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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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M5.8 – Northern Territory, Australia

 2013-06-09 14:22:12 UTC

Earthquake location 25.966°S, 131.976°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-09 14:22:12 UTC
  2. 2013-06-09 23:52:12 UTC+09:30 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-09 09:22:12 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

25.966°S 131.976°E depth=1.1km (0.7mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 316km (196mi) SW of Alice Springs, Australia
  2. 914km (568mi) NW of Port Augusta West, Australia
  3. 916km (569mi) NW of Port Augusta, Australia
  4. 953km (592mi) NW of Whyalla, Australia
  5. 1179km (733mi) NW of Adelaide, Australia

 

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Earthquakes can occur in almost every part of Australia, although certain regions have a higher likelihood of experiencing an earthquake than others. Possibly the most earthquake prone regions of Australia are the West Australian wheatbelt, and the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. The alpine region of eastern Australia is also relatively active. Three Australian earthquakes are known to have caused fatalities. The 1902 earthquake near Warooka, on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia (mag 6.0), caused two deaths, attributed to heart attacks. The 1935 Gayndah earthquake in Queensland caused one death. By far the most significant was the 1989 earthquake at Newcastle, NSW (mag 5.6), which caused 13 fatalities, mostly because of the catastrophic structural collapse of the Newcastle Worker’s Club.

The body responsible for producing risk maps of Australia is the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society.

West Australian seismicity is treated separately on this site. Seismicity for the rest of Australia is summarised below.

BELOW – Map of earthquakes superimposed on Digital Terrain Model – courtesy Dan Clark, Geoscience Australia

-Below – Earthquake Hazard map of Australia, 1991 (Australian Geological Survey Organisation, Canberra: McCue et al., 1993). A new version of this map was published by Geoscience Australia in 2012.

This map shows that the coastal regions of NW Australia are the most earthquake prone, and the region of east Australia to the west of the dividing range is the least.

 

 

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Earthquake rocks Northern Territory’s southern region

 

Territorians are reporting cracked footpaths and shaking buildings after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake rocked the southern region overnight.

The epicentre of the quake was just 40 kilometres from the Aboriginal community of Ernabella.

Les Smith from the Kulgera Roadhouse said locals were shaken awake by the tremors.

“We’ve only got a couple of cracks actually in our cement paths going over towards the rooms,” Mr Smith said.

“One of the local blokes who came (out) of his room, he said he saw a couple of the staff quarters shaking, so we’d better bolt them down.”

The shaking has caught the interest of seismologists, because the area had a similar quake a year ago, but, before that, it had gone decades without one being recorded.

Seismologist Spiro Spiliopoulos from Geoscience Australia said the quake hit just before midnight, about 315 kilometres southwest of Alice Springs.

He said Ernabella suffered an earthquake of a similar size in March last year.

 

Read Full Article Here

 

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Volcanic Activity

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Eruption of Yasur18. October 2006

Eget verk  –   Rolf Cosar

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01.06.2013 Volcano Activity Vanuatu Tanna Island, [Mount Yasur Volcano] Damage level   Details

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Volcano Activity in Vanuatu on Saturday, 01 June, 2013 at 09:27 (09:27 AM) UTC.

Description
Explosive activity at Vanuatu’s Mt Yasur volcano has increased in recent days. According to observations by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards department, the activity level of the volcano on Tanna island is still at alert level 2 but an increase to 3 in the near future is possible. The risk of volcanic projections near the volcano crater remains as thick steam and ash is being emitted from active vents, with ash fall in communities downwind. An increase in activity was noted in early April when bombs were ejected from the volcano to the parking area below the summit cone, and the activity status was raised from 1 to 2. It is recommended that all communities, visitors and travel agents take the current situation seriously.

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Yasur volcano (Vanuatu): increased explosive activity

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Steam and ash plume from Yasur on 8 May 2013 and hazard map of Yasur volcano and explanation of status levels (Geohazards)

Steam and ash plume from Yasur on 8 May 2013 and hazard map of Yasur volcano and explanation of status levels (Geohazards)

Explosive (strombolian) activity level has been increasing recently, the latest bulletin of Geohazard today indicates. The alert level remains at 2, but an increase to 3 is possible in the near future.
Elevated risk of impacts remains near the volcano’s crater, as bombs have started to fall near and in the parking area. A thick steam and ash plume is being emitted from the active vents, and there is ash fall in communities downwind.
It is recommended that all communities, visitors and travel agents take the current situation seriously (= not approach the crater rim).

