miles) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.6, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It took place at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles).

A second large quake, with a magnitude of 8.2, occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about two hours later, the USGS said.

Gary Gibson from the Seismology Research Center in Melbourne, Australia, said the location of the second quake reduced the possibility of a tsunami.

There was also a series of smaller quakes off the west coast of northern Sumatra with magnitudes between 5.1 and 5.4.

There were no reports of destruction or deaths.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on local television that there were no reports of casualties or damage in Aceh.

Four people were slightly injured on Simeulue Island, off the coast of Aceh, the National Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean. And a few hours later, the center announced the tsunami watch was canceled.

“A significant tsunami was generated by this earthquake. However, sea level readings now indicate that the threat has diminished or is over for most areas,” the center said.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Still In Effect

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE FOR

Florida From  Central Florida  to the  Panhandle

El Paso, Texas  to Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Pueblo ,Colorado

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Freeze Watch Still in Effect  For

Buffalo,  New York
Clevelnad, Ohio
Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Blacksburg, Virginia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Baltimore, Maryland,Washington, D.C.

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Storms, Flooding

Hailstorm in China on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

HS-20120412-34868-CHN
Hailstorm
Thursday, 12 April, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC

Severe Damage level

Asia
China
MultiProvinces
Provinces of Jiangxi and Guizhou

N 28° 40.465, E 115° 54.551

Base data
EDIS Number: Event type: Date/Time: Last update: Cause of event: Damage level: Geographic information Continent: Country: County / State: Area: City: Coordinate:

Giant Wave Impact in New Zealand on Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC.

GW-20120411-34852-NZL
Giant Wave Impact
Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC

Storm surge
Moderate Damage level

Australia & New-Zealand
New Zealand
Southland
Foveaux Strait

S 46° 35.360, E 168° 3.774

Base data
EDIS Number: Event type: Date/Time: Last update: Cause of event: Damage level: Geographic information Continent: Country: County / State: Area: City: Coordinate:

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Hanford, California
647 PM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...WINTER-LIKE STORM TO REACH THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA THURSDAY
NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Reno, Nevada
300 PM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE SIERRA...

.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION THURSDAY
AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW IN
THE SIERRA.

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH FOR HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS
OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET.

* ELEVATION: ABOVE 4000 FEET.

* TIMING: FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: CAMP NELSON...GIANT FOREST...JOHNSONDALE...
  LODGEPOLE...SHAVER LAKE...YOSEMITE VALLEY.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 60 MPH
  OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* IMPACTS: SNOW COULD CAUSE TRAVEL DELAYS AND POSSIBLE ROAD
  CLOSURES ABOVE 5000 FEET. GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF
  BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES. PEOPLE
  LIVING IN OR PLANNING TRAVEL INTO THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA
  ABOVE 5000 FEET SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER
  CONDITIONS.

Flood Advisory

FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Amarillo, Texas
1220 AM CDT THU APR 12 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  SOUTHERN MOORE COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF DUMAS...

* UNTIL 415 AM CDT

* HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
  MOORE COUNTY.

* THE HEAVY RAIN HAS CAUSED FLOODED ROADWAYS IN WESTERN MOORE
  COUNTY AND WILL LIKELY CAUSE URBAN FLOODING IN DUMAS AND IN
  CREEKS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MOORE COUNTY.

Flood Watch

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Spokane, Washington
1138 AM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE, WA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IDAHO...

  COEUR D`ALENE RIVER AT CATALDO AFFECTING KOOTENAI AND SHOSHONE
  COUNTIES

...EXPECTED RAIN FALL TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY OVER THE COEUR D`ALENE
RIVER BASIN WILL LEAD TO POSSIBLE MINOR FLOODING ON THE COEUR D`ALENE
RIVER AT CATALDO.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE, WA HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR
  THE COEUR D`ALENE RIVER AT CATALDO
* FROM THURSDAY EVENING TO FRIDAY EVENING.
* AT  9:30 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 37.6 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 43.00 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL RISE TODAY AND THURSDAY...POSSIBLY
  ACHIEVING FLOOD STAGE LATE THURSDAY EVENING. THE RIVER WILL
  LIKELY CREST SLIGHTLY ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AND BEGIN TO DROP
  DURING THE DAY FRIDAY.
* AT 43.0 FEET...MINOR FLOODING OF FARMLAND FROM CATALDO DOWNSTREAM TO
  HARRISON IS LIKELY. THE CAMPGROUND AT CATALDO WILL ALSO BEGIN TO
  FLOOD. PORTIONS OF DUDLEY ROAD, WEST OF LATOUR CREEK, WILL LIKELY
  BE UNDERWATER AND IMPASSABLE. IF THERE IS SIGNIFICANT WATER ALREADY
  IN THE FLOODPLAIN, THESE IMPACTS MAY OCCUR AT LOWER STAGES.

