Tag Archive: Canterbury


Earthquakes

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 16 23:57 PM
3.2     80.6     MAP

GEOFON     Mid Indian Ridge
Apr 16 23:53 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     Mid-indian Ridge
Apr 16 23:53 PM
4.9     9.6     MAP

EMSC     Mid-indian Ridge
Apr 16 23:53 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 23:53 PM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Algeria
Apr 16 23:51 PM
2.8     30.0     MAP

USGS     Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 16 23:42 PM
2.8     28.6     MAP

USGS     Northern California
Apr 16 23:25 PM
2.5     28.4     MAP

USGS     Nevada
Apr 16 23:15 PM
2.8     10.9     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 22:52 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 22:10 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 22:00 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 21:40 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 21:35 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 16 21:31 PM
2.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 16 21:18 PM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:49 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 20:46 PM
2.6     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:45 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:41 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 20:30 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 16 20:26 PM
3.3     51.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 20:24 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 16 20:16 PM
4.8     87.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 16 20:16 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 16 19:58 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

USGS     Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 16 19:46 PM
2.8     169.5     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 16 19:39 PM
2.7     55.5     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 16 19:28 PM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 19:09 PM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 19:05 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 18:59 PM
2.6     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 18:46 PM
3.1     8.0     MAP

GEONET     Taupo
Apr 16 18:36 PM
5.0     150.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 18:03 PM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 16 18:01 PM
5.2     40.0     MAP

GEOFON     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 16 18:01 PM
5.3     31.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 17:53 PM
2.6     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 16 17:04 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Komandorskiye Ostrova Region
Apr 16 17:03 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Komandorskiye Ostrova Region
Apr 16 17:02 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:55 PM
4.4     38.6     MAP

EMSC     Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:55 PM
4.4     39.0     MAP

EMSC     Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:39 PM
4.5     70.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Molucca Sea
Apr 16 16:39 PM
4.5     70.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 16 16:39 PM
3.7     149.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 16:13 PM
3.3     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 16:05 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 16:05 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 16:05 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:41 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 16 15:11 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:06 PM
4.7     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:06 PM
4.5     50.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Greece
Apr 16 15:06 PM
4.8     40.7     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 16 14:39 PM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 14:24 PM
2.6     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 14:23 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 16 14:14 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     East Of Severnaya Zemlya
Apr 16 13:56 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 13:44 PM
2.8     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 13:43 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 13:23 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 13:21 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 13:00 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 12:57 PM
4.5     20.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 12:57 PM
4.2     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 12:57 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 12:56 PM
2.6     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 12:47 PM
3.3     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:39 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 12:33 PM
2.9     107.1     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:28 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:24 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 12:23 PM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 12:21 PM
3.3     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:19 PM
4.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:12 PM
3.3     19.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 12:03 PM
3.1     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:02 PM
4.6     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:02 PM
4.5     51.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Greece
Apr 16 12:02 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 12:01 PM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:56 AM
2.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 16 11:51 AM
2.6     132.0     MAP

EMSC     Canary Islands, Spain Region
Apr 16 11:45 AM
3.1     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:44 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:42 AM
3.1     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:36 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:34 AM
2.8     11.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 11:32 AM
2.5     122.5     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 16 11:23 AM
5.5     40.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Greece
Apr 16 11:23 AM
5.5     36.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Greece
Apr 16 11:23 AM
5.6     31.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 11:19 AM
2.6     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 11:15 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:50 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 16 10:46 AM
2.4     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:43 AM
2.9     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 16 10:41 AM
2.9     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:40 AM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:39 AM
3.4     7.0     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 16 10:39 AM
3.2     30.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 10:38 AM
3.1     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:36 AM
3.1     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:25 AM
3.3     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 10:23 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 10:23 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 10:23 AM
4.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 10:22 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:22 AM
3.5     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 10:19 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:15 AM
3.0     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.5     9.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 16 10:10 AM
4.2     1.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 09:46 AM
5.3     14.7     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 09:46 AM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 16 09:46 AM
5.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Malay Peninsula, Thailand
Apr 16 09:44 AM
3.9     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 09:41 AM
2.9     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 09:31 AM
3.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 09:21 AM
3.2     21.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 08:54 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 08:40 AM
3.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 16 08:33 AM
3.5     56.0     MAP

GEONET     Whanganui
Apr 16 08:23 AM
2.4     12.0     MAP

USGS     Oklahoma
Apr 16 08:12 AM
3.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 16 07:37 AM
4.6     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 16 07:37 AM
4.6     60.0     MAP

USGS     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 16 07:37 AM
4.8     36.7     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 07:27 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 16 06:56 AM
3.2     42.2     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Apr 16 06:52 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 16 06:27 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 06:25 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 16 06:12 AM
2.7     14.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 06:08 AM
3.4     15.1     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Alaska
Apr 16 05:23 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     South Of Alaska
Apr 16 05:23 AM
4.5     10.1     MAP

EMSC     South Of Alaska
Apr 16 05:23 AM
4.4     2.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 16 04:37 AM
2.5     47.1     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 04:24 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Northeastern Iran
Apr 16 04:22 AM
4.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 16 04:16 AM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 16 03:37 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 03:27 AM
5.0     40.0     MAP

USGS     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 03:27 AM
5.0     10.3     MAP

GEOFON     Gulf Of California
Apr 16 03:27 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

“There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes,” said Marmureanu.

croatiantimes.com

A leading earthquake scientist has warned that the planet could be cracking up after a series of massive quakes in just 48 hours.

Expert Gheorghe Marmureanu – from Romania’s National Institute of Earth Physics – says 39 quakes had hit the globe within two days.

The series started with two massive quakes in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed by three more only slightly smaller in Mexico within hours.

Read Full Article Here

Mexico quake causes ‘tsunami’ at Devil’s Hole

By Henry Brean
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted: Apr. 10, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.

A powerful earthquake in southern Mexico last month churned the waters of a normally tranquil spring pool west of Pahrump, and a team of researchers was there to capture the bizarre phenomenon on video.

About 10 minutes after the magnitude-7.4 quake struck in the mountains east of Acapulco, some 1,700 miles from Southern Nevada, the water in Devil’s Hole began to slosh back and forth. The inch-high waves gradually grew, eventually surging to more than 2 feet and splashing across the metal catwalks researchers use to study the warm spring pool and its tiny population of endangered Devil’s Hole pup-fish.

The National Park Service is calling the event a “tsunami in the desert.”

“To see it change that dramatically in such a short period of time was amazing,” said Jeffrey Goldstein, a Park Service bio-technician who filmed the waves.

The video has since been posted on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 32,000 times.

Read Full Article Here

Magnitude-5.5 Quake Jolts Southern Greece, No Injuries Reported

    2012-04-16 20:44:21     Xinhua       Web Editor: Li

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted southern Peloponnese in Greece on Monday noon, local media cited the Euro-mediterranean Seismic Institute as saying.

No injuries or major material damages have been reported by local authorities.

The epicenter of the quake was traced at a distance of some 19 kilometers off the coast of the city of Methoni at a depth of about 40 kilometers, according to seismologists. The tremor was felt in a major part of Peloponnese.

Earthquake-prone Greece is regularly hit by moderate tremors and catastrophic ones many times in recent years. The earthquake in 1999 measuring 6 degrees on the Richter scale in Athens caused many deaths and extensive damages.

M 3.9      2012/04/16 08:12     Depth 5.0 km      OKLAHOMA, USA
03:12:00 AM at epicenter – Epicenter location see below in list
One of the many aftershocks in the greater Shawnee area still irritating the local people, especially when they happen in the middle of the night. Only a few seconds but long enough shaking to wake up.
Approx. 85,000 people will have felt a light shaking and nearly 2.5 million a weak shaking !
Light shaking would have been (theoretically) experienced in the vicinity of Prague, Chandler, Stroud, Boley, Shawnee and McLoud

Strong earthquake strikes Chile; no serious damage reported

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 1:24 AM EDT, Tue April 17, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • An earthquake in 2010 killed hundreds in Chile
  • Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire”
  • No tsunami warning has been issued
  • The quake has a depth of 16.1 miles

(CNN) — A strong earthquake struck coastal Chile about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from the port city of Valparaiso late Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The 6.7-magnitude quake knocked out some power and phone lines in the region, but there were no immediate reports of major damage, authorities said.

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

No tsunami warning has been issued, according to Chile’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, although the government did issue a “mandated preventive evacuation off the coast of Tangoy and Constitution.”

The same region of the country was hit with an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in February 2010, killing hundreds of people.

Chile is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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Volcanic Activity

Russian Volcano Spews Ash to 9,500 Meters

The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009

The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009

© Photo NASA/JSC

07:16 17/04/2012
PETROPAVLOVSK KAMCHATSKY, April 17 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s northernmost active volcano is churning out ash to a height of 9,500 meters (over 31,000 feet) in the country’s Far East, local scientists reported on Tuesday.

The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009 and has been periodically spewing ash from three to ten kilometers.

“A powerful eruption of ashes took place 05.59 a.m. local time [17:59 GMT on Monday], a source at the Far Eastern Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The official said the column of ashes could be clearly seen from a distance of 40 kilometers spreading to the east.

“It is the most powerful eruption this year,” the expert said.

According to scientists, the volcanic activity over the past two-three years has significantly altered the contour of the volcano with the crater increasing in size by 50% and the slopes becoming far steeper than before.

Although the current eruption poses no immediate threat to nearby settlements, the ensuing ash fallouts could be hazardous to health and the environment.

The clouds of volcanic ash could also pose threat to air traffic because the tiny particles cause problems with aircraft engine turbines.

So far, local authorities issued no warnings to air traffic in the area.

There are more than 150 volcanoes on Kamchatka, 29 of them active.

Sangay volcano (Ecuador), activity update: growing lava dome, lava flows and ash explosions

Tuesday Apr 17, 2012 02:30 AM
BY: T
View of the upper SE flank of Sangay volcano and thermal image showing the various vents at the dome emitting lava flows that form several branches and reach the base of the summit cone (Photo: P. Ramón OVT/IG)

View of the upper SE flank of Sangay volcano and thermal image showing the various vents at the dome emitting lava flows that form several branches and reach the base of the summit cone (Photo: P. Ramón OVT/IG)

During an overflight on 13 April, an explosion from Sangay volcano was observed at 08:25 local time. It generated an ash and steam column of 2 km above the summit crater.
A new vent was detected, both on visible and thermal images, located next to the active dome on the SE flank (Ñuñurqu). The activity in this area has intensified since October, when the last aerial survey had taken place.
Extensive lava flows are descending on the SE flank of the dome and reaching the base of the cone.
Strong fumarolic activity was seen on the SE flank of the dome and on the S flank of the central crater.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

  Short Time Event(s)
Upd. Date (UTC) Event Country Location Level Details
  Today Volcano Activity Ecuador Northern Volcanic Zone , [Sangay Volcano] Damage level Details
  Today Epidemic Hazard USA State of Connecticut, Rocky Hill [Connecticut State Veterans Home] Damage level Details
  16.04.2012 Vehicle Accident Zimbabwe Masvingo Province, [Masvingo-Beitbridge road] Damage level Details
2 17.04.2012 Vehicle Incident United Kingdom England (The English Channel), [About 20 miles south of the Isle of Wight] Damage level Details
  16.04.2012 Enviroment Pollution Nigeria State of River, [Obite Gas production facilities – Total] Damage level Details
  16.04.2012 Vehicle Accident India State of Assam, [Golaghat District] Damage level Details
1 17.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level

Gale Warning

CAPE FLATTERY TO CAPE LOOKOUT, WA
MARQUETTE MI
CHICAGO IL
GAYLORD MI
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI

Freeze Warning

 GREEN BAY WI
LA CROSSE WI
 GRAND RAPIDS MI

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Flooding

Flash Flood Watch

 NEW ORLEANS LA
 LAKE CHARLES LA

Flood Warning

EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS ND
ST LOUIS MO
LAKE CHARLES LA
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LA
 LITTLE ROCK AR
SHREVEPORT LA
DES MOINES IA

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Solar Activity

LYRID METEOR SHOWER:

Earth is approaching the debris field of ancient Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on April 21-22; a nearly-new moon on those dates will provide perfect dark-sky conditions for meteor watching. Usually the shower is mild (10-20 meteors per hour) but unmapped filaments of dust in the comet’s tail sometimes trigger outbursts 10 times stronger. [video] [Lyrid chat]

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

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

This event confirms suspicions that an active region of significance is rotating onto the Earth-facing side of the sun. Stay tuned for updates

Solar wind
speed: 310.3 km/sec
density: 0.4 protons/cm3
explanation | more data
Updated: Today at 0206 UT

X-ray Solar Flares
6-hr max: C8 1800 UT Apr16
24-hr: M1 1745 UT Apr16
explanation | more data
Updated: Today at: 2359 UT

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Space

Flat Pancake-Shaped Galaxy Harbors Three Black Holes

MessageToEagle.com – Universe is still a big mystery. The bright galaxy NGC 3621 is the so-called “flat galaxy” which appears to be just a classical spiral. But it is rather unusual astronomical object

Bulgeless and therefore described as a pure-disc galaxy, NGC 3621 lies far beyond the local group of galaxies, some 22 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Snake). The winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes.

It is comparatively bright and can be seen well in moderate-sized telescopes.

NGC 3621 is flat and pancake-shaped.Apparently, it hasn’t yet experienced a galactic collision with another galaxy.Merging with other galaxy would have disturbed the thin disc of stars.Over time, this should create a bulge in the galaxy’s center.

This galaxy is of further interest to astronomers because its relative proximity allows them to study a wide range of astronomical objects within it, and use some of its brighter stars as standard candles to establish important estimates of extragalactic distances and the scale of the Universe.

Previously, astronomers thought, that bulgeless galaxies should not be able to host an Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). And yet, several observations of AGN in bulgeless galaxies currently indicate that a classical bulge is not a requirement for a nuclear black hole.

Today, they know much more about NGC 3621 and other flat galaxies.

NGC 3621 – is a galaxy full of surprises. It is bulgeless but has three central black holes. Credits: ESO

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Articles of Interest

Underground water in eastern Shasta County mysteriously disappears

Some believe quakes causing lowered levels

Pete Amos said his pump had been submerged 40 feet the entire 24 years he has lived in Cassel. But a couple months ago he ran out of water. When the pump company measured his water level, it had fallen to 54 feet, he said.<br /><br />

Photo by Andreas Fuhrmann

Pete Amos said his pump had been submerged 40 feet the entire 24 years he has lived in Cassel. But a couple months ago he ran out of water. When the pump company measured his water level, it had fallen to 54 feet, he said.

Stephen Wolf of Cassel is a former United States Geological Survey worker who has a theory about why wells are running dry in eastern Shasta County.<br /><br /> Photo by Andreas FuhrmannStephen Wolf of Cassel is a former United States Geological Survey worker who has a theory about why wells are running dry in eastern Shasta County.

Stephen Wolf thinks something strange is happening underground in eastern Shasta County and it is draining water wells and maybe even causing sinkholes and subsiding pavement.