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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7.2 250km ENE of Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 03:05:53 46.182°N 150.796°E 122.3

M7.2 – 250km ENE of Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 03:05:53 UTC

Earthquake location 46.182°N, 150.796°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-19 03:05:53 UTC
  2. 2013-04-19 15:05:53 UTC+12:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-18 22:05:53 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

46.182°N 150.796°E depth=122.3km (76.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 250km (155mi) ENE of Kuril’sk, Russia
  2. 521km (324mi) NE of Nemuro, Japan
  3. 527km (327mi) NE of Shibetsu, Japan
  4. 566km (352mi) ENE of Abashiri, Japan
  5. 1490km (926mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

6.0 135km SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 19:58:40 49.938°N 157.639°E 18.6

M6.0 – 135km SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 19:58:40 UTC

Earthquake location 49.938°N, 157.639°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-19 19:58:40 UTC
  2. 2013-04-20 06:58:40 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-19 14:58:40 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

49.938°N 157.639°E depth=18.6km (11.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 135km (84mi) SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
  2. 337km (209mi) S of Vilyuchinsk, Russia
  3. 352km (219mi) SSW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
  4. 365km (227mi) S of Yelizovo, Russia
  5. 2147km (1334mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Kuril-Kamchatka Arc

The Kuril-Kamchatka arc extends approximately 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan, along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula to its intersection with the Aleutian arc near the Commander Islands, Russia. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the Okhotsk microplate, part of the larger North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Kuril Islands chain, active volcanoes located along the entire arc, and the deep offshore Kuril-Kamchatka trench. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving towards the northwest at a rate that increases from 75 mm/year near the northern end of the arc to 83 mm/year in the south.

Plate motion is predominantly convergent along the Kuril-Kamchatka arc with obliquity increasing towards the southern section of the arc. The subducting Pacific plate is relatively old, particularly adjacent to Kamchatka where its age is greater than 100 Ma. Consequently, the Wadati-Benioff zone is well defined to depths of approximately 650 km. The central section of the arc is comprised of an oceanic island arc system, which differs from the continental arc systems of the northern and southern sections. Oblique convergence in the southern Kuril arc results in the partitioning of stresses into both trench-normal thrust earthquakes and trench-parallel strike-slip earthquakes, and the westward translation of the Kuril forearc. This westward migration of the Kuril forearc currently results in collision between the Kuril arc in the north and the Japan arc in the south, resulting in the deformation and uplift of the Hidaka Mountains in central Hokkaido.

The Kuril-Kamchatka arc is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the world. Deformation of the overriding North America plate generates shallow crustal earthquakes, whereas slip at the subduction zone interface between the Pacific and North America plates generates interplate earthquakes that extend from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. At greater depths, Kuril-Kamchatka arc earthquakes occur within the subducting Pacific plate and can reach depths of approximately 650 km.

This region has frequently experienced large (M>7) earthquakes over the past century. Since 1900, seven great earthquakes (M8.3 or larger) have also occurred along the arc, with mechanisms that include interplate thrust faulting, and intraplate faulting. Damaging tsunamis followed several of the large interplate megathrust earthquakes. These events include the February 3, 1923 M8.4 Kamchatka, the November 6,1958 M8.4 Etorofu, and the September 25, 2003 M8.3 Hokkaido earthquakes. A large M8.5 megathrust earthquake occurred on October 13, 1963 off the coast of Urup, an island along the southern Kuril arc, which generated a large tsunami in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk, and caused run-up wave heights of up to 4-5 m along the Kuril arc. The largest megathrust earthquake to occur along the entire Kurile-Kamchatka arc in the 20th century was the November 4, 1952 M9.0 event. This earthquake was followed by a devastating tsunami with run-up wave heights as high as 12 m along the coast of Paramushir, a small island immediately south of Kamchatka, causing significant damage to the city of Severo-Kurilsk.

