Tag Archive: Alaska Peninsula


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

EMSC     Central Italy
Apr 19 09:40 AM
2.7     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 19 09:34 AM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 09:25 AM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 19 09:16 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Chile
Apr 19 09:06 AM
4.6     104.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 19 08:31 AM
2.9     4.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 19 07:56 AM
2.9     7.2     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 19 07:52 AM
3.3     159.0     MAP

USGS     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 19 07:42 AM
4.7     46.8     MAP

GEOFON     Iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 19 07:42 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 19 07:22 AM
3.1     19.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 19 06:52 AM
4.5     29.9     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 19 06:52 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 19 06:30 AM
4.8     14.8     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 19 06:30 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 19 06:25 AM
3.3     112.1     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic
Apr 19 06:15 AM
3.4     100.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 19 05:00 AM
4.7     32.1     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 19 03:33 AM
5.2     18.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 19 03:33 AM
4.9     14.0     MAP

GEOFON     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 19 02:48 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Volcano Islands, Japan Region
Apr 19 02:48 AM
4.9     18.2     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 19 02:32 AM
3.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 19 02:14 AM
3.4     144.1     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 19 02:00 AM
3.3     71.0     MAP

GEOFON     Taiwan
Apr 19 01:58 AM
5.1     17.0     MAP

USGS     Taiwan
Apr 19 01:58 AM
5.1     18.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 19 01:20 AM
4.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Yukon Territory, Canada
Apr 19 01:17 AM
2.7     11.9     MAP

USGS     Coquimbo, Chile
Apr 19 01:14 AM
4.7     52.3     MAP

GEOFON     El Salvador
Apr 19 00:48 AM
4.7     97.0     MAP

USGS     El Salvador
Apr 19 00:48 AM
4.4     94.0     MAP

GEOFON     Kuril Islands
Apr  19 00:24 AM
4.5     59.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 19 00:24 AM
4.8     71.8     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico
Apr 19 00:13 AM
2.6     8.6     MAP

 

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.

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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.

Read Full Article Here

 

 

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

© AP
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
BY: T

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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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 

 

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  Today Biological Hazard India State of Tamil Nadu, Valparai [Vellamalai Top Division Tea Estate] Damage level
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  Today Epidemic Hazard Samoa Capital city, Apia [Tafaigata prison] Damage level
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  Today Extreme Weather Turkey [Statewide] Damage level
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  Today Vehicle Accident USA State of Indiana, Indianapolis [Zionsville Road, Pike Township] Damage level
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  Today Vehicle Incident USA State of New York, New York City [John F. Kennedy International Airport ] Damage level
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  Today Forest / Wild Fire India State of Andhra Pradesh, [Tirumala Forest] Damage level
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  Today Flash Flood United Kingdom England, Pocklington [East Yorkshire] Damage level
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  Today Nuclear Event USA State of Pennsylvania, [Limerick Generating Station] Damage level
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  19.04.2012 Vehicle Accident Bolivia Departamento de La Paz, El Castillo Damage level
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  19.04.2012 Vehicle Accident USA State of Texas, Pleasanton Damage level
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  19.04.2012 Forest / Wild Fire Turkey Province of Karabük, [Villages of Cıraklar, Kadibükü and Cercen, Safranbolu district ] Damage level
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  19.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard Dominican Republic Moca Municipio, [Canca, Tamboril and Ceiba de Madera] Damage level
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  19.04.2012 Biological Hazard South Africa State of Western Cape, Cape Town [Koeel Bay] Damage level
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  19.04.2012 Vehicle Accident USA State of , [About 120 miles west of Tampa] Damage level
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  19.04.2012 HAZMAT USA State of Pennsylvania, Wissinoming [James Sullivan Elementary School] Damage level
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1 20.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level
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Gale Warning

 

CHICAGO IL
GRAND RAPIDS MI
JUNEAU AK
ANCHORAGE ALASKA
GAYLORD MI
GREEN BAY WI
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Storms, Flooding

 

 

 

Flood Warning

 

LAKE CHARLES LA
LITTLE ROCK AR
JACKSON, MS
SHREVEPORT LA



Winter Weather Advisory

 

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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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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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Fire Weather Watch

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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 Central Italy
Apr 08 23:39 PM
3.1 19.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 23:22 PM
3.0 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 23:11 PM
2.9 12.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 08 23:07 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Syria
Apr 08 22:50 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

EMSC Syria
Apr 08 22:49 PM
3.0 18.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 22:31 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 22:15 PM
3.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.4 25.5 MAP

EMSC Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.5 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Taiwan Region
Apr 08 21:43 PM
5.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 08 20:28 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 08 19:46 PM
2.6 45.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 08 18:02 PM
2.6 126.6 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 17:42 PM
4.6 25.7 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 17:42 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Oregon
Apr 08 17:16 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 08 16:47 PM
2.4 8.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Apr 08 16:38 PM
3.1 73.9 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 08 16:30 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Philippine Islands Region
Apr 08 16:00 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Philippine Islands Region
Apr 08 16:00 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 15:26 PM
3.5 14.4 MAP

USGS Oregon
Apr 08 15:19 PM
2.5 6.8 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 08 15:11 PM
4.5 48.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 08 15:11 PM
4.5 47.6 MAP

EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 08 15:03 PM
4.3 73.0 MAP

USGS Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 08 15:03 PM
4.3 73.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 14:47 PM
3.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 08 13:32 PM
2.5 14.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 08 13:19 PM
2.7 63.0 MAP

GEOFON Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.5 34.7 MAP

EMSC Unimak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 13:11 PM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 08 13:10 PM
2.6 0.1 MAP

USGS Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Apr 08 12:19 PM
2.7 38.7 MAP

EMSC Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 08 12:14 PM
2.8 16.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 08 12:05 PM
3.2 127.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 12:05 PM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 11:59 AM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Spain
Apr 08 11:58 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 11:38 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 10:54 AM
2.7 7.3 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 08 10:46 AM
2.6 101.6 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 08 09:41 AM
2.8 35.4 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 09:10 AM
2.6 7.0 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 565.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 559.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Apr 08 08:50 AM
4.3 559.3 MAP

GEONET Wairarapa
Apr 08 08:42 AM
3.8 40.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 08 08:26 AM
2.6 7.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 08:15 AM
3.2 4.7 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 07:41 AM
2.8 5.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 08 07:25 AM
2.9 11.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 06:45 AM
2.4 16.0 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 08 06:36 AM
2.9 21.0 MAP

EMSC Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.7 100.0 MAP

USGS Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.8 10.1 MAP

GEOFON Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 06:24 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico
Apr 08 06:13 AM
2.6 24.3 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 06:01 AM
2.9 4.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 06:00 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 05:59 AM
3.3 28.7 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 05:59 AM
3.3 2.6 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 05:52 AM
2.5 9.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.4 39.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.4 35.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.5 92.5 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Apr 08 05:44 AM
4.5 96.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 04:54 AM
3.1 118.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 03:42 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 08 03:38 AM
3.5 12.6 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 03:23 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

EMSC Bay Of Biscay
Apr 08 03:19 AM
2.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Kuril Islands
Apr 08 03:11 AM
3.9 70.0 MAP

EMSC Azores Islands Region
Apr 08 03:02 AM
3.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Western Montana
Apr 08 03:00 AM
2.9 12.9 MAP

USGS Western Montana
Apr 08 03:00 AM
2.8 12.9 MAP

EMSC Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 02:31 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Galapagos Triple Junction Region
Apr 08 02:31 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Greece
Apr 08 02:10 AM
2.5 19.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 08 01:43 AM
2.5 5.7 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 08 01:39 AM
2.7 8.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 08 00:59 AM
2.4 4.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran-iraq Border Region
Apr 08 00:38 AM
3.5 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 08 00:35 AM
2.9 5.0 MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Anak Krakatau Volcano – Small Eruptions – 7th April 2012.wmv

Uploaded by yamkin1 on Apr 8, 2012

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

On the morning of the 7th April 2012 Anak Krakatau started to produce small eruptions from the southern part of the crater. The eruption clouds only reached a height of 100-150meters and only contained small amounts of ash and only a little rockfall, the eruptions was not of a explosive character. The rest of the crater and its fumaroles are producing a continuous white cloud of steam/gas, rising to greater heights than the eruption clouds from the southern part of the crater. Additionally the southern/southwestern part of the outer part of the crater does now have fumaroles, indicating that magma is trapped under this part of the cone.