A retired marine geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Wolf said he has seen what is happening in eastern Shasta County before. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, water well levels in the area of the quake fell significantly, he said.

Following the 6.9 magnitude quake in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Wolf wrote a paper for the USGS about the effects the quake had on surface and groundwater.

“The correlation is there. The behavior is identical,” said Wolf, who has lived in the tiny eastern Shasta County community of Cassel since 2001.

Back in October, 131 earthquakes hit the Lassen Peak area. Most were less than 2.0 in magnitude. But since then the water table has fallen significantly, Wolf said.

Pete Amos said his pump had been submerged 40 feet the entire 24 years he has lived in Cassel. But a couple months ago he ran out of water. When the pump company measured his water level, it had fallen to 54 feet, he said.

“We’ve never had a water problem before. We never thought about the water table going down,” Amos said.

Terry Briggs, who owns Gallagher Pump in Fall River Mills, said what is going on in Cassel is unusual. He said the drop in the water table in eastern Shasta County is the most dramatic he has seen in the past 10 to 15 years.

“It always moves up and down a little bit, but this was way more,” Briggs said.

Since January, he has had to help homeowners whose water tables have dropped below their pumps.

Briggs said he isn’t sure why the water level is dropping. Seismic activity may be affecting wells. Rainfall levels also affect the water level, he said. And Cassel, like the rest of the north state, went through a dry winter.

Wolf said the seismic activity further fractures the rocky, volcanic soil, allowing the water to flow deeper into the Earth.

Every time a small quake rattles the area around Lassen Peak, his toilet fills with dirty, silted water, he said. That is the silt that is broken loose from the volcanic soil underground, he said.

Officials at the USGS said they are hesitant to draw a correlation between the quakes and the drop in the water level in Cassel.

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Incredible Images Show Giant Sinkhole In Sweden Keeps Expanding!

MessageToEagle.com – It looks like something taken straight from a horror movie. An enormous hole leading to hell, some would say. But this is not a movie.

This is a real and dangerous phenomenon. New shocking images clearly show the enormous pit in Sweden is expanding.

The 200 foot wide open pit is called the “Fabiangropen” (Fabian pit) and is in the Malmberget area is located at Gällivare, 75km from Kiruna, Sweden.

As you can see on the map, it is in the northern regions of Sweden.

Due to presence of many orebodies, mining at Malmberget is conducted at different levels at 600m, 815m and 1,000m.

According to the locals sometimes the tremor around here can last up to 45 minutes!

The enormous sinkhole at Malmberget is expanding. This is an image showing the giant pit from above.

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Total shuts down Nigerian gas plant after leak

Reuters 

ABUJA (Reuters) – French oil major Total has shut down a gas plant in Nigeria’s onshore Niger Delta, following a leak caused by a technical incident, the company said in a statement.

The leak occurred on a block that also contains crude oil in Rivers state, one of the three states that make up the Niger Delta, a vast wetlands region veined with hundreds of kilometres of labyrinthine creeks and waterways.

“On April 3rd, Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) was alerted about some water and gas resurgence points, observed in an uninhabited area close to its onshore Obite gas production facilities, on the OML 58 license,” a statement on the company’s website said.

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Earthquakes

EMSC     Poland
Apr 15 23:44 PM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 15 23:30 PM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 15 22:58 PM
2.9     19.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 22:27 PM
4.4     30.7     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 22:27 PM
4.4     31.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 15 22:00 PM
3.0     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 15 21:41 PM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 15 21:26 PM
3.0     8.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 15 20:26 PM
3.3     53.8     MAP

GEOFON     Banda Sea
Apr 15 19:59 PM
4.3     244.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 15 19:45 PM
3.7     78.4     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 15 19:16 PM
3.4     95.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 15 19:11 PM
2.5     76.0     MAP

GEOFON     Santa Cruz Islands
Apr 15 19:10 PM
4.5     46.0     MAP

EMSC     Java, Indonesia
Apr 15 18:22 PM
4.7     67.0     MAP

USGS     Sunda Strait, Indonesia
Apr 15 18:22 PM
4.5     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Java, Indonesia
Apr 15 18:22 PM
4.6     58.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 15 18:08 PM
3.0     5.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 15 16:57 PM
2.6     112.1     MAP

USGS     Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 15 16:52 PM
2.7     2.7     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 15 16:49 PM
2.7     104.7     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 16:35 PM
4.2     55.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 16:35 PM
4.4     41.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 16:35 PM
4.5     43.1     MAP

EMSC     Lebanon – Syria Region
Apr 15 15:43 PM
3.0     0.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 15 15:06 PM
3.0     40.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 14:29 PM
4.5     65.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 14:29 PM
4.5     65.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 13:57 PM
5.1     30.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 13:57 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 13:57 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 12:30 PM
4.5     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 12:30 PM
4.5     14.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 12:30 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 12:15 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 12:15 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 12:15 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 15 11:37 AM
2.5     15.6     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 11:05 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 15 10:44 AM
2.5     15.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 10:36 AM
4.7     30.7     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 10:36 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 15 10:36 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 15 10:30 AM
3.3     6.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 10:20 AM
4.5     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 10:20 AM
4.5     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 09:51 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 09:50 AM
4.9     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 15 09:50 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-syria Border Region
Apr 15 09:46 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Flores Region, Indonesia
Apr 15 09:33 AM
4.2     168.0     MAP

USGS     Flores Region, Indonesia
Apr 15 09:33 AM
4.5     182.0     MAP

EMSC     Flores Region, Indonesia
Apr 15 09:33 AM
4.5     182.0     MAP

EMSC     Seram, Indonesia
Apr 15 08:14 AM
4.5     44.0     MAP

USGS     Seram, Indonesia
Apr 15 08:14 AM
4.3     52.9     MAP

GEOFON     Seram, Indonesia
Apr 15 08:14 AM
4.4     27.0     MAP

EMSC     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 15 08:05 AM
4.5     49.0     MAP

GEOFON     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 15 08:05 AM
4.5     39.0     MAP

USGS     Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 15 08:05 AM
4.4     45.5     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 15 07:10 AM
2.8     8.9     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 15 06:08 AM
3.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra     
Apr 15 05:57 AM     
6.2     15.2     MAP     

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra     
Apr 15 05:57 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra     
Apr 15 05:57 AM     
6.2     10.0     MAP     

GEOFON     Mexico-guatemala Border Region
Apr 15 05:32 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Tabasco, Mexico
Apr 15 05:32 AM
4.6     19.1     MAP

EMSC     Tabasco, Mexico
Apr 15 05:32 AM
4.4     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 15 04:54 AM
2.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 15 04:45 AM
3.6     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 04:28 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 15 04:06 AM
4.8     13.5     MAP

GEOFON     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 15 04:06 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Apr 15 04:06 AM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 15 04:04 AM
3.0     110.5     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 03:21 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Tajikistan
Apr 15 02:57 AM
4.4     146.0     MAP

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 15 02:57 AM
4.3     148.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Kazakhstan
Apr 15 02:56 AM
3.4     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern East Pacific Rise
Apr 15 02:49 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern East Pacific Rise
Apr 15 02:48 AM
4.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Northern East Pacific Rise
Apr 15 02:48 AM
4.4     9.9     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 15 02:46 AM
2.8     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 02:44 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 02:44 AM
4.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 15 02:44 AM
4.3     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 15 02:35 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 15 02:29 AM
2.9     2.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 15 02:22 AM
3.0     91.9     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 15 02:05 AM
3.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 15 00:59 AM
3.3     89.3     MAP

Energy and Earthquakes: A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

In recent years oil and gas production has been on the rise in the United States. So have minor earth shakes. Is there a link?

A new study (PDF) by the U.S. Geological Survey fingers increased energy production in the midcontinental United States1 for the recent uptick in magnitude3 or higher2 earthquakes.

Earthquakes of Magnitude 3 or Greater Way Up in Recent Years

Just how much has seismicity increased? Here are the numbers of earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater over the past few decades:

1970-2000:   21 3
2001-2008:   29 3
2009:   50
2010:   87
2011: 134

Considered “minor,” magnitude 3 quakes are rarely strong enough to do damage but typically large enough to be felt.

Interestingly, over the same period that the number of these types of quakes has been rising, the United States has seen a rather sizable increase in the extraction of oil and gas.

So is oil and gas production causing the uptick in the country’s shaking? Could it be that the increase in earthquakes is specifically tied to the growing practice of using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to release oil and gas from shale and other tight formations? And what about the high-pressure injection of wastewater from the production into geologic formations at a mile or more beneath the Earth’s surface?

Read Full Article Here

Is the Recent Increase in Felt Earthquakes in the Central US Natural or Manmade?


By David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

Last week, following the publication of an abstract intended to preview an upcoming talk by a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist, a number of news articles started popping up about new scientific evidence of a link between unconventional oil and gas production here in the United States, and seismic activity (earthquakes).

Unfortunately – although not surprisingly given the limited information available in the abstract – the accuracy of these media reports varied greatly. With this blog post, I want to clarify a few points about USGS’s important and ongoing work to study induced seismicity.

Science will continue to play a critical role as the Obama administration moves forward with an all-of-the-above strategy for American energy. USGS’s contributions to this effort, including scientist Bill Ellsworth’s work on the correlation between wastewater injection sites and seismicity, represent an important part of the overall dialogue about how we can continue to expand domestic oil and gas production safely and responsibly.

Read Full Article Here

Strong quake hits west Indonesia, no tsunami

April 15, 2012 11:13 GMT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say a strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.2 has struck off the coast of western Indonesia but there is no danger of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Sunday’s quake was centered about 400 miles (650 kilometers) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, at a depth of 9 miles (15 kilometers).

Indonesian meteorological official Suharjono says there is no threat of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Two powerful quakes measuring magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 triggered a tsunami watch on Wednesday in more than two dozen nations and island territories, from Australia and India to as far off as Africa.


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Volcanic Activity

Increased Activity Reported For Two Volcanoes  in Costa Rica


Rincón de la Vieja Rumbles

Thursday last the Turrialba sent experts scurrying to analyse the recent activity at the colossus souteast of San José. On Saturday, however, the Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, decided on a rumble of its own.

It was around 2pm when residents heard the rumbles from the volanco located north of San José in the province of Guanacaste.

Maria Martinez, volcanologist from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), explained that the phreatic eruption occurred i the lake and spewed water and sediment over the outer edge on the north side of the volcano.

Authorities recommend not to approach the area and do not rule a new explosion.

The entrance to the national park is closed.

Both OVSICORI as the National Emergency Commission (CNE) will continue to closely monitor the volcano.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Drought in England could last beyond Christmas – agency

LONDON (Reuters) – A drought affecting parts of England could last until after Christmas, Britain’s environment agency warned on Monday, as rain over the spring and summer is unlikely to replenish low water levels.

In a country more usually associated with damp and drizzle, drought has been declared in seventeen counties in England’s southeast and central regions, after two dry winters left rivers and ground waters depleted.

Although public water supplies in these areas are unlikely to be affected, the lack of rain is taking its toll on the environment and farmers, causing problems for wildlife, wetlands and crop production, the agency said in a statement.

“A longer term drought, lasting until Christmas and perhaps beyond, now looks more likely and we are working with businesses, farmers and water companies to plan ahead to meet the challenges of a continued drought,” said Trevor Bishop, head of water resources at the Environment Agency.

Bishop urged the British public to conserve water supplies.

Images of umbrella-touting spectators at the often sodden summer tennis championship Wimbledon have reinforced Britain’s image as a rainy country.

In fact, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and other European countries have higher average annual rainfall than Britain.

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  15.04.2012 Extreme Weather Iran Capital city, Tehran Damage level Details
 
  15.04.2012 Landslide Vietnam Province of Thai Nguyen, [Phan Me Mine] Damage level Details
  15.04.2012 Hailstorm Serbia District of Rasina, Trstenik Damage level Details
 
  15.04.2012 Complex Emergency USA State of Iowa, Des Moines Damage level Details
1 16.04.2012 Tornado USA State of Oklahoma , [Oklahoma-wide] Damage level Details
1 15.04.2012 Tornado USA State of Kansas, [Russel region] Damage level Details
1 15.04.2012 Tornado USA State of Iowa, [Iowa-wide] Damage level Details

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

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Flood Warning

 LITTLE ROCK AR
TOPEKA KS

QUAD CITIES IA IL
LAKE CHARLES LA
NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LA
SHREVEPORT LA
SPRINGFIELD MO
KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
ST LOUIS MO
OMAHA/VALLEY NE

Flash Flood Warning

CORPUS CHRISTI TX

High Wind Warning

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Storms

Midwest tornadoes: authorities say 5 dead in Okla.

By ROCHELLE HINES, Associated Press

Sunday, April 15, 2012

(04-15) 02:00 PDT Oklahoma City (AP) —

Tornadoes reported across the Midwest and Plains on Saturday and early Sunday left five people dead in Oklahoma and damaged houses, a hospital, a jail, an Air Force base and other buildings around the region, officials said.

Oklahoma authorities said five people died early Sunday after a tornado hit in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said the state medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatalities in the Woodward area. She didn’t know the gender or age of the victims or details of their deaths.

Tornadoes Leave Significant Damage in Plains

by weather.com

A large tornado captured in Woodward, Oklahoma Saturday night. More severe storms are expected to continue through Sunday.

(Track storms here)

Updated: April 15, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. E/T
Fast Facts

  • 5 confirmed fatalities in Woodward, Oklahoma; 29 people were injured in the town and the tornado was rated a preliminary EF3 by the National Weather Service
  • Thousands without power in Oklahoma and Kansas
  • 75 percent of Thurman, Iowa destroyed; tornado that touched down was rated EF2 (wind speeds of up to 130 mph) with a path length of about 10 miles
  • Tornado that hit Wichita, KS area rated a preliminary EF3, with some of the strongest damage observed at McConnell AFB
  • Ottawa/Dickinson Counties: Preliminary EF1 tornado with winds of up to 100 mph
  • Red Cross is focusing food and shelter efforts to impacted areas in Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma. For shelter locations go to RedCross.org.

NWS Wichita: Prelim. EF4 near Kanopolis Lake, KS. A farmstead was decimated, trees stripped of bark, roads scoured.

Thurman , IA EF1/ EF2 damage. Only minor injuries with 6 minute warning. tout.com/m/3yakxs

Preliminary damage estimate in Sedgwick County/Wichita is $283 million. Will this end up being our second billion dollar disaster of 2012?