On October 4,1994, a large (M8.3) intraplate event occurred within the subducted oceanic lithosphere off the coast of Shikotan Island causing intense ground shaking, landslides, and a tsunami with run-up heights of up to 10 m on the island.

The most recent megathrust earthquake in the region was the November 15, 2006 M8.3 Kuril Island event, located in the central section of the arc. Prior to this rupture, this part of the subduction zone had been recognized as a seismic gap spanning from the northeastern end of the 1963 rupture zone to the southwestern end of the 1952 rupture. Two months after the 2006 event, a great (M8.1) normal faulting earthquake occurred on January 13, 2007 in the adjacent outer rise region of the Pacific plate. It has been suggested that the 2007 event may have been caused by the stresses generated from the 2006 earthquake.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

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4.6 143km SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 20:12:37 49.897°N 157.723°E 10.1

M4.6 – 143km SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 20:12:37 UTC

Earthquake location 49.897°N, 157.723°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-19 20:12:37 UTC
  2. 2013-04-20 07:12:37 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-19 15:12:37 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

49.897°N 157.723°E depth=10.1km (6.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 143km (89mi) SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
  2. 340km (211mi) S of Vilyuchinsk, Russia
  3. 356km (221mi) S of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
  4. 368km (229mi) S of Yelizovo, Russia
  5. 2149km (1335mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

4.7 133km SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 21:22:32 49.940°N 157.608°E 38.8

M4.7 – 133km SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia 2013-04-19 21:22:32 UTC

Earthquake location 49.940°N, 157.608°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-19 21:22:32 UTC
  2. 2013-04-20 08:22:32 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-19 16:22:32 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

49.940°N 157.608°E depth=38.8km (24.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 133km (83mi) SE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
  2. 337km (209mi) S of Vilyuchinsk, Russia
  3. 352km (219mi) SSW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
  4. 365km (227mi) S of Yelizovo, Russia
  5. 2146km (1333mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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3.0 5km WSW of Chandler, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 06:45:27 35.677°N 96.940°W 4.9

M3.0 – 5km WSW of Chandler, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 06:45:27 UTC

Earthquake location 35.677°N, 96.940°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 06:45:27 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 01:45:27 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 01:45:27 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.677°N 96.940°W depth=4.9km (3.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 5km (3mi) WSW of Chandler, Oklahoma
  2. 35km (22mi) NE of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. 38km (24mi) N of Shawnee, Oklahoma
  4. 48km (30mi) E of Edmond, Oklahoma
  5. 57km (35mi) ENE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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4.3 12km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 06:56:30 35.685°N 97.066°W 5.0

M4.3 – 12km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 06:56:30 UTC

Earthquake location 35.685°N, 97.066°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 06:56:30 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 01:56:30 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 01:56:30 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.685°N 97.066°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 12km (7mi) ENE of Luther, Oklahoma
  2. 27km (17mi) NE of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. 37km (23mi) E of Edmond, Oklahoma
  4. 39km (24mi) NE of Midwest City, Oklahoma
  5. 47km (29mi) ENE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2.9 9km NNE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 07:15:30 35.739°N 97.142°W 5.0

M2.9 – 9km NNE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 07:15:30 UTC

Earthquake location 35.739°N, 97.142°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 07:15:30 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 02:15:30 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 02:15:30 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.739°N 97.142°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 9km (6mi) NNE of Luther, Oklahoma
  2. 29km (18mi) NNE of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. 29km (18mi) ESE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  4. 31km (19mi) ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  5. 45km (28mi) NE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3.3 10km NE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 07:16:42 35.723°N 97.108°W 5.0

M3.3 – 10km NE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 07:16:42 UTC

Earthquake location 35.723°N, 97.108°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 07:16:42 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 02:16:42 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 02:16:42 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.723°N 97.108°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 10km (6mi) NE of Luther, Oklahoma
  2. 28km (17mi) NNE of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. 33km (21mi) ESE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  4. 34km (21mi) ENE of Edmond, Oklahoma
  5. 46km (29mi) NE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

