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Earthquakes

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Light tremor jolts parts of Bangladesh

 

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

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

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

 

3 mild quakes jolt Northern Luzon

 

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

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

Volcanic Activity

 

Italy’s Mount Enta erupts

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

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

 

Storms and Flooding

 

Flooding in Southeastern Australia

 

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

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

 

Dust Storm in Southwest Asia

 

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

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

 

Extreme Temperatures

 

U.S.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Misc

2MIN News Mar18: Fukushima, Earthquakes, Solar Update

Dead Russian Satellite to Fall From Space

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Earthquakes

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D     INFORMATION

USGS Bangladesh Mar 18 02:56 AM   4.6   15.7   MAP

EMSC Bangladesh Mar 18 02:56 AM   4.6   16.0   MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey Mar 18 02:46 AM   3.4   5.0   MAP

USGS Northern Iran Mar 18 02:38 AM   4.4   25.9   MAP

EMSC Northern Iran Mar 18 02:38 AM   4.6   5.0   MAP

EMSC Simeulue, Indonesia Mar 18 02:01 AM  4.6   35.0   MAP

USGS Simeulue, Indonesia Mar 18 02:01 AM  4.6   35.0   MAP

USGS Southern E Pacific Rise Mar 18 01:59 AM  4.7   10.1   MAP

EMSC Southern E Pacific Ris Mar 18 01:59 AM  4.7   10.0  MAP

EMSC Central Turkey Mar 18 01:32 AM    2.6   6.0    MAP

EMSC S.western Siberia, Russia Mar 18 01:29 AM   3.9   10.0  MAP

USGS S. Alaska Mar 18 00:53 AM  2.7   6.5    MAP

USGS Off E Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 00:36 AM  4.9   49.7  MAP

EMSC Off E Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 00:36 AM  5.0   40.0  MAP

GEOFON Off E Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 18 00:36 AM   5.0   10.0  MAP

Philippines –

The number of people who were injured in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in the southern Philippines rose to 45. Dozens of mall goers got injured when the strong quake caused a stampede at Gaisano Capital duriing its grand opening at around 4pm Friday afternoon. Some government buildings were damaged.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=788157&publicationSubCategoryId=200

New Zealand – Quake damage at Canterbury hospitals could see patient services disrupted for several years to come. The region’s hospitals have suffered considerable damage as a result of the ongoing quakes and many key facilities need extensive repair work.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/6593845/Canterbury-hospitals-set-back-years-by-quake

Storms and Flooding

Tropical Cyclone Lua (17S) Set to Make Landfall Over Australia – March 17th, 2012

approximately 150 nm north of Port Hedland, Australia, has tracked southeastward at 13 knots over the past six hours. Port Hedland radar imagery indicates the LLCC passed over Rowley Shoals at approximately 01:00am local time.

Animated infrared satellite imagery indicates that the system has increased its horizontal extent while maintaining tightly-curved bands wrapping into a well-defined low-level circulation center (LLCC). Recent microwave satellite imagery reveals the deepest convection is location along the western semi-circle of the LLCC, which is due to light to moderate (10-20 knots) easterly vertical wind shear. The current intensity is assessed at 90 knots. Maximum significant wave height is 32 feet. Sustained 10-minute winds were reported at 73 knots.

TC 17S is forecast to continue tracking southeastward, making landfall east of Port Hedland in approximately 12 hours. The system is forecast to reach a peak intensity of 95 knots prior to landfall and then rapidly weaken with dissipation over land forecast by TAU 36.

http://www.eosnap.com/image-of-the-day/tropical-cyclone-lua-17s-set-to-make-landfall-over-australia-march-17th-2012/

UPDATE –

There have been reports of extensive damage on the Pilbara coast but so far no casualties. Cyclone Lua crossed the coast as a category four storm but has weakened to category one as it moves inland. Australia’s meteorology bureau says gusts of up 100km/h (60mph) are still possible near the cyclone centre. It has issued warnings for the eastern Gascoyne, western Interior and northern Goldfields areas for today. Early on Saturday, Lua crossed the coast between Port Hedland and Broome and caused extensive damage to some remote Pilbara towns, uprooting trees and damaging buildings. Recovery teams were on their way to assess the damage.As the cyclone gathered intensity and swept in off the Indian Ocean, Australia’s main iron ore mines – which are some of the biggest in the world – shut down. (map)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17405085

Stormy weather results in power outages, more fallen trees

KTVU.com

BAY AREA —

Friday night’s stormy weather resulted in power outages for hundreds of Walnut Creek residents and the closure of a state highway for hours.