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Latest from Woodward, Oklahoma

April 15, 2012 9:30pm

Meteorologist Eric Fisher in Woodward, Oklahoma. Out of Saturday’s 120+ tornado reports this was the only deadly tornado. Meteorologist Eric Fisher walks through some of the devastation that left homes and lives in shambles.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

Neighbors help neighbors recover

April 15, 2012 8:15pm

Storm Tracker Jim Cantore is in Thurman, Iowa. Officials say 75 percent of this small town of about 250 people was destroyed by a possible tornado. Cantore talks about the volunteer response to the disaster.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

Five dead in Oklahoma storms

April 15, 2012

Keli Cain with the Oklahoma Dept. of Emergency Management says five people have been killed in Oklahoma and many more are injured. Severe weather, including tornadoes, rolled through the state Saturday and early Sunday.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

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Radiation

Fuel Pool 35 Miles from Major American City –

which Is Highly Vulnerable to Earthquakes –

Contains More Radioactive Cesium than Released By Fukushima, Chernobyl and All Nuclear Bomb Tests COMBINED

Radioactive Fuel Fires: Not Just a Japanese Problem

The spent fuel pools at Fukushima are currently the top short-term threat to humanity.

But fuel pools in the United States store an average of ten times more radioactive fuel than stored at Fukushima, have virtually no safety features, and are vulnerable to accidents and terrorist attacks.

If the water drains out for any reason, it will cause a fire in the fuel rods, as the zirconium metal jacket on the outside of the fuel rods could very well catch fire within hours or days after being exposed to air. See this, this, this and this. (Even a large solar flare could knock out the water-circulation systems for the pools.)

The pools are also filling up fast, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

fig044 Fuel Pool 35 Miles from Major American City   which Is Highly Vulnerable to Earthquakes   Contains More Radioactive Cesium than Released By Fukushima, Chernobyl and All Nuclear Bomb Tests COMBINED

The New York Times notes that squeezing more rods into pools may increase the risk of fire:

The reactor operators have squeezed spent fuel more tightly into the pools, raising the heat load and, according to some analyses, raising the risk of fire if the pools were ever drained.

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Climate Change

Forget global warming: Scientists discover glaciers in Asian mountain range are actually getting BIGGER

By Ian Garland

Photos taken by a French satellite show glaciers in a mountain range west of the Himalayas have grown during the last decade.

The growing glaciers were found in the Karakoram range, which spans the borders between Pakistan, India and China and is home to the world’s second highest peak, K2.

The startling find has baffled scientists and comes at a time when glaciers in other parts of the region, and across the world, are shrinking.

Global cooling? Glaciers are growing in the Karakoram range, home to K2Global cooling? Glaciers are growing in the Karakoram range, home to K2

French scientists from the National Centre for Scientific Research and the University of Grenoble, were forced to rely on satellite images, to study the region – because much of the Karakoram range is inaccessible.

They compared observations made in 1999 and 2008 and found a marginal mass increase.

They estimated the glaciers had gained between 0.11 and 0.22 metres of ice each year

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr15: Tornados, Earthquakes, Solar/Planetary Update

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 Wildlife

Loss of predators affecting ecosystem health

by Staff Writers
Corvallis, OR (SPX)


In Idaho and Montana, hundreds of wolves are now being killed in an attempt to reduce ranching conflicts and increase game herd levels.

A survey on the loss in the Northern Hemisphere of large predators, particularly wolves, concludes that current populations of moose, deer, and other large herbivores far exceed their historic levels and are contributing to disrupted ecosystems. The research, published by scientists from Oregon State University, examined 42 studies done over the past 50 years.

It found that the loss of major predators in forest ecosystems has allowed game animal populations to greatly increase, crippling the growth of young trees and reducing biodiversity. This also contributes to deforestation and results in less carbon sequestration, a potential concern with climate change.

“These issues do not just affect the United States and a few national parks,” said William Ripple, an OSU professor of forestry and lead author of the study. “The data from Canada, Alaska, the Yukon, Northern Europe and Asia are all showing similar results. There’s consistent evidence that large predators help keep populations of large herbivores in check, with positive effects on ecosystem health.”

Densities of large mammalian herbivores were six times greater in areas without wolves, compared to those in which wolves were present, the researchers concluded. They also found that combinations of predators, such as wolves and bears, can create an important synergy for moderating the size of large herbivore populations.

“Wolves can provide food that bears scavenge, helping to maintain a healthy bear population,” said Robert Beschta, a professor emeritus at OSU and co-author of the study. “The bears then often prey on young moose, deer or elk – in Yellowstone more young elk calves are killed by bears than by wolves, coyotes and cougars combined.”

In Europe, the coexistence of wolves with lynx also resulted in lower deer densities than when wolves existed alone.

In recent years, OSU researchers have helped lead efforts to understand how major predators help to reduce herbivore population levels, improve ecosystem function and even change how herbivores behave when they feel threatened by predation – an important aspect they call the “ecology of fear.”

“In systems where large predators remain, they appear to have a major role in sustaining the diversity and productivity of native plant communities, thus maintaining healthy ecosystems,” said Beschta. “When the role of major predators is more fully appreciated, it may allow managers to reconsider some of their assumptions about the management of wildlife.”

In Idaho and Montana, hundreds of wolves are now being killed in an attempt to reduce ranching conflicts and increase game herd levels.

The new analysis makes clear that the potential beneficial ecosystem effects of large predators is far more pervasive, over much larger areas, than has often been appreciated.

It points out how large predators can help maintain native plant communities by keeping large herbivore densities in check, allow small trees to survive and grow, reduce stream bank erosion, and contribute to the health of forests, streams, fisheries and other wildlife.

It also concludes that human hunting, due to its limited duration and impact, is not effective in preventing hyper-abundant densities of large herbivores. This is partly “because hunting by humans is often not functionally equivalent to predation by large, wide-ranging carnivores such as wolves,” the researchers wrote in their report.

“More studies are necessary to understand how many wolves are needed in managed ecosystems,” Ripple said. “It is likely that wolves need to be maintained at sufficient densities before we see their resulting effects on ecosystems.”

“The preservation or recovery of large predators may represent an important conservation need for helping to maintain the resiliency of northern forest ecosystems,” the researchers concluded, “especially in the face of a rapidly changing climate.”

The research was published online in the European Journal of Wildlife Research, a professional journal.

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Articles of Interest

Fungus threat escalates for food, wildlife: scientists

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP) April 11, 2012

Species of fungus, driven by trade, travel and climate change, pose a mounting threat to food supplies and biodiversity, scientists said on Wednesday.

Widely unknown to the general public, seven fungal epidemics are under way, striking bees, bats, frogs, soft corals and sea turtles as well as rice and wheat, they said.

Human health and livelihoods are at stake, for fungus costs $60 billion a year in losses to corn, wheat and rice alone, according to their assessment, published by the science journal Nature.

“In both animals and plants, an unprecedented number of fungal and fungal-like species have recently caused some of the most severe die-offs and extinctions ever witnessed in wild species, and are jeopardising food security,” it warned.

The paper said a lethal skin fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, discovered in 1997, has infected 500 species of frogs and toads in 54 countries, on all continents where amphibians are found.

Some areas of Central America have lost more than 40 percent of their amphibian species.

Bats in North America and Canada are being decimated by “white nose syndrome,” a pathogen called Geomyces destructans, which causes a white fungal patch to grow on their muzzles. The fungus is believed to have a natural home in cave soil.

Species of the Microsporidia family of fungus are being blamed in part for for so-called colony collapse disorder among honeybees.

In tropical climates, the fungus Fusarium solani is causing eggs laid by the loggerhead turtle to fail to hatch, while a soft coral, the sea fan, is in decline, its immune system depressed by a soil fungus.

A pathogen called Magnaporthe oryzae, causing a disease called rice blast, has led to losses of 10-35 percent in the rice harvest in 85 countries.

Another fast-emerging concern for farmers is wheat rust, caused by Puccinia graminis. A strain called Ug99 can cause 100-percent crop loss, helped by farmers’ over-dependence on a single wheat type.

Fungal destruction of these crops, and also of corn, potatoes and soybeans, currently amounts to 125 million tonnes a year, according to the study. Tackling this problem would be enough to feed one in 12 of the world’s population.

Fungus is spread by tough, virulent and long-living spores that can be borne by wind or water.

But human intervention, through trade, transport and global warming, is accelerating its spread, the study said.

For instance, the amphibian fungus B. dendrobatidis has gained a foothold in some ecoystems by the introduction of the North American bullfrog, which is resistant to the disease.

In the mid-19th century, a fungus called Phytophthora infestans triggered a catastrophic disease in potatoes known as late blight, causing millions of deaths from famine and an exodus to America.

The fungus originated in the Andes but hitched a ride in tubers to Mexico, and from there to the United States and finally to Ireland, according one theory.

“Crop losses due to fungal attack challenge food security and threaten biodiversity, yet we are woefully inadequate at controlling their emergence and proliferation,” said Sarah Gurr, a professor of molecular plant pathology at Oxford University.

Addressing fungal epidemics starts at the bottom, with better understanding of how the pathogen interacts with hosts and the environment. In terms of action, “effective prevention and timely control” are best, as these stop an early outbreak in its tracks, according to the study.

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Earthquakes

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 23:20 PM
3.4     2.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 13 22:18 PM
3.5     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.4     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Northern Italy
Apr 13 22:13 PM
3.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 21:39 PM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Syria
Apr 13 21:33 PM
2.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 21:31 PM
3.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     France
Apr 13 21:20 PM
3.6     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:48 PM
2.9     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     30.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 20:46 PM
4.5     9.8     MAP

GEONET     Hawke’s Bay
Apr 13 20:39 PM
4.1     80.0     MAP

USGS     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Potosi, Bolivia
Apr 13 20:28 PM
4.5     213.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 20:04 PM
2.4     25.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.6     27.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 20:00 PM
4.7     8.0     MAP     I Felt It

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:56 PM
2.9     141.0     MAP

USGS     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.2     MAP

EMSC     Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 13 19:54 PM
4.1     429.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.7     16.8     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 19:52 PM
4.8     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Romania
Apr 13 19:50 PM
3.1     151.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.8     66.0     MAP

GEOFON     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.5     64.0     MAP

USGS     Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 13 19:35 PM
4.7     64.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 19:34 PM
2.5     14.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 19:16 PM
3.4     139.8     MAP

GEONET     Bay Of Plenty
Apr 13 19:05 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

USGS     Alaska Peninsula
Apr 13 18:47 PM
3.0     6.6     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 18:42 PM
2.6     21.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 18:12 PM
4.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Ionian Sea
Apr 13 17:50 PM
2.7     11.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 13 17:45 PM
2.7     1.5     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.5     80.0     MAP

USGS     Kuril Islands
Apr 13 17:04 PM
4.4     67.0     MAP

GEOFON     Fiji Islands Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     502.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.8     488.6     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 13 16:42 PM
4.9     420.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.5     35.8     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 15:54 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.2     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 15:52 PM
4.5     245.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.4     14.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:33 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 15:09 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Mexico-guatemala Border Region
Apr 13 13:50 PM
4.6     129.0     MAP

EMSC     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     111.0     MAP

USGS     Guatemala
Apr 13 13:49 PM
4.6     102.5     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 13:06 PM
5.3     14.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.8     15.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 12:48 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
5.0     35.2     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 12:12 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.6     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.3     30.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 12:03 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 11:43 AM
4.7     11.2     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 11:35 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     West Of Gibraltar
Apr 13 11:01 AM
3.1     24.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 10:30 AM
3.2     15.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 10:16 AM
3.3     12.8     MAP

GEOFON     Myanmar-india Border Region
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.4     70.0     MAP

USGS     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     73.4     MAP

EMSC     Myanmar
Apr 13 10:11 AM
4.3     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.4     10.1     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     14.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 13 10:10 AM
5.7     8.7     MAP

EMSC     Tyrrhenian Sea
Apr 13 09:59 AM
2.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 13 09:54 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 09:45 AM
3.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 13 08:10 AM
2.7     4.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:54 AM
2.7     31.1     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 13 07:47 AM
2.9     37.4     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 13 07:46 AM
3.0     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 07:41 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 07:15 AM
2.9     6.0     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 13 07:07 AM
3.2     137.6     MAP

USGS     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     63.4     MAP

EMSC     Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 13 06:48 AM
4.5     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:44 AM
2.4     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 13 06:39 AM
3.2     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Mediterranean Sea
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 06:22 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

USGS     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     26.8     MAP

GEOFON     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.3     33.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 13 06:21 AM
4.7     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.0     MAP

USGS     Maule, Chile
Apr 13 06:13 AM
4.7     40.3     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 05:50 AM
3.3     12.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.9     17.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:31 AM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico Region
Apr 13 05:31 AM
2.9     5.3     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     30.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 05:08 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     15.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 04:49 AM
4.8     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.2     10.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 04:22 AM
4.5     21.0     MAP

USGS     San Pedro Channel, California
Apr 13 04:18 AM
2.6     0.1     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.8     56.0     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
4.9     60.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 13 04:15 AM
5.0     46.5     MAP

GEOFON     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     162.0     MAP

EMSC     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.6     154.0     MAP

USGS     Banda Sea
Apr 13 04:02 AM
4.5     154.8     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 13 03:52 AM
2.6     40.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 13 03:51 AM
2.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.7     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.5     15.5     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:38 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 13 03:23 AM
3.7     5.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.4     14.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 13 03:17 AM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 13 02:20 AM
3.2     68.2     MAP

EMSC     Russia-mongolia Border Region
Apr 13 01:35 AM
3.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 13 01:09 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 13 00:54 AM
3.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Armenia-azerbaijan-iran Border Reg.
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.6     10.0     MAP

USGS     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 13 00:04 AM
4.3     2.0     MAP

USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

Ruins left over from the 2004 temblor that nearly destroyed Banda Aceh.
The Nation/Asia News Network
Friday, Apr 13, 2012

A fierce earthquake from the Nicobar Islands could strike over Songkran, sending a tsunami crashing into the Andaman Coast, an expert warned yesterday after finding that the 8.6magnitude Sumatran tremor three days ago was exceptionally deep.

“Whenever there is a quake rooted in the [Earth’s] mantle, a following quake will be likely in the next few days,” said Professor Thanawat Jaruphongsakul, a senior seismologist at Chulalongkorn University.

Fear of another devastating tsunami panicked Thailand and Southeast Asia on Wednesday.

An underwater quake, with its epicentre at the Nicobar Islands, about 150 kilometres north of Aceh on Sumatra, would affect six coastal provinces of Thailand on the Andaman Sea, especially Ranong, which lies closest to a fault line connecting with the Nicobar Islands, he said.

The quakes on Wednesday originated from mantlelevel crust, 20 kilometres below the Earth’s surface, which is regarded as a layer that would cause very high magnitude tremblers.

The quake that hit Japan in March came from a shallower layer, so it would take up to 100150 years for the next quake. However Wednesday’s quakes, with their epicentre at Aceh, followed just eight years after the massive one that triggered a continentwide tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in many countries, he said.

“Why did Wednesday’s quakes emerge just eight years afterwards? This is new to most seismologists and geologists, who are unfamiliar with quakes with depth rooting to the mantle layer,” he said.

Seismologists were closely watching and cautiously studying the 9.0 quake that devastated Sendai in Japan on March 11 last year. The first tremor on March 9 was recorded at 7.3 on the Richter scale. That one was understood by seismologists as the main shock, but there were two aftershocks on an even greater scale at 9.0 on March 11 that followed, he said.