4.2 8km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 10:16:53 35.687°N 97.109°W 5.0

M4.2 – 8km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 10:16:53 UTC

Earthquake location 35.687°N, 97.109°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 10:16:53 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 05:16:53 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 05:16:53 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.687°N 97.109°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 8km (5mi) ENE of Luther, Oklahoma
  2. 25km (16mi) NE of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. 33km (21mi) E of Edmond, Oklahoma
  4. 35km (22mi) SE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  5. 44km (27mi) ENE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

3.0 10km ESE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 16:44:05 35.619°N 97.091°W 5.0

M3.0 – 10km ESE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 16:44:05 UTC

Earthquake location 35.619°N, 97.091°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 16:44:05 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 11:44:05 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 11:44:05 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.619°N 97.091°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 10km (6mi) ESE of Luther, Oklahoma
  2. 21km (13mi) NE of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. 33km (21mi) NE of Midwest City, Oklahoma
  4. 35km (22mi) E of Edmond, Oklahoma
  5. 42km (26mi) ENE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

3.5 9km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 17:07:19 35.690°N 97.095°W 8.8

M3.5 – 9km ENE of Luther, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 17:07:19 UTC

 

Earthquake location 35.690°N, 97.095°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 17:07:19 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 12:07:19 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 12:07:19 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.690°N 97.095°W depth=8.8km (5.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 9km (6mi) ENE of Luther, Oklahoma
  2. 26km (16mi) NE of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. 34km (21mi) E of Edmond, Oklahoma
  4. 36km (22mi) SE of Guthrie, Oklahoma
  5. 45km (28mi) ENE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

3.0 9km NNW of Prague, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 21:03:04 35.566°N 96.731°W 5.0

M3.0 – 9km NNW of Prague, Oklahoma 2013-04-16 21:03:04 UTC

Earthquake location 35.566°N, 96.731°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 21:03:04 UTC
  2. 2013-04-16 16:03:04 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 16:03:04 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

35.566°N 96.731°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 9km (6mi) NNW of Prague, Oklahoma
  2. 31km (19mi) NNE of Shawnee, Oklahoma
  3. 49km (30mi) E of Choctaw, Oklahoma
  4. 61km (38mi) ENE of Midwest City, Oklahoma
  5. 72km (45mi) E of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Instrumental Intensity

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5.5 138km SSW of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia 2013-04-05 17:35:30 0.263°N 98.678°E 45.5

M5.5 – 138km SSW of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia 2013-04-05 17:35:30 UTC

Earthquake location 0.263°N, 98.678°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-05 17:35:30 UTC
  2. 2013-04-06 00:35:30 UTC+07:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-05 12:35:30 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

0.263°N 98.678°E depth=45.5km (28.3mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 138km (86mi) SSW of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia
  2. 164km (102mi) S of Sibolga, Indonesia
  3. 187km (116mi) WNW of Pariaman, Indonesia
  4. 198km (123mi) WNW of Bukittinggi, Indonesia
  5. 461km (286mi) SW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Instrumental Intensity

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

 
Edited time: April 05, 2013 15:09

6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Russia’s Far East, close to China and North Korea

6.2 9km N of Zarubino, Russia 2013-04-05 13:00:02 42.713°N 131.105°E 561.9

M6.2 – 9km N of Zarubino, Russia 2013-04-05 13:00:02 UTC

Earthquake location 42.713°N, 131.105°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-05 13:00:02 UTC
  2. 2013-04-06 00:00:02 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-05 08:00:02 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

42.713°N 131.105°E depth=561.9km (349.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 9km (6mi) N of Zarubino, Russia
  2. 28km (17mi) SW of Slavyanka, Russia
  3. 62km (39mi) ENE of Aoji-ri, North Korea
  4. 63km (39mi) ESE of Hunchun, China
  5. 608km (378mi) NE of Pyongyang, North Korea

Instrumental Intensity

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5.8 Southwest Indian Ridge 2013-04-02 14:34:55 40.443°S 45.303°E 11.1