On Highway 13 in Oakland, just south of the Park Ave. Exit, a large tree came down around 10 p.m. Friday night and blocked the southbound lanes of the highway.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/stormy-weather-results-power-outages-more-fallen-t/nLWmc/

Extreme Temperatures/Weather

Britain’s heritage buildings feel the extreme weather

: heat and cold. Experts fear they are fighting a losing battle as increasingly erratic conditions take their toll. The curators responsible for preserving Britain’s historic sites already have to cope with falling subsidies and the effect of the economic gloom on visitor numbers. Now they have another problem: our increasingly extreme and erratic weather. Freezing temperatures, drought and torrential rain are all proving increasingly damaging to sites that, in some cases, are almost 1,000 years old.
Earlier this month, parts of the roof of St John the Baptist Church in Woodhurst, Cambridgeshire, collapsed, with masonry falling from the chancel, causing damage that will cost up to £40,000 to repair. Experts said the problems were caused by the drought’s effect on soil that is found particularly in the east of England. The trees close to the walls of the building sucked up too much water from the ground after two years of low rainfall, causing the clay to contract. This moved the foundations, and the walls cracked. Finding funding for the necessary repairs is becoming increasingly difficult.
Other churches have been affected in similar fashion. St Mary’s, in the village of Mundon, Essex, had to undergo significant repairs as a result of clay shrinkage, which led the building’s foundations to start “falling apart”. In the Church of St Andrew, at Abbots Ripton, also in Cambridgeshire, the arcades were found to be moving on the foundations, causing cracks. Without repair work, it is likely that the whole building will collapse.
St Andrew’s Church at nearby Wood Walton, which was recorded in the Domesday Book, is also facing serious problems. “We think it is due to the climate. It may be just two or three years aberration, but the climate has definitely had an impact.”
The most recent Heritage At Risk register was published in August. There were 5,828 entries. Although the effect of increasingly extreme weather is difficult to quantify, many list erosion and weathering as a problem. The cold winters of 2009 and 2010 also caused serious problems at several sites, including Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk, a monastic site dating back to 1090, and the 12th century Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. “The frost is a real issue. In the past two severe winters, hard frost caused huge damage to standing ruins in the east of England. The chalk in the stonework deteriorates. We understand the process and know we can’t stop it.”
In Norwich, the medieval city walls have suffered damage as a result of the salt used on the roads in cold weather. The National Trust has also pointed to a rise in threats from extreme weather – specifically torrential rainfall. “The weather is much more extreme in the UK than it used to be. Between 1985 and 2007 I have never had to turn out due to emergency flooding. It has been four times since then.” Severe flooding in Tewkesbury affected several National Trust properties, including Basildon Park. The 12th century Tewkesbury Abbey also had water come in through the doors. In 2009, the devastating floods in Cockermouth, in the Lake District, hit the birthplace of William Wordsworth. National Trust employees had to wade through waist deep water to salvage the collection of furniture, artworks and documents. “Our emphasis must now be on prevention. We are trying to put aside more [money] than we ever have before to deal with this issue.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/extreme-weather-warning-britains-heritage-buildings-feel-the-heat–and-cold-7575925.html

America’s weather is stuck on extreme. –

Nearly 11 feet of snow has fallen on Anchorage, Alaska, this winter. That’s almost a record, and it’s forcing the city to haul away at least 250,000 tons of snow. Not much snow has dropped on the Lower 48 states this year.
The first three months of 2012 have seen twice the normal number of tornadoes. And 36 states set DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS Thursday. So far this month, the U.S. has set 1,757 DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS. That’s similar to the number during last summer’s heat wave. Six RARE, but not unprecedented, March tornadoes struck Thursday in Michigan, which also set 26 HEAT RECORDS. Temperatures were in the 80s in some parts of the state. Nationwide, there have been 132 tornadoes confirmed in January and February, with preliminary reports of more than 150 already in March.

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/a96422cf19244af6ade0a56a2353994a/US-SCI–Extreme-Weather/

Climate Change

Europe’s chief scientist warns against climate delays

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union cannot use the economic slowdown as an excuse to delay action on fighting climate change, the bloc’s first-ever chief scientific adviser has warned.

Molecular biologist Anne Glover took on the newly created role reporting to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the start of this year, having previously served as chief scientific adviser to Scotland’s devolved government.

http://news.yahoo.com/europes-chief-scientist-warns-against-climate-delays-191308281.html

Solar Activity

Asteroid 2012 EG5 Close Call 04/02/2012 – Condition Code 9

Misc

Weird weather: heat, twisters, 250K tons of snow

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s weather is stuck on extreme.

Nearly 11 feet of snow has fallen on Anchorage, Alaska, this winter. That’s almost a record, and it’s forcing the city to haul away at least 250,000 tons of snow. Yet not much snow has dropped on the Lower 48 this year.

http://news.yahoo.com/weird-weather-heat-twisters-250k-tons-snow-205518988.html