Photos will be published on http://www.oysteinlundandersen.com

Volcanic plumbing exposed

Leeds, UK (SPX)

Two new studies into the “plumbing systems” that lie under volcanoes could bring scientists closer to predicting large eruptions. International teams of researchers, led by the University of Leeds, studied the location and behaviour of magma chambers on the Earth’s mid-ocean ridge system – a vast chain of volcanoes along which the Earth forms new crust. They worked in Afar (Ethiopia) and I …

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El Hierro Earthquake Update : 7th April

It is now one month to the day since PEVOLCA Scientists confirmed that the ‘eruptive phase’ of the underwater volcano off the southern coast of the Canary Island of El Hierro had come to an end.

….the ongoing pattern of the majority of activities taking place in the area between Frontera and Pinar toward the North-West of the Island continues, with magnitudes ranging between 1.5 to 2.5 on the richter scale, and at depths ranging from between 11 to 29 kms, with the majority of activities taking place at around 1.5 on the ricter scale and at depths of around 15km…..

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El Hierro Volcano Update : 8th & 9th December

Scientists from Spain´s National Geological Institute (IGN) who are observing the recent seismic and volcanic activity on the Canary Island of El Hierro have recorded just 4 Earthquakes over the course of the last 48 Hours (12.00 hrs Wednesday – 12.00 hrs Friday GMT).

The activities continue to be centered in and around the El Golfo bay area, off the coast of the town of Frontera, on the northern side of the island.

The activities recorded had magnitudes of between 1.6 and 2.0 on the richter scale, and the depths were recorded as varying between 17 to 23 kms.

Meanwhile, to the South of the Island off the coast of La Restinga, the underwater Volcanic vents in the Las Calmas bay are continuing to erupt. Smouldering Pyroclastic rocks continue to be brought to the surface…..

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Anchorage breaks seasonal snowfall record

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — While winter is a distant memory for most Americans, it continues unabated in Anchorage, Alaska — where a new bout of precipitation this weekend helped the city break its record for seasonal snowfall, at more than 133 inches (3.38 meters).

Some 3.4 inches of snow — and counting — had fallen as of 4 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) Saturday in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.

That brought the seasonal total for the city to 133.6 inches — breaking the record of 132.6 inches, set in 1954-1955.

And with snow continuing to fall into early Sunday morning, the figure promises to get even larger….

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Radiation

The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima

Washington’s Blog

The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4

We noted days after the Japanese earthquake that the biggest threat was from the spent fuel rods in the fuel pool at Fukushima unit number 4, and not from the reactors themselves. See this and this.

We noted in February:

Scientists say that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting Fukushima this year, and a 98% chance within the next 3 years.

Given that nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that an earthquake of 7.0 or larger could cause the entire fuel pool structure collapse, it is urgent that everything humanly possible is done to stabilize the structure housing the fuel pools at reactor number 4.

Tepco is doing some construction at the building … it is a race against time under very difficult circumstances, and hopefully Tepco will win.

As AP points out:

The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.

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Gundersen (who used to build spent fuel pools) explains that there is no protection surrounding the radioactive fuel in the pools. He warns that – if the fuel pools at reactor 4 collapse due to an earthquake – 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 for a while.

The fuel pool number 4 is apparently not in great shape, and there have already been countless earthquakes near the Fukushima region since the 9.0 earthquake last March…..

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Dartmouth scientists track radioactive iodine from Japan nuclear reactor meltdown

Hanover NH (SPX)

Radioactive iodine found by Dartmouth researchers in the local New Hampshire environment is a direct consequence of a nuclear reactor’s explosion and meltdown half a world away, says Joshua Landis, a research associate in the Department of Earth Science. The failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, was the largest nuclear disa …

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Solar Activity

SOLAR ACTIVITY UPDATE: CMEs Expected to Give Earth a Glancing Blow

Uploaded by Skyywatcher88 on Apr 8, 2012

INCOMING CME: NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of strong geomagnetic storms around the poles on April 8-9 when a CME delivers a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field. The cloud was propelled in our direction by a solar filament, which erupted on April 5th. High- latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

http://www.spaceweather.com

2MIN News Apr8: Infant Mortality, World/Solar Update

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Articles of Interest

Peak Civilization: MIT Research Team Predicts Global Economic Collapse and Precipitous Population Decline

Mac Slavo

Researchers at one of the world’s leading think tanks have developed a computing model that predicts serious implications for our way of life as a result of our incessant need to consume resources like oil, food, and fresh water. According to a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the breaking point will come no later than 2030, and when it does, we can expect a paradigm shift unlike any we have seen before in human history – one that will not only collapse the economies of the world, but will cause food and energy production to decrease so significantly that it will lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the process.

The recent study, completed on behalf of The Club of Rome, an organization which issued it’s own findings on ‘peak everything’ back in the 1970′s in a controversial environmental report dubbed The Limits to Growth (video), takes into account the relations between various global developments and produces computer simulations for alternative scenarios.

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Scientists Find Slow Subsidence of Earth’s Crust Beneath the Mississippi Delta

Washington DC (SPX)

The Earth’s crust beneath the Mississippi Delta sinks at a much slower rate than what had been assumed. That’s one of the results geo-scientists report in a paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The researchers arrived at their conclusions by comparing detailed sea-level reconstructions from different portions of coastal Louisiana. “The findings demonstrate the …

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First glaciers in Japan recognized

By MINORU MATSUTANI

Scientists have found three glaciers in Toyama Prefecture, the first recognized in Japan and the southernmost in East Asia.

Researchers from the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum discovered the three slow-moving chunks of ice in the Hida Mountain Range, otherwise known as the Northern Alps.

Their research paper submitted to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice was accepted Tuesday, the museum said.

A glacier is defined as a large mass of ice that over many years “flows” owing to its great weight, according to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice. They are often found on high mountains, such as the Himalayas, and have even been found on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is almost on the equator. Until now, the southernmost glaciers in East Asia were on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

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Earthquakes

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 05 23:05 PM
4.5 5.0 MAP

USGS Gulf Of Alaska
Apr 05 22:55 PM
3.8 12.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 05 21:49 PM
3.9 9.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 20:32 PM
3.1 16.0 MAP

EMSC Samar, Philippines
Apr 05 20:29 PM
4.7 91.0 MAP

GEOFON Samar, Philippines
Apr 05 20:29 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 05 20:23 PM
3.2 90.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Apr 05 19:48 PM
2.9 109.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 05 19:01 PM
3.0 3.6 MAP

GEOFON New Siberian Islands, Russia
Apr 05 18:42 PM
4.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC New Siberian Islands, Russia
Apr 05 18:42 PM
4.4 2.0 MAP

EMSC Caucasus Region, Russia
Apr 05 18:14 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Channel Islands Region, California
Apr 05 17:58 PM
2.7 15.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 05 17:55 PM
2.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 17:39 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 05 17:30 PM
2.5 25.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:55 PM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:49 PM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:45 PM
3.4 2.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 05 16:07 PM
3.3 11.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 16:01 PM
2.5 24.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 15:24 PM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 15:14 PM
2.4 28.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 15:02 PM
3.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 05 14:19 PM
4.5 31.0 MAP