The tsunamis created on Wednesday were not powerful or harmfully high because the quake was the horizontal dipslide type. But a mantlebased quake at an island with active underwater volcanoes located north of the Nicobar Islands would probably be a vertical strikeslip type, which would directly impact the six Thai coastal provinces, and possibly deluge them with tsunamis, he added.

Professor Michio Hashzume, a wellknown Japanese seismologist, said Wednesday’s quakes were a new type known to have started in the mantle. It was difficult to tell whether a new quake would follow within a few days, like the Sendai quakes, which were similar to Wednesday’s quakes. Then there was a 7.3, followed by a 9.0 two days later.

If there are quakes near the Nicobar Islands, they may cause huge collapses in the seabed and outer crust. The seabed may rise and form new islands, he said.

Minor earthquake in sea off Italy’s Sicily

  • From: AAP
  • April 13, 2012 5:50PM

A 4.3 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck in the sea off Italy’s Sicily, sending residents into the streets but with no immediate reports of victims or injuries, officials said.

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Volcanic Activity


Turrialba Volcano Increases Activity

Thursday morning the Turrialbla volcano unleashed a new series of eruptions, with experts converging on the colossus to take a close look at the smoke emanations coming from its centre.



For a live view of the volcano (photos update every 10 seconds) click here.

According to the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) and the Observatorio Vulcanologio y Sismologico de Costa Rica (OVISCORI) the activity does not present any danger, but will continue to monitor the volcano much closer.

The alert followed reports by area residents of hearing a large rumble and then the sighting of dark coloured smoke, produced by gas fumes from the volcano.

Last January the volcano became a concern for residents and experts following the emanation of white gas fumes.

Several RSN experts are on their way to the top of the volcano and the OVISCORI is keeping the national park closed and under a green alert.

Fiery lava and ash spew from Italy’s Mount Etna volcano

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by itnnews

Mount Etna has begun spewing blood-red lava and grey and white ash into the air, the volcano’s 24th eruption in a series that started this year. Report by Sophie Foster.



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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

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  Today Extreme Weather Saudi Arabia Capital city, Riyadh Damage level Details
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  Today Extreme Weather India MultiStates, [States of Bengal and Kolkata] Damage level Details
  Today Technological Disaster Pakistan State of Punjab, Gujranwala Damage level Details
  Today Tornado USA State of Oklahoma, Norman Damage level Details
  13.04.2012 Volcano Activity Costa Rica Cartago, [Turrialba Volcano, Turrialba County] Damage level Details
1 13.04.2012 Hailstorm China MultiProvinces, [Provinces of Jiangxi and Guizhou] Damage level Details

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

Fire Weather Watch

Lubbock,Texas
Tiyan, Guam

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Storms, Flooding

Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 164
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
340 AM CDT SAT APR 14 2012
  OKLAHOMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

CRAIG                CREEK               DELAWARE
KAY                  LINCOLN             LOGAN
MAYES                NOBLE               NOWATA
OSAGE                OTTAWA              PAWNEE
PAYNE                ROGERS              TULSA
WAGONER              WASHINGTON

Flash Flood Watch

St. Louis , Missouri
Springfield, Missouri

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Norman, Oklahoma

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Radiation

Fukushima leak may have flowed into Pacific: TEPCO

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP)

About 12 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with the facility’s operator saying Thursday that some may have flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the leak was found early Thursday from a pipe attached to a temporary decontamination system, and the water had already gone through some of the cleansing process.

The water, once it has been used to cool the reactors, contains massive amounts of radioactive substances and is put into the water-processing facility so it can be recycled for use as a coolant.

“Our officials confirmed that cooling water leaked at a joint in the pipes,” a TEPCO spokesman told AFP, adding that “it is possible that part of the water may have flowed outside the facility and poured into the ocean”.

The leak has since been plugged, the spokesman added, saying the utility was probing the cause of the accident and how much, if any, water flowed into the Pacific.

The accident was the latest of several leaks of radioactive water at the troubled plant, undermining the government’s claim made in December that the shuttered Fukushima reactors were now under control.

In one incident last month, about 120 tonnes of radioactive water leaked at the plant’s water decontamination system and about 80 litres (21 gallons) seeped into the ocean, according to TEPCO.

The plant about 220 kilometres (135 miles) northeast of Tokyo was crippled by meltdowns and explosions caused by Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.

Radiation was scattered over a large area and made its way into the sea, air and food chain in the weeks and months after the disaster.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes around the plant and swathes of this zone remain badly polluted. The clean-up is proceeding slowly, amid warnings that some towns could be uninhabitable for three decades.

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Climate Change

Key ice shelf in Antarctica has shrunk by 85 percent

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP)

A vast ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula, a hotspot for global warming, has shrunk by 85 percent in 17 years, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

Images taken by its Envisat satellite show that the so-called Larsen B ice shelf decreased from 11,512 square kilometres (4,373 square miles) in 1995, an area about the size of the Gulf state of Qatar, to only 1,670 sq km (634 miles) today.

Larsen B is one of three ice shelves that run from north to south along the eastern side of the peninsula, the tongue of land that projects towards South America.

From 1995 to 2002, Larsen B experienced several calving events in which parts of the shelf broke away. It had a major breakup in 2002 when half of the remainder disintegrated.

Larsen A broke up in January 1995.

“Larsen C so far has been stable in area, but satellite observations have shown thinning and an increasing duration of melt events in summer,” the agency said in a press release.

Ice shelves are thick floating mats of ice, attached to the shore, that are created by the runoff into the sea from glaciers.

Scientists say they are extremely sensitive to changes in atmospheric temperature and can be hollowed out from below by warmer ocean currents.

The northern Antarctic peninsula has been subject to atmospheric warming about 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over the last 50 years, a figure that is several times greater than the global average.

Ice shelves are not the same as ice sheets, the vast blanket of frozen water that covers Antarctica.

If these melted, even partially, they would drive up sea levels, threatening small island states and coastal cities. But the scientific evidence is that the icesheets so far are stable.

“These observations are very relevant for measuring the future behaviour of the much larger ice masses of West Antarctica if warming spreads further south,” ESA quoted Helmut Rott, a professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, as saying.

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Solar  Activity

Massive Solar Flare rocked Earth with Earthquakes & Volcano eruptions this week! (April 13, 2012)

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by adrinilinjunky

A massive Earth directed Solar Flare that launched off the Sun on (April 9th 2012). The expected arrival date was 2 days later which was (April 11th 2012). This was also the day; the Earth just got rocked by all the magor Earthquakes such as a 8.6 off the coast of Sumatra, 7.0 Michoacan Mexico, 6.2 the off the coast of Oregon, 4.3 Utah, 5.0 North Indian Ocean, 6.9 in the Gulf of California & many other less magnitude quakes. So it clearly shows that Solar Flares/CME affect & have a magor impact on our Seismic activity dealing in reguards to Earthquakes & volcano eruptions.

http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater
http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/
http://spaceweather.com/

2MIN News Apr13: MAGNETIC STORM

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Articles of Interest

Long-term studies detect effects of disappearing snow and ice

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX)


File image: sea ice.

Ecosystems are changing worldwide as a result of shrinking sea ice, snow, and glaciers, especially in high-latitude regions where water is frozen for at least a month each year-the cryosphere.

Scientists have already recorded how some larger animals, such as penguins and polar bears, are responding to loss of their habitat, but research is only now starting to uncover less-obvious effects of the shrinking cryosphere on organisms.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

An article in the April issue of BioScience describes some impacts that are being identified through studies that track the ecology of affected sites over decades.

The article, by Andrew G. Fountain of Portland State University and five coauthors, is one of six in a special section in the issue on the Long Term Ecological Research Network. The article describes how decreasing snowfall in many areas threatens burrowing animals and makes plant roots more susceptible to injury, because snow acts as an insulator.

And because microbes such as diatoms that live under sea ice are a principal source of food for krill, disappearing sea ice has led to declines in their abundance-resulting in impacts on seabirds and mammals that feed on krill. Disappearing sea ice also seems, unexpectedly, to be decreasing the sea’s uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

On land, snowpack changes can alter an area’s suitability for particular plant species, and melting permafrost affects the amount of carbon dioxide that plants and microbes take out of the atmosphere-though in ways that change over time. Shrinking glaciers add pollutants and increased quantities of nutrients to freshwater bodies, and melting river ice pushes more detritus downstream.

Disappearing ice on land and the resulting sea-level rise will have far-reaching social, economic, and geopolitical impacts, Fountain and his coauthors note. Many of these changes are now becoming evident in the ski industry, in infrastructure and coastal planning, and in tourism. Significant effects on water supplies, and consequently on agriculture, can be predicted.

Fountain and his colleagues argue that place-based, long-term, interdisciplinary research efforts such as those supported by the Long Term Ecological Research Network will be essential if researchers are to gain an adequate understanding of the complex, cascading ecosystem responses to the changing cryosphere.

Other articles in the special section on the Long Term Ecological Research Network detail further notable scientific and societal contributions of this network, which had its origins in 1980 and now includes 26 sites.

The achievements include contributions to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, to ecological manipulation experiments, to bringing decision makers and researchers together, and to mechanistic understanding of long-term ecological changes.

Deadly March Tornadoes Were First Billion-Dollar Disaster of 2012

The swarms of March caused more than $1.5 billion in damage and killed 40. However, the drama is difficulty to qualify because tornadoes are ‘atypical events’ by nature

By Andrea Mustain and OurAmazingPlanet

tornado damage

Tornado damage in Henryville, Ind., after a tornado swept through the small community on March 2, 2012. Image: Michael Raphael/FEMA

A swarm of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Southeast in early March has earned the grim title of the nation’s first billion-dollar weather disaster of 2012.

From March 2 through the early hours of March 3, 132 tornadoes were reported across nine states. Although those numbers are preliminary, and will undoubtedly decrease once overlapping reports are eliminated, their aftermath was devastating, causing more than $1.5 billion in damage and killing 40 people.

The storms killed four people in Ohio, but they took the greatest toll in Indiana, killing 13, and Kentucky, where 23 people died.

The costly disaster follows on the heels of a record-breaking year for devastation wrought by the vagaries of the weather and longer-term climate conditions. Last year, the United States experienced 14 separate events that caused $1 billion or more in damage. Five of those events were tornado outbreaks.

 

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Earthquakes

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     13.9     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 23:56 PM
5.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Pacific Ocean
Apr 11 23:33 PM
5.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Fiji Region
Apr 11 23:28 PM
4.6     536.0     MAP

USGS     Fiji Region
Apr 11 23:28 PM
4.6     535.7     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 23:18 PM
4.6     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 23:18 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Michoacan, Mexico
Apr 11 22:55 PM
7.0     80.0     MAP
I Felt It

USGS     Michoacan, Mexico     
Apr 11 22:55 PM     
7.0     84.0     MAP     

USGS     Michoacan, Mexico     
Apr 11 22:55 PM     
6.5     20.0     MAP  

GEOFON     Michoacan, Mexico
Apr 11 22:55 PM
6.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 22:51 PM
5.4     14.7     MAP

USGS     Offshore Northern California
Apr 11 22:42 PM
3.9     7.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off Coast Of Oregon
Apr 11 22:41 PM
5.8     10.0     MAP     

EMSC     Off Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM
6.0     20.0     MAP     

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM
5.9     14.0     MAP   

USGS     Off The Coast Of Oregon     
Apr 11 22:41 PM     
5.9     10.2     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
5.0     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:35 PM
4.9     14.8     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 22:15 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.0     13.8     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 22:15 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 11 22:02 PM
4.2     35.6     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 11 21:53 PM
3.0     197.9     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 21:38 PM
2.5     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
5.0     15.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:36 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 11 21:30 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Apr 11 21:23 PM
3.2     18.3     MAP

EMSC     Spain
Apr 11 21:17 PM
3.0     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 21:07 PM
2.5     14.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 21:02 PM
4.7     15.2     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:02 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 21:02 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Spain
Apr 11 20:58 PM
3.2     8.0     MAP

USGS     Mona Passage, Puerto Rico
Apr 11 20:50 PM
2.9     11.6     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 11 20:29 PM
4.8     63.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Honshu, Japan
Apr 11 20:29 PM
4.8     46.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Poland
Apr 11 20:13 PM
3.8     2.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 11 20:03 PM
3.6     165.3     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 11 19:36 PM
2.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:14 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:14 PM
4.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 11 19:13 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 19:04 PM
5.5     10.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     40.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     14.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:54 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 11 18:44 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:32 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:32 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:15 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 18:15 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 11 18:10 PM
3.4     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:54 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:41 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 17:41 PM
4.7     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 17:16 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 17:16 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:58 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 11 16:32 PM
2.5     104.0     MAP

EMSC     Sicily, Italy
Apr 11 16:30 PM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 16:27 PM
3.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     South Of Java, Indonesia
Apr 11 16:21 PM
5.0     53.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Of Java, Indonesia
Apr 11 16:21 PM
5.0     43.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:13 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:13 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 11 16:12 PM
3.7     60.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.1     12.0     MAP
USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.1     10.8     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 16:04 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

GEONET     Canterbury
Apr 11 16:03 PM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 11 15:52 PM
2.6     6.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.1     21.6     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.0     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:46 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:41 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:41 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:37 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:37 PM
4.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 15:35 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:09 PM
4.9     100.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:09 PM
5.0     13.1     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:06 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP
EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 15:06 PM
4.8     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.3     11.9     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:54 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:49 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.2     20.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.3     14.4     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 14:34 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:26 PM
5.0     9.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:26 PM
5.0     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:18 PM
5.0     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 14:08 PM
5.2     9.6     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.5     13.7     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:58 PM
5.3     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.3     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.4     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:42 PM
5.3     11.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     South Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     South Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:39 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 11 13:38 PM
3.2     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 13:32 PM
4.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:19 PM
5.0     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:19 PM
5.0     20.4     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:15 PM
5.1     5.3     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:15 PM
5.1     5.0     MAP

USGS     Tonga
Apr 11 13:12 PM
4.8     245.2     MAP

GEOFON     Tonga Islands
Apr 11 13:12 PM
5.2     238.0     MAP

EMSC     Tonga
Apr 11 13:12 PM
4.9     215.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:10 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 13:10 PM
4.5     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 11 13:06 PM
3.4     174.1     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 12:53 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 12:53 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:37 PM
5.2     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Strait Of Gibraltar
Apr 11 12:27 PM
2.7     1.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     9.9     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:21 PM
5.1     10.0     MAP

USGS     Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.1     10.4     MAP

EMSC     Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 11 12:10 PM
5.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 11 12:10 PM
2.7     23.0     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 11 11:53 AM
5.7     10.0     MAP

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 8.6 – Off West Coast of Sumatra

US Geological Survey
2012-04-11 10:54:00

Date-Time:
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 08:38:37 UTC
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 02:38:37 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
2.311°N, 93.063°E

Depth:
22.9 km (14.2 miles)

Region:
OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA

Distances:
434 km (269 miles) SW of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

550 km (341 miles) SW of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia

963 km (598 miles) W of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

1797 km (1116 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

The April 11, 2012 Event: cluster of large earthquakes rattle the globe from Indonesia to Mexico

Posted on April 12, 2012
April 12, 2012WORLD – A strong earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings and sending people running out of offices onto the streets of the capital Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.5 -magnitude quake was centered on Mexico’s Pacific coast near Michoacan and struck fairly deep under the earth at 65 km or 40 miles. Prior to the Mexico earthquake, a powerful and shallow 5.9 struck near the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate off the coast of Oregon- indicating tectonic plates worldwide are being rattled by planetary seismic tension. Prior to Oregon earthquake, two massive 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes (8.6 and 8.2) struck the ocean floor off the north coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. As I warned in my book The Extinction Protocol, the power unleashed in these seismic events is growing. This is testament to the dangers and seriousness of the earth-changes facing us and how these events are unleashing more unbridled force with each successive eruption. The Indian Ocean strike-slip fault earthquakes are very unusual. As a matter of fact, I’ve never heard of a strike-slip lateral earthquake of this great a magnitude; especially under water. Preliminary assessment of the Indonesian quakes by U.S. geologists suggests one plate lurched past each other as much as 70 feet. San Andreas is a strike-slip, lateral- can we even imagine two sections of ground moving 70 feet near San Francisco? Had the force of the Sumatra quakes been unleashed upon San Andreas, the city would have been completely destroyed. Ironically, the largest surface displacement ever recorded in a lateral strike-slip fault was 21 feet and that was in the 1906 7.9 San Andreas earthquake. Just so we understand the significance of what transpired today; the Japanese March 11, 2011 earthquake move the ocean floor 79 feet sideways and 10 ft upwards, but today’s earthquakes happened in double 8.0+ magnitude sequence and moved the earth nearly as far. Worst, the seismic tension from the event ricocheted around the world and contributed to other earthquakes. –The Extinction Protocol

Arizona earthquake numbers saw a large increase in 2011

by on Apr. 11, 2012,

According to the Arizona Geological Survey, 131 earthquakes were detected in 2011 compared with 53 in 2010. That was twice as many as in 2009 and about a third more than in 2008. Most of the earthquakes were in the northwestern part of the state. The Yuma area was also shaken by earthquakes associated with the Gulf of California Rift Zone.

