Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Volcano Islands, Japan Region

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 04:43 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 142.820 GEO: Latitude 25.440


Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Solomon Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 05:08 AM

Depth 107.2 km GEO: Longitude 161.105 GEO:Latitude -10.272


Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Reykjanes Ridge

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 06:51 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude -35.270 GEO: Latitude 53.980



Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 07:08 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 122.640 GEO: Latitude 1.900



Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Mindanao, Philippines

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 08:51 AM

Depth 139 km GEO: Longitude 126.390 GEO: Latitude 5.700


Magnitude 7.3 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 09:08 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 145.270 GEO: Latitude 40.850



Magnitude 5.9 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 10:49 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.810 GEO: Latitude 40.860


Magnitude 5.6 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 11:40 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.880 GEO: Latitude 40.940



Magnitude 5.9 earthquake, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 12:05 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 141.320 GEO: Latitude 36.130


Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 13:43 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.820 GEO: Latitude 40.940



Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 14:04 PM

Depth 9 km GEO: Longitude 144.840 GEO: Latitude 40.960


Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 14 17:26 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 145.120 GEO: Latitude 40.660



Mild quake rocks Delhi

An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale was felt in western Uttar Pradesh and parts of Delhi and the NCR on Tuesday.

The earthquake took place at around 3.37 am. No serious damage has been reported.
An official from the Meteorological Department (IMD) said it was a low intensity earthquake with the epicentre at Baghpat in western Uttar Pradesh.

This is fifth tremor experienced in Delhi since the beginning of this year. On March 5, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake had shaken Delhi and its adjoining areas in the NCR. Its epicentre was Bahadurgarh on the Haryana-Delhi border.

Santorini: The ground is moving again in paradise

Do a Google image search for “Greece.” Before you find pictures of the Parthenon or Acropolis, you’ll see several beautiful photos of Santorini, the picturesque island in the Aegean Sea. The British Broadcasting Company named it the world’s best island in 2011. Santorini is a tourist magnet, famous for its breathtaking, cliff side views and sunsets. It’s also a volcanic island that has been relatively calm since its last eruption in 1950. Until now.


Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Japanese coast, tsunami wave hits coast

small tsunami wave has hit Japan’s northeastern coastline, officials say, after a strong earthquake rocked the region a year on from the country’s worst post-war natural disaster.
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Today’s 20cm wave and 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck around 210km off the northern island of Hokkaido, prompted local authorities to issue an evacuation warning for coastal residents before it hit land.

Japan’s meteorological agency also confirmed that an earlier 10cm wave had hit land.

The waves hit two locations in Aomori prefecture, which was one of the areas in Japan’s northeast devastated by last year’s disaster.


‘Earthquake swarm’ shakes New Brunswick village

Residents in a small southwestern New Brunswick community may continue to feel minor earthquakes for several more days or even weeks, according to a Natural Resources Canada seismologist.

McAdam has been hit with five small earthquakes since Saturday in what is known as an “earthquake swarm.” The last one was felt at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


6.4 quake strikes Papua New Guinea: US seismologists


SYDNEY — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported, but a tsunami warning was not issued and seismologists said “no major human impact is expected”.

The quake hit the New Britain region at 7:13 am (2113 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 48 kilometres (30 miles), 204 kilometres southwest of the main city in the area Rabaul and 598 kilometres from national capital Port Moresby.



In the Indian Ocean –

Tropical cyclone 17s (Lua) was located approximately 385 nm north of Learmonth, Australia.



Resources companies in Western Australia’s north are bracing for Tropical Cyclone Lua, which is expected to intensify as it approaches the Pilbara coast.

Forecasters believe Lua could cause flooding in the resources-rich Kimberley region. The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest update at 0900 (WST) said a cyclone watch alert was current for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Mardie. The cyclone is currently moving slowly in an easterly direction but is expected to intensify into a severe tropical cyclone late today. .It is then expected to accelerate to the southeast on Friday and early on Saturday towards the east Pilbara coast. BoM anticipates Lua will remain severe as it approaches the coast. On Saturday, destructive winds with gusts of more than 150 kilometres per hour are expected to develop in coastal areas near the centre of the cyclone. In the meantime, heavy rainfall is anticipated in coastal areas of the east Pilbara and west Kimberley.