M5.8 – Southwest Indian Ridge 2013-04-02 14:34:55 UTC

Earthquake location 40.443°S, 45.303°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-02 14:34:55 UTC
  2. 2013-04-02 17:34:55 UTC+03:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-02 09:34:55 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

40.443°S 45.303°E depth=11.1km (6.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 744km (462mi) NW of Ile aux Cochons,
  2. 1679km (1043mi) S of Tsiombe, Madagascar
  3. 1694km (1053mi) S of Beloha, Madagascar
  4. 1695km (1053mi) S of Ambovombe, Madagascar
  5. 1991km (1237mi) SSE of Maputo, Mozambique

Earth Watch Report  –  Biological Hazards

Today Biological Hazard Canada Province of Ontario, [Welland and Niagara Rivers] Damage level Details

Biological Hazard in Canada on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 at 04:09 (04:09 AM) UTC.

Description
Hundreds of dead fish floating belly up lined the shore near the Weightman Bridge in Chippawa. The problem isn’t only in Chippawa. People have been reporting dead or dying fish along the shoreline in Fort Erie and as far south as Pennsylvania for weeks. Thousands were seen listlessly floating or struggling to swim on their side downstream in the Niagara River Monday. According to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resource, the fish are known as gizzard shad and the “die off” is normal for this time of year. Lake Erie is the northern-most extent of the gizzard shad’s range, said ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski. When temperatures drop they become physiologically stressed and many die. “They die in the winter due to cold stress and when the ice melts they show up on shore,” she said. She said the massive winter mortality rate is pretty common as the fish is a warm water species. Yet, it’s not uncommon to have similar instances happen throughout the summer with temperature fluctuations.
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (fishes)
Biohazard level: 0/4 —
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status:

Earth Watch Report  –  Volcanic Activity

Today Volcano Activity Peru Departmento de Arequipa, [Sabancaya Volcano] Damage level
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Volcano Activity in Peru on Tuesday, 26 March, 2013 at 09:59 (09:59 AM) UTC.

Description
Peruvian scientists have warned that Arequipa’s Sabancaya Volcano is currently in a pre-eruptive stage. According to Domingo Ramos, head of volcano monitoring at Peru’s Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet), Sabancaya’s activity has led the agency to issue a yellow alert. “We have already talked with local authorities so that they can warn the nearby population, about the volcano’s status, and how to prepare before an eventual eruption,” Ramos said according to the daily. Sabancaya, he said, is currently emitting large plumes of smoke, and is seeing between 300 and 500 seismic movements, Peruthisweek.com reported quoting Peru21. Fredy Apaza, a chemist at Ingemmet, said the signs of continuous gas release indicates that magma is rising to the surface, but said the agency was not yet able to estimate how much magma could be on the way. “That’s why Ingemmet has installed volcanological equipment and telemetry in strategic points at Sabancaya, we expect results within 15 days,” he said.

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme  Weather

Workers at Egypt's Ain Sokhna port are taking industrial action demanding employment contracts with port managers

22.03.2013 Extreme Weather Egypt Governorate of As Suways, [Red Sea ports] Damage level
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Extreme Weather in Egypt on Friday, 22 March, 2013 at 15:48 (03:48 PM) UTC.

Description
Egypt’s Red Sea Ports Authority on Friday shut four ports due to high-speed winds and sandstorms that swept several provinces, especially in coastal areas. The Egypt Meteorological Authority (EMA) says they prefer fishermen and motorists not engage in many outdoor activities under the low-visibility dusty skies, whose wind induces 3-metre high sea waves. The EMA registered wind speed at 35 kilometres per hour and forecasts that the weather will better by sunset on Friday. Temperature in Cairo on Friday records a moderate 26 Celsius (78 F) during the day, although it feels warmer due to the 35 percent humidity. By night it is expected to cool to 22 Celsius (71 F). Over Egypt’s coastal provinces and vital waterway, the Suez Canal, maximum temperatures range between 21 – 27 Celsius, however minimum temperatures forecast are 19 – 20 Celsius. While moderate in the north, Egypt’s southern provinces in Upper Egypt are experiencing a heat wave with daytime highs of 34 Celsius (93 F) in Luxor, expected to plunge to 22 Celsius by nightfall.