EMSC Nias Region, Indonesia
Apr 05 14:19 PM
4.7 20.0 MAP

USGS Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 05 13:19 PM
3.1 50.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 12:23 PM
2.6 7.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 12:14 PM
2.6 17.3 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 11:04 AM
4.2 32.8 MAP

GEOFON Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 11:04 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Alaska Peninsula
Apr 05 11:04 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 10:57 AM
2.7 9.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 10:14 AM
2.5 18.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 09:55 AM
2.6 19.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 05 09:43 AM
2.4 16.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 05 09:42 AM
2.9 6.3 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 05 09:39 AM
4.0 40.0 MAP

USGS Western Texas
Apr 05 09:11 AM
2.9 4.9 MAP

EMSC Turkey-syria-iraq Border Region
Apr 05 08:41 AM
2.4 3.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 05 08:03 AM
2.7 7.8 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 05 07:22 AM
2.8 4.8 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 05 06:54 AM
3.1 33.6 MAP

USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 05 06:40 AM
2.7 44.6 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 05 06:25 AM
2.4 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 05:57 AM
2.8 12.0 MAP

GEOFON Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region
Apr 05 05:45 AM
4.2 157.0 MAP

EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 05 05:45 AM
4.3 158.0 MAP

USGS Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 05 05:45 AM
4.3 150.1 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 05 05:37 AM
2.5 20.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 05:24 AM
2.4 6.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of The Kamchatka Peninsula

Apr 05 05:14 AM
4.4 62.3 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 05 05:14 AM
4.4 50.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Kamchatka
Apr 05 05:14 AM
4.5 35.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Algeria
Apr 05 04:56 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Algeria
Apr 05 04:56 AM
4.6 10.1 MAP

EMSC Northern Algeria
Apr 05 04:56 AM
4.2 10.0 MAP

USGS South Of Panama
Apr 05 04:40 AM
4.5 11.5 MAP

GEOFON South Of Panama
Apr 05 04:40 AM
4.5 10.0 MAP

EMSC South Of Panama
Apr 05 04:40 AM
4.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 05 04:36 AM
3.2 64.5 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 05 03:58 AM
4.5 65.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 05 03:58 AM
4.4 53.1 MAP

EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 05 03:58 AM
4.5 40.0 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 05 03:32 AM
2.6 17.3 MAP

EMSC Lebanon – Syria Region
Apr 05 03:32 AM
2.9 12.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 05 03:14 AM
2.4 20.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 05 03:01 AM
2.9 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 02:38 AM
2.9 2.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 05 02:31 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 05 02:31 AM
2.5 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 02:11 AM
3.2 20.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 05 02:03 AM
2.4 24.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 05 01:53 AM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Timor Region, Indonesia
Apr 05 01:44 AM
4.7 80.0 MAP

GEOFON Timor Region
Apr 05 01:44 AM
4.8 10.0 MAP

USGS Timor Region, Indonesia
Apr 05 01:44 AM
4.7 15.7 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 05 01:27 AM
2.4 4.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 05 01:24 AM
2.4 24.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 05 00:26 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

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Volcanic Activity

Small, short explosion rocks Cleveland Volcano in Aleutians

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a small explosion at Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have sent up a small ash cloud

Associated Press

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a small explosion at Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have sent up a small ash cloud.

Clouds prevented satellite observation of an ash cloud.

The observatory says the explosion at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday was of short duration and similar to small events in December. Those explosions created ash clouds that dissipated quickly and did not affect air traffic.

Cleveland Volcano is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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Extreme Weather

Time to ditch the umbrella? 20 million hit by drought in southeast England

By Ian Johnston, msnbc.com

London has an undeserved reputation as a rainy city, with “things to do” when the U.K. capital is wet a popular topic of conversation among tourists.

But this year could see that image shattered in dramatic fashion, with much of southeast England gripped by a serious drought currently affecting about 20 million people.
Restrictions on the use of water were imposed Thursday from the southeast coast to the River Humber in the north and almost as far west as Wales.

By the time the Olympics comes to London in July, further controls could be introduced that will prevent aircraft, London’s famous double-decker buses and other vehicles from being washed. Other restrictions are also likely.

Brits revel in gloom ahead of London Olympics

Those arriving for the greatest show on Earth, may find a parched, somewhat grubby city. The event itself, however, will be exempt, so rest assured there will be water in the diving pool, the rowers will not in find themselves marooned and the smiles of the synchronized swimmers will remain fixed.

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

Drought hits 4 million hectares of China’s crops -Xinhua

(Reuters) – About 4 million hectares of crops are suffering from a severe drought in China that has hit 13 provinces including the major farming province of Sichuan in southwest China, state news agency Xinhua said.

The drought has left 7.8 million people and 4.6 million livestock without adequate drinking water in provinces including Yunnan, Hebei, Shanxi and Gansu as of Thursday, Xinhua said.

The dry spell has dried reservoirs and threatens spring planting, the agency said, citing the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

The province of Yunnan in southwest China, which borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, is so far the worst hit, Xinhua said, without giving details.

China, which has just 6 percent of the world’s fresh water resources but a fifth of its population, is frequently gripped by drought.

Last year parts of the country suffered their worst drought in 50 years, officials said, with rainfall 40 to 60 percent less than normal, damaging crops and cutting power from hydroelectric dams.

A drought in the top sugar-producing province of Guangxi last year also led to a surge in imports as China tried to ease tight sugar supply.

(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing, editing by Jane Baird)

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Solar Activity / Climate Change

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says

Kate Ravilious

for National Geographic News

Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human-induced—cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory.

Earth is currently experiencing rapid warming, which the vast majority of climate scientists says is due to humans pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. (Get an overview: “Global Warming Fast Facts”.)

Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.

In 2005 data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide “ice caps” near Mars’s south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of space research at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun.

“The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars,” he said.

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Booms and Light Flashes in Baraboo, Wisc. – April 5, 2012

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Apr 5, 2012

http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=501 “BARABOO (WKOW) — It’s not just Clintonville–Baraboo Police are investigating weekend reports of booms and flashes of light.

Neighborhoods on Baraboo’s southwest side woke early Sunday morning to a loud boom and less than an hour later, another one. Both booms accompanied by a flash of light. More than a dozen callers described the sounds of an explosion, blasting dynamite or a gunshot.

A police officer on duty was parked along 8th Street at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday when he heard the boom and saw the flashing light. He immediately thought a transformer blew.

“When those things go off they make a really loud pop and usually there’s a flash of light as they’re surging off the electricity,” says Chief Mark Schauf.

But it wasn’t. Alliant Energy told authorities they had no outages or transformer problems.

27 Storm Track meteorologists say it is highly unlikely that what Baraboo experienced was weather related, because no storms traveled through the area–leading Schauf to the only explanation he can think of…fireworks.

“There’s no evidence to suggest that there’s anything other than a man made cause at hand,” he says.

But many of those who’ve heard it say it sounded much more intense. We talked to a few people in Baraboo who say they heard the booms but had no idea what it was.

Many people have commented on our Facebook page, some saying the fireworks explanation is plausible, others say there has to be something else authorities are missing.

Police say there’s little they can do now, unless the city hears more booms.”
http://www.wkow.com/story/17337541/booms-light-flashes-in-baraboo

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Wildlife

Catastrophy for Dolphins in Peru

Over 600 Dead Dolphins Found in Peru Coasts –

Uploaded by BlueVoiceOrg on Apr 3, 2012

After receiving reports of a massive die-off of dolphins along Peru’s north coast, BlueVoice Executive director Hardy Jones traveled to the scene. Working with Dr. Carlos Yaipen Llanos, Hardy covered 135 kilometers of beach and found 615 dead dolphins. At the moment he cause is unknown. Research into the die-off will continue.