Many of these earthquakes (magnitude ca. 1.6) occurred near Lake Mead. These are attributed to mining and quarrying, and also to crustal adjustments to water going into and out of the lake. The strongest earthquakes (magnitude ca. 3.6) occurred near Clarkdale in the central part of the state. The Survey says that these events are consistent with past behavior: “a propensity for deeper seismicity to occur in two pockets, the northwestern Utah-Arizona border and well within the Colorado Plateau in the northeast corner of the state” and “the highest concentration of energy release correlates well with the pattern of established Quaternary faulting, indicating that this portion of the crust continues to be an active area of strain release and of particular interest for hazard studies in Arizona.” The strain is due to on-going crustal extension.

Read more here. The Arizona Geological Survey provides several videos dealing with earthquakes and geothermal energy on its Youtube Channel. Give it a look. Also take a look at the new issue of Arizona Geology Magazine.

See also:

The Great Arizona-Sonora Earthquake of 1887

Arizona earthquakes, 1852-2011, a video time line

Precariously Balanced Rocks and earthquakes

Where the Next Big American Earthquake and Tsunami Might Occur

The Measure of an Earthquake

8.9 Aceh quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami warning

BBC News
2012-04-11 04:58:00

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.9 has struck under the sea off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean region.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to “take appropriate action”.

The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.

The US Geological Survey, which documents quakes worldwide, said the Aceh quake was centred 33km (20 miles) under the sea about 495km from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

It was initially reported as 8.9 magnitude but was later revised down to 8.7 by the USGS.

The tsunami warning said quakes of such a magnitude “have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin”.

Tsunami watch lifted after two big earthquakes

By the CNN Wire Staff

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami watch for the Indian Ocean, which was later canceled.

The quake struck about 434 kilometers (270 miles) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.6, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It took place at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles).

A second large quake, with a magnitude of 8.2, occurred off the west coast of Sumatra about two hours later, the USGS said.

Gary Gibson from the Seismology Research Center in Melbourne, Australia, said the location of the second quake reduced the possibility of a tsunami.

There was also a series of smaller quakes off the west coast of northern Sumatra with magnitudes between 5.1 and 5.4.

There were no reports of destruction or deaths.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on local television that there were no reports of casualties or damage in Aceh.

Four people were slightly injured on Simeulue Island, off the coast of Aceh, the National Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean. And a few hours later, the center announced the tsunami watch was canceled.

“A significant tsunami was generated by this earthquake. However, sea level readings now indicate that the threat has diminished or is over for most areas,” the center said.

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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

Still In Effect

URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE FOR

Florida From  Central Florida  to the  Panhandle

El Paso, Texas  to Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Pueblo ,Colorado

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Freeze Watch Still in Effect  For

Buffalo,  New York
Clevelnad, Ohio
Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Blacksburg, Virginia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Baltimore, Maryland,Washington, D.C.

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Storms, Flooding

Hailstorm in China on Thursday, 12 April, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

HS-20120412-34868-CHN
Hailstorm
Thursday, 12 April, 2012 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC

Severe Damage level

Asia
China
MultiProvinces
Provinces of Jiangxi and Guizhou

N 28° 40.465, E 115° 54.551

Base data
EDIS Number: Event type: Date/Time: Last update: Cause of event: Damage level: Geographic information Continent: Country: County / State: Area: City: Coordinate:

Giant Wave Impact in New Zealand on Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC.

GW-20120411-34852-NZL
Giant Wave Impact
Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 at 11:31 (11:31 AM) UTC

Storm surge
Moderate Damage level

Australia & New-Zealand
New Zealand
Southland
Foveaux Strait

S 46° 35.360, E 168° 3.774

Base data
EDIS Number: Event type: Date/Time: Last update: Cause of event: Damage level: Geographic information Continent: Country: County / State: Area: City: Coordinate:

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Hanford, California
647 PM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...WINTER-LIKE STORM TO REACH THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA THURSDAY
NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Reno, Nevada
300 PM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE SIERRA...

.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION THURSDAY
AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW IN
THE SIERRA.

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH FOR HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS
OF THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET.

* ELEVATION: ABOVE 4000 FEET.

* TIMING: FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: CAMP NELSON...GIANT FOREST...JOHNSONDALE...
  LODGEPOLE...SHAVER LAKE...YOSEMITE VALLEY.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 60 MPH
  OVER HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* IMPACTS: SNOW COULD CAUSE TRAVEL DELAYS AND POSSIBLE ROAD
  CLOSURES ABOVE 5000 FEET. GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF
  BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES. PEOPLE
  LIVING IN OR PLANNING TRAVEL INTO THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA
  ABOVE 5000 FEET SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER
  CONDITIONS.

Flood Advisory

FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Amarillo, Texas
1220 AM CDT THU APR 12 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  SOUTHERN MOORE COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF DUMAS...

* UNTIL 415 AM CDT

* HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
  MOORE COUNTY.

* THE HEAVY RAIN HAS CAUSED FLOODED ROADWAYS IN WESTERN MOORE
  COUNTY AND WILL LIKELY CAUSE URBAN FLOODING IN DUMAS AND IN
  CREEKS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MOORE COUNTY.

Flood Watch

FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Spokane, Washington
1138 AM PDT WED APR 11 2012

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE, WA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IDAHO...

  COEUR D`ALENE RIVER AT CATALDO AFFECTING KOOTENAI AND SHOSHONE
  COUNTIES

...EXPECTED RAIN FALL TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY OVER THE COEUR D`ALENE
RIVER BASIN WILL LEAD TO POSSIBLE MINOR FLOODING ON THE COEUR D`ALENE
RIVER AT CATALDO.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE, WA HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR
  THE COEUR D`ALENE RIVER AT CATALDO
* FROM THURSDAY EVENING TO FRIDAY EVENING.
* AT  9:30 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 37.6 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 43.00 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL RISE TODAY AND THURSDAY...POSSIBLY
  ACHIEVING FLOOD STAGE LATE THURSDAY EVENING. THE RIVER WILL
  LIKELY CREST SLIGHTLY ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AND BEGIN TO DROP
  DURING THE DAY FRIDAY.
* AT 43.0 FEET...MINOR FLOODING OF FARMLAND FROM CATALDO DOWNSTREAM TO
  HARRISON IS LIKELY. THE CAMPGROUND AT CATALDO WILL ALSO BEGIN TO
  FLOOD. PORTIONS OF DUDLEY ROAD, WEST OF LATOUR CREEK, WILL LIKELY
  BE UNDERWATER AND IMPASSABLE. IF THERE IS SIGNIFICANT WATER ALREADY
  IN THE FLOODPLAIN, THESE IMPACTS MAY OCCUR AT LOWER STAGES.

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Radiation

Fukushima Radiation Plume Has Now Hit Hawaii- In a year it’ll Probably Reach U.S. West Coast

Energy News
2012-04-08 09:38:00

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann. California beware! A radioactive wave is headed toward the West Coast of the United States courtesy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

KAMPS: And that plume, as you said, it’s taken a year but it has now hit Hawaii. Another year from now it’ll probably reach the West Coast of the US.

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SOLAR ACTIVITY

2MIN News Apr11: 8.9 Quake Indonesia [8.6 USGS] & a New Gamma Burst!


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Solar System

A Magnetic Surprise from Venus

Artist’s impression showing how the solar wind shapes the magnetospheres of Venus (shown with a brown tail, closer to the Sun) and Earth (shown in blue). Both planets are roughly the same size. Venus is closer to the Sun, at roughly 0.7 AU (Astronomical Unit) while Earth is located at 1 AU. Unlike Venus, Earth has an internal magnetic field which makes its magnetosphere bigger. The lines coming out of the Sun symbolise the propagation direction of the solar wind. Credit: ESA

Venus is a rarity among planets – a world that does not internally generate a magnetic field. Despite the absence of a large protective magnetosphere, the near-Venus environment does exhibit a number of similarities with planets such as Earth. The latest, surprising, example is the evidence for magnetic reconnection in Venus’ induced magnetotail.

Planets which generate magnetic fields in their interiors, such as Earth, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn, are surrounded by invisible magnetospheres. Their magnetic fields deflect the charged particles of the solar wind (electrons and protons) as they stream away from the Sun. This deflection creates a magnetosphere – a protective “bubble” around the planet – which ends in an elongated magnetotail on the lee side of the magnetosphere.

Since Venus has no intrinsic magnetic field to act as a shield against incoming charged particles, the solar wind sometimes interacts directly with the upper atmosphere. However, Venus is partially protected by an induced magnetic field. ….

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

Long rumbling (20 min or more) then mystery ‘boom’ — St. Louis, MO – part 1

 

Published on Apr 12, 2012 by

Boom can be heard at the very first few seconds of PART 2 — uploading that video next (right now its 2am CDT)

I am not drawing ANY conclusions on this yet.. just a strange coincidence as of now… but hoping there are some other people besides my wife and I, who heard these sounds yesterday—- here in South Saint Louis, Missouri USA.

Approx coordinates of the rumbles and boom heard: 38°36’14.85″N , 90°14’7.74″W ..

Confirmed 1st hand reports — heard by myself, my wife, and neighbor. Looking for others in the area who may have heard these multiple rumbles. 3am for 15 or 20 minutes.. 9am for 20-30 minutes.. and 11am for about 10 – 15 seconds.. Two times VERY long.. one time very short…..not a jet, train, or truck.. which you CAN hear in the video clearly as such.

Some kind of rumbling / drilling sound ?!! Carries on for a very long time.

One boom at 3am (not captured on video).. one boom about 945am (captured on video at the very start of part 2)… camera is a Sony DCR SX-63 … records in 30 minute segments.. part 1 30 min long.. part two 17 min long.

every bird in the area is chirping.. its about 40 degrees F outside. No wind 1-5 mph tops.

you can hear the rumble OVER any animals, trucks, planes, helicopters AND EVEN over the police sirens. NO air conditioners fans or construction going on.. especially at 3am the first time we heard it (it woke up my wife .. who woke me up).

Yesterday — 4/11/2012 — my wife and I were awoke about 3am CDT to a long persistent rumble — which shook our house and windows… it lasted for about 15 minutes before I got out of bed and came down to record video of it….

my camera died at 315am (approx) .. as soon as i took it outside… blast confounded! Then the sound stopped abruptly.

Then…. within the hour of this first rumble at 3am — we saw the large earthquakes in Indonesia — don’t know yet if these are related… may not be related at all (im HOPING!).

Then move forward to about 9am CDT — the rumble appeared again.. this time with a series of “booms”. I grabbed my cam and ran outside.. and this is where you begin in the video.

Clearly.. a low audible rumble for many minutes.. towards the end of this Part 1 .. you can hear it pick up in intensity.

Start of video 2 you can hear the last “boom”.. only one boom heard on cam. At 3am.. the first “boom” rattled the windows and woke my wife, who woke me in turn to check out what was going on.

Hoping this is just some kind of anomaly… if we get a repeat… I will deploy the cam again if I hear it.

The part 2 of this video.. the boom in particular.. sounds similar to the Wisconsin booms a few weeks ago… if you have some kind of audio processing gear.. let me know what you think if you have the time to analyze this fully.

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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.