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Radiation

Fukushima Radiation Plume Has Now Hit Hawaii- In a year it’ll Probably Reach U.S. West Coast

Energy News
2012-04-08 09:38:00

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.

KAMPS: And that plume, as you said, it’s taken a year but it has now hit Hawaii. Another year from now it’ll probably reach the West Coast of the US.

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SOLAR ACTIVITY

2MIN News Apr11: 8.9 Quake Indonesia [8.6 USGS] & a New Gamma Burst!


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Solar System

A Magnetic Surprise from Venus

Artist’s impression showing how the solar wind shapes the magnetospheres of Venus (shown with a brown tail, closer to the Sun) and Earth (shown in blue). Both planets are roughly the same size. Venus is closer to the Sun, at roughly 0.7 AU (Astronomical Unit) while Earth is located at 1 AU. Unlike Venus, Earth has an internal magnetic field which makes its magnetosphere bigger. The lines coming out of the Sun symbolise the propagation direction of the solar wind. Credit: ESA

Venus is a rarity among planets – a world that does not internally generate a magnetic field. Despite the absence of a large protective magnetosphere, the near-Venus environment does exhibit a number of similarities with planets such as Earth. The latest, surprising, example is the evidence for magnetic reconnection in Venus’ induced magnetotail.

Planets which generate magnetic fields in their interiors, such as Earth, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn, are surrounded by invisible magnetospheres. Their magnetic fields deflect the charged particles of the solar wind (electrons and protons) as they stream away from the Sun. This deflection creates a magnetosphere – a protective “bubble” around the planet – which ends in an elongated magnetotail on the lee side of the magnetosphere.

Since Venus has no intrinsic magnetic field to act as a shield against incoming charged particles, the solar wind sometimes interacts directly with the upper atmosphere. However, Venus is partially protected by an induced magnetic field. ….

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Long rumbling (20 min or more) then mystery ‘boom’ — St. Louis, MO – part 1

 

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Boom can be heard at the very first few seconds of PART 2 — uploading that video next (right now its 2am CDT)

I am not drawing ANY conclusions on this yet.. just a strange coincidence as of now… but hoping there are some other people besides my wife and I, who heard these sounds yesterday—- here in South Saint Louis, Missouri USA.

Approx coordinates of the rumbles and boom heard: 38°36’14.85″N , 90°14’7.74″W ..

Confirmed 1st hand reports — heard by myself, my wife, and neighbor. Looking for others in the area who may have heard these multiple rumbles. 3am for 15 or 20 minutes.. 9am for 20-30 minutes.. and 11am for about 10 – 15 seconds.. Two times VERY long.. one time very short…..not a jet, train, or truck.. which you CAN hear in the video clearly as such.

Some kind of rumbling / drilling sound ?!! Carries on for a very long time.

One boom at 3am (not captured on video).. one boom about 945am (captured on video at the very start of part 2)… camera is a Sony DCR SX-63 … records in 30 minute segments.. part 1 30 min long.. part two 17 min long.

every bird in the area is chirping.. its about 40 degrees F outside. No wind 1-5 mph tops.

you can hear the rumble OVER any animals, trucks, planes, helicopters AND EVEN over the police sirens. NO air conditioners fans or construction going on.. especially at 3am the first time we heard it (it woke up my wife .. who woke me up).

Yesterday — 4/11/2012 — my wife and I were awoke about 3am CDT to a long persistent rumble — which shook our house and windows… it lasted for about 15 minutes before I got out of bed and came down to record video of it….

my camera died at 315am (approx) .. as soon as i took it outside… blast confounded! Then the sound stopped abruptly.

Then…. within the hour of this first rumble at 3am — we saw the large earthquakes in Indonesia — don’t know yet if these are related… may not be related at all (im HOPING!).

Then move forward to about 9am CDT — the rumble appeared again.. this time with a series of “booms”. I grabbed my cam and ran outside.. and this is where you begin in the video.

Clearly.. a low audible rumble for many minutes.. towards the end of this Part 1 .. you can hear it pick up in intensity.

Start of video 2 you can hear the last “boom”.. only one boom heard on cam. At 3am.. the first “boom” rattled the windows and woke my wife, who woke me in turn to check out what was going on.

Hoping this is just some kind of anomaly… if we get a repeat… I will deploy the cam again if I hear it.

The part 2 of this video.. the boom in particular.. sounds similar to the Wisconsin booms a few weeks ago… if you have some kind of audio processing gear.. let me know what you think if you have the time to analyze this fully.

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