Strange Weather Patterns


A HIGHLY UNUSUAL week-long heat wave is building over much of the U.S., and promises to bring THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES EVER SEEN SO EARLY IN THE YEAR

to a large portion of the Midwest. The exceptional heat will also be EXCEPTIONALLY LONG-LASTING: record-breaking temperatures 20 – 30 degrees F above normal are expected through next Wednesday for much of the Midwest and Northeast U.S. The weather system responsible is a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is “stuck” in place – a phenomenon known as a “blocking pattern.” The jet stream is bending far to the south over the Western U.S., then bending far to the north over the Rockies and into Canada, and lies far to the north of the eastern U.S. Since the jet stream acts as the boundary between cold air to the north and warm air to the south, the current looping pattern is bringing colder than normal temperatures and snow to the mountains of the West, and summer-like warmth to the Eastern U.S. It is common for the jet stream to get stuck in a blocking pattern for a period of a week or more, but not to this extreme. If the current model forecasts prove correct, a high pressure ridge over the U.S. bringing HEAT THIS INTENSE AND LONG-LASTING IN MARCH WILL BE UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORICAL RECORD, going back to 1872. High temperatures for Wednesday, March 14 over much of the Midwest were more typical of June than March.
The expected warm temperatures during the coming week will rival those recorded on March 8, 2000, when most of the Upper Midwest set all-time records for the warmest temperature ever measured so early in the year. That warm surge was caused by a ridge of high pressure that was not as strong as the one expected to build in during the coming week, and the March 8, 2000 ridge did not stick around long enough to generate more than two days of record-breaking high temperatures. A powerful low pressure system moved through Northern Wisconsin on March 8, 2000, dragging a cold front through the state that triggered a thunderstorm that spawned the earliest tornado ever recorded in Milwaukee County. New DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET AT 208 LOCATIONS TUESDAY.
In Minneapolis, Minnesota yesterday, the high temperature reached 67°F, which is the 7th warmest temperature measured so early in the year, and 27°F above the normal high of 40°F for the date. Since weather records in the city go back to 1872, we can expect that Minneapolis will experience a temperature of 67°F or higher this early in the year once every 20 years, on average. What’s really remarkable is that the forecast for Minneapolis calls for a high temperature of 70 – 75° every day for the next seven days. Since 1872, there have only been nine days that the temperature has gotten to 70°F prior to March 20, with 73°F on March 7, 2000 being the hottest day. So, over the course of the next week, we are likely to break the all-time high for so early in the year, and add nearly double the number of 70°F-plus days. The situation is similar for much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and surrounding states. With temperatures already averaging at least 5°F over much of the Midwest this month, it’s very likely that this month will be the warmest March on record for at least seven states.


UNUSUAL snows on the Oregon coast

As is often the case, record heat in one part of the country means that another part is experiencing unusual cold, due to a kink in the jet stream. On Monday, 6.0″ of snow fell at Newport, OR, and 8.5″ at Tillamook. The Newport snowfall was THEIR GREATEST MARCH SNOWFALL ON RECORD (previous was 2.0″ in March 1906) and the their 3rd greatest snowfall of any month since records began in 1893. For Tillamook it was the biggest snow since 9.0″ in January 1971 (but well short of their all-time snowfall of 19.0″ in March 1951).


Volcanic Activity


Poas volcano (Costa Rica), activity summary Feb 2012: high-temperature fumarolic activity and sporadic small phreatic explosions

During February, Poás activity consisted in strong high-temperature fumarolic activity and sporadic small phreatic explosions, reported by park rangers.
The latest monthly bulletin of Costa Rica’s volcano observatory OBSICORI published a more detailed summary of Poás’ activity during February summarized as follows

Colombia cities on alert as smoke, ash rise from volcano

MANIZALES, COLOMBIA (CBS) — A rising smoke plume from a Colombian volcano put nearby cities and towns on alert as it continued to emit smoke, vapor and ash Monday.

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, located in central Colombia about 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of Bogota, has been on yellow alert since October 2010 and began spewing ash and smoke last week.


Soufrière Hills volcano (Montserrat): small pyroclastic flow from dome with no warning

A small pyroclastic flow occurred from Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano on 9 March, MVO reports. The flow was small, but happened with no warning at around 5:20 pm (local time) from the western flanks of Soufriere Hills Volcano down into Spring Ghaut.


Solar Activity


Another solar flare and comet dives into solar radiation storm

March 14, 2012 – SPACE – Departing sunspot AR1429 unleashed another strong flare on March 13th, an M7-class eruption that peaked around 1741 UT. Although the sunspot is no longer directly facing Earth, the blast will affect our planet. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say a CME is en route to Earth, and its impact on March 15th at 06:20 UT (+/- 7 hours) could trigger minor to moderate geomagnetic storms. Also, protons accelerated by the flare are swarming around Earth, causing an S2-class radiation storm. A bright comet is diving into the sun. It was discovered just last week by SOHO’s SWAN instrument, so it has been named “Comet SWAN.” The comet’s death plunge (or “swan dive”) comes just as the sun has unleashed a strong flare and radiation storm around Earth.





Dolphin Stranding In Brazil Triggers Mad Dash To Save Animals

It was just another day at the beach–or so it seemed till dozens of dolphins suddenly swam in with the surf and got stranded in the sandy shallows. The dramatic video of the stranding in the Brazilian town of Arraial do Cabo–now a YouTube sensation–shows humans rushing to help their fellow mammals, pushing and pulling hard to help the animals reach deeper water.