Read Full Article Here

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Earthquakes

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 07 22:33 PM
3.0 7.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 07 22:15 PM
4.6 58.3 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 07 22:15 PM
4.6 58.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 07 22:10 PM
2.6 111.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 07 21:36 PM
2.4 110.0 MAP

GEOFON Central Mid Atlantic Ridge
Apr 07 20:37 PM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Central Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 07 20:37 PM
5.0 10.0 MAP

EMSC Central Mid-atlantic Ridge
Apr 07 20:37 PM
5.0 10.0 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Apr 07 20:09 PM
5.1 91.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 07 20:09 PM
5.1 86.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Apr 07 20:09 PM
5.2 76.4 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 07 20:05 PM
4.8 106.0 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Apr 07 20:05 PM
4.8 106.0 MAP

USGS Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii
Apr 07 19:02 PM
2.5 6.8 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 07 19:01 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Salta, Argentina
Apr 07 18:18 PM
4.6 173.3 MAP

EMSC Salta, Argentina
Apr 07 18:18 PM
4.6 173.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 07 18:01 PM
2.4 7.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 07 17:55 PM
3.3 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 07 16:10 PM
3.2 15.0 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Mexico
Apr 07 15:30 PM
4.6 12.0 MAP

USGS Off The Coast Of Nayarit, Mexico
Apr 07 15:30 PM
4.6 15.5 MAP

EMSC Off Coast Of Sinaloa, Mexico
Apr 07 15:30 PM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 07 15:26 PM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 07 15:24 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 07 15:16 PM
3.3 109.3 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 07 15:13 PM
2.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 07 15:06 PM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 07 14:52 PM
2.8 8.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 07 14:39 PM
2.9 5.8 MAP

GEOFON Flores Sea
Apr 07 14:38 PM
4.3 267.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 07 13:55 PM
2.6 20.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 07 13:45 PM
2.7 31.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 07 13:43 PM
2.6 133.8 MAP

EMSC Kuril Islands
Apr 07 13:30 PM
3.7 90.0 MAP

USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 07 13:21 PM
2.5 34.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 07 12:15 PM
2.5 35.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 07 12:02 PM
2.6 27.0 MAP

EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 07 11:58 AM
5.7 46.0 MAP

USGS New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 07 11:58 AM
5.8 39.6 MAP

GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 07 11:58 AM
5.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Apr 07 11:52 AM
3.2 18.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Italy
Apr 07 11:30 AM
2.6 27.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 07 11:29 AM
2.5 10.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 07 10:56 AM
2.6 15.0 MAP

EMSC Lake Baykal Region, Russia
Apr 07 10:20 AM
4.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 07 09:25 AM
2.6 0.2 MAP

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

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 07 09:22 AM
2.4 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Apr 07 08:44 AM
4.7 541.0 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Apr 07 08:44 AM
4.8 544.3 MAP

EMSC Fiji Region
Apr 07 08:44 AM
4.8 537.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Apr 07 08:39 AM
2.5 1.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 07 08:38 AM
2.4 9.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 07 08:32 AM
3.2 76.4 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 07 08:20 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 07 06:45 AM
3.4 2.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 07 06:12 AM
2.4 8.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 07 05:19 AM
3.2 116.8 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 07 04:49 AM
2.8 12.0 MAP

EMSC Central Italy
Apr 07 04:42 AM
2.6 11.0 MAP

USGS Panama
Apr 07 03:50 AM
4.0 36.4 MAP

EMSC Panama
Apr 07 03:50 AM
4.0 36.0 MAP

USGS Bering Strait
Apr 07 03:26 AM
4.2 15.7 MAP

GEONET Taranaki
Apr 07 02:23 AM
3.2 20.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 07 01:23 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 07 01:20 AM
2.5 7.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 07 00:57 AM
4.4 113.2 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 07 00:57 AM
4.4 113.0 MAP

EMSC New Siberian Islands, Russia
Apr 07 00:12 AM
3.9 20.0 MAP

Earthquake Recap: Upward of 10 Quakes Hit Santa Clara County

Multiple earthquakes hit Los Altos, Gilroy and Morgan Hill from April 2 to 6.

By Corinne Speckert

Thirteen earthquakes, averaging a magnitude of 1.9 on the Richter scale, struck Santa Clara County this week.

The largest quake, with a magnitude of 2.9, occurred just nine miles north of Morgan Hill at 2:42 a.m. Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

Three tremors rocked the county on Friday alone, with a 1.8 magnitude quake striking three miles south of Los Altos and 20 minutes from Campbell at 5:11 p.m. A slightly smaller quake, registering at 1.5, hit three miles from Los Altos the day before at 11:59 a.m…..

Read Full Article Here

Rise in small Midwestern earthquakes probably due to oil and gas production, study suggests

By Associated Press,

NEW YORK — Oil and gas production may explain a sharp increase in small earthquakes in the nation’s midsection, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests.

The rate has jumped six-fold from the late 20th century through last year, the team reports, and the changes are “almost certainly man-made.”

The study said a relatively mild increase starting in 2001 comes from increased quake activity in a methane production area along the state line between Colorado and New Mexico. The increase began about the time that methane production began there, so there’s a “clear possibility” of a link, says lead author William Ellsworth of the USGS.

The increase over the nation’s midsection has gotten steeper since 2009, due to more quakes in a variety of oil and gas production areas, including some in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the researchers say.

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Climate Change

CNN meteorologist: Today’s tornadoes are ‘climate change we are seeing’

On the Tuesday broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele declared that tornadoes plowing through the Dallas-Fort Worth area were brought on by climate change.

Steele, formerly of The Weather Channel, also predicted that more extreme weather is on its way.

“It really is [such a strange spring],” Steele said. “That’s kind of the climate change we are seeing. You know, extremes are kind of ruling the roost and really what we are seeing, more become the norm.”

“CNN Newsroom” host Carol Costello said it made her “afraid” about what is in store for next spring.

“It might be unnaturally cold,” said Costello. Steele agreed that future weather would be less predictable.

“This global warming is really kind of a misnomer,” Steele said. “It’s global climate change. So the colds are colder and warms are warmer and severe is more severe.

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Avalanche

Pakistani rescuers search for up to 135 people trapped in avalanche

From Aliza Kassim, CNN

(CNN) — Pakistani rescuers continued to tunnel around a Himalayan military outpost on the Siachen glacier, where up to 135 people were buried by a massive avalanche near the Indian border.

A blanket of rock and snow, covering one square kilometer, slid over the base near the northeastern city of Skardu early Saturday morning, according to a statement from the military.

“It’s a very massive scale slide,” said Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas. “They are under the slide but we haven’t lost hope. The rescue work is on, and we are keeping our fingers crossed.”

A total of 124 army soldiers and 11 civilians were housed at the outpost, having been employed in one of the world’s highest elevation battlegrounds where a series of past conflicts with India have occurred.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr7 World Planetary Solar Update

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Articles of Interest

Mexican plan for Gulf deep water wells sparks new worries

Tim Johnson

MEXICO CITY — Two years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Mexico’s state oil company is about to test its hand at drilling at extraordinary depths in the Gulf of Mexico.

If all goes as planned, Petroleos de Mexico, known as Pemex, will deploy two state-of-the-art drilling platforms in May to an area just south of the maritime boundary with the United States. One rig will sink a well in 9,514 feet of water, while another will drill in 8,316 feet of water, then deeper into the substrata.

Pemex has no experience drilling at such depths. Mexico’s oil regulator is sounding alarm bells, saying the huge state oil concern is unprepared for a serious deepwater accident or spill. Critics say the company has sharply cut corners on insurance, remiss over potential sky-high liability.

Mexico’s plans come two years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. On April 20, 2010, a semi-submersible rig that the British oil firm BP had contracted to drill a well known as Macondo exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and spewing 4.9 million barrels of oil in the nearly three months it took engineers to stop the spill.

BP has said the tab for the spill — including government fines, cleanup costs and compensation — could climb to $42 billion for the company and its contractors.

Pemex’s plans to sink even deeper offshore wells underscore Mexico’s pressing need to maintain sagging oil production — exports pay for one-third of government operating expenses — along with oil companies’ desire to leverage technology and drill at ever more challenging depths.

Carlos A. Morales, the chief of the Pemex exploration and production arm, which employs 50,000 people, voiced confidence that his company has to the ability to sink wells in ultra-deep water.

“Pemex is ready to undertake the challenge and to do it safely,” Morales said in an interview in his 41st-floor office at Pemex headquarters in this capital city.

“You have to bear one thing in mind,” he said. “Pemex is the biggest operator in the Gulf — including everyone — both in production and in the number of rigs we operate. We are operating more than 80 rigs offshore.”

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A cloud of fear: Greenpeace releases infrared image of giant ‘explosive’ gas spewing from Elgin rig

By Lucy Osborne

It looks like a bizarre piece of 1960s pop art – or perhaps a highly-coloured graphic from an old-style computer game.

But in reality, this neon-bright image of the North Sea is a chilling illustration of just how large the potentially explosive gas cloud spewing from the Elgin platform has become.

The infrared picture, which was taken using a special camera by environmental campaigners, lays bare the extent of the leak’s impact on the atmosphere.

The photograph was released by the Greenpeace activists who have been assessing the potential dangers of the situation since Monday.

The image shows the temperature of the surface of with light tones showing hot areas, and dark tones indicating coldThe image shows the temperature of the surface of with light tones showing hot areas, and dark tones indicating cold

What’s Under Antarctica?
Quake Waves Give First Look

Andrea Mustain, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer

Thanks to a technological explosion in the century since humans first set foot at the South Pole, Antarctic research is thriving.

Yet despite the incredible scientific advances, there are still gaping holes in some very basic knowledge about the frozen continent. Namely, what, exactly, is under all that ice.

It’s not simply a question for idle speculation. Figuring out what’s going on underneath the colossal Antarctic ice sheets is one important puzzle piece in better forecasting what is happening to the ice itself in a changing climate, some glaciologists say.

Scientists have used radar and other imaging technology to uncover some astounding finds under the East Antarctic Ice Sheet: A vast mountain range that rivals the Alps, and Lake Vostok, one of Earth’s largest lakes…..

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Unexplained Melting at the Askja Crater Lake in Iceland

 

If you ever frequent Jon Frímann’s blog, you know that he tends to find all the news about potential Icelandic rumblings before pretty much everyone. Well, he seems to have found something interesting going on up in Iceland – a few news reports (in Icelandic) have been talking about the crater lake on Askja caldera having mysteriously become ice-free over the last month while lakes around it (that aren’t on volcanoes) and at lower elevations are still ice-covered – not to mention that normally the lake isn’t ice-free until June or July. This has lead to a lot of speculation about what exactly is going on at Askja, but thanks to its remote location almost in the middle of Iceland, few people have been out there to see what is going on.

 

A little background on the volcano. Askja is a very complex volcano made up of three calderas. The volcano has mostly erupted basaltic material over its recent history, but it has also had a rhyolitic eruption over 10,000 years ago. Now, usually at a basaltic volcano, the calderas are formed by passive sinking of the land surface, much like we see in Hawai’i. However, at Askja, it appears that the calderas are formed more violently due to explosive eruptions out of the ring fractures bounding the calderas. The youngest caldera formed only 137 years ago (in 1875) and the ~4.5 km diameter feature is home to two crater lakes, Öskjuvatn and Víti. The former is the larger lake, over 200 meters deep, while the latter is a very small, warm crater lake (marked in the photo above near the word “ash?”).

The most recent activity at Askja was in 1961 that produced lava flows near Öskjuvatn – a pattern of eruption that was seen in numerous times since the VEI 5 eruption in 1875. That caldera-forming eruption in 1875 was large enough that ash and tephra fell as far away as Norway and Sweden. Much like the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, the explosivity of the eruption was likely aided by the meltwater that is readily available at Askja. If you go back to the rhyolite eruption in ~8910 B.C., that ash from that caldera-forming event is found over much of Europe…..

 

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Earthquakes

 

 

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 23:26 PM
2.6 9.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Apr 06 21:31 PM
3.7 1.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 06 20:43 PM
3.2 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 20:38 PM
3.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 20:27 PM
3.7 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 06 20:16 PM
2.5 88.9 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 06 19:53 PM
2.6 71.7 MAP

GEONET Taupo
Apr 06 19:31 PM
2.4 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 19:24 PM
5.2 26.0 MAP

EMSC Kep. Mentawai Region, Indonesia
Apr 06 19:24 PM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia
Apr 06 19:24 PM
5.5 5.5 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 18:40 PM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 18:38 PM
2.4 8.0 MAP

GEONET Taupo
Apr 06 18:25 PM
2.5 2.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 06 17:58 PM
3.1 9.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 06 17:49 PM
4.7 10.0 MAP

EMSC Kep. Tanimbar Region, Indonesia
Apr 06 17:49 PM
4.6 88.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia
Apr 06 17:49 PM
4.5 66.2 MAP

EMSC Southern Xinjiang, China
Apr 06 17:46 PM
4.1 1.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 06 17:23 PM
2.9 17.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 06 17:19 PM
2.8 9.0 MAP

EMSC Offshore Bio-bio, Chile
Apr 06 17:11 PM
4.7 23.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Bio-bio, Chile
Apr 06 17:11 PM
4.7 22.7 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 06 17:04 PM
3.1 117.8 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 06 16:38 PM
2.8 1.6 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 16:34 PM
3.0 2.0 MAP

USGS Oklahoma
Apr 06 16:20 PM
3.3 9.1 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 06 16:15 PM
6.1 111.0 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 06 16:15 PM
6.1 100.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 06 16:15 PM
6.2 85.4 MAP

EMSC Pyrenees
Apr 06 16:15 PM
2.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Dominican Republic Region
Apr 06 15:40 PM
3.2 90.8 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 06 15:38 PM
4.8 61.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 06 15:38 PM
4.8 67.9 MAP

EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Apr 06 15:38 PM
4.8 60.0 MAP

USGS Seattle-tacoma Urban Area, Washington
Apr 06 15:24 PM
2.6 21.9 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Apr 06 15:07 PM
3.1 20.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 06 15:01 PM
2.5 133.9 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 06 14:33 PM
2.6 22.1 MAP

USGS Offshore Northern California
Apr 06 14:08 PM
2.8 0.2 MAP

EMSC Off Coast Of Araucania, Chile
Apr 06 13:25 PM
4.8 57.0 MAP

USGS Off The Coast Of Araucania, Chile
Apr 06 13:25 PM
4.8 38.2 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 06 13:25 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 06 13:04 PM
2.5 8.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 06 11:33 AM
4.2 10.0 MAP

EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 06 11:24 AM
4.2 408.0 MAP

USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region
Apr 06 11:24 AM
4.2 406.2 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 11:01 AM
3.1 5.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Greece
Apr 06 11:00 AM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Apr 06 10:00 AM
3.2 8.0 MAP

EMSC Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 06 09:55 AM
3.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 06 09:24 AM
2.4 22.0 MAP

USGS Tonga
Apr 06 08:50 AM
4.9 35.0 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Apr 06 08:50 AM
4.9 41.0 MAP

GEOFON Tonga Islands
Apr 06 08:50 AM
5.0 32.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 07:38 AM
2.6 8.0 MAP

USGS Poland
Apr 06 06:42 AM
4.4 4.9 MAP

EMSC Poland
Apr 06 06:42 AM
4.3 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Poland
Apr 06 06:42 AM
4.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 06:28 AM
4.8 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 06:28 AM
4.8 48.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 06 06:28 AM
4.9 35.5 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 06 06:10 AM
3.3 14.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 06 06:03 AM
4.7 207.0 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Apr 06 06:03 AM
4.6 219.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Apr 06 06:03 AM
4.7 212.9 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 06 05:47 AM
3.2 78.4 MAP

EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 06 04:48 AM
4.1 317.0 MAP

USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region
Apr 06 04:48 AM
4.1 301.4 MAP

EMSC Georgia (sak’art’velo)
Apr 06 03:43 AM
3.2 2.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 06 03:25 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Apr 06 03:16 AM
3.7 6.2 MAP

EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 06 01:31 AM
4.4 20.0 MAP

USGS Oaxaca, Mexico
Apr 06 01:31 AM
4.4 20.1 MAP

EMSC Western Iran
Apr 06 01:14 AM
3.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 06 00:37 AM
2.4 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 06 00:26 AM
3.2 127.3 MAP

EMSC Romania
Apr 06 00:24 AM
3.2 127.0 MAP

 

 

6.2-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

 

SYDNEY: A 6.2-magnitude quake struck off Papua New Guinea early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit at 02:15 am (16:15 GMT) 150 kilometres (93 miles) east of Rabaul, in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province and 885 kilometres northeast of the capital Port Moresby at a depth of 85 kilometres.