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Articles of Interest

CALAMITY UPON THE EARTH THREE MONTHS IN 2012

Uploaded by fidockave213 on Apr 2, 2012

NOTE THIS VIDEO DOES NOT IMPLY THE WORLD IS GOING TO END IN 2012

JANUARY FEBUARY and MARCH 2012 BIBLE PROPHECY UNFOLDING CLINTONVILLE BOOMS, RUMBLING, EARTHQUAKES, STRANGE WEATHER AND EARTH CHANGES. CALAMITY UPON THE EARTH.

Tepco Reports Another Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima Plant

By Tsuyoshi Inajima

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant.

Part of the water may have poured into the sea through a drainage ditch, Osamu Yokokura, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone. The company known as Tepco stopped the leak from a pipe connecting a desalination unit and a tank today, he said.

“There will be similar leaks until Tepco improves equipment,” said Kazuhiko Kudo, a research professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, who visited the plant twice last year as a member of a panel under the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency. “The site had plastic pipes to transfer radioactive water, which Tepco officials said are durable and for industrial use, but it’s not something normally used at nuclear plants,” he said. “Tepco must replace it with metal equipment, such as steel.”

Tepco has about 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water accumulated in basements at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station nearly 13 months after the March 11 quake and tsunami caused meltdowns and the worst radiation leaks since Chernobyl. The tsunami knocked out all power at the station, causing cooling systems for reactors to fail. The utility was forced to set up makeshift pumps to get cooling water to the reactors, with most of it then draining into basements.

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China Builds Scores of Dams in Earthquake Hazard Zones

TORONTO, Canada, April 4, 2012 (ENS) – More than 130 large dams built, under construction, or proposed in western China’s seismic hazard zones could trigger disasterous environmental consequences such as earthquakes and giant waves, finds a new report from the Canadian watchdog group Probe International.

The report shows that 98.6 percent of the dams being constructed in western China are located in high to moderate seismic hazard zones.

The location of large dams near clusters of recorded earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 4.9, and especially when the earthquake focal points are also close to the surface, “is cause for grave concern,” said the report’s author geologist “John Jackson.”

John Jackson is a pseudonym for a geologist with detailed knowledge of western China who wishes to remain anonymous to protect his sources.
Water rushes through the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in central China (Photo by Marshall Segal)

In a worst-case scenario, Jackson reports, dams could collapse, creating a giant wave that would inundate everything in its path, including downstream dams, causing great loss of life and property.

Should a dam suffer catastrophic collapse, says Probe International Executive Director Patricia Adams, Chinese citizens could direct their anger to the hydropower industry for threatening their lives with dangerous dams.

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Earthquakes

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

USGS Alamagan Region, Northern Mariana Islands

Apr 01 23:19 PM
4.8 175.1 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC Greece
Apr 01 22:13 PM
3.1 2.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC Romania
Apr 01 12:08 PM
3.1 122.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USGS Tonga
Apr 01 07:41 AM
4.9 35.0 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Apr 01 07:41 AM
4.9 10.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USGS Greece
Apr 01 05:18 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 01 05:18 AM
3.0 6.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMSC Kyrgyzstan
Apr 01 01:43 AM
4.0 2.0 MAP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first two tremors were reportedly felt in Coromandel.

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

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

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Volcanic Activity

Video Etna, Italy eruption April 1

Italy / Sicily / Etna

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

Satellites Find Dormant Volcanoes Now Waking Up

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

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

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

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

Read Full Article Here

Etna volcano – tremor signal started to rise sharply

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

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

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

The Watchers

Mount Etna spews fiery lava for the fifth time this year

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

See Video Here

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Storms

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

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

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

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

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

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Solar Activity

N3KL Solar Activity Monitor

Solar X-rays:Geomagnetic Field: >

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From n3kl.org

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Solar System

Tarek Niazi on Surrounded by Idiots

Uploaded by sunskymysteries on Feb 7, 2012

http://www.sunskymysteries.com

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

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Ferndale, Michigan

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

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

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Articles of Interest

FEMA chief says agency bracing for ‘maximum’ disaster

By Eric Berger

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

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

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

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Japan’s quake defenses not enough, official reports warn

By Antoni Slodkowski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Full Article Here

Earthquakes

 

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 18 23:55 PM
4.6 Mag 212.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea Mar 18 23:55 PM
4.6 Mag 212.2 MAP

EMSC Azerbaijan
Mar 18 23:51 PM
3.1 Mag 15.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 23:15 PM
2.6 Mag 8.0 MAP

EMSC Azores Islands Region
Mar 18 23:11 PM
3.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 22:59 PM
2.5 Mag 16.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:52 PM
2.4 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:42 PM
2.6 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:38 PM
3.6 Mag 14.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 22:17 PM
3.0 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 18 22:05 PM
2.6 Mag 2.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 21:55 PM
3.0 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 20:59 PM
2.7 Mag 9.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 18 20:53 PM
2.7 Mag 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 19:47 PM
2.5 Mag 11.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 19:34 PM
3.0 Mag 15.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic
Mar 18 19:19 PM
3.4 Mag 117.5 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 18:57 PM
2.6 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 18 18:48 PM
2.7 Mag 7.0 MAP

USGS Washington
Mar 18 18:48 PM
3.3 Mag 42.3 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 18:47 PM
2.9 Mag 9.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 17:42 PM
2.7 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Mar 18 17:22 PM
2.7 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 16:32 PM
2.5 Mag 4.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 16:18 PM
2.4 Mag 6.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Italy
Mar 18 16:00 PM
3.1 Mag 2.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 18 15:13 PM
4.5 Mag 56.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 18 15:13 PM
4.5 Mag 55.8 MAP

EMSC Poland
Mar 18 14:59 PM
2.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 18 14:53 PM
3.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 18 13:52 PM
3.0 Mag 1.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 18 13:41 PM
3.5 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 18 13:12 PM
2.7 Mag 106.0 MAP

EMSC Fiji Region
Mar 18 12:21 PM
4.5 Mag 571.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 18 12:21 PM
4.5 Mag 571.3 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 12:05 PM
3.4 Mag 101.6 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 18 11:43 AM
3.1 Mag 5.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 11:16 AM
2.7 Mag 200.8 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 11:05 AM
3.1 Mag 56.0 MAP

USGS New Mexico
Mar 18 10:57 AM
2.9 Mag 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 10:52 AM
2.9 Mag 41.7 MAP

USGS Halmahera, Indonesia
Mar 18 10:43 AM
4.8 Mag 68.0 MAP

EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia
Mar 18 10:43 AM
4.8 Mag 52.0 MAP

GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia
Mar 18 10:43 AM
4.6 Mag 10.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 10:37 AM
4.6 Mag 54.7 MAP

EMSC Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 10:37 AM
4.6 Mag 55.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 10:32 AM
2.4 Mag 9.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 10:22 AM
3.3 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 18 09:21 AM
2.4 Mag 21.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 09:16 AM
3.0 Mag 91.7 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 08:35 AM
3.6 Mag 7.0 MAP

EMSC Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 07:56 AM
4.7 Mag 47.0 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Mar 18 07:56 AM
4.0 Mag 31.4 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 18 07:41 AM
2.5 Mag 5.0 MAP

EMSC Georgia (sak’art’velo)
Mar 18 06:59 AM
3.6 Mag 2.0 MAP

EMSC North Of Ascension Island
Mar 18 06:00 AM
4.9 Mag 10.0 MAP

USGS North Of Ascension Island
Mar 18 06:00 AM
4.9 Mag 9.8 MAP

GEOFON North Of Ascension Island
Mar 18 06:00 AM
4.8 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Mar 18 05:49 AM
2.8 Mag 26.0 MAP

EMSC Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Mar 18 05:00 AM
4.5 Mag 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 18 04:47 AM
2.6 Mag 9.0 MAP

EMSC Western Iran
Mar 18 04:38 AM
3.6 Mag 4.0 MAP

EMSC Santa Cruz Islands
Mar 18 04:33 AM
4.4 Mag 50.0 MAP

USGS Santa Cruz Islands
Mar 18 04:33 AM
4.4 Mag 50.2 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 18 03:51 AM
3.6 Mag 6.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Mar 18 03:47 AM
3.0 Mag 122.0 MAP

EMSC Bangladesh
Mar 18 02:56 AM
4.7 Mag 80.0 MAP

USGS Bangladesh
Mar 18 02:56 AM
4.6 Mag 15.7 MAP

 

 

Light tremor jolts parts of Bangladesh

 

Dhaka, Mar 18 (bdnews24.com) – A Meteorological Department official said a light earthquake jolted parts of Bangladesh on Sunday morning.