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

 

Cleveland Volcano continues to erupt

 

by The Associated Press

 

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Alaska’s Cleveland volcano in the Aleutian Islands is continuing to erupt.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Friday that low-level eruptions continue to occur inside the volcano located on a remote, uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The volcano’s lava dome in the summit crater was destroyed during a short explosive eruption on Wednesday. The resulting ash cloud reached about 15,000 feet above sea level.

It was the third lava dome that has been destroyed by explosive events since the eruptions began in July 2011.

 

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Climate Change

 

CNN meteorologist: Today’s tornadoes are ‘climate change we are seeing’

 

On the Tuesday broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” CNN meteorologist Alexandra Steele declared that tornadoes plowing through the Dallas-Fort Worth area were brought on by climate change.

Steele, formerly of The Weather Channel, also predicted that more extreme weather is on its way.

“It really is [such a strange spring],” Steele said. “That’s kind of the climate change we are seeing. You know, extremes are kind of ruling the roost and really what we are seeing, more become the norm.”

“CNN Newsroom” host Carol Costello said it made her “afraid” about what is in store for next spring.

“It might be unnaturally cold,” said Costello. Steele agreed that future weather would be less predictable.

“This global warming is really kind of a misnomer,” Steele said. “It’s global climate change. So the colds are colder and warms are warmer and severe is more severe.

 

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Storms

At least 14 dead in Argentina storms

 

At least 14 people died overnight into Thursday in Argentina following storms that saw strong winds cause damage across the capital region.

“Seven people died — six were crushed and one was electrocuted,” near Buenos Aires, local emergency coordinator Luciano Timerman told reporters.

Police also said three other people died in a neighborhood to the south of Buenos Aires when an illegally built home collapsed.

In the capital, a man died when the walls of his home collapsed, authorities also said in an initial report.

They later reported the death of another man crushed by the wall of a gas station abandoned in Florencio Varela to the south of Buenos Aires. A woman was killed after another wall fell on her.

In central-eastern Santa Fe province, a high tension cable snapped by the high winds killed a man, Timerman said.

 

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Radiation

 

Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl Accident

 

….In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.

Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet…..

 

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr6: MAJOR UPDATES! Gas Leak, Alaska Animals, Spaceweather

 

 

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Solar System

 

Daytime Fireball Seen Over San Antonio, TX and Surrounding Areas

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Apr 5, 2012

http://sheilaaliens.net/?p=504 Old news by now but still interesting considering the one right before it in New Zealand. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dXJBNSRAyE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-5Do82swFI) bonus: Check out this HUGE fireball from April 2010 (bet you’ve seen the video before): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-TYo1LgHr4

“SAN ANTONIO – We’ve received a bunch of phone calls Monday about a ball of fire in the sky.

John Haley says that’s exactly what it looked like.

“It was like a fireball falling right out of the sky,” Haley told News 4 WOAI. “It was so bright! It was like a little piece of the sun falling with a big torch behind it.”

I spoke to our astronomer expert Bob Kelley with the Scobee Planetarium, and he explained that it was a phenomenon called “April Fireballs.”

Chunks of meteors enter and burn up in our atmosphere. The fireballs are brighter than a shooting star and can happen at any time of the day. For reasons astronomers don’t fully understand, they occur in early April.

San Antonians weren’t the only ones who saw the April Fireball Monday morning. Sightings were reported in New Braunfels, Kerrville, Floresville and other cities nearby.

“I can chalk that up on the old bucket list — I saw a meteorite during the day,” laughed Haley.”
http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/April-Fireball-streaks-across-the-daytim&#8230;
http://fireballs-meteorites.blogspot.com/2011/04/april-2011.html
http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com

 

 

Mars Twister On The Move – Video Animation

 

Uploaded by VideoFromSpace on Apr 5, 2012

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured imagery of a Red Planet dust devil on March 14, 2012. Different from a tornado, this phenomena sometimes occurs on clear days when the heated surface interacts with pockets of cool air above it.

 

 

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Articles of Interest

 

Mexican plan for Gulf deepwater wells sparks new worries

 

Tim Johnson

 

MEXICO CITY — Two years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Mexico’s state oil company is about to test its hand at drilling at extraordinary depths in the Gulf of Mexico.

If all goes as planned, Petroleos de Mexico, known as Pemex, will deploy two state-of-the-art drilling platforms in May to an area just south of the maritime boundary with the United States. One rig will sink a well in 9,514 feet of water, while another will drill in 8,316 feet of water, then deeper into the substrata.

Pemex has no experience drilling at such depths. Mexico’s oil regulator is sounding alarm bells, saying the huge state oil concern is unprepared for a serious deepwater accident or spill. Critics say the company has sharply cut corners on insurance, remiss over potential sky-high liability.

Mexico’s plans come two years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. On April 20, 2010, a semi-submersible rig that the British oil firm BP had contracted to drill a well known as Macondo exploded off the Louisiana coast, killing 11 workers and spewing 4.9 million barrels of oil in the nearly three months it took engineers to stop the spill.

BP has said the tab for the spill — including government fines, cleanup costs and compensation — could climb to $42 billion for the company and its contractors.

Pemex’s plans to sink even deeper offshore wells underscore Mexico’s pressing need to maintain sagging oil production — exports pay for one-third of government operating expenses — along with oil companies’ desire to leverage technology and drill at ever more challenging depths.

Carlos A. Morales, the chief of the Pemex exploration and production arm, which employs 50,000 people, voiced confidence that his company has to the ability to sink wells in ultra-deep water.

“Pemex is ready to undertake the challenge and to do it safely,” Morales said in an interview in his 41st-floor office at Pemex headquarters in this capital city.

“You have to bear one thing in mind,” he said. “Pemex is the biggest operator in the Gulf — including everyone — both in production and in the number of rigs we operate. We are operating more than 80 rigs offshore.”

 

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Is Spreading, and It Could Be a Public Health Disaster

 

Artemisinin-resistant malaria parasites first emerged in Cambodia in 2006. Now researchers say the deadly bugs are quickly spreading.

Malaria remains one of the world’s great unnecessary killers. More than 650,000 people succumb to the disease each year — that’s more than one per minute — mostly in the poor nations of sub-Saharan Africa, but as deadly as malaria is, it doesn’t have to kill. Prevention and better treatment can stop the progression of the disease, and death tends to be a matter of extreme poverty.

Indeed, in recent years great progress has been made in controlling malaria, with deaths down 30% over the past decade. That’s thanks largely to more effective treatment regimens that make use of artemisinin, a plant-derived antimalarial drug originally developed in China. Artemisinin is the closest thing we have to a miracle drug for malaria.

That’s what makes the results of two studies out this week in the Lancet and Science so disturbing. Health officials have known for a while that some malaria parasites in the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia have begun to develop resistance to artemisinin, but they hoped the resistance wasn’t spreading. Now researchers in the region have shown that artemisinin is becoming dramatically less potent in malaria cases in western Thailand, and they know it’s due to growing drug resistance in the malaria parasites themselves. If resistance to artemisinin were to spread to sub-Saharan Africa, the result could be a “public health disaster,” in the words of lead Lancet author Standwell Nkhoma of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

 

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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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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

EMSC Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.7 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Aru Islands Region, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.4 10.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia
Apr 03 23:42 PM
5.7 10.1 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 23:41 PM
3.4 185.2 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 03 23:19 PM
2.9 79.7 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 22:18 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 22:12 PM
2.9 53.2 MAP

USGS Philippine Islands Region
Apr 03 20:41 PM
4.7 109.3 MAP

EMSC Philippine Islands Region
Apr 03 20:41 PM
4.7 100.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 03 20:23 PM
2.5 1.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 03 20:08 PM
2.8 2.0 MAP

EMSC Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 03 19:59 PM
3.0 2.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 19:28 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

USGS Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 03 19:24 PM
3.1 79.9 MAP

USGS Virginia
Apr 03 19:00 PM
2.5 6.3 MAP

USGS Virginia
Apr 03 19:00 PM
2.5 9.6 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 03 18:41 PM
2.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 18:24 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Apr 03 18:09 PM
2.7 11.0 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 03 18:07 PM
4.5 14.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Apr 03 18:07 PM
4.5 14.3 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Apr 03 17:05 PM
3.8 15.0 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Apr 03 16:56 PM
2.5 21.1 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Apr 03 16:49 PM
2.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 16:24 PM
3.7 8.0 MAP

USGS Virgin Islands Region
Apr 03 16:24 PM
4.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 15:29 PM
2.6 139.8 MAP

GEOFON South Of Fiji Islands
Apr 03 15:21 PM
4.7 389.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 15:20 PM
3.6 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 15:15 PM
3.5 1.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 13:39 PM
3.2 8.0 MAP

EMSC Near Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.5 47.0 MAP

USGS Near The Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.5 47.2 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Nicaragua
Apr 03 13:08 PM
4.2 56.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 12:35 PM
2.5 13.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 28.1 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 28.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 11:52 AM
5.0 26.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 03 11:27 AM
5.0 508.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Apr 03 11:27 AM
5.0 480.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Apr 03 11:26 AM
5.0 477.4 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 11:02 AM
2.6 19.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 10:52 AM
2.8 6.0 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 03 10:47 AM
2.7 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 10:45 AM
2.7 11.7 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.2 117.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.1 109.5 MAP

GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 10:42 AM
5.2 96.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 09:41 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Apr 03 09:29 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.7 29.3 MAP

EMSC Northern Peru
Apr 03 09:17 AM
4.7 24.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 03 09:05 AM
2.5 42.9 MAP

USGS Alaska Peninsula
Apr 03 08:52 AM
2.8 101.1 MAP

EMSC Poland
Apr 03 08:13 AM
2.4 10.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 07:50 AM
2.4 15.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Apr 03 07:46 AM
2.7 3.3 MAP

EMSC Albania
Apr 03 07:46 AM
2.5 15.0 MAP

EMSC Oklahoma
Apr 03 07:33 AM
4.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Oklahoma
Apr 03 07:33 AM
4.0 4.9 MAP

EMSC Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.3 117.0 MAP

USGS Tarapaca, Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.2 117.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Chile
Apr 03 07:25 AM
5.2 105.0 MAP

USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 03 07:07 AM
4.8 112.9 MAP

EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g.
Apr 03 07:07 AM
4.8 113.0 MAP

EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region
Apr 03 06:55 AM
2.5 12.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Apr 03 06:07 AM
2.5 27.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Apr 03 05:48 AM
2.4 20.0 MAP

USGS Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.7 42.8 MAP

EMSC Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.8 40.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Guerrero, Mexico
Apr 03 05:35 AM
4.6 10.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:39 AM
2.9 8.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 04:34 AM
3.0 5.0 MAP

EMSC Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 80.0 MAP

USGS Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.0 79.2 MAP

GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines
Apr 03 04:25 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Iran
Apr 03 04:19 AM
3.5 26.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 03:59 AM
2.7 8.0 MAP

EMSC France
Apr 03 03:39 AM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 03:20 AM
2.6 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.7 96.0 MAP

EMSC Near S. Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 91.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Honshu,
Japan Apr 03 03:12 AM
4.9 88.9 MAP

USGS Near The Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.4 74.5 MAP

EMSC Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.3 60.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Peru
Apr 03 03:08 AM
5.1 34.0 MAP

EMSC Switzerland
Apr 03 02:45 AM
2.5 5.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Apr 03 02:39 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Northern California
Apr 03 02:38 AM
2.8 21.1 MAP I

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 03 02:18 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Off Coast Of Central Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 52.0 MAP

EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 20.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Valparaiso, Chile
Apr 03 02:11 AM
5.1 8.3 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico
Apr 03 02:03 AM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 01:35 AM
3.0 17.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Apr 03 01:14 AM
2.9 132.1 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Apr 03 01:13 AM
3.1 86.0 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Apr 03 00:35 AM
2.7 5.7 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Apr 03 00:06 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

 

Earthquake rattles southeast Oklahoma

 

PITTSBURG, Okla. – A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook southeastern Oklahoma at 2:33 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered near the town of Pittsburg, about 16 miles south-southwest of McAlester and 109 miles east-southeast of Oklahoma City.

McAlester police say no damage or injuries have been reported.

2NEWS viewers in Tulsa reported feeling the temblor.

The USGS says residents in Muskogee, Norman, Broken Arrow, Atoka and Shawnee also reported feeling tremors.

On Nov. 5, 2011, a record 5.6 magnitude tremor shook the Sooner state, the strongest quake on record in Oklahoma.

The USGS reported that tremors from the quake, centered in Lincoln County, were felt in most of Oklahoma as well as eastern and central Kansas, most of Missouri and Arkansas, north Texas and southeast Nebraska.

 

 

http://www.kjrh.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=18327

 

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Volcanic Activity

 

Mantle Plume: El Hierro island struck by two small tremors

 

April 3, 2012 – CANARY ISLANDS – IRIN volcano 24 hour monitoring network of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded two earthquakes of 1.7 and 2.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale this Sunday on the island of El Hierro. The largest of the earthquakes, recorded at 22.03 hours, occurred southwest of the town of El Pinar. This event was located at sea 15 kilometers deep. The second quake also occurred southwest of El Pinar at 20.36 hours, to 13 km depth and epicenter in the sea. Since last March 24, the island of El Hierro has been nine earthquakes, including this Sunday, between 1.5 and 2.7 °. Of these, were substantial enough to be felt by the population. Sunday’s tremors were located west of Frontier and southwest of El Pinar, and were 10 and 29 kilometers deep. –La Opinion.es (translated)

 

The Extinction Protocol

 

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Radiation

 

L.A. Rain Radiation Over Five Times Normal

 

A whopping 506% above normal,

 

Uploaded by EnviroReporter on Mar 31, 2012

An imperfect storm swept into Southern California on, perhaps appropriately enough, April Fools weekend creating the conditions that tested EnviroReporter.com’s scientific hypothesis that radioactive “buckyballs” and other fission radionuclides from the triple Fukushima Japan meltdowns are already impacting the region. Sure enough, a rain composed primarily of sea mist formed over a choppy ocean with high winds tested higher than any other Los Angeles Basin rain since Radiation Station Santa Monica began fallout radiation tests March 15, 2011, four days after the unabated meltdowns began. The rain, not impacted by so-called “natural” radon progeny, came in at a whopping 506% above normal, more than high enough to qualify as a hazardous material situation for the California Highway Patrol. This is the hottest L.A. rain detected with our Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor in the over 1,500 radiation tests we’ve taken since last year’s Ides of March.

 

 

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Storms, Flooding, Windstorms

 

Catastrophic damage in flood-stricken Fiji

 

By Campbell Cooney and staff

 

A massive clean-up operation is underway in Fiji after historic floods caused catastrophic damage in many towns.

While floodwater levels are dropping and some Fijians are returning home to investigate the damage, many remain in evacuation centres across the main island of Viti Levu.

Tropical Cyclone Daphne is moving away from Fiji, with the interim government announcing schools will reopen today.

There are concerns the floods, which killed five people over the weekend, will lead to outbreaks of disease.