Assistant director of Bangladesh Meteorological Department Shamsuddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com that the 4.6-maginitude tremor shook buildings in the capital Dhaka at 8:56 am and lasted 10 seconds.

http://bdnews24.com/details.php?id=220520&cid=2

 

3 mild quakes jolt Northern Luzon

 

SINAIT, Ilocos Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) — Three mild quakes rocked some areas in Northern Luzon on Saturday afternoon and this morning but no damage to properties was reported, the PhilippineInstitute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) satellite office here said.

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=381332046084

Volcanic Activity

 

Italy’s Mount Enta erupts

Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna erupted on Sunday sending a four mile-long plume of smoke and ash into the sky.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9151662/Italys-Mount-Enta-erupts.html

 

Storms and Flooding

 

Flooding in Southeastern Australia

 

Rising waters flooded parts of New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, in March 2012, forcing some residents to evacuate their homes. On March 15, evacuation orders were lifted for the northern Victoria town of Nathalia, which had faced possible inundation. Although allowed to return home, residents were warned to stay vigilant for rapidly rising waters, news reports said.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=77447&src=nha

 

Dust Storm in Southwest Asia

 

An intense dust storm spanned hundreds of kilometers over Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan on March 19, 2012. The dust spread southward over the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, and swept northeastward along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=77450&src=nha

 

Extreme Temperatures

 

U.S.

 

While it was unseasonably warm across most of the United States Sunday, a late winter storm dropped upward of 5 feet of snow on Arizona’s mountains with more expected Sunday night.
The snow forced the closure of numerous roads and there were reports of many vehicles skidding into ditches and other accidents. A winter storm warning was in effect from the Mexican border to the northern outskirts of Utah Sunday, at the same time the East and Midwest was experiencing temperatures in the 70s — 76 in Bangor, Maine. Phoenix was experiencing the storm in the form of its first rain since December. An inch of rain fell in the region Sunday. “Phoenix is known for its dry climate, but this is normally a wet time of the year. Phoenix typically receives nearly 3 inches of rain from late December through mid-March.”

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/03/18/Arizona-gets-5-feet-of-snow/UPI-35861332081960/?spt=hs&or=tn

The winter of 2011-12 might well earn the title of “the winter that wasn’t” in many parts of the United States.

 

The season has entered the books as the fourth warmest on record for the Lower 48 states. Despite several powerful snowstorms that crossed the continent during the season, the extent of the country blanketed with snow was the third smallest since satellites began keeping track 46 years ago. The amount of rain was also below normal.
What a contrast with the winter before. Who could forget the seemingly endless conga line of storms that traversed the country? That winter also was somewhat colder than normal, which meant the snow didn’t melt significantly between storms. “This year was dramatically different.” Yet both winters began the same way – with La Niña reigning in the tropical Pacific. La Niña is the cooler half of what’s called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. El Niño brings warmer-than-normal waters to the equatorial eastern Pacific, where it piles up against the coasts of Central and South America. La Niña brings colder-than-normal waters to the same region. Both alter atmospheric-circulation patterns in ways that are felt far beyond the tropics.
Typically, La Niña pushes the eastward-flowing jet stream – which serves as a kind of superhighway for storms – farther north than usual. That pattern appeared last year in a relatively stark boundary between a very wet northern half of the country and a parched southern tier, stretching from Arizona to northern Florida and up into the Carolinas. This year, even with a somewhat weaker La Niña, the average path of the jet stream has moved farther north still, leaving the northern US drier than normal. Without extensive snow cover to help keep a lid on winter temperatures, the stage was set for a warmer-than-normal winter.
The back-to-back La Niñas have a marked effect on rivers in the Southwest and Southeast. “We’ve had 10 cases in the last century of double-dip La Niña events.” If the initial event is strong – last year was one of the Top 3 La Niñas in the past 50 years – the second, weaker one tends to bring drier conditions to the Southwest and southern tier. The difference shows up strikingly in river flows. They tend to be even lower coming out of the second event than they were at the end of the first event. “That’s what we’re looking at now for the Colorado River, and it’s also what we’re looking at for parts of the Southeast – Florida, Georgia, places like that.” One glaring exception this winter was Texas, where several storms helped moderate the state’s severe drought.
Elsewhere, the reduced blanket of snow is likely to give areas ravaged by last year’s floods along the Mississippi River a much-needed break. A year ago, runoff from heavy snows, combined with intense spring storms, brought record floods in many parts of the Midwest.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/hey-happened-winter-wimpiness-portends-spring/story?id=15916142#.T2eriLRZe8Y

 

Historic March heat wave continues in Chicago; headed towards another record breaking day.

 

Coming off their warmest St. Patricks Day in 141 years of records, the historic March heat wave continues. Sunday was expected to become their 5th straight record breaking day and 5th consecutive 80+ degree day across the Chicagoland area. This RECORD-BREAKING STREAK HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE SO EARLY IN THE SEASON in Chicago. Over the past week, more than 1,200 RECORDS HAVE BEEN SET and for the month of March, more than 2,000 RECORDS HAVE BEEN SET.
This UNPRECEDENTED March heat wave is as a result of a weather pattern known as a “blocking pattern” where a stubborn high pressure has just been stuck over the eastern two-thirds of the nation. This pattern has been responsible for pumping in heat and Gulf moisture into the Great Plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast regions. This historic March heat wave is expected to continue into the middle of next week before a cooler airmass moves into the region late next week. Until then, there will be the likelihood of more records broken.

http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-chicago/historic-march-heat-wave-continues-headed-towards-another-record-breaking-day

 

Misc

2MIN News Mar18: Fukushima, Earthquakes, Solar Update

Dead Russian Satellite to Fall From Space

 

This time, the satellite will be guided into a controlled descent.

http://news.discovery.com/space/russian-satellite-controlled-descent-120217.html

U.K. adds solar storms, volcanoes to national threat list

 

LONDON — Britain has added volcanoes and solar storms to floods, flu and terrorism on a list of threats to national security.

The highest-priority risks to Britain are pandemic influenza, coastal flooding, terrorist attacks and – a new addition – volcanic eruptions in countries like Iceland, according to the recently published 2012 edition of the government’s National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies.