The Australian Government says it is committed to supporting the country in its long-term recovery and reconstruction.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Australia is about to start sending practical relief, including 350,000 water purification tablets, water containers and thousands of tarpaulins, to help the people of Fiji.

Senator Carr says such supplies are badly needed.

“The most basic assistance is to see that people can drink the water – notwithstanding the terrible pollution from the floods – and that they can deliver the water,” he said.

“That means the water containers are going to be essential. And that they can haul those tarpaulins over damaged roofs – that’s the most basic assistance, drinking water and shelter.”

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Tropical Cyclone Daphne update

 

Ben Domensino,

 

Tropical Cyclone Daphne is moving rapidly southwards away from Fiji, although the risk of heavy rainfall and further flooding remains a threat.

At 10pm EST on Monday night, Daphne was located approximately 580 km south-southwest of Nadi. The category 1 tropical cyclone is travelling towards the southeast, away from Fiji at around 50 km/h.

The cyclone warning that was in place for Fiji has now been cancelled, however there is still at risk of flooding.

Heavy rainfall is likely to continue today due to a region of converging winds remaining near stationary over the main island of Vitu Levu, where Nadi is situated.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Tornadoes rip through Dallas area, northeast Texas

 

Several tornadoes roared through the Dallas-Fort Worth region and across parts of northeastern Texas today, causing major damage and several injuries.

At least two “large and extremely dangerous” tornadoes ripped across the Dallas-Forth Worth area this afternoon, collapsing roofs, tearing down power lines and tossing trailers around like toys, the National Weather Service says.

Several other twisters were reported as violent storms moved northeast. Five people were reportedly hurt when a twister tore through a subdivision in Forney, northeast of Dallas.

The weather service says “considerable damage” has been reported near Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas. Local television footage shows overturned and smashed semi-trailers on the ground in the southern portion of Dallas County. Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey says twisters also have caused damage in the city limits.

A tornado watch — meaning that conditions are ripe for tornadoes to continue to form — was in place for 33 counties in north-central and northeastern Texas until 8 p.m. CT, the National Weather Service reported.

Photo of Twister

Photo of Damage

Tornado – Arlington, TX

 

 

 

Mother Nature’s Latest Attack on Japan: Strong Winds

 

By Eleanor Warnock

 

After a winter of record snow and avalanches — not to mention last year’s record strong quake, mega-tsunami, and series of powerful typhoons — Japan is once again being battered by the elements. This time, it’s wind.

A low-pressure system that landed on Japan’s main island of Honshu Tuesday has brought typhoon-force winds and rain, even snow. In anticipation of the worst of the storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency called an unusual emergency press conference Monday and issued a strong wind warning for Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures.

As of mid-day Tuesday, 203 flights were already grounded nationwide and the final game in the nationwide high school spring baseball tournament in Osaka had also been postponed. An 82-year-old woman supposedly died in Ishikawa prefecture after the wind toppled her on the street, according to local media reports.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

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Solar Activity

 

2MIN News Apr3: World Updates, Solar Data back online!

 

 

 

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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

Exploding Kitchen Tiles, Ground SWELLING in Watertown, WI

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Mar 31, 2012

MAP: http://zeemaps.com/338668 Just south of, you guessed it, Clintonville. I almost completely missed this story o.o Glad i came across it. I’m working on a little map of WI Geological phenomena over the past two weeks, includes 4 towns so far. **UPDATE: hope you checked out mah mapz0r 😀

“WATERTOWN, Wis. — A Watertown school will reopen Wednesday after some exploding tiles forced classes to be canceled Tuesday.

Tiles in the cafeteria started to buckle and explode Monday at St. Henry’s Catholic School.

“And I looked at the tiles on the floor. (They) were raising up and flying across the kitchen floor. So, we got out of the cafeteria and told the kids to go up to their classrooms. Eventually, they were evacuated,” St. Henry’s Cooking Manager Diane Dannenberg said. “It looked like the movie ‘Tremors’ where something was tunneling underneath the floor.”

Some described exploding, but the floor definitely buckled.

The city’s building inspector said the part of the building affected was built in 1952. Investigators are looking at all sorts of possibilities to explain why these tiles lifted off the ground.

After 20 years as the city’s building inspector, Joe Heimsch said he was baffled after first looking at this basement.

“My hope is it’s some kind of sanitary line that was improperly abandoned, and it could have came up, and that would have caused the same type of effect,” Heimsch said. “The worst-case scenario is actual foundation movement. I’m hoping that’s not the case.”

Heimsch told 12 News Tuesday afternoon that there was nothing life-threatening or dangerous at the school, but lunches will definitely be affected, regardless of the buckling’s cause.

“If they return back, they’re going to be bringing bagged lunches. I’m afraid this kitchen will probably be down the rest of the year,” Heimsch said.

Hot lunches for St. Bernard Catholic School in Watertown are also affected.

Students will not have to make up the missed time because they didn’t have any snow days this year.”

 

source: http://www.wisn.com/r/30770975/detail.html

 

 

 

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Articles of Interest

FEMA chief says agency bracing for ‘maximum’ disaster

 

By Eric Berger

 

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

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

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

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

Update: New Tornado Warning System Now Being Tested – KS, MO, IL – April 2012

 

Uploaded by Sheilaaliens on Apr 3, 2012

 

So are they going to adjust the warning system so not so many false alarms are called? Otherwise this is no way to fix it, it will only futher exaserbate the problem of residents not recognizing the tornado sirens as a warning to seek shelter. I hope this problem can be solved cause it’s a tough one. I mean, they are only human so they are numb to the sirens if 4 times out of 5 nothing comes of it. The brain learns to ignore it even without you realizing it.

 

 

Earthquakes

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 30 23:33 PM
2.6 3.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 30 23:05 PM
4.9 47.0 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 30 23:05 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea

Mar 30 23:05 PM
4.8 12.5 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 30 22:32 PM
2.9 4.0 MAP

EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.1 60.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.1 43.7 MAP

GEOFON Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Mar 30 22:02 PM
5.0 10.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 30 21:59 PM
2.5 6.1 MAP

EMSC Bulgaria
Mar 30 20:48 PM
4.0 3.0 MAP

USGS Hawaii Region, Hawaii
Mar 30 20:12 PM
2.7 14.2 MAP

USGS Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Mar 30 20:04 PM
4.8 31.6 MAP

EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Mar 30 20:04 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

USGS Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.2 45.7 MAP

EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g.
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.2 40.0 MAP

GEOFON Solomon Islands
Mar 30 19:51 PM
5.1 10.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 18:55 PM
2.5 16.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 18:54 PM
3.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC France
Mar 30 18:52 PM
2.6 2.0 MAP

USGS North Island Of New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.8 29.5 MAP

EMSC North Island Of New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.8 30.0 MAP

GEONET Wairarapa, New Zealand
Mar 30 18:47 PM
4.5 15.0 MAP

EMSC Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.1 80.0 MAP

GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 18:16 PM
5.4 40.4 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.7 526.0 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.5 519.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia
Mar 30 17:39 PM
4.6 519.4 MAP

EMSC Tonga
Mar 30 17:21 PM
4.9 60.0 MAP

USGS Tonga
Mar 30 17:21 PM
5.0 11.2 MAP

GEOFON Tonga Islands
Mar 30 17:21 PM
4.9 10.0 MAP

EMSC Poland
Mar 30 16:30 PM
2.9 2.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 30 15:55 PM
2.9 123.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 30 15:55 PM
2.7 5.0 MAP

EMSC Ukraine-romania-moldova Bdr Reg
Mar 30 15:25 PM
3.2 13.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 30 14:49 PM
2.6 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Chiapas, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.5 177.0 MAP

EMSC Veracruz, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.6 174.0 MAP

USGS Veracruz, Mexico
Mar 30 14:38 PM
4.6 136.7 MAP

USGS Northern Alaska
Mar 30 14:23 PM
3.3 20.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 14:14 PM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 30 13:45 PM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 30 13:38 PM
2.4 7.0 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 13:31 PM
3.4 9.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 12:54 PM
4.5 10.3 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 12:54 PM
4.9 5.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 30 12:20 PM
2.4 15.0 MAP

GEOFON Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.7 10.0 MAP

USGS Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.9 9.9 MAP

EMSC Greenland Sea
Mar 30 11:19 AM
4.9 2.0 MAP

GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.0 10.0 MAP

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 10:55 AM
5.1 9.9 MAP

EMSC Northern Algeria
Mar 30 10:43 AM
4.1 10.0 MAP

GEOFON Northern Algeria
Mar 30 10:42 AM
4.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 30 10:18 AM
3.0 152.4 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.7 45.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.7 40.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 09:40 AM
4.6 35.3 MAP

USGS Fiji Region
Mar 30 09:38 AM
5.3 595.9 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 30 09:38 AM
5.0 596.0 MAP

GEONET Whanganui, New Zealand
Mar 30 09:32 AM
3.1 25.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 30 08:56 AM
4.8 240.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 30 08:55 AM
4.9 125.8 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 30 08:55 AM
4.9 126.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Mar 30 08:28 AM
3.0 2.0 MAP

USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 08:24 AM
4.8 35.3 MAP I Felt It

EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 08:24 AM
4.8 35.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 30 08:12 AM
3.7 2.0 MAP

EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region
Mar 30 07:49 AM
2.9 7.0 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 30 07:38 AM
2.8 14.6 MAP

EMSC Maule, Chile
Mar 30 07:12 AM
4.7 38.0 MAP

USGS Maule, Chile
Mar 30 07:12 AM
4.7 38.3 MAP

GEONET Canterbury
Mar 30 07:10 AM
2.6 15.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 30 06:51 AM
2.7 7.0 MAP

EMSC Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.0 33.0 MAP

GEOFON Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.1 10.0 MAP

USGS Southeast Of Easter Island
Mar 30 06:19 AM
5.0 9.9 MAP

USGS Southern California
Mar 30 06:09 AM
3.3 15.1 MAP

USGS Puerto Rico Region
Mar 30 04:54 AM
3.3 69.4 MAP

USGS Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Mar 30 04:49 AM
2.9 43.8 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 30 04:48 AM
3.2 20.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.1 56.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.2 51.0 MAP

USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 30 04:38 AM
5.1 36.7 MAP

USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Mar 30 04:37 AM
2.7 50.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Mar 30 03:53 AM
3.0 73.8 MAP

USGS Northern California
Mar 30 01:50 AM
2.6 1.8 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 30 01:32 AM
3.0 7.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 30 00:56 AM
2.5 109.0 MAP

EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region
Mar 30 00:52 AM
4.4 136.0 MAP

USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region
Mar 30 00:52 AM
4.4 138.3 MAP

SAN DIEGO, CA

The USGS confirmed a small earthquake struck San Diego County Thursday night. The quake struck with a magnitude of 3.3 and at a depth of 7 miles at 11:09 p.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was four miles south-southeast of the Palomar Observatory, 17 miles northeast of Escondido and 39 miles north-northeast of San Diego, according to a computer-generated USGS report. News stations in the area said they received over a dozen calls from concerned viewers who described the earthquake as very loud and said it was accompanied by three eerie booms. There were also reports of violent shaking. No injuries or damage was reported the tremor. No one in our generation remembers so many small tremors across the world triggering so many sonic booms. One has to wonder what is happening in the earth beneath our feet.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/san-diego-residents-rattled-by-3-loud-booms-following-tremor/

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Volcanic Activity

Hawaii

KILAUEA VOLCANO (CAVW #1302-01-)
19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Activity Summary for past 24 hours: The summit continued to inflate slowly while back-to-back DI events continued. Overnight, glow was visible within the Halema`uma`u gas plume and from sources within Pu`u `O`o crater. Surface flows continued to be active along the base of the pali advancing across the coastal plain but there was no ocean entry. Seismic tremor levels were low; gas emissions were elevated.

http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

ALASKA

CLEVELAND VOLCANO (CAVW #1101-24-)
52°49’20” N 169°56’42” W, Summit Elevation 5676 ft (1730 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Satellite views from early this week suggest that a small lava dome has again extruded into the summit crater. AVO has received no other reports of activity at the volcano.

While the volcano remains active, sudden explosions of blocks and ash are likely. It is possible for associated ash clouds to exceed 20,000 feet above sea level. If a larger ash-producing event occurs, seismic, infrasound, or volcanic lightning networks should detect the event and alert AVO staff. There is no real-time seismic monitoring network on Mount Cleveland so AVO is unable to track activity in real time.

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/status.php

Mariana Islands

PAGAN VOLCANO (CAVW #0804-17=)
18°7’48” N 145°48′ E, Summit Elevation 1870 ft (570 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Clear to partly cloudy satellite images of Pagan show a gas and steam plume continued to extend downwind from the summit vent throughout the past week. The USGS received no further reports of unrest or activity at Pagan volcano.

Pagan Volcano is not monitored with ground-based geophysical instrumentation and the only sources of information are satellite observations and occasional reports from observers who pass by or visit the island. We will continue to evaluate satellite imagery, on-island, and mariner reports when they become available, but because the volcano is not monitored with ground-based instruments, we cannot provide advanced warning of activity.

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/status.php

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Extreme Temperatures

Record breaking warmth across the United States in March 2012

It is technically winter, and the United States is experiencing a weather pattern typically seen in early summer. Unseasonably warm temperatures have developed east of the Rocky Mountains and have extended north into Canada. Synoptically, or looking at the big picture, the weather pattern resembles a late May and early June pattern. More than 2,000 high temperature records have been tied or broken since March 1, 2012, and more are expected to be broken for the next couple of days, because the weather pattern is very slow to budge or move. What is causing this heat, and will this be a sign of a brutally hot summer?

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Storms

Storm bringing more mountain snow in Washington

SEATTLE — It may be spring, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Thursday for the Olympics and Cascades.

Forecasters expect 1 to 2 feet of new snow, with more at higher elevations such as Mount Baker and less at the passes, although drivers are likely to be affected

Read Full Article Here

Small Hail In Thunderstorm Elkhart, Indiana March 30, 2012

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Solar Activity

Huge ‘Tornado’ Churns on Sun’s Surface – Close-Up Video

Uploaded by VideoFromSpace on Mar 28, 2012

A circular storm as wide as five Earths was captured churning on the Sun’s surface on Sept. 25, 2011, by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. Time-lapsed multiple filter views are looped in this video. – Original Music by Mark C. Petersen, Loch Ness Productions

Solar Watch [March 30 – April 7]

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Mysterious Booms / Rumblings

MILWAUKEE

Geological officials said Wednesday they are considering putting a seismometer in a Wisconsin city where a small earthquake was recorded last week after strong booms and rumblings shook residents once again.

♦ Clintonville booms: U.S. Geological Survey asks residents to report events to website

Clintonville police received 65 calls Tuesday night between 10:35 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. and another 19 calls came in between 3:25 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Clintonville Police Chief Terry Lorge said. Several of the booms were heard by officials at City Hall, he said.

Residents reported the most recent booming as the worst yet, city administrator Lisa Kuss said. Most of the previous calls came in from March 18 to March 20, when a 1.5-magnitude earthquake was detected by the U.S. Geological Survey. The calls had since decreased.

Read Full Article Here