“Severe space weather” poses a threat to communications systems, electronic circuits and power grids, the list said. Solar storms – eruptions of magnetic energy and charged particles – are part of the sun’s normal 11-year cycle, which is expected to reach a peak next year.

http://m.ctv.ca/topstories/20120318/britain-volcanoes-solar-storms-20120318.html

Earthquakes

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, KURIL ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 07:15 AM

Depth 101 km GEO: Longitude 157.190 GEO: Latitude 50.620

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Fiji region

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 08:17 AM

Depth 252.9 km GEO: Longitude -176.656 GEO: Latitude -21.282

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, NORTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 09:37 AM

Depth 14 km GEO: Longitude 93.890 GEO: Latitude 38.160

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake, Alaska Peninsula

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 14:10 PM

Depth 32 km GEO: Longitude -157.545 GEO: Latitude 55.180

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 15:40 PM

Depth 50 km GEO: Longitude 141.700 GEO: Latitude 37.190

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5 earthquake, Southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 16:00 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 103.500 GEO: Latitude -6.260

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Kuril Islands

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 18:33 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 147.990 GEO: Latitude 43.320

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Eastern Siberia, Russia

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 19:13 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 163.000 GEO: Latitude 61.040

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 19:55 PM

Depth 55 km GEO: Longitude 169.910 GEO: Latitude -21.970

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 21:41 PM

Depth 20 km GEO: Longitude 47.020 GEO: Latitude 32.500

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time Mar 10 23:25 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 144.160 GEO: Latitude 39.710

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, PAPUA, INDONESIA

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 02:23 AM

Depth 160 km GEO: Longitude 138.600 GEO: Latitude -4.370

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, SOUTHEASTERN IRAN

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 05:00 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 59.080 GEO: Latitude 28.260

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, SEA OF OKHOTSK

UTC Date / Time Mar 11 05:40 AM

Depth 428 km GEO: Longitude 146.960 GEO: Latitude 48.000

Source
EMSC

Caribbean plate stress: Cuba and Jamaica rattled by tremors

The Earthquake Unit at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies says tremors from a magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred in Cuba this morning were felt in several parishes in Jamaica.

This is the second earthquake felt in Jamaica in consecutive days following the 3.4 magnitude quake recorded near Yallahs, St Thomas, yesterday.

A release from the unit says this morning’s earthquake occurred at 3:34 and was felt in Clarendon, St Catherine, St Mary and Kingston and St Andrew.

There are no reports of any damage or injuries.

The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Santiago de Cuba province.

http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=35809

5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Alaskan peninsula

March 10, 2012 – ALASKA – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake was reported just off the coastline of the Alaskan peninsula at 5:10 am. The earthquake registered at a depth of 17.7 km or 11.0 miles below the surface and struck the ocean floor. The epicenter of the earthquake was 819 km (508 miles) SW of Anchorage, Alaska and 1455 km (904 miles) W of JUNEAU, Alaska. Both seismicity and volcanic activity has been steadily increasing along the Alaskan region over the last several weeks. People in high-risk areas should stay alert for the potential occurrence of seismic episodes.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/5-6-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-off-coast-of-alaskan-peninsula/

Storms

Global Weirding Hits Hawaii — with Hail Stones

Deadly, devastating tornadoes in the northeastern U.S. are again setting records this year, and arriving earlier than ever. Meanwhile, frigid conditions have killed hundreds across Europe, while spring-like conditions exist in vast areas of North America. Now folks in Hawaii are seeing something previously unheard of: golf ball sized hail stones on the North Shore of Oahu and in some other areas across the state.

http://www.newser.com/story/141480/global-weirding-hits-hawaii-with-hail-stones.html

 

Hawaii Pummeled By ‘Severe Weather’ As La Nina Turns To El Nino

Meteorologists are taking note of the extreme weather conditions that continue to cloud Hawaii’s normally sunny climatic disposition. “Feet of rain” has fallen in some areas. Hanalei, Hawaii, received 35.97 inches of rain in just over two days. Multiple landslides have blocked highways throughout the state. Violent thunderstorms produced hail with diameters up to 2 inches in Kailua and Kaneohe. Not only is it HIGHLY UNUSUAL for hail to fall over Hawaii, but some stones that measured as large as three inches are likely record-breaking. “What is going on in Hawaii is a symptom of the change from La Niña to El Niño coming on.”


Tornado

A rare tornado touches down on Oahu

msnbc.com staff reports: A rare tornado blew roofs off homes and left other damage in its path through the Hawaiian communities of Lanikai and Enchanted Lake on Oahu, weather officials confirmed Friday.

A National Weather Service team surveying damage and talking to witnesses determined a waterspout came ashore and was reclassified as a tornado in Lanikai about 7:30 a.m. The 20-yard-wide tornado traveled about 1.5 miles in 15 minutes to Enchanted Lake with wind speeds reaching 60 to 70 mph before dissipating, officials said.

Hawaii, known for its famous sunshine, has been hit with unusually harsh weather for about a week.

A 30-minute hail storm on Friday in Oahu was “unprecedented ,” Tom Birchard, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu, told the Associated Press. Some of the hail stones have been unusually large for the islands — the size of marbles and discs more than a half inch long, weather.com reported.

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/09/10628559-a-rare-tornado-touches-down-on-oahu

 

EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT /CLIMATE CHANGE –

Great Lakes winter ice cover has decreased 71 percent since 1973

The average amount of ice covering the Great Lakes declined 71 percent over the past 40 winters, with Lake Superior ice down 79 percent. “There was a significant downward trend in ice coverage from 1973 to the present for all of the lakes.” Researchers used Coast Guard reports and satellite photographs taken from 1973 to 2010 to determine the ice coverage of all the lakes, with Lake Ontario ice dropping 88 percent while ice in Lake St. Clair (between Lake Huron and Lake Erie) diminished just 37 percent.
The findings don’t include the current winter, but 2011-12 will only speed up the decline. Only about 5 percent of the Great Lakes surface froze over this winter, the least since satellite photos first were taken from space. That compares to winters that saw as much as 94 percent ice coverage, such as in 1979. It’s also way down from the average winter of about 40 percent coverage. The results won’t be a surprise to Northlanders who have gazed out all winter over open water on the western tip of Lake Superior, where almost no ice has formed. Even in protected Chequamegon Bay, which usually freezes enough for trucks to drive on, strong ice never formed this winter, forcing the Madeline Island ferry to operate all season. That’s only the second time that’s ever happened. The results echo other studies that show much higher surface water temperatures on Lake Superior in recent years and far fewer days of ice cover.
Diminished ice can speed up wintertime evaporation, reducing water levels. It also may lead to increased and earlier algae blooms, which can damage water quality, and may accelerate erosion by exposing more shoreline to waves. The decline in ice cover probably is due to several factors, including cyclical climate patterns like El Niño and La Niña (unusually high temperatures and unusually low temperatures, respectively, in the Pacific), changes in the Arctic Oscillation and broader climate change.

 

HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –

Afghanistan

At least 145 people are missing and “presumed dead” after an avalanche hit a village in Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan province last week. Afghan officials had earlier Saturday put the death toll from the March 4 series of avalanches in Badakhshan’s Shekay district at 56. The UN said an avalanche in the area claimed 50 lives and warned of severe flooding over coming weeks due to melting snow. Afghanistan’s harshest winter in 15 years has claimed scores of lives, with the avalanches taking the toll to more than 90 in Badakhsh alone. “Access to Dispay village is possible only by road from neighboring Tajikistan but has been severely hampered by snow-blocked roads. Helicopter access is not possible as there is a high risk of triggering further avalanches.”


Volcanic Activity

MEXICO – The drills continue in all the communities surrounding the volcano Popocatepetl, said the director of Civil Protection, Jesus Morales Rodriguez, who said that the drills will be permanent in the area. The state official said they have instituted the Special Plan Popocatepetl, where they indicated that the performance of the drills need to be performed at least once every 15 days, at random to participatants in all communities. These actions were recommended to keep the community aware of the dangers and the need of evacuations should threatening conditions arise. According to the website of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) the current alert status is in phase two, in yellow, so that the conditions of the volcano are normal. The agency also disclosed that in the last 24 hours, 11:00 hours, Popocatepetl has registered 12 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by water and gas emissions, without major changes. Because the probability remains moderate exhalations emission of ash and a slight glow seen at night, it is recommended the Civil Protection Directorate maintain a safety radius up to 12 km from the volcano, to keep traffic controlled between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortes. The public is also asked to continue to tune in for the latest status updates concerning the volcano’s activity. –Sexenio (translated)

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/12-emissions-reported-at-mexicos-popocatepetl-volcano-in-the-last-24-hours/

Solar Activity

M8.4 SOLAR FLARE + CME RECORDED ON 10th March 2012. IT’S EARTH DIRECTED.wmv

 

Misc

NASA to launch 5 rockets quickly to track winds

NORFOLK, Virginia: Skywatchers along the East Coast may be able to see a NASA experiment meant to learn more about the little-understood jet stream current at the edge of space.

NASA plans to launch five rockets in five minutes from coastal Virginia on a clear night between March 14 and April 4.

They will release a chemical trail to track winds that circle the planet at up to 300 miles per hour (482 kph) in the thermosphere about 65 miles (105 kilometers) up.

Officials say the long, milky-white clouds should be visible for about 20 minutes from South Carolina to New Hampshire.

http://arabnews.com/variety/science_technology/article584821.ece

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan
UTC Date / Time Mar 05 06:24 AM
Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 141.480 GEO: Latitude 40.580

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Northern Sumatra,Indonesia
UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 06:55 AM
Depth10 km GEO: Longitude 97.140 GEO: Latitude 4.270

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Northern  India

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 07:41 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 77.110 GEO: Latitude 28.880

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake, Halmahera, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time Mar 05 08:12 AM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 128.740 GEO: Latitude 2.060

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Tonga region

UTC Date / Time   Mar 05 09:38 AM

Depth 15.6 km GEO: Longitude -170.751  GEO:Latitude18.752

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake,Banda Sea

UTC Date / Time Mar05 12:45 PM

Depth 142 km GEO: Longitude 129.280 GEO:Latitude -7.210

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, Mindanao,Philippines
UTC Date / TimeMar 05 13:59 PM
Depth 37 km GEO: Longitude 125.430GEO: Latitude5.380

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Northern Italy

UTC Date / Time Mar 05 15:15 PM

Depth 10 km GEO: Longitude 9.350 GEO: Latitude 44.570

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Mindanao, Philippines

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 13:59 PM

Depth 69.4 km GEO: Longitude 125.568 GEO: Latitude 5.309

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, northern Italy

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 15:15 PM

Depth  15 km  GEO: Longitude  9.471  GEO: Latitude  44.629

Source
USGS

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake, Santiago del Estero, Argentina

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 07:46 AM

Depth  550 km  GEO: Longitude  -63.242  GEO: Latitude  -28.227

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Iraq

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 06:50 AM

Depth  15 km  GEO: Longitude  44.069  GEO: Latitude  34.988

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake, Halmahera, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 08:12 AM

Depth  43.4 km  GEO: Longitude 128.670  GEO: Latitude  1.927

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, northern Sumatra, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 06:55 AM

Depth  17.4 km  GEO: Longitude  96.965  GEO: Latitude  4.167

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Haryana – Delhi region, India

UTC Date / Time Mar 05 07:41 AM

Depth  19.1 km  GEO: Longitude  76.772  GEO: Latitude  28.808

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 12:45 PM

Depth  156.9 km GEO: Longitude  129.183  GEO: Latitude  -7.120

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake, Luzon, Philippines

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 14:26 PM

Depth  160 km  GEO: Longitude  120.580  GEO: Latitude  14.260

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake, Kuril Islands

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 03:33 AM

Depth  55.1 km  GEO: Longitude  153.581  GEO: Latitude  46.733

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 23:17 PM

Depth  65 km  GEO: Longitude  102.490  GEO: Latitude  -4.500

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, Kuril Islands

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 03:33 AM

Depth  29 km  GEO: Longitude  153.450  GEO: Latitude  46.250

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake, KURIL ISLANDS

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 03:33 AM

Depth  60 km  GEO: Longitude  153.490  GEO: Latitude  46.740

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake, southern Sumatra, Indonesia

UTC Date / Time   Mar 04 23:17 PM

Depth  59.9 km  GEO: Longitude  102.604  GEO: Latitude  -4.381

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Near Coast of Northern Chile

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 16:27 PM

Depth  42 km  GEO: Longitude  -70.280  GEO: Latitude  -21.550

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, southwestern Siberia, Russia

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 23:33 PM

Depth  14.9 km  GEO: Longitude  95.983  GEO: Latitude  51.542

Source
USGS

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Southeast of Loyalty Islands

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 05:14 AM

Depth  17 km  GEO: Longitude  169.720  GEO: Latitude  -22.130

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Tonga Islands Region

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 16:05 PM

Depth  10 km  GEO: Longitude  -174.910  GEO: Latitude  -22.080

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5 earthquake, southeast of the Loyalty Islands

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 05:14 AM

Depth  10 km GEO: Longitude  170.363  GEO: Latitude  -21.668

Source
USGS

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake, IRAQ

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 06:50 AM

Depth  2 km  GEO: Longitude  44.230  GEO: Latitude  34.930

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 06:24 AM

Depth  46 km  GEO: Longitude  141.480  GEO: Latitude   40.580

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake, NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 06:24 AM

Depth  35 km  GEO: Longitude  142.350  GEO: Latitude  40.280

Source
EMSC

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake, Taiwan Region

UTC Date / Time  Mar 04 17:52 PM

Depth  9 km  GEO: Longitude  122.450  GEO: Latitude  24.270

Source
GEOFON

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

UTC Date / Time  Mar 05 06:24 AM

Depth  33.2 km  GEO: Longitude  142.457  GEO: Latitude  40.212

Source
USGS

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFORMATION
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Mar 05 08:12 AM 5.7 60.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Halmahera, Indonesia Mar 05 08:12 AM 5.5 43.4 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Mar 05 08:12 AM 5.5 10.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Baja California, Mexico Mar 05 08:11 AM 3.0 13.2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Santiago Del Estero, Argentina Mar 05 07:46 AM 6.1 550.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Santiago Del Estero, Argentina Mar 05 07:46 AM 6.1 534.0 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Santiago Del Estero Prov., Argentina Mar 05 07:46 AM 6.0 530.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Haryana-uttar Pradesh Reg, India Mar 05 07:41 AM 5.1 40.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Haryana – Delhi Region, India Mar 05 07:41 AM 5.2 19.1 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Northern India Mar 05 07:41 AM 5.2 10.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Turkey Mar 05 07:38 AM 2.6 14.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Central Alaska Mar 05 07:30 AM 3.6 2.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Puerto Rico Mar 05 07:06 AM 2.6 17.4 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Mar 05 06:55 AM 5.1 30.0 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Mar 05 06:55 AM 5.1 10.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Mar 05 06:55 AM 5.1 17.4 MAP I Felt It
USGS Iraq Mar 05 06:50 AM 4.5 15.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Iraq Mar 05 06:50 AM 4.7 2.0 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 05 06:24 AM 5.1 46.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 05 06:24 AM 5.2 35.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 05 06:24 AM 5.1 33.2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern Turkey Mar 05 05:57 AM 2.7 4.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Turkey Mar 05 05:24 AM 2.6 5.0 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southeast Of Loyalty Islands Mar 05 05:14 AM 5.0 96.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southeast Of Loyalty Islands Mar 05 05:14 AM 5.1 100.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southeast Of The Loyalty Islands Mar 05 05:14 AM 5.0 10.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern Turkey Mar 05 05:13 AM 2.6 12.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Central California Mar 05 04:41 AM 2.8 14.6 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Turkey Mar 05 03:54 AM 2.6 5.0 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kuril Islands Mar 05 03:33 AM 4.8 123.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Kuril Islands Mar 05 03:33 AM 4.9 60.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kuril Islands Mar 05 03:33 AM 4.8 55.1 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Turkey Mar 05 03:07 AM 2.8 22.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Algeria Mar 05 03:04 AM 3.4 30.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Alaska Peninsula Mar 05 03:00 AM 2.7 1.6 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece Mar 05 02:55 AM 2.5 5.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Algeria Mar 05 02:52 AM 2.8 80.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Algeria Mar 05 02:45 AM 5.0 40.0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Northern Algeria Mar 05 02:45 AM 4.2 7.7 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Northern Algeria Mar 05 02:45 AM 4.4 10.0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Turkey Mar 05 00:07 AM 2.7 5.0 MAP I Felt It

Earthquake Report

Monday’s quake was 19th this year in India

http://zeenews.india.com/news/delhi/monday-s-quake-was-19th-this-year-in-india_762236.html

Philippines – Panic as quake cracks buildings. a moderately strong 5.2 earthquake has cracked buildings and knocked televisions and glassware from tables in a central Philippine province, injuring at least five people and sending others rushing outside in panic. The quake was centred just three kilometres north of Masbate City on the island province of Masbate. The quake, which was caused by movement in a local fault, was felt in nearby provinces. There were no immediate reports of major damage, and power and communications were unaffected. But the quake caused cracks and shattered windows in houses and some buildings, one of which had to be cleared of people while safety officials ensured its stability. Large numbers of people rushed out of homes, offices, hospitals and schools and stayed in the streets as an aftershock hit less than an hour after the quake. At least five people were slightly injured by falling objects. In 1990, a magnitude-7.7 quake killed nearly 2000 people in northern Luzon region.

Volcanic  Activity

Etna has its Third Major Eruption of 2012

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/etna-has-its-third-major-eruption-of-2012/

Ecuador – Tungurahua Volcano: explosions, ash fall and possible pyroclastic flow on Saturday. Ecuador’s Instituto Geofísico reports an increase of Tunguarahua volcano’s activity: Since March 3, 4 explosions have been reported of moderate to large size. An explosion at 07:31 local time produced an ash columnreaching about 4 km in height and drifting to the west – northwest. A second explosion took place at 09:11 (local time) and produced a strong shock wave that rattled the ground and windows in nearby areas. Cloud cover has prevented detailed observations, but with the help of thermal sensors, hot fresh deposits were detected on the flanks, suggesting they were the result of a pyroclastic flow. In the morning, the observatory post at Cusúa reported the presence of hot deposits on the upper flank typical for fresh pyroclastic flow deposits. Ash fall was reported from Choglontús, Manzano and Motilones areas, and ashfall reached the Yuibug area. The monitoring system has been recording variable seismicity and powerful tremor episodes lasting minutes to hours (which probably indicate rising magma), interrupted by short moderate to large explosion signals corresponding to the ash eruptions from the growing lava dome.

Storms

TROPICAL STORMS
In the Indian Ocean –
Tropical cyclone 14s (Irina) was located approximately 380 nm southeast of Maputo, Mozambique.

Tropical Storm Irina killed at least 65 people in Madagascar, most of them residents of the Ifanadiana district in the southeast of the Indian Ocean island. Three people were also reported missing.
Earlier it was reported that only one person had been killed when the storm passed over Madagascar last week before lashing the coasts of South Africa and Mozambique, where at least one person was killed. In the South African city of Durban, beaches were closed as waves reached three metres. Ships were ordered to remain in port. Irina was the second killer storm of the season. Tropical cyclone Giovanna left 35 people dead and many more injured.

SEVERE RAIN STORMS, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES –

Australia – Mass evacuations as NSW floods worsen. Central Wagga Wagga has been issued with an urgent evacuation order as floodwaters threaten to reach a 159-YEAR HIGH. The levee protecting Wagga Wagga from flooding is in danger of failing. “The levee may hold, it may not hold.” This morning the Murrumbidgee River crept towards its highest level in 159 years. At 4.45am the river was at 10.2 metres and steadily rising, just 77 centimetres below the all-time record set in 1844. It’s forecast to reach 10.90 metres by midday. The last time it reached that level was July 1853.
A mass evacuation of the city, in the state’s southwest, and its suburbs was ordered on Monday night, with an estimated 8000 people leaving their homes. This brought the total number of people evacuated because of floods across NSW to almost 13,000. More people will be evacuated from Urana, southwest of Wagga Wagga, today. “We will be evacuating more people by air, it’s the only way to get them out, all the roads are cut and Urana is effectively isolated.” It will cost more than half a billion dollars to repair flood-damaged roads alone.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain to ease across much of the state although authorities have warned rivers may still continue rise as water feeds into tributaries. The heart of Australia’s food bowl resembles a cluster of ghost towns as the worsening flood crisis forced authorities to more than double the number of evacuations. Many homes and businesses are under water, cars have been washed away and paddocks resemble lakes. But the scale of the devastation is yet to be realised because residents cannot reach their flooded homes. (photos)

U.S. – Spate of tornado destruction POSSIBLY LARGEST MARCH OUTBREAK IN HISTORY. Stories of destruction and survival are starting to emerge from this week’s deadly tornado outbreaks, which have killed at least 51 people and flattened communities in a wide swath of the nation’s eastern midsection.
At least 50, possibly more, reported tornadoes touched down between Friday and Saturday. Friday’s violent storms touched down in at least a dozen states, killing 19 people in Kentucky, 14 in Indiana, three in Ohio, and one each in Alabama and Georgia. An earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.
The National Weather Service said the four twisters to hit Kentucky on Friday were the WORST IN THE REGION IN 24 YEARS. Three of them had wind speeds up to 160 mph. In Indiana, an EF-4 tornado — the second-highest on the Fujita scale — packing 175 mph winds hit the town of Henryville and stayed on the ground for more than 50 miles.
Meteorologists were warning about the likelihood of deadly weather heading into the weekend. The weather service issued 297 tornado warnings and 388 severe thunderstorm warnings from Friday through early Saturday. The conditions were ripe for tornadoes. A powerful jet stream brought cold northern air into a collision course with a large mass of warm, moist air from the south. Lead times in warning systems are getting better every year, but folks living in even marginally tornado-prone areas should use a NOAA weather radio to monitor warning feeds. It’s even more important for people to heed warnings given the recent tornado destruction of late. Last year ranked as the fourth deadliest tornado year in the U.S. since detailed records started being kept in the mid-19th Century. There were 550 deaths (the most was 794 in 1925) from 1,709 tornadoes, the second-most storms recorded in a single year. In 1925, a single twister, the deadliest on record, killed 695 people and cut a 219-mile path across parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. That “Tri-State” twister was also a March storm. “It’s very possible this outbreak won’t be the last this year. I hope it’s not a sign of things to come. People need to be prepared.”

Solar Activity

STRONG SOLAR ACTIVITY: Solar activity is now high. Big sunspot AR1429, which emerged on March 2nd, is crackling with strong flares. The strongest so far, an X1-class eruption, occured just ths morning, March 5th at 0413 UT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

The explosion also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space: SOHO movie. The expanding cloud will probably deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on March 6th or 7th. (Stay tuned for updates on this possibility as more data arrive.) High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras in the nights ahead. Auroras alerts: text, phone.

When the CME from today’s X-flare arrives, a geomagnetic storm might already be in progress. An earlier CME is en route and nearing our planet. According to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the cloud, which was produced by an M2-class eruption from sunspot AR1429 on March 4th, could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on March 6th at 04:30 UT (+/- 7 hr). See the CME’s animated forecast track.

Lights in the Sky

Mystery fireball lights up sky in Victoria and Tasmania

Large meteor spotted over UK

Police forces across the UK have been inundated with calls after what is believed to be a meteor was spotted in the sky.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/nightsky/9121664/Large-meteor-spotted-over-UK.html

Misc

Ice dam collapses at Argentine glacier

http://news.yahoo.com/ice-dam-collapses-argentine-glacier-204958900.html